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Balancing Your Time As A Busy College Student

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If you are like me, which I know a lot of you are, you have a job, you are a full time student, and you are in a relationship. On paper that may not seem like a big deal, but to do well in all three areas, it takes a lot of energy, time, and patience. Over the years, being married has helped me learn a few ways to maintain good standing in all three of these important areas of my life. Here are some of my tips that can hopefully help you maintain perfect balance between working, being a college student, and having a great relationship.

1. Designate Specific Days

This may not work for everyone, but having a date night for my husband and I, has helped out so much. Every Thursday night ( sometimes another night due to our schedule) is a night just for the two of us. We don’t necessarily have to go out, sometimes we stay in, drink wine, and play board games or watch a movie. It’s a night for us to do whatever we want. This also works for homework – set a day to get as much done as possible. I have class all day Tuesday, so my designated school work day is Tuesday nights. This help me to stay organized and know when I can get my homework done.

Event Calendar Time Scheduling

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2. Work Together

Sometimes it’s nice to do your homework with your significant other, that way you are still spending time with each other, but you are also getting your work done too. It’s nice because I don’t have to let any of my priorities slide and I can have an awesome study partner. You can also do homework with friends too.

College Couple Doing Homework Together In Library

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3. Don’t Do Homework At Your Job

It may seem like a good idea to kill two birds with one stone, especially if work is slow, but chances are your boss isn’t going to like paying you to do your homework. You can’t excel at your job if your attention is focused on something else and your homework won’t be done well if you’re not completely focused on it.

College Student Working Job

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A college student typically has a million things going on at once. Hopefully these tips can help give you some ideas on how to make sure your time is balanced so that not only everything can get done, but also so you are enjoying yourself without any wasted energy or stress.

What do you like to do to make sure you balance everything you do?

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Adjusting To Dorm Life

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

For many people, living in a dorm is a new and sometimes daunting experience. Many people may have never lived in a building with so many people before and may feel socially uncomfortable. Dorm life can either be miserable or the best time of your life; here are some tips to make sure it is the latter.

1. Be Social

Believe it or not, most people are friendly beings and won’t bite if you go up to talk to them. You don’t have to be friends with everyone in your dorm, but being friendly neighbors will at least make your time pleasant and enjoyable. I met some of my best friends in the dorms and you could too!

College Students Sitting On A Bench Outside Campus Gathering To Socialize and Talk

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2. Roommates

You don’t have to be best friends with your roommates. You don’t even have to get along. But the best way to make a living situation work is by being upfront and honest with your them if there is something bothering you. Be respectful of each other’s space and keep good communication.

Female College Roommates

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3. Residential Assistants

If there is one thing you should know about your residential assistant (RA), it is that they are normal students just like you. Be friendly and get to know your RA. Most of them love to meet and know their residents on a more personal level, not to mention it’s their job. Also your RA is more likely to let small dorm infractions slide if they like you. Just don’t do anything reckless that would force your RA to do their job and report you. That would be awkward.

Male College Dorm Residential Assistant RA

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Living in a dorm is one of the best experiences about college. Staying on campus is a crucial part to truly experiencing life as a college student, so make the most of it!R

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Apartment Living: The Do’s and Don’ts

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Despite my two years of college life, I have just began my adventure in apartment living. It took little to no time for me to learn the do’s and don’ts for the apartment newbie, and it is my pleasure to share them with you.

1. Furniture Shopping

You are a college student. What your couch looks like is not necessarily what you want to be worrying about. The price is the real issue. This year I have made a record purchase of just $45 for a couch and love seat set. That’s right, only $45! Goodwill, re-sale shops, even your neighbor’s side walk are perfectly good places to begin your search. Now don’t you shake your head at me! You will be singing a different tune when you get a couch for less than $50. And with all the money you save, you can get a cover for the couch and you can give it a proper cleaning.

Cheap Discounted Sofa Couch Furniture Goodwill Apartment Living

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2. Meet Your Neighbors

This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but you would be surprised at just how many people forget about the person living above them. Meeting your neighbors does not only mean you will have a familiar face to turn to, but also someone who can put out your trash when you are out of town, someone who will invite you over for dinner, and someone who could become a surprisingly fantastic friend.

College Student Apartment Neighbors

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3. Become A Negotiator

If you are living with a roommate, you more than likely have the same sized bedrooms. Or, if you are as unfortunate as I was, your room could fit inside your roommate’s room with space for a bathroom, closet, and the kitchen sink. Is it fair to pay the same amount for less space? Why of course not! Make a deal, split the bill depending on the size of the apartment. It may be uncomfortable but you will be saving some money.

