Choos­ing where to go to uni­ver­sity for your under­grad­u­ate degree is a stress­ful deci­sion to have to make, with many fac­tors to con­sider. There is the pres­tige of the insti­tu­tion, the fac­ulty in your field of choice, the cost of tuition and liv­ing, and a whole host of other fac­tors that seem end­less. But really, the most impor­tant part of your edu­ca­tion is to set you up for a career where you can pros­per in the future. So a university’s intern­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties should be a big fac­tor when decid­ing what school you will attend. Here are some of the main rea­sons why.

Intern­ships pro­vide real world experience


What stu­dents will learn while study­ing at uni­ver­sity will be rel­a­tively con­sis­tent from one insti­tu­tion to another, so one of the things that sep­a­rates one job can­di­date from another is a resume that con­tains applic­a­ble real-world work expe­ri­ence. If you’ve already worked within the indus­try that you’re apply­ing for then you will have a stream­lined path to under­stand­ing how your poten­tial employ­ing com­pany func­tions, and the things you will need to do to help their busi­ness con­tinue to grow. This, obvi­ously, is some­thing all employ­ers look for in candidates.

A chance to earn money while studying

It can be dif­fi­cult to sup­port your­self while study­ing, and although typ­i­cal stu­dent jobs like work­ing in a restau­rant or bar will pay the bills, there is lit­tle career moti­va­tion for tak­ing these jobs. A pay­ing intern­ship is a great way to work a job that inter­ests you and will help you out financially.

A foot in the door abroad

For stu­dents who are study­ing abroad , work­ing an intern­ship can give you the oppor­tu­nity to con­tinue work­ing abroad fol­low­ing your grad­u­a­tion. These types of for­eign jobs can be dif­fi­cult to get if you do not have a his­tory with the employer, but it is quite com­mon for com­pa­nies across all indus­tries to hire their interns on a full-time basis once they’ve obtained their under­grad­u­ate degrees.


In this glob­al­ized econ­omy, net­work­ing is one of the most impor­tant ways to open doors for the future, and an intern­ship will allow you to make pro­fes­sional con­nec­tions at a very young age. The more con­nec­tions you make, the bet­ter chance you have of secur­ing a job in the future.


So if you’re fret­ting on how to make the deci­sion of what uni­ver­sity to attend, then per­haps the fac­tor you’ve been for­get­ting to look at are their intern­ship opportunities.

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The fol­low­ing is from Crys­tal Stem­berger at Bud­get­ing in the Fun Stuff. She’s been blog­ging for more than 5 years and is now a pro­fes­sional pet sit­ter by day and a per­sonal finance super geek by night.

I’m 32 years old and have been the pri­mary dri­ver for 4 cars over the last 13 years. Here are the lessons I picked up over those years.

The 1998 Mazda Protégé

My first car was a 1998 Mazda Pro­tégé that was repos­sessed and bought from the bank. It leaked a quart of oil every week or two, some­times just turned off at stop signs and traf­fic lights even though it was an auto­matic, and it didn’t have a work­ing air con­di­tioner (in Hous­ton, TX…that stinks).

My par­ents bought it for me in 2001 for less than $2000 and I put $1500 into new engine parts. The car insur­ance pre­mium in it stunk because I was young, the car had bad rat­ings, and I didn’t shop around. I should have looked at places like, Geico, or Pro­gres­sive to help find a way more afford­able price. I ended up sell­ing it 2 years later in 2003 for $1400 since it just wasn’t worth keep­ing. It had stopped pass­ing inspections.

First Les­son Learned — Just because it’s inex­pen­sive doesn’t mean it is a good deal.

The 2003 Chevro­let Cavalier

My sec­ond car was my parent’s brand new, stan­dard trans­mis­sion 2003 Chevro­let Cav­a­lier. They bought it for less than $9000 in cash. I used it for the last two years of col­lege. It drove like a dream and didn’t have any issues. It ended up being in the fam­ily for 11 years before being totaled by a crappy Austin, TX dri­ver that hit my lit­tle sister.

