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Password Sharing: Relationship Faux Pas?

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Has your significant other ever offered you the password to their Facebook account? Did you take it and find yourself suddenly perusing their private messages?

A couple months ago I was seeing a guy who didn’t hesitate to ask if I wanted the password to his Facebook account. He said it would make me trust him more if I could see who he was talking to and what he was saying. While he didn’t see anything wrong with that, I did. If the goal was to increase the level of trust between us, how would my having his password build it up? Since when did handing out your passwords to the person you’re interested in become just another step in a relationship?

If we use the password to our partner’s Facebook account, we may eventually feel there IS something to be suspicious about. When something is wrong in a relationship, the typical answer is to talk to that person about the issue you’re having – not skip that little step and instead turn to their Facebook messages.

Curious as to what other 20-somethings thought, I asked a few people, “Couples who share their Facebook passwords, do you think it’s a good idea? Why or why not?” These were their answers:

“I think it is a fine idea to be open with your partner, but at the same time, you should be able to trust your partner and not need that access to his or her Facebook.” – Sheldon, 23

“I don’t think couples should share passwords. Neither should feel there’s a reason to share them. If they think having the password would give them information about their partner that they need to know then it seems like they have issues with trust. If one person really feels like they need their partner’s password, they should ask themselves why and for what reason they’d use it and talk about it with their partner.” – Jessica, 21

“My boyfriend and I have been official for two years, we are open and honest about everything with each other. Although we would gladly give each other our Facebook passwords we never have because we are 100% honest with each other and don’t feel a need. I think it all has to do with trust whether or not couples share passwords.” – Keresa, 22

Would you give your significant other your password? Let us know in the comments!

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Sometimes a Computer is Necessary for Class…

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By guest blogger Stan Whitcomb
Stan is a freshman at Santa Clara University. He is currently undecided, but is leaning towards a major in computer science. He is new to the blogosphere but is a seasoned writer (thanks English class!). In his free time, he likes to Dougie with his hallamtes and he is an avid Frisbee player.

Laptops are considered a bare necessity in college these days. I can count on one hand the college students I know who don’t have a laptop. We use them to email our parents, register for classes, and help us with our homework (and help us procrastinate from doing homework!). Unfortunately, these wonderful machines can be a help and a hindrance if we bring them to class.


Photo by Stephanie Asher

First off, most people who own a computer can type faster than they can write. This can be helpful when you want to take a lot of notes quickly and don’t want a sore hand afterwards. In addition, with typing, you no longer have to worry about problems like illegible handwriting. Great for those of us who take avid notes, look down, and realize that we can read about one of every five words we wrote.

In a recent study, students who used their laptops for note-taking and in-class activities scored higher than the students who took notes the traditional way. There were, however, two catches in the experiment: the students were policed heavily in regard to their use of the internet, instant messaging, and gaming and the class that students were in was geared towards laptop use.

If both of these parameters are not met, we see a negative correlation between laptops in class and test scores, according to this study and others. The moral of the story is, we need discipline if we want to use our computers effectively in class (I personally suggest turning off your computers Wi-Fi capabilities in class if all you are doing is taking notes. This strategy has done wonders for me).


Initially, there is the whole dawdling issue. With the internet, you have basically infinite potential for bumbling around looking for something funny or interesting online. This could be through Tumblr, Facebook, Stumbleupon, or even old fashioned Google searches. The point being, these sites are timewasters and take up a portion of your concentration. You may think that you can listen to a lecture and look at memes. But recent studies show that multitasking and performance share an inverted relationship. Another downside to typing your notes deals with your memory. There is something about writing that allows you to remember it more easily, and thus not have study your notes as much. The same cannot be said for typing unfortunately. When the same can be said for typing as writing, I know my computer will be out every class, timewasters aside.

So now you have it out on the table. If the pros outweigh the cons, take your computer to class  (I encourage it!). However, if you know that halfway through your lecture you are going to start scrolling through your news feed, perhaps closing the laptop for a second will be a better option.

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Top 10 Reasons to Love BookRenter

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  1. Huge Savings – Rent your textbooks and you can save $100’s
  2. Free Shipping – That’s right, FREE shipping both ways on rentals, and express option if you need your books ASAP.
  3. No Risk – Return your books in 21 days, no questions asked. Not a single one.
  4. Ok to Write or Highlight – Doodle in your books if you want, just don’t go crazy 🙂
  5. Easy Returns – Lots of options to unload your books off when you’re done: Post office, Fed Ex Kinko’s, and UPS. Better yet, drop off in person locally. See if there’s a RapidReturn location
  6. Over 5 Million Titles – Seriously, with a selection like this, chances are we’ve got your book!
  7. Flexible renting periods – We’ve got the most flexible rental options available with 5 different rental periods from 30-125 days.
  8. Extend or Buy – If you need to keep your books longer, extend them no problem. Or, if you fall in love with your books, you’ll never pay more than the retail price. Oh, and we buy textbooks too. Get a quote.
  9. Top Notch Customer Support – Team of friendly experts here to help with any question or problem toll-free Monday-Friday 8am-5pm PST at 877-642-9313. Stop here for more info or quick answers to your questions.
  10. Awesome Facebook experience – Lots of cool promotions, discounts, good conversation and fun. A place for good stuff junkies.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to BookRenter.com and start renting your textbooks today!

