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So you forgot to buy your textbook: 5 ways to cope.

We’ve all been there, sitting in your first class of the semester only to hear your professor say “Due next class is paper on chapter two of the textbook.” The textbook you haven’t bought yet. So what’s a girl to do?
Your first panicked instinct might be to run to your campus bookstore and pay an extraordinarily high price for the book, if your textbook is in stock. If you’re strapped for cash or the bookstore doesn’t have a copy available, it’s time to panic. Or at least it would be, if you didn’t have access to this list of 5 ways to deal with a missing textbook.

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How to get the most cash selling your textbooks.

According to OnCampus research, the average student sells back three books at the end of each semester. Most students sell back to one of three places: their campus bookstore, Amazon, or an online textbook marketplace like Bookbyte. The average student makes about 33 bucks back per book, according to the 2015 research.  We’ve sifted through the data and we’re going to take you through the best strategy for getting the most cash back.

Young, broke, and optimistic

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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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Stop Telling Students How Much More Money They’ll Make With a Degree

I would prefer not to live in a country in which rhetoric about the purpose of college urges kids from privileged backgrounds to be innovators and creators while the poor kids who do very well in school are taught to be educated, capable employees.

This quote comes from  this article, titled “The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility” by Andrew Simmons. I highly recommend it if you have any interest in educational issues and socioeconomic differences. The whole thing really hits the nail on the head. Continue reading “Stop Telling Students How Much More Money They’ll Make With a Degree”

These Obamacare Ads for College Students Can’t Be Real, Right?

As the provisions in the Affordable Care Act start rolling out, the state of Colorado decided to spread awareness with one of the most confusing ad campaigns I’ve ever seen.


Let’s catalog this ad’s many crimes against humanity:

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The Five Stages of Grief Writing a Final Paper

A sad panda
Sad panda

For some, the final paper is even more dreaded than the final exam. At least with an exam, you can only do so much work in the time given. With a paper, there’s this sinister feeling that you always could have done more. So naturally, you put off thinking about it as long as you can.

I was reading the other day about the Kübler-Ross model, better known as the Five Stages of Grief. I thought I’d overlay the same ideas onto the process of writing a final paper. The comparison was uncanny.

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To Walk or Not to Walk on Graduation Day?

gradcapWhen it’s time to graduate, while you’re sitting there sweating through your academic robes in the summer sun, you’ll start to listen to the names of your class (or department, depending on how your school does it), anticipating friends’ names so you can cheer a little louder.

The odds are pretty good that you won’t hear at least one name you expect to. Some people just plain don’t want to walk.

While the majority of you probably wouldn’t even consider skipping, a number of your classmates have no interest whatsoever in attending graduation. A few of them might even take off as soon as finals are complete. Justifications will vary. Some will say they’re just sick of school and can’t wait to get out of here. Some will be taking off out of obligation to their vacation plans (that they easily could’ve scheduled later in the first place). But whatever the argument, the people who don’t want to walk simply don’t see much value in pomp and circumstance.

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The Problem With Grade Inflation (and the Problem With Fighting It)

grade_inflateThere’s a problem at a lot of well-known, hyper-competitive schools. As it turns out, when you get thousands of very successful students who’ve made their way into a top-tier college by getting straight A’s, they don’t want to stop getting straight A’s just because they’re suddenly surrounded by kindred spirits. Suddenly, just about everyone‘s getting A’s for doing a comparatively average job and the grades start to mean very little.

The consequences are far reaching. The more grades get devalued, the more a college education gets devalued as well. If you ask Google whether or not you should include your GPA on your résumé, you’ll get wildly differing advice. That’s too bad, because it shows how little faith many employers have in what’s supposed to be a standardized marker of academic achievement.

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Bookbyte Contests — The Best Winter Storm Photos #NemoPicsBB

Over the weekend, Winter Storm Nemo smashed into the east coast, dumping over 30 inches of snow on New England. I used to live there, so I know that when those states are canceling classes because of inclement weather, things have gotten real.

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How Much of a Difference Does Renting Textbooks Make?

I’ve been out of college for a few years now, and it amazes me how much things have changed in the short time since I’ve been gone. A lot of things are much tougher. I don’t envy you guys’ tuition hikes. See the chart below from CNN Money:A chart displaying rising tuition rates. Tuition at a four-year private college has increased 60% in 10 years. Tuition at public four-year colleges has increased 104%.

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