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Tools to help you achieve your goals
We have created a curated list of tools and websites that we think will help you in this stage of your career. The goal of this section is to share valuable resources. Do not hesitate to contact us if you know of other tools that have helped you and that you think others can benefit from as well!
We use these in our daily life or have used them in the past, and we hope they help you, too!
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Wellness and Well Being
wellness and well being
This is a fantastic tool to keep track of your finances. It is similar to other tools such as Mint (but with no ads) or Quicken (comparison), except better.
And you can use it completely free. Yes, there are management fees, but that only happens if you want them to actively manage your investments. Otherwise everything else is totally free.
You can link all of your bank accounts, credit cards, 401k, IRAs, etc, and evaluate your finances quickly and efficiently. Rest assured this works on a read-only process, and no assets are movable through Personal Capital.
Look at the cool things this product can do for you:
- Effortlessly track your net worth (plus a weekly report via email)
- Track your cash flow and effectively helping with budgeting
- Check investment portfolios for excessive fees and proper asset allocations
- Retirement planning calculations
- Save time by avoiding having to sign in individually to every account you have, even if you just want a quick snapshot of your financial status
- Mobile App - named best free finance tracking app at MacWorld
This is what the dashboard looks like (from their website, not my personal finances!):
textbooks we recommend
A list of recommended textbooks - they're all regarding small animal practice, since we don't follow what's new in the large animal or equine worlds.
Are you aware of the many free 30 day trials Amazon offers? See below for our recommendations and try them for free. Regardless of busy you are, it is important to have activities to let your brain relax - listening to music, reading, games, or other options are all good to try.
Remember that as a college student you have access to a free 6 month trial of Prime Student though the link below! You'll get all the benefits of a Prime membership and after the free trial you can continue to enjoy it for 50% off. Don't miss out!
We have never owned Apple products; not for any specific reason, but it just never happened. But when it was time to pick a tablet, we were totally sold on the iPad Pro. We have the 9.7 inch version (no longer available), but the new smaller option of the Pro is a 10.5 inch. If you want a bigger screen, check out the 12.9 inch!
Plus, this thing is fast and has excellent screen quality! It is perfect to read scientific papers or books in either portrait or landscape mode. Make sure to download Papers 3 (free!) and if you want to take notes, the Notability or GoodNotes 4 apps are a must!
And it goes without saying that you'll definitely want a screen protector, keyboard, and an Apple pencil or similar!
microsoft surface pro
If you're more of a PC person, you can't go wrong with the Surface Pro. It looks more like a traditional laptop, but you can easily use it as a tablet. With a 12.3 inch screen, it's just a bit smaller than the larger iPad Pro 12.9 inch. Notability is an iOS app but you can use OneNote instead with the Surface Pro (which is also available for iOS).
Just like with the iPad Pro, you'll need to invest in some accessories to use it to its full potential. Which one to choose (you might also prefer a laptop) depends on personal preference.
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