Monthly Archives: August 2013

Adjusting To College Life

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College is starting up soon! Some of you incoming freshman and transfers could be leaving home for the first time. Or some of you could be returning students living on your own for the first time in an apartment. Here is some advice on what to expect when you leave for college.

1. You May Get Overwhelmed

For all of you incoming freshman or transfers, you may get overwhelmed with the college lifestyle. Learning to be independent, juggling your school work, and trying to adjust to the college system can be difficult. It’s okay to be overwhelmed, but know that you can always ask for help or advice! See your advisor if you feel your class load might be too much to handle. You can also see if your school has any peer mentoring programs that could help you adjust to the college life!

Stressed out college student sitting infront of a pile of books and homework

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2. You Will Get Homesick

Don’t keep it in that you are homesick! Keep in touch with your family and friends back home, whether for a phone call, Skype session, or a train ride home – make sure to make time for them. Not only does it help you to get over feeling homesick, but it also comforts your parents! Don’t forget to ask your parents to send you care packages, sometimes you just need your favorite snacks from home to bring you comfort.

College Campus Care Package Full Of Snacks For Students

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3. Deciding On A Major -Or Not

Picking your major can be difficult, but it’s okay if you don’t know what you want yet. The first year of college helps you to sort out what you want to pursue. If you have your major set but are thinking of switching, that’s okay too! Just because you came in with a specific major doesn’t mean you have to stick with it. Again, see an advisor to sort out what direction you want to go toward! Just know that it’s okay to be undecided or to change your major.

College student deciding on a major to choose to study

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Whether it be living on your own for the first time, juggling the college lifestyle, or deciding on a major – enjoy college to the fullest! Break out of your comfort zone and take on all the new opportunities college has to offer you.

Good luck this school year!

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Start The Semester Strong

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With school gearing back up, many are in the mindset of how to make this year the best yet. After an enjoyable summer break, spending time with family and friends, exotic vacations, and maybe even a break from classes, it is now time to think about this new semester. There are a few things you need to consider about how to make this fall the best it can be.

1. Classes

After the first day of class, read the syllabus thoroughly, go through and place all important dates for the entire semester into your iCal or planner. Organizing dates in the beginning will allow you time to plan and complete work ahead of time, you also won’t have to rely on your professor to remind you. Want to take it a step further? Organize your classes into individual folders to keep all of your pertinent information and assignments.

College Classroom Full Of Students Learning

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2. Body

You have worked so hard for that summer time body, don’t let it go just because classes start. Don’t fit exercising into your schedule; make it a part of your schedule. We also have to remember to make it a habit of eating right. Now, don’t get me wrong, we all like to indulge in a couple brownies every now and then, just don’t pig out on unhealthy snacks. If you start your body off right, it will become second nature. Spring break will be here before you know it and you won’t even have to worry if you stay healthy!

College students exercising at the gym on treadmills to stay fit

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3. Living

We are college students – it is impossible to keep your room pristine all the time. Just take an hour or so once a week and straighten everything up. Your roommate will love you even more, and you’ll be surprised just how calming and relaxing it is. Your parents might even be surprised at this new habit.

Clean Dorm Bedroom Organization Space

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Fall semester is always interesting. You are reconnected with friends, face the chaos of moving into your dorm or apartment, take new classes, and have new professors. As the semester progresses, you will develop a pattern and everything will become second nature. Be sure to incorporate these habits into your semester routine early to insure that you are in for a great semester.

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4 Ways To Workout In Your Dorm

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For college students, between papers, study groups, and finals, pretty much all of our time is dedicated to school. When we do get a free moment, it’s not enough time to get ourselves to a gym. Luckily, there are a few techniques you can do in the privacy of your dorm room or apartment that will get you some kind of workout benefit without having to dedicate a lot of time going to a gym.

1. Weights

Go to the nearest sports store or even Target or Walmart and pick up a few free weights. If you haven’t been a regular weight lifter, you may want to start out with light weights. Use the weights two or three times a day and do 3 sets of 10. You can even do it while studying or watching TV! It doesn’t take very long and you’ll see results fairly quickly.

