Let’s be honest, we all know you’ve been counting down the days until Spring Break since the beginning of the semester, shoot I know I have. Well Guess what Amigos and Amigas? SPRING BREAK HAS FINALLY ARRIVED. (Insert crazy happy dance) Please pardon my excitement, but the thought of no lectures or due dates for an entire week just makes my brain sigh in relief. I’m ready to feel the warm of the sun on my skin, catch up with friends, and sleep…a lot.
What better way to get pumped for this upcoming week than with a spring break mix tape?! With guest appearances from Lorde, BANKS, American Authors and more, this mix tape is designed to help melt the snow away.
Bring on the fun.
WARNING: This playlist might give you a case of Spring Fever. Symptoms include: Procrastination, Day Dreaming and Happiness.
With March just around the corner, Spring Break will be here before you know it. With more free time than usual, you may be tempted to spend the entire break watching cat videos but there are plenty of alternative Spring Break options to make the most of your time off.
Vacationing over spring break is an obvious and popular choice. Shake off your cabin fever from spending all winter indoors with a nice getaway. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or exotic (although it certainly wouldn’t hurt) to be an amazing vacation. For any traveling needs like finding out flight, hotel or car rental prices, Kayak.com is one of the leading search websites in doing so.
Spending time helping others is always time well spent. Spring break is a fabulous time to help out around your community or in another city. Some colleges even offer programs to volunteer in communities abroad. Habitat for Humanity is a great organization to get involved in as a student, for more information, you can see if your college has a campus chapter at http://www.habitat.org.
3. Get Organized
The middle of the semester is a good time to get organized. Clearing out old papers from last semester and cleaning up your living space will make a huge difference in your work ethic and stress level. When you are throwing all those papers away, remember to recycle. Its a great option to take when getting organized because not only are you cleaning up, you are doing something good for the environment, and if you would like to know more about recycling check out Earth911.
4. Revamp and Refresh
With winter gone, a new fitness routine is in order. Spring break is the perfect time to trade in your treadmill run for a run in the park or on the beach. Fresh air and sunshine are sure-fire ways to motivate your workout (and let’s face it, summer is getting dangerously close). If you would like some work out encouragement, check out some of the videos on Fitness Magazines website that you can use during your routine.
Try out this list and you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the semester by the end of the break!
WARNING: By the end of your awesome spring break you may feel an urge to start a countdown to summer break. Side effects include procrastination, loss of motivation, and an urge to burn textbooks.
College may be little more than a four-year party to some, but for many it’s a time to learn new things, meet new people, and live independently. Students tend to hold their undergraduate years in such high esteem that they often end up calling them the best four years of their lives. Yet upon graduation, many still feel surprisingly ill prepared to venture out into the “real world”. Even those students who graduate with a high GPA can feel overwhelmed by the pressures of the professional world, making them wonder if their academic accomplishments were ever worthwhile.
If you’re looking for a manual on how to succeed in the real world, you have come to the wrong place. However, here’s one valuable piece of advice that may alleviate some stress once you graduate: find an internship.
Interning in college is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for your future. An internship can open up a variety of networking opportunities and can provide you with valuable work experience in your intended field. It may also help you in determining whether the field you’ve chosen is right for you. Sure, the typical life of an intern may not be the professional life you imagined, but for what it’s worth, you could be taking a small step towards landing the job of your dreams.
Getting a taste of the real world while you’re still in school may seriously pay off in the long run.
Whether it’s mastering a certain skill, learning how to interact with coworkers, or finding ways to score points with your boss, an internship is a great way to break into the occupation of your choice without dealing with the crippling pressure of a year-round job. As college students, our summer and winter breaks provide great opportunities to work full-time. While you may be tempted to sit at home and lounge around during your time off, do yourself a favor and go find an internship. You’ll be glad you did it.
