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aquajoggers:

if you haven’t gone to boarding school, chances are you aren’t quite sure how to live in a dorm (i definitely had no idea), and the thought might be a little intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! here are some useful tips i wish someone had told me four years ago.
1. talk to your roommate - chances are you’ve been given your roommate’s name by now. look them up on facebook (if they aren’t easily found, check your class group on FB for their last name- they might go by a nickname, as both my roommate and i did freshman year). negotiate who’s bringing what, or you’re going to end up with two of everything and an overly crowded room. this also helps with the ‘moving in with a stranger’ thing, because you are now less of a stranger to each other. congratulations!
2. plan ahead - it’s really easy to go to target and leave with everything you see. after you’ve talked to your roommate, make a list of what you need and get only that list. that being said, do leave yourself some room to expand- getting a cool poster to hang up won’t throw off your plan entirely, but you know where to draw the line.
3. figure out what you need - dorm rooms are small, poorly-lit spaces. most will provide you with a bed, a desk, and a dresser or closet. you and your roommate can rearrange this however you like (my roommate and i bunked our beds second semester and had a ridiculous amount of space after- i definitely recommend that), but chances are you’ll need more storage and more light. christmas lights are an easy way to add both color and personality to your room, and stacking milk crates are great for textbooks and snacks. some desks have built-in lights, but if yours don’t, a desk lamp or standing lamp next to your desk might be really helpful. if your room has a bare floor a brightly colored throw rug might be nice too, especially in winter.
4. living with a roommate - now is an excellent time to work on your negotiation skills. see if you can set certain rules for your room on move-in day (no music without headphones after midnight or earlier if one of you has an early class, no bringing people back without asking, what snacks are up for sharing), things like that. a whiteboard for your room is also great because it gives you an easy way to remind each other of things! also exchange numbers asap, because one of you will be locked out in the first week and it is not fun to be locked out and miss a class because you can’t text your roommate.
5. have snacks - snacking can be a bad habit, yes, but you also will be hungry at midnight when you’re studying or trying to finish your homework. have granola bars or a big jug of pretzels in your room and never be sadly hungry at night again.
6. communal bathrooms are not that bad - they really aren’t, i promise. you do need some kind of bucket or basket to carry your shower stuff in though, so check target for a shower caddy thing. also maybe a giant towel.
7. make friends on your hall - you’re all living in the same area, you might as well get along. you probably even have some classes together, so it’s like an instant study group! or you’ll have someone who’s really good at a subject you struggle in who can help you, or someone who’ll help you edit your term paper, or someone who can let you use their printer…you can’t go wrong with befriending your hallmates.
8. BE NICE TO YOUR RA - this is HUGE this is so important. an RA who likes you might unlock your room for free, won’t write you up for coming back drunk, can give you advice on what professors you should avoid…an RA who does not like you will do none of these things. be nice to your RA.
9. go to dorm events - sometimes your dorm will have professors in to talk or have dinner, or offer an activity like tie dye, or have free coffee and donuts during finals. go to these things. it’s a great way to network in your dorm, meet new people, talk to professors outside of class, and also you generally get free things.
10. do things with your roommates - my roommate and i used to go to parties together freshman year, and my suitemate from last year and i go to concerts together. you live with these people! treat them like they aren’t strangers and you will get along better! even if it’s just a weekly dinner or lunch thing (my freshman roommate and i still meet up for chai whenever we can, three years after we lived together), this can make it much easier to live together and will also give you a solid friend (or friendly acquaintance) on campus. 

aquajoggers:

if you haven’t gone to boarding school, chances are you aren’t quite sure how to live in a dorm (i definitely had no idea), and the thought might be a little intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! here are some useful tips i wish someone had told me four years ago.

1. talk to your roommate - chances are you’ve been given your roommate’s name by now. look them up on facebook (if they aren’t easily found, check your class group on FB for their last name- they might go by a nickname, as both my roommate and i did freshman year). negotiate who’s bringing what, or you’re going to end up with two of everything and an overly crowded room. this also helps with the ‘moving in with a stranger’ thing, because you are now less of a stranger to each other. congratulations!

2. plan ahead - it’s really easy to go to target and leave with everything you see. after you’ve talked to your roommate, make a list of what you need and get only that list. that being said, do leave yourself some room to expand- getting a cool poster to hang up won’t throw off your plan entirely, but you know where to draw the line.

