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3 Things To Know About Going Greek

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Going Greek was certainly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. It helped with my grades (which needed severe improving), it got me more involved on campus (something every freshman should do right away), and it taught me life lessons that I likely wouldn’t have got anywhere else. On top of that, we have a LOT of fun whether we are doing community service or having a social. So if you’re considering joining a fraternity or a sorority, I strongly encourage you to do it. Just make sure you are well informed before you make a decision.

1. Don’t Tolerate Hazing

Hazing is defined as anything that one is forced to do, especially if it makes him/her uncomfortable or puts them in harm’s way. Unfortunately, a good amount of Greek organizations still haze – so be on the lookout. If at any point someone pressures you into doing something you would not normally do, that is hazing. Hazing does nothing to build true brother/sisterhood and usually only serves to amuse older members. What usually starts off as something lighthearted and funny can spiral out of control fast. Don’t let this scare you though! There are plenty of Greek organizations that do not haze and will be more than willing to work around a problem if anything about joining makes you uncomfortable. These are generally the most respected fraternities and sororities on campus and the ones that know how to stay out of trouble, meaning – you won’t join and then be kicked off campus before your four years are up. If at any point you notice or feel the effects of hazing, there are campus hotlines you can call to report it.

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2. Paying Dues

For those of you who don’t know, joining Greek life is not exactly inexpensive. Everyone has to pay a set amount of money per semester, usually a few hundred bucks, so that your fraternity or sorority has money to operate. This pays for things like philanthropies, socials with other Greek orgs, composite photo-shoots, the ever important house supplies, and gas for any brotherhood/sisterhood events you need to drive to. Some people see it as paying for having a social group, but this is a rather misguided concept. The best way to explain it is that the more you put into Greek life, the more you get out of it. Which is why the organizations that do a lot more events end up having higher dues. I suggest looking for a fraternity that is involved in campus life, but not so much that dues are unreasonably high for your budget. The great thing about dues is that every year the members have to vote on the approved budget, meaning if you think it’s too expensive you have some power to reduce the cost.

Piggy Bank Greek Life Sorority Dues

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3. Join For The Right Reasons

Did you watch a lot of college movies and TV shows when you were younger? Is your conception of Greek life simply a way to get to the best parties on campus and drink the night away? Well then I’m sorry to tell you this, but that’s not what Greek life is really about. Anyone can get into a party if they know the right people. Greek life is about so much more than solo cups and togas – it’s about forming an unbreakable bond with each other; it’s about making yourself a better person; it’s about giving back to the community; it’s about applying yourself in school, work, and all other aspects of your life. If that doesn’t sound like something you’d be interested in, then that is okay, Greek life is not for everyone.

Fraternity College Boys

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Hopefully you will consider Greek life and try it out for yourself!

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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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4 Methods For Finding A Job

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Angelina Bossone Blogger Biography

Congratulations to all you 2014 college graduates! And congrats to everyone else who has successfully completed another school year. If you haven’t already, the first thing you are going to want to do is relax and enjoy some time off before gearing up for another year. As understandable as this is, you might want to put relaxation to the side for just a minute and think about what you are planning to do for a summer job or how you are going to get money for the next semester.

1. Online

Try job searching online with websites such as www.monster.com, www.indeed.com, or www.simplyhired.com and search for jobs in your area or jobs that match your job interest. You could even just type your job interest into Google and all relevant positions should end up in the search result. Some places may require you to create an account to apply or to fill out an application online in addition to digitally submitting a resume and cover letter.

Online Job Searching

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2. Newspapers

Sometimes you can find job positions in your local newspaper. These may even be positions that might not end up online, so take a quick peak and see how you can apply. You might have to contact someone first to find out what they are looking for as a job application.

Newspaper Job Ads

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3. In Person

If there is a place you go too often or somewhere that isn’t too far away? Stop in! Ask them in person if there are any open positions. It shows them you are making the extra effort and hopefully they will remember you when looking at your application as a step above the rest. If you come prepared with your resume, a cover letter (depending on the position you are applying for), references, and dressed appropriately – you will leave a lasting impression that tells them you are serious, prepared, and trustworthy.

Walk-In Job Search

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4. Recommendations

Jobs are highly competitive these days; especially for college students during the summer. It wouldn’t hurt to let everyone you know that you are job searching and what kind of a job you are searching for. Others may be aware of a particular job opening that they can recommend to you! At the least, they can keep a lookout to any potential job openings and let you know if they hear of anything.

