What To Expect From Dorm Living As a College Student

One of the bigger shocks to the system that occur when a student goes from living at their parent’s house and going to high school to starting the college experience is going to be dorm living. And there are as many different types of dorm experiences as there are people living in the world. But, a few things you can always rely on in terms or organization and adjustment are listed below.

These points of interest in include the types of lodging in dorms, the culture that comes with them, the noise you’ll be dealing with, the hours of sleep and activity, and the opportunities that present themselves within the mediated hive mentality that comes with signing that first lease.

The Lodgings

For the most part, college dorms aren’t going to equate to the Ritz hotel. And though you won’t be charged for it, dorm rooms will often need window repairs, door repairs, and even things like new carpets. If that last occupants were particularly rowdy, you may end up even having to figure out ways to brush up some holes that may have been put in the walls. All in the course of normal, homework-centric days, of course.

The Culture

It’s difficult to explain dorm room culture in general, and it’s even harder to pinpoint what kind of cultural phenomenons you’re going to experience in specific buildings at specific colleges during specific times. The one thing that’s for certain is that especially your first time around in any dorm room experience, there’s going to be a culture shock that you’d better be prepared to handle!

The Noise

If you’re used to sleeping and living in a quiet environment, you’re going to be in for a bit of a transition period when you move into your first dorm room. Even though there are certain places that are often designated as quiet areas, it’s important to understand that because of the amount of activity going on around you, the idea of sleep in college is going to take on an entirely new meaning.

The Hours

If you’ve only lived by yourself or with your parents before, then you’re pretty used to making your own hours when it comes to your sleeping and waking arrangements. However, once the college experience starts, you’ll quickly have to adapt to the people around you. The better your attitude about this arrangement, the better your experience will be.

The Opportunities

One thing that living in a dorm brings to the equation that can often be overlooked with all of the perceived negatives of the situation, is the fact that there are so many more opportunities to connect with people than you’d have otherwise. Dozens if not hundreds of people will be available within walking distance for you to share ideas with, and that in itself is a reason to choose dorm life in the first place.

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3 Reasons Los Angeles is the Perfect City to Attend College In


Despite the fact that the greater Los Angeles area has a lot of downfalls associated with it, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s one of the most influential hubs for commerce and economic activity in the United States. Whenever anybody thinks about places to be in order to make it somewhere, Los Angeles is at the top of that list. Often there are several problems that arise when people decide to make the jump.

For starters, they’re unable to front the expense of living in LA, and two, the culture comes as such a shock to them that they decide the lifestyle isn’t suited for them and they pack up and try their luck someplace else.

The people who do this are really at a loss because the area presents a lot of benefit to an individual. Los Angeles might not be a forever home, but it certainly is the prime place for college students to plant themselves in for a season for these 3 reasons:

Housing is Taken Care of

Housing is one of the number one issues with Los Angeles. It’s expensive and what you are spending for lodging in LA area will get you a lot more for your money someplace else. If you attend college in the area, your lodging is going to be included in the package. You’re not going to have to worry about where you’re staying. Aside from heading out into the city to watch basketball or enjoy your favorite view oceanside, all the transportation you need to get to and from classes can be accomplished easily because you’re right on campus where everything you need is at your fingertips.

Connections Are Close At Hand

The best universities know that it’s connections that make a person in this world. You might have the most talent and work extremely hard to make yourself into something, but your path will be much easier if you know the right people. Seeing as Los Angeles is a hub for all sorts of different industries, it’s a great place to be because connections are close at hand. If you go to school in LA, your school will have better capabilities to bring in qualified mentors and lecturers. That’s worth the downfalls of living in LA alone.

The Sun Keeps You Productive

If you know that you’re a sun bunny, there is no better place to be than in Los Angeles area. If you were to go to school in Seattle or some place where it was rainy, dreary, and snowy for a great portion of the year, it would affect your productiveness. California is sunny most of the year. If you go to school there, you can ensure that you’re going to feel motivated to get work done because the sun is always shining and your spirits are always at a high because of the weather.

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Your Mom Was Right, You Are Going To Go Deaf


There is an older movie called “This Is Spinal Tap”. In the movie, the character, guitarist Nigel Tufnel explains that their amplifiers don’t just go to ten, but that they actually go to eleven.  “It’s one louder, isn’t it?”

Louder and louder, the world gets louder. The background noise has reached a point where there is even a measurement of a “World Hum”, a low-frequency continuous indistinguishable sound.

