Go green this Earth Day — Upcycling and DIY projects

Maybe you should take a different approach this Earth Day. (Credit: Meme Center)

Maybe you should take a different approach this Earth Day. (Credit: Meme Center)

In 1970, 20 million Americans held rallies across the country in honor of the first Earth Day. Twenty years later, the effort went global with 200 million people in 141 countries coming together to draw the international community’s attention to environmental issues. Now in its fourth decade, Earth Day is arguably bigger and more necessary than ever before. So how can college students go green on campus? From everyday ways to be more environmentally conscious to DIY projects and upcycling ideas, you can spread a little love for the planet this coming April 22.

Earth Day 2014

The theme for this year’s Earth Day celebration is Green Cities. The global organizer behind Earth Day, the Earth Day Network, launched The Green Cities Campaign in the fall of 2013 “to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint.” The initiative is focusing on three key elements—buildings, energy and transportation—and will continue into 2015. Continue reading

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Enter the “Instructor for a Day” Video Contest!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to reverse roles with your instructor? What might you do differently (or even the same!) to make your students more engaged? This dream of yours has a chance of coming true, along with a $1,000 grand prize scholarship, with Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” video contest.

Students are asked to submit a short video to YouTube that answers the question, “How would you engage your students?” if you were the instructor for a day. Continue reading

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Rundown on upcoming movies and recent movie releases

Need to escape from your daily obligations of studying and homework? Upcoming movies and recent movie releases offer everything you could ask for in the way of action, adventure, history, biography and a good hearty laugh. You can choose from the biblical story of Noah to the valiant accomplishments of union activist Cesar Chavez. Action fans will welcome the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the screen while comedy fans will enjoy Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Here’s a quick rundown on some of the recent movie releases and those to come.

A scene from the recent movie "The Grand Budapest Hotel." (Credit: media.zuza.com)

A scene from the recent movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” (Credit: media.zuza.com)

A rundown on The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson has assembled a cast that includes Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Angela Lansbury and Jude Law to tell the story of Gustave H. Gustave, a concierge at a famous European hotel during the 1930s who, among other adventures, engages in numerous affairs with elderly rich women. Continue reading

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4 things college students need to know while still in college

College life is full of hopes and dreams… and misconceptions. There are some things to expect in campus life and some big surprises. Besides getting an education, you learn to live on your own, make your own decisions, get an internship in a field you enjoy, etc. For your academic and emotional health—as well as student success—here are four (out of many!) things you need to know while you’re still in college.

Step out of your comfort zone and follow our need to know tips. (Credit: glennstarkey.net)

Step out of your comfort zone and follow our need to know tips. (Credit: glennstarkey.net)

Need to know #1: There are no critical periods

In “10 things I wish somebody had told me about college before it was over,” posted on Huffington Post February 20, 2014, Michael Restiano at Tufts University said, “It’s dangerously easy to divide your collegiate life into a set of critical periods. Continue reading

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Does your seat in class affect your grade? Decide what seat is the perfect spot for you

Before you take a seat on the first day of class, you may want to consider the importance of classroom real estate – your grade may depend on it! Although there are no proven studies that connect classroom proximity to success, your placement in the classroom determines how you interact with your classmates and most importantly with your professor. As a senior that’s been through it all, classroom participation is the key to any professor’s heart and ultimately your grade. From one fellow college senior to you, here are some of my firsthand tips on where to sit in class based on professor habit and your personality.

Class seat #1: Distraction zones

The distraction zones in class.

The distraction zones in class.

This zone tends to be the furthest away from the board and by the window. Sure the window seating has an amazing view, but beware: you may be paying more attention to what’s happening outside the class than in the class. Continue reading

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Life Hacks: Too busy not to get in shape

I get it, you’re busy, you don’t have time to work out 60 minutes a day. But are you also too busy to get sick or be laid up for a week because you pulled a muscle helping a friend move? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions then you need to read on for CengageBrain’s life hacks to get in shape.

A proper diet and exercise will help you get in shape in college. (Credit: Sally Minyard)

A proper diet and exercise will help you get in shape in college. (Credit: Sally Minyard)

Make getting in shape fun

If you really want to keep a fitness plan, you’ll want to make it fun! LifeHack.org writer Laura Potts suggests steps to help you “Spring Into Shape In Seven Fun Steps” in her March 24, 2014 post. Continue reading

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Filing taxes — last minute how to tips for college students

Ah taxes … part of entering the world of adults is beginning that lifelong dance with filing taxes. If you had a job in high school, mom and dad may have taken care of your dealings with the IRS, but there is no time like the present to start to tackle filing taxes yourself. Taxes may not be fun, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Here are some things you may not know about how to file taxes, plus tips for college students on how to make the process just a little bit easier, especially if you’ve put them off until the last minute.

Not even taxes can bring down Jerry Maguire. (Source: Create a Meme)

Not even taxes can bring down Jerry Maguire. (Source: Create a Meme)

Tax myths

First things first: you may be operating under the delusion that college students don’t have to file with the IRS. Au contraire! Continue reading

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Quick easy healthy meals to make in your dorm room

When you’re hungry, you won’t have to go out for a snack if you’ve planned ahead. You can create quick, easy, healthy meals that will satisfy your hunger and make you popular among your dorm-mates. Let’s look at a few ideas about how you can satisfy your sweet tooth, your desire to crunch and other food fetishes.

Nut butter boats are a great example of healthy meals. (Credit: Kate Morin)

Nut butter boats are a great example of healthy meals. (Credit: Kate Morin)

Fun healthy meals in a flash

Preparing good food doesn’t mean that you have to bake. Try out these peanut butter s’mores, for example. Christy Denney explained how to whip up these chocolaty treats in her July 29, 2013, post for her blog, The-Girl-Who-Ate-Everything.com. Continue reading

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Living on a budget — tips for college students

A common issue for college students is maintaining a budget. (Credit: CommonSense&Nonsense)

A common issue for college students is maintaining a budget. (Credit: CommonSense&Nonsense)

Living on a budget is hard for anyone. But for college students, it may be the first time that you have been in full control (or almost full control) of your money. A few tips for how to handle your expenses, avoid debt and still have some fun along the way can be a big help. Whether you think you are doing just fine money-wise or if you have no idea where to begin, read on; while these are tips for college students, they’re suggestions that everyone can benefit from.

Getting started

If you have never tried living on a budget before, you may have no idea where to start. Wells Fargo offers some tips in their online article, “Budgeting for college students.” Continue reading

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How to Best Handle Group Projects in College

As a senior in college, I know that group projects are inevitable.

Recently, I worked with a partner on a presentation on early American designers. Although we finalized what each of us were going to do, she didn’t send me her information until 2 A.M. – the night before the presentation. I woke up extra early to check over our PowerPoint before submitting it to our professor.

Group projects are a great way to boost your leadership skills. (Credit: Taylor Fukui)

Group projects are a great way to boost your leadership skills. (Credit: Taylor Fukui)

Of course, there is another side to group projects. Sometimes you get to build a friendship with your group or partner. On one group project, we all became friends and ended up delivering a solid presentation and paper. Continue reading

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