Tips to go back to school

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Hi guys, 

        I'm enjoying my last weeks of vacation trying to make these days long but instead they are flying by... We are getting closer to the beginning of a new school year and we need to get ready for it.. That's why I starting looking at my class schedule and finances as well. I realized that all the financial aid I got this year was only loans (subsidized and unsubsidized). What??? There are no grants for grad school? That was a shocker.. specially for me since most of the financial aid I received during my undergrad career came from grants... Grad school is more expensive that what I imagined. My debt is going to multiply by 3 after I finish my master's degree. 

         After going through ISIS for like an hour I realized that I won't be in much debt thanks for the TA/RA position I will get starting on September. I know you guys may be wondering what this is and how is going to help me so here it is: An RA/TA position is a research assistantship I will be getting from my Professor to finish my master's degree with a thesis option. I'm not sure how much it's going to be but I'm sure it will be of a great help.

         I just wanted to share this with you guys because I wish I knew about the cost of going to grad school before, if it wasn't for this assistantship I could be in trouble to pay for school this year. I recommend you guys that if you ever have the opportunity to closely work with a professor, research team or project please do so. This is a great way to create a network and take advantage of the opportunities many of these offer. 

         Some of the things I recommend you guys to look into before getting ready to go back to school arethe deadlines for housing changes and classes as well... and Keep in mind these days just in case you need them.. Also, my final recommendation is that if you are kind of tight to buy books here is a great website where you can buy them : I used to buy my books here and they are pretty cheap. Sometimes I bought old editions to make it ever cheaper.  

        Thank you for reading.. have fun getting ready to go back to school.. I will be back next week...   ;)


Diane said:

If you want to buy books. i would advise you to go online and search the prices for these books using services like It is better than going for standalone stores. as you can save on lot of money using them.

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