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4 inexpensive ways to have fun in college with your roommate

Freshman students may seem uninteresting at first; they are shy, don’t know much about college life and play cautious when it comes to interacting with peers. Instead of adding to their anxiety, you could take the initiative yourself, be open, try to know your roomie, and maybe the awkward situation will turn into a beautiful friendship.

Party bus in Santa Barbara CaliforniaFirst thing when getting to know your roommate, inquire about his hobbies and favorite pastimes. Perhaps you’ll discover you have things in common and you’ll be able to have fun together. If you’re both socialites trying to meet new people, think about throwing a party yourselves or joining one off-campus. It’s no secret that these bashes are the best way to experience college life and meet people in relaxed environments.

Plan a photography expedition. No matter where you live, I’m sure there are plenty of charismatic places to admire and go to. Why not make it a memorable day and capture everything on camera. You’ll appreciate it even more over the years when you’ll have the pictures to remind you of those awesome college times.

Playing board games is not just for kids. They can be really entertaining if you’re in the mood for a quiet night in. So pull out that Monopoly from the closet and let the fun begin. Life, Pictionary or Settlers of Catan are also extremely engaging. And they’ve made quite a comeback recently. So you’re safe, still on the cool side.

Start a working-out routine. Besides strengthening bonds, this activity will keep you fit and healthy. You can either work out in your dorm room, there are easy exercises that don’t require a lot of space like push-ups or sit-ups, or you can head out to a local gym, park or swimming pool. Any kind of sport is good. You know what they say: a sound mind in a healthy body.

Or you could have a movie marathon. This is one of the most inexpensive and enjoyable ways to burn a lazy afternoon and evening with your buddies. Or even a whole weekend with the Lord of The Rings Trilogy accompanied by The Hobbit. It doesn’t cost a dime and you can keep the party going with some snacks and nice music.

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Posted by on October 27, 2014 in College life, Lifestyle, Roommates

 

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You’re officially a grown up…now what?

Now that school is finally over and you’re one step closer to entering the real world, it’s time to start thinking where you want to go next. You’ve probably enjoyed the fantastic mix of culture, science and fun that college has offered and you’re feeling a bit sad that you have to leave all that behind. Don’t worry though, things might get even better if you play your cards right. You’ll get to practice everything you’ve learned in school and build up your career. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be getting nice paychecks and be able to provide for yourself, rather than counting on your parents. Isn’t that a nice feeling for a change?!

First things first: you need to start looking for a nice place to live; if you don’t want to burden yourself with huge housing expenses right from the start, think of getting a roommate. It will also give you time to complete the transition. In addition, you won’t feel lonely, you’ll have someone to look after the house when you’re not around and you’ll be able to split household chores. Just be sure you know the risks; besides the fun and socializing, shared living comes with responsibilities, respect for other people’s property and personal space and sometimes even conflicts. But it’s going to be a thrilling adventure nonetheless that will teach you much about life itself.

The next step is finding employment. You’ll need to be very thorough, have a strong résumé and a lot of recommendations to back you up as good jobs are hard to find.

Good news though! The U.S. economy starts to look better in terms of job growth, industry and business development. Unemployment rates were lower in May 2013 than a year earlier in 253 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 86 areas, and unchanged in 33 areas, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

San Jose ($69,670), Washington ($63,750) and San Francisco-Oakland ($62,680) top the nation as highest paying markets.

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Click here to see the average annual pay levels for all employees within the nation’s 104 major markets or here to check out the 100 top-paying jobs in the nation as a whole.

According to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, industries and occupations related to health care, personal care and social assistance, and construction are projected to have the fastest job growth between 2010 and 2020; total employment is projected to grow by 14.3 percent over the decade, resulting in 20.5 million new jobs. In occupations in which a master’s degree is typically needed for entry, employment is expected to grow by 21.7 percent, faster than the growth rate for any other education category.

So the future doesn’t look bad at all for the new class of 2013, right?

Photo credits: Talha Tariq Photography & Artwork

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2013 in College life, Lifestyle, Roommates

 

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Funniest passive aggressive roommate notes

They say the best things in life are free. Well, I agree and may add that the best laughs in college life are free.

As exciting as it may seem at first, sharing space with someone other than family may pose a few difficulties along the way. For starters there’s always someone in the kitchen, drinking your milk, occupying the couch, talking on the phone with their BFFs a.s.o. There’s no way to go around that and it should be perfectly fine as long as you respect each other’s personal space. Respect is a key word in any relationship. And taking things lightly may help a lot too.

