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.

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 Avoid the Flu This Winter

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Now that we’re in the thick of winter and storms are taking over the North East Coast, you may be feeling the wrath of Flu and Cold Season.  If not, you may be worried about what may be coming for you.  For those of you who are hoping to continue avoiding those pesky winter illnesses, here are some important steps you can take to strengthen your best defense: your immune system!

1. Bundle up whenever you go outside.

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Dressing properly for the cold weather is one of the best things you can do for your immune system.  While it may not completely prevent a cold or the flu, it will make it worse if you are starting to feel any symptoms, so it’s really important for you to dress for the cold.  Always wear your coat buttoned or zipped up and don’t forget to break out the hat, scarf, and gloves.

2.  Drink a lot of tea.

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All hot beverages warm you up on cold days, but tea has a lot great health benefits.  Black tea is great for your immune system and green tea has loads of antioxidants, so stock up tea and drink a cup or two a day!

3. Practice healthy eating habits.

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Eating right always makes you feel right and that is especially true when loads of people around you are getting sick.  The healthier you eat, the better your overall health will be when you’re surrounded by cold and flu germs.

4. Stay hydrated!

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One of the best things you can do for your overall health and wellness is to drink a lot of water.  Add some fruit slices for a more flavorful way of staying hydrated.   Staying hydrating will do wonders for your skin as well as your immune system so it’s a win-win!

5. Make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C.

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Vitamin C is great for protecting you from the common cold and the flu so make sure to get your recommended daily amount (75-90 mg).  Orange juice is a great source of Vitamin C.

6. Wash your hands regularly.

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During cold and flu season, one of the easiest ways to catch something is second-hand contact.  Whether it’s walking into class, into a bathroom stall, or walking through the hall of your dorm room, you’re touching a lot of doorknobs and common areas.  Washing your hands regularly will help eliminate some of those germs.