Money-Saving Tips for College Students

College is such an exciting time in a person’s life but it is no secret that college is expensive. Every expense for college students adds up- from books, tuition, room & board, food, healthcare. Most of the time having a job doesn’t always cover these expenses. But the essentials are not the only thing you need money for. So here are some ways to save money as a college student:

  • Attend Campus Events: Most colleges have a ton of events that have free giveaways and food for attending. Not only is this a great way to save some money on supplies and food. This is a great way to meet other college students in your community.
  • Apply for Scholarships and Grants: What is better than free money– NOTHING! Most scholarship applications are very simple to fill out and your college finance advisor is always happy to help. FASFA is a great way to receive assistance for paying for college tuition, books, and school supplies.
  • Use your School Library: The school library can be a great way to attend study sessions but also a way to connect to free wifi and check out free movies to watch in your dorm room.
  • Eat at the College Cafeteria: The college cafeteria is usually a great way to get a healthy meal and be able to meet up with your friends. Some college campuses incorporate the cost of meals with your tuition. Check into your school for specific meal options at your cafeteria. 
  • Stick to your Monthly Budget: Every penny counts! Make sure you are spending your money wisely so you are not racking up unwanted debt.
  • Re-sell Your Textbooks: Textbooks are expensive and you might only open the book a couple of times during the semester. Most libraries have a buyback program that can give you cash or credit for future purchases.

College is expensive and too often we’re left with not enough money in our pockets to cover all the extra things we might want or need after the essentials are taken care of. These are just a few tips to help you keep a little more of your hard-earned dollars in your wallet!

Is Pathway Health Clinic Right for You?

Have you ever been to a place where your confidentiality was ignored or neglected? Ever feel uncomfortable opening up because you couldn’t trust the person with who you were speaking? Pregnancy, relationships, STD information, or parenting concerns are all topics that we can assist with at the Pathway Health Clinic in a safe and confidential environment. 

At Pathway Health Clinic, you will have confidence that all your information will be kept in a secure, confidential file. It will only accessed by authorized personnel. Our services are dedicated to meeting the needs of our patients.

How does Pathway Health Clinic keep my information private?

  • Every volunteer and staff member is screened thoroughly to ensure that they will always meet the needs of our patients
  • Every Advocate and Nurse are trained under an accredited program to ensure professionalism and proficiency.
  • Clients meet with an advocate in a private room that allows the client to speak freely.
  • Every client file is kept locked in a secure cabinet that only authorized personnel have access.

If there ever was a concern by the client that confidentiality or any other matter was not met, we offer a confidential survey that can be filled out before leaving.

Our best asset, next to the compassionate and high-quality care we offer, is that all of our services are NO COST to you.

We are here for YOU! So, what are you waiting for? You don’t have to do this alone. Our pro-woman services are for every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy in the North County San Diego area. 

To make an appointment, call us at 760-945-4673 or walk-in during clinic hours. If you are in a crisis, you can text our 24/7 crisis text line at 760-208-8811, and an advocate will respond. We are here to help.

Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy in the Military

Joining a branch in the United States Military is very rewarding. Especially when you are straight out of high school and experiencing being on your own for the first time. Once you have completed the training required you have the privilege to become apart of a family. That family will last a lifetime. During your time on active duty, you will be apart of your family members lives. Which include weddings, promotions, and celebrating births within your family. So, what happens when you or someone close to you think you may be having a military pregnancy?

According to a military blog, women in the military still report higher rates of unplanned pregnancy than their civilian peers. Is this a bad thing? Not at all, it just means we need to educate ourselves on being pregnant in the military. According to Ibis Reproductive Health’s analysis of Department of Defense data, about 11 percent of active-duty military women reported an unintended pregnancy in 2008 and 7 percent reported an unintended pregnancy in 2011—in both years, this was far more than the general population.

One of the biggest fears for military women is exposing this unplanned pregnancy to their chain of command and risk being non-deployable or non-promotable. In these cases, there are community resources outside Camp Pendleton. They can help provide no-cost pregnancy testing and are 100% confidential.  At Pathway Health Clinic, we respect your privacy and do not report your visit to command or Tricare unless you have provided us with written consent and authorization. All our Advocates and Licensed Medical Professionals can help you explore all your options in a safe, confidential, judgment-free way.

