The Student-Parent Connection: Preparing for Senior Year
The Student-Parent Connection is a new monthly feature here on College Money Insider. During the upcoming school year, we will have a student and parent share their thoughts and experiences as they save up for college and prepare to go through the college application process. Today’s post is by Jessica Avery!
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Hi! My name is Jessica Avery. I am 17 years old and I am a rising senior in high school. Being a senior means that college is right around the corner, and now is the time I have to plan.While looking for colleges I want to attend next fall, I try to keep in mind cost. Obviously college is expensive, and I need to start saving my spending money for college now, so that I don’t have to worry as much when I am actually in school. My parents are paying for my college tuition, so right now my main priority is saving enough to have somewhat of a comfortable lifestyle when I’m first starting out in school.
Now, I know myself pretty well, and I know that I really like to spend. This would especially be an issue in New York City, where I recently toured New York University, and learned that everything is so expensive. I love the city, but it costs so much! It’s going to be expensive anywhere I go really, so that is why I have to learn to control the money I earn from my job.
To make sure that I am keeping a solid amount of money in my bank account, I opened a savings account at the same time I opened a checking account. Every time I receive a paycheck, I put a good amount of my check into savings. To make sure that I am fully aware of what is in either account, I find that my bank’s mobile app is very helpful. It makes me keenly aware of what is where, and I actually get to see my account grow, which is very encouraging. College is expensive, but I think it will be do-able since I started saving early.