How to Remain Grateful Throughout the Year

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With Thanksgiving coming up at the end of the month, many start thinking about what they are grateful for. However, once Thanksgiving is over, it’s easy to go back to regular life and forget to be appreciative — so here are some helpful tips on how to remain grateful throughout the year.  

 

  • Record It. Keep a gratitude journal and write every day things that you are grateful for. Simply writing this down can have impressive and wide ranging benefits, including better sleep and overall more happiness. If you think you won’t remember to write in it every day, commit to recording what you are grateful for in the journal once a week, writing 3-5 things that you were grateful for during the week.
  • Say Thank You. Another great way to remain grateful throughout the year is to remember to say thank you. From someone holding the door open for you to receiving a gift r getting a compliment, recognize that these are things to appreciate and show your gratitude immediately by saying thank you. Not only will it become ingrained in you and help you easily practice gratitude, but it will make others feel good too.
  • Be More Mindful. When you take the time to notice little things in your life, it helps you become mindful and grateful of things that could otherwise be overlooked. Being more mindful every day will make you more grateful and give you multiple opportunities to recognize and show your appreciation.
  • Make It Routine. Make being grateful part of your daily or weekly routine. Whether it’s writing in a gratitude journal, thanking the people in your life, trying to be more mindful, etc., the more regularly you practice gratitude, the easier it will come to you. To make gratitude part of your routine, consider writing down things you are thankful for on sticky notes and placing them around a mirror or elsewhere in your apartment that you will see them often and take them to heed.

It’s great tradition to say what we are appreciative of on Thanksgiving as we literally “give thanks”.  Consider implementing these practices to remain in that mindset throughout the year.

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5 Halloween Costume Ideas for College Students

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Halloween is at the end of the month, which means if you haven’t already started thinking about costume ideas, it’s time to do so! Here are five Halloween costume ideas for college students to consider when deciding what to dress up as.

 

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  1. Play Pirate. You can go all out for this costume a la Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean” but you don’t have to do so to pass as a pirate on Halloween. Instead, go for a white shirt, vest, belt, flouncy-ish pants or leggings, boots, a bandana of some sort around your head, gold jewelry, and black eyeliner. An eyepatch and or sword wouldn’t hurt either.
  2. Be A Spy. One of the easiest costumes to pull of that requires almost no effort is dressing like a spy. Think black — pants, shirt, jacket, hat, shoes, etc. If you want to go a little further with the idea, consider some spy-worthy props. The costume for being a spy also works if you want to instead be a character from “Men in Black,” Black Widow from the Avengers, Daredevil from Netflix/Marvel’s “Daredevil,” or a cat burglar (just add cat ears).
  3. Dress Up Like a Movie Character. With so many great movies to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a movie character Halloween costume. Choose to dress up like a character from recent blockbusters like “Wonder Woman,” the numerous Marvel movies, “The Hunger Games” series, “Harry Potter,” etc., or go for older classics like characters from “Grease,” “The Breakfast Club,” Disney movies, and more.
  4. Do A Group Costume. If you and your friends want to coordinate group costumes together, there are lots of ideas to choose from depending on the size of your group. If you’re a duo, you could be Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and more. For three or more people, consider Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger; the four seasons; or the Golden Girls or another TV show cast.
  5. Go Punny. Want a more “clever” Halloween costume idea? Consider a punny costume like dressing up as a ceiling fan (go ceilings!), assault and battery (salt and a battery), cereal killer, fantasy football (just add wings to your school jersey), or formal apology (professional wear and a sticker that says I’m sorry). Or think of another pun and turn it into a creative and witty costume!

 

Consider dressing up as one of these Halloween costume ideas this October or use these to help you brainstorm another great Halloween costume option. Happy Halloween!

 

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How to Get to Know Your New Roommate & Break the Ice

 

How to Get to Know Your New Roommate & Break the Ice

 

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Living with a roommate, especially one you don’t know, can sometimes be a bit awkward at first. However, the sooner you start getting to know each other and breaking the ice, the better off your relationship will be and the smoother your cohabitation experience will be! Here are some tips on how to get to know your new roommate.

