Monthly Archives: October 2011

Only a few more days to enter BookRenter’s Halloween Sweeps

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Ready for that scary fun time of year? Make sure you don’t get left in the cold! Enter BooookRenter’s big Halloween Party Sweeps for your chance to win a $500 Visa gift card grand prize to throw a monster bash for you and your friends, or win one of five $50 HalloweenMart gift cards to get a costume to die for.

The sweeps dies at midnight Oct. 23rd so enter now and ghoul luck!


But wait, BoookRenter has even more spooktacular fun up its sleeve! Take the “How Do You Ghoul?” quiz every day and find out which character fits your personality best.

Scary easy to play:

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3 Great Ways to Meet New People

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…And make new friends while you’re at it.

by Guest Blogger Serena Piper

Part of life is meeting new people. We encounter new people every day: in the workplace, at school, and through our friends. It can be scary at times, but being able to be yourself around strangers can lead to wonderful friendships and career opportunities. The more you practice, the easier it gets. We all know the tried and true methods of finding friends in college (study buddies, on campus parties), but here are three new approaches to finding and making friends:

by Hans Mestrum

1. Be open and accepting of other cultures, religions, and backgrounds.

Part of the comfort you find in your friends is that they’re familiar, and you have a ton in common and shared experiences. But if you learn to look outside your comfort zone, there are new and interesting people all around you. Stop by your campus international club after class one afternoon. I’m sure there are at least a few international students hoping to make a new friend in the States, and hey, you’ll learn something new about a different country in the process. Expand your borders!

by Jeffrey Kontur

2. Get off your cell phone!

I love texting just as much as the next person, but I can’t tell you how many times a day I look around campus and see people with a phone in their hand like it’s an extension of their arm. Don’t let technology replace face-to-face conversations! The next time you are leaving class, resist the urge to whip out your cell and check for new text messages. Instead, smile and make eye contact with the people around you. Body language affects how we’re perceived by others. Having your hands free shows others that you’re approachable.

3. Volunteer somewhere off campus.

Many students find themselves stuck on campus and need a break. Find an animal shelter or mentor youth in your city. Organizations are always looking for volunteers and you might be able to rack up college credit while helping out worthy causes. Also, volunteering at an organization you like is a great way to meet others interested in the same things as you.

When it comes to making new friends, don’t underestimate the power of making conversation with some random person at the bus stop. One of my good friends and I met while we were both waiting for the bus one morning. I made a simple comment about how the bus is never on time and that was enough to get us laughing about other things. People love talking about themselves, so take advantage of that. Ask them what their major is or about the tattoo on their arm.

Try a couple of these techniques and you’ll never again find yourself short of a new friend.

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How to Avoid the Freshman 15 (And More!)

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Set a goal, challenge yourself, and stay motivated.

by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw

When I started college last year, I was beyond certain that the dreaded “Freshman Fifteen” I’d heard so much about was a myth. “That won’t happen to me,” I reasoned. “I’ve always been skinny.”

Fast forward to the next month. After several weeks of all-you-can-eat dorm food, making poor life choices with my liver every weekend, and definitely not running every day like I did in high school, my jeans had definitely gotten considerably tighter. Occasionally I’d hop on the treadmill, but the weather was getting colder and staying in bed watching The Office always looked more attractive. Besides, weren’t sweatpants invented for Pumpkin Spice Latte-fueled waistline expansion?

by Perfecto Insecto

Once I started wearing sweatpants more often than jeans to class, though, my inner fashionista was horrified. It was time to make all of my jeans fit comfortably again.

The first thing I did was see if there was any possible way I could get in shape while avoiding the gym. There’s only so many times you can do the treadmill-abs-dumbells routine. So my friend and I signed up for the most tortuous thing we could think of: cycling class. Now, getting into shape was turning into a challenge, and if it’s one thing I love, it’s a goal that takes some work to complete.

And some work it did take. I made a new running playlist, I bought a new running jacket so I could run without my limbs freezing off, and I even made my friends go to the gym with me so I’d have company. I stopped thinking about working out as something I had to do, but rather something that was rewarding and – dare I say it? – fun.

by Greg Westfall

Once I had gotten back into shape, I started going with my sister to this gym she was absolutely crazy about. This new phenomenon, Crossfit, uses intense bursts of cardio and strength training to create workouts filled with pushups, rope climbs, box jumps and pullups that last about an hour and will make you sore for the next two weeks. Needless to say, I was hooked.

Finally, I tweaked my diet. I cut back on all of my wintery comfort foods and starting choosing healthy snacks like fruit and granola instead of cupcakes. It was a rough switch, but not only did I look better, I felt better, and that’s what truly matters.

The one thing that kept me going through all of this was the fact that I set a goal to get in shape, and finally feeling healthy again made all of the rainy runs and sweaty cycling classes worth it. Not to mention the satisfaction of fitting into all of my favorite jeans again…and then a new pair as a reward!

So there you have it: my wintery saga of how I managed to stay in shape despite Pumpkin Spice Lattes, eggnog concoctions, and frostbitten Oregon weather. You can do it too! Tell us: how do you stay in shape as the months grow colder?

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