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5 Ways to Make Money in College

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The broke college kid is a cliche for a reason. If you’re on campus, chances are that your immediate needs are met. You have a dorm to sleep in and a meal plan. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need money. And while it might seem difficult to squeeze in some money-making between classes, it’s far from impossible.

These jobs might not let you avoid taking out student loans, but they’ll at least buy you a six pack this weekend and maybe let you have a little stashed away just in case.

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5 Lessons I Learned My Senior Year of College

5 Lessons I Learned my Year

My senior year of college started with a mix of excitement, sadness, and fear. I lived in an on-campus apartment with my best friend and the girls who would over the course of the year become my other best friends. I planned two major music recitals, one because it was required for my degree, the other because said best friend and I apparently decided we didn’t have enough work to do. And over the course of the year I developed the skills and strength to step off of campus and into a mature, adult life.

Who am I kidding with the last one?

Looking back, senior year really was one of the biggest years of my life. While I learned a ton over the course of college, it is the lessons I learned at the end of my time at Westfield State that really stuck with me.

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Move-In Day! The Giant List of Dorm Essentials You Really Don’t Want to Forget!

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It’s move-in time! You might be scanning your packed bags one last time or you might already be unpacking in your new dorm. Either way, here’s a big list of dorm essentials you’ll need for a successful year:

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Saturday Roundup: 8/20/16

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Marigold Ale launched nearly three weeks ago and I can’t believe everything that’s happened in that time. I’ve connected with so many great people, read everything I can find about blogging, and picked up a regular freelancing gig because of my blog.

My summer course finished up last night and I have a week until my fall course and final graduate elective begins, so I’m looking forward to a little time off to spend with my family and work on establishing Marigold Ale more.

So for this post, I figured I’d do a roundup of the past few weeks of things I’ve written, loved, and shared. So here are some links for your lazy Saturday afternoon. Enjoy!

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10 Tips for an Amazing First Semester

10 Tips for An Amazing First Semester

First semester of freshman year can be terrifying. You go from living at home with your family and the friends you’ve had since you were little to suddenly having to fend for yourself in an unfamiliar environment. My first day of college was blazing hot and I remember saying goodbye to my parents, sitting on my new bed, and just listening to the noise of the campus coming in through my dorm room window and open door. This was finally college, after years of dreaming about it.

Your first semester can really set the tone for your whole college career. Once the novelty of living in the dorms and going to class wears off, you’re still living in the dorms and going to class. So you need to find ways to stay focused and motivated through the term. These are ten tips to help you get off to an awesome start in college.

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7 Books You Should Read After College

7 Books You Should Read After College

I graduated from college five years ago, a fact I can’t always wrap my head around. That afternoon, I left my graduation ceremony and drove west on the Mass Pike toward the rural apartment I’d been gradually moving into over the past week. My first post-college job, counter help at the deli of a tiny grocery store, had absolutely nothing to do with my degree. I was living over a hundred miles away from my tight-knit family with no clue what I was going to do with the rest of my life. But it was time to sink or swim. In times like these, books can be a comfort. They can show you different ways of thinking about your circumstance, show you what might be coming, or just let you know you aren’t alone.

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Get Pumped: 5 Quick Tips to Jump Start Your Motivation

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Motivation is such a tricky thing. Even getting motivated to write this article is somewhat of a challenge. I love writing, but it’s hot in my apartment, my baby is teething, and I’ve got a final project and exam to get ready for this week. And I’m not exactly motivated for that last one either. Sometimes you need to do something to jump start your motivation. Here are a few ideas to help you get motivated for schoolwork or any other task in your life.

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5 Ways to Use Your Library (that You Might Not Know About)

5 Ways to Use Your Public Library (that You Might Not Know)

The public library. You may have gone there for story time as a kid, but haven’t set foot in one since. Or you may have spent some hours there in high school, scrambling for print sources for a research paper. You may even be a user now. If you’re in college or just out, you’re probably looking for ways to save what little money you have. and your local library can be such a huge resource in so many ways. So dig out your library card. Here are just a few tips to help you utilize your local library in ways you might not have ever considered.

(Note that availability and policies will be different from library to library. So check with your friendly local librarians if you have any questions.)

 

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6 Books You Should Read Before Your First Day of College

6 BOOKS YOU SHOULD READ BEFORE YOUR FIRST DAY OF COLLEGE

(Note: If this article looks familiar, it’s because it was previously posted when this site was www.booksinthepassengerseat.com. The site had a big of a meltdown mid-transition, so this article needed to be reposted.)

Looking at this list, I realize the main reason I didn’t read them before starting college was because none of them were actually published before 2007. Whoops. But here’s a list of eight books I wish I had read before I left for college and highly recommend incoming freshmen check out before arriving at the dorms. There’s a mix of fiction and non-fiction on here, so you should be able to find something either for the recent grad in your life or for yourself as you check your college to-do list one more time.

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10 Ideas to Perk Up Your Morning Routine

Ten Ideas to Perk Up Your Morning Routine

Some people are naturally morning people. I am not one of those people. In college, I stayed up late, woke up early, and lived on Red Bull. After college and working in food service and at evening library shifts for years, I was very much acclimated to staying up late and sleeping in late. But that all changed at the end of last year when my son was born. I suddenly had no choice but to get up at 5, 6am with him. And Red Bull just wasn’t as appealing as it used to be. I tried a number of things to make getting up so early a little easier. Some worked, some didn’t. I still have plenty of mornings where I stumble to the kitchen and try to put baby formula in the coffee maker.

Here are ten of the things that have worked for me. I don’t do all of them every single morning, but I try to squeeze in as many as possible. They’re all easy enough to adapt for dorm life as well.

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