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6 Ways To De-Stress

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We all have those days where it seems like there’s not enough time (or coffee) to do everything you need to do. Whether it’s finals, a hard day at work, or even just a particularly stressful day – knowing how to relieve some of your stress can be beneficial to your health, not to mention your sanity. Try some of these methods the next time you need to relax:

1. Take A Breath

If you start to feel the pressure, stop and take a deep breath. Breathing deeper brings more oxygen to your brain, which can help reduce tension and relieve some of that stress. It will also give you a moment to mentally take a step back from the situation.

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2. Talk It Out

Call your best friend or someone you enjoy talking to. You can feel a lot better after talking about everything that has been bothering you. Sometimes the person you talk to can even give you helpful advice.

Talking With Your Best Friend To Relieve Stress

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3. Go For A Run

Running can help clear your mind and give you time to yourself and away from any stress-inducing factor. In addition to being a stress reliever, it doubles up as some added exercise! The Endorphins your body produces during exercise will reduce stress, improve your sleep, and ward off anxiety. Make time to take a short jog or trip to the elliptical.

Going for a run to relieve stress

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4. Think Positive

Make a list of things you’re grateful for. People who focus on the positives are less likely to be impacted by stress. Write down a list of things you’re grateful for and remember to focus on these things at times you are feeling down or overwhelmed.

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5. Music

Music can have a major impact on your feelings. Listening to happy and soothing music can help lower stress levels from evoking positive emotions. Put together a playlist of songs that make you feel happy and relaxed that you can play at any instance of stress.

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6. Chocolate

How about having some chocolate? Who wouldn’t want to eat chocolate to throw their worries away? Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, which are not just good for preventing heart disease, but also are great for minimizing stress.

Eating chocolate to reduce stress

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Yesterday, I was walking across the street, getting pelted by the typical springtime Oregon rain and thinking about how many things I had to do. I got to the other side of the street and this random guy looks up, smiles at me, and says, “Don’t worry, smile! It’s not all bad! Stressful moments will always be there, but just remember that there is always something to be happy about and these moments will pass.

How do you relieve your stress?

 

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How To Make Quick & Easy Money!

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Now that summer is here, you are probably deciding whether you’re going to do summer school, where you’re going to go on vacation, or what concerts you’ll go to. Making summer plans then makes you think about where the money is going to come from. Whether you have a job already, or you have some free time and would like to make some cash on the side, I’m going to share with you a few ways I’ve made some quick, extra, easy money!

1. Pet & Baby Sitting

You’re probably more comfortable with one over the other, but I personally enjoy doing both. Lately I have been doing a lot more pet sitting because it’s a lot less time consuming. If you know a lot of people in your area, just start spreading the word of your interest to get started! If you don’t know a lot of people nearby, you can join the free site, www.care.com. This allows you to set up a profile for both pet and baby sitting, and have people find you!

Pet and Baby Sitting Odd Job

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2. Sell Your Stuff

Several times a year, I do a major cleaning of my entire house. When I do this, I always find a lot of stuff that we just don’t use or wear anymore. I’ve sold things like old iPods, broken iPhones, jewelry, and clothing. You won’t get what you paid for it, but you’ll get more out of it than it just sitting in your closet! Selling your stuff is easy. You can turn to a pawn shop, eBay, consignment shops, and craigslist! Just always make sure you’re being safe with whatever outlet you choose.

Selling Old Stuff For Money

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3. Odd Jobs

Okay, so this one definitely isn’t going to be for everyone, but just hear me out. I am not a person that is a huge fan of cleaning. However, I have a little more incentive when I’m being paid to do so. I started by cleaning up one day for the family I pet sit for, and then she asked if she could pay me to do so once a week! I made even more cash for a place I was already going to! Care.com also has job listings for cleaning and odd jobs, which could mean something as easy as going to get groceries for someone!

Cleaning For Cash

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There are so many ways to make some extra cash so that you can enjoy your summer without have a 40+ hour a week job! Just be creative, and dedicated to what you do, and you’ll be at your favorite music festival in no time! Who knows, you might even find out you have an interest for doing something you never knew about before.

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Crash Course Guide To Living At Home This Summer

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If you are like most college students, you are probably going to be living back home this summer and working at some temporary job to try to save up money for the next semester. Summer with your friends back home can be memorable, exciting, adventurous, and pure fun, but living at home also means you live under your parents’ roof. Clashes can naturally occur between your free spirit and you parents’ authority imposing rules and expectations. I have found that there are certain measures you can take to keep your cool and live harmoniously with your family when you head back home for college break.

1. Accept The Reality

You are not living in a dorm anymore. That means you have to clean up and do laundry on at least a regular schedule. By showing your parents that you are responsible, you may even impress them and have them allow you more liberties. Keeping tensions low by acting and behaving like the full functioning adult we all strive to become one day will earn you the respect of other adults. Save your desire to cut loose, relax, and have fun for nights and weekends.

