Getting Set for Summer School

As temperatures rise and the dreams of summer become reality, the unanimous sighs of relief echo from students everywhere as spring semester finally comes to an end. During this time, the last thing many students want to embrace is the added work of a summer course. However, summer classes can be a refreshing change from the traditional scheduling structure of a full-time course load.

Summer classes don’t have to be a hassle — they can be a great way to stay on track, get ahead or experience something new. So, how can you make the most out of your summer courses without feeling like you’re losing the freedom of summer?

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The Do’s & Don’ts of Social Media

 

As social media has evolved into its current ubiquitous form, an online wealth of personal information has become easily accessible by millions of users – including employers. Though these platforms can be great ways to stay in touch with old friends and connect with users from around the world, remember that what you say and do online is evocative of your personal brand – it shows others who you are as a person. How do you want to portray yourself, especially when potential employers are watching?

Organizations are becoming increasingly active on social media. Whether it’s vetting a job candidate or checking up on a particular employee, social media can have an effect (either positive or negative) on one’s current or future career. Below we outline a few rules to help keep your social media accounts professional and work appropriate.

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Ways to Save When You’re Unemployed

Unemployment can be a scary situation, especially if you are a recent graduate with little work experience and a mountain of student loan debt. Fortunately, there are ways to save money even while you are unemployed. Here are some suggestions to cut down on spending so you can continue to pay off your debt or keep yourself afloat while you look for a new job.

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Understanding Mortgages

mortgages.jpgGetting ready to purchase a home? Buying a house is likely the biggest purchase you’ll make during your lifetime. It’s also one of the most complicated ones. Your realtor or mortgage consultant will probably use terminology that may sound like a foreign language. Understanding those terms will not only give you peace of mind, but can help you save you money on your big purchase. Continue reading “Understanding Mortgages”

Life Insurance in Your 20’s

life_ins.jpgIf you are in your early-to-mid 20’s, life insurance is probably the furthest thing from your mind right now. If someone were to suggest it, you’d probably think, “Why in the world would I want to own life insurance? I’m so young, I just finished college, and I’ll buy it later when I earn more money. In reality the truth may surprise you that now actually is the best time to purchase and own life insurance.

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Handling Financial Stress

financial_stress.jpgIf thinking about your money situation makes you feel anxious, worried or panicked you are suffering from financial stress. Fortunately, you aren’t the only one. Money is one of the biggest causes of stress, but it doesn’t have to be that way: there are many effective strategies for not only coping with financial stress, but to conquer it. Here are a few ways to get started. 

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How do I budget for my wedding?

wedding webWhen identifying your wedding budget, it is important to remember that weddings are not worth going into debt. Therefore, do not decide on a budget that is too large for you to afford. Decide whether you will have a honeymoon, and if so, whether the honeymoon budget will be combined with or separate from the wedding budget. Look at your budget and your future spouse’s budget and decide how much you each can afford to put towards the wedding. If there will be any parent contributions, factor those into the budget as well. Be sure to honor these contributions by mentioning the parents on the invitation and including them in the wedding planning. Continue reading “How do I budget for my wedding?”