How To: Save On School Supplies

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Sadly, the break is over, and school is back in session.

 

School Supplies

School Supplies

Textbooks

If your professor tells you on day 1 on that they will not provide the class readings to you and that the class material is taken out of the required textbook, chances are that you’ll need that textbook. Textbooks are expensive, especially if they are the most recent edition of a text you’ll need for class, so spare yourself the hassle of buying a brand new $200 book and shop used (or rent). There are price matching tools online that will let you see where you can get the book you need for the least possible amount of money. And if your professor happens to let you use an earlier edition of the required text, that’s even better because previous edition texts tend to be cheaper! But of course, if you have friends who’ve taken the class before, ask them if they still have their books!

 

Technology

At some point in your academic career, you should invest in some storage devices. External hard drives are the way to go, but if you don’t have much to store, a USB drive works just as well. Check around Amazon or craigslist. That being said, if you need something like a new laptop or a router, you should probably look online and start comparing different brands and models. Pay attention to the specs (How much RAM? What kind of processor? Operating system?) and make sure you browse around to see what kinds of deals the retailers have at the moment.

 

Pens, Pencils, & Paper

Stock up on your basic school supplies (highlighters, whiteout, erasers, dry erase markers, index cards, etc). You might never know when you’ll need a pen or pencil during your class and having a piece of paper on hand to jot down information is pretty convenient. It’ll save you the trouble of making quick trips to your campus bookstore for a(n overpriced) pack of pens or notebook when you find yourself suddenly needing one. Speaking of your campus bookstore, prepare for tests by stocking up on scantrons and bluebooks! Don’t wait until the last moment to get them because it might be too late!

 

A Planner

If you’re planning on getting a planner, like a physical notebook to write down your schedule in, and you know that you’re not going to forget about it come March, then check out Amazon or a local stationary shop to see if they have something durable (and affordable) to last you throughout the year. For those of us who may not feel confident about such an investment, try Google Calendar. It’s customizable, shareable, and gives you a heads up on upcoming events or assignments you might have to pay attention to. Best of all, it syncs with your phone, so everything will literally be at your fingertips!

 

Snacks

Get some snacks. Just do it. There are times where you might not feel like cooking or you have to skip out on a meal because of a busy schedule. In any case, it’s always good to have some snacks on hand.

 

Take a deep breath. Exhale. It’s a fresh start this quarter, so go at your own pace and figure what you need to do.  Good luck and good vibes all around!

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Written by: Jessica Tsien

6 Of The Best Winter Destinations in California

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Living in California means you get to enjoy some places that are great to visit all year long. But if you’re looking for a getaway, there are some choice destinations you should definitely check out while it’s still a bit chilly out.

 

Yosemite - California

Yosemite Park during the winter

Yosemite National Park

Nothing beats the crisp, fresh mountain air in the winter. Don’t worry about too much snow because it doesn’t snow a lot in Yosemite Valley, but if you decide to visit in the winter, you could get lucky and catch some light snowfall or see Yosemite Falls when it’s frozen solid. Some spots you gotta check out are the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Badger Pass.

Los Angeles, California

There’s never a boring moment in L.A. Between the museums, shops, and restaurants, you’ll have a full day of exploring and making memories! Check online to see if there are any specific parts of Los Angeles you think you’ll be interested in visiting. Maybe if what you’re looking for is some time under the sun, head over to the Santa Monica Pier or Venice Beach. If you want to go hiking, check out the wilderness parks in cities like Sierra Madre or Monrovia. If you are set on staying in the city, make your way over to Hollywood Blvd and do the Walk of Fame or explore the art museums like LACMA, MOCA, or the Broad in Downtown L.A. and then check yelp for some good eats after!

Mammoth Mountain

When you think of winter, you think of activities like sipping hot cocoa and playing outside in the snow. If that’s what you had in mind for your winter travel plans, then why not make a trip down to Mammoth Mountain? Mammoth is home to California’s highest ski peak, so you can count on it being an adventure worthy snow destination. If skiing is not something you think you’d be interested in, you can always explore the town of Mammoth Lakes for its gorgeous scenery and charming establishments!

