10 Tips for Students Bringing Pets to College

For some incoming college students, leaving home without their best friend isn’t an option. Who wants to experience the best time of their life – which can also be one of the most difficult times – without their number one companion? The health benefits of keeping a pet are well-documented. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pets can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol level and triglyceride levels. Additionally, they can create opportunities for you to exercise and socialize. So when you’re suffering through a break-up, ol’ Fido can console you, help you trim the “freshman 15″ and lead you to your next lover. If you’re planning to bring your pet to campus, it’s important that you understand the responsibility that you’ll have to undertake in order to keep him or her healthy and happy. Here are 10 tips to consider when brining your pet to college.

  1. Check with your dorm or apartment management
    A vast majority campus dorms across the country aren’t pet-friendly. So if you’ve already been assigned to one that prohibits any pet beyond that isn’t a fish, you can attempt to back out of your commitment – though it may be difficult – and move off-campus. You can avoid such a mess altogether by researching if your college has pet-friendly dorms beforehand. More universities have become more relaxed with their pet policies – MIT, for example, allows cats in four of its 11 dorms. Of course, most apartments allow pets, as long as you pay an additional fee.
  2. Get your roommate’s approval
    Regardless of whether you’ve been paired with a random person or you’re moving in with your lifelong (human) friend, you must seek their approval before your pet enters the equation. Your new roommate may have pet allergies, disapprove of the uncleanliness, or possess an irrational fear of the animal. If they say it’s a no-go, you can always find a more pet-friendly roomy.
  3. Budget your money
    Among the many life lessons learned in college, budgeting is one of the most important. No longer is mom or dad on your side, wallet in hand, ready to cover all of your expenses without second thought. Tuition, room and board, textbooks and food will inevitably put a large dent into your bank account, and if your parents help you out, they probably won’t be receptive to your pleas for additional aid. Before making the move, sit down and make a list of the items and services that you’ll need to purchase for your pet. It should include food, vet services (like random emergencies) and grooming. Then determine if you can afford it, and if not, what measures will need to be taken in order to make it happen financially.
  4. Stock up on the essentials
    If money isn’t a problem, stock up on the essentials before departing on your journey to campus – it won’t be the only time you’ll be transporting your pet. Purchase an appropriate-sized crate that’s both safe and comfortable. Make a trip to the vet and refill its medications. Also, supply yourself any miscellaneous items that are used day-to-day, like leashes, toys and bones.
  5. Budget your time
    Most college students struggle to maintain a balance between class time, work time and their social lives, and very little of their days are spent at home. Just like with any healthy human relationship, your relationship with your pet, especially if it’s a dog, requires an investment in time. Set aside time each day and encourage them to exercise and socialize. Potty train them before they set foot in your dorm room or apartment so that bathroom breaks won’t be laborious tasks.
  6. Pet-proof your dorm or apartment
    Survey your dorm or apartment to ensure your pet is safe from hazardous materials. Place medications, human food, cleaning materials and anything else that could make them sick in an unreachable area. Make sure wires and cords are out of sight to prevent chewing. Keep you toilet seat down and washer and dryer doors closed – if you’re fortunate enough to have those appliances. And cover all heating and air vents.
  7. Establish pet-friendly areas
    Keep in mind that you are in fact sharing your new home with your pet. Mi casa es tu casa, right? So establish pet-friendly areas in your dorm room or apartment. If you have a cat, find a tiled floor – preferably away from the kitchen – to place his or her litter box. You can erect their scratch posts in an area in your living room that’s not visible, like behind the couch, or behind your bed in your dorm room. Also, find a comfy place to set up a bed for your dog when they aren’t sleeping at the foot of your bed.
  8. Prepare to clean consistently
    Although cats clean themselves, their efforts aren’t thorough enough to meet human standards. To compensate, you’ll need to consistently clean your dorm room or apartment so that it doesn’t become engulfed in fur and dander. Dogs are the most difficult to clean after, so you’ll have to focus an equal amount of time cleaning him or her as you would cleaning the spaces in which it most resides.
  9. Have a pet-sitter on standby
    Those spontaneous college roadtrips are less doable when you have a pet for which to care full-time. Additionally, any extended time away from your home base could leave your pet lonely, depressed and hungry. Securing a consistent pet-sitter enables you to have your cake and eat it too. Your life will be richer for having the pet, but you won’t always be tied down by it. Fittingly, good friends who enjoy the company of animals make the trustiest sitters.
  10. Bring him/her home every once and a while
    If your pet has grown up around your family, be sure to bring him or her home – when you can – so that he or she can become reacquainted with them and vice versa. After all, your pet is a member of your family, and it deserves all the love in the world.