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  1. Do Something Fun. Whether it’s going out to eat, exploring your college town, or checking out some local attractions, doing something fun together will help you start to get to know your roommate and establish a relationship. Consider trying a local restaurant, playing tourist for the day, or hitting a local park as initial ways to spend some time with each other. Activities that allow you to talk to each other without any pressure, get to know the other’s interests and passions, and experience something together are the perfect foundation to build on and will have you and your roommate on the fast track to friendship in no time.
  2. Play A Game. Certain games, like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity may only work if you have more than one roommate but they are great get to know each other games that will have you laughing and quickly breaking the ice. You can always invite the students who live in the apartment next door over to play and have a game night so you can start meeting some of your neighbors as well. Other games, like Life, Monopoly, Two Truths and A Lie, Heads Up, etc., are fun with two people and will create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere that will allow you to get to know your roommate and have fun at the same time.
  3. Tackle your apartment decor as the first step to getting to know your new roommate. Sit down and talk about colors, patterns, etc., and start planning what your shared areas in the apartment will look like. Once you’ve hammered out the details and thus broken the ice, you can head out to do some shopping together to pick up the items you’ll be decorating your apartment with!
  4. Attend Campus Events. During the first few weeks of the semester, colleges typically host a bunch of events geared at new and returning students. Find your school’s events online and make plans to go to some events with your roommate! You’ll have time to get to know them both before, after, and likely during the event, plus you’ll then have a shared experience you can reminisce about together.

 

Don’t wait to start getting to know your roommate – use these tips and ideas to start breaking the ice and turning your roommate into a friend you also live with.

 

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5 Great Summer Jobs for College Students

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June means it’s the start of the summer – and now that you’re done with classes for the semester, it’s time to find some other activities to occupy your days – and hopefully, make you some money. Here are five great summer jobs you should consider.

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  1. Lifeguard. If you love being outside and enjoy swimming, a great summer job to look into is becoming a lifeguard! You’ll need to sign up for a course to be trained and complete your certification before you can get a job as a guard, but once you do that, you’re sure to be able to find a summer gig at a pool or camp somewhere. Plus, after the summer is over, you can continue working as a lifeguard somewhere to keep making money.
  2. Tutor. Are you really good at a certain subject? Did you ace your ACT or SAT and have the knowledge to spare? If so, you may want to be a tutor during the summer months. Advertise your expertise and experience online and at local elementary, middle, and high schools to find clients interested in hiring you to help their kids get better at a subject. What’s great about tutoring is it pays really well and you won’t have to commit to spending your whole day tutoring, so you’ll have time to hang out and enjoy your summer too.
  3. Camp Counselor. You probably went to summer camp as a kid and have fond memories of your time there. So why not help make some kids’ summers great and become a camp counselor? Depending on your schedule and what you want to commit to, you can look into day camps or overnight camps who are still hiring for the summer and apply to fill an open counselor or staff position.
  4. Waiter/Bartender. What’s great about serving as a waiter or bartender during the summer is you get to stay inside with AC. Plus, not only can you make a fair amount in tips if you’re good at your job, but you can schedule your shifts so they work for you, and possibly continue in your role throughout the school year if you want to keep working.
  5. Nanny. If you like kids, you may want to publicize your nannying/babysitting services are available for the summer. Further, if you’re interested in going into a field related to children, this can also be a good experience. Not to mention you can make a decent hourly wage being a nanny and get to spend your days hanging out and playing with kids.

If you do want to get a job for the summer, don’t wait any longer to see what opportunities are out there – start searching and applying today so you can find a summer gig and make some money!

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Study Strategies for Finals Success

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With the end of the semester quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about and preparing for finals. Though studying for finals can be stressful and time-consuming, there are things you can do to help you do well on your exams. Here are some study strategies for finals success.

 

