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Can You Find True Love in College?

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By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

I didn’t realize I had so much experience dating until recently, when I was talking to my grandmother about the boys in my life. She married when she was 21 and had kids right after so she was never really able to “date around,” as is the norm today. She helped me realize an important life lesson in the aftermath of a series of unfortunate flings with boys: I don’t have to be in a relationship just because everyone else is.

Whoever said school is a place for learning wasn’t entirely wrong, but they neglected to mention that when you have some eye candy in that chemistry class, you’re much more motivated to show up every day. Should college be your go-to locale for flirting or could it really be the place to find your love?

David Coleman says college is just a “four-year experiment.” Coleman is a real life Hitch (think Will Smith movie) and has made it his career to travel to hundreds of universities giving dating advice to students. He says college is “too artificial a situation to have a relationship.” Could he be right?

David Coleman, a real-life "Hitch" -- by Oregon Commentator

“You’re going to throw a bunch of 18- to 22-year-olds into a place where they can hang 24-7, 365, with no parents around, have all that freedom, all that alcohol, and access to each others’ heart, mind, body and soul … when really they’re going to graduate, they have no idea what they’re going to do, or even where they’re going to move or go to school,” Coleman says.

Coleman makes a good point. It’s no wonder there are so many negative dating experiences in college. The bottom line is there is so much pressure from society to have a relationship that when it’s over, it feels like the end of the world. A lot of my friends (and I know I’ve done this too) have put so much of themselves into a relationship thinking that their boyfriend or girlfriend is “the one,” only to have it not work out. They’re left alone and feeling hopeless. With this kind of pattern, college students are especially vulnerable to setting themselves up for disappointment.

It’s hard for me to remember that there’s nothing wrong with me if I’m not in a relationship or constantly looking for one. It is incredibly fun flirting and having the possibility of a relationship present itself, but it’s also refreshing not having the distraction.

If you’re in the midst of pursuing a relationship, try not to take it too seriously at first. Ease into it and embrace the simplicity of not rushing. The best “dates” I’ve been on with a guy were ones where we did a lot of talking. Who says that you have to do dinner and a movie the first time you two hang out? Try going for a walk in the park at midnight; you’ll have the swings all to yourselves. Go for a drink and play some pool. Let him teach you how to sink your ball into that corner pocket (even if you already know how).

Remember that it’s not the end of the world if you’re not in a relationship when it seems like all of your friends are. There’s no rule that says you must find a boyfriend or girlfriend as soon as you begin college so do your own thing on your own terms.

We value the diverse voices and fresh ideas that our guest bloggers bring to BookRenter. However, the ideas and opinions expressed in guest posts are strictly those of the post’s author and don’t necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of BookRenter. The information in guest posts is often drawn from a variety of sources, and we count on our guest authors to verify and fact-check the content they post. BookRenter  makes no claims, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of guest post content or the suitability of the content for a specific purpose.
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3 Quickie Tips for Writing a Good Paper

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By guest blogger Stan Whitcomb
Stan is a freshman at Santa Clara University. He is currently undecided, but is leaning towards a major in computer science. He is new to the blogosphere but is a seasoned writer (thanks English class!). In his free time, he likes to Dougie with his hallamtes and he is an avid Frisbee player.

If there is one thing college students seem to be doing, it’s typing away on their computers. I know that I use mine at least 60% of the time I’m awake. While a big chunk of that time is devoted to Facebook and Tetris, I also spend a lot of time writing papers. I find that I have a mental checklist for when I can begin writing because sometimes the conditions have to be just right.

by Sascha Pohflepp

Here are 3 things to help get you ‘in the mood’ (to write a paper, that is!):

1. Eliminate the distractions. Whether you go to the library, find a quiet study room or even go off-campus, find somewhere that has few distractions, if any. I like to go to the library; not only does it remove me from the people who are likely to interrupt me while I am working, but it provides an atmosphere of academia. Just watching all those people doing work motivates me to do the same.