States with Tax-Free Back-to-School Shopping

Tax-free shopping days are almost here, when children and adults alike can get clothing and school supplies tax-free. From computers, computer equipment to shoes and shirts, families can save tons during this summer event. If you’re luck enough to live in a state that participates in tax-free shopping, this information is for you. Here are the states that have tax-free shopping, their dates and the maximum amount per item:

  • Alabama

    Aug. 6-8; clothing-$100, computers-$750, school supplies-$50, books-$30

  • ConnecticutAug. 15-21; clothing and footwear-$300
  • FloridaAug. 13-15; clothing and books-$50, school supplies-$10
  • IllinoisAug. 6-15; clothing, footwear and school supplies-$100
  • IowaAug. 6-7; clothing-$100
  • MarylandAug. 8-14; clothing and footwear-$100
  • MississippiJuly 30-31; clothing and footwear-$100
  • MissouriAug. 6-8; clothing-$100, computers-$3,500, school supplies-$50
  • New MexicoAug. 6-8; clothing-$100, computers-$1,000, school supplies-$15
  • North CarolinaAug. 6-8; clothing-$100, computers-$3,500, other computer-$250, school supplies-$100, instructional materials-$300, sports equipment-$50
  • OklahomaAug. 6-8; Clothing-$100
  • South CarolinaAug. 6-8; clothing, school supplies, computers and other school-related equipment are exempt from the sales and use tax.
  • TennesseeAug. 6-8; clothing-$100, computers-$1,500, school supplies-$100
  • TexasAug. 20-22; Clothing, backpacks and school supplies-$100
  • VirginiaAug. 6-8; clothing-$100, school supplies-$20

8 Ways to Network While in College

Job-hunting has become an anxiety-laden process due in part to hyper-competition and the poor state of our economy. That’s why college students should start thinking about how they plan to start their careers well-before graduation. If you spend time on campus, then you’ve likely networked without even knowing it, forming a foundation on which to build a multitude of connections that may benefit you in the future. With that in mind, consider how much your network would expand if you really put forth the effort. Below are eight ways to network while in college – these avenues have proven beneficial to social and career-minded students.

  • Cultivate relationships with your classmates

    As you become an upperclassman and your classes become smaller and more in-tune with your major, you’ll be required to work closely with your classmates. Typically, class participation, group projects and group papers factor into your grade. During the process, you’ll make friends and acquaintances with whom you share common goals. In the future, you can share job leads and other helpful information that could make employment more attainable.

  • Cultivate relationships with your professors

    Maintain contact with the professors who were most helpful and friendly to you. They may provide written references to accompany your job applications, or even steer you toward a job opening. Most professors genuinely want to see their students succeed and thus will be happy to help you out.

  • Join a fraternity or sorority

    In a Greek organization, you’ll form close bonds with like-minded students who’ll become loyal friends in the long-run. Additionally, alumni of your fraternity or sorority, who are already established in your prospective field of work, will be more than willing to assist you in your job search. Keep in mind that Greek organizations have many chapters nationwide, so a fellow member from another school in another state might even help you out.

  • Join campus organizations

    Most colleges provide a variety of campus organizations that appeal to the varying interests of their students. There are professional organizations, volunteer-orientated organizations and organizations that cater to recreational interests. Obviously, professional organizations tend to be the most beneficial for career networking, but joining any organization will enable you to make connections.

  • Seek internships

    An internship gives you the opportunity to put a foot in the door. Not only will you be gaining valuable experience in your prospective field of work, but you’ll also be proving your worth to your superiors, who in turn may provide you with written references, job leads or even a job with the company. The more internships you undertake, the more connections you’ll make. And finding them shouldn’t be too difficult. Some departments in colleges provide internship databases that contain internship opportunities in the city and state in which you’re located.

  • Attend job fairs

    Job fairs give you the opportunity to speak directly with future employers. Colleges and their departments gather companies and organizations from near and far to recruit their students. In some cases, students are hired on the spot after impromptu interviews.

  • Attend networking events

    Many colleges organize networking events that enable students to converse with established professionals in their prospective fields of work. Typically, these professionals speak to students about what it takes to achieve success, and offer any other advice that students may deem helpful – even well-after the event.

  • Join networking websites

    Sites like LinkedIn – which has more than 70 million users from 200 countries – are excellent facilitators of career-oriented social networks. They connect professionals in varying fields, enabling them to exchange resources that are helpful to their careers.

