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How to Save Money on Textbooks

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Ok, maybe not. But starting a new semester means time to buy new, expensive textbooks. Luckily, I have some tips for you on how to save money on books so that you can have extra money for movies, food or gas.

1.Ask friends who have already taken the class

If you know friends who have already taken the class, ask if they still have their old books and see if they will sell them to you for a discounted price, or if they’re really nice, for free.

2. Check the library

Sometimes the library has the books that you need for class. Check your campus library and your city library to see if they have them. You won’t be able to keep it for the whole semester but sometimes you don’t really use the book for the entire semester anyway,

3. Use Chegg

I know I’ve mentioned Chegg plenty of times before, but that is because I love it and I use it often. They offer competitive rates on books, and I even have discounts for you! If this is your first time using Chegg you can get 15% off by following this link and signing up with your .edu email address. If it is not your first time using Chegg you can use this link and entering the promo code WOWCHEGGTHX at checkout.

Also, once you get those books you can receive help through Chegg’s tutoring services. Click here to start a free trial.

Back-to-School Hacks to Start the Semester Off Right

BACK TO SCHOOL HACKS!

It’s August, so that means a new school year is about to start. Whether you’re dreading or excited for this new school year, we all set expectations of how we want the year to go, and they may or may not happen. Regardless, I wanted to share some back to school hacks to make your year easier and cheaper.

1. Make Your Own Planner

Having a planner keeps you organized (for those of us who still like to use pen and paper), but they can get expensive. Why not make your own? That way it will be customized (which motivates you to actually use it) and you will save money (always a great thing). I found some tutorials on Pinterest and Youtube.

2. Rent e-textbooks

Textbooks are a necessary evil- necessary to pass class, but evil with the prices. However, renting e-textbooks are usually a cheaper option because the publisher doesn’t have to pay to get them printed. I use services like Chegg and Amazon.

3. Go to Events on Campus for Free Food

At Mizzou we have Fall Welcome Week which is where we welcome all the new students to campus through free on campus events. A majority of these events have free food so if your cabinets are bare, go to one! You might also make some new friends.

4. Use Khan Academy for Free Tutoring
If your school doesn’t offer free tutoring services, no worries. Khan Academy is a website that provides helpful videos on STEM topics. You even have the option of asking a specific question and having it answered by a knowledgeable source. Don’t forget about Sparknotes for English!

5. Use Online Flashcards to Study For Tests

Sometimes, we have to use the tried and true method of using flashcards to study for a test. Luckily, the internet has streamlined things and online flashcards are now available. Also, if you use Quizlet, you can find flashcards for the same class and use those for review too.

What are you looking forward to this semester? Comment below.

How to Create Your Own Internship

  Internships provide great experience whether we like them or not. The greatest benefit is that you get to meet people in the industry and network with them. But what happens if the company you really want to work for does not offer any internship programs? Or what if you live in a city where there aren’t many opportunities? Here’s some help:

Company Doesn’t Offer Internship Program

Sometimes if your dream company doesn’t offer an internship program, you have to present it to them. What I mean is that you should gather all information and pitch it to them. To do this you should:

1. Go on the website and learn about the company

2. Determine which areas you would like to assist in

3. Craft a pitch explaining who you are and what your experience is. Use this to persuade them as to why they should open a position for you. Mention things like why you want to work for the company, what sets you apart and what the logistics of the position would be.

You Don’t Live in an Area with Many Opportunities

The internet has opened so many doors for those who don’t live in major cities. Many companies offer virtual internships so you can do all of your work at home and still be able to add experience to your resume. To find a virtual internship, you can use a search engine, internship search websites like internships.com or social media.

I hope this was helpful. P.S. Don’t forget to read these:

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30 things to Do Before Turning 30 

A Conversation with Academy Award winner, Common

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Photo taken by Dekonti Davies

 

Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Common visited my school (University of Missouri) and spoke about greatness. He was truly a great speaker and had the audience cheering on more than one occasion.

As a special treat, he began with a freestyle, incorporating elements of our Mizzou culture like Sandy from Plaza, College Ave and Rollins and the Berg (if you go to Mizzou you know what I’m talking about).

Then he proceeded to tell us about greatness (how to be our best selves).

Here are the five things that I took away:

1. Don’t allow others to dim your light

It’s very easy to want to please someone that you love to the point where you don’t take care of yourself. He mentions that when he was in a relationship with Erykah Badu, he would often dim his light in order to not make her mad. If we want to be the best we sometimes have to let go of those people that are holding us back.

2. Practice, Practice, Practice

When Common was 12, he played basketball but he wasn’t very good. He would try to play it off by pretending he had a stomach ache, but his uncle (the coach) caught on and told him that if he wanted to be good at something he had to work hard on it.

