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Becoming a Finance Instructor

Becoming a Finance Instructor

I have blogging on personal finance issues for over 3 years and actively reading personal finance blogs for well-over 4 years. Writing the blog has certainly helped me keep track of my own personal finances, but one unforeseen outcome has been my love of helping others with their own. Over the past year I have been able to help at least a dozen other people with student loans, investing, and the like. And every time I get to help someone…

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For My Students: What am I Supposed to Do?

For My Students: What am I Supposed to Do?

At my university it is that time of year again: advising. Every semester I have a number of my students who will come into my office, we will talk about the coming semester, they will give me their schedule and be off. However, I seem to be having an odd number of students questioning their very being. They don’t know what to do? And by that I mean they don’t know what to do with the rest of their lives?…

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College Students You Need to Pay Attention to Your Finances

College Students You Need to Pay Attention to Your Finances

A meeting with a student today inspired this blog post. So I was meeting with this student who was wanting to add a 2nd major for her stay at my university. We got to talking and I asked her why did she want to have a 2nd major. She gave a pretty good reason. However, the more I looked and the more we discussed her future it was apparent that she didn’t need our major. In fact, she could graduate…

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Thinking About Law School? Rankings Matter

Thinking About Law School? Rankings Matter

Over the next couple of months I think I am going to write a few blog posts on college education in America. This comes certainly from my perspective, but I have been a college educator for over 2 decades now and I have worked closely as a transfer and first-year academic advising fellow (in addition to my teaching duties) for the past 5 years. Therefore, I have given hundreds of presentations to students about what to expect in their undergraduate…

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So You Want to Take Online Courses?

So You Want to Take Online Courses?

Over the past few years I have moved about one half of my pedagogy online. Unlike an in-class experience where I feel like I know what I am doing I am constantly doubting myself about my online teaching. I think I do a pretty good job in-class, but translating that into a good experience for students online is more difficult. In fact, that is the biggest “problem” that faculty who teach online tend to have: how do they translate the…

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My Advice to New College Graduates: Live Like a College Student

My Advice to New College Graduates: Live Like a College Student

The end of the school year is always bittersweet for me. On the one hand, I get to watch several students graduate who I have become close with over the past few years. On the other, my world is much sadder that they are gone. It is also the time when commencement speakers will offer all kinds of advice to upcoming graduates. So consider this my version of a commencement address to my students on personal finance. My Advice to…

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Parents: 10 Things to Consider Before Taking Out PLUS Student Loans

Parents: 10 Things to Consider Before Taking Out PLUS Student Loans

One of the great or perhaps unfortunate things about my commute is that I get to tune in for some full-length NPR programming. I especially love Tom Ashbrook’s show On Point. In fact, he seems to be inspiring a lot of blog posts lately. Anyway, I was listening to a recent segment on a growing segment of student loans that is becoming more worrisome. Specifically, parents who are taking out loans to pay for their children’s higher education. I won’t…

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Track Your Finances With Personal Capital

Track Your Finances With Personal Capital

Before I begin this post I should note that I use Personal Capital to track my expenses, but I am not affiliated with the company. I get no money or anything for promoting their services (although I wish I did). One of the things that can improve any financial situation is tracking your finances. I actually track some of my finances with three different services. Specifically, I use Credit Karma, Mint, and Personal Capital. I like Credit Karma because it…

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Being Normal Financially Sucks or Take a Different Financial Pledge

Being Normal Financially Sucks or Take a Different Financial Pledge

There are many things where I want it to be “normal.” I want to be a “normal” weight, which means I have to lose a few pounds (well more like 50). I want to have a “normal” family, which means having children. I want to own a home, which is normal. I want to go on a family vacation to Disney World, etc. However, when it comes to finances being a normal American for lack of a better word SUCKS!…

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Greetings From South Africa

Greetings From South Africa

Well, we are into the 2nd full-day of our trip. Technically, we have been on this study tour for four days, but the first two days were basically traveling and flying into South Africa.  A colleague of mine and I are leading a group of 12 students on a study tour of South Africa, where we are interesting in questions concerning how South Africa has dealt with its past, while trying to build and sustain a democracy. We call the…

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