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Things To Be Thankful For

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It’s that time of year again where the walk to class in the morning is getting colder, the sun is setting around 4:30pm, and finals are coming. For those of us who live in areas that get snow, the winter can be pretty miserable. It can be easy to forget how great one’s life is when you’re trudging through about 4 feet of snow to make it to that 9 am class. However, with winter comes holidays, and with holidays comes a nice dinner and family. The holidays, especially Thanksgiving, are a time to remember all the things we have to be grateful for.

1. College

Believe it or not, college is a privilege. Those who do not have the means to go are put at a huge disadvantage. That doesn’t mean it is impossible to succeed without a degree. Some people have great success without going to college, but they achieve this through extraordinary perseverance and dedication. College certainly lends a hand to finding a career. It is an experience of some of the most important things you can learn, lessons about yourself. There is arguably no better place than college to meet new people, try new things, and figure out who you are, and what you believe. It is an incredible experience that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

College

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2. Family

Family can mean a lot of different things depending on each person’s point of view. To me, family means more than just the people you are related to. Family is also the people you can rely on no matter what. Family is defined by love, trust, and making the most of your time together. As we grow up and start to form our own lives, tend to see less and less of our family. They are easy to take for granted sometimes. But they are people to be grateful for because they’ve had your back since day one and will continue to be there when you need them.

Happy Family Picture

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3. Thanksgiving

Sure, we were lied to in school about the true nature of the first Thanksgiving. Realistically it probably wasn’t anything like the holiday we celebrate today, but the now it allows people to take a break from their daily life and spend the whole day with family and friends, watch football and the Macy’s Day Parade, play games, and eat arguably the biggest and tastiest feast you will eat all year.

Thanksgiving Family Dinner

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Keep in mind how lucky you are this holiday season. What are you thankful for?

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Getting Fit On A Budget

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Darlene Megino BookRenter Blogger Biography

Looking to get healthy but don’t know how? Or are you looking to get a good workout in to lose a couple of pounds before the holidays without spending money on DVDs and gym memberships? If you’re looking to shed some weight and tone up, here are some fun, easy, and free workouts you can do!

1. YouTube Videos

Who needs workout DVDs when you can get a great workout from videos on YouTube? Whatever your fitness level is, there are videos that can help you get into shape. Whether you’re looking to shed weight or tone up, the variety of videos are nearly endless.

2. The Prison Workout

These workouts can be done in small spaces such as a dorm room or apartment. Like the conditions of a prison, you have don’t need much room and you only need to use your body to tone up. The workouts are based on repetition and your body’s weight. If you follow this workout, you will definitely get stronger and more toned!

Man Doing Crunches

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3. Running Apps

Running is one of the best ways to get into shape! If you’re a beginner and need a push to start running, there are many apps (most are free) that you can download to your phone to help push you. It has set running schedules made to push you into running harder and faster. These apps are like having your own personal trainer. It will tell you when to run, rest, and even push you to run faster. There is a variety of apps ranging from beginner runners to more advanced runners. Whichever level you are at, these apps can definitely give you a great workout.

Runkeeper Running App

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These are great ways to kick-start getting towards a healthier you! If these workouts aren’t enough, many colleges have gyms included in their student fees and tuitions. If you’re looking to get fit, you can definitely take advantage of working out at your school’s gym. If you need more help or tips in getting fit, you can also inquire about personal training sessions. A great tip I can give is, ask friends who are into fitness for tips on how to get fit. Most times, they’re willing to help whip you into shape for free!

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4 Campus Services You Should Not Pay For

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By Guest Blogger, Kevin Foor

College is expensive. One year of school at an in-state public institution currently averages $18,391, according to the College Board. If you go out of state, that number bumps up to $31,701. Because of the high costs of tuition and room and board, it’s essential that you cut costs wherever you can. In addition to saving money on textbooks by using a service like BookRenter, there are plenty more ways to conserve cash in college – and they come mainly from avoiding costly campus services. Here are four that you should avoid.

1. College Debit Card

You might think that getting a college debit card is a great idea, especially since many schools can load your financial aid directly onto it. However, these cards are typically chock-full of fees, including swipe fees, usage fees, and inactivity fees. Plus, having all that student loan money on a piece of plastic is only going to tempt you to spend it unnecessarily. Your best bet is to get in on the latest checking account promotions or to open an account at a local bank that offers a fee-free debit card.

Campus Credit Debit Card

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2. Errand Services

These services run the gamut. You might see signs in your dorm lobby for laundry pick-up, grocery shopping, or meal preparation and delivery. Don’t take the bait. College is tough, there’s no denying it, but if you don’t think you have enough time in the day to take care of these responsibilities yourself, try instituting some time management practices to free up the necessary time. When you’re studying, go to the library or another quiet area so you’re not interrupted. If you’re doing online research for a school project, stick to the matter at hand and avoid surfing the Internet or checking your social media accounts. Free up more time in your day and you can complete these errands on your own and save a bundle.

College Laundry Services

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3. University Health Coverage

Because of the Affordable Care Act you can now stay on your parents’ health insurance plan until you reach the age of 26. Take advantage of that and opt out of campus-based health insurance. This is another unneeded expense and even if your parents ask you to pay for your portion of the coverage, it’s likely to be less than what you would pay through your school plan since many institutions have significantly raised premiums.