College Roommate Negotiations and Agreements

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4. Candles, Candles, Candles

Depending on where you live and who lived there before you, there is most likely to be an odor. I have found myself infatuated with candles and wall flowers from Bath and Body Works,  scented products, and Febreeze.

College Apartment Candles

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These tips and tricks are sure to help anyone with their first apartment.

What’s your advice for apartment living?

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College Campus Living Tips For The Summer

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Some college students go back home in the summer, but there are also those who live on campus year round. Whether it’s a personal choice or a necessity, living on campus in the summer can either be incredibly boring or incredibly fun. Here are some tips that will hopefully insure the latter!

1. Get A Job

There are many expenses you face living on campus such as rent, bills, groceries, gas for the car, and it’s also nice to have a little spending money. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about your next semester tuition bill. The best summer jobs are usually the ones outside, like being a camp counselor, landscaper, lifeguard, or (my own summer job) exterior painter. But whatever you decide to do make sure you enjoy doing it, there’s nothing worse than going to work at a job you hate.

Male Summer Camp Counselor Job

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2. Get Off Campus Now and Then

Go to the beach! Go see a movie! Go hiking! Just don’t spend all your time on campus. It can get very boring, very quickly.

Group Of College Friends In The Sand At The Beach

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3. Be Social

College towns in the summer are nothing short of a ghost town. Suddenly even your annoying neighbors can become valuable friends. Lonely and bored is no way to spend your summer. Whether you are grilling some burgers or watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs, good times are always better with good company.

Group of College Students Watching Athletic Sports Game On TV

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4. Find A Hobby

For example, I play guitar and sing and write music. This summer I’m hoping to expand on that by buying some of my own recording gear and making something of my hobby. Some people jog, some golf, and others read. There is no better time to read a good book than on a beautiful summer day.

Guy and Girl Golfing On Course

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5. Be Spontaneous

Some of the best memories I have from college are because my friends and I randomly decided to do something ridiculous and fun. You don’t have to do something drastic like a last minute road trip, but you will laugh harder at memories you make on a random whim. If you are open to try new things, don’t worry about the consequences (unless legality is an issue), and stay positive. There is no limit to the fun you and your friends can have.

Girls In Summer Field Being Random And Spontaneous Having Fun

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Career Advice: Cleaning Up Your Online Profiles

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

You may still be waiting on that dream job offer, but there are some things you can take care of right now to make sure you are presenting yourself in the right light, starting with your social media presence.

A lot of us typically do not think about what we post as our status updates on our social networks. We don’t think about who might see it or how it could be taken, whether or not our profile is “private” or “public.” It’s important that we start paying attention to these things. Anyone, including potential employers and internship coordinators, has the ability to view our profiles – so make sure you are presenting yourself professionally.

To give you an idea how to clean up your profiles, here are things you should avoid posting:

1. Relationship Problems

Social media is not the place to air your dirty laundry. Invest in a handwritten journal or vent to friends and family in person instead of publically posting relationship drama.

Did you just break up with me facebook post

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2. Work Troubles

Upset because of the hours you’re working or not working? Get into an argument with a coworker? Keep it to yourself. Ranting online about employees, customers, or your boss can cost you your current job and prevent you from future ones.

Work Job Rant On Facebook Lose Job

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3. Legal Issues

Arguing with your landlord, custody issues, court dates, or suing someone are all private matters that should not be shared. No one wants to get involved with someone who is involved with legal issues, especially a future employer.

Twitter Court Rant Issue

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4. Alcohol

One celebration because of a job offer or graduation is okay. Don’t be continuously posting pictures or statuses of alcohol consumption – especially if you are not legally of age! Even if you are over 21, employers aren’t looking for the biggest partier as their new hire.

Drunk Tweet on Twitter Post

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5. Trashy Photos

Too often, my newsfeed is littered with friends posting batches of photos from their wild weekend at the bars or at parties with friends. Almost 100% of the time, they are inappropriate. This falls under the alcohol category but also applies to drug use, sexual activity, vandalism, and other controversial acts.

Drunk Girls Puking On Lawn

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A good way to approach your networks is to ask yourself, “If I were an employer, would this update or photo negatively influence my hiring decision?” If the answer is yes, don’t post it. Remember you are trying to present yourself in the best way. Think branding. It’s not just for companies anymore, but also about your own self-image.

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