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When people think of musicians they tend to think of pot heads with guitars jamming out in their parents basements before getting famous. These 6 musicians are just the opposite of that stereotype. They are the overachievers. These 6 musicians have Phd’s, Thd’s, or MDs. It’s pretty stellar. And the music is pretty awesome too.

Dan Snaith of Caribou

Dan Snaith of Caribou


Music is literally just an equation of the soul. Caribou has a soulful, eclectic sound. It’s obvious to me after listening to it that this music is about mathematics. The Math of Music. Dan Snaith is the mastermind, the creator of this music. And it’s genius is highlighted because of Dan Snaith’s love of mathematics. He received a doctorate in Mathematics from Imperial College London. It’s obvious that just like math sometimes there’s no real explanation how you solved it. Things just snapped together. And for Dan music is the same way.

Greg Graffin of Bad Religion


One might laugh when they discovered that the brain behind Bad Religion Greg Graffin has a PhD, and moonlights as a professor of naturalism and evolution at UCLA. That’s because Dr. Graffin is a musical genius. His PhD is in Zoology which explains his passion outside of music which is teaching evolution, and life sciences. His music actually portrays much of his beliefs if you listen to the undertones, and philosophy. Truly impressive how he’s managed to meld his two lives into one.

Dr James Lilja of Offspring


One of my favorite bands of all time is Offspring. I grew up drinking, swimming, and bathing in it. I was shocked to find out that James Lilja, received his medical degree in Gynecological Oncology, and is now known as Dr. James Lilja, MD. He was a drummer, percussionist and background vocals for the Offspring from 1984- 1987. Dr Lilja practices gynecological oncology and obstetrics and gynecology in northern California. Wow. Just wow. I’m still in shock over the 360 degree shift that he took in life.

Brian May of Queen


Brian May is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the guitarist of Queen. No seriously. He’s an astrophysicist. That’s not a typo. He’s also one of the top guitarists of all time. He’s even been honored as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order for his contributions to society in music and charity. He graduated with a PhD from Imperial College, and served as the 4th Chancellor of Liverpool, John Moores University. Basically to translate all the british-speak, “He’s Badass”.

Sterling Morrison of Velvet Underground


Sterlin Morrison was one of the founding members of the rock group The Velvet Underground, usually playing electric guitar, occasionally bass guitar, and singing backup vocals. He had a PhD in medieval literature and poured his heart into it almost as much as music. But somehow he fell in love with boats and moved to Texas and became a Tugboat captain. He returned to The Velvet Underground, but only for a short stint. He died too early of Non-hodgkins lymphoma…

Aaron Riches of Royal City


I didn’t want people thinking I was only going to select famous musicians. I wanted to highlight someone who isn’t super famous but has done some amazing stuff in the educational world as well. Aaron Riches is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He was in the bands Left Hand Red, Curtsy, Fiddle Footed, Burn 51 and Minnow. Afterward, he released two solo-albums, and toured with the Royal City All-Stars, which eventually became the band Royal City, which has also since disbanded. He has a PhD., Systematic Theology, University of Nottingham (UK), 2010. His Thesis: ‘Sequela Christi: Christological Humanism in the Heart of Jesus and Mary’. He has a MA Philosophical Theology, University of Virginia (USA), 2005. He has a MA English Literature, York University (Canada), 2003. He has a BA English Literature, summa cum laude, York University (Canada), 2000. Let’s just say he’s one smart dude who also has a knack for music although it’s obvious his passion is now theology.


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The following top ten online Business Schools and Degree Programs have been evaluated, and meet the requirements of accrediting institutions. Each school offers flexible schedules and learning formats for students seeking to continue their employment while earning an advanced degree.

Knowledgeable and experienced professionals conduct online classes. There is no trade-off of the quality of instruction or the value of the courses. In many ways, these classes resemble the traditional classroom, except it takes place in a virtual world. The result, students gain a higher education that will improve their career prospects.

Argosy University

Executive Summary
Argosy University has one of the largest online student populations in the country. Its bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs are led by business leaders and professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge to the learning environment.

Click here for additional information about Argosy’s business degree programs http://online.argosy.edu/college/

Tuition
Cost ranges from $561 to $894 per credit hour, depending on program.

Unique Features
Argosy University Online follows the Socrates Distance Learning Technologies strategy to ensure student success. Each student is assigned an Assistant Director of Admissions, a Student Financial Planner, an Academic Advisor, and a Mentor Professor.

