College Life

My Review of RoommateHarmony.com

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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

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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 Take Advantage of Your College’s Resources

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Success and Failure Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.

1. Join a career-oriented club or organization.

There are many different clubs and organizations that can help you understand and be involved with a career you want to pursue. These clubs can help you build a resumé and inform you about important things to know about that career. There are organizations for just about any career- journalism, marketing, engineering, etc. If there isn’t one at your school, then create one yourself!

2. Attend career fairs.

Any time there is a career fair at your school, take advantage of the opportunity to talk to professionals that have insight on that career. They can tell you specifics about internships and you can network with people that are actually in that business.

3. Go to a school tutor.

If you are struggling with a certain subject, go toy our school’s learning center and there will be other students able to help you- most of the time FOR FREE. Many campuses have peers or graduate students help others with their writing and other work.

4. Visit a counselor or adviser.

If you need help scheduling your classes, don’t know what to expect from your major, and even just need someone to talk to, visit your academic adviser or counselor. Many schools offer counseling services that are including in your tuition.

Affordable Hair Care Products You Need In Your Life!

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Hair care products don’t have to break the bank to make your hair look and feel great.  There are so many options for shampoo, conditioner, hair serums, hair masks, and anything else you can think of.  You may find it hard to pick products out of the sea of choices in front of you.  Here are a few great products you may want to try!

Dove Hair Therapy Dry Shampoo

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This is a great, basic dry shampoo that smells fresh and leaves no white residue unlike a lot of other dry shampoos.  It refreshes two and three-day-old hair and brings it back to life.  Over-washing your hair strips away some of the good oils that keep your hair healthy, so dry shampoo is a great way to keep your hair feeling freshly washed without having to actually wash it everyday.

It retails for $3.94 at Walmart

Head & Shoulders Full & Strong Advanced Thickening Treatment

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For those of you with dry scalp that are looking for a way to thicken your hair, give this a try.  Not only does it work to thicken your hair at the root, it also helps with itchy and/or dry scalp.  It’s a two in one!

It retails for $9.93 at Walmart

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray

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This product is great for adding a bit of volume and texture to your hair without weighing it down.  You can spray it on wet or dry hair for subtle beachy waves.  It also smells like the ocean air, which is amazing!

It retails for $5.99 at Ulta

L’Oreal EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Volume Conditioner

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This conditioner is amazing for color-treated hair.  It keeps your hair healthy, which is essential if you dye your hair because of how much damage that does.  It also helps add a bit of volume and smells like rosemary and mint.  This conditioner is also 100% vegan!

It retails for $6.99 at Ulta

Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray

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This hairspray is great in any weather and smells amazing.  It doesn’t have the standard hair spray scent, but actually has a bit of a citrus kick to it.  It also makes your look beautifully shiny and feel extra-soft.  And it has an impressively strong hold!

It retails for $2.96 at Walmart

Can Your Student Loans be Forgiven?

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President Obama included a new repayment program for student loans in his 2016 budget proposal for Congress that will expand the income-based repayment plan put into place last summer.

“Let’s tell another one million students that when they graduate, they will be required to pay only 10 percent of their income on student loans, and all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years- and forgiven after 10 years if they choose a career in public service, because in the United Stated of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college,” said President Obama in his 2010 State of the Union address.

There are 40 million Americans with student loans which adds up to $1.2 trillion in outstanding debt.

Income-based repayment borrowers make payments based on their incomes and can qualify for loan forgiveness. The Education Department plans to make all borrowers eligible for a plan involving “pay as you earn.”

For more information, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher-education/ensuring-that-student-loans-are-affordable.