Roommate Advice

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

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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3 Inexpensive Recipes for the Starving College Student

Filed under: College Life, Food, Fun Ideas, Money/Budget, Tips - Angelina
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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

College is one of the best experiences of our lives. However, college food can sometimes be one of the worst. Being on a budget and starving can sometimes be a struggle. Here are three easy recipes that will satisfy your taste buds and save you money!

1. Mexican Hotdogs

Mexican Hot Dog Recipe

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Take a flour tortilla and spread a spoonful of beans onto it. Sprinkle on some of your favorite cheese, place a hot dog in the middle, and roll it up. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Afterwards top it off with salsa!

2. Potato Soup

Potato Soup Recipe

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Add peeled and cubed potatoes to a saucepan. Add chopped celery and onions to the mix. Add water to bring the items to a boil, but make sure not to cover the veggies and potatoes fully with the water. Bring to a boil for about 25 minutes and then roughly mash up the potatoes. You want to coarsely mash up the potatoes so that you have chunks of it in the soup. Add 1/4 cup of milk to thicken up the sauce and flavor it with salt/pepper.

3. Peanut Butter Fudge with Vanilla Frosting

Peanut Butter Fudge and Vanilla Frosting

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Empty a full jar of peanut butter and a whole can of vanilla frosting into a microwave safe bowl. Mix well and microwave for 30 second to 1 minute, watch carefully not to over cook it! Afterwards, pour the mix out onto the bowl and let it set. After letting it cool, cut into squares and enjoy!

What is your go-to meal when you are on a budget?

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Successful Tips For Starting A New Job

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The only thing more nerve-wracking than a job interview is actually starting a new job. The new environment, new people, and new schedule can be enough to completely stress you out. Here are some tips on how to make the transition a bit smoother:

1. Give It A Fair Chance

Sometimes the first few days of a new job may seem scary and you may find yourself wanting to quit right off the bat. Don’t be too rash. Give the job at least two weeks before you make any permanent decisions. You may find that after you’ve gotten more familiar with the work and get into the swing of things, you’ll feel much differently about the job.

First Full-Time Job After College

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2. Eat In

A great way to integrate yourself into a new company is to eat lunch in your job’s lunchroom. This way you can mingle with your co-workers in a more casual environment. Feeling more comfortable with the people you work with is a big part in feeling comfortable in your new job’s environment.

Work Cafeteria Lunchroom

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3. Manage Your Time Wisely

This is especially important if you are starting a full-time job for the very first time. For those who have never worked full time before, it may take a while to get used to the long hours. However, as long as you learn to manage your time, you should make a smooth transition through this change. The important thing is to give yourself plenty of time in the morning to arrive at work at least 5 minutes early every day.

Managing Your Time At Work

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4. Take Notes

The first few weeks of a new job can seem like a whirl wind. You are being taught all new things and having all sorts of information and procedures thrown at you. The best thing to do is to take notes. This way you can look back on them whenever you are unsure of something. It’s unrealistic to think that you’ll simply remember everything, believe me – you won’t.

Take Notes At Work

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5. Ask Questions

One of the biggest misconceptions we have when we start a new job is that we shouldn’t ask too many questions. You may think that you’re being annoying, but I guarantee you that your new employer would much rather have you fully understand your assignment than you wasting time trying to guess how to do the work or to do it incorrectly.

Ask Questions At Work

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So, before you completely panic over starting a new job, take a breath, keep an open mind, and stay positive. Do you have any tips for starting a new job? Tell us in a comment below!

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Top 5 Summer Fashion Trends

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Kelsey Bradshaw Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

If you’re going to buy new clothes this summer, spend that hard earned cash on these items that will make you own any room you walk into. The five biggest trends this summer are:

1. Pastels

Be on the lookout for lighter, summer-y versions of your favorite colors. Lavender is huge this summer; wear it with light neutrals and get ready to watch the compliments roll in.

Lavendar Top White Pants Summer Fashion

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2. Maxi Skirts And Dresses

This is the easiest way to look stylish this summer. Just put on a maxi skirt or dress and voila! Your outfit’s done—and super cute. These are also great for when you don’t know what to wear, as you can just put them on and leave the house. Pair them with wedges for an especially leg-lengthening look. Rocking the maxi skirt? Try it with a crocheted tank and sandals.

Blue Maxi Skirt Summer Fashion

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3. Harem Pants

Another easy way to instantly look chic. They’re like fancy sweatpants that, again, only take a second to put on but take your outfit to the next level. Seeing as how they’re both comfortable and fashionable, whoever made these trendy needs to be put in charge of all future trends. Pair with a tucked in tank top and blazer for a hot date-night option.

Black Harem Pants Summer Fashion

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4. Fringe

Crochet, lace, and pom-pom fringe. This summer, be the most stylish person at the beach and wear high-waisted shorts and a kimono-inspired pullover, fringe included, with some sandals.

kimono-inspired pullover fringe summer fashion

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5. Overalls

Trust me on this one—these are going to be huge this summer. They’re nostalgic, they’re comfortable, and it feels like you’re back in kindergarten—what’s not to love? Pair with a simple tee and some converse. Extra credit if you finger paint or rollerblade while wearing them.

Overalls Summer Fashion

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What is your favorite summer look?

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5 Cures For Summer Boredom

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Just because it’s summer, that doesn’t mean we all always have plans. Sometimes work can consume our lives, or we don’t always have enough money, or we may even just prefer to have a lazy day and have a day or two without any plans. Even still, seize the rest of this summer to be productive, learn something new, or even just have a little bit of fun. Don’t be boring – try something different!

1. Go To The Park

Remember when going to the park and playing on the playground was the highlight of your day? Reign in some of that childhood nostalgia and bring a book, a journal, or even just your iPhone stocked with new music. Pick a comfy bench and zone out. Parks are also great places for people-watching and scenery gazing, so it doesn’t hurt to have a camera handy either!

Outdoor Park

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2. Go For A Drive / Walk

Grab your car keys or the dog and head over to a place you’ve been curious about exploring. It’s always been my way of really seeing my neighborhood, and who knows, you might discover a new hangout.

Going for a drive

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3. Be A Mentor

Take any free time you might have and devote it to helping a youth in need. Programs like Big Brothers, Big Sisters are a great way to get involved to help give someone guidance or to just have some fun.

Mentoring

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4. Hone Your Craft

If you have yet to find your dream job, devote some time each day to try something that will enhance what you studied, or are currently studying, in college. If you’re a photography or art major, make a blog critiquing pieces. If you majored in advertising, pick out ads or campaigns that caught your eye. The point is to show potential employers or passersby that you know your stuff. You never know where it will lead to!

photography camera

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5. DIY Crafts

Investing a few dollars at your local craft store for some projects can lead to big improvements in your living area – or create something for a friend or family member. If you’re looking for ideas, try this masking tape art, or this decorative canvas art.

canvas art

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If all else fails, you can always pick up a book that’s been on your list for a while, check out a movie at the theater downtown, or go sit by the lake with a magazine and work on your tan!

There is never a shortage of things to do – you just have to get creative!

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