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5 Reasons To Study Abroad

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

One of the most unique opportunities offered by colleges these days are the various study abroad programs. There are so many different options when choosing to study abroad. If your school doesn’t offer it directly, there are tons of organizations that offer abroad education. If you’re looking to get school credit, you could always just ask your college for approval if it is not associated with them. However, studying abroad is a valuable experience even if you don’t receive college credit.

Here are the top 5 reasons I believe you should study abroad before you graduate:

1. Learn More About Other Cultures

I’m going to Spain next month to study abroad, and for the past six months I’ve been doing research about the country and I have learned so many things I never knew. I already feel more educated not only about Spain, but of Europe. When I go, I’ll be able to experience their way of life, their culture, and the way that their public relations firms are ran. Whatever field you’re studying, studying abroad can expand your knowledge and allow you to gain valuable skills that will impress future job interviewers.

2. Get A Leg Up On The Competition

Even though there are various programs throughout the world, less than 10% of undergraduate students study abroad. No matter what field you are in, going abroad will definitely set you apart from the rest.

3. Its Cheaper Than To Travel On Your Own

One of the main reasons students don’t opt to do a semester or a year overseas is because they fear the cost of the program will be too high. With most schools, mine included, there are a ton of scholarships offered specifically for abroad education. You can also apply for financial aid to help bring down the cost. Most programs will have package deals that the school sets up, so your overall trip is dramatically cheaper than if you were to travel on your own time. If traveling is an interest of yours, definitely do it this way as a student while you can.

4. You Create Strong Bonds With The Other Students

You’re normally with a group of about 15 to 30 people, depending on your program. I’ll be travelling with 25. The experiences you’ll create with these people will turn into great memories that’ll last forever because you will be learning and exploring together. I haven’t even left yet and I’ve already become so close with the girl I’ll be rooming with while we’re there. This has helped me a lot since this is my first year at a new school too!

5. It Makes Summer School Seem Not So Bad

I feel like I am so lucky because not only am I getting to take two classes that I need to graduate, but I also get to go to Europe for my first time. I’ve always taken summer school, but it is honestly difficult to get through. My friends that take trips, and make plans for all summer, definitely leave me jealous, but now, I’m able to have a great vacation and get the credits I need this summer!

Whether you’re at a school that has study abroad programs or not, there are hundreds of programs throughout the world that allow students to take part in a once in a lifetime opportunity. You can broaden your perspective on culture, lifestyles, and field of study. I encourage you to at least look into a few programs and start daydreaming about where you’d want to go. Remember, don’t get discouraged about cost because sometimes your school can help!

Leave a comment if you have traveled abroad or are planning to. Where did you, or are planning to, go? Share your experience with us!

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Creative DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day is May 10th, do you know what you’re getting your mom?

Rest assured, even if you’re on a tight budget – which, let’s face it, all college students are – there are still some creative do-it-yourself Mother’s Day gifts that you can make to show your mom, or the mother figure in your life, just how much you love and appreciate her.

1. Decorative Candle Holders

It may be easy to just go to the store and buy some candles, but why not personalize some basic candles to add that special touch? Head to a nearby dollar or craft supplies store to pick up a few materials, then head home to create this shimmery delight for your mom. She will be sure to love it!

2. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

What mom doesn’t love chocolate? Everyone loves a little sweet treat every now and then, and this one doesn’t cost a fortune. Pick up some strawberries, chocolate chips, and make sure you have vegetable oil on hand. You can even add sprinkles, as demonstrated in the video. These can either be a decadent dessert, or a tasty side to a home-cooked breakfast made by you!

3. Photo Collage

If you have family photo albums (not the kind that are online), snag a few of your favorites of you and your mom and make copies. You can get a cheap picture frame at the dollar store for this idea. In this tutorial, ribbon is used in place of the traditional glass front, but you can do whichever one you think your mom would love more.

4. Sharpie Mug

I have done this for my mom and she absolutely loved it. For this project, all you’ll need are oil-based Sharpies, which you can find in a bunch of different colors at a craft store for under $10, and a plain mug (or plate, flower pot, etc.) from the dollar store. You can write lyrics to her favorite song, an inside joke between you two, a personal message, or draw a cute design.

