5 Healthy Meals for the College Student!

They say you are what you eat, so while you’re enjoying your summer, get healthy! Thanks to ZocDoc now you have 5 easy, cheap, healthy meal ideas, so you can stop making excuses. Each recipe can be made in your dorm room, too – all you need  is a fridge for your supplies and a microwave. Not too shabby.

Happy eating!

5 Healthy Meals for the College Student – An infographic by the team at ZocDoc

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25 Things I Learned My Freshman Year of College

25 Things I Learned Freshman Year of College

Coming back home from my first year of college meant hearing the dreaded question, “How was your first year?”  repeatedly. You can try to find creative ways to respond, but there’s only so many times you can say the same thing. So I thought there would be no better way to answer this question than in a list. And no, there aren’t any gifs, this isn’t Buzzfeed.

  1. Asking ”Is there anything good?” every day doesn’t make dining hall food any less tasteless. That’s why there’s pizza and Chinese takeout.
  2. Any “ethnic food” attempted will leave you disappointed and wondering if there’s any seasoning.
  3. Coming from a city means dealing with people  who claim they know everything about it. Your visit to the Statue of Liberty and Times Square doesn’t make you a New Yorker. Just stop. Continue reading…

Job Searching After Graduation: 5 Tips

5 Tips for Job Searching After Graduation

Looking for a job after graduating from college can be pretty stressful. With so many different directions you could take, it can be hard to know where to start. Read these five tips to help start off your job search right:

1. Don’t disregard internships
While a lot of internships cater to current college students, a lot of them are also open to recent grads. So if you thought internship opportunities were over now that you’re out of college, think again! Internships available to college graduates can be full time and paid! Interning after college can give you a great taste of what a certain job would be like, and give you the flexibility to look for a position elsewhere while still earning money. Or if you’re an exceptional intern and the timing is right, your internship could even end with you getting hired as a permanent employee.

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INFOGRAPHIC – How to Store Your College Stuff Over the Summer

If you haven’t moved already, or are about to and don’t know where to start – we’ve got you covered! Moving out of the dorms or out of your off-campus apartment can be daunting after acquiring stuff all throughout the school year and having miles to go before you make it back home for the summer. With 29.5% of students traveling over 100 miles to school and 16.9% traveling over 500 miles, summertime storage is a big concern for students. How should you go about finding a place for your stuff and keeping it safe all summer long? The folks at Next Door Self Storage have provided this handy infographic to help students understand their needs and offers some helpful solutions.

Best of luck with your move!

Storage Solutions for College Students

Saying Goodbye to Friends After College Graduation

Staying in Touch With Friends After Graduation: 3 Tips!

While the prospect of graduating is exciting, saying goodbye to your friends definitely is not. Odds are you’ve bonded with a few or several people over the years at school, and once that common ground of college is taken away, a lot of people will be headed in different directions. You might be lucky enough that you and your best friends are staying in the same area after graduation, but for many, this won’t be the case. Saying goodbye is never easy, especially during such a time of transition, so here are a few tips to help get you through it.

Have another hurrah
I’m not saying “last hurrah” here, because you shouldn’t be thinking of it as a “last” anything! True friendships will extend beyond college. If you want the friendship to continue, you can make it happen, and can then rest assured that you’ll spend time together in the future. But for now, have an awesome celebration with your college friends. After finals, round everyone up and have a day or weekend of fun together. Is there anything in the area you always wanted to check out, but never did? Make a trip out of it! Or visit your favorite haunts from the past few years, and reminisce about your days as bewildered freshmen. Before you go your separate ways after graduation, just be sure to have some sort of special time with all your friends, since it might be a while until you all can get together again.

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Wrapping Up Classes Before Graduation: 5 Tips to Help You Now and Later

5 Tips to Help Wrap Up the Semester Before Graduation

It’s the last semester of your undergrad career; congratulations! Soon you’ll be free of homework, essays, required readings, and tests. But not so fast. You may be painfully close to that finish line, but you haven’t crossed it yet, and it’s important to end your college career strong. So as you’re wrapping up your classes this semester, be sure to follow these tips:

1.  Tie Up Loose Ends
You might be wrapped up with finals and term papers at the moment, but don’t forget about anything that’s been lingering on your to-do list for a while. If you’re unsure about your grade for a particular class, ask what your current standing is. If you know you haven’t done well, try bargaining for some extra credit assignments, or see if you can get any points for turning in missing assignments late. Do what you can to get your workload and assignments squared away for your classes. Your grades can only improve, and you’ll be glad about that later!

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Writing a Letter of Interest: 5 Things to Know

How to Write a Letter of Interest

There’s a basic formula for writing cover letters when applying for jobs, but letters of interest are a bit different. A letter of interest is something you send to a potential employer to introduce yourself, provide your qualifications, and express an overall desire to work in the company. Maybe the company of your dreams is located right in your city, and you’d be happy working any position as long as it’s under their roof. When there are no job postings or hiring announcements, writing a letter of interest might be able to help. But how should you go about writing it? Here are tips to help you get started:

1. Make it personal
Since letters of interest are unsolicited, you need to make sure yours is strong and comes off as completely genuine. Don’t send out a generic letter of interest to 10 different companies; make sure to mentioned specific details about the company’s philosophy and mission statement. Explain why you’re attracted to this company, and why you think you would be a perfect fit to work there.  Continue reading…

Tax Returns- Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Tax Season - Protect Yourself from ID Theft

The IRS reports that identity theft is among the fastest growing crimes in the country. Between 2011 and 2012, they more than doubled their number of employees dedicated to identity theft cases. Considering how much is done online today—from registering for events to buying just about anything, it’s not too hard to believe. You’ve probably entered your bank account, social security, and credit card numbers online plenty of times and not thought much of it. However, given the serious threat of identity theft, it’s important to be very careful when and where you use your personal information online. Tax season, which runs from January 1st to April 15th, is a particularly risky time for identity theft. With everyone filing their tax returns, documents like W-2 forms and bank statements are being submitted online and mailed out like clockwork. That’s a lot of important financial information circulating at one time. Identity thieves know this, and want to work it to their advantage. So what can you do to keep your information safe as a college student?

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A Guide to Cramming for Midterms

Your Guide to Cramming for Midterms

For most college students, midterms are looming closer and closer, that one last roadblock before the relief that is spring break. And while some of your peers may have gotten the jump on studying for exams, there are plenty others that let things get the better of them.

Fear not, procrastinators, for we have the ultimate guide for cramming for your midterm exams! Continue reading…