Archive for the Dorm Life Category

How Not to Kill Your Roommate

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, On Campus, Tips with tags , on September 26, 2010 by Jill

Oh, college roommates! What in the world could possibly be more exciting or better, really, than sharing a hundred square feet of space with another person? Like you, that person is probably someone who wants to succeed, not become horribly malnourished, and perhaps find some sort of connection with another person in a thrilling new environment. And you’re inevitably going to run into issues.

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Decorate your Dorm with BJ’s Wholesale Club

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Fun Times, Links, Money Honey, On Campus, Tips, Web with tags , , , on August 29, 2010 by Jill

BJ’s Wholesale Club is a thrifty, easy way of getting ready for school, whether you’re heading back to campus or you’re just starting out. Check out their school and college supplies options.

From décor like bedding sets and patterned rugs, unique space-savers like spinning carousel organizers, a wide selection of electronics and small appliances and no dorm would be complete without staples like KRAFT® EASY MAC® and Maruchan® Ramen; BJ’s has it all in one stop.

Like something you saw in the video above? Here’s some items it featured:

  • I-Teen 11 Piece Reversible Bedroom Set – Easy-care microfiber comforters with matching sham, sheet set, throw, bath towels, wash cloths and hamper. Fits twin or twin XL. Geometric and floral patterns designed exclusively for BJ’s. $49.99
  • Chalbria Galleria 53” x 79” Area Rug – Bold printed 100% nylon area rugs. $29.99
  • Spinning Carousel Closet Organizer – Heavy-duty canvas organizer turns 360 degrees. Store shoes, handbags or accessories in only 1 square foot of closet space. $14.99
  • Toshiba® 10.1” Notebook Computer – 160GB hard drive, Intel Atom™ N455 processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Windows® 7 Starter Edition, and 802.11n Wireless. 10.1” TruBrite®display. 8+hour battery life. Also on BJs.com $299.99
  • Milen Laptop Portable Mini Desk with Flexible Light – Use your laptop comfortably while lounging. Light bends as needed. $14.99 (After $5 instant rebate through 8/31/10)
  • Haier® Write-On Refrigerator – 2.5 cubic foot fridge. Leave homework reminders or messages to friends on the front. $99.99
  • Sunbeam® 800-Watt Microwave with Bonus – .8 cu. Ft. Digital display. Includes microwave-safe egg and rice cookers. Also on BJs.com $44.99 (After $10 instant rebate/online instant coupon 8/2-8/25/10)

All available at BJ’s Wholesale Club!

20 iPhone Apps for College Students

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Fun Times, General, Health & Lifestyle, Links, Money Honey, On Campus, Tips, Web with tags , , on July 5, 2010 by Jill

It’s not just a status symbol for college students, it’s also a useful tool for more than just communication and idle chitchat. The iPhone is now a standard accessory for most college-goers, and if you own one, there are a few must-have apps that should accessorize your phone.

Choosing apps for the iPhone is like asking a kid to choose from the hundreds of choices in a candy shop – you want them all, but you know you have to stick to a select few not just because of the cost but also because you don’t want to clutter your phone. So if you’re a college student with an iPhone, here’s a mix of useful and simply fun apps to load onto your sleek gadget:

Knowledge is power
1. Wiki Mobile: The Wikipedia site redesigned to snugly fit your iPhone – it’s great for a quick reference to facts and facilitates information on the go.
2. Dictionary.com: You don’t have to lug around a heavy dictionary or log onto your notebook computer to find the meanings of complicated words; with this app, you have access to both a dictionary and a thesaurus at your fingertip.
3. Big Words: If you’re looking for cheap textbooks, this is the app for you – use it to compare prices at stores around you and find the best bargain.
4. Snap Tell: This app makes it easy to find and compare book prices by just snapping a photo of the front cover with the title and author’s name. You save time and money on comparison shopping.
5. eTextbooks: If you can find your textbooks in the e-book format, you sure are lucky. Instead of lugging around heavy textbooks, just carry them on your iPhone with this app.
6. Math Ref Free: Your one-stop reference guide to all things related to mathematics when you’re a college student. Stay ahead…
7. iHomework: If you’re always in trouble over forgotten assignments and unable to manage your hectic schedule, this app helps you stay ahead of your homework and lessons.
8. MyGPA Calculator: A must-have for every serious college student – it allows you to keep track of your scores and calculates your GPA on a per semester and cumulative basis.
9. Instapaper Free: This free app allows you to save web pages offline – a great tool for when you don’t have time to read long articles and online study material. Just save your pages and read them whenever free.
10. Things: Whether you’re the typical forgetful nerd or just an average student pressed for time, this app helps you schedule your tasks and provides timely reminders as to where you need to go, when you need to go, and what you need to do.
11. Evernote: Makes note-taking ever so easy and interesting – this app helps you remember all those important hints your lecturer throws out in class; useful stuff during exam time.
12. Voice Memos: While I wouldn’t recommend using this as an excuse to sleep in class, it does come in handy when you’re tired and unable to concentrate – just record your lecture and play back when in the mood to study.
13. Mooch: An extremely useful app for the college student who has it all and does not like to lose what they have – Mooch lets you keep track of all those possessions (and money) that your roommates and dorm mates have borrowed from you so that you’re able to get them back easily.

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My Roommate’s Mate … Sucks!