2. Eat beforehand. It is really easy to say, “I’m hungry, I’ll just do this later,” when your stomach is rumbling. But don’t let that be an excuse. Bring some gum or a drink to help curb your appetite, as it helps keep your brain thinking that you are full.

3. Get started early. In high school, students can get away with procrastinating until the last possible moment to begin. In college, the expectations are higher. Papers written in the wee hours of morning the day before a paper is due are not going to impress your professor. Get going as soon as you get the assignment, even if it is only an outline or first draft.

Writing can be a difficult task. Make sure that you establish the best environment for you to succeed because sometimes that may be the difference between an A and a B.

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A Thanksgiving Thanks

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Thanksgiving is one of those special times that make you stop and think about all the things you’re grateful for…

Family by your side supporting you unconditionally, friends who make you laugh and keep you sane, a clean bill of health, yummy food on the table. Sometimes it’s the simplest of things. A great burrito at your favorite dive, a drive to town with the windows down, or a stupid, funny text from an old pal.

At BookRenter, we are thankful for lots of things, but most of all, we are thankful for you. It’s you, our wonderful customers who joined our mission to make education more affordable for all students, and made this journey possible.

Thank you for believing in us! We wish you and your families a warm and super-filling Thanksgiving.

Always,
Your Friends at BookRenter


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Trading Textbooks for Turkey: 6 Thanksgiving Feast Foods That Make College Kids Drool

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Ahhhh, Thanksgiving… a break from school, quality time with the fam, catching up with high school pals… bliss!

But we know the real reason you’re excited to go home for Thanksgiving break.

It’s the same reason we’re excited.

The food. The glorious Thanksgiving food.

That mouth-watering, rib-sticking, reason-you-wore-sweatpants-to-the-dinner-table, straight from grandma’s recipe book, “OMG that’s soooooooo gooooooood” home-cooked awesomeness you fantasize about every night in your room, while another cheap “dinner” rotates solemnly in the microwave… tonight a Cup-A-Noodle, or maybe a Hot Pocket, or a bag of popcorn (no judgment).

Whatever it is, it tastes like cardboard and disappointment compared to the Thanksgiving table-scape of your dreams, brimming with all those favorite festive dishes– glistening casseroles, baskets upon baskets of flaky, buttery biscuits, heaps of savory stuffing, colossal mountains of mashed potatoes, a pristine pumpkin pie worthy of a Vogue photo shoot, all piping hot, right out of the oven…

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So, yeah. Thanksgiving food. Pretty much the best food ever.

And seeing as Thanksgiving is just around the corner, we could think of no better way to… whet our… appetites… than by collectively drooling fawning over our absolute favorite Thanksgiving foods.

We tapped into the power of our BookRenter Facebook community to get some sweet inspiration with a poll that covered the basics—as well as a wild card “fill in the blank with your fav” option.

Together, the results create the ultimate list of gut-busting guilty pleasures you can chew on this until Thursday afternoon.

Loosen your belt buckle. Here we go.

The Poll:

The Results (Presented in Pumpkin Pie-Chart form)

The Breakdown

  1. Pumpkin Pie. This darling of the Thanksgiving table swept the poll with an impressive 14% stake of our stomachs hearts.
  2. Stuffing. Naturally, a food that totally makes good on its namesake came in second with 13% of votes.
  3. Turkey. Arguably the centerpiece of many a Thanksgiving food scene, this bird took third with 10%.
  4. Mashed potatoes. In all their starchy glory! These taters came in fourth with 7%.
  5. Veggies. Often the unsung hero at the Thanksgiving table (no, potatoes don’t count as “vegetable…) claimed 6% of votes!
  6. Biscuits. We were sort of surprised to learn that these billowy puffs of splendor only pulled at the heartstrings taste buds of 1% of voters!

Not surprisingly, however, that wild card “other” option stole 50% of the show! Obviously, our Facebook friends have delightfully imaginative stomachs.

