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Studying Abroad

10 Things You Should Know Before Studying Abroad

Studying abroad can be one of the most eye opening and life changing events in a student’s career. It’s exciting and filled with new experiences, which can also be a bit daunting. Here’s the top things you should know before studying abroad, and how to prepare for your trip.

1. Take responsibility for the safety of your belongings and have a backup plan.

Studying abroad may be the first time you’re really traveling solo for a long period of time. This means that you don’t have the safety net of your parents there to take care of big things like lost or stolen luggage. Have all your bags clearly marked with your name and email address, and store important names, phone numbers and copies of your passport in secure cloud storage.

Research what common crimes there may be in the area, such as pickpocketing techniques and purse theft so that you can be more aware, and invest in practical bags like this Anti-theft Waterproof Travel bag from Arden Cove. With features like slash resistance, locking zippers, RFID-blocking material and waterproof materials, you will be protected from purse slashers, thieves using scanners, pickpockets and unpredictable weather!

 2. Research the country you are traveling to.

Everyone has stereotypical ideas of people in other countries, but they’re often not true. Be more open and sensitive by learning about the culture and customs before you land. What is the common etiquette of people who live there? How do they act in public? How do they dress? By learning these things and practicing their customs, you have the chance to gain another perspective by looking through their eyes. Also check out travel.state.gov to see the “Safety and Security” advice for the country you are going to. Whatever happens, Arden Cove Travel bags can help keep things organized and secure.

3. Learn a few key phrases before you leave.

Knowing some phrases will come in handy if you meet someone who doesn’t speak English, and almost everyone will appreciate the fact that you took the time and effort to learn their language as a guest to their country. If you have the time to, taking a language class before and during your time abroad will really help you become conversational. If you’re serious about improving your language skills you’ll have to put in a lot of time studying and practicing, so don’t be shy!

4. Pack light.

You might be tempted to pack everything you might ever possibly need for the duration of your study abroad, but the truth is you will probably never actually need most things. Prioritize items that will realistically need and a few emergency items like a basic first aid kit. You’ll be thankful when you’re not trying to roll two luggage bags and a duffle bag though a packed train station. The Arden Cove crossbodies are also great to keep all your essentials like credit cards and cash handy and safe.

5. Have a budget in mind.

Learn the local currency and the conversion rate to US dollars so that you don’t spend blindly and blow through your budget. Make sure your credit card doesn’t come with any crazy international fees and call your bank ahead of time so that they won’t flag it as suspicious international transactions. While you don’t want to carry a ton of cash around with you, make sure you have enough to get through the day and lock up the rest somewhere safe.

6. Use your student card to get discounts on things like transportation, accommodations, and entertainment.

Every time you have to pay for tickets for a museum or show, it doesn’t hurt to ask if there’s a student discount. This will help you stretch your budget so you can travel and do more! Arden Cove purses have built-in wallets so save a card slot for your student ID.

7. Prepare to be a bit uncomfortable.

You can pack an eye mask, ear plugs, and an inflatable pillow to save yourself some restless nights. But you’ll never know what will happen when you walk into the dorm, stay at a hostel, or nap at the airport.

8. Challenge yourself to try new things.

You’ll be introduced to a ton of new foods and ways of living, so be open and receptive to trying new things. Even if a dish’s ingredients sound strange or unsavory, you’ll never know until you try, and it might even grow on you. Enjoy these moments of surprise when studying abroad and wonder as they may be some of the highlights of your journey!

9. There are always going to be tons of things you want to explore right outside your door, but you do actually have to study and do your classwork.

Some programs may be easier than others, but remember that the whole reason you decided to study abroad is to take classes at a foreign institution. At the same time, you should take advantage of your surroundings and not just stay cooped in your room cramming for tests. Find a balance between doing your school work and going out to learn about this new place you are in.

