college life

How to Transition into Spring!

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Now that it is finally spring, its time to transition from the cold and gloomy winter into the warm and sunny spring time. Here are some ways you can change into the new season.

Time to Spring Clean!

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Things you can do to spring clean can include getting rid of old clothes that you no longer wear anymore and donating them, throwing away assignments from previous class that you don’t need anymore, and organizing all your schoolwork.

Exercise Outdoors!

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Now that the weather is warming up, you can now transition your exercises from inside at the gym to the beautiful outdoors. Enjoy the sunshine while its there!

 Spring Wardrobe!

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Shed your heavy winter coats and boots and update your wardrobe into lighter and more colorful clothes. Since the weather is getting warmer, it is suggested to wear clothes that have fabric that breathes well.

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!

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.

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!

Considering Your Future Through Each Stage of College

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Freshman Year:

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 This is your time to explore. Take a variety of general education classes and see if you discover a subject you never thought you’d have an interest in. Your freshman year is a great time to expand your horizons. It’s better to figure out what you really want to do sooner rather than later, so you have enough time to graduate on time if you make any changes to your plans. Sure, you might be coming in to college knowing what you want to do, but you never know. You could take a gen. ed. at the end of your junior year and realize your passions might lie elsewhere. Take advantage of the variety of courses available to you to make sure you know all of your options before you commit to anything.

Sophomore Year:

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Continue exploring, but start narrowing it down. You’re usually expected to declare your major by the end of this year, so you should start to seriously consider your passions so you feel more comfortable committing to a particular field of study and/or career path by the end of your Sophomore spring semester. Figure out if you want to take on a double major or perhaps some minors and certificates. Do your research to see what the requirements are to make sure you have enough time to complete them so you can plan accordingly. Talk to your advisor throughout this process, he/she can be very helpful. This is also a good time to start thinking about the campus organizations that can be useful for your future career once you start to figure out what you want.

Junior Year:

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You might be able to get away with waiting until the middle of this year to officially declare your major, but you should be paying close attention to the requirements of the major or majors you are considering. If you want to be able to graduate on time, this is crucial. This is a good time to start applying for internships if you haven’t already. Internships have basically become a necessity for college students hoping to get full time jobs after graduation. You should also be figuring out what your options are for after you graduate: Grad School? Medical School? Law School? Straight into your career? Take a year off to travel? Get a job teaching English abroad? You should look into all the options you’re interested in so you know what you have to do to make it happen. Look at the application process for different programs and/or jobs. Do all the research you can and there will be fewer surprises. You’ll be much more relaxed if you’re prepared.

Senior Year:

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At this point, you should be pretty clear about your plan. There’s still some time to make decisions about your post-graduation plans, but don’t put things off for too long or you run the risk of delaying your progress. There are deadlines for a lot of your options and you don’t want to miss them or you might have to wait a year. Make sure you’re keeping up with your current academic requirements so keep in touch with your advisor so you stay on track. Make sure you do everything you need to do for graduation so it will be less stressful. Graduation can be an emotional time so minimizing your stress will make the whole process less overwhelming.