I’ve landed a few really great internships—but there have also been some major duds. Day after day of copying papers, sharpening pencils, and making coffee is exhausting—and, mostly, completely useless to a future career.
I’ve realized, though, that this doesn’t mean internships like this are a complete waste. Instead of dragging your feet from the printer to the sharpener and back for a seemingly endless 8 hours, use these four simple tactics to make your internship worth your while.
This past week, I got a crazy idea: I should buy a house to help me get out of debt. A house in Detroit.
(I said it was a “crazy” idea, right?)
Last week, I read about this guy at the University of Michigan who’s trying to sell 1-inch-by-1-inch ads on his graduation cap. His goal is to sell 100 of them, at $300 a pop. If he succeeds, he’ll wipe out his $30,000 of student loan debt.
This is not only awesome, but I also wish I had thought of it first. It turns out, there are lots of crazy things college students have tried to do to pay back their student loans. Check out these four other examples.
I went online to look at my bill for my last semester (woohoo!) of college. Much to my surprise, next to the word “balance” it said -$3,000. No, that was not a typo. There is, indeed, a negative symbol there.
I called the financial aid department and found out I would have a financial aid refund check waiting for me in a couple of weeks. I immediately had visions of cashing the check in one-dollar bills and rolling around in them on my apartment floor.
I have a part-time internship for winter break, but I’m in desperate need for extra cash to buy the new Furby Boom I really want … I mean, to pay off my student loans.
I don’t want the commitment of another part-time job and have struggled to find a temporary job for winter break. Luckily, I found three ways to make some extra money over break—although they do have their pros and cons.
Check them out.
The spring semester is right around the corner. I can’t believe that I will soon be completing my third year at college, my last semester, and (hopefully) my sixth internship.
You heard me. Sixth.
It’s my 21st birthday this Saturday (yay me!). And while I will celebrate, I’d like to think that it will be a more money-savvy party thanks to the time I’ve spent with SALT™.
So, as my birthday gift to you, I reflected on the 21 best money lessons I’ve learned since I started writing for SALT. (Sorry, no returns.)
Here they are.
I was recently in the costume section of a Walmart, picking up some pink leggings for my Piglet costume (my boyfriend is being Winnie the Pooh).
While lost in nostalgic memories of trick-or-treating, a miserable mother next to me broke into a rant about what a “hassle” Halloween is: purchasing costumes, the mess of the pumpkin carving, and cavities, cavities, cavities. I was struck silent.
This is my (slightly delayed) response to that cranky lady: Halloween has taught me some of the most valuable lessons I’ve ever learned about being money savvy. So kindly shush.
Gambling is good for your bank account. How many times have you heard that nugget of advice? (I can see my mother cringing as she reads this and hear my father muttering “where did we go wrong?!” over her shoulder.)
Really, it’s true—although I don’t mean wagering extra during your Friday night poker game or betting when the government shutdown will end (all bets are clearly off with that). I mean gambling on specific purchases. Here’s what I’m talking about.
I got my first email reminding me to “apply to graduate.” And with it came 5 minutes of minor hyperventilating and 20 minutes of distracted Googling at my new internship.
The Googling was prompted by another discovery: One of my internship’s competitors was named one of the top 25 best small/medium businesses to work for by the Great Place to Work® Institute.