Author Archives: Maurice Benson

Scholarships or Student Loans, what comes first?

As you start to look for options to help you finance your education, should you first search for scholarships or loans? Both scholarships and student loans are forms of financial aid that are available to help you pay for your … Continue reading

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Exit counseling for your private loans

Fall graduation is almost here which means soon it will be time for students to attend exit counseling sessions. When you borrow money from certain student loan programs, like the Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loan, the federal government requires schools … Continue reading

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Staying on campus for Thanksgiving?

Whether you are a freshman and away from home for the first time or an upper classman, you are probably starting to think about Thanksgiving Day. I was one of the lucky ones who were able to go home for … Continue reading

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5 things to know as your student loan grace period ends

For some of you, the last 6 months has been a whirlwind: you graduated from college; may have moved into a new apartment; potentially have started your first real 8 to 5 job and might just wish you were back … Continue reading

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A little low on dough?

October is here and you have settled into the fall semester at college. Everything is going great except you have already gone over budget and money is tight. What to do? This is very common, especially for first year students. … Continue reading

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What can you learn from the people you meet in school?

For me, the best thing about college was not just what I learned from classes, it was also what I learned about life. Going away to school was the first time I was on my own, and I was thrown … Continue reading

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What do they really mean by diversity?

Have you noticed that everyone today wants a more diverse and inclusive culture?  Whether you are applying for college, starting your first job or buying your first home, the word diversity pops up somewhere.  So much so that diversity has … Continue reading

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Having the courage to fail

A little over 4 years ago I made a decision to leave the life I knew in Austin and move to New York.  Many people thought I was nuts to move at such a time.  The industry I work in … Continue reading

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Yes, you too can practice leadership….seriously.

I am sure you have been told by someone that everyone can be a leader and—like most people—you have dismissed it.  Why? Because we associate leadership and authority as the same thing, and they are not.  To put it simply, … Continue reading

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The art of leadership

Lately, I have spent more time reading books on leadership. Technology has changed the landscape of business and everyone is trying to keep up. More than ever, companies need to rely on strong leadership to be successful. Organizations need to… Continue reading

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