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Should Guns be Allowed On Campus?
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This is a great article talking about gun rights on campus. Meanwhile though, we’d love to get your guys’ opinions on the matter: should people be allowed to carry guns on campus? We’ve got a few pros:
- In a situation like Virginia Tech or the movie theater shooting in Aurora, people innocent, sane people would also have a weapon to turn to in order to protect themselves and take down the crazy person with a gun.
- As the article mentions, there’s a difference between feeling safe and being safe. Many feel that if people were allowed to carry guns the environment would be safer overall.
- College freshmen are the same age as high school seniors. Would you feel comfortable giving someone with the maturity level of a high school senior access to their own gun?
- There is a lot of drinking and drug use that typically happens on college campuses. We’re not saying everyone does it, but we’re definitely saying it happens more than it should. We don’t know about you but we don’t quite feel comfortable with a dorm party going on across the hall where alcohol and guns are both in the same room.
- Suicides are rampant during college years. Many students feel completely lost during this time in their life. Combine that with the feeling of failing a class and breaking up with your high school sweetheart, then throw a gun in the mix; would the suicide rate increase with better access to more lethal tools?
Of course these are just a few things we thought of off the top of our heads, so we’re looking for input! What do you guys think? Reply with your opinion, or if it’s too long for the answer box shoot us a message.
So go for it: do you think concealed guns should be allowed on campus?
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Safety Questions Renters Always Forget to Ask
If you’re looking for a home to rent, chances are you know the general questions. You need to know how much they’re asking for rent, if it’s close to public transportation (but not actually living on top of a subway station), and you’re probably going to inquire about leasing guidelines. However, even after you’ve looked at the place (seen the size of the rooms, etc.), there are a few things you still might overlook. Here are some important questions you’d be sorry not to ask beforehand:
1.) How’s the cell phone signal? Nothing is quite as annoying as trying to carry on a conversation with someone while constantly moving around the house trying to chase a seemingly non-existent signal, even when your cellphone provider boasts supposedly “exceptional” signal strength. You’re going to want to know you can call 9-1-1 from anywhere in your home, including under the kitchen sink…just in case.
2.) How’s that elevator? Don’t be surprised if an apartment eight stories up brags about an elevator and then after you move in you find out it’s only for moving heavy freight. Or maybe it has an elevator, but it’s been out of service for three years. Or maybe it has a working elevator perfectly acceptable for people to use; it just moves at a snail’s pace. You might not think this even qualifies as a safety issue, but the first time you come home on crutches and try to navigate up eight flights of stairs, you’ll think differently about the value of that elevator.
3.) Who handles the maintenance? This includes both interior and exterior maintenance. If you live in a house instead of an apartment, you could be expected to do all of the exterior upkeep (like mowing the lawn and shoveling snow). If you live in an apartment, there may be a few different people that you need to call depending on the circumstances. A doorman may handle your mail, a super may handle basic maintenance issues or emergency issues (you smell gas in your apartment) and your landlord may handles more serious issues with your rental. Make sure you have a list of all the appropriate people you need to call should a problem arise, and don’t forget, if something comes up and you need help now, don’t bother calling your landlord, dial 9-1-1 and explain it later.
4.) What’s the parking situation? Many places offer a free parking space out front or even in a driveway, but if you’re looking to rent in New York the issues of parking is a whole other ballgame altogether. Parking is not only incredibly expensive, but having a set parking space will save you hours of time trying to find one when you arrive home every night. Plus, having to park half a mile away from your front door puts you at risk! If you can get a place that has a garage or a private parking, do it. It means you can walk from your car to your front door in a safe environment.
Do you have any safety questions students/renters forget to ask?
A Clap-on Clock?
Not only is it a sleek little clock, but it’s also a clap-on!
What’s that you say? A clap-on? Yeah! The Clap On Wood Block Alarm Clock is just a sleek wooden box until you clap your hands to make the red LED lighting appear. How cool is that?
What’s the Best Method of Self-Defense? Stopping Crime Before it Starts
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “There’s an app for that.” And while that does ring true (as well all know, there is an app for virtually everything), the area of self-defense has been surprisingly silent. Well not anymore!
Introducing the iWitness Self Protection Smartphone Service! Never again will you have to feel completely alone walking across campus in the middle of the night (we’re going to skip the lecture and just assume you had no other option). So how exactly does it work?
