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What I Wish I'd Known About College

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Get a job, especially during summer vacation.

Most of your basic needs are met if you live on campus, but life is awfully drab when you can't afford anything besides dining hall food. College towns are hubs of activity, from concerts to movies to restaurants. Without some cash in your bank account, you can't take advantage of any of it. Even with a heavy load of coursework, working 10-15 hours a week will provide more than enough income to take advantage of the free time you'll still have. During summer vacations, working a 40-hour week will allow you to save thousands for the coming academic year.

Next: Beware of credit cards.

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