The last few months of the year can get pretty busy with a slew of holidays and with finals just around the corner! Whether you’re too busy with school to worry about picking up a seasonal shift at your local department store or just wanna make a few extra bucks to splurge on Christmas gifts this year, here’s a list to help you through!

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*all descriptions are taken from official websites*

Google Adsense – If you have your own blog, website, or business, this may be for you! Google AdSense provides a way for website owners to earn money from their online content. AdSense works by matching text and display ads to your site based on your content and visitors. The ads are created and paid for by advertisers who want to promote their products. Since these advertisers pay different prices for different ads the amount you earn will vary.

Amazon Mechanical TurkAmazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing marketplace that makes it easier for individuals and businesses to outsource their processes and jobs to a distributed workforce who can perform these tasks virtually. This could include anything from conducting simple data validation and research to more subjective tasks like survey participation, content moderation, and more. MTurk enables companies to harness the collective intelligence, skills, and insights from a global workforce to streamline business processes, augment data collection and analysis, and accelerate machine learning development.

FiverrFiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for digital services. So, if you have a talent, you can share that talent with our buyer community and make money while you are at it. Whether you are a graphic designer, programmer, content writer, translator, or voice over artist, Fiverr has a place for you.

ScriptLance (Freelancer)We have jobs available for all skills. Maximize your job opportunities by optimizing your filters. Save your search and get alerted when relevant jobs are available. Put your best foot forward and write the best pitch possible. Read the project and let the clients know you understand their brief. Tell them why you’re the best person for this job. Writing a new brief for each project is more effective than using the same one!

SwagbucksSwagbucks.com is the web’s most popular rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. Earn points when you shop at your favorite retailers, watch entertaining videos, search the web answer surveys, and find great deals. Redeem points for gift cards to your favorite retailers like Amazon and Walmart or get cash back from Paypal.

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There are many forms of media in this day and age, and one that has been getting more and more popular is podcasts. There are many different kinds of podcasts that you can choose to listen to. Here is a compiled list of the most popular podcasts in various genres.

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*All descriptions are courtesy from the websites linked. 

  • Sports
    • 30 for 30
      • Original audio documentaries from the makers of the acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, featuring stories from the world of sports and beyond. 30 for 30 offers captivating storytelling for sports fans and general interest listeners alike, going beyond the field to explore how sports, competition, athleticism and adventure affect our lives and our world. Sports stories like you’ve never heard before. – itunes.com
    • Fall of a Titan
      • July 4, 2009. Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair is found murdered in his Nashville condo.  After just four days of investigating it was ruled a murder-suicide. But what if it wasn’t? Over the course of this nine-part series, we’ll guide you through the McNair case, reviewing the findings and re-examining crucial details in a new light. – itunes.com
    • First Take
      • ESPN’s popular television sports talk show First Take in on-demand podcast format. Host Skip Bayless and a variety of opinionated guests such as Stephen A. Smith break down the top ten sports stories of the day, often in heated debate. – sticher.com
    • Pardon My Take
      • On “Pardon My Take,” Big Cat & PFT Commenter deliver the loudest and most correct sports takes in the history of the spoken word. Daily topics, guests, and an inability to tell what the hosts might be doing will make this your new favorite sports talk show. This is a podcast that will without a doubt change your life for the better- guaranteed, or your money back. *Pretend a reggaeton air horn is going off right now* sticher.com
  • Comedy
    • The Joe Rogan Experience
      • From comedian, UFC commentator and TV host, Joe Rogan. “The Joe Rogan Experience” is a long form, in-depth conversation with the best guests from the comedy world, the sports world, the science world and everything between. One of the most popular comedy podcasts, this show has something for everyone. Available on demand in Stitcher’s Comedy station. – stitcher.com
    • This Might Get Weird
      • Grace and Mamrie talk nonsense, common sense and make jokes at their own expense all the while trying to provide you with 30+ minutes of your day you might not hate completely. – itunes.com
    • Welcome to the Night Vale
      • Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, where every conspiracy theory is true. Turn on your radio and hide. Never listened before? It’s an ongoing radio show. Start with the current episode, and you’ll catch on in no time. Or, go right to Episode 1 if you wanna binge-listen. – itunes.com
  • Political
    • Slate Political Gabfest
      • Voted “Favorite Political Podcast” by Apple Podcasts listeners. Stephen Colbert says “Everybody should listen to the Slate Political Gabfest.” The Gabfest, featuring Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz, is the kind of informal and irreverent discussion Washington journalists have after hours over drinks.- itunes.com
    • Pod Save America
      • Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor — are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.- stitcher.com
    • Bag Man
      • Is it possible for an American Vice President to carry out a criminal enterprise inside the White House and have nobody remember? To have one of the most brazen political bribery scandals in American history play out before the country while nobody’s paying attention? In her first original podcast, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow goes back 45 years to dig into a story that got overshadowed in its day.- itunes.com
  • Entertainment
    • WTF
      • WTF with Marc Maron is a twice-weekly podcast hosted by comedian Marc Maron. This top-rated and critically acclaimed show features interviews with comedians, as well as others in the entertainment and radio communities. Asking complex philosophical questions, he uncovers surprising and often touching reactions from his guests.- sticher.com
    • Stuff You Should Know
      • Join Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant as they get to the bottom of odd questions, like how Twinkies work and if zombies exist. Listen to Stuff You Should Know on demand to enjoy this fascinating biweekly podcast from the HowStuffWorks team. A unique dose of education and entertainment. stitcher.com
    • Doug Loves Movies
      • Comedian Doug Benson (Super High Me, Last Comic Standing) invites his friends to sit down and discuss his first love: movies! – itunes.com
    • The Watch
      • Every week, The Ringer’s Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan — longtime friends and pop culture addicts — break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.- itunes.com
    • Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley
      • It’s not just crazy talk, it’s Psychobabble – the official free audio podcast from YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley. Listen each week as he and his bestie Korey Kuhl bring you a half hour of unfiltered gossip sessions, pop culture scrutiny, and stories never told before. -art19.com