To make an appointment, call us at 760-945-4673 or walk-in during clinic hours. If you are in a crisis, you can text our 24/7 crisis text line at 760-208-8811 and an advocate will respond. We are here to help.

Abortion options in Vista

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be a time of high stress for women. Many women do not have the proper information when they are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. So they start considering abortion as an option.

Women will begin looking for abortion clinics in the Vista area because you feel like abortion is the only option you have, and now your stress level begins to increase rapidly. There are so many online or local options, from clinics to private women’s centers that all the information can be very overwhelming. The number one question is — How do you decide which women’s health clinic is the best option for you?

Your first thought might be— am I really pregnant? Is there a chance I could be having a miscarriage? What are my abortion options in the Vista area?

These are all questions we can help answer at Pathway Health Clinic. The key to managing your stress when searching for abortion options in Vista is to get truthful and unbiased information from licensed and experienced medical professionals who can answer your questions in a quick one-hour appointment.

As your body and your hormones fluctuate due to your unplanned pregnancy, you will experience moments of highs and lows. They may be difficult for you. This will impact your stress level and emotional state when having to make life-changing decisions. Having peace of mind from obtaining accurate medical information about abortion and pregnancy options will allow for stress to be minimized while making your pregnancy decision.

At Pathway Healthcare Clinic in Vista, California, we offer you a safe place to discuss your unplanned pregnancy options with free services. They include pregnancy tests and ultrasounds needed to make an informed decision on your unplanned pregnancy. Your privacy is protected, and everything you share with us is completely confidential when you are here. Our staff will accommodate your specific needs for privacy and communication from the moment you contact us. We will never call, text, or email you anything without your consent.

The ABC’s when Considering Abortion?

The ABC’s when considering abortion in Vista

A- Assess the Situation

All of the facts are needed when making the best decisions.

  • Do you think you might be pregnant? Have you taken a lab-quality pregnancy test? Of course at home pregnancy tests are extremely convenient. I mean, you can go to your local dollar store and find one! When thinking about the words “cheap and convenient”, do they bring to mind the concept of quality? Peace of mind? The answer is probably no, but in Vista, there are better options for lab-quality pregnancy tests when considering abortion . At PHC, we have lab quality pregnancy tests that are administered by licensed and experienced health care professionals.
  • Could this pregnancy end in miscarriage? Most women are unaware of how common miscarriages are. According to Mayo Clinic, about 10-20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. By getting a limited sonogram exam from a licensed professional, you can know how your body is responding to the pregnancy. This is the best way for you to get information about signs for miscarriage and if your body may be preparing for a miscarriage.
  • Have you been tested recently for STD’s? It is extremely important that you are screened and possibly treated for any active STD or STI when you are considering abortion. With the highest numbers reported, gonorrhea and chlamydia numbers are on the rise. It is vital you know with great certainty if you have an active STD or STI. Not knowing prior to an abortion procedure can put your future health and possibly your life at risk.

B- Be Calm.

Why? Because you are about to know where you can get those necessary, high-quality services mentioned above through our NO COST pregnancy tests and limited-obstetrical ultrasounds. Through these no-cost services, you will be able to make an informed decision as you are considering abortion.

C- Contact us to get started.

We can offer NO-COST pregnancy evaluation services because we are a non-profit, pro-women’s pregnancy medical clinic who specializes in unplanned pregnancies and pregnancy options. Because we do not gain any profit from abortion decisions or any pregnancy decision, you can know with incredible confidence that our only objective is to serve you and help you make the best decision for you.

So, what’s stopping you? We are ready for you! Call at (760) 945-4673 Mondays and Wednesdays 9 AM-4 PM, Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30 PM- 7:30 pm, or make an appointment request online.

Thinking about an abortion appointment in Vista?

Are you experiencing an unintended pregnancy? Are you feeling rushed to terminate your pregnancy? The following information will help you be informed when scheduling any abortion procedure in Vista, or considering the pregnancy options available to you.

Know for sure you are pregnant.

Maybe you have taken an at home pregnancy test that came up positive. Additionally, have you had a lab-quality pregnancy test yet? According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), if your home pregnancy test shows positive results, you should see a health care provider to confirm the result. A health care provider can help you determine how far along you are.