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2. Balance Your Time

Don’t be a ghost in the house and only be home for when you need a place to sleep. Your family is just as important as your best friends and you should want to spend time with them. It is important to go out with your friends and practice a healthy social life, but just balance it. No college student has ever lasted a week at home without thinking to themselves, “Oh my god, I need to get out of this house!” So, I recommend dedicating three days out of the week to spending time with your family (playing games, eating dinner, attending family barbecues or reunions) and spending the rest of your free time either with your friends or doing something you find relaxing. Don’t be afraid to bring your friends around the house for some hybrid family-friend fun too.

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3. Always Tell Your Parents Your Plans

Your family cares about you and wants to see you having fun while being safe and responsible at the same time. By telling your parents where you will be, what you will be doing, who you will be with, and when you will be back is a sure fire way to appease their concerns and allow you to participate in worry free fun. If plans change, let them know with a quick text or phone call. Not only is this a courtesy to your family, but it is also a smart safety tactic. If something were to happen, someone will know where you last were and how long it has been before you were supposed to come back. It’s better to be extra careful and to show your parents you are responsible enough without them having to nag you for your plans.

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Although it may not be the easiest thing to move back home after living on your own, make the best of it. You will be heading back to campus before you know it and you will actually miss your family. How do you deal with adjusting back to home life?

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Tinder: Dating App Review

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Described as the modern “Hot-or-Not” and quite possibly the most superficial dating app available, Tinder has made a splash in college life. I recently decided to give this app a try.

1. How It Works

Everyone who downloads the free app has to have a Facebook account. The app pulls a few photos from your Facebook profile and you fill in your own mini-biography. You control who shows up in your “matches” by setting a geographical range and you can get an idea of who they are based on their photos and biography. You can even see which mutual friends and interests you have in common. Swipe their photo left if you aren’t interested, or swipe it right if you are. If they “like” you back, you’ll both receive a notification. From there, one of you can initiate a conversation. The nice thing is that the only way someone knows you’ve liked them is if they have liked you back.

Tinder Dating App

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2. My Experience

Most matches in my feed have been frat guys with most of their photos being shirtless and/or with other women. I’ve met some guys capable of great conversation and some not so much; some that are interested in long-term relationships and some clearly looking for casual fun. Fortunately, those people only looking for “hookups” or “fun” usually mention it in their biography, but sometimes you have to find out the hard way, after conversation connection has been made. Although, some good ones are out there!

Tinder Male Profile Dating App

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3. My Recommendation

No matter if you are seeking new friends, a possible date, or just some fun – check out Tinder. Even if you don’t meet “The One,” chances are still pretty good you’ll have some good stories to tell your friends instead.

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Have you used Tinder? What about other dating apps? What has your experience been like?

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Things To Avoid Saying To A Recent Graduate

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After college, I noticed I was getting the same questions over and over from family members and their friends, “What will you do now?” or “Have you found a job yet?” One family member made a point of saying how when she was finished with high school, she already had kids and a husband set up.

Sometimes what comes off as reminiscing, can really be taken as criticism, so if you find yourself getting the same irritating questions, feel free to show that person this list of things not to say to someone who has just graduated! You can even learn from this list when talking to fellow graduates.

1. Do You Have A Job Yet?

Hold your horses! Graduating college doesn’t mean we’re going to graduate with a job! Instead of asking this person if they have a job yet, go with the more appropriate, “So what’s next for you?” It’s less likely to come across as a put-down if they don’t have a job or even a job offer yet.

Post-Grad College Job Search

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2. How Much Money Do You Owe Now?

I understand that most people are just curious when they ask how much debt someone graduated college with, but we just graduated. We don’t want or need a reminder that we’re going to be paying back thousands of dollars forever and ever.

Student Loan Debt

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3. Why Did You Study That In College?

I don’t understand why some people choose to study art in college, but I’m not going to go up to them and ask them what they were thinking. There isn’t really a nice way to ask someone why they chose to study a particular subject or than maybe asking what job they are looking for.

College Art Major

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4. What’s Your Life Plan?

Not only is this a huge question, it’s also not something a lot of grads feel good answering. Sometimes we don’t have it all figured out. Plans change, job interests change, etc. Focus on goals within a year instead.

Life Plan

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5. Are You Still Living At Home?

Chances are if we’re living at home, it’s not something we’re psyched about. In a dream world, each grad would end up with their own place instead of driving back to mom and dad at the end of the day.

Living At Home With Parents After College Graduation

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6. Are You In A Relationship Yet?

Am I the only one who seems to get this question on the regular from family members? Sometimes it feels like we’re reverting back to the 50s when women and men were supposed to graduate not just with a degree, but with a marriage proposal too.

College Relationship Couple

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7. You Should Have….

Ever hear the phrase, ‘Unsolicited advice is often taken as criticism?’ If you’re offering advice to someone who hasn’t requested it, it has a high chance of backfiring and being taken offensively.

Criticism Ignored

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8. Why Didn’t You….?

Again, this could be taken as criticism. We are doing the best we can with the knowledge we have. It is only natural for us to make mistakes – that is part of living life.

Annoyed Graduate

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Everyone is different, and so are their lives. What might be good for one person may not necessarily be good for another. Everything will fall into place over time.

 

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