Tag Archive: college experience


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Going off to college is a huge expense.  Books, tuition, room & board, misc fees, and personal expenses are all things that have to be paid for.  Many students, especially low income and middle class students aren’t able to afford these costs and as a result aren’t able to pay for college.  But this is what makes our latest President cool: Pres. Obama sees this issue and has set aside $70 billion of stimulus money for education to low- to middle-income individuals.  What’s even better is the fact that $13.8 billion of the package serves as tax credit reimbursing 100 percent of the first $2,000 of educational expenses for lower income students.

What this means is that President Obama will pay you to go to school.  In fact, he will pay you $2,000 every year to go to school which can help a great deal.  Also, families that do not earn enough to pay income taxes can receive a $1,000 education refund.

Let’s stop putting off our education! There’s a great difference in pay for someone who goes to college as opposed to someone who stops after high school.  Smarten Up!!

Obama will give you $2,500 a year to go to school

-Ron

5 Tips For Parents w/ College Freshmen…

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1. Don’t be the problem solver

One of the biggest things my parents had to do when I went away to college was allow me to figure things out for myself instead of them always coming to my rescue.  This meant I had to figure out my class schedule, prioritize my time effectively, figure out my class route (b/c U of I has a huge campus), and most of all determine what I wanted to do in life without chasing money and the wishes of my parents.

2. Encourage familiarization

 “There are usually lists of other students who are in their class. Try to get a sense of who’s going to be there. If they have questions about the university, parents can help them find out who to contact. But encourage incoming freshmen to make those contacts themselves.”  Using my course and school websites were crucial to my academic success.  Through these sites I was able to keep up w/ assignments as well as make new friends based on who were in my classes with me.

3. Don’t over-communicate

“We live in such an electronic, cell-phone, text-messaging culture that I see a lot of students who are in touch almost every day with their parents,” says Paul Chelsen, vice president for student development at Wheaton College. “I think regular communication is important, obviously, but there can be so much communication with friends and family on Facebook back home that it can derail the social integration that can happen when a student goes away to college.”

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-Ron

Even Kanye Will Work for Free

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Even though Kanye didn’t graduate from college, that hasn’t stopped him from getting the college experience.  After creating multiple successful albums, countless hours of touring, and producing for some of the biggest stars, Kanye West is taking time to work for free w/ The Gap Clothing Line.  He’s doing a summer internship w/ the Gap, w/ hopes of sharpening his skills for fashion design .  The Chicago Tribune reports ” He’s working side-by-side with pal designer and creative director Patrick Robinson, who was reportedly hired to spruce up the label.”  He’s already been successful at creating Air Yeezy’s w/ Nike and Louis Vutton casual shoes as well.  Maybe he’ll get a clothing line from this deal.

For those that don’t know, internships allow people to gain first-hand experiences w/ a given company, seeing what it’s like to actually work in the field of your dreams before it actually happens.  Many times college students work as interns over the summer to gain experience, background knowledge, and most importantly connections into the job fields they wish to engage in for the future.  They can be really great resources as sometimes interns get offered jobs before there summer is up.  Networking is key in any job field and internships can be essential toward future employment