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  1. Start Early. Don’t wait until the start of finals week to begin studying for exams and getting all your notes in order. Create a study schedule for yourself, starting a few weeks before finals commence, so you’ll make sure to set aside time each night to review some notes or do some prep for one of your exams. This way, you won’t have to stay up late each night before your tests cramming since you’ll already have plenty of study hours under your belt once the dates of your finals get closer. By starting early, you’ll also have time to rewrite or reorganize your notes as needed and catch up on some of the assigned reading you may have fallen behind on, which will help you be able to study better and more effectively for your finals.
  2. If you have a very difficult exam the second day of finals week and a much easier final the first day, make sure to schedule your time accordingly and prioritize your finals studying schedule. Make sure to evaluate how much of your grade each final is worth and how much studying time you think you’ll need for your various tests so you can plan and prepare accordingly. Starting early is a good way to give yourself plenty of time to prioritize and study for all your exams without feeling like you’re neglecting other responsibilities or other tests you have to get ready for.
  3. Make A Study Guide. While many professors may pass out or post online a very rudimentary study guide, they’re usually just the starting point of your studying. Keep in mind that your professor’s study guide is probably not all-inclusive and there may be questions on the exam that aren’t really covered in the study guide or were glossed over. Use their study guide to create your own study guide, inserting your class notes and textbook summaries where appropriate to form a well-organized, comprehensive guide that you can use as your many study material.
  4. Form A Study Group. Studying in a group can be helpful sometimes, though it really depends on your overall learning and studying style. However, going to at least one group study session or a class review can help fill in blanks you might have in your notes or clarify information you weren’t sure about. If your professor or TA offers a review session, plan to attend as it will definitely aid your studying and be a good precursor to the exam and its format. Organizing a study group will also allow you and your peers to quiz and explain different concepts to each other, which is a helpful strategy when it comes to understanding and remembering the material.

Finals make up a good portion of your grade for the whole semester – so make sure you take your exams seriously and implement study strategies that will enable you to succeed on all your exams.

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5 Organization Tips for Your Apartment & Life

 

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As you get started on your spring cleaning for the year, you may want to think beyond just dusting, vacuuming, throwing unneeded things away, etc., to actually looking at how you’ve got your apartment set up and how you’ve organized what you have. With that in mind, here are five organization tips for your apartment and life.

 

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  1. Buy Office Supplies. As a student, you’re probably taking multiple classes and juggling handouts, notes, and other important papers for each course. Plus, you’ve probably got bills and other documents floating around that you don’t want to misplace. Buying office supplies, like folders, paperclips, desk organizers, and more, will allow you to declutter and straighten up your desk and keep it in order.
  2. Invest in Containers. Containers are a great way to help you organize your apartment. Depending on what you need to store and whether it will be visible, you can get different kinds and sizes of bins, baskets, and plastic containers to keep stuff in around your apartment. Plus, you can buy containers with cool patterns or that are a fun color to add some personality to a room or your apartment as a whole.
  3. Put Things Away. It’s easy to try on clothing and leave it out, telling yourself you’ll put it away later or to put off washing dishes until you basically run out. But it’ll be easier to keep your apartment organized and neat if you put things away on a more regular basis. Organize your apartment with the mantra “a place for everything and everything in its place” in mind.
  4. Use Hooks or Bowls. In your entryway, hang a few small hooks or buy a glass bowl so you’ll have somewhere to put your keys when you walk in. If you have a designated place to put your keys, you won’t waste time looking for them when you’re trying to get out the door and will always know where they are.
  5. Keep A Calendar. Keeping important dates written down either in a planner or on a larger wall calendar can be very useful and help you keep your life organized. You’ll never forget an assignment due date, birthday, or appointment again if you keep pertinent dates and times written down and handy in your planner or calendar. If you’re typically on the go and not in your apartment as much, you’re better off getting a planner so you can easily take it with you and refer to it or update it when you’re away from home.

 

This spring, start adhering to these five tips; you’ll be on your way to a more organized apartment – and life – in no time!

 

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6 California Spring Break Staycation Destinations

You don’t have to travel far or spend a lot of money this spring break – instead, plan to have a California staycation and visit a favorite or never-been-before city or sight in the state. Here are six ideas to consider for your California spring break staycation destination.