For most students, fall semester is coming to a close and winter break is upon us. While this time of year is packed full of gearing up for next semester and getting ready for the holidays, sometimes we need to take time for ourselves and relax. For many students, that means curling up with a hot beverage and immersing themselves in a good book. If you’re one of these people, try these awesome books this winter break:
A Separate Peace by John Knowles. This is a coming-of-age story about two boys in prep school who become best friends. While building their friendship, there is a lot of competition in athletics, academics and even friendship. With competition comes a competitive attitude, and it sets up the conflict of the story. This is Knowles’s best-known work, and has won several awards.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. First written in 2006, the story is a moving tale about the power of reading in Nazi Germany. When foster child Liesel and her brother are on their way to a foster home, her brother dies and Liesel keeps a book to remind herself of him. There’s a catch, however. She doesn’t know how to read. Her foster father teaches her how, and after a book burning ceremony, Liesel starts “collecting” books. Then everyone’s life changes when they start hiding a Jew from the Nazis. The power of reading binds fugitive Max and Liesel together.
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht. Set in the Balkan region of Europe, a young doctor recalls her relationship with her grandfather and the stories he shared with her. It’s aptly named for the story he tells her of a deaf and mute girl from his village, who befriended a stripped zoo escapee. While the main storyline is about the Balkan wars and how doctors dealt with them, it’s also about a woman who, no matter how old she is, can always remember her grandpa.
Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck. This is the first book in a four-book series. High school student Kelsey Hayes gets a part-time job at a circus in town, where she lays eyes on a beautiful white tiger named Ren, one of the performing animals. She’s in for a surprise, however, when Ren shows that he’s actually an Indian prince under a curse. Along with her tiger guide, Kelsey risks everything to break the ancient prophecy. Can she do it?
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter. This too is the first book in a series known as Shadow Falls. Born at Midnight is about a young girl named Kylie Galen, who ends up at the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result, she gets shipped off to a troubled teens camp. In reality, though, the camp is full of supernatural beings. Add boys into the mix, and Kylie’s life becomes anything but normal. Can she figure out where she fits in, and if she’s part of this group too?
Have a recommendation of your own, or an opinion on one of these books? Let us know in the comments below!
If you’re anything like the typical college student, you LOVE Halloween! There is nothing better than dressing up and celebrating with friends. But Halloween is more than just costumes and pumpkin carving. This is the best time of year to let yourself get caught up in a spooky, suspense filled novel that will get you in the Halloween spirit. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween reads that you can find right here on Knetbooks.com.
1. Hidden Order by Brad Thor: Well known author Brad Thor knew what he was doing when he wrote this thriller. This book is great for those who love action and suspense.
2. The Whispers by John Connolly: A thriller from the Charlie Parker series, this text will have readers on the edge of their seat reading about underground smuggling operations, drugs and powerful ancient evil.
3. Extinction by Mark Alpert: Soldier-turned-scientist Jim Pierce must find his daughter who has gone MIA because she was able to crack a serious military secret and is being hunted by a Chinese assassin.
4. Black List by Brad Thor: The black list is a guarded list only seen by the president and his secret team of advisers. When your name is on it, you don’t come off until you’re dead. Scot Horvath, counterterrorism operative, must find out who has added his name to the list and have it removed before he gets killed.
5. Kill Shot by Vince Flynn: This is one you have to read for yourself. This intense thriller details the adventure of CIA hit man Mitch Rapp who is being targeted for taking out some of the most dangers criminals in France.
7. Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo: What appears to be a tragic car accident turns into a potentially much more sinister, targeted hit of an Amish deacon and his three children.
8. Cemetery Lake by Paul Cleave: This thriller is not your everyday “flawed hero” story. Full of mystery and surprises, Cemetery Lake will keep you guessing the whole time you’re reading.
9. A Simple Act of Violence by R.J. Ellory: Ellory’s best serial killer novel will keep readers enthralled in the mystery of several Washington D.C. murders.
