Why Seek Adventure?


Defining Adventure


The dictionary definition of an adventure is an exciting or dangerous experience. Personally, I consider anything that awakens something inside of me to be an adventure. Whether it’s completing a workout I wasn’t sure I would be able to or seeing a live musician on my bucket list- these adventures make me feel something. Feelings create memories and memories are all we really have as time passes in our lives. We all want to look back on our life and be flooded with memories that made us feel alive. That’s what adventures of all forms and magnitudes can give us.

College: Opportunity for Adventure


It’s never too early or too late to experience life to the fullest extent. But let’s be honest- there are definitely times in our lives where opportunity for adventure presents itself more than others. College is one of those times. Time spent in college is for most, the first time they really had complete freedom.  Your parents are not knocking on your door to wake you up for class nor are they waiting for your to return promptly by your curfew late at night. Hopefully you are also given at least some freedom in what you choose to study and ultimately how you want to spend the rest of your life. If you want to take the long way home from class or work up the nerve to ask someone new if they want to spend time with you, it’s all in your hands.  You spend your time how you want to spend your time. Please, seek adventure! But do remember that college is the time to set yourself up for success in the future. Just don’t forget to truly live.

Make Your College Adventure One for the Books!


eCampus.com wants to help college students experience life to the fullest during the time in college. That’s why we launched the Make Your College Adventure One for the Books! campaign this August. We started it off by giving four lucky college students an adventure package- ranging from a hiking package to a sporting event package during the My College Adventure Giveaway. We don’t want it to stop there. We plan to continue our efforts to encourage college students to try things out of their comfort zone. Connect with eCampus.com on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for announcements of upcoming giveaways!

Gilmore Girls: A TV Series for Young Adults


Relating to Gilmore Girls


One TV series that most aspiring college students can relate to is the series, Gilmore Girls. The series follows Rory, who is a high school student that has to work her way to the top of her class to find success and be accepted into a prestigious preparatory school. Her mother, Lorelai, interconnects with Rory’s struggles in the plot to make her way in life because she is a single mom.

The Challenges of Attending College


Once Rory attends Chilton Preparatory School, the series focuses on her dreams of becoming a Harvard Student. Though she has the potential to succeed, she comes from a broken home where she cannot afford to go to one of the Ivy League schools. Rory’s grandparents become influential in the plot, since they are wealthy and offer to help with the tuition. They make an agreement to help Rory pay her college fees. Loralei and Rory must attend dinner on Friday nights. Rory and Loralei have to try to be as polite and well-mannered as they can, though they are not of the upper class society. The show has some comedic moments in it, as Rory and Lorelei try to make their visits as interesting as possible in upper crust society. There are also issues that arise from their differences, and the series emphasizes this aspect of life.

Finding Success and Happiness in Life


As Rory has to learn how to interact with upper class society, she also has to strive to fit in an elite school with students that are from the most affluent families. Rory works to keep some of her high school friends such as, Lane Kim, who is a precocious character as is Rory. She discusses relationship and fashion issues with Rory as she must abide by strict standards that her family has for her regarding her relationships. As opposed to Lane, Rory is from an unconventional home as her single mom has a complex love life. This is a contrast to her friend, Lane’s, Christian family. Of all Loralei’s complex relationships, her relationship with Luke at the diner is the most predominate one as she frequently goes there to seek friendship, love, and advice for all of life’s problems. Rory also has a complicated relationship with Dean, who is a down-to-earth character that seems to genuinely care about Rory. They date for a while when she also receives advances from Tristan, a rich student that is superficial and is the opposite of Dean. Similar to Rory’s decision to fight off Tristan, Rory also befriends and fights against, Paris Geller, who is another upper class student. She maintains her status through cleverly keeping her enemies close, in order to succeed in school and in life. She learns to find happiness despite the many issues, conflicts, and set-backs that occur in the plot through her witty and distinct sense of self.

