Monthly Archives: July 2012

Dream Big Photo Contest Week 5

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Adventure is out there!

Often the most memorable part of the summer is the travel. It doesn’t have to be exotic. Just leaving where you are is enough. How do you convey a spirit of adventure and exploration?

Snap a photo of you or your friends and family out and in action, Instagram it with the hashtags #BookRenter#DreamBig and #myadventure and you could be one of four winners of a $25 Visa gift card every week. It’s that simple.

Subject inspiration: The Northern Lights, standing on glaciers, hiking a mountain, desert cacti, stairways, motorcycles, scooters, ziplining, parasailing

Congrats to @stuntmanmike718, @barananita and @xmagsterx, winners of last week’s #selfportrait theme:

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To read more about how to enter our contest, see our previous blog post below, and don’t forget to read our Terms and Conditions for more information.


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Electronics: Better For Education or Entertainment?

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Student dependence on electronics is rising. Recent studies have shown that 98% of students claim to use their electronic devices for school, incorporating it into their study habits and on the go. In fact, many classes are taught on the web. Technology plays such a large role in college life by furthering education and providing entertainment – but the big question is whether it poses as a great educational tool or simply as a distraction?

The Laptop

The college necessity is still the laptop. Although Skype calling your friend most likely won’t earn you that A – using your laptop to type papers, do research, upload assignments, and communicate with professors via email are all essential ways to keep up with college. Although, students may get distracted easily from browsing social media websites.

The Cell Phone

While many professors embrace turning all phones off, I recently had a professor who challenged students to use gadgets to help them learn in the classroom. The cell phone can be used to quickly get information and there are tons of applications (apps) available. One of my favorite apps is Dropbox: a free app which allows you to upload class notes, movies, and music to access from any linked device. It’s a great way to sync your music or share notes with friends. For some more hot apps check out Rachel Freeman’s suggestions.

The eReader

The eReader is the easiest way to take your whole library with you anywhere you go. Many textbooks now come with a digital version which you can access on your eReader, and public libraries (and select schools) allow you to borrow books for free using the Overdrive Media Console. This is a nifty tool that is not as easy to get distracted on.

The Tablet

The more media driven may forgo the eReader and push for a tablet (the middle area between a traditional computer and eReader). The tablet’s portability and fun apps make it more popular for in the classroom and on the go. These are great to bring to the class to take notes on, however are just as easily to get distracted on as a cell phone or laptop.

Do you think devices promote educative learning, or are more of a distraction?

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Guide to Summer Romance on a Budget – BookRenter Infographic

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In summer, the world is a college student’s proverbial oyster. You can go anywhere, see anything, and meet anyone. It probably helps that summer is oyster season, too. BBQ’ed oysters, YUMMM.

Food cravings aside, we created a guide summer romances, along with some interesting stats on meeting that special someone who will make your heart flutter. Keep these tips in mind to keep a new romance afloat, or it may fizzle (unless that’s what you were going for – which is OK, too). Good luck in the love department!

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Dream Big Photo Contest Week 4

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Yes, we realize that the photo above here is a little off. Of course dogs cannot take their own self-portrait. They have better things to do with their day, like roll around in grass and gnaw on your shoes.

Lack of opposable thumbs aside, this week’s Instagram photo contest theme is to take a self portrait of yourself. Focus on you. Literally.

Capture…you – #selfportrait: What are the things in life that help you create new moments, and discover more about yourself? What about yourself are you proud to convey to the world?

Snap a photo of you or your friends and family out and in action, Instagram it with the hashtags #BookRenter#DreamBig and #selfportrait and you could be one of four winners of a $25 Visa gift card every week. It’s that simple. 

Subject inspiration: Photo of yourself doing something awesome. Underwater snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, rope swinging, skydiving, surfing…or just being you.

As always, take a look at our terms and conditions on further details about the contest.

Take a peek at last week’s #skysthelimit photo contest winners, for their cool cityscapes: @catacarryon @jayymorid and @barananita

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Summer Break Destinations That Don’t Break the Bank

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Summer movies almost always include a scene with a group of friends driving down on a highway on a road trip with a cliché sunset in the background. Getting a driver’s license in the US is a rite of passage for teenagers and college students. Holding that license is like a ticket to freedom.

Summer road trips with my college friends are echoes of drives taken by previous generations. In 2009, I took a road trip with a friend, whose dad had driven the same route 30 years earlier. Road trips are also a great way to travel cheaply. A couple of mixed-CDs, a cooler of snacks, a roadmap, and a full tank of gas will make the world your oyster.

But summer break vacations can be expensive without travel included. Having to pay for meals and board can quickly add up. For college students, outdoor activities can be active or relaxing, and offer the biggest break on your wallet.

National Parks

State and city websites will list national/state parks or federally protected land located nearby. These parks can have picnic or camping areas and are beautiful scenic destinations. They may ask for a daily parking fee, but it’s a small price to pay to protect from forest fires and support upkeep of the land.


If you’re lucky enough to live near one, beaches are a great summer destination. Even a couple-hours drive or weekend trip can be worth feeling the sand between your toes. Physically, visits to the ocean are good for your body and anytime out in the sun will up your D3 intake.

Concerts & Festivals

If you are able to throw a few extra dollars aside, then concerts and festivals are the way to go for music lovers. Sasquatch, EDC, and Coachella are all opening acts to the line-ups over summer on the West Coast. All across the US, major summer festivals include Bonnaroo, Identity, Warped Tour, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.  A quick search online will give you the websites for all of the above concerts and many more.

Happy summer traveling! Don’t forget to keep those windows down!

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