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Hobbies can be anything you enjoy doing. Whether it’s staying in and watching TV, spending time switching between social media apps or taking naps. Sometimes these “hobbies” become routine and we need a break to do something a bit more fulfilling. Having hobbies can be useful so that when you’re ready to get back to work, you have a clear mind. Here are a few things you can try to do:

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Get Grounded!

When we’re stuck inside all day, whether for school or work, it can be harder to be productive. It’s so hard to unplug and get grounded, here are a few things you can try to ease yourself into the habit of unplugging:  

  • GARDENING
    • Nothing is more grounding than giving back to nature. If you don’t know anything about gardening, that’s OK! There are plenty of how-to books to help you get started. In case there isn’t a place for you to garden, you can invest in house plants. Bringing nature back into your house can liven it up and clean your air as well. There are plenty of different types of plants that will be convenient for your time and needs. Don’t have time to go to your local nursery? There are websites that will deliver the plants straight to your doorstep!
  • CAMPING/HIKING
    • Don’t have a green thumb? That’s ok too! Remember, hobbies are something that you like to do. If you’re more of the athletic type then give camping a go. There are usually trails around the campsites and you can hike around in the area. Adventures in nature are something that can clear your mind.
  • STARGAZING
    • Whether you’re out camping, in your backyard, or even on your balcony, the stars are always out to say hello! You don’t necessarily need a fancy telescope either, some stars and planets are visible to the naked eye. You can learn all about them through books, the internet, or even apps. My personal favorite is the SkyView. All you have to do is point your smart phone at any part of the sky, and the app will tell you what stars, planets, asteroids, satellites, etc. should be there! So even if you can’t see it without a telescope, at least you’ll know which cool constellation is hovering above you!
  • COLLECTING  
    • If you thought that collecting things was just a hobby for children, think again. It’s never too late to start collecting things. Choose an item or items that interest you (and fit in your space). This can be anything from rocks that you find when out on nature walks, gems, bottle caps or even aluminum cans (you can even get some cash if you take the cans to your local recycling area. Not only will you be helping Mother Earth, but you’ll also get some extra change in your pocket).

Create!

