Tech to Help you Succeed

Your back to school shopping list likely consists of the typical supplies: pens, notebooks, folders, whiteout, etc. No matter how proficient you are at taking notes, it was my experience that it’s hard to keep up with all of the note taking in class.  Lucky for you, there is a solution – Livescribe smartpens, available at many campus bookstores.

I’m sure there are many pens or devices out there that allow you to hand-write your own notes while simultaneously recording the audio around you. One of the many cool functions of the Echo smartpen is that it then allows you to go back to your hand-written notes and playback the exact audio that was recorded when the notes were written, simply by pressing on the words on your paper!  So if you miss a part of a lecture, you can easily fill in your notes at a later date with the recording. You can also import your notes into your computer and then search them by topic or keyword.

I don’t believe I am technically savvy enough to convey all the amazing features this pen has to offer, but these videos are very helpful for those of you who need more information. The only question I am left with is this: Why did I not know about these pens when I was in school?

Additional tutorials are available here.

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Freaky Friday: West Virginia University

For years, residents of West Virginia University’s Boreman Hall have reported stories of ghost-like activity. Sounds of furniture moving overhead can be heard from the 4th floor, which could be expected in a busy college dorm…if there were more than 4 floors in the building.

Other spine-tingling and downright frightening occurrences led students to create a re-enactment of stories from several years’ worth of residents. Take a look at this video and allow yourself to be spooked.

Have you experienced the haunting of Boreman Hall first-hand? Are there other ghosts at WVU? Share your stories with us below!

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Most Beautiful Libraries

Not sure what your college library looks like, but I sure wish mine looked like this!  Take a look at the most beautiful libraries in the world, as ranked by The Great Geek Manual.  Should your campus library make this list?

The Suzzallo library of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington Photo Credit: Cap'n Surly

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Poll: Half of Men Would Dump a Woman Who Gained Weight

Gotta love insight into the male mind.  I’m disturbed by the results, but should I really be that surprised?  A new survey conducted by Askmen.com and Cosmopolitan.com found men are way too concerned with their partner’s weight and body.

Of 70,000 men surveyed, nearly 50% said they would leave a partner who gained weight.  Only 20% of women would leave their hefty partner, according to the poll. 

Ok…I get it.  If I sit on the couch all day eating chips and bon bons, watching Family Guy in my own filth and end up putting on 30 pounds or more, fine– there are some serious issues with our relationship.  Dump me.  But, what if my metabolism decides to slow or I end up on a medication that makes me balloon up?  Are you going to ditch me, then? Huh?

To make things worse, two-thirds of men questioned had fantasized about their partner’s friends.  Um, what?!  Ok, I know I have some hot friends, but come on!  Don’t make me insecure when we all hang out together. 

This survey definitely makes some men look like dawgs…But, hold up.  Women aren’t free and clear either.  The poll found women have their faults, too.

As I save up to buy a Louis Vuitton, apparently the poll reveals women are materialistic.  43 percent of women polled said a beautiful home is the ultimate status symbol, whereas men selected “family” (I guess if they have a thin family?).   

What is this world coming to?  Men want thin, hot women and women want big, hot houses.  Maybe it’s time we all get our priorities straight.

For full results of the poll visit Askmen.com.

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The Matrix

Similar to Incredibox, this Matrix is a music-making machine. Just start clicking on the tiny squares to reveal an ear for music you never knew you had! I could spend a long time on this site. Love it!

Click the link above to create your masterpiece

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It’s Great to Be Here!

No matter where you are from, Great to Be Here has a style you’ll adore.

We enjoy any excuse to show some school pride.  We love rockin’ our logoed flip flops and mascot-adorned caps. Now you can also show some hometown pride with Great to Be Here tees. Available in select campus bookstores, these tees allow you to show off your local flare. Whether you are an ‘up-for-anything, all-American Midwestern Girl,’ a ‘sun-kissed, surf-splashed Florida girl’ or enjoy ‘Kickin’ it Old School’ in Chicago, you’re sure to find a tee you’ll be proud to wear.

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Tote-ally Awesome!

Totes are tote-ally versatile (yes, I went there!). A cute tote can hold all of your school supplies, function as an overnight bag or haul your beach necessities, at the very least. No matter the activity you have planned, consider making one of these stylish totes your new favorite bag.

Vera Bradley’s new colors are on our Fall wish list.

Vera Bradley is known for their floral patterns in the season’s hottest colors. We love the mix of summer and fall friendly colors in the Safari Sunset pattern.  You can shop the latest colors and styles at select campus bookstores. In case you need help choosing between all the convenient styles, consult Vera’s ‘Top 10 Styles for School’. I loved the Clip Zip ID case while at school; it was very easy to attach to any bag so I always had my school ID on hand.

This hand-painted grocery tote is just $10 on Etsy.com.

A simple trip to the grocery store takes on an eco-chic vibe when you can ditch plastic bags for a reusable tote. You can find some unique styles on Etsy.com, which will allow you to distinguish your bags easily from those of your roommates.

Target.com has this and other totes by Merona®, with prices starting at $16.99.

Summer is not over yet and if your summer is anything like mine, you’ve had a bag packed at all times for impromptu activities. This Merona® Print Tote has a zipper closure, which is great for the beach to help keep out sand and it’s also perfect for keeping everything in place during the times you’re hastily packing for a last-minute trip.

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Hip Hop Prodigy

Take a look at these skills.  This little one is AMAZING!

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Honest Abe Gets the Axe: No More Pennies

Mike’s Bikes in California has banned pennies from its stores.  Why?  Check out the sign.

Courtesy of reddit.com

What do you think?  Should they give Honest Abe the axe?

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Watch Milk Come Alive

This is a science experiment you have to try.

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