Life Lessons to Learn from Rory


Rory teaches students to not only work their hardest in their classes and to discern who your real friends, but she also helps college and high school students learn that they must play it “cool” around those who you know aren’t in your best interest. The popular crowd poses no real threat to the highly intelligent Rory who can quickly and easily verbally fight off her opponents. She helps others use this mentality as they have to overcome the social and emotional issues all students encounter in school. Rory teaches the viewers to challenge all of the philosophical and social aspects of life through her journey as she must work through life’s main problems to continually find out more about who she is as a young woman in the series. The character helps you learn strategies about how to make it through the challenges of young adulthood when you may not know who to befriend and how to tactfully distance yourself from your enemies. Through the series’ emphasis on the differences between the values in Rory’s family, the elite upper class, and Lane’s family, you learn how you must choose your words wisely and find strength through implementing strategies that are appropriate to each situation, in order to deal with society at its best and worst as a young person. You learn through Rory’s characterization to not let anyone take away your own opinions and sense self-worth from you as she tactfully fights her way to the top of the social ladder by attending the socially brutal upper class schools. You can learn to not let others make you feel less than your best through Rory’s ability to handle difficult issues in the most accurate and appropriate ways. By watching Gilmore Girls, you also can learn to that you must find out what your opinions are about the world and what you value most, in order to succeed. The series tells you that life is what you decide make of it as Rory beats the odds and the standards that society has set against her. The series challenges you to work through life’s trials and find your way in life.

Differences When Living Abroad



Whether it be for study abroad, for work experience, or for any other reason at all, moving abroad can be both an extremely stressful and exciting opportunity in life. Once abroad you will find that many things are different and that some things that to you seem small and insignificant could be a big deal in another country. Here are five things you learn when moving abroad.

What Things Are Worth Can Be Different


Things cost different amounts in different countries but the changes can be a lot more drastic than expected, especially if you are moving from a country with high costs like the U.S.A to a country such as Greece where the economy is struggling and prices are relatively low. It is a good idea to check conversion rates and the cost of living in the country that you are moving to in order to figure out how much you will need to spend.

People May Judge You


Although everyone likes to think that they don’t have any predispositions towards other races, everyone has their own stereotypes and views of different cultures and races. It will be different being in a foreign country where people are not the same as you, and you are likely to be seen as different and judged based on where you are from. The liability of foreignness is a concept that says that being foreign is a liability in another country based on cultural views of what it means to be a native.

Other Cultures Aren’t Always as They Seem


As mentioned in the previous point, you may have predispositions towards other races when going abroad. However, it is often nice to see that some of these can be completely wrong and may catch you by surprise. Although some cultural tendencies and stereotypes may come from a true place, it is important to keep an open mind as you never know how people may behave.

Actions that Seem Trivial May Not Be So


Things that may seem small in one country, may have a much greater level of importance in others. In Europe and many other countries, check kissing upon greeting is very normalized. The amount of kisses varies from country to country and even within countries. However, this action within the United States would often be seen as an unwarranted familiarity that is inappropriate.

Things Can Mean Something Completely Different


Signs, phrases, and actions in one country that are deemed appropriate may be completely inappropriate in others. One example of this is gift giving in India. In the United States there are not many real rules to gift giving, but if you hand somebody a gift in India, it can be seen as dirty as that is said to be the hand you use when utilizing the bathroom. The backwards peace sign in the US also means relatively nothing but is a extremely rude gesture in the United Kingdom.

There are a lot of things that might surprise you when living abroad, so do some research on the country and culture to be prepared!

Why Ballet is Great for College Students


Ballet Culture

A great way to take a short break from your studies during the week and learn relaxation techniques, strengthen your muscles, and endurance is by participating in ballet classes. Most ballet studios have classes for adults and college students can participate in the classes. Also, some liberal arts colleges offer introductory ballet courses to their students to earn an extra half a credit or so for physical exercise. Ballet helps you become a more successful individual and achiever in a multiplicity of subjects, since both your mind and body work at once when performing. The soothing classical music also helps your brain to think on a more advanced level while your body is working. Since modern culture does not possess the features of the past, ballet is one way to help you become a more accomplished and educated individual in a modern world. Modern culture is inculcated in technological advancements that do not promote the drive for individual success because the new devices think for us, as opposed to the specificity and quality of art, intellect, and talent shown as the main dynamic in the past culture’s focus on art. You become acquainted with French words, which not only increase your vocabulary, but also you attain a more complex understanding of a foreign culture and language.

