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College Planning

Preparing and paying for higher education

When it comes to paying for college, there are a number of options to choose from. Students can apply for financial aid, scholarships, loans or grants. As a parent, grandparent or permanent legal guardian, you may decide early on to start investing in a savings program for your child. With all of the available options to pay for a college education, it can be difficult for parents and their children to determine which plan is best for them. Gerber Life online articles include valuable insights and ideas to help your family prepare for the college years. Our articles and tips can help you rest-assured that your child will be prepared for college and anything else the future may hold.

  1. 5 Ways That Procrastinating Can Be a Positive

    April 17, 2019

    how to procrastinate - girl studying

    Here’s the scenario: You’re tasked with an assignment – maybe to plan an event for your kid’s school or to complete a big work project. Do you get to it right away or wait until the last minute?

    Tackling tasks as soon as possible has merit. It’s certainly smart to check-off items from your list so that you can move onto the next. Yet, here’s the thing. Sometimes waiting isn’t so bad. There can be benefits to procrastinating but only if you do it correctly.

     

    1. Can Lead to Getting More Done

    Procrastinating is not necessarily synonymous with laziness. It’s simply taking your time to begin work on project, task or duty. Just because you might take your time doesn’t mean you’re not being productive. Procrastination at its finest requires being intentional and active.

    For example, mental planning, daydreaming, or simply thinking or talking about the task can be very productive, especially since you can do so while taking care of other things on your to-do list.

     

    2. Helps You to Prioritize

    Taking some time before starting or completing a task could help you determine what’s most important, particularly if there are other tasks you need to accomplish or juggle. Comparing and prioritizing tasks can give you a better handle on the big picture and everything you need to do.

    You may even decide that some tasks are just not worth doing, which would give you back a lot of time. Busy parents can use all the time they can get.

     

    3. Spurs You to Be Creative

    Jumping into anything too quickly could backfire, even if you have the best intentions. Coming up with the best or most efficient way to accomplish a task requires some brainstorming, which can be achieved through active procrastination. This doesn’t mean that you have to carve out time to sit at the table with pen and paper. It does mean that as you go about your day, you can brainstorm by letting your mind run free and making mental notes about options and ways for handling the work that needs to be done.

    Let your subconscious do the work for you while you consciously delay starting it. You may be surprised by how much time procrastinating actually saves you and by the creativity gained.

     

    4. Enables Making Better Decisions

    While your mind may be rational and you can usually trust your gut, it’s a good idea to weigh all of your options before making a decision. Some of the ideas you consciously or subconsciously brainstormed can become viable options. They may not have come to mind if you had rushed into the project or hadn’t thought about it at all until right before your deadline.

    Active procrastination can give you more time to find the best possible solution.

     

    5. Gives the Task Purpose

    When you’re assigned a task that seems menial, actively procrastinating gives you time to think about its purpose. Understanding why something needs to get done and who it affects can motivate you to complete it wholeheartedly. Understand the goal, keep it in mind, and work toward it.

    If you haven’t tried the concept of active procrastination, test it. It may feel odd to both the passive procrastinator and the self-starter, but it also may make your busy life a whole lot easier.

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  2. What Does It Mean To Be A Parent?

    February 26, 2016

    Children playing with parentsThe role of “parent” has a broad definition. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a parent is a person who brings up and cares for another.

    However, being a parent does not necessarily mean that you biologically passed your genetics to a child. A parent can take on different forms, such as stepparent, grandparent, legal guardian, or a combination.

    Regardless of the form, the following remains constant: A parent’s job is to raise children to be the best men and women that they can be. It’s a huge responsibility, one that requires patience, love, and understanding.

    For many people, being a parent means:

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    Categories: College Planning
  3. It’s Never Too Late to Achieve Your Dreams

    February 1, 2016

    six people who prove age isn't a barrier to successIf you think that it’s too late to achieve your dreams, think again. Age shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving a goal or fulfilling a dream.

    Remember, what applies to kids also applies to adults: Kids often learn best from example, and so showing a child how to work toward what he or she wants in life, and to not give up when the going gets challenging, can be a great lesson.

    The example set by these six real-life entrepreneurs – Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, Ray Croc of McDonald’s, television personality Joy Behar, Stan Lee of Marvel Comics, and Tim and Nina Zagat of the Zagat restaurant guides and ratings – illustrate why success does not have an age limit.

    Although your goal may not be to start a major global franchise or become a star in another way, the stories of these six men and women are inspiring.

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  4. Avoiding Common College Application Mistakes

    January 29, 2016

    Girl working on college applicationsApplying for college can be one of the most important undertakings that students do in their young lives. However, because of such factors as inattention, carelessness and rushing, college application mistakes are common. They often can be avoided through patience, thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and a serious determination “to do my best.”

    Below are tips for avoiding some of the most common college application mistakes. We encourage you to share it with any college-bound students in your life.

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  5. 10 Tips for Writing an Eye-Catching College Application Essay

    December 31, 2015

    Student writing essay for a college applicationHigh school grades, test scores and extracurricular activities are extremely important, but the college application essay can make or break a student’s candidacy. Why? The essay is often the student’s only chance to “speak” directly to the admissions committee about why he or she should be admitted over possibly thousands of other applicants.

    An eye-catching college application essay demonstrates why the student is ideal and can be of value for that particular college or university. To benefit any students in your life, pass along this list of tips for writing an eye-catching college application essay.

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