How Non-Traditional College Students are Making Ends Meet

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Chances are high that you or someone you know is in a similar situation as I am in: a college student who is earning degrees later in life with a family in tow. As non-traditional students we’re out there seeking educational advancement: degrees, certificates, training, courses, professional development and the like. In the U.S.A, a place where education is viewed as the great equalizer, we’re hungry for bettering ourselves, our families, our vocations, our incomes.  Our group of education-seekers differ from traditional variety in that we started a family prior to finishing our journey for more education. We are the ...

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5 Useful but Overlooked Back to School Items for College Students

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Great list of back to school items for college students!

At 36 years of age, I'm still in school, though working on my PhD. Despite plenty of success academically, I still have anxiety dreams before a new school year begins. I dream I didn’t go to class all semester and now need to take a final exam that I cannot read.  I wake up with a bit of fear and stress, but it quickly washes away as I laugh it off and I know I work hard in school, attend my classes, and prepare for all exams, usually achieving good results. Being prepared is good in all aspects of life, but back to school preparation goes beyond simply having a backpack, notebooks, textbooks, pencils, and paper.  I want to ...

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5 Ways to Support Your Husband Going Back to School

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I am glad we made the choice for my husband to go back to school but it can be hard! These are great tips to support him and our family as he gets his degree.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #JustACallAway #CollectiveBias Whenever your spouse wants to go back to school, it's not an isolated decision - it affects your whole family. My husband has not only gone back to school for a Master's Degree, but is currently working on a PhD, and it has definitely affected our lives. I mean, we are living in Texas now, a state neither my husband or I had ever really wanted to live. And of course, the decision to pursue more education has affected our finances, the time we spend together, and our future. As hard as ...

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Real Ways Your Child Can Escape Student Loans and Graduate Debt Free

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REAL Ways your child can escape student loan debt and graduate college debt free

A college degree seems to be one of those stepping stones in life, something needed to ensure employment even in entry level positions. The bachelor's degree is the new Associates Degree, and despite the ever-growing number of people attending college, the costs of a college education, not to mention the costs of living, keep going up higher every year. It can be hard to encourage your child to attend college or get a degree when often doing so will mean that upon graduation they will be thousands of dollars in debt. So as parents, who want to give the best to our children, we wonder if it possible for our kids to graduate ...

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Be a Learning Hero – Answering Your Common Core Questions

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Learn how you can be your child's learning hero by learning all you can about the Common Core Standards from BeaLearningParent.com - the first non-biased website designed for the parents!

Knowledge is power. When you know more, you can prepare more. You can make informed decisions. You can advocate better for your child. Many parents and their children now are facing standardized tests, and new ways of doing things as part of the Common Core Standards. And it's all very confusing. As a parent, I want to know what my children would face in a regular classroom setting. My husband, as a college mathematics teacher, needs to know how the incoming undergrads are being taught math, and the best way to teach math himself. And sometimes you just hear a lot of misinformation on the educational system in America. And that's ...

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Fatherhood and Education: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

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The Decision to Pursue degrees while also pursuing family isn't always easy, but it's doable with God.

Today I am welcoming a very special guest writer to What's up Fagans? - My husband Joshua. He's the guy behind the scenes, the man I love, and the father of my children. And today he's explaining, in his own words, our family's decision for him to pursue fatherhood and education at the same time, despite the finances, hardships, and sometimes guilt.  I love knowledge of all kinds, and in just about any subject. I really believe that "Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection" (D&C 130:18).  That's why I love the idea of being a lifelong learner. As such, I desire ...

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Late-Night College Snacks and the Amazon Wish List

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A good list of some late-night snack ideas, perfect for college students who are cramming and studying into the wee hours of the morning!

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community and have been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias & #AmazonWishList #AmazonHasIt  College feels like it was forever ago. Like forever. It's such a far distant removed part of my life now that I am a mom to three kids. But, did you know I technically graduated from BYU in April 2011? Like a little over three years ago! However, I finished my on-campus studies in April 2010, you know, the same time I also had my life turned upside down with the birth of our twin daughters. But, I loved college, and Brigham Young University is an ...

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10 Ways to Save Money During College

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College can be expensive with your limited income. Here are 10 smart tips on how to make life easier financially. #Phones4School #cbias #shop

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser #Phones4School. All opinions are mine alone and affiliate links are used. My husband just started his doctoral degree program and I couldn't be more thrilled for him. He'll be busy this semester for sure, with three classes, seminars to attend, and math labs to teach. And he again will have long days, needing to be on campus from about 8am to 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition to classes the other days of the week too. As a family of five living off of his very modest graduate assistantship income (and unfortunately a bit of student loans), ...

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I’ve Been Spoiled as a Graduate Spouse

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Even though my husband has been a graduate student the last two years, I have been spoiled as a graduate spouse. His schedule may have meant some long days, but those long days were usually followed by slow days, days at home with me and the kids. He purposefully tried to have his classes - both those he taught and attended - on the same two or three days a week. He would just stay on campus all day those days, working on homework and class prep between classes. He would sometimes work on his off days, either at home or on campus, but only for a few hours. He was home a lot. I was spoiled. I realize that as this last week my ...

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10 Ways Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data Make Navigating Post-College Life Easier

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Having a smart phone definitely makes post-graduation life easier! #familymobile #collectivebias #shop

I am a member of the #CollectiveBias Social Fabric Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser Walmart #FamilyMobile. He did it! My husband just graduated from Graduate School! He is now a Master of Mathematics! And this fall he will start work on a doctorate degree. As a college graduate looking for a new job and starting the next new and exciting stage of life, it can be very helpful to have a smartphone, especially one with the lowest priced unlimited plan. Thanks to Walmart Family Mobile you can get Unlimited Talk Text and Data for only $39.88 a ...

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What’s up Fagans? Fridays

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Attack of the baby!

Welcome Friday! 1. My baby boy is 8 months old today!! I can't believe he's so old already! Wasn't he just born? And he's so smart and active already. He's pulling himself up constantly, loves crawling, and moving. One of his favorite things to do is grab your face, especially your lips and eyes and and then pinch them to death! He also enjoys slapping faces and chests and tables. He gets up once every night, still doesn't eat a lot of baby food (due to my laziness), and is just a happy baby generally.  We all love him like crazy around this house. 2. We've been hitting up the YMCA four times a week. It's been so nice ...

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Two Year Car Accident Anniversary: Blessings in Disguise

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Two Year Car Accident Anniversary - Seeing the Blessings in Disguise. Great perspective comes with time and healing. | whatsupfagans.com

Two years ago my husband was in a severe car accident that totaled our one and only vehicle, broke his sternum, left him unable to work for more than a month, racked up medical bills, put us in (even more) financial strain, threw his awesome weight loss off track, and initiated us into the world of lawyers and lawsuits. This car accident was no fun. At. All. And today is the two year car accident anniversary. It's been two years since that accident altered our lives. Fortunately, it has been proven to us that this accident was actually the blessing in disguise that we prayed it would be. Two years out we can see all the good ...

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