Well first of all, it’s best to keep the app among your favorites for easy access. After you open the app, press the “ARM IWITNESS” button. This should be done at the first hint of danger (if you notice you’re being followed, or if it’s just really dark and you’ve got an “uneasy” feeling about something).
As soon as you press the “ARM IWITNESS” button, your phone is armed. It’s ready to take audio and video recordings as soon as you tap the screen. This is called “Capture Mode.”
The entire time your phone is in “Capture Mode” tapping the screen will automatically call 9-1-1. There is a 5-second delay (in case this was a mistake and you don’t wish to call 9-1-1), during which you are allowed to cancel the call. Otherwise, help will automatically be summoned. Plus, if an attacker should knock the phone from your hand, the movement will also trigger an automatic 9-1-1 call.
Plus, anything you record is automatically being sent to a secure server, so if even if your phone is broken or thrown in a river the evidence is still safe. There’s simply no way around it; whoever chooses to harm you will absolutely be caught, and that’s a lot of incentive for a criminal to find another victim.
The cost for this service is simply $29.99 a year (or roughly $2.50 a month), which is really nothing compared to the peace of mind it provides.
What do you guys think; will the iWitness App help to make college campuses a safer place?
On Campus vs Off Campus Living
Well, it looks like it’s getting to be that time of year again. That time where another semester is coming up (summer) and you need to figure out what you’re going to do until the fall. Do you stay on campus? Get a place with some friends just for the summer? Move back home?
Here, let me give you some ways to at least make an informed decision.
Living On Campus:
There are many pros to living on campus. For the most part, there’s the huge lack of travel expenses from getting to and from school every morning, including the extra 10 minutes of sleep you get when all you have to do is roll out of bed and walk across the quad to your first class. Plus, many students feel a better sense of community on campus. After all, you do all live only a few feet apart from each other.
And while most people would list this as a pro, I’m going to have to be honest with you and list it as a con. Living on campus, at every school I attended, was always more expensive. Plus, all that “community” you loved so much the first few weeks? It can get pretty old as the semester wears on, which is one of the biggest downsides of on campus living; a serious lack of privacy.
And of course, let’s not forget the rules. You want to kick back, have a beer and watch the game? You may not be able to if you live on campus. And if that game goes into triple overtime and it’s past 10:00 at night? Sorry, but you’re friends might get kicked out.
Living Off Campus:
Now when living off campus, there are definitely going to be some pros. First off, are the aforementioned ‘cons’ in the paragraph above me, mainly a little more privacy (not much, but some). And of course there’s the whole “rule schmule” bit where you really don’t have to abide by the rules of the university. Basically, you just need to act like an adult. Don’t blast music at 3:00 in the morning, don’t dance naked on your roof and don’t piss in your neighbors geraniums.
And if you can’t go a day without doing these things, maybe you are better suited for the structure of on campus living…or a psychiatric ward…
The cons? Well, the commute is the main one. It can be pretty tough finding a place relatively close to your school, and even then you still have to deal with traffic and finding a parking space (which often takes longer than the actual commute itself). And when you have a 7:50 a.m. class and all the parking spots are taken at 7:46, life can get a little frustrating. Plus, you might feel a little…how do I say it…”left out” from university activities. Maybe when you lived in the dorms you went to Improv every Thursday night, or had a Ping Pong tournament every Tuesday night in the game room. Now you’re just the sad sack looking in through the window as a single tear slowly creeps down your cheek…
Honestly, it depends on your own personal tastes. Personally, I’m an off campus honey. I don’t do well with a lot of “rules” (I tend to break them out of spite), and I’ve always found off campus living to be infinitely cheaper (as long as you have a roommate). And sorry to say, but when you can throw your own 80’s party that goes till 4:00 in the morning…you really don’t miss the Tuesday night Ping Pong.
Which do you guys prefer? On campus of off campus living?
5 College Scams You’re Falling For Right Now and How to Get Around Them
I know, I know, you’re thinking, “Not me!” Ha, think again. I’m going to fill you in on a little secret: College is a business.
Now I’m sure you already known this ($500 for two textbooks?), but there are even sneakier ways of getting your money that you won’t realize until you’ve long gone and graduated. So here are some ways to avoid paying more than you should.