Top 10 College Drinking Games

Sure there were dice games, card games and old-school fraternity challenges, but nothing has quite taken the college party scene by storm like today’s varied and oh-so competitive drinking games. No matter where you go to college, chances are you’ve either played or heard of Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Power Hour or another game that involves some level of skill and, err, tolerance. Virtually everywhere you look on the Internet, you can find a brief description, basic rules and maybe even some insider techniques to playing (and winning) these popular drinking games. Here are the top 10 college drinking games and their abridged rules:

  1. Beer Pong

    Ten years ago, shooting ping pong balls into plastic cups from across a table may not have caught on at most college campuses, but once it did, beer pong quickly became a staple to the college party scene. From penalties, re-racking, rollbacks to swatting rules, Beer Pong has a myriad of rules that vary between schools, houses and states. One thing’s for certain — the object of the game is to make all of your cups before the opposing team.

  2. Flip Cup

    Like an assembly line of Olympic drinkers, Flip Cup requires quick beer-chugging and cup-flipping skills to beat the opposing team. Flip Cup is arguably the most popular group-based drinking game for college students. With an even number of people, Flip Cup is played by lining up teams across from each other on a long table and pouring a little bit of beer in each player’s cup. On the count of three, the first opponents will chug their beer, place their cup down on the table and try to flip it facing down. In an assembly line fashion, each player repeats this action until the last player flips their cup. Flip Cup really takes the crown for being the most energized, fight-to-the-death group drinking game.

  3. Power Hour

    Power Hour is what you could call an endurance game. The object of the game is quite simple — take a shot of beer every minute for one hour. Of course there are variants to Power Hour, such as drinking 21 shots per hour, or taking one shot per minute for 100 minutes. This may seem like an easy enough game, but it could be a long hour for those who can’t keep up. Depending on your endurance, how well you follow the rules and which version of the game you’re playing, be prepared to drink anywhere from 7 to 9 beers within one hour.

  4. King’s Cup

    Two is “you,” three is “me,” nine is “rhyme” and so on…King’s Cup, also known as Kings, Ring of Fire and Circle of Death, is a popular card drinking game played by a group of two or more people. Before starting the game, players have to establish the rules for each card. Like beer pong, King’s Cup is played by house rules or the group consensus, which can vary depending on where you play. While the rules for each card are subject to change, most King’s Cup games involve placing a single cup — the king’s cup — and surround it with a deck of cards faced-down. One by one, each player takes their turn pulling a card and following its designated rule. It’s common for players who pull a king to pour some of their drink, whether it’s beer, wine or a cocktail, into the king’s cup. Whoever pulls the last king card has to drink the king’s cup, which could be a surprising concoction of drinks.

  5. Quarters

    This game is perfect for college students drinking on a dime…err…quarter. Scrounge up a couple quarters, beers and shot glasses; then clear the table and you’ve got everything you need to play Quarters. The idea is simple: bounce the quarters into a shot glass filled with beer, racing to beat your opponent. Quarters can be played one-on-one, or as a group with an even number of players.

  6. F*** the Dealer

    This isn’t your average guessing game. With three or more people, you start by shuffling a deck of cards and picking a dealer. Going clockwise, the dealer will ask the person next to them to guess the card. If they guess wrong, the dealer will ask them if it’s higher or lower than the card they guessed. The dealer lays down the card face-up, creating a line of cards organized by number and face, and the guesser has to drink the difference from the number they guessed to the actual card. The dealer will repeat two more times and pass the deck to the next person. If the guesser gets the card right, the dealer has to drink for three or more seconds and holds on to the deck until three people guess wrong. The game continues while one dealer inevitably gets screwed by the players easily guessing the card.

  7. Horse Races

    Like Kentucky Derby, these Horse Races also involve lots of gambling and screaming. With a group of two or more, Horse Races is most commonly played by taking the aces, kings and queens out of the deck (12 cards altogether), and arranging the kings and queens to make a straight line. The aces represent the horses, which are determined by the suit each player picks. The aces are lined up in a row at the beginning of the line and with the flip of each card — they’re off! The aces advance whenever their designated suit is drawn and all others must drink. Some versions calculate seconds for the losers to drink, which are given out by the winning suits, and other versions involve betting with money or in exchange for drinks. The first horse to make it to the end of the line wins, and they give out seconds to drink to the losers.

