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Spring Break Travel Tips

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

Who’s ready for Spring Break?! I know I am. It is right about this time that it feels as though the semester has been dragging on and on for so long that a break is much needed. For the lucky ones who will be honoring the long-time tradition of traveling to a gorgeous beach, here are some tips for your travels.

1. Spill-Proofing Liquids

Packing lotions, sunblock, perfume, shampoo? These are the things that can break in your suitcase and cause a big mess. On my last vacation, my liquid eyeliner cracked and spilled while in my suitcase. Lucky for me, I had followed my own advice and packed all liquid items in separate Ziploc baggies and so all of my clothes were safe. It’s a quick thing to do while you’re packing and it can save you lots of potential trouble. Just make sure you zip them tightly!

Individually Packing Liquids In Plastic Bags Travel

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2. The “Just-In-Case” Carry-On

If you’ve ever flown anywhere and discovered that your suitcase has been lost, you know what a nightmare this can be. It can take a few days for the airline to track it and get it back to you so you always want to be prepared for the worst. One thing I always do is pack at least one change of clothes in my carry on, a swimsuit (if traveling to a hot spot) and anything else I may potentially need for the first day. This way, if your other suitcase gets lost, you at least have the essentials you need for a day or two to enjoy your vacation.

college student with carry-on bag for spring break travels

Photo © She Knows

3. Tips for Tipping

When traveling to a different country, especially to all-inclusive resorts, tipping goes a long way. I’m not saying to drop a $20 every time you get a drink at the bar or have a meal at a restaurant, but everyone appreciates being appreciated. A good tip when it comes to tipping is to carry around a few singles with you at all times.

Tipping

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4. Drink A Lot… Of Water

Let’s be honest, we all know what Spring Breakers (of legal age of course) like to do on their Spring Break. But large amounts of alcohol and a strong hot sun quickly leads to dehydration and a ruined vacation. So remember to drink a big glass of water every once in a while to keep up your energy and to prevent feeling sick.

Drinking Water From Glass

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5. Plan Ahead

Before you leave for your Spring Break vacation, search for activities you’re interested in near the area, as well as any restaurants you’d like to visit. This way, you have somewhat of an idea as to what you’d like to do once you arrive and so you won’t spend your vacation time trying to figure out what’s where. This saves you both time and money.

Restaurants Near Miami Vacation Google Maps Planning For Spring Break

Photo © Mr. Zonbu

Have a great Spring Break! No matter what you’ll be doing or where you’ll be going, enjoy your time off! And remember to pack the essentials, especially sunblock!

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Dance Marathons: Giving Back

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

When I first heard of Dance Marathon coming to my college campus, I was hesitant to get involved. I have never really been the best dancer and dancing always feels uncomfortable to me. I figured I would still give it a shot so that I could at least represent my fraternity at a Greek hosted event.

I want to tell you that Dance Marathon is one of the best philanthropies you could ever participate in.

College Kids Dancing For Dance Marathon Fundraiser

Photo © Dance Marathon

The purpose is to raise money for local children’s hospitals. Many of the families who rely on the children’s hospitals have huge bills sometimes the equivalent of paying for 4 years of college. By raising this money, you can help pay for the services the “miracle kids” need. Miracle kids are children with injuries, diseases, or disabilities who will often make appearances at the events with their families. The twitter handle/slogan for the philanthropy is #FTK which stands for For the Kids.

College Guys at Dance Marathon With Kids

Photo © Dance Marathon

Yes, sometimes dancing can be awkward and uncomfortable. But when it is for such a worthy cause and everyone is participating it can be a lot of fun and the reward of helping these kids out is worth your time. It is $10 to register, and you can even donate more on top of that if you want to. The marathons can vary in time. Some go for 28 hours while the one at my school went for 6. We raised about $10,000 for the kids and some will even raise millions.

Make a team and get involved with your school’s upcoming dance marathon or you could even organize the event yourself. They give you all the steps to get involved on their website at: http://dancemarathon.com/GetStarted. You can also learn more about the cause and some of the kids featured on the website.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

In America, most of us hear “St. Patrick’s Day” and think four leaf clovers, dancing leprechauns, pots of gold, and getting pinched if you aren’t wearing green. But the Irish holiday is more than that and pints of beer. It’s a day to celebrate St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also pays tribute to Irish culture and heritage.

Here are a few fun ways you can partake in the celebrations:

1. Get Out

Check to see if there’s a parade or fun run happening in your area. Proceeds almost always benefit a charity, and by attending your donation will bring someone else good luck!

