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7 Things That Happen When You Prepare To Leave For College

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7 Things That Happen When You Prepare To Leave Home As an incoming college freshman, preparing to leave home is very bittersweet. A ton of changes are happening... you’re moving on with your life as an individual and you feel like your life is just a big ball of chaos. It’s okay. You will experience a wide range of emotions and tasks from now until you officially start class. To prepare you, here are 7 things that may happen as you begin to leave home: 1. Cherish Time With The Best Friend You’re Leaving You and your partner-in-crime from home may be splitting up, so you have to continue to cause trouble while you still can. This way, when you’re feeling homesick, you can think about all the fun you two had the past summer while you count down the days until you are reunited. 2. The Obvious: Excitement You may be finally moving out of the house and into your new space! You are starting a new chapter and making new memories. You can now recreate yourself or take time to discover who you really are. A new school, new faces, and new experiences are something to definitely get excited about! 3. The Other Obvious: Fear Whether your college is just around the corner, or a few hundred miles away, your new adventure holds a lot of uncertainties, which can be terrifying. The unknown is always a bit scary. Not knowing what to expect may make you worry. It is normal (and a part of the process) to feel this way. 4. Newfound Freedom You can practically do anything you want to do now! You don’t have parents down your throat about being home before curfew, because you don’t really have one anymore. Your life now is more in your hands than ever - just be careful to not get too carried away… Still, yay for freedom! 5. You Go To Orientation Your first official act as a college student will be registering for classes and orientation. This is a time to really think about the direction you want to start out in. Orientation is a great time to explore the campus, make some new friends, and start to let some of that fear subside. 6. You Realize You’re More Broke Than You Thought After looking at financial aid and student loan offers, you finally submit to the fact that your bank account will always look like this: $0.00. If your schedule allows for it, you may want to consider trying to find a part-time job on or near campus to help pay your way through school (or to at least just have some fun spending money). 7. You Have To Pack Up Your Room This may get emotional and make time a while, when it’s time to pack your belongings reality will sink in. You may have to completely clean out your room and for your bedroom to become your parent’s new guest room (this is not okay). If you don’t, only take with you what you need. All in all, preparing to leave home is a big ball of feelings that consists of happiness, excitement, fear, and a little bit of anxiety. Change, for most people, is a terrifying thing. Embrace the change though because it’s all for good. Besides, it will still always be your home, no matter what.

 

As an incoming college freshman, preparing to leave home is very bittersweet. A ton of changes are happening… you’re moving on with your life as an individual and you feel like your life is just a big ball of chaos. It’s okay. You will experience a wide range of emotions and tasks from now until you officially start class.

To prepare you, here are things that may happen as you begin to leave for college:

1. Cherish Time With The Best Friend You’re Leaving

You and your partner-in-crime from home may be splitting up, so you have to continue to cause trouble while you still can. This way, when you’re feeling homesick, you can think about all the fun you two had the past summer while you count down the days until you are reunited.

2. The Obvious: Excitement

You may be finally moving out of the house and into your new space! You are starting a new chapter and making new memories. You can now recreate yourself or take time to discover who you really are. A new school, new faces, and new experiences are something to definitely get excited about!

3. The Other Obvious: Fear

Whether your college is just around the corner, or a few hundred miles away, your new adventure holds a lot of uncertainties, which can be terrifying. The unknown is always a bit scary. Not knowing what to expect may make you worry. It is normal (and a part of the process) to feel this way.

4. Newfound Freedom

You can practically do anything you want to do now! You don’t have parents down your throat about being home before curfew, because you don’t really have one anymore. Your life now is more in your hands than ever – just be careful to not get too carried away… Still, yay for freedom!

5. You Go To Orientation

Your first official act as a college student will be registering for classes and orientation. This is a time to really think about the direction you want to start out in. Orientation is a great time to explore the campus, make some new friends, and start to let some of that fear subside.

6. You Realize You’re More Broke Than You Thought

After looking at financial aid and student loan offers, you finally submit to the fact that your bank account will always look like this: $0.00. If your schedule allows for it, you may want to consider trying to find a part-time job on or near campus to help pay your way through school (or to at least just have some fun spending money).

