Author: Amanda Drazen

The ONLY 3 Playlists You Need to Get Through College

The ONLY 3 Playlists You Need to Get Through College

If you’re like me, then you have got about 17 playlists on your music listening device- and half of them are labeled ‘New Playlist.’ But keeping your life organized in college helps you get through- so keep your music organized too!

Separate your music into these three categories and you’ll be set!

THE STUDY PLAYLIST

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This should be the calmer music, the movie-no-words-soundtrack music, the classics and the jazz. This should be the music that helps you focus and helps you tune everything else out. Don’t put on anything that will make you start dancing and forget your homework. 

THE SHOWER PLAYLIST

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Music you can jam to while your showering in the morning (or evening) that you don’t care if the entire floor hears. Take off all the embarrassing stuff you added as a kid (or teen). For example, if you don’t want the entire floor to know you still listen to Justin Bieber or are still jamming to “Let it Go” then keep that for the last playlist. 

THE GUILTY PLEASURE PLAYLIST

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Keep all your fun music here. All your favorites. The songs you’ll listen to when you’re cleaning your room, or walking to class, or need fun dance party music. Listen to this to pump yourself up for an exam or to get over a bad grade (or breakup).

And most importantly, enjoy that music!!!

Need some tips on making a playlist? How to Make a Music Playlist on iPhone and iPad

My Review of Roommate Harmony

Roommate Harmony is a website that wants to help roommates get along. They’ve got a blog and they’ve got a small shop of products that are intended to help roommates get along more easily. I received a sample package to review and here were my thoughts.

The Sticky Bulletin Board

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At first I did not know what this was, I thought it was a white board! Only when my dry-erase markers didn’t work did I realize that I was writing on the film overlay that came off to reveal the true sticky exterior. It does make hanging things on my closet easier, but I don’t know how often I’ll actually use it.

The Chore Board

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This seems really useful for an apartment. I’d highly recommend it for those who are living with multiple people and haven’t yet figured out a working chore schedule! It’s also magnetic, so it’s easy to hang up on a fridge. GREAT BUY!

The Named Stickers

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I think the stickers are cute. I like the fact that my name is on the stickers and the different pictures. My only concern is that I will run out of these pretty quickly!

The Weekly Planner

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I think this is a great idea. Having a to-do-list notepad that can sit on your desk is excellent for time-management. For college students the spaces might be a little small to write down everything you need, but it could be used for big things like doctor’s appointments or exams. GREAT BUY!

I really appreciated being asked to review these products. My experience in dealing with the person in charge of the website, Chad Jarrah, has been great. I think this website is definitely worth checking out to see if the products and the advice is for you!

Sell Your Spring Break Vacation

Want to add something incredible to your resume that puts you over the edge? Do something over Spring Break that you’ll be able to sell to employers! Show them that you take advantage of your free time in productive ways by trying some of these Spring Break ideas.

Shadow someone in your profession

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This shows your dedication to your major and profession of interest. It also shows that you have some experience and have spoken with and have connections to professionals in your field.  If you don’t know where to start choose a company you think would be of interest and use their contact information to find out if it’s a possibility.

Volunteer

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Whether in your hometown or in a far off country, community service work always looks good on a resume. You are dedicating your free time to helping other people! Good for you! Ever heard of Alternative Spring Break? 

Continue your current internship

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This can be harder to sell, but it shows a willingness to spend break furthering your knowledge and skills rather than lying on the beach or watching Netflix.  Don’t have an internship to start with? Check out Internships.com.

Help out your old high/middle/elementary school with a fundraiser

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EVERYONE likes to see that you know how to contribute to a fundraiser.  It’s a bonus you get to see old friends and faculty and you might just stumble upon some networking opportunities while you’re at it.

Learn something new

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Take the time off to learn to code or speed through a language learning app like Duolingo. You can then add this skill to your resume, giving employers more reasons to hire you.

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!

YourSchool.edu

 

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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!

New Year, 7 New Semester Resolutions!

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.