3. figure out what you need - dorm rooms are small, poorly-lit spaces. most will provide you with a bed, a desk, and a dresser or closet. you and your roommate can rearrange this however you like (my roommate and i bunked our beds second semester and had a ridiculous amount of space after- i definitely recommend that), but chances are you’ll need more storage and more light. christmas lights are an easy way to add both color and personality to your room, and stacking milk crates are great for textbooks and snacks. some desks have built-in lights, but if yours don’t, a desk lamp or standing lamp next to your desk might be really helpful. if your room has a bare floor a brightly colored throw rug might be nice too, especially in winter.

4. living with a roommate - now is an excellent time to work on your negotiation skills. see if you can set certain rules for your room on move-in day (no music without headphones after midnight or earlier if one of you has an early class, no bringing people back without asking, what snacks are up for sharing), things like that. a whiteboard for your room is also great because it gives you an easy way to remind each other of things! also exchange numbers asap, because one of you will be locked out in the first week and it is not fun to be locked out and miss a class because you can’t text your roommate.

5. have snacks - snacking can be a bad habit, yes, but you also will be hungry at midnight when you’re studying or trying to finish your homework. have granola bars or a big jug of pretzels in your room and never be sadly hungry at night again.

6. communal bathrooms are not that bad - they really aren’t, i promise. you do need some kind of bucket or basket to carry your shower stuff in though, so check target for a shower caddy thing. also maybe a giant towel.

7. make friends on your hall - you’re all living in the same area, you might as well get along. you probably even have some classes together, so it’s like an instant study group! or you’ll have someone who’s really good at a subject you struggle in who can help you, or someone who’ll help you edit your term paper, or someone who can let you use their printer…you can’t go wrong with befriending your hallmates.

8. BE NICE TO YOUR RA - this is HUGE this is so important. an RA who likes you might unlock your room for free, won’t write you up for coming back drunk, can give you advice on what professors you should avoid…an RA who does not like you will do none of these things. be nice to your RA.

9. go to dorm events - sometimes your dorm will have professors in to talk or have dinner, or offer an activity like tie dye, or have free coffee and donuts during finals. go to these things. it’s a great way to network in your dorm, meet new people, talk to professors outside of class, and also you generally get free things.

10. do things with your roommates - my roommate and i used to go to parties together freshman year, and my suitemate from last year and i go to concerts together. you live with these people! treat them like they aren’t strangers and you will get along better! even if it’s just a weekly dinner or lunch thing (my freshman roommate and i still meet up for chai whenever we can, three years after we lived together), this can make it much easier to live together and will also give you a solid friend (or friendly acquaintance) on campus. 

— 2 weeks ago with 467 notes
25 Apps Every College Student Should Have →

swaggerapp:

Submitted by Campus Ambassador, Shanna Farley /// University of Northern Colorado

A new year has begun! Along with it new challenges and rewards are sure to come - this is especially true when you are trying to navigate through your college years. Luckily the college students of today live in a…

— 2 weeks ago with 410 notes
endtable:

