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Staying Connected: Tips for Senior Year and Beyond

In honor of graduation, CEHD Undergrad sat down with CEHD career counselor Jamie Schumann to discuss how seniors can utilize career services and the resources the university offers long after they flip their tassel and take on the title of alumni.

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Jamie was motivated to become a career counselor after spending countless hours with her own as an undergrad. Jamie’s counselors helped her as she switched majors, decided on graduate school, and networked  for her current position as a CEHD Career Counselor, which she’s held since October of 2014. Jamie attributes her career successes to the relationship she built with her counselors and now she is sharing that wisdom with students and alumni.

Post-Grad Life

 

CEHD Undergrad: Senior year can feel panicky and sometimes students really don’t know what they want to do in their lives all of the sudden– kind of like a quarter life crisis. What resources does CEHD have that can help students with that?

Jamie Schumann: Current students and alumni up to two years out can meet with a career counselor to talk about what they’re going through in terms of figuring out what they want to do if they don’t know. If they’re still unsure of their interests they can take an interest assessment online and come in for an interpretation with a career counselor– sometimes that can help ground people in what it is that they’re looking for and give them validation that they’re on the right path, or give them new ideas for things maybe they haven’t thought of yet.

CEHD: If a student is having a hard time transitioning into the workforce after graduation what resources are available to them? Is there anything outside of meeting with a career counselor if they’re not in state?

JS: The typical job search takes six to nine months after graduation so I think that’s important to keep in mind. Maybe you aren’t getting interviews, so it’s always a good thing to review your materials and we can still help people with that out of state. I did a phone interview with a student that was living in Chicago a couple months ago and she sent me her resume and her cover letter.

The job search strategies page on our website goes over this career development cycle process which it can be hard to navigate if you aren’t 100 percent sure what you want to do. A good way to ground yourself can be to figure out ,“If I know my values, I know my interests, I know my skills, how do I roll those into a job?” It’s always good to start with knowing yourself. Set some career goals and then look at the job market.

CEHD: What is the most common concern that a graduating senior or an older student will come in having?

Most students just need assurance that they can do something that they’re thinking about. I have had people come in across the board: people who are wanting to do a gap year, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and thinking, “How can I translate this into a career?” Some are people that are in a current career who are rethinking and trying to figure out if it’s right for them. We help students with decision making, personal statements, interviewing, researching options, and if you get an offer and you need help negotiating, we help students with that too.

The Job Hunt

 

CEHD: What are some networking resources that are available to CEHD students?

JS: On our website we have a guide to professional social networking and online identity. It’s really helpful because it goes over online networking on LinkedIn, which I really recommend everybody get. We have a CEHD student and alumni networking group which can be  another safe way to explore because you can look people up by major and see what they’re doing, read their profile, and then you can send them a message and say, “Hey would you like to meet for coffee? I’d like to know more about what you want to do and how you got there and tell me about your career path.”

We also have some handouts on informational interviews so if you’re trying to figure out like how to do an informational interview, we’ve got some suggestions on how to get connected, how to conduct it, how to schedule it, like literally how to go about doing the interview and all the way to follow up.

On GoldPass, we have a professional networking tab so that’s another place where you can strategically look for people to conduct informational interviews with.

CEHD: What is the best advice you have for students as they begin their job search?

JS: Always be active in the process. Whether that means going back to the knowing yourself stuff: identifying skills interest values, exploring that, all the way to evaluating what kind of resources you have. A lot of times just talking to people, reaching out learning what people do, sometimes that process can really bring in new doors for you to open. Today about 80 to 85 percent of internships and jobs have been landed through networking and that’s a really great way to stay connected to the pulse of the field.

Again, a typical job search does take six to nine months. To really go through that process, engage in it as soon as you can. Compile all of your resources and see what you have and what you’re missing and consult with us if you need help. It’s really important to stay positive through the job search process. It can be easy to  feel bummed after you had a handful of interviews but know that the job search process is really a two-way street: it’s not just about the employer seeking you out and hiring you, you’re looking for a good fit too!

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Come for the career counseling, stay for the view from the Ed Sciences building.

Staying Connected

 

CEHD: And once a student lands that dream job, what ways can they stay connected to the university?