Bar Exercises in Class

Participating in ballet class helps your endurance, determination, and focus as you have to perform intricate moves and steps and piece them together. Class begins with exercises at the bar. During this time you complete a round of plies in various positions, rond de jambs, and arabesques. There are usually other bar stretching exercises to help you become limber before performing the main routines. At this time, you are warming up to complete more rigorous moves. You must keep your head raised and slightly tilted, your shoulders aligned, your back straight, hold your arms throughout the exercises slightly bent, your toes pointed at the correct angle, your legs turned out, and your fingers slightly separated and curved while doing the bar exercises. It is especially important to do this when beginning the bar exercises because you must start the lesson with technique. You are required to think about this technique all at once while executing the precision of the exercise, which helps you to learn to multitask. Multitasking is often required to succeed in college- so you’re training yourself.

Floor Exercises in Class

After warming up at the bar, there are floor exercises. The dance instructor begins to work through routines beginning with less strenuous ones that progress into more complex performances by the end of the class. You have to learn to transition from the bar to the floor and keep your balance by tightening up and thinking even more about the technique at the bar. Usually the instructor starts with a series of simpler exercises such as pot de bourrees, piques, glissades, and pas de chats that lead into more complicated jumps and turns. These exercises teach you how to progressively think in more complex terms, and such thinking is necessary to succeed in most areas of life.

Final Performance in Class


By the end of the class, you learn to put the ballet routines together in a more complex sequence and perform them. Each class is more of a new learning experience than others because each class has new and varied combinations to learn, which makes the art of ballet more intriguing than other forms of athletics. You have to constantly be thinking as you are on your toes when you take ballet to improve your technique, which makes it a worthwhile challenge.

To sum it up, ballet can be an extremely rewarding hobby for a college student. You will increase your vocabulary, learn to multitask and train yourself to think quicker and more complexly. Go ahead, give it a twirl. Find a dance studio near you.

Comment below with your thoughts and experiences of ballet.

Basic Studying Tips Reinvented


Everyone knows the basic studying tips: note cards, reading and notes. These are cookie-cutter study tips everyone knows, but they don’t always work for everyone. These tips below are variations on the basic tips and allow you to make studying fit your personality! If you make your studying habits your own, this allows you to learn and understand the material, instead of just memorizing it.

Note Cards



The basic version is to write a word on one side and the textbook definition on the other. Instead, try reading as much as you can stand about the topic: read the chapter, an article, etc. Once you feel like you’ve got a grasp on the topic, that’s when you write your note cards out. Write the note cards in your own words and in whatever style fits you better: lists, prose, shorthand, anything.

Why it Works: If you understand a topic before you write about it, or take notes on it, the notes then become a review-not a lesson.



Reading the textbook is a necessity to taking most classes. Studies have shown that just reading the textbook and rereading it until you know it is one of the least effective ways to learn material. So, this tip is for anyone who doesn’t like notes or note cards, and just reads the material. Read something other than the standard textbook. Read the material in the book for the class and then find another source-be that another book, an article, a documentary, or YouTube video about the topic- and study that one too. Sometimes reading the same book written in the same voice causes people to zone out while studying. Don’t zone!

Why it Works: Supplementing your reading with other sources will give you a better idea of the material and be more familiar with it.



Notes can be basic: you write down things you think are important as you read. This works for some people, but for others its just going through a motion. Instead try a similar tactic to the note card strategy: read in its entirety and then take notes. Write the notes in your own words, and write them as if you’re explaining it to someone else.

Why it Works: When you’re going back through and reviewing the notes, you’ll be able to easily understand them and follow the material without having to crack the book open again.

These are variations on studying tips I’ve found to work for me.Understanding the material is the best way to remember it. Good luck hitting the books!

Comment below if they helped or if you’ve found variations of your own.