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A Year Later, Graduates Reflect on Their Failures—and Successes

 

Around the Bookbyte marketing department we have several recent college graduates. We asked them to reflect on their post-graduate journeys and offer some advice to more recent grads.

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Do you know how to respond to an active shooter on campus?

Absolutely no one wants to think about an active shooter on campus, and for most of you, you won’t ever have to worry about it. However, the FBI thinks it is a serious enough threat that they have videos, pamphlets and other guidelines about how to respond, which means it’s probably a good idea if you do think about it, if only for a little while.

Planning your response now can help you later, when you don’t have time to plan.
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I survived every graduate’s nightmare: I got hired–then fired–straight out of college

It was the last semester of my senior year. I’d been diligently applying for jobs since the start of the semester, I was wrapping up my senior internship, I was working multiple part time jobs, and I was about to graduate with a fancy liberal arts degree. The world was my oyster and I was ready to work. I had a few interviews with several companies, but things never went past that.

The pressure started to mount. I was getting married in July, I was going to be moving to a new city with my fiancée to be closer to her medical school. I really needed a job.

I graduated. The ceremony was a blast, sad and celebratory at the same time. I was still haunted by the specter of joblessness, but I persevered, I kept applying. Then, while I was at OMSI with my fiancée and my best man, I got the offer.

The offer was less money than I wanted, and I was going to have a fairly serious commute, but it was a job. A real, salaried position with benefits and everything. I wasn’t going to be another unemployment statistic: I had a job!

I got married, went on my honeymoon, and then cheerfully started working.

Of course, we both know how that went. Continue reading “I survived every graduate’s nightmare: I got hired–then fired–straight out of college”

Is Your Backpack Bulletproof? With Enough Textbooks, It Might Be

Thanks to Mythbusters, our generation knows the answers to many questions our ancestors could only guess at. Can a car really drive through a warehouse wall? Can you really survive a 3 story fall just by hitting awnings just right? Are textbooks actually bulletproof? Continue reading “Is Your Backpack Bulletproof? With Enough Textbooks, It Might Be”

Why You Should Never Buy Textbooks New–Even If You Need A Unique Access Code

If you stop and think about it for a minute, the only difference between a new and used textbook is your perception. True, a used textbook will have highlights and perhaps the edges of the binding won’t be as crisp, but you’re not spending hundreds of bucks every semester because you want the thing to look pretty: you want to read it. And with that in mind, it means as long as the book is legible, it is functionally identical to all other legible versions of itself, new or used. Continue reading “Why You Should Never Buy Textbooks New–Even If You Need A Unique Access Code”

Why Undeclared Majors Have The Most Success

You’ve probably heard the statistic floating around that almost 3/4 of students change their major at least once while in college. The reason for that should be obvious: nobody knows what they want to be when they grow up. Continue reading “Why Undeclared Majors Have The Most Success”

Graffiti Your Campus Will Actually Appreciate

Some colleges have a ‘freedom of expression wall’ where everybody is supposed to vandalize a single space, instead of the whole campus. While this makes cleanup easy for the maintenance folks, it can leave the rest of your campus looking a bit drab. Continue reading “Graffiti Your Campus Will Actually Appreciate”

Buying a Used Textbook? Thank The Supreme Court.

The used textbook is the saving grace of any broke college student struggling to buy textbooks. A used textbook sitting next to a pile of untested newbies is always a welcome sight. However, it’s only thanks to a Supreme Court case that you can buy your books used. Continue reading “Buying a Used Textbook? Thank The Supreme Court.”

5 Study Breaks That Improve Retention- Plus They’re Fun

When you’re cramming for a final, the best thing you can do to improve retention is to stop studying. Just like a muscle, your brain needs rest between study sets in order to work at full strength.

A break doesn’t mean scrolling mindlessly through Facebook though, you actually need to turn off the part of your brain that’s stressing and trying to remember everything, or at least trick it into relaxing. Here’s the 5 best ways to do just that. Continue reading “5 Study Breaks That Improve Retention- Plus They’re Fun”

8 Fun Party Apps To Enjoy With Your Roommates

While not every college student can afford to buy a Wii-U for late night Mario-Kart battles, you can afford these 8 apps you can play with your roommates. As a bonus, these apps are supported on Android and Apple both. Continue reading “8 Fun Party Apps To Enjoy With Your Roommates”

7 Dorm Space-Saving Strategies from the Tiny House Movement

The tiny house movement believes you can live comfortably in a 120-200 square ft. home, which just happens to be about the size of your average dorm room.

The main difference between a dorm room and a tiny house is that student’s can’t tear down a wall to install a murphy bed or put in a new window.

The good news is even if you can’t put up new shelves or install a murphy bed, these space saving strategies can still help you out.

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Why I Started Stealing From My College (And You Should Too)

When I was a moon-eyed freshman, exploring the wondrous halls and buildings of my college campus, I had no idea what my tuition was paying for. I figured the 5 grand I was dropping each semester was just a college’s version of a cover charge. Little did I know, my money was buying a lot more than my admission. Continue reading “Why I Started Stealing From My College (And You Should Too)”

7 Free Original Shows College Students Will Love

If you’re in college, you probably don’t want to waste money paying for cable.

It’s time to cut the cord and quit cable, and these 7 free shows on Youtube are exactly what you’re looking for. No downloads, no creepy viruses, just excellent television internet-vision. Continue reading “7 Free Original Shows College Students Will Love”

4 Fun Hobbies You Can Have in College- That Will Also Make You Money

When you go off to college, it’s hard to maintain hobbies you had at home, like playing the piano or building bookcases. There are, however, many dorm-friendly hobbies that you can pick up while in school that can also make you some cash on the side. Continue reading “4 Fun Hobbies You Can Have in College- That Will Also Make You Money”

7 Habits That Will Make You More Productive in College

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Before humans lived in dorm rooms, surviving off ramen, we lived in caves and hunted things that could kill us back. It’s helpful to keep that in mind when talking about sleep, because your body hasn’t really evolved enough to appreciate that it’s not about to get attacked by a sabretooth tiger. Continue reading “7 Habits That Will Make You More Productive in College”

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