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What I Wish I Had Known Before I Started College

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By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.

Isn’t it unfortunate to find out at the end of your college career all the things you could’ve done differently to make the experience not only a better one, but also less painful post-grad? Then again, you probably wouldn’t be where you are now, and that’s hopefully a good place because, if you’re like me, you believe everything happens for a reason (even those tiny, yet crucial lessons you learned in college).

As my senior year comes to an end in just a few short terms, I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned these past four years. Everyone’s college experience is different and we each take away something different, but there are always at least a few things we can share with each other that will help others be better prepared. Like not spending your entire financial refund in one week on a new video game console or a new wardrobe and remembering to wear flip-flops in the dorm showers. But it’s 2012 now and while some cautions stay the same, there are some different things I wish I’d known before I started my college career…

1. No college student eats only Top Ramen.

You will not solely be eating instant noodles in college. Photo by brownpau.

When I look back, it seems like this was just a scary story told to all freshly graduated high school students. “Make sure you’re stocked up on Top Ramen, because you won’t be doing a lot of cooking” was a phrase I heard repeatedly. And we all know that when you’re told something repeatedly, you start to believe it. Thank goodness I was proved wrong. The college budget may be tight, but it’s not that tight. Soup is just as cheap as Top Ramen (not to mention more flavorful and healthy), and lucky for us Tech Century babies, there are now websites, such as MyFridgeFood or SuperCook, that will suggest meals based on the ingredients you already have in your fridge and/or cupboards.

2. Travel lightly.

You may have to move locations a few times in college and the less stuff you have to have your dad help you with, the better. “How much more stuff do you have?” my dad would ask me after each trip to and from the moving truck. His words echoed in my ears when I arrived at my new place, exhausted but knowing I still needed to unpack if I wanted any space to maneuver in my new room. That’s when I realized I needed to downsize. One tip I’ve learned from Real Simple Magazine that has stuck with me: instead of keeping those old 4th grade basketball team photos and trophies, take a picture of them! This way you can keep the items digitally, but not have to cart them around.

3. A part-time job is a blessing in disguise.

This is America, so yes, you have a right to complain, but jobs are more than work and if you think you won’t have time for one, you’ll make time. Benefits: You get out of the dorms, you make some money, and you’re learning things your unemployed friends aren’t.  Even if you don’t like your job or wish you were doing something else, think of it this way: you’re learning skills you may use in the future. Plus, depending on your job, there may be some health benefits, as well, and you’ll be equipped with letters of rec when you graduate. Can your friends say the same thing?

4. Don’t even think about rooming with a high school friend.

Ok, some people can hack it, but there is a very high chance of losing said friendship the moment you move in together and he/she informs you their significant other will be staying the night every couple of days. Disagreements will turn into walking around on eggshells, and it’ll feel exactly like high school all over again. The last thing anyone starting college needs is more drama so if you want to play it safe, room with someone new. Plus hopefully you’ll end up with a new friend!

5. You probably won’t graduate in four years.

It may take you longer than 4 years to graduate. Photo by University of Denver.

When you graduate depends not just on your major, but also how many credits you take each term. Sadly, even if you do attend school full-time each term, you still probably won’t make it in four years. If you want to graduate in as little time as possible, meet with an adviser each term to make sure you are registering for classes that will apply to your degree. If it turns out you’ll be taking classes longer than you had wanted, look at it this way: you have more time to search for that post-grad job and (hopefully) save a little money before being out in “the real world.” Not to mention, you’ll have more time to defer those loan payments. By the time you graduate, maybe there will be a law forgiving student debt! Hey, I can dream, can’t I?

My number one piece of advice? Talk to as many people as you can before beginning college just so you know what you’re up against. College has its fun moments, yes, but they’re even more enjoyable when you’re prepared for anything that is thrown your way.

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Job Opportunity: Become A Textbook Franchise Ambassador!

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by BookRenter Textbook Franchise Manager, Joshua Panwala

DEADLINES:
Summer Session Application Deadline: May 1st
Fall Session Application Deadline: July 15th

We know that in college, saving money is tough, and making money is even tougher. That’s why we have launched the Textbook Franchise Manager program – a chance for you to get paid, while passing along BookRenter savings to your friends and classmates! You could make $50 in just 3 easy hours, if you have what it takes.

It’s simple!  There’s already a BookRenter Franchise at your school.  All you have to do is complete ten marketing activities and you’ve earned your 50 bucks.  How much easier can making money get?

The only requirements to this job are dependability (can we depend on you to get the job done in the requested time frame?) and the ability to speak well in public.  You might ask, is that all?  Yes!  It’s that easy!

Not only can you make a quick 50 bucks, but you can get your friends involved too.  BookRenter.com will hire up to 30 students for this position and pay each of you for the work you’ve done.

Don’t pass up this fantastic opportunity for college students with the drive to succeed, vast networks, and boundless energy.  The spots are filling up, and time is running out, so apply TODAY!

To submit an application, email your resume to campus@bookrenter.com. For the complete job description, click here (PDF).

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Finding a Job While in College

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By BookRenter textbook franchise manager, Kimberly Erskine
Kimberly is a senior at Rowan University studying English, Writing Arts and Creative Arts. When she is not in school, she spends her time as a social media coordinator for her university and as a speciality medicine intern for Slack, Inc. Her interests include reading, writing, blogging, social media, publishing, marketing and pop culture.