The noise you live in

In urban environments, the background noise level, or ambient noise, has increased steadily and is now in the 85-90 dB range. That is the average operating noise level of a bulldozer at idle.  At 85 d, continuous exposure can lead to permanent hearing loss in just 8 hours, or the average work day.  So what do you suppose those Beats by Dre do to your ears in, say, 15 minutes.

Music amplified

First, understand that our musical experiences have changed more in the past 100 years than in all of recorded history. The amplification of music has elevated our opportunities to hear and appreciate music to new and significant levels.

If you look at how we listened to music prior to 100 years ago, you would see we either listened to it outside in a public environment, or in facilities designed not to amplify, but to efficiently direct the sound to the listener.  Though a full symphony can reach 98dB, and individual instruments (especially percussive) have reached up to 140dB, nothing before now can compare to the volume of amplified sound.

Amplified sound has made it possible for us to hear music in much larger environments.  Indoors and outdoors, more people can hear more different music in more different ways.  Subtlety and audaciousness can both be expressed and appreciated on a greater scale. All good, right?

Bringing the rock

Well, not so much, AC/DC, Kiss, Motorhead, My Bloody Valentine are just some of the bands that make a top ten list of the loudest bands ever. Each band has been measured at over 115dB at one point or another. They are by no means the only ones to be loud. The average sound of a concert increased to a point that it began to affect neighborhoods and put attendees at risk. The result of their love of volume generated the rules that control volume in public places.

Bringing home the boom

That same amplification came into our homes, and stereos brought our favorite music with it. The greater amplification helped us to appreciate music at a deeper and more visceral level but tended to drive moms and neighbors nuts. Hence, we put on the headphones.

Mom’s right

While those headphones are awesome in how they allow us to really hear music at another level. They are pretty tough on your hearing. Those Beats you’re listening to as you study for your class on organic chemistry, well those headphones can deliver up to 120dB, causing hearing loss in only 15 minutes. If you can’t hear anyone around you, you are actually listening at too high a volume for safety’s sake. If you use your headphones at even just 60% volume for 60 minutes a day you are at risk of damage.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you say, but did you know that hearing loss from damage is permanent. Like life long. Remember talking to your grandpa?

“What? Huh?” “The spiders in the refrigerator to mars?” “No, Grandpa, the tires are getting worn on the car!”

Remember your mom and grandma yelling at Papa to turn the TV down? I’m just saying you may want to hang on to those gems in your family dynamics, as you start to bump up the volume.

So the next time you jump out of your seat in surprise because you are can’t hear your friend sneak up on you, remember what your mom told you, for your heart and ears sake.

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Four Ways To Make Your Dorm The Coolest

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When it comes to living in a dorm, it can be a nightmare or it can be a fun experience. While your roommate(s) may have something to do with how much or how little you enjoy your time, so do you, and what you bring to your dorm matters too.

If you want to have fun and be comfortable, as well as get along with your roommate(s) and make friends, here are some tips for how to decorate and sustain your dorm room area.

You Need A Comfortable Bed

First of all, if you want to make it through college, you’re going to need a good night’s sleep, which means you need to have a comfortable bed to sleep in. When you go mattress shopping, try them out before you buy them. Mattress stores have demos set up just for that fact.

Obviously, you need to pick a mattress that goes with the type of bed you have. If your dorm already supplied you with a bed and mattress, find out if you can replace them with your own or not. You may also want to invest in some earplugs, just in case.

Have All The Right Electronics

You’ll likely be busy with classes, studying, social events, and who knows what else, but you still might want to have a cool gaming system, some tunes, and a TV so that you can enjoy some entertainment in your down time, or bond with your roomie over some gaming action.

You may not want to have the latest and greatest items in your dorm room, especially if you have a lot of visitors. You don’t want things to go missing or at least get broken or damaged in crowds.

What About Food And Snacks

Sure, there’s probably a vending machine down the haul, but even college students can’t sustain on junk food the whole time. Consider having a microwave, a hot plate, or at least a small tabletop (indoor) grill, and a mini fridge. These are musts for dorm life.

You may be surprised at how many things you can cook in a microwave and make in a dorm space to eat. If you want to ace your classes, you need to eat!

Decor Says Everything

You want your decor to not annoy your roommate(s), but you also want to feel at home. Plus, decorating your dorm is how you can easily let people know the real you. Maybe you’re a Dr. Who fan, a comic book nerd, or you prefer things simple.

Don’t be afraid to let at least some of your decor reflect the real you. And don’t forget a bedside lamp! You’ll need it for some late night cram sessions.