10. You’ll probably get lost a lot when studying abroad, and that’s OK.

From bad GPS signals to misunderstood directions, you’ll probably wander in the wrong direction more than once. Don’t panic and take your time to figure it out, even if you need to ask for help from a stranger. Perhaps it’ll be how you’ll stumble upon your favorite place in the whole city. Remember that despite even if you had a bad day, you got lost, or made a mistake, you’ll learn that you can figure it out.

 In the end, your study abroad trip will be whatever you decide to make of it. It’s up to you to decide what you want to experience, and to design the trip in a way that’s most meaningful to you. Have fun and enjoy! It’s your chance to step outside your comfort zone and live your own adventure.

To have more piece of mind, pick up an Anti-theft Waterproof bag, which will protect your belongings from purse snatching and slashing, pickpockets, electronic theft, and sudden downpours. Shop ArdenCove.com to purchase your travel bag today.

Marc Skid Organic Underwear

Make your Marc on the World with Marc Skid Organic Underwear

Premium, eco-friendly underwear brand donates $4 of each purchase to Charity Navigator Four Star charities.

With Marc Skid eco-friendly underwear, you can better the world one pair of undies at a time. It’s all about everyday people helping everyday people, because anyone can make a difference—just by wearing undies.

OK, OK—but who is this Marc Skid guy?

Marc Skid is not a real person but an idea thought up by two buddies tossing around ideas while kicking back beers. The creator of Marc Skid organic underwear, Dan Barry, noticed a pair of high-end men’s underwear on his buddy’s coffee table. “We just got talking about underwear,” Barry recalls.

The pair noticed and chuckled that the packaging of the undergarment was so serious—a man with a six-pack and a “Zoolander-Blue Steel” look on his face. Barry remembers thinking, “That’s all you have to bring to the table to sell underwear?” It was that thought that inspired the eventual ethos of the brand. All brands, not just underwear, should have the same qualities as the people we’re drawn to in life: The ability to laugh at oneself, a strong character and a purposeful existence.

The humor of Marc Skid organic underwear can be found in its cheeky name. Barry laughs that another connection made that night was a common childhood experience between the two friends. “Both of our mothers were insanely concerned about the status of our underwear prior to a pediatrician visit,” Barry recalls. So Barry channeled their mothers’ fears into a fictional fashionista that sells underwear. On a more serious note, Barry draws inspiration for Marc Skid organic underwear from his mission work. “During my mission work, what I remember most is the laughter, it was everywhere,” says Barry. As Mark Twain said, “The human race has only one really effective weapon, and this is laughter.” If just one time the wearer, going through their morning routine, looks in the mirror and is reminded of the gift of laughter, then the true meaning or purpose of Marc Skid’s little play-on words has been achieved.

The character of the brand can be found in how Marc Skid organic underwear is made. Barry traveled to Peru to source the world’s finest cotton, organic Pima. Only approximately .0005 percent of the entire world’s cotton in a given year is organic Pima. Marc Skid also paired up with REPREVE® to use recycled polyester made from recycled water bottles—incorporating one bottle in each waistband. This isn’t magic: Water bottles are made of polyester so we upcycle them into waistbands. Although expensive, this is the right thing to do because of the world plastic issue. 85 percent of plastic waste, which can take 1,000 years to decompose, goes to landfills.

“Make your Marc on the World” is not only the brand’s call to action, but also its purpose. Barry says, “We believe there are people out there who share our passion for changing the world—one pair of undies at a time.” Marc Skid’s commitment to every customer is to facilitate their desire to help cure those who are ill, Feed those who are hungry and save our beautiful world. In addition, Marc Skid wanted to give each person a choice. After deciding whether to help cure, feed or save, you then direct which of the nine four-star charities you want to receive your $4 donation ($4 is donated per pair). “We have a deal for three pairs, which equates to a $12 donation because we hate to see you leave a cause out,” Barry says with a laugh.

“The one thing that wasn’t mentioned is that conversation with my buddy happened over 25 years ago,” Barry states. “I had a 25-year corporate career that came to an end in 2015. It was then, inspired by the many giving people I’ve had in my life and somewhat challenged to do more by their example, I knew what I needed to do next.

