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Pulling an all-night study session? Trying to plow through that not-quite-so-interesting book for an exam? Find yourself dozing off in the middle of a long lecture? Whatever the case may be, the weeks leading up to your finals can be exhausting. Energy drinks and caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and tea, are okay in moderation, but when it comes to fueling your body, it’s good to have other alternatives.
Healthful snacking keeps your metabolism going and is a great way to help kick up your energy level when you’re feeling sluggish. When deciding what to eat, the key is to find a snack that combines protein and good carbs, which come together to create long-lasting energy. So when you need a little pick-me-up, instead of grabbing another caffeinated beverage, opt instead for one of these healthful snacks!
1. Fresh Fruit
Fruits such as bananas, apples, oranges, and berries are wonderful snack choices. Plus they’re portable, so it’s easy to grab one and go. Throw in a tablespoon or two of peanut butter for some protein.
2. Protein Bars
A protein bar is another easy and portable energy-boosting snack. For maximum benefits, choose a bar made with whole grains that contains at least five grams of fiber and protein, and less than 15 grams of sugar.
3. Crackers and Cheese
A few whole grain crackers and some cheese will help curb your hunger and give you a boost at the same time!
4. Dried Fruits and Nuts
A small handful of salty nuts and sweet dried fruit is a delicious way to get an energy boost. Don’t eat more than a small handful though – nuts are easy to overeat, and too many carbs can lower your blood sugar and cause sleepiness, which is exactly what you’re trying to avoid!
5. Peanut Butter & Rice Cake Snack-wiches
Slather a rice cake with some peanut butter, or another nut butter of your choice, and top it with another rice cake for a crunchy peanut butter snack-wich.
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For many reasons, you may not be able to make it home for Thanksgiving. We know – staying on campus isn’t the ideal way to spend the holiday. As you watch your fellow dorm mates packing up and talking nonstop about heavenly home-cooked classics, your expectations of a long weekend with just the crickets chirping and tumbleweeds blowing may have magnified. Don’t worry! Whether you anticipate feeling homesick or bored (or possibly liberated!),there are plenty of ways to make the most of the long weekend on campus and celebrate Turkey Day college-style.
Have a meaningful Thanksgiving by giving back. Homeless shelters, hospitals, churches, and nursing homes need volunteers to serve meals and collect and deliver food. As you spread the spirit of generosity across your college town, you might notice the same feeling of community you’d have back at home.
2. Host Your Own “Friendsgiving”
Surrounding yourself with friends will bring laughs, joy, and memories. Find out who else is staying on campus for break and invite everyone over for a pot-luck-style “Friendsgiving” feast. Planning doesn’t have to be complicated – these “Friendsgiving” tips will solidify your dinner’s success!
3. Dinner Off- or On-Campus
So maybe you despise cooking or don’t have access to a kitchen. As an alternative, round up other students staying for the holiday and check out festivities on- and off-campus. Many schools have a tradition of hosting Thanksgiving Day dinner for students, faculty, and staff in the dining halls. Turkey day delights also await off-campus since some restaurants feature classic Thanksgiving foods on their menus.
4. Catch up
With fewer distractions and a long weekend, you’ll have ample time to catch up on things. It’s completely your choice: will it be reading, class work, sleep, your favorite TV shows, laundry, or all five? The temporary peace and quiet will allow you to kick back and relax.
Create a festive, cheerful atmosphere by decking your space out in holiday decor. Just head to the craft store and whip up some simple DIY holiday decorations. You might be surprised by how your creativity can inspire a sense of community among your roommates and friends.
6. Black Friday Shopping
Take advantage of the sales and bargains of Black Friday and the entire weekend (let’s not forget about Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday). Not only are these sales student-budget friendly, but you’ll be thankful for finishing your holiday shopping early, or at least getting it started.
The semester can become pretty hectic, leaving you little time to explore what your college town offers off-campus. If there’s a downtown area within walking distance or a simple public transit system, use the weekend to venture out to special museum exhibits, parks, or other cool cultural sites.
Ah, Thanksgiving – one of the best holidays of the year. All the other 364 days of the year we yearn for the aromas of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and cheesy casseroles with football games blaring in the background. We look forward to a great day surrounded by family and friends. But this year, for a variety of reasons, you can’t (or don’t want to) make it home for the holiday.