7. You Have To Pack Up Your Room

This may get emotional and make time a while, when it’s time to pack your belongings reality will sink in. You may have to completely clean out your room and for your bedroom to become your parent’s new guest room (this is not okay). If you don’t, only take with you what you need.

All in all, preparing to leave home is a big ball of feelings that consists of happiness, excitement, fear, and a little bit of anxiety. Change, for most people, is a terrifying thing. Embrace the change though because it’s all for good.

Besides, it will still always be your home, no matter what.

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How To Make Any Day An Adventure

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McKenzie Caldwell BookRenter Blogger Biography 6.10.16

With about only a month left before school starts, some of you may feel pressured to really make the most out of the rest of summer. If you have a job or just spend your days watching Netflix because it’s too hot out, this may seem like a nearly impossible task. Well, there are some ways to make every day worthwhile.

Here are a few ways to add a little adventure to your days:

1. Change Your Mindset

Redefine what you consider an adventure. You don’t have to devise an elaborate plan to escape your routine; there are plenty of new things to experience where you live. In order to escape the mindset that everything around you is mundane, try looking with new eyes. While the house you’ve never noticed on your drive to work may not immediately be connected with adventure, opening your mind to the idea that there’s always something new is a vital part of separating yourself from your routine and making each day more exciting.

2. Explore and Open Yourself to New Experiences

It often seems that exploration and adventure are intertwined; however, you don’t have to go to a foreign place to explore. Check out your town. Is there a restaurant you’ve never tried? Is there a park you occasionally drive by? You also may just happen upon something new. Maybe a coworker invites you to a roller derby or there’s a cover band playing a few towns over in a couple hours. Try making fewer excuses. Think about what would happen in action movies if every character said, “Sorry, I can’t.”

3. Find Out What Kind of Adventurer You Are

Do you like to adventure alone or with friends? Do you rely completely on spontaneity and follow your whim to the cafe that just opened, or do you make “bucket lists” to help remind you to finally visit that farmer’s market you pass every day? You won’t know until you try each one—but isn’t that the adventure? Trying new things from various perspectives will allow you to gain a fuller view of the world. Throw yourself from the norm and give it a go!

Just remember… Adventure is out there! It’s what you make of it! Don’t forget that when classes start either.

Share a comment below about some of your recent adventures!

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How To Survive Summer Classes

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McKenzie Caldwell BookRenter Blogger Biography 6.10.16

Summer is all about things like going to the beach, riding rollercoasters, traveling, and binge-watching Netflix. If you are taking summer classes, you may envy your friends just a little bit for having more free time to enjoy these activities. It can be tough to focus on school during the summer, when all you really want is to take a break and relax.

It’s okay – there are a few things to make summer classes a bit easier:

1. Know The Syllabus

Did your instructor provide you with a syllabus? If so, how familiar with it are you? Whether a class is online or on-campus, it’s important to know what’s being asked of you. If your school operates on semesters, the summer class that you’re currently enrolled in is more than likely much shorter than you’re used to. However, in most cases, the material you’d learn in a 15-16 week course is now crammed into a 3-8-week period. This can make it very easy to fall behind.  The syllabus may include a grading scale and an outline of the work for the course to help you prepare. Reading the syllabus at least once could avert a grave catastrophe of missing an assignment or expecting certain assignments to boost your grade.

2. Develop A Schedule

Knowing how long it will take you to complete a task for your class is important. If there’s assigned reading for the course, how long does it take you to read it? How long does it take you to complete the homework?  How long do you need to study for a quiz or a test? If possible, try to overestimate. Give your self time to not rush through anything and if it takes less time than anticipated, then you have extra free time! Even if it’s just an extra 15 minutes, that’s still enough time to get a snack or start on the next thing on your to-do list. This will also enable you to make plans, such as when you’re available to work or when you can hang out with friends.

3. Reward Yourself

Summer classes can be stressful, especially if you haven’t quite recovered from the previous semester. Though you may also be working while taking classes, be sure to take care of yourself. Reward yourself for completing the day’s homework with a dessert, or a few episodes of your favorite show. When you’re finally done with the class, do something bigger like going out to your favorite restaurant. This can also give you something you enjoy to look forward to instead of just facing the next wave of school work.

