Getting Ready For Winter

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Assuming you are no Elsa, the cold probably bothers you. Being prepared for winter will let you stay focused on school work and building a snowman rather than how freezing cold it is outside. Here are a few tips to stay warm this winter:

1. Make sure you’ve got the gear.

Gloves, cozy socks, scarf, hat, big winter coat, long johns or leggings, and boots are all necessities this time of year.

2. Get a flu shot.

Staying healthy is important, check out your local pharmacy for possibility of free flu shots.

3. Keep lotion, tissues and tea in your dorm room.

Getting small packs of tissues for your backpack is a good idea also. Nothing’s worse than sitting in a midterm with a runny nose and no tissue.

4. Find out snow day information.

Whether it’s by following the school president on Twitter or by signing up for texting alerts, you don’t want to show up to class on a snow day!

5. Avoid fire hazards.

Don’t cover up your dorm heater and if something goes wrong, call 911. If you have other fire safety questions, contact your RA.

An Easy and Filling, Vegetable Soup Recipe!

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soup1Now that we are headed into the colder months, you may find yourself craving a nice, hot bowl of soup. If you have access to a kitchen, I have a great and easy recipe for you! This recipe is delicious and actually really filling. It is super easy to make and does not require too much preparation. This soup will warm you up on a cold day and you’ll probably have leftovers for a few days!

What You’ll Need:

-1 carton/32 ounces of vegetable broth

-1/2-3/4 cup of cut and peeled carrots, chopped

-4 stalks of celery, chopped

-3/4 cup of cabbage, chopped

-1/2 cup diced tomatoes

-Salt and pepper to taste

 Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine all of your ingredients into a medium-large sized pot and stir.
  1. Cook over medium heat and cover for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  1. Uncover and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Once you taste it, decide if you want to add more salt or pepper until you get it to your liking.
  1. Serve yourself (and some friends) a bowl and either keep leftovers simmering on low heat for seconds or pour into Tupperware to store in your fridge or freezer for more long lasting preservation!

*You can also add noodles, rice, or orzo to this recipe if you’d like. Or if you’re feeling in the mood, you can even add some matzo balls!

Now pour yourself some soup, grab a blanket, and curl up in front of your TV for a warm, relaxing night in!

The Thing No One Likes to Talk About

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We’ve all been there – your award letter comes and maybe it’s not quite as much as you’d hoped it would be. And the loan portion isn’t quite as little as you’d hoped it would be. But you take out the loan anyway because how else are you supposed to pay for school? We’re 18-22 year olds mostly, and I don’t know about you, but I certainly haven’t got $30,000 lying around for free spending. College costs continue to rise and with the rising cost comes a rising amount of average debt per student per year.

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 In addition to a higher amount of debt being taken on by students, a larger number of students have to resort to taking out loans as well.

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 Another thing to keep in mind while borrowing for undergrad, is how you are planning to pay for grad school should you choose that route. According to the Wall Street Journal, “About 15% of graduate and professional school students graduate with six-figure student loan debt compared with only 0.3% of undergraduate students”. Be aware of potential salary increases that can come from an advanced degree in comparison with the additional debt and decide for yourself if it is appropriate for your goals.

 Student loan debt is not all bad though. With proper planning and budgeting, you can keep your student loan debt under control. Still, college students need to be aware of how much they are borrowing and make sure it is the smallest amount possible to get through school. Supplement the borrowed amounts with jobs and scholarships as much as possible. It’s not always enough to cover everything, but every little bit counts especially once interest starts adding up on an unnecessary loan.

Fall Fashion For Fellas – The Tweed Blazer

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fashion1.tifThere was always something about your British Literature professor that you found… debonair. The female students in class would swoon about his accent as he was a true Brit. While other professor’s offices were drab and devoid of personality, his featured personal artifacts from his many travels and had the scent of leather bound books and whiskey. The thing that particularly caught your attention was the odd looking blazer he’d wear as he taught about Kipling and Austen. It’s not that you were new to jackets; you certainly got good use of the navy blazer your dad bought you for the end of the year team dinner, as well as the seersucker you wore to Oaks. This jacket however, was something more; informal yet sophisticated. You discovered this soft, brown, herringbone patterned coat was a material called tweed. On some days your professor would dress it up by pairing it with slacks and a knit tie. Other days, he’d exploit the jacket’s relaxed side with jeans, an oxford and a sharp pair of brogues. Once you got your own, you’d follow some of your professor’s worldly cues but would also add a touch of youth to your ensembles. You received several looks when you donned it with your lacrosse hoodie. The girls on Greek row whispered and smiled in your direction the day you wore it over a striped rugby. You got labeled “philosophical” when you added a crew neck (with an oxford collar peeking out the top) and pocket square to the mix. Now, as you sit on the steps of the library with a book of poetry under your arm you have no intention of reading, you’re considering taking up a tobacco pipe.

5 Strategies to Keep Your Dorm Room Clean!

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Keeping your room clean will help you stay focused. It will also help you be more organized and keep your brain from feeling cluttered.

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1. Make your bed in the morning- it takes 2 minutes and makes your room look a lot neater!

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2. Fold your laundry right away! Making sure you have time to fold and put away your laundry once its done is important for making sure your room isn’t filling up with dirty laundry and your dresser isn’t exploding.

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3. Take out your trash once a week- or as soon as it gets full, whichever comes first. This will not only keep your room neat, but nice smelling too!

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4. Do your dishes immediately after you’re done eating in the dorm. Then put them away. This will also keep your dorm from smelling. (In this vein, also clean out your fridge once a week.)

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5. IF you need motivation- Invite members of the opposite gender to come hang out. Nothing will motivate you to make sure your room is neat than a guy/girl coming over!

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