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Organizing for the Semester in 5 Steps

January 23, 2013

New semester, new beginning.  To start off your spring semester in the right direction, you’ll need to be organized.  Habits can form quickly, so it’s vital to begin the semester with the best habits you can!  You can prevent stress, help your academic performance, and get an overall better peace of mind in college just by be being organized; here are five easy ways how:

1. Get the supplies
Make sure you have all the materials you need for your classes.  Textbooks, notebooks, pens, and folders are the most obvious essentials for your courses.  Taking notes on loose pieces of paper, and shoving handouts in random places will likely cause some trouble when it comes time to look for study materials before a big test.  So get the goods!  Also keep in mind that once you get all your back-to-school gear, you should keep them orderly in your room too.  Keep all your school stuff together so you always know where to look.

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What Will Spring Semester Have In Store For You?

January 21, 2013

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Spring semester is both a fresh start and continuation of fall semester. On the one hand, you’re starting new classes with new people and possibly new friends, but on the other hand you still live in the same dorm building with the same RA and the same people. Winter break is the school year’s intermission and the spring will hold different triumphs and challenges for you depending on your class.

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7 Ways to Branch Out This Semester

January 17, 2013

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One of the best aspects of college life is that in many ways, you get two chances per year to make a new start. Each new semester is a fresh start and an opportunity for you to gain new experiences. Here are several ways you can change up your routine this semester.

1) Join a new club

College is a time for you to try things you’ve never tried before and might not get a chance to try again. Even small schools have plenty of different clubs ranging from community service to entertainment and support groups. A new club is a great way to meet people you never would’ve known otherwise.

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Moving Back for Spring Semester College Packing Tips

January 14, 2013

Packing for College

Moving back in for the spring semester can be a pain.  For some, it’s like moving in all over again as you pack all your household necessities up to relocate back to school.  There is a certain science required for getting back into your dorm or apartment…

Here’s your cheat sheet for getting back into your college habitat:

1. You’re driving back: First and foremost, avoid overpacking.  If you’re driving or taking a plane back to school, pack the most important things (theoretically computer, textbooks, backpack, etc.).  Your folks can always mail you the other things, or if you’re close to home, you can make the short trek back to bring back the other things later in the semester.  If you’re like most and you’re bringing back way more to school than you came home with, then try taking a soccer mom minivan or SUV if you can spare the gas money.

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Moving Off Campus: The Pros and Cons

January 10, 2013
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I got it! Moving box on back.There’s a lot to consider when thinking about moving off campus.  It may not seem like it, but it is actually a pretty big transition.  After all, it brings you a few steps closer to being an adult out in the real world.  But with the responsibilities that come with it, also comes a lot of nice perks.  Not sure if living off campus is right for you?  Then take a look at this list of the pros and cons of moving off campus.

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Broaden your horizons
Moving off campus means getting a ton of new experiences from living in a different area.  If your school is located in a nice downtown area, you’ll probably have to downgrade to a less expensive section of real estate, but that’s really not always a bad thing.  It will give you the opportunity to get familiar with another area and discover all the neat little hole-in-the-wall places that you’d otherwise be oblivious to.  It’s helpful to move around and figure out what environments suite you the best.

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5 Things to Bring Back for Spring Semester

January 9, 2013

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Students all over the globe are preparing to head back to school for their spring semester. This means rounding up all of your clothes, gifts, and belongings that ended up spreading out all over your house on break and hauling the mess back to your dorm or apartment. In all the confusion and disarray, though, there are 5 items you should remember to load in your car at all costs!

1. Climate appropriate clothing. Many regions throughout the country are now entering the doldrums of winter, where it is getting much colder, nastier, and more dreary. If you hadn’t already brought up more cold weather items, you may want to consider doing so. Now is the time for hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, and puffy jackets. However, another thing to think about is the imminent arrival of springtime in many places. Depending on where you live, it could start getting warmer and warmer in a month or two. If you don’t get to go home very often, you may want to think about bringing some warm weather clothing options with you too. You wouldn’t want to be stuck in a parka and furry boots on the first 65 degree day of the year!

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Managing a Long-Distance Relationship During Winter Break

January 7, 2013

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So you got into a relationship at school, and now you’re home for winter break… If you and your significant other attend the same college or university, winter break can mean going from constant contact, to complete separation.  You’re no longer on campus, so you’re no longer sharing the same small location with your partner.  And if winter break is the first time this has happened for you two, it can be a little tough.  However, there are some ways to help you get through it with better peace of mind.  Here are some helpful tips on how to manage a long-distance relationship during college winter break.

Keep in touch
This sounds like a no-brainer, but sometimes it’s easier said than done.  Finding time to communicate between each other’s busy schedules can be tricky, and even trickier if there’s a time difference between the states separating you.  It is really important to stay in contact though.  Going home for winter break can give you time to hang out with family and old friends, and sometimes it feels as if you never even left.  But don’t let yourself become disconnected from your relationship.  Talk on the phone, text, Skype–just make sure that winter break doesn’t cut off communication between the two of you.

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5 Ways to Make Money on Break

January 3, 2013

Shoveling snow.
Final projects have been turned in, grades are being anxiously anticipated, and exam week is over at long last. Now, all the college students will be making their way home to spend a glorious few weeks devoid of anything resembling school work or responsibility. For many, it might begin to fall into the realm of boredom. So, if you find that you’ve got a little – or a lot – of extra time on your hands over break, and could use a bit of extra money (who couldn’t?) try these great ideas for making some quick cash over your winter break.

1. Shovel snow. Manual labor may not be the most exciting thing that anyone’s ever done, but you can’t deny, it’s effective. Around the holidays, people are busy enough without having to worry about the pesky weather getting in their way. So, offer to shovel people’s driveways and sidewalks in your neighborhood. Chances are, they’ll be more than receptive if you charge a fair amount and do a thorough job.

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Choosing Resolutions

December 27, 2012

New Years Eve 2012
It’s the time of year when people pause to commemorate the months that have passed, when Auld Lang Syne is playing everywhere, and when everyone vows to become better people in the next year. We all know about the tried and true tradition of making – and inevitably breaking – our New Year’s resolutions.

However, if you actually want to keep your resolution in 2013, be it for personal sense of accomplishment, bragging rights, or something in between, here are some tips to keep in mind before choosing your resolutions (and consequently splashing them all over Facebook).

Keep it Simple

Don’t come up with a three page long list of tasks for yourself to remember. Chances are, you’re going to break several of them in the first few minutes without even realizing what you’ve done. Choose one or maybe two good, solid resolutions that you intend to keep, and leave the rest to less permanent endeavors.

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7 Ways to Get Your Dorm Ready for Break

December 19, 2012

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As we all know, the fall semester is rapidly coming to a close, and college students all around the country are preparing to bid their tiny dorm rooms goodbye for a few weeks to spend time with their family over the holiday season. In the rush and excitement, you may not give your dorm a second thought, but if you don’t want to come back to an unpleasant mess at the first of the year, you might want to pay attention to these tips.

1. Take care of foodstuffs. Might seem like a no-brainer, right? Well, you’d be surprised. You should either throw out, eat, or take with you anything that could perish over the long break. And if you leave anything behind, like cookies, chips, etc., make sure they’re sealed up nice and tight, otherwise they’ll be hopelessly stale when you come back. If you have a mini fridge, it’s a good idea to remove anything you have in it and defrost it (many colleges require you to do so anyway). All you have to do is unplug it and leave it open for a while, until it’s good and dry, so it won’t mildew while you’re gone.

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