Author: Morgan Watkins

The 15 Struggles of Summer

Summer is a time most people enjoy. You can finally do all the things you planned, catch up on things you missed, get that break you’ve been wanting, etc. These are all the things you tell yourself, only to have certain factors make enjoying your summer much harder. There are many struggles that come with summer, and we put together a list of 15 we all go through:

1.Hot Car Seats

After leaving your car out in the baking sun all day, it’s finally time to leave. You go to sit down only to jump out of your scalding hot leather seats. It’s as if you sat on the sun! So you wait a few torturous minutes in the heat while the AC kicks in before getting back in the car.

 

2. Bugs

All you want to do is enjoy the outdoors, but you just can’t seem to do that without becoming a mosquito’s human juice box. Then there are bees and wasps swarming around, plotting the perfect time to sting you.

 

3. Sweat Marks

You go to take your backpack off your shoulders only to find the complete sweat imprint it left on your back and shoulders. That was your favorite shirt too. Now it’s going to be sweat stained forever.

 

4. Sunburn

No matter how many times you reapplied sunscreen, you still managed to miss a spot. Instead of that nice tan you wanted, you look like a human tomato. Say hello to a week of uncomfortable sitting and laying down.

 

5. Hot Outside, Cold Inside

You stand outside sweating while wishing it wasn’t so hot. You go back inside and freeze, wishing it wasn’t so cold because of the wind tunnel your AC is creating. You just can’t win.

 

6. Hay Fever

It’s such a lovely time to do outdoor activities such as going for a walk and having a BBQ. That is until you start coughing and sneezing your brains out. That darn pollen gets the best of everybody.

 

7. Gas Prices

As if the price of gas wasn’t already high enough. Why not raise it more? Since everyone goes on vacation during the summer, that means gas is even more expensive then usual, which also means you have a bigger hole in your wallet than usual. Yay…

 

8. The Disappearing Sunglasses

Why is it that every time it hits summer, your sunglasses just magically disappear? You keep buying pair after pair only to find all of them later when you need them least.

 

9. Yard Work

There are many other things you’d rather be doing, but that yard isn’t going to fix itself. You’re pressured to make your lawn look as good as everyone else’s. That means mowing, weeding, gardening, and watering the plants while you sweat your butt off.

 

10. Too Hot to Sleep

Some nights, it just gets too hot no matter how many layers of clothing and bed sheets you remove. It makes for a sweaty, uncomfortable night of sleep.

 

11. Everything Just Melts

Your drink is melting, your ice creaming is melting, that chocolate you left in your car is melting, and so on. It gets to a point where even eating outside isn’t as enjoyable because you aren’t quick enough to finish before it melts.

 

12. Humidity

Your hair looks great! Too bad as soon as you step outside it’s going to turn into a frizzy mess. Anyone with medium or long hair goes through this every single summer.

 

13. Summer Classes

While everyone else is outside enjoying the beach, you’re stuck in school taking summer classes. Then your stuck at home doing homework. Isn’t summer time supposed to be a break away from school? Think again…

 

14. The Pressure of Being in Shape for Swim Suit Season

You think you have plenty of time to get into shape for swim suit season, but then summer creeps around the corner and bam! Now all you feel is pressure to go to the gym.

 

15. Productivity Goes Right Out the Window

During the summer you tell yourself to be productive. So you step outside only to immediately backtrack into the house because of the heat. Netflix is calling your name. You promise yourself you’ll be productive tomorrow as you binge watch 13 Reasons Why. Wait there’s a second season now? Alright you promise to be productive the day after that…

 

Despite the struggles of beating the heat, still take the time to enjoy the summer. Some may like it more than others, but it’s still a good time to catch up with friends, discover new things, travel to new places, and meet new people. The key is to have fun!

Inspiring Quotes From Your Favorite Books

Books have the power to do many things: inspire you, take you to different places, change your life, etc. Anyone who’s ever read a book has pulled one of their favorite quotes from one at some point or another regardless of whether it’s a young adult book, historical biography, or even a children’s story. Either way, inspirational quotes are all around us. We went ahead and compiled a list of 25 famous quotes from books ranging from classics, all the way to modern day novels.

