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11 Ways to Save on School

Rent a book or buy used. Talk to students in your program that have taken the classes you want to take and buy the books from them. Or buy the books for cheap at online stores like Amazon or AbeBooks.com Sell your books right away when your done with the semester. Post an ad on campus, sell them to the bookstore or to a friend. You may end up getting pennies on the dollar for what you spent but it’s better to get something for them than nothing. If you have the grades, become a Teaching Assistant or tutor in your school during the year.  They pay well above minimum wage, you get to refresh the material you already learned by teaching others & you get paid to do it. Of course if you have an internship during the school year that is even better. Apply for scholarships, bursaries and grants in your school. Visit your schools financial aid’s office and also check out helpful sites like Scholarship Canada  for scholarships being offered that you…

How Not to University: First Impressions

Originally posted on Pinkjumpers:
Having survived my first semester at university, albeit somewhat haphazardly, I like to think that I  have already learned a great number of things with regards to surviving the ‘outside world’. In what I hope will become something of a ‘how-to’ series, I will share my snippets of advice  alongside my first-hand woes that naturally stem from a girl who has yet to master the art of living smoothly. A lot can rest in first impressions- it is the difference between being ‘that intelligent female  who knows a lot about 17th century literature’ and being ‘that girl who parades around with yesterday’s lasagne stuck to her face’. And never are first impressions quite so important than when you start university; when every impression is both first and nightmarishly   immortal. It’s not breaking news to reveal that a drunken slobbery kiss the night before is a terribly awkward encounter in Tesco’s the day after. But even those ‘did I really lick his face last night?’ encounters do not compare to the events of…

Why I’m Ready to Embrace Being Single

Originally posted on the hoe handbook:
In the 9th grade I broke up with the only real boyfriend I’ve ever had, he was heartbroken. Until he fell in love with another girl and subsequently cut me out of his life. So then I was heartbroken, I spent the next year and a half seriously messed up because for the first time I was really hit with insecurity. His new girlfriend was everything I could never be and he loved her for that (while at the same time hating me on her behalf). That’s when it started I think, my irrational fear of being a second choice and my downward spiral into single misery. Let me explain further. Around the 11th grade I fell in love with my best friend. He was everything to me and I knew that I could see us fitting well together. But I spent the next two years denying to everyone that I had feelings for him, because I figured that if he had wanted to be with me he would’ve…

Do What You Love, Even When It Sucks

Originally posted on Ellie Hartleb:
Acclaimed sportswriter Red Smith said, “Writing is easy; you just open a vein and bleed.” As it turns out, Red was right — writing is a lonely, sometimes soul-sucking battle. Throughout my writing history, the main players have been myself, a pen, a legal pad and a laptop. After years of trying to master the craft, I have learned only a few things: Mastery is impossible, My best writing is first produced by hand in the middle of the night, and I love this, even when I hate it. On the eve of my fourth semester of college, I have realized that growing up to do what I love is more difficult (and more expensive) than I ever imagined. College has taken a lot of mental, physical and financial strain lately. It has both affirmed that my lifelong love of writing will one day be my full time job, and has made me question, more than ever, whether I really belong in this atmosphere. As it turns out, loving what I…

Thoughts on Flexibility, Change, and Habit

Originally posted on Carrying on Endlessly:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change. ” ~Charles Darwin Most people learn about the concept of evolution and survival of the fittest in high school biology. I have always found the concept interesting; that the living things that prevail are the ones that are able to adapt based on their circumstances. It is also interesting to think about this concept in terms of human nature and everyday life. We know that animals have evolved over time as the ones equipped for change survive, but what about people? Can our attitudes toward inevitable change evolve? Have we grown more accustomed to change over time, or are we consistently the same in terms of our inflexibility? I think about these questions in a more abstract sense (of course we have adapted to changes in our physical environments and the natural world, we are here after all). For example, how we adapt to change brought about by the…

Don’t Go To College

Originally posted on How Do I Grown Up:
My senior year of high school, I was burned out, I was exhausted, I’d busted my butt in extracurriculars, carried an active social life and maintain pretty good marks for 13 years. I was ready for a break; college didn’t look all that appetizing. But my parents, my friends, and my teachers told me to just go to college. Go and experience. Go and learn. Go and be free. So I did. At the time there weren’t other options, or at least none that I knew about. I could go to college or I could live with my parents and work in town. All the great wise men told me that college would get me a career, it was the only thing that would. So I went. And I experienced. And I think I learned, though probably not what was on the syllabus. College was…not fun for me, it wasn’t a grand opening of my mind or an essential activity to my youth. It was certainly not…

I’d like to say I’m sorry…

Originally posted on the hoe handbook:
Dear Professors, I’m sorry for not trying as hard as I should have.  I genuinely enjoy each and every one of your classes and would have loved to give them my all this semester (yes, I actually like school), but alas, pledging had other ideas.  I know it’s not an excuse because other people have serious time commitments and still find time to give their academics 100%, but I was simply not prepared for the physical and mental exhaustion that would come from just having one more activity on my plate.  I promise I will try my best to end this semester on a high note, but thank you for working with me.  Most importantly, thank you for buying my bullshit and giving me extra points when I did not really deserve them. Dear My Boys (who live with), I’m sorry for looking like shit all the time.  I haven’t been doing my hair or wearing make up all semester and while you have not failed to hit on…

Three Books That Say It’s All Downhill After College

Originally posted on Sorry Television:
Good times were had. A mere six months into my 30s, I find myself already looking back on college with the same abstract nostalgia one might apply to say…fax machines. Like, wasn’t that so neat at the time? How you could totally put a sheet of paper with stuff on it into a machine and then a machine somewhere else would, moments later, spit out an identical sheet of paper with identical stuff on it? That was cool. Good times were had. Documents were faxed. But now is better: We have email now. Cell phones. AirDrop. Dropbox. The cloud. And if all else fails, the NSA. I loved college; I made some of my best friends there. College was the last time one could wear pajama pants in public, or don costumes for spontaneously invented themed drinking nights, or go for second helpings of frozen yogurt at no additional charge. But I also enjoy being an adult, and I know—in whatever corner of my brain isn’t penetrated by models and actresses and the implications of every movie and…

Eating Healthy On A Meal Plan

Originally posted on the hoe handbook:
Eating healthy is hard. It’s a fact of life, now take this struggle and try to eat healthy while on a college meal plan! The freshman 15 is a real thing, unfortunately I know this as a fact having gained, not 15, but a couple extra pounds in college (I blame my love of beer). I was blessed with good taste buds, I have never been a picky eater and there’s only a very few things I really don’t like. I grew up on fresh homemade family meals and learned a lot about healthy eating from my parents so when I got to college I knew the basics about picking the healthiest options when it comes to meals So here’s a few tips and tricks I use for healthy eating while on a college meal plan (I’ll add a general days meals at the bottom) 1) don’t be afraid to ask what is in something or if the chefs can add/substitute or take out some ingredient.      …