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.

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.

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.

Young adults are finding themselves living at home to cover costs

 

When 24-year-old Ben Zink moved to Los Angeles last March, he was hoping that he would be able to sustain himself and accomplish his major goal: moving out of his parent’s house. “I feel like I should be living on my own,” said Zink, who graduated from Grand Valley State University. “I know my parents do not mind, but I still feel bad just being here.”

Despite working as a production assistant at Helo Productions, cooking at Buffalo Wild Wings and interning at Therapy Studios, Zink ran through all of his savings in just three months in Los Angeles. “I moved home because I basically ran out of money,” Zink said. “I had less than $500 in my bank account and I needed some of it to even get back.”

But Zink’s not alone: 19 percent of college graduates find themselves living at home, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.

Young Democratic Socialists have MSU chapter

Story by Alexandra Donlin
Video by Natasha Blakely
MI First Election

Bernie Sanders, the candidate whose politics are most outside the mainstream, belongs to a group that has 43 chapters chapters nationwide. This group is the Democratic Socialists. For the younger crowd, there’s a specific group just for them: The Young Democratic Socialists. There are 24 chapters across the nation at high schools and colleges, including Michigan State University. The organization started in the early 2000s and was brought back to MSU’s campus this January.

Okemos High School guiding students to college through its guidance department

By Kelly Sheridan
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter

OKEMOS — Every year, thousands of students apply to colleges with the assistance of numerous people. Okemos High School has instituted an assistance program that allows students to have all the tools necessary for applying to their colleges, as well as finding the colleges that fit for them. Hedlun Walton, the director of guidance services at Okemos High School, said the process begins in the spring of a student’s junior year. The school hosts an evening presentation, where they invite an admissions representative from Michigan State University or the University of Michigan to come and give general advice on completing applications and writing essays. “Our assistance begins with helping students position themselves to have a competitive application and to do the appropriate amount of college exploration to make sure they are selecting schools that would be a good fit for them,” Walton said.