All posts filed under: graduate

5 Things You Should Know About Student Loan Debt

When I think back to when I was in Grade 12 gearing up for university, it seems so long ago. Who knew the decisions I made then regarding my finances (and some that where inevitable due to my circumstances) would continue to impact and shape me as the person I am today. To save future post-secondary students or current ones from getting into more student debt than they need to, I have compiled a short list of what I learned from incurring so much student debt. If you have to take out ‘more’ student loan to complete your undergraduate degree outside of your hometown, it’s probably a bad idea. I understand that some students would like to go to a school outside of their city because it’s well known for the program they want to take. Others may just want to leave the nest egg. However, in most cases the added debt needed to finance this decision exceeds the economic benefit they actually get once their out of school. This was not an option for…

Graduate School Personal Statement

Originally posted on Fred Colton:
? Blame the weak winter sun and lack of Vitamin D for how much I despise the dumb kids this week. Two years we’ve been working on the past tense. They all still say: yesterday, I riding the bike. In Korea it’s legitimately impossible to fail English. Gentleman’s Cs for all. One time I said hello to a student and he started crying; he had no idea how to respond. I need smarter students. I probably need a Master’s so I can get the golden handcuffs gig at a university. You, the School of Education, should give me this Master’s, without me having to jump through a single hoop.  You must simply hand it to me, because there’s nothing you can teach me. I have over three thousand hours in the classroom. I am the pilot who knows turbulence, I am the warrior who’s battled the devil. What can you possibly show me. It would be your institution’s greatest honor if I filled a seat at your table, and paid your…

ThePostGradGal takes on Healthy Pasta Salad

Originally posted on thepostgradgal:
Slightly jealous at people’s food- photography skills. What this pasta salad lacks in beauty, it makes up for in taste. Happy Monday, everyone! I attended a Lunch and Learn event last week at work where catered box lunches were provided. In that box was an amazing cup of pasta salad, something I very rarely treat myself to having. Keeping in mind how simple pasta salad can be to make, I wanted to give it a try for my lunch this week.I sought to keep the recipe light, yet filling, and without breaking the bank, so I made some tweaks to an amazing Pinterest recipe from fellow blogger, Love Grows Wild, to make the pasta salad it even healthier, without compromising any flavor! Check it out below. ThePostGradGal Pasta Salad Lovingly adopted from a recipe from Love Grows Wild Serves 6-8 Ingredients: 1 16 oz box of Ronzoni Garden Delight Tricolor Rotini 2 cups Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing (more or less to taste. I’d go less next time.) 1 5 oz package…

Prioritizing Then & Balancing Now

There are two specific times in my life that I realized how important it was for me to prioritize: spring semester senior year and now (one year after graduating). Senior Year: Spring Semester For the record, I’ve always done my best to prioritize, but senior year spring semester my skills were put to the test. Being an active member of my college community (which meant being over involved) I had to cut back in order to focus on postgraduate plans. One afternoon I received a call from an individual that had the audacity to lecture me over my choice to work on a group project and future endeavors versus participating in an event for an extracurricular activity. I used logic to prioritize the circumstance. I chose to attend college to get a degree, the extracurricular activities were a perk that would not make or break (emphasis on break) my ability to get a job. I didn’t pay $160k for extracurriculars. My priorities, in order, were my education, internships, anything related to film/TV (due to my career choice), and …

LA Livin’

I am proud to say, I am no longer a senior in college. As of May 24, 2014 I am a graduate and current resident of LA. YEP. I did it. I moved to LA. I waited about a month after graduation. The moving process was pricey. I chose to ship my car and I flew out here. It was for the best. Right before arriving, I solidified an apartment (risky, but I’m a thorough researcher) and had to set everything up. What does that mean? I had to get: Renter’s insurance Set up the gas and power/water bill Pay the application fee Pay the deposit fee Setting up a rental car Not to mention purchasing the plane ticket, shipping items, and paying for meals during the day of flying. I ended up paying for a rental car for the first three days (until my car arrived). They told me shipping would take 7-10 days. I tried to ship it a week before leaving so that I’d be three days early or arrive on the …