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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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6 Ways To De-Stress

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We all have those days where it seems like there’s not enough time (or coffee) to do everything you need to do. Whether it’s finals, a hard day at work, or even just a particularly stressful day – knowing how to relieve some of your stress can be beneficial to your health, not to mention your sanity. Try some of these methods the next time you need to relax:

1. Take A Breath

If you start to feel the pressure, stop and take a deep breath. Breathing deeper brings more oxygen to your brain, which can help reduce tension and relieve some of that stress. It will also give you a moment to mentally take a step back from the situation.

Female Taking A Deep Breath Outside

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2. Talk It Out

Call your best friend or someone you enjoy talking to. You can feel a lot better after talking about everything that has been bothering you. Sometimes the person you talk to can even give you helpful advice.

Talking With Your Best Friend To Relieve Stress

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3. Go For A Run

Running can help clear your mind and give you time to yourself and away from any stress-inducing factor. In addition to being a stress reliever, it doubles up as some added exercise! The Endorphins your body produces during exercise will reduce stress, improve your sleep, and ward off anxiety. Make time to take a short jog or trip to the elliptical.

Going for a run to relieve stress

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4. Think Positive

Make a list of things you’re grateful for. People who focus on the positives are less likely to be impacted by stress. Write down a list of things you’re grateful for and remember to focus on these things at times you are feeling down or overwhelmed.

Positive thinking

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5. Music

Music can have a major impact on your feelings. Listening to happy and soothing music can help lower stress levels from evoking positive emotions. Put together a playlist of songs that make you feel happy and relaxed that you can play at any instance of stress.

College male listening to music to relieve stress

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6. Chocolate

How about having some chocolate? Who wouldn’t want to eat chocolate to throw their worries away? Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, which are not just good for preventing heart disease, but also are great for minimizing stress.

Eating chocolate to reduce stress

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Yesterday, I was walking across the street, getting pelted by the typical springtime Oregon rain and thinking about how many things I had to do. I got to the other side of the street and this random guy looks up, smiles at me, and says, “Don’t worry, smile! It’s not all bad! Stressful moments will always be there, but just remember that there is always something to be happy about and these moments will pass.

How do you relieve your stress?

 

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Crash Course Guide To Living At Home This Summer

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If you are like most college students, you are probably going to be living back home this summer and working at some temporary job to try to save up money for the next semester. Summer with your friends back home can be memorable, exciting, adventurous, and pure fun, but living at home also means you live under your parents’ roof. Clashes can naturally occur between your free spirit and you parents’ authority imposing rules and expectations. I have found that there are certain measures you can take to keep your cool and live harmoniously with your family when you head back home for college break.

1. Accept The Reality

You are not living in a dorm anymore. That means you have to clean up and do laundry on at least a regular schedule. By showing your parents that you are responsible, you may even impress them and have them allow you more liberties. Keeping tensions low by acting and behaving like the full functioning adult we all strive to become one day will earn you the respect of other adults. Save your desire to cut loose, relax, and have fun for nights and weekends.

Doing Laundry At Home With Parents

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2. Balance Your Time

Don’t be a ghost in the house and only be home for when you need a place to sleep. Your family is just as important as your best friends and you should want to spend time with them. It is important to go out with your friends and practice a healthy social life, but just balance it. No college student has ever lasted a week at home without thinking to themselves, “Oh my god, I need to get out of this house!” So, I recommend dedicating three days out of the week to spending time with your family (playing games, eating dinner, attending family barbecues or reunions) and spending the rest of your free time either with your friends or doing something you find relaxing. Don’t be afraid to bring your friends around the house for some hybrid family-friend fun too.