JS: We hope that if we’re working with students they will share their story on our blog! We do have a Career Services blog, and that’s also a great place to search for jobs and internships. Some specific ways to get involved and stay connected is by becoming a member of the UMN Alumni Association where you can become involved with the CEHD alumni society. You can also volunteer with current CEHD students if you want to become a mentor to them.

CEHD: What would you say the biggest benefits of speaking to a career counselor would be for a graduating student?

JS: Career counselors can really help you no matter where you are at. Whether your complete undecided and you’re just challenged by what you want to do or trying to negotiate your first salary, it’s never too late to connect with your career counselor.

Procrastinator-friendly Registration Tips

Getting ready for registration can be stressful– especially if you’ve been busy binge-watching new episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, working your days away, or celebrating the warm weather (we can’t blame you!) Whatever was fueling your procrastination, there is no need to worry. We’ll break down registration advice into tweet-sized tips to make registration prep almost as easy to do as it is to doze off in your 8 a.m. (Kidding, professor!)

Registration is early this year, beginning March 23 (AKA the Monday after spring break.) Check your email for your registration time.

If you can’t meet an advisor in person, APAS is the next best thing and the perfect starting point for class planning

APAS is as easy to use as a stoplight. Requirements in green are good to go, while red ones alert you to classes that still need planning.

Advisors can also answer many quick questions via email– make sure to include your student ID #!

Not a morning person? Change the time range option in Class Search to find classes that fit your sleep (and life!) schedule.

Feeling stressed out? Here are some cute baby animals to look at before you continue planning.

If the class you need is full, join the waitlist & show up to the first day of class anyways! Seats can open when students are no-shows.

Need one more credit? Check out departments like PE, EDHD, and PUBH for good options.

Even germaphobes will want to “double dip” thanks to the classes that knock out two (or more) lib eq requirements. Find them here!

Still overwhelmed with all the class planning tools on OneStop? There’s a blog for that!

Good luck and happy planning! 

Photo source: Clocks, FB Link Photo

Career Fair Tips

It’s career fair crunch time. With less than a week before the University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center, it’s time to step up your career fair game. Get all of the details and follow this checklist for tips on how to bring your A-game!

The Details

What: University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair

When: Friday, February 20, 2015

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Fee: $10 before midnight on Tuesday, February 17or $25 at the door. Register here.

Why:  Because where else can you meet 250 employers in one place? And get a professional headshot? And break in that new dress shirt you’ve been dying to wear?

What to Bring

Suit. Keep it classy in a neutral colored suit and shoes. Keep the accessories minimal in order to let your best accessory steal the spotlight– your personality.

Portfolio. Be able to access your resume and notebook easily with a portfolio. A portfolio is easier to manage than a bag and is a lot simpler to hold when talking to a recruiter.

Resume. Come to the fair with a fresh resume, thanks to CEHD career services. Check out their website for more information on how to get your resume in top shape.

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UMN athletes show the do’s and don’ts of career fair dress.

Pre-fair Prep

Decide which employers to talk to. Check out the employer directory on GoldPASS before attending the fair. Decide which employers you want to talk to and do your research. Make sure you know the position you are interested in and a basic background on the company.

Practice Your Elevator Speech. An elevator speech is what you say when you approach an employer. It typically includes your name, major, year in school, goals, and experience. It is helpful to end with a question to keep the conversation flowing. Check out an example from UMN’s Grad School website.

 The Day of the Fair

Show up early. Talk to employers while they are still fresh (and before they talk to 439 other students.) Showing up as early as your schedule allows lets you make your first impression first.

Warm up! You wouldn’t run a marathon without doing a small warmup first! Shake your nerves off by practicing your elevator speech with one of the career counselors that will be present at the fair. When you are ready to meet with employers, save your top choices for last to allow you time to get comfortable with the process.

Get contact information. Make it your goal to leave each employer’s booth with contact information. This gives you the chance for a longer conversation with the recruiter if you feel rushed or leave the fair questions. Contact information also allows you to ask the recruiter for the contact information of an employee in the position that you are applying for, which gives you an opportunity to arrange an informational interview.

Pay another visit. If you had a good connection with an employer, think about stopping by one last time on your way out of the fair. A quick handshake, thank you, and saying that you are really interested in their company can go along way in leaving a positive impression– and it shows that you are willing to go the extra mile to stand out!