Concentrations
Accounting
Finance
Healthcare Management
Human Resource Management
International Business
Marketing
Organizational Management

Bay State College

Executive Summary
Originally opened to serve the airline industry in 1946, Bay State College is accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Its Business Management program boasts an extensive curriculum.

For more information about Bay State’s business degree programs click here:

http://www.baystate.edu/programs/online/associates/business-administration/courses/

Tuition
$22,500 for the two year program.

Unique Features
Bay State College finds out what drives student and uses that information to cultivate their success. It has a proven track record of working with students to obtain first-rate jobs upon graduation.

Concentrations
Computer and Information Literacy
Management
Introduction to Business
Microeconomics
Public Speaking
Writing for Business
Business Law
Macroeconomics
Financial Accounting I
Financial Accounting II
Organizational Behavior
Statistics
Principles of Marketing

Bellevue

Executive Summary
Offering online classes since 1996, Bellevue University is ranked number one in Student Engagement and Assessment by U.S. News. Special attention is placed on the theory of responsible capitalism to help students appreciate the importance of giving back to community.

For more information about Bellevue’s business degree programs click here:

http://www.bellevue.edu/degrees/undergraduate/business-bs/

Tuition
The tuition rate is $10,020 for the undergraduate program.

Unique Features
Bellevue has a rolling deadline, so students may apply at any time.
Concentrations
Information management
Operations
Economics and marketing
Finance and accounting
Law and ethics

ITT

ITT is accredited by the Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The school emphasizes a student-centered, technology-focused approach.

For more information about ITT’s business degree programs click here:

http://www.itt-tech.edu/teach/business.cfm

Tuition
Most online courses are billed at $325 per credit hour.

Unique Feature
ITT offers associate, bachelor and master degree programs in business, combining traditional business courses with innovative technology.

Concentrations
Organizational Behavior
Managing Business Information Systems
Managerial Economics
Corporate Finance
Ethical and Regulatory Environment
Operations and Process Management
Corporate Communications and Research
Strategic Marketing and Research
Leadership in a Dynamic Information Age
Team Building and Group Process

University of Minnesota

Executive Summary
The University of Minnesota received a top ten ranking for its Crookston’s Bachelor of Business Administration program. It prides itself on offering students courses that prepare them for management-level positions.

For more information about the University of Minnesota’s business degree programs click here:

http://www3.crk.umn.edu/academics/online/bsb/index.html

Tuition
A variety of factors go into the calculation of tuition rates, including student status and course type.

Unique Features
Students have the opportunity to participate in an internship program to further their career goals.

Concentrations
Principles of Accounting II
Legal Environment in Business
Managerial Finance
Principles of Management
Internship
Principles of Marketing

Penn Foster College

Executive Summary
This college is one of the oldest online institutions in the country, and has received accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). It offers distance learning programs that prepare students for the most in-demand jobs on the market.

For more information about Penn Foster’s business degree programs click here:

http://www.pennfostercollege.edu/bs-busmgmt/index.html

Unique Features
Penn Foster has a reputation for offering graduates a high return on their investment. On average, graduates receive nearly a 16% salary increase.

Tuition
The affordable tuition cost of $9,130 includes all study materials.

Concentrations
Marketing
Legal Environment of Business
Corporate Finance
Organizational Behavior
Business Research Methods
International Business
Strategic Business Management

Ivy Bridge

Executive Summary
Ivy Bridge College is the online extension of Tiffin University in Ohio. The college offers an Associate degree in Business Administration.

For more information about Ivy Bridge’s business degree programs click here: http://ivybridge.tiffin.edu/degree-programs/business

Tuition
Full-time tuition is $4,900 per semester.

Unique Features
The program offers 21 courses that comprise various facets of business such as Accounting, Communications, Marketing, and Organizational Behavior.

Concentrations
Managerial Accounting
Principles of Microeconomics
Business Law I
Spreadsheet Applications for Decision Making
Management of Organizations
Introduction to Marketing

Liberty University (LUO)

Executive Summary
LUO is an online Christian university. It has received top ten positions many times from the Online Education Database for high retention and graduation.

For more information about LUO’s business degree programs click here:

http://www.luonline.com/bachelors/business-administration/

Tuition
Full-time enrollment costs $325 per credit hour.

Unique Features
Classes are designed around a Christian curriculum.

