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.

 

It’s that time of the year…. time to decide what classes to take this upcoming semester! It’s important to know how to pick your classes so you can graduate on time, and get the most out of your college experience and your money!  Here are a few tips to guide you in the process of choosing your classes.

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1. Start the process early.

Avoid the stress, and don’t wait until the last minute, or else… well, let’s just say, you may end up with one crazy schedule!

2. Check your graduation requirements.

Review your school’s course catalog. If you have already declared your major, choose some courses that fulfill general requirements in that area. If you have yet to declare a major, get your core requirements out of the way or pick some classes in subjects that spark your interest. Some classes require pre-requisites, therefore make sure you have met those requirements before enrolling.

3. Read RateMyProfessor reviews.

Head over to ratemyprofessor.com and read through the reviews.  You can’t always trust the reviews on this website, but they give you an insight of what the class/professor is like. If you have friends who have taken those professors before, ask them about the course workload and the experience they had in the class.

4. Balance the types of classes.

If you can avoid it, don’t take multiple classes that similar or with the same professor. Needless to say, it can get a little overwhelming studying for similar subjects throughout the semester. Variety will keep you sane!

5. Count your credits.

Be aware of how many credits your classes are and add them up, to ensure that you meet the full-time student requirements. You don’t want to be short a credit or two!

6. Create different schedule options.

Now that you have your list of classes you are interested in, it’s time to work them into a potential schedule. Here comes the really the tricky part, you will need to decide whether you want to take your classes in the morning, afternoon, or certain days of the week, especially if you currently have a job or are involved in any school activities. Create at least two different versions of schedules to consider. [Feel free to print out our handy Class Schedule Planner Grid to assist you build multiple schedules.]

7. Visit your advisor. 

I must admit, some advisors can be cluessless and useless, or definitely help you get your life together! If your advisor falls into the “helpful” category,  he/she will likely have advice about what they think works or doesn’t work and may even suggest classes you hadn’t even considered. If you feel like your advisor isn’t much help, try talking to a different advisor in your department.

8. Schedule as soon as possible.

Once you have your final draft, go sign up for your classes. You definitely don’t want to miss out enrolling in a class you MUST take this semester. Remember, classes have a limited seat capacity, therefore they can fill up very quick.

Best of luck this semester! 🙂

 

In a day and age where tech comes first, keeping a paper planner probably isn’t all too exciting. But when due dates and events start to pile up, you’re gonna wish that you had a handy planner to keep you on track. Here are a few tips to help you start and keep a planner or journal.

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Take your planner everywhere – There’s no point in getting a planner if you aren’t going to use it. Make sure you have your planner on you at all times in case a new event or a new due date pops up. Seeing your week or your month all in one spread can also help you schedule new things – you wouldn’t want to pick up an extra morning shift at work the day after a night out with your friends.

Use your phone – Sometimes you just can’t bring your planner with you or take an extra minute to pencil it in. You can always use your phone to keep track of events in times of need but always make sure to transfer your events do your paper planner. I personally rely heavily on my phone calendar but in my opinion, it just doesn’t do for me what a paper planner can. There’s a ton of more advanced planner apps out there but sometimes the interface can get too cluttered. Phones are great for setting reminders but come up short when giving you an accurate overview of your tasks and event so I suggest that you use your phone to set reminders rather than for planning.

Color code – Using codes for your different tasks and events can help tremendously when you’re looking for the information you need quickly. It also helps important due dates and tasks stand out so that you don’t accidentally miss it. Use different colors for school, work, due dates, bills, and more. 

Use the right materials – Just as important as the actual planner, your materials can make a huge difference in efficiency. For example, there are some events that crop up that aren’t necessarily set in stone. In times like these, you can use sticky notes or tabs to write the event on so that your planner isn’t littered in strikethroughs and scribbles. Another great solution is erasable pens.

One task at a time – Don’t overload yourself with a bunch of to-dos. It’s tempting to fill up every line and every checkbox but you have to set realistic expectations. Planning isn’t supposed to make you feel bad or stress you out over not accomplishing your goals. When you set unrealistic goals you can’t achieve, you’ll less likely want to keep a planner that reminds you of your ‘failures’ in the first place. Be kind to yourself and to your capabilities. 

Divide your workload – To help you with overscheduling yourself, divide out your tasks and events. Use either the Eisenhower Matrix, Covey’s Time Management Grid or both to help you determine the importance and/or urgency of a task. Using this method, you can now divide your tasks and events into your daily, weekly, monthly, and even yearly schedules. 

Make time for planning and journaling – We all know that life gets hectic sometimes – especially in the Fall semester with school, a handful of important holidays, and just the end of the year. As mentioned before, you can always use your phone to help with planning but you also have to make time for your paper planner. Make sure you schedule a designated time for planning and journaling. Depending on your needs and your methods this can take anywhere from as little as 5 minutes to 45 minutes.

Explore your needs and different methods that help meet them – Finding the perfect planner can be daunting. There are so many options and layouts to choose from but sometimes too many choices can make the decision even harder. Choose one that fits your needs and wants. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend on planning, choose a minimal layout that gets down to the basics. If you want more a comprehensive lifestyle planner, choose one that has dedicated spaces for those things. When choosing a planner for yourself, also take into account the size that is most comfortable for you to keep on hand at all times whether it’s pocket-style, full size, or even weekly or monthly printables.

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Bullet journaling – If traditional planners just don’t cut it for you, you can try your hand at the bullet journaling trend. This method does away with traditional planners altogether and allows you to basically create your own layouts and spreads. The great thing about this method is that it extends beyond just planning and to-do lists and ventures into real complexities of different lifestyles. You can add sections for a mood tracker, weight tracker, seasonal bucket lists, affirmations, and so much more.

Be budget friendly – Planner and bullet journals can get pretty costly. Always keep in mind that you can DIY a great planner. So many brands and lines have create-your-own options where you can buy the sleeve and filler pages separately. Even better than that, there are so many free downloadables and printables online. If bullet journaling is your thing, you can even upgrade regular notebooks, journals, or sketchbooks to avoid paying upwards of $20 – $30 for a dedicated bullet journal. If you need DIY help, there are also tons of videos online like this one from YouTuber SeaLemon.

Personalize it! – Add your own touch by using stickers, washi tape, or even your own doodles and drawings. If you aren’t artsy or satisfied with your handwriting, stickers and washi tape can help a great deal. You can use stickers for your headings – you can either buy journal sticker booklets or print your own on sticker paper. You can use washi tape on page borders to mark important pages or even outline boxes.

 

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You probably don’t need to hang onto that freshman level history book for the rest of your life nor do you want to pay a lot of money for it to sit in the back of your closet for years. This is where renting can be a great option!

Renting textbooks is just like renting movies or sporting equipment. When you rent a textbook, you pay a discounted price to use the book you need for the semester. This allows you to pay less up front but still use the textbook you need. When you’re done, you just return the book back to the rental company!

Do keep in mind that since you are renting, the book needs to be returned in a reusable condition. In addition, it is important to return your books by their due date to avoid any late fees.