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What’s Your Uber Score? How to NOT Be Stood Up by Your Driver

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Services like UberX and Lyft have turned out to be a boon for many a person looking for safe transport from a bar at 4 a.m. Or for people needing a ride from the dentist’s office when the effects of nitrous oxide are still wearing off. With their prices often being lower than what a taxi service offers, these driver-finding apps are even more beneficial for students without wheels of their own.

If you’ve never used UberX or Lyft, here’s the basics: Open the app and select your location, then a driver is sent over and you’re texted when he/she arrives. When you get to your location, you hop out (no need to pay cash – the fare is automatically charged to the credit card on file), and you leave feedback on a 1 to 5 scale. The thing is, while you’re rating your driver, your driver is rating you right back.

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15 Hilarious Halloween Costumes for Pun-Lovers

For a large group of trick-or-treaters and Halloween partiers each year, stumping fellow fiends with their amusingly tongue-in-cheek costume is even better than candy. From pop culture icons (like Miley and her wrecking ball) to ’90s movie classics (like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective), there’s always at least one costumed comedian at the Halloween party dying to see how many people “get” their oh-so-clever disguise.

My fave funny costumes are the ones based on puns. Each year I see more brilliant costume ideas than the year before. Below you’ll find 15 of the best punny costumes on the interwebz (as judged by me). And the best part is many of these costumes can be whipped up with stuff you have lying around, or with a quick trip to your local craft store.

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Spooky Ghost Stories to Give You Goosebumps

Get creeped out by these spine-tingling stories based on true events!
Get creeped out by these spine-tingling stories based on true events!

These eerie tales and unsolved mysteries are based on true stories that have been twisted by time into legends most terrifying. From a slit-mouthed spectral woman asking for praise from lone travelers (at the risk of getting slashed!) to the most famous haunted house in history, these stories are sure to delight as much as they frighten.

Gather a group of friends for spooky story time! Set the mood with candles and creepy music, and have everyone draw in real close so they can hear these hair-raising tales of things that go bump in the night.

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Scary-Good Halloween Dorm Decorations


Halloween is just around the corner – time to make some mischief in your living quarters with spooky decorations! Whether you like black ravens and lace cobwebs or gruesome zombies and body parts, there’s plenty of easy (and cheap) ways to make your dorm room to die for in time for Halloween.

Take a stab at decorating your dorm room or apartment with these inspiring ideas we’ve collected below, and visit our Halloween Pinterest board for more cool ideas.

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Creative Coffee-Flavored Foods for Caffeine Fanatics

Roasty, toasty coffee beans.
Roasty, toasty coffee beans.

Rocket fuel, joe, dirt, mud, java, brew, go juice, battery acid, morning jolt, liquid energy – whatever you call it, it’s the addiction of choice for most of us. In the US alone, coffee is the second most popular drink after water, and the second most traded product in the world (the first is oil).

If coffee was an intergalactic alien bent on taking over Earth, it would have already assimilated into our culture and be moving into the world domination phase of its plan. And we would let it because, for many of us, waking up without a steaming mug of java juice sounds as good as getting a root canal on a roller coaster. But if you’re tired of just drinking your coffee, you’re in luck! Many companies have been experimenting with caffeinated foods and other weird coffee-flavored combinations.

With that in mind, here’s some creative (and weird)  java munchies to entice your taste buds.

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Think Like a Chef to Accomplish More

Notebook with office supplies

An English term paper (worth half your grade) due in two weeks; once-a-week write-ups due for a Biology course; weekly meetings at the poetry club; best friend’s birthday; date night; part-time work at the cafeteria; mom needs a ride to the airport – a bunch of little (and not so little) parts that make up every week. Where to start? Overwhelming seems like an understatement when you’re neck-deep in obligations and assignments.

Instead of inundating yourself with time-saving apps and self-help organizational books, try applying the zen-like doctrine of culinary chefs. Mise-en-place (French for “to put in place”) has made its way out of the kitchen into business offices and households everywhere as a method to organize one’s day and squeeze as many productive minutes out of it as possible.

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5 Ways College is Different from the Movies

5 ways college movies got it wrong
5 ways college movies got it wrong

The following was written by Carly Dell, the community manager for the innovative online rn to bsn program offered through Simmons College. In her free time, Carly enjoys traveling, binge-watching HGTV, and trying new restaurants. Follow her on Twitter @carlydell2 and Google+.


When you first arrived to college as a freshman, chances are you already had some preconceived notions as to what college life would be like thanks to movies like Animal House, Legally Blonde, Old School, and Pitch Perfect. Were your days filled with non-stop partying? Did you never have to worry about homework? Were you always dressed to impress? Were you and your friends known for breaking out into song and dance routines at a moment’s notice? If I had to guess, I would say no. Check out the 5 ways college is different from the movies below!

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Is Graduating in 4 Years a Fantasy?

Is a 4-Year Degree Impossible?
Numbers show on-time graduation is a pipe dream for most college students

They’re called “4-year universities” for a reason, right? Then why are more and more students finding it takes them five, six, sometimes seven years to earn their bachelor’s degree? Worse, many students aren’t even making it to graduation day.

From the start, students are set on a path to earn their degree in at least five years from the advice of their counselors. Since many financial aid and grant programs only cover the cost of 12 credit hours per semester, it seems like good advice – until you realize students need to be taking a minimum of 15 credits per semester in order to graduate inside of four years. Add in a change of major, a loss of credits from a community college transfer, a scarcity of available classes, a choice to gain a minor or double major, and a graduation date in less than six years becomes a pipe dream.

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How to Avoid Being a Clueless Freshman

Clueless college freshman meme
Read on for tips to keep from being completely clueless!

Being a college freshman is only slightly less nerve-racking than the first year of high school. You may not have to worry about upperclassmen trying to prank you (hopefully), but being in a new school, whether you’re living on campus or not, can be a stressful experience. Besides trying to avoid locking yourself out of your dorm room and signing up for too many credit cards, here’s some helpful tips to prepare you for your first semester.

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Will Colleges One Day Be Massive, Online, and Free?

Black Mortarboard and computer keyboardWhoever you are, whatever your SAT score and high school report card looks like, you could take a course at Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, or Johns Hopkins right this minute. These elite schools, among many others, have begun to offer open, online, not-for-credit courses to anyone who wants to take them. These are casually referred to as MOOCs, massive open online courses.

You might assume that these classes consist only of video lectures, a collection of slides with a professor’s voiceover, the equivalent of watching some informative YouTube videos. In fact, the courses are as complete as any you’d take in college. There are assigned readings to accompany every class, a syllabus, homework, and essays. Many of them even have some form of grading.

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