Get Help With your Student Loans…For Free!

 

As a graduate student, I am not looking forward to paying back my student loans. I mean, who really is? But it’s something we have to do. There are all types of repayment plans out there to choose from, but it can become a little overwhelming, right? Right! And we all have gotten phone calls from those companies that are promising you a low monthly payment on your student loans. I know I have, and it’s quite annoying. But have you ever really listened to what they are saying. These companies want to charge you for something you can do, by yourself or with the help of your loan servicer, for free!

You can check out this blog post I wrote on the Department of Education’s Homeroom Blog, on getting help with your loans for no fee at all. The blog post also tells you where you can go to get help if you think you’ve been suckered into paying for this help.

If you or a friend ever need help or have questions about your student loans, you best bet is to start with your student loan servicer, also known as the people you have to pay. If you don’t know you your servicer is, you can find out who your loan servicer is on Federal Student Aid’s website, StudentAid.gov.

Along with information about your loan servicer, there’s a ton of resources you can use related to student loans and you can find them on StudentAid.gov.

Happy repaying!

 

August Alsina: Dreamy but Dangerous

Now we all know new R&B heartthrob, Mr. August Alsina is one we need to look out for. His music is great, he’s not a one hit wonder, and might I add he is goregous! But Mr. Alsina seems to have what some might call a short temper. Since August Alsina has hit the scene he has had two public incidents that have some people questioning him.

There was an alleged “beef” between Alsina and veteran R&B star, Trey Songz.

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Alsina appeared on BET’s 106 & Park to promote his new album. Evidently before the interview Alsina told hosts he didn’t want to talk about the alleged beef. But 106 host, Keisha Chantè, asked anyway which seemed to piss him off. Alsina responded, “So you’re just gonna go against the grain? I just told y’all not to ask me that shit when I got up in here,” I’m sure after that it was pretty clear that he meant what he said.

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Then, recently, while performing at a show in Little Rock, Arkansas a fan steals his hat while he was crowd surfing. Alsina stops the show and curses at the crowd to give him his hat back.

Watch here: http://wpgc.cbslocal.com/2014/06/02/august-alsina-cancels-show-curses-crowd-after-fan-steals-his-hat/

Apparently the hat was given to Alsina by a family member who had passed away. Which is completely understandable, the hat had sentimental value, but his approach was a little harsh. He never did get his hat back, and the show ended there.

I wish the best for August Alsina in his career! Keep the good music coming!

Obama Shops at Well-Known Washington Bookstore

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is doing his part to support small businesses.

Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha dropped in Saturday at Washington’s Politics and Prose bookstore and purchased what he said was a “long list” of books that included “The Kite Runner,” ”Harold and the Purple Crayon,” and “The Sports Gene.”

The president said he bought a reader for every age, from 5 to 52 — his age. He paid by credit card. The total was not announced.

Obama sent a tweet earlier Saturday about the importance of supporting small businesses.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving has become known as “Small Business Saturday.” It’s designed to drive business to mom and pop shops between the whirlwind of Black Friday sales offered by large retailers and Cyber Monday deals from online sellers.

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Ghandi

Serving the community has always been something that I have been into. Whether it be when I’m at home or school I live doing service for others. Even as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where service is one of our main focuses, it has helped me realize that even beyond DST, I wholeheartedly love this! Recently I gave been doing quite a bit a service and I really love it. I volunteered with some other young ladies from my school (Delaware State University) at the Food Bank of Delaware to prepare weekend meals for underprivileged children, about two weeks ago I went to St. John’s Lutheran School in Dover,DE to help paint fences on the kids playground and just today I went to clean my sorority’s local Adopt-a-Highway!

Check me out!

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Food Bank of Delaware

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St. John’s Lutheran School

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup

The service never stops!!!

Self Proclaimed Feminist

I am currently taking a feminism class at my University, Women, Feminism, & the Media, and I am so intrigued by how much of a feminist I actually am.

So I originally took this class as an elective for my senior year, just to fill my schedule. But when the semester started I was shocked at how interested I was in the feminist world. A lot of people when I tell them I take this course, they think it is a bra-burning, man-hater, female kumbaya class. And it is the total opposite! My instructor, is a well rounded, African American woman, woman who has literally given all the sides of feminism during the course of this class, and I love it! I also love that we have 3 males in the class, that’s always fun when we start in class discussions.

 

For a recent assignment we had to watch a video about second wave feminism and had to respond on how we plan to continue to live in a third wave feminist era. 

Here’s the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxX0_B9Eq6o

My response was: “As the semester comes to a close, I do think of myself as a feminist. I think even before the course I was always about the empowerment of women, positive images of women, and women being able to any and everyone, that anyone else can do. I think what I have learned most from the class is that feminism and being a feminist isn’t all about burning bras, protesting, and being anti-man; but simply standing for what you believe women are and what women can be. In this third wave of feminism I think that I will continue to help push for empowerment and continue to promote what i believe in. But also will try to help my generation and others learn that feminism and being empowered is more than being naked with a gun, or having to pose nude, or over embracing your sexuality. You can be empowered in a million different ways.”

So Alexis a self proclaimed feminist: Yes. Alexis a man hating bra burner: far from it!

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