You’re in college now, and more than likely you’re not the only one who won’t have the chance to eat their dad’s awesome turkey, or inhale their mom’s epic cranberry salad, or devour their grandmother’s pumpkin pie.
But even though you’re pretty bummed about missing the holiday, don’t sulk too long – start planning your own “Friendsgiving!” Friendsgiving is basically Thanksgiving, but instead of chowing down with your family, you get to enjoy the day and meal with your buddies.
It may sound like a daunting task at first (and you’re admittedly not America’s next Master Chef) but you have all the essentials right under your nose. Here are a few tips and menu suggestions to make your “Friendsgiving” dinner a success!
1. Location, Location, Location
Do you live in a dorm? Well that means you likely have a community kitchen. Do you or your friends live off-campus? Even better – you have your own kitchen!
The key to an awesome Friendsgiving dinner is finding where you’re going to have it! Scour your dorm for a prime spot to grab some grub or host it at your apartment (or your friend’s place if they’ll let you).
The ideal Friendsgiving space will be an open, common room where a dining room (or fold-up) table can easily fit, with a kitchen just steps away!
2. Gift the Guest List a “To-Bring” List
After you have the location picked out and you have a head count of who will be attending – delegate, delegate, delegate! Yes, you’re hosting, but you’re also in college and we all know how expensive groceries can get. So assign items to each guest – one person buys beverages, another brings a side dish, and someone else is responsible for the pumpkin pie. This is a great way to make sure everyone is included on this splendid day and makes for certain that everything is accounted for.
3. Turkey Troubles?
If the thought of cooking a bird totally freaks you out, there are plenty of alternative Thanksgiving meats that will you give you the same holiday happiness without the headache.
Some of these substitutions include pork roast, baked ham, rotisserie chicken, microwavable salmon, or even pre-cooked sliced turkey.
If you absolutely have to have a turkey*, shop for the bird online! There are plenty of stores in every area that prepare turkeys (and baked hams) so all you will have to do is warm it up and serve.
*Remember: It’s not Thanksgiving, it’s Friendsgiving – you can create your own menu!
4. It’s All About the Sides
Now, you might like turkey, but maybe you’ve never made a turkey before. So this Friendsgiving, make your dinner revolve around the side dishes. Mac and cheese, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, vegetable medley, stuffing, and dinner rolls are just a few suggestions. The best part about all of these sides is that you can prepare all of them from a box, can, or bag! If you really don’t trust yourself in the kitchen, pick up a vegetable tray or some cheese and crackers that the grocery store made for you.
5. Bust out the Board Games
After dinner, you and your friends are likely going to be stuck in a food coma. So ask all of your attendees to bring their favorite board game so you can relax, play some games, and enjoy each other’s company for the rest of the evening. You can pair this with leftover food and drink all in your dorm room or apartment!
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Your college advisor is an invaluable resource you probably don’t use to the best advantage. College advisors are your first step to maximize your college experience. An advisor wants to help you succeed. While you might think you need your advisor only to figure out your class schedule, there are many other reasons to talk to your college advisor.
1. Class Advice
One of your advisor’s main objectives is guiding your course schedule. Your advisor is knowledgeable about your major and will help decide which classes will most benefit your future goals. While your advisor will know which classes satisfy school requirements, he or she will suggest extra classes or extracurricular activities advantageous to your degree.
2. Monitor Progress
Your advisor will also monitor your progress. While it’s your responsibility to make sure you stay on track to graduate, your advisor is there to keep an eye on how you’re doing. Your college advisor will make sure your pre-requisites are met in order to get into the coursework for your major. Your advisor will also keep an eye on your grades. As a student, it’s your job to get the best grades you can. Your advisor will give you the extra push to make sure your grades satisfy degree requirements. He or she can also find extra help for you, like tutoring, if necessary.
Your college advisor is also your advocate. Your advisor is your go-to person if any problems arise. Should you experience personal issues, such as illness or family emergencies, your advisor will help communicate with your teachers or coordinate assignments. He or she will also offer advice about available scholarships. Whenever you need information about anything, your advisor will find it for you or point you in the right direction.