“So, hold on to your ideas and dreams and when the time is right, go for it. We’re a six-month-old company and I’m driven by the opportunity to Make our Marc on the World together. If one pair of undies and that $4 donation can feed a child for twelve days, plant four trees or vaccinate two children, imagine if we sold a million or even ten million pairs.”

Barry laughs, “I was never good at math, so you can figure it out.”

(Partnered charities include, Action Against Hunger, Amazon Conservation Association, Carbon Fund, Catholic Medical Mission Board, Concern Foundation, feedONE, Project C.U.R.E., The Hunger Project and Water.org. 4-star rated by Charity Navigator).


Men Wear Watches

The One Thing Men Need

A life lived true is a life of adventure. Deep down, all men know this.

For a man, the call to adventure is palpable. We hear it deep within our souls.

Which is why so many men choose to go on a solo backpacking trip—it’s a choice to leave everything that is known and plunge ourselves into the unknown. Into risk and adventure. Our rite of passage.

I still remember when I made the choice to travel abroad for nearly a year. I was terrified and exhilarated at the same time. I didn’t know what would happen to me, or what challenges I would meet out there. And truthfully, I didn’t care. I only wanted to experience the world.

As I was preparing to leave, my dad handed me an analog watch and said simply, “You’ll need this.” Given that I had a cell-phone at the time, I kind of shrugged it off and slipped it on my wrist reluctantly.

After only one week abroad, I was so thankful he had given me that watch. What I didn’t realize until that moment was that the most important part of an adventure is time – knowing the time is what connects you to the rest of the world.

As I progressed through different cities and landscapes, I became more and more appreciative of that watch. From catching trains, planes and actual horse-drawn buggies to meeting up with newfound friends and lovers, it always kept me on track.

This is the reason Men Wear Watches came into existence—because every man on an adventure needs a reliable source of time; they need a watch.

Not an expensive watch you’re afraid to break. Not an electronic watch that will lose charge after half a day of use. Us men need a reliable analog watch that we didn’t pay an arm and a leg for. One that fits our particular taste and budget.

The hardest part about finding a good watch is finding one that really resonates with who you are at your core.

And this is where Men Wear Watches can help. At Men Wear Watches, we provide a wide variety of quality analog watches at affordable prices.

We believe that the watch needs to fit who you are, so we scour the corners of the earth for the best style and quality of watches, and provide them for prices you can afford.

So you can stay true to your adventure.

To find a watch that fits your story, visit www.menwearwatches.com.

And as always, stay true to your journey.

Self Defense for Women

Howdy from Fort Worth, Texas! All of us at Female Defense Products hope everyone’s school year is off to a great start, filled with exciting classes and fun events and no need for our products at all. We at FDP specialize in providing useful self-defense tools and deterrents along with a variety of home security items. Unfortunately, with roughly one in five female students in the country being sexually assaulted at some point while in school—and one in 20 men—we know students need help. We’re working to lower those stats: that’s why we exist.

In 2015 Madison Ryffel, a Texas Christian University senior at the time, set out to change the narrative. Tired of hearing example after example of women being assaulted, even raped, and rarely having a good way to protect themselves, she looked into ways to change that. Several studies conclude that teaching and empowering women with self-defense tactics is the most effective way to reduce sexual crimes against women. However, knowing that training every student in basic martial arts isn’t realistic, Madison worked towards the next best thing: providing easy access to effective self-defense tools and the knowledge of their importance. Thus, Female Defense Products was born.

While female defense is literally in our name, the fact is that anyone, male or female, big or small, can be assaulted, or drugged, or raped; effective defenses are needed by everyone. As such, FDP stocks a carefully curated selection of non-lethal self-defense tools appropriate for anyone while ensuring that they are especially well suited for ladies.

We also carry a variety of useful items, including alarms, drink test kits, and even related apparel. Our goal is to sell anything and everything practical to empower women—and men—to protect themselves and increase student safety. So if you’re looking for something specific and don’t see it, contact us and we’ll see what we can do!