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3 SureFire Ways to Keep Yourself Healthy While At College


College is a time that is full of a lot of things. Rest and relaxation are two elements that are usually pretty rare to come by in the university lifestyle that operates on hustle, bustle, little sleep, and a few too many parties. With this being said, it can often be a challenge to keep oneself healthy.

Day to day you have the classes and the studying. Over the weekend, you have homework and projects to think about and put together. You’re at college to learn, so it makes sense that the majority of your time would be dedicated to that. However, when you do have off time, like any other college student, you’re tempted to spend it perusing the internet or attending the nearest fraternity bash.

If you want to keep yourself healthy while at college, here are 3 ways to do so:

Be Mindful of Partying

Though a big part of college life, parties are a major component of making you unhealthy as an individual. First of all, your chances of getting drunk and driving increase with the more parties you attend, and that will affect your well being drastically. Besides this, alcohol in too high of quantities can cause weight gain, addiction, and even death.

Sounds a bit melodramatic, but if you want to keep yourself on the up and up, keep the parties on the down and down. This doesn’t mean you never drink and you never attend the parties. It means you discipline yourself and either limit the amount you attend, or you leave early and you limit the consumption of alcohol.

Take Preventative Measures

Close quarters, less than premium nutrition, long days, and tired students make college campuses a breeding ground for illness. That’s the last thing you want when you’ve got loads of homework, midterms, and other responsibilities to attend to.

To keep yourself in great health amidst the host of classmates that are out with the plague, get yourself the flu shot and whatever other vaccinations you need to ward off viruses and disease. The cost to you is miniscule when compared to what you will lose if you’re forced to lie in your bed for a week unable to form a cohesive sentence, let alone keep up with the growing school load.

Eat Right and Exercise

You might not put on the freshman 15, but that doesn’t mean that you’re in great health. If you’re dragging, always needing coffee to get you through class, or if your body aches from long hours sitting in lecture, keep your health up by eating nutritious food and exercising.

Instead of grabbing that bagel, go for the oatmeal and strawberries. Instead of the coffee in the morning, hit the treadmill for 20 minutes. If the treadmill isn’t an option, take the stairs to class instead of the elevator. Little gestures like this do miracles for energy levels, mood, and physical comfort.

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Simple Things You Can Do to Keep Off the Freshman 15

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College is a time that is full of stress, fun, deadlines, parties, cramped quarters, and not enough time to get everything done. You may love college in a lot of ways, but there is no doubting the surge of panic that comes when you realize you forgot to do that homework assignment, or that deadline came a lot faster than anticipated.

In addition to this, as much as everyone likes the endless food available in the cafeteria or the midnight runs to the store for ice cream, everyone regrets those choices as soon as they realize that the freshman 15- or 20- or 50 has stacked onto your gut in the matter of a couple of semesters.

Don’t worry about it…or don’t let it happen in the first place is what should really be said. Here are simple things and fitness routines you can do to keep yourself from putting on that freshman 15. The routines don’t have to be time intensive. Just incorporate them into your day whenever you find yourself checking Facebook or taking a cat nap.

Use Whatever is Around You to Work Out

In the middle of a study session? You don’t have to stop studying to work out, just use what you have around you and incorporate it into a simple strength exercise to kill two birds with one stone.

This could achieved by using your desk as a pushup surface, using your books as stretching blocks, or simply using your own bodyweight to do squats, leg raises, tricep dips and other things of the like while you have a friend quiz you or you memorize a concept. The movement and blood flow will actually help things stick in your head much faster.

Keep Healthy Snacks Around

It’s like a broken record and you’ve heard it a million times, but simply keeping healthy snacks around will help you from putting on weight in college. Instead of going to the vending machine and grabbing a bag of chips or cookies, have a mini fridge in your room and keep vegetables or other healthy alternatives around.

Limit the Partying

In addition to this, the majority of weight put on in college is due to alcohol. To avoid this, either change your drinks to simple vodka, soda, lime, or limit your partying to once every couple weeks or once a month. It’s fun, but ultimately partying just causes trouble.

It might do you better in the long run to cut it out entirely, but it is college, so have fun…but also have some discipline. You don’t need to drink excessively to have fun.

One last thing you might want to consider getting is a fitness tracker. This way you can calculate how much you’re walking in a day. So much about keeping fit is just being aware, so try it out and hopefully you’ll be successful in keeping the weight off during college.

