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Roommate Advice

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Throughout my four years of college, I had my fair share of roommates. From a bank teller who moonlighted as a stripper, to someone I had known since high school and considered a best friend. I learned some very valuable lessons. If you find yourself in the market for a room to rent or a roommate to move in with you, take this advice to heart. It could save you some trouble and even some money!

1. Best Friends as Roommates

I’m not going to say don’t do it, because it does work out for some people to move in with their best friend. However, there are a handful of us who it doesn’t work out for, ending in broken friendships. If you are interested in rooming with your best friend, be very clear about things up front. How will this affect your friendship if things don’t work out? Be sure it’s a risk you’re willing to take.

Best Friends As Roommates

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2. How to Find a Roommate

Craigslist seems to be the most popular method of finding a roommate, but be cautious. Try letting friends know you’re looking and ask them to pass on the word. Or if your university has Facebook groups set up (i.e. UO Class of 2016), post an ad in as many as are relevant. Also, let co-workers know what’s up – you never know what connections will come of it!

Roommate Search

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3. Interviewing Potential Roommates

When you do find someone compatible, meet up for coffee and talk about what you’re both looking for in a roommate. Be sure to bring up each other’s schedules (no one wants a roommate who is home all the time), whether or not you have pets (damage, allergies, etc.), boyfriends/girlfriends who might be over often, frequency of recreational drinking, and even references. Try not to make it a formal interview, but more of a getting-to-know-you meet up.

Roommate Interview Coffee Date

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4. Roommate Agreements

A Google search on living with roommates will come up with various roommate agreements detailing who does what chores, who writes the rent check, how often overnight guests are welcome, and when the noise level of TVs/stereos should be kept low, among other things. It might be a good idea to draft up something like this for your own peace of mind.

Dishes Chores Roommates

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5. Have A Back-Up Plan

Just in case things don’t work out with your new roommate, have a plan on who will move out, if that person will be in charge of finding a replacement, and how much notice will have to be given. It’s not the fun stuff, but it could be important later on.

Own Box Roommates

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Above all, have fun with it! Not all roommates are bad. You might end up with a great friend you can cook meals with and catch a movie with on weekends. Keep an open mind, be careful, and good luck!

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3 Inexpensive Recipes for the Starving College Student

Filed under: College Life, Food, Fun Ideas, Money/Budget, Tips - Angelina
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College is one of the best experiences of our lives. However, college food can sometimes be one of the worst. Being on a budget and starving can sometimes be a struggle. Here are three easy recipes that will satisfy your taste buds and save you money!

1. Mexican Hotdogs

Mexican Hot Dog Recipe

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Take a flour tortilla and spread a spoonful of beans onto it. Sprinkle on some of your favorite cheese, place a hot dog in the middle, and roll it up. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Afterwards top it off with salsa!

2. Potato Soup

Potato Soup Recipe

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Add peeled and cubed potatoes to a saucepan. Add chopped celery and onions to the mix. Add water to bring the items to a boil, but make sure not to cover the veggies and potatoes fully with the water. Bring to a boil for about 25 minutes and then roughly mash up the potatoes. You want to coarsely mash up the potatoes so that you have chunks of it in the soup. Add 1/4 cup of milk to thicken up the sauce and flavor it with salt/pepper.

3. Peanut Butter Fudge with Vanilla Frosting

Peanut Butter Fudge and Vanilla Frosting

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Empty a full jar of peanut butter and a whole can of vanilla frosting into a microwave safe bowl. Mix well and microwave for 30 second to 1 minute, watch carefully not to over cook it! Afterwards, pour the mix out onto the bowl and let it set. After letting it cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

What is your go-to meal when you are on a budget?

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Successful Tips For Starting A New Job

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The only thing more nerve-wracking than a job interview is actually starting a new job. The new environment, new people, and new schedule can be enough to completely stress you out. Here are some tips on how to make the transition a bit smoother:

1. Give It A Fair Chance

Sometimes the first few days of a new job may seem scary and you may find yourself wanting to quit right off the bat. Don’t be too rash. Give the job at least two weeks before you make any permanent decisions. You may find that after you’ve gotten more familiar with the work and get into the swing of things, you’ll feel much differently about the job.

First Full-Time Job After College

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2. Eat In

A great way to integrate yourself into a new company is to eat lunch in your job’s lunchroom. This way you can mingle with your co-workers in a more casual environment. Feeling more comfortable with the people you work with is a big part in feeling comfortable in your new job’s environment.

