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Starting a Monthly Budget

Want to create a monthly budget but don’t know where to start? Hopefully I can give you some ideas by recounting how I came up with my monthly budget. My graduate school stipend is the first time in my life I’ve had a consistent monthly income that I have to live off...

Staying Productive While Off-Campus: Online Resources

I’m spending this academic year in Athens, Greece. (Why yes, you should be envious.) It’s easy to get distracted from work, but here are some tools that help me continue my research as usual even when off-campus. The U-M Virtual Private Network (VPN). The U-M VPN...

A Productive Day

7:30 a.m. I hear a loud noise which I quickly identify as my alarm clock. I wake up at an earlier time than I would have wanted to. The guilt of not having been productive on the previous day gets me out of bed. 10:00 a.m. I finally manage to get myself out of my...

A Productive Day

7:30 a.m. I hear a loud noise which I quickly identify as my alarm clock. I wake up at an earlier time than I would have wanted to. The guilt of not having been productive on the previous day gets me out of bed. 10:00 a.m. I finally manage to get myself out of my...

“Studenting” While Black and Immigrant

“America will make you and break you my child. Be vigilant, and walk good,” exclaimed my mother during a phone conversation. Immediately, she reminded me how the fault lines of race, gender, ethnicity, and citizenship status have shaped the Jamaican immigrant routes...