The outdoors aren’t for everyone and that’s ok. Some people have a more creative side that needs to be explored more. There are plenty of activities that can be done from the comfort of your home or your favorite coffee shop. Here are a few hobbies that are done using pens, markers, and stationery items:

  • WRITING/JOURNALING
    • There are times that our minds are overflowing with thoughts and ideas and it’s hard to organize them. Writing down your thoughts can help you de-stress. There are also online platforms like Wattpad and Webtoon that you can upload your content on for other readers. This can even lead to being discovered by scouts and can eventually lead to publication. Maybe you want something more personal, journaling can be the way to go. There are bullet journals you can buy or create yourself. Writing about anything can help sort out your thoughts on what might be causing more stress.
  • CALLIGRAPHY/DRAWING
    • Don’t want to write about your thoughts but you still want to use those cool pens you bought a while ago? Then try calligraphy! This type of art is a hot trending topic these days. There are plenty of books you can either buy or borrow from your local library. Perhaps you’re not sure where to start, then there are even kits sold in certain bookstores and online that come equipped with utensils that are needed and instructional books. Additionally, there are so many Instagrammers and YouTubers that specialize in this kind of content
      • Drawing can also be an outlet to help manage stress. The good thing about drawing is that you don’t have to be good at drawing. It’s art so it can be as good as you want it to be. There are also videos on online that can help you achieve the style you want.
  • SCRAPBOOKING
    • If you’re the sentimental type, then you can pick up scrapbooking. Not only can you use calligraphy but you can also put your new drawing skills into it. Scrapbooking can be a method to incorporate all types of art forms while keeping your memories alive. 
  • ORIGAMI
    • If you’re the type that wants to see the end product of what you’re working on, then origami can be the hobby for you. There are all types of intricate designs and sizes that you can make. There are plenty of books and videos on origami. Sometimes even thrift stores will have books on different trades and crafts that you can find at a fairly low price.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
    • Photography is such a versatile hobby! You can do it from the comfort of your own home, or you can go outside and take pictures of anything else. So while you’re taking a walk outside, you can take advantage of the scenery and take amazing pictures. You don’t need a fancy camera to take the pictures either, most mobile devices nowadays have amazing camera qualities. You can even buy lenses for cell phones online at a very low cost.
  • DIY PROJECTS
    • Pinterest is a great place to look for DIY projects to do in your home either alone or with a group of friends. Who knows? maybe you’ll uncover a new hidden talent.
  • SEWING/CROCHETING/KNITTING
    • Sewing can be for everyone of all ages. It’s also a hobby that can save you money in the long run! Most local arts and craft stores have starter kits for all different types of sewing projects, whether it’s sewing something small or knitting a blanket.

Stimulate Your Mind!

Perhaps you need a bit more of a challenge mentally, then there are other outlets that might be more suited for you.

  • LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
    • There are different apps for your mobile device that allow you to learn a new language. Apps like Duolingo and Memrise are at a low cost or even free. Not only is a challenging thing to do but if you get fluent enough with the language then you can add it to your resume.
  • LEARN A NEW INSTRUMENT
    • Music is an outlet that helps a lot of people combat stress. What better way to feel one with music than to make the music yourself? Do some research on what would be best suited for you and look for videos online that can teach you. You can also visit your local library and explore the books that they have or just stop into a local music shop.
  • CHESS/STRATEGIC GAMES
    • Chess is a great way to sharpen your strategic and critical thinking skills. You can learn a lot about yourself too! When you’re stuck on a problem whether at work or school, taking on a different mental challenge can help you come back to the problem with a new solution.
  • INTROSPECTION
    • One of the most beneficial hobbies to have is one that helps your personal growth. Professional, academic, social growth, etc. all come back to personal growth. Get in touch with your sense of self. If you need a little guidance, you can research different personality tests and identifiers. Find out your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator from 16Personalities. Or figure out your strengths and weaknesses through Stephen Covey’s Strengthsfinders 2.0. If you’re into astrology, there are so many different websites like CafeAstrology that will help you create your birth chart.

Get Active!