5. Scented Bath Salts

Your mom deserves to take a break every now and then just to relax and rejuvenate. Make her some sweet-scented bath salts so she can enjoy a nice hot bath! The ingredients used for this DIY are things you’ll probably already have in your kitchen. If you know her favorite smell, pick it up as an essential oil at a craft store. Not sure what she’ll like? You can’t go wrong with vanilla or lavender!

The most important thing is to make your mom feel special and that she is truly appreciated for all that she does. If you are planning to make something for your mom this year, share what it is in a comment below!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Going Green For Earth Day

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BookRenter Blogger Biography Cameron Tranchemontagne

Earth Day started in 1970 to recognize the need for and celebrate environmental protection. Now, it is a global event, celebrated annually on April 22nd. There are typically many different festivals or events that occur on Earth Day with lots of activities to educate people on how to “go green.” “Going green” means to act in a way that is environmentally friendly that will protect the environment and sustain natural resources. There are many different ways (some simple, others creative) to “go green” this Earth Day and help make a difference!

1. Save Energy At Home

This is at the top of my list because it is the most common (and a simple) way to try to live green. Try reducing your utility usage (water, electricity, and heat/air conditioning) and not only will the environment thank you, but so will your wallet! Reducing the amount of utilities you use will save you money and the earth’s resources. Turn off unused lights, upgrade to more efficient appliances, reduce water usage, and insulate your windows and walls to conserve heat/air conditioning. Instead of sitting at home and watching television or playing videogames, consider going on a walk, exercising, learning to play an instrument (that’s not electric), or planting a tree! Distract yourself from the use of utilities for a while to make a difference and when you eventually do return to watching Netflix, please do so responsibly.

2. Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

This is a creative option that not many people consider. Using just vinegar, baking soda, lemons, and soap you can make your own cleaning supplies that are environmentally friendly. What most people don’t think about when using regular cleaning supplies is if the product label says it’s toxic to people, wouldn’t that imply that it is not so great for environment either? Pouring those cleaning supplies down the drain, or throwing away a Windex-soaked paper towel, exposes the environment to these toxins. Some products are labeled as eco-friendly, but be sure to read the label to be sure. Even still, you are better off creating your own cleaning products since you know the materials used first hand and will probably spend less money for them.

3. Buy Used And Donate Items

Buying and donating used items (that are still in good condition) are great ways to reuse and recycle items. Unfortunately, not a lot of people like to own previously used items because they want the newest stuff for themselves. This is the most common mentality since we have been taught how to be good consumers. However, this has led to overproduction of goods and an increase in waste. Not only is buying used a good way to “go green,” but it is also a great way to spend less money. Garage sales, thrift stores, consignment shops, and searching online are all great places to look for discounted used items. Also, buying used does not classify you as “lower class.” It classifies you as smart, responsible, and caring.

4. Buy Local Food

Do you know where your food comes from when you buy it from a store? It is likely that it traveled about 1,500 miles before ever reaching your dinner plate. Think about it. You are relying on the necessity of oil to have your food shipped to you. Oil debate aside, this takes a huge toll on the environment and disenfranchises local farmers trying to make a living with responsible farming practices such as intermittent grazing. If you buy from a local farmer’s market not only are you supporting that farmer, but you are also supporting your local economy and likely buying food that tastes much superior. You are also reducing the distance from the source, which reduces how many people handle your food, how much time your food is sitting on a shelf or in a truck, and you actually decrease the risk of your food expiring too soon or picking up a bacterium along the way. Fresh, local food tastes good, feels good, and does the body good.

These ideas are only a few ways you can “go green” for Earth Day, or any day for that matter. Sometimes small steps towards living an environmentally friendly life can make a big difference.

Leave a comment below to tell us how you’re helping the environment!

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5-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

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Sylwia BaranBookRenter Blogger Biography

After what seems to have been the longest winter yet, it’s time to shed the winter blues and welcome spring with open arms! This is the time when many of us like to do some spring cleaning to have a fresh start to spring.

