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Everyone Loves a Sing-a-Long – Now in Study Flavor!

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Making the perfect playlist for any situation is an art, and a playlist to study by is no exception. However, there are all kinds of conflicting data and studies out there telling us what the best kind of music is to improve focus, productivity, and retention. With all of that in mind, we’re testing our own theory; we built a playlist on Spotify of instrumental versions of popular modern songs that are either playing on the radio as we speak or you heard (read: sang) them at karaoke last weekend. No pesky lyrics will distract you when you’re in the zone, but the minute your mind starts to wander, you might really appreciate having a sing-a-long for a line or two.

Picture this: there you are, toiling away, studying for the GRE or the LSAT or the MCAT or…etc. Your mind starts to wander when all of a sudden…BOOM! You realize Sweet Home Alabama is playing in your ears. You start to sing along just to clear your mind for a moment, and then you’re ready to get back to the grind.

Give our list a listen here on Spotify and tell us if our theory worked for you!

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Get to know Chanelle, the winner of BookRenter’s $5,000 Summer Spending Spree!

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We gave out a number of prizes in the Summer Spending Spree contest, but it was the one and only Chanelle Dufreny who won the grand-daddy of them all – $5,000 cash to spend on anything her heart desired. We’re pretty impressed with the way she’s chosen to distribute her winnings, so we had to let her tell you about it.

“Thank you so much for this opportunity! I’m going to give some money in offering to God on Sunday because I know without Him I would not win this prize. Then I’m going to give some to my mom who works so hard for me and my sister’s futures. Then, I’m going to donate to a charity, and with the $4000 I have left, I’m going to pay for my school expenses for a whole year!”

Chanelle and her mom at Chanelle’s high school graduation.

By telling us about her favorite class, Chanelle also revealed a little more about herself.

“My favorite class ever was Exceptional People, because in that class I got to learn what it’s like to live with a disability, and the proper way to help and treat people who are different than myself. I think that is so cool because even though we are all different, we all bring something into this world to make it the diverse place that it is.”

Last (but certainly not least), we asked Chanelle how she found BookRenter:

“I was searching for the most affordable books I can find, and BookRenter had them! I saved over $200! Btw thanks to u guys, I used my book and I got an A in my class this summer!!!!!!”

We’re so happy that Chanelle saved so much money and rocked her class last semester by simply renting her textbooks from BookRenter, and we hope the extra cash she won makes a similarly real difference in her life. Thanks for sharing with us, Chanelle, and here at BookRenter, we’re all rooting for you!

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Meet Darlene – BookRenter Summer Digital Intern

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photo of girlI stumbled upon BookRenter’s summer digital internship by chance when I went onto their Facebook page looking for coupon codes on textbook rental orders. I had just started using BookRenter.com for all my textbook rentals last fall quarter. Since I had previously saved an average of $10-20 per book, I decided to scope out the prices for books for the upcoming summer school session.

I noticed an opportunity for an internship when I went onto their Facebook page; randomly clicked the link provided and became intrigued by the description. At first I was hesitant to submit an entry because this internship sounded way too good to be true. An internship where you get to work and play at the same time? After a few hours of contemplating I finally summed up the courage to take a risk and submit an entry. I literally only had less than a week to make it into the top 10 so I blasted all my social networking websites. My Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Youtube accounts were plastered with comments encouraging friends and family to support me.

News spread like wildfire and I even had strangers from the East coast voting for me and wishing me luck! To be honest, I thought I had no chance of getting anywhere near the top 10 because most people in the contest had at least three weeks in advance to lobby for more votes. Seeing my entry make its way to the top was definitely a humbling experience. I wanted to win this internship because I wanted to promote the textbook rental website that has been helping me save tons of money each quarter. With all the extra money I have been able to save, I am able to budget in more money for gas, new clothes or going out!

After the contest had ended, I received an email a week later announcing that I had gotten into the top 10. I literally could not contain my excitement that I ran around my house jumping up and down, screaming at the top of my lungs and doing my “happy dance”! The most nerve-wracking part for me after making top 10 was waiting for the email that would determine my fate with BookRenter’s internship. Receiving the email that I had become one of BookRenter’s digital interns was definitely the icing on the cake.  I would not have been able to have made it without the support of all my family, friends and followers on my social networking websites. Thanks to them, I get to promote my favorite textbook rental website.  I’m definitely living the college life dream this summer as a BookRenter digital intern!

-Darlene Megino

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4 Tips for Summer Travel on the Cheap

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photo of girlBy guest blogger Sophie Howe

Sophie is a freshman at Des Moines Area Community College, currently majoring in Liberal Arts, and then transferring to a four year school to get a degree in Environmental Studies. Guerilla environmentalist, blogger and avid reader. In her free time she enjoys working out, finding ways to put a healthy twist on foods she loves, and going on adventures. She hopes to travel the world and experience as many cultures and traditions as possible.

After a long year of school, who doesn’t want a bit of a vacation? Of course everyone loves to travel, but between summer jobs that pay minimum wage and paying off student loans, most of us students don’t really have the money to take a trip. I’ve combined four of my most pocket-friendly vacation tips that will give you the trip you want, without breaking into your “for college” reserves.

