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    Advice on Staying Afloat Financially in College

    Have you ever heard the old saying, “College was the best time of my life?” This may be the case for many college students. But sadly, college often comes with a suitcase full of surprises that may seem determined to ruin your life.

    These issues can come in many forms – scheduling classes, the amount of studying expected or even handling new relationships. But one of the more common problems college students tend to face are financial issues.

    Advice on Staying Financially Afloat in College | College with Caitlyn guest post by Lexi Carr

    When I started college, I was ready to take the world by storm. I had a full academic scholarship and was living at home. I had no idea about the struggles I was soon to face, first hand and up close.

    For others, especially students without scholarships, college can become a financial nightmare. If you fall into this category, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Everyone struggles in college, but here’s some advice on how to stay on top of it all.

    Where will you live?

    Despite a recent increase in the number of college students living at home, many students experience living on their own for the first time during their college years. This could mean moving closer to campus, moving states, or even moving countries.

    Living on your own can be expensive. And for students who are only working part-time, or not at all, paying rent can become a major concern.  

    When I returned home from a summer vacation, I discovered that living at home was no longer an option. At 19, I had never lived on my own before and was overwhelmed with the idea of taking on my own financial responsibilities.

    Before moving out, do your research. Is it cheaper to live on campus or off? Staying in on-campus housing may cut down your overall cost of living on a month to month basis, especially if the rent for the semester can be paid with tuition. Read more…

    How One Girl Turns Struggle with Eating Disorder into Bestselling Book and Business (+ giveaway!!)

    It was a Saturday night a few weeks days before I was heading back to Georgetown University for my sophomore year of college. My friends were all going to Applebee’s to eat half price appetizers and spend quality time with each other before returning to their respective colleges and universities.

    Instead of joining the girls, I laid in my bed and cried. I didn’t go to Applebee’s that night because I didn’t want to eat. And I knew, that if I had gone and sat in front of all those greasy foods, I would have binged.

    I didn’t know what it was at the time, but I knew that I had a serious problem. I knew that if I didn’t want to hang out with my best friends just because I was afraid to eat, something was wrong. Fortunately, with eating disorders, recognizing that there is a problem and wanting to change it is often the first step.

    Jaclyn DiGregori cusp it founder

    I went back to Georgetown and started meeting with my school dietitian. I began to learn that taking care of myself, was so much more than just what I ate or how often I exercised. I learned to start loving myself and truly caring for my whole being- mind, body, and soul.

    After almost a year of working on my eating habits and feeling good about myself in general, I finally found balance with my health. But, what I thought would be a breath of fresh air, was far from it. Read more…

    Last Minute Study Abroad Supplies

    Last Minute Study Abroad Supplies: Four items you never thought you needed for studying abroad

    *Zazzle was kind enough to send me these items for free, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. I only suggest brands that I know and love!

    I leave for Scotland in about four days and omg I have so much to do. There are so many little things that go into traveling abroad, let alone studying abroad, so I’ve been hella stressed. Thankfully, Zazzle was sweet enough to send me a few items to make prepping for my semester so much easier.

    I’ve been using Zazzle for years to make customized gifts for my friends (and myself) so I was so excited when they reached out to me. So thank you to them! Now let’s get into these last-minute study abroad supplies! Read more…

    Should You Live in the Dorms or an Apartment in College?

    Should you live in the dorms or an apartment in college? Advice for all college students trying to save money | Cort Furniture Rental student packages | College with Caitlyn

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.

    I’ve lived in the same dorm structure every year in college, and I’m highkey debating switching to off-campus housing last year. Living in the dorms has its advantages, but more and more of my friends are moving off campus and I’m always so jealous of their cute (and much larger spaces) when I visit!

    It’s getting to be the time of year when students are thinking about where they’re going to live next year and who their roommate is going to be, so I’d thought I’d share my pros and cons list of living in the dorms and of getting an apartment to help some of y’all out! Read more…

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