 ♡  C  O  L  L  E  G  E  tips and resources  M  A  S  T  E  R  P  O  S  T  ♡ by akira endtable
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Many feel a justified anxiety over the prospect of the inevitable feat of aging and having to take on daunting adult responsibilities despite still feeling like an overgrown child. Even if you feel ready to be independent, it doesn’t hurt to have a little help along the way. 
I’ve been seeking out tips to help give myself and others a better sense of readiness in the upcoming years. This masterpost is used to organize this information into a concise, easy to navigate list and share what I’ve found with anyone who wants to utilize it.
 ♡   ♡   ♡ 
♡ General College Tips ♡
Things I Wish I Told Myself Before Going to College
A Student’s Guide to College
Year 12 Guide (And beyond!)
Student Survival Guide
The “Secret” to Doing Well in School
♡ "Adult" Things ♡
How to Balance a Checkbook
How to: Become an Adult Masterpost
Cover Letters, Resumes, and Job Help
Be a Good Person and Get Your Student Loans Paid Off
Discounts your Student ID can get you
♡ Books for Cheap ♡
Alternatives to Buying Textbooks
Novels
More novels
Cheap textbooks
♡ Study Tips ♡
How to Make a Study Schedule
Finals Survival Guide
Five Creative Ways to Take Notes
How to Overcome Math
How to Overcome English
Organizing Notes
Focus While Studying
Reading a Textbook
Things NOT To Do When Studying
Top Ten Study Tips
Study Help Masterpost
♡ Writing Help ♡
How to Write Kickass Essays in 1/2 the Time
Inflated/Concise wording
BeeLine Reader
Zenwriter
Avoid Saying Very
Word Definition Sites
Ultimate Guide to Writing (academic writing help towards bottom) 
♡ Apps and Tech ♡
Productivity apps
More Apps
Best Apps for Students
Keep your Laptop in Tip Top Shape
Free Online Courses
♡ Safety ♡
Safetrek app
Kitestring app
Creepface
Phone number to give aggressive guys
Easy Self Defense
♡ Dorm Life ♡
Laundry Help
Fabric Care Language
How many times can I wear this between washes?
Pack for College
Dorm Stuff for Cheap
Cutesy Dorm Stuff
♡ De-Stressers and Health ♡
Sun Salutations (yoga poses)
Self-esteem boosters
Fitness Masterpost
Workout Videos (check out this blog for more healthy living)
Meditation
How Long to Nap
8 Unconventional Ways to Destress
Relieve Menstrual Cramps
Pictorial on condoms
Productivity Help
Bad Day Remedies 
Contraceptives Masterposts
♡ College Help Masterposts ♡
College Help Masterpost
Back-to-School Masterpost
College Survival Guide
Hack College
School Survival Masterpost
How to Survive in College
♡ Helpful Blogs ♡
College Blog Masterpost
Study-Princess
xLovelyDay
Fresh. Fit. Focused
WhatReference (An extremely well organized ref blog)
♡ Other Assorted Masterposts with Helpful Links ♡
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2
3
 ♡ Playlist to Study To ♡ 
Get Shit Done
Study Buddy
Happiness and the Heart
Folk This
 ♡   ♡   ♡ 
Don’t forget to utilize campus resources as well! Good luck!

endtable:

 ♡  C  O  L  L  E  G  E  tips and resources  M  A  S  T  E  R  P  O  S  T  ♡ 
by akira endtable

 ♡      ♡ 

Many feel a justified anxiety over the prospect of the inevitable feat of aging and having to take on daunting adult responsibilities despite still feeling like an overgrown child. Even if you feel ready to be independent, it doesn’t hurt to have a little help along the way. 

I’ve been seeking out tips to help give myself and others a better sense of readiness in the upcoming years. This masterpost is used to organize this information into a concise, easy to navigate list and share what I’ve found with anyone who wants to utilize it.

 ♡   ♡   ♡ 

General College Tips 

"Adult" Things 

Books for Cheap 

Study Tips 

Writing Help 

Apps and Tech 

♡ Safety 

Dorm Life 

De-Stressers and Health 

College Help Masterposts 

Helpful Blogs 

Other Assorted Masterposts with Helpful Links 

 Playlist to Study To  

 ♡   ♡   ♡ 

Don’t forget to utilize campus resources as well! Good luck!

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— 2 weeks ago with 7793 notes
aquajoggers:

