Quilling

Although we found this on Odditycentral.com, quilling isn’t so much “odd” as it is intricate and beautiful.

Quilling is the art of turning strips of paper into ornate works of art.  I don’t think I would have the patience to do this (or the talent) but for those who do, give it a try!

How cool is this?

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Campus Obsessions

Each year, the trends (or obsessions!) change drastically! For example, freshmen year we just had to have a Vera Bradley backpack (and accessories…available at many on-campus bookstores) and this year there are simply more important things for a college student to rock (like American Apparel V-necks, eye-popping scarves and feathers in our hair.)  Trends aren’t just for apparel, though.

Everyone got Twitter accounts last year, and this year we are tweeting up a storm! With Twitter we all feel like celebrities. We tweet anything and everything, even to-the-minute details like if we flossed, or forgot to, and people actually read it.

Even though followers can’t see you tweeting, it’s still important to look good going to class. Let it be known that I am a boot junkie and not ashamed of it! You can spice up any outfit with a great pair of boots. We love rain boots in bright colors to make rainy days a little more fun.  They work really well in the snow too if you put those fuzzy insert things in them… (I don’t know what they’re called!) If you have unlimited access to your parents’ funds then go with Hunters, otherwise many on-campus bookstores have great rain boot options! And for those beautiful fall days without snow or rain, who wouldn’t love to wear Tory Burch boots? Actually, who wouldn’t love anything Tory Burch to take you from ordinary student to glamorous fraternity socialite?

Sometimes being fraternity socialites just isn’t enough for us though, and we crave a little more entertainment. When we do, there is nothing more fun than to hunker down in our Victoria’s Secret PINK campus sweats with a large popcorn and watch those housewives! Our obsession with housewives started with Desperate Housewives but now it has expanded to the Real Housewives (Real Housewives of Orange County, Real Housewives of New York City, etc.). We love hearing about their juicy drama and plastic surgeries gone wrong. They have everything money can buy (and more), and though we would NOT want to be them, we do love to take a break from our own reality and live vicariously through them!

Unlike the Housewives with nothing to do but socialize and shop, being college students we have insane schedules. We stay up all night socializing and then up all day studying. So, having a good caffeine source is a must. Starbucks is always a good option, but this year we have a new coffee obsession. We love iced lattes in those cute little glass bottles.

Jump on board with these obsessions and find out why we love them so much!

~Natalie B., Indiana University Fashionista

 

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Wow Your Professor: Infographic

In the age of rapid information and social media, it’s becoming more and more difficult to hold and audience’s attention, whether your classmates or even your professor!  Enter: The Infographic.

An infographic is just what its name implies. It is a way to visually represent information using graphics and design; a marriage of both sides of the brain to engage all types of individuals.

When that next research project or class presentation comes around, don’t just tell your reader stats and figures…SHOW them!  Have some cool stats and design know-how, then give it a try!  It’s a great way to help others really digest the information and metrics at hand.

Here are some great infographics that I have shared with friends and a ‘How to’ resource.

Infographics:

http://on.mash.to/gMZ29z
http://on.mash.to/rdq2rS
http://bit.ly/oGYqZ2

How to Resource:

http://bit.ly/p51jDH

~Ryan Z., DePaul, The Next Infographic Superstar

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Freaky Friday: Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut is home to Yale, one of the country’s top universities. It came as no surprise that a school of this stature should have a few spooky stories, and this one is unlike any we have found so far! Open your mind to this spooky tale from Yale.

Harkness Memorial Dormitory
Rumors of a collection of preserved human brains had circulated the medical school at Yale for decades, yet no one had ever seen anything to confirm their existence. In 1996, a medical student named Christopher Wall had heard the rumors and took it upon himself to put them to rest – one way or another. A resident of the Harkness Memorial Dormitory, Wall set off to uncover the collection, starting with the place where the rumors claimed the collection dwelled. Though he did not have permission to conduct his search or poke around in the basement, he plundered on in hopes of finding what most believed only to be a tall tale. It was in the subbasement of Harkness Memorial that he found what he was looking for: a vast collection of hundreds of human brains, preserved in jars of formaldehyde.