Disneyland

This one is a no-brainer. After the holidays, you’ll find that the lines are shorter and the park is a little less crowded. If you can avoid going when it’s exceptionally cold or rainy, it should be nothing short of a perfect day. 💯👌

Santa Barbara, California

With its mild temperatures and coastal city vibes, Santa Barbara is a pretty neat place to hit up if you want to beat the winter cold. Take a walk through Shoreline Park or indulge in some of Santa Barbara’s sights by signing up for a bike tour. If anything, you should visit the Santa Barbara Zoo, tour the Old Mission Santa Barbara, and hit up the famous State Street to check out the shops and restaurants!

Your Kapi Apartment

Let’s be serious. The distance from your bedroom to your living room is a journey in itself sometimes. What better way to relax than with a plate of food and your favorite Netflix show? Or what about a good book? How about plugging in your console or logging onto your PC to play some games? Want to ramp things up? Invite your friends over and make it a party! Or what about if you want to get your chill on? Well, my most sincere suggestion would be to do all those things and more by yourself, but with all the blankets you own wrapped around you like a blanket burrito. #beststaycation

Start of the year with some good vibes! You don’t have to go out of your way to have an adventure! Go at your own pace and get some new experiences!

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Written by: Jessica Tsien

How To: Personalize Your New Room

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It’s time to embrace your inner interior designer.

Your bed is your centerpiece

Kapi provides you with colorful bedding to make your room feel warm and cheerful. Add in some throw pillows or a cute plushie for extra comfort as well. You can mix and match however you like, but just make sure whatever atmosphere you’re going for is reflected in your bed. It definitely makes decorating the rest of your Kapi apartment bedroom so much easier!

The desk setup

Chances are, if you are in your room and you’re not sleeping, you’re probably studying or working at your desk. Make it easier on yourself and keep your desk organized with some nice paper trays or a quirky paperweight. Add a touch of flare to your (text)book collection with some eye-catching bookends. Put your pencils and pens in a tea tin. The sky’s the limit!

Throw a rug on it

If your Kapi apartment has hardwood floors or you just want a pop of color, get a rug. If anything, you’ll have a nice place on the floor to spread out on and your feet will thank you.

Light it up!

Add some ambiance to your personal space with some fairy lights. Get creative and arrange them into a design or some fancy word art. Illuminate your room with a nice floor or table lamp. If you want to freshen up your space, burn some scented candles (if it’s safe to). It’ll definitely make your Kapi bedroom cozier and more comfortable to study in!

White walls?

Show off your decor skills by hanging a tapestry for a splash of color! If you like word art, a motivational message on a canvas frame is a good way to go. Rep your favorite sports team by hanging up a banner of their mascot! Keep it minimalistic with some wall art or a poster in a poster frame. Put up pictures of your friends and family!. Your room will feel better if you decorate the walls, so get creative and let your imagination go wild!

Add some nature

Get a potted plant and place it by the window. It’ll bring some life into your space and brighten things up a bit. If you’re worried about killing an innocent plant, get a succulent. There are many guides online for maintaining succulents, and they’re small and low-maintenance, so you don’t have to worry about it dying if you forget to water it.

Storage

Your Kapi room will feel much more comfortable to be in if it’s clutter free. Keep your things organized in storage boxes inside your extra closets or storage rooms. Minimize fold wrinkles and invest in some hangers for your clothes. Put some order into your drawers and closet with a sectioned organizer. Everything has its place!

Shake up your space with these tips! Happy decorating!

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Achievable New Year’s Resolutions!

Jessica Tsien

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After some introspection and reevaluation of how this year went, we all probably have a vague idea of how we want to improve ourselves in the upcoming year. That’s what New Year’s resolutions are! But the problem with keeping our New Year’s resolutions is how unrealistic and complicated they often are. So ditch the ‘get a six-pack by summer’ resolution and start off with one of these instead.

The Gym is Not Your Only Option

For those of us who want to be a little healthier in the upcoming year, but don’t have the necessary resources or dedication to stick to a fitness plan, start by making small changes to your routine. Maybe take the stairs back to your Kapi apartment instead of the elevator. If you have a sugary snack every day, why not switch it out with a granola bar or some fruit instead? Drink more water and get up to stretch more often so that you’re not sitting for hours at a time. Once you’ve built up some confidence in your ability to follow through on making healthy lifestyle changes, then you can start trying to commit to more ambitious endeavors. But if you still think the gym is the best option for you, you can use your apartment’s community gym (it’s always free).

