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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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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.

10 Commandments of the Summer Job

Posted in Articles, College Stuff, Health & Lifestyle, How-To, Humor, Kill Jill, Money Honey, Student Loans, Tips, Work on July 4, 2009 by Jill

3677161984_686979cefcThe summer before I started college, I spent the summer working part-time at a local convenience store. From that experience, I wrote an article for my college blog called 20 Rules for the Convenience Store, which then went on to be published in the American magazine, Convenience Store Decisions.

Anyway, this summer I’m back at the same convenience store. And, to be quite honest, I think I’ve learned a few things. Following are 10 commandments to be followed by college students working ye olde summer job. Please add your own if you’re so inclined.

  1. Thou shalt not work too many hours. Having too many hours will usually affect how much the student loan folk hand out. Only go for a full-time job if you aren’t looking to get a student loan. (And, in that case, sucks to be you… right now. Not so much in 15 years when the rest of us are still trying to pay off our loans…)
  2. Thou shalt not work for a family member. Working for a family member can be either evil or great. It’s great when = you get to slack off and still get paid. But it’s evil when = they make you work and you try everything in your power to get fired because they’re being so mean and they won’t just go ahead and fire you already because you’re family. It’s a double-edged sword. Best thing to do is ask a former or current employee for their honest opinion of your relative as a boss. You might get lucky. Or, they might lie to your face so that you too are sucked into the Summer of Doom & Despair.
  3. Thou shalt not expect to be paid much over minimum wage. You’re only around for the summer and you suck at your job anyway. It’s laughable that you would even expect a raise after those first disastrous 2 weeks.
  4. Thou shalt not work at the same job as thy boy/girlfriend. We show a different side of ourselves at work. Besides, seeing too much of a person can be unhealthy for a relationship, especially in such close quarters. (Besides. Your co-workers don’t want to see you two making out in the broom closet. Gross.)
  5. Thou shalt probably have to wear a dorky uniform. Suck it up, kid. You’ve been assimilated into the collective.
  6. Thou shalt not spit into the hamburger of thy nemesis when they come to Wendy’s and you’re working in the kitchen. This should be fairly self-explanatory.
  7. Thou shalt not be caught smelling marshmallows by thy boss, co-workers or customers. I love the smell of marshmallows. But seeing the cashier shoving a package into her face and inhaling deeply seems to make people uncomfortable.
  8. Thou shalt pretend to love and not quit thy job at chic downtown coffee house. You may hate your job and have a knack for spilling hot beverages. But you still get tips and working as a barista looks a lot cooler than being a fry cook, so appreciate where you are and- more importantly- how you look while you do it.
  9. Thou shalt not get distracted from your job when your crush comes by. “Don’t mess up. Don’t mess up. Just try to look cool and attractive. Sure, you’re wearing a shirt with a fast food label on it but it’s cool. They respect you. It’s fine. Just don’t make eye contact and maybe they’ll go away… Crap, they’re coming over. Oh, crap. They just saw you. Don’t mess up… And there you go, spilling fries everywhere. Wow. Impressive.”
  10. Thou shalt make plans to have a kick-ass job next summer. This could include book store clerk, amusement park employee, summer camp counselor or, if you’re looking to be creative, lifeguard at a nude beach.

(Photo courtesy of quinn.anya.)

Again, I’d love to hear any suggestions for other summer job commandments. (Keep in mind, this article is meant to be humorous and not to be taken seriously. By all means, ignore what you’ve read here.)

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?

2264146874_94bff0d963Photo by Will Humes.

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!

Attention Science Geeks: Microscopy Scholarship Available!

Posted in College Stuff, Contests, Links, Money Honey, Scholarships, Web on March 3, 2009 by Jill

I was contacted by someone from Aspex Corp about a microscopy scholarship they’re offering. They are seeking “innovative applications focused on supporting quality and or process control initiatives at industrial manufacturing facilities where SEM-EDS will be applied to support these efforts.”

Photo by Big Giant Squirrel.

Photo by Big Giant Squirrel.

Applicants will be required to submit a 1000 word abstract detailing their concept. The winner will be awarded $1,000 as well as an opportunity to co-author a poster with ASPEX at Pittcon 2010.

Majors: Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science
Contact: Aspex Corporation, 175 Sheffield Drive, Delmont, PA 15626
Citizenship: U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident
Conditions: Undergraduate with a 3.0 GPA
Deadline: May 31, 2009
Award Date: June 30, 2009
Amount: $1,000

Click here for more information on the scholarship.

Aspex Corp is a world leader in SEM and Elemental analysis. Aspex offers several SEM Scanning electron microscopy which you can Demo. They offer free Analysis to anyone interested!