Monday, March 26, 2012

Bills You Should Split With Your Roommates


Jemima Lopez is a freelance blogger and writer who writes for Zen College Life, the directory of higher education, distance learning, and best online schools. She welcomes your comments at her email: lopezjemima562@gmail.com.

Moving from a college dorm to an on campus (or off campus) college apartment or house can be a pretty sweet upgrade for most students—you have a larger living space, your own room, you get to cook your own food and most importantly you get to split all the bills, which can potentially give you more money to do fun activities. While choosing to go fifty-fifty on all bills as well as living expenses such as groceries or even laundry detergent may initially seem like it will make everything cheaper in the end, unless you and your roommate(s) have the exact same "habits," you may just end up spending more money than you need to. In fact, disputing about finances can negatively affect the relationship you have with your roommate(s) so it's better to address that you may not want to spit all the bills from the beginning. But how do you know whether it's worth splitting or not? To get a better idea of which bills you may not want to split directly down the middle, continue reading below.....

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Meme Drinking Game ....You Heard Me


I've wrote my share of drinking game rules for you party animals out there, but this one takes the cake in the creativity. I really love memes, so when I heard about this game I was super exited.

It's pretty simple -- all you need is beer, a die, some friends and a print out of the Meme Drinking Game Board. Just roll the die, do whatever the meme says and whoever makes it to the end of the board wins. Click on the picture below or the link above to print out your game board and get to started!


Friday, March 23, 2012

Make a Sticker, OF YOUR FACE -- My Sticker Face Review


Ever wanted to stick your face on everything? Well, at mystickerface.com, they're are making it a reality. In their own words, "My Sticker Face lets you create custom contour stickers of your face, your pets face, friends or family members faces."

The Opportunity
I was given a chance to test out mystickerface.com's sticker making process by making a sticker face of my own, and here's how it went....

Monday, February 27, 2012

"The End Of Minutes": Full Vonage Mobile App Review



For Your Info: Just wanted to let you know that the two posts about this application were sponsored by Vonage. With that said, I will still be giving you my true and honest opinion about this application, expressing what I find, in as unbiased a manner, as I possibly can.

Overview

If you have yet to read my previous introduction post, I have used the new Vonage Mobile App for a week straight. Using it as much as I possibly could, here are my findings...

Friday, February 24, 2012

How To Play Land Mines Drinking Game


What You Need
- A quarter
- Beer of the canned variety
- A reasonably large table.....

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Will Vonage's New Free Calling Mobile App Put an End to "Minutes" Once and for All?


For Your Info: Just wanted to let you know that the two posts about this application were sponsored by Vonage. With that said, I will still be giving you my true and honest opinion about this application, expressing what I find, in as unbiased a manner, as I possibly can.

A recurring question always comes to mind every time I glance at my phone bill, "Why am I still paying for minutes on top of my unlimited data plan?" Though I supposedly have unlimited data, according to my wireless provider, "unlimited" does not appear to include the data I use when making phone calls. Well I say enough of that!

Vonage has recently released a Mobile Application for iPhone and Android that uses the data connection on your phone to free worldwide talk and text all other users of the app. Using your phone's 4G, 3G, or Wi-Fi connection, this application will allow you to make phone calls that circumvent the whole "minutes" idea completely.  Just be sure to remember that the calls still use your data plan, which is something to think about if you have a cap.

Even though they were not the first to implement this idea of data calling or "voice-over IP" (for all you nerds out there), Vonage's Mobile App is said to boast several improvements in user experience over it's competitors.

These differences, as well as my complete opinion of the application as a whole, will be included in a review exactly one week from today. Between that time and now, I am going to be testing this new application by exclusively making phone calls with it throughout my daily life. I really feel like the only way to truly give my honest opinion about this app is to just jump head first into it and see how I feel about it when I come out the other side.

Below is a video explaining some of the features of the application........

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

5 Cheap Gifts for Your Sweetheart on Valentine's


Well, in the words of the great Bender of Futurama, "I'm back Baby". What would bring me back from my two month long hiatus, you say? Well, love, of course! Paul McCartney's performance at the Grammy's stirred up all those Beatles' love juices inside me, and I just had to come back, groveling at your feet, begging you to take me back and listen to my advice once again.

So here I am, and I hope you can forgive me for leaving. I thought about you everyday, and brought you a gift to make up for it. Well…..gift ideas at least. Five Valentine's gifts to give your sweetheart that won't break your tiny little student sized bank.

So here it goes, and P.S. - ILU.

5. Love Scavenger Hunt
Leave clues all around on little pieces of heart-shaped paper -- one leading to the other, pointing to a final destination found by your Valentine. Use clues that are about something personal, that only a few people would know, if not just you and your lover. The final destination can be a small gift, or just you.

4. Coupon Booklet
One Valentine's Day Eve long, long ago -- I was strapped for cash and wanted to get my girlfriend something. What I ended up doing was using Microsoft Word and little bit of creativity to print a custom coupon booklet of "love" for my sweetheart. Settle down, settle down -- it wasn't what you're thinking (dirty minded college kid).

The coupons were innocent and could be redeemed for anything from a back rub to cooking dinner one night. You can go the other way if you like, just remember to make it something you don't usually do that he/she enjoys, and it should work just fine.

Extra Advice: Make sure to punch holes in the coupon when it's used or you'll be stuck doing the laundry for a month until you realize you only made three of those freaking coupons in the first place.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

How To Get Rid of a Hangover


Ahh, the hangover -- dreaded reminder of a night devoted to forgetting. Though so-called "remedies" appear abundant at first glance, they always seem to do little in stopping its evil onset.

Well, I'm sorry to say that I won't be bringing you some ancient middle earth cure for the mistakes you made through others' encouragement last night, nor am I going to try and sell you some wonder pill that's supposed to soak up all those "Bad Booze Toxins" swimming around in your bloodstream. Instead, I will be sharing with you what has seemed to work for me -- so pay attention.......

Monday, November 7, 2011

College Tuition Facts That Will Surely Piss You Off



I usually steer clear of these huge "info-graphs", but this one was just too relevant to pass up. Being that I am a recent graduate currently feeling the effects of the loan debt this graph is talking about, I really had no choice but to share it.

I also challenge anyone who is currently attending or has recently graduated college to try not getting upset while reading this. Trust me...it's hard.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Make the Most of Your Internship

By Follett intern, Barron Biros

Figuring out your post-graduation career plans can be a daunting task, but one of the best ways to prepare for the real world is by having internship experience. Last fall, a friend told me about Follett’s Marketing Genius competition. I was immediately hooked when I heard about the grand prize: a paid summer internship with Follett’s integrated marketing department and free housing in Chicago.

I entered the competition with my best friend and we created a detailed marketing plan to promote Follett’s Rent-A-Text program, which allows students to rent textbooks instead of buy them full price, and CafeScribe, Follett’s digital textbook option. After pitching our campaign to company executives, we were awarded first place and named Follett’s first “Marketing Geniuses.”

My internship with Follett allowed me to work for a real-world marketing team and gave me the opportunity to put the skills I learned in college to the test. Whether you’re destined to be a Marketing Genius, or your career aspirations lie elsewhere, it’s important to remember that an internship can be a great stepping stone to full-time employment. Here are three tips for how to stand out during your internship and make a great impression on your employer.

Network: Everyone knows networking can be the key to finding a job, but it can also be helpful after your internship is complete. So take the time to get to know your co-workers whether you plan to continue your career there or move on somewhere else. And remember, networking doesn’t always have to be about business. I’ve made some great professional connections here at Follett, but I’ve also made friends with my colleagues. You never know where your connections may lead when your internship is over.