At long last, the mystery was solved and the rumors proved to be true.

The brains had once been the subject of research of Dr. Harvey Cushing, a leading neurosurgeon in the early 1900s. His collection also included photos of patients and the physical symptoms they endured from a variety of conditions. Dr. Cushing’s work helped reduce infection while operating on the brain by improving sterilization procedures, which resulted in lower death rates among brain surgery patients.

Do you know of other spooky stories at Yale? Are there ghosts on campus that we may have missed? Share your stories with us in the comments below for a chance to see the featured here!

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Thanksgiving à la College

Having the opportunity to attend college is definitely something to be thankful for. So why not celebrate with a potluck feast within the comfort of your own dorm! All you need is a microwave, some friends, and a little creativity. Keep reading for some helpful hints and ideas.

Turkey:

Cooking a full turkey in the oven is not only difficult, but time-consuming and many dorms don’t have ovens. Instead, try picking up a pre-cooked chicken from a local super market. It’s cheaper, faster, and just as delicious.

In the Microwave:

–          Believe it or not, you can make both stuffing and mashed potatoes right in the microwave! Boxed mashed potatoes and pre-made stuffing often come with microwave instructions on the back but if you’re feeling adventurous, try out this recipe from Food.com that uses real potatoes.

–          Gravy and other sauces can also be warmed up right in your dorm-room microwave. Follow the instructions on the jar and then serve in bowls or Tupperware so they are easy to access.

Ready-to-Serve:

–          In my opinion, canned cranberry sauce has always tasted just as good as homemade so get out your can-opener and serve this Thanksgiving staple in a plastic dish or bowl (to avoid any mess).

–          Supermarkets often have pre-made cornbread – especially around the holidays. Cut it into slices and serve with a side of butter.

–          A jug of apple cider is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your Thanksgiving dinner. Have all your friends bring their own cups to drink out of!

Don’t have a means of transportation to the supermarket? Get creative! Enlist all your floor-mates and serve up all the food you have. It’s also a great way to clean out your fridge before break.

Share any other tips or ideas you have with us…we will definitely be THANKful!

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How To: Make a To-Do List

Making a to-do list is a great way to organize all the tasks you need to accomplish by a certain date. This can be a great tool to use when you want to relieve stress during midterms and finals. Here are some tips for making an effective to-do list:

1. Write Down Everything- Take a blank piece of paper and write down everything that comes to mind that you need to accomplish in the next day.  Look through any syllabi, an agenda, cell phone calendar and compile a list of every task and any separate steps that need to be taken to completely finish an item that is due.

2. Prioritize- Take that overwhelming list and assign a priority to each task, in order to organize the list from high priority, something that needs to be done right away, to low priority, this is something that can be postponed or is a task that an item higher on the list needs to be completed before it can be worked on.

3. Tackle Tasks- Start knocking items off your list throughout the day. The key to completing and having the satisfaction of crossing the task off the to-do list is to not take breaks during the task until it is done. When taking a break during the day, take them between each task and not during.

Always remember if a task on the list was not reached during the day, don’t stress about it, there are only 24 hours in a day. Since lower priority items are at the bottom, they can just be placed on the to-do list for the next day. Hopefully these tips are helpful in making a successful to-do list and ultimately make life a little bit less stressful.

~ Chelsea M., RIT, To-Do List Queen

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Rutgers: RU, Rah Rah!

Grease trucks, Medium, Old Raritan, Ray Rice, RU rah rah, — sounds like a cluster of unrelated words, right? To most the answer is yes, but to a Rutgers student it is just part of their everyday vernacular.  Here’s a look at the life of a Rutgers student.

