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7 Things That Happen When You Prepare To Leave For College

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7 Things That Happen When You Prepare To Leave Home As an incoming college freshman, preparing to leave home is very bittersweet. A ton of changes are happening... you’re moving on with your life as an individual and you feel like your life is just a big ball of chaos. It’s okay. You will experience a wide range of emotions and tasks from now until you officially start class. To prepare you, here are 7 things that may happen as you begin to leave home: 1. Cherish Time With The Best Friend You’re Leaving You and your partner-in-crime from home may be splitting up, so you have to continue to cause trouble while you still can. This way, when you’re feeling homesick, you can think about all the fun you two had the past summer while you count down the days until you are reunited. 2. The Obvious: Excitement You may be finally moving out of the house and into your new space! You are starting a new chapter and making new memories. You can now recreate yourself or take time to discover who you really are. A new school, new faces, and new experiences are something to definitely get excited about! 3. The Other Obvious: Fear Whether your college is just around the corner, or a few hundred miles away, your new adventure holds a lot of uncertainties, which can be terrifying. The unknown is always a bit scary. Not knowing what to expect may make you worry. It is normal (and a part of the process) to feel this way. 4. Newfound Freedom You can practically do anything you want to do now! You don’t have parents down your throat about being home before curfew, because you don’t really have one anymore. Your life now is more in your hands than ever - just be careful to not get too carried away… Still, yay for freedom! 5. You Go To Orientation Your first official act as a college student will be registering for classes and orientation. This is a time to really think about the direction you want to start out in. Orientation is a great time to explore the campus, make some new friends, and start to let some of that fear subside. 6. You Realize You’re More Broke Than You Thought After looking at financial aid and student loan offers, you finally submit to the fact that your bank account will always look like this: $0.00. If your schedule allows for it, you may want to consider trying to find a part-time job on or near campus to help pay your way through school (or to at least just have some fun spending money). 7. You Have To Pack Up Your Room This may get emotional and make time a while, when it’s time to pack your belongings reality will sink in. You may have to completely clean out your room and for your bedroom to become your parent’s new guest room (this is not okay). If you don’t, only take with you what you need. All in all, preparing to leave home is a big ball of feelings that consists of happiness, excitement, fear, and a little bit of anxiety. Change, for most people, is a terrifying thing. Embrace the change though because it’s all for good. Besides, it will still always be your home, no matter what.

 

As an incoming college freshman, preparing to leave home is very bittersweet. A ton of changes are happening… you’re moving on with your life as an individual and you feel like your life is just a big ball of chaos. It’s okay. You will experience a wide range of emotions and tasks from now until you officially start class.

To prepare you, here are things that may happen as you begin to leave for college:

1. Cherish Time With The Best Friend You’re Leaving

You and your partner-in-crime from home may be splitting up, so you have to continue to cause trouble while you still can. This way, when you’re feeling homesick, you can think about all the fun you two had the past summer while you count down the days until you are reunited.

2. The Obvious: Excitement

You may be finally moving out of the house and into your new space! You are starting a new chapter and making new memories. You can now recreate yourself or take time to discover who you really are. A new school, new faces, and new experiences are something to definitely get excited about!

3. The Other Obvious: Fear

Whether your college is just around the corner, or a few hundred miles away, your new adventure holds a lot of uncertainties, which can be terrifying. The unknown is always a bit scary. Not knowing what to expect may make you worry. It is normal (and a part of the process) to feel this way.

4. Newfound Freedom

You can practically do anything you want to do now! You don’t have parents down your throat about being home before curfew, because you don’t really have one anymore. Your life now is more in your hands than ever – just be careful to not get too carried away… Still, yay for freedom!

5. You Go To Orientation

Your first official act as a college student will be registering for classes and orientation. This is a time to really think about the direction you want to start out in. Orientation is a great time to explore the campus, make some new friends, and start to let some of that fear subside.

6. You Realize You’re More Broke Than You Thought

After looking at financial aid and student loan offers, you finally submit to the fact that your bank account will always look like this: $0.00. If your schedule allows for it, you may want to consider trying to find a part-time job on or near campus to help pay your way through school (or to at least just have some fun spending money).