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After the Fair

Send a thank you note. Less than twenty percent of employers said they received a thank you note following last year’s fair, according to career counselor Fen Chen. Set yourself apart by sending a brief email to each employer you meet with no more than 24 hours after the fair.

Check out LinkedIn Alumni. LinkedIn Alumni is an feature that allow students view and connect with alumni in almost every field imaginable. If you find an alum who is working in the position or for an employer that you are interested in, don’t be afraid to send a message asking for an informational interview.

Keep your suit in the front of your closet. This tip is extremely important because all this good advice is sure to land you tons of interviews. If you keep your suit in the front of your closet, you’ll safe yourself the effort of having to dig it out later.

Extra Tips

Spit out that gum! Let the focus be on you instead of the two pieces of Juicy Fruit hanging out of your mouth.

Wait your turn. Although it is tempting to interject into the a conversation between an employer and another student, resist the urge until it is your turn.

Break away from the pack. Don’t walk with your friends. Approaching employers alone shows you’re confident and self-motivated.

 Good luck and go rock that career fair!

Photo credits and more information can be found at the U of M Job and Internship Fair Facebook.

Your To-Do List for THIS Week

Where did winter break go? Time sure does fly when you spend most of it netflixing and raiding your parents’ fridge, right? Next Tuesday kicks off the new semester and the countdown to class is on, leaving you feeling a wee bit overwhelmed. It seems like you have a boatload of stuff to do and little time to do it.

So, what now? Where do you begin? Begin by reading over this helpful to-do list. If you tackle these 6 things before syllabus week starts, your readiness level (for the upcoming semester) will be off the charts!

1. Trade out your textbooks. Undergrads, this is an easy feat, but most students don’t take the time to do it. Textbooks are expensive and it’s a shame to leave them sitting idle underneath your lofted bed.  Why? Because as time goes on, the value of them depreciates. If you wait too long, they’re sure to become outdated and it may even be hard to sell them at all.  Selling your old books sooner than later will also help you to finance your new book purchases. You can take the money you collected from selling your old books and put it towards buying new ones. Plenty of websites purchase used textbooks from college students just like you. CheapestTextbooks, Chegg, Amazon, and BookFinder are just a few.  In addition to these sites, you can also join Facebook groups like Buy & Sell Your U of M Textbooks in order to cross this task off of your to-do list.

College Textbooks MemeAs far as buying new books goes, we recommend that you A) scope things out first and B) shop around. Let’s be honest, textbooks are pretty pricey and you should only buy the ones that you’ll be using. Don’t go and buy all of your textbooks right now because chances are you’ll regret doing this later on. Instead, attend all of your classes during the first week, read through all of your syllabi, and pay a visit to RateMyProfessors to determine which books need to be bought. By reading through reviews on RateMyProfessors, you can usually find out how your professors are going to utilize the textbook readings. In fact, many reviews will flat out tell you to purchase the textbook or to forget about buying it. If you’ll be having weekly quizzes on your textbook readings, buy the book. But if your professor uses the book to create their PowerPoint slides and only wants you to use the book as a supplementary source of learning, you may find that you won’t need it.  Moreover, once you decide which books to buy, try to score them for a screaming deal. Shoot to rent your books or find used books being sold at reasonable prices. When shopping around, don’t forget to check out half.com!

2. Stock up on school supplies. Have enough highlighters, paper clips, and pens? What about pencils, staples, and post-it notes? Check your desk drawers and create a list of necessities. If you find that your supplies are running low, you’ll have to head to the store and spend some dough!

3. Set your schedule. Find out when your classes are, when you work, and what days you have extracurricular activities on. Then, grab a pen and some paper and start scribbling this info. down. Creating a weekly schedule will help you to set up a routine and it ensures that you’ll always be in the right place at the right time.

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4. Find your classes. At the U, this is always an adventure. Navigating your way around all three banks is tough work, and it requires a little bit of prep time. We suggest that you map out your routes to class before the start of syllabus week. Get your butt to campus and figure out where you need to go and how you’re going to get there. Remember gophers: there is no such thing as being fashionably late to class. Walking in late on the first day will just make you blush and it’s a bullet that you should try to dodge. To avoid getting lost, click here.

