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Top 5 Summer Reads

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Inexplicably, reading during the summer break seems so much more appealing than reading while classes are in session. Perhaps it’s because it’s not forced homework upon us, or perhaps because it brings us back to our elementary school days when we had a summer reading list. Either way, reading is one of my favorite past times during the Summer and these are my favorite summer reads this year that you should check into:

1. Looking For Alaska by John Green

I read this book a few years back, but I keep coming back to it. It’s a sad book but a great read! It is a young adult fiction about a guy, Miles Halter, who goes to a boarding school where he meets Alaska and how she has a huge impact on his life. Miles is obsessed with the final words of famous people. His last saying was by Francois Rabelais, “I go to seek a great perhaps.” He seeks his own “great perhaps” while attending Culver Creek and meeting Alaska.

Looking For Alaska Book Cover By John Green

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2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This book is written by the same author as my first recommendation. It seems to be very popular this year. It is narrated by Hazel, a 16 year old cancer patient, who attends a support group and meets and falls in love with 17 year old Augustus. It is also a sad book so prepare to shed a few tears, but it’s a definite must-read that will make you appreciate life more.

The Fault In Our Stars Book Cover John Green

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3. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Yet another very sad book, but the best books are those that bring out emotions in you! Anna helps her older sister, Kate, deal with leukemia through her countless surgeries, shots, and transfusions, but is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life, even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? There has been a movie made based on this book, but the ending is completely different in the book than the movie and as usual the book is much better than the movie version!

My Sister's Keeper Book Cover Jodi Picoult

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4. Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi

This is sort of a self-help book on how to be successful and network. The secret to success is by reaching out to other people. It’s a perfect book for a college student because it is filled with helpful tips on how to reach your goals and keeping important relationships alive.

Never Eat Alone Book Cover Keith Ferrazzi

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5. My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler

If you think Chelsea Handler is hilarious on her late-night show, you’ll love her books even more! This is one of my faves from her. It’s a book of stories about Chelsea’s one-night stands; it’s sharp, funny and light.

My Horizontal Life A Collection of One-Night Stands Book Cover Chelsea Handler

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What are your favorite books? Tell us below!

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Summer School

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I have done summer school every semester since I began college. Over the years I have found a few ways to not only keep myself motivated, but I’ve also found how I can still have an amazing summer in the midst of classes. These are just a few tips that work for me that some of my friends have tried recently too.

1. Choose Classes Wisely

I typically don’t like early morning classes because I hate waking up. However, during the summer you have to make a decision, would you rather wake up and be done with class earlier? Or, would you rather sleep in and go to class later in the day? Every person will answer that differently, but you have to remember that this isn’t a normal semester, so your plans should be based off of your summer schedule.

Girl sitting outside on bench with laptop and books studying for summer and online courses

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2. Pick A Flexible Job

Don’t pick up a summer job and make that your number one priority before summer school. Yes, money is something we all need, and it’s also really great to work during the summer – but don’t forget you are spending money to take these classes, so make it worth it! Try to pick a job that is going to allow you to have the time you need to focus on school. The semester is shorter, but with just as much work with less time to do it, so you have to make sure you’re able to keep up.

Guy Lifeguard On Duty Summer Job By The Pool

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3. Keep Motivated

If you take a class you are good at and enjoy, it is easier to stay motivated. I have noticed that when I used to take summer classes in a subject that I struggle with (like math or science), I had a much harder time staying focused. Classes for my major and general education, I didn’t have as much of an issue with and I ended up getting much better grades. Don’t pick your toughest classes just because the semester is shorter, that absolutely does not mean the class will be easier!

Summer Class Reading On The Beach

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Taking summer courses is not for everyone, but it has definitely been something that I am glad I’ve done. Whether you want the afternoon for fun, or you want to sleep until noon, figure out what works best for your summer schedule and make it happen!

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Post-Grad Options

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“If you can’t jump over life’s hurdles, limbo under them.”

This is exactly how I am approaching life after graduation. There have been many articles addressing the struggles the graduating class of 2013 will be facing in finding a job so soon after a recession. Discouraging is not the only word that comes to mind when we think about the task at hand. And don’t even talk to us about what we say when family ask us what our next steps are.

I have been feeling nervous about life post-grad. I’ve been applying for jobs since March and there hasn’t been a single call of interest. I eventually grew sick of feeling helpless and finally channeled that frustration into not only finding other options, but into actually pursuing them.

