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As a kid, “Back to School” was a cringe-worthy, shudder-inducing time of year. It meant less time to play outside, the end of trips to the swimming pool, and back to tests and homework. Once you reach college, however, “Back to School” becomes an exciting start to a new chapter! There are new professors to learn from, new floor mates to hang out with, and tons of new activities going on on campus. Be prepared for everything that comes your way with our handy Back to School Checklist! From ordering your books to planning out your dorm set-up, there is a lot to get done before classes start. However, it doesn’t have to be stressful! Plan ahead and you’ll have nothing left to do except be excited. Let’s get started with Step 1…
1. Order Your Books – This goes without saying. However, how your order your books can be important. Browse your bookstore website to find out which textbook options fit your needs. Looking to shop on a budget? Save big by renting used textbooks (yes, you can write & highlight in them!). Thinking of going digital? Check for eTextbook options.
Have everything all set before you even set foot on campus. Choose to order online and pick up on campus – the bookstore staff will have everything put together for you when you arrive! Now that is convenient.
2. Map Out Your Schedule – Few things feel more awkward than showing up to class on your first day…late. Save the grand entrance for another time and map out your schedule beforehand. After all, you want a good seat don’t you?
3. Get Your Finances in Order – No, we’re not saying you have to start investing heavily in the stock market or start researching mortgage rates. Simply find a way to manage your own budget in a way that works for you.
We are big fans of the app GoBank (And also, just so you know, GoBank is a business partner of Barnes & Noble College!). You check your balance without logging in, pay your cable bill or rent, send and receive money to and from friends and family all from your cell phone. It makes managing your money easier than ever. Members are free to choose what they want to pay for their monthly membership fee, anywhere from $0-$9. They’ll receive the same features, no matter what.
So maybe planning out every inch of your new dorm is a bit excessive, but it helps to plan out the general set-up of your room before you get to campus. Check your school’s website for dimensions or room layouts. If your room looks small or oddly shaped, it might be worth it to leave some of your extra stuff at home.
Check your bookstore website for their dorm collection! There you’ll find tons of supplies, electronics, and accessories all perfect for sprucing up a barren dormitory.
Reach out to your roommate and coordinate who will bring what. One of you might already have something, so there is no need for the other to go out and buy it. Work together to make your shared space as enjoyable as possible.
Two years ago we posted an article about how important it is to protect all of the technology you’re toting around. Laptops, cell phones, tablets…these items cost a lot of money and it’s important to treat them properly. Sites like Society 6 offer tons of awesome cases and skins, so pro-tech-t your tech in style!
We’re all guilty of the same packing method. You know – throw everything into a suitcase and hope you can squish it until it fits. Packing this way, however, often leads to extra items you don’t need and the inevitable face-palm upon realizing all of things you do need…but forgot. Beyond that, the disorganization leads to a seemingly endless unpacking session with half of your time spent searching through the bottomless pile.
When it comes to your clothes, pack like-items together (ex – jeans, tees, socks) and put heavier items (like shoes or coats) toward the bottom of your suitcase. Try rolling your shirts tightly together in order to fit as many as possible.
You also might consider grouping everything you need into categories – bedding, desk & school supplies, decorations, etc. That way you can unpack swiftly and correctly…and spend more time catching up with friends.
Really! It’s not a bad idea to think about the big picture. Is there anything specific you want to accomplish this semester? It could be academic – getting an A in Organic Chemistry. Or maybe you were thinking on a more personal level – expanding your group of friends. Whatever your goals may be, make sure they reflect what you want to get out of the new semester. Figure out how you can work towards your goals each day.
Looking for even more tips? Check out our Back to School Survival Guide!
When you only have 15 minutes until your next class but realize you have to fold your freshly dried laundry before it wrinkles, what do you do? You probably just bunch it together, throw it in the drawer, and let everything get wrinkled (again). I found this great video on YouTube that teaches you how to fold your shirts in 2 SECONDS! This video will help you save so much time and avoided the dreaded need to iron your clothes!
Find the video here!
Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus
At first glance, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter seems to be like any other cliché love story. But if you keep reading, the complexities begin appearing and, suddenly, you’re weaving in and out of time periods, discovering new sides to a never-complete story, and maneuvering unexpected twist after twist.
