Time to take charge
We all know there are students who pay for everything and students whose parents pay for everything. This editorial addresses the problem with the latter. We want to encourage money consciousness among our peers now to ensure that they’re not unnecessar
Some students worked more than one job in high school, invested all of their earnings in a college
fund, and were forced (or privileged?) to pay for their own weekend excursions. These same students
brought the same work ethic and financial mentality to college, where they’ll be graduating with little
to no debt, or at the very least a sense of pride at having self-funded their education.
Other students weren’t so fortunate to have developed an early sense of financial responsibility. And
these are the students who continue to receive parental allowances for their Friday nights at the bar,
who only maybe seek employment to alleviate boredom, and who have no idea what tuition payments
These are the students who will be in for a shock when they realize that rent doesn’t pay itself. Nor do
phone bills. Nor cable. Nor electricity. Nor food.
And these are the students the Lanthorn wishes to address. So now we speak directly to you, total
If we’re being entirely honest, many hard-working students have, at some point in time, felt a sort of
envy when they watched you return from the movies every weekend after your parents refilled your
debit card. Sure, you’ve certainly got it easier now.
But remember when your parents never made you do the laundry in high school, and this “freedom”
left you royally unprepared to wash your own clothes in college, leaving you to recycle through sweaty
T-shirts and grass-stained jeans until your first trek home? This is precisely that situation all over
Except this time, it’ll be harder to redeem yourself. While your fellow college students might’ve been
quick to overlook your lack of self-sufficiency, those in the work world might take it as a sign of
immaturity or irresponsibility. So, whether you graduate in two months or two years, start preparing
for a better and more independent financial future.
Even if your parents say they’re “happy to help,” don’t let their generosity enable you to develop poor
To help you get a grip on your present financial situation and prevent future embarrassment, we’ve
designed a special section called “Money Matters” for your perusal.
And it just so happens that this issue contains the first “Money Matters” of the year. We’re lending you
advice from statistics and professionals in the banking world to help you emerge from your adventure
at Grand Valley State University with as little debt as possible. From building credit and choosing a
bank to developing wise spending habits, we’ll help you get on the right track.
Take a look at B4 and B5 for your first set of tips.