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I’m suddenly an arts student!

Posted in Classy!, College Stuff, College X, Fun Times, Kill Jill, Money Honey, Personal, Tra La La, Work on September 26, 2010 by Jill

So, I’m about two weeks into the Interactive Multimedia at College X. Loving it so far, despite the amount of homework it comes with. Learning a lot about design and digital creativity every day.

But it’s tough- going to school, keeping up with school work, working 20 hours a week and trying to have some sort of a life. I go down to 16 hours per week the week after next, so hopefully things will get a little easier.

My class is very, very small. We’re down to 7. And I like it that way. And I can honestly say I like everyone in it. (We had a guy quit. He was less than pleasant. But everyone else is just dandy.)

Here’s my new schedule:

  • Monday: Visual Design
  • Tuesday: Project Management/Multimedia Presentation
  • Wednesday: Web Design
  • Thursday: Audio/Video Production
  • Friday: Flash Design

That’s right, kids. I’m the artsy fartsy student I’ve always wanted to be, not-so-secretly. So, things are pretty chill so far. And my instructor is a very cool chicky who really knows her stuff. I’ll be interested to see where I’m at in a few months.

I’ve been working on a list of goals as of late. The following goals are for this semester (unless stated otherwise).

  1. I will drink more water (and less vodka).
  2. I will keep my part-time job (or stop paying rent).
  3. I will go to bed at a decent hour.
  4. I will apply for at least 12 bursaries/scholarships.
  5. I will leave for school before 8:50am and, therefore, not be late for class.
  6. I will continue working on my novel, and not use lame excuses in order to put it off.
  7. I will continue painting, and not use lame excuses in order to put it off.
  8. I will save cash for Christmas gifts.
  9. I will save enough cash to purchase a 15-inch display Macbook Pro and some design software at the end of the school year.
  10. I will not be impulsive with any purchases over $25.
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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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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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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.

Eight Things I Miss About College

Posted in City X, Classes, Classy!, College Stuff, College X, Dorm Life, Fun Times, General, Kill Jill, On Campus, Personal, Residence X, Roomie on June 21, 2009 by Jill

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  1. My dorm roommate. She’s not going to be living on campus next year but she plans to live close by. Good. ‘Cause I have a feeling my new roommate isn’t going to just make me chocolate chip brownies whenever I’m feeling blue. Like Roomie did for me this year. (I know, right? Aww.)
  2. Classes. That’s right, I said it. I actually miss learning stuff. Go figure.
  3. My instructors. I saw those guys – the Teddy Bear and the Cactus, as I call them – every day for nearly eight months. I miss the former’s sensitive encouragement and the latter’s sarcastic humor.
  4. My classmates. Well, a couple of them. The ones I talked to regularly, anyway.
  5. My dorm family. This consists of Jenn, Roomie, Caitlin and Canning. You get comfortable with a group of people and then leave them for 4 months. It’s weird.
  6. Drinking. I know, that sounds horrible. But if anything good would happen at college (the end of exams, Christmas, birthdays, Tuesdays), we’d all got out for cuatros margaritas at our favorite downtown restaurant. I miss the laughter that goes along with drinking, not the liquor itself.
  7. City X. Gahd, I miss that town. I miss the music scene. I miss the old buildings. I miss the restaurants. I miss the one-way streets. I miss the culture. I miss the unreasonably high ratio of hipster kids to white gangsters. *le sigh*
  8. Ordering in. As you might guess, Nowhereville doesn’t have an East Side Mario’s. So, I can’t just call them up and have them bring me my favorite meal. Dammit.

(Image by Mel B.)

College: Lies You Should Tell Your Parents

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Dorm Life, Fun Times, General, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Money Honey, On Campus, Tips with tags , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2009 by Jill

Since most of us are home from the summer from college (at least for a little while, anyway), we’re likely going to hear the following 3 questions a lot.

  • So, how was school this year?
  • Get into any trouble this year?
  • So. Exactly how many drugs did you experiment with this year?

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Obviously, telling Mom, Dad and Grandma about some stuff is OK. But the following items are things you might want to avoid when it’s your turn to talk at the dinner table. (I’m not condoning or encouraging any of the following acts. That’s for your peer-pressuring friends to do.) (I’m also not condoning or encouraging lying to your parents about everything. Just the things they don’t need to know.)

(Also, you may want to edit this list if your parents are any or all of the following: unbelievably understanding, hippies or convicted felons who continue to sell crack to support their heroin addiction.)

OK then. Here are some things you shouldn’t tell your parents when it comes to describing your year at college.

  1. Drug experimentation. Yes, maybe you found out your parents tried pot back in high school. It was, most likely, the ’70s. Not that pot is any more/less harmful than it was back in the day, but they’re still not going to be stoked that their baby angel got high once or twice (or, like, every Friday night for the past 4 months).
  2. Weekend dorm life. Living in a dorm can be fun. On weekends, there’s always a party going on somewhere and crazy stuff usually happens. But if Pops knew his little girl was surrounded by such tomfoolery (I love that word.), he would not be pleased. He’d likely get you out of there and put you in your own apartment… Wait. On second thought. If he’s willing to pay your rent, better start tellin’ tales.
  3. Your diet. If Mom knew how many times you ate Wendy’s per week, she’d throw a fit. And then your Grandma would look at your epic ass, wince and shake her head in disappointment. (What? That’s only me. Oh. Well then.)
  4. How much you drink. What would college be without drinking? A purely educational environment… with rainbows and unicorns and chocolate-covered leprechauns ‘n junk. But if they knew how much vodka made its way into your system over the past academic year (“I swear to God, I have no idea how it got there!!”), they’d be shocked and dismayed. Plus, they might stop sending you money if they know it’s not going towards groceries, but actually to Smirnoff Ice.
  5. Hook-ups. No matter how far the hook-up itself went (or which gender it was with), your parents don’t need to know that stuff. And Grandma doesn’t either (unless she’s a weird kinky old lady… ew).

And, just so nobody pees themselves or anything, here are some things (in no particular order) you might want to fess up to:

  • addictions (drugs, alcohol, porn, etc.)
  • pregnancies (yours or one you caused)
  • academic expulsion
  • hit-and-runs
  • murders
  • manslaughter charges
  • lawsuits (against you- they don’t need to know you’re suing your roommate for puking in your underwear drawer)
  • getting sued for puking in your roommate’s underwear drawer

Any other things you might want to lie about not share with your family? Let me know!