Monthly Archives: July 2012

Start paying your Student Loan

This is a great discussion on  Student Loan debt.  Remember that it is the best investment you are going to make.  Most people have to finance their education in order to pay the high costs of a college.  Take the time to learn how your student loan works. Great discussion on the student loan crisis with Robert Reich.

Student Loan

Check out Rebecca Jarvis from CBS who covers this topic with practical advise.  Take notes!

Practical advise about your student loans

Leave a comment

Filed under Getting into college advise

Procrastination GO AWAY

I’m back my chicas!

I have been on vacation for a couple of days and have put of the fact that I need to write a post for you!  Once you lose your rhythm it is difficult to get back into it. I spend all of Monday entranced with watching chapter after chapter of Downton Abbey! I am surprised at myself but Downton Abbey was all I wanted to do during the latest heat wave we suffered here in Chicago.  I have delayed the writing for too long and had to resort to the best way I know to get back into deadlines and getting things done.  It is a technique called time boxing, you put a box of time and get going.  I have to box myself into the discipline of getting this out to you.  This technique always has worked for me and I hope it does for you.

Time Boxing for you.

  1. Get a timer. Set it so you can see it.
  2. Set an amount of time you are willing to work on the task.
  3. Force yourself to work for a limited amount of time no excuses.  I have set aside 30 minutes to write the first draft and then I can go do something I love. Not that I don’t love advising you on how to achieve your greatest dream of going to college.  Thank God I finished Downton Abbey but the web calls me with Facebook, twitter and playing with my new app called cinemagram.
  4.  Start writing and don’t think it has to be perfect! Don’t be too hard on yourself, just something on paper.
  5.  When the trimer sounds– make a decision.  It might be that you are close to finishing it and you just continue for a while longer or give yourself permission to get up and take a break.  Most of the time, the hard part is to get going and once the first half hour is done, you have something to show for yourself. And I am getting close to posting this.

So how do you overcome procrastination?  What would you add the technique? Time Boxing has served me well in the past and it worked once again!

I am preparing a post on Financial Aid and where to go for some great information.

Another quick question, do you think I should write my posts in Spanish?  I have polled my readers and your opinion will help me make a decision. Become a member and don’t miss the upcoming posts. Write to me at


Ana Maria Soto

La College Guru @Latinasmart

Join me on  Weekly posts on living the dream of going to college! Get your questions answered.  I am here for you and will help you.

@anamariasoto  This twitter feed you will find articles on art, photography architecture, leadership and politics and more. You will find a stream of interesting articles and advise from around the web.

Leave a comment

Filed under Tips for Success