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Senior Year Experience: Transition Resources

Your hard work here at Wartburg College has prepared you to transition to your next phase in life in a career or in post-graduate work, and as member of a community. This site offers you information and a variety of resources specifically designed to assist you as you prepare for the successful completion of your undergraduate studies and the challenges beyond.

PERSONAL FINANCE

Credit Card Tips for College Students – The Wall Street Journal discusses the myths and misinformation about credit cards and college students – Video

My Monthly Budget - Use this worksheet to create a budget and assess how you're doing each month compared with your budget goal. - Download the Budget (PDF)

Tackling Your Finances After College – Learn tips on how to establish a post-graduation plan focused on your financial resources and commitments – Video

MyMoney.gov - The U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you maximize your financial decisions – www.mymoney.gov

Identify Theft - Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It's a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation — and can take time, money, and patience to resolve. Learn some of the steps you can take if this happens to you. Learn More

Iowa Student Loan – Serves Iowa students and families by obtaining the resources necessary to succeed in postsecondary education. Currently, Iowa Student Loan helps more than 220,000 students pay for college – www.studentloan.org

Financial Literacy 101 – Learn about financial planning, creating a budget, avoiding identity theft and much more. This program offers over 80 learning modules. This site is available for Wartburg College students only - Use access code WTBGFL to get started today - https://www.financialliteracy101.org/index.cfm?


HOUSING AND RELOCATION

How to find and choose a real estate agent – This video will help you discover strategies to finding the best real estate agent.

Apartment Search Tips – Here you will discover helpful hints to finding and selecting the right apartment rental. Articles on choosing between apartments, tenant rights and much more. Find out more


WORKPLACE BENEFIT PLANS

Workplace Basics: Understanding Your Benefits – Here is a brief overview of some important elements of commonly offered benefits. Be sure to check with your Human Resources representative for specific details related to your benefits and the associated policies. And, make sure that you meet all enrollment deadlines–as many deadlines are strict.


TRANSPORTATION

Tips on Buying a New Car – Edmunds.com offers some great tips and advice on the car buying process – Video

10 Steps to Buying Auto Insurance – How to find the right coverage at the right price. Learn more


COOKING 101

SingleFare.com - Welcome to Single Fare, the site dedicated to the solo cook. We provide you with tips and hints on cooking for one, delicious, quick easy to follow recipes and the motivation you need to get in to the kitchen and cook up a storm!

Eatingwell.com – Does your hectic schedule leave you feeling that take-out is your only option? Using a few choice convenience items, such as canned broths, tomatoes and beans, you can make any of these 25 healthy dinner recipes in 20 minutes or less—without reaching for the phone.


CONNECTING TO YOUR NEW COMMUNITY

Greater Des Moines Young Professionals Connection - YPC's mission is to promote an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in Greater Des Moines. Our efforts focus on connecting young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable, and professional development endeavors. As you move to a new community, search for YP programs in your area.

Live, Work, Visit – Iowa Chamber of Commerce Sites - Are you or someone you know moving to a new area after graduation? The newest edition of your local Chamber of Commerce Business and Event Directory will help you experience the businesses and activities that make your new home a destination for relocating families and relocating singles.


CAMPUS RESOURCES

Commencement Information – These events are not only a celebration of your accomplishments at Wartburg College, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for your future endeavors. The college recognizes that commencement is a milestone in your life and, as such, we strive to ensure that you enjoy the experience.

Alumni Relations Office – This site provides alumni and friends of Wartburg College resources to stay connected with the college so we can better serve you.

Career Services – Career Services (Pathways) provides career and vocational discernment assistance to more students. We offer a variety of tools from individual counseling to webinars to networking events. Career Services counselors help students of all ages figure out their career path, their job search plan, or ways to network with other Wartburg alumni and friends of the college.