You’ve waited you’re entire life for this. (All 18 or 19 years of it). Now you are on your own. You’re off to college. Whether it’s across the street, across town, across the state, or across the state line you can now claim independence, from the oppression of your overbearing parents. (Except for the fact that you still need money, and you’re parents are either paying for your college or have signed off on your financial aid. Oh yeah, and your parents weren’t really that overbearing, but it sounds really cool to say so). Sure, it would be easy to pick up the phone and call them to float you a little dough. But, you have decided to do this the right way. Mumsy and Dadsy can’t pay for everything you know. So, now it’s time to pound the pavement and look for a job to help pay college fees. Of course the internet makes pounding the pavement a little less pounding.
The key element to this is “part time”. Remember you are a student. You are trying to find employment that will fit in with your busy school schedule. So, look for employers that are accustomed to working with students. This means your main focus is on school. Some employers realize you are a student and will still put unreasonable demands on you, as if your entire life revolved around that particular part time job. Some employers will also push the envelope, when it comes to part time. In other words pushing the mandatory work hours as close to full time, without becoming a full time position.
As long as you are taking responsibility to get your shift covered (and not calling in at the last minute saying you can’t work your shift) most employers are okay with student employees. Make sure from the start, how many hours you are working each day or each week. Keep in mind that it’s not always the employers fault. There are a lot of student workers who are unreliable. They show up to work late, call in sick when they are not, call in at the last minute, because they have a test to study for or just because they don’t feel like working that day.. Etc., etc. etc.
If you are going to take on the responsibility of a job, remember, the employer makes his or her bones on that business. That is their livelihood. They can’t run a business if the employees are unreliable and not showing up to work. But, if you build up a good rapport with your employer and keep in good communication, they are more willing to work with you and around your school schedule. It’s just like any other relationship. Communication is key.
When thinking of college students you generally picture sweatshirts and pants and a comfortable, but unkempt appearance. After all, they are more concerned with getting those long papers completed and studying for exams. This is followed by a weekend of partying, usually starting on Thursday night. While that may be true for many college students, it is not representative of all.
There are a growing segment of college students that actually care how they look on campus. A increasing number of them are not satisfied blending in with everyone else; they prefer to stand out by wearing Dickies brand clothing or Supra Shoes. Although this may not be the majority of college students, it is a large cross section of that population.
Gone are the days when you are expected to crawl out of bed, throw on anything and then show up to your dorm cafeteria or apartment kitchen. Students believe they should at least try to mimic what life will be like in the “real world” where you are expected to dress business-like. You never know which company reps will be observing students on campus. Just in case they come across you, why not dress to impress from head to toe, so you can stand out amongst the others.
Various special events are held on college campuses each year. In the beginning of the school year, there are formal dances to introduce new students to the upperclassmen. Then at Homecoming time you can expect an entire weekend of special events, some with alumni who have prestigious jobs. Now it would be wise to spend some money on clothing to show your unique style to catch their eye.
When company recruiters visit your college campus, they observe your fashion sense, from head to toe. So, when they get to your feet and see them sitting inside those special shoes, they will have no doubt the kind of decision-making you are capable of in the boardroom.
Resumes and interviews are vital to this process, but what you wear also speaks volumes. Next time you go shopping, keep in mind your fashion sense in college can go a long way toward getting that first job in your quest for a successful career.
Chances are, your apartment was cleaned before you moved in. But clean in one person’s mind is far from clean in another person’s mind. This is going to be where you spend a lot of your time, so of course you’re going to want ‘clean’ to your standards.
Aside from maybe the kitchen, the bathroom can be one of the most problematic areas to make clean and keep clean. You don’t have to be told that germs and such call your bathroom home sweet home. One area that can be extremely challenging is when it comes to tile & grout cleaning… particularly if it has been ignored or under done in the past. More likely than not you are going to need something strong but safe to get that tub up to your standards.