4. Career Preparation
One of your primary goals in college is to begin a career. Your advisor is there to help you meet that goal. He or she will know about internships or job opportunities suitable for you. If graduate school is in your plan, your advisor is able to help you prepare.
Your advisor can set you up with contacts on and off campus. Networking is an important stepping stone career-wise. Knowing people within your chosen field not only gets your foot in the door with companies, it also provides you with mentors once you are out in the real world.
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It’s about that time of the year – every college student’s favorite holiday. With the Spooky Season in full effect, you and your friends have probably already started thinking about your Halloween costumes. But let’s face it, a cool and unique costume can end up costing more than your tuition! So why pay for something you may already have in your dorm, apartment, or house? Cappex is here to save the day with 10 awesome Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costume ideas!
1. Waldos and Wendas
Red and striped shirt. Red beanie. Jeans. Black-rimmed glasses. Your camera around your neck. A cane – if you’re really into it. Done! Just make sure your friends can find you.
2. Any Animal with Ears
One of the oldest and easiest costumes in the Halloween book. Pair your favorite animal ears with a cute outfit and voila, you’re a giraffe for the day!
3. A Bunch of Grapes
Being a bunch of grapes is so simple! Put on a purple or green shirt, matching leggings if you have them, and inflate the color-coordinated balloons. Use safety pins to attach them to your shirt, but be careful not to pop them! Bring some extra balloons along wherever you go, just in case your bunch of grapes turns into a bunch of raisins.
4. Revenge of the Nerds
Fellas, grab all your buddies and hitch those pants well above your waist, button your shirt to the top button, and buckle on those suspenders. Don’t forget your black-rimmed glasses, pocket protectors, pens, calculators, and color knee socks. If you’re feeling really nerdy, put some tape on your glasses. This also makes a cute couple costume!
5. Polaroid Picture
Create this costume in an instant. Simply cut out a square shape from a white foam board that’s large enough to frame your head and shoulders and voila! Use a colorful background for extra effect. Make sure to take a photo of yourself as a photo!
6. The Brawny Man
Impress the ladies with clothing you likely already have in your closet. This costume could also double as a lumberjack if you want to carry an ax around all night!
7. Rosie the Riveter
Denim shirt. Red bandana. Red lipstick. The biceps are DIY.
8. Mario Kart
Ever dreamed of living in the world of Nintendo’s Mario Kart? October 31st is when dreams come true.
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Leonardo. Michelangelo. Donatello. Raphael. Us ‘90’s babies grew watching them. Why not be them for a night? Take an aluminum foil serving tray and spray paint it, find a green t-shirt in your closet, and buy the appropriate color headband for your ninja turtle!
10. Words with Friends
Turn this awesome Scrabble-like game into a group costume! Wear all black and pick your favorite letter.
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Need to do a crazy amount of research for that paper, but don’t know if you’ll have enough time for the library? Don’t worry – you have one right in your pocket! With today’s ever-growing advances in smartphones and mobile devices, there’s an abundance of convenient apps and mobile sites you can use to conduct research. While the “physical” library provides you invaluable resources, the following apps and mobile sites are especially handy if you find yourself on the go:
Questia’s app helps students research, accurately cite sources, format papers in different styles, and organize notes. At no cost, students can research from a librarian-vetted collection of over 77,000 academic books and 4 million journal articles.
Using the mobile site or app, you can search for and read articles about a variety of topics. Students can take advantage of many features like the ability to choose which databases to search, retrieve full text results in HTML or PDF formats, save results for offline access, and email results to themselves and others.
This site and app allow you to search for and request books from libraries closest to you and around the world. You also have the ability to renew books.
With this site and app, you can search, read, and manage life science PDFs. You have a choice to read them on the spot or download them for later. Have an iPad? The app allows for the delivery of full text journal articles straight to your device.
This site and app allow you to search hard-to-find information, including a lot of scientific data about physics, chemistry, astronomy, and math. Students also benefit from diagrams and images in results, making it easier to understand the data and text.
With art at your fingertips, search and browse the ARTstor’s Digital Library of over a million images. You can also view search results in list form; tap to enlarge or rotate images; and study and quiz yourself with the flashcard view.
Often the most dreaded part of research, fear citations no longer. EasyBib has been a go-to website for students for years. But if you find yourself away from a computer, the app also allows you to create MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or typing a book’s name.