a list of things you don’t necessarily Need in college but they might make your life much easier
1. a portable charger - i have this one and it has saved my ass at least three times. it’ll charge an iphone up to full capacity once and still have some charge to spare, so it’s great to have one in your bag if you’re not going to be near an outlet soon.
2. netflix - netflix is a little strange because i’ve been required to have it for some classes, but it is honestly just such a nice thing to have. yes, i’m aware you can stream pretty much everything for free now, but not having to hunt for working links is worth the less-than-$10 monthly.
3. a travel mug - i’ll admit that i am a Needy Caffeine Person, it is sort of out of control, but it’s also really nice to be able to fill a mug with coffee or tea on my way out of the dining hall and have it for class without needing to drop $3.50 at starbucks. 
4. meds - you will get sick at college. i made it through 12 years of public school with a grand total of 2 sick days and caught no less than 4 colds my freshman year. it’s a new environment that your body isn’t used to, you’re stressed, it’ll happen. have a kit with emergen-c tablets [link leads to a free sample!], a mini pack of tissues, tylenol/advil/your preferred headache medicine, nyquil if that’s your thing, whatever. just don’t go unprepared because you don’t normally get sick. also, bandaids.
5. a snow day kit - snow days in college are SO NICE because you can go sledding at midnight and then stay up watching movies with your roommate (or, in my case, your entire freshman hall) and nobody will yell at you! just make sure you’re ready. have microwave popcorn, a couple packets of hot chocolate, a fuzzy blanket you don’t mind sharing and some thick socks. (if it doesn’t snow where you are maybe prepare a frost day kit instead)
6. an alarm clock - maybe a really annoying one, if you’re hard to wake up. it’ll be annoying when you have to hear it every morning but being on time to class is worth it.
7. a planner/organizer - write down everything. homework, meetings, your professor’s office hours, someone’s phone number, just have it written down. make it a habit to check your planner every morning, at lunch, and before you go to bed just to make sure you’re ready for things. semper paratus and all that, right?
8. a book - sometimes it’s just really nice to read something that isn’t an assignment. i like harry potter, but whatever floats your boat is good.
9. a mini sewing kit - now is the time to learn how to sew. have your mom or dad give you a quick lesson if you don’t know yet, but it’s fairly simple and when you’re the one person who can fix holes in shirts, you will be the hero of your hall. also it’s really nice because when you’re already panicking about everything going wrong before your formal, being able to fix the hole in your skirt might be the one thing saving you from a total meltdown.
10. rain gear - yes, you might go somewhere it doesn’t rain, so this doesn’t apply to you. for everyone else, there is nothing more miserable than being late to a lecture and also having to run there in the rain. i prefer raincoats over umbrellas, but rainboots are a must either way. 
bonus: bring things to make your dorm room feel like home! they’re small, poorly-lit areas and they can be very sad if you don’t do anything to them. i like posters, a couple small plants, christmas lights, some pictures of my friends and family, a bright rug things that make your room feel less like a dorm room and more like your room.

aquajoggers:

a list of things you don’t necessarily Need in college but they might make your life much easier

1. a portable charger - i have this one and it has saved my ass at least three times. it’ll charge an iphone up to full capacity once and still have some charge to spare, so it’s great to have one in your bag if you’re not going to be near an outlet soon.

2. netflix - netflix is a little strange because i’ve been required to have it for some classes, but it is honestly just such a nice thing to have. yes, i’m aware you can stream pretty much everything for free now, but not having to hunt for working links is worth the less-than-$10 monthly.

3. a travel mug - i’ll admit that i am a Needy Caffeine Person, it is sort of out of control, but it’s also really nice to be able to fill a mug with coffee or tea on my way out of the dining hall and have it for class without needing to drop $3.50 at starbucks. 

4. meds - you will get sick at college. i made it through 12 years of public school with a grand total of 2 sick days and caught no less than 4 colds my freshman year. it’s a new environment that your body isn’t used to, you’re stressed, it’ll happen. have a kit with emergen-c tablets [link leads to a free sample!], a mini pack of tissues, tylenol/advil/your preferred headache medicine, nyquil if that’s your thing, whatever. just don’t go unprepared because you don’t normally get sick. also, bandaids.

5. a snow day kit - snow days in college are SO NICE because you can go sledding at midnight and then stay up watching movies with your roommate (or, in my case, your entire freshman hall) and nobody will yell at you! just make sure you’re ready. have microwave popcorn, a couple packets of hot chocolate, a fuzzy blanket you don’t mind sharing and some thick socks. (if it doesn’t snow where you are maybe prepare a frost day kit instead)

6. an alarm clock - maybe a really annoying one, if you’re hard to wake up. it’ll be annoying when you have to hear it every morning but being on time to class is worth it.

7. a planner/organizer - write down everything. homework, meetings, your professor’s office hours, someone’s phone number, just have it written down. make it a habit to check your planner every morning, at lunch, and before you go to bed just to make sure you’re ready for things. semper paratus and all that, right?

8. a book - sometimes it’s just really nice to read something that isn’t an assignment. i like harry potter, but whatever floats your boat is good.

9. a mini sewing kit - now is the time to learn how to sew. have your mom or dad give you a quick lesson if you don’t know yet, but it’s fairly simple and when you’re the one person who can fix holes in shirts, you will be the hero of your hall. also it’s really nice because when you’re already panicking about everything going wrong before your formal, being able to fix the hole in your skirt might be the one thing saving you from a total meltdown.