 

 

 

Be nice (to yourself)

If your New Year’s resolution is to take better care of yourself, that is to indulge in some self-care, go ahead and treat yourself to a break when you need it. Trendy cafes and restaurants are cool, but if face masks and Netflix while you are cozied up in your Kapi apartment are more of your style, there’s no one out there to stop you. 👌👌👌

 

 

Work on That Next Level You

It’s so easy to wish and want to become something more. Have you ever thought, “I wish I could talk to more people” or “I wish I didn’t procrastinate so much”? Instead of forcing yourself to start attending social functions or getting a planner you’ll forget about after March, work on being more confident in yourself and building a more conscientious work ethic. Take credit for your achievements and become your best advocate! Arrive to work or class earlier than you normally would and organize your space! Start off the new year with a new (next level) you!

 

Cook More

Sometimes, it’s hard to check your bank statements after you realized you’ve eaten take out for the past week. Put to use your Kapi apartment kitchen and the kitchen utensils Kapi provided and churn out some homemade food! Get fancy and invest in a cookbook of some recipes of your favorite eats! Or wing it and see what’s out there on the world wide web! Afterwards, maybe hit up the supermarket and get some veggies. 😂

 

 

Vow to do something awesome!

Many of us look back on the concluding year and think, ‘man, it would’ve been so cool if I did A, B, and C!” Maybe there was a trip or party you skipped out on that now you probably wish you hadn’t. Or an opportunity you could’ve taken, but you were too afraid of failing. In that case, step outside your comfort zone, even just for a bit! Discover something new about yourself that you never knew was there before and give yourself new experiences to cherish! It can just be a one-time thing, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that this time, you did it!

 

Take the time to relax and think about what you want for yourself in 2018! If you put your mind to it, you can definitely make it a year to remember! Happy Holidays!

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5 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Jessica Tsien

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Still in need of a gift? 🤣❄️☃️🎅🎁👌 If you’re having some trouble coming up with a present for your roommates, friends or loved ones, why not give one of these a try?

 

Put Some Style Into It

Nothing puts a pep in someone’s step like a quirky pair of socks. If you want to get a gift you know they’ll use, you can’t go wrong with clothes. Does your roommate look like they need some new college gear? Browse around your campus store! It’s getting cold, so why not look around for a comfortable sweater or jacket for them? Consider statement accessories like sunglasses and watches too if you want to step up your gift-giving game!

 

DIY

This is one is a little harder. But if you think you have enough time and resources, then go for it! Hang out in your Kapi apartment and try your hand at arranging a candy bouquet. Did you get your roommate or friend a cute cup or mug? Make it the centerpiece of a hot cocoa kit (that you made yourself)! Or stuff it with their favorite candies and wrap it up with a nice bow. But if you had something specific in mind that you want to try making, there is definitely a guide online somewhere! The effort will be worth it when you see the look on their face when they open your gift.

 

Admit One

Who doesn’t enjoy a good movie? With all the new blockbusters coming out this season, there’s something for everyone! Choose from a variety of gift cards and ticket vouchers from your favorite theaters! It’s a quick check online if you want to compare prices, but they’re pretty affordable, so you can put the money you saved into fizzy drinks and a big ol’ bucket of popcorn to share between you and your favorite person.

 

Gift Cards

No need to panic if your roommate is impossible to shop for. Instead of wracking your brain trying to figure the absolute perfect gift for them, get a gift card. It’s practical, sensible, and allows you to focus the eight hours you would have spent at a store on writing a heartwarming card at your Kapi apartment desk instead.

 

Stocking Stuffers

In the event that you can’t decide on a single gift, make a stocking stuffer goodie bag with things you know your friend will appreciate. Small token items like scented candles, bath bombs, notebooks, pens, adult coloring books, and more are fair game. Pick and choose different gift combinations or stick to a theme (relaxation, Star Wars, etc . . .)  It’s never too late to be thoughtful, so stuff those stockings!

The art of gift giving is really stressful, but remember, it’s the thought that counts in the end. While you’re caught up in the holiday gift-giving frenzy, take a moment to appreciate the people in your life and just enjoy their company.

