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Top 4 Strategies for Staying Awake in a Boring Class

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Guest Blogger Kayla

As a college student I have had my fair share of classes were it was near impossible to stay awake and listen to what the professor was saying. Now that I have a semester under my belt I thought it would be a great idea to share some of the ways I manage to stay alert in those classes that seem like a “waste of time.”

by Seabamirum

1.    Chew Gum – Sometimes for those early morning classes you may hit the snooze button one too many times and usually eating breakfast is what has to be sacrificed in order to get to class on time. This leaves you focusing on your rumbling stomach rather than what the professors have to say. So my recommended solution is chew gum or if you have a cool professor, eat the granola bar that you hopefully grabbed while running out the door.

2.    Facebook – There are also those classes when you already know the material that is being presented and it is hard to pay attention when you think it’s a waste of time for you to be there in the first place. My solution is to go on Facebook! While this is not the most productive way to spend your class time, at least you aren’t asleep and who knows, you may even absorb some information you didn’t already know just by being in class.

3.    Take Notes –Sometimes just going to class and sitting there isn’t enough because sadly most of us don’t have photographic memories. While it may seem that you understand the material in class, it would totally suck if you got home and suddenly realize you can’t remember anything. Suddenly having to stay awake until 3 in the morning reading the boring textbook to try and remember what the professor says isn’t as appealing anymore when you could have just written down what they said in the first place.

4.    Ask Questions –If the reason why you’re having a hard time paying attention on class has to deal with the fact you don’t understand the material being presented, then it’s best that you ask questions.  I totally understand that it can be hard to speak up, but the professors stop and ask if anyone has any questions for a reason. If you can’t speak up in class there are also other options like office hours. It’s important to take advantage of the resources around you in order to succeed.

While some of these solutions are better than others, these are designed as guidelines to figure out what works for you. There are plenty of other things you can do, but hopefully these are helpful in staying awake during some of your most tedious, dull and boring classes.

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Top 6 Tips for Preparing for Graduation

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By BookRenter Nicole

by Jason Bache

It’s your last semester of college, and graduation is right around the corner! But before you get a major case of Senioritis, here are a few things to keep in mind before the big day.

  • Schedule a meeting with your advisor to check up on your student record. You should have a chat with him/her to make sure that you’re even eligible to graduate. Some things you should bring up are: Did I meet all of the requirements to graduate? Do I still have outstanding credits? Did I transfer those study abroad credits to my current record? Did my transcripts from the other university transfer successfully?
  • Make sure there aren’t any discrepancies on your degree evaluation. If you notice something funky, make sure to investigate and correct it before it’s too late.
  • Keep in mind that walking and attending the Commencement exercises may be different. If you still have more units to complete, you could technically just be walking in the ceremony, not actually graduating…yet.
  • Double check that you don’t have any outstanding balances with your college/university that would prevent you from receiving your diploma or transcripts. You don’t want to have to go through the whole exciting process only to realize that your diploma can’t be sent to you until you pay off that year you dormed on campus.
  • APPLY FOR GRADUATION. (You’d be surprised at how many students don’t know that you actually have to apply to graduate.) The school’s registrar team basically audits your academic records to ensure that all of the institution’s obligations have been met. For some schools, there may be a separate application for each degree you’re applying for. Whether the application is online at your school’s website, or at the advisor’s office, or even in a folder on the 2nd shelf, in aisle 5 of the campus bookstore — make sure to apply for graduation.
  • Attend your school’s grad events! You can order personalized announcements, class rings, take professional pictures, order your cap and gown, and choose your diploma frame! It’s where you can get all of your fancy grad stuff!

These are just some ideas you may want to keep in mind. But what you really want to do is check your own school’s checklist. Get all of your graduation info together! Besides, once you get this all squared away, you can go back to enjoying Senior year!

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Top 4 Tips Finding Summer Internships

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By BookRenter Eric

How to make your summer a real resume builder!


I know it’s only January but it can never be too early to start planning your summer.  Summer internships offer a unique opportunity for you to gain valuable work experience before you head out to into the job market for real. An internship can give you a leg-up on the competition in the job market post-graduation.  Challenge yourself, reach for the stars, and most importantly go out and impress some people with your hard work!

Here are my tips for finding an internship:

1.   Start with the people you know – Ask your parents, ask your friends, ask your uncle, ask anyone you know if they can help you get in contact with a potential gig.