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  1. San Francisco. For your spring break California staycation, plan to visit San Francisco. There are tons to do such as viewing and walking the Golden Gate Bridge, ferrying to renowned prison Alcatraz, and checking out the Fisherman’s Wharf and Union Square. You’ll also want to ride on the San Francisco cable car system, take in Golden Gate park, and snap a photo at Alamo Square Park of the historical and infamous row of Victorian houses called the Painted Ladies.
  2. If you love the great outdoors, head to Yosemite National Park. No matter the weather, you’ll be able to enjoy hiking on the trails and seeing the huge sequoia trees. Make sure to visit the Valley Visitor Center for information and directions to Tunnel View, which will give you one of the most iconic views of Yosemite Valley. From there you’ll see El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall rising from Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome in the background.
  3. Santa Cruz. There’s lots of activities and sights to fill your spring break in Santa Cruz. You’ll want to walk West Cliff Drive and spend some time at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Wharf. You’ll also have your pick of nearby beaches and parks to enjoy, like the Natural Bridges State Beach, Wilder Ranch State Park, and Seabright State Beach.
  4. Los Angeles. You may see some celebrities if you choose to go to Los Angeles for your spring break. But even if you don’t see live famous people, you can still get some star power by visiting the Hollywood Walk of Fame or Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum. For amusement park fans, you’ll want to hit Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland. Of course, no trip to LA would be complete without a trip to Griffith Park and the Hollywood Sign and some time spent on Rodeo Drive.
  5. San Diego. This spring break, consider heading to sunny San Diego. There you can visit the historical downtown Gaslamp Quarter neighborhood with its plethora of bars and restaurants or visit the massive Balboa Park (which is bigger than Central Park in New York) that’s home to the San Diego zoo, 17 museums (including the San Diego Natural History Museum and the San Diego Museum of Art), gardens, and more. You’ll also want to check out Seaport Village, Point Loma, and the Embarcadero Marina Park.
  6. Napa Valley. Because of wine. Not as fun a destination if you’re not over 21, but still beautiful nonetheless.

California is a big state – so there’s likely places you’ve never been before but can get to without needing a plane ticket or spending a lot of money. So this spring break plan a staycation at a cool California destination.

Need Money for College Expenses or Student Housing?

THIS IS WHY YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT AND DOWNLOAD THE SCHOLLY APP

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College is expensive – and the cost of tuition is only rising each year. Figuring out how to pay for college is a struggle for many college students across the nation, with more and more students graduating with an exorbitant amount of debt and loans. That’s where the app Scholly, which emerged about two years ago, comes in. Here’s what you need to know about Scholly and why you should check out and download the app.

 

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  1. It’s Easy. Forget filling out a long list of characteristics about yourself to get a list of scholarships you qualify for – with Scholly, you simply fill out eight simple parameters (things like race, gender, GPA, grade, etc.) and receive an up-to-date list of scholarships you’re eligible for. The app itself is easy to navigate and you can save scholarships to look at later. Plus, the app’s got a deadline button feature that can help you keep track of deadlines with the ability to add a reminder to your calendar.
  2. It Won’t Waste Your Time. Unlike other scholarship search engines or when you search for scholarships on your own, Scholly won’t waste your time as its algorithm will curate a personalized list of scholarships that you actually qualify for, based on the parameters you filled in. A frustrating aspect of searching for scholarships as a student is weeding through the many scholarships out there to find the ones that aren’t scams, that you qualify for, whose deadlines haven’t passed, and that still exists and hasn’t last been updated in 2013. Scholly saves you time and provides you with a list of current and applicable scholarships that you’ll actually have a chance of winning.
  3. It’s Legit. You may think that Scholly sounds too good to be true – but the app is totally legit. Creator Christopher Gray appeared on a November 2015 episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank” where he received $40,000 in capital from sharks Lori Greiner and Daymond John for a 15% share of his startup. After the episode aired, Scholly was the #1 app in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store for nearly a month. The company also won Under Armour’s Cupid’s Cup competition and Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Competition and has been featured on Good Morning America, Forbes, USA Today, CNN, Fox News, and more.
  4. It’s Definitely For You. As a current undergraduate or graduate student in the U.S., you definitely wouldn’t turn down free money for school – which means Scholly is for you. Thanks to its effective scholarship-matching platform being used by thousands of students, Scholly has successfully helped students win more than $50 million in scholarships.

Sold on Scholly? The app is available on iPhone and Android phones or on the web and costs just $2.99.

 

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The 6 New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make for 2017

The 6 New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make for 2017

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Many people approach the new year with all sorts of grand ideas and plans, making New Year’s resolutions they never actually keep or do. Still, it is a good idea to make some promises to yourself about things you want to accomplish in 2017 – just choose things that you might actually follow through on. With that in mind, here are the six New Year’s resolutions you should make for the upcoming year.