  8. Never Have I Ever

    Ready to discover some dirty secrets about your friends? Gather a group of friends, the beverage of your choice and sit in a circle. The game beings by everyone holding up 10 fingers and one player making a statement beginning with the phrase “never have I ever.” Anyone sitting in the circle that has actually done what the first player says must put one finger down and take a drink. The next player in the circle repeats the process until one of the players puts down all of their fingers. The questions can be as modest as “never have I ever gotten a tattoo,” to more revealing statements, such as “never have I ever had a threesome?”

  9. Pirate

    For those drinking athletes looking for a challenge, Pirate is it. The game starts with at least four players and a deck of cards. The entire deck is dealt to the players at the table, but players are not allowed to look at their cards. One player starts the game by calling a suit and throwing a card. The game proceeds until one person throws a card of the same suit as was initially called by the first player. When that happens, the player who threw the card must drink for the amount of time denoted by the number value of the card. For instance, a jack equates to 11 seconds and an ace equates to 14 seconds. The other players in the game count the seconds for the player, taking as long or as short a period of time as they like. There are two rules during counting: The player drinking must call the next suit before they place their drink on the table. Secondly, if the player finished their drink and slams the empty drink on the table before the next person says their corresponding number, they take over the original drinking time. This game separates the men from the boys and is a great way to get the night started with a vengeance!

  10. Landmine

    This is a game for the Quarters game enthusiasts who are tired of scratching up their hand-me-down table. A group of players sit around an open table and the first player starts the game by spinning a quarter, picking up a previously poured shot of the beverage of your choice with their right hand, drinking it, setting it down and picking up the quarter while it is still spinning with their right hand as well. If the quarter stops spinning before you can pick it up, you must try again. So why is it called landmine? Well, any of the players at the table who finish their drink can use their empty drink vessel to stop the quarter’s spin by slamming the can or cup on the quarter while it’s still spinning. When they do this, the player must repeat their turn and the cup or can remains on the table for all players. Now, when other players spin the quarter, it must not hit any of the landmines left on the table and if it does, they must repeat. This is a good way to ruin your friend’s birthday by placing a land mine 6 inches directly in front of him/her, and watching with pleasure as they struggle to get away from the landmines that surround them.

Top 10 Guitar Players of All Time

Compiling a list of the 10 greatest guitarists is a near-impossible task. Through the last half-century, dozens of these talented musicians have catapulted their bands and musical careers to new heights, captivating the world with their unique sounds. Any of the guys listed below serve as role models to future generation of guitarists. Although some prominent plank-spankers were omitted – like Malmsteen, Vai, Rhodes, Berry, Townsend, Santana and Slash -it’s not a slight to them. Nevertheless, here’s an interchangeable list of the top 10 guitarists of all-time.

