10 Colleges/Universities in the Los Angeles Area

uclaThis month I chose to profile 10 colleges/universities in the Los Angeles, CA area.

Cal State Northridge

Cal State Northridge is a public university that was established in 1958. Their colors are red & white.


USC is California’s oldest private research university. It was founded in 1880.


UCLA was founded in 1919. They are known as the Bruins.

Cal State Los Angeles

Cal State Los Angeles offers 129 Bachelor’s degrees and 112 different Masters degrees. Their mascot is the golden eagle.

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University was established in 1937. Their colors are blue and orange.

Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Sciences

Charles R Drew University is a private, non-profit university that was founded in 1966. The university has 3 schools which are the College of Medicine, the College of Science and Health and the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing.

Cal State Long Beach

Cal State Long Beach was established in 1949. The schools motto is ‘Speak the truth as w way of life”.

Loyola Marymount University

LMU is a private, co-ed university. Their motto is “By the greater glory of God direct us by thy light”.

Cal State Dominquez Hills 

Cal State Dominquez Hills is a public university that was established in 1960. Their nickname is “Toros”.

Cal State Fullerton

Cal State Fullerton has the largest student body out of the 23 campus California State University system with over 38,000 students enrolled. Their colors are navy blue, orange and white.

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Mid September Update

mid sept upI can’t even lie I’m surprised. A few months ago I realized that I needed to get a full time job again so that I can really get to work on this debt repayment program. I enjoy my part time jobs but they aren’t bringing in enough money. It has literally been six months since I started looking for full time employment again. I’ve had a couple of interviews that went well, but clearly I didn’t get the jobs.

At times I have gotten a little frustrated. I had a couple people look at my resume and make some changes.  I think that worked because I have been having more interviews as of late. I also feel that something good is on the horizon.

It’s hard for a lot of people right now. Below are a few things that I have done and will continue to do until I get that next full time gig. You can do these things as well.

Continue to apply

One thing that will not stop is me continuing to apply for jobs. Even if you apply and don’t hear anything back continue to do it. It’s a numbers game. Your next job could be around the corner.

Update your resume

I have updated my resume a couple times within the last few months. I have added more skills and also included one of my part time jobs on there.

Customize your cover letter for each position

This may take a little more time, but you want to make sure that you customize your cover letter for each job that you are applying for. Different jobs call for different skills. Your cover letter should state that you have those skills.

Don’t let emotions get the best of you

We’re all human. We get frustrated from time to time. Don’t let looking for a full time gig get you riled up emotionally. Things happen for a reason. Even though it may be hard, stay positive.

Apply for legit companies

During this job search I have found out that certain sites allow scammers to put fake jobs on their websites. There are so many scams out there asking people to send money or asking them to deposit checks in their account when they haven’t even did any work. Don’t fall for any of those scams. My advice is to look for work on company websites, Indeed and Career Builder. I am on the fence with Craigslist. They don’t usually have good jobs in the Atlanta area. It may be different for you though.

Don’t just apply for any job

Typically I wouldn’t just apply for any type of job. I say typically unless you are not working at all. If you’re not working by all means apply for any and everything so that you can get some money coming in. If you are working part time apply for jobs that you qualify for. Your odds of getting hired should be better if you qualify for the position.

Continue to utilize your network

This is something that everyone can do. Utilizing your network can yield big returns. If you think you don’t have a network think again. If you have a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account you have a network. Networking with those people can lead you to your next full time job.

What is the longest that you went without a full time job? How did you find your current position? I enjoy all comments.

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5 Tips On How to Enjoy Homecoming Your Freshman Year

hc tipsYou’ve made it through the first few weeks of your first semester of college. So far everything is going good for you. You are getting used to living on your own and you are doing well in your classes. In a few weeks you will get a chance to experience your first collegiate homecoming. Make sure that you are ready. Homecoming is typically one of the best weeks of the school year. Below are 5 tips to help you maximize that experience.

Get Enough Rest

Make sure you get enough rest the days before homecoming. Depending on where you go to school, there will be things going on all week. You have to make sure you can function and enjoy those events. Get your rest.

Participate in Events

Like I stated earlier a lot of colleges have events every day of homecoming week. Try to participate in as many as you can. They are fun and give you a chance to meet new people at your school.

Do Everything in Moderation

This is very important. Do everything in moderation. Don’t party or drink too much. You don’t want to be sick the following week. My first homecoming I had a lot of fun. Honestly a little too much. I ended up being sick for the next 4 days after homecoming. That wasn’t fun. If you do drink (even though most freshman are under 21) please do it in moderation.

Stay Hydrated

With everything going on during homecoming week you need to make sure you stay hydrated and drink enough water. You don’t want to pass out while you’re tailgating or at the game.

Take Pictures and Enjoy

Last but definitely not least enjoy the experience. Your first homecoming experience should be a great one. Take lots of pictures. I remember my first homecoming. I had a blast. 8ball was one of the artists that performed at our homecoming concert. He rocked it. The tailgate was also very fun.

What other tips do you have? Are you looking forward to your homecoming week?

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Verizon Wireless Prepaid: A Year Later

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It’s been a year since I switched my Verizon phone plan to a prepaid service. I went from paying over $100 each month to paying $60.75 every month. For anyone that is thinking about switching their phone to a prepay plan I have created a list of pros and cons.


Saving Money

With my phone bill being only $60.75 I was able to save $480 dollars last year. That’s nearly an extra $500. I’m all for saving money these days. Can you imagine what you could do with that extra money?