Of course using green cleaning supplies is going to help keep you safe and your planet safer, but there are more things that you, yourself can do in your home that will generate a green lifestyle not only in your apartment but possibly in the minds of others as well:
Personally I don’t have time for this, but some people like the do-it-yourself method, when it comes to cleaning supplies. If you don’t mind rubbing alcohol this recipe works without streaks:
You have to make sure that you shake this concoction vigorously before using it, otherwise the cornstarch does tend to clog up the works, when using a spray bottle for cleaning. This is a real money-saving method of cleaning, because not only can you put it in a cheap bottle from the dollar store, but you are making it yourself! FYI: Surface cleaning should be done with rags or cloths that are microfiber.
More people than not are on a budget today whether it’s because they have a large family, are trying to make the mortgage payments, got their hours cut back on the job, or possibly even lost their job in this joke of an economy. If you find yourself and your family absolutely, positively needing to be on a budget you may fall into the category of being eligible for government assistance. With the kind of assistance that will be introduced here the elderly can call for help and stay in touch with her children and grandchildren, low or no income mothers can speak with the doctor regarding their children’s health and low income workers can call their job, their wife or their kids if they need to.
This form of government assistance is nothing less than a free cell phone and free minutes for talk and texting. Now we’ve got your attention! The way to find out as much as you can about this government plan is to logon to www.phoneservices.us/. Not only are these phones free but they include perks such as your being able to keep your current phone number, access to 9/11 service, caller ID, call waiting, voicemail account, no annual contract, nationwide Sprint network, keep your current phone number, access to 9/11 service, caller ID, call waiting, voicemail account, no annual contract and nationwide Sprint network. Not too shabby, huh?
Ordinarily, families that find themselves in more or less of a needy situation, such as individuals that are able to take advantage of TANF (temporary assistance for needy families), the free national school lunch program, SSI (Social Security income), LIHEAP (low-income home energy assistance program), Supplemental Security Disability Income (SSDI), blind pension program, federally assisted public housing, Income Eligibility (Income at or below 150% of the federal poverty level), General Assistance/Disability Assistance, section 8 housing, SNAP (food stamps) and/or Medicaid qualify for these free phones.
And, if you happen to have just a little bit of money in the budget to toss at this problem you can even make this free plan work a little bit harder for you with the following: (250 minutes texts and talk free), 500 minutes of texts and 500 minutes of talk for an additional five dollars per month, 1000 minutes of texts and 1000 minutes of talk for an additional $20 a month or unlimited text and talk and web for $30 a month.
If you were a college student at any part of your life, you know what it’s like to be broke. College students have plenty of expenses but if they want to be successful in their studies, they don’t have the time to work a full time job on top of everything else. The positive side of this is that those that are able to be successful in staying afloat in college will likely be able to be financially stable for most of their lives, if they use those same budgeting techniques after schooling is behind them. This constant financial struggle does make it tough to arrange stable housing. However, with a bit of research and budgeting, there is no reason you can’t find luck at one of the apartments for rent in Greenville.
If given the choice and opportunity, there really aren’t many people who wouldn’t want to live in the lap of luxury. We all want the Olympic size swimming pool, two tennis courts, the indoor movie theater, and a hallway that throws an echo back your way but that simply isn’t in the cards for the majority of us. Rather, we have to live within our means in order to survive. As a college student just starting out on their own, many kids wind up trying to find something that they can brag to their friends about. Unfortunately, this is a recipe for disaster. Rather than worrying about what their friends will think, they should be concerned with what they can comfortably afford.
One of the best ways for a college student to get a nice place is to find a roommate who can split the cost of rent and utilities with them. This gives both students the chance to live in a place that they may have not have been able to afford on their own. Roommates can offset the cost of food, help clean, even help you study.
There are two different types of roommates: a friend that you have known and wants to room with you and a person you have never met that you are basically entering into a business agreement with. With either choice, there is always the chance that they won’t hold their end of the bargain, however, so be very sure before going this route.
College living is just as tough as it is fun. There will always be something to learn and while you learn plenty of academics in college, it is the life experiences that are the best teachers. Learning how to live within your means is something that we all need to learn and it starts with our first move on our own.