1. Get Organized There is no worse feeling than not being able to find what you need when you’re in a hurry to get to class or social event. Find a place for everything and make sure everything is in that place. The time you spend organizing in the beginning will save you a lot of stress and hassle later. 2. Explore Campus This is always valuable, but especially so if you are an incoming freshman or new to the school. Freeing your mind from the worries of getting lost gives you more bandwidth to focus on your academic success. 3. Discover the resources your school has to offer Whether it’s a math lab, seminar, or health center, most schools offer many resources that you may not be aware of. Go forth, discover, and UTILIZE. 4. Connect with the Career Center Speaking of resources, one of particular value is the career center. This is a valuable resource that can help connect you to internships and employment opportunities related to your field of study. 5. Get a bank account with a bank in town If you’re attending school away from home, this will save you a lot of time in the long run. You'll save the stress of waiting for mailed checks and ATM fees, and get more experience managing your own finances. 6. Don’t pay full price for text books Seriously. There are many websites that rent books or offer used versions of the textbook for a lot less. Bigwords and Amazon are two great places to get started. Get the ISBN numbers from the books in your school's book store, then search for them online. It takes a little more work, but you could literally save thousands. 7. Get to know your professors This will be particularly beneficial if you run into a problem later in the semester and need help or a little extra understanding. I'm not suggesting you suck up and become the teacher's pet, but that you take the time to talk with and get to know your professors. Contrary to popular belief, they're people too. And they appreciate respect and friendship just as much as the next person. 8. Consider taking a public speaking class early on If public speaking "isn't your thing," even better. This will give you practice and the right tools to help you succeed with presentations and speeches throughout the rest of your college and professional career. 9. Find the best places to study Dorm rooms are hardly conducive to quiet, focused studying. Take some time to scope out a couple of great spots where you can focus and get work done. 10. Try out as many clubs as you can No, we're not talking night clubs. Getting involved on campus will make college more fun, helps to round you out, and encourages you to meet new people. Opposed to any of that? 11. Stay safe For women especially, be mindful of studying or working late and walking home alone. If you're studying late and don't feel comfortable walking back to your apartment, talk with a friend or classmate and see if you can walk together. Most campuses also offer a campus police number for requesting an officer if you'd prefer. 12. Pay attention in class With all the technology at our fingertips, it can be easy to get distracted during a lecture. If you find yourself surfing the web or texting your friends during class, consider turning off wi-fi, putting your phone on Do Not Disturb, or leaving both in your bag altogether. You're paying to be there, after all. Make sure you get your money's worth. 13. Fight procrastination As difficult as it can be to not put off every paper and project until the last second, you’ll feel much better being prepared. Make a timeline for your project and stick to the deadlines you set. While you may be able to get it done at the last minute, the stress and worry that accompanies procrastination detracts from your health, happiness, and focus for weeks before the due date. 14. Always back up your files ALWAYS. What's worse than a semester-long research paper? Losing that semester-long research paper a day before it's due. There are hundreds of services for backing up your files—check out this great article to get started. 15. Don’t drink too much caffeine It isn't great for you, and there are healthier ways to get energy such as exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining proper hydration. 16. Try not to pull all-nighters Sleep is crucial. If you prioritize your assignments in order to avoid procrastination, these all-nighters can be avoided too. 17. Schedule time for yourself Don’t stop doing the things you love. Make sure to schedule time for yourself. Life is meant to be enjoyed. 18. Always eat a healthy breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but we get that you don't always have time to cook an omelet. For those days, try breakfast in a BlenderBottle. 19. Don’t forget to exercise Ever heard of the “Freshman 15”? Don’t let it happen to you. Just because you’re in college now doesn’t mean it’s time to let your physical fitness suffer. Let those endorphins help you on your next exam. 20. Seek a healthy balance School, work, social life; you have to find a healthy balance that works for you. Don’t stretch yourself too far.
Every time summer gets here, we can’t wait to get our bucket list made that will include all our best adventures for the summer, trying out new things, and living life carefree. With less than 30 days left of summer, for most of us, now is the perfect time to fit in any last minute bucket list items you had! Summer ’17 has been all about time spent with family and friends, preparing ourselves for the upcoming school year, and doing things we never thought possible last summer. All in all, it has been one for the books! Time to go out with a bang! 1. Here are a few last minute bucket list items you can add to your impressive list- 2. Enjoy live music at your county or state fair 3. Cook everything on a grill & invite your friends over for a fun night 4. Take a nap in a hammock 5. Watch/catch the fireflies at dusk 6. Take a family (or friends) photo just because 7. Do a three-day technology detox (that means no social media!) 8. Read 3 books off the NYT best seller’s list 9. Fly a kite 10. Clean out your closet and declutter around the house 11. Take a trip to the zoo or aquarium 12. Attend a baseball game & splurge on the good seats 13. Dance in the rain instead of running inside to avoid it 14. Have an all-day Netflix move marathon 15. Volunteer locally For more bucket list items, take a look here https://www.pinterest.com/explore/summer-bucket-lists/?lp=true
Helpful Move-out Tips to Avoid Any Potential Charges
Jul 05, 2017
Moving can be very stressful so we wanted to provide you with a few tips to make move-out day a little easier. Things to do before the move • Go to usps.com to have your mail forwarded • Cancel or redirect any deliveries or subscriptions • Back up your files! You never know what can happen to your computer during a move • Check for any packages at the office • Transfer any utilities, cable, water, etc. if applicable • Arrange for movers or moving help • Eat any perishable food you have Cleaning the Apartment • Floors – Vacuum or sweep floors prior to checkout • Kitchen - Clean kitchen sink, faucet, cabinets and countertops. Don’t forget to clear off the top of kitchen cabinets! • Range and microwave - Clean all parts of the oven, range, and microwave, including exterior. • Refrigerator - Clean all parts of the refrigerator and freezer including exterior. After cleaning, leave refrigerator temperature setting on 1 and turn off the ice maker. • Closets, Cabinets, Drawers, Shelves and Backsplashes - Remove all shelf paper, contact paper and adhesive residue. • Bathroom – Clean toilet, bathtub, mirror, walls and floors. • Doors and walls - Remove all hooks, nails, stickers and tape. DO NOT PATCH NAIL HOLES—Patching may result in charges • Window areas - Remove all stickers and tape. Clean inside of windows including tracks. Remove any curtains installed. Dust blinds. • If your apartment is furnished, remove the cushions and vacuum out anything that may have fallen during your stay. • All trash/ trash bags must be disposed of in the proper receptacle. Any trash left in the apartment or in the hallway is subject to a fine. What To Donate • Non-perishable food • Clothes/shoes • Accessories • School/office/art supplies • Linens/towels • Pillows/mattress toppers • Housewares • Sporting equipment • Working/non-working electronics and small appliances What Not To Donate • Cleaning products • Used toiletries • Food - open, expired, or perishable • Anything badly stained, soiled, worn, torn, broken or missing parts And finally… • Turn in your keys to staff. Failure to return all keys will result in a charge to re-core locks. • Provide a forwarding address