Monthly Archives: August 2012

Advice to My Freshman-Self

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This is Part 3 in a series of letters from college students to their freshman alter egos. (Here’s Part 2 on how to think epic as a freshman) Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self about your college years?

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Dear Freshman-Self,

You’re now out of high school, and it’s finally time to start college. You are packing up your stuff, moving out of state and preparing to go to college. What an amazing opportunity! You will meet new faces who will know nothing about you and nothing about who you have been. Do not be afraid to jump in head first and make new friends!

As far as classes go, your Spanish class will be A LOT easier than you expect. You will actually understand math for once, and you should really try to pay more attention in that earth science class. Also, PLEASE try to take it easy on yourself. College is a whole new ball game. You may have been able to pull off doing it all in high school, but do not stretch yourself too thin. It may seem like a great idea, but when you start to realize how much time school, work, and keeping up with a social life actually takes up, you may be shocked at the task you signed yourself up for. It all seems like a good idea in the beginning, but remember to make limits!

Believe it or not, you will meet some of the best friends you have ever had during your college years. It may seem hard to focus on school when you have these new and exciting friends, but it is possible to make time for both. Get yourself that planner that has been on your shopping list for the last few weeks and schedule time for you and for them. After you are late to a few shifts at work and have mini heart attacks over forgotten due dates, you will regret not buying that planner sooner

Freshman Group in College

My Freshman-Self, Front and Center!

School will be great, but be prepared for some problems to come your way during your years. Choose your battles wisely and know that not every problem that comes up is earth shattering. You are much stronger than anything that a teacher, friend, or guy can throw at you.


Your Future-Self,


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Summer Bucket-List

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There are always summer bucket lists we each create in our minds, believing that if we do at least a couple, we’ll feel that we not only accomplished something, but that our summer wasn’t as pathetic as we thought it was with just classes and/or working. We get ahead of ourselves sometimes, reaching for the stars and listing things that probably won’t happen, no matter how much we want them to (such as skydiving, taking a cross-country road trip, or meeting someone famous while shopping in Hollywood), hoping to go back to college with a cool story to tell. Why not stick to something simple and add something you can actually do fairly easily?

1. Manual Labor

Weeding your jungle of a backyard or helping a family member in the garden can be great exercise while getting the task at hand done. You will feel accomplished climbing into bed that night!

2. Get Lost

Take an ice cold water bottle, turn up your favorite music, and explore areas you’ve never been. The only rule: you can’t use your cell phone to find your way home. You’ll learn to rely on yourself more instead of Google.

3. Talk to a Random Person

While waiting in line for your latte at Starbucks, ask the person next to you what their favorite drink is to get conversation started. A simple conversation can have a great impact on  your overall day! You’ll know you’ve had a successful conversation when you both leave with a smile.

4. Read a Bestseller

I get it, we aren’t all readers. But sooner or later, you will find someone who wants to chat books. Take some time to feed your brain with a book with a good plotline and the next time you’re asked, “Read any good books lately?” you will have an answer.

5. Disconnect

Make a commitment to not checking Facebook, Twitter, email, or your phone. There’s just something about being unreachable that refreshes the mind and makes you eager to take care of things when you do reconnect.

The trick to making the most of your summer is to find things that are easy to do, especially if you’re on a college student budget. Hey, at least you won’t have to say “nothing” when your classmates ask you what you did over the summer!

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Dream Big Photo Contest Week 7

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With all the parties, bare skin and free livin’ there’s bound to be a fling or two. Give us a brief window into yours. The excitement, anticipation, joy and heartache. What is/was meaningful about it? What was unique? Where did it start?

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

Subject inspiration: holding hands, afternoon naps together, concerts, summer beach house, favorite food, fashion or hairstyle you’ve been dying over.

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

Congrats to @thisbenikkit, winner of last week’s #summerjob theme:

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Summer Playlists

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One of the best parts of summer days and nights is the music. There are songs for roadtrips, laying by the pool, and even late night summer BBQs. They are the soundtrack to some of the best days of college students’s lives. With the wide range of music available online, the popular summer songs span from computer-spun mixes done in bedrooms to the top-charting pop singles. Here are a few summer playlists categorized by summer activity:

Late Night Summer Party/BBQ

  1. “Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix), ” by Kanye West
  2. ” Sunlight,” by Modestep
  3. “Make It Bun Dem,” by Skrillex & Damian Jr Gong Marley
  4. “Work Hard, Play Hard,” by Wiz Khalifa
  5. “Faded,” by Tyga ft. Lil Wayne
  6. “Function,” by E-40
  7. “Too Close,” by Alex Clare
  8. “Louder (Flux Pavilion & Dr. P Remix),” by DJ Fresh
  9. “Might Like You Better,” by Vaski
  10. “Some Nights,” by Fun
  11. “My Homie Still,” by Lil Wayne ft. Big Sean
  12. “Posted,” by Pac Div

Road Trips

  1. “How I Feel,” by Wax Tailor
  2. “Settle Down,” by Huey Mack ft. Scolla & Kimbra
  3. “Harry,” by Medison ft. Skrein (Bare Noize Remix)
  4. “Sail Away (Enya Dubstep RMX),” by Distrikt Beats
  5. “Everybody Talks,” by Neon Trees
  6. “Tongue Tied,” by Grouplove
  7. “Runaway,” by The Killers
  8. “Take a Little Ride,” by Jason Aldean
  9. “Drunk on You,” by Luke Bryan
  10. “Angel Eyes,” by Love and Theft
  11. “Both of Us,” B.o.B ft. Taylor Swift
  12. “Satellite,” by Guster

Laying by the Pool

  1. “Breathe Me (Butch Clancy Remix),” by Sia
  2. ” Apple Juice Break,” by Olu
  3. “Young Homie,” by Chris Rene
  4. “Girlfriend (Boyfriend Remix),” by Ian J
  5. “Spectrum (Say My Name),” by Florence & the Machine vs. Calvin Harris
  6. “Day One: A Song About Nothing,” by Mac Miller
  7. “Hey Ho,” by The Lumineers
  8. “Somebody That I Used to Know,” by Goyte
  9. “Little Talks,” by Of Monsters and Men
  10. “Wanted,” by Hunter Hayes
  11. “(Kissed You) Good Night,” by Gloriana
  12. “Werewolf,” by Cocorosie

These are some of the many songs that are popular summer soundtracks for college students. I hope I was able to bring a few new good artists to light. Most of these tracks can be found on iTunes or YouTube, but is also a great website to get new music on.


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Back to School Free Textbooks Sweepstakes!

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If you haven’t already heard, BookRenter launched a pretty awesome sweepstakes. 10 people will win free textbooks for a year (up to a $1,000 value). Yes. FREE. TEXTBOOKS.

Just for entering, you get a $5 off rentals coupon to use before you head back to school in a few weeks. Yes. $5 JUST FOR ENTERING.

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And on a weekly basis, expect the chance to win other free stuff in the form of gift cards – two winners per week will get $50 worth, to be exact. And on top of that, two weekly winners will receive deep discounted coupons to use for your textbook rentals on

So it’s really a win-win situation for you. So enter now by visiting our Free Textbooks Sweepstakes app on Facebook, and the rest is history. And psychology. And economics. And we’ll stop naming books now, but seriously, you should enter and save yourself some dough.

And, it’s always good to read the Terms and Conditions of the contest, located on the app. 


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