10 Resolutions For College Students

As a college student, there are plenty of resolutions you could make for the New Year. You could resolve to organize your dorm room or to always make your bed before leaving for class. Those resoultions are just fine, but why not stick to some resolutions, which will help you reach your collegiate and professional goals?

USA Today College has put together a list of 10 resolutions every college student should make. I definitely agree with most on this list (#2, 4, 5, 8 and especially 9).

If I had to add my own personal resolutions to this list they would be:

  • to put together a killer resume
  • to volunteer at least twice per month at the local animal shelter
  • to stop being the Queen of Procrastination, although I love being royalty
  • to eat well (which means no more Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked at 3am)
  • to keep to my resolutions until at least June 2011 (yes…I always break them by the second week of the New Year…I’m not gonna lie.)

What are your New Year’s resolutions?

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Let It Snow–On Campus

Snow on campus means sledding on dining hall food trays (garbage bags work well, too), snowball fights and building snowmen (all in between getting some work done, right?)!

We were hit with a major storm on the east coast and now have about 15 inches of snow. I just can’t wait to shovel out my car (you commuters feel me, I know).

With that said, send us your photos of snow on campus! Just upload them here and we’ll feature them on the blog.

Happy Snow Day!

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Procratinator's Delight: Last-Minute Holiday Gifts

You’re a college student, which means you most likely A) Didn’t have time to shop during finals B) Don’t have much money to spend on gifts C) Are a total procrastinator or D) Any or all of the above.

With that in mind, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Now, some of you may find this cheap and stingy, while others will revel in the thought that’s put behind these gifts. The secret is, for up-to-the-minute gifts that won’t leave you broke, shop at a dollar store. *Gasp!* I know, I know. It sounds horrible, but you can honestly find some great gifts your friends and family will truly appreciate.

Here are some ideas:

Picture Frame: Ok, so the quality is a bit lame. But, make a photo collage of you and the recipient and put it in the frame. This way, when he or she opens it, they focus more on the thought behind the gift than the price.

Candle and Candle Holder: When giving this gift, perhaps make coupons for a free massage or free bubble bath to go along with it (probably not a suitable gift for your grandma, but you get the picture).

Kitchen Gadgets: Every cook needs new cookware. Whether it’s a spatula, a whisk or apron, you can put together a nice gift bag filled with kitchen tools.

Toys: For kids, dollar stores have great toys, like water guns, toy soldiers, princess gear, etc. Especially since the little tyke will play with your gift for about 5 minutes then forget about it, why not save your cash and pick up something small?

Holiday Decorations: Why not pick up a gift that will leave a lasting impression? Create a gift bag filled with new ornaments and decorations for the tree. Then, once you’re done opening gifts spend time together adding your new ornaments to the tree.

So, don’t be ashamed to shop with $1 in mind. A dollar really does go a long way.

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Top 10 Christmas Movies For College Students

With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to get into the holiday spirit than with some classic holiday movies? Not sure which movies to DVR or pick up from a Red Box? Here are our top 10 Christmas movies for college students.

10. The Santa Clause: Some gifts are given to us when we least expect them. Tim Allen knows that feeling when Santa Claus falls off of his roof and he is next in line for the job– whether he likes it or not. If you learn anything from this movie, just know your career path may take you where you least expect it.

9. It’s a Wonderful Life: A classic that all should see. Some people need a little extra help to realize how much they are appreciated by others. So, no matter how many times you bicker with your parents, just remember how much they miss you while you’re away at school.

8. A Charlie Brown Christmas: It’s a cute cartoon with a mature message, focusing on the commercialization of Christmas. Don’t let the Peanuts gang fool you– They have a lot to say about the holidays in this short film.

7. Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”: It’s Tim Burton. Everyone loves Tim Burton, right? This animated film is bound to entertain anyone who watches it. Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, is so excited by the idea of Christmas, that he must spread the word. I think you’ll be too. (Just please, don’t wrap any possessed toys)

6. Frosty the Snowman, 5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & 4. Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”: These tales are perfect for holiday break. It’s time to take a true break from the stressors of college life. Watch these movies and feel like a kid again.

3. Home Alone: Even after 8 year-old Kevin McCallister is left home alone for Christmas accidentally, he shows his maturity and defends his house against two burglars. This movie teaches you the art of home-defense, Christmas style. “Keep the change, you filthy animal…”

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2. A Christmas Story: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” “Frah-gee-lay. It must be Italian.” The every college student should know the quotes from this movie. There will be a quiz on it. Seriously.

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1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: Chevy Chase brings all the hilarity and family disfunctionality (I know, that’s not a word) the holidays have to offer. From a senile aunt to a train-wreck of a cousin, this movie has it all.

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Productive Procrastination

Everyone is guilty of it whether you are in college or not. It’s that pit in your stomach feeling– The inevitable cloud looming over your head. What is it?

Procrastination.

There are many forms of procrastination and how you choose to waste time varies depending on your guilty pleasures. For me, the hours fly by when perusing random people’s Facebook photo albums.