Make sure your pregnancy is viable.

Limited obstetrical ultrasounds done by licensed health care professionals can determine gestational age, intrauterine pregnancy, and fetal heart rate. Gestational age determines how many weeks pregnant you are and what your estimated due date is. A licensed medical professional will check for intrauterine pregnancy. This determines that the pregnancy is occurring in your uterus (ectopic pregnancy). Ectopic pregnancy (extrauterine pregnancy) is a life-threatening condition and you should be seen by a doctor right away. Also, lack of a fetal heart rate means you are experiencing pregnancy loss.  Early pregnancy loss (pregnancy loss during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy or first trimester) is common and happens in about 10% of known pregnancies. Early pregnancy loss is also called miscarriage or spontaneous abortion. If your pregnancy is not viable, you will not need to have an abortion.

Have you been checked for STI/STD’s?

When you are pregnant, STD/STI testing is important because chlamydia, gonorrhea and genital herpes (to name a few) are infections spread by sexual contact. If STD/STI’s are left untreated prior to abortion you can be at risk to further spread bacteria into your reproductive tract anytime the normal barrier created by the cervix is disturbed.  You can be treated for certain STD/STI’s while pregnant. Treating STD/STI’s before your abortion procedure will put you at less risk for complications from abortion than leaving yourself untreated.

Check in with yourself and your partner.

Your age, values, beliefs, health, current situation and future goals all play a role in your pregnancy decision. You have three options, parenting, adoption, and abortion, and you don’t need to rush into choosing. Make sure you are comfortable with your decision. How will you feel about this decision in 6 months? Or in 5 years and beyond?  

At Pathway Health Clinic our Advocates and Licensed Medical Professionals are trained to be compassionate, nonjudgmental listeners who will take the time to hear from you and help you and address any concerns you might have with your pregnancy options or abortion procedure.

You Asked. We Answered, Vista.

We understand what you are going through.

When you’re worried that you may be experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, want answers to your questions quickly, and don’t want anyone to know- where do you go?

Your unplanned pregnancy might have you afraid. While you are figuring out your pregnancy options, and possibly putting an abortion plan together. You can schedule an appointment for a NO COST pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy. You can also discuss your options with our licensed medical professional. The information below can help you by answering some of the most frequently asked questions. Women, like you have been typing these questions into their phones in California.

  • Will Pathway Health Clinic tell anyone that I came in for a pregnancy test or information about abortion in Vista?

We are here for YOU. You do not have to worry about anyone finding out what options you are considering when you make an appointment with us. When you are here your privacy is protected and everything you share with us is completely confidential. Our staff will accommodate your specific needs for privacy and communication from the moment you contact us. We will never call, text, or email you anything without your consent.

  • I’m a minor- do I need to have an adult or parent with me if I am considering abortion in Vista?

At your appointment, you do NOT need to have an adult, parent, or guardian with you. Again, we are here for YOU. We are able to get you the information you need to assess the situation, make an informed decision, and decide your next steps. However, of course, you can bring someone with you to your appointment if that makes you more comfortable! Even if you are a minor we are still able to offer you a NO COST pregnancy test. At your appointment, you can talk to a licensed medical professional about your pregnancy options- including abortion. We can even accommodate your school schedule if you are a student. So please let us know when making an appointment. We are a safe place for you to gather all the information for your specific situation, so our staff will never pressure you into any decision regarding your pregnancy or abortion.

  • Will appointments show up on insurance paperwork that comes in the mail or email?

Our best asset, next to the compassionate and high-quality care we offer, is that all of our services are NO COST to you- meaning we don’t collect insurance information at all. Because of generous supporters in Vista, you have access to medical professionals that are here to help you navigate pregnancy and abortion decisions. We will never contact you without your consent.

We are here for YOU! So, what are you waiting for? You don’t have to do this alone. Our pro-woman services are for every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy who is considering abortion in the North County San Diego area. To have more of your questions answered, make an appointment with us today!

What are my pregnancy options?

Unintended pregnancy is scary. It can be life-changing. There are so many factors to consider. Each person’s circumstances are extremely personal to their situation. One thing every woman who is pregnant has in common is pregnancy options.

What are pregnancy options?