St. Patrick's Day Green Run

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2. Make Dessert

Try a delicious recipe like mint chocolate chip cookie dough bars, green velvet cheesecake cake, or something simple like shamrock cupcakes.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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3. Cook Dinner

Go green for dinner too and try green macaroni and cheese or Irish soda bread grilled cheese with pesto. Some roasted cabbage wedges would make a great appetizer!

Green Macaroni and Cheese St. Patrick's Day Dinner

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4. Create Cocktails

When everyone is finished with dinner and dessert, whip up a special Irish drink, such as an Irish Coffee Martini, and Irish Buck, or a delicious and frothy Hot Nutty Irishman.

Irish Buck St. Patrick's Day Drink

Photo © Martha Stewart

Rent a few Irish-themed movies, grab some board games, or go out dancing to finish up the evening!

What do you like to do on St. Patrick’s Day? Happy celebrating!

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Writing A Cover Letter

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We all know that a well-written resume could help get a hiring managers attention. However, cover letters are a crucial part of the hiring process too.

The best cover letters are specifically customized to the business and position you are applying to. Yes, this can be time-consuming, but it works to get your cover letter read and actually into the interview pile.

Here are some tips to make sure that your cover letter stands out:

1. Discuss Specific Details

Think of writing your cover letter as your personal sales pitch. You’re essentially selling yourself, your skills, and your knowledge to the company. Hiring managers are looking for details that show you’re familiar with the company and that you would make a good fit. Don’t think you have to go all out with these details. But by customizing your cover letter for each job description and making note of any industry-related news, new products, or recent announcements, it shows you’re paying attention.

Typing Cover Letter On Laptop Computer

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2. Show Your Success

Hiring managers want to know your past work experience that pertain to the job you’re applying for. Don’t just regurgitate your resume. Consider examples of times when your top skills had successful results and how that sets you apart for this particular job or internship.

Happy Female Job Success

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3. Make It Look Good

This last detail is so simple, yet it’s often ignored. When writing a cover letter, never forget to proofread your work. If you are customizing each cover letter to every job description, it’s easy to miss some details here and there. But if a hiring manager sees an error, your cover letter will go straight into the “no” pile. The same goes for cover letters that aren’t written professionally. While creativity is great, keep your writing professional.

Cover Letter Example

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When you finish writing your cover letter, send it off to a few friends or family members. Ask for their input to make sure it is the best it can be. If you send it electronically, make sure you save it as a PDF file instead of an editable document. That will give your cover letter the final touch!

 

What tips do you have on writing cover letters?

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Moving Back Home Is Not So Bad

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Before I moved in with my mom, I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing. There’s a certain stigma that comes with “moving back home” after graduation. I didn’t want to be one of those former students whose parents require them to pay rent, enforce a curfew, or try to control their life. But it hasn’t been that bad!

Here are five reasons why moving back home is not such a bad thing:

1. Helping Out Is A Good Thing

I get to be productive and do something instead of watching never-ending suggested movies by Netflix. It helps to not feel like a moocher if I’m living here by contributing to work around the house.

Washing A Pile Of Dishes In The Kitchen Sink

Photo © bubblews

2. Cooking Practice

I admit, when I was living with roommates, not only did I not want to cook a meal, but I didn’t always have a clean kitchen to cook in even if I wanted to. Now that I’m back home, I get to practice my skills and try new recipes when I feel inspired. Plus, I have more inspiration to cook since there are people depending on me for a meal. It’s a good feeling.

Cooking Food In The Kitchen

Photo © healthyinside

3. Having A Normal Bedtime

With roommates, I was the queen of going to bed after midnight. Now (when Netflix doesn’t catch me at a weak moment and keep me up), I get to bed around 9:30pm or 10pm and I’m out like a light. It’s a good feeling not going to bed to the sound of video games in the living room.

College Male Sleeping In Bed

Photo © ptclinicblog

4. Saving Money

Most parents would probably make their kid pay something in order to stay under their roof. Luckily, mine are allowing me to stay, work part time to earn some cash, and take it easy while I figure out my next move.

Saving Cash Money In Piggy Bank

Photo © probudgeting

5. Learning Who My Parents Are

 

I realize how naive this sounds, but before college (and during), I didn’t really think of my parents as anything other than just parents. They were Mom and Dad, there to help me through the bad times and to tell me how to do things. Now I’m getting to know my mom as more than just a mom. I’m seeing what she’s like after having all her kids leave the nest. It’s refreshing and a nice perspective.

Parents Mom and Dad

Photo © Middlebury

Have you moved back home? What are the good things you’ve discovered about it?

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