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  1. Treat Yourself. While you may be living on a budget as a college student, try to indulge yourself in some way this year and treat yourself to something you love. Maybe it’s splurging on a fun spring break, buying that piece of school apparel, or treating yourself to a nice dinner out on the town. It doesn’t matter what you choose; just try to treat yourself more in 2017 – because you’re worth it.
  2. Procrastinate Less.How many times do you put things off until the last minute or find yourself rushing to write a paper the night before it’s due? Well, for 2017, resolve to procrastinate less. Always wanted to take a road trip somewhere? Commit to doing that this summer. Dream of getting up at karaoke night and singing your heart out? Stop worrying about whether you’ll look silly or won’t be able to reach a note and just go for it. Let 2017 be the year you do the things you’ve always put off doing.
  3. Get Healthier.This is a classic resolution people make, but the trick to actually being able to follow through on it is to not overcommit yourself. Maybe your resolution to get healthier will mean exercising more or eating better or simply walking to class instead of hopping on the campus bus. If you try to be realistic about your health goals for 2017, you’ll find them much easier to achieve.
  4. Read More. You probably read a lot for school between all your various classes, but do you remember the last time you read a book for fun? It’s now easier than ever to read as you don’t have to go out and buy or borrow a book anymore since you can read ebooks, so there’s really no excuse to not read more. If you’re a slower reader, make your resolution be to read one chapter a night. Reading is a great hobby and allows you to learn new things and easily enter other worlds – and there are literally millions of novels and stories to choose from so there’s no way for you to run out of what to read or get bored.
  5. Be Grateful. Try to recognize the little things in your life that go well and just be grateful for all that you have. With everyone sharing their lives on social media, it can sometimes be easy to compare your life to others and find it lacking or be jealous of the activities your friends are doing. Instead, try to be more grateful for the things that you get to do and the people in your life, and recognize the riches you have.
  6. Do More of What Makes You Happy. Maybe you love painting or exploring new places or bingeing a TV series – whatever it is you love that makes you happy, resolve to do more of it in 2017. By doing more of the things that bring you joy, you’ll be a happier person and that much more content with your life.

Whatever New Year’s resolutions you decide to make, try to choose things that you’ll be able to follow through on and enjoy doing. There’s no sense in setting yourself up to fail so pick activities that will enhance your life and make 2017 your best year yet. Happy New Year!

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5 Ways to Add Holiday Cheer to Your Apartment

 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year — the holidays are almost here! But it doesn’t truly start to feel like the holidays until your apartment looks the part. Here’s how to add some holiday cheer to your apartment.pixabay

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  1. String Some Lights. Lights are a great way to start getting your apartment into the holiday spirit — they’re pretty, relatively cheap, and you get a whole bunch of them. Plus, they’re pretty flexible too, so you can put them in different places around your apartment depending on how much you want to be able to see them or what other decorating for the season you’re planning to do. You can string them over your bed if you to add some holiday cheer to your bedroom, or choose a place to maximize the exposure, like framing a doorway or stringing them up in your living room.
  2. Put Up Stockings. Even if you don’t have a mantle, you can still put up stockings in your apartment to add some holiday cheer. Hang them on the wall, on the back of the couch, or somewhere else in your home that needs a touch of Christmas. If you have a roommate, have each of you get one and spend some time together decorating them so they’re more personalized and then hang them up.
  3. Get A Tree. You don’t have to go all out and purchase a big tree, but even buying a cute little one or a fake one will add some holiday cheer to your apartment and get you in the Christmas spirit. Once you’ve got a tree, put it in the living room or somewhere you’ll see it a lot and spend some time decorating it with tinsel, ornaments, and whatever else you’ll enjoy seeing on your very own tree.
  4. Cue the Christmas Music. Whenever you’re home for the evening, make it feel like the holiday season has already arrived by playing Christmas music. There are so many songs covered by different artists that you’ll have no problem creating a playlist and allowing the tunes to add some holiday cheer to your apartment. Even just having Christmas music on low volume in the background as you go about making dinner, doing homework, hanging out, etc., will put you into that much more of a Christmas mood and get you into the holiday spirit.
  5. Decorate! Add even more holiday cheer to your apartment by putting up wreaths, garlands, and mistletoe. Buy some scented candles with appropriate smells for the holiday or that come in red and green and place them around your home. Splurge on a Christmas-patterned throw blanket to use throughout the holiday season on your couch or spend some time doing some crafts to put a personal homemade touch on your decorating for the holiday.

Happy holidays!

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