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10 Student-Inspired Valentines

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Oh, Valentine’s Day.

Whether you take it seriously or not, it’s going to be all around you on campus – seriously, you’re not going to be able to avoid it if you plan on leaving home.

Lover will be everywhere, gazing into each other’s eyes, like lovesick puppies.

Which is cool, if you’re into that. But, if you’re not, it can be a little much.

Alas, we must appeal to the masses.

Therefore, in honor of this day of love, and to help you celebrate the date, we’ve created some fun student-inspired valentines for different personality types.

Show someone you care this Valentine’s Day, whether it’s someone you’re crushing on, dating, a friend in class or your best bud.

You’re sure to find a card to suit you – or a romantic recipient – from the many options below.

Feel free to print out and give to your loved (or liked) one or to share on social media – the world is your oyster!

Also, don’t forget to check out our Valentine’s Day-themed scholarships to celebrate the occasion!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out our ten student-inspired valentines to share with

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Top 10 Places for Students to Give Back

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Searching for meaning in the season of giving? If you want to give back, there are plenty of opportunities to do so.

Volunteering can be as easy—and enjoyable—as pie if you seek out the right opportunities.

Are you a people person? The next Top Chef? Whatever your strengths, put them to good use this holiday season by sharing them with those in need, making a difference in the meantime.

Check out our suggestions of places always in need of you do-gooders:

  1. Homeless Shelters are in constant need of volunteers, especially during the holiday season. It may be through meal service assistance or, even, as a visitor to lend an ear to someone who may be suffering and deliver some needed conversation and companionship.
  2. Soup Kitchens are always looking for onsite volunteers for set-up and clean-up, cooks and, of course, people to provide a warm atmosphere that will allow the homeless to have a Thanksgiving meal that can enjoy with the dignity and respect they deserve.
  3. A Food Bank needs help organizing donation drives, collecting and assembling collected items for food bag or box donations for those in
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Planning Your High School Graduation Party

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If you’re a senior, there comes a point in the year that everyone starts talking about graduation: announcements and parties, senior trips, grad night and everything else exciting that comes along with the end of senior year.

But, amidst all of the excitement, there’s a bit of a down side: graduation parties are often expensive, especially if you’re like me and have to host somewhere other than your house.

The good news is they don’t need to be!

Here is your guide to making your graduation party both fun and affordable:

1. Find a Venue

At first, it may seem amazing to have a grad party at a well-known spot, but there are tons of other options. Think about places that would be great for hosting any kind of event.

Consider the size of the party and whether or not you’d prefer to have it outdoors or inside? For example, if you’re looking for the great outdoors, how about a local golf course?

Keep in mind that you’re looking for an atmosphere where people will be able to sit down, too. Work on brainstorming and researching places with banquet rooms, halls

Top 10 Party Schools of 2015 2016

Whether you hate to love or love to hate it, you cannot help but keep your eyes peeled each year to find out which schools made the cut for the Princeton Review’s Party Schools 2015-2016.

The long awaited top party schools list is out and while many students will immediately rush to submit their applications to the schools that party the most, others are turned off at the mere mention of the college party scene.

Whichever end of the spectrum your personality lands under, it’s important to remember that there’s much more than meets the eye (or ranking) at each of these schools.

So, as we count down the top ten of the Princeton Review’s Party Schools, we’ll also take an in-depth look at what these schools have to offer other than a great toga party.

10. Colgate University – Hamilton, NY

The 2,890 undergraduate students in attendance at Colgate University must be doing something right. Not only is the school ranked #10 on the “Party Schools” list, but the school is also known for its “very rigorous academic curriculum.” In fact, 44 percent of admitted students have a 3.75 GPA or higher!

It sounds like these students know how to work – and

Perks of a College

When you hear the word “college,” you don’t exactly think of luxurious amenities. Rather, you think of cramped dorms, bad food and outdated study nooks in the library. However, there are a host of conveniences that you may be overlooking, whether you’re in college already or just looking. Don’t miss out on these benefits.

The Fitness Center

Most colleges and universities these days require state-of-the-art fitness centers in order to compete with other schools for prospective students. These fitness centers include everything from Olympic-size swimming pools to the latest in treadmill and elliptical technology. Technically, you’re paying for this perk through your tuition and fees so you might as well use it. With this kind of access, you can run, lift and play basketball at all hours.

Health and Counseling Services

Also included in your student fees is the right to use health and counseling services offered by your school. Health services on college campuses offer check-ups, prescriptions and refills as well as vaccinations, like the flu shot. Additionally, you can meet with a professional counselor anytime you need to, whether you’re tackling big issues like depression or momentary panic attacks about your job search after college. Given that you’ll have to pay quite

Party Excess

College is an exciting time, filled with new experiences and learning opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Many students look forward to the first time away from the gaze of the parental eye, ready to explore a bright new world. Some are returning back to school; ready to reunite with friends they haven’t seen for months.