Happy Holidays! \(^-^)/

 

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Study Tips For Finals Week

Jessica Tsien

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Final exams are coming up soon and it’s an inevitable hurdle that students will have to clear before they can enjoy the holidays. For those of us who need a little help on staying focused while studying, here are a few general tips to go by:

Break it down

Frankly, it is exhausting to study for hours at a time. Divide your study schedule by topics and take breaks in between to let the information soak in. Set an alarm for the amount of time you want to study for so you can relax and switch gears if you need to. Studying for finals is stressful, but you’ll feel more ready to get on that grind if you know when and what to study.

Location is key

Find somewhere comfortable and accessible to study (not your bed). Make sure that there is enough space for you to spread out and that it is quiet enough for you to concentrate. Bunker down at your desk in your Kapi apartment or head down to your school library to find a study nook you can get comfy in!

Two is better than one

It’s always fun to study with friends, but if your friends are too fun, you’re probably better off studying on your own. Group study sessions are good places for peer reviews and quizzing each other on class materials, but try to avoid studying for important exams in large groups. If you want the company though, find a study buddy to compare notes with. They’ll keep you on task and remind you to take a breather when you need it. Of course, it’s nice to return the favor!

Enjoy the little things

But save the Netflix binge for later. It’s important to take a breather so you can recharge, but you’ll want to be able to bounce back once you’re able to. Go out for a walk, get up and stretch, or go on a food run with friends. Whatever you do, make sure you keep your morale up so studying doesn’t feel entirely like a chore.

“Google it!”

Maybe you didn’t hear the professor correctly. Perhaps the professor didn’t cover a certain topic enough or your book doesn’t mention it at all. Whatever the case, Google is your best friend. Also, try Youtube! It’s great for understanding how to do problems, reviewing the lecture material, and offering new perspectives on solving problems! There’s a video tutorial available for practically everything on Youtube and it’s all accessible through the internet!

Sleep is important too

Maybe re-think about going through with your next all-nighter. It’s important that you understand the materials covered in class, but it’s also important that you feel like a (well-rested) human when you go take your final, so make sure you set aside enough time to get some sleep.

Final exams are stressful, but take care of yourself. If you start to feel that it’s becoming too much, try to adjust your perspective and remind yourself what the end goal is for your studying. It’ll be worth it in the end when you walk out feeling good about your exam. Good luck and happy studying!

 

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5 Affordable Holiday Gifts to Give Your Roommate

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December is here and the holidays are right around the corner! That means of course, that it’s time to start thinking about presents; and someone who should definitely be on your holiday gift list is your roommate. However, in case you’re not sure what to get them that will be affordable, here are some holiday gift ideas you can get for your roommate.

  1. Get photographic. There are lots of different ways you can incorporate photos of you and your roommate into an affordable gift. You can order a mug online using pictures of the two of you, turn a photo of you both into a magnet, or simply print a cute picture and put it in a frame and give it to your roomie. Photo gifts are great since they are personal and show you put some thought and effort into the gift; plus, they can be useful or decorative!
  2. Give the gift of time. Rather than giving a physical gift, give an experiential gift. As a holiday present for your roommate, go out to dinner together, catch a new movie in theaters, or plan a day trip somewhere. Spending time together is a great gift that will enable you both to make more great memories that you can look back on fondly.
  3. Go foodie. Who doesn’t like yummy food as a present? While it may be something that won’t last very long, giving an edible gift is both affordable and delicious. Consider gifting chocolates, candy, cookies, or some other food item you know they like and will enjoy.
  4. Buy them something cozy. There’s nothing like a warm and fuzzy piece of clothing or accessory that is both practical and soft.Blankets, slippers, robes, pajamas, fuzzy socks, or snuggies make great gifts.
  5. Deck them in college gear. You can’t really go wrong with school spirit clothing. Consider getting your roomie a college tee, sweatpants, sweatshirt, hat, etc., or perhaps a water bottle, mug, pennant, or keychain. Regardless of the budget you set for your roommate’s holiday gift, there’s sure to be some piece of college gear that fits.

No matter what you give your roommate as a holiday gift this year, the important thing is to show them an appreciation for your friendship. You and your roommate can also agree to go the non-gift-giving route and instead just do something together to celebrate; just make sure you communicate with them.

Happy Holidays!

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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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