College Series: Job Security

All of my working, college-bound friends, getting  ready to hand in their resignation and gleefully skip off to college should really consider transitioning instead to seasonal work! When you go away to college you will discover that money dissipates very quickly, becoming a seasonal worker will allow you to take up shifts at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and Summertime. These are essential times for college kids to work because all the year-round workers will be looking to take that time off. Once you resign you have only the hope that your job will still be available upon your return, but after freshman year a lot of students come back looking for new jobs or first-time employment. Look towards the future and be proactive in securing your job by talking to your employer before leaving to make sure you will still have a job and a paycheck later down the line. Even if you are hoping to find a different job when you come back, keep to the source until you officially have the new job, and then hand in your resignation. Most jobs opt not to use college-bound or attending students (unless they are a bridge program or internship) because they see it as a waste of time and resources to train a worker who can only work a maximum of 3 months at a time,

TXoxo,

Jas

TIP: If you have an employer willing to work with you, work with them too!

TIPSY Tuesday: Press Print

Each student at the start of every semester is awarded printing dollars use on on-campus printers to take care of any copy or print need they may have. The amount is minuscule in comparison to how many things each student is required to print. I’ve seen amount from $30 to $100 given out (actually it’s covered in your tuition), which may seem like a lot, but when color printing is $0.25/pg; regular printing/copying $0.10/pg; color copying $0.20/pg it adds up, especially when campuses disable to print front-and-back feature, so I here to offer y’all few tips to preserve your wisely.

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College Series: Just a Glimpse…

Hey Y’all,

I have a previous blog post listing out a few of my College Essentials, but here is a visual to show you someone the other things I brought to college, that aren’t necessarily essential for all, but could be things you wouldn’t think you’d need, but want.  You can see some of the things I brought for added comfort in the slideshow below.

I attended Baylor university from the years 2013-2015, and while I was there I lived in student on-campus housing, however my living arrangement wasn’t your typical dorm, rather it was apartment-style. My particular apartment had two bed, two baths, a kitchen and a living room. From the slideshow you can seem ways a structured my living space(s) to maximize space and minimize discomfort. Here’s the breakdown:

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College Series: Essentials

I don’t know about y’all, but I am one of the people who looks forward to going back to school, especially after TAX FREE WEEKEND!  I mean there’s nothing like new school supplies to start the school year off on right foot… Do you remember in elementary school, going into Walmart or Office Depot/Max, and seeing the display with the school supplies lists? We no longer get the luxury of that small convenience, so here is a short list of my college essentials to help y’all out.

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TIPSY Tuesday: *College Edition* Electrical Outlets

 

Inverted Electrical PlugSome colleges in their passive-aggressive attempt to police the use of their electrical outlets have them installed upside down to limit the use of both banned and approved electrical plug-ins. If this is the case at your school, then may I suggest purchasing a rotating surge protector. I purchased was from Lowe’s (link in picture) by 360 Electrical ($18).

The product in the link has two rotating electrical heads accompanied with two USB ports. This product is on the pricier side so it is up to you whether you can live with inverted electrical plugs. I could not do so, so I found it worth the price. There are obviously cheaper version out there (ones without USB ports) that are available online at Amazon, Home Depot, or Lowe’s.

*I purchased mine from Lowe’s (in-stores)

College Series: Textbooks

A little background about myself; I attended Baylor University for two [freshman/sophomore] years of college before returning home to attend community college. My experiences at the university weren’t that cinematic, idyllic 4.0, sorority-joining social extravaganza the movies depict it to be (like I wanted it to be). Quite frankly, it was a lot like my high school experience.

  • College Tip: DON’T buy your textbooks prematurely!

This tip was a personal adaptation or learned behavior from high school. In HS textbooks are distributed to students when as a class, we walked to the textbook rooms with our ID cards to check them out. Honestly, my high school taught me what a waste these thousands of dollars worth of textbooks are. At my school, the teachers taught, I never used a textbook and after Freshman year, I stopped checking them out. After my freshman year geography class, which required Cornell Notes of each chapter, those huge closet expanses of textbooks went to waste. I mean there were still students who entertained the novelty of it all, they checked out their books, but then they would always fret over where they left them when it came time to return them or face the fines. When it came to college I discovered not much else was different.

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College Series: Transferring Credits

What are transfer credits? They are courses taken at a different college or university from your “home” campus. Most transfer credits are attempted when regular semesters have ended, i.e summer and winter breaks. Students opt to take an accelerated version of the course to complete (typically) in four weeks or less.

Transfer credits are a aid to students looking to get ahead, save money, or complete more difficult courses independent of other campus rigors. In some cases they are cheaper and some times easier, students attending an expensive private college can take an English, science, math, or elective course at a community college to graduate early (saving money/time), take less course at a premium price (saving money), or to take care of course they aren’t willing to endure at their particular school (saving headaches).   The important thing to note about these types of credit is your University or college’s transfer credit policy.

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