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Ways to Make Your Dorm Room Feel Like a Home

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Those who have gone through the whole college dorm room experience understand just how uncomfortable it can be. While there is something to be said for the sense of community that the atmosphere brings, it can get pretty obnoxious to be in such close quarters with everybody at all hours of the day. Not to mention, you also have to share a bathroom with a lot of people.

What makes it even more uncomfortable is the confined space you do have in your room, and your unability to make the space you’ll be living in for at least a year-sometimes even the full 4 years you’re at a school, unable to be personalized by you.

This means no paint, sometimes no holes in the walls…no large, comfortable beds, and very little room to store your crap. All colleges will have different dorm rules, but usually students are left in these sort of situations. Luckily for you, there are ways to get around the dullness of a college dorm room. To start making your dorm feel more like a home, try out some of these tips.

Set the Mood With a Statement Rug

Chances are good that the carpeting in your dorm room is no less than stained and disgusting. If you’re luckily enough to have hardwood, well, you’re lucky, but for the rest of the college population, a statement rug is more of a necessity than you even realize.

A rug will immediately give your room a unique flavor from which to build off of. You can choose something that is a solid color, meant only to bring comfort and cover up the ugliness that is around, or you can choose a rug that has a fun design or graphic. Whatever your preference, a statement rug is a must have in a dorm room to bring life and personality to an otherwise boring space.

Do Something on the Walls

Many colleges don’t allow you to paint walls, but they might allow you to pin things up, or install mounts or shelving as long as you repair it before you move out. If this is the case, you have all the power you need. Paint doesn’t have to be the end all.

To spice up your walls without using paint, take to using some temporary wallpaper, hanging up mirrors and pieces of artwork, or using tapestries or curtains to add splashes of color and design to your otherwise drab room.

It’s pretty simple to transform a room into something that feels like home. All it takes is a little education. In addition to using rugs and tapestries or other wall hangings, add colorful accents to your bed, your workspace or your ceiling. Think of the room as an empty canvas. You’ve got freedom to do whatever it is you want, you just have to keep it within the wooden borders.

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Cool Resources to Utilize to Help You Get Through College Life

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College isn’t a walk in the park. Though many say that it is and was the best time of their lives, it’s also a time filled with monumental stress, late hours, deadlines, cramped quarters, lots of caffeine, and a fair amount of alcohol and partying. Okay. Maybe there’s a very large amount of alcohol and partying.

It’s a blast, and you tend to meet the people you’ll spend a large portion of your life with. To help you get through all the different aspects that college life brings, here are some resources you can be utilizing to help you get through the craziness of college life.

Know When Things are Open

A big hurdle of college life can be the late hours you spend finishing projects, writing papers, and rehearsing the big musical that opens in a week. Often enough, colleges tend to be in little towns where there isn’t much around. This puts you in a bind when you just need to go to the store to buy glue there isn’t anything open.

When you’re up late, or busy doing something important, you tend to forget to do things. To help you during this time, you need to get the app on your phone that tells you the hours for every establishment around you. Don’t waste valuable time driving from place to place to find what you need so desperately, open the app and it will tell you what is currently open and where it is located. This will save your butt every day of your college career.

Never Forget When Homework is Due Again

Sometimes it is such a drag to remember everything that is due and when it is due. Who wants to go scrambling through syllabuses trying to find the midterm date? To help you never forget when something is due and to also help you organize your time, download the app iHomework. It’s available on every apple device and allows you to input tasks, important information, deadlines and homework assignments.

Study Apps

Study apps are the most useful thing on the planet. How did college students survive without them? There is an app called BenchPrep that has all the study guide material you could ever dream of. It includes practice problems, flashcards, about a million study lessons as well as other things.

If you find this resource doesn’t work for you, try StudyBlue flashcards, Wolfram Alpha, the Self Control app and a whole lot more where that came from. Pick your poison-or rather the resource that is going to help you pass college! Everyone wants you to succeed. Be a person who knows what resources are around you. They’ll make it a whole lot easier for you to work smarter instead of harder.

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5 Ways To Learn Medical Knowledge Outside of Typical College Classrooms



In general, medical professionals have to go through a serious amount of college-level education to get their respective degrees. The journey through medical school for doctors, nurses, surgeons, and all other medical practitioners is long and protracted, to say the least, and also very costly.

But, there are definitely ways to legitimately learn medical knowledge outside of the typical college system, including going to HIPAA webinars, using YouTube resources, volunteering at hospitals, interviewing people already in the medical field, and checking out digital libraries that are available.