5. Check out the U’s event calendar. Take a look at the University’s event calendar to see what this semester has in store for students. Glance it over and then mark down some of the dates in your student planner. Go ahead and expand your horizons! Try something new and plan to attend an event that appeals to you. Whether it’s a book discussion or a choir concert, check it out! This helps you to take advantage of campus events, and it gives you something to look forward to. Also, admission to these events is FREE.

6. Apply for some scholarships. What’s better than free money? Nothing. This task may take some time, but it will pay off in the long run- literally!

Get to work, gophs! If you act now, you’ll stress less during syllabus week.

Photo Cred: College Books, East Bank Map, You Better Work, To Do List

New Year’s Resolutions

“New year, new me”. – Everybody

When January rolls around, it seems like everyone is making New Year’s resolutions, but by the time February hits, most people have already called it quits. Why? Because it’s hard to keep the enthusiasm up weeks after you’ve already brushed up mounds of confetti. Although many people may make resolutions for the upcoming year, very few people stick to them for a 12-month time period.

New Year's ResolutionsFollowing through on New Year’s resolutions is tricky, but it’s not impossible. If you’re serious about sticking to yours, test out the following tips and be ready to see yourself succeed.

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Study Strategies: Finals Edition

Looking to ace your final exams? Try implementing these study strategies!

1. Study when you’re sleepy.  Spend about 15-25 minutes studying right before you hit the hay. During sleep, the brain strengthens new memories, so there’s a good chance you’ll remember what you reviewed right before dozing off. (Just try not to study in bed because this may make it harder for you to fall asleep!)

2. Space it out. A relatively new learning technique called “spaced education” involves breaking up information into small chunks. You are then supposed to review these little chunks consistently over time. Let’s pretend that you’re enrolled in a chem class and you know that you’re going to be tested on the Periodic Table in just a few days. Don’t try to memorize the entire table in one sitting. Instead, learn a few rows each day and review each old chunk before starting to learn new ones.

3. Tell a tall tale. Turning the details you need to remember into a short story helps make the information more meaningful to you. For example, remember the order of mathematic operations, PEMDAS, this way- (PPhillip (EEjected (MMary’s (DDisk (ASASAP.

4. Change up your scenery. Research suggests that studying the same material in different places makes us more likely to remember the information at hand. This is because every time we move around (from the library to the coffee shop, or from the coffee shop to Coffman), we force the brain to form new associations with the same content. Thus, this material becomes a stronger memory.

5. Add some variety. If you’re studying for a math midterm, remember to study different types of problems in the same sitting. In fact, studies show that students who study “mixed sets” do twice as well as those who don’t. For example, if you just focused on a set of division problems, you would simply solve them by using division. You wouldn’t think about what strategy needs to be implemented in order to come up with the correct answer. But doing a series of problems that require different operations (such as multiplication, subtraction, or addition) means that you would have to stop and think about which strategy is best to use. With mixed practice, each problem differs from the last. Thus, this teaches you how to choose the appropriate procedure (something you will have to do on your finals). This technique helps prepare you to use the right strategy for finding the solution to a problem.

6. Try testing yourself. Quizzing yourself may be one of the best ways to prepare for the real deal.

7. Write it out. It’s time to put your third-grade penmanship lessons to good use! Students store information more securely when they write it out by hand versus when they type it (click here to read more about how this works!). Work on recopying the most important notes from the semester onto a new sheet of paper.

8. Take a break. Taking regular breaks can boost productivity and improve your ability to focus on a single task. Also, for a real productivity boost, step away from the screen and break a sweat by having a midday workout sesh. Research has found that just by engaging in a half hour of aerobic activity, one can improve their brain’s processing speed and other important cognitive abilities.

9. Play some tunes. Classical music has been known to reduce both anxiety and tension. Though listening to it won’t make you any smarter (people often believe that it will, but this is a myth), it can still serve to improve your memory. If you want to get super specific, listen to music that’s 60 BPM. Research suggests that’s when the benefits will be highest. So smartypants, give those biology notes a soundtrack and start to stress less.

10. Whip up some coffee or tea.  A little bit of caffeine won’t hurt. Staying energized is a big part of absorbing information/ course material. But remember, don’t go off the deep end! We don’t want you crashing in a matter of hours.

