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3 Hip-Hop Artists Every College Student Must Know

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We are hitting that stressful point of the semester where classes are starting to wrap up and now everything is getting crammed in at once. From papers, to group projects, to presentations, and the not-to-be-mentioned final exams – it is understandable to be feeling pressure right now as a college student. When I am starting to feel the heat, I like to listen to music to reduce stress and have a little fun. Here are three hip-hop artists that I am enjoying and that you may be too. If not, these are three you must find out about:

1. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is perhaps one of the hottest artists in the genre right now. After releasing four mix-tapes and two albums, he has now skyrocketed in popularity. It seems like every other rapper who wants to make waves at the moment features Kendrick in their songs. He has collaborated with several big names such as A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Drake, Pusha T, and even Eminem and Dr. Dre. His lyrics are intelligent and emotionally charged that paint a picture of a dangerous life living up in the projects of Compton, Los Angeles, and his struggle to rise above it. Deeply personal, as well as lyrically masterful, Kendrick Lamar is on his way up to the top.

Hip Hop Music Artist Kendrik Lamar

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2. A$AP Rocky

When A$AP Rocky hit the scene, he hit it hard and hit it fast. After joining the group A$AP Mob (Always Strive and Prosper) his hit single “Peso” was leaked and received some national attention. Soon after, he released a mix-tape titled Live.Love.A$AP and shortly after started his own record label and was named BBC’s Sound of 2012. This Harlem rapper is unique because his music, though popular, doesn’t fit the mold of most New York City rap. The pairing of slow tempo, melodic effects with a pounding, rhythmic base is masterful in quality and mesmerizing in effect.

Hip Hop Music Artist A$AP Rocky

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3. Cal Scruby

With two mix-tapes out and a modest but growing YouTube following, Cal Scruby is one of the freshest and most talented hip-hop artists right now. Hailing from Ohio, some would consider his music to be pop or “frat rap” (white rappers imitating “real rap”) but don’t let that skew your judgment. Cal Scruby’s music can range from hype to relaxing, but his flow is seamless and his hooks are catchy. His lyrics are full of pop culture references and vary between celebratory and positive messages to content regarding the darker sides to life. In my opinion, Cal Scruby is the next Mac Miller and deserves his recognition as Ohio’s rap prodigy.

Hip Hop Music Artist Cal Scruby

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Hopefully you check out these three artists if you don’t know who they are already. Or, if you are not into hip-hop, listen to whatever music genre you do like to help you relieve stress during this crazy time in the semester.

What are some of your favorite artists right now?

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Sketchy Internships

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It is hard to believe that the fall semester is winding down and before you know it will time to start applying for spring and summer internships. Having an internship helps shape your experience and can seriously impact what you do in your career. Internships are a chance for students to break into their interested field to gain work experience and to see if it is the right fit. Unfortunately, sometimes students can get tricked into the wrong internship. Here are three things to look out for when applying:

1. The “Ballin’” Internship

If you have come across an internship that is highlighting how much money you could make, you might want to reconsider it. More than likely, the internship is commission based and probably doesn’t have a base salary, meaning you could actually make nothing. These internships usually come from companies that are not totally established and are looking to entice anyone to join while not really considering how to help interns gain valuable work experience.

Rich Well Paid Intern

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2. The “Pay To Work” Internship

There are several internship programs that guarantee work placement with an added fee; few of them are actually legit. Does it even sound plausible to pay for employment? Sometimes these internships can be real granted if you are using work equipment or the company needs to pay off any charges that you might acquire as an extra employee. Just be cautious of this and do not pay anything until you know this is secure.

Broke Intern Empty Pockets

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3. The “You’re Not Really Employed, But You’re Working” Internship

So, you finally land the internship – congrats! But, they don’t acknowledge you are an employee or give you the terms of employment. You have an estimate of how long you’ll be working for them, but don’t have a contract. If you don’t have a contract, you’re not legally employed. Without legal employment, you will not have proven record that you worked there and then no recommendation for a future employer. Along with a contract you should also receive documentation about pay, company policies, and rules. In order to have rights as an intern, you must have documentation of employment. Make sure you ask for it if it isn’t given to you.

Under The Table Job Internship

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Internships are a great way to get a step into what you want to pursue, just make sure you only follow through with positions that are not questionable. Take this time to learn what you can and get the most experience possible to add it to your resume so that you have the best chance of landing that job!

Happy searching!

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Preparing For The Stuffing

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

We all know Thanksgiving is infamous for making us feel sluggish and bloated. We may even incidentally gain a few pounds from holiday meals and then feel guilty for eating all of that wonderfully delicious food. For the past couple of years, I discovered a way to make my Thanksgiving meals more enjoyable by preparing for a giant feast. About two weeks prior, I have done a small “almost diet” to balance out the weight gain. I want to share the four steps I take to prepare my body before I hit that huge bowl of stuffing!

1. No Soda

UGH, I know, this isn’t easy. Soda has become a dominant drink for our consumption, especially for college students. I’m a huge diet coke drinker, and even though it is diet, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a ton of sugar. I cut it out completely and stuck to sparkling water. I always lose a few pounds just from that alone!

Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Cans

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2. No Fast Food

Again, as a college student, fast food is sometimes the answer to all my problems, but a few weeks before turkey day, I lay off. Even if you get a prepared salad, it will have twice as many calories as if you were to prepare it yourself at home.

