Archives for the month of: March, 2015


Your college years can provide many opportunities and plenty of fun.  There are quite a few pitfalls that one will want to avoid when entering college; we have lined up a few for you here to be aware of, so that you make the best decisions:

1.  Be sensible with learning tools and applications.

You can invest in a few apps and software that are truly useful, but avoid tools you do not actually need.  Make sure that you are truly going to need to purchase your own apps and software before buying them. This is especially helpful with expensive software such as Photoshop or other design tools that can easily costs hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

2.  Achieve a balance with your social life.

College is a time for fun and new friends, but your social life should not be your main priority; you also need plenty of time for your studies and extracurricular activities. Try and find a healthy balance between your college “fun” life and “study” life.

3.  Avoid the habit of procrastination.

When you procrastinate with something important, it may never be done at all.  Learn effective time-management skills so your schoolwork and other tasks will always be done on time.

4.  Avoid all-nighters.

Whether it is basic schoolwork or studying for a test, last-minute cramming is not the best approach.  You may not retain as much information as you need, and your grades can suffer. Not getting enough sleep can have very extreme and negative affects on both your ability to learn and retain information and your health.

5.  Avoid unnecessary credit cards.

College students are one of the main targets for credit card companies.  You may receive many applications in the mail.  In general, the best approach is to avoid credit cards entirely. If you do need to finance necessities while in college, look for low-interest cards or other means such as student loans, financial aid, or secured loans.

These tips for college students can help you avoid college mistakes.  These tips cover just some of the main mistakes that college students get into in their first year of college.

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The choices that you make in college will impact your entire life, and one of the most important choices will be that of choosing your major. Such a choice determines your type of degree and your future employment prospects. If you want to get the most out of your education, you’ve got to choose the right major.

It’s often helpful to start by looking at your own life. What are you good at, and what do you enjoy doing? These two questions will help you to narrow down the field of possible majors. Next, ask yourself about the jobs you have had in the past – what did you enjoy about them, and what did you dislike? That will help you to figure out the types of employment that you might realistically enjoy. While it’s always good to pursue a passion, you have to realize the constraints of the working world.

You should also spend a moment looking at careers that line up with the questions that you asked yourself previously. Can you get a job doing what you enjoy? Are there even ways to monetize your particular skill set? If not, you might want to move down the list to something else. You should always find ways to love the job that you have, but that does not mean that every passion is worth the time and effort that it requires to get a degree in the subject. Make sure that you can make a living off of the degree that you choose to pursue.

At the end of the day, your major is going to have a huge impact on your life. Don’t panic, though! Most colleges don’t require you to choose a major immediately. Take your time, make a smart choice, and don’t be afraid to change things if they don’t work out. If you want to be the kind of person who succeeds at life, you’ve got to be comfortable with your decisions – and that means taking the time to examine your options.

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If you want to learn, you’ve got to start by studying. Repetition not only helps you to learn more efficiently, but it also helps you to view information from multiple angles. The more you study, then, the more opportunities you have to learn – but it only works if you give your chance to study well. There are some study habits that simply make the process easier, while others can help to make up with your personal learning deficiencies. If you want to become a master of your own study skills, you should make sure that carve out a private study space and that you study at a set time.

Find a Private and Comfortable Place to Study

Having a private study space can give you a number of benefits. It reduces distractions, allows you to concentrate only on the material, and gives you a safe place in which to learn. Studying in a private space before a test also helps to replicate the test atmosphere – after all, a good classroom will be quiet and free of most of the distractions of your own bedroom while a test is going on. Considering going to a library that has a study area or even finding a quiet classroom to study in.

Set Your Study Time

Setting a particular time for study helps you to get into the studying mindset. Humans are creatures of habit, and we more easily get into a studying mode when we set up a specific study time each day. This will help you to concentrate better and, perhaps more importantly, will make studying a part of your life that is factored into your daily schedule.

If you’re looking at tips for studying, make sure that you start by finding a private study area and studying there each day. If you’re willing to follow those two study tips, many of the other study issues that you might face may quickly fade away. .

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Going to college can be a confusing time for many people who attend, and there are so many things to think about. Unless you have your education paid for by a well-to-do parent or other, you will find yourself funding school through a combination of grants, loans, and possibly scholarships. This financial aid comes from a variety of sources, and usually your college will do several things with the money when it comes in (such as paying your tuition, books, and supplies). When these items are paid for, you will be given the excess in many cases.

Financial Aid Disbursements

When your excess money is disbursed to you, you have a legal responsibility to use this money for school-related purposes only. Financial aid is not to be used for any items not directly part of school. The range of purposes are broad however, and you will find many things you need for school are included. Many people will use the excess money they receive from financial aid for reasons that help them the most for college, setting priorities first.

Items You can Use Your College Financial Aid For

Items that make the list of college expenses include housing (on or off campus, it doesn’t matter which) and room and board situations. You can also spend this money on transportation expenses to get back and forth to class, and new computer equipment and periphery such as software or equipment for computers. Equipment of all kinds that you would use in and for school are also approved. Obviously, a new computer game system or paying for dates is not part of what the excess money is intended for.

Your college expenses really only have to be for something related to school in some way, so it could be almost anything that you would use for school. In some cases, you can use the excess monies to study abroad and the college expenses incurred from doing so. If you have questions about a particular item, just ask your school and they will help you determine if it’s approved or not.

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On April 12, 2015, Unite Rutgers half marathon and 8K races, a CGI race event is scheduled.  Like other CGI events, the race has such a widespread popularity that it usually sells our well before the day of the race.  The race is held across the lovely campus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Because it’s a college campus, the crowd is exceptionally spirited with onlookers composed of the student body, friends and family and a mix of sororities, fraternities and local bands. If you’re a runner, it will be a day to remember.  Not only are the runners a large enthusiastic group, so are the volunteers, many of them belonging to participating charity groups.

Promoting Charity

If you’re a runner promoting a particular charity, be sure to register by March 19, 2015 to get a vanity bib promoting your cause.  The spots go fast so be sure to register as soon as possible.  Spots will remain open until the 12th of April. Registration fees for individuals are $87 and students pay $59 for the half marathon.  All runners pay $56 for the 8K registration.

So Many Perks!

The race sponsors have loaded the Unite Rutgers race with perks.  The runners who make it across the finish lines get a commemorative coffee mug.  Every runner gets free training plans and a superior performance technical shirt.  Half marathon or the 8K race finishers get a commemorative medal to remember their participation in the event.

Volunteers Support

To support the race, you don’t have to be a runner, you can be a volunteer.  Volunteers set-up the event, man the water stations, cheer on the runners and help create a cheery celebration at the finish line.  To add incentive for volunteering, their assistance makes them eligible to receive a donation for their efforts at the end of the race.


Teams of runners from triathlon athletic groups, corporations and charity groups register to participate in the Unite Rutgers’s races every year.  Register your team and if you’d like to be part of a running team, join a registered team. Twenty person teams are eligible to win cash prizes.  There is a first place position that wins $750, a second place position that wins $500 and a third place position that wins $25. Additional perks for the 20 person teams is their own port-a-potty at the starting line and a tent at the finish line.

Join the fun at the Unite Rutgers Race on April 12, 2015. Promote your favorite charity by running to win.  It’s one of the most exciting annual events.  Don’t miss it, be a participant and we’ll see you racing in New Jersey.  Good luck!

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