1.) Never declare your major before your junior year. Now hear me out. Most college recruiters will want you to declare as soon as possible, and why? Because very few students end up graduating with a degree they chose their freshman year. Most students change their minds a few times. By declaring, you’re instantly put into specialized classes that don’t count for crap if you change your mind. Take my example.
My freshman year I wanted to major in Engineering, and after caving to the pressure to declare myself as an engineering major, I found my first semester full of physics and drafting classes. It only took me one semester to realize it was the wrong degree path for me, but all those classes? Useless. Bam; the school just got an entire semester of tuition and fees and I’m leaving with no relevant classes to another degree program.
Better yet, take only general education classes your first two years. They count no matter what degree you pursue, and because they’re generic (Chemistry 101 and Psychology 101 are the same no matter what school you go to) most of your credits will probably transfer, meaning you won’t have to take the same class over again (and pay for it twice).
*Exception: Based on many of the comments I’m getting with reblogs, I admit I seem to have left out some exceptions to this rule, mainly if you’ve always known what you wanted to be. If you’ve wanted to be a chef since you were 6 years old, than by all means go to college, take the relevant classes and get on with your life. But if you’re unsure, don’t dive in headfirst.
That being said though, if you’re planning on coasting for a few years taking crap classes, get your head out of your ass. You should always be looking for a career path, but until you are 100% sure don’t declare your major. Get your general education classes out of the way and move forward from there.
2.) Take an internship first. Most degree programs won’t allow you to take get credit for an internship until you take 80% of your coursework. Now contrary to what your school might tell you (you need the training before you would be able to do the internship), the fact is that an internship is the most realistic training you’re going to get. If you were to do it at the beginning of the program and found you didn’t like it, you could change your mind, no harm done. But because they require you to take it at the end of a program, if you don’t like it it’s on you. They’ve already got your business for 80% of the program.
Instead, before you start any program, find a place in town that will let you job-shadow. It’s free, and 99% of the time you’ll be doing the exact same thing as a future internship. If you still decide it’s the job for you, than go ahead and sign up for some classes.
3.) Textbooks. Buying textbooks from the campus bookstore (especially the used textbooks) is an ENORMOUS amount of wasted money. Never, ever, buy books from the campus bookstore. Instead, I’m just going to say to follow these steps and say “You’re welcome.”
4.) Research housing and meal plans. If the cost of your dorm housing breaks down to $400/month or more ($1900 for a semester of housing? That’s $475/month!), there’s a pretty good chance you could be getting a much better deal living off campus. The most expensive (and niiiiiice) place that I lived in was $333/mo (with roommates), and my share of utilities definitely didn’t add up to more than $75 (including cable and internet). Many schools will drill it into your heads that on-campus living is the way to go (close to school, cheaper, built in meal plan), but the fact is if you don’t drive your own car, most university cities have public transportation that costs hardly anything.
Now each place is different, mind you, as living on-campus in New York might be infinitely cheaper than living off-campus, but that school in the Midwest might be picking your pocket.
Oh and meal plans? Please, you might as well just eat out at a restaurant everyday ($5 for lunch? $10 for dinner?) Or better yet, learn to cook. Learn to cook and go to the store and buy groceries. Believe it or not, that’s how adults save money on food.
5.) Take advantage of the “flat spot”. Sure, most schools are going to advise you against taking more than 12 credits a semester (“You don’t want to overwhelm yourself and get poor grades!”), but the real reason is because they don’t want you to take advantage of the “flat spot.” The “flat spot” is the area between 12 and 18 credits, where tuition is the same. It costs the same amount to take 12 credits as it does to take 18. That’s two free classes!
And if you’re worried about being overwhelmed, just make sure to choose wisely. You can still take 18 credits, just pair your easiest classes with your hardest ones. Need a physical education class (yes, some schools do require them)? Take Yoga 101 and you’ll have plenty of time to do your Chemistry homework. Need to take freshman Psychology and a Cultural Appreciation class? Ask around. The professor for American History might be brutal, while the Buddhism in American class is a walk in the park. This “flat spot” is a gift of free classes, take all advantage of it!!
Roommate Wish List
Alright, ladies and gents, I’m in a fairly sarcastic mood tonight and I’m cracking myself up. While having a conversation with an old roommate we discussed the existence of a “Super Roommate.” It got a little heated and we ended up having a bit of trouble narrowing down our time 5 features. So between the 10 listed, please let me know what your top 5 Super Roommate characteristics would be.
