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Back To School Move-In Tips

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 Steffi Lee Blogger Biography

 

 

 

I know it’s only July, but a lot of incoming freshmen are anticipating the start of their college experience. You freshmen have been preparing for move-in day as soon as you graduated from high school. For the rest of us college students, take this month to slowly prepare for heading back to school. This way there’s no rush when move-in day comes around.

There are four things to consider when moving in to a college campus:

1. Books

Professors usually will post what books you need online before classes start so students know which ones they need. For those students who have summer jobs, you can easily figure out your budget for books before you return. This is extremely convenient. When you get all the names for your textbooks, look into renting. It’s the simplest way to get the cheapest textbooks. Places like BookRenter help students save up to 80% on textbooks, so your summer savings will go to great use!

Stack of College Textbooks

Photo © SCC

2. Wardrobe

Check consignment stores. Before the big rush hits and everyone is at the major shopping places, take the relaxing aura of summer to find some local consignment shops. They’ll often have the perfect options for just what you’re looking for – from school totes to business clothes, they’ll have it all – at great prices too.

Consignment Clothes Store

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3. Dorm/Apartment Essentials

It’s overwhelming to stock up on things like toiletries, bed sheets, drawers, desk accessories, decorations, and other items all at once! Most likely you’ll have some things from your previous times being in a dorm or living in an apartment, but we always want new things, right? Especially freshman who do not have all their living furnishings, start buying things early. Good things to get would be frames, more drawers, sheets, and some storage dividers. Places like the Salvation Army and the clearance sections at a lot of department stores always have steals!

Decorated Girl College Dorm Room

Photo © HGTV

4. Enjoy Time With Friends

I remember the rush that my friends had when they came back to visit a little bit during the summer from college. They had too many friends, and too little time to hang out with all of them. You most likely have a little over a month left. Spend your free time now spending time with them before classes start up again.

Summer Girl Friends At The Beach In The Sun

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Enjoy these last months of summer and good luck in the fall!

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To The Class Of 2013

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Dear Class of 2013,

It has come to my attention that I might not be the only nervous college grad. While I have been pursuing my own options and feel comfortable with the ones I have to choose from, there is still a part of me that wonders where my path will take me. And I know I’m not the only one. To ease your mind a little bit, let me offer you some advice and comforting words.

Nervous Female College Graduate

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A lot of us don’t do well with uncertainty. We like knowing what’s going to happen so that we are better prepared to face what’s coming. However, it’s the unknowing that is the greatest adventure of all. You’re free to explore all your options – and I mean every single one. If you don’t get a job in your area of study right away, don’t stress about it. It’s going to take a while. In the meantime, take a job doing something else you love. It’s not giving up and it’s not settling. You’ll have time to travel, volunteer, and figure out what your next steps are.

Graduation is an exciting time. Don’t let the challenge of finding a job in this tough economy put a downer on your celebrations. You made it through four years of brain boggling math lectures, huge research papers, hand-cramping notes, late night study sessions, and back to back finals. Enjoy the fact that it’s over (at least for those of you not pursuing grad school) and get excited for what lies ahead. We all have the potential in us to do great things. Now it’s about reaching out for those opportunities and pushing ourselves to our limits.

Group of College Graduates Throwing Up Caps

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Congrats!

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Spring Time!

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Spring season has finally started and the graduation countdown has begun!

Shout-Out To High School Students:

This is the perfect time to be visiting the campuses of schools you may be going to next fall or to start exploring potential future schools. The spring is definitely the prettiest time for almost every school.  Piece of advice, if you visit the University of Delaware, try to avoid coming on a Tuesday because it ALWAYS rains on Tuesdays.  Any other day of the week you should be able to see the campus in all its glory with tree lined walkways, cobble stone paths, historic buildings, and great places to eat on Main Street.

Cherry Blossom Flower Plant at the University of Delaware in the Spring

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Shout-Out To College Students:

Feel free to start doing some reading or homework out on the lawn or at a table outside. Enjoy the sun and use the nice weather as a form of stress relief as the end of the year becomes a little hectic.

