Are Graduate Degrees Actually Worth It?

is attending grad school worth the astronomical costs?

We’re in the middle of a student loan debt crisis. This is probably not news to anyone, especially anyone who’s graduated in the last ten or so years. Roughly 70% of college students borrow money in order to attend school. In fact, in terms of consumer debt, student loans are second behind mortgages. That’s a lot of debt. It’s no wonder, given the trillion dollar national student loan debt, that many students don’t even consider pursuing a graduate degree. However, some still do. According to The Student Loan Report, about 40 percent of the total student loan debt was used to […]

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8 Ways You’re a Better Person After Having Kids

8 ways you become a better person after you have children

If you conduct a survey of your peers to ask if they think they are “good people”, many will likely say yes. Many of us believe we’re inherently good, and even though we stumble, we strive to do what’s best. We don’t often think about how to become a better person. I would have said the same thing about myself before I had my little one about 8 months ago. I went to church, helped others, and (for the most part) tried to do what’s right. Something about my entire perspective changed after I had my son. I realized so […]

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How to Start a Garden for Under $30

How to start a garden for under $30.

I’ve always wanted to start a garden but I constantly made excuses for why not. “I live in an apartment.” “I don’t have the money.” “I don’t have the time.” The list goes on and on. I finally stopped making excuses when my baby started eating solid food. I realized it would be so much healthier for him to eat homemade baby food made from garden vegetables than any store-bought canned options. For whatever reason, that’s all it took for me to get on the garden bandwagon. If you also decided you want to start your first garden on a […]

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8 Tips for Taking your Baby on a Road Trip (+FREE Travel Guide)

Have a successful road trip with your baby with these 8 expert tips

  My husband and I travel. A lot. When I say “travel” what I really mean is “road trip.” Since getting married 3 years ago, we’ve driven close to 90,000 miles. It’s a 5-hour drive one way from our home state of Iowa to either Wisconsin or Missouri just to visit one set of our parents. And, that’s the shortest distance we’ve taken. What that means is that we spend A LOT of time driving. It’s no surprise that our traveling hasn’t slowed down since we had our baby boy. Since my son was born 9 months ago, we’ve already […]

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8 Grammar Rules You Should Never Ignore

8 grammar rules you should never ignore

I don’t know if it’s the domination of texting lingo throughout the interwebs and offline, or if it is laziness from our instant gratification culture, but I believe grammar in society today is moving downhill quickly. As a person with a writing degree, I take grammar, punctuation, and spelling seriously, even in trivial situations. I know it is usually overkill, but I believe grammar is not only a skill you learn but also a skill you sharpen by consistent practice. I don’t believe it’s about perfection, and I will be the first person to admit that I don’t always get it right. […]

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6 Ways Getting a Mentor Will Boost your Career

6 ways getting a mentor will boost your career.

You can take the next step in your career by getting a professional mentor. I became a better employee and more employable once I got a mentor. When I was in college, I had a phone interview with a company for an HR Intern position. I received a call a couple of days later stating that I didn’t get the job, but something interesting happened. Katie, my would-be boss, told me she thought I had strong potential (but not the right experience) and offered to mentor me instead. Looking back now, I realize that was like a gold bar falling […]

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8 Weird Things that Happen When You Work From Home

8 weird things that happen when you work from home

  When I graduated college, my life changed drastically. I continued working at the same company where I had been interning, except now in a full-time capacity. I got married just 17 days after graduation (boy was that stressful – that’s a story for another time). Then, everything took an even more unexpected change when my husband entered grad school, causing me to work from home. Although it as a long, prayerful decision, we packed our bags and moved 300 miles for his classes. Luckily, I work at a flexible company that allows employees to work from home as needed. […]

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10 Resume Tips to Land A Job in 2017

Whether you are looking for a new role or you’re content with the one you have, keeping an updated resume is critical in identifying what you do and how you do it well. This also goes for sites like LinkedIn and ZipRecruiter. Keep your profile updated as best as you are able. These are two of the top websites Recruiters use to source candidates for a role – even if that person isn’t looking to leave their job. To stay competitive in the job market today, here are 10 tips to land that job this year. Once you make sure […]

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Land Your Dream Job with These 10 Tips

Land your dream job with these 10 tips

I’m truly blessed that I landed my dream job right out of college. I already knew I would get a full-time offer before starting my senior year of college, lifting so much weight off my shoulders that last year. I work for an amazing company that puts family first and values all employees. You might be thinking, All the cards must have been in her favor. Not everyone gets that lucky. I’m not going to lie – I’m sure there was a little luck in there. But more than that, it was my planning during (and before) college, my dedication, and faith that got […]

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5 Things New College Grads Learn the Hard Way

5 Things New College Grads Learn the Hard Way

    You graduate from college high on life and ready to take on the workforce. You believe you leave with everything you need for your career, and you’re ready to share all your knowledge with your new coworkers. However, you soon learn your textbooks didn’t have all the wisdom necessary to succeed. Even the task of applying for your first “big kid” job is intimidating. One of the best things you can do is upload your resume on sites like Monster.com to make it easier for recruiters to find you for those qualified jobs. This culture shock takes you aback. You […]

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