Work Cafeteria Lunchroom

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3. Manage Your Time Wisely

This is especially important if you are starting a full-time job for the very first time. For those who have never worked full time before, it may take a while to get used to the long hours. However, as long as you learn to manage your time, you should make a smooth transition through this change. The important thing is to give yourself plenty of time in the morning to arrive at work at least 5 minutes early every day.

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4. Take Notes

The first few weeks of a new job can seem like a whirl wind. You are being taught all new things and having all sorts of information and procedures thrown at you. The best thing to do is to take notes. This way you can look back on them whenever you are unsure of something. It’s unrealistic to think that you’ll simply remember everything, believe me – you won’t.

Take Notes At Work

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5. Ask Questions

One of the biggest misconceptions we have when we start a new job is that we shouldn’t ask too many questions. You may think that you’re being annoying, but I guarantee you that your new employer would much rather have you fully understand your assignment than you wasting time trying to guess how to do the work or to do it incorrectly.

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So, before you completely panic over starting a new job, take a breath, keep an open mind, and stay positive. Do you have any tips for starting a new job? Tell us in a comment below!

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Top 5 Summer Reading List

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Whether you are on summer vacation from school or you’re still taking summer classes, there’s no doubt summer term is usually a lot more easygoing than the rest of the school year. Classes tend to be relaxed and the homework load is usually lighter, leaving you with some extra time. In between hanging out with friends, taking weekend road trips, and hanging by the pool, pick up one of these books that are sure to be summer hits and great beach bag stuffers.

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

It’s already made box office history by being the top grossing romantic movie. Sixteen year old Hazel has cancer and is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she meets and falls in love with seventeen year old, Gus. Want to find out what happens in between and if the two get together? Rent it from us today!

The Fault In Our Stars John Green Book Movie

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2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Looking for a thriller/mystery? It didn’t take me long to finish this suspenseful story of Nick Dunne and his wife, Amy, who mysteriously disappears one evening. Suddenly, all eyes are on Nick. The book switches from Nick’s point of view to Amy’s, which will leave you switching sides every couple of pages. What happened to Amy? Did Nick kill her or did something else happen? Read it before the movie comes out in October!

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Book

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3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

If you’ve never read anything by Angelou, now is the perfect time. This book is a memoir of Maya and her brother, Bailey, who are sent to live with their grandmother in a small town and have to deal with prejudice of the locals. Maya later learns of love for herself and to feel free instead of imprisoned. This read is sure to touch your heart as a good summer read.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Book

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4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Another movie set to be released this fall, The Giver is a classic. Jonas, a young boy, is chosen to learn about pain and pleasure of the “real” world which contradicts his seemingly perfect community.

The Giver Lois Lowry Book

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5. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This is a book about the author who realizes one rainy afternoon that she isn’t living for the things that really matter. She dedicates a year to The Happiness Project and chronicles her adventures and lessons learned. Needing inspiration? Rent it with us now!

The Happiness Project Gretchen Rubin Book

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Which book will be making your summer reading list this year?

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Post-Grad Blues And How To Deal With Them

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Congratulations class of 2014! The stress of writing research papers papers and cramming for exams is finally over for you! Now that it is all over, you may find that you are not feeling as happy and relieved as you had expected. That is normal! Now that you have graduated there are all sorts of new responsibilities and stresses awaiting you, but it’s important to not let the stress overwhelm you.

Here are some suggestions on how to deal with any post-graduation blues:

1. Job Search

This is probably the number one cause of stress for recent graduates. The job hunt can take a lot longer than you had expected and you may feel as if you’ll never find anything. Just be patient. Look for entry level positions online and in the meantime, enjoy the time off that you won’t have when you start working!

Newspaper Job Searching

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2. New Lifestyle Adjustment

After over 17 years of sitting in a classroom, it could feel totally bizarre to just stop. It may take a while to adjust to this, but with time you’ll find yourself in a new daily routine that will start to feel normal. Some of you may even realize that you actually miss school and decide to go back to further your education. The important thing is to give yourself the time to figure it out.

College Male Sitting In Classroom

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3. Student Loans

While we’re in college we may not always think about the student loans that are piling up over the years. Then we graduate and all of a sudden the amount hits you. Debt can be a huge burden and cause tons of stress. So sit down, plan out a budget, and a plan for paying off your loans. Writing out a plan and seeing it can make the debt seem less scary and overwhelming.

Paying Off College Student Loans

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This is the time to relax and take advantage of your new found freedom. Do not let the stress of graduating take over your life. Enjoy the fact that you graduated! If possible, travel. It can be a great way to discover something new about the world and about yourself. You accomplished something great, so bask in your accomplishment!

Have you experienced any of these feelings after graduating? If so, what do you do to deal with your post-grad blues?

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