College Life

Fun Things You Can Do If You’re Single This Valentine’s Day

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Being single on Valentine’s Day does not have to be dull.  If you’re bummed about not having a Valentine this year, here are a few ideas to make it a great day anyway!

1. Cook your favorite food.

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Make something that makes you really happy.  Comfort food or a favorite family recipe is always a good choice.  Valentine’s Day can be about loving yourself just as much as any other kind of love, so do something just for you!

2. Invite friends over for a movie marathon.

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Have some of your close single friends over and watch a few movies and eat some good snacks.  Pick movies you all love, ones you all haven’t seen before, or have everyone bring their favorite movie (if there aren’t too many of you) and just chill.  This is fun for everyone!

3. Go shopping.

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Go for some retail therapy.  You can shop alone or with friends, just make sure to get yourself something you really want.  And don’t make this an errands type of shop, treat yourself to something you don’t really need but will make you happy.

4. Throw a themed party.

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You can throw a classic Valentine’s Day themed party or something a bit more creative or specific to your group of friends.  Getting people together for a fun night is always great, but on a holiday it’s even better.

5. Have a board game night.

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A little friendly competition can turn into a great time and board games are great for making that happen.  You can go for classic board games from your childhood or go for some more adult games.  Just go for whatever you think you and your friends will have more fun with and you’re good to go!

6. Get your friends together and bake.

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Bake some Valentine’s themed treats.  Whether that’s heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cupcakes, or frosted brownies, just get everyone involved.  Have everyone decorate his/her treats with whatever toppings you pick up (red or pink icing, heart-shaped sprinkles, candy pieces, etc.) and everyone will love it!

But, most importantly: treat yourself!  Do something that you really enjoy.  Hang out with people who make you happy.  Being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you have to be alone.  Don’t get hung up about not having a significant other.  You can have just as much fun with some good friends and good food!

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!

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.

Holiday Gift Ideas

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The holiday season is upon us and if you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t finished (or even started) your holiday shopping yet. It can be extremely difficult and stressful to think of good gift ideas, so here are a few ideas to help you if you’re stuck!

  1. Cookie Baskets

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 If you have someone on your list that you just can’t figure out what to get or if you’re low on cash, this is something that will please just about anyone. Bake a batch of homemade cookies and put them in a festive basket, box, or bag. You can make whatever kind of cookies you want, so think about what you think they’ll like best and go for it!

  1. Restaurant Gift Cards

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 Pick up a gift card from your sibling’s/friend’s/family member’s favorite restaurant. Sometimes practical is best and getting someone a gift card to a restaurant you know they love and go to a lot guarantees they’ll get good use out of your gift!

  1. Movie Night Kit

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 For this one, you’ll need a DVD (any movie you know they don’t own, but would probably enjoy will work), the receiver’s favorite movie theater candy, popcorn (you can just throw in some packages of un-popped microwave popcorn), and a basket, gift box, or gift bag. Just put it all together and give the gift of a great stay-in movie night!

  1. Travel Essentials Basket

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 Have someone on your list that loves to travel or has a long plane ride coming up? Pick up a neck pillow, some cozy socks, some of their favorite snacks, some hand sanitizer, a package of gum, and anything else that you think will make for an optimal travel experience. Toss it all in a gift basket and you’re good to go!

No Plans? No Problem!

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Internship, travel and plans-less this winter break? Here are some ideas to help you make the most out of your vacation (in a not-binging-Netflix-the-WHOLE-time sort of way!):

Look for summer internships!Or study abroad programs or jobs.
Some applications are just opening up over winter break, so getting a head start on your search now might put you ahead of the game.

Clean up your resume!
This is a project that can take an hour or 4 days. Making your resume stand out (without the pink paper and strawberry scent) can also put you ahead in an internship or job search.

Take a winter class!
Get ahead in your studies and you might be able to graduate early (read: save money).

Get in shape!
If you never have time to hit the gym during the semester, try getting in shape over the break and then trying to stick to your routine when you return to school.

Learn a new skill!
Whether it’s learning to cook, play guitar, ride a bike, computer code, rock climb or speak Spanish, you’ve got free time and skills to learn!

Roadtrip with friends!
Find friends who also have a week or weekend and head someplace new!

And when all else fails?
Binge Netflix!