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Making Money in College Without A Traditional Job

Making Money in College Without A Traditional Job

It’s your first year at college and the first time you’ve had access to a bank account and a credit card. At this point in late November, you’re probably finding yourself pretty strapped for cash after a few weeks of hard partying (and some of the upperclassmen might be feeling the strain as well).

But, with a full course load, extracurriculars, and an active social life, how are you supposed to hold down a real job to pay for the lifestyle?

Quick cash is easier to find than you think…

1) Sell Your Books

Don’t ever EVER give away your books for free. The turn around is so easy at the beginning and end of each semester. Not only do you get cash fast, but you also clear up the space in the broom cupboard that is your college double.

2) TAing

As long as you don’t have to do research for the professor, the life of a TA is pretty sweet. You have maybe a couple of sections a week that you have to lead, and it’s usually a discussion, a.k.a. BS Fridays. None of the students probably have done the Friday reading because they went out the night before. Also, in a lot of cases, the prof will probably have already provided you an answer key for each of the exams, which can probably graded during meal times.

3) Dining Services Card Swiper

If you’re at the main dining hall, this might be a bit of pain, but otherwise, at any on campus eatery, it is a very low stress job. One girl I know perfected the art of being able to swipe with one hand while holding her Anatomy of Sea Mammals textbook in the other hand. I think she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

4) Help People Move In/Move Out

Get a group of friends together and arrive early on Move-in Day and help people lift heavy boxes and set up their rooms. Move-Out Day is even more profitable because everyone is exhausted by the time exams end and have no desire to pack up or throw things out. Charge a hefty fee to dispose of items and patch up holes in walls. Once word gets around the dorm, you’ll be in business for the long haul.

5) Dorm-Room Garage Sale

Sell your stuff. I’m sure you have a ton of it. More than that, if anyone in your dorm is trying to get rid of anything, take it and sell it on eBay or Amazon. It really can’t get much simpler than that.

6) Proctor the SATs

Check around the local high schools or contact the ETS/College Board and ask them if they’re in need of proctors. The gig pays $125 for 5 hours of just sitting in a room and making sure a bunch of high schoolers don’t cheat.

Earlier this month I proctored the October SAT, and the only difficult part was staying awake during the last 2 hours of the test. I had gone out and partied hard the night before, so I had a massive headache and was exhausted. Otherwise, it’s fantastic.

7) Alumni Call Center

The shifts last all of 2 hours, and it puts you in the position to talk to affluent alumni who could potentially hire you for summer internships and real jobs after you graduate from college.

8) Craigslist Miscellaneous Jobs

This may create the most grief because of the lack of screening process, but Craigslist always has ads for temp work, some of which can be completed entirely online. It’s a bit risky to go the Craigslist route because there is no accountability where your employer is concerned, but it’s something to at least browse to get an idea of the kinds of ads you could put up on your campus.

9) Baby-sit/Dog-sit for Professors

Ideally, you shouldn’t do this for any professor you currently have, because if anything happens to the kid or dog, you might see a dramatic drop in your GPA. Professors are always going off to conferences, and a lot of them probably live near campus. Not only do you get to hang out in their cribs, watch free TV, and eat free food, but you can probably get a good chunk of your homework done.

10) Invent Something

Put those entrepreneurial skills to use and make something creative or expose your campus to something new that is commonplace elsewhere. When I was a senior in college, these two guys I know started up a Dutch waffle company called Van Wafels. Stroop waffles are basically street food in Amsterdam, but they’re pretty pricy and difficult to find in Rhode Island. These guys started out by giving free samples on the main green, and eventually, the campus eateries started to stock their products.

Author Bio

Today’s guest article comes from Sara Tahir.  She is a managing editor at The Campus Companion, a college media network dedicated to helping college students academically, financially, socially, and spiritually. She graduated from Brown University in 2010 with an A.B. in English. She spent the year after college living in and traveling throughout China. Currently, she teaches Chinese and Urdu at the Wheeler School in Rhode Island.

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Can Claiming Bankruptcy Discharge Student Loan Debt?

Can Claiming Bankruptcy Discharge Student Loan Debt?