Football

  • RU rah rah, RU rah rah—a chant that can be heard throughout all of New Brunswick come game day. Throwing on a red shirt to cheer for the scarlet knights are some of the best days.
  • Number 1 in the Big East? – That may be wishful thinking for Rutgers fans. Number 1 fans in the Big East? – That is almost fact.
  • All avid players of fantasy football know Ray Rice is almost a guarantee for big points, and those with him on their team can thank Rutgers for that. He is one of our homegrown and one of our most prized former players. Giants, Jets and Eagles fans all have a hard time rooting against the Ravens around here.

Going back to an oldie, but a goodie

  • Founded in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth oldest college in the United States, in fact it’s older than the United States—Whoa!
  • Founded on the banks of the old Raritan (what the old alumni like to call it) Rutgers is actually where the first intercollegiate football game was played against Princeton.
  • Speaking of ivy league schools, Rutgers students take pride in the fact our school declined an ivy league invitation; TWICE

Fun

That random cluster of words doesn’t seem so random now does it?

~ Lauren C., Supreme Scarlet Knight

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Freaky Friday: University of Colorado at Boulder

This week’s ghost adventure comes to us from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Determined to create a spoof of the SyFy tv show Ghost Hunters, a group of students took on the project of filming a faux ghost hunt on their school’s campus. Did their pretend search turn up a few campus ghosts? Find out by watching the video clip below!

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Freaky Friday: Ball State University
Freaky Friday: University of Tampa
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Freaky Friday: University of South Carolina
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The College Bucket List

My degree is within reach. In a few short months I will be graduating. It is amazing how quickly our college years pass – often we don’t take a moment to reflect on all the things we wish to do during our college days. I would encourage EVERY student to write their very own college bucket list. Whether you’re just beginning your journey or near the finish line, it isn’t too late to begin crossing off items on your list. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

1. Live on campus
Living on campus is an excellent way to connect with peers and establish friends. When busy with classes and work, the convenience of living on campus saves you valuable time and avoids additional stressors. RAs are a great resource who can become peer mentors, too.

2. Explore your college town
The “Class and Dash” syndrome must be avoided! Your university has strong ties with its location – begin to explore and understand your new academic home and get to know the area like a local! Visit bars and restaurants with friends. Study in a neighboring coffee shop or park. There may be many surprises to discover in your college city.

3. Go Greek (or at least check it out!)
Greek Life is worth investigating. Greek organizations extend beyond the realm of friendship and social activities; Greek life offers other advantages such as providing career networking, supporting philanthropic endeavors, encouraging leadership and academic growth, and more. There is a vast array of sororities and fraternities: social, multicultural, honor, professional, or philanthropic. Perhaps one will fit for you!

4. Attend sporting events
Nothing says school spirit like adorning yourself in school colors, grabbing a group of friends, and cheering on the home team at your favorite sporting event. Look into different sports – perhaps the fencing team could use a bigger crowd of fans! Make a point to support your athletic peers.

5. Study Abroad
Ever dreamed of traveling? There are study abroad programs that can match any students’ preferences. Some programs could last a year, a semester, a few weeks in the summer, or over spring break. You can select a program based upon location, field of study, service learning, or cultural emergence. This is an experience that will change your life. Dive in.

6. Become a leader
It is highly encouraged for students to “get involved” on campus. Take it a step further and be a leader! Campaign for a cause. Begin a student organization. Run for office. Hold a position. Be inventive in your role. Show initiative in your campus involvement. Demonstrating leadership ability will help you develop skills that will be attractive to future employers.

7. Apply for scholarships
The expenses of college can be a huge financial burden for students. Constantly be aware of scholarship opportunities in your program of study or organizations that support your field. If you do receive a scholarship, always follow up with letters of gratitude and notes on holidays.

Tell us: What’s on your college bucket list?

~Amanda C., Wayne State, Guest Blogger

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Happiest Playlist Ever

Listen to this playlist and you’re sure to wear a smile for the rest of the day. These tracks are a nice pick-me-up after a draining day of studying.

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