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  • 10:03:33 am on May 4, 2011 | Comments Off on Living with Roommates | # |

    Living with roommates is definitely a learning experience. After living with someone that isn’t family you learn a lot about yourself and the world around you. Here are some tips to make your transition from home to dorm.

    Once you find out the name of your future roommates meet with them and be open to learning about them. Find them on Facebook, Myspace, or just give them a quick call.

    First, find out if they are smokers, night owls, party goers, etc. and if you are not, then try to set guidelines both can live with—lights out by one or no alcohol in the dorm.

    When moving into a dormitory or apartment with one or more roommates whom you do not know—take some advice from experience—start communicating from the start!

    Tell the others how you feel about certain living arrangements and figure out how they feel about other things. The worse thing that could happen is that you get to a point where you can’t agree upon something as small as who turns the lights off.

    If there is something you are sure you won’t be OK with such as loud music or late visitors. Letting your roommates know upfront is the best way to eliminate problems in the future.

    Be honest with each other, accept that you will have differences, and you each need your own space. If you know from the start that your life styles are just not going to be compatible, ask immediately for a new roommate. Don’t set yourself up for failure if that can be avoided.

    In regards to snoring roommates… earplugs are a necessity!

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  • 03:16:31 pm on April 7, 2011 | Comments Off on Breakfast of Champions | # |

    After my first semester of college at UCCS, I learned the true value of a home cooked meal. Being away from home for the first time can be difficult on many fronts, but for me food was the biggest.

    Coming from a home where there was always something cooking in the kitchen made the transition to college a little bit tougher. Thankfully, college taught me how to be frugal and how to eat on a budget. In this post I will offer up some tips on how to fend for food on any campus you decide to attend.Food

    1.     Utilize the food services on campus WHENEVER AVAILABLE!

    • Be sure that you have a meal plan and use those meals whenever possible. A lot of my friends didn’t like the food, were too lazy to walk 30 feet, or just didn’t care that there was food close by. DON’T BE THAT FRIEND.  Plus, you’ve already paid for the food; you might as well eat it.

    2.     Participate in any events on campus that offer up a meal

    • This is a great way to get a FREE quick bite during the day or even at night. Keep up to date on all the events going on around campus and look for things like “Refreshments Offered” or “FREE FOOD”.

    3.     Be creative with your “in dorm” meals

    • Since the extent for most college students when cooking is microwave, be creative with the meals you can make. Ramen Noodles are a staple for college students and can be jazzed up with a few simple things. Click here for some Ramen recipes( http://www.budget101.com/frugal/ramen-noodle-recipes-1548/ )

                  I recommend the Parmesan Ramen!

    4.     Call Home!

    • Sometimes, it’s OK to call home and ask Mom or Dad to whip you up something. If your parents are anything like mine, they’ll be waiting for you to call and have a plate ready.

    If you follow this helpful advise, I can promise you that you’ll never go hungry!

     
  • 10:00:53 am on March 18, 2011 | Comments Off on LIVE IN THE MOMENT! | # |

    Blogs have been used for a number of purposes online. From a form of media, a persons personal (that term used loosely here) diary, and also as a companies way to communicate whom ever is willing to read. With this blog though, I will not do any of those, my blog will be dedicated to share my experiences with you and offer any knowledge my crazed brain can think of.

    Before I begin discussing my life, I would just like to take a moment to acknowledge those in Japan who are dealing with the devastating natural disasters. http://bit.ly/hZwI8H

    So earlier this week I had a conversation with a close friend about the things I am involved in and how I find the time for them. Just as a background: I am a full time student, work part-time for the office of student recruitment, am president of the public relations / marketing club, Mountain Lion PRide, and am also interning with the local nonprofit AspenPointe.

    While it seems to many on the outside looking in that I am, well for a lack of better words, crazy. My answer? I live in the moment. Living in the moment is all about living as if there’s no tomorrow. It takes practice but in the end, you’ll lead a fuller life.

    The great thing about being actively involved in school is the large number of doors that it opens for you. Thanks to the many things I have done, I have met a lot of amazing people and have also found the time to learn things about myself that I don’t believe I would have learned if it were not for school.

    Now I don’t recommend anyone be as involved as I am, but I do recommend being involved. Whether it’s being in a club, joining a sport, or even just tutoring others in the excel centers, getting involved is how we learn about ourselves.

    Of course I didn’t give her this long of an answer, but the gist of the answer was LIVE IN THE MOMENT!

    If you have one eye on yesterday, and one eye on tomorrow, you’re going to be cockeyed today. Anonymous