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6 Reasons You’re Still in Debt

Posted by Pierce Conway on Jun 28, 2016 1:30:00 PM


If you don't have a plan, it's hard to reach your goal.

our 2016 New Year’s resolution was to finally pay down all your debt. But it’s now May, and your balance has hardly budged. What’s going on? Here are the top 10 reasons why your debt isn’t dwindling — and what you can do to get debt-free by the end of the year.

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Constructing Our Future - Fall 2016

Posted by Cal on Jun 20, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Wow! The upcoming school year is already just aroud the corner and there is so much to look forward to next fall. 


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So How Do You Actually "College"?

Posted by Cal on Jun 15, 2016 12:00:20 PM

No matter what your impression of college was before you actually arrived on campus and started classes, your preconceived notions inevitably changed. You may have thought you'd have more time to party; you may have thought people would be different; you may have thought the classes would be less stressful. No matter the details, though, you probably thought one thing: that college wouldn't be quite this hard.

Finding little ways to make your college life easier can take some dedication, but with a little work (and consistency), you might be surprised at how a few little changes can make a big difference.


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5 Hottest Travel Trends of Summer 2016

Posted by Pierce Conway on Jun 14, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Roadtrips, national parks, and cheap airfare make the list.

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Topics: travel

3 Major Money Tips for the New College Grad

Posted by Pierce Conway on May 31, 2016 11:00:00 AM



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Topics: Students

20 Things Nobody Tells You When You Graduate College

Posted by Pierce Conway on May 17, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Take a crazy job, don't stress about money — and Drake was right




Congratluations class of 2016! We are proud to call you alumni of University of Southern California. I'm sure many of you are wondering now that college is what?

Before you throw your cap in the air — or at least before you stage an Instagram photo of you throwing your cap in the air — allow me to share some things nobody will tell you about transitioning into the real world

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Topics: Students

An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time

Posted by Pierce Conway on May 12, 2016 3:09:08 PM


It sucks, and I won't lie to you and tell you it doesn't. The day you walk out of Advising, head hanging down because you aren't going to finish in four years, makes you feel ashamed of yourself. You did well in high school; you were always told you were smart, expected to be smart, so why couldn't you make it out in four years like you were supposed to?


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6 Tips for a Stress Free Finals Week

Posted by Pierce Conway on May 3, 2016 11:00:00 AM


It's that time of the year again! With the school year rapidly slipping away and the promise of summer on the horizon, the looming cloud of finals week is enough to defeat even the most dedicated student. Whether you have been preparing since the first day of classes or are opening that textbook for the first time, there are bound to be nerves and maybe even a few tears.

But a few simple tweaks can help calm those pre-test jitters and set you on the path to success.

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Topics: Students

8 Smart Steps to Appeal for More College Financial Aid

Posted by Pierce Conway on Apr 26, 2016 11:00:00 AM

And boost your odds of actually getting it.


If you can’t afford your dream college because it didn’t award you enough financial aid, don’t just give up in defeat. You still have time to appeal for an increase in grants or scholarships.

“It is important for families to know that this option exists, that there is a process in place where they can appeal, and a financial aid officer has authority to make changes” to their award, says Megan McClean, managing director of policy and federal relations for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

While colleges are not required to approve all (or any) appeals, financial aid counselors and families who have made successful appeals say that following these eight steps will maximize your chances of getting more aid.

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Topics: Students

Why Money Makes You Stressed

Posted by Pierce Conway on Apr 19, 2016 11:00:00 AM


Whether or not we talk about money with our friends and family—and we probably don’t—we rarely touch on the subject at work. It’s embarrassing, even taboo, and it raises questions around self-worth and security. However, money and its attendant worry makes its way into the office all the same—dominating our thoughts and affecting performance and focus.

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Topics: money, money tips

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