It’s college – and welcome week, for many, is a rite of passage that includes partying until the sun comes up.

Welcome week isn’t exclusive to a certain age or year in college. It’s just an example of a time in college where all party animals are, well, welcome.

If you’re not familiar with the term, welcome week is the time when students have arrived for the semester but courses have not started yet. As they saying goes, idle hands are the devil’s playground.

Don’t get us wrong –there’s nothing wrong with having fun with friends – in fact; it’s wonderful to have a healthy social life. Keyword: healthy.

Some students, however, discover that the new world can be far darker than they realized. It’s when healthy social activities and parties turn a dark corner that students and parents, alike, need to be aware of – and it

6 Fun and Exciting Summer Camps for Adults

Hoping to capture some of that summer nostalgia from when you were a kid? Look no further than adult summer camps.

They offer everything you valued as a child, plus booze (well, many do).

Attending any of these summer camps for adults are sure to bring back fond memories of summertime from your childhood and offer a great time for you and your pals.

Plus, with so much to do, there’s something for everyone!

Check out these six fun and exciting summer camps for adults:

1. Camp No Counselors

Locations: Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles, New York

Join in on the nostalgia with your friends! Typical campers range anywhere from 24-40 years of age.

The camp offers typical camp sports, games and activities.

The camp’s price includes three nights of lodging and accommodations, open bar all weekend, theme parties, meals, snacks and s’mores and all camp activities.

2. Club Getaway

Location: Connecticut

Located in Connecticut, Club Getaway offers fun sports, adventure and creative camp packages so you can tailor you camp experience to be exactly what you’d like.

We recommend looking into the weekend for young professionals, which is a weekend filled-with activities such as beer pong, flip cup, beer garden karaoke and mingling with other 20- and 30-somethings.

3. Camp Grounded

Locations: California, North Carolina

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Pros and Cons of Friends as Roommates

Let’s debate: should friends room together in college? This is an issue which can be especially relevant to incoming freshman when they are forced to decide upon a roommate. There are solid arguments to both sides.

So, let’s analyze the pros and cons of rooming with a buddy. It’s up to you to determine which side you agree with most and what’s best, given your particular situation.

Pro: You already know each other

There’s no awkward stepping-on-eggshells period, since you two are already buddies.

Con: You could get stuck in high school

The whole point of college is to meet new people, gain new experiences and broaden your horizons. While it may be comforting having a friend by your side, you don’t want to hold yourself back from making new friends and having new experiences. It’s great to keep in touch with the high school gang, but make sure you’re trying to gain new friends, too.

Pro: You can plan your room together

Who doesn’t want to have an awesome pad? If you already know the person you’re rooming with, it makes planning out your tricked out dorm room that much easier.

Con: A great friend doesn’t always equal a great roommate

Just because you’re great friends, doesn’t mean

12 Summer Bucket List Ideas for College and Grad Students

Even though your summer may be occupied with summer school, a job or an internship, it’s important to take time to enjoy your summer break, too.

There’s so much fun to be had during the summer months and you don’t want to miss out on all of the memories and experiences that come along with it!

Check out these summer bucket list ideas for college students, which will help you make the most of your summer break:

1. Go to concerts

Summer is the perfect time to get together with friends and go to a concert or outdoor music festival. Extra points if you need to take a road trip with friends to get there!

2. Plan a stay-cation

Maybe you don’t have the funds to take a luxurious summer vacation but why not substitute a staycation in its place? See the sights your area has to offer by becoming a tourist for the day – it’s probably been ages since you’ve experienced them!

3. Relax on a beach

Whether you’re need an ocean, a lake or need to go to a pool, there’s nothing like relaxing on a hot day next to a body of water while soaking up some summer rays.

4. Read some classics

Catch up on

A New Semesters Game Plan

Start the school year off on the right foot. How, you ask?

There are plenty of ways to ensure you’ll have the best chances of staying focused and on top of your academic game. You just need to implement them.

Think of the following as a game plan for starting ahead:

Get Acquainted

Meet your TAs and professors as early as possible. Go to their office hours and give yourself a friendly introduction.

That way, you’ll be familiar with them should you need help and you’ll be more than just a name on papers to grade.

Once you become a face behind the name, they’ll likely notice if you’re not in class which holds you accountable for skipping, so you’re much less likely to make a habit of doing so (not that you ever would).

Make New Friends

Your classmates are a great resource! Aside from the usual social reasons, it’s a great idea to make friends with them for academic purposes, too.

It’s not as hard as you think. If they’re in your class, you’ve already got something in common with them.

