I was pooped, and it has been a tiring day. After a long day in the office, I trudged home in the bitter cold. Many parts of the U.S. have been unseasonably cold, and Washington DC has been no different with temperatures dropping as low as 9°F/ -12°C.
Before I could unlock my front door, I could hear soft cries from the other side. As I opened the door, two white tipped ears followed by a pair of bright eyes eagerly peered out at me. It was my cat, Charlotte. Every day this ball of fur eagerly greets me when I come home.
A college education in the U.S. can be absurdly expensive. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average cost to attend college is over $20,000 annually. Most students are not rich and often have to find creative ways to make their money stretch. Whether you are a student new to college, in grad school, continuing your education or a caretaker preparing to send a child to college here are some money-saving tips.
1. Take community college classes.
Community college is significantly cheaper than a four-year college or university. Some community colleges have relationships with larger institutions where class credits are easily transferable between the two. This would be a great option for students new to college or students open to taking summer/winter classes.
2. Take college classes while in high school.
Some students in high school are advanced and can handle a college credit or two. Some schools may even allow advanced students to be partially enrolled in high school and college. Often the college course is offered free to the student.
Today, I feel so excited about the future. I have BIG plans for myself—improving my finances, traveling, learning a new language, and moving abroad. See, big things!
So, how did I get to this mental plateau? At the time, I had recently turned 30, and I was growing bored in the mundane affairs of my life. I decided to travel to Costa Rica, which was the first time I traveled alone abroad, and the first time I’d been to Central America. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but I had no real itinerary or expectations. As a person who once obsessed over every detail, it was refreshing to just live and let live.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The New Year is one of my favorite times of the year. Another year behind me and a new year to look forward to. I love the New Year for the same reasons I love sunrises—it brings with it anew. It brings with it the promise of the unknown. It brings with it new possibilities. It brings with it change. All of which I openly embrace because the only thing promised in life is change.
We recognize this when we make New Year’s resolutions. For whatever reason, we did not or we were unable to address certain matters in the previous year and we see a fresh start in the New Year, hence the infamous New Year’s resolution.
We all know the challenges of life. Attempting to maintain a basic life can be difficult and some of us tend to complicate it further by having ambitions. The nerve of us! On top of work, school, laundry, grocery shopping, exercising, and whatever else, some of us want to do more. Talk about being an overachiever!
HI. I'M AWET.
A simple soul who likes to engage the world in meaningful ways in the hopes of inspiring others.
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