Dumbell Weights

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2. Resistance Bands

You can do lunges, plieés, or any other type of exercise you can think of with resistance bands, which improve strength and balance. Pick one up at Target from anywhere between $10-$20 and look up some workouts on YouTube.

Resistance Bands Workout

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3. Video Workouts

Google is your best friend when it comes to dance routines, pilatés stretches, or anything else that will get your body up and moving. Even just turning on the stereo for 15 minutes and dancing your heart out will give you a nice workout.

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4. Use Your Furniture

Sit on the edge of your bed with your hands on the bed at your hips. Scoot your bottom off the bed and bend your elbows to lower your body a few inches. You can also use your desk to do standing push-ups. Put your hands on the edge of the desk about shoulder-width apart. Bending your elbows, lower your upper body down until you’re about six inches from the desk. Push back up. Do 3 sets of 10 for both. Get creative for other workouts!

Girl Working Out On Her Bedroom Furniture

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When it comes to working out, find something that is fun so getting a workout in is not a chore or something you dread. See if your roommate will do the workouts with you! You can motivate each other and reward yourselves at the end of each week for keeping to your routine.

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Welcome to The Rented Life.

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rent everythingCollege financial problems. If you didn’t let out a frustrating “ughhhh” with those words, we did for you. And as college tuition costs rise, so does the need to make the other costs of college more affordable to try and live like less of a pauper. Maybe even like a normal person.

So what if we found a way to turn those costs on their head?

The Rented Life™ program is a social experiment trying to prove that a student can live comfortably in college on a small budget. But how? We may have the answer.

We’ll be following one student, David Levitz, for an entire semester. Give him a budget based on the national average of student spending habits ($6,803 to be exact). And see if he can do better by spending less in a variety of ways.

How? By finding the most important ways to bypass the system and keep costs at bay. Need to buy expensive textbooks? Maybe you rent them for cheap. Planning a weekend trip with nowhere to hang your head at night? Ride the couch surfing wave. Whatever the need, whatever the cost, David will be on a mission to find the best deal for pretty much everything.

Will he succeed? Stay tuned to find out – and watch his progress on YouTube, get a #RentedLifeTip on Twitter or see what he’s snapping on Instagram. And of course, get in on the action yourself by sending us your own tips and tricks to therentedlife@bookrenter.com.

A semester of living large on less awaits!

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On-Campus Job Hunting

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It is almost time to head back to campus. Now is the best time to start job hunting on campus. The great thing about on-campus jobs is not only that they work around your class schedule, they also are conveniently close! The problem most of us have with finding a job on campus is knowing where to look.

1. The Library

College libraries are most often one of the largest buildings on campus, which typically means that they usually have the most job openings for students. Simply go to your college’s library and ask about job opportunities.

Male College Student Working Job At School Library

Photo © Ithaca College Library

2. College Bookstore

The best time to apply for a job at your college’s bookstore is right before the start of the semester  since that is their busiest time. Although often times the positions are only temporary, it is still a great job for students.

Female College Student Working Job At School Bookstore Cash Register

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3. Dining Services

If you don’t mind the smell of cafeteria food, this is a popular place for student jobs. There are different positions available in your college’s cafeteria: line servers, dining room attendants, checkers (swipe ID cards), etc.

Group Of Male College Studens Working At School Dining Hall Food Services

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4. Peer-Tutoring

This is a great job for students who did well in certain classes and would like to tutor others in those subjects. Visit the department in which you’d like to tutor and find out if they need peer-tutors. Not only do you get paid, but you’re also refreshing the material for yourself!

Male and Female College Students Working Together To Study As Peer-Tutors

Photo © Bethel College

5. Federal Work Study

In order to get a work study job, you have to apply for FAFSA. On the application, indicate that you are interested in work study. Not everyone will qualify for it, but if you qualify for Financial Aid, you will most likely qualify for work study. Call your Financial Aid Office on campus to find out if you qualify and how to apply for a job.

College Girl Working For Campus Mail Job

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The best time to apply for these jobs is early August and/or early January. This is the time in which there are the most job openings. Also check out local shops, restaurants, or gyms.

Tip: If applying in person, always have your class schedule printed out with you. Since on-campus jobs work around your schedule, they like to see your schedule along with your application. 

Have you ever worked on campus before? Tell us about your experience below!

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