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My parents and I disagree about my college major

When you and your parents disagree about what you should study in college (and they are helping to pay for it), both sides need to make a conscious effort to be respectful and truly listen to the other. Consider this:

Be respectful.

As parents, it is in the job description to care about the future of their children – to do everything they can to help you become successful. Realize their desires and concerns are rooted in the great love they have for you.

Finally have money in the bank? Spend it or save it?

Hallelujah! You have money in the bank and an itch to spend it. As a young individual with no real obligations or financial responsibilities to speak of, this is a position most people would envy. However, before you blow your funds on a fabulous vacation, let’s examine some other options.

1. Build a solid savings account. I know, that sounds boring. BUT – those financial responsibilities will be here before you know it and you will be happy you created some breathing room for yourself.

How to manage loan debt

If you are like most millennials, you probably have student loan debt. In fact, the average 2016 college graduate was given a parting gift of more than $37,000 in debt. (studentloanhero.com) How are you supposed to be a card-carrying member of the adult world – meaning decent furniture, your own apartment, real dishes instead of paper – when you have this monstrosity of debt hanging over your head? Here are a few tips to get you started. 

Embrace your Catholic values in online dating

Is the “perfect” love story the one that begins with the chance meeting in the coziest of coffee shops, and moves perfectly through conversations with strategically and respectfully placed flirtations that lead to “happily ever after”? Not at all. How are you supposed to meet “the One” in an era that keeps our eyes on our phones and our thoughts on everybody and everything except what’s in front of us? Why not try an online dating site? Here are a few tips to get you started.

Swap gift-giving for giving together

Are you and your group of friends just starting out and wondering if you can afford to do a gift exchange? Why not try this — do away with friend gifts altogether! Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas without material gifting.

1. Adopt a family together. Why not grab an angel or two from the tree at church and spend an evening shopping for the child or family? This allows you to spend time together while helping others feel loved in the process.

Catholics care. Catholics vote.

Welcome to autumn! It’s the season of colorful trees, hot apple cider, football, and this year, a presidential election. Since the last presidential election in 2012, there are 16 million new eligible voters, according to Pew Research. Going to the polls can be intimidating for both seasoned and new voters, so here are some frequently asked questions and answers as we all strive to live out our faith – even through politics.

Why should I bother to vote?

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): “Catholics care. Catholics vote.”

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