11. Read out loud. Reading information out loud means mentally storing it in two ways: by both seeing it and hearing it. But Gophers, we can’t guarantee that this won’t get you kicked out of Walter. (You might want to try this one at home!)

Happy studying, CEHD!

Photo Cred: Alright, I’ll PeekI Want One!, Scantron

Top 10 Ways To Warm Up Your Home This Winter (Without Running Up Your Utilities Bill!)

Broke college kids do some pretty funny things in hopes of trying to save money. They feast on Ramen, steal napkins from Chipotle (instead of buying them elsewhere!), and wait as long as they possibly can before turning the heat on in their apartments/houses. During a MinneSNOWta winter, many students will mosey around their homes wearing two sweatshirts, wool socks, and a winter hat. Why? Because they’d rather lounge around wearing half of their closet than crank up the heat. It might be 63 degrees in your room, but you’re being told to “layer up!” and “suck it up!”.

If your roomies won’t budge yet, or let you within 5 feet of the thermostat, what should you do? READ THIS BLOG. It’ll teach you how to warm up your home without running up your utilities bill!

If you want to stay nice and toasty warm this winter, try:

1. Preventing doorway drafts. In many college houses/apartments, you’ll find a lot of space between the end of a door and the floor. And, these large gaps under doors oftentimes cause unwanted drafts to enter into a room. Products such as “draft blockers” are known to fill in these gaps, but try using a piece of pipe insulation instead. Using pipe insulation will prove to be cheaper for you and it works just as well. Simply open up the insulation and wrap it around the bottom of the door(s). Doing so, will tightly seal the bottom of the doorway and prevent drafts from A) coming in and B) cooling you off.

2. Use curtains to keep you cozy. After all, they aren’t just for decoration. Just like pipe insulation, curtains can be used to block drafts as well. By hanging curtains over your windows, you can prevent drafts from drifting in.

3. Let the sunlight shine on in. When the suns out, keep your curtains open. Utilize the sunshine to help heat your home. Even with low external temps, the sun can still impact the temperature of your house/apartment- for the better! (Especially by your south-facing windows).

4. Use candles and oil lamps to raise room temperatures. The flames on candles and oil lamps may be small, but they still give off a good amount of heat. If you light a couple of candles or oil lamps throughout your home, you’ll raise room temperatures and make your place smell oh-so-good. It’s a win-win!

5. Run your ceiling fan in reverse. Did you know that ceiling fans were designed to be used in both the summer months and in the wintertime? (If you didn’t, don’t feel bad! Most people don’t know about this.) During winter, the warm air generated by your heating system naturally rises to the ceiling, while cooler air sinks down to the ground. In order to force the cool air to be drawn upwards, we recommend that you adjust your ceiling fan to run in the reverse direction. This will then push the warmer air down and leave you feeling toasty.

6. Open up that oven. Break out your cookbook and bust open your oven. Use this kitchen appliance as much as you can in these next few months. Try using it to whip up some tasty meals and then after cooking, let your oven door sit open. This will give off a substantial amount of heat and keep your kitchen feeling cozy.

7. Take advantage of your other appliances. If you have a dishwasher, or a washer/dryer, run them when you’re home. These household appliances kick off a lot of heat and you should be there to relish the warmth.

8. Heat up with a humidifier. Not only will using one of these prevent chapped lips and dry skin, but it will also make your home feel warmer. Moist air feels warmer than dry air does, and thus, a humidifier will make a cooler temp. feel more comfortable.

9. Use a rug to get snug. Here’s a fun fact for you- as much as 10% of a home’s heat is lost through bare floors. So, what should you do? Scope out a reasonable rug that will prevent the heat from escaping!

10. Increase the temp. with tin foil. Place tin foil behind your radiators, space heaters, or heating vents to reflect heat back into your house.

Have any other tips on how to stay warm without racking up your utilities bill? Tweet us at @CEHDugrad! 

Photo Cred: Six Sweaters, Candles, Humidifier, Fireplace

Registration Tools

We aren’t going to tell you that registration is stressful– you already know. As if picking out classes isn’t stressful enough, avoiding scheduling conflicts and meeting graduation requirements is about as easy as a Monday without coffee. Thankfully, One Stop offers tons of tools that will make this registration the easiest yet.

Class Schedule

Need to take a Sports Management class but don’t know what ones will work with your schedule? Class Schedule is the first place to turn when you want to see all the times and days of every class in a department.

