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Carena de Alba

Carena de Alba prides herself on her ability to graduate college completely debt free. She loves helping people minimize their student loan debt as much as possible. She is a powerhouse when it comes to personal finance.

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the top mental health challenges facing college students

Top Mental Health Challenges Facing College Students

By Carena de Alba / July 5, 2019

Beginning a new chapter of your life can be both terrifying and wonderful. When the excitement of starting college fades and the lumbering workload grows harder, reality sets in. Suddenly, you are spending long nights huddled over a textbook, pulling all-nighters at the library, struggling to keep your eyes open to finish an important essay,…

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Did you know meditation can help manage anxiety? Meditation is something you can do anywhere too, including meditation apps that are available on your phone. Learn why meditation is effective and how you can start. Via @collegelifetoday

Meditation for Anxiety in College Students

By Carena de Alba / June 10, 2019

It may be human nature to worry, but college students deal with enough pressure. When anxiety levels are raised due to assignment deadlines, exam crunches, and all of those new responsibilities — it can feel like the world is crushing in. It is normal to feel low levels of anxiety, but when your wandering mind…

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the pros and cons of increasing student loan payments, paying off student loans fast

Increasing Your Student Loan Payment: Pros and Cons

By Carena de Alba / May 20, 2019

Student loan debt is becoming an economic crisis in the U.S. When you have extra cash after your college experience, should you invest the money or pay off your student loans? This is an incredibly common question that graduates find themselves asking immediately after receiving their diploma. However, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer…

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how is federal student aid calculated, financial aid, FAFSA

How is Federal Student Aid Calculated?

By Carena de Alba / April 20, 2019

As students and graduates are well aware, the cost of higher education is pricey. Many Americans require financial assistance to attend their post-secondary institutions due to tuition, fees, living costs and additional expenses. It’s good that help is available with Federal Student Aid!    What is the FAFSA? The FAFSA is the Free Application for…

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best summer jobs for college students, how to make money in college

Best Summer Jobs For College Students

By Carena de Alba / April 15, 2019

Now that it’s summer, college students are looking forward to freedom. Unfortunately, that also means having enough cash for those fun summer activities. It’s also the perfect opportunity to beef up that resume for your future, but which summer jobs should you pursue? From traditional to out-of-the-box summer job opportunities, you are bound to find…

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Looking for an on campus job? Bet you didn't know that a lot of these jobs on campus existed. What better way to meet friends and make money in college? Check them out here!

Best Jobs On Campus

By Carena de Alba / February 20, 2019

With the expenses of college life adding up, finding a part-time job while going to school can be incredibly beneficial. What many students don’t realize is that you aren’t confined to jobs like serving or Uber driving. There are actually a ton of on-campus jobs that can be flexible to your school schedule, and still…

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the college scholarship application checklist, how to apply for scholarships

College Scholarship Application Checklist

By Carena de Alba / February 6, 2019

A college scholarship is the best way to get help paying for college. Why? Because you don’t have to pay back the money you receive and you can minimize your student debt! Check out why the student loan crisis continues to grow Getting a scholarship isn’t always easy though. Competition is often stiff depending on…

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dorm decorating on a college budget, DIY projects

Dorm Decorating On a College Budget

By Carena de Alba / January 14, 2019

One of the most exciting things about moving away to college is decorating your dorm! Since most student college budgets aren’t very big, I’ve put together these DIY dorm decorating tips to make your space look amazing without spending a ton. You’ve probably made one – or five – trips to Target before the semester…

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