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My End of Year Doctoral Horror Story

  Hey guys! Ms. Duggan is back! I know it’s been awhile since I updated my blog but as you know I was working in Italy as a mental health clinician on an archaeological dig site. Don’t worry you will get ALL the details later. I’m finally back at work and getting back to my normal busy life and things are going well so far. But around the time I got back into the swing of things I had a major doctoral catastrophe! (Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video “My Doctoral Horror Story” where I am looking at the camera with a terrified look.) While I was away, I was still enrolled in two courses that had been going pretty well. I actually finished one while I was in Italy and received an A in the course.   The other course had one last assignment due that I planned to finish once I got back to the states. However, to my surprise it was due while I was in Italy and I was totally not prepared to finish it. (Figure 2: This is a photo of Ms. Jay, an African American male fashion

Tax Tips for Students 2022 (1098-T and 1098-E)

  Tax season is here and it’s that time again to gather all of your documents to submit to the IRS! The IRS officially opened for tax season on January 24, 2022 and for students, there may be a few additional items that you should submit to maximize your credits and deductions. After successfully completing my taxes, I decided to give you a few tips on the documents that are needed. My most successful video on YouTube with over 5K views focused on this topic so here are a few updates for this tax season! Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest video “Tax Tips for Students 2022 where I am smiling while looking at the camera. I am wearing a brown sleeved shirt while seated in my office.   What Documents Do You Need? 1.       1098-T: This is your tuition statement from your university regarding how much you paid for your tuition and the scholarships/grants that you received. 2.       1098-E: This is your student loan interest statement from your student loan holder if you paid inte

Navient Student Loan Settlement

  Alright guys another update on student loan forgiveness is upon us! This time it’s not from Mr. Byron but instead it’s from one of the largest student loan holders in America. Navient formerly known as Sallie Mae will have to fork over 1.7 billion dollars in student loan forgiveness due to a recent settlement that found them to have participated in predatory loan practices that negatively impacted a countless number of student loan borrowers.   While 1.7 billion will go towards student loan forgiveness, another 95 million will be distributed as $260 payments.    Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video on “Navient Student Loan Settlement” where I have my hand under my chin while looking at the camera. I am wearing a grey shirt with lettering and my hair is short, black, and curly.  Instead of giving it’s borrowers the option to enroll in lower cost plans they were sold on the idea of forbearance which provided little to no help at all. Actually, borrowers were p