College male with mom at home

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3. Always Tell Your Parents Your Plans

Your family cares about you and wants to see you having fun while being safe and responsible at the same time. By telling your parents where you will be, what you will be doing, who you will be with, and when you will be back is a sure fire way to appease their concerns and allow you to participate in worry free fun. If plans change, let them know with a quick text or phone call. Not only is this a courtesy to your family, but it is also a smart safety tactic. If something were to happen, someone will know where you last were and how long it has been before you were supposed to come back. It’s better to be extra careful and to show your parents you are responsible enough without them having to nag you for your plans.

Talking With Parents About Curfew Plans

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Although it may not be the easiest thing to move back home after living on your own, make the best of it. You will be heading back to campus before you know it and you will actually miss your family. How do you deal with adjusting back to home life?

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Tinder: Dating App Review

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Described as the modern “Hot-or-Not” and quite possibly the most superficial dating app available, Tinder has made a splash in college life. I recently decided to give this app a try.

1. How It Works

Everyone who downloads the free app has to have a Facebook account. The app pulls a few photos from your Facebook profile and you fill in your own mini-biography. You control who shows up in your “matches” by setting a geographical range and you can get an idea of who they are based on their photos and biography. You can even see which mutual friends and interests you have in common. Swipe their photo left if you aren’t interested, or swipe it right if you are. If they “like” you back, you’ll both receive a notification. From there, one of you can initiate a conversation. The nice thing is that the only way someone knows you’ve liked them is if they have liked you back.

Tinder Dating App

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2. My Experience

Most matches in my feed have been frat guys with most of their photos being shirtless and/or with other women. I’ve met some guys capable of great conversation and some not so much; some that are interested in long-term relationships and some clearly looking for casual fun. Fortunately, those people only looking for “hookups” or “fun” usually mention it in their biography, but sometimes you have to find out the hard way, after conversation connection has been made. Although, some good ones are out there!

Tinder Male Profile Dating App

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3. My Recommendation

No matter if you are seeking new friends, a possible date, or just some fun – check out Tinder. Even if you don’t meet “The One,” chances are still pretty good you’ll have some good stories to tell your friends instead.

Tinder Dating App 2

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Have you used Tinder? What about other dating apps? What has your experience been like?

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Budget-Friendly Mother’s Day Gifts

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It has been another year and now another Mother’s Day is approaching! Do you know what you’re getting your mom (or mother figure in your life) yet? Flowers and chocolate work well, but why not try something different this year?

Check out this list of budget-friendly ideas:

1. Music

If you know her favorite songs, compile them all together for her to bring along wherever she goes (a CD, on her iPod, or whatever). Not sure what she’ll like? Make a list of some songs that make you think about her – that remind you of good times spent together, or even just a playlist of songs you think she will like. It’s the thought that counts!

Music Mixed CD Playlist

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2. Collage

Make a collage of all your own photos of the two of you together over the years, or just your favorite moments as a family. You can even put it in a fancy frame to spiff it up!

Mother Daughter Photo Collage Gift

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3. Handwritten Letter

Not creative with photo art? Put your heart to words. Write a list of all the reasons she means a lot to you, ways she’s helped you over the years, or your favorite memories. Also, fight the urge to type it up. It may be quicker and less of a strain on your hand, but handwritten shows real effort and adds a personal touch.

Happy Mother's Day Homemade Handwritten Letter Card Gift

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4. Pampering

Not all spa services cost an arm and a leg. Either a chair massage or a simple pedicure – moms like to be taken care of and feel pretty too! This is a great way to remind her she isn’t just a mom, she’s a woman too!

Mom Spa Massage

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5. Her Guilty Pleasure

It can be as simple as a card, a hug, and her favorite candy! Surprisingly, my mom pointed out a coloring book (of all things) she wanted. Of course it’s not the only thing I’ll get for her, but the point is, all moms have things they do or indulge in to relax. What does your mom do? Let her know you pay attention by picking her up that special something!

Chocolate Guilty Pleasure Mother's Day Gift

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No matter what you choose, the goal is to make your mom feel appreciated. Put a little thought and time into your gift, and you can’t go wrong!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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