Sec­ond Les­son Learned — I pre­fer to buy new and stay on top of basic main­te­nance since it means way less trips to the mechanic. For me, it ends up cost­ing about the same or less per year over buy­ing used IF you keep it for as long as possible.

The 2005 Chevro­let Aveo

The first car I really bought was right after col­lege. It was a brand new, 2005 Chevy Aveo. I bought it for $11,800 through 5 year financ­ing but I paid it off in 2 years. It had a ton of lit­tle prob­lems since it was cheaply made. It was def­i­nitely not as great as the Cav­a­lier. I drove it less than 65,000 miles in 9 years, and sold it in 2014 for $3800. It lasted only because I barely drove any­where. I vowed never to give Chevy my money again.

Third Les­son Learned — Even buy­ing new does not guar­an­tee a per­fect expe­ri­ence. Qual­ity matters…I seemed to have for­got­ten my first lesson…

The 2013 Honda Fit

In early 2014, I sold my Aveo and bought a brand new 2013 Honda Fit. It was $16,300 drive out with 0.9% financ­ing for 5 years. So, it’ll cost a grand total of $16,600 over 5 years plus its basic main­te­nance. In the last year, I’ve already dri­ven 17,000 miles. And all I’ve need to do it replace two tires (I ran into a curb and the dealer tires stunk) and I’ve got­ten two oil changes. Over­all, it’s still new so it’s still dri­ving awe­some as expected.

No les­son learned yet, but I’m hop­ing to show that buy­ing qual­ity is worth it over­all. Fin­gers crossed!

How many cars have you owned? What have you learned over the years?

Typog­ra­phy fanat­ics appre­ci­ate noth­ing more than smartly arranged type and neatly designed type­faces. Mem­bers of the web design indus­try tend to be some of the biggest fans of typog­ra­phy, as this goes hand in hand with their pro­fes­sion. Those who don’t think that typog­ra­phy is a big deal don’t yet under­stand the psy­cho­log­i­cal impact of see­ing a font per­fectly com­ple­ment a par­tic­u­lar layout.

Hav­ing poor typog­ra­phy can be extremely detri­men­tal to your busi­ness. Hav­ing great qual­ity typog­ra­phy, though, can mean the dif­fer­ence between mak­ing a sale on your web­site or the user click­ing over to a com­peti­tor. The best pitch or sales copy in the world doesn’t mat­ter if the typog­ra­phy isn’t cor­rect. The fol­low­ing are some of the best typog­ra­phy apps on the mar­ket, many of which can make a huge dif­fer­ence in your per­sonal and pro­fes­sional design.



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Turn­ing words into typo­graphic works of art has never been eas­ier with the use of just one fin­ger. Sim­ply input a word or a sen­tence, depend­ing on your project’s needs, and then use these words to make a true work of art. The words will appear, and then you can turn them into any shape you like. For exam­ple, enter­ing the word “tri­an­gle” and then form­ing the word into a tri­an­gle for added impact is a breeze with this app. Type­Draw­ing is pre­dom­i­nantly for those who don’t have the time or resources to draw or cre­ate graph­ics, mak­ing it easy to cre­ate your own work of art in a flash.


This app allows you to over­lay text on pic­tures using a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent fonts. Over enables you to add fine art to a pic­ture as well, so this app takes the cake as far as increas­ing a picture’s flair. If you con­sider your­self to be a mobile cre­ative, then not hav­ing this app means sell­ing your­self short.


PicLab is every Insta­gram junkie’s dream come true, as it offers many ways to edit, tweak, or fil­ter a photo. For type fans, this app even lets the user add typog­ra­phy to a pic­ture. PicLab fea­tures many fil­ters and bor­ders, along with spe­cial effects with var­i­ous other options. This app is per­fect for the typog­ra­phy fan who is also a pho­tog­ra­pher by hobby or pro­fes­sion, as it allows for high-level photo edit­ing on a smartphone.


