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June Means Inspiring Speeches, Like This One - June 13, 2014 by Admin

Perhaps one of the best things about this time of year (besides summer vacation) is all of the words of wisdom that come from individuals who we admire. June is synonymous with graduation ceremonies and where there are graduations, there are inevitably, graduation speeches.

One commencement speech that has gotten attention in the media as of late is Jim Carrey’s address to Marharishi University of Management graduates in Iowa.

In true comedian fashion, Carrey got a number of jokes in, including poking fun at the school’s practice of allowing time for transcendental meditation, or as Carrey put it, time “to slack off twice a day for an hour and a half.”

But what earned him a huge round of applause from the graduates and the admiration of viewers later, was some of the meaningful nuggets like this regarding concern over doing something bigger with your life that you imagine you can.

“Like many of you, I was concerned about going out into the world and doing something bigger than myself, until someone smarter than myself made me realize that there is nothing bigger than myself. My soul is not contained within the limits of my body; my body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul.”

He also talked about how his dad took the safe route becoming an accountant instead of a comedian, but fell on hard times nonetheless.

Carrey said, “I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”

A great reminder, not only for graduates, but for everyone out there to always follow your dreams.

Check out highlight’s of Carrey’s graduation speech on YouTube:

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To Fling or Not To Fling? - June 5, 2014 by Admin

Summer has arrived and with it brings a wealth of choices for college students who’ve recently been liberated from the confines of the classroom and the shackles of their textbooks. Now, there is time for more important things, like choosing the appropriate SPF to wear at the beach and deciding whether or not to engage in one of the most classic college summer rites of passage – the summer fling.

Like every decision, there are pros and cons to the channeling your inner Danny Zuko or Sandy Olsson for a summer of loving. Keep these things in mind when deciding if you are ready to fling yourself into a summer love.

Pros

-       A summer fling, by its very definition, is short lived. For those of us who enjoy the “honeymoon” phase of a relationship, then a summer fling could be right up your alley. They are typically short, intense and fun.

-       Because a fling is for a finite amount of time, it often allows you to be more open and daring then you might be if you were trying to impress someone you want to keep around long term. This means you might be open to trying new activities (bungee jumping anyone?) that you wouldn’t have tried before. After a few months, you may even like the new adventurous you.

-       By stating your intentions up front and keeping things casual you will likely create some great memories that you will look back on fondly.

Cons

-       Not every summer fling ends with Danny and Sandy happily together. Be careful not to get too attached to your fling if the feeling isn’t mutual. You could end up getting hurt.

-       Since the relationship will be new and exciting, it might be easy to become intoxicated with it and begin to neglect other priorities in your life, like your summer job. Be sure to have fun but also keep your emotions in check.

-       Don’t forget about your friends and family members. Summer is a great time to connect with the people in your life that you might not see once the school year starts up again. Be sure to balance your time accordingly.

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/markyharky/

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The Most Useful Grad Gifts - May 31, 2014 by Admin

Graduation season means graduation gifts. Time to think about the best gifts for the grad in your life. Whether you are the lucky one graduating, or you are a friend or family member of a graduate,  gifts will be at the top of the mind this season.

As much as we love the classic graduation gifts (think Dr. Seuss’s “Oh The Places You Will Go”, or a string of pearls) there are far more useful gifts that can be given to new graduates who are heading into college or the real world.

Here are a few to check out:

iHome BoomBox Speaker – For the graduate heading to college, or hoping to drown out the sounds of the real world, music is essential. That’s way the new grad will love the iHome boombox. Most importantly, it’s stylishly ironic.

Gift Cards for Food- Much like music, those headed to college or onto their first career will need sustenance to survive. That’s why an always-popular grad gift is gift cards to their favorite grocery store or restaurant.

Toolkit – Must of us (ladies we’re talking to you) probably don’t think that you need tools. But what happens when you want to hang that picture frame or find out how big your room is so you can buy the right size rug? Things like a hammer, nails and a tape measure are essential whether you are headed into a dorm, or your first apartment after graduation. A toolkit with all the essential gadgets is, well, essential for new grads.

