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Inexpensive Ways to Make College Feel More Like Home

Inexpensive Ways to Make College Feel More Like Home

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The Fall semester is here and it brings numerous challenges to new college students. For those living in a dorm for the first time, it can be hard to study because of homesickness. Many freshmen students are overwhelmed by the change in responsibility, as well as missing their parents and siblings. So, how do we make college feel more like home without breaking the bank? We have 4 inexpensive tips below. What is homesickness about? Contrary to popular belief, "homesickness isn't necessarily about home." It's more about our basic needs for love, protection, and security. While attempting to make college...
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How to Wake Up Early for School and Other Errands

How to Easily Wake Up Early for School

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It's 6 AM in the morning and your alarm clock is screaming at you. You've sunk deeper into the covers and now you're considering skipping your shower. It seems like the nights are so short and the mornings have turned into a frenzy. Is there a better way to learn how to be somewhere early? If you, or somebody you know, needs to step it up in the wake-up routine department, then look no further. We're here to give you the 6 best tips for morning productivity. Kick the stress and snooze buttons to the curb, find out how to...
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Your Hectic Student Life Needs a Little Fresh Air

Your Hectic Student Life Needs a Little Fresh Air

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With the demands of a hectic student life, many college attendees find it hard to spend time outdoors. In fact, it's difficult not to feel the effects of cabin fever after studying inside all day. Most students simply forget to get a little fresh air on a daily basis. Here's how to change that: 1. Try eating lunch outside Even busy students need to pause for food breaks. Why not occasionally eat lunch outside? Gather a nice picnic blanket and find your favorite tree. Enjoy your meal outdoors with a cool breeze and feel the stresses of a hectic student life...
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7 Dorm Room Goals for Your New Space

7 Dorm Room Goals for Your New Space

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Currently, many college students are preparing to move away from home and settle into a new space. The transition to a dorm environment can be intimidating. And, if you're reading this article, you're most likely interested in how to make the best of it. Don't worry, we've got you covered. We'll show you 7 dorm room goals that you can achieve during your very first semester. Back to School Funds If you need a little help with your back to school funds, Achieva may be able to assist. Apply for a Back to School Loan and borrow up to $3,500 and take...
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Work and Productivity Tips for Students

Work and Productivity Tips for Students

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College, for some, is a great time of learning and innovation. While some subjects are complex, the hard work of studying pays off. Unfortunately for others, college remains a challenge because there's a large number of tasks. Time management is a big deal for those wanting academic success. If you, or someone you know, is having a difficulty navigating college life, we feel that these productivity tips for students may help. Read further to learn about balancing your school's syllabus in harmony with actual life. 1. Have a realistic view of your day If you consider being productive along the same...
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The College Student's Guide to Paycheck Budgeting

Create A College Student Budget That Sticks

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Whether you're in college or know someone who is, creating a college student budget can make a world of difference. Who doesn't like to feel productive with their money? With all of the pressures of studying, it's nice to keep some peace in regards to our wallets. Here are 5 tips for managing your expenses that fit perfectly into your student life. 1. List your expenses The first step to building a college student budget is to understand your expenses. Are you living with your parents while in college or do you share an apartment with some roommates? Make a list...
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2018 Achieva Scholarship Competition

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Raise your hand if you could use more money for college. We see you! As part of our on-going commitment to our members, Achieva is pleased to announce the 2018 Achieva Scholarship Competition. Ten deserving students will each collect a $1,000 scholarship, and two students will be awarded $2,500 scholarships. To be eligible for the $1,000 Achieva Credit Union Scholarship applicants must be Achieva Credit Union members in good standing and either be a high school senior or be currently enrolled in college or vocational training school. To be eligible for the $2,500 Hugh “Max” Kriever Memorial Scholarship, applicants must...
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Is Social Media Making You Unemployable?

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Snapchat. Instagram. Twitter. Facebook. Reddit. LinkedIn. We live in a highly connected society. Anything you do or say could appear on social media – with or without your permission – at any time. Should you be concerned about WHO is viewing your posts? If you are in the market for a new job, the answer is YES. In the good old days before the Internet, your resume and your smiling face were the sum total of information that a potential employer could use to evaluate your qualifications. Those days are long gone, and employers are now using multiple sources, including...
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Building Credit: A Primer for College Students or Recent Grads

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Building a good credit history can seem like a daunting task, but if you begin while you are in college it really isn’t difficult. Set yourself up for future success by taking small steps now that will help you be ready for the “real world” post-graduation. Establishing credit doesn’t mean that you will immediately go down a rabbit hole of debt. That type of situation is completely avoidable with a little basic education and the right mindset. Why Should I Care About My Credit Score? Most people are aware that their credit score affects their ability to secure a mortgage...
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Summer Vacation – How to Travel with Friends

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Traveling with friends sounds like a good idea – one big, Instagram-worthy party - until you’re in the thick of it and disagreements occur. Difficulties often develop around money, especially when some of the travelers need to stick to a budget. A little planning ahead can keep the party on track and mishaps to a minimum. Follow these suggestions to avoid awkward situations: Before You Go Institute a clear channel of communication. Gather everyone in the same room and plan the trip together. Be sure that everyone has the opportunity to make suggestions or voice concerns. Ensure that each person...
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