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5 Last Minute Tasks To Complete Before College Graduation

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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

You are about to graduate! You survived college and are now about to embark on a new journey! As exciting (and nerve-wracking) as this time may be, don’t forget about a few more things you have to do before you graduate.

1. Get Letters Of Recommendation

This is something that is a lot easier to do if you start early. You should have a good idea of which professors you have established good rapport with. If you had internships, make sure you’ve got letters from your supervisors there as well. The more people who can vouch for your work ethic, the better you will be able to apply for your future dream job!

2. Have Your Resume Ready

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you are probably graduating with a job already in place, or at least an offer. If not, that’s okay – just make sure you have your resume ready for potential employers during your job search. Your resume should be narrowed down to one page and proofread for any errors. It would be a good idea to have someone look it over, or take it to your college career center, to fine tune it. Make your resume stand out (but not too much), formulate a strong objective, and add in any extra skills you have that could be an asset for a specific job.

3. Plan Out Your Student Loan Repayment

Nobody likes to think about the mountain of debt they’ve accumulated throughout their college career, but ignoring it will only make it worse. Knowing where you stand financially is the first step to being a post-grad. If you have to apply for loan deferment, don’t worry. A lot of people choose to! Calling your student loan servicer is the best way to start a repayment plan since they can tell you your options up front. Weigh your options and get ready

4. Visit Everything On Campus

I graduated before I saw most of my campus, so it’s still on my list of things to do! Pretty much every college campus in the United States is beautiful in some way and has some (or at least one) historical building. Whether to visit places you haven’t been before, or you favorite locations (or both), be sure to meander around. Maybe take a few photos to remember it by. If you’re moving out of town, who knows when you’ll be back again?

5. Take A Photo With Your College Mascot

My university has one of the best football teams in the country (go Ducks!) and I still don’t have a photo with the Duck! Imagine how left out I feel?! It’s a silly thing you would not necessarily think to do, but one of those “I should have done that” post college things. It is a nice memento, so track yours school’s mascot down and get your snapshot!

Tell us in a comment below what last minute things you plan on doing before graduation! Or, post-grads… please share what you regret not doing before graduating!

Congratulations!

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The Importance Of Networking And Why You Should Start Now

Filed under: College Life, Post Grad and Career, Social Life/Relationships, Tips - Angelina
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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Believe it or not, the term “networking” isn’t just something people on LinkedIn throw around to sound important or intelligent. If you’re new to the term, it’s simply a professional way of saying, “making friends and professional connections” with people interested or working in the same areas of study as you are no matter what your experience level is.

Nowadays, many college students just use social media to further connect with friends, family, and professionals who have our dream job. When I started seriously pursuing journalism as my major, Twitter was my favorite way to get in touch with fellow writers, editors, and other students at both my own university and others. Looking back, although I had several valuable internships using my journalism skills, I probably should’ve attended more actual in-person networking events available to me through my university. When it comes to networking, it’s important to not only start early in your college career, but to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way to meet like-minded people.

When it comes to your future, make networking your best friend. The connections you make are the people who can help further your career during or after college.

1. It Could Help You Find An Internship

Thanks to LinkedIn and Twitter, I found at least three of my college internships by networking with the editors of the magazines I was interested in. When you engage in tweets posted by the people you’re interested in, you never know where it might lead. Potential employers love seeing that an internship or job candidate already shows interest in their company. If you were the employer, would you hire the person who only submitted an application, or the person who interacted with you on online too? If you end up with a job or internship, or even just an unpaid side gig on the weekends doing what you’re studying, that’s the best way to learn and to be better prepared for when you find your permanent career.

2. You Will Learn More

Networking with individuals interested or working in a similar field of interest as you will allow you to learn more about your field that you might not normally deal with. You will learn more details of opportunities, ways of doing things, all while getting peer support. Build a strong enough of a connection and you could have a potential reference for future research or professional growth.

