Monday, August 24, 2015

6 tips for saving on textbooks

The days of having to buy your textbooks on campus and campus only are long gone. May those days rest in peace and be a faint memory. However, during this day and age textbooks can cost you an arm, leg, and your grandma. Thankfully, you can save your grandma, arm, and your leg because there a ways to get those pricey books for much cheaper.

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Here are my 6 tips to help you save on those textbooks:

Shop Online

If you haven’t figured out by now, you can buy your textbooks online. Yup, it is usually cheaper too. Barnes & Nobles, Amazon,,,, and many other sites actually sell a wide variety of textbooks. However, when trying to find the best price, you should put the ISBN in searches multiple sites that also scour the internet for coupons and other great money saving deals.


Did you know getting e-books are a lot cheaper than paperback books? Yup, all you need is a tablet and you can have all your books on a light weight tool rather than carrying all of your books to class. Might as well kill two birds with a single money saving stone.

Rent your books

If you are anything like my sister, you should rent your textbooks because why is there a need to keep them? You can rent your books either from your campus bookstore or,,, and many other sites.

Buy an earlier edition

Yes, yes, yes! I highly recommend this. If you have earlier edition use it because they are basically the same. Your professor may and will frown upon it, but who needs the few sentences and updated photos anyway; when you can save a ton of money?

Get an international edition

Purchasing an international edition is pretty much similar to using an earlier edition. Hey, when money is an issue, you got to do, what you have to do.

Share with a friend

You were brought up on sharing is caring, right? Why not share your textbooks with your friend because it can cut the cost of buying textbooks in half easily. All you have to do is make a plan for who has the book when and for how long.

Here are the top 6 tips to save money when you are out there buying textbooks. Always shop around, don’t feel as if you need to head in that campus bookstore and buy your books at sticker price. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Freebies: Saturday, August 22

Welcome to freebie Saturday. Wait a stinking minute, is freebie Saturday a thing? Uh, well, I don't know, but today I will call it "Freebie Saturday."

So, on this lovely freebie Saturday, I have compiled a list of four free samples to apply for. They consist of a wide range of items from feminine products, pets, hygiene, and household products.

1.  Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste

Coming in at number one is the Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste. Looking to whiten that pretty smile of yours, you will definitely want to get your free sample. On Amazon, it has been getting 5 star reviews. So, it must be a pretty decent product, so why not get your free sample today.

2. U by Kotex

Coming in at number two on the list is U by Kotex. Looking for some awesomely rated feminine products, this product is for you! I know how much feminine products cost, so stocking up on free samples is the way to go.

3. Friskies 7

Coming in at number three is the new Friskies 7. Do you have a cat that gets bored with the same old food every day? This sample is for you! Give your cat what he or she has been craving for.

4.  WD-40 Specialist
Last but not least, coming in at number four is a full size bottle of WD-40 Specialist. This one is a little bit different, if you are handy around the house, you have WD-40 laying around the home. Well, this freebie, you will have to buy first then you can send off the rebate form to get your money back.

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen! This concludes our freebie Saturday!

Friday, August 21, 2015

What Came in Your Mailbox: Edition 2

Okay, ladies and gentlemen! If you haven't checked out my freebie section, where I love to post the freebies I find, you must do it now. I can wait. Did you check it out?! I sure hope you did because as I expand, you will see lots of awesome freebies over there, so you may want to keep that bookmarked and check every few days or so.

Anyway, since I work from home, I tend to not check my mail as often. Yeah, I know, I could be missing out on vital coupons, deals, and clearance items. However, when I checked the mail yesterday, I had an awesome little surprise in the mail.

Well, do you remember when I posted FREE: Playtex Sport? Before I posted that, I already claimed that offer about two weeks ago. Normally, it takes anywhere from 6-8 weeks to even receive your free goodies. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up my mailbox and saw a package in it.

My sample

From Amazon and the Playtex site, they have awesome reviews! If you are active and are looking for a great product to keep up with you, you will definitely want to get the sample here.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Clearance: Essential Garden Brighton Dining Table

Looking for that perfect table for entertaining by the pool? Well, I know we all are, but the prices can be quite shocking. However, if you are on a budget, like myself, you will definitely want to take a peek at Kmart's Essential Garden Brighton Dining Table. This table is regularly $149.99, but it is now on clearance for $37.49! Yes, you heard that right, $37.49 for a nice outside table. Now, you cannot get better than that!

When you think about it, $40 for an outside table is pretty awesome. Especially when you are in the middle of remodeling and money is an issue. The table has 4.5 stars, sits 4-people and even comes with an end table, two extra chairs and ottomans. 

