As many of you know, a few weeks ago, eCampus.com kicked off its first-ever #MyStudyBuddy Facebook Photo Contest which asked people to share a selfie of their furry, scaly, fuzzy or feathery best friend helping them get through remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wow! You guys blew the roof off of this coronavirus quarantine distraction! We can’t tell you how much fun it was to see all your outstanding pet photos. (You should head over to our Facebook page and take a look!) We are happy to announce we had 80 adorable entries!
From dogs to cats, a ferret, bunnies, and a bird, we saw a great cross-section of the animal kingdom represented and we wish we could have picked all of them as winners. One thing is certain – based on the pictures, the number of entries and the popularity of our contest, animals are such an important part of our lives.
And now to show off our five winners ($50 eCampus.com gift card), including our grand prize winner who won a $50 eCampus.com gift card in addition to a $250 Visa gift card…
We appreciate everyone who entered the #MyStudyBuddy Photo Contest. To check out all the entries, jump over to our Facebook page – https://bit.ly/MyStudyBuddy.
Be sure to Like and Follow our page while you’re there – you never know when our next big giveaway is going to be!
Prefer Instagram? Twitter? We hang out there, too! Connect with us for great savings on textbooks and a few laughs along the way.
During these unconventional times, your study group probably looks a lot different. The guy sitting next to you used to have two legs, a beard and glasses; now he has four legs, loves to have his belly rubbed and barks when you ask him a question.
Your other study partner always took great notes and loved to wear her favorite blue cardigan; now she curls up by you on the couch and purrs while you read chapter 10 in your Economics book.
With many students learning from home right now, our furry (feathery, scaly or fuzzy) friends have become our lab partners and study buddies in our new online learning environments.
Whether you own a dog, cat, bunny, bird, snake or some other kind of pet, they’ve been there for you through this time of social distancing, remote learning and the overall unknown. Our “four-legged” friends offer a sense of comfort, warmth, love and normalcy when almost nothing else around us does.
They may not understand why “mommy” and/or “daddy” are home way more than normal, but you can be sure they are living their best life right now. In addition to including them in your daily studies, we wanted to share some of our favorite ideas for passing the time with your pets.
Here are six fun ways to involve your pet in your social distancing experience (and a BONUS at the end you don’t want to miss!)
TOYS!! Make a toy out of an old t-shirt or something else just lying around your house. They can chase or tug on it to chase away some boredom.
Teach them a trick – roll-over, jump, fetch…the sky’s the limit! Check out YouTube and Zak George for an assist.
Make up songs for or about your furry friend. Exercise your creativity and your vocal cords and just have some fun making up songs. You never know, they may just join in and sing along.
Strike a yoga/doga pose. This can be a stressful time for people, but that stress can also rub off on our furry friends. Yoga can help relieve your stress and possibly your pet’s stress, too; have fun together.
Have a pet photoshoot! There’s no better time to make some lasting memories than now.
But wait, there’s more!
How about a FACEBOOKPHOTO CONTEST with $500 in prizes?
eCampus.com wants to celebrate your new study buddies! Enter our Facebook Photo Contest by sharing a selfie with your pet studying from home with the hashtag #MyStudyBuddy. Let’s have some fun together. Here’s how:
eCampus.com Facebook #MyStudyBuddy Photo Contest
Snap a pic of you and your furry friend studying and join us HERE
Include a short caption, tag us (@ecampusdotcom) and hashtag #MyStudyBuddy
Share the post and encourage your friends and family to vote by liking your comment. Voting ends at 11:59 pm ET, May 8, 2020.
The top 5 most liked pics will win $50 eCampus.com gift cards and will be eligible for the Grand Prize of a $250 Visa Gift Card. You can find more information and full contest rules via our Facebook page.
So, now’s the time to get snappin’ and share your pic! We want to see all those cute animals. They bring joy to you during these uncertain times so share the love!
And just in case you’re looking to get rid of those books at the end of the semester, or need new ones, eCampus.com has you covered! We know it’s a weird time, but we’re open and here for you! Sell your textbooks back for cash 24/7 regardless of where you purchased them.