Concentration
General Business
Accounting
Finance
Marketing

Western Governors University (WGU)

Executive Summary
WGU has both regional and national accreditations. This private, online university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC); and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

For more information about WGU’s business degree programs click here:
http://www.wgu.edu/business/business_management_bachelor_degree

Tuition
WGU charges a flat rate of $2,890 every six months.

Unique Features
WGU has a competency-based learning curriculum, which measures a student’s skill set. The program takes about 54 months to complete.

Columbia College

Executive Summary
Columbia College began in 1851 as Christian Female College. It is built on the foundation of changing with the times. Columbia continues to be at the forefront of implementing new programs.

For more information about WGU’s business degree programs click here:

http://www.ccis.edu/online/academics/departments.asp?2

Tuition
Tuition costs about $31,602 for the full program.

Unique Features
Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Concentrations
The College offers business degrees in Administration, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Human Resources and International Business. Click the link above for more information.

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Depression is a serious issue among College students.

The change from high to College is complicated by going from childhood to adulthood with the responsibilities that entails, let alone the stress of passing College then eventually finding a job.

Here’s depression among College students by the numbers.

1 in 4 depression

  • 1 in 4 College students is believe to suffer from some form of mental illness, including depression.
  • 44% of College Students report having symptoms of depression.
  • 75% of College students not seek help for mental health problems

suicide booth

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among College students.
  • 4 out of 5 College Students who either contemplate or attempt suicide show clear warning signs.

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  • The number of students taking psychiatric medicines increase more that 10 percentage points in the 10 years to 2009.
  • 93% of students who accessed College counseling support in one study in 2008 were diagnosed with one mental disorder, that number increased to 96% in 2009.
  • One our of every four to five students who visits a university health center center for a routine cold or sore throat turns out to be depressed

 

 

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College life isn’t always known for providing much sleep, however sleep is a very important part of maintaining your health and well being.

Here’s seven facts about sleeping that every College student should know.

smarterSleep makes you smarter

As much as you might be tempted to cram in all night study sessions, you may actually be doing yourself more harm then good.

A Berkeley study (PDF) found that sleeping or even a short nap for an hour helps reset your short-term memory and that in turn allows you to learn and retain facts better when you wake up.

heartSleep can save your heart

A Harvard Study has found that taking naps is good for your heart.

They found that by even taking afternoon naps of 30 minutes each three times a week reduced the risk of heart related ailments by 37%. The study found that this is probably owed to an afternoon nap acting as a stress reliever.

all nighterAbandon all nighters

There’s even more research to suggest that all night study sessions can reduce your ability to retain information by up to 40%…actually defeating the purpose of setting off to do an all nighter anyway.

If napping sleep for under 45 minutes

45 minutesIt’s said that  60 minutes of sleep helps you stay alert for over 10 hours, however research has found you’re better off napping for 45 minutes or less if you need to get back into action after waking up.

Napping 60 minutes or more may lead to you drifting into slow-wave sleep which results in sleep inertia, that groggy feeling many of us have often experienced when oversleeping.

cat napShort naps are best

Stranger still, naps as short as 20, 10, or even 2 minutes can provide you with all the mental benefits of sleep, without risking waking up groggy.

Napping can help you lose weight

lose weightA study has found that women who sleep for 7 hours of more weigh less than women who sleep for 5 hours.

The reason is believed to be linked to a lower rate of metabolism for those who don’t sleep as long.

You can’t avoid that down period after lunch by not eating

tired periodHuman bodies go through a number of phases of deep tiredness, generally speaking one is between 2 to 4 a.m. and the other between 1 to 3 p.m.

Some people believe that skipping lunch helps beat the afternoon tired period but the opposite is true: you need to fuel up to get through this period.

 

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Sexually transmitted diseases can be a scary subject to discuss, however with knowledge comes the ability to guard against catching on yourself.

Here’s 10 STD facts about College students EVERY College student should know.

