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What To Do Before You Move

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

After college, a lot of grads choose to move, whether it’s for a job offer, to volunteer or travel before settling down back home, or even for a significant other. But what do they do with their stuff? How do they make the move as smooth as possible? Here are a few steps to take if you’re considering moving.

1. Purge

Consider selling what you can’t afford to bring with you, or no longer need/use. For small items, such as books, CDs, or movies, you can either list them on Craigslist or take them to your local bookstore to see if they’re interested. You can list furniture on Craigslist as well. Kitchen items can be taken to Goodwill, because unless it’s a crystal matching set, you probably won’t have much luck trying to sell them.

2. Storage

If you have a lot of stuff, consider renting a storage unit for the things you aren’t taking. Monthly storage fees can be high, so call around to make sure you get the lowest rate. Another option is to share a unit with a friend who is also needing storage to split the fee.

3. Mail

If you have bills (cell phone, car insurance, gym membership, etc.), make sure you either transfer the address on the account or cancel it altogether. If you’re moving to a place where the mail system is not very stable, ask your parents if you can have your mail forwarded to their house.

4. Student Loans

Remember now, you’re in the “real world” and that six month grace period will come to an end. Have a plan so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute. If you know you’ll be out of the country when the time comes to start paying your loans, arrange online payments. Also, update your address with the loan company so any statements or activity reports aren’t missed.

5. Bank

As soon as possible, set up a bank account in your new area of residence. If you move abroad, make sure you let the U.S. Embassy know you’re in that new country. This is just a general safety rule.

6. Car

If you are moving abroad, you probably won’t be taking your car with you. You can either sell it or store it for when you come home. Maybe a family member has some room at their house, or maybe you could use the cash and are ready to let it go. Either way, make sure you don’t just leave it in the airport parking lot.

Where are you moving to? Let us know in the comments!

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3 Creative Lunches For The Working Student

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

For those who are working this summer, lunch is usually one of two things: either you are brown bagging or you are going out to lunch every day. Neither of these options are ideal. The sandwich you made in the morning is soggy by lunch, and going out to eat every day can really empty out your wallet! That’s why I like to make my own lunches the night before and get a little more creative than a sandwich. Here are my top lunch ideas that are quick, easy to make, and taste great!

1. Veggie Pasta

Pick your favorite pasta (my favorite is penne) and a few veggies and you’ve got yourself a lunch. I fry up some garlic, a handful of sliced mushrooms, one chopped bell pepper, and a teaspoon of olive oil. I mix the cooked pasta in when the veggies are soft and as a finishing touch I sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.

2. Salad

There are many different kinds of salads, but I prefer a handful of baby arugula and baby spinach. I toss in some fresh mozzarella with the juice of one lemon mixed  with a teaspoon of olive oil. This is very easy to do and tasty to boot!

3. Pita Pocket

If you prefer a sandwich for lunch but are getting tired of the same regular sandwiches, switch it up and make your sandwich with pita. I like to toast my pita pockets first, then fill it with my favorite sandwich fillings: tuna, lettuce and tomato, or ham and cheese. Toasting the pita is a lot better than a normal sandwich and the bread doesn’t get soggy like normal sandwich bread does.

Try out these recipes to spruce up your lunch!

Tell us in the comments below what you like to do for a fun, easy, and creative lunch!

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The Biggest Grad Mistake You Can Make

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Not too long ago, I realized I was planning my post-grad plans around the plans of my friends and family. Because I’ll be graduating soon, I thought this was a pretty crucial problem. Graduation is one of the biggest milestones in our lives. It’s pretty much the first test on how we are choosing to proceed with our lives, and only we can make the best decision for ourselves.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but when I was applying for all these different post-grad options, as seen in my last blog, I was considering how that would affect my relationship with my best friend and my parents. It wasn’t an entirely bad thing, because it meant I was considering others, but then I realized my friends and family don’t plan their lives around me! If I plan around people in my life, I won’t really be living my life for me.

It occurred to me that I might not be the only graduating student planning the next steps of my life this way, so I wanted to pass on a handy tip. My mom told me to ask myself, “If I was the only person I had to worry about, what would I do?” This is a good question to ask yourself.

If you have only yourself to consider, it suddenly becomes much easier to make difficult decisions. Of course, if you’re in a relationship, you do have to ask yourself how your decision will impact the other person, but don’t let it keep you from doing something. I would rather look back and say, “I am glad I did that” instead of “I wish I had done that.”

When you realize you should live for yourself, options and opportunities suddenly become much more plentiful. Let us know in the comments what your post-grad plans are!

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How To Dress For Success: Men’s Edition

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Back in April, I wrote a blog for the ladies on how to dress for success when it comes to job interviews, career fairs, and when starting a job in the business world. Now I want to tell you fellas out there some tips for how to dress professionally as well. Your appearance is the first impression you make, so make sure it’s good.

1. Suit

Black suits are also preferred, pinstripes are okay as are navy and grays. Tan and light colored suits should be reserved for the summer season.

2. Shirt

If you want to pursue finances, then stick with the white collared button-ups. Otherwise, cream colors and blues are nice as well.

3. Shoes

Your shoes should be polished and the color should either match or blend well with your suit. Sometimes you can mix it up, but this is a bold move.

4. Groom

Make sure you are nicely groomed. This includes a nice hair cut, shaved face, and even shaving the back of your neck to keep your hairline sharp and looking clean.

5. Tie

Learning how to tie a tie is a very useful skill to have. There are many different ways to tie a tie, but the Full Windsor is the most professional.

When presenting yourself to a potential employer, especially as a college student or a recent graduation, looking professional portrays that you act professionally. Watch this video below for further details on how to dress successfully.

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Post-Grad Options

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

“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!

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!

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.

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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