To save even more money, see if you can't pick it up in the store and save on shipping! Snag up this table before they are sold out!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What Came in Your Mailbox: Edition 1

Alright, so being a broke college student has a lot of perks. If you haven't figured that out yet, you will want to grab your favorite beverage and read, "Broke College Student Benefits." Now, as I said before, it is a valid excuse when it comes to you being a broke college student.

As a broke college student, your number one hobby is always looking for free items. These items don't have to be fancy, but they do have to be free. So, today's piece will be a little bit different. I have been posting freebies, and applying for them also.

T-Shirt I got in the mail

So, the point of this blog post is, when I get freebies in the mail, I will share them with you. Today, I received a freebie shirt from is similar to Amazon, it is actually supposed to beat Amazon prices. I've done a little bit of research to see what Jet is, well, what I found is it finds the lowest price, and you get members savings off of that price. There is also a annual fee of $49.99; however, you can try them for free for 3 months.

Personally, I haven't played around with Jet to see if the it is worth it or not, but I will check it out as the time moves on though. Looks like a great concept, especially if you are looking for bulk items for a cheaper price.

Monday, August 17, 2015

FREE: Playtex Sport

If you've been following along you more than likely read, "Working Out Makes Money?" Now, if you are a girl like me, you know how hard it is to find decent feminine products that work with your activity level, especially if you are a workout junkie. However, Playtex is finally listening to our concerns and came out with sport pads, liners, and combo packs.

So far they are getting great reviews on Amazon and the Playtex site. With all these awesome reviews coming along, Playtex is offering you a free sample of their new product. As of right now, it only looks like the Playtex Sport Liner and Tampon is available to try, but hey, why not because it is free. You may find your new workout feminine care products.

UPDATE: I got my free sample in the mail, read about it here.

You will definitely want to get yours today before they run out! Have you tried the new product? If so, tell us all about it in the comments.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

College: Organization Class 101

Okay, I bet I can guess how many times you’ve been told that you need a better organization system when you head off to college. Sadly, I was that kid too. I carried around one binder and all my classes where in that binder and it was a huge, huge mess.
Well, I am not necessarily here to tell you that you need to get a better organization system, but I am here to give you tips, tricks, and hints on how a better organization system can and will make your life a lot less messy.

Utilize your agenda

Most colleges will give you a free planner, so take advantage of it. This book should become your best friend when all else fails, so get acquainted with it. However, every single professor will give you a syllabus, or have the syllabus posted online.
If you don’t know what a syllabus is it’s the course outline of what is expected of you during this course. It will give you information such as what reading you have to do, what you will be going over, when are your tests, papers, etc. If you write things down in your planner and look at it on a daily basis, this will help you see what is on your agenda for that day or week, so you can plan accordingly.


You and just about everyone else in the world has a smartphone, why don’t you use to well, be smart? Along with your planner, also stick important reminders in your reminders feature. Yes, the feature that not that many people tend to use. This will help you have an in your face reminder when important things such as papers and tests are due.

Study schedule

Now you are probably wondering, what a study schedule has to do with organization. Well, if anything, take this lesson from me. In order to do great in college, you need a study schedule. Yes, this is basically your backbone. You need to organize your life to fit in your study time, so you can complete your tasks on your reminders, and have some quality time with your planner. However, this doesn’t mean you need to plan for a 2 hour study session either, you can always have 30 minute sessions too, depending on how well you do with your sessions.

Bring color into your life

Color, color, color! Did you know color can keep you organized when it comes to your classes? You will end up taking anywhere from three to five classes a semester, which means it can be quite confusing when it comes to handouts, homework, reading, and overall just studying. This is why color coding your life can be helpful. I know, when you had a rough night and you wake up 5 minutes before class starts, you need to grab your things for your first class, well, if you color coded your class like I suggested, you will be able to grab and go with little to no thought.

Be backpack ready

This is a wonderful tip, especially if you are the type of person that just kind of gets up and goes. Keep your backup stocked with paper, pencils, calculators, highlighters, post-its, and anything else you use on a regular basis. This way no matter what class you are in, you will always have the supplies you need.

Write everything

Write. Down. Everything. This is absolutely vital. If someone tells you about a study session, write it down. If your professor tells you about your upcoming pop quiz, write it down. Don’t count on your memory because chances are you will forget it.

Avoid procrastination

Trust me, I know it is hard, but you have to overcome this. Yes, I will admit I am the number one procrastinator out there. Just about everything, I do and write, tend to get on the back burner for a while. However, if you stay ahead of your schedule, it will thank you. It will give you time to enjoy life when life happens. However, this is my little way of not procrastinating, but procrastinating some at the same time.

