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3 Great Ways to Meet New People

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…And make new friends while you’re at it.

by Guest Blogger Serena Piper

Part of life is meeting new people. We encounter new people every day: in the workplace, at school, and through our friends. It can be scary at times, but being able to be yourself around strangers can lead to wonderful friendships and career opportunities. The more you practice, the easier it gets. We all know the tried and true methods of finding friends in college (study buddies, on campus parties), but here are three new approaches to finding and making friends:

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1. Be open and accepting of other cultures, religions, and backgrounds.

Part of the comfort you find in your friends is that they’re familiar, and you have a ton in common and shared experiences. But if you learn to look outside your comfort zone, there are new and interesting people all around you. Stop by your campus international club after class one afternoon. I’m sure there are at least a few international students hoping to make a new friend in the States, and hey, you’ll learn something new about a different country in the process. Expand your borders!

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2. Get off your cell phone!

I love texting just as much as the next person, but I can’t tell you how many times a day I look around campus and see people with a phone in their hand like it’s an extension of their arm. Don’t let technology replace face-to-face conversations! The next time you are leaving class, resist the urge to whip out your cell and check for new text messages. Instead, smile and make eye contact with the people around you. Body language affects how we’re perceived by others. Having your hands free shows others that you’re approachable.

3. Volunteer somewhere off campus.

Many students find themselves stuck on campus and need a break. Find an animal shelter or mentor youth in your city. Organizations are always looking for volunteers and you might be able to rack up college credit while helping out worthy causes. Also, volunteering at an organization you like is a great way to meet others interested in the same things as you.

When it comes to making new friends, don’t underestimate the power of making conversation with some random person at the bus stop. One of my good friends and I met while we were both waiting for the bus one morning. I made a simple comment about how the bus is never on time and that was enough to get us laughing about other things. People love talking about themselves, so take advantage of that. Ask them what their major is or about the tattoo on their arm.

Try a couple of these techniques and you’ll never again find yourself short of a new friend.

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College Roommates: Some of Us Get Lucky, and Some…Not So Much

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Check out others’ tales of woe and you’ll never be mad about an unwashed dish again

By Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON:Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title.

One of the best perks of college is finally getting away from your parents and living on your own. But what happens when your roommate turns out to be, well, not so cool? We’ve all had our share of awkward confrontations and sinks overflowing with dirty dishes. She won’t give you private time. He’s a total party animal. You get the idea.

In my turn at the roulette table of roommates I’ve actually come up a winner, mostly. My freshman year roommate and I were complete opposites and didn’t have the typical BFF story, but we never bit each other’s heads off. Sophomore year, I got a single bedroom. I preferred having the freedom to play my music as loud as I liked and keep odd hours. This past year, I practically lived with my boyfriend and an international student – a senior who graduated after fall term. When the international student moved out, he was replaced by a friend’s younger brother, someone we had never met before. How bad could it be, right?

by Tracie Masek

Well, it wasn’t a disaster. But imagine an awkward amount of cursing during nights of Call of Duty and cigarettes left in the toilet and the trash can. Over the course of two terms he washed the dishes maybe five times, and only helped take out trash and recycling if we asked him. (Happily, next year my boyfriend and I will have a place all to ourselves!)

But in the end, I guess we were pretty lucky. Check out Jezebel’s list of the top 10 absolute worst roommate horror stories! Some might not be real (blood on the walls?!), but these tales will help put your own roommate woes into perspective. As the author says, “you will never be mad about a simple unwashed dish again.”

Are you and your roommates best buddies, or are you not their biggest fan?

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The Snooze Button: Friend or Foe?

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By BookRenter Andy

By the grey sky morning

The snooze button is an interesting creature. Like the Siren temptresses of Greek Mythology, the snooze button is an inviting provocation of sweet release; if you push it, you might plunge right back into your comforting dream for ten more minutes. If you don’t, you’re probably an impenetrable rock of a person. Or you’re tied down to the bed. (Maybe both?)

As we are still in the throws of acclimating to the post Daylight Savings shift in sleep patterns, we figured it was time to delve a little deeper into the snooze button. So we asked our Facebook fans and came up with some shocking results. {EN: Ok, we weren’t really shocked.  If people didn’t use the good old snooze button, clocks would stop having them. Right? Anywho, back to the matter at hand.}

83% of responders hit the snooze button, and 34% of responders hit the snooze button 4 times or more. We are a weak, sleepy bunch, us humans.  So I ask you, reader: is this a sign that our beloved college students are not getting the necessary ZZZ’s, or are they gluttons of sleep?

Whether or not you’re smacking the snooze button each morning, you can’t argue the importance of getting enough sleep.  Lack of sleep can have some serious effects on not only your mind, but also your body and general well-being. Take a look at some recent articles from the New York Times:

Less Sleep Linked With More Eating

Learning While You Dream

Getting Sick From Lack of Sleep

Napping to Boost Brain Power

Forget the old mantra, “You Snooze You Lose” – sleep is too important. I say let everyone hit the snooze button: “Snooze and Cruise”! You could also just try getting to bed earlier, but that’s a discussion for a different day…

By the way, here’s a well-referenced Facebook response:

“I saw a shirt depicting a person hitting the snooze button that said “keep the dream alive” – LOVE it! I have to hit the snooze at least once – preferably twice ;) ” – Barbra

I, for one, refuse to believe that the snooze button is for losers, even though the Internet is full of people trying to convince you otherwise. Like Barbra said, the snooze is for DREAMERS, not losers.

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Top 5 Favorite College Drinks

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By BookRenter Briana

Many of you have already settled into college life again for spring semester, which has me reminiscing about my college days and the great college drinks that I’ve enjoyed. Here are some of my favorites. Not including the usual cheap beer (sorry Natty Ice, oh, and you PBR).

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Pink Pantie Droppers – mix your beer pong game up and add this to the table. Trust me your game will get better.

  • Ingredients: beer, pink lemonade, vodka – mix it all together in a big gallon bucket.

Hop, Skip, and Go Naked – a cousin to the pink pantie dropper but includes a hearty mixture of gin. You can even make this “party in a cup” on the cheap.

  • Ingredients: gin, beer, pink lemonade.
  • Helpful hint: buy the cheap stuff – the pink lemonade drowns the taste of the crappy alcohol.

Jungle Juice – The main ingredient here is Everclear, but Jungle Juice can be made many different ways. Especially great for frat parties.

  • Ingredients: Giant cooler, Everclear, orange Juice, Sprite, Kool-Aid, and throw some real fruit in there if you’re feeling saucy.
  • Helpful hint: Don’t pass out at the frat house or you might subjected being used as a canvas.

Four Locos – We all know college students can be lazy. No need to bring your own Red Bull chasers, Four Locos has done it for you. Try it if you can find it, but this popular drink has been banned. Darn you FDA.

  • Ingredients – You don’t want to know.

Mai Tai – TikiMan’s homeland drink of choice.

  • Ingredients: Dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine.

Ok, spill it what’s your drink of choice?

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