 

1.“The only limits for tomorrow are the doubts we have today.” –Pittacus Lore (The Power of Six)

 

2. “We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” -Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale)

 

3. “Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up.” –Veronica Roth (Divergent)

 

4. “Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer.” –Dan Brown (Digital Fortress)

 

5.  “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” -Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)

 

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” –Haruki Murakami (What I Talk About When I Talk About Running)

 

7. “Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best. Wherever you go, you will top the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, it’s true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you.” –Dr. Seuss (Oh! The Places You’ll Go)

 

8. “Atticus told me to delete the adjectives and I’d have the facts.” -Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

 

9. “Beautiful means ‘full of beauty’. Beautiful is not about how you look on the outside, beautiful is about what you’re made of. Beautiful people spend time discovering what their idea of beauty on this earth is. They know themselves well enough to know what they love, and they love themselves enough to fill up with a little of their particular kind of beauty each day.” –Glennon Doyle Melton (Love Warrior)

 

10. “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” –Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland)

 

11. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” -J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

 

12. “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)

 

13. “His soul sat up. It met me. Those kinds of souls always do – the best ones. The ones who rise up and say “I know who you are and I am ready. Not that I want to go, of course, but I will come.” Those souls are always light because more of them have been put out. More of them have already found their way to other places.” -Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)

 

14. “You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day.” –M.L. Stedman (The Light Between Oceans)

 

15. “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” -J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)

 

16. “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” -Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

 

17. “I am [in your world].’ said Aslan. ‘But there I have another name, you must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” –C.S. Lewis (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia)

 

18. “I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” -Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)

 

19. “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.” -Stephen King (Different Seasons)

 

20. “We can experience nothing but the present moment, live no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life.” -P.D. James (The Children of Men)

 

21. “I was trying to feel some kind of good-bye. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-bye or a bad good-bye, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t you feel worse.” –J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye)

 

22. “Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I’ve a right to be hurt, I don’t intend to show it.” –Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)

 

23. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” -Victor Hugo (Les Misérables)

 

24. “Although there are times I’d give anything to have her back, I’m glad she went first. Losing her was like being cleft down the middle. It was the moment it all ended for me, and I wouldn’t have wanted her to go through that.” –Sara Gruen (Water for Elephants)

 

25. “The worst part of holding memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” –Lois Lowry (The Giver)

Why “Doing it All” Isn’t Always “Doing it Well”

More than ever, students feel the pressure to be absolutely perfect. We are bombarded with countless opportunities to get involved, support a cause, or enhance our resume. The era of FOMO (fear of missing out) is upon us. All hope is not lost! With a little effort, even the busiest among us can find ways to start doing a few things well instead of doing all the things. At eCampus.com, we pride ourselves on specializing in one thing: textbooks. Read ahead to learn a few things from the “doing one thing well” pros..

Invest Your Time

Instead of cramming your schedule full of stuff that won’t matter in 5 years, focus on doing something that will have a long-term benefit. Consider picking up an internship at a local business in place of taking an extra course in Underwater Basket-Weaving. Your hands-on experience (even if it’s unpaid) can help make you a standout candidate for a future job!

When eCampus.com was created in 1999, (See?! We’re a millennial too!) we decided that saving college students thousands on textbooks would create a long-term ripple effect. When you’re able to save on that Math 105 textbook – you’re able to invest in your other hobbies and interests.

Care About It

A foundation in doing a few things well is to make sure that you actually care about them. Take a few minutes to sit down and think, journal, meditate on the things that matter to you. That’s your starting point. Design your schedule and life around the things that make you tick! This will ensure that you stay motivated and focused on achieving your goals. Plus, it will help you weed out the opportunities that may not be suited for your personality.

Residing in the heart of Kentucky, eCampus.com knows the value of having a culture that cares about what we do. Our main focus has always been, and always will be, college students of all kinds. We want to be the most trusted and efficient textbook retailer in the country – and that’s what we try to do every single day!

Relax!

Last but not least, a key to doing a few things really well is to know when to chill. out. Millennials are doing a lot better than their parents in knowing how to self-care, but we aren’t perfect. There is no way that you will be able to do much of anything if you live in a constant state of stress. Take a few minutes out of every day to be present in the moment… think about yourself and what you need at that moment, and go get it.

This point drives us eCampus.com to make our website and process as simple as possible. Don’t waste time scrolling through pages of search results from a website that sells books as a side gig. Make it easy, fast, and cheap by sticking with the company that knows one thing really well: eCampus.com

College Students (Like You) Could End Child Poverty

Today marks National Red Nose Day! What is it you may ask? Well, it’s a day dedicated to raising money for children in poverty in America and around the world. This national fundraising campaign is run by the non-profit Comic Relief USA with the goal of helping to end child poverty through the use of comedy. Since 1988, National Red Nose Day has managed to raise over 1 billion dollars!  As college students, you may wonder what you could possibly do to help raise money when you yourself are struggling to keep up with college funds. That’s perfectly fine! There are multiple ways you can help raise money with little to no money. Even donating some of your time can not only help others, but in turn, benefit you as well in the long run. Here’s how you can do it:

How can you help?