2.    Visit your school’s career center – The career center is not just for graduates! Don’t be shy, take a visit and see what you might find…

3.     Check your favorite company’s websites – You never know, your dream internship could be waiting for you!  Just make sure you apply early because most likely you won’t be the only one applying.

4.    Know what you’re interested in – No, you’re not deciding on a life-long career, but knowing what industries interest you can help narrow your search.

A Few Online Resources for Summer Internships:
Monster.com College – A good starting place with a lot of available internships and interview tips
College Recruiter.com – Another good starting place with a lot of available internships and interview tips
College Magazine – Awesome site for students which includes a listing of internships and other goodies

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Top 5 Tips On Second Semester Goal Setting

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By BookRenter Andy

My Goals Are...

The beginning of second semester is a big landmark. It’s a time to wipe away the filth and grime of first semester, set new goals, amend your terrible ways, and get ready for the arrival of spring.

Tips on Goal Setting

1. Be Specific - General goals are harder to achieve, it is better to narrow the scope and create specific goals. For example:  I want to loose 10lbs, verse I want to get healthy.

2. Achievable – Make sure as you choose a goal, that it’s something you can achieve.  That doesn’t mean it has to be easy, but you don’t want to set yourself up for failure either.

3. Make a Plan - Ask yourself, ” how am I going to achieve my goal?” It can be helpful to write down your goal and the steps you are going to take to achieve it.

4. Give Yourself a Deadline - Nothing like a due date to keep you on track.

5. Reward Yourself - There is nothing like self satisfaction, but you should also remember to reward yourself for your hard work. Treat yourself to something special, whatever that may be.

Senior year my friend Alex started off second semester by putting sheets on his bed and doing laundry for the first time. Two great achievements, and ones that didn’t go unnoticed by his friends, roommates, and the occasional coed guest.

How will you start off the second semester?

Need more ideas? Check out:

“Goal setting should be easy. It should integrate into your life with minimal effort. The strongest goal setters are the ones that make goal setting a priority 365 days a year. Read more >>” lululemon.com

Goal Setting Activities for College Students LiveStrong.com

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Top 10 Tips for Getting Along with Your Roommate

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By BookRenter Briana

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We all know that living with roommates can be difficult and challenging at times, especially if you’re living in the same, tiny room. Being able to get along and create a fun living environment can relieve so much stress from school and make your college experience much better. Hopefully these tips can help you out when dealing with the roomies.

  1. Don’t live with your best friends. You may think that this is a great idea at first,  ‘cuz “We’re friends, how can we fight”, well, you will. You already have a relationship with that person. Why not try meeting new people and exploring different relationships? Plus, being around the same person 24/7 will bring new annoyances you never thought you had with your BFF.
  2. Try putting yourself in the other person’s shoes.
  3. Respect your roommates’ space. Don’t touch their things, and please, if your roommates are away it is not smart to lend their bed to your friends who want to pass out after a hard night of drinking. Would you really want someone stanky and gross in your bed? I really don’t think so.
  4. Spend time together – If you rarely see your roommates and actually want to spend time with them, try having dinners together where you can catch up on the things.
  5. Do activities outside of your place. Encourage them to get involved with activities so they get out of the house. Space is crucial when you live with roommates. Encourage not only them but yourself to explore different campus activities so everyone can have some alone time in the living room.
  6. Communicate! Trust me if something bothers you, tell them, because there is nothing like one huge emotional blow up where you tell them all their faults at once. Space it out – if not your roommate will feel attacked.
  7. If you’re throwing a party – make sure you consult with all roommates, and make sure you include them. Even though you might not want to party with them it will make them less irritated and make the house atmosphere a lot better to live in. And hey, there is nothing like taking funny pictures of them so you can laugh at them when you move out.
  8. Be organized – create some sort of ground rules for bills and groceries or house cleaning. It’ll avoid confusion and keep people in the know.
  9. If all else fails, try the best to co-exist. Don’t play pranks and move all your roommates’ clothes around, or mess with their valuables. It’s just not smart because it will cause more problems for all of you. Just focus on your when your lease is up and finding new roommates.
  10. Save Money – Money can be tight, instead of borrowing from your roommate, you can rent textbooks from us. It can save you a bundle (wink, wink).
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