There are two main ways to defend yourself: by preventing an attack, or by stopping one. Simple things, like telling your friends if you’re worried about a particular person bothering you so that they can keep an eye out, can be a significant help to preventing a situation from ever developing. So can having a flashlight and alarm on your keychain for when walking back to your car at night, in case someone is there waiting. Business card-sized drink test kits can quickly and discreetly test for common date rape drugs, and a door stop alarm can let you sleep with peace of mind even if your housemates are holding a party in the living room. Above all, prevention is preferred.

Other times, if an attacker isn’t deterred by an alarm and your friends aren’t around, you may need to be able to stop someone from hurting you. From a discreet, lower-strength “lipstick” pepper spray ideal for an acquaintance who doesn’t understand what “NO” means, to a 10’ range police strength pepper gel that can’t be wiped off easily to stop a violent attacker, burning eyes usually gives you plenty of time to escape to safety. Though, if you feel like those folks deserve a jolt from an insanely high voltage stun gun instead—high-five!—we’ve still got you covered.

With all the options out there, we know it can be confusing to figure out what you may need. To help, we’ve put together some awesome combinations of items into a few themed Defense Kits to get you equipped. Check them out on our site, DefenseProducts.com, sometime.

With the fall weather finally here, we wish you all the best of luck with your classes and an enjoyable school year. While we hope you never need to use any of our products, we know that won’t be the case for far too many students. So please: Don’t Be Alarmed. Be On Guard.

The Team at Female Defense Products LLC
P.S. – use coupon code collegenews for 20% off anything on our site, all year long!

The Latest in Sanitary Napkin Technology

The sanitary products market is a minefield. With young women being more conscious about the products they use, Angels Secret brings to the table safe, super-absorbant and all-natural sanitary napkins with integrated negative ion technology.

What’s in your sanitary napkins?

Dioxin is a toxic chemical that is found in sanitary napkins, liners and tampons that women and girls have been using for many years. These products are typically made with recycled materials that have been bleached eight times to make them white, which causes the production of dioxin. According to the World Health Organization, excessive exposure to dioxin can have a detrimental effect on your health. Exposure may lead to reproductive problems, damage the immune system and disrupt hormones. Dioxin is formed as an unintentional by-product of many industrial processes involving chlorine such as waste incineration, chemical and pesticide manufacturing and pulp and paper bleaching. On average, a woman uses 15,000 sanitary napkins over a span of 35 years of her life—therefore, the risk of being exposed to dioxin is extremely high.

Angels Secret with negative ion technology

If a woman is not careful during her menstruation cycle, she can become more susceptible to some gynecological diseases that may impact her quality of life. Not to mention the discomfort of cramps, migraines, PMS, and disrupted vaginal pH balance.

Why use Angels Secret?

Angels Secret is the ideal hygienic sanitary napkin that works to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria. Its super-absorbent properties mean that you will only require two to three pads instead of four to six per day. Beyond this, these sanitary napkins are highly breathable odor-free. The pads are also double-lined to help protect from any leakage from the sides.
The negative ion technology incorporated in this product has many potential benefits for the body. It may improve energy levels, strengthen the body’s immune system, promote better sleep, maintain a healthy alkaline pH balance, may act as pain relief, balance the autonomic nervous system, neutralize free radicals and help to purify your blood.

Does Angels Secret make tampons?

Angels Secret does not make tampons because tampons have been associated with toxic shock syndrome (TSS). According to the Mayo Clinic, TSS has been strongly linked to the use of superabsorbent tampons.
TSS is a rare, life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections. Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria are toxins that cause TSS. Tampon products that are sold in stores   tend to have a warning about the risks of TSS on the boxes. You can almost entirely avoid the risk of getting the disease by not using tampons.

If these toxins are bad, is anyone trying to have them removed?