Verizon Network

My prepaid phone still runs on the Verizon network. I love their network. I rarely have calls drop. Since I travel a few times a year I need to make sure that I have great coverage. With Verizon I have just that.

Smart Phone

The good thing about the prepaid service is that they offer smart phones. When I switched last year, Verizon only had a few smart phones to choose from. I went with the LG Optimus Zone. It’s not the best smart phone but it works pretty well for me right now.

Not Wasting Money

With my prepaid bill I only have to pay a $0.75 tax each month. That was not the case when I had a regular plan. I know I was paying anywhere between $5-$10 for miscellaneous taxes and fees. I am also not wasting money paying for insurance anymore. In my opinion you’re giving away free money using phone insurance. I had a 2 yr. plan for about 10 years with Verizon. I only filed 4 claims. That comes up to a claim being filed almost every 2.5 years. It wasn’t worth the money. People may ask what you would do if your phone breaks and you don’t have any insurance. That’s a great question with an even better answer. You find a replacement phone on Amazon or Ebay at a fraction of the price that you are paying in insurance fees. Unless you break your phone once or twice EVERY year, insurance is not worth it.


Minimal Phone Selections

Like I stated earlier Verizon doesn’t have the most smart phone selections for their prepaid service. That could be a problem for some people who like to have the latest model of a phone. If you’re an Apple fanatic they do have iPhones though.

LG Optimus Zone

lg optimus zoneThe LG Optimus Zone isn’t the best phone. It isn’t the worst, but again it’s not the best either. It doesn’t have the best megapixels for its camera. Also some applications (NFL Fantasy, Words with Friends) are not compatible with that phone. Sometimes it has a mind of its own. It may hang up on a call or freeze up on me every once in a while. As of this post Verizon has added a few more phones to choose from. I will probably get something new very soon.

Well those are the pros and cons that I’ve had with Verizon Wireless’s prepaid phone service.  I like my phone carrier, but I like saving money.

I read a post about Republic Wireless from Michelle at Making Sense of Cents the other day that made me think for a minute. It looks like their plans are even cheaper. I may have a dilemma on my hands.

How much do you pay per month for your phone bill? Are you locked in a plan or do you have prepay? Have you ever heard of Republic Wireless?

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How to Write a Check

blank-check-templatePeople don’t nearly write as many checks as they used to. With that being the case a lot of people don’t know how to write them anymore either. This post shows you how to write a check.

A. The date goes in that section. You must include the month, day and the year. An example of how the date would look is 11/11/14.

B. In this section you write out who the check is for. Make sure you use the person’s real name. Nicknames should not be written on a check at all. If it’s a business use the official company’s name.

C. This box is used to write the dollar amount of the check in numbers. Make sure you use a decimal place to separate dollars and cents.

D. You write the amount of the check in words in this section. If you have some cents in your amount you would put the cents over 100. An example of that is if you are writing a check for $10.20 it would look like this: Ten and 20/100 dollars. If there isn’t any cents you would write 00/100.

E. This area is for the memo. You put whatever the check is for right there.

F. You sign your name right there. Without your signature the check is no good. It can’t be cashed or deposited.

There you have it. You now know how to write a check. It wasn’t hard at all was it? Even though people don’t write checks as often anymore, it is something you should still know how to do.

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7 More Things College Freshman Should Have in Their Dorm Room

7 moreAfter the success of my post titled “10 Things Every College Freshman Should Have in Their Dorm“, I’ve decided to do a follow up post. Below are 7 more items that college freshmen should bring with them to college.

Bed Sheets

You will need to bring sheets with you because the dorms will not provide them. Make sure that you have 4 sets that you can rotate with.


Hangers are a must. Hanging up your clothes eliminates space. It also makes ironing certain items easier.

Shower shoes

Dorm showers are not always the cleanest. Make sure you have showers shoes. Showers can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Laundry Bag

A laundry bag is another great item to bring with you to college. It can serve as a small dirty clothes hamper. You can also carry more clothes in the bag than you could a pillow case.

Air Freshener

Everyone needs air freshener. I don’t know how else to say it, but sometimes people are just nasty. Be ready to have the air freshener around just in case.


Dorms don’t provide pillows.  Make sure you bring a couple of them. A good pillow isn’t too expensive.


I actually should have listed this on my first list of items. You need to make sure you have your own toiletries. This includes soap, toothpaste, lotion, etc.

Those are 7 more items that every college freshman should bring with them.

I have a small hypothetical question for you guys and gals. Imagine that your first day of college is only 2 days away. You haven’t finished shopping yet. You need to purchase a laptop, an alarm clock and some pillows. Suppose you have $500 to use to purchase the items.

What would you get?

Don’t forget the total has to be $500 or less.

Let’s use the prices on Amazons back to school section (they have a huge variety of things). I will go first.

I would get the Dell Inspiron laptop, Timex color changing alarm clock and the Dream Supreme plus gel pillow set.

Now it’s your turn!!

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August Ebay Update

ebaySales have been slow in August. I have been working more hours at both jobs so I haven’t had much time to look for things to sell. I have to change that. I know I can make at least a couple hundred dollars each month in side hustle money if I do this right. I have a couple auctions up right now with some nice bids. That should allow me to end the month close to my goal.

I sold this magazine earlier this month for $10. That was fine with me because it was just collecting dust in the closet.

Below are some of the auctions that are live right now:

Starbucks Thermos Cup

Starbucks “You Are Here” Collection Atlanta Mug

Coca Cola Lady Tin

2004 Green Starbucks Snowflake Mug

Philadelphia Phillies Jacket

Starbucks Relief Boston Mug

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