How to Avoid the Flu This Winter

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Now that we’re in the thick of winter and storms are taking over the North East Coast, you may be feeling the wrath of Flu and Cold Season.  If not, you may be worried about what may be coming for you.  For those of you who are hoping to continue avoiding those pesky winter illnesses, here are some important steps you can take to strengthen your best defense: your immune system!

1. Bundle up whenever you go outside.

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Dressing properly for the cold weather is one of the best things you can do for your immune system.  While it may not completely prevent a cold or the flu, it will make it worse if you are starting to feel any symptoms, so it’s really important for you to dress for the cold.  Always wear your coat buttoned or zipped up and don’t forget to break out the hat, scarf, and gloves.

2.  Drink a lot of tea.

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All hot beverages warm you up on cold days, but tea has a lot great health benefits.  Black tea is great for your immune system and green tea has loads of antioxidants, so stock up tea and drink a cup or two a day!

3. Practice healthy eating habits.

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Eating right always makes you feel right and that is especially true when loads of people around you are getting sick.  The healthier you eat, the better your overall health will be when you’re surrounded by cold and flu germs.

4. Stay hydrated!

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One of the best things you can do for your overall health and wellness is to drink a lot of water.  Add some fruit slices for a more flavorful way of staying hydrated.   Staying hydrating will do wonders for your skin as well as your immune system so it’s a win-win!

5. Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C.

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Vitamin C is great for protecting you from the common cold and the flu so make sure to get your recommended daily amount (75-90 mg).  Orange juice is a great source of Vitamin C.

6. Wash your hands regularly.

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During cold and flu season, one of the easiest ways to catch something is second-hand contact.  Whether it’s walking into class, into a bathroom stall, or walking through the hall of your dorm room, you’re touching a lot of doorknobs and common areas.  Washing your hands regularly will help eliminate some of those germs.

4 Brilliant Movies You Should Watch Before The Oscars!

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The 87th annual Academy Awards are being held on Sunday, Feb. 22, so here are four brilliant Oscar nominated films and their official trailers.

1. Boyhood

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Boyhood is about a young boy growing up and facing challenges that he comes across in his childhood throughout his late teen years. This is a film where you can see all the characters actually grow over a decade, since it was filmed for 12 years with the same cast. Boyhood is full of nostalgia about growing up and parenthood.

2. Birdman

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Michael Keaton stars in Birdman as a washed up actor that is famous for playing an iconic superhero, who tries to regain relevance by directing and starring in his own Broadway play. He struggles with getting his family back in his life, along with his self-image. The technical aspects of this film along with the simplistic but memorable are what make it a must see.

3. The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Grand Budapest Hotel, directed by Wes Anderson, explores the adventures of a renowned hotel concierge- Gustave H, as the lobby boy becomes his most faithful friend. This amusing film takes place between the First and Second World Wars in the fictitious Republic of Zubrowka. Gustave’s character along with the creativity and inventiveness of the plot make this film enjoyable to watch.

4. Selma

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The film, Selma, records Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dangerous campaign to obtain equal voting rights. It chronicles the monumental and historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. A strong performance by David Oyelowo vocalizes the crucial moment in our history.

HOW TO: Search For An Internship!

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In order to land that amazingly incredible summer internship, you have to start looking for them. But, where should you start looking? Try these sites you probably visit fairly often anyway:

 

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After you have completed your profile, use the search box to search for internships or companies that you’d like to work for. Search combinations of your area of interest and the term “intern,” because you are searching through job positions. For example, if you are a communications major from L.A., you can search “PR intern” or “Communication intern.” Once you have started your search, there is a sidebar where you can input your location information. Also, be sure you are searching under jobs and not people or organizations.

 

 

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Search for, and start following, accounts that post jobs having to do with your major. These accounts post all sorts of positions from all over- so keep your eye on these. Following these accounts will likely become useful later on (i.e. after college) as well. Search for a combination of your major or area of interest and the word “job(s).” Also make sure to follow your college, school, and career centers’ twitter accounts.  They may have helpful information and internship notifications!

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Most universities have websites specifically designed to help students and alumni find internships and jobs. Check out your school’s website again and look for a “Career Center” page or an “Internship Finder” page. Then plug in your major and voila!

 

Other great sites to try are Internships.com and InternMatch.com!

 

Good luck on your internship hunt!

President Obama Proposes Free Community College

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President Obama announced his proposal for community college to be free for two years for responsible students. “Higher education should not be a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s an American issue,” Obama said. If the plan becomes fully implemented in the future, full-time community college students would save an average of $3,800 per year. Students would be eligible for free tuition if they attend the community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make progress toward their degree, according to White House officials. Obama’s proposal could benefit up about 9 million students across the nation, each year. The federal government would cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college and participating states would be expected to contribute the rest. “Students who started at community college during those two years and then go on to a four year institution, they essentially get half of their bachelors degree free,” Obama said, “It can be a game changer.” The White House stated that this plan would cost $60 billion over a span of 10 years. President Obama pitched his plan during his speech at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn.

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New Year, 7 New Semester Resolutions!

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Want to get more out of your next semester? Here are a few resolutions that will help you visualize your goals:

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1. Eat Healthy- Keep dried fruit and granola around your dorm for a healthy snack option, instead of grabbing the twizzlers, chocolate and ice cream at the diner/library.

2. Sleep Better- Reduce your caffeine intake, especially in the afternoon and evening. Instead of grabbing a coffee to keep you up to finish that paper due at 8 AM tomorrow, take a walk around the dorm, library or campus.

3. Stay Active- Download an app that tracks your steps or how many minutes you are active to see how much you move. Set reasonable goals and achieve!

4. Get Better Grades- Stick with your assignment notebook and keep track of your notes. Set TV limits for the semester to keep procrastination at a minimum.

5. Spend More Time With Campus Friends- Start or join a club that your friends are involved in. It will give you a weekly excuse to see them and spend time with them.

6. Be More Organized- Spend a while over winter break reorganizing your computer files so your documents folder won’t be so cluttered. Also, get in the habit of making your bed, so that your dorm room looks tidier too!

7. Keep In Touch With Distant Friends- Plan to call your friend on a regular basis. Even if its just a five minute phone call, it will mean much more than a text or facebook message- but don’t shy away from those either! It’s always nice to see an old friend pop up.