Unlike most novels of our time, this one digs in every raw emotion possible: exuberance, seething anger, frustration, anticipation, love, hate, and those that can’t be captured by a simple adjective.
Beautiful Ruins chronologically begins in 1962 with the filming of the 20th Century Fox film Cleopatra and revolves around the story of an unlikely pair: Pasquale, an Italian teenager, and Dee Moray, a stunning, aspiring American actress who stops by his village during the filming for Cleopatra. The novel hops back and forth to “recently” (which I just assume to be 2012), where we follow the adventures of a much-aged Pasquale, Michael Deane, a member of Cleopatra’s production staff turned famous movie director, Claire, Deane’s assistant, Shane, an aspiring Hollywood writer, and Dee. This relatively short novel is a whirlwind of plot and emotion, making it a summer read that’s not to be missed.
Written by Guest Blogger, Katherine Chang
GoBank, the bank used by designers on this season’s Project Runway , is a bank account designed to be opened and used on your mobile phone. You can download the free app to your Android or iPhone, sign up, then do all of the normal banking activities you’re used to (and a few you’re not). You’ll never have to step foot into a bank branch again.
Check your balance without logging in, pay your cable bill or rent, send and receive money to and from friends and fam—you can do it all on the app. Want to pull out cash? No need to log in, just tap on the ATM Finder, and it will list all the free ATMs around you. There are over 42,000 scattered over the U.S. (Ahem, that’s about twice as many as Chase and Bank of America according to info from their websites.) Another bonus? No overdraft fees.
You can use your GoBank debit card to make purchases. Choose their standard card for free, or design your own for $9 with a photo from your phone, computer or Facebook. Right now, if you head into your campus’ Barnes and Noble bookstore before July 31, you can pick up a GoBank info packet, along with a promo code for a free photo debit card. Or, just use the code below. Check out all of their Simple Fees at GoBank.com/NoWorries.
GoBank offers a little extra flavor when it comes to money management. Members are free to choose what they want to pay for their monthly membership fee, anywhere from $0-$9. They’ll receive the same features, no matter what.
GoBankers can also build a budget to better understand their money situation, then ask the Fortune Teller if they can afford it. The Fortune Teller is an animated dog named Professor Dog, who exists in real life as the CEO’s favorite pet. You can view Professor Dog, affectionately nicknamed “PD”, on GoBank’s Instagram account.
All my friends have been asking me if I have ever had Stuffed French Toast. Every time I tell them I haven’t, they go on (and on…and on) for 30 minutes about how I have to try it someday. This past weekend, I took the plunge – I got stuffed French toast with chocolate and strawberries and it was the best breakfast I have ever had.
Walking out of the restaurant, I couldn’t help but wonder, “how many calories did I just eat?” Well, I found a healthy solution on the Food Network, which is just as delicious! This recipe is only 270 calories and only takes 23 minutes to make! The combination of rich chocolate and sweet strawberries is nothing short of delectable!
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups nonfat milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 8 slices of whole-wheat sandwich bread, crusts removed
- 1 (8-ounce) container strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 4 teaspoons bittersweet chocolate chips
- Cooking spray
- 2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Set aside.
2. Place 1 tablespoon of ricotta in the center of 4 of the pieces of bread and spread around slightly. Top with about 6 slices of strawberries and a teaspoon of chocolate chips. Cover each with another piece of bread to make a “sandwich”.
3. Spray a large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray and preheat. Carefully dip each of the “sandwiches” into the egg mixture until completely moistened. Then place on the skillet and cook over a medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until the outside is golden brown and the center is warm and chocolate is melted.
4. Transfer to serving places. Top with remaining strawberries and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
Need more help? Check out the video!
Please let us know how your Delicious Chocolate and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast came out!
Written by Guest Blogger, Myles Marcus
A t-shirt & a living wage. A hat & help for veterans. It’s amazing how simple, everyday items can inspire & change the world– for good. Read More.
As you read this blog, people all over the world, all over the country, and even in your community, are in need. We know you are passionate about causes that benefit others and want to improve today’s way of life for all. It’s important to you to give back– and it’s important to your college bookstore.