10. rain gear - yes, you might go somewhere it doesn’t rain, so this doesn’t apply to you. for everyone else, there is nothing more miserable than being late to a lecture and also having to run there in the rain. i prefer raincoats over umbrellas, but rainboots are a must either way. 

bonus: bring things to make your dorm room feel like home! they’re small, poorly-lit areas and they can be very sad if you don’t do anything to them. i like posters, a couple small plants, christmas lights, some pictures of my friends and family, a bright rug things that make your room feel less like a dorm room and more like your room.

(via k-atie-bebe)

— 2 weeks ago with 2881 notes
sales-aholic:

As a college student myself, I know how expensive textbooks can be. You’ll save a lot of money if you opt for buying used books or renting books. Be sure to compare prices on all sites and shop around for the best deal. Don’t forget to also sell your old textbooks to make some of that money back! Well here’s a long list of all of the deals I could find on buying/renting/selling textbooks: 
Amazon: 
Sign up for an Amazon Student account for FREE when you use your college email address. With this account, you’ll get 6 months of FREE Two-Day Shipping :D
Trade in your textbooks for Amazon gift cards.
Trade in your calculators, laptops, & other electronics for gift cards.  
Sell your textbooks yourself at the Marketplace.
Bigger Books:
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Daily Deals Coupons found here. There’s a new one every day.
Book Byte:  
5% OFF Rentals. Use code: NEWYEAR (Ends 1/24)
Enter to win an Xbox One, Playstation 4, $400 in free textbooks, and $100 gift cards (Ends 1/24)
Bookrenter: 
6% OFF 2+ Rentals + free shipping. Use code: 6RMNJAN14 
$10 off $100 + Free shipping. Use code: 10RMNJAN14 (Ends 2/28)
Campus Book Rentals:
10% OFF Everything. Use code: RMNExclusive10 (Ends 1/31)
FREE Shipping on All Purchases & When You Sell Your Old Textbooks.
Cash 4 Books:
Free Shipping When You Sell Your Old Textbooks.

Chegg:
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Chegg Study Membership - Worked Out Solutions to Almost Every Textbook! 
Course Smart:
FREE Trial of an eTextbook.
eCampus:
$3 OFF $60. Use code: ECAMPUS3.
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FREE Shipping When You Sell Your Old Textbooks.
*As always when it comes to good deals, don’t forget to share with your friends and followers <3 For more deals, check out the Sales-aholic Deals page.

sales-aholic:

As a college student myself, I know how expensive textbooks can be. You’ll save a lot of money if you opt for buying used books or renting books. Be sure to compare prices on all sites and shop around for the best deal. Don’t forget to also sell your old textbooks to make some of that money back! Well here’s a long list of all of the deals I could find on buying/renting/selling textbooks: 

Amazon

Bigger Books:

  • 5% OFF $25. Use code: SNOWDAY (Ends 3/31)
  • Daily Deals Coupons found here. There’s a new one every day.

Book Byte:  

Bookrenter

  • 6% OFF 2+ Rentals + free shipping. Use code: 6RMNJAN14 
  • $10 off $100 + Free shipping. Use code: 10RMNJAN14 (Ends 2/28)

Campus Book Rentals:

  • 10% OFF Everything. Use code: RMNExclusive10 (Ends 1/31)
  • FREE Shipping on All Purchases & When You Sell Your Old Textbooks.

Cash 4 Books:

Chegg:

Course Smart:

eCampus:

  • $3 OFF $60. Use code: ECAMPUS3.
  • $5 OFF $100 + free shipping. Use code: ECAMPUS5
  • FREE Shipping on Orders Over $59.
  • FREE Shipping When You Sell Your Old Textbooks.

Textbooks:

  • Free Shipping on Orders $25+.
  • FREE Shipping When You Sell Your Old Textbooks.

*As always when it comes to good deals, don’t forget to share with your friends and followers <3 For more deals, check out the Sales-aholic Deals page.

— 2 weeks ago with 1286 notes
Ten things I wish I had known my freshman year of college. →

collegetipsntricks:

Coming from a college student and not the university’s websites and brochures. Ten things I wish I had known.

  1. Check your college email every morning. Here’s why: not only do you get a lot of emails pertaining to cool events on campus (that sometimes feature free food and better, free STUFF)…
— 2 weeks ago with 1723 notes