  • It’s all gravy, baby! Well, it was for 8% of our voters. Whether it’s smothered on side dishes, in its own little bowl to drink like soup or in an IV drip attached to our veins, we loves gravy.
  • Crazy for cranberries! In sauce or slice form, this vibrant, tangy, refreshing addition to the Thanksgiving food family is beloved by at least 7% of voters.

  • All together now! 6% of voters refused to make up their mind and claimed all Thanksgiving foods to be their favorite. And we absolutely love them for that.
  • Candied Yams. These guys nabbed a sweet 4% of votes.
  • Pies, in all their generic and fabulous form. They cut a 4% slice of votes.
  • Sweet potatoes au natural! Orange cousin to the regular ole’ tater nabbed up 4% while sweet potatoes with marshmallows got 3%.
  • Green bean casserole. (I’ve had green bean casserole… it in no way belongs with the “veggies” group.) This dish ate up 3%.
  • Ham. (HAM? I thought it was Turkey Day!) Ham earned a 3% cut.

And last but not least, our 1% stakeholders:

  • Bananas and Jello
  • Chitterlings (pig intestines!)
  • Pancit (a Filipino noodle dish)
  • Strawberry Parfait
  • Sweet Meatballs
  • Egg Nog

There you have it, folks! The top Thanksgiving food items that made the book – the ones that make you, me, and that guy over there drool uncontrollably—whether we’re sitting in our room daydreaming about them, or piling them high on our plate, ready to chow down in t-minus 3, 2, 1…

Still hungry for more Thanksgiving food fun? Check out these other awesome posts to satisfy your craving…

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Going Greek – Is it right for you?

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By guest blogger Tiana Bouma
Tiana is a senior at University of Oregon double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a focus in magazine. Her hometown is now Bend, OR but she graduated from high school in Danville, CA. After graduating from UO, she plans on traveling and working for National Geographic. During her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, sports and movies.

This blog post is the first in a series of posts about Greek Life in college. Click here for part 2.

For many incoming freshman, fraternity and sorority life is synonymous with the college experience. Yet, entering that commitment can bring about a lot of questions.

As a founding member of a sorority on my University of Oregon campus, I have had a unique experience in the Greek system.  I love the experience I am having and I found an amazing community that fits me. Community is the most important aspect to me.

Being a member of the Greek system requires a feel of comfort and ease at the chapter you choose during recruitment. If there is no chapter that appeals to you, then do not force a choice because it will not be the right decision.

by Murray State

If you make the decision to rush, then congratulations, it is a bond that cannot be easily replaced. Do not enter rush with a certain chapter in mind. As much as we may want to be a legacy (a brother/sister, son/daughter, grandson/granddaughter or nephew/niece of a specific member of a Greek organization), what fits for our parents or siblings may not fit for us.

Moving to college and going through recruitment in the first few weeks of school is stressful but remember you are not alone. Remember that everyone going through recruitment is undulated by the college lifestyle and the gaggle of  people as well.

by Greek@Duke

Here are a few tips that about going Greek:

  • Be yourself – It sounds cliché but the men and women you are meeting need to see the real you.
  • Don’t try to force a fit – If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Go with your gut and you will find the chapter that is right for you
  • Talk about life and goals – Talking about your goals and life plans will help you make connections with members of the chapter. If you click on those deep-level items, you are bound to get along.
  • Be prepared to put work into the relationships – Being a member of the Greek community takes work just like being a member of any community does. Don’t expect everything to come to you. There is a saying, “You get out of it what you put into it.”
  • Don’t let your decision be swayed by others – Make sure you are making the decision you want to make. Outside influencers don’t necessarily know what you are feeling and may be tempted to sway you one way or the other for their own reasons.
  • Don’t be nervous or scared, you will know when the fit is right

Entering the Greek system is a great experience. I wish you luck if you choose to go through recruitment and when you join a chapter, remember to wear your letters proudly!

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