Prior to 1976, Student Loan Debt could be discharged in bankruptcy. A trend of recently graduated students quickly turning to bankruptcy verses paying off college loans was established by students amassing large amounts of education loans (usually through graduate, law, or doctorate programs). In 1976, congress tightened the bankruptcy laws and restricted education loans from being discharged. Over the years, as loopholes were found, Congress continued to toughen the laws governing the discharge-ability of student loans through bankruptcy. As a follow-up to our Bankruptcy & Student Loan article published the other day, I am sharing a great infographic with you today that provides a nice visualization of information related to bankruptcy & student loans. Enjoy!

Today’s infographic provided by: OnlineColleges.net

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Part Time Jobs & Great Resume Builders For Students

Part Time Jobs & Great Resume Builders For Students

Students may feel that good grades alone will help them secure the right job after graduation. In recent years, however, employers are looking for a multifaceted approach to career building. There are plenty of part-time jobs that can give fantastic experience opportunities that will make a resume stand out; however, many budding professionals will pass them up because they think either the pay is too low, the hours too inconvenient or the level of experience is inadequate. It can be a big mistake to overlook some of the great part-time opportunities that can actually help build your resume, diversify your experience and make you more attractive to employers. The following jobs are relatively easy to secure, offer flexible hours and help develop easily translatable job skills:

Retail and Hospitality

Retail and hospitality are often the go-to positions for part-time or temporary job seekers. Many people consider these jobs a necessary means to an end, but working in retail or in the restaurant or bar business can have an additional perk: it looks great on a resume. If you have ever been in a bar, restaurant or retail store during a busy time—Saturday evening or the day after Thanksgiving, for example—you may wonder how those employees keep their cool when their work space is exploding into chaos around them. Working retail and hospitality helps you develop the ability to work well under pressure, to multitask, and to think quickly on your feet. If the career you want requires you to deal with people or complete multiple assignments under a strict deadline, your retail job can develop the skills that can help you get ahead.

Tutoring

Some students have an area of expertise that they can use to help other students excel. Whether you’re great at math, music or foreign languages, tutoring can be a great way to earn extra cash while helping other students get better grades. You can tutor students of any age, grade, or skill level, and you can often set your own hours—an added job perk, since you can adjust your schedule when it comes time for midterms and finals. Tutoring is an ideal position for students who want to convey that they have a good grasp of a subject or skill to potential employers; so much so that they are able to simplify complex ideas for others. Students can look for tutoring jobs through campus newspapers, where parents in nearby neighborhoods often post listings seeking tutors for their children. On-campus tutoring centers are also an option, and usually hire students every quarter.

Work Study

Work-study positions are only available to students who qualify, and can only be offered at schools that participate in the Federal Work Study Program. For those students who do qualify, however, it can be great work experience with added benefits for the student. If your financial aid package includes work study, you can have financial aid applicable to your tuition, living expenses, and student loans, while building connections with professionals in your intended field. One of the goals of work study is that a job position be closely tied with your area of study, so it is a great way to gain relevant experience. Work study programs offer positions both on and off campus, and most off-campus positions are with non-profit or government programs. The added benefit of a work study position really lies with the student: these positions allow for a portion of your income to go towards financing your education, and offer flexible schedules so students can keep up with course work.

Tech Support/IT

With current college students being part of what is known as the “Internet generation,” it’s no surprise that more and more professors are using online lectures, podcasts and test-taking software. With so many professors relying on technology to lead lectures and administer assignments, it’s no surprise that when computers fail, there must be an immediate solution available. This is where tech support comes in. With minimal training, plenty of computer science majors or other tech-minded students can land a job in tech support. On-campus tech support is a great part-time job that can build your computer skills and help you to forge connections with professionals in your industry. Employers will value a candidate that has extensive experience solving technological issues, and computer science majors will benefit from hands-on experience with new technology.

Volunteer Work

Volunteer work can come in many forms, whether it’s working a couple nights a week in a soup kitchen or overseeing a large non-profit organization. While it may seem that your unpaid volunteering is just a good deed, it also helps you build skills you can use in your career. Volunteering can help develop high-level organizational skills, people skills and an even temper. Many employers appreciate a potential employee who is concerned about her community. Volunteer work is an ideal opportunity for students whose class schedules leave little time available for a part-time job. Employers like to see that a prospective employee is always looking to gain experience—meaning your good deed may just pay out in the end. When you list your volunteer position on your resume, however, be wary of any employers that may be turned off by the organization. If your position is with a very religious a very political organization, it may not be a wise choice to include it in your resume.

