How to Make College Affordable
This blog was written by Dalida our campus ambassador from the Texas State University – San Marcos.
There are some personal experiences in my life that have made me become the person that I am today. One thing that I knew when I applied and got into college was that I did not want my mother to have to pay for my education. My reason is a story for another day. I will share with you ways in which you can make your college education affordable even during the hardest of times.
There is no doubt that this has been easy for me, but I am a natural hard worker so I have taken opportunities as they come. It has required me to make some sacrifices that have required me to give up some of the typical aspects of a college life but it was all worth it because I am happy to have done that as I am getting ready to start my last semester in college.
Community College: I took dual credit classes in high school. I remember my mom telling me to do two years of community college and then transfer to a university, but I didn’t want to do that. I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything, but if I could do it over I would have taken by basic courses in community college. Community college is inexpensive when compared to a University, besides you need to have around 60 hours left in order to graduate with a University diploma.
Financial Aid & Scholarships: My senior year of High School, I applied for as many scholarships as I could, but no one told me how hard it was to get a scholarship. I maintained good grades and remained involved in my school’s successes. This is my fourth year of college and I have been awarded 2 scholarships, who would have thought? The thing I noticed is that people shy away from applying for scholarships because they think they won’t get it, but it never hurts to try. Look at me, I got two!
Be a Resident Assistant: Towards the end of my first year, I applied to become a Resident Assistant. I went through the whole process and I was chosen. This job isn’t a job for anyone; you have to make some sacrifices and that it what I did for myself. I gave up my regular schedule and traded it in for a full schedule of school, work and involvements. I learned a lot though and I was only able to do it because I love people and I wanted help financing my education.
Work: Most people work to pay their way through college that is what I did as well. I would work during the summer and save the money I earned, and then once I got to school I would work as a resident assistant.
Save more than you spend: I’ve noticed most college students love to spend. Well I do to, but I only buy what I really need not what I want. Use your meal plan if you have one, attend all the campus events that offer free food. Recycle and revamp your clothing or thrift shop, get those free shirts that are handed out for free at school events. Monitor your account and make a savings and spending for fun account, but do save more than you spend.
Give back: Always give back, even if you don’t get anything in return. Heard of the saying “karma comes back around,” well it does whether you notice it or not.
If you keep your eyes on the prices, you can get through any obstacles in your way.
Just do your best and the best will surely come your way!