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Budget in Some Free Summer Fun

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By BookRenter Digital Intern, Sylwia Baran: Sylwia just completed her sophomore year at Queens College in New York, where she’s studying Women’s Studies and Anthropology. Aside from school, Sylwia loves to bake, and in the far future wants to open her very own bakery. But before all that, Sylwia wants to travel and have as many wonderful experiences as she possibly can.

Hey guys! I just finished my sophomore year at Queens College in New York and like most college students, I want to have a GREAT summer to reward myself for all of the studying I had to do all year. But also like many college students, I’m basically broke. What with tuition and books (although I save a lot on books through BookRenter), I haven’t really had the chance to save up that much throughout the year but I still want to enjoy this Summer vacation to the fullest. That is why I decided to come up with a bunch of cool things to do that don’t require a lot of money.

Something I had never heard of before but was really psyched to discover is that there are A LOT of really fun FREE EVENTS going on during the Summer all around the city. As I am from NY, I looked up events in NY and found this amazing website that essentially lists all of the free events that will be taking place. However, there are free events all over the US so all you have to do is type your city and “free events” into google and you’re set!

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Although my second idea may sound corny, it’s actually really fun! Schedule a beach or park day with your friends! Everyone brings something and you grab a volleyball or a frisbee, head to the beach or the park, and you spend the day having fun with your friends. The only cost is the food, which isn’t even that bad if everyone brings an item. Honestly, these “beach/park dates” will probably be the most fun yo

u have all summer!

A really helpful thing I discovered is that a lot of “big” brands will host events throughout the US that are pretty cool. These events are usually not listed on these “free events” websites, but if you “Like” these brands on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, you’ll be the first one to hear about it. One of the most recent events that I found out about this way is Schick’s razor event for which they had The Band Perry perform. This was completely free and only available to those who followed them on Facebook. It pays off to follow big brands, I assure you!!

My last bit of advice is actually something I myself will be doing in a couple of weeks- rent a summer house for a weekend! With a group of friends, the cost to rent a house for a week or a weekend really isn’t that much. I’m renting a house with nine other people, and with food included, we’re each only paying $100 for the entire weekend. There are many other houses out there that will cost even less, and it’s a nice break away from your daily life. I reccomend going somewhere in the mountains; I’ll be going upstate New York.

There are definitely many things that you can do this summer that won’t cost you too much, some won’t cost you anything at all! It’s definitely possible to have the best summer vacation on the budget of a college student!

 

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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.

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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.)

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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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Summer Snap-off Is Here!

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How time flies! It’s already back to school season, and here at BookRenter we are rushing around preparing all sorts of cool stuff for you guys. First up is the Summer Snap-off. Upload your favorite summer photos, and you could be the lucky winner of a $1,000 shopping spree. Spice up your closet. Show off your snapshots. Enter today!

The contest runs from July 18 to August 1 at 9:00am. Voting will then begin on August 1 and last until August 12. We can’t wait to see everything you guys have been up to. Enter your photos now for a chance to win a Back to School wardrobe!

…And we’re joining in! Throughout the promotion, we’ll be posting a snapshot of something fun from around the office. Visit often, and guess what it is!

Post what you think it is below to be entered to win a BookRenter t-shirt. Check back at the end of the day for the answer!

Update: Congratulations Mayra you are our first t-shirt winner!

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Can’t Beat the Summerfest Buzz

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Jamming to Jason Mraz and performing pull-ups at the world’s largest music festival

by Guest Blogger Keith Kaplan I ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Regular blogger. Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).

Click on the image for a Summerfest Welcome

Never heard of Summerfest? Well, neither had I until one of my friends invited me to join her and her parents for a trip to the largest music festival you’ll ever see. Mix a lot of music, people, and drinking, throw in some humidity and heat, and you have Summerfest. The festival, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, runs for 11 days on 11 stages. Low-priced tickets – $8 or $15, depending on whether you go during the week or on a weekend – give you access to all the bands that are playing that day, not too bad a deal.

I was definitely overwhelmed by the size of the park and the number of people who actually go to this event.

Rockin' Out to the Styx Concert

An Aerial View from the Sky Rail

I was able to attend only two days of Summerfest, which is a shame because popular artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, and Nicki Minaj were scheduled to appear. Not that I’m complaining: The highlight of our first day was seeing Third Eye Blind, Girl Talk, and Styx. The second day was even better, partially because it wasn’t as hot, and we got to see Guster and Jason Mraz. It was an awesome concert, especially from our eighth-row seats (thanks again, Mr. and Mrs. Graunke).

Adding to the atmosphere were vendors selling typical festival fare like neon glow sticks and band t-shirts. They even had an entertainer during the day who juggled fire (though it must be said that he wasn’t that great). Companies like Sony, Planters, Pepsi Max, and Axe also had tents set up and were giving away free goodies. At the Planters tent I tried 5-Alarm Chili Peanuts; I was dying for water after I snacked on them. Elsewhere on the Summerfest grounds, I got a chance to show my love for BookRenter by doing 23 pull-ups for the team. Here’s my proof:

Click on the image to see Keith do 23 pull-ups

After walking around the park and listening to all sorts of music on Saturday, it was time to head over to the Marcus Amphitheater – the largest stage at Summerfest – to hear Jason Mraz and Guster.

Click on the image for a clip of Guster and Jason Mraz!

This concert was by far the best we saw. Jason Mraz was awesome at engaging the audience – he had us clapping our hands and repeating the lyrics to his songs; he even got me up and dancing. My trip to Summerfest won’t be soon forgotten. If I were you, I’d definitely put Summerfest on your schedule for next year!

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What Should Our Social Media Interns Do Next?

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One of our enthusiastic social media interns, Keith Kaplan, likes to do pull-ups – a lot of them. He also loves BookRenter, of course. So he showed off his love by performing as many pull-ups as his arms could bear at the world’s largest music festival, Summerfest.

Go, Keith, Go! Click the image to watch the video.

Cheer Keith on as the Marines laugh at his attempt! (We think 23 is not too shabby!)

What do you think our social media interns should do next?

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