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BookRenter Fans Don’t Believe in New Year’s Resolutions *Gasp*

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According to a quick poll on Facebook, 77% of BookRenter Fans voted “Nay” for New Year’s Resolutions; instead, they said they believe in setting goals and exceeding everyone’s expectations, including their own.

Sounds pretty sugary sweet, we know. But here at BR, we are incredibly proud of all that our fans have achieved. When asked his best accomplishment in 2011, Eric Mason replied, “Graduation, Regent Scholar, Commencement Speaker, and job offer immediately after graduation (all for my mom to see before she passed away).”  Wow.

Some of our fans took years to finally get back to school. Lisa Boice returned to school after an 18 year break and rocked her first semester with straight A’s. Now she’s heading off to the Peace Corps to make the world an even better place than it is just having her in it. Andrea Edwards’ honesty really knocked our socks off. She would say her biggest accomplishment was “getting into college but really it was working up enough courage to even apply.”

Not only do BR fans set high, realistically achievable goals, they dream pretty big too. Top responses to the prompt “What would you do if you couldn’t fail?”:

#1 – Cure cancer/diseases – Betty Jo Petty, Darline Albarado Gonzalez, Lashon Daniels-Gray, Shawn Callahan, Erin Marie Thornley

#2 – Fly – Amelia Nathaly Aviña, Adam Ellis, Dulce Torres, Jude Osezua Ekpen (a jet, but pretty much the same, right?)

#3 – What wouldn’t I do? – Monika Sampson, Shannon Hulett, Nia Murrell

All right, to get to the point already (yeah we can read your mind): We respect and admire all of the smart, savvy, budget-conscious students who rent textbooks from us, and we feel lucky to be even a small part of helping each of you achieve the impressive, noble goals you set and ultimately surpass. We wanted to start off the New Year by saying a giant “THANK YOU” for renting from us and we hope to take a page from you guys and surpass our own goals in 2012.

Oh yeah, one last thing! For all of you procrastinators, the Semester Guarantee program lasts through TODAY, so get going and rent your textbooks now!

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The Top 5 Things Every College Freshman Should Know

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Like, don’t take “no” for an answer, don’t change yourself just to fit in, and – oh, yeah – call your parents.

by Guest Blogger Serena Piper / check out her last post on the coolest backpacks ever

We all know the traditional advice often doled out to those who are college-bound: take a tour of campus before school starts so you know where your classes will be; allow plenty of studying time so you aren’t pulling all-nighters before a big deadline; join a club or two; make new friends – the list goes on.

But when it comes to my own experience, this list leaves something to be desired. Here are the top five things I wish someone had told me before I started my freshman year.

1. Start off slowly. Some students think they absolutely have to start out their first year taking 16 credits or they’ll fall behind and not graduate on time. This is a myth. It’s perfectly okay to take fewer credits your first term. It gives you time to adjust to your new routine, get a feel for how things are done at the college level, and make some new friends. I suggest taking at least two classes just so you can see how you’ll manage your time, especially if you know you’ll have a part-time job or other commitments during the school year. But definitely don’t overwhelm yourself your first term.

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2. Don’t take no for an answer. For example, if you don’t get into a class you want right away, talk to the professor, get on the waitlist, and find out when it will be offered again. Just because a class is full when you go to register for it doesn’t mean that’s the final word. Show that you’re interested because the more effort you put in, the more you’ll get back.

3. Rent your textbooks instead of buying them. Students generally buy their textbooks from the campus bookstore, but it’s often easier and definitely cheaper to rent your books (hello, BookRenter!). Paying big bucks for a book that I couldn’t sell back at the end of the term? Been there, done that, too many times – and I have a pile of textbooks I’ll never need again to show for it.

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4. When it’s party time, keep your head on straight (and don’t let a future employer catch you out on Facebook). It may be a stereotype, but students like to party, and there can be a lot of pressure to drink in college. If you know drinking’s not for you, don’t waste your time trying to change yourself so that you fit in. There are plenty of other things to do on the weekends, like playing ultimate frisbee in the dark, taking a day trip to a nearby city, or doing an art project with your roommates. If you do like to drink when you go out, be safe. For example, many colleges offer a late-night campus shuttle service so that no one has to drive home drunk. Whether you drink when you go out or not, though, keep your head on straight. You don’t want a potential employer or grad school admissions officer to stumble on any crazy Facebook photos three or four years from now.

5. Call your parents. Yes, even if you aren’t homesick. Parents can give you a different perspective on things and remind you of where your focus should be. They know you in a way that no one else ever will, and when you’re away at school, this can be very comforting. Not only did I call my mom when I was homesick, but I also called her when I was feeling ill and needed some OJ, or when I wanted to know how long I should broil the acorn squash I was fixing for dinner. Just don’t let all their advice get to you. There are still times when I feel like I have to do what my mom or dad suggests, but later, when I do things my way, everything turns out just fine.

It’s normal to feel a little anxious about starting college. Take things one day at a time and give yourself time to adjust. Besides, whatever you don’t figure out beforehand, you’ll learn on your own, and someday it will make for a great story!

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