1 in 4

25% of College students have an STD, and 48% of all new STD cases each year occur among College students

48 percent

48% of all new STD cases each year occur among 15-24 year olds (which include College students.)

disease

The CDC estimates that there are 19 million new sexual transmitted disease infections in the United States each year

condoms

According to recent studies only 54% of College students regularly use condoms during vaginal intercourse, only 29% during anal intercourse and 4% during oral sex.

drunk freshman

Over 45% of college freshmen under the influence of alcohol have failed to use condoms when engaging in sexual intercourse.

hpv

The most common STDs among College students are HPV, Chlamydia, and Genital herpes.

herpes

In the general population 25% of women and 20% of men have genital herpes and 85% of them do not know they have it. The rate is higher among College students.

std test

61% of men and 48% of women have never been tested for an STD other than HIV/AIDS.

stds

Only 28% of men and 34% of women, who say they have had an STD say they revealed that fact to their current of most recent partner before they had sexual intercourse.

young v old

Young women under 25 years old are more biologically susceptible to STDs than older women.

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Editors Note: We recently posted a really cool infographic about the Stress Outbreak amongst College Students. Well don’t worry we didn’t just leave it at that we had our in house associate Editor Duncan Riley write up a great article on the 6 Ways To Deal With College Stress.

Life at College isn’t always fun and games…and parties: sometimes your efforts to balance study, exams, part-time work or even your social life can result in high levels of stress.

Here’s 6 simple ways you can help deal with College Stress.

stressStop Stressing About Stress

Admit that you are stressed and figure out how to handle it. The irony is that you may have come to this post for this very reason, and like dealing with any problem, admitting the problem is the first step.

Quiet Time

quiet timeFinding a few moments of peace and quiet might be just what you need to relax.

Grab a book, go for a walk in a park, stroll along a river…finding quiet time not only helps you deal with stress, many times it’s also a very cheap or free source of recreation as well.

Food

scientist approvedEat something balanced and healthy: fruits and veggies, whole grains, protein.

Balanced food does NOT mean orderings fries with your burger. Multiple health studies show that eating healthy food provides your body with the vitamins and minerals it requires to function well…and that includes dealing with stress.

Exercise

exerciseIt doesn’t have to be long, it can mean a relaxing 30 minute walk while listening to music can help reduce your stress levels.

If walking isn’t your think try swimming, a gym or even cycling, even if one of these activities is undertaken through the course of your day (say cycling from your home to College.) Exercise not only helps your body deal with stress, is also helps with depression.

friends-1Social Time

Don’t forget to take a break from studying to enjoy friends.

A good lesson for every stage of your life, let alone College is to find a great work/ life balance. You do need to study hard to get good grades, but over doing it can result in further stress, depression and tiredness that can actually deliver the opposite result.

funFun

College work just needs to get done – try to figure out how to make it more enjoyable.

This might mean mixing up how you study, playing music while you do, or even studying with friends.

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Pharmacy technicians’ primary role is helping the licensed pharmacist dispense medications. They are usually found working in pharmacies and hospitals. Other duties of a pharmacy technician include packaging and labeling medications, preparing
medications and other routine tasks in the pharmacy. They usually work under the supervision of a licensed physician to ensure that they dispense the right kind and amount of medications to the patients.

A lot of pharmacies are hiring pharmacy technician to reduce cost and increase productivity. Instead of hiring a lot of licensed pharmacists, pharmacy owners hire a few pharmacists who will perform the supervisory roles and several pharmacy technicians
who can perform the less specialized tasks in the pharmacy.

Most pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies while others work in hospitals, groceries and department stores. Since pharmacies are usually open 24 hours a day, most pharmacy technicians work full time. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pharmacy technicians earn $28,400 per year or $13.65 per hour.

There is no formal training required to become a pharmacy technician. Although some states require pharmacy technicians to undergo certification program while a few states just require them to have a high school diploma. Pharmacy technicians receive on the job trainings from their respective employers. However, employers favor those who nderwent certification programs under vocational schools and community colleges.

Competition can be tight, it is advisable for pharmacy technicians to undergo a certification program to gain an edge over other applicants. Certification can be obtained after taking an exam from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those with certification have higher chances for greater pay and supervisory positions.

Top Pharmacy Technician Schools

National College

National College offers certificate program as well as an associate’s degree program for pharmacy technician. It is considered to be one of the top Pharmacy technician schools
and has several campuses located in West Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Their associate’s degree program can be a great step in obtaining a bachelor’s degree later on.

Southeastern College

Southeastern College offers a diploma and associate degree program for pharmacy technician students. The associate’s degree program lasts for twelve months and provides student with extensive knowledge and hand on experience when it comes to
drug preparations. They also offer financial aid programs for students.