Here are some post-grad options for you to consider:

1. Peace Corps

Last week I had my first interview with the Peace Corps and I’m already moving on to the next stage. I can’t begin to say how much of a relief it’s been knowing I have this as an option. A two year commitment abroad, rewarding life experiences, and $7,500 at the end? Sign me up!

Peace Corps Africa Volunteer

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2. Au Pair Abroad

I know what you’re thinking. A nanny? However, it’s not as unappealing as it sounds. The website I’ve been going through, Au Pair World, allows both au pairs and families to seek each other out for a mutually beneficial arrangement. As an au pair, you become part of the family, not an employee. You interview with different families from around the world, choose one, and off you go for as little as three months to as long as 24 months. My interviews are next week!

Au Pair Family Girls

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3. Teach Abroad

To be specific, for me it’s the Middle East. When I told my family about my decision to try to teach there, they freaked out. “What is the crime rate?” “what if there’s no running water?” and “what if a war breaks out?” are only some of the questions they have asked.

Teach Students Abroad

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These are my top three options for now. Keep up with my blogs to find out more about these options and where I end up! College grads, look into your own options. It’s not a guarantee that you will have a job when you want it, but it’s a great feeling knowing you have fall backs.

Good luck!

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To The Class Of 2013

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Dear Class of 2013,

It has come to my attention that I might not be the only nervous college grad. While I have been pursuing my own options and feel comfortable with the ones I have to choose from, there is still a part of me that wonders where my path will take me. And I know I’m not the only one. To ease your mind a little bit, let me offer you some advice and comforting words.

Nervous Female College Graduate

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A lot of us don’t do well with uncertainty. We like knowing what’s going to happen so that we are better prepared to face what’s coming. However, it’s the unknowing that is the greatest adventure of all. You’re free to explore all your options – and I mean every single one. If you don’t get a job in your area of study right away, don’t stress about it. It’s going to take a while. In the meantime, take a job doing something else you love. It’s not giving up and it’s not settling. You’ll have time to travel, volunteer, and figure out what your next steps are.

Graduation is an exciting time. Don’t let the challenge of finding a job in this tough economy put a downer on your celebrations. You made it through four years of brain boggling math lectures, huge research papers, hand-cramping notes, late night study sessions, and back to back finals. Enjoy the fact that it’s over (at least for those of you not pursuing grad school) and get excited for what lies ahead. We all have the potential in us to do great things. Now it’s about reaching out for those opportunities and pushing ourselves to our limits.

Group of College Graduates Throwing Up Caps

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Congrats!

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Graduation Checklist

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Time is passing very quickly in these last weeks of the semester and this college year is almost over. For seniors, crunch time is now. Between finals, papers, presentations, and finishing up classes – there is a lot on our plates! Unfortunately, these things are not the only things you have to worry about before finishing up your college career. All schools are different, but my university has certain requirements that I am sure most other schools hold up to as well. Here are some last minute things to make sure to finish in order to graduate on time!

1. Apply

You have to APPLY to graduate. The school won’t automatically know if you are graduating or not until you put in an application. Your credits have to be checked and you will be notified if you pass initial examination. At this point in time, almost everyone should have already completed this step. You also have to apply for the graduation ceremony. You have to notify the school that you will be attending the ceremony and how you want your name spelled on your diploma.

Graduation Application Online Form

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2. Pay All Dues

Make sure you have no holds on your account. Check your financial status once again and even if you owe only $1.25, your account will be frozen and you will not be allowed to graduate until it is cleared.

Hands Up Everyone Pay Their Dues

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3. Loan Counseling

I am not sure if this is universal for each university, but we are required to complete “Exit Counseling” for our loans. We go online and learn how to responsibly deal with loans after graduation. This is another thing that can prevent you from graduating if not completed.

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4. Pass Your Classes

This may seem basic, but unfortunately it is very common for most courses to hold about 50% of a student’s final grade within the last couple of weeks of classes. Presentations, exams, papers are all weighed more heavily this time of year – so don’t take these assignments lightly! Do poorly on one, and your whole overall grade can suffer and could potentially set you back from passing.

Students In Classroom Group Sitting

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Although you need to take all of these things seriously, do not stress about them! Make sure they all get completed on time but also make sure you are enjoying your last couple of weeks at college. Make some lasting memories and have fun!

Good Luck Graduates!

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