Monthly Archives: July 2013

Vacationing On A College Budget

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We all have those Facebook friends who post tons of pictures of their amazing trip to Europe or somewhere else amazing. Not all of us can go on an extravagant vacation, but with a few tricks, anyone can have a great weekend getaway! Over the years I’ve found a few key ways that have allowed me to enjoy summer on a budget.

1. Shop The Deals

Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are built so that people can find great things to do for a great deal, so take advantage of it! There are some out of country trips if you have some money saved up for that, but if not, there are so many local hotel deals for a few days away!

2. Travel By Car

If you cut out the flight, you cut out the majority of the cost. The best way to vacation is to get a group of friends, split the gas, and hit the road. Next month I’m going to San Francisco with friends and we are driving the eight hours together while splitting the gas and hotel costs, which is making it such a cheap trip!

3. Plan Ahead

It’s hard for us sometimes to make plans in advance, but if you can book a flight, or book a hotel, it’s much more beneficial to you if you can book it at least a few weeks out. Every time I want to go home, and have to book a flight, I make sure that it’s at least a month out because the prices are much cheaper.

4. Landmarks

Find cool places to go that don’t require you to spend a lot of money to see them. Once you are on your way, find bars, local shops, and restaurants to make it an adventure along the way!

To have a great summer, you don’t have to have a lot of money, or go to another country. Get a group of friends, or your loved one, and start making plans!

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Must-See Movies of Summer 2013

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography





You may have noticed temperatures across the country are warming up! A great way to cool off, or just take a break from work or summer school, is to see one of this summer’s big movie hits:

1. The To Do List (7/26)

This romantic comedy stars Aubrey Plaza as recent high school graduate, Brandy Clark. When she starts to feel pressured to become more sexually experienced before going off to college, Brandy makes a list of things to accomplish before the summer is over.

2. 2 Guns (8/2)

Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington get themselves into some trouble in this action comedy. They star as a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence Officer assigned to investigate each other only to find out they’ve been set up by the very people they’ve been stealing money from.

3. Elysium (8/9)

Matt Damon and Jodie Foster are back in the movie business with this film set in the year 2154. The rich live on an expensive space-stay while the rest of the population lives on a desolate and poor Earth. Damon stars as the man given a mission that could bring equality to the two worlds.

4. Planes (8/9)

Who doesn’t love an animated movie? The lovable Dane Cook is the voice of Dusty, a lowly crop-dusting plane dreaming of competing in a great race. There’s just one little problem: he’s afraid of heights. But, with Skipper, his mentor, and some new friends, Dusty finds out his dream of flying high may be possible after all.

5. The Butler (8/16)

Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) served eight presidents as the White House’s head butler from 1952 to 1986, so it’s fair to say he had a special front-row seat as history was made. The all-star cast includes Oprah, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, and Mariah Carey.

6. Jobs (8/16)

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.” In Jobs, Ashton Kutcher gets the privilege of playing the esteemed tech genius Steve Jobs. The movie follows him from the time he dropped out of college to his ascension to one of the most creative entrepreneurs ever.

There are some great movies out this summer, so head on down to your local theater to escape the heat and indulge in a good movie and a bucket of popcorn. Just make sure you aren’t putting off any homework for summer classes!

What’s on your must-see movie list? Tell us in a comment below!

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Top 5 Summer Reads

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography





Inexplicably, reading during the summer break seems so much more appealing than reading while classes are in session. Perhaps it’s because it’s not forced homework upon us, or perhaps because it brings us back to our elementary school days when we had a summer reading list. Either way, reading is one of my favorite past times during the Summer and these are my favorite summer reads this year that you should check into:

1. Looking For Alaska by John Green

I read this book a few years back, but I keep coming back to it. It’s a sad book but a great read! It is a young adult fiction about a guy, Miles Halter, who goes to a boarding school where he meets Alaska and how she has a huge impact on his life. Miles is obsessed with the final words of famous people. His last saying was by Francois Rabelais, “I go to seek a great perhaps.” He seeks his own “great perhaps” while attending Culver Creek and meeting Alaska.

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book is written by the same author as my first recommendation. It seems to be very popular this year. It is narrated by Hazel, a 16 year old cancer patient, who attends a support group and meets and falls in love with 17 year old Augustus. It is also a sad book so prepare to shed a few tears, but it’s a definite must-read that will make you appreciate life more.

