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What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been

Posted in Blog News, College Stuff, General, Health & Lifestyle, Links, Web with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2011 by Jill

Photo by Allyson Paynter

I started this blog in February 2008. I was taking the year off due to sickness. In my buckets of free time, I worked on this project, in hopes of making myself feel more prepared for college. I started college that September.

I’ve always referred to my college as College X, located in City X. Well, if you really want to know, I took Journalism at Holland College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. At the end of the two year program, I knew I didn’t want to work in a newspaper office. News reporting is way too stressful for me and there were only a few times I actually cared about the subject matter of the story I was working so hard to get right.

So, I went back to school for one more year in September 2010 to take Interactive Multimedia, again at Holland College. My tiny class consisted of 7 students and one amazing instructor. It was one of the best, busiest years of my life. I graduated with an average of 91.5% and knew it was a better field for me almost immediately. Before graduation, I had my business registered. I am now a freelance web and graphic designer.

Hopefully some day I’ll have a studio outside of my apartment but for now, Athena Studios is a one-woman show with lots of stuff to do.

(The lovely photo above is me on the night of my graduation.)

So. What now? I think it’s time I stop blogging on Kill Jill Goes to College for good. Not that this blog has been alive for a long time. But I’m done with college. My life has changed so much since I started this blog. For one, I love color! I’m not a little emo kid anymore (although I still worship Death Cab For Cutie). I lived in a lovely old house for the first semester this year and was evicted (the owner sold the house 6 months into our lease). I moved into an apartment, believing it to be a temporary arrangement- and now, on Monday, I’m signing a lease on that apartment for a year. Yay!

Below are a few words of wisdom I learned, all on my own:

  • If your part-time job is effecting your school work and if you can at all afford to quit, let it go. It isn’t worth it.
  • Use your student ID to get discounts on as many things as you can, while you can.
  • Keep your friends from past years at school. There are reasons you became friends in the first place. Don’t forget about them, just because you don’t see them very often.
  • Start networking while you’re still in school. To be honest, I do most of my best networking on Twitter. And last, but not least…
  • Don’t let the idea of a long distance relationship scare you off. You might just miss out on something amazing. (That’s right, kids. Kill Jill found her Kill Jack.)
That’s all for me, ladies and gents. Always say please and thank-you, wash behind your ears and be kind to one another.
Kill Jill… out!

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.

Photo by Patty.B

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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.

How To Spot a College Student

Posted in Articles, College Photos, College Stuff, General, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Humor, Money Honey, Tips on August 20, 2009 by Jill
Photo by Robert S. Donovan

Photo by Robert S. Donovan

You’re sitting in a hospital emergency room, waiting to see a doctor about that furry lump growing on your foot. You’ve already read all the magazines (twice) and there’s no TV. You look around at the other patients around you. Your first thought, besides “Is the ’sleeping’ man beside me actually dead?”, is obviously “I wonder if there are any college students here.” Here are some tips for picking a college student out of a crowd.

  1. The college hoodie. Look around for a college emblem. That’s usually the first give-away. This hoodie will also likely be stained because most college students own no clothing besides their college hoodie. They sleep in it. They go to class in it. They drink in it. They puke in (on) it.
  2. Sweatpants. If there are no college hoodies in sight, look for a college-age person in sweat pants. They would probably be wearing jeans but the food at the cafeteria is so good and “I’m paying a lot of money for it anyway so I might as well eat all I want!” and now their jeans have all shrunk. (Stupid magical shrinking jeans!)
  3. Catching some Z’s. If the clothes aren’t a dead giveaway, the droopy eyelids should be. This is sometimes accompanied by earphones on the head of the aforementioned snoozer.
  4. Socks. Of course they’re wearing sneakers. This is an obvious one. Mismatched socks give you five points. Ten points if the kid isn’t wearing any socks. (Doing laundry is uber-lame.)
  5. Did you say “free”?! Nobody loves free food more than a starving, broke student. I once saw a freshman wrestling with a homeless guy for a package of Mr. Noodles. (***) Go to the nearest vending machine, purchase a chocolate bar and then ask if anybody wants it. Before the words are even out of your mouth, that person you thought might be a college student will be shoving that Snickers down their gullet.

And there you have it. Tips for spotting a college student. Have fun! Feel free to comment and add your own tips for this ever-amusing game!

(*** OK. Didn’t actually see a freshman wrestling with a homeless guy. But I think it would have been a little funny to see a homeless guy giving a freshman an unexpected elbow-drop to the face. Yes, no?)

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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