This is going to be your best year ever. Trust us, we can feel it.
What are your big plans for this year?
Excited to see family?
Of course you are…but admit it, this still made you laugh ;).
First day of winter break…
Second day of winter break…
Hang in there! And if you need a little something to do, browse our website a bit for new dorm decorations for the spring! Christmas shopping indeed…. ;)
Thoughts are going out to those in Connecticut, what a horrible thing to happen!!
Safety Advice from a Home Burglar
If there’s anyone you’d be wary of taking advice from, it would probably be a known criminal. Still, when it comes to home safety (especially if you’re living off campus) this is probably the best person you could possibly talk to. After all, they’re the ones looking for cracks in your home’s lockdown capabilities. So what are some things a criminal gets rather excited to see when looking for a target? Read, learn, and keep yourself safe.
1.) “I’ve probably been here before.” A crook isn’t going to waste time on a home that has little to offer on the inside. Chances are they’ve already taken a look around your place. Whether they were here last week fixing your internet, talking to you about the upcoming election or were trying to sell you a set of steak knives, they’ve found some way into your house to look around a bit. Be cautious who you let into your home, even if it seems fairly innocent. There’s nothing wrong with making someone give you their sales pitch on your front stoop instead of in your living room.
2.) “I can tell when you’ve been gone awhile.” Yes, it’s true: a pile of newspapers on your doorstep or mail falling out of your mailbox is a dead giveaway that your home is unattended. This isn’t so much of a problem if you have roommates, but if you live alone or all your roommates are gone at the same time (you’re all on a university sports team), you could be at risk. It’s also a common tactic for a potential burglar to attach a flyer in your doorway (maybe a Chinese takeout menu) to see how long it stays there. Plus, when it snows, a lack of fresh tracks leading to the door is a dead giveaway. So are those giants snow drifts in your driveway; it means you don’t even have a neighbor stopping to check up on things. Jackpot.
3.) “I always check bedside drawers, dressers and the medicine cabinet.” So forget about that stash of money you’re hiding in your sock drawer, that’ll probably be the first thing that gets found. Oh and that safe that you’re convinced no one is going to get into? If it’s not bolted down or attached to something, it’ll just be loaded up along with everything else. One piece of advice when it comes to hiding things though, crooks hardly ever look in children’s rooms. And speaking of kids…
4.) “Your kids’ belongings broadcast your wealth.” If you’re a single parent all those toys your kids leave lying around the yard give criminals an idea of what kind of money you’re able to spend. Sure you might be a broke college student, but they don’t know that. If your kids have some serious toys out front, it’s perfectly reasonable to assume they have an expensive gaming system and their own personal laptops inside.
5.) “Sound is your friend.” A flashing television, music, or a loud dog is a perfect deterrent for a burglar. And while it’s perfectly acceptable to turn appliances off when you leave town, it’s smart to invest in a device that has the flickering glow of a television and works on a timer.
6.) “Stop broadcasting your whereabouts.” It’s incredibly easy to find your Facebook page and just wait until you post, “Heading to the airport! Cabo here we come!” It’s also easy to wait for “check-in” of “At MacKenzie River Pizza with 3 others.” Then a burglar knows there’s a pretty good chance your stuff is up for grabs.
Make sure to check out all of our dorm (or off-campus) safety equipment at www.secureoncampus.com!
Do you have any tips to prevent a home burglary?
Surviving Winter Break
TheGoodLifeOnCampus would like to say congratulations! You’re done with the semester! You’ve had your nose to the grindstone for the past few months and thankfully, you’ve survived. And what’s more, it’s December, which means no school, Christmas, and never having to rationalize drinking hot chocolate at 3:00 in the morning. It’s December, if you’re not asleep you should be consuming some form of hot cocoa…it’s only fair.
That being said, however, winter break proves to have some interesting obstacles. Maybe you’re stuck on campus during Christmas break, or maybe you wish you were stuck on campus in stead of at home sharing a room with your three sister’s and Aunt Edna. Or hell, maybe you’re just struggling with the idea of technically being in a long distance relationship for a month. Well, whatever the issue is, we’ve got some ways to solve it.
1.) You’re stuck at school and you wanted to be home. Ah, the days of being stuck in my dorm, seeing constant facebook updates of all my highschool friends who had come back from college and were hanging out together in my hometown…without me. The sad, slightly condescending look the RA would give me as I passed his door to my dorm room, the only student on my entire floor not going home for winter break. Yeah, not exactly how I wanted to spend my free time.
But, I’ve actually already written an article on things to do on campus during winter break, so I’ll stop there and tell you one key to surviving: wait until January.
January, you see, seems to be a horrible month for college students who went home. The joy of Christmas has worn off and the slight annoyances of their family is setting in. Instead of helping put up the decorations, they must now help in taking down the decorations, which personally, always felt like Christmas had died in a tragic accident, and instead of talking about it we were just going to shove any memory of it in a cardboard box and put it in the attic.
So, naturally, people start coming home. I remember that all of my roommates planned on coming back the day before spring semester started, and ALL of them would end up coming back around January 3rd or 4th. So my advice? Just get through December, January you’ll have your friends back, have no homework, and life will be good again.