Fontroid might sound like a font mak­ing machine on steroids, and in real­ity this app lives up to the name. Fontroid lets users cre­ate their own fonts by just using their fin­gers to swipe let­ters and char­ac­ters on the screen. This app also has a social aspect, as it lets you share and com­pare our fonts with other typog­ra­phy junkies around the world.


Fontly is a cool social app for typog­ra­phy lovers, as it allows dif­fer­ent users to cap­ture and post typog­ra­phy exam­ples from around the world. This app lets the type fans dis­cover dif­fer­ent global fonts while inter­act­ing with oth­ers with the same passion.


If you want to brush up on your knowl­edge about dif­fer­ent fonts, then the Fonts app is for you. This apps fea­tures infor­ma­tion and specs on each font, which can be use­ful for a web designer who needs to know how a cer­tain font would appear.

The Font Game

This app is for all those typog­ra­phy addicts who want to test their knowl­edge. The Font Game offers over 1000 fonts that users have to iden­tify. It’s a great way to sharpen your knowl­edge and even dis­cover some new fonts. Whether you’re using your phone’s data or brows­ing through wire­less inter­net on a reli­able net­work like T-Mobile, the Font Game is an excel­lent way to boost your typog­ra­phy chops on the go.

There are more apps that can help with your typog­ra­phy than ever before. With more and more tech users devel­op­ing an eye for design and typog­ra­phy, not hav­ing these apps can put you behind the curve. Whether you are look­ing to learn about fonts, test type designs, or con­nect with other typog­ra­phy fans, there is an app on this list for you.

There are a lot of car title loan lenders around. This is mainly because lenders are start­ing to under­stand that peo­ple con­tinue to have finan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties but can’t turn to reg­u­lar lenders due to their credit sta­tus. As such, these types of lenders have become some of the most pop­u­lar loan types out there.

How Car Title Loans Work

Com­pa­nies that offer car title loans in San Jose are a lot more lenient than credit card com­pa­nies or banks. This is because of the type of loan they offer. Basi­cally, these types of loans are secured against your vehi­cle, which means that if you do decided not to pay your loan back, they will sim­ply take your vehi­cle away from you. How­ever, you don’t actu­ally have to hand your car over. Just the title deed will do.

The loan, as such, is incred­i­bly effi­cient and can be applied for online. If you are accepted, and it is unlikely that you won’t be, then you should have the money in your account within no more than 48 hours. The only risk is that you apply for a loan through a com­pany that you haven’t checked out. Indeed, there are a few things that you should con­sider first.

Things to Con­sider before Apply­ing for a Car Title Loan

1. Shop around. If you have never applied for this type of loan before, it is best to get some advice from other peo­ple who may have had some type of loan in the past them­selves. Trusted advice is the best form of advertisement.

2. Write down a list of the pos­si­ble options that are out there. Your friends and fam­ily may rec­om­mend you go with a num­ber of dif­fer­ent lenders, but they may also tell you stay away from cer­tain ones.

3. Do some research. Check on the infor­ma­tion that you have received from oth­ers and also make sure you visit the Bet­ter Busi­ness Bureau web­site to see whether the com­pany has received any com­plaints or is under gov­ern­ment inves­ti­ga­tion. You could also check the Con­sumer Affairs web­site.

4. Com­pare notes. Now that you know which com­pa­nies are gen­uine or not, you need to visit their web­sites and look at their indi­vid­ual fea­tures. Look for things such as inter­est rates, pay­ment terms and con­di­tions, fees and so on.

5. Spend some time weigh­ing up the dif­fer­ent options you have. You need to find the com­pany that offers you the most afford­able loan but that is also the most trust­wor­thy. For instance, one com­pany may have a low inter­est rate, but force you to hold the loan for three months min­i­mum, mean­ing you will actu­ally pay more than with a high inter­est rate loan that you can pay back after 30 days.

Car title loans are becom­ing increas­ingly pop­u­lar and, luck­ily for you, increas­ingly reg­u­lated. This means that you don’t have to worry as much about get­ting scammed any­more. How­ever, doing a bit of research your­self is always a good idea.

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