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Creative DIY Halloween Costumes

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

If you’ve ever bought a packaged Halloween costume at a store, you know first-hand that it’s usually not worth spending of all that money. It’s like buying a bridal gown: it’s something you’ll only wear once (unless you decided to reuse your gown as a zombie bride costume) and pay a lot of money for (granted, not as much for a costume as a gown, but you get my point). Making your own costume is often much cheaper and it adds a fun creative element, which will instill a sense of pride in your costume that money can’t buy. Besides, college students need every way possibly to save money.

Consider these options and tweak as you see fit:

1. Cardboard Armor

Whether you want to look like a roman centurion, a transformer, or a knight of the round table, you can always make some sweet armor out of cardboard. Get some scissors and some glue, plan out your costume design either by following an online template or freehand, and then get to work! It’s a classic college costume design that saves money and recycles leftover cardboard! Be sure to throw your costume in a recycling bin afterwards too.

2. Thrift Stores

Goodwill, Savers, the Salvation Army… Any and all thrift stores are great options to find cheap clothing that you can alter to look like a costume. One year I dressed up as Charlie Sheen’s character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I found a leather jacket at a local thrift shop as well as some ratty jeans that I could tear up to look like a greaser. In total, it cost me $8 – a steal compared to a store bought greaser costume which can cost upwards of $40! All I needed after that was to style my hair and get some makeup for exaggerated effect; which brings me to my next point…

3. Makeup

Yes, you can even do your own makeup without having to buy actual monster makeup. Now if you’re female, chances are you have some sort of experience with this. However, I am male and therefore have no idea about the world of makeup. So I asked my one of my female friends to do it for me! She did such good work that I was questioned by a police officer as I was on my way to my friend’s apartment that night. The point is: it’s still DIY even if you ask for help and you don’t need to buy anything marketed as a ‘Halloween product’ to have a killer costume.

4. Turn to Pop Culture for Ideas

If you still don’t know what to dress up as, a good bet is to parody something in the media. Some examples include but are not limited to: Donald Trump’s hair, a Californian Astronaut going to Mars in search of water. Or Mad Scientist Bernie Sanders. Group costumes are always great too with a bunch of friends: Power Rangers, a flock of penguins, hair metal band, etc.

Share what you will be dressing up as this Halloween in a comment below! Whatever it is, hope you have fun!

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Breaking The Habit: Procrastination

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

Procrastination is something that hits so many college students, and once you get in that pattern, it is so hard to break. I know, because I am the former queen of procrastination. For me, it started in high school and has carried on into every year of college, except for this one. This year is my last year, and I had an awakening moment before classes started, when I realized that I’ve never accomplished anything academically in college. That isn’t who I am, and I want to leave with my name on the dean’s list. I had to make major adjustments to do this, but here are the top three things that have stopped my procrastination and have me at all A’s this semester, with 18 hours of classes.

1. Use A Planner

This is number one because having a planner is something that I plan to continue to use even after college. The older I’ve gotten, the more important it’s been to remember weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, etc. I can’t remember all of that on my own, especially with classes. I carry it with me in my purse, and when a date comes up that I need to remember, it immediately goes in. It helps me keep track of the mass amounts of homework I have every week. This will also help you prioritize everything too.

2. Schedule Homework Time

Scheduling when I do my homework has been a huge success for me this semester. My work schedule changes every week, so every time I get my schedule, I take out my planner and decide when I’ll be knocking out my homework. Writing it down gives me a bigger sense of accountability.

3. Make School A Priority

You may roll your eyes at this but, I spent three years in college making everything else a priority, never school. I made decent grades, but my attendance was horrible and I was doing my homework last minute every time because I didn’t put school before anything. Word to the wise, don’t wait until your senior year like I did to realize how easy school can be if you just prioritize it.

At the end of the day, these tips will work for you, if you are willing to make an effort. It took me so long to decide I needed tools to help me stay on track. It’s never too late to get your priorities in order, and as a twenty-three year old senior, I hope you can at least learn from my mistakes!

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Don’t Fall Behind: Keeping Up With Classes

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Sylwia Baran BookRenter Blogger Biography





One of the greatest things about college is the new found freedom. We no longer have our parents nagging us to make sure that our homework is done and that we studied for the math test – it’s amazing! And yet, it’s not so amazing. We soon learn that support system that was pushing us to perform well in school is greatly missed and a lot of students struggle to keep up with their workload when those daily reminders are no longer in place. That is why it is so important to learn how to properly manage your time and develop skills that will ensure you don’t fall behind in your classes.

Keep up with your classes with these simple tips:

1. Schedule Study Time

When you’re in college, you have a lot more going on in your life than just your courses. Most students also have part-time jobs, extracurricular activities, family they like to visit, and maybe even a social life to tend to once in a while. That is why it’s important to set aside a certain amount of time each day to study and do homework. Plan out a couple of hours each day that you will dedicate solely to school work – and stick to the schedule!

