When deciding whether to commute or go away for college, money can play a big role

When it comes the time for high school students to decide whether or not it is a better financial decision to stay home and commute or go away to college, it can be stressful. Three undergraduate students reflected on whether or not they made the best decision for their finances and their education. Hope Nelson, student at the University of Kentucky and native of Cincinnati, Ohio, elected to go away to college for all four years of her undergraduate degree. “I knew I didn’t want to be in Ohio anymore, so I went away to school,” said Nelson. “It probably wasn’t the best financial decision, because I could’ve saved a lot more money by staying at home and going to school 10 minutes from my moms’ house, but money wasn’t the deciding factor for me for where to go to school.

Do college degrees guarantee a successful career?

Deciding where to go to college is a tough decision for high school seniors to make. It can be stressful given the fact that it is a new environment, new people, new living space, etc., but what about making the decision on whether or not to go to college and get a degree? Instead of going off to college after high school graduation, some students decide that college may not be for them and opt out of the decision to attend completely. Other students may decide to try it out for a year or two and realize that college is not for them. In a world that stresses the importance of getting a college degree in order to find a successful career, how do others without a degree find the same success?

Some local college students steer clear of City of Lansing; why?

Do local college students spend a significant amount of time in the City of Lansing? It depends on who you ask. “I commuted to and from LCC (Lansing Community College) but never stopped and visited the City of Lansing,” said Sarah Baylis, a Michigan State University transfer student. “As an MSU student, I stay in the East Lansing area.” Baylis attended LCC for two years before transferring to MSU.

Q&A: Full-time student, part-time makeup artist

While being a student, individuals find all sorts of odd jobs to earn money. For Michigan State University journalism major Devinnia Moore, her way to earn money was to “Beat Faces” as she calls it. In the regular world, “Beat Faces” may sound violent but in the makeup world, this is a good thing. I sat down with Devinnia and talked about her business D.Mua. Q: What would you say is the main reason you started D.Mua?

Known your currency when studying or traveling abroad

The experience of studying abroad has many benefits for students. According to a survey done by the Institute for International Education of Students, 97 percent of students who were surveyed admitted that studying abroad helped increase maturity and 95 percent said it had a lasting impact on their worldview. Before any student should jump into traveling abroad there are some things you need to prepare for. One of the many things is knowing your locations and keeping track of your money, especially when having to change currency. “Many colleges and universities in the U.S. make it so that students do not have to worry about money on a daily basis during their undergraduate career,” says Jarlath McGuckin, an enrollment manager for Council on International Educational Exchange.

More money, more stress

Working multiple jobs is becoming more common among college students. On top of school, some college students feel the need to work multiple jobs in order to earn money for when they graduate. “The biggest benefit of having two jobs is that I get two paychecks every two weeks,” said Taven Thuma, who coaches competitive cheer and works in the Department of University Advancement at Michigan State University. “I have multiple jobs so I can pay for both rent and school.”

Jake Pawloski, who works at Jimmy John’s as a delivery boy and Impact 89FM as the video director, also has two jobs so he can have more money. “Jimmy John’s gives me cash, which helps me budget, because then I am less likely to take the money that I earn from Impact out of my bank account,” said Pawloski.

VIDEO: A college student meal budget Q & A

When it comes to living on a student budget and a busy schedule, it can be difficult to eat right or know what is worth buying at the grocery story. College students from across the country sat down and answered a series of questions: how do I plan meals around a busy schedule, what are healthy must-have foods to buy even on a small budget, how to successfully meal plan, and much more. These college students share tips, thoughts, and ideas on how they eat healthy with a tight income, what types of groceries they buy, and what they would choose to purchase if they only had a $20 a week grocery budget. Are you a college student that has mastered the art of grocery shopping on a tight budget?

Student gets business started while still in college

It is 9:30 a.m. at Michigan State University, MSU junior entrepreneurship and innovation student Alexander Marx begins another unpredictable day of production for his co-founded company Land Grant Goods. The student-run company began as a club in 2014 until Marx took it under his wing in January 2017 as a student company affiliated in partnership with MSU. As Marx begins his day which includes the inventory of the day’s products — tea bags ready for sale — he journeys to the student organic farm where he finds his small team already hard at work, blending lemon grass, packaging products and finishing off tea products with the Land Grant stamp of approval. Marx’s company’s goal is to create quality products for East Lansing consumers in hopes of one day earning enough funds to invest profits for the company back into environmental initiatives at MSU, which includes partnerships with the Bailey Greenhouse and Urban Farm, Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment and MSU Culinary Services. But for now, the small company makes enough to cover labor and general business cost.