Monthly Archives: March 2013

Choosing A College: East or West Coast?

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life: where to go to college. A lot of students-to-be simply choose the one conveniently located in their town, or at least in their state, to avoid out-of-state tuition costs, which can be pretty steep. However, if you’re considering attending a college outside of your state, there are several things you should keep in mind.

1. Cost

This is usually a big factor in the college decision, but don’t let the expense be the only factor. Remember, there are loans, grants, and scholarships available. Apply, apply, apply, and then, based on which types of aid you are offered, make your decision. Include transportation in costs too. Will you have to drive everywhere or is public transportation an option?

Money in a bag college costs

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2. Family

Is being close to your family important to you? If you tend to get homesick easily, consider choosing a college somewhat close to home. Some students like being able to drive home on the weekend, or being able to attend family gatherings.

Family Group Portrait

Photo © Gerry Slabaugh

3. Location

A lot of people would argue that people are friendlier on the West Coast than they are on the East Coast. The East Coast is generally stereotyped as being stuck up and for the “rich kids,” while the West Coast is stereotyped as almost too laid back. If you like to spend your time outdoors, a West Coast college is perfect for you with more wide-open spaces for more outdoor activities. Recreation on the East Coast usually means city activities.

United States Map of Locations

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4. Weather

For those wanting four seasons, consider a college in New England. Like the laid-back, comfortable climate? Consider down south. Also, there tend to be less serious natural disasters on the West Coast.

Weather Conditions Outside

Photo © DrVassilis

5. Safety

There is going to be crime anywhere you live, but some areas have a lower level of it. Also, some colleges are more on top of campus security than others. If that’s important to you, make sure to research it.

Campus Police Safety

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If possible, try to visit the colleges you’re considering before making a decision. Also, to save money, consider community college for the first two years and then transferring to a university. There are great colleges everywhere – spend the time finding the one that best fits your major, your budget, and your lifestyle.

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The Senior Slump

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s almost April, so this school year is almost at a close. Especially for us seniors, these last couple of months can leave us feeling unmotivated and excited (and also nervous) to graduate. It’s hard to focus on college when we have been focusing on school for so long and when we know the working world is around the corner. It is easy to fall into the “Senior Slump.”

As hard as it is to remain focused, remember that you want to go out with a bang and slacking off can really have an impact on your overall grade. I am even having a hard time with this issue myself. Here are some suggestions to avoid falling into this trap.

1. Awareness

Simply being aware of this issue and whether or not you are currently at risk, can help enough for you to help resist the urge to procrastinate or become disengaged. If you are being influenced by Senioritis, then the sooner you realize it, the sooner you can fight it.

Senioritis Senior Slump Unfocused

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2. Remember Your Goal

Remind yourself of what your goal is. It is easy to forget when you get stuck in routine. Most of us go to college to earn a degree in a field we want to pursue a career in. Keep your goal in mind and remember it is not too far off. This will help give you the motivation you need to succeed. You are in the home-stretch and if you work hard now, it will pay off later.

College Graduation Diploma Certificate

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3. Attitude

It’s all about perspective. No one likes homework, studying, or exams – but what we will like is earning a degree, getting a job, and making money. If you change how you look at the situation, you will feel differently about school. Your current student life style may not be ideal, but make the best of the situation and remember to enjoy what you are doing and you will start to feel better automatically.

Happy College Student Studying Outside on a Park Bench Reading A Book

Photo © Konstantin Yolshin

Are you feeling the wrath of Senioritis?

How do you combat it? Tell us in a comment below!

 

Don’t let Senioritis get you!

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Spring Break Alternatives for the Broke College Student

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

While most people may be partying it up in Vegas, Cancun, or Miami, the broke college student may feel as though they are just sitting at home staring at the wall. Well don’t! Do these cheap alternatives for spring break:

1. Tourist

Join in on a tour guide or visit a museum in a city you would like to learn more about. Visit (or re-visit) local landmarks! Spark up a conversation with someone while you are there! It’s fun to meet people from different states or countries. You could even exchange fun travel guide tips or even learn about local food hot-spots.

Tourist Digital Camera
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2. Groupons

If you’re looking for something to do, check out the groupon page in your area. They have tons of “now! deals” which include deals for a variety of options. There are some pretty awesome deals such as paintballing, sky diving, and even a deal for cooking class. Whether you’re looking for a new place to eat or if you’re looking for some entertainment, groupon is a great way to go. It’s great for students who are on a budget!

Groupon.com Website

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3. Picnic

If you can’t afford to splurge for spring break, you and your friends can still have fun party outdoors! Get all your basic picnic necessities (cups, soda, plates, etc.) at the dollar store for less than $10! Next, hit up the grocery store and shop clearance items. Though these items are on “clearance” they’re actually NOT expired! The products are still good, it just means their expiration dates are nearing and the stores need to sell them fast. If you’re looking for a change in scenery, have your picnic at a nearby park so you can do other fun outdoor activities like play football or volleyball.

Outdoor Picnic Food and Table Near Lake in the Park

Photo © KFoodaddict

4.  Volunteer

You can also do volunteer work at surrounding communities or in other countries. Many different organizations have  sponsor programs which helps students to send them to various locations to do volunteer work. Students would have to just raise X amount of dollars through donations to be provided with food, boarding, and transportation during the duration of their volunteer period. For more information on volunteer work visit Volunteer Alliance or United Way’s Alternative Spring Break.

Volunteer Help Alternative Spring Break

Photo © ahbrooks

Utilize this time to de-stress from all of those late night study sessions. Whether you’re partying up or giving back by volunteering, just try to make the most out of your spring break!

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25 Favorite Five Minute Study Breaks

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Study breaks keep the gray matter in your head fresh after long periods of thinking. With that in mind, the BookRenter “Digiterns” (aka Digital Interns) compiled their favorite five minute study breaks (in no particular order). So when you’re feeling the mental burn, take five and be ready to cram even more knowledge into that noggin.

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Websites

Real Life

  • 5 Minutes of Exercise

Apps

Online Games and Activities

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Adventures in the Kitchen: Lemon Bite Cookies

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It is very possible that I have the largest sweet tooth in the world, especially when it comes to cookies. I love them. And I absolutely love this new recipe, and I have no doubt that you will love it to! This recipe is quite possibly the simplest cookie recipe you have yet to encounter.

Ingredients:

  1. Lemon cake mix
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 2 cups of vegetable oil.

Now, you are probably thinking, what about the milk and butter? Sugar? Something?

There has to be more to it than that, right? Wrong!

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Pour the cake mix into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add 2 cups of oil and add the two eggs. Mix until smooth
  4. Spray a cookie pan with non-stick spray
  5. Dollop up the cookies using a medium sized spoon.
  6. Place the cookies into the oven for 5-10 minutes. Cookies should be a little soft.
  7. Let them sit for a few minutes before you take them off the pan.
  8. Now pop one of them lemon bites into your mouth! Pretty amazing right?!

Best part about this recipe, you can change the flavor just by changing the cake mix! Not a lemon fan? Try strawberry! Vanilla and chocolate are pretty fantastic as well. The possibilities are endless with this one.

Lemon Cookie Bites

Photo © Brown Eyed Baker

Let me know what you all think of this recipe and throw me some of your favorites to try!

Bake on cookie lovers, bake on!

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