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Move-In Day: How To Handle The Chaos

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If you are a freshman, moving into a college dorm can seem like a daunting task. You may have some questions or uncertainties, but rest-assured you are not alone. Hopefully you’ll find these tips helpful to make the transition from high school to college a little smoother. And if you’re not a freshman and you’ve moved into a dorm before, than you understand just how chaotic the day can be.

1. Plan Ahead

Check on the university website to find information about where to park, when to arrive, and what dorm you are in. This information might even be emailed to you, so be sure to be on the look out for any correspondence from your school. The more you know before the big day, the better.

2. Only Bring What You Need

When I was a sophomore, I volunteered to work on a freshmen move-in crew in the dorm I was living. One of the things that struck me, is how much stuff the freshmen would bring with them that they don’t need. If you have a fridge that is taller than 3 feet, then your fridge is too big! Often times universities have certain dorm regulations too that may impact what you’re allowed to bring. And there is no way you will be able to fit 50 or more inches of TV in between you and your roommate’s lofted beds. Which brings me to my next point.

3. Connect With Your Roommate

Not only is it important when preparing to move in to communicate with your roommate ahead of time so you don’t end up with two of everything, but you want to get to know them a little bit. You can usually find out who your roommate is through your school, whether it’s listed on your student account or in an email. This is, of course, assuming you aren’t rooming with your best friend or anyone else you already know. Either way, coordinate with them before you pack things you don’t need, which will just take up more of your limited space.

4. Stay Calm

It is okay to get excited, but try to stay focused on just finding your room, unpacking your stuff, and moving everything in. The first step usually involves going to a front desk in the lobby to sign in with the hall director to get your key. When I was on the move in crew, we would send students in to sign in while we would unload their things in front of the dorm. We then waited for students to come back and tell us which room they were in and then carried their things up with them. Remember, these student volunteers are here to help and may even be living down the hall from you. So, if you are feeling stressed out or uncertain, just remember you can talk to anyone of the volunteers, the RA’s, or the hall director and they will be happy to assist you.

Don’t worry! Moving in to campus can be overwhelming, but just remember to breathe and that this is the beginning of a new stage in your life. Even if you’re not a freshman, a new year is always exciting!

Good luck!

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A College Campus Thanksgiving

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Not everyone has the opportunity (or may want) to go home this Thanksgiving break. This doesn’t mean you don’t get to celebrate Thanksgiving! If for no other reason, at least celebrate the time off from classes! If this is your first time away from home for Thanksgiving, or you just need some celebration ideas, check out these ideas that are budget-friendly:

1. Potluck Dinner with Roommates

Plan a dinner with your friends who are also staying on campus and make it a potluck! The great thing about this is that you and your friends can have a grand feast like you would have had at home, without dishing out tons of money! It will also be fun to all split up the work and each bring a special dish to the table.

2. Intimate Dinner for Two (or One)

If you aren’t going home for because you want to be alone (or with a certain someone), cook a small dinner that still contains all your Thanksgiving favorites. Instead of cooking an entire turkey, buy a turkey leg or a turkey breast at the supermarket and bake that. Instead of baking a whole pot of sweet potatoes, only buy one or two and make those. You get the idea! Simply cut down all the recipes so that you can have a great Thanksgiving dinner but on a much smaller scale.

If you only have your dorm room microwave to work with, no problem! Check out this article on how to cook an entire feast using just your microwave.

3. Parades

If you don’t necessarily want to celebrate with food, celebrate with a parade! No matter where your school is, there is probably some sort of Thanksgiving parade or other Thanksgiving festivities going on in the area! All you have to do is ask around. Grab a bunch of friends and celebrate together.

4. Skype with Family & Friends

If you have family or friends that are back home or friends who decided to go home for the holiday, ask them to get together and Skype with you before or after their Thanksgiving dinners. Seeing everyone won’t make you miss home as much and will probably make it feel more like a Holiday. Friends and family is really what it is all about anyway.

So if you don’t get the chance to go home, or choose not to, don’t fret. Any one of these celebration ideas can make your Thanksgiving on campus a little bit more special without emptying your wallet.

Do you have any ideas of how to celebrate Thanksgiving college-style? Tell us in a comment below!