Virginia College

Virginia College has three programs for pharmacy technician students namely certificate, diploma and associate’s degree. Virginia College is well known for their great career placement service to help their graduates get a job after their training. Obtaining an associate’s degree from Virginia College can be a great stepping stone for earning a bachelor’s degree later on.

Remington College

With several campuses located in eight states, you can find a Remington College campus that’s near your place. Pharmacy technician programs are offered in their campuses located in Alabama, Ohio, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas. Remington College offers diploma programs for pharmacy technician students.

Purdue University

Purdue University provides an online Nuclear Pharmacy Technician training program so that pharmacy technicians will gain a better understanding on the rationale of their actions inside the pharmacy. Some of the subjects taken in this program are the following: Radiation Physics, Radiation Safety, Regulatory Issues, Proper use of equipment and Radiation Biology.

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Nicknamed the “Granddaddy of Them All,” the annual Rose Bowl Game is the oldest bowl game and is considered by many to be the most prestigious of the College bowl games.

Held on January 1st of each year (January 2nd where January 1 falls on a Sunday) the game draws national attention and fan interest throughout the United States.

There are many traditions around College football, and the Rose Bowl was one of the earliest bowls to introduce flip cards to the half time show, where fans flip cards to present words, logos and symbols supporting their team. Each flip card routine can be dozens of movements long and requires some serious planning, and it’s the subversion of this planning that gave football the Great Rose Bowl Hoax of 1961.

rose bowl 61 ticket

The Washington Huskies were pitted against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, not far from a local technical college by the name of Caltech.

The Caltech team occasionally played in the stadium, but had never made the Rose Bowl itself, a fact a group of fourteen Caltech students took to heart.

The fourteen, later known as the “Fiendish Fourteen” hatched their plot in the December of 1960.

After discovering the method the Washington State cheerleaders used co-ordinate the flip show (instruction sheets as to when to hold up each colored card,) they subverted the planned instructions by first obtaining copies of them, altering them by hand, and then replacing the original sheets with their altered sheets…all without being discovered.

Come January 2nd, NBC cameras focused on the stands where the flip show was to take place, and at first nothing was untoward, with the first eleven flip cards sticking to the Washington cheerleaders original plans.

The 12th flip was when the fun began. Little known to those watching, the Washington State Husky had been replaced by the Caltech Beaver mascot.

The 13th flip was meant to spell Huskies left to right but instead delivered “SEIKSUH” (Huskies in reverse.) By this stage the cheerleaders who were co-ordinating the flip turns knew something was going wrong, but little did they know what the 14 turn would deliver.

caltech rosebowl 1961

CALTECH.

Reports at the time stated that the band stopped playing, the crowd went silent and no body knew what to do.

The crowd then erupted into laughter and the cheerleaders and band left the field.

Washington did go on to win the Rose Bowl that year 17-7 but the game will always be remembered for the Great Rose Bowl Hoax.

 

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The United States may not have thousands of years of educational history such is the case in Europe, however it can boast of some grand and fine Colleges and Universities. Here’s the list of the nine oldest Colleges in the United States, which collectively are commonly referred to today as the “Colonial Cottages.”

harvard logo1. Harvard University: 1636

Initially known as “New College,” Harvard was established by a vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

It was later renamed in 1639 after John Harvard, who bequeathed the College his library of four hundred books and 779 pounds, 17 shillings, and two pence, a sizable sum in those days.

Although never formally affiliated with a church, Harvard trained Congregationalist and Unitarian clergy.

College of William & Mary logo2. College of William & Mary: 1694

Founded in Williamsburg, Virginia, the College of William & Mary was established by a letters patent issued by King William III and Queen Mary I which stated that the College was to “make, found and establish a certain Place of Universal Study, a perpetual College of Divinity, Philosophy, Languages, and other good arts and sciences…to be supported and maintained, in all time coming.”

The College was originally founded as an Anglican institution. The college became the first (formal) American university with the establishment of its graduate schools in law and medicine.

yale logo3. Yale University: 1701

Originally known as the Collegiate School, Yale was established by an Act of the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut on 9 October 1701 as an institution to train clergy.

Yale was changed to its existing name in 1718, and is named after benefactor Eilhu Yale, the Governor of the British East India company.

princeton logo4. Princeton University: 1746

Princeton was originally founded by the New Light Presbyterians as the College of New Jersey in 1746 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to train Ministers.

Following moves to Newark in 1747 then Princeton in 1756, the institution did not get its current name of Princeton University until 1896.

