Money matters: How to save money, pay off debt and student loans fast

Credit: United States government

Credit: United States government

College is the time when you dedicate yourself to learning about things that will help you for the rest of your life. That’s also true when it comes to money matters. Now that you’re managing your own money you need to learn how to save money as well as how to pay off your debts and student loans. It’s not as hard as you might think. What you need is a little knowledge and a lot of persistence. Even if you have a mountain of debt, it’s possible to pay it off and free yourself from a life of debt servitude. Here’s how.

It’s possible to pay off debt

In a January 15, 2013 article for Forbes.com, “How I Paid Off $90,000 In Debt In Three Years,” contributor LearnVest explained how Stephanie Hood paid off a mountain of debt.

How did she accumulate so much debt in the first place? Continue reading

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Share Your Thoughts on College, We’ll Share Your Professor’s.

As a college student, you obviously have thoughts on college. Thoughts on college related to the classroom, your job and your relationships with friends and family. Juggling it all can be challenging, we at CengageBrain get that, you don’t have to tell us… But this is your chance to tell your instructors your thoughts on college, your thoughts on what the life of a college student is truly like! We know what puts you in the seats, this is your chance to tell your instructors what keeps you there!

Share Your Thoughts on College, We'll Share Your Professor's Thoughts.

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Student thoughts on college

In order to help your instructors understand some of the challenges you’re facing in your academic career, we want you to take our survey. Any and all feedback is appreciated so feel free to spill your guts about what your college life is like! We will be sharing your thoughts on college with instructors so they have a better idea about what matters the most to you. But that’s not the best part… Continue reading

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After a bad midterm exam: College tips to improve academics

Always keep in mind that it's never too late to succeed.

Always keep in mind that it’s never too late to succeed.

Bad midterms are not the end of the world. Student success doesn’t hinge on one test. There are ways for college students to improve study habits and get a better grade on your subsequent tests and final exam. Did you suffer from a lousy midterm exam? Worried your academics aren’t up to par? Here are some tips for college students to study better and improve your overall grade in the class.

Don’t get discouraged

Grace Fleming wrote in “Improving Bad Grades: Change Your Habits and Improve Your Grades” for About.com’s Homework/Study Tips: “It is easy to get the blues when you receive low scores on a big test or a homework assignment, but you can’t let poor performance get you down. There is always time to make things better. … Just don’t get down on yourself!” Continue reading

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How to repair your reputation—online and in life

swimming-catWe all have things in our past that we aren’t proud of. And if you’re just returning from that wild spring break trip, it might not be a bad idea to see what’s been posted to your social media accounts. So how to repair your reputation, in life and online, before your wayward deeds come back to haunt you? There are things you can do to clean up and fix how the world perceives you, whether it is with your friends and family, potential employers or future co-workers. Read on for ways to dispose of the things that could affect your reputation.

The fundamentals of reputation repair

You’ve done something wrong—posted a picture from a raging party you shouldn’t have, lied to someone you care about or even broken a law. There are steps you can take to repair your reputation, although you can’t erase the misdeed. Continue reading

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How to update your spring wardrobe on a budget

Out with the old, in with the new for your spring wardrobe.

Out with the old, in with the new for your spring wardrobe.

As the days start to warm up, the ice and snow melt away, and the sun begins to shine, you are going to want to toss aside all those heavy knits and clunky boots for some fun, fresh spring fashion. But you probably can’t afford to revamp your entire closet, so how about incorporating some of the 2014 spring trends to keep your look fresh? Get inspired by the latest looks from the runways, then pick a few ideas you like and incorporate those into your existing wardrobe. That is how to update your spring wardrobe on a budget and still feel like you are looking good.

From the runway

You may not want to or be able to follow some of the more outlandish trends that come off the fashion runways, but you can mine the latest looks for ideas to adapt to your life and your budget. Continue reading

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson reboots Carl Sagan TV series Cosmos

Have you seen this meme? It's likely in jest, but science enthusiasts may enjoy imagining a White House run by these two popular science educators.

Have you seen this meme? It’s likely in jest, but science enthusiasts may enjoy imagining a White House run by these two popular science educators.

Along with Bill Nye (who, according to reports from news sources, is his best friend), Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a voice championing science educator. While Nye duked it out with Creation Museum founder Ken Ham in a creationism vs. evolution debate (blogged about over on Questia), Tyson has recently made his foray into Nye’s old territory: television. On March 9, Tyson, along with the National Geographic Channel, Fox, and executive producer Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy fame) relaunched Cosmos, the television program that made Carl Sagan a household name and excited a generation of viewers about the possibilities of space exploration and the wonders of just how the universe was formed. But will the 13-episode reboot live up to the fame of the original? Continue reading

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What to do if you have failed a class in college

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Credit: ThumbPress.com

Your college plans probably included making a lot of new friends, creating some epic memories and, of course, blowing your professors’ minds with your awesome intellect. But sometimes those plans go awry, and you find yourself having failed a class in college. If this happens to you, read on to find out what to do to get your college career back on track.

Why it matters

In case you didn’t realize, failing a class in college is not only embarrassing, it can have serious ramifications for the rest of your higher education experience.

What Happens When You Fail a Few Classes During Your College Career?” by Fitzalan Gorman for Globalpost.com details what can happen if your grades slip: Continue reading

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What should I major in and does it matter?

When picking a major, it helps to see what job options will be available after graduation.

When picking a major, it helps to see what job options will be available after graduation.

You picked a college, got in and thought the hard decisions were behind you. But there is still that little wrinkle of picking a college major. You know … that decision that will determine the entire course of the rest of your life—what your career is, how you live, who you marry? Okay, some of that may be exaggeration, maybe even all of it. So if you haven’t already answered the question—what should I major in?—there is no time like the present. Once you have an answer, then you can decide—does it matter?

What is a college major?

Just to make sure we’re on the same page, let’s talk a little bit about what a major is. The College Board’s Big Future site offers up an answer in their post “The College Major: What It Is and How to Choose One:” “A major is a specific subject area that students specialize in. Typically, between one-third and one-half of the courses you’ll take in college will be in your major or related to it.” Continue reading

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Want to travel to Mars? The one way trip is not for Muslims, say Islamic leaders

In ten years, you may get your chance to travel one-way to Mars. (Credit: D Mitriy)

In ten years, you may get your chance to travel one-way to Mars. (Credit: D Mitriy)

Haven’t heard of the Mars One mission? A Dutch nonprofit (and potential reality show) is making plans to start a civilian Mars colony in 2024. While their plan for travel to Mars has met criticism from science bloggers who feel the plan is overly ambitious for the time frame they’ve established, on February 19, 2014, the project met another opponent: Islamic leaders who issued a fatwa against the one way travel, essentially declaring it a suicide mission. (Meanwhile, the project is taking applications, so if the Islamic fatwa does not apply to you and you’re desperate to travel to Mars, you can start the process.) Continue reading

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Romantic love quotes & tips on how to make a long distance relationship work

Love letters are one way to keep the flame burning in a long distance relationship. (Credit: Rachael Ashe)

Love letters are one way to keep the flame burning in a long distance relationship. (Credit: Rachael Ashe)

Going away to college means leaving family, friends and significant others behind. It also means learning how to make a long distance relationship (LDR) work. What can you do to keep the flame of love ablaze? A time tested method is to write love letters and include romantic love quotes. You might also make use of technology to send videos, pictures and engage in instant messaging. No matter the methods you use, it’s going to be a challenge to keep the love alive. Here are a few ideas for maintaining your long distance relationship. Continue reading

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