HIPAA Webinars

By taking the time to attend HIPAA seminars, you’ll get to learn about the privacy and cybersecurity aspect of medical law. Whereas this doesn’t have to do with cutting people open or getting rid of their diseases, it’s still one of the most important aspects of keeping medical propriety intact. Without compliance to HIPAA regulations, personal medical information would be flying around like the Wild West of data flow, and entire livelihoods could be ruined with the press of a few buttons. It’s definitely a part of your medical lexicon that you should pay attention to as early as possible.

YouTube Resources

Though you’re always going to want to fact check, using YouTube to look up medical terms is one thing that many college students have found helpful. Because the format isn’t quite so rigid in terms of learning, that additional resources of video and audio can be a lifesaver if other methods of learning with the teacher in the classroom concept not hitting the total target.


Another great way to gain medical knowledge outside the college realm, but for the college purposes, is to volunteer at hospitals. This way you get a firsthand look at how doctors and nurses operate, and even if you’re just tasked with menial things, or even if you’re just meant to keep patient happy, distracted, or occupied, you’ll gain a tremendous amount of knowledge from each experience, without necessarily being responsible for a whole lot either.

Interviewing Medical Practitioners

For people interested in the medical profession from a journalistic standpoint, there’s always the classic interview route as well. Simply by asking anyone in the field if they’d be willing to sit down with you for a half hour some time to tell their story is a fantastic way to get insider information that there’s no way you could get otherwise.

Digital Libraries

And finally, there are a number of digital lending libraries out there that deal with explicit topics like medical education. These aren’t necessarily the same resources that you would get through your college channels, so they’re worth a look to see how others approach similar topics and methods.

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Old Fashioned Promotions for the Current College Student

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student online business

You can do most of your promotional work online these days, no matter what size your “business” is, but there is still something great about the classic ways of promoting. If you are simply working on promoting your band to get shows, promoting your lawn mowing business to make some summer cash, or you are a start up crafting business looking to sell your handmade items, you may get far more use out of promoting local than online.

You should definitely still be online, and make sure that you share that online presence on your promotional items. However you can really have some fun with these promotional ideas, and maybe even make some new friends and fans as you hand them out. If you ever do trade shows, business expos, or even sell your wares at the local farmer’s market, they are great for handing out at these places as well.

Get Promotional Stickers And Buttons

Personalized or custom stickers are a great way to show off your name or brand. Bands can even make some money selling them on their merch tables at their shows. Stickers and buttons are probably a couple of the most popular promotional items at trade shows, along with pens and t-shirts.

These types of promotional items are definitely an investment, and since you will be giving most of them out for free you can only hope that they attract people to your website, products, or shows in order to make some money in sales. But, that is, in essence, the idea behind these items anyway.

Create A Brochure

If there is a lot to your business and you have some things to say to or show your potential customers, a brochure is a must. You can opt for a simple single sheet brochure that has info on both sides, or if you have more they need to know you can pick the tri-fold kind. Brochures allow you to show your craft, give people info about your business, and sell them without even seeing them.

Brochures are easy to place around at stores and they stack neatly on tables when you do business trade shows. A brochure is kind of like a business card, but it allows you to get across more things than a business card could ever do. It is a sales pitch, instead of just a offer to contact you, like a business card essentially is.

Flyers Get Around

Have you ever walked out to your car after work to find the menu for a restaurant on your windshield, or left a concert to find a bands flyer there? This is a great way to promote yourself and ensure that people see it, although you need to look into the ordinances in the area you live in on whether or not this type of promoting is legal.

You can hang flyers around town in businesses, or even stand outside and directly hand them to people. It all depends on how hands on you want to be and, of course, the laws. Flyers are one sheet advertisements, so make sure you quickly say what you need to on them, and don’t put too much info to make them hard to read in passing!

The Importance Of Business Cards

While business cards are smaller and hold less info, they are no less important when it comes to promoting yourself or your business. They are easy to carry around with you, in a pocket, wallet, or in a purse, and easy to hand out to anyone. Meet someone at the club, “here’s my card.” You can use them for personal or professional business.

Make sure that your card consists of all of the info people need to remember who you are and why they would want to contact you, as well as how they can contact you. Include your name, business name, who you are in the business, your phone number, email, and your website info. That may seem like a lot of info, but it will fit, even if you have to use both sides of the card. If you have a logo you may want to consider having that on it as well.

Remember, the only way these promotional items will work is if you get out there and give them out to people. Be proactive, it will get you the business and attention you want!

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