A pregnancy option is what you ultimately choose to do after you give birth, or decide that you no longer want to be pregnant. Every pregnant woman has three pregnancy options- in alphabetical order- they are abortion, adoption, and parenting.

But what do each of those options mean?

Abortion- abortion is an option to end the pregnancy. You can have a medical abortion or a surgical abortion.

Adoption- Placing for adoption means that the baby will be born, but it will not be raised by its biological parents. You can have an open adoption, a semi-open adoption, or a closed adoption.

Parenting- Parenting means that the baby will be born, and the biological parents will raise the child.

While these options may seem simple, they are complex and often times emotionally difficult.

If you have additional questions about your options, we encourage you to explore the “Options Education” tab on our website or call us to make an appointment to discuss your options. At Pathway Health Clinic, we have Advocates and Licensed Medical Professionals who can help you explore all of your options in a safe, confidential, judgment-free way.

To make an appointment, call us at 760-945-4673 or walk-in during clinic hours. If you are in a crisis, you can text our 24/7 crisis text line at 760-208-8811 and an advocate will respond. We are here to help.

Am I at risk for an STI?

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) are extremely common!

According to American Sexual Health Association, by the age 25, half of all youth will have acquired one or more sexually transmitted infections. That’s more than 9 million youth with an STI. According to the CDC, in the United States alone there are about 20 million new cases of STI’s every year.

You may have heard them called STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Disease) before. The main reason they are now called STI’s is that the word “disease” implies that there are obvious signs and symptoms that you have one- but that isn’t always the case.  Depending on the STI, there could be very obvious symptoms, or there could be mild symptoms or even no symptoms, therefore the only way to know for sure whether you have one or not is to get tested on a regular basis. For an in-depth explanation of the difference, you can visit the American Sexual Health Association. 

You can get an STI by having vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has an STI. Anyone who is sexually active can get an STI. You don’t even have to “go all the way” (have anal or vaginal sex) to get an STI. This is because some STIs, like herpes and HPV, are spread by skin-to-skin contact.

Sometimes people are too scared or embarrassed to ask for STI information or testing. But keep in mind that many STIs are easy to treat — and dangerous if they’re not detected and treated. It is extremely important that you know if you have an STI. So that you can get treated for the infection or take medicine to help with symptoms.

We understand that it might be uncomfortable to talk about sexual health and STI’s with your partner. But still, you should make sure you have an honest conversation with the person you are thinking of having sex with about your sexual history and STI exposure. Consider this- when is the last time you or your partner got tested? Before every new sexual relationship and every 6 months, you should get tested.  If you need a list of conversation starters, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion have conversation starters to make talking to your partner easier.

If you have questions about STI’s, prevention, treatment, or want to get tested, contact us. We can get you the referral information you need.   

Casual Relationships

We all know about casual relationships. The Netflix and Chill epidemic has taken over and made an impact on society. This includes many of you reading this now. In 2018, we are very much in a culture that dictates fast-paced living. We want everything at our fingertips. Working for anything seems like a distant memory of the past. As easy as it is to find a partner to hook up with, you have to wonder if the ‘hook up’ culture is as easy as it seems? Is it really easier sleeping with those whom you have ‘no strings attached’ or is there more to it?

According to the CDC (2017), “half of the nearly 20 million new STDs reported each year were among young people, between the ages of 15-24” (CDC, 2017, Sexual Risk Behaviors). It can be easy to stay in the now and assume that you will not be included in these numbers. But actually, people are not always honest about their former relationships. Additionally, they also may exaggerate or downgrade how many people they have slept with . . . no matter how much you think you know them. It may be weird to ask your partner about their previous relationships, but it may just save you from a lifetime of doctors’ visits and medication. Pregnancy used to be the main concern when it came to hookups, especially in a world where contraception is so heavily pushed to the public; however, STDs are slowly taking the lead for the worst con of unprotected sex.

While casual relationships may seem exciting there are many health risks associated with ‘hooking up’. If you or someone you know are interested in learning more or simply needed our services. Give us a call for a confidential appointment. It’s never too late to be informed or ask questions about your body. You are in control of your choices, take charge and learn to educate yourself no matter how hard it may be.

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Reference

Adolescent and School Health. (2017, August 04). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/sexualbehaviors/