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Homework Heroes: Meet Shmoop!

Posted in Classy!, College Stuff, General, Links, Web on October 22, 2008 by Jill

I got an email from a rep from Shmoop, a website that helps high school and college students do their homework. Pretty sweet, I’d have to say.

What’s Shmoop, you ask?

  • It helps you read. (Didn’t quite understand why Gatsby is Great – maybe he was only just good? – or How the West was Won – what was the score, anyway? Then read Shmoop.)
  • It helps you write. (Jump start your paper. Term paper due. Find your writing groove.)
  • It helps you love. (Literature, that is. And history, writing, and oh so much more as the world turns…)

To view a sneak peak of this cool new site, click here and sign up!

A College Student’s Guide To Time Management

Posted in Articles, Classy!, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Fun Times, General, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Kill Jill, Links, On Campus, Personal, Tips, Tra La La, Web with tags , , on October 11, 2008 by Jill

I’m home for the weekend. I was going to stay at college this weekend but, ultimately, I’m glad I took the trip home. Home = me time. And I miss that. Also, I needed to catch up on some school work.

While I’m home, I thought I’d take the time to search out some useful articles on something I’ve dealt with this week: stress due to poor time management.

On Monday, I went to a movie with friends. On Tuesday, I went to a bar with friends. On Wednesday, I did laundry, washed dishes, did homework, did an interview for school and wrote an article for myUsearch. On Thursday, I crashed. Seriously. I pretty much fell asleep on my face. I hadn’t even meant to have a nap- I just laid on my bed for a couple minutes. When I woke up, my face hurt. It was not my finest hour, to say the least.

Here are a couple time management tips that I’ve learned on my own this week:

  1. Do keep track of everything in a day planner. I would be lost without mine. This means homework assignments, school projects, due dates, chores (laundry, dishes, etc.), bands you’d like to see, movie dates with friends, parties, etc.
  2. Don’t plan an outing for every night of the week. (Unless you like falling asleep in class.)
  3. Do make lists of the things you have to do. (Items on this list should not include “Party” or “Drink vodka.”)
  4. Don’t ignore yourself. (Personally, I would crawl up in a ball and sob quietly if I didn’t have my Me Time. I just need it.) If you have a hobby, make some time to pursue it.
  5. Do prioritize. Make school work and projects a priority. You’re here to learn… even if it’s the last night that new Seth Rogen movie is playing at the theatre.
  6. Don’t nap too much. It’ll either make you groggy or you won’t be able to get to sleep later. (Click here to learn the benefits of power napping.)
  7. Do get enough sleep. You’ll be a mess otherwise. (Stressed? Read this article to learn how to get those valuable zzz’s, even when you’re stressed out.)

Here are some related articles that might help you manage your time and, therefore, de-stress your college life:

10 Tips For J-School Students

Posted in Articles, Classes, Classy!, College Stuff, College X, Kill Jill, Personal, Tips with tags , , on September 23, 2008 by Jill

Yes, my friends, that’s right. I’m in Journalism. That makes me a “J-student”. Journalism students are so cool and too busy getting the news and delivering it, we don’t even have time to say the word “Journalism”. Thus, we use terms like “J-students” like “J-school”.

So, because I have little time on my hands, I’ll get to the tips.

Photo by berbercarpet.

Photo by berbercarpet.

  1. When asked by a fellow journalism student during an interview, “What is your favorite thing about living in residence?”, do not answer “Well, the walls are pretty thick, which comes in handy.” I did this today. I tried to explain that that’s not what I meant… but I was busy trying to pull my foot out of my mouth.
  2. Always try to keep up with the news, even if it’s about boring old politics. (I’ve recently discovered that when certain political figures put their foot in their mouth, it’s kind of hilarious.) Also, keep up with local events, especially if you’re not from the area in which you are studying.
  3. Become friends with sites like, Newsvine and Wikinews.
  4. Learn to write faster than a normal person’s brain even works. (Or, if all else fails, buy an audio recording device. My good old mp3 player has one built right in!)
  5. Buy a notebook with a coil binding and, if possible, a hard cover. That way, you can flip it over and lean on it as you jot notes down.
  6. Become pals with your instructors. (Or, at the very least, don’t be an idiot in class.) They could easily become your best asset when it comes to applying for jobs and needing a recommendation.
  7. Learn the basics of iMovie. The way news is broadcast is taking an interesting turn- the web. A lot of news rooms now need their employees to know a little bit about making videos for the web and iMovie is used most commonly.
  8. Be able to name at least 3 serious journalists (Hint: Ryan Seacrest and Carson Daly are not “serious” journalists) so when someone asks you who your fav is, you can actually answer it without looking like a complete tool. (This happened to me not too long ago. After a series of “ums”, I finally thought of someone: Ryan Porter, a blogger for Funny guy.)
  9. Do not compare yourself to the other students in your class. This will either make you cocky or, most likely, depressed.
  10. Be on time. Do you think any crazy and stressed editor is going to care that your roommate kept you up all night long? Not a chance. Grab a coffee and get prepared for life in the real world, sweetheart.

For more great tips, check out this article at

Where To Rent & Buy Textbooks Online

Posted in Articles, Classy!, College Stuff, How-To, Ka-ching!, Kill Jill, Links, Money Honey, myUsearch, Personal, Tips, Web on August 11, 2008 by Jill

My new article at myUsearch is up. Check it out for some nifty ideas on cheaper ways to get college textbooks!

Where To Rent & Buy Textbooks Online!

And yay! I got a book in the mail today!: A Girl’s Guide To College by Traci Maynigo.

On a completely unrelated note, I am completely f***ed. Some of you may not know this, but I have an addiction: tattoos. I have three at the moment and they’re all special to me. However, if money were no object, I would have so many more.

Anyway, the city I’m moving to in 20 days has 3 tattoo shops within walking distance of my dorm. And guess what. I just found out about another tattoo shop- and it’s about a five minute walk away.


This sucks because I’ll have to walk by that place all the time and know full well that I can’t afford a new tattoo right now. I have so many ideas for some beautiful tattoos but they cost money and I need every cent I can get at the moment.

Technically, I’m not in college yet… and I’m already feeling the sting of being a broke college student. Awesome.