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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!

College Student Late Running To Class Across Campus

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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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Getting That Career In Gear

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Megan Lehman Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The summer is the perfect time to relax and take a few deep breaths, but it is also the perfect time to take some serious steps towards your future.  With the help of professors from the University of Iowa, I have put together this list of summer “Career Must Do’s” that will put you at the front of the pack.

1. Make Business Cards

It may sound silly, but do it. Having a business card on you at all times with your name, a way to contact you, and the college you are attending is a great way to seal a connection. Whoever you give this card to will be impressed with how prepared you are and start considering how they can utilize a person with these skills. Visit vistaprint.com to make your cards for free, just pay shipping!

John Smith Business Card

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2. Create A Timeline

Having goals is a start, but just having the idea is not enough. Sit down with a calendar and a list of goals you want to achieve and give yourself a deadline. Deadlines can be daunting, so give yourself a few rewards along the way for completing the steps, like a weekend road trip or a manicure.  When you are done, tell people! If you can show future employers that you made a plan and successfully followed through, that is an asset that will make you stand out.

Calendar Deadline Timeline

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3. Learn A New Skill

Show that you are well rounded! Learn how to play a new sport or speak a new language. Future employers want to know that you can work hard and still have a good time. A new skill, such as a new language, can even help you in getting a job!

Foreign Language Books

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4. Work On Your Confidence

This may be the most important thing you do this summer. Start creating a sense of confidence within yourself. If you do not believe you can do it, they are not going to believe it either. Just make sure you draw the line between confident and cocky. Confident sends a good message. Cocky sends you out the door.

Business Man In Suit Leaping In Confidence

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These are tried and true tips that are guaranteed to get you noticed and put you at the front of the pack. A big thanks to the professors at the University of Iowa who shared their advice!

Have any tips you feel are worth sharing?? Let us know!

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