Winter break is the most wonderful time of the year because it is the best time to relax and have nothing to worry about for an ENTIRE MONTH! This is a college students happiest time because there is only one semester left until summer. After the first week or two, doing nothing everyday is very boring. Here are some free or cheap ideas for people who live in the Chicago area
- Ice Skating at Millennium Park
- The Magnificent Mile Lights
- The Christkindlmarket Chicago will be open daily from through December 24 at Daley Plaza
- Zoo Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo through December 13th
- Christmas Around the World & Holiday of Lights at The Museum of Science of Industry lasts until January 5th (there are free museum days, check online!)
- Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier lasts until January 12th
Things to do at home or in your neighborhood:
- Build a snowman
- Read books
- Make a gingerbread house
- Snowball fight
- Drive around and look at decorated houses
- Bake cookies, cupcakes, and cakes
- Spend time with family
Enjoy your winter break!
Buying books for college can be very costly. On average, one textbook can range from $100-$200. Some people are reluctant to buy textbooks for a class because it can be so expensive. Unfortunately, you need these textbooks in order to pass the class. Buying from a campus bookstore can be expensive, however being a student at the university can provide you discounts at the bookstore. This can still be expensive when the discount is applied. Here are a few money saving tips when buying textbooks.
1. Buy your textbooks from a friend- Sometimes when you buy a textbook from a friend the prices of these textbooks can be a lot cheaper than buying it at the bookstore. Even if you save a small amount of money that’s still money saved in your pockets.
2. Buy your textbooks from a rental textbook website- These websites can knock down the original prices of textbooks by half price. These websites have specific dates in which you need to return the books after the semester is over. Some websites that are good to rent off of or even buy is campusbookrental.com, chegg.com, and half.com.
3. Buy old editions of a textbook- Buying an older edition textbook can also save you money. When new editions come out the old editions become inexpensive, however, having old edition books might not be acceptable for all classes. Ask your professor before you purchase an old edition book so that you don’t purchase a book that you are unable to use.
4. Purchase an e-book- An e-book works as an electronic book. As long as you have a laptop or a tablet you are able to purchase an e-book. E-books are paperless which makes the price of an e-book inexpensive.
5. Buy your books ahead of time- When you buy your textbooks ahead of time they are a lot cheaper than buying it close to the first day of school. Textbook sellers tend to make the prices higher when school is closer because so many people are trying to buy books the week before school starts.
Use these tips when purchasing a textbook. These tips can save you a bunch of money that you can use for your next textbook purchase.
Nobody wants to be a teachers pet, but school is a much better place when you establish good relationships with your teachers. In my observations of college classrooms so far, I’ve formed some Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to student-teacher relationships:
1) Ask appropriate questions. Never ask a question that you know you could easily answer yourself. Professors have a lot to fit into one class period and there is no use wasting their time and your fellow students time with a question that is uneccessary.
2) Don’t ask too many questions. It’s true that it’s always good to ask as many questions as possible, but you also have to be considerate of your other classmates. The professor will get annoyed if you’re eating too much class time up with questions, so if you need that much help, make sure you meet with them in their office hours instead.
3) Show up! Even if it’s a bigger class, if the teacher sees that you are there everyday they will know you’re dedicated and want to learn. Professors will be more pleasant towards you if they see you in the same spot everyday and paying attention. No need to be a kiss-up, just show up
4) Get a heads up on the material before class. Professors hate it when their students don’t participate and interact with them in class. Being prepared for class means you will be able to participate in the discussion, which also means you will be less likely to fall asleep. Resonding to your professors will help them recognize you and make you seem more reliable to them. Sometimes a professor might even round up your grade if they know you regularly participate in class.
5) Smile! Professors deal with tons of students a day, so its nice to see a few pleasant faces instead of ones that look dull and bored. If you look engaged and happy, chances are the teacher will be in a better mood.
Your relationships with your professors can go a long way. It’s important to be on good terms with them because they can open up many doors for you in college. Make that effort every time you step into class!
Organization is key when you get to college. Keeping all of your classes, homework, and papers together is very important. If you forget homework for a class, 9 out of 10 times the professor will not care and will not let you turn the assignment in late. That is why it is very important to keep all of your work organized and kept together. Also, always know when assignments are due.
How to be organized:
- Have the printed syllabus for every class.
- Have one particular folder, binder, and notebook dedicated to one class.
- Keep an agenda book to write down homework and due dates.
- Have a calendar on your wall or desk to keep important dates posted where you can see them.
- DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!
- Start homework 2 days before it is due so you do not have tons of homework to do.
- Do not wait last minute to start a paper or project.
College is totally different from high school. The professors do not care whether you come to class or do your work, which is why it is totally up to you to get all of your work done on time. Just take these tips serious and your freshman year shall be a breeze!
The holiday season can be stressful enough without the added stress of buying the “perfect” gift for that person who has everything. What do you get someone who is hard to shop for. They have everything, ask for little and are just picky about gifts? When buying for anyone, bigger and more expensive is not always the best. Sometimes people appreciate a smaller, subtle gift that is from the heart.
If you are buying a gift for someone who is picky or hard to shop for and you have known them for awhile, it may be easier to go off of their interest or starting at something as simple as their favorite color, animal or team. If you and the person are not as close, like in a secret Santa or grab-bag gift exchange, then gifts that are not as personal. Simply asking the person what their favorite color or interests are can help you find that perfect gift. Here are some gift ideas for that picky person in your life…
- Body care products: You can’t go wrong with making them smell good. Body washes, sprays, lotions and bath salts are all gifts that anyone can appreciate…I mean who would want to smell? If you know they buy a certain product or scent, try getting something along those lines.
- Gift Cards!:There is NO better thing to get someone who is hard to shop for than gift cards. There is literally a gift card for every place you can purchase something at. Food, clothing, craft stores, sports stores and the list continues. Or even getting a Visa gift card where they can choose what to spend the money on.
- Winter Gear: If you live in the Midwest chances are you’ve experienced winter. Everyone can appreciate new..and more winter hats, gloves and scarves. With so many styles, colors and brands, there’s a set out there for everyone.
- Homemade Gifts: If you are unsure of what to get someone there is nothing more personal than making something yourself. The time, effort and creativity you put into the gift will really be appreciated by the person receiving it. These types of gift are commonly received by younger children and given to parents, grandparent or siblings. But if you are on the crafty side than the task can become more exciting and enable you to experiment with different fabrics and crafts. These from the heart gifts can really go along way with receivers and you may even find a homemade gift lying around someones house from years ago.
No matter what you end up buying or making for that picky person in your life, thinking of gifts that they will really use and appreciate will go a long way. Sometimes going all out is not always the best decision. There is no need to stress out about exchanging gifts, finding out their favorite color or sports team can really go a long way. Just be creative and things will be just fine!