While maintaining your course work is important, never underestimate the value of experience. Employers understand that with a recent economic downturn, current students and recent college graduates may not have a resume packed with relevant experience. These part-time positions will help develop basic skills—like customer service, computer skills and organizational skills—that can translate well to any resume. Be careful to parse your skill set and tailor your resume with those skills your future employer wants to see. While in college, part-time jobs can be more than just a source of extra cash; they can help you build your career in creative and interesting ways.

Today’s guest article is provided by Stacy Rost. She worked in several areas mentioned above during her college years. One of her most rewarding part time jobs was tutoring prospective computer technicians for their A+ Certification exams.

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Helpful Tips For Last Minute College Housing Situations

Helpful Tips For Last Minute College Housing Situations

Whether you spent your summer break lounging around by the poolside at your local country club or building houses for grateful families in Central America, your return to school is sure to be bittersweet. On the one hand, you’ll have plenty of warm evenings to catch up with the college friends with whom you parted in May before classes begin in earnest. On the other, you’ll have to work hard to set yourself up for a successful school year during the even warmer days in between.

Of all the tasks that you’ll need to complete before you can focus on your studies, finding housing may be the most frustrating and time-consuming. If you’re like most returning college students, you probably lined up some form of housing for the fall semester prior to skipping town in the spring. Whether you found a roommate willing to share an on-campus dorm suite or signed a September lease on an off-campus house or apartment, you may have looked to have your fall housing situation all sewn up.

When Housing Plans Fall Through

Like many aspects of college life, student housing offers few guarantees. Every year, hundreds of thousands of college upperclassmen return to school to find their housing plans in shambles. If it looks to be your turn this fall, don’t blame the flaky roommate who backed out at the last second or the shady landlord who reneged on an offer of shelter after receiving a higher offer from another potential tenant. Instead, shake off your housing blues and join the last-minute housing rush.

Always Use Trusted Resources

You may be tempted to start your scramble on a national housing-finder site like Craigslist or Zillow. While these sites may be useful for the general population, college students have several good reasons to treat them with skepticism.

First, Craigslist’s notoriously loose listing policy and low barriers to entry ensure tremendous coverage at the “affordable” end of the housing spectrum. In fact, small college towns are its historical wheelhouse: With its cheap listing policy and simple first-in, first-out ranking scheme, it tends to attract small-time landlords who own relatively few properties and lack major marketing budgets.

Craigslist’s affordability and convenience are also its Achilles’ heels. With no fact-checking infrastructure and only a rudimentary forum-based peer-review mechanism, it offers few guarantees that its listings are accurate or even honest. As such, the process of vetting potential landlords and living spaces found via Craigslist can be exhausting. If you’re scrambling to find last-minute housing before school starts, you may not have time to complete such thorough due diligence.

Consider Your Budget When Using Resources

Meanwhile, Zillow offers relatively little value for bargain-hungry college students. Although it has broadened its appeal dramatically since going public, the site still caters to upmarket home-buyers and professional real estate investors. Its rental-finder feature provides excellent insight into the statistical state of local rental markets but offers little practical support for students looking to find cheap, immediately-available housing in a crunch.

Try Sites Geared Toward Students

Fortunately, your college or university probably offers an attractive alternative to listing sites like Craigslist or Zillow. For instance, Northwestern University provides its undergraduates with access to off-campus property and rental listings across the Chicago area and can even broker connections between students and landlords. Meanwhile, the University of Miami offers a searchable dedicated-listing service exclusively for students in search of off-campus housing. It’s closed to non-students, eliminating competition from the general public and adding a security feature that’s absent from Craigslist.

Talk to Other Students

Depending upon where you go to school, your off-campus rental market may be dominated by a handful of big property-management companies. This is especially popular in areas near major research universities. If possible, talk to peers who have found housing through one of these management companies and determine whether they’re generally pleased with their experiences.

Since they own so many individual units, these management companies rarely operate at full capacity and may have apartments available throughout the school year. They may also offer move-in specials and teaser rates to fill unoccupied units. If you renew your lease after it expires, keep in mind that your rent may “readjust” to a higher rate.

