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Jul 21, 2008
Bringing the past to life History may seem like a dry subject when you're reading it out of textbooks, but summertime brings lots of opportunities to make it more lively. If you are taking a summer vacation, do a bit of research to learn about the history of the place you are visiting.
Jul 14, 2008
Broaden your horizons: Learning about art Look at some different types of art - modern, landscape, portrait - and note the differences. Get a better understanding of what you like and what you don't like about artistic styles and methods.
Jul 7, 2008
Science by the sea: Learning about nature at the beach Are you taking a family vacation to the beach this year? The ocean offers a variety of opportunities to learn about science in a fun way.
Jun 30, 2008
A wider view: The value of other perspectives Have you ever wondered what other people think, or how they think? By understanding where other people are coming from and stepping out of your comfort zone, you can begin to see things in a different light.
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Working long hours has been proven to have a negative effect on academic performance, yet today so many students are working long hours to pay for their education. Is this a wise financial strategy? The following two examples suggest it may be penny wise and pound foolish to work long hours, especially if you have not yet explored the option of student loans.
Example 1: Work more, borrow less, and finish later
Ishaq is an intern for a local business working 25 hours per week at $8.00 an hour. His heavy work schedule means less time to study, and as a result it takes him five years to graduate. The extra year of college (books plus tuition) costs him $5,000. Using this strategy, Ishaq comes out about $1,000 ahead on graduation day.
Meet Rebecca. Rebecca takes out a $7,000 loan to help pay for her education. She uses the loan to reduce her work time to 15 hours per week. As a result, she graduates in four years and finds a job earning $28,500 per year. Even if she paid back her entire loan her first year out of college, Rebecca would still come out over $10,000 ahead!