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Tech Tuesday: Anker Keyboard Case

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Recently I purchased an iPad mini because I needed a portable device that was bigger than my phone, but smaller than my heavy laptop. Last year at school, I noticed that sometimes I would have an hour or so between classes that I could use to knock out some homework, but the computers at the library would always be taken and I didn’t want to carry my laptop all over campus. Since then, I’ve been searching for the best tablet for me and ended up getting the iPad mini. I also purchased a wireless keyboard to type on, so I got one from Anker and I decided to do a review on it.

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Back to School: My Favorite Planners

As July is coming to an end (can you believe it?) and August is rolling around, it is now back to school season. And to kick it off, I am going to share some of my favorite planners for school. I love planners because I am a visual person and I know that if I don’t write something down, I am likely to forget it. In high school they provided us with planners that I used to jot down assignments, tests, appointments, birthdays, etc., and I want to continue doing that in college in order to stay organized. So keep reading for some of my favorite picks:

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Internship Series Part 5: The Interview and Follow Up

Congratulations! We’ve made to the end of my internship series! If you’re just joining us and missed the previous posts click here for part 1, here for part 2, here for part 3, and here for part 4. If you’ve made it this far in your application process this means that the employer thought highly of your application, so the interview is where you get to show them who you are as a person and why you would be a good fit for the job. So in this post I am going to share how to prepare for the interview, questions to look out for (and how to answer them), and what to do after the interview. Keep reading for more!

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Internship Series Step 3: Mastering the Cover Letter

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Welcome to part 3 of my internship series! If you missed part 1, click here and if you missed part 2, click here.

Now that we’ve discussed where to look for internships, and mistakes to avoid when filling out your application, it’s time to talk about the highly anticipated cover letter (I was going to include resume tips in this post but that would be way too much information thrown at you at once, so I decided to split them up. Be looking out for that post soon)! Keep reading for more

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Internship Series: Step 1 Where to Look for Internships

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Hello everyone!

I’m so sorry for the long blogging hiatus, however maintaining a blog while going to school and having a job is not easy to do. But I’m trying to work on blogging more often, because I do have a lot to share with you. One of the reasons why I’ve been so busy is because I’ve been applying to internships and scholarships, and that inspired me to do a series on the blog for you guys. This series will focus on the steps to go through during internship season. The steps are as follows:

1. Where to look for internships.

2. Filling out the application

3. Cover Letter & Resume

4. Preparing for the Interview & Following up

5. Accepting or declining the offer

Keep reading to find out where to look for internships.

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College Diaries: how to manage your time wisely in college

Hey everyone!

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting lately, but I still am getting adjusting to the college life, which is what inspired me to do this blog post. There are so many things going on in college, that it’s easy to lose track of time and not get everything done. So, I’m going to share with you some tools and tips to manage your time.

Use a Calendar

I have a calendar that I hang by my desk to keep track of big events. I put exam dates, the due dates for major assignments, and big events on my calendar just to have an idea of what’s happening that month, This is useful when you are making appointments, and the calendar allows you to see when you are available.

Most of us have smartphones, which have calendars on them. Make sure to transfer all of those events into your phone calendar so that you will always have them on hand (we always have our smartphones with us).

Make a to-do list

I feel so productive when I have a to do list and I see items crossed off. I make to do lists almost everyday, so in order to not waste paper, I make the to do list on my phone. I use the Any.do app (don’t worry, this post is not sponsored) and I love it because it allows me to set reminders to do things, and it has a simple interface, and it alerts me if I have missed calls. I use this to remind me of the online assignments that I tend to forget about.

Use Your Free Time Wisely

My schedule is set up so that I usually have 3 classes a day with about 2 hour breaks between them. During this time I visit professors, take care of business, do homework, or knock off items on my to do list. There are those times when I just want to hang out with friends or watch YouTube, so I do allow some leisure time, but I do make sure to get everything done later in the day. So evaluate your schedule, determine when you have free time (it could be when you are on the train/bus, if you get someplace early and are waiting, or anytime)

How do you manage your time? Comment below

My Dorm Room Essentials

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Hi everyone and sorry for the hiatus. I am trying to adjust to college life, and this has been getting put off for so long. College has been an adjustment, it’s not like high school where you have all of your classes back to back, I have 2 hour breaks in between my classes. But I’ll talk more about college life in a different post.

Today I will share with you my dorm room essentials:

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First up is my shower caddy. I don’t have the typical college dorm room because I live in a single suite. this means that I have my own room but my 3 other suitemates and I share a bathroom that is in our common area. It’s similar to an apartment but no kitchen, or living room. So even though I don’t have to go down the hall to take a shower, I still bring the shower caddy with me so that I don’t have to keep walking back and forth from the bathroom in case I forget anything. I fill it up with my hair products, lotions, and soap.

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Next up is my laptop. If you don’t have a laptop for college, you can probably survive without it, but it’s so much easier to have a laptop. Yes, most college campuses have computer labs in buildings, but there will come those times when you don’t feel like leaving your room, or when you have a paper due the next day and all the computers in the computer lab are taken. With your own laptop, you don’t have to worry about that. And you don’t have to splurge and get a really expensive computer, I got this one for about $200-$300 from Sears (I think) and I got it refurbished from their website, which means that it was previously owned.

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Of course since I brought my laptop, I had to bring my printer. Just like with the computer, you don’t have to buy this either because I’m sure your college has printing stations. But usually they make you pay, or there are so many people printing things that your document gets lost in the paper trail. So, to avoid that I just brought my own.

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Here are my fridge and microwave. I told you guys that I have my own room, so I had to have my own fridge and microwave and these come in handy. Eventually the dining hall food gets boring, or you want a healthier alternative, or you just don’t want to leave your room. I can store all my snacks and food in the fridge and heat up any leftovers in the microwave.

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Since I have food in my room, I need something to eat with right? I went to target and got most of these items on their clearance rack. I got the set of two plates for $1, a set of the spoon and fork combo for $1, and a set of two cups for $1. I use the Tupperware bowl for both storage and to use as a bowl. Last I got the Bobble Water filter/pitcher which I love because I do not like the taste of the water here, and I can use it to make drinks (I had iced tea in there when I took the picture). And they are made by the company that makes the water bottles with the filter in it.

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Last but not least, I have my walking/workout shoes. I don’t have a car so I have to walk everywhere and these shoes have made my feet feel ten times better.

Comment below and tell me what your dorm room essentials are.

College Diaries: Making the Transition from High School to college easier

Sorry for the hiatus in my posts, but I’m officially a college student, and I’ve been running around trying to make sure everything was on track for the semester. Now that I am all settled in, I want to share a few tips with you on how to make your transition from high school to college easier.

1. Find out if any of your friends will be attending the same school.

Some of my friends from High school are attending the same college as me, and it has helped to have them as a support system. When I was leaving for school, I didn’t feel so overwhelmed because I knew I had friends to help me along the way.

2. Familiarize yourself with the campus.

Over the summer, I looked over a map of my campus to get a feeling of where things were located, and it helped so much! My first day on campus, I knew where my dorm was located, how to get to the student center, and where the dining halls were. I’m the type of person who always needs to know how to where I’m going and how to get there (my friends call me “mapquest” because I know my directions), so looking at a map was something I normally do anyway.

3. Take advantage of campus resources.

College means a lot of freedom and being independent, but it doesn’t mean you are alone. My school has a counseling center, health center, a center for college activities, and much more, so whenever I have a problem or need to get something done, I know that there is a resource available.

Are you in college? What made the transition from high school to college easier for you?

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