Graduation is right (and I mean right) around the corner. With that has come more stress than I’ve had in my entire life. This is partially due to my fear of falling down while on stage. But until recently, I was also freaking out because my parents and I still hadn’t decided if/how they’d be helping me repay my student loans after graduation. I decided the time had come for us to make a real game plan—a game plan that’s clear, tactical, and allows my parents and me to beat these loans together. Here are some steps you can take that may help you make a plan with your parents.
The day of donning my cap and gown is fast approaching. However, this past week, I may have spent more time filling up my spring break itinerary than looking for jobs.
Does this mean I didn’t care? Of course not. It meant I didn’t have a clue about what the heck to do to get a job. A few Google searches and a meeting with my career service center later, and I came up with a checklist to move my search forward.
If you’re a college senior in the same situation as me, follow these steps so you can also find employment by your graduation … hopefully.
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.
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.
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.