Your average college student is anywhere from 18 to 24 years old, lives in a dorm on campus and goes to school full time. Some of these students have part-time jobs or participate in extracurricular activities, but rarely do they have responsibilities outside of schoolwork. The “non-traditional” student in contrast is the complete opposite.
To lots of college students, budgeting isn’t on the top of their priority list. Mom and dad’s money seems endless — until you start making your own. A budget is a plan that helps you prioritize your spending over the course of a week, month or year. By creating one, you can develop the knowledge to recognize the difference between your wants and your needs. In the long run, budgeting is important for goals such as paying off your student loans, saving up for a home or going on a grand vacation.
By Isa Perez Unlike most people, where I would attend college was already predetermined before I was even born. My grandfather put me onto the Florida Prepaid plan and said I would never leave. I would attend Florida International University and live at home in Miami. Little did he know his granddaughter would grow up […]
Our editor-in-chief applies her savvy budgeting habits she honed in NYC to her life in Gainesville.
By Mary-Lou Watkinson It’s my senior year of college, and I decided to make one of the biggest decisions of my life. I decided to get a roommate. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating, but this is a pretty big step for me. I know what some of you are thinking: “Didn’t you live in a dorm?” […]
By Cara Chiaramonte I’ve always thought of Thanksgiving break as a mean week put in place to tease us college students into thinking the semester is already over. I appreciate the holiday, of course, but it’s really hard to get back in the swing of things when there are only two weeks left in the […]
By Mallory Schindler I graduate in less than a month (WHAT.). That’s great, except for one little thing – my apartment lease goes through next August. This is because the Gainesville apartment companies are the spawn of Satan, do not allow partial leases – and they hate me. I absolutely have to find a subleaser, […]
By Sarah Loftus Every semester, I grow in ways I didn’t think possible, and this semester, I learned one of my most valuable lessons a few weeks ago. In elementary, middle and high school, I was constantly told how important grades were. I have a high-achieving older sister, educated grandparents and parents. My dad’s family […]