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Campus Activities Besides Partying

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Being a college student doesn’t have to mean that you have to drink or party all the time, or at all. There are other things you can do on a college campus to have fun. Here are a few ideas for you to consider:

1. Go To A Student Org Event

There can be several different fun events to go to hosted by student organizations. These can range from outdoor (or indoor) movies, comedians, game nights (ranging from bingo to video games), concerts, or guest speakers. Often times these events are free or under $5 and you can sometimes even win prizes for going to them! You already pay for most of them with your student tuition so you might as well take advantage!

2. Rec Room

Do you like to play pool? Ping Pong? Foosball? Or endless video games? Then go spend some time at your university’s recreation room! Bring a student ID and you can sign out a set of balls for pool, any video game you want, or paddles and a ping pong ball and stay as long as you want (or at least until it closes). This is a great way to hang out with friends and take a quick study break too!

3. Intramurals & Fitness Programs

Every school has intramural leagues for different sports like flag football, floor hockey, broomball, ultimate frisbee, or soccer. Some leagues are for men only, for women only, and some are coed. The winner of each intramural sport usually wins some sort of prize and it is free to play so what do you have to lose? If team sports aren’t your thing, you could also join a zumba, yoga, or kickboxing class. These are great ways to have fun, stay in shape, and meet new people.

What do you like to do on campus that does not include drinking or partying?

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4 Ways To Be Productive In-Between Classes

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For those of you who have longer breaks in between your classes, take advantage of them! Don’t simply use them to eat your lunch and sit around waiting for your next class. Below are four ways you can put those breaks to use without even leaving campus:

1. Homework

The very best way to spend time in between your classes is to do your school work. Whether it be reading your textbooks or writing essays, it can be done on campus. This way, when you get home at the end of the day, you can truly unwind and do other things because you won’t have to worry about doing homework.

2. Print

Why waste your own ink and paper at home printing those 15-page research papers when you can do it at school? On your breaks, head to your campus’ computer room and print everything you need. Most colleges offer unlimited free printing for students, but some do charge – so be sure to find out your best option.

3. Professor Office Hours

Most professors spend their office hours waiting for students to come to them for help. Yet students rarely take the opportunity to do so. Even if you’re not struggling in a class, use each break to go to a different professor. Ask them questions about the lecture, the homework, or your overall major. Not only will it help you understand the material more, it will also show your professor that you care about your education and that can have a positive effect on your grade in that class. Bonding with your professor is also a good idea if you ever need a letter of recommendation for grad school.

4. Socialize

Use your breaks to meet new people and network. If there is an on-campus event going on during your break, go to it! College is a lot more fun if you make friends and the breaks go by a lot quicker when you have someone to spend them with.

What do you like to do in-between classes? Tell us below.

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On-Campus Job Hunting

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It is almost time to head back to campus. Now is the best time to start job hunting on campus. The great thing about on-campus jobs is not only that they work around your class schedule, they also are conveniently close! The problem most of us have with finding a job on campus is knowing where to look.

1. The Library

College libraries are most often one of the largest buildings on campus, which typically means that they usually have the most job openings for students. Simply go to your college’s library and ask about job opportunities.

2. College Bookstore

The best time to apply for a job at your college’s bookstore is right before the start of the semester  since that is their busiest time. Although often times the positions are only temporary, it is still a great job for students.

3. Dining Services

If you don’t mind the smell of cafeteria food, this is a popular place for student jobs. There are different positions available in your college’s cafeteria: line servers, dining room attendants, checkers (swipe ID cards), etc.

4. Peer-Tutoring

This is a great job for students who did well in certain classes and would like to tutor others in those subjects. Visit the department in which you’d like to tutor and find out if they need peer-tutors. Not only do you get paid, but you’re also refreshing the material for yourself!

5. Federal Work Study

In order to get a work study job, you have to apply for FAFSA. On the application, indicate that you are interested in work study. Not everyone will qualify for it, but if you qualify for Financial Aid, you will most likely qualify for work study. Call your Financial Aid Office on campus to find out if you qualify and how to apply for a job.

The best time to apply for these jobs is early August and/or early January. This is the time in which there are the most job openings. Also check out local shops, restaurants, or gyms.

Tip: If applying in person, always have your class schedule printed out with you. Since on-campus jobs work around your schedule, they like to see your schedule along with your application. 

Have you ever worked on campus before? Tell us about your experience below!

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