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Three Financial Priorities to Get You Ready for College

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It’s college decision time! Amid all those campus considerations, you should also find time to think about your money. KWHS columnist and student-loan survivor Zina Kumok offers some good advice for helping you navigate your college finances. Moving-in day is too late to start thinking about the impact college will have on your bank account — and your future.

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Budgeting Tips to Help You Take Control of Your Money

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Do you think money is power? Personal-finance blogger Zina Kumok has learned the hard way that money management is much more powerful. In the latest installment of her ongoing KWHS series about financial tools and decision-making, Kumok shares the why and how of budgeting — a concept that will help you travel a more successful personal-finance path during and after high school.

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Working for the Family Business: Are You Ready?

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Often, children who join the family business do so for the wrong reasons and are unprepared to help take it to the next level. Next gens who are considering this career track benefit from taking a break from the company to attend college or work elsewhere, so that you develop your own skills and credibility. KWHS explores what it takes to be ready for your family business.

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The Ins and Outs of Interest — from a Student Loan Survivor

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Zina Kumok has learned a thing or two about personal finance – the hard way. After college, she was saddled with $28,000 in student-loan debt. A few years later, she is debt-free. KWHS has asked Zina to share what she has learned about money in her early 20s, everything from saving and investing to earning and spending. First up — understanding interest.

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Young Entrepreneurs Prepare to Fuel Detroit’s Comeback

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Detroit, Michigan, has had it rough in the past several years. High unemployment rates, people moving out, failing industry and endless economic hardships led the city to declare bankruptcy in 2013. In this article, KWHS explores how entrepreneurial thinking – even in those as young as middle school and high school – may be just what the city needs to begin rebuilding a new foundation for Detroit’s future.

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Two Young Women Share their Struggles and Successes with Student Loan Debt

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It’s never too early to start learning about student loans. The average college senior graduated with $29,400 in student debt last year, and the number is projected to rise by a staggering 6% per year. On a starting salary faced with real-world expenses, it can take years to make that debt disappear. KWHS talks with two young personal-finance bloggers who share insights and reflections about their determined journeys to be debt-free.

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#ExploreMuseums: Using Social Media to Improve Your Future Prospects

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Jessamyn Moore, 23, is proof that your digital footprint does not have to be something that looms large and hideous over your life after high school. It can be a powerful tool that you leverage as you build your online persona in preparation for college and career.

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How Clean Is Your Digital Footprint?

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Wherever you walk online, you are leaving a digital footprint, and building the size, scope and personality of your online presence. It’s important to manage your digital dirt — your future could depend on it.

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