3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Yet another very sad book, but the best books are those that bring out emotions in you! Anna helps her older sister, Kate, deal with leukemia through her countless surgeries, shots, and transfusions, but is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? There has been a movie made based on this book, but the ending is completely different in the book than the movie and as usual the book is much better than the movie version!

4. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi

This is sort of a self-help book on how to be successful and network. The secret to success is by reaching out to other people. It’s a perfect book for a college student because it is filled with helpful tips on how to reach your goals and keeping important relationships alive.

5. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler

If you think Chelsea Handler is hilarious on her late-night show, you’ll love her books even more! This is one of my faves from her. It’s a book of stories about Chelsea’s one-night stands; it’s sharp, funny and light.

What are your favorite books? Tell us below!

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College Campus Living Tips For The Summer

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Some college students go back home in the summer, but there are also those who live on campus year round. Whether it’s a personal choice or a necessity, living on campus in the summer can either be incredibly boring or incredibly fun. Here are some tips that will hopefully insure the latter!

1. Get A Job

There are many expenses you face living on campus such as rent, bills, groceries, gas for the car, and it’s also nice to have a little spending money. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about your next semester tuition bill. The best summer jobs are usually the ones outside, like being a camp counselor, landscaper, lifeguard, or (my own summer job) exterior painter. But whatever you decide to do make sure you enjoy doing it, there’s nothing worse than going to work at a job you hate.

2. Get Off Campus Now and Then

Go to the beach! Go see a movie! Go hiking! Just don’t spend all your time on campus. It can get very boring, very quickly.

3. Be Social

College towns in the summer are nothing short of a ghost town. Suddenly even your annoying neighbors can become valuable friends. Lonely and bored is no way to spend your summer. Whether you are grilling some burgers or watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs, good times are always better with good company.

4. Find A Hobby

For example, I play guitar and sing and write music. This summer I’m hoping to expand on that by buying some of my own recording gear and making something of my hobby. Some people jog, some golf, and others read. There is no better time to read a good book than on a beautiful summer day.

5. Be Spontaneous

Some of the best memories I have from college are because my friends and I randomly decided to do something ridiculous and fun. You don’t have to do something drastic like a last minute road trip, but you will laugh harder at memories you make on a random whim. If you are open to try new things, don’t worry about the consequences (unless legality is an issue), and stay positive. There is no limit to the fun you and your friends can have.

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Career Advice: Cleaning Up Your Online Profiles

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography





You may still be waiting on that dream job offer, but there are some things you can take care of right now to make sure you are presenting yourself in the right light, starting with your social media presence.

A lot of us typically do not think about what we post as our status updates on our social networks. We don’t think about who might see it or how it could be taken, whether or not our profile is “private” or “public.” It’s important that we start paying attention to these things. Anyone, including potential employers and internship coordinators, has the ability to view our profiles – so make sure you are presenting yourself professionally.

To give you an idea how to clean up your profiles, here are things you should avoid posting:

1. Relationship Problems

Social media is not the place to air your dirty laundry. Invest in a handwritten journal or vent to friends and family in person instead of publically posting relationship drama.

2. Work Troubles

Upset because of the hours you’re working or not working? Get into an argument with a coworker? Keep it to yourself. Ranting online about employees, customers, or your boss can cost you your current job and prevent you from future ones.

3. Legal Issues

Arguing with your landlord, custody issues, court dates, or suing someone are all private matters that should not be shared. No one wants to get involved with someone who is involved with legal issues, especially a future employer.

4. Alcohol

One celebration because of a job offer or graduation is okay. Don’t be continuously posting pictures or statuses of alcohol consumption – especially if you are not legally of age! Even if you are over 21, employers aren’t looking for the biggest partier as their new hire.

5. Trashy Photos

Too often, my newsfeed is littered with friends posting batches of photos from their wild weekend at the bars or at parties with friends. Almost 100% of the time, they are inappropriate. This falls under the alcohol category but also applies to drug use, sexual activity, vandalism, and other controversial acts.

A good way to approach your networks is to ask yourself, “If I were an employer, would this update or photo negatively influence my hiring decision?” If the answer is yes, don’t post it. Remember you are trying to present yourself in the best way. Think branding. It’s not just for companies anymore, but also about your own self-image.

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