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, On Campus, The Real College Guide, Tips on September 11, 2009 by Jill

By Maria Moy for The Real College Guide

sucky-roommateMaybe your roommate is great. But her boyfriend? His girlfriend? Not so much. “There’s this one girl on our floor whose boyfriend is so loud and dirty and obnoxious!” says a University of North Carolina Wilmington sophomore who prefers to remain anonymous. “He just helps himself to whatever he wants, leaves crusty dishes lying around and hocks loogies in the shower. He’s there every weekend, and now he’s put a queen-sized air mattress in the middle of the floor because he doesn’t like sleeping in a twin bed.”

Whether your roommate’s partner has a problem using antiperspirant or prides herself on being able to burp to the tune of every song on Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed,” you can’t exactly enroll this person in charm school. So what to do about the total space invader? Luckily, there are ways to reclaim your space — and your sanity — without things taking a turn for the weird. If you heed our dandy list of do’s and don’ts, you won’t have to let the BF or GF jeopardize your relationship with your roommate. Read on .…

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The Anatomy of a Dorm Room

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Humor, Links, Tips, Web on September 2, 2009 by Jill

Looking for a way to arrange your dorm furniture so it suits both you and your roommate?! Look no further! CollegeHumor has it under control.

Check out their article, The Anatomy of a Dorm Room, for some helpful furniture-arranging tips.

5 Links For Dorm Room Design

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Dorm Life, How-To, Links, Money Honey, Tips, Web on August 30, 2009 by Jill

Here are some links to help students make their rooms all perdy. :)

DIY Projects For Your Dorm Room

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Dorm Life, How-To, Links, Tips, Web on August 12, 2009 by Jill

College time is upon us once again and dorm room shopping has begun. But there’s nothing like getting your hands dirty and putting together something on your own. Here’s a list of do-it-yourself projects that you can do for your dorm room.

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Image courtesy of neon.mamacita.

10 Tips For College Freshmen

Posted in Articles, Classy!, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Fun Times, General, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Links, Money Honey, On Campus, Tips, Web on August 11, 2009 by Jill

(This is an excerpt from a recent post I did for the myUsearch blog. I thought some of my readers would enjoy it.)

Last week, our friends over at Unigo published a great back to school guide with a ton of tips for college freshman, including links and videos with helpful advice for those of you starting college for the first time. After checking this out, it made me wonder what tips I’d give to college freshman. As a wise old sophomore in college, I think it’s my duty to tell you a few things.

Courtesy of foundphotoslj.

Courtesy of foundphotoslj.

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Review: HP Pavilion dv6t Notebook and Mini

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Contests, Dorm Life, How-To, Kill Jill, Links, Money Honey, On Campus, Tips, Web on August 10, 2009 by Jill

HPPaviliondv6_FrontOpenBefore the HP giveaway starts on Aug. 14, I thought I’d do a little review of the products that are available to win. (You can learn more about the giveaway here.)

(The image to the left is the HP Pavilion dv6t notebook. Below is the HP Mini.)

Between the two products, I fell in love with the HP Mini more. But I’ll get to that later.

After using a Dell with a 17 inch screen, the HP notebook‘s 16 inch screen just didn’t seem wide enough for what I use my laptop for (watching movies). (Of course, my laptop doesn’t include a BluRay player like this baby.)

Other than that, it’s a great product. The setup was really easy. This notebook comes with Windows Vista (which has gotten a bad rep in the past, yes, but I’ve been using it for a year and I’ve not once had any issues with it).

I tend to multi-task while I tinker away on my computer and this notebook handled that fine, no matter how many applications I was running or how many windows I had open.

I think this laptop would be great for people who download a butt-load of… um… legal content because the hard-drive is a nice, big one: 500 GB (Nice.). Would likely also be swell for those hip, nerdy types who play World of Warcraft and have every Sims game and expansion pack ever made. (I love hip, nerdy types. For the record.)

Now. Onto the gem of the two, the HP Mini.

HPMini110_FrontOpenOhmygoodgorsh, I love this thing. It’s so small (includes a 10 inch screen) but not too small- you can still web browse with ease and so light. Perfect for web browsing at the local café or checking your email on the go. It would likely be awesome if you had a wireless connection but I haven’t gotten the opportunity to try that out- yet. (Once I get to school, I am there.) But it comes with an Ethernet port, so it’s all good.

This computer will be useful for those students pursuing an online degree.

The Mini comes with Windows XP, which is totally cool. Setup was easy, but not as flashy as the Pavilion‘s. But what the Mini lacks in flashiness, it makes up for in convenience.

And with the Syncable software, you can access stuff on your Pavilion from your Mini. So that’s pretty neat, too.

And best of all, it fits nicely in your purse. (Or, if you prefer, your man purse.)

If it were legal, I think I would consider marrying the HP Mini. I kid you not.

You can also check out a review for the same two products at Student Bloggers. You can also find out more info on the Kill Jill HP Giveaway here.

14 Helpful Dorm Links

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Fun Times, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Links, Tips, Web on August 3, 2009 by Jill
Photo by Brandon Cirillo.

Photo by Brandon Cirillo.

Below are some fantastical dorm links for the Freshman student- and for those of us returning to campus in the fall.

(I know. It’s been ages since I wrote a helpful post… Does anyone have any suggestions for what they’d like me to write about on here?? Let me know.)

Here are some older Kill Jill Goes To College posts to help you settle into dorm life.

I’ve always been a fan of the blog Surviving College Life. Here are 2 dorm-related posts for you to check out:

Jamie from Surviving College Life links to Apartment Therapy and I checked it out (finally!) this afternoon. And good grief, what a great site. Lots of cool projects that could easily be used in dorm rooms.

Also, Kill Jill has a new link exchange buddy: Xatal.com. It’s got posts on all sorts of neat stuff. Here are some dorm life-related posts from that blog.

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