And college seniors, take this time to truly enjoy and soak in your college campus.  Lie out on the green, take a walk down Main Street, and convince your friends to do a celebratory bar crawl. Graduation is right around the corner, so take the time now to cherish these last moments of being a college student and make some unforgettable memories.

Male College Student Reading Outside By A Tree In The Spring

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Happy Spring! What is your favorite Spring-time activity?

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Choosing A College: Urban Or Rural?

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

In my last blog post, I talked about how to choose a college in the East or West coast. If you have got that down, now it’s time to start thinking by scale: urban or rural?

First, just to clarify, urban means areas with a high population density (50,000 or more), such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., or Philadelphia. Rural means anything outside of what would be called a city; the smaller towns.

From the time we’re little, we usually know which we prefer: a bustling city full of life and commotion, or a quiet, wide open space with room to breathe. Our parents usually decide where we live, though, and some of us never have the opportunity to travel and experience a different type of living. Determining the type of environment you want to live in is as important as determining which study method works for you. If you’re unhappy, it can affect your grades, and eventually career and internship opportunities.

So, before you decide on a college, consider these factors that go beyond the school itself:

1. Transportation

If you don’t have a car, public transportation may be necessary. Check to see what the school has to offer and how far things are for walking distance.

Bus Stop Transportation

Photo © Seattle Municipal Archives

2. Entertainment

When you live in the country, a trip into the city is just that, a trip. Museums, shopping, and concerts are all typically in the city. Entertainment can be harder (but not impossible) to find in a rural area.

Shopping Boutique Stores

Photo © dawn.v

3. Hobbies

You’ll find a huge range of outdoor activities in rural settings. Some smaller towns have a great sense of community involvement, which can be a comforting feeling, especially if you’re far from actual family.

Outdoor Basketball Hobby

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4. Privacy and Safety

In the city, apartment windows often directly face another apartment’s windows. There’s no “view,” and consequently, no sense of privacy. Cities do also tend to have higher crime levels.

City Apartment Window View

Photo © Franki47

5. Internships

Most internships and jobs are in the city. It’s a trade-off; while you may not be able to have both the country life and a great internship, you can rest easy knowing you’ll be able to pick and choose later.

Girl in City Office Internship

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It might be a good idea to make a list of what’s important to you in your choice of colleges. If you can, try to visit the area you’re considering before making the actual move.

Good luck!

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Choosing A College: East or West Coast?

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life: where to go to college. A lot of students-to-be simply choose the one conveniently located in their town, or at least in their state, to avoid out-of-state tuition costs, which can be pretty steep. However, if you’re considering attending a college outside of your state, there are several things you should keep in mind.

1. Cost

This is usually a big factor in the college decision, but don’t let the expense be the only factor. Remember, there are loans, grants, and scholarships available. Apply, apply, apply, and then, based on which types of aid you are offered, make your decision. Include transportation in costs too. Will you have to drive everywhere or is public transportation an option?

Money in a bag college costs

Photo © 401(K) 2013

2. Family

Is being close to your family important to you? If you tend to get homesick easily, consider choosing a college somewhat close to home. Some students like being able to drive home on the weekend, or being able to attend family gatherings.

Family Group Portrait

Photo © Gerry Slabaugh

3. Location

A lot of people would argue that people are friendlier on the West Coast than they are on the East Coast. The East Coast is generally stereotyped as being stuck up and for the “rich kids,” while the West Coast is stereotyped as almost too laid back. If you like to spend your time outdoors, a West Coast college is perfect for you with more wide-open spaces for more outdoor activities. Recreation on the East Coast usually means city activities.

United States Map of Locations

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4. Weather

For those wanting four seasons, consider a college in New England. Like the laid-back, comfortable climate? Consider down south. Also, there tend to be less serious natural disasters on the West Coast.

Weather Conditions Outside

Photo © DrVassilis

5. Safety

There is going to be crime anywhere you live, but some areas have a lower level of it. Also, some colleges are more on top of campus security than others. If that’s important to you, make sure to research it.

Campus Police Safety

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If possible, try to visit the colleges you’re considering before making a decision. Also, to save money, consider community college for the first two years and then transferring to a university. There are great colleges everywhere – spend the time finding the one that best fits your major, your budget, and your lifestyle.

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