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So You're Thinking About Living Off-Campus

Just like on-campus life, living off-campus has its pluses and minuses. My freshman year at Arizona State University, I was supposed to live with my friend on campus, but decided at the last minute to live off campus in an apartment. In hopes that it may help you make your decision on where to live, here's what I learned from that choice.

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Living With Complete Strangers: How to Avoid a Roommate Horror Story

By on September 18th, 2013 • College & Career, Dorm, Friendship, Resident, Roommates, University, Life

Many college-bound teens shudder while considering the possibility of rooming with a stranger. Fears tend to stem from nights spent watching movies dramatizing negative roommate situations to blockbuster proportions.

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Get Smart Fast: 9 Websites That Can Help You Learn

By on September 10th, 2013 • College & Career, Education, Information, Learning, Online Tools, Life

Learning is something I love. I often feel most powerful while grasping a topic, wrestling with it, and then creating something new with that information . With the continuing democratization of information and education consistently evolving, there are more resources than ever before to increase our skills. Here are nine tools to help you learn more, starting now.

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Avoiding the Freshman 15: A guide to eating healthy in your dormroom

By on August 14th, 2013 • College, College & Career, Diet, Dorm, Eating, Health, Students, Life

The Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism journal published a study in 2012 that found 70 percent of college students gain weight, averaging almost 12 pounds in four years.

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Baccalaureate to the Future: Movies that teach us about making college productive

Believe it or not, a few movies can help maximize the chance that you won't look back on your college experience and say, "if only."

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Real Options: Life can go in many different directions: Straight to Work

Despite the assumption that a bachelor's degree is the only way forward in this world, college isn't the only entrance to forging a life and career. As this story proves, going straight to work is also a way to start a career.

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From Buicks to Big Rigs: Mechanic careers for the modern technician

Careers in mechanics require tough physical work, but the job opportunities are abundant and salaries can be surprisingly good for those who aren't afraid to get dirty. 

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For-Profit College: Good For You or Good For Them?

DeVry University, ITT Technical Institute, Kaplan University, University of Phoenix. You’ve probably seen the advertisements for these schools, but did you know that they are all for-profit institutions? They are in the education business, and they are doing so at a profit to their investors. But do students benefit too?

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COBRA Saves The Day: Everything you need to know about COBRA health insurance

By Juliana Weiss-Roessler on June 27th, 2013 • baby, COBRA, Healthcare, Insurance, Life

A month after I quit my job to write full-time, my husband was let go from his job. Oh, and we'd also just learned I was pregnant. It was a fun week.

Since we live in the United States, losing his employer meant losing our health insurance--but you can't not have health insurance when you're pregnant. Unfortunately, new insurance providers we looked into considered a baby a "preexisting condition," so we turned to COBRA (not the G.I. Joe one) in desperation.

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Best Apartment For Your Budget

Searching for an apartment can be overwhelming, and trying to find a nice place to call home while sticking to a budget can get tricky. Before you begin your search, consider these tips for determining how much your apartment will really cost you and how to find the best place without going broke:

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