Yes, Carolyn Maloney is the U.S. representative for the New York’s 12th congressional district. She has a bill that would study health effects and safety of feminine hygiene products. The Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act (H.R. 1708) would enable research and a better understanding of how additives in these products that contain dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other chemical additives like chlorine, colorants and fragrances, pose health risks. Given the present lack of research, there is no way of knowing if diseases such as cervical cancer, endometriosis, infertility and ovarian cancer may be linked to a woman’s use of feminine hygiene products.
We know that formaldehyde releasers, dioxin, pesticides and other harmful chemicals are found in feminine care products. What we don’t know, is exactly how these chemicals are impacting women’s health.

How is Angels Secret different from the other negative ion pads?

Angels Secret is the original sanitary napkin that holds the patent for the negative ion technology. We have certifications for No Radiation, Compliance or Gamma-emitting. These super-absorbent pads are super thin, reduce/eliminate cramps, migraines, odor, inflammation and help to balance pH.

To find out more about Angels Secret sanitary napkins for women, visit kreation1.life.

Tabletote Laptop Stands

One of the must-have items for your back-to-school tool kit!

With the new semester just around the corner, there has never been a more pressing time to prepare with back-to-school essentials. While laptops are a key component to study, the back ache that can come with them is not conducive to a great revision session. Hunching over a laptop can lead to serious back problems due to bad posture. Propping your laptop onto a laptop stand can help to eliminate this; they can also help to reduce arm and neck pain and are ideal for raising your laptop screen to eye level.

Tabletote Portable Compact Leightweight Adjustable Laptop Stands help students do just that. Their “best in class” stands have helped students for years to be more efficient and productive in their schooling.

PC TABLES INC—the manufacturer of Tabletote laptop stands—is a trusted and reputable company that has been in business for over 16 years. Consumers from around the globe are using Tabletote laptop stands as an essential piece of equipment.

Sold exclusively via Amazon.com, Tabletote’s stands are top sellers. Of the 100s of laptop stands being sold, their Original and Plus Tabletote are both in the TOP 20. Their products are priced with the college student in mind, with the Original Tabletote selling for just $27.99 and the Tabletote Plus for $29.99. Compare that to other stands selling for between $75-$100!

Okay, so what makes Tabletote laptop stands so great?

Tabletote’s laptop stands are unique and different—not just another “me too!” product. These convenient workspaces set up in just seconds and without the need for tools.

COMPACT—With a folded up size of 13” (L) x 10” (W) x 2” (H),Tabletote is easy to transport and fits in most laptop bags and backpacks.
PORTABLE—Because of its compact size, it is easy to move from one place to another.
LIGHTWEIGHT—Weighs less than 3 lbs, so it is not a burden to carry.
ADJUSTABLE—Telescoping legs allow for height adjustment, from 12 inches to 29 inches, so you can use it while sitting down and standing up.
EXPANDABLE WORK SURFACE—Slide off bottom extends the top of the stand, increasing work surface from 13 inches to 22 inches.
EASY TO SET UP AND REQUIRES NO TOOLS—Sets up in less than 45 seconds.
FREE DOCUMENT HOLDER—Keeps paper at eye level while typing.
DURABLE—Made from high quality materials, so can withstand extended use.

The Original and Plus models are essentially the same, except the Plus comes with two clip-on accessories: a cup holder and a PDA holder. So as you head back to school, make sure Tabletote is on your essentials list.

Thousands of students nationwide have already changed their studying habits by using Tabletote—ORDER YOURS NOW AT AMAZON.COM! Amazon offers a stress-free buying experience with a money back guarantee. If not completely satisfied, return your laptop stand within 30 days for a full refund.

Mental Health Awareness in School

How schools can raise awareness and drive change

May marks Mental Health Awareness month and this year’s focus is on Risky Business. Mental Health America (MHA), the organization that started this initiative, explained risky business on their website saying, “These(risky behaviours) include risk factors such as risky sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use and troublesome exercise patterns.”

