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Fall Refunds are Here for College Students

 It’s my favorite time of the semester…REFUNDS! A few weeks after the semester begins all of your financial aid pays out and if there’s any left over you get a refund! You will know that your receiving a refund if there’s a negative balance on your account. It’s the one time in history where you actually want to see a negative balance!  Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video where I am in my office with a surprised look on my face.  This semester I paid $241 in fees and I received a $500 grant for individuals who work at community colleges. Oh yeah  did I mention I work at a community college too part time as a tutor? Anyhoo, since I had already paid off my student account I received the $500 as a refund. If you’ve been watching my YouTube videos or reading my blogs then you already know this money is going to debt.  Figure 2: This is a photo of three $100 bills and three $50 bills. With refunds posting to accounts daily you want to make sure that you are constantly c

Tips for First Year Doctoral Students

 Figure 1This is a picture of a black doctoral cap 

Well my first year as a doctoral student has come to an end. I turned in my last assignment of the semester earlier this week and man did it feel good! I still plan to take summer courses but I have about a month break until then. This first year has taught me so much about my major of higher education and myself. This past semester I took on History of Higher Education and Introduction to Quantitative Statistics. While the history course wasn’t so bad the stats course was a whole other ball game! Especially for someone who has always struggled with numbers. This course took a lot of getting used to and reminded me of somethings that all first year doctoral students should know.


Figure 2: This is a picture of pink balloon letters that spell the word "friends".

First things first make friends with the people in your program. This may be hard due to COVID and if you are in an online program like myself but don’t let this stop you. Use your discussion boards to introduce yourself to people or send an email to the entire class asking if anyone would be interested in a study group. If it would not have been for a friend in my program to help through my Intro to Stats course, I am not sure if I would have done so well.

 


Figure 3: This is a picture of a $100 dollar bill.

Next, apply for scholarships. I always hear that scholarships for doctoral students are basically nonexistent.  Don’t fall into this trap.  I recently received over $1300 just last week! Now I do agree that scholarships are harder to find for doctoral students but they are out there so don’t give up. I would recommend starting at your universities scholarship website or office for leads.


Figure 4: This is a photo of a planner.

Organize your time. I live by my planner it tells me what, when, and how. I also review my course schedule and course modules on a weekly basis so I don’t miss anything. For us online folks it is imperative that we check these things on a daily basis as things do change. My personal motto with assignments is to be early is to be on time. So, I typically turn in things at least one week early. While I recognize that life happens and we are all busy this may be hard to do, so whenever you can turn in something early DO IT!
Figure 5: This is a purple sign that says, “Keep calm and see your academic advisor"

Just because you’re in a doctoral program does not mean you shouldn’t meet with your advisor. I typically meet with my advisor at least twice a semester. My adviser was actually the person who told me about the scholarship that I recently received. So shouts out to him! Advisers have extremely helpful information that you could miss if you do not engage with them so don’t let that be you.


Lastly, ask questions. There is no question too big or too small. I asked LOT’S of questions this entire year and I did not feel bad for it. I actually got all of the information and more that I needed. So don’t feel like you have to know everything because you won’t and that is okay. Are you a doctoral student? Drop down in the comments and let me know your experience or any helpful advice that you may have. Be sure to check out my latest video on how I tackled this year below. Also, be sure to subscribe to my blog for weekly newsletters from me!

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