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Homecoming Guide

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

When I was a college freshman, I had no idea what the big deal was with homecoming. I had never been to a homecoming, nor had I seen anything about homecoming, all I knew about it was that it had something to do with alumni and people were really excited for it. After the first one came and went, I couldn’t wait for the next one. If you are about to experience this magical day for the first time, get ready because you are about to have the most fun you can imagine.

College Celebrating Homecoming In Parade

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Homecoming is considered by many to be the biggest event of the year at any given University. It gives a chance for alumni to come back to reunite with old friends and see how much campus may have changed. It also helps alumni re-connect with the university and any organization they were a part of when they were undergrads such as: fraternities, sororities, honors societies, clubs, and campus activism groups.

University Alumni College Group

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I love getting to meet all of the alumni and listening to them tell interesting and hilarious stories about when they were undergrads. Often times there is a tailgate early in the morning where all the local student organizations set up stations for alumni to visit and share a few beers and burgers with students. Then there is generally a homecoming football game which will typically bring in the biggest audience of the year.

College Homecoming Football Game

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Many people tie drinking to homecoming, but you don’t have to drink to participate and have fun. In fact, I didn’t drink at all at my first tailgate. I simply stood around and talked to people and ate the cheap yet delicious hot dogs we were grilling.

University College Homecoming Tailgaiting

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Simply being in the raging atmosphere fueled by school spirit and pride is intoxicating enough to make the moment one of the most memorable in your time as a college student, and hopefully again when you come back as an alumni.

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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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Back To School: Things To Consider

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Summer is finally at an end and it’s time for a new school semester. Are you ready? Here are some things to consider before heading back to school to make the semester as stress free as possible.

1. Schedule

It might be a good idea to go back and review what your class schedule looks like. This way you can develop a better time management plan to make the most of your semester. With the right time management you can have time for a great social life as well as acing your classes and maybe even picking up a part time job.

College Student Class Schedule

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2. Books

What books do you need? How are you going to pay for them? Will you rent or buy new or used or ebooks? Take the time to sit down and figure out the best way to pay for your books so you can find the best deals around.

College Student Used Rental Textbooks For Courses

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3. Budget

How much money can you spend this semester and how much will you save? Having a realistic budget that you strictly follow will help to prevent overspending and should still allow for some fun time. It may even be a good idea to leave the plastic card at home and to plan your budget at the beginning of the month before you start spending.

Female College Student Budgeting Her Money For Spending And Saving

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These are certainly not the only things to keep in mind this semester. Finding a good place to consistently study as well as figuring out an exercise schedule will also make for smooth sailing. Remember, one secret to success is finding the perfect balance between fun and play. Too much work will drive a person insane but too much fun and you will end up paying for it come finals week.

What are some things you do to prepare for a new semester?

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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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Welcome to The Rented Life.

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rent everythingCollege financial problems. If you didn’t let out a frustrating “ughhhh” with those words, we did for you. And as college tuition costs rise, so does the need to make the other costs of college more affordable to try and live like less of a pauper. Maybe even like a normal person.

So what if we found a way to turn those costs on their head?

The Rented Life™ program is a social experiment trying to prove that a student can live comfortably in college on a small budget. But how? We may have the answer.

We’ll be following one student, David Levitz, for an entire semester. Give him a budget based on the national average of student spending habits ($6,803 to be exact). And see if he can do better by spending less in a variety of ways.

How? By finding the most important ways to bypass the system and keep costs at bay. Need to buy expensive textbooks? Maybe you rent them for cheap. Planning a weekend trip with nowhere to hang your head at night? Ride the couch surfing wave. Whatever the need, whatever the cost, David will be on a mission to find the best deal for pretty much everything.

Will he succeed? Stay tuned to find out – and watch his progress on YouTube, get a #RentedLifeTip on Twitter or see what he’s snapping on Instagram. And of course, get in on the action yourself by sending us your own tips and tricks to therentedlife@bookrenter.com.

A semester of living large on less awaits!

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