USE THIS IF: you want to see all the classes in a specific department, as well as the days and times they’re offered.

Class Search

If Class Schedule were Google, Class Search would be the advanced search. Here you are able to make your search more specific and include preferences like the days you want to have class, campus location, online or offline, level range, and credit range. You can also search by professor and keyword. If you’re interested in yoga, for example, seeing what yoga classes the university offers is only a click away.

USE THIS IF: you need to find a class that meets almost any specifications you may have!

Course Guide

Pre-reqs, descriptions, and workload, oh my! Course Guide gives you the information behind the name. Using Course Guide, you can discover the course’s professor, grading basis, and even how many pages you’ll be expected to read each week.

USE THIS IF: you want to figure out exactly what’s behind a course’s name. 

University Catalog

Whether you’re considering a different major or just checking which options fulfill your requirements, University Catalogs is the place to look. If you’re looking further than undergraduate, you can also check out the U’s graduate programs.

USE THIS IF: you want to explore major requirements and graduate programs.

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If you aren’t using APAS report, simplify your life and log on. APAS is the same tool that advisors use to make sure your course requirements are being fulfilled. Using APAS is as simple as following a stoplight: anything green is good to go and anything red alerts you of an unfulfilled requirement. Find out more about using APAS here!

USE THIS!!

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Graduation Planner is a resource that allows you to map out your semester. Once you have decided the classes you plan on taking to fulfill your course requirements, plug them into Grad Planner. This tool helps you map out how many credits to take as well as how you will balance your course load. It also shows potential schedule layouts so you can map out your classes (although Class Search or Class Schedule are the most accurate places to look to find exact times.) The best feature of Grad Planner may be its ability to run an APAS report on your planned classes. It’s also nice to be prepared for an advising appointment with your Grad Planner filled out to help both you and your advisor see how you plan to satisfy graduation requirements.

USE THIS IF: you need to map out more than one semester of classes.

*These tools are great aids to the registration process, but remember the importance of checking in with an advisor to ensure that everything is correct.

Happy registration!

Post-Halloween Cleaning Hacks

Now that your haunted Halloween bash has ended, deep cleaning your apartment is highly recommended. Your place may be filthy, but we have the fix. Just keep reading to find out about our tidy-up tricks! 

1. Did a side dish explode and leave your microwave messy? Simply fill a glass with water and a few slices of lemon and place it in your microwave. Run the microwave until the water starts to boil. Then, let the glass sit and steam in the microwave for a moment before opening the door. This will loosen up all of the substance buildup in your microwave and make it much easier to wipe up the mess. Your microwave will be spick and span in 5 minutes and you won’t have to worry about scrapping away any spots.

2. Stop the scrubbing. Got gunk on your glass bakeware? Try cleaning it with aluminum foil and just a dab of dish soap. Roll the aluminum foil up into an itsy, bitsy ball and begin. Your glassware should sparkle in no time!

3. Speed up your slow drain. If Shaggy crashed your Halloween party and accidentally spilled the remainder of Scooby’s snacks down your sink, it may be draining a bit slower. To fix this, drop 4 Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain and then trail that with 1 cup of distilled vinegar. If you wait about 10 minutes and then proceed to rinse the drain with boiling water, you should be good to go. (There will be no reason to complain about your drain anymore!)

4. See ya later, lipstick stain. Although no one knows how that ruby red lipstick ended up on your bathroom wall, you still have to get it off. So, try spraying the stubborn spot with hairspray, let it sit for a good 10 minutes, firmly dab the area with a damp rag, and then continue to clean it as you normally would. This little trick is my personal favorite, and I promise that it works!

5. Go away, grease! GASP! Next to the lipstick stain, you also found a greasy handprint. Now what? Completely coat the grease stain with white chalk and then sit back and relax for a couple of minutes. After a few minutes have passed, wipe the chalk away with a damp washcloth and prepare to be amazed. Voilà, the grease will be gone!

6. The water rings were where? Forgot to use coasters? Have no fear, we know the cure for that. To get water rings off of your wood furniture, all you have to do is soak up the excess moisture with a towel and then break out your handy, dandy blow dryer. If you blast the damp spot with your hair dryer, these wet rings should disappear within a matter of minutes. 