What if you’re super sick one day and miss class? Having a friend that you can borrow notes from is helpful. The same goes with studying –

Future College Roommates and Facebook

Incoming college freshman, understandably nervous about their future living arrangements, learn their roommate assignments and promptly log on their Facebook accounts to investigate their future roommates.

Upon finding information they find favorable or, perhaps even, unfavorable, they began to immediately build friendships or put in for roommate changes, often without even meeting the assigned roommate.

Weeding Out via Social Media: Useful or Damaging?

While this may seem like a useful tool, it actually defeats the purpose of leaving comfort zones to bond with other students over college experiences. These bonds may not occur in other scenarios, but the unique social setting college provides allows students from all different backgrounds to connect.

Such connections build relationships that last a lifetime, help celebrate cultural diversity and open students’ minds to appreciate differences. Going even further, the bonds will shape job opportunities, communities and relations for years to come.

Keeping these concepts in mind, it’s easy to understand how “weeding out” potential individuals as roommates via Facebook begins to sour the entire process.

Naturally, people always feel more comfortable with those more like them, but that’s not really the point, is it? The point is to leave your comfort zone.

While what students learn in college classrooms is undoubtedly important,

Planning Your High School Graduation Party

Start by determining these three key factors and plan your event from there.

If you’re a senior, there comes a point in the year that everyone starts talking about graduation: announcements and parties, senior trips, grad night and everything else exciting that comes along with the end of senior year.

But, amidst all of the excitement, there’s a bit of a down side: graduation parties are often expensive, especially if you’re like me and have to host somewhere other than your house.

The good news is they don’t need to be!

Here is your guide to making your graduation party both fun and affordable:

1. Find a Venue

At first, it may seem amazing to have a grad party at a well-known spot, but there are tons of other options. Think about places that would be great for hosting any kind of event.

Consider the size of the party and whether or not you’d prefer to have it outdoors or inside? For example, if you’re looking for the great outdoors, how about a local golf course?

Keep in mind that you’re looking for an atmosphere where people will be able to sit down, too. Work on brainstorming and researching places with banquet rooms, halls or buildings used for

10 Must Visit College Town Music Venues

When you’re looking for an escape from academic life, colleges (and the cities surrounding them) have a lot to offer. One of the best ways to escape? Music, of course!

Many colleges host concerts and shows in addition to the traditional sporting events but, when you’re looking for something a little more off the grid (and off campus) these music venues are the hot spots for students.

Great Value Colleges compiled a list of the top college town music venues based on their location in proximity to college campuses, how many awards obtained by the venue and user ratings, compiled from Yelp reviews.

Learn a little more about each venue’s location, its history, what the experience is like – plus read some notable quotes from Yelp reviewers on their experiences at these spots.

In no particular order, here are ten amazing college town music venues to add to your bucket list of college experiences.

The 40 Watt Club is described on its site as “one of the most famous and iconic music venues in the world.” For the last 35 years and counting, its hosted bands that range from punk to pop and country to rap. Some of the venue’s notable artists in the past

10 Student Inspired Valentines

 

Whether you take it seriously or not, it’s going to be all around you on campus – seriously, you’re not going to be able to avoid it if you plan on leaving home.

Lover will be everywhere, gazing into each other’s eyes, like lovesick puppies.

Which is cool, if you’re into that. But, if you’re not, it can be a little much.

Alas, we must appeal to the masses.

Therefore, in honor of this day of love, and to help you celebrate the date, we’ve created some fun student-inspired valentines for different personality types.

Show someone you care this Valentine’s Day, whether it’s someone you’re crushing on, dating, a friend in class or your best bud.

You’re sure to find a card to suit you – or a romantic recipient – from the many options below.

Feel free to print out and give to your loved (or liked) one or to share on social media – the world is your oyster!

Also, don’t forget to check out our Valentine’s Day-themed scholarships to celebrate the occasion!

Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out our ten student-inspired valentines to share with whomever YOU deem worthy this Valentine’s Day:

1. Computer Savvy: Coded-with-Love

Maybe you can read HTML code and want to

Savoring the Rest of Your Senior Year

 

For years, this is all we’ve all been saying to, and hearing from, our classmates. Now that my senior year is underway, I’m finding that it is flying by really fast.

In the blink of an eye, the excitement of beginning a new school year, college applications, and finals have passed. Poof! I’m already half way through!

One of the most common themes in movies about high school are the highly anticipated aspects of senior year. Prom. Graduation. College admissions. Everything you have ever done in your life has lead up to these final few months as you transition from a teenager into an adult.

Something that has been on my mind a lot recently is the finality of it all. I know that most of my friends can’t wait to “leave the nest” as it is often said. I know that I’m excited to go off to college too; it’s a big adventure and I know it’s going to be some of the best years of my life. However, I cannot help but feel I’m not quite ready yet.

