3 Steps to Save Money and Graduate Early

As we all know, college is hella expensive: we’re talking buying a house expensive. In-state public colleges average out around $25k a year while private colleges end up costing nearly double, around $50k a year. That’s a lot of money to have invested in your education, especially if, like me, you intend to go on to graduate school.

Now there are a lot of articles out there for new students about how to apply for scholarships or increase your financial aid package, but this article is intended to help those who are already in school. I’ll talk about how you can graduate from college early, saving time and money. I’ve broken this process down into easy to follow steps to set yourself on the path to (early) graduation.

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So You Want to do a Field School?

If you are an anthropology or archaeology major, you have probably debated whether or not you should try to participate in a field school. This past summer I was lucky enough to participate in a field school through my university. Field schools can provide a lot of benefits, such as the opportunity to gain resume-boosting experience in the field. But they are also a significant investment of time and money. This article will follow my experience to help you decide if a field school is right for you.

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Coffee Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream

Okay, raise your hand if cupcakes are your favorite sweet treat. Me too! I love cupcakes and in general, I prefer them to their cake counterparts. Even when I use the exact same recipe, cupcakes beat cake every time. When I first experimented with this recipe a few years ago, I realized I had a winner on my hands. The first batch didn’t even last a day in my house and my family was begging me to make more. Since then it has become a favorite amongst my friends and family. My best friend even requests I make her cupcakes instead of buying her a birthday present. The cupcakes produced from this recipe are wonderfully rich and decadent making them the perfect guilty pleasure.

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White Bean Chili

Chili is one of my favorite dishes. There is just something so satisfying about sitting down with a big bowl of chili and some cornbread. Which is why it is such a disappointment to me that my school makes such poor chili. Good chili should have some kick to it, something that makes you feel warm inside. My mom makes the absolute best chili, but when she isn’t around I have to improvise. This recipe is full of flavor with the perfect amount of heat. The base of this recipe is the ground pork. Ground pork tends to be cheaper than ground beef so by using ground pork instead you save a bit of money while still ensuring the dish has plenty of flavor. Continue reading “White Bean Chili”

Homemade Pork Meatballs

I came up with this recipe one night when I had a giant craving for meatballs. I tend to be a pasta purist, just pasta and marinara sauce– boring, I know. But that night I had a hankering for meatballs and I knew I had ground pork in the fridge so I figured why not give it a shot? Going off the knowledge I’d gleaned from hours of Food Network marathons and Chopped episodes I managed to throw together a pretty tasty bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. I jotted down what I’d done and got to dining. A few weeks later I gave the recipe another go and found even without a craving the meatballs hit the spot nicely. Now I am proud to present the recipe to you.

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