The Struggle of Having Student Loans

December 19, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Colleges

Since middle school, I have been told that I must go to college. I’ve been told that getting into college is the only way to have a better future and a better lifestyle. Yet, when I got into high school, I was completely confused and angry about college. I have been told that I must go to college, but when I wanted to apply to college, I had to take in consideration the costs it will bring. If it was not for financial aid, I would have never had the opportunity to go to college. Even though I receive financial aid, it did not save me from getting students loans. Oh those students loans, they have been haunting me since I signed the paper agreeing that I would pay them back after graduation. I will definitely pay them back, but no one likes having loans that can ruin your life if you do not get a job after graduation increasing in interests.


Student Loans

Student Loans!

College is expensive. Wheelock college costs are Tuition: $31,675 (12-20 credits), Room and Board: $13,600, Fees: $1155 and the Total is : $46,430. ( source, This price is so close to 50,000 which some people struggle to earn in a year. If it was not for financial aid I would not be able to attend this school, but there are some students that do not get enough financial aid and have to pay the majority of their tuition from pocket. Which can be a struggle if the family does not have enough money to pay or the student has to work in ordered to pay for their own tuition because they might not get help from their family.

My Life: Since I took out loans every year for four year, I have at least $30,000 of students loans that I need to pay back and this does not count extra money that the loans that have accumulated in interests during those four years. It is really stressful because I am going to graduate in May 2015, so I need better have a job by graduation or find a job within the next 6 months before I need to start paying back the loans. Some people have a difficult time finding a job and therefore, will have a difficult struggle paying off their students loans.

My Generation: I feel that my generation may have a difficult time paying off students loans because there are not a lot of resources out there to inform us of ways to get help when we are having trouble paying of the loans. The most important part is that my generation do not seek help from others and restrict themselves from resources that may help them improve their lives and lessen stress. Each year, the school tuition and room and board are increasing by three percent or more, so future generations are going to have a tough time going to college if the rate of tuition keeps increasing.

Students loans can be scary and stressful, but as long as a person has a job to pay then back by graduation time the person should be okay. Don’t let students loans scare you! 

Gifts to Buy a College Student

November 28, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Colleges

At some point in our lives, gifts do not become important when celebrating a birthday party. At least to some students, but there are others that love gifts and look forward to the gifts that are going to receive from a friend. No matter how old the person is, a great gift for a college student is some kind of technology device. There are other that like clothes or something that has a picture of their favorite band, food, or TV show. Here are some gifts ideas for other college students and some good budget gifts.

The Perfect Gift!

The Perfect Gift!

Technology: A person can never go wrong with buying a technology device for their friends. Depending on how close the relationship is between the two people then a table or Ipad is always a great gift idea. There are always great deals online for new tablets and Ipads, so always check online stores like Amazon, Ebay, or the Best Buy online store. There are other technology devices that can be brought to a friend like a smart watch or a SIM card for their phone. Remember, at this point it is not the amount the person spends or the gifts itself, but the thought behind the gift a person gives.

Clothes: It is always a great idea to buy clothes for a person, if you know their size. If not, a pajama or a sweater are clothing that are not that difficult to find for the person.

Merchandise: If your friend has a favorite band, hobby, food, or TV show then get a merchandise with a picture of their favorite character, food, brand, or hobby. This will show how much you know about them and the person will appreciate the gift more. This is a perfect gift if you are on a low budget because it is not really expensive to buy a keychain, shirt, or poster.

Gifts for other College Students:

If you do not know the person who you are going to give the gift to, then here are some ideas on what to buy them as a gift:

Wine Bottle: If the person are turning twenty one, then this is the perfect gift for the person because they are probably excited to be able to drinking legally.

Other: If you don’t know the person, a perfume or cologne is a great gift to get them for their birthday. Sometimes there are spa soaps that a great to give people. Those spa fragrances and soaps are not expensive and won’t hurt your budget.

There are a lot of other gift ideas to give to a college student. A person can find a lot of great gifts online at a great price. Sometimes a person can also find great gifts at TJ Max or Marshall’s at a great price. It doesn’t hurt to ask a friend of the person who you are giving the gift to for advise. It always helps when deciding on a gift to buy for the person. 

Sites to use as a college student

November 7, 2014 in Alive Campus, Tech

world wide web

world wide web

College students spend a lot of time on the internet interacting on social media. But what about those useful websites that students should always be checking that will be beneficial for them? Here are a list of websites that will be really helpful throughout your college experience:


Your University website – By staying in touch with your University website students are more informed with what is happening on campus. Events, important days and school closures is a great reason for a student to constantly check. Not only is it good to be informed with what is happening on campus but students can also plan out their degree programs as well as looking for scholarships.

Student account website – Keeping on top of your student account website will always be extremely helpful. No student wants to have an outstanding charge be put on their account and then not be able to register for future classes. Another great thing that is helpful about the student account website is that you can prepare future wishlists for your classes. By preparing a wish list before you enroll for classes, students are able to see what type of schedule they will have for the upcoming semester.

Twitter – For some, Twitter is just used as a place to tweet about your regular schedule. ‘Oh I got Starbucks’ or ‘Look at my new shoes’, but Twitter can be incredibly helpful for trying to help promote your work by the use of hashtags. People will be able to discover your work and potentially will follow you. This will be a great tool helping establish an audience to promote your work, also receive feedback from viewers that you could use on future projects.