Top 10 possible qualifications of the Ultimate Roommate:
1.) They can cook. Freshman year, fall semester, I had a culinary arts roommate. Her name was Emily and she watched Emeril every afternoon. She used to dream about one day having a television show called, “Essence of Emily.” She could make a full Thanksgiving dinner with saltines, canned corn and a bullion cube. She was amazing. I still wish she lived with me…and I can even cook!
2.) They’re rich. My roommate and I both lived with a girl who was beyond well off, and for graduation her parents gave her $800 to take all us girls out to dinner at the most expensive place in town. It’s still the one (and probably only) time in my life I’ve eaten a $52 steak. It was incredible. I still have the urge to save up the money and spend it on that damn steak…it’s like my heroin for crying out loud…
3.) They LOVE to clean. I mean looooove to clean. They would get annoyed if I cleaned because it would interfere with their “happy cleaning time”. Oh yeah, and did I mention this list can be made up of completely fictional characteristics?
4.) They can fly. Well if you didn’t know before, at least you do now. Yes, this was my addition. I want a roommate that can fly. It would be effin’ awesome.
5.) They’re a rocket scientist/inventor. So they make all kinds of sweet gadgets and gizmos. Talk about never having to study again, cheating on an exam would never be easier!
6.) They can play a musical instrument. Sorry it’s not anything that out of the ordinary, but you gotta admit, a guy that can wail on a guitar is…well…ahem, ya know, not bad to be around. My personal weakness is bluesy piano, so….I guess if they could…with the keys…oh yeah…I’m sorry what was the question? Kurt was looking at me…
7.) They own a pet sloth. Sloths are the coolest animals on the planet and I want my ultimate roommate to have one so I can pet it when I get home from class. All smiling upside down and stuff…so freakin’ cool!
8.) They always like the same tv shows I do. That way I never have to worry about fighting for the remote. Just plain smart, if you ask me.
9.) They’re friends with Mila Kunis and Christina Hendricks. They’re hot. Sue me.
10.) They’re really tall. I’m kind of a shorty myself, so it would just be nice to have a really tall person around the house. Lame, I know, but if you’re tall you can leave this off your list.
So, if it were up to me, my top 5 qualities would be numbers 4, 6, 7, 9 and either 10 or 3. I’m short and I hate to clean so the last two are really a toss-up.
Reblog if you have some of these qualities ;).
So what do you guys think? Which 5 characteristics would make up your dream roommate?
Not sure why, but this room kind of reminds me of summer…
It’s a pretty room, but I’d want to (personally) toughen it up a bit.
What do you guys think? Would you mind having a room like this?
College Resolutions Worth Keeping
If you’re like me, I’m sure every year is the same. You’re probably looking to start off 2012 with a bang, creating beneficial resolutions you’re hoping to stick to. Problem is, only some of those resolutions actually make a difference. So here’s the top five (gathered from various college students) that were actually worth keeping.
5.) Get Organized. Ah, organization. Personally, being organized is nothing short of a miracle, so every time I think of getting organized my brain goes straight to the vision of me frolicking through Staples, buying notebook dividers, comfort-grip pens and a various assortment of highlighters. A different notebook for every class! A divider for every category (syllabus, handouts, homework, notes, etc)! A daily planner! My home office (the corner of my room I’ve dedicated to Tumbling) will be an area of motivation and productivity!
Then I take a nap, wake up, eat some toast and decide I just don’t have the money.
Folks, stop doing what I do. Instead, make a list of things you need. Write down everything, even the awesome highlighters. Now, cross off what you already have (already have a green, blue and yellow highlighter? Then you don’t need any more). Find what you can from your roommates, like pens, pencils, or notebooks (everyone has an extra something, even you). Then go to the store for the rest; including paper. Bright, shiny, paper-smelling paper…ah that’s the stuff. Fill up your notebooks with dividers and get ready to be majorly productive.
Feel like your schoolwork doesn’t neet any organizing? Focus on your car, or your closet. Yes ladies, imagine how nice it would be to wake up to this (metaphorically):
And if you are looking to organize your dorm, don’t forget to check us out at www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com! We’ve got you covered for the new year!