One cannot help but notice the fact that a large number of the aforementioned risky behaviours are more likely to be observed in school and college students. Unsafe sex, prescription drug abuse and internet addiction are increasingly common among adolescents and young adults. In addition, there are a host of other problems like stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and eating disorders that young students often grapple with.

Addressing mental health and helping raise awareness about it must therefore be carried out with strong impetus in schools and colleges, so that any imminent mental problems in students can be diagnosed early, enabling better solutions through counselling, intervention and support.

Here are some ways mental health awareness can be raised at the school level to give every student a positive environment and prevent or better address mental problems that affect students.

1. Empower school counsellors to better help students

The school guidance counsellor is the first point of contact at a school with regards to addressing mental health problems. When it comes to raising awareness about mental health, counsellors need to assume a more proactive role. It is in fact crucial that schools employ a school psychologist to exclusively address students’ mental health as the counsellor has other responsibilities such as to ensure a student does well academically and secures admission in a good college. With state support and funding, hiring a school psychologist for every school can significantly help.

2.  Train and sensitize teachers and staff

Schools must train and sensitize staff, teachers, principals and all other service personnel in school about the significance of mental health awareness. When the teachers and others who come in contact with students are well trained and aware, they become capable of identifying risky behavior and underlying mental problems in a student. If a student is showing symptoms of mental illness like stress, depression and anxiety, a trained teacher would work to alleviate the problem instead of brushing it aside.

3. Set up peer support groups

Students are more likely to approach and communicate with peers than teachers and family members. Enabling peer support groups like mental health awareness clubs or volunteer programs can be helpful in encouraging each other to open up and talk about any problems they are facing. Peers are in a much better position to detect problematic behaviour. They are also more in-the-know when it comes to identifying students who tend to stay in seclusion, hide away from participation and are likely to develop problems in the future.

4. Put up slogans and posters around the campus raising awareness

School premises must exude a positive energy and show that they are open places for talking about mental health problems. Posters and slogans, artwork, performances and other such means reinforce the message that it’s okay to have a mental illness and that the school welcomes a conversation regarding it. This can go a long way in helping students understand their own feelings and realizing that they may be at a risk. For many, such communication may be the reason they even realize that they have a problem and that they should seek help.

Most students at a sensitive age tend to blame themselves for the mental illnesses they suffer. They feel that there is something inherently wrong with them and that they just don’t belong with the other “cooler” kids. A positive atmosphere with open communication channels can help such students open up about their mental condition enabling proper diagnosis and treatment.

5. Collaborate with students’ families and organize home interactions

The two vital pillars of a student’s life are the school and the family. These two entities must work in unison to ensure complete mental wellbeing of a student. The parents or families and the teachers must actively engage in discussion about the student’s health. It has often been observed that students behave very differently at home and in school and hence, it is impossible to get a well-rounded view without the two collaborating. Parents and teachers must work together to provide better care.

6. Actively make mental health a primary concern

Despite massive amounts of work done towards making schools more sensitive, it is unfortunate that a large number of these institutions are still primarily obsessed with academic performance, grades and rankings. Students face tremendous pressure to score well, gain extra credits and get into a good college, where they can then face more pressure and eventually crumble.

Schools need to completely change this mindset and start focusing on a holistic growth and complete physical and mental well being. Time and again studies have shown that good grades, better college degrees and higher paying jobs do not necessarily mean a happy life. Not everyone earning six-figure salaries are necessarily happy and content. This churn must stop and the real-life skills that promote happiness and wellbeing must be promoted at schools and colleges.
Students must be taught that their health matters first. Skills of every student must be identified and chiselled instead of compressing everyone into the same mould. At the end of the day, success should be judged by an individual’s personal contentment and their ability to enrich the society.

In Conclusion

Schools are by far, the most important agent in driving mental health awareness among students. Students are highly vulnerable to mental illnesses and addressing this problem effectively at this stage can significantly boost diagnosis and treatment, preventing bigger problems in the future. If our students are healthy, our future is healthy. Effective solutions such as the ones mentioned above can help create a generation of healthy, happy and contented young people who will contribute towards a strong society and a better world—get involved in raising mental health awareness at your school.