Indeed – A great website that many students should be checking on a consistent basis. It has more than just job postings, but also internships. Internships are the key for many students because it is a great way of establishing contacts that will help in the pursuit of jobs. Creating a great network of contacts will only help students by opening many possibilities after college.

Alive Campus – It offers insight on colleges around the country. No other place will you see actual stories from students that go to these campuses like this. If you are interested in attending a college and want to a little more information on what type of atmosphere this school is like. It gives students a place to express their likes and dislikes about their school, which incoming students really need to hear before they decide to go to that particular college.

USA Today – Students sometimes can develop a campus bubble that nothing outside of that bubble exists. It is important for students to stay informed about the world outside of their campus. USA Today is easy to scan quickly, the layout of their website allows students to quickly view stories without having to search through the entire site.

So there you have it, some websites that will make your college life easier. Stay on top of your campus events and your student account. In the long run it will only make your college career that much easier.

Hailey Gilbert: An Interview with an Involved Longwood University Student

September 26, 2014 in Alive Campus

Longwood student Hailey Gilbert

Longwood student Hailey Gilbert

Hailey Gilbert is a 20 year old Longwood University student born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey.  I sat down with her to ask her a few questions about her time at Longwood University, her involvement, career aspirations, and more.

Natalie:  Can you tell me about yourself?

Hailey:   I am the third child in my family.  I like to bake and to give back to the community.  I enjoy spending time with my family and I am from New Jersey.  I studied abroad in Germany in 2013 and really enjoyed it.  I like to go on vacations and also enjoy studying speech pathology.

Natalie: What is your major?

Hailey: Communications Sciences and Disorders with a Special Education minor.

Natalie: Why did you choose CSDS?

Hailey: I volunteered at a camp for special needs children in New Jersey.  The camp is called Camp Fatima and it is for ages five to nineteen.  It is completely volunteer-based, and the children do not have to pay anything to attend the camp.  Many of the other volunteers are speech language pathologists and special educators.  Through this experience, I was able to get exposer to what speech therapists can do in their professions.

Natalie: What are you future career aspirations?

Hailey: Upon graduation, I plan to attend a two year graduate school program.   Following completion of graduate school, I hope to open up a private practice for children with special needs and other language disorders.

Natalie: Why did you choose Longwood University?

Hailey:  I mainly choose Longwood University because of the Communications Sciences and Disorders program.  Besides for that, Longwood feels like home and everyone is nice.

Natalie: What activities are you involved in?

Hailey:  I am a Resident Assistant, involved in RCL (Residential and Commuter Life) Mentors, the Student Government Association, the National Student Speech Hearing Association, Sigma Alpha Pi, and I am a Junior Advisor for Alpha Lambda Delta the freshman honor society.

Natalie: What is your favorite part about Longwood?

Hailey:  My favorite part would be the traditions.  They just make Longwood unique compared to other universities.  My favorite tradition are the Princep crowns on campus, because I can always step on them for good luck before a test.  The secret societies like Princeps set Longwood a part from other schools, because they recognize students for all of their hard work, and promote the characteristics of being a citizen leadership.

Natalie: Any hobbies or fun facts about yourself?

Hailey:  Reading, singing, and hanging out with friends.  Well, my dad was in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics for Team Handball.  He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army.

Natalie:  What makes you unique as a student and a person?

Hailey:  As a student, I think I am unique because I come from out of state and Longwood and most students at Longwood are in state.  As a person, it would be my devotion to my major and what I plan to do with the rest of my life.

Natalie:  If you could finish this sentence, what would you say?  Hailey Gilbert is…

Hailey:  Hailey Gilbert is a devoted student and friend.

Stonehill Student Profile: Ryan DiFalco

August 29, 2014 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

Ryan DiFalco

Ryan DiFalco, a girl and her bucket hat







Where are you from?

Burlington, Vermont

What is your spirit animal?

I’ve been told a seal because I’m playful and silly. I’ve also been told a sea turtle because I’m peaceful and conscious of not upsetting the balance of things.

One word that describe Stonehill:


Favorite movie?

Dead Poets Society

Why did you choose Stonehill?

I chose Stonehill because I had that weird magical moment where you walk on campus and fall in love. And the internship opportunities, like NY, DC, and LA sounded cool.

What advice would you give to a new student?

Join a lot of clubs in the beginning. If you feel like you’d be interested in something just try it! You’ll find your happiness in joining groups.

What are you involved in?

I’m the Captain of the ultimate Frisbee team, the music section editor of The Rolling Stonehill (Stonehill’s culture magazine), and the Secretary of PRIDE (providing a responsible, inclusive, and diverse environment).

How do you manage time?

I take it day by day and hope I don’t cry at the end of it.

How do you handle living four hours away?

It’s tough sometimes because I’m really close with my family, but I stay busy and see it as an adventure.

Favorite place on campus?

The bridge by New Hall. Super convenient, but a nice place to go to clear my head.

One thing you want to do before you graduate?

One academic thing I want to do is stay on the dean’s list, and one silly thing I want to do is climb Donahue.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Aside from going abroad (in Ireland), I’m excited to live in the Colonial Courts with all of my friends.

Ryan is one of my best friends and she is a great example of a Stonehill student. She has a great heart and is very involved on campus. Just remember that college comes with many opportunities, and you should take advantage of each and every one. Whether that means joining clubs, going abroad, or doing an internship, it’s important to get yourself out there like Ryan does. Already in our junior year, we are confident and ready to take on anything, all thanks to the new things we tried and chances we took that got us to this stage.