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The Mid-Semester Crunch

  It’s the week of Thanksgiving and everything you could imagine is due or very close to being due! I remember being here as an undergrad student; I always felt the most stress around this time. Now as a doctoral student, this stress is gone because I have turned in everything early and my semester is almost over. I figure someone reading this is probably running around like a chicken with their head cut off so here are a few tips on how to beat the dreaded mid semester crunch. Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video where I am sitting in my office looking at the camera with a confused look. I am wearing an orange floral top, with silver hoops, and my hair is short and curly.   First things first have you checked your grades? Around this time, I find that many students do not know their grades and are hoping for the best. While I appreciate the optimism, it is important that you actually know your grades so that you can make informed decisions on your next steps in cas
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Top Six Services in College!

 College can be hard to navigate with many students not knowing what resources to utilize. I remember feeling this way as a first generation college student who faced many barriers. Now being in a doctoral program and working in higher education I’ve learned several things along the way that I often share with students who were just like me.  Figure 1: This is a photo of the thumbnail from my latest YouTube video on "Top 6 College Services You Need!" where I am holding up 6 fingers while looking at the camera. I am in my office wearing a Coral colored shirt.  Let’s take a look at my top six services that every student should know about: 1. TRIO: A federally funded program to help disadvantaged students succeed in college. They provide 1:1 tutoring, purchase students books, and other helpful services. 2. Student Health: Provides little to no cost medical assistance. You can even have medication prescribed, X-rays, & other helpful services. 3. Counseling: We are in a mental

Working for Campus Housing

  I recently had a colleague who worked in campus housing for several years before transitioning to a new position. When I first met him and learned that he lived and worked on campus my initial thoughts were why would anyone would want to live where they work?!   I remember my experiences of living on campus in undergrad and although it was fun, it was pretty hectic at times. I actually had to teach my first roommate how to wash clothes! In addition to her boyfriend staying in our room for an extended period of time. I almost assumed that he would be subject to the same things but I was totally wrong.   Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “Working for Campus Housing” where there is a photo of me looking at the camera and a photo of a dorm room on a pink background.” Working in Residential Life has many perks that include a meal plan, no rent, a grocery allowance, and/or a tuition stipend if you choose to take courses. Imagine all the things that you could do

Reflecting on National Disability Employment Awareness 2021

 Last month ended another National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This years theme focused on “America’s Recovery Powered by Inclusion”. In light of COVID ensuring that PWDs have access to the workplace is a pertinent issue among those with disabilities. Prior to COVID the fight for workplace accommodations was an ongoing one that limited access within the work environment.  Figure 1: This is a map surrounded by people with various disabilities with the words “America’s Recovery Powered by Inclusion NDEAM” on a red background.  I can imagine the shock for most PWDs when accommodations that were previously denied were quickly approved and immediately put into place during the pandemic. Things like remote and hybrid work could have been in place much sooner than 2021. With many stigmas surrounding those with disabilities and the workforce the month of October is meant to combat these incorrect beliefs by recognizing the many contributions to that PWDs make towards the wor

2021 FAFSA Tips!

  So I recently completed my FAFSA and per usual it took less thank fifteen minutes. This got me to thinking on a few helpful tips for those completing the FAFSA for the first time or those who were resubmitting like myself. I know FAFSA can be stressful for some and a breeze for others so these tips will serve both sides of the coin. Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video on “2021 FAFSA Tips” where I am looking at the camera while seated in my office smiling in a black top. Use a Desktop or Laptop: Yes, you can complete FAFSA on your phone however when completing important documents using the largest screen possible is a must so that you don’t miss out on any important lines or other information. Head over to the Financial Aid office to use their desktop computers and get assistance if you don’t have one. Use the Transfer Feature: This feature allows you to transfer all of last year’s information to your new application. You can also transfer over yours or your

More Student Loan Forgiveness From Mr. Biden?!

Alright y’all the Biden Administration is back with another poke at student loan forgiveness. This time with a complete overhaul of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program also know as PSLF. This overhaul could provide immediate relief to over 22,000 folks!  PSLF is for eligible workers within public service i.e. police officers, government workers, and teachers who made 120 payments (10 years) on the right type of loan and that were enrolled in the correct payment plan.  Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video on “More Student Loan Forgiveness from Mr. Biden?! where I have a curious look on my face next to a picture of Joe Biden.” The problem is that only 6% of people were being approved for PSLF in addition to a world of other issues. Many people were also denied due to paying on the incorrect loan, not being enrolled in the correct payment plan, and working for the wrong type of employer. With Biden’s overhaul individuals who were paying on the wrong loan or enr

I Got My CARES Act Funding!

Well guys my CARES Act funding has arrived ! This is my second round of CARES Act funding that I have received  since online students have been allowed to obtain the funding.  This go round I did not have to complete an application or even apply for the funding. The money was automatically applied to all enrolled students at my university.  Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “I Got My Fall CARES Act Funding” where I am looking at the camera with a surprised face. I am a part time graduate student taking 6 hours of coursework and I received $550! Talking with a few undergraduate students they all received at least $1K in funds if not more. I’m not sure the amount given per credit hour or undergraduate v graduate but I am pretty impressed with the amounts given. If you’ve been following me for some time now then you know what I plan to do with this money. It’s going straight towards my student loan debt all $550 of it. Thanx to this chunk of change I am now paying