Look for Space in a Dorm

On campus dorms typically have deadlines for housing, but are prepared to deal with students who apply late. It is not uncommon for dorms to set up lobbies as “temporary housing” for the first couple weeks of the semester. While living in the lobby of the dorm may not be appealing, remember that rooms typically open up quickly as students move back home, drop out, or move into off-campus houses after joining a fraternity or sorority.

Check out Your School’s Paper

Most college newspapers will have a classifieds section. Students who are studying abroad may be looking to sublet their room to another student for the semester. You may also find students in a similar situation as you, who are looking to find a replacement roommate after another has bailed. If you would rather try to find another roommate before searching for a new place, place an add in your student paper or on a campus housing site as soon as possible.

Backing out of a Lease

With so many last-minute housing options at your disposal, you may well find multiple units that suit your needs. If you’ve agreed in principal to a lease without actually signing it, you can typically back out of your commitment with ease. You may lose your lease-application fee, which can range between $25 and $50, but your not-to-be landlord won’t be able to keep your security deposit or any advance rent that you paid. If you are unsure about a new prospect, you can negotiate with the landlord to secure a shorter lease, giving you the opportunity in the meantime to search for a place that is better suited for you.

Today’s guest article is provided by Jackson Hathorn. He points out that finding housing at the last minute doesn’t mean you have to live without. Internet and Cable Services from Comcast can help turn a bare-bones studio into a fully wired, and highly functional, domicile.

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Looking For An MBA Scholarship? Here Are Some Tips!

Looking For An MBA Scholarship? Here Are Some Tips!

The cost of studying for an MBA is getting increasingly more expensive each year, making it even more difficult for aspiring professionals to advance their careers. This is further compounded by the present economic conditions. Scholarships are available, but they are not easy to acquire. You could spend a great deal of time looking in all the wrong places and still come up empty handed. This article will feature what it takes to get an MBA scholarship that will help you to fund your degree. It will look at who the main providers of scholarships are and what it takes.

Available Scholarships

In its bid to help citizens acquire an education and pursue their dream career, the government provides student loans and graduate school scholarships which are now also available for those pursuing higher education. These scholarships are of great assistance, as they can cover most of the expenses associated with your MBA studies.

Aside from the government, many colleges and universities offer scholarships for MBA studies, but these are disbursed based on merit. MBA fairs and MBA clubs also issue scholarships to their members. Other scholarship providers include companies, charities and financial institutions. Assistance may be offered in the form of grants/scholarships, bursaries, or loans.

Types of Scholarships

There are different types of scholarships available to people based on qualifications such as gender, ethnicity and country. Here are a few:

* Scholarships for women.

* Scholarships for entrepreneurs.

* Scholarships for students with disabilities.

* Scholarships for students from (named) country.

* Scholarships for students from developing countries.

* Specially named donor-funded scholarships for a specific type of candidate.

Searching

1. Google Alerts is a great source for keeping up-to-date on MBA scholarships. Subscribe to them for the keyword ‘MBA scholarships’ or for other keywords that may help you find specific scholarships such as “MBA scholarships for women.”

2. Switch to the news section on Google when using it to search for ‘MBA scholarships.’ This will allow you to view the latest news on MBA scholarships.

3. Use Twitter to your advantage. A search on MBA scholarships will yield information on the current buzz about these scholarships.

Applying

Aside from knowing the scholarships for which you may qualify, you also need to know how to go about applying for them to ensure you have the best possible chance of being selected.

  1. First of all, you need to increase your chances of getting a scholarship by applying for as many scholarships as you can.
  2. Apply for the less prestigious scholarships, as many people will have gone after the prestigious ones. The competition for less prestigious scholarships may be significantly less, giving you a better chance at being successful.
  3. If you have to do an essay to help you qualify for the scholarship, do your best to excel in it. Spend time writing a well thought out and convincing piece that will show off your capabilities. Excelling in your scholarship essay increases your chances of success.

It may be a bit difficult to acquire MBA scholarships, but it is not impossible. Your first step should be to inform yourself about what is available to you, and then execute a well thought out strategy to help you seal the scholarship.

Today’s guest article comes from Richard Kleven. He is an avid blogger and researcher. He is currently researching online EMBA no GMAT programs and reporting his findings to higher education online publications. He also enjoys sharing his insights on various blogs.

