Monthly Archives: September 2011

Congratulations, Genesis Morales!

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Congratulations to Genesis Morales from Rhode Island College! She has won the third BookRenter Funnies prize: a brand new digital camera ($200 value)!

Thank you to everyone for participating and entering. Keep trying every Monday and Wednesday until September 16th. We still have four more prizes to give away!

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This week’s prizes are an Xbox Kinect and more $10 Starbucks gift cards. You know you want to enter, so submit today for your last chances!

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Acing the First Day of School

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Say goodbye to those first day jitters

by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw

The first day of school is one of the best days of the entire school year. You get to catch up with friends, and most of the actual school part is just going over the syllabus.

However, this day carries a lot of responsibility along with its festivities. It’s the day for you to make a great first impression on potential new friends and even teachers. So how do you prepare for this day of total and complete judgment from everyone you meet? No pressure…

Between enjoying the last of summer and getting your beauty sleep, check online to see if any of your professors have posted a syllabus yet. It’s always a good idea to read over them ahead of time to get a general idea of what the class is going to be like, or to see if you have any assignments or need special materials on the first day of class. Once you have your reading list, get shopping! The week classes start, the bookstores will be overflowing with stressed-out students scrambling to get their book shopping done at the last minute. Don’t be one of them – shop and rent your textbooks ASAP!

by MyTudut

Now that you’ve read your syllabus and rented your books, it’s time to buy the basic school supplies like pencils, pens, and notebooks. Pack these in your bag the night before to avoid them being forgotten in the morning. One time, I was so worried about what I was going to wear that I completely spaced bringing any form of writing utensil to class–which wouldn’t have been so bad, except it was to a writing class. Oops.

Once you actually make it to class, sit by people that look friendly and strike up a conversation before class begins (because you’re early like a good student, right?!). Even if you’re not nearly caffeinated enough to deal with being back at school again, just fake your confidence until it’s real. Smile lots, act like you’re everybody’s best friend, and be a model student who totallllly didn’t forget to do the summer reading. And don’t forget to raise your hand at least once, especially in huge lecture hall classes, so you’ll be more memorable and stick out a little from the masses.

Last of all, remember that it’s only the first day, and while first impressions are important, they’re not permanent. You’ll have the rest of the semester to hit it off with your new classmates, so just relax and enjoy being back at school.

Good luck on your first day!

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College Cooking On the Dime

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Keep it cheap and easy with these mouthwatering dishes for a college student’s budget

by Guest Blogger Tiana Bouma

College is all about the cheap and easy. We students are usually on the hunt for better bargains at bars, easier classes, and quicker meals to cook. With the right recipes and some kitchen savvy, you can eat great even on a student’s budget. Here are some easy, cheap, and especially delicious recipes perfect for the student saver. They will make your taste buds jump for joy and save your wallet a few dollars along the way.

Breakfast Burritos

For a quick grab-and-go breakfast, you can make your own breakfast burritos and freeze them the night before. You will need:

by Dennis Amith

12 flour tortillas
6 eggs, scrambled
6 potatoes, diced and fried
grated cheese
cooked and diced bacon or sausage (optional)
salsa (optional)

  • Scramble the eggs and fry the potatoes in a pan until they are golden brown.
  • Soften the tortillas,  and cook or fry up the bacon or sausage.
  • Lay out the tortillas and add the filling ingredients after mixing them together. Roll up, tucking the ends in first, and freeze the extras.

Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry Ramen

Using a staple food in every college student’s kitchen, make this extremely affordable dish a tad healthier with meat and tastier with flavoring that isn’t artificial.

1 package beef or spicy beef ramen noodles
2 cups water
1 lb. beef steak strips
2 tspn. oil
2 cups broccoli, cut up
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1/8 tspn. crushed red pepper (optional)

  • Cook noodles according to package directions and drain.
  • In skillet, cook brown beef and drain. Add oil, half of the seasoning packet, broccoli and onions.
  • Stir fry for five minutes. Add soy sauce and red pepper. Simmer for five more minutes. Serve over noodles, and slurp up!