University of Pennsylvania logo5. University of Pennsylvania: 1740/ 1749

There’s some conjecture when the University of Pennsylvania was established. The first building was originally built in 1740 and was intended to be used as a charity school, however the first meeting of the board of Trustees did not occur until 1749. Further the University did not receive a formal charter until 1755.

Unlike other Colleges of the period the University did not just focus on education for the clergy, but offered (for the first time in what is now the United States) a multidisciplinary model, had a non-sectarian board, and study was open to the public.

Columbia University logo6. Columbia University: 1754

Columbia was founded as King’s College by Royal Charter of King George II in 1754 with funding from the General Assembly of New York.

Columbia has a tumultuous early history, having been closed and ransacked during the American Revolutionary War as American and British forces both traded places in holding the New York itself. At the end of the war the “rebels” renamed the Kings College to Columbia University.

brown university logo7. Brown University: 1764

Brown was founded as the “College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” in 1764 as a Baptist College to train Baptist Ministers.

It is renamed Brown University in 1804 after Nicholas Brown Jr, who between 1786 and 1804 contributed $5,000 toward an endowed professorship.

rutgers logo8. Rutgers University: 1766

Chartered as Queens’ College in 1766, Rutgers was founded by the Dutch Reformed Church to train those who wanted to become Ministers.

The College closed between 1795 and 1807 and for a period following the War of 1812 and 1825. Its named changed to Rutgers College in honor of American Revolutionary War hero Henry Rutgers the year it reopened (1825,) until finally becoming know as Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey by two acts in 1945 and 1956.

dartmouth college logo9. Dartmouth College: 1769

Dartmouth was founded by Puritan Minister Eleazar Wheelock as a school to primarily train Native Americans as missionaries.

It is named after William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth and early supporter of Wheelock.

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College is an expensive proposition, even if you have a scholarship, aid or parental financial assistance.

We’re not claiming that the following 10 ways to stretch your budget while at College are all easy, but following this advice can make your money go further.

planPlan!

The biggest mistake most College students make when it comes to money is failing to have a plan. You can go as far as having a formal budget, but even a basic plan of where your money goes can help you with your long term financial needs.

Get rid of your car

Cars are great to own, but they’re also a sinkhole for money, from registration through to maintenance, insurance and sometimes even parking. Most College campuses have public transportation, and there’s always the option of walking, riding a bicycle or using ride-sharing services instead.

home cookingEat in

Buying lunch of campus, or even regularly buying any of your meals can quickly run up a big food bill where as you could be saving money and even eating more healthily by making it yourself. Learn to cook, take a packed lunch, and seek out food co-ops and bargain supermarkets. If you share food in a dorm, or you’ve got some extra storage space, consider bulk purchases from outlets such as Costco: the savings quickly add up.

Buy Textbooks cheaply

Buy used books where you can, and with all book purchases (new and used) keep them unmarked and in a great condition so you can resell them at the end of term. There’s also a growing number of options for digital versions of your textbooks, so hit Google as well to try and save some money.

credit cardTry to avoid credit

Credit cards are pushed at College students like drugs to addicts, except the former is legal. Credit cards are not your friend and try to avoid obtaining one if you can. If you absolutely must, look for a low interest rate, low limit card so your debt doesn’t get out of control and becomes unmanageable.

Resist impulse buying

It’s tempting when you have money in your pocket (or a credit card) to impulse buy something when you’re our shopping in the mall or local stores. Try to resist impulse buying, and if you do buy something you later regret, don’t be afraid to return it.

bargainBe a bargain hunter

The internet is your friend. When you do need something the chance is that you will find it offered somewhere online at a cheaper price. Browse at your local stores by all means, but be sure to check the price online before you make your purchase.

Set aside a fun budget

Just because you need to save money doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to some fun. Set aside money on a weekly or monthly basis so you can go out and enjoy yourself

pay billsFind work

The job market is difficult but that doesn’t mean that work isn’t available: even if it’s a couple of hours a week it all adds up. Tutoring (other College students or High School students,) music lessons, baby sitting, yard work…there’s always someone out there who needs a hand.

Pay your bills on time

Late fees can blow your budget alone, so it’s important to pay your bills on time. Paying your bills on time is also an investment in your future as it helps you establish a good credit history for when you finish College and want to rent an apartment, buy a car or even start a new business.

 

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