Be an active student

Having a good relationship with your professor is pretty vital to your education. You want to come to class on time, pay attention, and participate when you can. If you are having trouble throughout the class, do not hesitate to go up to your professor and ask them to clarify what you are having difficulty with. That is why they are there, to be honest. Plus, the more time you spend with your professor, the better chance, they may write up an awesome recommendation.


A USB should be your knight and shining armor. Yup,  I said it, your knight and shining armor, not the boy down the hall that has, well, amazing cologne. When all else fails, a USB will save your life, not literally, well, your school life, if you want to be exact. Trust me on this one, carry one around because you won’t know when the computer system at school is acting wonky and it will not let you print out your paper.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

College: Financial Aid

Congrats on deciding to attain a higher education. If you haven’t done your research already, you probably found out that college can be quite affordable if you choose to fill out the financial aid form. Again, I want to give kudos to you for wanting to learn more about this financial aid.

As luck would have it, more than $238 billion in financial aid is available throughout the United States to help pay for college for those who truly need it. By filling out your financial aid application, also known as FAFSA, this is the first step in applying.

Nonetheless, here is all the information you need to know to fill out your FASFA correctly the first time. I know how important it is to have your FASFA done right the first time, so you can get the money you need to further pursue your education.

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What is a FAFSA?

Unfortunately, all college students are expected to contribute to their college tuition. However, this all depends on how much you and your family financial situation, also known as Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Basically, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA is a form from the U.S. Department of Education requirement to determine your family’s EFC. All in all, the government then will conduct a “need analysis” on the financial information you and your family provided, such as assets, income, and any other information deemed financial.

Then your application will be looked over by a federal processor, which then releases your results electronically to your school's financial aid office.

FAFSA helps colleges determine your eligibility for state, federal, grants, college sponsored financial aid, loans, and work study programs.


Just about every student is eligible for some kind of financial aid, whether it be a low-interest Federal Stafford, parent PLUSloans, or a federal grant. Doesn’t matter about income nor the circumstances, provided that you:
  •       Is a U.S citizen, an eligible non-citizen, or a U.S. national
  •         Provided a valid U.S. Social Security number
  •          Attained a high school diploma and/or GED
  •          If you are a male between 18 to 25, you are registered with the U.S. Selective Service
  •          Filled out the FAFSA form
  •          Do not owe any money on federal student grants
  •          No student loans are in default
  •         Also, you cannot be found guilty for possession or sale of illegal drugs during the time you are receiving financial aid.

Applying for aid

To be considered for financial aid, you need to complete your FAFSA before the deadline. However, you should know that different states, universities, and college's awards students with a variety type of aid, such as college and state sponsored grants, work study programs, and loans.
Also, some states and even some colleges will require you to file another form for aid, you will need to check with your college financial aid department for their requirements.


You can start filing your FASFA in the beginning of January. However, if you want to really get a head start on your FAFSA, you can use FAFSAFirst in the fall. FAFSAFirst will then submit your form to a federal processor when the filing begins in early January.

One thing you need to know is, federal aid is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you file better chance of you getting the most out of the aid.

Many states, colleges, and universities have filing deadlines as early as the first weeks in January.

Also, keep in mind that your college and/or universities have deadlines to file your FAFSA. You will want to pay close attention to the deadline. You don’t want to miss the deadline because you can lose any and all opportunities to receive financial aid for that school year.  All in all, if you are unsure, call up your college financial aid department.

Nonetheless, financial aid can definitely make paying for school much easier. Always keep in contact with your financial aid department, especially if you are not sure of their deadlines. 

Free Root Beer Float August 6th

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Love root beer floats? Live near an A&W? Well, August 6th will be your lucky day to get yourself a free root beer float at your local A&W between 2p.m. until closing. Yes, you heard that right, a free root beer float in honor of National root beer float day!

Also, if you so choose they will also be raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project the same day too. If you would like to donate, you can donate at your local A&W store, or if you aren't close to one, but still want to donate, you can donate here.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Freshman Year: Class 101

I want to say congrats to the entire college freshman class of 2015!! It will be a fun roller coaster ride, to say the least. I bet a lot of you are stressing over being the small fish in the pond again. Well, there is nothing to worry about as college will have a different vibe then high school had.

Honestly, going off to college will be a lot different. You will have a lot of different feelings that you didn’t have in high school. No fear about that either, the transition will be an easier one depending if you are going to a local college, or you are venturing off to a university.

For starters, the first few weeks you are on campus, will be pretty critical for you. During this time you will have to make some important decisions that will affect a good part of your life, if not all of your life. I have compiled a list of 14 tips to help you get through these first few weeks. Some of these tips will help you throughout your entire college career, while others will help you throughout the remainder of your life. No matter what, always be yourself. You will cherish these memories for a lifetime.