Photos/Artwork – Now that you have your hammer and nails, artwork or photos of friends and family members are the perfect gift to help remind new graduates of their past and where they are headed.

Cold Hard Cash – Let’s not sugar coat it, higher education is expense. Whether you are just starting to pay off your loans or beginning to add to them, money is always an appreciated gift.

The Gift of Transport – Whether the graduate in your life is headed to a big city or the suburbs, chances are they are going to need a way to get around. If they already have a car, then a gas gift card is a good gift option. If they are going to be on a campus, maybe a more appropriate gift is a bicycle.

Amazon Prime Subscription –If you really want to make the new grad smile, then give him or her the gift of free. Free shipping on all Amazon orders and free access to thousands of movies and television shows through Amazon. It’s all possible with an annual membership to Amazon Prime.

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No Job? No Internship? Volunteer! - May 29, 2014 by Admin

Summer is almost here. Don’t have a summer job or internship lined up? Why not offer your services as a volunteer? A new study out from UnitedHealth Group and the Optum Institute found that more than three-quarters of adults who volunteered said doing so made them feel more healthy. An overall 94 percent of individuals surveyed said volunteering put them in a better mood.

For soon-to-be and recent college students, volunteering has additional benefits over just building up endorphins and making you feel healthier, offering your services as a volunteer can also bulk up your resume and help you stand apart from other job candidates or school recruiters.

Especially during a tight job market and recession, employers are looking more and more favorably upon candidates who have put in volunteer hours during their spare time. A recent LinkedIn study found that 41 percent of hiring managers found volunteer experience as valuable as paid work.

So what are the most popular types of volunteer work for college students? The Corporation for National & Community Service found that education and youth service organizations are often the top pick for college-age volunteers, with about 31.6 percent of this demographic of volunteers offering their services in these fields. The second most popular category of volunteer work for college students was with religious organizations, with about 23.4 percent of volunteers devoting their work in these areas. Social and community service ranked third at 16.3 percent and hospital and healthcare came in fourth at 10.5 percent.

Here are some tips to remember when considering volunteer opportunities:

-          Do your research and see what types of volunteer opportunities are available in your area. Check out www.volunteer.gov  to see what’s available.

-          A great way to make the most out of your volunteer work is to find a role where you can utilize skills you hope to use in school or your future profession or schoolwork. If you plan to go into the medical field, look for roles in the medical community or at your local hospital. If you want to work with computers, find a volunteer position that uses your technology skills.

-          Ask friends about potential volunteer opportunities and make use of campus connections including fraternities, sororities and alumni. These organizations often have special causes they support and are always looking for people to volunteer.

-          Don’t overcommit yourself. Make sure you have enough time in your schedule to allow yourself to volunteer the number of hours required to get the most out of the opportunity.

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/panationalguard/

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Summer Break For New Grads - May 16, 2014 by Admin

June is just a few weeks away and for many soon-to-be graduates, that means summer break! Whether you are taking the entire summer, or just a few weeks off before going onto college, grad school, or a new job, here are a few things you should be sure to do before the responsibility of the next phase of your life sets in.

Enjoy

Often times in life we are so focused on our long term goals (in this case getting that diploma) that we don’t give ourselves any time to actually celebrate the accomplishment of our goals. So after all the pomp and circumstance has died down, give yourself some time to relax and take in your accomplishment. Whether you prefer to spend time with friends who may be moving away, catching up on reading for pleasure, or going big and taking a summer vacation, there are lots of ways to reward yourself for making it this far on your journey before the next step.

For those looking to make an international splash, check out these top international summer vacation spots for 2014. Have less money to spend on a trip? Try these popular destinations within the US.

Work

For those who are diving into another around of academia in the form of college or graduate school, the summer may be one of best times to start socking away the savings by working a summer job. As we all know, higher education is getting more and more expensive and while it’s unlikely you’ll be able to earn enough over one summer to pay for your schooling, getting in a few months worth of paychecks can definitely help with many of the smaller costs like room, board and books.