2.) You went home for the holidays. Well, like the post above, you are probably going to have the best time ever for the month of December. Lots of great food, putting up decorations, seeing family and your dog you had to leave home when you went off to university…lot’s of good times. So my advice? Just like I said above, arrange to come back to school at the beginning of January. Trust me, you don’t want to have to participate in the depressing aftermath of Christmas and stress. Come back, see your friends and “prepare yourself for next semester.”
And by request, if you have a gigantic family, a la, “I live with my grandparents. My aunts, uncles, parents and sibkings decided to visit ME =) Full House! Any sugestions for that?” all I really have to say is good luck, and try to use the vast number of people to your advantage. Spread yourself around everyone the best you can, but when you need a break say you’re going to help someone else do something (mom cook, dad hang the lights). Hopefully no one will notice ;).
3.) You’re in a relationship. Fun fact: the majority of breakups happen in December, and the majority of those December breakups happen the week before Christmas. Ironic, if you think about it, since that seems to be the week most college students go home.
Now, if you’re in a relationship over winter break, one of two things are going to happen: 1.) You’ll realize how much you miss each other and can’t wait to see each other again, or 2.) One of you will realize how much you miss being single and will break up with the other. Or I guess option 3.) One of you will cheat. That better not be you, cheating is horrible.
So remember, you only have to get through a few weeks without each other. To prevent as much discomfort as possible, check out your options. Set up Skype accounts before you leave, set up a time to call each other every night, and in general just make sure you stay updated with eachother. If you go all break without so much as shooting your lover a text, well, maybe you shouldn’t be together in the first place.
See, just think; it could be worse.
So try your best to enjoy your break, and if you feel like doing a little dorm room shopping stop by www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com.
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How do you guys plan on surviving?
How to Spend Your Christmas Break
For many of you, this was your finals week. Today marks the very last day of the semester, and you probably don’t even know what to do with yourselves. Don’t worry, it happens to all of us. That strange feeling that you’ve forgotten something or have something that you should be working on that’s probably due tonight at midnight; it’s completely normal.
Hell I still have nightmares about homework assignments only to wake up in a cold sweat and suddenly realize that the made up chemistry formula I got wrong in my nightmare is not going to be responsible for the volcanic eruption that kills my favorite childhood pet. Ah, college.
But now is the time the proves difficult for an entirely different reason; what the heck are you going to do all day? For many of you (myself included), the phrase, “I can’t, I have homework” is, well, kind of useful. I don’t know how many uncomfortable dinners, lame birthday parties and expensive movies with people I don’t like I’ve gotten out of because “I can’t, I have homework” is impossible to argue with. But now, when your buddy needs your help moving? No choice. When your great-aunt Myrtle (who is well beyond having any lights on upstairs) asks you to help her with her holiday canning activities, what’s going to be your exit? Exactly, you don’t have one.
So before you get all excited about all the time you’re going to spend relaxing over Christmas break, think again. You better have something planned or you’re going to be counting down the days until you have homework again.
So here you go, my top 5 ways to get out of things so you can have a little bit of time for yourself:
1.) Work on applications, scholarships or entrance exams. School might be over, but applications never die. Maybe it’s for scholarships that are due in the spring and you want to get a head start before being thrown into homework again, or you have an applications deadline you have to hit (which is typically the last day of the year for many schools). Scholarships, transfer applications, financial aid, a graduate program, studying for the GRE or MCAT; c’mon, the options are endless and it’s just plain smart to get these out of the way now.
2.) Rack up your volunteer or job-shadow hours. Many programs (med school, various graduate programs) have a very specific section where you record your volunteer or job-shadow hours. For medical school, they require at least 40 job-shadow hours, but let’s be honest they want triple that, and that doesn’t even touch the number of volunteer hours they’re looking for. If you’re going home for three weeks consider racking up on these hours, it’s only three weeks, it gets you out of the house, and it’ll help you immensely down the road.
3.) Take an interim class. Universities often have a flat rate for the number of credits you can take. Taking anywhere from 12-18 credits is the exact same price, so if you took 15 credits during the semester, and they are offering a 3 credit interim class over Christmas break, take it. It’s only one class (which is hardly anything), and it’s basically free since all you have to pay for is books. It’ll save you tons of money in tuition over the long run.
4.) Take an internship. One of my biggest issues with college is many programs don’t give you credit for an internship until you’ve taken at least 80% of the coursework. Why is this? Because if you take the internship and realize it’s not the job for you, you change programs, meaning they lose your business. It’s a complete scam, if you ask me. So be one step ahead. Are you majoring in accounting? Get a 20 hour a week, three week internship while you’re home (many companies are willing to work with you if they’re not paying you). Sure it might suck to work without getting paid, but wouldn’t you rather know now if that job you’re studying for is going to be a good fit before you graduate with a useless degree?
5.) Do what you want. Yes, I’m going to say it. If your family think that you being home means they have a free babysitter for the next three weeks, by all means help out, but carve out some time for you too. Maybe babysitting your little brother means playing the latest version of Halo for 12 hours straight. Maybe it means letting him stay at a friend’s house while you hit on ski-bunnies all weekend. You’ve been working hard all semester, and it really is important to relax somehow during the break.
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What do you guys think? Are there other ways to get the most out of Christmas Break?