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Black Friday Tips for College Students on a Budget

Black Friday Tips for College Students on a Budget

Many consumers love to take advantage of the incredible deals and door-buster specials that retailers offer on Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving officially marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, and many retailers capitalize on this season by enticing customers with incredible sales that you largely cannot find any other time of the year. The Washington Post estimates that shoppers will, on average, spend about $749.51 between November and December. As a college student on a shoestring budget, this number may seem incredible. However, the sales discounts offered by many retailers make it a perfect time to spend on things you need. To make the most of hot deals on Black Friday and Cyber Money, put these tips to use.

Make a Shopping List
When you live on a tight budget, it is understandable that you want to take advantage of every deal possible. However, you also don’t want to make purchases that you don’t need simply because an item is offered at a great price. This will inevitably put you in a financial pinch in the days and weeks following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Before you get started shopping, make a list of the items you would like to buy for those on your gift-giving list. If you need anything yourself, such as a new pair of snow boots to get through the winter season or new schools supplies, include these items on your list too.

Set a Budget

Take a close look at your personal budget. Consumers can easily overspend on Black Friday and Cyber Monday as they take advantage of deal after deal. However, you don’t want to use your grocery money or next semester’s tuition buying a new Blu-ray DVD player or a set of dishes for your apartment. Many shoppers will benefit from withdrawing cash for these purchases. Once the cash is gone, it is time to go home.

Review Ads and Specials
Planning and research are a critical part of making the most of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. On Thanksgiving morning, you can pick up a copy of the local newspaper to peruse print ads from local retailers. Also be sure to pick up a copy of your school’s newspaper; this might have deals for textbooks or information on fun give-a-ways for students.

Stock Up on School Supplies
The best Black Friday bargains are usually in the electronics or home departments. Scout stores ahead of time to find the best deals on kitchen-wear or small appliances for your dorm room or apartment. Big chain electronics stores often offer discounted prices on big-ticket items, so if your laptop has been underperforming in class, Black Friday is a great time to buy. You’ll also find discounts on smaller electronics for studying, including external hard drives.

Check in with your school’s bookstore to see if they’ll be offering any specials—not only can you stock up on books and school supplies for next quarter, but you can also purchase discounted school apparel, to be worn to your next home game or gifted to family members.

Read the Fine Print
Some of the best deals offered by retailers can save you a significant amount of money, and when you take advantage of multiple savings offers, you may save hundreds of dollars by shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. However, you should be aware that the best deals, such as door-buster specials, usually have a caveat. For example, the special offer for $200 off a new TV may be available while supplies last, and the fine print may indicate that each retail store only has two or three television sets in stock. These television sets will likely be sold within minutes of the store opening. Other deals may be available only during specific shopping hours. Develop a plan that gets you to all of the locations you need to visit within a time frame that allows you to capitalize on the special offers.

Extend Your Shopping Through Cyber Monday
For students who decided to forgo midnight Black Friday deals and instead stayed in with friends and family, Cyber Monday (the Monday following Black Friday) is a great time to find additional bargains. Since you can avoid in-store chaos by shopping at home, Cyber Monday is especially ideal for purchasing discounted apparel for the upcoming winter quarter. Check out sporting goods stores to get the best deals on rain jackets for long treks across campus. Give yourself plenty of time to shop on these websites on Monday to capitalize on deals.

However, keep in mind that there are numerous scams that target Cyber Monday shoppers. As such, you should only make purchases from known retailers. Also, avoid clicking on links in emails you receive. Some scammers will mimic email template designs of popular retailers, but they will contain a bogus link that takes you to their website. Rather than clicking on links, type in the email address of the retailer manually, and enter coupon and discount codes manually.

All Purchases Must be Paid For
It seems obvious, but when you use a credit card or other deferred payment plan, many students have a tendency to overextend themselves. Remember that all purchase need to be paid for, and the items you don’t pay for today generally end up costing you more than the sticker price. Stick to the budget and keep your revenue opportunities in mind. You may have an opportunity to earn some extra cash for the holiday season, be it by working as a temporary sales person for a local retailer during the holiday shopping season or by plying your collegiate knowledge through an online service, such as high-quality content writing.

Put these tips to use to make the most of the deals and special offers on these two popular shopping days. You can save a significant amount of money on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with smart shopping. As a college student on a tight budget, these savings are practically a necessity!

