Monthly Archives: June 2007

Take it to the limit

After July 1, you’ll have an even bigger reason to apply for federal aid—increased Federal Stafford Loan  limits. In case you need a couple of reminders why it’s a good idea to max out your federal funding before turning to… Continue reading

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How did you choose your college?

On Monday, Staci posted about an article on "College Selection Hysteria." I’ve heard a lot about this since I started working in the student loan industry, and it’s fascinated me. When I chose my college—some 18 years ago—not only was… Continue reading

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The ‘College Selection Hysteria’ phenomenon

Calling all soon-to-be high school juniors and their parents! Last week I came across a great article  about College Selection Hysteria—also known as CSH—in the Annapolis Capital. Here’s what the author (and licensed clinical psychologist) Dr. Scott E. Smith had… Continue reading

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42 seconds of pure ecstasy … followed by four months of pain

To this day I can remember getting my first credit card as a freshman in college! I ripped open the envelope and thought—EUREKA!—I’m in the dough now. In record speed I was at the local shopping mall  to use that… Continue reading

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How to spend $37 at McDonald’s without even trying

No, this is not the story of how I ate 10 Big Macs® . This is a cautionary tale for anyone with a bank account. My stepdaughter learned a critical banking lesson—the hard way—a couple weeks ago. She generally keeps a… Continue reading

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Eats on the cheap

One adjustment students need to make at this time of year is mastering a food budget. When you’re living on campus with a meal plan, food might not cross your mind. But when you’re on your own completing a summer… Continue reading

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It’s hard to be friends with Barbara

When your friends are at different life stages—or different economic stages—than you are, sometimes it’s a bit of a struggle. Twelve and a half years separate me and Barbara (it’s true—I could’ve been her babysitter). So I’m a little older,… Continue reading

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I’m Spending How Much?

This week I have been attempting to respond to a recent comment made on my “Oh brother (he’s on his own)” post. Try as I might, the reply continues to lengthen. I really want to give this comment a thorough… Continue reading

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Raising my hand with consolidation questions

I’m a sucker for breaking the awkward silence. If a professor waited long enough after asking a question in college, I would always pipe up. Well, if I kind of knew the answer. I asked y’all for questions about student… Continue reading

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I want it NOW!

Remember the self-absorbed, spoiled Veruca Salt from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” ? In the first film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book (which I was a wee bit obsessed with in my youth), Veruca sang my favorite song, "I Want… Continue reading

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