Staying Inspired During College

With readings, exams, and extra curricular activities on your plate, it is very common to feel overwhelmed and exhausted by all of the work that we have to do.  Especially during freshman year, when students are still adjusting, it is difficult to stay calm in moments of distress.  Don’t worry though; I have some great tips for you to keep you inspired and feeling strong when things get hard at school.

Number one; create an inspiration board and paste it on your dorm room wall, ceiling, computer background, or anywhere else you feel that you will see it most.  On your board, make sure to include a variety of pictures and phrases that emit positivity and your vision of happiness and success.  For example, put some pictures of you and your friends smiling and laughing together, a picture of a career you may want to have one day, your favorite animal, etc.  This may seem like a silly idea, but seeing these images around you on a daily basis will serve as inspiration for you to work harder in everything that you do and remember what it is that you are working for.  Also, during those times of crisis, such as finals week, you will be able to stay strong, knowing that all of the things you love and want to have are on their way if you keep working hard.

Number two; make it a part of your college life to – every so often – go to a new place or interact with new people.  It is so easy to get stuck in a routine and feel uninspired, which can make our crises seem even worse.  It is important that, as college students, we try new things…clubs, food, talking to new people even when we feel very shy, etc.  These new opportunities will keep us inspired and in a better mood so that when crises strike, we will know how to handle them head on!

Number three; what better way to calm a crisis than to avoid one in the first place? A great way to prevent crises from happening is to keep yourself in enough of routine.  Your day does not need to be 100% scheduled, but it is important to keep yourself somewhat structured and organized so that you can get a good amount of work done each day without saving it all for the last minute, which could cause a lot of potential stress.

School can definitely be a bit stressful sometimes, but it is important to remember to remain calm and inspired through these difficult moments.  Live your college life with inspiration, structure, and goals, and you will be sure to have less stress and crises in your life.  Good luck!

Written by Guest Blogger, Ilana S. of Rutgers University

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Shop & Inspire at the College Bookstore

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.

Barnes & Noble College cause logo

Starting this Fall, look for this logo on signs around the store. It will help you determine products and brands that benefit causes.

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.

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Helping Others in a Time of Need

The massive tornado that hit Central Oklahoma in recent weeks was devastating, even to an area that is accustomed to natural disasters. You might be wondering how you can help out, and NBC has compiled a list of many organizations that could use your help!

Here’s a snippet of some of the organizations mentioned in the article, but be sure to check out the full list for more ways to help out or donate:

American Red Cross: One of the easiest ways to give is to give blood to your local hospital or blood bank. Alternatively, you can easily donate $10 to the Disaster Relief fund by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma: To donate $10, text FOOD to 32333, or go online to their website for more options.

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is sending mobile kitchens to help feed families, and to donate, you can go online or text STORM to 80888.

AmeriCares: This nonprofit is providing medical assistance to survivors. You can donate online, or text LIVE to 25383.

It is in times like this that we realize the goodness in people’s hearts as many reach out to help loved ones and total strangers alike. Here are nine inspirational stories from Mashable to help remind you of the silver lining.

Written by Guest Blogger, Katherine Chang

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