This spring, really get some cleaning done by taking our 5 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge:

Day 1 – Clean Out Your Closet

It’s time to clean, organize, and get rid of all that old stuff in all of your closet(s). Put away the winter wear, pull out your spring wear, and donate all the clothes that you know you will never wear again. Let your friends help and take their pick of anything they want to keep. Another good idea is to sell any unwanted items through websites and apps like Poshmark.

Day 2 – Filter Your Social Media And Email

We spend so much time on online that it’s important to take time to clean out old emails (especially junk/spam) and our social media pages. Go through your Facebook, Instagram, and all other social media profiles and filter out whatever and whoever you wish to remove. After a while, a lot of stuff can just continue to build up without even realizing it.

Day 3 – Clean Up Your Schedule

As the days get warmer and longer, we begin to have a lot more to do and not enough time to do it all. Go through your schedule and organize your plans and due-dates. If you don’t have a planner, now is the time to put one together. This will help you to keep you organized and will actually help to alleviate any tension by not having to stress about remembering certain things.

Day 4 – Detox Your Body

Nothing will make you feel fresher than a nice detox to get rid of all the toxins in your body. You can start slow or plunge right into it with a hard core 7-day detox that will leave you feeling great. Be sure to do some research before starting any new regimen.

Day 5 – Find Your Inner Peace

The most important of all of these is to de-clutter your mind. Days 1-4 should help to achieve this a little bit easier, but the key is to do things to help you relax and rejuvenate your inner peace. A few good ideas would be to take a long walk, a relaxing bath, or even take a day or two without any electronic gadgets! The last idea might sound stressful, but you’d be surprised how peaceful life can be without the constant interruptions we get on a daily basis. It’s good to remember to make time to let go of all the stresses and the millions of things that run through your head in a day and simply free your mind. Without a clear head, your life will always seem cluttered.

Good luck and happy cleaning! If you are up for our 5-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge, let us know and if you successfully complete it, share your experience with us!

Leave any other spring cleaning tips you may have in a comment below!

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Simple, Harmless, & Funny April Fool’s Day Pranks

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

April is just a few days away, and we all know what the first day of April is – April Fool’s Day! What better way to celebrate the beginning of spring with a little bit of light humor? It’s a great time to punk your roommate, classmate, and other friends and family! In case you were in need of any simple funny ideas, I have compiled a list of harmless pranks perfect for April Fool’s Day:

1. Tied Up

Grab a bunch of rubber bands and wrap them around your prankee’s cell phone when they aren’t looking. Then call them and watch as they struggle to take the rubber bands off one by one to answer the call.

2. Cursor Gone Crazy

Attach a wireless mouse to your prankee’s laptop. Then head to a desk or other nearby spot and wiggle it once they start trying to work. You decide how long you want them to go crazy.

3. Messy Drinker

Poke a few tiny unnoticeable holes close to the lip of a drinking cup or beverage can. When your prankee goes to take a sip of their drink, watch as the liquid will dribble out of their cup.

4. Wet and Wild

Find someone who has one of those sinks with the water hose spray on the side. Wrap a rubber band around the spray handle and they will get a very wet surprise when they turn on the sink!

5. Lather and Rinse

Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish and leave it in the shower for your unsuspecting prankee. Their shower make take a little longer than usual!

6. Messy Hands

This one is one of my favorites! Put a dab of Vaseline (I like to use liquid soap instead) under a door handle. Their hand will slip right off for a funny gooey mess.

7. All Strung Up

Sneak into your prankee’s room and sew one long string through several of their underwear or socks. When they go to take out a pair, they’ll be surprised to see a chain reaction!

8. Delicious Snack

Replace all the yummy white filling in Oreos with white toothpaste. Offer them up to your prankee and prepare to cringe as they get a mouthful of mint!

Just remember to keep all pranks safe. Do not do anything that would physically or emotionally hurt anyone involved and remember to keep jokes light, simple, and funny!

Do you have any go-to April Fool’s Day pranks? Share them with us in the comments! In the meantime, check out this ultimate prank college students played on their professor:

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