#CollegeProbs: Part 2

Hey people!

I’m baaaaack. I hope your winter break was filled with copious amounts of Netflix programming and other fun, relaxing things like that, but now it’s back to the daily college grind. And since we are back at college, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit some #CollegeProbs that you are sure to encounter throughout the semester. These all come from real tweets that someone, somewhere tweeted out with the #CollegeProbs hashtag. Let’s go!

Tweet 1: “I will be spending nearly $1,000 on books this semester #CollegeProbs”

Whoa. That is a lot. Luckily, there are a few ways to lower this price. First, I would rent used textbooks as much as possible. Renting is cheaper and used is cheaper. Also, I would look to buy or rent online before buying at the bookstore. The bookstore has more overhead than some online retailers, so sometimes the prices are cheaper online. So, do your homework before breaking out your checkbook! Also, when you sell your textbooks back, look at online retailers and see how much they can pay you compared to how much the bookstore can pay you. You might be able to make more of your money back!

Tweet 2: “8 a.m. classes shud (yes, that is how the person spelt should) be illegal #collegeprobs”

First of all, I would like to say that I completely agree with this #CollegeProb. 8 a.m. classes are brutal. However, they probably will not become illegal anytime soon. And it probably will be difficult to avoid 8 a.m. classes for your entire four years. So, when you do get stuck with an 8 a.m., you are just going to have to deal with it. Sometimes they are required and there is nothing you can do. But, hey, odds are you will have to be up at 8 a.m. for your job in the real world, so you better get used to it. Coffee. Drink a lot of coffee. That is the only advice I can provide on this one.

Tweet 3: “When high school kids complain about how cold it is < at least you don’t have to walk a mile to class #CollegeProbs”

Ah ha! Neither do you, Iowa Staters! Student meet CyRide, CyRide meet student. When it gets super cold, you can avoid trudging through the snow by simply hoping on a CyRide and getting to class that way. It’s quick and easy and a lot warmer than walking all the way across campus. I’m not CyRide schedule expert, but if you hop on the free orange route, that one just circles campus basically, so you’ll get anywhere you need to be on campus.

Tweet 4: “Can a girl get some scholarships? #CollegeProbs”

Why, yes. Yes, you can get some scholarships. Well, you can apply for them at least. Just go to Iowa State’s Office of Student Financial Aid page and they have a ton of places were you can find scholarships based on your department or specific college and even privately funded scholarships. So, there you go. Good luck! Deadlines are approaching fast!

Tweet 5: “I am so worried about student debt that I just googled how much one of my kidneys could be worth #CollegeProbs”

I think I should make it very, very clear that selling your kidney is not the best solution. There are a number of things you can do to try and keep your future debt down that don’t involve selling a part of your body. Recommended ways of keeping debt down include: scholarships (see above!), getting a part-time job, avoid unnecessary expenses (looking at you, Playstation 4), buy your own food instead of eating out all the time, save as much cash as possible, take notes from Extreme Couponers, intern somewhere so it’s easier to get a job out of college. It is going to be hard to avoid debt completely, but the less debt you have the better. And every little bit you save counts!

That is all I have for solutions to #CollegeProbs this time around. But don’t worry. People love tweeting about their #CollegeProbs, so I am sure we will have enough tweets for #CollegeProbs part 3 in a few weeks!

Later, gators.

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