Between increasing tuition rates, living expenses, and having a little leftover for the fun stuff, it is easy to feel strapped for cash. Many students look for part-time work to help them get through their college years. Both on-campus and off-campus jobs can be flexible with your busy schedule and provide you not only with extra cash, but with important experience that may help with your future career plans, as well.

Photo by James Emery

On-Campus Jobs:

Many students love on-campus jobs. These are typically given to students in one of two ways: 1) Federal Work Study (FWS), which comes as a part of a financial aid package, or 2) Institutional Work Study (IWS). FWS is the more common of the two. Most colleges will post job openings at the beginning of the year for FWS positions on their campus career website. These positions include light office work for various campus departments, on-campus dining, or working in the library.  IWS jobs are similar, but because the funds come from the department and not financial aid resources, experience may be required and competition will be tougher.  On-campus jobs can be great because your bosses understand firsthand how busy a student’s schedule can be. These jobs tend to have flexible hours and are convenient because you don’t have to worry about transportation costs.

Off-Campus Jobs:

Off- campus jobs provide another option for students in need of extra cash. Many students choose to work in the field of retail or food service. These jobs typically do not require experience and may allow for weekend hours (which will make it easier balancing school and work!). However, retail and food service jobs are not students’ only off-campus options. Another option is finding a job or internship in your specific area of interest. These jobs are great resume-builders and can help you begin to network in your field.  For example, a nursing student may want to look at securing an internship or job in a doctor’s office or hospital setting. This experience can create valuable connections to help students earn a promotion after they receive their degree.

When choosing a job during your college years, be sure to choose one that works the best with your schedule and that interests you. If possible, try to find a job related to the field you hope to break into after graduation. Get to know your co-workers, especially your supervisor so that you can rely on them for future references and perhaps even earn a promotion post-graduation.

Good luck with your job search and remember to smile and make the most of it!

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HiredMYway vs. BookRenter: Intern Challenge

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Our friends over at hiredMYway.com challenged our intern Keith to the first-ever hiredMYway Intern Challenge against…his own brother, Kasey! Kasey has been their social media intern for the past summer and proved a worthy opponent in rounds of mental and physical challenges.

Click on the image below to watch the video:

Click on the image to watch the Intern Challenge

HiredMYway is a Detroit-based startup that brings employers, job seekers, and people with talented friends together. The site identifies and delivers only qualified candidates, saving employers and recruiters precious time and money. Candidates receive bonuses if hired. And if a friend that you refer gets hired, you will both earn a bonus!

They wrote a great blog post earlier today asking, “Is Culture Important in Your Job Search?”

Every organization has a different culture, and different cultures suit different people. Although it takes five years of working at an organization to truly understand the culture of that organization, it is important to find an organization with a culture that appears to match your personal values right away.

This post brings up a topic that college seniors looking to burst out of the gate or anyone desiring a head start can relate to. Give it a read, and let us know what you think.

Did Keith deserve to win the Intern Challenge? Are the culture and environment at your workplace dealbreakers?

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Summer Jobs: Get Up and Get Out There!

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From camp counselor to coolest babysitter ever, here are 8 ways you can still have fun this summer (and get paid for it).

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.

So okay. You’re getting tired of hearing about the cool things your friends are doing this summer while your days seem to be filled with a whole lot of nothing. Well, summer may be half over, but it’s not too late to take advantage of the weeks you have left. Here are eight ways to have some summer fun – and get paid for it.

1. Lead the way into the woods as a camp counselor. Disconnect yourself from your phone, and jump into the outdoors with kids! Sure, there’s a lot of potential for stress, but think of it as a mini vacation – with pay.

by Mallix

2. Lounge by the pool as a lifeguard. Well, you won’t really be lounging all the time. There’s real work involved. But hey, you’ll have an amazing tan!

3. Live in crowds of retail. This time of year lots of department stores and other retailers are hiring part-timers for the back-to-school rush. You’ll work hard for the money, but if you’ve got stamina and people skills, this is a job made for you. (The benefits aren’t bad either: 40% employee discount, anyone? Killer red heels, here I come.)

4. Paint. Yes, paint. Houses, fences, window trim – many homeowners like to get these chores done this time of year, before another fall and winter set in. This job won’t juice up your intellect, but there’s a certain satisfaction in the exacting nature of the work. (You might even make some new friends while you wait for the paint dry.)

by Mike

5. Become the coolest babysitter ever. If you’re looking into a career involving young children, this can be a great way to test your interest in a real-world – a very real-world – situation. Plus, you get to make some young and probably over-worked parents very, very happy.

6. Give back to your community. Homeless shelters and nursing homes always need more hands. Sometimes these jobs pay, sometimes they don’t. But the chance to tap into your altruistic side and nurture others in your community can be more than enough reward.

7. Exercise your brain muscles as a tutor. Ah, those poor kids who are consigned to summer school! Help those little suckers out by sharing your knowledge and experience – at an hourly wage that you will most likely get to negotiate.

8. Get that smile on and wait tables. It’s tough work, but if you’re a people person, the conversations and lively surroundings can make the job fun. The tips aren’t half bad, either!

You can take away something from every summer job, so don’t waste away these precious months. Get yourself out there!

Last note: Speaking of jobs, Keith has written a 3-part series on collegiate entrepreneurship. In it, young business owners share where their big ideas came from – and why they love what they do. Catch up by reading Part 1 and Part 2.

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