College Female Getting Personal Job Recommendation

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Although you will want to have fun and relax during your break, you will also want some spending money now and for your upcoming semester. It also doesn’t hurt to get some job experience on your resume. And for graduates, don’t give up – you may not land your dream job right away and that is okay. Finding any kind of job is a major accomplishment!

Do you have any jobs lined up yet? If so, what? If not, then how do you plan to find one?

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How To Manage Stress In College

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

College students are under a lot of pressure at school. Shelling out hundreds of dollars for each class we take really puts the pressure on making sure we pass, otherwise we not only wasted money, we wasted time. And finding out we didn’t pass a class, or an important test, can only add to the stress. It can be a vicious cycle.

Whether you are going to be a freshman in college this fall, or you are just continuing on as an undergrad, there are plenty of ways to help manage your stress levels this school year.

1. Essential Oils

Lavender is one of the best scents to have around you in the morning, before a test, or even before you fall asleep at night. It’s known for its calming capabilities to decrease anxiety and provide a natural stress relief. You can inhale the scent through a diffuser, you can squeeze a few drops into a warm bath before bed, or you can add a few drops to your morning/evening cup of tea. Essential oils are available at most health stores.

Lavendar Essential Oil Aroma Therapy

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2. Breathing Exercises

I know, I know. Breathing techniques don’t usually get an overwhelmingly positive cheer. Most of the time, that is because a lot of people have trouble forcing themselves to pause and really focus on their breathing. In a yoga class I took this summer, I learned a really helpful technique: alternating breathing through each nostril. SHAPE magazine explains this technique here.

Girl Practicing Breathing Exercises

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3. Take Care Of Business Early

When I was in college, often times I worried about having enough time to get things done. I was working two jobs and always had at least three classes to manage. Early on, I figured out that getting homework or studying done early was the key to not feeling overwhelmed and preventing stress headaches.

College Student Doing Math Geometry Homework

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4. Get A Massage

Check your health center for massage deals they have for students. Usually it will cost a lot less than going to a regular massage clinic in town. At my campus, it was about a dollar a minute, sometimes less! Your campus also has counseling centers, which can be really helpful if you just need to someone to talk to about your worries. Counselors always have great insight.

Male College Student Getting Massage

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It will also help that in addition to all of this, to eat healthy, get in exercise (even if it’s just a brief walk in the evenings), and go to sleep early! Do not cheat yourself on sleep! When you are tired and not taking care of yourself, things tend to seem worse than they are since your anxiety increases as your patience decreases.

Stress is not good for your health, so treat yourself to some relaxation and be sure to take it easy!

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Succeeding This School Year

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

As we begin another school year, I wanted to pass along a few tips to help those students looking for advice on doing better this year. We all have our own college routines that work for us, but sometimes it helps to introduce a new way of doing things.

Here are some things that helped me during college.

1. Do Your Homework As Soon As You Get It

Get as much done as soon as you can while the material is still fresh in your mind and while you are free of distractions. Also, trying to do the homework early will allow yourself time to ask questions and make sure you are doing it correctly before you turn it in.

Female College Student Doing Math Homework In Dorm Room

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2. Make Yourself Known In Your Classes

This does not mean you have to sit in the front row – but try to volunteer answers often, ask plenty of questions, and attend office hours. Before or after class, let your professor know of any concerns you had about the homework or anything in lecture. He or she will remember you as a student who is trying, which could come in handy come finals time. Plus, this will help part of your final grade since most classes require participation.

Male College Student Meeting With Professor At Office Hours To Discuss Reading Homework Assignment

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3. Find Study Buddies

Within the first few days of class, I always introduced myself to a few people sitting around me. We worked on homework together, went to office hours, and studied before any tests. If one of us didn’t understand something, someone else in our group most likely did. Also, being around students who wanted to get a good grade was motivation in itself to stay on track and not be tempted to skip class.

Group Of College Students Studying Together In A Study Buddy Group Outside

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4. Set Up A Reward System

At the end of each week, or every time you get a good grade on a test or assignment, treat yourself. Go to a movie, go out for drinks, buy a new outfit, etc. Having something to look forward to at the end of each long week is a great source of motivation.

College Girl Shopping For Clothes To Reward Herself For Successful Class Grade

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5. Do Not Miss Class

Most of all, try to only miss class if you’re deathly ill. In college, skipping class is awfully tempting, but remember what you are working for (and how much you’re paying for it). It’s hard to catch up with what’s going on when you have missed several lectures. This also is a good reason to find study buddies, because if you do end up missing a class, at least you have someone to get notes from!

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Just do your best this year and you will be fine.

Remember to have some fun but to also prepare yourself for a successful year.

 

Have a great year!

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