  1. Jimi Hendrix
    Hendrix revolutionized playing the guitar and rock music as whole. The former backup guitarist for the Isley Brothers, Little Richard and King Curtis burst onto the scene in 1966 with his first hit, “Hey Joe,” which was followed shortly after by “Purple Haze” and “The Wind Cries Mary.” During his career, Hendrix recorded just three studio albums because a number of disputes with record companies. Despite the personal and career problems that plagued him during the end of his life, he’s still considered by many as the greatest guitarist ever to have graced this earth.
  2. Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Vaughan is widely credited for reviving blues during the 1980s, when big hair and new wave bands had risen to the top of the charts. Among the most popular songs he recorded during his career include “Pride and Joy,” “Texas Flood” and “Wham!”. Although his life was tragically cut short in a helicopter crash in August of 1990 – he was just 35-years-old, his legend as an elite blues musician and guitarist will never die.
  3. Eric Clapton
    Clapton’s music was also deeply influenced by blues; he patterned his style after BB King and Robert Johnson. Additionally, he has successfully sampled with different genres, including reggae and adult contemporary. His versatility is unmatched, and as a result, he has produced numerous hits – perhaps the most famous of which is “Layla” with Derek and the Dominos, Cream, The Yardbirds and as a solo performer.
  4. Duane Allman
    Allman’s rise to fame didn’t last long. Like so many other talented musicians – guitarists especially – his life was cut short well-before he had reached his full potential. Even still, his brief presence brought his bottleneck slide and Southern-influenced blues-rock to the forefront. One of Duane’s greatest admirers was Eric Clapton, who asked him to join Derek and the Dominos after their collaboration on “Layla” in 1970.
  5. Jimmy Page
    Before his work as a member of Led Zeppelin, Page paid his dues by becoming a session guitarist, working with iconic bands including The Rolling Stones and The Who. In 1966, he joined The Yardbirds, which featured fellow all-time great guitarist Jeff Beck. The band was remade and renamed after the additions of Robert Plant and John Bonham, and Led Zeppelin went on to sale more than 200 million albums worldwide.
  6. Keith Richards
    Richards has maintained his status as a rock legend due to his prowess as a rhythm guitarist and relentless partying. And despite his morbid appearance, he’s can still strum with the best of them at the ripe age of 67. He has cited Chuck Berry as his inspiration, and he has long favored the acoustic guitar even though he’s regarded as an elite player of the electric guitar.
  7. Eddie Van Halen
    Eddie Van Halen revolutionized the use of the electric guitar with his lightning-fast technique, which has often been mimicked but never duplicated. The energy he displays on stage with Van Halen (the band) has made its performances must-see events through four decades.
  8. Robert Johnson
    Almost an entire generation of guitarists cites Robert Johnson as its primary influence, including some of the aforementioned performers. Those who had the privilege of experiencing Johnson’s music live swore that he made a pact with the devil – he was that good – and his music has remained timeless decades after his premature death. In 1990, Sony released a two-box set containing every known song he recorded, and it became the first blues recording to sell more than a million units.
  9. Yngwie Malmsteen
    Inspired by composers Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Vivaldi, and bands like Deep Purple and Rainbow, Malmsteen infused classical and rock stylings to make a unique sound of his own. He’s widely admired by guitarists for his heavy metal shredding technique, which features blisteringly-fast solos. But his zeal for perfectionism prevented him from releasing more albums during the prime of his career, allowing for his legacy to become somewhat overshadowed by other guitar-playing greats.
  10. Joe Satriani
    Before Satriani hit it big with the release of his first album, Not of this Earth, he taught such renowned guitarist as Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett, Charlie Hunter and David Bryson. He’s regarded as one of the most technically sound guitarists of all-time; he credits Hendrix, Clapton and Page among others as his inspirations.

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10 Life Lessons Learned in Grade School

Grade school was an impressionable time for everyone. It’s when we became immersed into a mini-society, learning valuable life lessons that have remained through adulthood. If you think about it, many comparisons can be made between life in grade school and life in the real world. For example, back then, we had to learn to coexist with our peers – for better or for worse. And for many, it has proven to be a never-ending learning process; though you’re hopefully better at it now than you were as an 8-year-old. Here are a few life lessons we learned during that fun yet trying time, when the world was fresh and we were a bit more resilient.

  • Pay attention
    When you’re a kid and possess the attention span of a fruit fly, paying attention isn’t the easiest of tasks. This was especially the case when you first entered elementary school. No longer was there naptime or extended periods of time to expend your massive amounts of energy – recess wasn’t nearly long enough. In junior high, the opposite sex served as a constant distraction – if not an obsession.
  • Dealing with the opposite sex is difficult
    When you first became interested in the opposite sex, your attempts to figure them out were futile. How do you know if they like you? How do you make them like you? Once you finally get a girlfriend or boyfriend, how do you keep them happy? How do keep yourself happy? And the questions mount as you get older.
  • Follow directions
    “Doing your own thing” was always cool, but it would land you in a heap of trouble. Depending on the personality of your teacher, your insubordinate acts might’ve resulted in prison-like experiences. Sitting out recess, enduring detention and coping with isolated lunches were never easy. And when it came to schoolwork, an overlooked detail in the instructions would result in a bloodbath of red ink on the assignment, making it not refrigerator-worthy.
  • Honesty is the best policy
    Getting caught in a lie meant trouble. Typically, some sort of punishment was the consequence of telling a verifiable fib to a teacher or principle. Their trust was violated – as they probably told you – and from that point forward even your truthful statements were questioned. Now as an adult, a lie could result losing your job or divorce, for example. Hopefully, you learned your lesson.
  • Every action has a consequence
    A mature and intelligent person knows to always think before they act. Otherwise, they might face negative consequences – like after telling a lie. Another problem that every child endures is peer pressure, which is pervasive in a school environment.
  • Peer pressure is bad
    Conformity was necessary to an extent. After all, you didn’t want to be a social outcast – even in elementary school. But like the DARE Program taught you, mindlessly following the crowd could bring trouble. In cases when your friends wanted you to partake in potentially harmful activities, “doing your own thing” wasn’t so bad.
  • Treat people with respect
    Even during adulthood, not everybody treats their peers with respect. Perhaps the people who don’t missed the “do unto others” lesson in grade school. The ability to empathize with others should’ve been honed during those early stages of social interaction.
  • There’s always a social hierarchy
    There was always the cool kid, the nerd, the talker, the shy one, the rebel, the pretty girl and the drama queen/king; who it was and the extent of their behavior varied as you progressed through school. As an adult, you find that people tend to fill these same roles in the workplace – for better or for worse.
  • Always stand up for yourself
    Amid the personal struggle of determining whether or not you should conform and give in to peer pressure, it was important that you developed a strong sense of self in the process. Your ability to defend your convictions back then shaped who you’ve become as an adult. On a more basic level, fighting off a bully enabled you to assert yourself as an independent human being who deserved respect. As life has progressed, you’ve likely encountered more bullies, but in different forms, and your will to deal with them was cultivated when you were a child.
  • Roll with the punches
    People tend to forget the trying times that came during grade school. Sure, you didn’t have much responsibility and you benefitted from living under the wings of your parents, but you also had to deal with personal insecurity, teasing, bullying and a general lack of wisdom that affected your everyday decisions. Later in life, as things become more difficult, it’s essential that you know how to face the problems that are thrown your way. Life isn’t a fairytale, so you have to roll with the punches.