3. Believe in Yourself

You are your biggest supporter. If you don’t believe in yourself then no one else will. Common said that once he started believing in himself, he started to have a better outlook on life, especially when he released the album Be.

4. Finding Your Path Isn’t Easy

Trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life is not easy. Common originally thought he wanted to be a basketball player, but once he was introduced to hip-hop, he knew that was his path.

5. There Will Be Haters

No matter what you do, there will always be someone doubting you. That doubt can even come from within yourself, but you have to believe in yourself and be confident in your abilities.

Seeing Common was exciting, have you met any celebrities? If so, comment below. If not, who is a celebrity that you would like to meet?

30 Before 30: 30 things to do before turning 30

30Before30My 20th birthday is next week! So I thought I’d make a list of things to do before I turn 30:

  1. Travel to NYC, LA, ATL and Texas
  2. Graduate college
  3. Eat a restaurant that serves expensive cuisine  (I’ve eaten at 3 Forks in Chicago, as a part of my internship with BET Networks).
  4. Invest in a start up
  5. Donate and support a worthy cause
  6. Find my dream job
  7. Conquer a physical challenge (run a 5k)
  8. Cross country road trip
  9. Get a car
  10. Throw an epic birthday party
  11. Go on a retreat
  12. Pay off student loans
  13. Sky diving!
  14. Go to a state festival
  15. Get a hobby and stick with it
  16. Stay up all night and watch the sunrise
  17. Attend a concert
  18. Scuba diving
  19. Go camping
  20. Attend a sporting event (I’ve been to a Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls game. Now, I just need to go to a Chicago Bears game.)
  21. Apply for my dream job
  22. Throw a great dinner party for friends and family
  23. Track my family ancestry
  24. Be on tv
  25. Travel to an exotic location
  26. Splurge on something expensive
  27. Stay at a luxury hotel
  28. See Cirque du Soleil or Blue Man group
  29. Become a mentor
  30. Forgive myself for mistakes

 

How to Make Extra Money for Spring Break!

Spring Break 2015Spring Break is coming soon, and for college students that means taking a week away from school to travel, relax and recharge. Whether you are going to Florida, Mexico, California or just staying home, I’m pretty sure you could use some extra cash.

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How to Prepare for an Interview + Free Checklist Download

Interview prep list

Hello everyone!

Happy belated Thanksgiving! We had a week off from school, so I took the time to make some DIY Christmas decorations, do homework, and make this handy checklist for you all. If you are preparing for an interview and don’t know where to begin then this is perfect for you. Or if you have had interviews in the past but you always get nervous and need something to help you mentally prepare then this is perfect for you also. I divided it into categories so that you aren’t overwhelmed looking at a huge list of tasks. Also if you have any questions or need me to clarify, shoot me an email or leave a comment below.

 Interview Prep Checklist

How to Prepare For Midterms

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It’s that time of the school year when it’s the halfway mark and professors love to give midterms. To me it’s the second most stressful time of the year (after finals), just because there is a lot of information crammed into one test. But I’m going to share some tips with you that will hopefully make things less stressful.

1. Find out the format of the test

Will it be all multiple choice, short answer, essay, or a combination of those? How many questions will there be? This will help you study more efficiently because you will know how to study. If it’s an essay test, then you know you need to know the main concepts in the class and come up with a thesis. If it’s multiple choice, then you need to study terms, dates, and names, and be able to recognize so that you can easily choose the right answer on the test.

2. Divide and Conquer

If there is a lot of material that will be on the test, break it up so that you can tackle smaller chunks of information instead of trying to cram it all in at once. For example, with my Poly Sci exam, there are 3 pages of terms that will be on the test. Instead of trying to sit down and trying to write down the definition for each one, I divided them into related sections so all of the presidents in one section, all of the amendments to the Constitution in the other. Or you could do it based on your notes, so you would go through a couple days of notes at a time.

3. Practice what you know

If you have a short answer or multiple choice test, then you can test what you know by asking yourself sample questions or having a friend or family member look at your notes and ask you to explain them. If you can, you’re in good shape, if you can’t then you need to go over that again.

4. The night before

Pack your bag so that you aren’t rushing in the morning; get your pencils, pens, exam booklet, calculator, what ever you need for the test. Also go over your notes finding out what you do know, and then going over what you don’t know. If you save all of your studying for the night before (no judgement, I’ve done it as well), then go over your notes a couple of times, writing down what you don’t remember so that you know what to study. Then try to get some sleep.

5. The day of the test

Breakfast will help wake you up the morning of your test, so try to get some. Also, try not to be nervous, you prepared for the test (hopefully) so it shouldn’t be too bad. You can use the time you have before the test to do a final review of your notes, and go take the test.

You got this! Good luck!

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