  • DANCING
    • Being active can be a very helpful way to help combat stress. There’s also no need to go out. It can be completely free by just turning on the radio and dancing in your room. Don’t want to do it alone, check your local community center and they might offer Zumba classes at a low cost.
  • COOKING
    • Cooking is another way that you can express yourself while destressing. There are many forms of cooking that you can choose from. Even if you don’t know how to cook, there are lots of books at the library you can check out and online.
  • VOLUNTEERING
    • Want to feel like you’re doing something for your community? Then check your local community centers to volunteer. There are plenty of options that you can do. Volunteering is a very fulfilling experience that you can learn from.

It’s getting chilly out and it’s the perfect season to stay in with a nice cup of hot cocoa bundled up in front of your TV. Looking for that perfect show to start binging can be tedious and before you know it, your indecisiveness has cost you the time of a full-length movie! Here’s a list of movies and shows coming to your screens in November so you can start planning your downtime now.

*All descriptions are taken from the IMDB website which you can visit yourself here or from the Netflix website here.*

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Halloween – Halloween Day may have passed but it’s still Halloween Week! Get spooky with these movies hitting Netflix.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) 11/1/18
The centuries-old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker’s fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Cape Fear (1991) 11/1/18
A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.
Director: Martin Scorsese

Cloverfield (2008) 11/1/18
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.
Director: Matt Reeves

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 11/1/18
Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.
Director: Steven Spielberg

 

Holidays – It is never too early to get into the holiday mood (now that Halloween has passed). Swing into the holidays with these movies!

Angela’s Christmas (2017) 11/1/18
Set in Ireland in the 1910s, ‘Angela’s Christmas’ is a funny, heart-warming and poignant story about the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas time.
Director: Damien O’Connor

The Holiday Calendar (2018) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/2/18
A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?
Director: Bradley Walsh

The Princess Switch (2018) 11/16/2018
When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they hatch a Christmas plan to trade places.

The Christmas Chronicles (2018) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/22/18
The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.
Director: Clay Kaytis

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (2018) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/30/18
A year after helping Richard secure the crown, Amber’s getting ready to walk down the aisle with him. But she’s not so sure she’s cut out to be queen. 

 

Drama

Julie & Julia (2009) 11/1/18
Julia Child’s story of her start in the cooking profession is intertwined with blogger Julie Powell’s 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child’s first book.
Director: Nora Ephron

House of Cards (Season 6) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/2/18
A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.
Creator: Beau Willimon

The Other Side of the Wind (2018) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/2/18
A Hollywood director emerges from semi-exile with plans to complete work on an innovative motion picture.
Director: Orson Welles

Westside (2018) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/9/18
An unscripted and deeply personal glimpse into the journeys of nine young L.A.-based musicians as they follow their dreams

Outlaw King (2018) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/9/18
A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.
Director: David Mackenzie

Narcos: Mexico (2018)  NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/16/18
The rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an American DEA agent learns the danger of targeting narcos in Mexico.
Creators: Carlo Bernard, Chris Brancato, Doug Miro

The Last Kingdom (Season 3) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/19/2018
As Alfred the Great defend his kingdom from Norse invaders, Uhtred — born a Saxon but raised by Vikings — seeks to claim his ancestral birthright.

Frontier (Season 3) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/23/18
Follows Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Native American outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson’s Bay Company’s monopoly on the fur trade in Canada.
Creators: Rob Blackie, Peter Blackie

 

Documentaries/Reality TV

Follow This (Season 3) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/1/18
Follow the reporters at BuzzFeed as they probe topics ranging from quirky internet crazes to safe injection spaces for opioid users.

The Great British Baking Show (Season 6) 11/9/18
Bakers attempt three challenges each week trying to impress the judges enough to go through to the next round and eventually are crowned Britain’s best amateur baker.

The Final Table (2018) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/20/18
Teams of chefs vie to impress some of the world’s toughest palates as they whip up iconic dishes from different nations in this reality cooking competition.

Death by Magic (2018) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/30/18
Magician Drummond Money-Coutts travels the globe, sharing his infectious love of magic and attempting tricks that proved fatal to other magicians.

 

Comedy

Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia  NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/20/18
Trevor Noah gets out from behind the “Daily Show” desk and takes the stage for a stand-up special that touches on racism, immigration, camping and more.