3. It Could Lead To a Job

Did you know 70-80% of jobs aren’t advertised? Most are found through networking. Remember the saying, it’s not always what you know, but who you know? Well, get to know more people and more opportunities might come knocking! Especially if you connect on LinkedIn, chances of finding a job are really high. Or, your connections could very well become a person of reference for your next interview! You never know!

Start networking early. If you start while you’re still a college student, you will have a great advantage come graduation.

Share your networking strategies with us in a comment below!

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Is It A Spring Fling, Or The Real Thing?

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Christine Henson BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

Relationships are almost always tricky. It can be especially challenging trying to figure out for college students and those in new relationships. So, how do you know if it’s just a spring fling or the real thing? Here are few things to think about to help you figure out what kind of relationship you might be in.

1. Do You Talk Daily?

If the answer is yes, then it could be the real thing. If this person makes the effort to call or text you every day without fail, then they are definitely interested. If you’re answer is no, or sometimes, then it might be just a fling. Also notice if it’s always you to be the one to reach out first. If so, try waiting for them to contact you to see if they make the effort.

2. Do They Make You Laugh?

It can be easy to make a person laugh when you first meet, because everything is fun and easy. The real challenge is to find someone who will make you laugh even when life is boring.

3. Do You Have Similar Interests?

Sure, you had similar interests over spring break (having fun and forgetting about school are all anybody cares about then). What about now that you’re back to your day-to-day life? Do you still care about the same things? Maybe you both care about having an active social life, or studying a lot to get good grades. If you do then it could be the beginning of something great.

4. Have You Made Plans To See Each Other?

It could be the real thing if either of you has made plans to see the other person again. It is definitely the real thing if you have made the effort to see each other several times since you first met. If you haven’t seen each other in a while and visits are far and few between, then a relationship is not looking very good.

5. How Do They Look At You?

This can be a bit cheesy, but there really is a certain way a person looks at another person when they care about them. You’ll know it when you see it, because it’s unmistakable. If you’ve seen this look, you’ll know you’re relationship is the real deal.

Whether or not it’s just a spring fling, getting to know someone new is always fun. Even if it doesn’t end up in a committed relationship, you could’ve met someone who will be in your life forever, only time will tell!

Are you in a relationship? Share how you knew your relationship was a fling or real thing in a comment below!

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6 Ways To Kick Your Cold

Filed under: College Life, Health & Fitness, Living, Tips - Angelina
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Serena Piper BookRenter Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

No matter what time of year it is, a cold can somehow hit you at any moment. A cold can come out of nowhere, but usually comes right before you have a lot of plans and things to do, and it hangs around making you miserable and takes its sweet time to pass on to someone else.

If you do end up with a cold, fortunately there are several ways to make sure the worst of it only sticks with you a few days rather than a week or longer.

1. Take Vitamin

College students are notorious for not taking great care of our bodies. Whether it’s not getting enough sleep, drinking too much caffeine, or a bad diet in general – having a weak immune system is one of the easiest ways to get a cold. Vitamin C, Echinacea, and calcium are three of the body’s best allies. Make them your best friend when you have a cold, and try to work them into your daily regimen even when you are feeling well to prevent any sickness. It’ll give your body the boost it needs the next time you feel a cold coming on.

2. Drink Tea

If you’re not a fan of tea, take this as a sign to be one! There are many varieties out there that offer tons of health benefits. Ginger, mint, and chamomile are my favorite when I have a cold. The warm liquid – combined with honey if you add it – is a great soother for a sore throat. I prefer it to those so-called “cherry flavored” cough syrups.

3. Get Your Rest

Like I said previously, college students are notorious for not getting enough sleep. If you are not feeling well, this is the time to be selfish and rest. Go to bed early, sleep in, and take plenty of naps! Also, try not to stress yourself too much. Don’t force yourself to go to class if you aren’t feeling well, cancel dinner plans with friends, and make best friends with your couch or bed. It’s okay to take care of yourself!