10 Worst Work-Study Jobs in College

Federal Work-Study gives you the opportunity to earn money from your institution of higher learning by working for individual departments on campus or off-campus agencies. In most cases, students get to select the jobs of their choice, so the chances you end up miserable during the several hours per week that you work are minimized. However, not every student makes the right choice, and some are at the mercy of their school’s financial aid department, which assigns them to a position. Below are some of the worst work-study jobs held by students. Sure, not everyone hates these positions, but to most, they tend to be either extremely boring, extremely laborious – more so than the pay would indicate – or below their skillsets.

  • Cafeteria Dish Washer
    If you take a glance at these work-study positions posted at Ohio Northern University during 2009-10 academic year, you’ll notice there’s a need for cafeteria dishwashers. Contrast that position with a couple of the other positions listed – like Football Video Director and Football Videographer. If given a choice between the three, which would you eliminate first? Those who didn’t have the luxury of making such a choice had to endure – at worst – potentially backbreaking labor and mindless work. And they could’ve gotten the same job at their local chain restaurant without filling out a FAFSA and dealing with the financial aid office.
  • Telemarketer
    Telemarketing on campus usually involves soliciting donations from alumni in an effort to collect more money for the university. It’s a key component of fundraising and the never-ending arms race between schools to build their endowments. At Michigan State University, telemarketersare responsible for building relationships with MSU alumni from around the country. Essentially, they have to become salesmen and saleswomen. Although the school offers some appealing incentives for their telemarketers, it doesn’t change the fact that the job in general, regardless of the employer, is viewed as miserable work. Of course, some students are perfectly suited for such a position, but many others lack the energy to perform their duties amid hours of class time and studying.
  • Janitorial Services Assistant/Helper
    There’s no shame in working in janitorial services, but after you’ve spent a few hours studying quantum physics, mopping the vomit off of the floor of a dorm lobby can be a bit of a letdown. The job won’t enhance your resume, which ought to look its best when you’re applying for jobs or grad school. Also, you can’t underestimate the physical exertion that comes with janitorial work. If you haven’t exercised since your junior year of high school, then your chances of survival in the position are slim.
  • Outdoor Maintenance
    Ever driven across campus after gameday or any other major outdoor event? Did it look like the aftermath of an atomic bomb? Ever wondered how the campus became pristine again before the next school day? Many colleges employ students to assist in the cleanup. When they aren’t combing the campus for litter, they may assist with the upkeep and maintenance of other areas. This job – like the janitorial job – can be physically exhausting for the average student.
  • Library Assistant
    The worst part about being a library assistant is the endless work that keeps you both bored and busy. For many students, tedious tasks like shelving books or checking books in and out for hours on end causes them to daydream about the more exciting work-study jobs they could’ve chosen. It’s the type of job that doesn’t fill your resume, build your skills or keep you at the edge of your seat.
  • Financial Aid Office Assistant
    Financial aid departments aren’t usually known for their helpfulness and accessibility. So imagine what it’d be like to work for the same people who consistently lose your documents, fail to answer your questions and fail to prepare your financial aid package on time. And if you happen to make a mistake on the job, you’ll be just as bad as the rest of them, meaning you’ve likely caused another student to experience financial aid drama.
  • Registrar’s Office Assistant
    There’s never a shortage of tedious work to be done in the registrar’s office – it handles student records, so lots of filing, faxing, scanning, label making, paper shredding and phone calls are involved. It’s the typical unexciting and unimpressive work that most students try to avoid when choosing a work-study job. If you’re trying to find a position in which you don’t have to work, keep looking.
  • Bus Driver
    Although not as common as the aforementioned bad work-study jobs, bus drivingis a legitimate option for students at North Carolina State University. If you obtain your Class B Commercial Driver’s License and a couple of endorsements, you’ll be ready to transport hundreds of your closest college friends around the campus area. But steering and breaking a 12 ton vehicle while ensuring your passengers get to their destinations on time and intact can be quite stressful.
  • Teacher’s Aide at Child Development Center
    It may seem like a pleasant job at first, but if you don’t have any real experience caring for children five years of age and younger, then you might be in over your head. Their behavior is characterized by emotional outbursts, resistance to authority and messiness, and you can’t rationalize with them. Sound like a bad roommate? Imagine that roommate 15 years younger.
  • Research Assistant for the Wrong Professor
    “Wrong” in the sense that you were assigned to a professor who either has no interest in your presence, or works you like a mule. Just like in your classes, professors can be either intense when it comes to work or more relaxed. If they treat you like a legitimate coworker and expect top-notch work, then your $8 per hour salary isn’t nearly enough. If they think you’re too stupid to do anything, or if they’re simply aloof, you’ll spend your days twiddling your thumbs in boredom.

