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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

Photo © Degree Dictionary

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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Signing Off

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Crystal Keefe Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Well, fellow readers, it is time for me to say farewell. Writing this is bittersweet.  While I am incredibly excited for what lies ahead (college graduation, moving, and starting my new career), I am sad to be leaving BookRenter.

The past nine months as a Social Media Digital Intern for this unbelievable company have been amazing.  I have loved every second and could not have imagined a better experience.

I leave you with these last words of advice and encouragement during your college years.

Don’t turn down an opportunity just because it may not exactly fit your career path.  Had I only been open to education based internships, I never would have found BookRenter.  Be open to any and all opportunities that are presented to you during your four years in college because they truly do set you up for your future.

I have been able to use so many of the things I have learned while at BookRenter to help expand my horizons and further my teaching career.

Thank you to all of those who have read my blogs and supported me these past nine months and a big thank you to BookRenter!

Sincerely,

Crystal Keefe

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Friendly Distractions

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Friends are great and I’m glad to have them. I’m not always happy to have certain friends in my class though. There are some friends that you love to death, but make you want to run for the door sometimes. Now picture that person sitting with you every single day in class while you’re trying to be a good student! This has happened to me several times. Without losing them as a friend, I’ve figured out a few ways to get myself through it and so will you!

1. Find Out Which Classes Your Friends Are In

Find out in advance so it won’t be a shock the day of. Talk to that person about how they are in class and what they want to get out of it. This will help you figure out what you’re up against. Just take a deep breath and know it’s only one semester!

2. Distance Yourself

Make a conscious decision to not sit by a friend. There were days when I wanted to sit next to my friend so that I could talk to them about my weekend, but I knew I couldn’t. They never got offended and actually understood why. In the end, he dropped the class and I got an A. Sometimes you really do just need to sit somewhere else, and it will make all the difference.

3. Talk To Them

Don’t be passive aggressive. Don’t be aggressive, either. Just be a friend and let them know that you can’t slack off in this class. If that means not sitting by them, don’t be afraid to tell them the truth. From experience, honesty is the best policy. Your friend will appreciate you not lying to them, and you will appreciate the better grade at the end of the semester.

Distracting Group of Student Friends in Classroom

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Like I said, friends are great. I love my friends, but I have to look after myself and make sure I’m doing everything I can to succeed. If you’re reading this and you’ve been on the other side of the equation…We love you, and we just want both of us to be better in class! This semester I have a class with my husband for the first time, let’s hope I won’t need to use my own tips on him!

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Moving Tips

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s the start of a new year, which means the start of a lot of new things in your life. You could be graduating college soon, starting a new job, joining the Peace Corp., or pursuing graduate school. Whatever it is, it will probably eventually involve having to move. Depending on what you’re moving for, it might be quite a milestone, but don’t let all the excitement make you overlook taking care of anything at your current place. I’ve moved more times than I can count, and each time I learn something new about the process – here are a few tips; some old, some new.

1. Checklist

Live with roommates? If so, it helps to make a checklist of your items in each room about a week before the move. Go through each corner of every room and write down what’s yours. When it comes time to pack, you can go through the list and rest assured you didn’t leave anything behind.

Written Packing List of Things

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2. Keys

Instead of just leaving your house/mail key with a roommate, check with your landlord to see who you should leave extras with. You never know what will cost extra money.

Set of keys

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3. Verification

This is just a precaution to be on the safe side, have your landlord sign a form saying you are officially off any lease you signed when you first moved in.

Signature for Release from Lease

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4. Mail

Most people don’t submit a change of address until a day or two before they move, but I recommend doing it as much as four or five days before, if possible, as it takes some companies awhile to catch up. This also ensures nothing slips by from major accounts.

Pile of Mail, Letters, and Packages

Photo © Warm 'n Fuzzy

5. Document

Do a cleaning walk-through with your landlord before you move out to make sure you’ve done an acceptable job. Be sure to take photos as proof of how you left the place. This includes fixtures, door trimmings, window blinds, etc.

Clean Empty Apartment

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My two biggest pieces of advice? Start early and take this time to go through your things and purge items you no longer use. No one likes moving a lot of stuff, so the more you find that you don’t use anymore, the better it is to donate. Also, depending on where you live, different rental companies have different move-out requirements, so double check those!

Happy moving!

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Advice to My Freshman-Self

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This is Part 3 in a series of letters from college students to their freshman alter egos. (Here’s Part 2 on how to think epic as a freshman) Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self about your college years?

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Dear Freshman-Self,

You’re now out of high school, and it’s finally time to start college. You are packing up your stuff, moving out of state and preparing to go to college. What an amazing opportunity! You will meet new faces who will know nothing about you and nothing about who you have been. Do not be afraid to jump in head first and make new friends!

As far as classes go, your Spanish class will be A LOT easier than you expect. You will actually understand math for once, and you should really try to pay more attention in that earth science class. Also, PLEASE try to take it easy on yourself. College is a whole new ball game. You may have been able to pull off doing it all in high school, but do not stretch yourself too thin. It may seem like a great idea, but when you start to realize how much time school, work, and keeping up with a social life actually takes up, you may be shocked at the task you signed yourself up for. It all seems like a good idea in the beginning, but remember to make limits!

Believe it or not, you will meet some of the best friends you have ever had during your college years. It may seem hard to focus on school when you have these new and exciting friends, but it is possible to make time for both. Get yourself that planner that has been on your shopping list for the last few weeks and schedule time for you and for them. After you are late to a few shifts at work and have mini heart attacks over forgotten due dates, you will regret not buying that planner sooner

Freshman Group in College

My Freshman-Self, Front and Center!

School will be great, but be prepared for some problems to come your way during your years. Choose your battles wisely and know that not every problem that comes up is earth shattering. You are much stronger than anything that a teacher, friend, or guy can throw at you.

 

Your Future-Self,

Megan

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