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Social Work: Funding an Education in this Fulfilling Field

Social Work: Funding an Education in this Fulfilling Field

The career of a social worker, described as simply as possible, involves identifying problems that individuals may be having and helping them overcome those problems. The issues social workers deal with may involve everything from an unemployed parent to depression and mental illness. Their job is to help society by finding solutions for people that those people may be unable to find for themselves. To accomplish this, the social worker will at minimum need a four-year bachelor’s degree in social work; many positions require a master’s degree or doctorate. Of course, this four to eight years’ worth of education is not cheap, and repaying student loans can be a burden for many years after graduation. The solution is to find scholarships and other alternative sources of funding to cover the cost of studies in advance.

Financial aid is not limited to those who want to start their study in social work; it may also extend to those already working in the field. There are grants and fellowships available to professional social workers as well as to social work educators who may require funds to further their studies or even simply to promote social work education. The options discussed below are just a few of the various sources of financial aid available to active and prospective social workers.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
will fund the graduate and post-graduate degrees of those it considers “change agents.” The Foundation provides financial aid to those studying in a range of public service vocations, including social workers and students working toward degrees in social work. Among the Foundation’s requirements is an interest in politics and student government as well as adequate grades for admission into a highly rated university.

The National Association of Black Social Workers offers a scholarship for individuals of African-American descent who have demonstrated a desire to research matters that are relevant to the African-American community. The Association requires prospective scholarship recipients to have at least a 2.5 GPA and a record of having performed social service either in a professional or volunteer capacity.

The Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund
also provides financial aid to certain students studying to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in social work. To qualify for the scholarship students must be Native American, Hispanic, African American or a member of another designated ethnicity. The stated goal of the fund is to ensure improved diversity in social work education.

The Katherine A. Kendall Institute for International Social Work Education has an International Fellowship Program for professional social work educators. To be eligible for it, the applicant will need to be an educator or researcher from a social work program, preferably one located someplace other than the United States. The goal is to foster partnerships among social work faculty around the world.

Finally, social work students in California have access to the Title IV-E Masters in Social Work (MSW) Program, which provides financial aid to graduate students who are seeking to begin a social work career that specializes in child welfare work. It is open to students studying social work at any accredited California institution.

Today’s guest article is provided by Sarah Rawson. She is an avid blogger and independent researcher. She has recently been researching various online msw programs and reporting her findings to various higher education blogs.

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The Five Hidden Benefits of Study Abroad

The Five Hidden Benefits of Study Abroad

Studying abroad is an absolutely amazing experience that all college student should try. Why? In addition to learning more about another country and culture, it also comes with many, many hidden benefits. Here are just a few of the positive parts of traveling abroad that help to make the additional educational investment worthwhile:

1. Cool and confident.

Wondering how to react to an unexpected situation? Do you need to improve your project management skills? Want to impress your date by trying out a weird new food? Traveling abroad makes you more ready to deal with wacky situations that pop up from time to time. In fact, 98% of students who studied abroad for one year said they felt more confident by the time they hopped on the plane home according to Marked By Teachers. After all, spending a year in another country by yourself where you may or may not speak the language is sure to lead to some interesting (and confidence-building!) predicaments.

2. Expand your horizons.

Learning about another culture does a funny thing to a person – it makes them want to learn more and more about other places in the world. Travel once, and you’ll never want to stop. Studying abroad helps you stay open and excited about new experiences.

3. Increase your intelligence.

Can studying abroad make you smarter? Absolutely! 80% of students who have traveled abroad say that they’ve returned with an “enhanced commitment to academic study.” In plain language, that means they came back ready to work! Going to class overseas can help you get excited about schoolwork. Simply changing your location makes everything else seem more exciting. Dr. Clark Hendley, a college student in the 60s, said, “My own year in Vienna…served not as the climax of my education, but the beginning.” It’s a great sentiment, right?

4. Tell great stories.

If you think telling great stories isn’t that much of a benefit, then you’ve never been to a networking event. Having a great anecdote at the right moment can make the different between going home with no business cards and being the person everyone remembers.

5. Become a grown up.

Learning how to do stuff for yourself, in another language, when you don’t understand the culture, can help you grow up. Learning to rely on yourself helps you grow up faster – making you better able to deal with situations as they arise.

Study abroad comes with some obvious benefits, but also with some hidden, but just as valuable, benefits. When you’re planning your academic experience, don’t forget to set aside some time for travel – you’ll be glad you did.

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