Becoming an Adult: 2017 Grads

College prepares you for the real world.

We’ve all heard this before. Students juggle school, work, family, friends, and everything in between. This balancing act provides you with the skills necessary to survive in the real world.

Our three 2017 grads are back to share their experiences over the year. This month, we asked our grads what they think are the stresses of being an adult, how they’re preparing for life after college, and any similarities or differences they are anticipating.

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Going Back To College

Nancy BryansGoing back to college was a big deal for me. At 49, with 3 kids still in elementary school, a puppy-ish dog at home, and a husband who worked shifts, it proved to be an adventure with challenges on multiple levels. The laundry, the dishes, making meals and housecleaning, dropped in the level of priorities, however, I was still able to juggle attending parent focused events at my children’s schools and participate as needed.

In addition to attending full time during regular semesters, I chose to continue on during the summer, plus find an on-campus position to earn some extra money. I began as a team member, then a team leader for the Leave the Pack Behind Program (LTPB). There were many nights I said goodnight to my kids and stayed up until I saw the sun rise, in order to juggle everything. Thankfully, my spouse was supportive, my kids let me do my homework in peace and my dog was on hand for snuggles when I needed them. Continue Reading

Get Your Head In The Cloud: Ways To Organize Yourself And Family

As time goes on, I find that I am getting busier, more forgetful or lazy.  Most likely, it’s a combination of all three!

In managing life so far, I’ve come up with various methods to organize personal, family and household information.  These methods involve 8 file cabinet drawers and hundreds of folders.  Since I’m always connected to either a computer, tablet or smartphone I decided to virtual-ize my paper horde and go digital!

The key areas of my new system are using a family email account, online cloud storage and Evernote. Continue Reading

Surprise Expenses

calculation-390319_1280Even though most of my education and training surrounds science and engineering, I’ve always been fascinated by financial planning. I’ve heard and read many different financial planning “experts” and their own versions of how to save money and plan for your future. They all make it sound so easy. However, I’ve found through my own experiences and the experiences of others that it’s far from it. Continue Reading

Going to School. Parenting at Home.

mom child sunsetParenting in College is not an easy thing to do but I have found a way to make it work; I am in advertising after all, so coming up with creative solutions is my forte! Studying and taking care of my daughter became hard so I relocated to Hamilton to be closer to school while my parents take care of her during the week. Prior to this change, I was finding that the distance and time it took to get to and from school (exceeding 3 hrs at times) along with the madness that Canadian winters bring, I just wanted to sleep when I got home. Eventually I felt that taking a grip on reality and asking for help was much needed.

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