Backpacks and diaper bags: affording student life and parenthood

AUDIO: Full-time student and full-time parent. Being a college student is already expensive, but imagining being a parent as well. With the rising cost of tuition averaging $12,000 a year, housing, books, along with diapers, baby formula and more, it can be financially overwhelming. For some it can seem impossible to live a balance like that. Yet there’s some that can make it work.

Streaming services changing the price of entertainment

You can’t put a price on fun, unless you’re talking about an unlimited service/access of entertainment under $10. Streaming services of entertainment such a Netflix, HBO GO, Spotify, Tidal and more are dominating people’s screens and monthly bank accounts transactions. Music and film lovers such as Audrey Matusz are not afraid to drop cash for streaming services. “I stay on the go, but don’t want to have to miss my favorite show like Insecure, or miss new music albums drop. Plus, I am barely ever home to watch TV or chill on my laptop.

Live comfortably, or affordably? College students have to choose

Over the last few years East Lansing, Mich. has seen a drastic increase of apartment complexes. Prior to before there are more options than ever, for East Lansing residents. More and more these apartment are coming with amenities that will have college students at Michigan State University living better than some working adults. Apartment companies like SkyVue , DTN, and Hannah Lofts just to name a few are dominating the millennial housing market in the area.

The cost of knowing: is it too much to get tested for STDs?

Many people are not a big fan of tests, especially tests that deal with letting you know if you have a sexually transmitted disease or not. Although it is imperative to your status, it can be pricey. At The Macomb County Medical Clinic in Metro Detroit prices can be around $150, per test. The the cost also depends on how many you getting, as well medical insurance provider. Cameron James recently got his second STD test for the year, which costed the 23-year-old $500 to get tested for all STDs.

Spring break another financial stress for college students

College in the spring is all about spring break. Yet, spring break vacation can be expensive. Students already having to pay for the new school year can be another financial stress putting together a vacation. Luckily, planning early help to make it more affordable. Michigan State student Albertina Mays is an expert at saving money for spring break.

Could shopping be addictive?

Everyone have experienced that urge to buy that one item on sale. Maybe, you walked past those shoes that you couldn’t leave the store without? Now imagine having that feeling constantly. About 18 million adults in America, are shopping addicts, or compulsive shoppers according to a study on Healthline. This type of retail therapy can not only be destructive financially, but emotionally as well.

Does social media affect our spending?

In the era of social media in this digital age, everyone have some type of social account. From parents, friends, even your favorite brands have a page. On platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and more are getting smarter on how to gain more consumers. Michigan State student Kevin Nichols can adhere to the social media marketing. “I follow certain brands on Instagram as well fashion blogs, to get ideas,” said Nichols.

Spartans Will Mentor.

College students mentoring middle school students, with on goal in mind to help young Detroit students, understand how they can shape their future. If you attend a mentoring session and ask for each person to describe the organization in one word, you would get a variety of answers. Various words such as: “Growth”, “Needed”, and lastly “Family”, which everyone from mentees to mentors described. The organization “My Brothers and Sisters Keeper,” is an organization that partner with Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy in Detroit. They bus middle school students to campus every other Saturday. The organization try to get the younger students  acclimated to college, and show them peers looking like them who are succeeding.

The New State Representative Jewell Jones

Jewell Jones is the newest Michigan State Representative, before even graduating college at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Jones was selected to replace the late Judy Plawecki, as soon as he got back from his military assignment. Proceeding with a campaign, Jones won the 2016 election. The Inkster native has really big ideas while in office. He plans on working on bill and legislatures on sexual assault on college campuses, cyber security, and criminal reform as well. “My broad plans to increase capacity and engagement.