Depending on if you are going away to college or going to your local community college, there will be tours, orientations, and freshmen events. It is vital to attend all of these tours, orientations, and events. You are probably asking yourself why you should. Well for starters, it will ease you into the campus/school, you will find hidden gems that you may not know about, plus it’s a great source of knowledge.


Alright, if you are staying in a dorm, chances are you will have 1-3 roommates. Well, with all this technology you can “meet” your roommate on social media before even seeing them in person. Needless, to say add them on your Facebook, Twitter, Google +, because this will help the anxiety of all your roommates. You will be able to get a gist of what they are like, what do you have in common, etc. Not to mention, plan to meet your roommates on campus somewhere, so you all can hang out in the first few days before school officially starts for the semester.

Get organized

While you were in high school, some teachers probably babied you, am I right? College won’t be like that, they will not accept homework late, and they will definitely frown upon you not being organized. If you are one of those who stuffs papers in a binder or folder, you want to get a good organization system going, so you don’t fail the class because you forgot your paper in your dorm room.  Have no fear, we will talk about how you can get yourself organized to the fullest here.

Find a study place

Finding a place to study will be vital. As you will soon learn, your studying will soon overtake your social life, if you had one before. However, some people choose to study in their dorm, while others head on down to their campus library. Where ever you choose to study, make sure it is eliminate of all distractions, so you can get your work done and keep those grades up.

Go to class

This one seems pretty obvious, but you won’t believe how many kids do not attend class. I will admit I was one of those kids for a while, but you have to have discipline. Of course, staying up all night partying always sounds great until you realize you have to be up at 7a.m to attend your 8a.m. class. Pick and choose your battles wisely.

Know your syllabi

Your syllabi should be your bible for the next semester. I am not even kidding, your syllabi will have what is expected of you, what you will be learning, when items are due, and how you will be graded. Get to know it and learn to follow it.

Meet with your professors

Your professors are always ready to lend a helping hand. You need them for anything, look at your syllabi and see when they have office hours. Take advantage of those office hours because you can learn a lot just by stopping in and asking your questions.

Get to know your academic advisor

Just like in high school you will have an academic advisor, it is vital that you keep in contact with them after each semester of classes. They will be able to tell you what classes you still need, what classes they are offering this semester, and help you if you run into any academic issues. Don’t be afraid of going to them, if you truly need help.

Seek a balance

You will learn this is not high school anymore when your parents aren’t telling you, it’s not a good idea to go to the campus library at 2 in the morning. You will have to balance your life without anyone telling what you should and shouldn’t do. It will take some time getting used to, to say the least.

Get involved on campus

During your first year, it can be intimidating, but if you were active in high school; you should be just as active in college. However, college has a wide variety of clubs and organizations to join. You will see a lot of them looking for new members during the first few weeks of school.

Strive for good grades

Of course, that should be your main goal, but since you will have so much freedom that you are not use to, getting good grades can be a challenge. As long as you stick to a routine that includes studying and going to class, you will do just fine.

Study resources on campus

You’ll be surprised that your college may offer free tutoring, study groups, and much, much more. You need to take advantage of all study resources that your school offers. Besides you are paying good money anyway, so why don’t use it to its fullest?

Make time for you

Always make some time for you. You will be a better person, if you choose to take one day off a week and do what you want. It doesn’t matter if you want to lie in bed and binge watch Netflix, but do what you want and don’t let anyone make you feel bad for doing it.

Peer Pressure

Don’t fall into peer pressure. You may have friends that are changing their mind about their career choices while you are set on what you want to do. Don’t let them change your mind on what you want to do with your life. Remember you are going to college for what you want to do, not what your friends want to do.

All in all, just remember you got good grades to get where you are. Do not lose focus of why you are there. It may seem overwhelming, but we have all been there and done that. You will learn that college isn’t as bad as it seems. Just remember, to always take advantage of all the resources your school offers. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Freelancing: Class 101

Okay, so if you have been keeping up with the updates, you probably read 5 Tips for Successfully Freelancing as a College Student. If you never freelanced before, you are probably curious about what is out there, what can you do, where can you go, how much can be made. Well, these are all good questions, especially when starting out.

With freelancing becoming more and more popular throughout the world, no one would blame you for asking those questions. Those are some very common questions many have when they are thinking about starting a freelance career. Luckily for you, having a successful freelancing career is easier than it really seems, just follow these steps below, and you will be on your way.

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What do you want to do?