You most likely walk into the bookstore, find the t-shirt, sweatshirt or tailgate gear for game day, purchase, and head off to cheer on your team. Unbeknownst to you, depending on the items you chose, you just changed a life.
At the college bookstore, we carry products and sell many items that have great causes associated with the brand. Alta Gracia apparel pays its workers in the Dominican Republic a living wage, allowing families to obtain housing, access to health care and education for their children. Operation Hat Trick gives back a percentage of proceeds to aid our servicemen and women, and veterans. League Collegiate Outfitters works to rehabilitate and employ ex-gang members in Central America. Barnes & Noble College, too, helps those in need, donating $100,000 to Habitat for Humanity, Intl., supporting their work to provide everyone with decent and affordable housing.
Surprised by all of this good? There’s even more.
There are many more products sold in stores nationwide, which have moving causes and ties, but how can you make the powerful decision to purchase an empowering product? We want to make it easy. So, we’re helping to call out the products which are an item…&…a cause. Just look for the “&” logo on signs in store this Fall. These signs will help you distinguish these brands in store. Plus, soon, you will also be able to log on to your bookstore website to learn more about each brand and their helpful messages.
We are inspired by all of the great work students do on campus to help their communities and now we are giving you an easy and simple way to shop & inspire.
Most of the time I feel as though I’m too busy to read, but sometimes I’m able to set aside a block of time dedicated to reading a good book. I’m a sucker for young-adult fiction and this novel by John Green has to be one of my all-time favorites. Once I picked this up, I just couldn’t put it down.
This novel follows the main character, Miles “Pudge” Halter as he leaves his home in Florida to attend his junior year at a boarding school in Alabama. His new roommate, Chip “The Colonel” Martin, introduces Miles to his friend Alaska Young and the rest is really history. Alaska is a dark and mysterious girl with a wild passion for life, but is also unafraid of death. You follow Miles on his journey to falling in love with someone who he can’t even begin to understand. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll find yourself getting frustrated and angry, but you won’t be able to stop reading. Green is able to connect you to these characters in a way that makes them feel like your own friends. It’s darkly romantic but also tragic.
John Green is an incredibly talented author and this is the book that started my obsession. This is one book that I highly recommend you read this summer.
Have you read Looking For Alaska? What did you think?
Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach
What You’ll Need:Lace doilies A balloon Mod Podge A foam brush Cleaning supplies A LOT of patience
What You’ll Do:
Step One: Blow up your balloon. After, soak your doilies in the Mod Podge. And really, really soak it in.
At this point, you probably don’t have enough Mod Podge on your doilies, and they aren’t sticking to each other or to the balloon. But fear not! The next part is very messy, but it keeps everything down.
Step Three: Take your foam brush and drench the entire surface with more Mod Podge. Keep adding Mod Podge until you can’t see the balloon.
Step Four: Find someplace to let the balloon dry. The DIY suggested hanging it from a lamp, but since all the lights here at BNCollege are in the ceiling, I made a little stand from a paper plate (time to get creative!).
Check back for more Pintern Summer Challenges coming your way this summer! Have any project ideas for us? Facebook or Tweet us using the hashtag #PinternChallenge!
Are you an art major with a concentration in photography? Do you just enjoy taking photos on the weekends? This next program is something you will definitely want to check out.
Photographic novices and professionals both have one goal in common: producing great photos. Adobe ® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5 is there to help all photography lovers do exactly that. Lightroom® takes all aspects of digital photography and makes them easier and faster. Use amazingly simple adjustments and a wide range of controls to perfect every shot you take. Share your favorites on any of your social networks or really show them off with the improved photo book creation.
What We Love:
- We’re big fans of the way the Lightroom® workspace is set up – divided into seven modules, each focusing on a specific part of the photographic process. Start in the Library where you can manage and organize all photos in your catalog. End in the Web section where you can create online photo galleries that feature thumbnail images that link to larger visions of your pictures.
- The improved photo book creation features let you create stunning books from all of the images you capture. You can choose from a variety of templates and edit each to create a look that’s totally yours. With just a few clicks of the mouse, your book is uploaded and ready to print.