Director of Student Banking at RBC. Firm believer in clear and concise financial advice, at any age and any stage of the game.
Mandy Mail is the Director of Student Banking at RBC. Mandy is married with a six-year old son. She lived at home during her BBA and MBA and spent a year abroad as a student studying international business in France. Mandy is a firm believer in clear and concise financial advice, at any age and any stage of the game. Visit www.rbc.com/studentsolution or #RBCStudentAdvice on Twitter.
Many students today are recognizing that there is more to education than lectures, essays and exams. Some of the most important lessons can be learned by investing time outside the classroom walls, in communities across Canada and around the world.
From buying a new winter coat and gift exchanges with friends, to purchasing a ticket home and celebrating the end of exams, there is no doubt that the holidays and New Year's Eve can put stress on a student's finances.
After six weeks at school, students may be surprised by how much it actually costs to live independently. When I first moved out on my own, I was amazed by all the hidden costs. Living at home, my parents covered most expenses -- from groceries to toiletries -- and I never gave it a second thought.
Parents only want what is best for their children, and they play an influential role in their children's lives, including academics. But whether their decisions are to satisfy their parents or not, students have more anxiety about their future than their parents may realize.
It's almost back-to-school time... and love it or hate it, no one can deny that it can be a time of high anxiety for both students and parents. From shopping for clothes and supplies to arranging transportation, preparing for courses and making new friends, it can be exciting, but stressful as well.
Statistics Canada reports that more than 2 million students are enrolled in post-secondary education? That's a lot of transitioning. If you're one of the students on that path, or the parent of one heading in that direction, here are some tips to help make the transition successful transition.