1. Visit family and friends

Families are a lot more spread out than they used to be. Use this to your advantage, and enjoy it too. Most of the time, family and close friends are happy to accommodate guests (and they generally feed you a few meals too!). Now, I’m not saying you should overstay your welcome or run them dry, but in my experience they love having the chance to spend some time with you. You’re in college, you’ve changed, and more likely than not, family members and friends don’t all live near you. Visiting them can be fun because you get to meet their friends, explore their town, and meet extended family you’ve heard so much about during the school year.

2. Group trips

It’s true: the more the merrier. Pooling money for food, gas, and lodging is another great way to go on vacation while saving some money. You can road trip, rent a cabin at a lake, or even just go to a nearby city and explore it for a few days. The possibilities are endless, and you’ll end up making some great memories with friends. Websites like Student Universe and Airbnb make group (and student) travel much more affordable.

3. Camping

I was always that outdoorsy kid that was getting in the dirt, and finding some sort of trouble to get into. When I was growing up, my family would have campfires, make s’mores, and go hiking. Who says that you can’t do it now when you’re all grown up? Getting a group of friends, a fairly large tent and reserving a campsite is tons cheaper than renting a hotel, and you get to experience the great outdoors!

4. Staycation

Last, but definitely not least, is a staycation. Honestly, as well as you may know your hometown, things are constantly changing! You never know what great things you will find when you pick a weekend, set a budget, and just have some fun. There’s nothing wrong with being a bit touristy in your own town sometimes. A staycation could be as simple as trying some type of food you’ve never heard of, or going on a relaxing walk to take in the sights from a different perspective. And if done right, it is just as much fun as going on a traditional vacation.

Now I know this isn’t the Ritz, and it may not be that destination vacation you’ve always dreamed of, but they’re definitely getaways worth pursuing.

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If You Could Talk to Your Freshman Self, What Would You Say?

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This is Part 1 in a series of letters from college graduates to their freshman alter egos. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your younger self about your college years?

photo of girlBy BookRenter Corporate Communications Associate, Rachel Freeman
Rachel recently earned her Master’s degree at San Francisco State in Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts. In addition to working at Rafter, she coaches high school volleyball. A kid at heart, she loves watermelon gum and water guns. In her spare time, you can find her traveling the globe (her favorite place is Israel!) and cheering on her hometown San Francisco Giants.


Dear freshman Rachel,

I’ll give you fair warning. By the time you are done with this adventure of higher education, you’ll have been in school for 19 of your 23 years. That’s a long time: exactly 82.6% of your life. And when you get to the finish line, your graduate school graduation, it will feel like the end of an era. School can be tough at times, but it’s a fun journey and you should take in everything: every friendship, every class, every event, every party. So as you embark on this awkward, fun, funny, stressful, amazing time in your life that I wish I could do again, here are some things I want to tell you:
–        Break out of the box you have created for yourself! When you were young, you pictured your life at 18 in a certain way. And that box is very restricting and claustrophobic. So step out of that box. Get out and party. Do things you may never have thought of doing –  introduce yourself to random people with whom you cross paths, join off-the-wall active clubs (think, the Rock Climbing Club, or the Swing Dance Club), and take off-campus adventures with your new friends (think corn mazes, hay rides and haunted houses). You won’t regret leaving your box behind.

–        Find people who make you a better person. Surround yourself with people who genuinely care about you and what you are doing in your life. You will encounter people who may have selfish reasons for hanging out with you. You don’t need to be suspicious of everyone, but make sure that you get something out of the relationship. If not, don’t be afraid to stick up for yourself. It’s okay to be a little selfish; after all, you’re the only one looking out for you.

–        Live a little! I know you don’t believe in drinking before you turn 21, but it’s not so bad. When people invite you to parties, GO! I know you think right now that it will be uncomfortable, but trust me, IT WON’T BE; everyone is just there to have a good time. And if you decide you want to start drinking before 21, it’s really not as bad as you think. Go with your gut. But never do anything because someone else tells you to. I just want you to know it’s okay if your views change over time.

–        Not everyone makes it through college with amazing roommates. And you are no exception. But instead of being upset about not having a college roommate that you’ll still be friends with in 30 years, think of these living situations as learning experiences. It’s teaching you about cohabitating, patience and not always getting what you want all the time. And those will be great skills to have when you finally do enter the real world (especially the “not always getting what you want” part).

–        Lastly, work hard to maintain friendships with those you truly care about. Even with Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and FourSquare and every other social network out there telling you what your friends are doing at all times, it won’t be enough to maintain those special friendships. Once you graduate from undergrad, pick up the phone and call your friends, send them “thinking of you” texts, snail mail them birthday cards. You may think your friendships will dissipate after college, but as long as you work on keeping in touch, they will actually strengthen.

So freshman self, I will leave you with 2 quotes. One comes from a future best friend. She once said: “Life is short, so fuck everything. These are the years. You can make mistakes. If you’re gonna make mistakes, do it now before 25 at least. After 30, you’re DONE! DUNZO! Out for the count.” Not sure if the part about turning 30 is true because I haven’t hit that milestone yet, but it’s still a good one.

And finally, Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” If you live your life that way, I can guarantee you, you’ll be fearless.

Rachel Freeman, M.A.

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