Author Bio:

Swati Kapoor is a qualified dietitian at Practo. She has a Masters degree in Dietetics and Food Service Management. She is a strong believer in spreading the goodness of ‘nutrition through healthy eating’. As a responsible dietitian Swati examines her patients’ health history carefully before recommending any diet or workout regimen, because everybody has different requirements.

Further reading: Understanding Mental Health

Tips for Moving Out of Your Dorm

 Summer is FINALLY edging near, but with that comes the loathsome task of packing up and moving out of your dorm. The secret is in the organization, and Sharone Ben-Harosh, CEO of FlatRate Moving has shared with College News his top tips for stress-free moving.

Have a plan

Whether you are moving your belongings back home, to an off-campus apartment or into storage, you should have a plan before you begin moving out of your dorm. This can all depend on if you are taking summer classes, graduating, studying abroad or if your parents have enough space to house your extra belongings. Be sure to document everything, either in a notebook or on your phone. Through this process you are going to have to make note of important dates, times and prices. 


There is no better time to declutter than when you are packing up and getting ready to move. This is one of the few times that you make a decision about each and every item you own—to keep or not to keep? There is no point in boxing away things that you are inevitably not going to use. To streamline the decluttering process, have a box or bin handy for donations while you are packing. 

Consider hiring professionals

Instead of renting and driving a truck potentially across the country, consider hiring professional movers. Be very careful and make sure you hire a well-established, reputable moving company that will be able to move all of your belongings with little risk of damages/loss of your items. Also, ensure that you ask for a binding or “not to exceed” price quote so you won’t be surprised with any hidden extras when you have to pay the check after moving out of your dorm.

Stay organized

In order to stay organized when packing, use translucent bins or labeled cardboard boxes so that when it is time unpack, your belongings are easily accessible. A trick Sharone often suggests, is instead of folding your clothes, keep them on the hanger and insert them into recycled garment bags or place a garbage bag over the top of the cluster of hangers and cut a hole in the top creating a make-shift garment bag. This ensures that your clothes stay clean and you can easily transfer them from one closet to another.

Coordinate the Details

Often times, many schools require students to coordinate a time and date for moving out with their Resident Assistant (RA). They will give you a move out time, tell you where to park your car or the moving truck and also let you know what checklist items you need to complete before your final departure from the dorms.

Do you have any tips for moving out of your dorm? Let College News know!

FlatRate has just launched a new moving program called MOVEU designed specifically for college students. It offers three different packages at discounted student rates, feel free to check it out here.

The LGBTQ Community in Schools

Are we providing enough space for the LGBTQ community in the academic sector?

Ex-President Obama has had a major impact on America and for various minorities living there—including the LGBTQ community in schools. Although Mr. Donald Trump is our new president which may mean changes related to those laws are in order. So it is up to the people of America who stand for equal rights and who feel that everyone deserves to be treated with respect to do something about it. These are the values that we were raised with and we will still uphold those values no matter whether the person who is in power approves of it or not.

This also brings the issue to blessing everyone with the privilege of educating oneself. People in America are blessed with great schools and colleges that others yearn to get admission into. So it only makes sense that we are more accepting of the students that are of a different sexual orientation. All people are human beings and our ex-president went to great lengths to demonstrate that through the laws he implemented, showing his support to the LGBTQ community in schools.

Read: Donald Trump’s First Days as President


It is understandable that colleges don’t want too many international students as it affects the population of local students coming in the colleges. But Americans with various sexual orientations should be considered equally just as any other straight American. College campuses have become more accepting of these students over the last few years. It can be compared to the 60 college LGBTQ centers in 2006 which have now increased to 100 centers that are even controlled by the college staff.

