Author Archives: Claire Sargeant

How to reduce student financial stress

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student financial stressIt’s no secret that going to university comes with its fair share of financial stress. For  many students facing these financial pressures for the first time, trying to stretch your money from September to April can be extremely difficult. Here are some tips I’ve found helpful over my university experience to help reduce financial stress.

  1. On-campus jobs –  If you are looking for a job during the school year, look to see what campus jobs are available. Working with other students is  a great way to meet people and allows for more flexibility around school schedules. I work for a student service at my university and have always found it easier, working with other students who understand academic stress, makes
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How to avoid the Freshman 15

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How to avoid the Freshman 15The fear of the Freshman 15 and the dreaded weight gain that most students experience in their first year of university is something that can be avoided if you know what key pitfalls to avoid.

A study published in the Journal of American College Health found 70% of students reported weight gain in the first two years of college. Typically students gained around 4-10 pounds in weight and I was no exception. For me, one of the biggest pitfalls was opting for junk food as my late-night study snack. Fueled by the sugar rush of high-carb, high-fat foods, I would get through my studies, ignoring what was happening to my waistline. By December, I was passing over my skinny jeans …

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How to manage your parents while away at university

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How to manage your parents while away at universityStaying in touch with your parents while you’re away at university is important, but you need to come to a compromise, set boundaries and understand expectations. According to a recent study published in Springer’s Journal of Child and Family Studies, “college students with over-controlling parents are more likely to be depressed and less satisfied with their lives.”

Our schedules as university students change from week to week, so parents should call often but don’t expect we will always be available for long talks at the same time. Sometimes it’s better to have short, frequent talks than long ones once a week. Set up a time each week when you’ll both be available to talk without the stress of having …

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Essential life skills to teach your kids before they leave home

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Essential life skills to teach your kids before they leave homeTransitioning into a university environment involves a lot of change, including not having your parents around to help you with the small stuff. Calls home for mom or dad’s help are inevitable, but parents can prepare their kids before they get immersed in university life by teaching them these essential life skills.

  1. Laundry – Although this might seem obvious, you’d be surprised by the number of first-year students who have never even done their own laundry! Help your teen to understand the basics of separating colours, choosing the right settings, portions of soap and what should and shouldn’t be thrown in the dryer. Otherwise you might find your grown kid is wearing pink T-shirts two sizes too small.
  2. Cooking
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