Did you know that in the 2012-13 academic year, more than $238.5 billion in financial aid (grants, federal loans, federal work-study and federal tax credits and deductions) was awarded to undergraduate and graduate students? And that those students came from households spanning a wide range of household incomes?
During that same time period, the average amount of aid for a full-time college or university student was $13,730, including $7,190 in grants (that don’t have to be repaid) and $4,900 in federal loans. (Trends in Student Aid 2013, collegeboard.org)
If you are living with a mental illness (a consumer), do not despair. Millions of people are just like you. Numerous notable consumers have or continue to enrich our lives. You also have a contribution to make to society.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental illnesses are disorders of the brain that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, moods and ability to relate to others.
Ruston Community Theatre is kicking off the holiday season with the timeless classic “A Christmas Story,” sponsored by Lynne Gnemi of Gnemi Financial Strategies.
Adapted for stage by Philip Grecian, the play is based on the hit 1983 movie which chronicled the memoirs of Jean Shepherd growing up in the mid-1940’s. Director Mitch Dufour guarantees the show will put you in the Christmas spirit. He describes the play as a “look back into simpler times, through the anxious eyes of a young boy weeks before Christmas.”
People tend to say, “automobiles — they just don’t make them like they used to.” Growing up I can remember learning to drive a “stick” shift, and having to memorize the directions. I can even remember the transmission having three forwards and one reverse. You see, no one ever had the factory issued cover for their shifter. I can remember one shifter that had an 8 ball to move from one direction to another. The elderly gentleman showed it to me and said “Straight from the pool table!” Surely he expected us to believe him, as he smiled so bright. Politely we smiled as well.