How colleges help the LGBTQ community in schools

There are even specialized options for members from the LGBTQ community in the academic sector to take up gender neutral housing schemes which can give them a safer environment. It boosts their own confidence and can open more communication with their own community members. There are also LGBTQ specified student loans that the government offers for the community. This helps people achieve their dreams, giving them better opportunities in the professional world.

Coping with bullies on campus

There are people who suffer bullying—even at the college level—and community members may not know whom to go to if that situation occurs. Certain measures need to be taken so that LGBTQ members can feel they are able to speak out against the verbal or physical abuse they receive. Also, if nondiscriminatory articles are included in the handbooks provided to students on campus, then the bullies may refrain from calling out to people of different sexual orientation.

College staff also need to take a stand against bullies to protect such students and report them, thus protecting the students and the school’s reputation. The schools and colleges have opened the doors to the LGBTQ community in schools with pen hearts, but people still need to be educated about respecting and accepting these community members in the academic sector. This is the only way that we can aim for a better, more accepting world.

You might also enjoy: Staying Safe on Campus in Not Necessarily a Right—Apparently

Author Bio:
Sherley Alaba is an eagle-eyed wordsmith; a writer and translator, always interested in ways which can help individuals (especially youth and women) reach their full creative potential. Her focus has been on writing, producing and editing stories on business, finance, interesting personalities, entrepreneurs, culture, the environment, gastronomy, lifestyle, and social issues.

Five Ways to Improve Your Memory

The demand for ways to improve your memory is higher in students than it is in adults. Students often come across new knowledge in different areas that they need to store to remember during exams and in future tasks. Some students suffer with memory problems and information retention like remembering instructions in class and directions they have just been given. Here are five effective ways to improve your memory as a student.

1. Use visual images when learning

Teachers should be teaching their students how to use visual images to improve their memory. One strategy that makes use of visual cues involves word substitution. This system is applicable in scenarios where a student cannot visualize information and make meaning out of it. You can turn a difficult word such as “”occipital”” into something familiar that can be visualized. For instance, the word “”occipital”” can be converted visually into an open space like a “hall.” The students can then visualize it in real-time. This can help to enhance the vocabulary stored in your brain.

2. Distribute learning

Research shows that learning activities that take more than two hours without a break are counterproductive when compared to those that take one hour or 30 minutes. Students are likely to retain things they learn over a short period of time. This is because the brain can only retain a limited amount of information at any one time; bombarding it with a lot of information only reduces its retention capacity. Make sure you take breaks between learning sessions to help improve your memory. Some students can take up to 50 minutes while others cannot go beyond 30 minutes.

3. Try to relax

Relaxing should be an integral part of your learning process. Scientists have proven that stronger and lasting memories can be achieved when a person relaxes. You need to use different relaxation techniques in order to improve your memory. Deep breathing is one of the most popular relaxation techniques. Establish a quiet environment in an open place and find a comfortable position with your back straight. Then go through a deep breathing process, akin to meditation, for at least 15 minutes.

4. Train the brain

Students should give their brains a workout in order to improve their memory. At times, the brain needs the right stimulation to keep growing and developing. Like a muscle, memory can stretch and grow with a workout. You need to come up with a brain-boosting activity that is suitable for you and must involve learning something new, be challenging and rewarding in the end.

For instance, you can prepare a list of items and try to memorize them. After some time, try to repeat the items you have memorized. Make the items as challenging as possible for optimal results. Print some words in different colours and try to name the colour each word is printed in. Write a short story and then try to use seven to nine words to describe it. You can also do games and puzzles to help improve your memory. 

5. Brain foods that improve your memory

The foods the students eat have a lot to do with their brain power. The foods can either take a toll on their brain or improve its functionality. You should try to change your diet and eat foods that enhance your brain power. Foods such as oily fish and walnuts have been proved to enhance the memory capacity in both kids and adults. You should research and learn about the impact of brain-boosting foods to help improve your memory.

In summary, a good memory is an important asset to any student who wants to improve his or her grades. The techniques discussed above will help you to improve your memory significantly.

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