Roasted Asparagus

by Elana's Pantry

Asparagus starts appearing in grocery stores around early spring, so stock up when you can! Roast this wonderful vegetable into a crisp, sweet delight.

1 lb. asparagus
2 tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp. salt

  • Clean asparagus and take each stalk in your hands. Bend the stalk and the asparagus will naturally snap at the point where it becomes tough.
  • Place the tips on a heavy baking pan and toss with the olive oil.
  • Roast at 425 degrees F for 5-10 minutes until the asparagus is tender and begins to brown.

Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge

Not into baking? Don’t be afraid! This four-step recipe only requires two ingredients.

1 (16 ounce) can vanilla frosting
1 (18 ounce) jar peanut butter

  • Empty an entire jar of peanut butter into a mixing bowl.
  • Heat vanilla frosting in its container (remember to take off the foil lining first) in the microwave for about 60 seconds or until completely melted.
  • Pour the melted frosting in the bowl with the peanut butter and mix well.
  • Quickly pour the mixture into a 9×13 pan, allow the fudge to set, cut into small squares and enjoy!

I hope these recipes will inspire you to think outside of your budget and get your stove fired up for more delicious dishes to come! What do you like to whip up in your kitchen?

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Realizing My Bucket List

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Visit all seven continents and see the Northern Lights: It could happen! What’s on your Bucket List?

By Guest Blogger Rachel Freeman I SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY Undergrad degree – cum laude – in communications. Currently pursuing a master’s in broadcast and electronic communication arts. Not-so-secret passion: Baseball (go, San Francisco Giants!).

Of all of the amazing things I had the opportunity to do this summer, one item stuck out the most. I crossed off #50 from my bucket list: attend a baseball game at the legendary Fenway Park.

Not only did I get to see the Boston Red Sox in person, but I also caught a ball!

I’ve had a bucket list for the past three years, and whenever I accomplish something on the list, I note when I did it. I’ll carry those memories with me for the rest of my life.

Making a bucket list is a fun way to figure out what you want to do before you “kick the bucket” or the fun activities and goals you’d like to achieve in life. They also help you track everything you’ve done!

If you’re just starting your freshman year or have a few terms left, you still have time to make a college-specific bucket list. Always wanted to go to the taco truck on the other side of town? Add it to a bucket list. Never been to one of your school’s football games but always wanted to? There’s another. Get out of the dorms, and make the most of your time on campus. Don’t regret a second!

Here are the top six things I have yet to accomplish on my bucket list:

1. Voice a character in an animated film.

2. Be a world record holder for something.

3. Learn to say hello in 50 languages.

4. Step foot on all seven continents.

5. Trace my ancestry.

6. See the Northern Lights.

That’s only a small part of my list. Tell us: what’s on your bucket list?

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BookRenter Funnies: Free Coffee for All!

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Congratulations to our second round of BookRenter Funnies winners! We’re sending 20 lucky fans $10 Starbucks gift cards. Let’s hope they can stay awake in class for a little longer than normal!

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Thank you to everyone who told us what they put in their coffee, left hilarious comments, and entered the giveaway! Keep coming back every Monday and Wednesday for the newest study break.

This week’s allows you to flex your creativity and win a digital camera of your choice ($200 value). Submit your funny caption today!

And here are the winners:

Melissa Brown

Sarah Bunker

Geraldine Coello

Margaret DeNovellis

Jessica Dent

Shanine Evangelis

Angelique Gonzalez

Cristie Hipsman

Jason Jacob

Amy Natishin

Kayla Norris

Mariah Ragan

Kelly Riedy

Leanne Rodriguez

Jeannine Scavo

Leah Schklar

Summer Sunday

Karissa Tatom

Krystle Wheeler

Alejandra Yaya

Congratulations, everyone!

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