January 20, 2018

Posts by Jessica Oaks

About Jessica Oaks

Jessica Oaks is a freelance journalist who loves to cover technology news and the ways that technology makes life easier. She also blogs at FreshlyTechy.com. Check her out on Twitter@TechyJessy.

Best Technology Deals for Students

Nowadays hitting back to school sales is a must for university students, whether they're freshies or gunning for PhDs. College students already drop close to $1,200 on books and supplies every year according to the College Board, and many are footing that bill without help from mom and dad. Luckily the need for brand new backpacks and weighty textbooks is going down as smart pens replace No. 2 pencils. But even so, the latest tech isn't cheap and can even become a real budget buster when a … [Read more...]

Ways to Manage Your Student Loans

Student loan debt is the leading household debt, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Americans currently owe $1.1 trillion to student loans. Although students don’t technically have to start paying back their loans until after graduation, it’s a good idea to be proactive about the debt. Want to get a head start on paying back your loans? Try these tips for managing your student loans and reducing your monthly payments. Create a Budget It takes discipline to establish and … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Manage Your College Living Expenses

There is no way around it; college is costly. If you’re like the majority of students, you’re probably not flush with cash when you enroll at your university. Even students with a full-ride scholarship still need to be conscientious about living expenses and other hidden costs. Here are some top tips and tricks — including some ideas about food, transportation, and no contract cell phone plans — to help you save money and budget during college. Follow all of these to earn an “A”! 1) Track … [Read more...]

Studying Abroad? Travel Tips for Students

Of all the opportunities college brings, the chance to immerse yourself in another culture with very few strings attached stands out. When else will you have the freedom to leave almost everything behind to live, study and even work in a foreign country for weeks or even months? Not that it's as easy as simply signing up for your school's next study abroad session! Even an international vacation requires plenty of forethought – and cash – so prepare yourself to do some serious planning long … [Read more...]

Desserts with Hidden Veggies: Help Fight the Freshman 15

School has started and young, fresh faces are appearing all over university campuses. As new kids on the block looking towards a bright future ahead, you’re pumped to rush Greek life, tailgate football games, and ready to swipe that parent-funded dining dollar card to prime your stomachs for long nights filled with cheap Natty Ice beer pong and good times. You only live once right? Live once, but live well by countering the Freshman 15 with the following desserts with hidden veggies. Red … [Read more...]

Start the School Year Off on the Right Foot

Every September, millions of teenagers and young adults will be lamenting the end of summer and beginning a new chapter in their educational careers. And with a new school year comes the need for all new supplies. This includes not only the basics, like backpacks and notepads, but gear and clothing as well. Unfortunately, for many the hunt for the latest and greatest goods can be frustrating and challenging. That is, it can be frustrating if you don't know where to start or what to look for! … [Read more...]

Top Ways to Exercise Your Study Muscles

Though many students put in the extra effort to stay physically fit when they get to college (anything to help ward off the Freshman Fifteen, right?), far too many forget that they need to stay mentally fit as well. In fact, for many freshman students just arriving to college, the additional coursework can be overwhelming. The assignments are more difficult, the deadlines come sooner and sooner, and the concepts and topics are often times incredibly advanced. Add to this the pressure of knowing … [Read more...]

6 Brain Foods You May Not Have Thought About

There's no denying that traditional dorm room snack staples – think pizza, chips and beer – are tasty, but they're not going to do you any favors during finals. When it comes to boosting your brain power, there are some foods that have what it takes. Here are six must-eat foods for finals week or any time you need a brain boost, along with ways to make them almost as palatable as pizza. Berries Studies suggest that eating plenty of blueberries can help combat memory loss thanks to … [Read more...]

Top Three Ways for Students to Make & Save Money

A college degree can be a big money maker but until graduation cash may be in short supply. The university years are all about spending – there are housing costs, you're buying books, tuition is going up very year and then there are the fees. Somewhere in there there's also fun but that's only if you can afford it. So how do you get from here to commencement day without going broke? Three words: budgeting and extra income. A full-time job is probably not in the cards, but if you're already … [Read more...]

Remember These?! Dated School Supplies and the Tech that Replaced Them

While the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic has basically stayed the same throughout the years, how they are taught and learned has evolved thanks to advancements in technology. Many students no longer have to carry around armfuls of textbooks and notebooks. Those along with other traditional learning tools have been replaced with modern-day electronics. Some were developed out of necessity, while others are mainly a convenience. Addition of Mobile Devices One of the biggest … [Read more...]

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