Isabel Raitt

Isabel Raitt

Colorado transplant born and raised in Portland, OR. Self-proclaimed classy ski bum with a penchant for all things film. Currently studying media and communications at the University of Denver.

Parking presents problems for University of Denver students

For many students who attend the University of Denver, walking or biking to class simply is not an option because they live too far away. For these students, finding somewhere to park near their classes can be a struggle, and sometimes just the beginning of their problems with parking their car on campus.

One of the biggest issues is the lack of space to park, which often results in students parking on residential streets in order to get to classes. Continue reading

Pancakes with a side of philanthropy: DHOP 2015 is a hit with DU students

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Experiences ≠ expenses: how DU students save with student discounts

My slideshow explores the many ways that college students can save money with student discounts. The article I wrote with regards to this topic largely dealt with the same topic, but at a national level. I tried to then give my slideshow a more local focus, dealing with savings students can find around the university and around the state. I chose to photograph establishments that offered student discounts, as well as students enjoying their savings. Money and budgeting can be a fairly uninteresting and bland subject, so I tried to have my photos make it a bit more interesting. I thought that if students could visualize what student discounts look like (i.e. horseback riding in Estes Park, watching a Colorado Rockies game), they would be more likely to seek out discounts in the future.

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College luxuries on a budget: the secret world of student discounts

More power to your wallet: student discounts can make all the difference.

More power to your wallet: student discounts can make all the difference.

Today’s college students are acutely aware of rising tuition prices, but many are caught off guard by how much extra luxuries add up once they are no longer dependent on their parents’ bank accounts.

It is often said that college is less about education and more about experiences, however most experiences come with a price tag. Although the simple solution for college students to save money is to not spend any, this does not reflect reality.

“Yeah I’m trying to save money,” said second year University of Denver student Maddie Taylor. “But I still like to eat out, go to the movies, see shows, buy new clothes. Just because I’m in college doesn’t mean that I have to stop doing the things I enjoy!”

Taylor adds that this doesn’t mean she doesn’t still manage her money, but she often finds herself wanting to buy things she simply doesn’t have the money for. “I try [to make a budget], but I’m not very good at it,” said Taylor. Continue reading