Once classes are over, you can enjoy the rest of your summer!

Until then… power through it!

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6 Tips For Finding Your First Apartment

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Christine Henson BookRenter Blogger Biography

Finding your very first apartment can be a very daunting task, especially for current college students or recent graduates. It’s a big commitment, and it can be hard to know whether or not you’re making the right decision.

If you’re looking for an apartment, here are six tips to put your mind at ease:

1. Drive Around Town

Drive around the town you are looking for a place in. If you are not too familiar with the area, this will help you get an idea of where things are located and what part of town you’d prefer to live in. You can look at a map all day, but seeing it for yourself will give you a feel of what an area is really like. If you are familiar with the area, then you might see places for rent during the drive!

2. Tour Everything

If you’re thinking you might like an apartment, go on a tour. If you’re thinking you might not like an apartment, go on a tour. It doesn’t cost you anything to take a tour, so go look at everything. Even touring places you don’t think you will like will help you weigh all of your options in the end.

3. Sign During A Promotion

College towns, especially, run a lot of promotions to try and get students to sign leases. It could be anything from lower rates, to half off rent during your birthday month. Either way, signing during a promotion will save you money. Do some research!

4. Talk To People Who Live There

This can be a little difficult to do, but if you do happen to know someone who is currently or has lived at an apartment complex you’re interested in, talk to them about their experience. They’ll know what management, maintenance, and the environment is really like.

5. Look For Reviews Online

Reviews are especially helpful if you don’t know anyone who lives at the complex you’re looking at. Testimonials will tell you things that a meeting with management will not.

6. Think It Through

Picking your first apartment is a huge deal; the best thing you can do is sit down and think long and hard about what you want to do. You’re the only one who knows what’s best for you.

Looking for a place to live, whether it’s your first or your fifth place, is never easy. Hopefully these tips can make your search a little less difficult.

Good luck and happy apartment hunting!

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What To Include In A Portfolio For A Job Interview

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Cameron Tranchemontagne BookRenter Blogger Biography

Okay new college graduates; are you ready for your next job interview? You may have a resume, a cover letter, and bought some sharp business attire, but do you have a career portfolio? Do you even know what a career portfolio is? If you want to make sure you get the job, consider building a career portfolio.

This short guide will help get you started on what to include in a portfolio:

1. What Is A Career Portfolio?

Where a resume provides a snapshot of your experience and background, and a cover letter focuses on why you’re applying for a job, a portfolio is the culmination of all of your career’s work organized in one place. It can be physical or digital, and can help fill in the gaps between your resume and cover letter, or even emphasize accomplishments and skills. It is a way to express who you are as a professional, so make sure it looks its best and presents you in the best light.

2. What To Include

The truth is, you can put whatever you want in your portfolio, but keep in mind that this is a reflection of your career, so choose wisely. You want to include things that back up your resume with physical evidence. If you mention an article on your resume, feature it in your portfolio to show your potential future employer. You should also summarize your career so far and mention what your business goals are for the next 3-5 years. Your career summary is also a good place to talk about your own values and ethics in the workplace. Include a copy of your resume after your career summary, and then get into the samples of your work and any awards or honors you may have earned. Letters of reference are also a great resource to include here.

3. Presentation And Format

Don’t forget it’s not just about the content – the presentation and organization of it all is just as important. You want it to appear like a well prepared PowerPoint: simple, straightforward, and not too elaborate. If you are creating a physical portfolio, consider buying some kind of nice organizational binder to give it that professional look. A digital portfolio may be a better option if you need to send anything in an email or include to a personal website. Digital portfolios allow a little more flexibility in design and you can always print one as a physical copy too. I recommend bringing the physical copy as a backup to the digital copy just in case anyway. Just make sure your overall presentation is professional and memorable.

Having a portfolio will allow you to showcase your skills firsthand rather than just talk about them. It’s easier for a potential employer to realize you are qualified for a job if you show them samples of work that you’ve already done that they are looking for as part of the job description.

Go get started on making that portfolio! Or, go spruce up your existing one if you already have one. It’s always best to be prepared and put your best foot forward!

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