Top 3 Spring Break Destinations for College Students

(Image Credit: Vitaly Krivosheev)

(Image Credit: Vitaly Krivosheev)

Midterms have come and gone and spring break is upon us. If you’re anything like me, a poor college student, then you really have no plans this break. So I am here to suggest a couple destinations for you to pursue while your friends post pictures of the beach and pina coladas with those tiny umbrellas.

 

Your bed

Whether you’re going back home for the break or staying at your apartment, your bed should be your #1 destination this spring break. After all, who else could be there for you in your time of need better than your bed? No one. The answer is no one.

 

Your refrigerator

Now that you’re momentarily free of the weight of education, why not head down to your local grocery store and buy anything and everything your heart desires (as long as you can, you know, afford it). Stock that fridge high so when you wake up from that 4 hour nap, you have a snack or two waiting for you.

 

Netflix or Hulu

Now that you have some free time, why not catch up on all those shows you’ve been meaning to watch? You and your bed can spend some quality time together as you binge watch the latest season of Workaholics or Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Lose yourself in TV shows and ignore all the responsibilities that wait for you at the end of the break.

 

Spring Break is a time for you. It is a time for you to take a moment for yourself and remember what you enjoy. And just because you or your family can’t afford a fancy vacation doesn’t mean your break can’t be as fun or as mentally rejuvenating as someone else’s. And Walmart sells those little umbrellas, too, you know.

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Tara Talks: Episode Thirty Three (The One with Roommates)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

TARA TALKS (Image Credit: Tara Robinson)

Happy start of a new school year! In this video I discuss the different types of roommates you might encounter. Hopefully you don’t have any crazy roommates this year!!! But if you do, I try to attempt to give you some advice on how to deal with their craziness and try to stay sane throughout the school year! Continue reading

The Importance of Building a Relationship with Your College Professors

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(Image Credit: Tyler Olson)

In high school, getting better acquainted with your teachers happened without you really having to try. You saw them every day for an hour, sometimes two. They had you in class for a full year and maybe even in a study hall. In college, your professors are a bit different. If you’re in a seminar, chances are you’re just a number on a list of 200 kids. In your smaller classes, your professor will most likely get to know your name, but it’s up to you to get them to remember you once the semester is over. It can definitely be intimidating to try to establish the type of professional relationship with a professor that may have developed easily with your high school teachers, but know that the vast majority of professors out there are eager to get to know their students. To develop a professional relationship with your professor be an active participant in class, actually go to the office hours they constantly talk about and don’t be nervous to have a one-on-one conversation. Here are five reasons you’ll be glad you did! Continue reading

‘Star Wars’ and NCAA team up for geek-rific new college apparel!

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(Image Credit: Walt Disney Corp)

There are two things my husband loves: his Clemson Tigers and Star Wars. The only way he could love those two more would be to combine them, but that would be crazy… right? Wrong, because Star Wars and the NCAA have made it happen. On Sept. 11, StarWars.com announced that they would be making an exclusive line of collegiate apparel so that while you’re cheering on your favorite team, you can also show off your inner geek. Continue reading

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Life After College: It’s a Marathon not a Sprint

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(Image Credit: Minerva Studio)

So, you’re walking across the stage at your college graduation, preparing yourself to receive that diploma you worked your ass off for (give or take) four years to get. It’s such an exciting time! It really is, so drink it in! Because shortly after obtaining that certification, the door to adulthood swings open and before you know it, you’re back in your hometown, frantically searching for a job; anything to put those skills you spent the last four years refining to good use (for decent money, of course). Continue reading

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What drives us apart? Thoughts on Diversity in Public Schools

School Desks (Image Credit: DCJohn)

School Desks (Image Credit: DCJohn)

I was lucky to attend one of the most diverse public high schools in the country. On paper, anyway. But the actual experience was not what I expected. I was shocked to see the way the students segregated themselves. Passing through the entrance to my school was like stepping into a completely different decade. If you asked me to, I could actually compose a map of all the different ethnic territories on our campus. Ironically, the hallways of my high school were adorned with words like ‘Empathy,’ ‘Compassion,’ ‘Acceptance’ and ‘Respect,’ although these were the very qualities our school was desperately lacking. Witnessing such an extreme degree of self-inflicted segregation always made me wonder what drives us apart. Why do we separate ourselves from people just because we’re different? Why are we so set on sustaining these divides? We need to find effective ways of embracing and accepting each other’s differences instead of distancing ourselves because of them. Continue reading

Movie Myths About… College

Skylar Astin and Anna Kendrick in PITCH PERFECT (Image Credit: Universal Pictures)

Skylar Astin and Anna Kendrick in PITCH PERFECT (Image Credit: Universal Pictures)

Hollywood loves to tell larger-than-life stories, and it’s pretty good at it. But these tales almost always come with a bit of embellishment, none more so than the movies about college life. Whether you’re watching Old School, Acceptedor Sydney White, there are always going to be differences between the movie magic and the everyday realities of college living. Here are just a few that stick out like Elle Woods in her bunny suit. Continue reading

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How to Survive Finals Week

Finals Week (Image Credit: John Althouse Cohen)

Finals Week (Image Credit: John Althouse Cohen)

Finals Week- that special time of year where you forget or don’t have time to eat, you become sleep deprived and panic attacks become a normal occurrence. But it doesn’t have to be this way! I know final exam week is extremely stressful, but take a deep breath because winter break is in your grasp! But for the time being, here are a few tips to help you survive finals week. Continue reading

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Tips for Eating Healthy on a Busy College Schedule!

Healthy Eating (Image Credit: Rancz Andrei)

Healthy Eating (Image Credit: Rancz Andrei)

With a non-stop schedule of classes, meetings with various organizations, studying and fun with friends, maintaining a healthy, balanced, diet in a college setting becomes difficult. Believe it or not, it’s actually not impossible to eat well; and referring to the following tips can help you improve your college diet (or the diet of anyone on the go)! Continue reading

Why I think sorority life is beneficial to women!

Why I think sorority life is beneficial to women!

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There are three things that I believe were the most life-changing and important decisions of my life. One of them was joining a sorority. I go to a university with a very prominent Greek presence on campus. I guess you could say my sorority consists of roughly 290 of my closest friends. Just kidding, but there really are almost 300 of us in our chapter. This amount of sorority sisters is quite unusual, but has been a hoot and a half. Sorority life has benefited me in little less than a year and can benefit others if they would give it a chance. Continue reading