Lately, I’ve been compulsively checking my credit score. I needed a new apartment, I’m applying for loan consolidation, and I’ve been looking into getting a credit card. I wanted to know if these applications impacted my score.
Then, I was on the phone with my mother recounting my obsessive rituals—and she yelled at me: “You can’t do that!! It will RUIN your credit score. Every time you check your credit it goes down!!!”
Well that’s no fair … and it turns out, not true.
There’s no better place to listen to music than on a college campus. Whether that means pumping jams while you work out, firing up some party music, or settling into some studying tunes, it seems like everyone has earbuds or headphones on.
As a result, it feels like music is a necessity for any college student. Fortunately, it’s easy to buy. Perhaps too easy.
It’s October, and here in New England, the telltale signs of autumn have arrived: leaves are changing, apples are being picked, and of course, students are freaking out about which college to attend.
OK, that last one happens all across the country.
At SALT™, we talk extensively about understanding your personal relationship with money. Why? Because when you think about it, money influences almost all of our decisions—and many of the habits we form. These range from small, daily conundrums (e.g., walking vs. taking a cab) to larger, lifelong decisions (e.g., where to attend college or buy a home.)
So, when was the last time you really thought about your money?
To make your scholarship search a little easier, we’ve put together a list of scholarships with deadlines in November 2014. Be sure to read through the eligibility requirements carefully and visit the scholarship provider’s website before applying.
Diane Melville is one of the most popular contributors to this blog—that’s what happens when you peddle free money for school. So, of course, one of the most popular questions she receives is, “Where can I find that free money for me.”
If you read my last post, you may have realized I left a crucial component out: what exactly was I moving to New York City for. The answer: to work in the advertising industry!
Yes, sometimes when nobody is looking, I practice my Don Draper smolder in the mirror. Unfortunately, horribly imitating the famed, fictional Mad Men creative director hasn’t resulted in a salary equivalent to his yet—which I could have really used when looking for a place to live.
Helping people understand student loans is our job at SALT™, and few are better at it than Betsy Mayotte—the director of regulatory compliance for American Student Assistance® (our parent company). We told borrowers to “Just Ask” her questions, so check out her answers below (as well as her cat—because if Piglet can’t make student loans better, what can?).
So, you had a job interview and thought it went great. You sent the appropriate thank you email. The interviewer’s response sounded promising—they spoke to you like you practically had the job.
Then … you receive the rejection email.
At least, that’s what happened to me after my first “I really want this” job interview, and boy was I disappointed.
Ever since high school, my dream job has always been travel writing. Along the way, many people told me it would be too difficult—or even impossible. I believed it.
For a long time, I thought I would need to work a desk job forever, to pay my bills and student loans. I didn’t like cubicle life, so at the end of last year, I shifted my attitude and started thinking positively.
In May, I quit my 40-hour-per-week office job to pursue freelance travel writing. And now, I’m satisfied and happy.