Category Archives: College Life

Preventing Roommate Problems

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

I haven’t ever really been someone who has liked having a roommate, but it is almost necessary to have one with the high cost of living in California. My roommate and I started off very rocky because we’re very different, but we came up with a few ways to make our living situation better for both of us! Check out these suggestions if you need ideas on how to get along with your roommate.

1. White Board Communication

If your schedules are opposite or communication isn’t strong, get a white board or sticky notes. This way you can relay important information and you don’t have to worry about unread texts or not seeing each other. This helps my roommate and I if a bill is coming up, she’s going to have friends over, or she’s going out of town!

Roommate Whiteboard Communication

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2. Lost & Found

We had a big problem of getting mad at each other for leaving our stuff in the common areas. Now, we have a lost and found bin that we put each other’s stuff in so that the common areas are clean. If I’m missing something, I can most likely find it in the bin!

Lost and Found Bin Apartment Living

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3. Bills

This may not work for everyone, but we downloaded this app called Splitwise, which allows us to see who still owes what amount for bills. This leaves us both accountable and makes the amount we’re paying clear and visible so there isn’t any confusion.

Splitwise Phone App Money Bills

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4. Designated Shelves

In the kitchen, we have her stuff on one set of shelves, and my stuff on the other. This way there is no confusion about who bought what item. This makes things a lot easier if you’re in a home where you don’t split the groceries!

Kitchen Cupboard Closet

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Living with another person can be hard, so you have to be proactive to make a positive living situation. I hope these simple steps will be helpful.

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5 Things To Stop Thinking About After Graduation

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

As I neared graduation, I couldn’t help but think of all the awesome ways my life was about to change. I knew after graduation I would be working full time in an office doing what I had spent so many days studying, and I would be living alone in a great apartment. Unfortunately, my road has taken me down a different path. Should you find yourself in the same position, don’t fall into the pit of negativity. It is normal for life to not always take the expected path after graduation.

College Graduates

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Here are some common thoughts you might be thinking after graduating:

1. It’s The End Of The World

Graduating college without a job waiting for you is not exactly the best feeling when you’ve been hearing about Sally and John who do have jobs waiting for them. You see social media posts filling up your Facebook about how so-and-so is moving into their own place is also not a great feeling when you probably have to move back home. Although it can be discouraging and sad, it’s not the end of the world. Your time will come, don’t rush it.

2. I Should Have Studied Something Else

I have just recently fallen into this kind of thinking. It just so happens I picked one of the most difficult areas of study to find a job in: journalism. Unlike other fields (like medical), some of us will have our work cut out for us just in job searching alone – but just because it gets hard and the road gets bumpy, that doesn’t mean you picked the wrong major. Remind yourself why you chose to study what you did. It’s important to do what you love.

3. College Was A Waste Of Time And Money

Just a heads up, the six month grace period after graduation flies by! Loan payments are not fun, but remind yourself college was an investment. When I catch myself thinking college was a waste of time, I remind myself that just because it may not have paid off yet, doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good decision. Use this somewhat-negative thinking to kick yourself into high gear for finding a job!

4. This Is Embarrassing

“Have you found a job yet?” “What are you doing with all of your free time?” “Your friends found jobs, didn’t they?” These are the kinds of questions you might get after you’ve graduated and several months have gone by. You may want to crawl under a rock and you may want to heave a big sigh and leave the room. You may feel your cheeks heat up with embarrassment because the person asking you these questions is reminding you of your circumstances. Don’t feel the need to explain yourself to this person, but if you do, be honest. Tell them life isn’t so easy, but you’re doing your best. You don’t have to justify yourself to anyone except yourself, and if you are okay with the decisions you are making, everyone else should be too.

5. I Should Be In The Same Place As So-And-So

In life, comparing yourself to others is a dangerous act. Although, it is easy to do today with Facebook and other social media sites where you can see daily what others are up to. Why keep torturing yourself? Your journey is different from everyone else’s, so comparing yourself to someone else is a recipe for disaster. Not all of us had the training wheels taken off our bike at the same time; it’s only natural not all of us will have a job and be able to afford our own place at the same time either. The worst idea is to push yourself into something before you are ready.

Proud College Graduates

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What thoughts have you had post-grad? How are you handling them?

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DIY Spring Make-Up

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The hottest trends in the make-up world this spring are having a bold lip, glowing bronzed face, and a stained cheek. High-end makeup products can range from $20 upwards to $60 for these products, while drugstore products can range from $5-$15. However, these DIY (do-it-yourself) methods are dirt cheap – perfect for the broke college student! These products are all natural, easy to make, and don’t contain harsh chemicals that are found in store-bought products.