4.) Stop Procrastinating. Speaking of being productive, this is your year to stop procrastinating…or at least work on doing it less. This is a matter of sitting down and doing something, regardless of whether you want to or not. I know, I feel your pain; I’m incredibly skilled in the area of procrastination (as demonstrated here). But funny thing about it, the feeling of getting something done right away is pretty astounding, meaning you’ll actually want to do it again. I’m not saying you have to completely do a 180 and never procrastinate again…
but start off by being conscientious of when you’re doing it. Get the first assignment of the year and instantly think “I’ll do that tomorrow…” stop. Suck it up and do it now. You never know what might potentially come up tomorrow.
3.) Stop Being a Doormat. This is by far one of the most useful resolutions ever. Got a guy (or a girl) that is dragging you along? Maybe they’ll call, maybe they won’t, but you still sit at your phone, making sure you’re Friday night is completely clear (did homework ahead of time, right?), hoping they might send you a text? Maybe you should send one…just a short one…to remind them how awesome you are…
Or maybe it’s the friend that makes you feel like crap. You know, the one that brings you along everywhere and then gives you the not-so-secret role of the “grenade”. These people do nothing but drain your self-confidence, time, efforts, and basically everything else that you could be using for yourself.
So cut them loose. If they want to hang out with you, make them earn it. Your time is valuable, so treat it as such.
2.) Get Fit. Yeah, yeah, yeah, this is on everyone’s resolution list, but hey, it’s there for a reason. Now, in reality, pretty much everyone could benefit from a little more exercise and healthy eating, and college is notorious for replacing exercise with beer pong, and healthy eating with beer and pizza. So break out of the habit. Get a buddy and set a gym date. Write down your goals (something specific and measurable), and take it one day at a time.
A good way to do this is to set monthly resolutions instead of one for the year. Your goal is to get fit? Great. How are you going to do that for January? If you’re planning on workout out two times a week, write it down, then cross it off as you do it. Plan to run 15 miles in January? Great, now keep track of what you run. Whatever you hit (20 miles, 10 miles) set that as your goal in February, and once again, write it down.
And make sure you’re measuring along the weigh (word pun = awesome). Either by weight, body fat percentage, body measurements (waist size, hip size, etc) or fitness goals (I want to run a mile in 9 minutes). You can even make a sweet graph with gold stars and everything…you are going to be buying awesome school supplies later anyway, right?
1.) Have More Fun. This basically means say “yes” more often. Your roommate is going to that Shakespeare play she has to watch for her Art History class? Go with her! I remember going with a friend because she had to write a review about a dance performance. We went to see the BYU Ballroom dancing something or other, and it was the most awesome show I’ve ever seen. And yes, I’ve been to my fair share of rock concerts. The ballroom dancing, hands down, took the cake. So branch out and say “yes” when people ask you to come. Just make sure you get that homework done ahead of time. Think about it, no one ever looks back on their college career and remembers the times they got a really good night’s sleep; they remember the times they should’ve been sleeping and were out doing something else instead.
So this year, make some memories.
Reblog if you agree!
What do you guys think? What are your resolutions for 2012?
Anonymous said: Any tips for transfer students who aren't coming in as freshman & instead of beginning in the fall they start in the spring?
Transferring can be pretty stressful, and on top of it, most schools schedule all that “new student orientation” mumbo jumbo for fall semester, so starting in January can seem a little more daunting than usual. For the most part, it’s not too much different than transferring at any other time: you’ll need to find a place to live and set up your class schedule, etc. But there are a few things you might want to consider:
1.) Set up your class schedule ASAP. Students are always able to register for classes far ahead of time, but it’s even more urgent to bear down and do it for spring. The reasoning is, students tend to wait till the last minute for fall semester. It’s summer, most students don’t even think about school until August. Spring is different though; the idea to register for classes has been drilled into students’ heads since October. If you’re transferring, you need to register as soon as you can.
2.) Search your job options. A great benefit of transferring for spring semester is that many students are graduating, meaning a lof of on-campus jobs open up during Christmas break. You might be able to land a job before you even move into your dorm.
3.) Research professors. Many schools offer an area for professor feedback, a la “Grade Your Teacher” (thanks, How I Met Your Mother). You probably already know that the quality of many of your classes at your old school depend on the professor, so its’a actually really important that you learn which professors are the good ones and which professors would be better to avoid.
In the end though, it’s important to know that transferring is not all that bad. I would know, I’ve transferred schools three times ;).
If you’re transferring, check out www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com for new dorm decorations (both functional and awesome). Does anyone else have any advice for someone transferring spring semester?