I quickly learned this prevents me from completing important tasks on my to-do list. That’s when I had the revelation– If I’m going to procrastinate, why not at least do something productive. It’s time to change ideas into actions. Here are four ways to easily spend your time instead of wasting it:

•    Network: Facebook and Twitter are fantastic for building your social network (and social calendar), but it can also be a great tool to advance your future as well. While on the sites, research potential companies that you would want to work for.  “Like” or “follow” them and frequently look at their page or tweets for job announcements.

•    Organize: Whether your room is a mess or your academic planner is busting at the seams, get organized.   When things are in order, you’ll be ready to tackle your tasks confidently.

•    Workout: In the words of Elle Woods, “Exercising gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” When you have the time, why not clear your mind, start fresh and feel rejuvenated?

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•    Clean: Yes, you heard right. Clean that bathroom you’ve put off scrubbing for three months.  Hey, it might just give you the motivation to do your real work! No task will be worse than tackling that grime.

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Snail Mail Is So Last Holiday Season

Turns out many colleges and universities have gone digital when it comes to sending holiday cards. 

This one, from the College of William & Mary, is my fave.  Very creative– and I’m loving the singer’s voice (she’s a student, by the way)!

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George Mason’s holiday card featured a song written by pep band director Michael “Doc Nix” Nickens.  It, too was performed by students, according to The Washington Post.
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The star of Beloit College’s holiday e-card was a happy squirrel.  Since I’m a crazy animal lover, of course I had to post.

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"S" Is the New "A" at Utica

Utica College must be on Santa’s nice list this year–especially if its plan to abolish GPA’s for freshman becomes a reality!

The Utica College Office of Student Success has proposed to eliminate the GPA for freshman during the fall semester.  That means, instead of getting an A through C letter grade, you would get an “S” for “satisfactory.”  If you earn a C- or lower, you get the dreaded “U” for, you guessed it, “unsatisfactory.”

Why is Utica doing this?  To help first-years ease into the demands of college life and the workload.

I like.  Now, if only my school was oh, so understanding of first-year hardships. *Sigh*

Would you want a GPA-free fall semester?

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Avoid the Malls Like the Plague and STILL Get Your Shopping Done

There's something for everyone at your campus bookstore.

Each year it’s the same story.  With exams and papers sucking up all of your precious time, you don’t have a minute to spare for holiday shopping.  As the clock ticks on and the big day (or days) approach, you still have not one gift checked off your holiday wish list.  So, once your last final is taken and your papers submitted, you trudge to the mall. 

Now, the savvy shopper knows you don’t have to deal with angry mobs of people fighting over the “latest and greatest” at the mall.  Instead, you can shop online rather than stand in line.  Or avoid the mall completely and just shop at your campus bookstore.

But what on earth could you get for your friends and family at the bookstore as a gift?  Well, here are holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list.

  • For the Workout Fiend: People who workout tend to have a ton of laundry to do.  Not only do they have their everyday wear to wash, but their sweat-infested gym clothes, too.  With that said, save them some time, energy (and water) and give them a new Champion hoodie to sport to the gym.  They’ll have one extra day of wear and tear before they have to take to the laundromat.
  • For Those Who Can’t Fold: What’s worse than washing clothes? Folding it.  Trust me, we know.  With all of those clothing displays, we’re constantly folding and re-folding.  So, take the pressure down a notch and pick up a rolled tee, instead. 
  • For the Snuggie Protester: Not only does the Snuggie keep you warm and allow your arms to function, it’s also used as dancewear while gettin’ down to the Macarena (as displayed in the most recent Snuggie commercial).  But, for those who absolutely “will never wear a Snuggie” how about a good ‘ol fleece blanket as a gift?  A scarf and gloves set could work, too. 
  • For the Technologically Advanced: It’s happened to you, we’re sure of it.  You’re running on the treadmill, earphones in, iPod or cell phone sitting on the treadmill dashboard– All of a sudden, your arm gets tangled in the headphone chord and your listening device goes flying.  Embarrassing? Yup. Just strap that bad boy to your arm next time with the XtremeMac Sportswrap.
  • For Animal Lovers: From cat t-shirts to slippers with dog heads, the animal lover in your life probably has it all.  But, does he or she have a USB drive in the shape of a penguin? Hmmmm?
  • For Cafe Mocha No-Whip Soy Latte Drinkers (or whatever): Reduce waste with all of those paper cups. A true cafe mocha no-whip soy latte drinker wouldn’t be caught dead carrying a non-fashionable cup anyway.  So pick up a mug for your coffee lover!
  • For the Sweetie-Pie: Treat your sweetie to some sweets.  Candy is delicious.  ‘Nuff said.
  • For the Ride: You treat your family and friends to gifts, why not treat your car, too?  It commutes to class with you, waits in rain or snow for you to finish studying at the library– It really deserves some love.  Dress it up with some school spirited accessories.

So, go forth and shop without the hassle.  We have all the gifts chosen for you, now it’s just time to purchase them online or in-store.  Find your campus bookstore at yourschoolyourbookstore.com.

Happy Holidays!

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