Students and the stress of finances

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By: Kayla Hunt, Columnist

One of the many stressors that affect college students’ mental health is finances. Whether it be the cost of tuition or day-to-day living expenses, money is definitely on many students’ minds.

For those who are looking for employment, Towson’s online job and internship database Handshake, provides a service much similar to that of LinkedIn. The website allows you to create a profile that represents your job experience, education history, and overall career interests. It assists with finding jobs and internships that match students’ experience and their career path.

Towson’s Career Center also provides resources to help students discover their career paths. They offer career advice, one-on-one counseling services, resumé and cover letter development, interview preparation/tips, assistance with searching for on-campus and off-campus jobs and internships.

The Career Center will be holding their 2018 Fall Career and Internship Fair this Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will give students the chance to meet with over 200 prospective employers. Students who attend should keep in mind to dress professionally and to bring 15-20 copies of their resumé with them. For more information, students should visit the Handshake website or Towson University’s Events Calendar.

Most professors advise students to study two to three hours a week per credit hour. Therefore, students who decide to seek out employment opportunities are advised to only work 10-15 hours per week in order to effectively balance work and school in a healthy manner. On-campus jobs usually do not allow students to exceed 20 hours per week.

The stress of finances on college students has also been acknowledged by many corporations. There are a lot of companies that provide discounts for students, including Hulu, Apple and Amazon. Students can also call their local retail and restaurant stores to see if they participate in student discounts.

 

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