Laura Plant is the Director of Student Banking at RBC. She had a long road to her goofy MBA grad hat, owing to a decision to go back to school mid-career. She’s also a hockey mom. Laura strongly believes in clear and concise financial advice. Visit www.rbc.com/studentsolution or #RBCStudentAdvice on Twitter.
Managing my time and new-found freedom during my first year away from home was a huge new challenge.
As I became more familiar with campus life, and my new city and home away from home, I learned to make my money go further.
08/18/2017 13:05 EDT
This is pretty big: graduating high school! It's a major accomplishment. Now, for the first time, you get to decide what your next steps will be. College? University? Both are exciting options, but there is one important question you need to answer.
06/14/2017 11:51 EDT
Spring. The days are getting longer and the spring flowers are already peeking through. But if you recently graduated from college or university, you might be oblivious to the beautiful weather as that nagging question "What am I going to do now?" starts ringing through your head.
05/16/2017 03:17 EDT
Today's young people are giving their time to the social causes they care most about -- be it the environment, education or access to clean drinking water -- and whatever the cause, they are vocal about it. For them, especially, social media has served as a great platform to make this happen.
04/03/2017 10:36 EDT
Ahh, Valentine's Day. While some love it and some hate it, there is no question that there seems to be pressure to do something extra special for your significant other - and if you're a student, the...
02/13/2017 04:17 EST
From the students I've talked to, many think that scholarship and bursaries are only available to top grade earners, but the truth is -- that there are many options available for students across every discipline of study, diverse background and level of study. The catch to getting this free money?
12/21/2016 04:34 EST
I did not start out as a budgeting super star. I made lots of mistakes along the way. But once I got the hang of it, I was hooked. I loved the process of figuring out how to save for a goal, and getti...
12/08/2016 01:57 EST
It's the most powerful tool in our financial toolkit -- so why do so many of us run screaming from this exercise? At its most basic level, it's a personal money plan requiring a little bit of addition and subtraction. It's a plan that allows you to take control of your financial situation and live within your means.
11/11/2016 02:24 EST
Life as a student can be challenging, fun and full of the unexpected. While a life spent living on the edge might make for some great stories upon graduation, when it comes to your budget, limiting the unexpected will give you more peace of mind.
09/29/2016 04:22 EDT
Great Expectations is more than just a book on an English lit syllabus -- it is what most first-year post-secondary students start out with. I know I did. I went into Life Sciences, thinking I'd become a doctor. I had it all mapped out from start to finish, and figured it was a relatively straightforward process to get from A to B. Wrong!
08/03/2016 03:37 EDT
Most students aim to earn enough money to support themselves through the academic year. But like many things in life, success comes in the details. If you don't plan for the expected and unexpected costs that post-secondary life can throw at you, your chance of success diminishes.
07/12/2016 10:39 EDT
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