10 Abundant College Sayings and Cliche

Before you went off to college, your initial perception of college life was probably shaped by popular culture and a few phrases that you’ve heard through the years. During your first year or two on campus, you likely discovered that it wasn’t quite as you expected – in not necessarily a bad way – or you and your peers were trying to live up to the “Animal House” standard. By the time you graduate, you’ll know for certain whether or not those college sayings or cliches are true. Below are a few that have been repeated through the years on campuses across America. Do they describe your college experience?

  • “College is the best time of your life.”
    For many people, it’s the truth. After all, like David Wood said, “College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night?” and “College is like a fountain of knowledge – and the students are there to drink.” College: party, party, party, party. It’s the last time that you don’t have any real responsibility, right? But what about your degree?
  • “If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library.”
    If you’ve watched “Revenge of the Nerds,” you know about the social divide on some college campuses. But let’s be real, you can be studious – and have the self-motivation to learn on your own – and enjoy an active social life. Even if you aren’t smooth with the opposite sex, the availability of alcohol – as alluded to in the previous paragraph – can cause strange things to happen during a given evening.
  • “Graduating college in four years is like leaving a party at 10:30.”
    And thus most students these days take five years to graduate. Who can blame them? Because of the aforementioned reasons, leaving college isn’t easy. The threat of entering the real world is daunting; no longer can you live off of mom and dad, stay out late whenever you please and sleep in the next day. Ask any four year graduate – most seem to wish they would’ve avoided the nine-to-five grind. There are 40 or 50 years for that.
  • “You can lead a boy to college, but you can’t make him think.”
    It’s one thing to rehash facts on your exams and forget the information as soon as you leave the room. It’s another to fully comprehend the material, gaining new insight into different ideas as intended by your professor. Attaining a college degree doesn’t mean you automatically become smart. The true college experience entails a full intellectual commitment to your discipline. Your education is in your hands, or “College is what you make of it.” Yeah, boring stuff.
  • “The quality of a university is measured more by the kind of student it turns out than the kind it takes in.”
    This quote kind of contradicts the above quote. So college can make a boy (or gal) think? You figure a good college graduate would be thoughtful. It also implies that colleges with high admission standards are overrated. Although that’s true in some cases, colleges with the most successful alumni tend to accumulate the smartest high school students. But then again, success is relative.
  • “Hard work never killed anyone, but why take a chance?”
    Hard work leads to high stress. Stress causes heart disease. Heart disease causes death. You don’t need a college degree to comprehend the reasoning behind this saying. It’s easy to believe that health risks arise when you aren’t having fun. Your happiness is directly tied to how many nights per week you spend at the bar.
  • “A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.”
    There’s something about listening to the professor drone on about unimportant information that causes you to get the REM sleep you’ve been lacking while resting on your dorm room bed. Class time provides you with the opportunity to catch up on the sleep you missed while at the bar the previous night – and that morning.
  • “College is a refuge from hasty judgment.”
    To some extent, this is true. The free exchange of ideas is encouraged at most college campuses, but it doesn’t mean that people aren’t quietly judging you while you announce to the world that America should nuke every country not located in the Bahamas. Do you think students at, say, the University of Alabama want to hear about your unbridled love of Kashi products and hemp?
  • “Life is my college.”
    No it’s not. College is your college. Unless you’re Andrew Jackson, or one of the few lucky people blessed with a truly innovative mind, you probably need to follow the path most taken. It seems that more often than not, those who say “Life is my college” spend their days rolling doobies, munching on Doritos and watching Cartoon Network. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
  • “I have a degree in liberal arts. Do you want fries with that?”
    If you’re a liberal arts major, you’ve undoubtedly taken grief from your friends who are pursuing engineering and accounting degrees. While you’re out partying, they’re in studying and they hate you for it. And they’re always the first to remind you that while they’ll be making a king’s ransom at their first jobs after college, you’ll be flipping burgers across the street from campus. That probably won’t be true, especially if you’re a social stud with a vast network of friends and connections. Plus there’s always grad school.