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Jordhan Briggs is a new addition here at Cappex. As a recent college grad, she has some great advice to share:
So it’s officially been three months since I graduated from college and let me tell you, STAY THERE AS LONG AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE! Anyway, all of this time spent faking being an adult has allowed me some time to reflect on the glory years. Here is a list of five things you absolutely have to do while you’re in college, because, trust me, time flies.
1. Crash Every Party
Yes, college is for learning. But while you’re gaining all that knowledge you should probably go ahead and make some memories. When I first went away to college, I only knew my roommate. The first weekend of college, we went to our school’s annual kick-off BBQ and made a pact: find at least five parties to go to that night. The first party we went to, we ended up meeting the group of friends that we went out with for the remainder of our time as undergraduates. Yes, meeting new people is intimidating and often times exhausting, but its college – GO FOR IT!
2. Live in the Dorms
Co-ed bathrooms. Shower shoes. Music blaring 24/7. Community fridge – the place where your milk keeps magically evaporating. These all may seem vastly unappealing, and that’s because they are. But when else in your adult life will you have the opportunity to live among dozens of strangers? Unless you’re on a reality show, of course.
Both times I went away to college, I lived in the dorms. While residing there, I was exposed to multiple cultures, ideologies, personalities, foods, music, you name it. Sure, it was small, noisy, and kind of smelled, but I also met some of my best friends there. Oh, and once a month they will likely give away free food – score!
3. Study Abroad
During my junior year, I transferred from a university in California to one in the Midwest. I made a lot of excuses as to why it didn’t make sense for me to study somewhere else in the world – “I just got here,” “It’s too expensive,” “I’ll miss my mom,” “I’ll just go after I graduate.”
Allow me to let you in on a few secrets: 1. Time runs out so quickly while you’re in college no matter where you are, it actually costs around the same as your current tuition to study abroad (because your college is awesome); 2. your parents will most likely send you your favorite American treats while you’re gone, and they’ll pick you up from the airport when you get back; and 3. you WON’T go after you graduate because you’ll probably be broke and too busy looking for a job. So, bon voyage, amigo!
4. Play An Intramural Sport
College can be stressful, and depending on your major, it can be super stressful. So one night a week, carve some time out to release some endorphins. Dodgeball, kickball, ping pong, volleyball, and flag football are just some of the co-ed sports your college’s fitness center likely offers to its students. Make some new friends, burn some calories, and then, after the celebratory hot wings, get back to that essay .
Obviously, right? It wasn’t until the end of my junior year that I fully realized that all of those classes I was skipping, the notes I wasn’t taking, and the overpriced textbooks I used as door stops were actually costing me and my family MONEY.
College is an experience, but it’s also an investment. One that requires investment. Read the required pages, take some notes, and pride yourself on being the annoying kid who knows all the answers. If anything, the stuff you learn will help inevitably aid you during trivia night with friends somewhere down the line.
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While it might be a pain and at times sleep-inducing, note-taking is a part of being a college student. The quality of the notes you take during class can make all the difference between receiving an A or C on your next exam.
Here are a few quick tips to help improve your note-taking skills:
Many professors will hand out a syllabus at the beginning of the semester that outlines the topic that each session will cover. Use this as a guide!
Keep all your notes organized by course name and chronological date.
There’s no use in writing notes if you can’t find them! Make sure that your notes are easily accessible by keeping them in a folder, binder, or notebook.
Pay close attention to things that the professor emphasizes as important; if the professor puts it on the whiteboard, write it down.
To save yourself time, it’s okay to write in phrases and use abbreviations.
Write down facts that you need to memorize, like names and dates, as well as math and science formulas you need to be familiar with.
Always review your notes before each lecture; knowing the big ideas from the previous class session will help you make connections to the new information.
If your professor allows it, bring a tape-recorder and then review the recording later to see if you missed anything important.
Use color. Did you know writing in color will help you retain 50-80% more of the information without reading it a second time? Highlighters can also be helpful for emphasizing major points.
Do you have any note-taking secrets? Share in the comments below!