F is for Family (Season 3) NETFLIX ORIGINAL 11/29/18
Follow the Murphy family back to the 1970s, when kids roamed wild, beer flowed freely and nothing came between a man and his TV.
Creators: Bill Burr, Michael Price

 

 

Juggling studying, going to classes, and maintaining social relationships can take up majority of your time in college and it’s very easy to create unhealthy habits. However, we’ve come up a few tips to help you feel your best and stay healthy & fit in college!

Create a Routine

When you only have classes a few times a week during odd hours of the day, it can be hard to keep a routine going but having a set schedule of what you need to do during the day will make it so much easier to keep healthy habits. Be sure to set aside some time daily for some cardio or yoga or whatever fitness activity you’d like.

Meal Prep

Picking up fast food on campus can be a quick and easy solution when you are hungry and busy with studying but it can quickly become an unhealthy habit. An easy way to make sure you don’t give in to the temptation is to prepare your meals ahead of time. You can make your meals at the start of the week or even every 2 days, whichever fits your schedule best, this will make life so much easier when you are busy and have no time to cook yourself a healthy meal. You can find tons of meal prep recipes online.

Take Advantage of Your School’s Rec Center

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Most schools have a gym that is available to all students. If you can, try and take advantage of this amenity and everything it has to offer. The on-campus gym makes working out super convenient and easy, all while not having to leave campus! Some even offer exercises classes, such a cycling or yoga, which can make working out easier if you’re just starting out.

Get Enough Sleep

Try to get a full 8 hours of sleep at night, sleep plays a crucial role in your overall health! We know keeping up with studying and classes can get overwhelming and you might try to pull a few all-nighters but lack of sleep can make you feel so much worse and won’t help with retaining information, it can also hinder weight loss and even cause weight gain. Along with the routine tip, make sure you are working in an adamant amount of sleep into your schedule every night.

Drink Plenty of Water

Lastly, we know you’ve heard it before…but drink more water! It might be one of the healthiest things you can do for your body since it needs water to properly function. Try and keep a reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go and fill up multiple times a day.

Whether graduation seems forever away or approaching too soon, you want to make the most of your time in college! Here are some tips we put together for you on how to make the most of your college experience:

