The Cost of Crimson

Entering any university, one of the biggest priorities on your list is money: how you’re going to earn it, how you’re going to spend it, and how to be smart with it.

There’s a sharp contrast between living at home with your parents and living on campus on your own. You gain a new sense of independence, as you’re learning how to incorporate your needs with what you have. How different students handle this new liberty vary. While some students struggle, others quickly learn how to find a good balance.

Sheila Raghavendran is a rising junior at Indiana University, majoring in media and minoring in history and theater. Entering IU, Raghavendran had to take on the new responsibility of budgeting. “I’ve had to just do it myself. I had to know that there was no one there to watch over me. …
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