1. Chocolate Bronzer

Bronzer is a never-ending trick that women use to get their skin looking glowing all-year round. Bronzer can be used to add definition to your face by contouring areas to stand out. Using cocoa powder, rubbing alcohol, facial moisturizer, and coconut oil, you can make four different kinds of bronzers. For more info and a video tutorial check out RclBeauty101’s video here:

2. Crayon Lipstick

Bold lips are very in this spring season! Lipsticks can be very costly, ranging from $4-$20 depending on the brands you purchase. Using just coconut oil and Crayons, you can create your own lipsticks. Play around with colors to create that bold spring look that is trending. Check out SofiaStyled’s video tutorial to find out how to make your own Crayon lipstick:

3. Cheek Stains

Cheek stains are the best way to add some color to your face. Using glycerin, food coloring, and some lip moisturizers, you can make a variety of cheek stains. The benefits of cheek stain versus blush are that they stay on your face longer. Which is perfect for the on-the-go student who needs a lasting cheek color. Watch RclBeauty101’s video for more information:

What are some make-up trends you are noticing this spring? Are there any that you make yourself? Let us know in the comments!

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Why You Should Attend Your Graduation

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

Graduating is the last decision we make as college students. Many people opt out of going to graduation, but then later come to regret it. Ultimately, it is everyone’s own personal decision to make. However, I would like to give you a few things to consider before you make your final decision:

1. Every Story Needs An Ending

After four (or more) long years of sitting in classrooms listening to lectures, there should be a commemoration of all that hard work. Not going to your college graduation is sort of like watching 8 seasons of your favorite show and then missing the series finale. It can leave a feeling of incompleteness. Although you may not think that now, you may later realize that you don’t feel like you finished because there never was an official ending.

Graduation Ceremony Friends

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2. It Matters To Someone

You may decide that you don’t need to attend your graduation and be completely fine with that decision, however you may have some loved ones who have been waiting to see you walk across that stage for years. More often than not, these loved ones are parents who are extremely proud of their little graduates (and if they paid your tuition, they have quite the leverage over you when it comes to attending the ceremony).

Graduation College Student Parents

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3. Diploma

In many universities the “diplomas” handed out during graduation are not the real thing and students have to wait a few months to receive their actual diplomas in the mail. However, in some schools, students actually receive their real diplomas up on stage during the ceremony. Before you decide not to go to your ceremony, find out if your school is one of these universities.

College Graduation Diploma Certificate

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4. Say Goodbye

Although you may have made some good friends during your time in school and have every intention of keeping in touch with your alumni, chances are you may never see them again. Things happen; life happens. Therefore, this could be your last chance to see all of these people one last time. And what better way to say good-bye than at a very joyous ceremony?

College Graduate Friends

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Again, ultimately the decision is yours. Just make sure you’re happy with your decision so that you don’t look back at it later in life with regret. And for those of you graduating soon, I would like to congratulate you all and wish you the best of luck!

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Happy Songs

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

When I was in college, it seemed like too many mornings I woke up and was not pumped up for class. Even if my first class of the day wasn’t until noon, it took some serious motivation some days to get my very unmotivated body out of my too-cozy bed. I finally figured out a great way to pump myself up for the day was by creating a “happy” playlist of songs with good beats and inspirational or funny lyrics.

If you dread getting ready to start your day, let me show you my playlist of feel good songs. Couple them with the windows rolled down on your drive to campus, or a warm coffee on your walk, and you’ve just set the day up to be a good one!

1. “Good Day” – Greg Street featuring Nappy Roots

With a bouncy beat and a catchy chorus, you’ll be tapping your toes and wanting to organize a campus flash mob.

2. “Best Day Of My Life” – American Authors

Even if you’re convinced it’ll be the worst day, this song will change your thinking around!

3. “On Top Of The World” – Imagine Dragons

Similar to “Best Day of My Life,” inspirational lyrics will remind you that you are unbeatable.

4. “I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown

Listening to these lyrics will make you feel good. It’s all about positive thinking!

5. “Don’t Worry About A Thing (Three Little Birds)” – Bob Marley

I dare you to try not to sing along to this classic.

6. “New Shoes” – Paolo Nutini
One of my personal favorites, I have played this song to the point where it’s in my Top 25 list on iTunes. Who knew a song about shoes could do that?

7. “Roar” – Katy Perry

This song has been everywhere, obviously because it’s such an upbeat song. Play this to remind you of the “fighter” you are.

8. “Say Hey (I Love You)” – Michael Franti & Spearhead

Again, another great beat that will make you want to have a car dance party or dance along the sidewalk.

9. “Smile” – Vitamin C
One of those songs everyone denies liking even though it’s super good! Bring yourself back to the age of those middle school dances! Vitamin C is good for you after all.

10. “It’s a Beautiful Day” – Michael Bublé

“It’s a beautiful day and I can’t stop myself from smiling.” Words you want to hear first thing in the morning!

Do you have a playlist of go-to feel good songs? Share with us in the comments!

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