Whether you’re fresh out of high school or going back to school later in life, there are a few things you should know about college life.
Here, we will cover a few basics of college that will help maximize your education and give you the best possible experience.
1. Student Discounts
One of the perks of being a student, regardless of the school you’re attending, is student discounts.
Companies know that college students are typically short on cash, with hefty expenses like tuition, class materials and transportation eating up a good portion of their income. These businesses want to help ease the financial burden that college students face by offering discounts that could potentially result in thousands of dollars saved come graduation day.
Many companies require a valid student email address to process a discount, while others may ask you to provide a current class schedule or student ID.
From discounts of up to 50 percent off, to cash back offers on purchases, to free shipping, there are a variety of ways you can save while you’re in college. Websites like StudentRate.com help organize all the great deals and promotions going on and give you the hottest selection of student discounts available.
Minnesota School of Business offers students a free version of Microsoft Office Suite when you enroll—a savings of more than $140. Furthermore, the Educational User Experience Scholarship awards qualifying, full-time students $600 to cover the cost of their Apple iPad.
2. Night Classes
It can be a struggle for non-traditional students to balance work and school schedules, since daytime classes may conflict with hours of a typical nine-to-five job. Add this to all the other demands of life, and stress-levels can skyrocket.
Many schools, including Minnesota School of Business, strive to make a college education possible for busy adults by offering the convenience of nighttime classes. You shouldn’t be forced to choose between work and school; you should be able to do both.
Students of all ages can benefit from tutoring. If school is the diet, then tutoring is the exercise; they go hand-in-hand and reinforce one another to produce a desirable outcome.
According to a study done by the New Jersey Department of Education, some of the benefits of tutoring include:
- Improving student work habits
- Providing immediate feedback in one-on-one or small group settings
- Receiving additional help and reinforcement for learning skills and practice time to apply new concepts
- Offering students individual attention
- Increased confidence in a student’s academic performance; positive attitude change
Minnesota School of Business provides students with tutoring at no additional cost. For students taking online classes, online tutoring is also available.
4. Campus Library and Lounges
Need a quiet place to study or write a paper? From the relaxed environment of the student lounges to the peaceful and quiet campus libraries, students looking for a place to study or do homework have plenty of options.
Although many textbooks are now in a digital format, the Minnesota School of Business campus library provides students with a wide selection of physical textbooks. This can come in handy in situations where a back-up copy of a textbook may be needed.
College libraries are also fully-stocked with a number of reference materials. Encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines and a plethora of books and DVD’s are available for use in the library, and many of them may be checked-out for up to three weeks.
5. Career Assistance
One of the main reasons people invest so much time and money into their education is in the hopes that it will lead to a better job.
Most college have a career services department that ensures each student’s hard work will pay off in the form of a great career. From orientation to graduation, the career services department is there to provide plenty of assistance in all things job-related.
Minnesota School of Business students are required to take a career capstone class in which they learn how to effectively market themselves in the job world. Topics include job searching, resume writing, interview tips and mock interview sessions. When the class is over, students have a much better understanding of what it takes to land their dream job.
Even graduated students are encouraged to get in touch with the career services department and discuss their options. Whether you graduated last month or five years ago, this career assistance is guaranteed for as long as you need it.