Wednesday, April 30, 2014
It was a pleasure to experience the Commuter Connections Luncheon on Thursday, April 17. Dr. Clifton Griffin, dean of graduate studies and research, provided excellent insight into the world of pursuing a higher education. Sad you missed it? Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxt_2HDIVv0&feature=youtu.be
Commuter Connections hosts its last Commuter Luncheon for the semester on Thursday, May 1. Stop in for FREE pizza and great information on “Financial Literacy: Planning After College” from Vivian Shannon-Ramsey, director of TRiO. If you are interested in joining us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Developing a "Spend-Thrift" Mentality
Graduate school has given me new meaning of the notion of being a poor, struggling, college student. When you add the costs of books, food, gas and car maintenance onto the ever-growing pile of financial responsibility, you begin to realize that your hand is pulling out of your pocket way more than it is going into your pocket. THIS IS BAD! This is how you dig yourself into a web of debt, a serious “NO-NO!” I had to learn to stop living off of the comfort that my credit card gave me by allotting a few extra dollars every month that I could not afford to pay back to actually developing a “Spend-Thrift” mentality.
What is a “Spend-Thrift” mentality, you say? Well, being a “Spend-Thrift” is when you consciously review every purchase before you make it. Do I need this? Can I afford this right now? Can I find this item cheaper? Make conscious decisions before you spend your money and you will find that you have way more to spend. I am completely guilty of going to Cool Beans for a smoothie and picking up a candy bar just because it is there. This might be a minor purchase to you, but when you are living on a fixed income all purchases must be accounted for.
So try it, think about your purchases before you swipe!
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Monday, April 21, 2014
Being a Commuter Isn't Easy...
Being a commuter student is not easy. A commuter student must always be prepared to adapt to a variety of different situations. Below are a few helpful tips to help you deal with unforseen situations.
1. The weather is totally unpredicatble, so ALWAYS carry an umbrella and an extra jacket in your car.
2. For those weird months when one day it is snowing and the next day it is hot enough for sandals, remember to always dress in layers. Layers keep you warm in cold weather but can be removed in warmer temperatures.
3. With the price of gasoline as high as it is, there is nothing worse than travelling a wasted trip to campus for a cancelled class. This has happened to me more than one time. Please always check your student e-mail for class cancellations prior to heading to campus.
4. As a commuter, you do not always have the benefit of randomly running into someone from class at the Commons or some event to ask them about an assignment or notes from a class you missed. During the first few weeks of class, find a few friendly faces and exchange numbers so you always have someone in your class that you can consult.
5. Food is so important. There is nothing worse than being a commuter student and forgetting your wallet at home. Learning on an empty stomach is not fun especially when you are on campus all day. Always stash a few goodies in your car or book bag to tide you over.
I hope these tips can be useful! Do you have any more helpful tips for commuters? Tweet me @SUCommuter!
Friday, April 11, 2014
Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
More Reading?! :(
I never could have imagined how much reading one has to consume as a college student. Tirelessly pouring over pages upon pages of material completely unrelated to your major just to fulfill some General Education requirement can quickly become a dull and daunting task ... if you let it. So, what do I suggest? Make reading fun! Reward yourself for reading. Choose your favorite candy (I like Skittles or gummie bears). Then, place one candy at a "stopping point" on each page. This could be at the end of a paragraph, column or page. Every time you reach a stopping point, reward yourself with a piece of candy. For those really boring readings, reward yourself more often. This simple positive reinforcement will make reading more fun and help you get through those boring text. It works. Trust me!
Try it and Tweet your books with your candies to: @SUCommuter! :)