Have other ideas on how to connect with your pets during the COVID-19 quarantine? Share them now on social by tagging us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
If you’re considering bringing a pet to college, you might want to try a goldfish––anything bigger or furrier might turn out to be more trouble than it’s worth. I myself have considered buying a puppy for school, but after a little research and some brief experience in the matter, I came up with quite a few reasons to hold off.
A friend of my roommate had a bunny (named after Hugh Hefner) that she asked us to watch overnight this past year. We thought it would be fun to have company, so we took little Hughie for the night. The poor rabbit didn’t sleep at all. Instead, he made a mess of his cage and thumped nervously on the floor all night, keeping everyone up. Clearly, the little guy didn’t want to be there.
The most important lesson I learned from the furry Mr. Hefner is this: college life is not for a pet. It is simply too busy and too loud for most animals, with the exception of frat boys. You’ll be playing music, doing work, having people in your room, or attending class most of the day. Meanwhile, your pet will be sitting in its crate craving attention that you won’t have time to give. Want to go out of town to visit a friend for the weekend? Good luck finding someone to watch your puppy.
The second problem is going to be money. The “poor college student” is a common stereotype for a reason. Even if your furry new friend is affordable upfront, there are many other expenses associated with raising it: food, vaccinations, accessories and housing, just to name a few. In addition, you might want to take into account all the things that your animal will invariably ruin and that you’ll need to replace.
That brings me to my next point: young animals are destructive, even the sweetest ones. They’re going to chew on your shoes, have accidents on the floor, tear up your furniture and yes, maybe even eat your homework. We’ve lied about it many times in elementary school, but when it actually happens in college, professors won’t care. Room damage and homework destruction are distractions you can’t afford, especially if you live in a dorm or small apartment. And if that’s the case, your roommate will want to kill you anyway.
You do not want to be stuck in the unfortunately common situation of buying a pet and later realizing you can’t care for it properly. So for yours, your roommate’s and your dorm room’s sakes, think twice before getting a pet in college.
In all of my six years in college (be nice I am working on my third degree) I have never lived in a dorm. I never saw the appeal of living in the dorms. I just saw them as small, generally smelly spaces that hundreds of people have slept in prior to me arriving. So I always chose to live off campus.
Sure there were some drawbacks including parking passes and paying rent, but there were also a lot of perks. I have my own space, my own room, and my own bathroom. I had a roommate in my first apartment, but at least I got to choose who they were. I believe that the biggest perk of living off campus was that it taught me how to be responsibile. I had to work to pay my rent and bills, so I quickly learned how to multi-task. This also taught me about the art of money management and budgeting. Trust me, living in Florida and having your electric shut off in the middle of summer will really teach you to pay your bills on time! Here are some of the reasons that I think it is better to live off-campus while in college:
Reason #1 – You are in charge of every aspect of your living situation. If you want to leave dishes in the sink and come home drunk at 3am you can.
Reason #2 – It teaches you economic responsibility. You are in charge of paying rent, bills and all the other expenses.
Reason #3 – You get to have pets (If your landlord allows it).
Reason #4 – If you need to, or choose to, have roommates you are the one selecting them not a college admission counselor.
Reason #5 – You get your own kitchen and bathroom.
Reason #6 – If you have odd living tendencies (like needing to mop your floors three times a day) then you are free to do it without judgment in your own space.
Reason #7 – You are always accountable, again teaching you even more responsibility. It is your job to get up and head to class, there is not a friend down the hall who will bang on your door to make sure you are awake.
Reason #8 – FREEDOM! There is no RA overseeing your behavior and there is no need to sign in or out.
Reason #9 – You learn the reality of how much things cost. Buying dishes, towels, curtains, etc. gets SUPER expensive quickly and it is better to learn that lesson sooner than later.
Reason #10 – You get to have a car that you don’t have to walk a mile to get to.
Can you think of any other benefits of living off campus? Sound off in the comments below!