10 Cheap Beers for College Students

If you’re a stereotypical American college student, the two things you likely covet the most are beer and money. Unfortunately, you can’t have one without the other. In fact, a recent study from researchers at the University of Florida proved the obvious; a 10-cent hike in cost per gram of alcohol resulted in lower blood-alcohol levels among students. This is good news when it comes to public safety, but what about the occasions when you just want to chill with a six pack in your apartment? There’s something to be said for sipping on a cold one after completing a difficult exam for which you spent hours studying the night before. Or when you have friends over to watch the game, a tasty social lubricant enhances the experience exponentially. Below are ten beers that you can buy without having to sacrifice a meal. If you’re a college veteran, you’ve probably experimented with a few of these inexpensive brews before. But if you’re just a novice, be on the lookout for the listed brands at your nearby corner or grocery store.

  • Yuengling Lager
    Yuengling Brewery is America’s oldest. It’s well-known for providing a smooth and easy drinking experience; perfect for when you’re chowing down on wings or pizza. Unfortunately, the beer is available in just ten states along the eastern seaboard.
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
    PBR has gained a reputation for being a “hipster beer,” but its appeal has become broader, especially during the down economy. According to Fortune, the company experienced about a 30 percent increase in sales in the US through October of 2009. Although it’s not quite as cheap as some of the other brands listed, it’s a nice alternative for those who avoid Bud or Miller.
  • Miller High Life
    High Life isn’t a bad beer considering its low price; you can buy 30 for fewer than 20 bucks in many stores across the country. Like many other great American beers – Yuengling included – its roots are traced to Germany. Fredrick Miller, a German immigrant, founded the Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee more than 150 years ago.
  • Bud Light Golden Wheat
    The Anheuser-Busch website, describes Bud Light Golden Wheat as a “medium-bodied brew which is slightly sweet on first sip giving way to a refreshingly crisp, citrus finish.” Introduced in late 2009, it’s both new and cheap. So if you’re looking a change of pace, this might be your beer.
  • Rolling Rock Extra Pale
    Rolling Rock is another affordable Anheuser-Busch product that has become a college favorite. Extra Pale is clean and light, so it’s most appropriate for hot days spent outdoors – like when you’re lounging out by the pool or tailgating before an early-season football game.
  • Schaefer
    Although not as popular as its list-mates, Schaefer Beer provides just as much bang for your buck. Its website boasts that the beer “accentuates its total complexity with six varieties of hops, all blended with perfect balance and harmony.”
  • Schlitz
    Schlitz is the beer your dad used to drink when he was in college. Let him see its current retro advertisements and a wave of nostalgia is sure to follow. It’s well-established and underrated; another good alternative to the big dogs.
  • Red Stripe
    You’ll be saying “Hooray Beer!” once you see the price of this Jamaican brew. It’s a little different from your typical domestic – perhaps sweeter. Most reviews give Red Stripe an above average review, which should be good enough for a thirsty college student.
  • Natural Light
    It’s the cheapest of the cheap. It’s bare-bones beer. It certainly does the trick. You’ll find copious amounts of empty Natty Light cans at frat parties across the nation for those reasons. But if you’re still drinking Natty by the time you graduate college, expect to be clowned by your beer-drinking peers.
  • Keystone Light
    Keystone Light, like Natty Light, is a good beginner’s beer. This is the type that boasts great “drinkability.” You can chug it like water and not think twice about it. So the next time you dust off your beer funnel, crack open a can or two of Keystone Light.

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