10. Safe House by Chris Ewan: This thriller shows that even the closest knit communities can hide dangerous secrets.
11. Blood Game by David Lyons: Federal Judge Jock Boucher has two men’s deaths on his hands and has found himself in mortal danger. This suspense filled thriller will not disappoint.
12. The Killing Hour by Paul Cleve: Once you pick up this suspenseful thriller you won’t be able to put it down. Filled with murder, romance and mystery, this novel is one of our favorites.
13. The Survivors Club by Lisa Garden: Three women who were able to overcome being victims by helping to catch the man who changed their live forever, are now suspects in his vicious murder. This suspense filled book will keep you guessing the whole time you read it.
The scariest read of all? Your college textbooks! Take the terror out of ordering books when you find great deals and rent your books from Knetbooks.com I hope this list helped you to find the perfect read to fit your frightful fancy. Have any other suggestions of thrilling, suspense filled Halloween reads you think others might like?
Every year at every university there are various campus events that no freshman should miss out on. For any incoming freshmen wondering what to do with their time, here’s a list of some great events that you need to see for yourself:
Homecoming Football Game: I’m using the term homecoming lightly here. Some schools have special high turnouts for the very first football game of the school year, while others focus more on their homecoming game later in the semester. At my University, a huge blue and yellow parade of freshmen traditionally marches across the campus all the way to the stadium for the first game of the year. The phenomenon is not one to miss, and especially not one to miss being a part of!
Fall Semester Concert: For some students, this might be their first concert all together, but whether it’s your first, or hundredth, I highly recommend going to your school’s fall show, no matter who the performer is. Go with a group of friends, relax and have fun!
Club Fair: For many schools, there will only be one of these a year, so don’t miss out! Even if you don’t think you have any interest in campus organizations at all, you might find one, or a dozen, that you’ve never heard of before and want to try. One thing to keep in mind is that even if you sign up for a club at the fair, you are not committed. If you’re even remotely interested in the concept of an organization or its cause, just go to its first meeting, and find out for yourself.
Syllabus Week: Unfortunately, this isn’t a fun occasion, but don’t let any upperclassmen convince you this first week doesn’t matter for classes. Many professors will begin work the first week of class, and you may even start learning new material. Don’t skip this!
Any events specifically for freshmen: There’s a very wide variety of these little get-togethers, and yes, some of them may be boring. However, most are not. They offer a great chance for you to start getting to know your classmates early, so don’t miss out!
College schedules vary greatly, so check out your university’s website to see what is happening on campus! Nothing fun ever happened to the guy who stayed home every day, and you’ll always remember your freshman year, so start making some good memories! For other freshman year must haves don’t forget to check out our Quick List here. Know of any unique or interesting events hosted by your school? Tell us about them below in our comments section.
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Summer time is here again and we all know what that means: the heat and humidity are here too. Let’s face it, no one likes to be sticky and sweaty during their summer. That is what finals are for! Before you let the heat and humidity get to you, though, try these easy, cost-effective solutions to cool off:
Wear light colors. This sounds like a no-brainer, but it does not just mean light in the color. It means light in weight as well. Linens and cotton are perfect for this kind of weather!
Invest in cooling bands. You have seen athletes from football, tennis, even the summer Olympics with towels draped around their necks trying to cool off. Lowe’s sells an inexpensive towel for $14.98. Just wet the towel down, snap it, and you’re instantly cooled down for two hours until it needs reactivated.
Cut back on electrical use. Flat-screen televisions may look cool, but in reality, they produce a lot of heat that then gets circulated in a room. Go outside and get some fresh air, or if you insist on staying inside, pick up a book.
Cover is crucial. Just like you cover doors and windows in the winter to keep the cold out, cover doors and windows to keep the cool in. That way the A/C air will not go to waste.
Skip on cooking. Notice this says skip on cooking, not eating. Kitchen appliances will create more heat. Go to your local supermarket and get come cold cuts and cheese, or investigate some recipes that do not require the use of appliances.
Have any other quick tips for us? Let us know in the comments section below. Stay cool!