Productivity Tip: Turn off that trackpad

Accidentally touching the trackpad while typing is extremely annoying. Especially if you aren’t even using it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could disable the trackpad whenever you’re using a mouse? Read More »

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Rent Outdoor Recreation Equipment on Campus

Warm weather has arrived.  It’s time to get your Vitamin D levels up and go outside.  Hopefully your campus is camping-friendly and has an outdoor recreation facility for renting outdoor equipment in exchange for a few clams.  Thanks mom and dad.

Kayaks

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How to Dominate Your Online Identity

Search engines are your frenemies.  If you’re a job hunter, college applicant, graduating student, or online gangsta then you should be concerned with your online identity!  Not surprisingly, the internet is the first stop for your reference checks and credibility due to its convenience and anonymity.

Come on Barbie, lets go party.

Start with Google

People are going to look for you.  Use this to your advantage to show them what you’ve accomplished, not your alcohol tolerance.  How are people going to find you though? With the most popular search engine in the world of course, Google.  It’s time to play pretend and emulate how others will find you. Read More »

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Do you tweet?

Twitter. What was the first thing that came to mind? Pointless?

If so, I totally understand that feeling. Twitter is filled with people letting anybody and nobody know about their day.

Twitter

Think about your day. Think about all the wonderful things you did today. I took a shower, ate lunch, worked out, watched modern family, and sat at the computer till my eyes hurt.

Such is life. Did you enjoy hearing about my day?

Twitter is Pointless? Well, not entirely. I’ve got 3 reasons why you should give Twitter a chance. Read More »

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Advisement

Well, this is my first real post, and sadly it is not going to be about writing, or English, or education, or any of the main topics I plan to write mostly about on 8semesters. This blog post is about one of the biggest headaches I had to endure as an undergrad at the University of South Carolina: advisement.

My understanding of large universities like USC is that students must be advised, or counseled and then approved, before they can sign up for classes each semester. This is similar to sitting down with your high school guidance counselor and being prompted with – “So, tell me what you want to do with your life.” Only this time you have a lot of more seemingly realistic options, pending the finances of course. Read More »

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iPad vs Kindle on Textbooks

With the launch of the Apple iPad last weekend, the electronic textbook market is back in the spotlight.  Almost every student I know still relies on the time-tested hardback textbook.  Given the option to switch to digital copy, would you? Lets see what we’ve got.

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Prescription Glasses On A Post-Secondary Budget

GlassesI’ve been fortunate enough to have decent eye-sight for a long time.  The unfortunate side effect of this situation was my denial for contacts or glasses until college.  I’ve always been able to see up close fine but faraway has been a slight blur.  That was a metaphor.

When I was a Sophomore, I started wearing contacts and couldn’t believe my eyes (heh). Nowadays,  I spend a large majority of my time working on computers so wearing contacts doesn’t make as much sense for me since I’m nearsighted.  I didn’t own a pair of glasses with my current prescription since I had been ordering contacts with my insurance for the past couple of years.  Using my online shopping ingenuity, I was able to find a pair of cheap glasses online.

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Students Show Environmental Initiatives

Even down south a green movement is rising.

“Reducing” is one of Ivey Kaiser’s favorite words. The 21-year old senior from the University of South Carolina is on a mission to reduce as much waste as possible on the university’s enormous campus, all the while spreading the importance of living simply.

“More and more students will have the power to change legislation,” she said when asked on her views of the youth environmental movement. “If we educate ourselves early we can not only make good choices in our future careers, but also encourage current legislators to make good decisions for earth’s future.”

Kaiser is just another example of college students in America who are increasingly concerned about environmental issues. The soon-to-be graduate at the University of South Carolina is on a mission to spread awareness through her job, her major, her student involvement and her personal lifestyle.

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Recording Lectures

MicrophoneIn my last year as a college undergraduate, a thought occurred to me. A thought that, quite frankly, as a journalism major, should have occurred to me far sooner. The thought went something like this:

“I should record my professor’s lectures.”

Groundbreaking, I know.

While I only utilized this for a short while during my senior year, it proved helpful. I wish I had thought of it sooner. Since graduating, I have found myself wishing that I had some of my favorite professor’s lectures for reference. For some, the idea of listening to a professor’s lecture more than once might sound downright torturous, but consider the benefits.

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Music Memories

Do you ever hear a song that reminds you of a particular time in your life?  Spice Girls, anyone?  What, just me?

One of the most powerful aspects of music is its ability to remind you of the past–hopefully, in a good way.

Last semester, when my school’s college football team upset a more highly-ranked team, the student section went crazy while Darude – Sandstorm was being pumped uncontrollably from the sound system.  This led to all subsequent games being saturated with the same pumping techno music.  I fear for the future students that this ritual will continue.

How about this semester though?  I’ve been in the habit lately of listening to the internet radio website Pandora while doing work and have found a new favorite artist, Phoenix.  The one song that will remind the most of this semester will be Phoenix – 1901.

What songs have you been listening to that will remind you of this semester? Leave some feedback in the comments.

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