• Life,  School Life

    Three Steps to College Planning

    It seems like everyone is talking about our student loan crisis. We heard about it from the presidential candidates last year. We’re hearing about it in Congress. We’re even hearing rumblings from banks and the financial industry. Unfortunately, it’s all talk right now, and talk isn’t going to help you pay your college tuition. What will help is an understanding of…

  • Life,  School Life

    Understanding College Loans

    If you are planning for college right now, you are probably caught between the exciting prospect of a 4-year adventure at your dream school and the hard reality that college is expensive. CollegeBoard reports that the average cost for tuition and board for a year at an in-state public college is a little over $20,000. For private 4-year institutions, you…

  • Life,  School Life

    That Love/Hate Relationship with Our College Papers

    Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we all have strong feelings about our college papers. Ask any past or present college student, and you’ll hear about the one fantastically insightful paper that wowed a particularly difficult professor. Or, you’ll hear about the beastly project that demanded an all-nighter, refusing to take shape until the wee hours of the morning. Truthfully, we…

  • Life,  Personal Life

    Summertime Bucket List

    Ahhh — summer. It’s a time when some of us slow down, relax, watch the bees buzzing around our flower gardens, or catch up on our favorite Netflix series. But, it can also be a flurry of activity for those using their free days days to make some money with jobs or to broaden their resumes with camp or volunteer…

  • Germ U,  School Life

    Got Senioritis?

    Track coaches always say: “It’s not how you start a race; it’s how you finish it.” At this time of year, college and high school seniors are seeing the finish line of their race to graduation. If you are rounding the curve and getting to that final sprint, the going might be getting tough now. Just as you need one last…

  • Germ U,  School Life

    Surviving Your First College Papers

    September is a whirlwind of a month for new college students. You spent the entire summer planning, packing, and saying goodbye to your old life. Over the past month, you have settled into your comfy room, have started to understand your new roommate, and have found your way around campus. Now, before you can even breathe a sigh of relief…

  • Germ U,  How To

    Your Journal: A Gift to Your Future

    Paging through my old journal a few weeks ago, I came upon an entry describing the delicious home cooking of a dear friend. She grew up in the 1950s, a time before the advent of prepackaged foods. Her meals were real, solid food: thick, juicy cuts of beef and light, creamy mashed potatoes, garnished only with a dark, velvety gravy.…