Fast Food Hamburger Fries

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3. Drink Water

I’m a pretty decent water drinker on a regular basis, but during this season I quick it up a notch. I drink about 8 bottles a day, and I add lemon because it is an amazing natural detox.

Glass of Water

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4. Add Some Exercise

I go up and down through phases of exercise, and definitely around midterms I hit a lull. So, for the few weeks before the holidays I make sure that I at least walk 1 mile, do 50 pushups, sit-ups, and a plank every day. It really doesn’t take that long at all, and it’s amazing how great your body feels just from that small amount of exercise!

Girl Doing Sit Ups Exercise

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I encourage you to tweek this list and make it your own, but I promise it will make your Thanksgiving meal (and the following upcoming holiday meals) that much more enjoyable knowing that you are aware of your body’s limits and that you are taking care of it!

Just remember that it is normal for everyone to add a couple of pounds during the colder season, especially when big heavy meals

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Avoiding Hostel Horrors

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Since traveling to the country of Georgia, I have been learning a lot from my first abroad experience. I recently stayed in my first hostel. I was pretty excited to find such a deal on for one night. The hostel had great reviews so I didn’t expect any problems. Unfortunately, my stay in this particular hostel was a little less than enjoyable. Here are five tips I have for you just in case you’re preparing for a hostel stay since it may be a little bit of a different experience you may be used to:

1. Bring Soap

I thought it was a ‘given’ that the hostel would provide soap in the bathroom or shower like typical places you stay overnight in. Instead, I had to ask for it. Some hostels do not provide towels either so you’re better off bringing your own. Also, don’t walk around barefoot in the bathroom, no matter how clean it may appear.

Bar of Soap

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2. Bring Earplugs

Whether you get your own private room, or you take a bunk bed in a dormitory, you are going to want earplugs. The lights may go off at a certain time, but that doesn’t mean the people around you will stop chattering. You may also want to consider bringing your own sleep sheet, just in case the hostel doesn’t provide sheets.

College Girl Sleeping With Earplugs And Mask

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3. Don’t Bring Anything Expensive

Before you check out your hostel, it’s a good idea to see if they provide lockers. If you have a private room, you should be fine leaving your stuff. If you stay in a dormitory, be careful. Some hostels are perfectly secure, while it would be best in others to not leave your fancy Canon camera.

Hostel Room

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4. Ask The Staff

Feel free to do some research on your own to see where the best restaurants are locally, but don’t forget about the hostel staff. Ninety percent of the time they will have great recommendations not only for restaurants, but sights to see, and things to do.

Hostel Staff Man

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5. Don’t Be Cheap

Just because you’re on a budget, that doesn’t mean you should go for the cheapest hostel around. Price your trip well in advance and plan to pay extra for whatever level of comfort you want. Saving money is not as important as your safety and comfort.

Cheap Dirty Hostel

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If you have never been in a hostel before, definitely be warned that it is completely different from a hotel. Be prepared to bring anything you may need and to not bring anything too valuable.

If you have any hostel-staying tips, feel free to leave them below!

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A College Campus Thanksgiving

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Not everyone has the opportunity (or may want) to go home this Thanksgiving break. This doesn’t mean you don’t get to celebrate Thanksgiving! If for no other reason, at least celebrate the time off from classes! If this is your first time away from home for Thanksgiving, or you just need some celebration ideas, check out these ideas that are budget-friendly:

1. Potluck Dinner with Roommates

Plan a dinner with your friends who are also staying on campus and make it a potluck! The great thing about this is that you and your friends can have a grand feast like you would have had at home, without dishing out tons of money! It will also be fun to all split up the work and each bring a special dish to the table.

College Students Having Thanksgiving Dinner Together

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2. Intimate Dinner for Two (or One)

If you aren’t going home for because you want to be alone (or with a certain someone), cook a small dinner that still contains all your Thanksgiving favorites. Instead of cooking an entire turkey, buy a turkey leg or a turkey breast at the supermarket and bake that. Instead of baking a whole pot of sweet potatoes, only buy one or two and make those. You get the idea! Simply cut down all the recipes so that you can have a great Thanksgiving dinner but on a much smaller scale.

If you only have your dorm room microwave to work with, no problem! Check out this article on how to cook an entire feast using just your microwave.

College Thanksgiving Meal Dinner

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3. Parades

If you don’t necessarily want to celebrate with food, celebrate with a parade! No matter where your school is, there is probably some sort of Thanksgiving parade or other Thanksgiving festivities going on in the area! All you have to do is ask around. Grab a bunch of friends and celebrate together.

Local Town City Thanksgiving Parade

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4. Skype with Family & Friends

If you have family or friends that are back home or friends who decided to go home for the holiday, ask them to get together and Skype with you before or after their Thanksgiving dinners. Seeing everyone won’t make you miss home as much and will probably make it feel more like a Holiday. Friends and family is really what it is all about anyway.

Skype Video Chat With Family Friends For Holiday

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So if you don’t get the chance to go home, or choose not to, don’t fret. Any one of these celebration ideas can make your Thanksgiving on campus a little bit more special without emptying your wallet.

Do you have any ideas of how to celebrate Thanksgiving college-style? Tell us in a comment below!

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