If you really need to save some dough this summer, in addition to getting a job, you can also try some of these ways to make extra money.

Prepare

Get Ready

No matter what lies ahead for you in the next stage of your life after graduation, it’s probably a good idea to not just financially prepare, but to also get mentally and physically prepared. If you’re traveling far from home, spend time with family members while you can and spend your down time preparing your new living situation for items you may not have.

If you are going into a rigorous graduate program, it’s not a bad idea to do a bit of prep work in advance to make sure that you can hit the ground running for your classes

And, if you are starting your first job, this could be a great time to shop for new work attire as well as brush up on your new company so you are ready to impress from day one.

Enjoy your summer graduates!

Photo credits: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/, https://www.flickr.com/photos/evilerin/

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How To Win A Free Graduation Sash! (Contest) - May 13, 2014 by Admin

Okay grads, it’s time for a giveaway! We know you love free stuff and we know you love giftcards. Here’s your chance to win both. The best part is there are no essays to write or tests to study for. All you have to do is like our post on Facebook, leave us a comment and you’ll be entered to win a free graduation stole and a Amazon gift card. Be sure to enter by May 20!

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How To Wear Your Mortarboard - May 9, 2014 by Admin

Graduation day is fast approaching and that means you’ve likely already ordered your grad gear: gown, graduation stole and of course, your mortarboard and tassel. That got us thinking about the history of the mortarboard. Why the funny name? And how exactly do you wear it anyway?

Fun Facts About the Mortarboard

What’s in a Name? A mortarboard is often another moniker for a graduation cap because the hat looks much like the flat plaster’s tool used by bricklayers to hold mortar.

What else is it called? While Americans will typically call their graduation headpieces graduation caps or a mortarboards, our friends Down Under have also been known to call it: a square, corner-cap or a trencher.

Why do we wear them? Like most things, the tradition of wearing a mortarboard comes from our ancestors. In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries learned people (artists and scholars) wore similar hats called birettas. A few centuries later, the caps were only worn by those who had master’s degrees, but later it became popular attire for both grads and undergrads.

Who Are The Mortarboard’s Cousins? In addition to the mortarboard, it is also becoming more common to see caps with 4, 6 and even 8 cornered hats called tams. Softer varieties of the tam are also worn in some schools and if you are graduating in Britain, you may even wear a Tudor Bonnet at your graduation.

How To Properly Wear Your Mortarboard? The inside of the cap will tell you which part is worn in front. The top of the hat should be worn level on the head. Undergrad students should wear the tassel on their right side of their face until instructed during the graduation ceremony to move it to the left side. Masters and doctoral students, as well as faculty should, should wear their tassels on the left side of their faces.

How Do You Make Your Mortarboard Stand Out? One of the best ways to make your mortarboard stand out on graduation day is to decorate it. Click here to see some of our favorite mortarboard designs.

Pick Your Favorite Mortarboard and Win! Now that you are an expert on the mortarboard, choose your favorite one here and be entered for a chance to win a free graduation sash and a Amazon gift card!

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Graduation Time Means Party Time! - May 2, 2014 by Admin

Is your graduation so close that you can almost feel the weight of that diploma in your hand? And soon after that,  a congratulatory drink? Nothing goes better with a graduation than a graduation bash! For those in the midst of planning their graduation celebration, we scoured Pinterest to find you a little visual inspiration so you don’t forget a thing for your upcoming graduation party. Happy planning!

Invitations
Every good graduation party starts with an invitation. Use an online invitation site like Facebook or Evite or step it up a notch and send paper invites.

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Decor
Got a theme for your graduation party? Decorating for your grad party doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Use everyday items to create memorable decor for your party.

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Good Old Fashioned Entertainment
Turn your lawn into your own private gaming space. Who doesn’t love Twister?

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Photo Booth
While we are on the topic of entertainment, don’t forget to visit your closet or favorite thrift store and buy props for your photo booth!