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How many times have you heard the phrase, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day?” Well, while that point is debatable, there’s no doubt that it certainly is important to start your day off with something to eat. Breakfast gets your metabolism going, which will help keep you energized and get you through your day. But for busy students, it can be difficult to fit in time to eat before jetting off to class each morning. Since we know you’d probably rather sleep a few extra minutes than get up early to eat, we’ve put together a list of quick breakfast ideas that you can easily eat on your way to class.
Fruit & Cheese Mix. Cut up some fruit, such as apples, pears, bananas, grapes, or berries. Toss it into a plastic bag with some chunks of your favorite cheese, such as cheddar, Monterey jack, or mozzarella. For added crunch, throw some nuts into the mix, such as walnuts or almonds. Prepare your bag the night before so you don’t have to do all the cutting in the morning. For a true grab-and-go version, opt instead for a piece of string cheese with a whole piece of fruit and a handful of nuts.
Nut Butter & Fruit Toast. Toast a piece of bread, an English muffin half, or a frozen waffle. Spread it with peanut butter and top it with sliced bananas, fruit preserves, or raisins. Got a sweet tooth? Try swapping the peanut butter with chocolate hazelnut spread.
Yogurt with Granola. Pop open a single-serve container of yogurt and stir in some granola or chopped nuts. Add some berries or diced fruit for sweetness.
Fruit Smoothie. If you have access to a blender, whip up a fruit smoothie. Pour it into a plastic or paper cup to take with you. For some ideas, check out this list of 50 smoothie recipes.
Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal. This requires a little prep the night before, but no cooking is required! In a jar, mug, cup, or bowl, combine equal parts of raw rolled oats (not instant) and any kind of milk or yogurt. Add your favorite mix-ins, such as fruit, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, jam, or honey. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator overnight. By the morning, the oats will have absorbed enough liquid to make them soft and tasty. Check out this post for a bunch of yummy flavor ideas.
Coffee Cup Scramble. Make a delicious and portable scrambled egg breakfast in the microwave in less than five minutes! Click here for step-by-step instructions from a student at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Protein Bars. When you’re running late and have absolutely no time to prep anything, grab a protein or energy bar. To make it a good sub for a meal, look for a bar that has at least 10 grams of protein and 3-5 grams of fiber.
What do you like to eat for breakfast before class? Share in the comments below!
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Maybe this is your first semester of college, or maybe you’re about to begin your senior year. Here are five classes we think are important for every college student to take at some point in their four years. These courses will help you develop desirable job skills and create unique experiences you may not have once you graduate.
Many students do not consider advanced math to be relevant to their life outside of school. Even if you’re not planning on pursuing a math- or science-related degree, quantitative reasoning skills are important to have in the real world. Taking some sort of advanced math or logic class will provide you with some much-envied business skills as well increase your critical thinking skills.
No matter what your intended major, most universities offer internship opportunities during regular and summer sessions that will count towards course credit. These jobs may not pay much, if at all, but they look great on a resume and you can gain some really valuable skills to enter the workforce. Remember that you don’t necessarily have to take an internship in your field—use this time to help you decide what you want to accomplish while you’re in college and then what you want to accomplish with your degree.
3. Intro to Communication and Interpersonal Communication
It is surprising how little many college graduates actually understand about human communication. Communication is much more than simply talking; it is the exchange of information. Not only will students learn how to prepare speeches and presentations in an introductory class, but an Interpersonal Communication course will teach students how to interact with each other and achieve positive results.
4. Any Programming Language
In many ways, we are a generation with an advantage because we were raised in a world with PCs and the internet. Even smartphones are getting old now. Most people know how to use technology, so you can’t get away with listing “Microsoft Word” as a special skill on your resume anymore. But there is currently a shortage of people who know how to make and manipulate technology. Learning a programming language, whether it’s C, JAVA, Python, or PHP, will put you at a competitive advantage when it comes to the job hunt.
5. Intro to Philosophy
It is sometimes a joke that when students do not know what to study in college, they head for philosophy. There are actually plenty of advantages to taking a philosophy course. They teach critical thinking skills as well as how to form a coherent argument. Philosophy courses also encourage students to use logic to solve problems. Thinking outside the box is a skill that will prove useful no matter what your future holds.
These courses may be especially helpful, even for students who do not know what to study in college. Each of these classes will provide inspiration and critical thinking every college graduate should leave school with.Image source: optometry.nsuok.edu
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