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  • Take advantage of tutoring opportunities
    If you’re struggling with math homework or an essay for an English class, most of the time there are free tutoring services that are provided by the school that can help you. There’s no use in passing up the service that your tuition already pays for. Looking at the other side of the coin, if you’re really good at a subject you can either volunteer or maybe even get paid to be a tutor. Either way, this will look good on your resume and it helps to reiterate the information back to you and you become more of an expert on the subject.
  • Find your study space
    Doing homework in your dorm or apartment is not the ideal place to stay focused. Your body and mind associate it with somewhere that you relax and hang out with friends. Search around the campus and you’re sure to find plenty of places to study and do homework. Sometimes departments will offer a space for students in their program to study and if you get lucky enough, they can give you free stuff that they don’t want like books or notebooks. If studying on campus isn’t something that you like, there are plenty of coffee shops that have wifi. Sometimes going out of your comfort zone can open doors to new places to study.
  • Save your course materials
    Saving all course materials can sound a bit intimidating considering the amount of work a student can accumulate over the years. The way to do this efficiently is to keep the most important documents. You can use this information for the harder classes that are relevant to the course you take at the beginning of your college career. Not only that, you can keep these items in case you need to create a portfolio when you’re a senior. Don’t have enough space on your computer? You can always store the files on a hard-drive. There are also applications that you can store information on the web.
  • Read over your credit requirements
    It’s very important to constantly be looking at the requirements for the major that you plan to pursue. Degree plans change all the time and it is important that you don’t take classes more than once or that you take unnecessary classes. This will save you time and money. Who knows, you could even graduate faster than anticipated.
  • Attend extracurricular lectures and seminars
    All colleges and universities invite guest speakers for students to learn more. This would be a key factor for students that want to learn more about a specific subject. Not only that, if professors see that you are taking initiative to learn more about a subject they can be more willing to help you out.
  • Talk to other students, professors, and alumni
    Talking to other people can seem scary (especially for us introverts) but it is a great way to network. If you talk to fellow classmates, you can help each other out in the class by comparing notes and studying together. This can help you in many different ways. Talking to professors more can also help your grade. If they see that you are trying they could give tips on how to better your work to get a higher score. Getting to know professors is also a very helpful technique to do because these are the people that can give you recommendation letters for graduate schools and future jobs. The alumni can also be very useful because they have already passed through the path that you are going through. They can help guide you and give insight on life once graduation is over.
  • Keep an open mind about new things
    Not letting yourself get tied down to just one thing will help you in the long run. Opening your mind can lead to taking classes that can open a new passion and maybe even become a hobby that can help relieve stress. It can also lead to meeting new people that can help network.
  • Get a college job in your desired career field
    Looking for a job is stressful enough as it is, but if you can find something that is related to your desired career, this can open doors for when you do graduate. Employers will be able to see that you have experience in the field and will want to choose you over people that don’t have the same experience.
  • Don’t just take an easy class, take interesting ones
    Students can get carried away by selecting easy classes because they want to boost their GPA but sometimes it isn’t the best choice. Instead of taking a boring class just because the assumption that it will be easier, taking an interesting class about something that is a bit out of your comfort zone can open your mind to something new and exciting that you can enjoy more than you think You can also find new friends in these classes and again open yourself up to more networking.
  • Have a “Plan B”
    Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. You should always have second and third options just in case your first choices are taken. No one knows what is in the path of life, so having a backup plan will help with anxiety that comes with not being able to choose a class of your liking or being a first choice.
  • Join extracurricular activities
    Although we all stress out about what classes to take and how good our grades need to be, we also need to make time for other things so you don’t stress yourself out. Joining a club or intramural sport can help in a lot of different ways. It can manage your stress, give you more confidence and make new friends. It can also teach you new things about yourself that you would have never known if you hadn’t joined a club.
  • Stay on budget
    Creating a budget can be very useful when living alone in a dorm or even with parents. Making sure that you have enough money to buy the basic necessities can be very helpful. This can help ease the stress when thinking about the financial part of school and allows you to focus on other things.
  • Know college benefits
    The tuition that you pay isn’t just the classes that you register for. There are many other benefits that the college or university have to offer their students. Ask your advisor to see what kind of benefits you’re missing out on. There can be very useful services out there that you never thought you would need.
  • Learn to combat stress
    Combating stress can be hard at times, but there are a few things that you can do to help you out. Taking time to self-care if very important, this means things like sleeping a sufficient amount of time, eating healthy foods. These can all help your body and mind run more smooth. Doing assignments one step at a time can also help with combating stress. Even talking with an advisor can help relieve some of the pressure that we put on ourselves. Take a moment to take a deep breath.
  • Use office hours
    As stated previously, it is important to get to know your professors. Using office hours shows the professors that you are interested in learning about the subject and that you are dedicated to getting a good grade. This can open doors so that they can write recommendation letters in the future when applying for jobs or graduate school.
  • Have fun!
    One of the most important things is to have fun in school. Having fun can be easily forgotten when you’re worried about grades but school can also be fun if you let it be.

 

 

We’ve all been in the class where it is hard to stay awake. Here are some tips for staying awake in class!

  • Take a cold shower.
    Getting up a little earlier to take a cold shower can help you wake up quickly.
  • Bring a water bottle.
    Drinking plenty of water can help you stay awake in class. You can’t fall asleep if you’re constantly drinking water.
  • Eat a snack.
    This doesn’t mean to eat food that has no healthy attributes. Foods like apples, nuts, and strawberries have natural substances that can help you stay awake.
  • Sit in the front of the class.
    Placing yourself at the back of the class is a sure way to fall asleep. There is more of a chance of not falling asleep if you sit in front of the class because the professor is standing in front of you. Sitting in the front can also make you want to participate in the discussion, which will help you stay focused and comprehend the subject better.
  • Good posture.
    Not only does sitting in the front (or middle) of the class help you, but having a good posture can also help stay alert. Slouching in your seat can trick your mind to get too relaxed. Sitting up straight can help you stay alert when the lecture is long and you’re having an off day.
  • Use the restroom.
    Excusing yourself from the class to go to the restroom can help stretch your legs and body. Splashing some cold water can also help you stay alert.
  • Sleep more.
    Getting more sleep the night before your class can help you stay alert. If you’re well rested then you don’t have to worry about falling asleep in class the next day.