College Health Services

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4. Dining Meal Plan

I was recently reading a college education website and one student commented that his food plan cost $1,325 for 100 meals. That’s $13.25 per meal. Be sure to run the numbers of a university meal plan before signing on the dotted line. You could save yourself hundreds by eating in your dorm room. Take advantage of cooking facilities and clip coupons to save money on your grocery trips.

College Dining Hall Plan

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You may believe some of these services are worth the cost, but don’t lose sight of how important it is to keep your expenses down while in school. Once you graduate and hopefully find work, you’re going to be responsible for personal budgeting. Save money any way you can during school and start paying your loans back as quickly as possible.

What campus services can you eliminate that are unnecessary?

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Finding Balance

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Being a full-time student, working a full-time job, and being married can all sometimes drive me nuts. I love it all, but because I give 100% to whatever I commit myself to, it can get a little overwhelming. My favorite saying is, “So much to do, so little time.” Over the past few years I’ve figured out at least a few things that make my life (and my husband’s life) easier, healthier, and more manageable.

1. Chore Schedule

I used to pick one day and try to get all of the cleaning done, and I only did this once my place looked like a disaster. It would take me all day and I wouldn’t have time for anything else. Instead, I decided to make a daily chore list to do a little a day and never let it get overwhelming. For example, Monday’s list would be to make the bed, clean the sinks, and clean the counter tops. Tuesday’s list would be to make the bed, clean the toilets, do the dishes, etc. Breaking up the chores into little pieces at a time has made life much more manageable!

Weekly Chore Schedule

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2. Use A Planner

For a lot of people, remembering things isn’t an issue. If you’re like me, you pretend it’s not an issue, and then reality sets in when you miss a birthday or a homework assignment. I got myself a tiny planner that fits in my purse, so that I have it 24/7. Every event, grocery item, and homework assignment goes in there so I can keep track of everything in a simple way. It’s all about getting in a routine and checking your planner every night or morning.

Planner Organization

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3. Cook In Bulk

Trying to cook every meal is way too stressful and time consuming. So, Sunday I do laundry and cooking. I cook some chicken, beef, and other meats for the week so that I can put it in different dishes all week. I may have a chicken wrap one day, and then the next day have a chicken caesar salad! This way, I’m eating healthy, but I’m not wasting time everyday cooking!

Cooking In Bulk

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The biggest part of keeping everything balances and staying ahead of schedule is to figuring out what is going to help YOU be organized. For me, it’s these three things that really keep me focused. For you, it may be something different. Whatever it is, when you find what works, you will dominate the semester!

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3 Things To Know About Going Greek

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Going Greek was certainly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. It helped with my grades (which needed severe improving), it got me more involved on campus (something every freshman should do right away), and it taught me life lessons that I likely wouldn’t have got anywhere else. On top of that, we have a LOT of fun whether we are doing community service or having a social. So if you’re considering joining a fraternity or a sorority, I strongly encourage you to do it. Just make sure you are well informed before you make a decision.

1. Don’t Tolerate Hazing

Hazing is defined as anything that one is forced to do, especially if it makes him/her uncomfortable or puts them in harm’s way. Unfortunately, a good amount of Greek organizations still haze – so be on the lookout. If at any point someone pressures you into doing something you would not normally do, that is hazing. Hazing does nothing to build true brother/sisterhood and usually only serves to amuse older members. What usually starts off as something lighthearted and funny can spiral out of control fast. Don’t let this scare you though! There are plenty of Greek organizations that do not haze and will be more than willing to work around a problem if anything about joining makes you uncomfortable. These are generally the most respected fraternities and sororities on campus and the ones that know how to stay out of trouble, meaning – you won’t join and then be kicked off campus before your four years are up. If at any point you notice or feel the effects of hazing, there are campus hotlines you can call to report it.

Go Greek

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2. Paying Dues

For those of you who don’t know, joining Greek life is not exactly inexpensive. Everyone has to pay a set amount of money per semester, usually a few hundred bucks, so that your fraternity or sorority has money to operate. This pays for things like philanthropies, socials with other Greek orgs, composite photo-shoots, the ever important house supplies, and gas for any brotherhood/sisterhood events you need to drive to. Some people see it as paying for having a social group, but this is a rather misguided concept. The best way to explain it is that the more you put into Greek life, the more you get out of it. Which is why the organizations that do a lot more events end up having higher dues. I suggest looking for a fraternity that is involved in campus life, but not so much that dues are unreasonably high for your budget. The great thing about dues is that every year the members have to vote on the approved budget, meaning if you think it’s too expensive you have some power to reduce the cost.

Piggy Bank Greek Life Sorority Dues

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3. Join For The Right Reasons

Did you watch a lot of college movies and TV shows when you were younger? Is your conception of Greek life simply a way to get to the best parties on campus and drink the night away? Well then I’m sorry to tell you this, but that’s not what Greek life is really about. Anyone can get into a party if they know the right people. Greek life is about so much more than solo cups and togas – it’s about forming an unbreakable bond with each other; it’s about making yourself a better person; it’s about giving back to the community; it’s about applying yourself in school, work, and all other aspects of your life. If that doesn’t sound like something you’d be interested in, then that is okay, Greek life is not for everyone.

Fraternity College Boys

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Hopefully you will consider Greek life and try it out for yourself!

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