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Party Favors
Of course, you won’t want to leave your guests empty handed. Here’s a fun idea for a grad-appropriate parting gift.

Party Favors

A Little Flair
Every party needs a little sizzle.One way to add it is with fun sparklers.

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What’s Under Your Gown? - April 28, 2014 by Admin

Donning a cap and gown soon for a 2014 graduation? Congrats! Now to the big question – what to wear under your robe? Fashion experts the world around will tell you that despite the fact that you will be covered nearly head to toe with a gown and graduation sash most of the day, that doesn’t’ mean you shouldn’t plan an appropriate outfit to wear underneath.

Your graduation day is a big day and don’t think your family will let you forget it. You can expect to be the subject of a photos and probably videos for the majority of the day – so be prepared.

After you walk across the stage and accept your diploma, it’s likely you’ll strip off that gown and head  straight to a celebration, so whether it’s a dance party or celebratory meal you’ll want to be ready.

Here are some things to think about when choosing your graduation day attire.

Comfort, Weather, Style

Depending on the size of your graduating class, it could be several hours before you are able to put down your diploma and pick up a bubbly drink in celebration. With that in mind, be sure to choose an outfit and footwear that you are comfortable in.

Women
A good idea may be a simple shift dress paired with flats, wedges or heels no higher than 2-inches. Expect to have to walk and stand longer than you think you will and choose your footwear appropriately.

Wearing a dress with pockets is also a good idea and a handy place to stash your smartphone for last minute photos and texts to your family in the audience.

Be sure to check the weather ahead of time. If you will be in the sun, be sure to wear a light-weight dress and don’t forget the sunscreen. Remember that graduation gowns don’t do much for your figure, so try to avoid bulky or layered dresses that can make you look bigger than you’d prefer in photos.

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Photo Credit:  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/188799409352182447/

Men

For men, wearing a traditional shirt and tie with a pair of comfortable dress slacks is always a good choice. Depending on the cut and fit of your graduation gown, it may be easy to tell if you are wearing a collared shirt and a tie. If you hate wearing a tie, you can forgo it for the ceremony but be sure to keep a tie on-hand in your car or with your family if you need to put it on later after the gown comes off.

Take a hint from the ladies and choose your footwear with care. Pick something that looks professional and is comfortable for lots of walking and standing. Keep in mind the weather as well, there is nothing worse than sweating through your entire grad ceremony. Choose light fabrics like linen if it’s going to be a hot day and don’t forget the sunscreen.

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Photo Credit:  http://fashionfinder.asos.com/mens-outfits/clean-cut-preppy-261548

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Students Can Get Free iPads Today - April 3, 2014 by Admin

Gotcha! That’s right, it’s April Fool’s Day! The day of tomfoolery is a favorite among students both young and old. From classic pranks, like short-sheeting your dorm mate’s bed, to newer versions like filling the dorm hallway with cupfuls of water (or beer) requiring those who want to pass through to drink-as-they-go, pranks will rule the day today.

And it’s not just your friends that will trying to get the last laugh either, keep an eye out for some sneaky school administrators, college newspaper editors (and Super Senior bloggers) who may be trying to pull the wool over your eyes today as well. Don’t believe us? Well just check out this story from Huffington Post describing some of the great lengths schools went to fool their enrollees. With antics like publishing plans of a new campus crammed into a football stadium, to convincing students that their campus is moving from Rochester New York to Rochester England, it’s no surprise that students get creative with their pranks as well. Here are just a few of our favorite April Fool’s Day college pranks that were mentioned in the story.

- Vassar’s school newspaper announced to students that they would be charging for their online content.

- Johns Hopkins told students on April Fool’s day that they would henceforth go by John Hopkins, dropping the “s” from their name.

- For the April occasion Northwestern’s newspaper adopted a Star Wars theme complete with an obituary to Yoda.

May the force be with you today, this day of mayhem and keep you one step ahead of the pranksters whever they may be!

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