2. Stay Ahead of the Syllabus

The syllabus is there for a reason – use it! No one is saying that you have to do all of the assigned readings for the semester in the first week of classes, but keep an eye out for what’s to come. If you find that you have some extra time, start doing the readings for the following week. If you know that you will have a big assignment towards the end of the semester, start thinking of ideas and even do some light research for it. Staying ahead of the deadlines takes a lot of stress out of the college experience.

3. Show up

This may seem silly to some of you, but many students enter college with the idea that you don’t have to show up to all your classes to do well. That new found freedom I mentioned earlier plays a big role here. It’s much easier to stay in your big comfy warm bed for a few extra hours rather than going to class at 8:00AM in the snow – believe me, I think there’s a consensus on that. But missing even one day of class can be really detrimental to your grade. Especially when you only have that class once a week, there is probably a ton of material that you’re missing. No matter how comfortable your bed is, get up and get to your classes!

If you still find yourself struggling to keep up with the heavy course load, talk to someone in your school. Colleges offer tutoring and help with dealing with these types of problems; use these resources!

What’s your secret to keeping up with your classes? Tell us in a comment below.

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Healthy Dorm Room Snacks

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography
Nobody wants to fall victim to the freshman fifteen, or whatever they call it when you still gain weight as a senior… Ugh. Unfortunately, if you haven’t already learned, the older you get, the harder it is to keep a fit figure. Luckily, there are a few snacks that are not only tasty, but have a much better nutritional value than the chips in the vending machine down the hall.

Here are a few healthy dorm room snack ideas to satisfy the cravings and keep fit:

1. Meat & Cheeses

I’ve been keeping turkey jerky and light cheeses around to eat for a snack. The turkey gives me protein and keeps me full, and the cheese gives me a dose of calcium. Try beef sticks or regular jerky if you aren’t a turkey fan.

2. Popcorn

This is probably my favorite snack, which is evident when you open my pantry. I buy almost all of the flavors of Smart Pop, and I always have a box of microwave popcorn on hand. Popcorn has a great amount of fiber for you, and it’s very low in calories and fat. As long as you don’t eat movie theater butter popcorn, it is a very healthy and tasty alternative to chips.

3. Yogurt

I used to say I didn’t like yogurt, but that’s before I even tried it. Seriously, how can you know if you don’t like something if you haven’t tried it before? Now, I treat yogurt like it is dessert. I always get the pie flavors because it satisfies my sweet tooth without taking a big hit to my daily caloric intake. There are several types of yogurt, and many flavors.Test them all out until you find something that will alleviate your sweet tooth!

4. Fruit

This is one of the more obvious options, but it’s so important to learn early on how vital fruit is in our diet. A lot of weight loss systems, such as weight watchers, don’t even require you to log when you eat fruit because of all of the benefits you receive. When you shop right, fruit can be a lot cheaper than buying bags of chips, or candy. I make small to-go containers everyday that have just a small portion of my favorite fruits to take with me because it’s easy to pull out and snack on in class.

There are so many foods andsnacks out there that are delicious, but you have to find the balance between tasty and good for you. It’s so easy to snack when you’re in the dorm and just hanging out, but try to think of healthier options. This will prepare you for when you need to start being completely in control of your own meals (if you’re not already). Start creating these good habits!

Share your favorite healthy dorm room snacks with us in a comment below!

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Homework Hacks

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

It’s that time of year again, when we all have to do our best to find a routine that keeps us on track. One of the most common things college students skip (besides class…) is homework. When we have a quiz or a test, we make sure we are present, but the same does not always so easily apply to homework.

Here are a few hacks that have helped me complete my homework over the years:

1. Timing Is Everything

I’ve found that if I can make time to do the homework assignment right after the lecture, I get it done. Not only that, I get a much better grade because the lesson is fresh on my mind! Procrastination can get you into trouble. Just get it done and over with and you’ll be golden.

2. Do The Work

I stress this because after two years of blowing off reading assignments, I can honestly tell you that it makes a difference. I used to say I didn’t have time, but we do. Now, I read my book while I am working out, between commercials, or while taking a bath. I’ve learned to incorporate it into things I always do so that it’s less of a chore.

3. Constant Reminders

If you really struggle with remembering to do assignments, your best bet is to annoy yourself with continuous reminders. Set several alarms throughout the day, have a board in your room that you can write your assignments, write it on your hand – do whatever it takes! If I really have trouble, I’ll even tell my roommate to remind me when I get home everyday to do my homework!

4. Find A Study Buddy

Collaborating with other students is usually highly encouraged in most college classrooms, as long as you aren’t cheating. Share ideas and concepts, but formulate your own answers. If you don’t know anyone, try to meet someone. We’re all in this together.

College is supposed to be about preparing you for a successful life ahead. Well, one way for a successful future is to find a routine that works for you in your daily life. All of these things apply not only to homework, but to how you should carry through life in general.

Share with us what homework hacks you have, or how you turn your stress into success!

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