4. Drink More Water

Aside from drinking hot or cold tea when you’re sick, chugging water is prudent to helping your body fight off sickness. The more water you get, the better. In my opinion, water doesn’t taste very good, so when I have a sore throat, I usually prefer tea or watered down juice to make sure I stay hydrated.

5. Honey and Cinnamon

This is a lesser-known form of fighting off colds, but very effective. In fact, there have been studies done which prove this method can shorten a cold by up to two days! All you do is combine half a tablespoon of organic honey with half a tablespoon of cinnamon and swallow. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right?

6. Practice Good Hygiene

Above all, remember to wash your hands with lots of soap and warm water, and don’t share utensils or food if you or anyone you know is sick. Yes, that applies even to your significant other. No one wants to catch a cold, so don’t feel bad about missing a class or two either. Whoever you grab notes from later will thank you!

It’s not fun getting sick. Try these methods to kick your cold to the curb and share your wellness tips with us in a comment below!

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5 Things To Start Doing In 2016

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Bailey Buckingham BookRenter Blogger Biography

At the beginning of every year, most people spend time thinking about what they want to change in the new year. After reading several articles and reflecting on what has worked for me this year, I’ve put together a list of five things I think people (including myself) should start doing this year if they aren’t doing it already.

Why not make this year the best one yet? Start doing these things in 2016:

1. Grow Your Savings

As college students, we’re all aware of the struggle of handling our money. Some people are just better at it than others, I am not one of them. Last year I decided that instead of managing my savings account and depositing whenever I wanted, that I would setup automatic deposits. This has been life-changing for me. I never noticed the money gone, and it’s already added up greatly. For every paycheck, it automatically deposited $20. I also have saved any tip money I received at the end of the month from my job.

2. Find Your Relaxation

I feel like this world becomes more and more stressful each year, and each year I feel less equipped to handle it. I’ve been researching many different solutions and I think I’ve found a remedy for me. Over the past two months I have replaced soda with hot tea, which was mainly for weight loss reasons, but it has helped my emotional health tremendously. The most important thing to remember is that relaxation looks different for everyone. My relaxation is making myself a cup of tea, and either sitting in my yard, or rocking in the chair on my porch. Learn what calms you down and leaves you feeling happy, then remember to practice this often to reduce stress and increase your inner peace.

3. Read More

This is actually a goal of mine for 2016. I have read more this past year and picked up a book or two every now and then, but it’s my goal to read one book each month for this year. I remember how much I used to love reading, and how calming it was. I want to get back to that instead of filling my nights with Netflix. Reading is found to help in so many areas of your life including stress, happiness, creativity, and even your grammar! Visit www.bookrenter.com for some reading inspiration!

4. Volunteer

For most of us, our schedules can be almost maxed out to the limit. Adding another thing to it can seem impossible. Even still, I’ve decided for this next year that I’m going to overcome the impossible and set some time aside to volunteer at the local children’s center. I’m passionate about children, so it’ll be a great fit. Find what inspires you and you will see that it will seem less like a “chore” and more like another fun thing to do. If you really can’t give your time, get creative to think of how you can give back. A few weeks ago my friend and I had a “purse stuffing” party to stuff unwanted backpacks and purses full of everyday essentials to hand out to any homeless people we cross paths with. Imagine if everyone gave back just a little bit? It would make things just a little bit nicer, don’t you think?

5. Let Go Of The Negative

After a pretty rough year for me, it will be great to mentally refresh. If you’ve had a rough year too, or had a few bad instances, let go of any negative feelings and leave it behind in 2015. Make a decision to be positive going forward. This could even apply to negative situations you may find yourself in or people you hang out with – if you want to improve your situation, think of removing yourself from these scenarios. Use goals and daily motivational quotes to get you started, then it’ll become a routine. The past is the past for a reason, so get past it and look positively toward your future.

These five things are things that I’ve been working on for myself, and will continue to do in 2016. With how busy and stressful life can be, I think the most important thing to remember is to relax. Enjoy life and don’t worry about the small stuff!

Happy New Year! What change will you be making for 2016?

Leave a comment and let us know!

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