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4: Make a Plan

Networks and Communities

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When a major transition interrupts your life, talking to a friend or relative who has successfully worked through a similar event can help. Using their experiences and advice, you may feel better equipped to handle the change. But sometimes you may not know what to ask.

If you are facing a specific crisis or life event, investigate support groups and advocacy organizations. Your local community, church, school or workplace might offer meet-ups or you might find support online. Just know that whatever you are going through, it is likely that someone else has been through it before. You are not alone.

Double Check Internet Resources

At the end of this course, you will find a list of reliable resources (by topic) that you can use for a number of life’s transitions. If you need to find other resources, be sure you know how to spot credible ones. In a website, check for:

  1. The URL suffix. Commonly, sites ending in .com are commercial sites, .edu are educational sites, .gov are government, .org are non-profit and .mil are military. However, anyone can publish a site using a suffix that is misleading. Search through the site to check out its legitimacy before trusting it.
  2. Who is the author of the site? You can generally find this information in the “About” link. Look for specific credentials, other published works, or even search the author’s name looking for any other publications or sites.
  3. What kind of information does the site have? Has it been recently updated? What does it link to, and what links to it? Are other reliable sources used in the writing?
  4. What is the site’s purpose? Evaluate the site to see if it’s trying to sell something or really give you advice. For example, some sites related to credit scores want to sell you a service rather than give you information about credit scores.
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