1. You can stop by your local Walgreens or subsidiary Duane Reade and purchase a red nose for $1. Donning the red nose symbolizes a kid-friendly air that both entertains and brings awareness to child poverty. Just donating $1 can help provide 11 meals for hungry children through your local Feeding America Food Banks.

2. You can get onto the Red Nose Day website and donate money using either PayPal or card. Even small donations help!

3. You can either find or start your own fundraiser to aid children in poverty without having to spend any money. If you choose to start your own fundraiser, you have the choice of either fundraising on your own, joining a team, or starting a new team. At the Red Nose Day website, they provide you with a list of ideas on how you can start up a fundraiser.

4. You can tune into NBC from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm on Thursday, May 24th and watch three different shows “Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day”, “Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day” and finally the live broadcasting of the “Red Nose Day Special”. Each show is tied together to celebrate Red Nose Day. Throughout the three shows, you will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day, and provided with the opportunity to donate to the charity through phone calls. To learn more about the programs, click here.

5. You can spread the word! Making others aware of this campaign increases the chances of others donating their time or money to help!

How can you benefit from volunteering?

As a college student, volunteering for a non-profit organization not only helps out your community, but also keeps your skills up-to-date, expands your network, and provides yourself with the opportunity to get a potentially paying job.

Putting your volunteer work in your resume helps you showcase your skills, experience, and expertise. When employers look through a resume, they tend to only look at one for 6-10 seconds. In order to make it count, you need to have something that stands out. Red Nose Day or any other volunteer work is a great way to do so.

Even being a part of some form of Greek life on your campus can benefit you greatly. By being associated with a sorority/fraternity, you get involved in some shape or form of volunteer work. Employers will most likely take notice of this on your resume. According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Greek system is the largest network of volunteers in the US, with members donating over 10 million hours of volunteer services each year.

If you want to find other non-profit volunteer organizations near you, click here.

Tips for Writing a Killer Resume Post-Graduation

Graduating from college is an important milestone in any graduate’s life. It marks your ability to commit to something long-term and accomplish it. Getting your degree is the first step into entering the professional workforce and while it’s exciting, there’s a hurdle you must jump before you can land that first job; writing a resume. Writing resumes is something most recent graduates struggle with, but with the right formatting and content, you can write a killer resume any employer will be drawn to. Here are some tips on how to create such a resume:

 

  1. Use a reverse-chronological format: As a recently graduated college student, it’s best to use a reverse-chronological format. You most likely won’t have a lot of work experience, so using this format is the most practical way to show your vertical career progression. Listing your education at the top is practical because it’s your greatest qualification. Click here for a step-by-step guide on writing a reverse-chronological resume.

 

 2. Keep it to one page: You won’t have enough experience to justify having a second page to your resume. Did you know that employers will only look at a resume for 6-10 seconds at max? Therefore you need to make your resume short, sweet, and to the point.

 

3.  Do not include a reference page on your resume: Since your resume needs to be no more than a page, don’t waste valuable space by adding references.References should be made available upon request. Employers most likely won’t ask for references until the actual face-to-face interview. Bring a separate page with your references when that time comes.

 

4.  Include a link to your professional profile: Every recent graduate needs to have at least one professional profile established. Most professional employers use social media as a form of researching their candidates, particularly through LinkedIn. Provide a link to your profile with your contact information.

 

5. List your GPA: If you have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, list it at the top of your education background. Anything below a 3.0 should not be listed, but keep in mind, employers will take notice of this and possibly ask you about it during the interview.

 

6. Bullet point your work experience accomplishments: Many people make the mistake of listing the tasks and responsibilities they were given when describing their work experience, but employers aren’t interested in this. They’re interested in what you accomplished while you were there. Since employers will only scan over these accomplishments, it’s best to bullet point everything so that it’s easier to digest. Make sure to also use strong action verbs when describing said accomplishments.

 

7. Leave anything from high school out: Employers aren’t interested in what you’ve accomplished before college. They want current, relevant information that supports your overall career oriented goals.

 

8. Don’t fluff up your summary/objective: Throwing in words such as “team player” or “proactive” are overused terms employers recognize as pure fluff. Instead explain how you were able to improve any processes.

 

  1. Avoid using pronouns: When writing your resume, it’s best to avoid talking in first person (“I” or “Me”) or third person (“John worked as”, “He worked as”). The best way to write your resume is in a telegraphic manner.

 

10. Use relevant keywords: When applying for a job, look for repeating key terms in the job application. If you have any of those skills or had any experience in that process, then incorporate them into your resume.