7. See no stains. It isn’t a Halloween bash until someone spills punch on the cream carpet, right? Right. But the real question is, how do you remove this wicked stain? Try dosing it with a mixture of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Proceed to lay a damp washcloth over the affected area and then take a hot iron to the cloth. Note that you should set the iron on a steam setting and place it over the washcloth for approximately 30 seconds. This trick produces results fairly quick!

8. Broken glass? No biggie. To accompany the punch stain left on your cream carpet, there was also a glass broken in the kitchen. What’s the best way to ensure that all of the scattered pieces have been picked up? Take a slice of white bread to the mess! By carefully pressing the piece of bread over the area, even the tiniest remnants of glass will be removed from your floor. (Sigh of relief!)

We hope these Halloween cleaning hacks are of help to you, and that our blog post taught you something new!

Photo Cred: Microwave, Stop Scrubbing, Alka-Seltzer!, Lipstick Stain, Greasy Handprints, Water Rings, Spilled Punch, Bread & Broken Glass, Soap

Tips on Time Management

Why is time your most valuable asset? Because you get to choose how to spend it! At this point in the semester, schedules are filling up, stress levels are on the rise, and despite how much coffee you drink, you still only have 24 hours in a day. Consequently, you must create a list of priorities to determine what’s urgent (and must be done ASAP) and what you can wait on. Managing your time effectively is all about prioritizing activities, establishing goals, and abiding by a schedule. If you don’t seem to think that there is enough time in a day, you might not be making the most of your time. There are plenty of ways that students can maximize their time and become much more efficient. If you want to discover tips and tricks on time management, then keep reading! (We assure you that this will be 10 minutes well spent!)

1. Create a month-at-a-glance calendar. Write down all important dates on this- note when assignments, projects, and reports are due. Also, record dates for quizzes, tests, midterms, presentations and final exams. This will help you plan ahead and prepare for what is to come. You should use this method to break up large assignments as well. Divide projects out into various segments and then estimate how long each segment will take you to complete. Working backwards from your deadline, put time aside in your schedule to make sure that each part of the assignment gets completed by a specified date. If you do this correctly, due dates will stop popping out of thin air and exam dates will no longer take you by surprise.

2. Make weekly priority lists. Before the beginning of each school week, draft out a priority list for yourself. Include things that you both need to accomplish and want to get done. Identify what needs to be read and reviewed for each of your courses and make sure to include specific page and chapter numbers. Then, be mindful of upcoming test dates, and project deadlines. Use your weekly priority lists to ensure that small assignments get done in time and that you’re making strides towards meeting long-term deadlines.

3. Build a daily schedule. If you plan out how each hour of your day will be spent, you can then program your time effectively. Make a detailed weekly schedule of your activities that allots time for classes, studying, eating, sleeping, spending time with friends, etc. Prioritize tasks and then block out definite time slots for each activity.  Simply know what you have to get done and then set aside the time to do it. If you plan ahead, you’ll be amazed at all that you can accomplish in just a days time.

  • Always keep the 2-for-1 rule in mind. Every student should plan to spend two hours outside of the classroom studying for every one hour of class that they have each week. If you have 16 hours of class/week (18 credits), you should count on studying for 32 hours.

  • Plan to study during peak periods of concentration. If you’re a morning person, don’t try to crank out mass amounts of homework during the evening hours and vice versa. Determine when your high and low periods of concentration occur and then reserve the peak periods for intensive study. Use this time to study for exams, write research papers, analyze case studies, etc. Then, use less effectual times to complete less intensive tasks such as rewriting notes, or typing assignments up in a Word document.

  • Don’t waste away the day. Research shows that each hour spent studying during the day is equivalent to 1.5 hours of studying at night.

4. Start with the hard stuff. When most people begin doing their homework, they like to get little assignments and easy tasks out of the way first. However, studies suggest that you should start by working through the more difficult material/concepts. Why? Because when you first start to study, your mind is alert and fresh. Your concentration level is higher and therefore, studying perplexing topics will be easier for you.

5. Learn to say “no”. If you have an 11-page paper due tomorrow and your friends are begging you to watch a rom-com (aka a romantic comedy) with them… don’t. Remember that it’s okay to say no every now and then. (Note: this one is easier said than done!)

 Time management is critical for college students and the trick is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.

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