The best way to keep a roommate relationship on a sane level is to set some ground rules…and stick to them. When you feel like making a point to your roommie, do it with a dose of humor, it’s always easier to digest. Here are some of my favorite roommate notes, light and funny yet consistent enough to get the message through.

Can happen at the office too:

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in College life, Relationships, Roommates

 

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Best & Worst break up strategies

If you’ve come to a point in your relationship where there’s nothing but shouting and fighting and tears, I hate to break it to you, dude, but the fairy-tale is over. Start looking for a way out, and fast. Nothing good is going to come out of this, you know, right? Unless your chick gets bumped in the head and turns into someone else, literally I mean, like she gets amnesia or something. Because that’s what you need, someone else.

Now, you don’t want to look totally insensitive, this is not who you are. Just think, what if you want to hook up with one of her friends in the future?! I’m sure she’ll be going around, telling her side of the story. So you’ll have to be smart and act smart about it.

While I generally think that being straightforward is the way to go, women are totally unpredictable. You’ll never truly know what’s inside their heads, no matter what they say. Their minds work differently than ours and you don’t want to push the “crazy” button. I’d stay away from lines like:

! “Dear Baby: Welcome to Dumpsville. Population: YOU”
! “I just can’t take the bad sex anymore.”
! “The problem with our relationship is, we’re in a relationship.”
! “I get so emotional when you’re not around…That emotion is called happiness.”
! “I have a sense of community, and you won’t let me sleep with the community.”

They just won’t get the subtlety of all that. Keep it simple, don’t pull back, and don’t succumb to any kind of emotional blackmail, they tend to go there and you might feel guilty (or not!). Here’s how you dump her…nicely:

# “Honestly? It’s you not me, you’re just too perfect for someone else. He’s out there waiting and I’m in the way.” Leave out the “And I’m perfect for the girl on Facebook.” part.
# “I need to focus more on my job!”
# “I wish we had met 5 years down the line. It’s just bad timing.”
# “I’m not over my ex.” This will get them a little mad but will do the trick.

Or you could just send her this video and say “Especially for you”:

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in College life, Relationships

 

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5 must-have gadgets for a cool dorm room

Life away from home can seem frightening at first. Although most dorm rooms are nice, with pretty much everything you could need for a pleasant experience, they still remain plain and impersonal. To make it look more of a home, you can add a few personal touches to the space, like photos of your dear ones, your favorite mug and some cheerful decorations. Additionally, for a plus of convenience, you should consider bringing in a few cool gadgets as well. Your life will get a whole lot easier (or at least more organized).

Here are a few ideas of what you can do to make your dorm room look nice and become functional as well:

Laptop? Check! E-book? Check! Smartphone? Check! But how do you plan to deal with all the mess caused by the power cords and cables running loose? Here’s a solution that’s both functional and pretty: CableDrop Cable Clips. Cable clips can be placed on or behind your desktop and gently grasp your power and peripheral cords so they do not fall off your desk every time you unplug your laptop. They also make great pen holders.

Cabledrop cable clipsAs they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and, because shared living does not always allow for lots of cooking utensils, you need a smart, multi-functional appliance. The 3 in 1 Breakfast Station comes with a 2-Cup Coffee Maker with built-in filter, a toaster oven and a frying pan for eggs, bacon, or sausage. Too bad it doesn’t come with an alarm clock and an iPod dock attached…but then again, that would be too much to ask, wouldn’t it? Also make sure you check university policies before bringing one to campus. Some don’t allow toaster ovens in dorm rooms.

To further enhance your living environment, you can use a LED lamp with air purifier. With an innovative design and chic features, the lamp gives you the bright (or dim) light needed to complete any task, while refreshing the air around you.

LED lamp with air purifierPlush bedding is another simple way to add color and personality to your dorm room. While dark color sheets are much more convenient for dorm life, a patterned or colorful sheet set, complemented by a matching comforter, a blanket or two decorative pillows will make your sleeping nook vibrate with energy and strength.

Dorm room beddingAre you having trouble getting out of bed in the mornings? I know, we’ve all been there, it’s because of all the late night studying, right?! Clocky or Tocky rolling alarm clocks are perfect for sleepyheads like us. Besides being so cute, these clever little thingies will leap off your nightstand, beeping and running away like crazy unless you get out of bed and silence the alarm yourself. Just have a look at the video below:

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in College life, Technology

 

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