Common College Student Money Mistakes
July 30, 2013
College doesn’t have to be ridiculously expensive! Avoid throwing your money away by watching out for these money potholes that are common among college students:
Not graduating in four years. Try to commit to a major, take the requisite classes, and complete all coursework within four years. By even going one extra semester, you could be costing yourself thousands of dollars.
Dropping a course after the refund date. It’s okay to drop a class, just make sure to pay attention to the university calendar and drop dates. Depending on when you drop the course, you may receive a full or partial refund.
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Today I choose to be a Finisher
Tuesday, August 23
Coming to college is like starting a race; before you begin, you can be the fast hare who is expected to win hands down against the slow turtle or you could be the turtle who starts out slow but makes it in the end as the winning finisher. The determining factor of success will ultimately lie within your actions. What you choose to do today will affect your destiny. Many students will start out strong as valuable athletes, 4.0 GPA students, rising artists and ‘good’ boys and girls; nevertheless, many out of many will fail to finish as the stars they once were when they began their race in college simply because of the actions they decided to take.
When you come to college, start it out right. Choose to make a budget to handle your financial situation in a wise way so you aren’t struggling for money within a matter of months. Choose to go to class so you’re not the student who is failing because of neglect. Choose to be informed and use the resources available to you on campus so you know how and where to get help. Do not choose to be the hare that was overly confident and decided to take a nap during the middle of the race thinking that the turtle would be far, far behind. Rather, choose to be the turtle that persevered and kept going without stopping until the race was won. Coming to college is not about winning, it is about going on and on to reach the goal of finishing one step in your life today so that you can take another step to achieve your dreams tomorrow. You are only guaranteed today so make the choice to finish strong.
Esther, junior, business major
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