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What If

What happens to my student debt if something bad happens to me? As if being in a lot of debt were not bad enough, this is probably the last thing you want to think about. However, taking this unfortunate hypothetical ...

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Reading Contest

Many students now have e-readers. Are they really that much better than books? The technology powering e-readers certainly has a lot of advantages over traditional books, but whether it is better comes down to personal preferences. E-books are inexpensive and ...

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Renter’s Regret

I am starting my career and my family, and I want to find a permanent home. But I am not sure if I want to buy or to rent. Generally speaking, is it better to rent or buy your home? ...

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Kitchen Kerfuffle

I recently bought my first house after college. It is nearly perfect – but I hate the kitchen! I am advocating for major renovations, but my spouse is concerned about balancing the cost with our student loans. How much does ...

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Helping Hands

Our group of friends really consists of more social drinkers, but we have one particular friend who consistently overdoes it to an unhealthy degree and his grades are also suffering as a result. I’m worried that he’s struggling with his ...

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Designer Dorm

Our college is building new dorms. Are they going to be the same standard rooms? Your college accommodation can have a huge effect on your well-being and even academic performance, so this question resonates with every student. Student housing has ...

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Debt Debacle

The economy is picking up according to all reports. Is the student loan crisis going to resolve itself? The current student loan situation is not a pretty one. With a national student loan debt standing at close to $1.4 trillion, ...

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Home Base

I like the career prospect of job hopping. Should I rent or buy a home when I change jobs?  The rent or buy debate has been raging for years. There are clear pros and cons for each scenario and a lot ...

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International Revenue Service

As a foreign student, do I have to pay any U.S. taxes? The U.S. tax system can be a source of confusion for international students. You are taxed on any earnings made while you are in the country. If you ...

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The Great Imposter

How can I avoid being a victim of identity theft in college? Nearly every student at college will have a smartphone or tablet. These handheld mobile computers contain a wealth of personal information at risk if not protected. Identity theft is ...

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Facebook Fixup

I met someone through FB. Since he is not a student, I really don’t know enough about him. What common sense things should I look for? Using social media to meet people is now the common standard for most people ...

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I Do or I Don’t?

My fiancé and I will be getting married while we are both in college. Is it true young couples are more likely to split up? Tying the knot is a life-changing decision, even more for those at college. Academic pressure can ...

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Campus Carry

My state recently adopted a ‘campus carry’ law. Can you explain my decision to carry a pistol to my parents? Your parents’ questions about the safety of students affected by the campus carry law are valid. Your parents fear other ...

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Denial of Service

My dorm room does not get wifi and wireless routers are not allowed. Why can’t I get wifi? Internet access is an integral part of attending college and vital to your studies, so this question is echoed in many dorm rooms. ...

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Sales Pitch

Why don’t colleges teach salesmanship? I’m sure we’re going to need it. The moment you start work you realize that college did not teach you half of what you need. Salesmanship is a life skill used by all of us. ...

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Snake Oil

I get a lot of health news online. Why are traditional media so slow in reporting new medical trends? With health and nutrition trends changing often, your question is always timely. Social media dominates how people get their news and updates ...

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Bedside Manner

I was planning on becoming a nurse. Is this a good choice for a man? This question is not common among college students, but it is important for those considering this field. The demand for nursing is ever increasing and ...

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Internet Insanity

Many of my parents’ friends lost their businesses to the Internet. Didn’t the Internet create a new, larger economy? You have enjoyed the benefits from the internet and new digital world. However, you recognize that not everyone has equally prospered from the ...

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