7. You Have To Pack Up Your Room

This may get emotional and make time a while, when it’s time to pack your belongings reality will sink in. You may have to completely clean out your room and for your bedroom to become your parent’s new guest room (this is not okay). If you don’t, only take with you what you need.

All in all, preparing to leave home is a big ball of feelings that consists of happiness, excitement, fear, and a little bit of anxiety. Change, for most people, is a terrifying thing. Embrace the change though because it’s all for good.

Besides, it will still always be your home, no matter what.

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5 Books You Must Read This Summer

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

School’s out for summer! Or hopefully anyway… Whether you’re taking off for the summer for a reprieve or stuck on campus with catch-up classes, you should take some time to relax! What better way to relax than to get into a juicy, quick summer read?

Fantasy, mystery, and crime await in my recommended summer reading list below!

1. Allegiant

by Veronia Roth

In the third book of the Divergent trilogy series, Tris and Four follow up with what happened in the second book and journey past the city’s borders to find out what is outside. Haven’t read the first two books? Pack all three in your suitcase or stock your bookshelf with the trilogy because once you finish the first one, you won’t want to wait to start the next one!

2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Sixteen-year-old Jacob travels to a remote island off the coast of Wales. There, he discovers what is left of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The abandoned building shows signs that the children who lived there were more than just peculiar. Were they dangerous? Are they still alive? Haunting is the only word to describe this story.

3. Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Yesterday the circus was there, now it’s not. Le Cirque des Reves holds many secrets under its tent, one of which is the duel about to take place between Celia and Marco – two young magicians who’ve been trained for this very moment. What they don’t know is that this duel ends in only person standing and this person gets to travel with the circus. Too bad they’ve already fallen in love. Now what’ll happen?

4. Saints of New York

by R.J. Ellory

Sometimes we just need a book that will keep our heart beating until the very last page is turned. Homicide detective Frank Parrish is on a mission to find a killer preying on young women. This is your go-to mystery book if you’re looking for suspense and something that will keep you guessing.

5. Gone Girl

by Gillian Flynn

Didn’t read it when it was first released? Now is your chance! Nick and Amy are supposed to be celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary. There’s just one problem: Amy has disappeared and Nick is the prime suspect. Told from both Amy and Nick’s perspectives, Gone Girl is one of those books that makes you think you know what’s going on, but in the end, you are thrown for a loop.

Summer is a great time to catch up on all those books we don’t have time for during the school year. So when you find yourself needing a break from homework (or family if you’re heading home), crack open a new book and feed your mind with a rich story.

Do you have any summer books to recommend? Let us know in the comments!

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How To Survive Summer Classes

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McKenzie Caldwell BookRenter Blogger Biography 6.10.16

Summer is all about things like going to the beach, riding rollercoasters, traveling, and binge-watching Netflix. If you are taking summer classes, you may envy your friends just a little bit for having more free time to enjoy these activities. It can be tough to focus on school during the summer, when all you really want is to take a break and relax.

It’s okay – there are a few things to make summer classes a bit easier:

1. Know The Syllabus

Did your instructor provide you with a syllabus? If so, how familiar with it are you? Whether a class is online or on-campus, it’s important to know what’s being asked of you. If your school operates on semesters, the summer class that you’re currently enrolled in is more than likely much shorter than you’re used to. However, in most cases, the material you’d learn in a 15-16 week course is now crammed into a 3-8-week period. This can make it very easy to fall behind.  The syllabus may include a grading scale and an outline of the work for the course to help you prepare. Reading the syllabus at least once could avert a grave catastrophe of missing an assignment or expecting certain assignments to boost your grade.

2. Develop A Schedule

Knowing how long it will take you to complete a task for your class is important. If there’s assigned reading for the course, how long does it take you to read it? How long does it take you to complete the homework?  How long do you need to study for a quiz or a test? If possible, try to overestimate. Give your self time to not rush through anything and if it takes less time than anticipated, then you have extra free time! Even if it’s just an extra 15 minutes, that’s still enough time to get a snack or start on the next thing on your to-do list. This will also enable you to make plans, such as when you’re available to work or when you can hang out with friends.

