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Get to know Chanelle, the winner of BookRenter’s $5,000 Summer Spending Spree!

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We gave out a number of prizes in the Summer Spending Spree contest, but it was the one and only Chanelle Dufreny who won the grand-daddy of them all – $5,000 cash to spend on anything her heart desired. We’re pretty impressed with the way she’s chosen to distribute her winnings, so we had to let her tell you about it.

“Thank you so much for this opportunity! I’m going to give some money in offering to God on Sunday because I know without Him I would not win this prize. Then I’m going to give some to my mom who works so hard for me and my sister’s futures. Then, I’m going to donate to a charity, and with the $4000 I have left, I’m going to pay for my school expenses for a whole year!”

Chanelle and her mom at Chanelle’s high school graduation.

By telling us about her favorite class, Chanelle also revealed a little more about herself.

“My favorite class ever was Exceptional People, because in that class I got to learn what it’s like to live with a disability, and the proper way to help and treat people who are different than myself. I think that is so cool because even though we are all different, we all bring something into this world to make it the diverse place that it is.”

Last (but certainly not least), we asked Chanelle how she found BookRenter:

“I was searching for the most affordable books I can find, and BookRenter had them! I saved over $200! Btw thanks to u guys, I used my book and I got an A in my class this summer!!!!!!”

We’re so happy that Chanelle saved so much money and rocked her class last semester by simply renting her textbooks from BookRenter, and we hope the extra cash she won makes a similarly real difference in her life. Thanks for sharing with us, Chanelle, and here at BookRenter, we’re all rooting for you!

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BookRenter Named “Readers’ Choice” for Textbook Rentals

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As you can imagine, there are very few award shows out there with a category for “Best College Textbook Rental Site.” In fact, as far as we know, there’s pretty much only one. And just last Friday it was announced that Bookrenter.com has officially won the 2012 About.com Readers’ Choice Award for that category. As About.com’s Awards Site put it:

“The ‘Best Website for Renting College Textbooks’ award is meant to recognize the leader in online textbook rentals…Congratulations on your win, BookRenter!”

We’re thrilled to win any award, of course. But to win an award given by the actual students and parents who use textbook rental sites….well, that makes the award even sweeter. We consider it a resounding validation that between the lower prices, easy returns, an enormous selection, free shipping and some of the best customer service people on the Web, we must be doing a few things right. Rest assured we’ll keep trying to outdo ourselves.

A BIG, HUGE BOOKRENTER THANKS to all of you fine people who voted for us. You guys are awesome. Thanks also to About.com for the opportunity to compete publicly with our fellow online textbook rental sites.

We’ve got some exciting improvements and fun programs planned this year along with lots of opportunities to save even more money than usual. So be sure to check back with us when the need arises. And keep coming back here to “The Bookshelf” (or give one of those subscribe buttons in the top right a click) for our latest, greatest ideas on how to make your college life more rewarding.

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Acing the First Day of School

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Say goodbye to those first day jitters

by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw

The first day of school is one of the best days of the entire school year. You get to catch up with friends, and most of the actual school part is just going over the syllabus.

However, this day carries a lot of responsibility along with its festivities. It’s the day for you to make a great first impression on potential new friends and even teachers. So how do you prepare for this day of total and complete judgment from everyone you meet? No pressure…

Between enjoying the last of summer and getting your beauty sleep, check online to see if any of your professors have posted a syllabus yet. It’s always a good idea to read over them ahead of time to get a general idea of what the class is going to be like, or to see if you have any assignments or need special materials on the first day of class. Once you have your reading list, get shopping! The week classes start, the bookstores will be overflowing with stressed-out students scrambling to get their book shopping done at the last minute. Don’t be one of them – shop and rent your textbooks ASAP!

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Now that you’ve read your syllabus and rented your books, it’s time to buy the basic school supplies like pencils, pens, and notebooks. Pack these in your bag the night before to avoid them being forgotten in the morning. One time, I was so worried about what I was going to wear that I completely spaced bringing any form of writing utensil to class–which wouldn’t have been so bad, except it was to a writing class. Oops.

Once you actually make it to class, sit by people that look friendly and strike up a conversation before class begins (because you’re early like a good student, right?!). Even if you’re not nearly caffeinated enough to deal with being back at school again, just fake your confidence until it’s real. Smile lots, act like you’re everybody’s best friend, and be a model student who totallllly didn’t forget to do the summer reading. And don’t forget to raise your hand at least once, especially in huge lecture hall classes, so you’ll be more memorable and stick out a little from the masses.

Last of all, remember that it’s only the first day, and while first impressions are important, they’re not permanent. You’ll have the rest of the semester to hit it off with your new classmates, so just relax and enjoy being back at school.

Good luck on your first day!

We value the diverse voices and fresh ideas that our guest bloggers bring to BookRenter.com. However, the ideas and opinions expressed in guest posts are strictly those of the post’s author and don’t necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of BookRenter.Com. The information in guest posts is often drawn from a variety of sources, and we count on our guest authors to verify and fact-check the content they post. BookRenter.Com makes no claims, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of guest post content or the suitability of the content for a specific purpose.

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Back to School Checklist

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Cute curtains, sharpened pencils, and a snazzy backpack: cross your X’s and O’s!

by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw

I’m currently in a state of shock about going back to school. It’s the end of August already? Didn’t summer just start like…yesterday?!

Although I shall dearly miss my tan and my parents’ cooking, I can‘t wait to go back to school shopping. I just love buying lots of empty white notebooks, fresh pens, and let’s not forget – as many clothes as my paycheck will allow.

Clothes are the fun stuff, but you will also need the basics to get you through the term. Here are some important items to help you have a great year!

1. Furnishings. Cute sheets, matching curtains,  a rug, and kitchenware: the list goes on and on.  (Editor’s Note: You might want to invest in a nice lamp.)

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2. A planner. Was that theology paper due on Tuesday? Is the toga party this Friday? Having a place to organize assignments and social activities is vital, or you might be show up to Theology class in a toga. No thanks.

3. School supplies. There’s nothing like heading off to class on the first day with a book bag filled with pencils (before everyone around you “borrows” yours) and fresh white sheets of notebook paper just waiting to be filled up with knowledge and doodles.

4. Books. Going to the bookstore and watching my bank account dwindle as I buy hundred-dollar textbooks that I’ll read once has always been an expensive part of my checklist. Luckily, now that I’ve discovered BookRenter, I can spend way less money for the same textbooks by renting them instead!

5. Backpack…or something to carry your textbooks and laptop in to class. Serena discovered some of the coolest backpacks out there this fall, so you have no excuse to forget your books at home.

6. A Back to School mindset. Remember that you’re actually going to school to learn, and get ready to do some studying. Check out Tiana’s tips for getting into a school state of mind. Also, prepare yourself for frat boys, ex-boyfriends, and loads of homework. On the bright side, you can look forward to being reunited with your besties, actually taking an interesting class or two, and just college in general. Best four years of our lives, anyone?

We value the diverse voices and fresh ideas that our guest bloggers bring to BookRenter.com. However, the ideas and opinions expressed in guest posts are strictly those of the post’s author and don’t necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of BookRenter.Com. The information in guest posts is often drawn from a variety of sources, and we count on our guest authors to verify and fact-check the content they post. BookRenter.Com makes no claims, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of guest post content or the suitability of the content for a specific purpose.

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The Surprising Economic Impact of Renting VS. Buying (Infographic)

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