A goal that I have set for myself as I prepare to tackle the final semester of my high school career has been to

10 Must Visit College Town Music Venues

When you’re looking for an escape from academic life, colleges (and the cities surrounding them) have a lot to offer. One of the best ways to escape? Music, of course!

Many colleges host concerts and shows in addition to the traditional sporting events but, when you’re looking for something a little more off the grid (and off campus) these music venues are the hot spots for students.

Great Value Colleges compiled a list of the top college town music venues based on their location in proximity to college campuses, how many awards obtained by the venue and user ratings, compiled from Yelp reviews.

Learn a little more about each venue’s location, its history, what the experience is like – plus read some notable quotes from Yelp reviewers on their experiences at these spots.

In no particular order, here are ten amazing college town music venues to add to your bucket list of college experiences.

The 40 Watt Club is described on its site as “one of the most famous and iconic music venues in the world.” For the last 35 years and counting, its hosted bands that range from punk to pop and country to rap. Some of the venue’s notable artists in the past

Are You the Bad Roommate

A very wise man once said, “If you don’t have a weird roommate, you are the weird roommate.”

Okay, it was Conan O’Brien, not Confucius, but it still might hold truth. After all, nobody’s perfect so your normal may be someone else’s weird.

There are ways to cope with bad roommates – but that’s almost easier than realizing that you are the bad roommate.

Here are some ways to tell what type of roommate you are and – if you determine you’re the issue – become a good one.

I’m not the bad one – am I? You might be, if any of the following apply to you. You especially might be if more than one of the following apply to you.

1. You’re passive aggressive.

This consists of you pretending things don’t annoy you and making irritating side comments anyway.

Notes and email also fall under this category – you live with this person, so it’s not inconvenient to sit down and have a face-to-face conversation.

Note: this never works and you will likely just end up harboring resentment towards the other person, not to mention, annoy them.

2. It’s your way or the highway.

Keep in mind; you are living with another person, so it simply cannot be

The Five People You Meet in College

College is full of new experiences and life lessons, many of which are dictated by the people you encounter along the way.

Though you’ll obviously meet more than five people, including your fair share of both friends and foes, there are some you’re almost guaranteed to meet. They will span in age, gender, personality and you’ll encounter them within different time periods during your college career.

The one thing they have in common? They’ll become significant in some way within your life, even if for just a moment.

Check out the following five people you’re sure to meet while in college.

1. Your Orientation Buddy

You’ll recognize your orientation buddy by his or her approachable body language and easy-enough-to-get-along-with demeanor.

They’ll save you from having to walk solo during tours or eat alone at meal time and, if you’re lucky, will make you laugh during the boring in-between waiting periods that college orientations are filled with.

Likely, you won’t end up being best friends but, hey, you’ll get through orientation together and that’s a bonding experience like no other.

After losing touch, my sister and her orientation buddy ran into each other three years later. They recognized each other immediately and laughed about their experiences together. They’ve stayed

20 Must-See College Movies

Sidesplitting, serious and downright silly – these college flicks have it all.

Sure, they tend to exaggerated college life but they are, in fact, movies.

And, as some that has graduated from college, I can watch any of these movies and they bring back fond memories of the good ol’ days. (Except maybe The Social Network mainly because I’m not a multi-billionaire who invented a life-changing web site platform, but that’s a discussion for another day…)

Take a peek at the following list of must-see college movies, regardless of your age, because it will undoubtedly give you something to look forward to, currently appreciate or reminisce. No matter what, you’ll certainly be entertained!

Sit back, relax and enjoy the following list of 20 must see college films (in no particular order):

1. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

This frat-tastic, uproarious classic takes places at a 1962 college, where the Delta Tau Chi Fraternity leads a rebellion against their college’s uptight dean whose number one goal is to take away their charter. It’s basically timeless and is considered by many to be THE college movie of college movies.

2. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder (2002)

Van Wilder is the most popular kid on campus, perhaps because he’s been there so

Keeping in Touch

Are you afraid of losing touch with the old high school gang? Don’t be!

In this modern day, it’s easier than ever to stay connected to loved ones – no matter how close or far apart you actually are.

Sure, you’ll make new friends but that doesn’t mean you have to lose touch with your old ones as a result. You can have the best of both worlds!

Here are some tips on how to stay in touch with your high school buddies, even while you’re away at school:

Utilize Social Media –

Social media web sites like Facebook and Twitter are a great resource for keeping in touch with friends and staying involved in friend’s daily lives.

Keep in mind, however, that these tools can become impersonal if that’s the only way you’re keeping in touch.

Also, whatever you post will become public and will be available for everyone, not just your friends, to see. Always keep that in the back of your mind whenever deciding to post on social media sites.

Video Chat –

A picture is worth a thousand words – at least, that’s what they say. It’s often comforting to see your friends that can’t be close by via video chat. You’re likely to