3. Reward Yourself

Summer classes can be stressful, especially if you haven’t quite recovered from the previous semester. Though you may also be working while taking classes, be sure to take care of yourself. Reward yourself for completing the day’s homework with a dessert, or a few episodes of your favorite show. When you’re finally done with the class, do something bigger like going out to your favorite restaurant. This can also give you something you enjoy to look forward to instead of just facing the next wave of school work.

Once classes are over, you can enjoy the rest of your summer!

Until then… power through it!

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Easy 5 Minute Workout You Can Try Right Now

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Do you want to get in shape, but have trouble finding the time to get those workouts in? If so, you are not alone! Workouts don’t have to take up a lot of your time. The most important thing is to get up and get moving.

Here is an easy workout to get you moving – and the best part is it’s only five minutes!

1. Warm Up

For a simple warm up, do 30 seconds of jumping jacks and another 30 seconds of jogging in place. This should get your body warmed up and ready to go!

2. Bicep Curls

For this, you’ll need a heavier set of dumb-bells and a lighter set of dumb-bells. Start with your heavier set of weights and do bicep curls for 30 seconds. Then switch to your lighter set of weights and continue this exercise for another 30 seconds.

3. Squats

Now it’s time to work the lower half of your body! Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, bend at your knees, get low enough that your hamstrings are parallel to the floor, and then stand back up. Remember to keep your back straight the entire time. Do these squats for one minute.

4. Plank

For this exercise, start lying on your stomach. Then hold yourself up using your forearms and toes, keep your back flat, and hold this position for one minute. Remember to breathe through this one!

5. Lunges

For this exercise you’ll want to start with your feet together, then step forward with one leg into a lunging position, then step back together, and repeat on the other leg. Continue these moves for one minute.

So there you have it, a simple workout you can do in five minutes! You can even do these in the quad or in your dorm, or anywhere. Pair this with eating right and drinking lots of water, and you’ll be on your way to achieving your fitness goals in no time!

Share your favorite quick exercises in a comment below!

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5 Last Minute Tasks To Complete Before College Graduation

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

You are about to graduate! You survived college and are now about to embark on a new journey! As exciting (and nerve-wracking) as this time may be, don’t forget about a few more things you have to do before you graduate.

1. Get Letters Of Recommendation

This is something that is a lot easier to do if you start early. You should have a good idea of which professors you have established good rapport with. If you had internships, make sure you’ve got letters from your supervisors there as well. The more people who can vouch for your work ethic, the better you will be able to apply for your future dream job!

2. Have Your Resume Ready

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you are probably graduating with a job already in place, or at least an offer. If not, that’s okay – just make sure you have your resume ready for potential employers during your job search. Your resume should be narrowed down to one page and proofread for any errors. It would be a good idea to have someone look it over, or take it to your college career center, to fine tune it. Make your resume stand out (but not too much), formulate a strong objective, and add in any extra skills you have that could be an asset for a specific job.

3. Plan Out Your Student Loan Repayment

Nobody likes to think about the mountain of debt they’ve accumulated throughout their college career, but ignoring it will only make it worse. Knowing where you stand financially is the first step to being a post-grad. If you have to apply for loan deferment, don’t worry. A lot of people choose to! Calling your student loan servicer is the best way to start a repayment plan since they can tell you your options up front. Weigh your options and get ready

4. Visit Everything On Campus

I graduated before I saw most of my campus, so it’s still on my list of things to do! Pretty much every college campus in the United States is beautiful in some way and has some (or at least one) historical building. Whether to visit places you haven’t been before, or you favorite locations (or both), be sure to meander around. Maybe take a few photos to remember it by. If you’re moving out of town, who knows when you’ll be back again?

5. Take A Photo With Your College Mascot

My university has one of the best football teams in the country (go Ducks!) and I still don’t have a photo with the Duck! Imagine how left out I feel?! It’s a silly thing you would not necessarily think to do, but one of those “I should have done that” post college things. It is a nice memento, so track yours school’s mascot down and get your snapshot!

Tell us in a comment below what last minute things you plan on doing before graduation! Or, post-grads… please share what you regret not doing before graduating!

Congratulations!

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