Now, that you know about freelancing the first question in mind is probably, what can you do? Well, most people that I talk to, assume that freelancing means writing. They could think that as I am a freelancer and I mainly write, but that isn’t everything to freelancing. When freelancing you will find people are looking for all sorts of things, such as virtual assistants, writing, editing, customer service, telemarketing, and much more.

Think of it this way, if someone needs it, I bet there is a market for it. So, sit back and think of what you are good at and what you want to work on.

Brand Yourself

In order to succeed in your freelancing career, you must brand yourself. Basically, if you are starting out, I recommend using Upwork, Elance, or Freelancer. These sites are free unless you want more applications, which they all have their own pricing. Nonetheless, you can create a name for yourself. These sites will allow you to create a portfolio, ratings, and work history.  These sites are great for dabbling into a few different fields that you are interested in.

Of course, it can be a little scary at first, but after a while, customers will know your name and will want to hire you on the spot. Other than that, you will want to work on making your profile making clients want to hire you because you are their best option.

Start Pitching

You got your profile all set up, but you don’t know what you should do next. Well, the next step is to start looking for jobs that you are interested in. You will need a great cover letter that goes over your experience, skills, and why they should hire you. With a great profile or even a portfolio to back it up can make the client make up their mind in no time.

I do want to say this, do not get discourage if you don’t hear back from your first few pitches to clients. This is completely normal, but keep on going because starting out can be a little difficult for those who never worked from home. As long as you have the skills, mindset, and patience, you will be on your way to landing your first freelance gig.

That’s it. Yup, that is how to become a freelancer. It is a pretty decent gig if you play your cards right. However, I cannot stress enough, if you want to be successful at this, you will also need to treat this like a real job. If not, you will not see the success that most people see.

Question: Are you ready to start a freelancing career?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

5 Tips for Successfully Freelancing as a College Student

As you will soon learn, I am very passionate about freelancing. If you were to Google my name, you will see I am a freelance writer, I dabbled in transcription, and so on. However, what I loved and still love about freelancing is as a college student, you have more than enough work with your classes. However, with freelancing you can set your own schedule, you can work when you want to, not when the company you work for needs you.

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Instead of having to juggle a “real” job as most people like to refer to it as, you can freelance to help jump start your career, if you choose to; or gain some very important skills for a better job after graduation. From experience, it is pretty easy to start and well rewarding, if you stick to it.
Now, that you are probably Googling how to become this great freelancer, I do want to warn you that it is not as easy, not as simple as it sounds. I know how hard it is to keep up with school, and how hard it is to keep up with your clients. If you fall into this never ending hole, you may never be able to get out; you will compromise your school and professional work. Therefore, in a blink of an eye, you will fail both school and work at the same exact time.

This is why I will let you in on five secrets that have helped me keep school and work life from failing.

Prioritize Your Classes

This tip is a no-brainer, but you don’t know how easy it is to put your classes on the back burner for a few days. You think, oh, it is just a few days, I can easily catch up, but that is how it starts. A few days will turn into a week, then the next time you realize it, you are so far behind that it is almost impossible to catch up.

Now, let me tell you this, I failed a few classes due to this. You are getting ready to start on some homework and your client Skypes you, and they need you to complete a few articles for them by tomorrow. Well, you decide to not do your homework that is also due tomorrow and do the articles. Now tell me, is this the right thing to do? No, it is not. You won’t believe how many times, I have done this because I thought money was more important than my education. If you have homework, do your homework. Do not take your focus off of school over a few dollars. Keep that your number one priority no matter what.

Let Your Client Know you are a Student

Now, this one, I do depending on the client, and their needs. If a client wants me to be available 24/7, I will tell them that I am a full-time student and not available during this time, on these days. This will let the client know that you have other obligations, and most of the time they will respect that.

Most clients will not mind that you are a college student; some of them may even be impressed and ask what you are studying. As a client, they know you will have times where you cannot work, or answer your emails, and messages quickly, but this should not be your excuse why you cannot make a deadline either. For instance, your client will need 5 articles by next Thursday and it is Saturday. You should not tell your client on Thursday that you cannot deliver them because of school. There is more than enough time for you to complete those articles and still focus on school.

Choose Your Activities Wisely

If you’re a social butterfly, you might be a member of many clubs and organizations at your college. Joining the right groups can be a huge benefit for your academic and professional careers, but as a student, freelancer, you’ve got to choose which ones will be best.

College doesn’t have to be about parties every night. There are a lot of different clubs and organizations that can help your freelance career, as well as your academic career. For instance, some colleges offer an entrepreneurship club, this club will help you create and maintain connections that you may need later in life.

Personally, I do choose to not join any clubs or organizations. However, that doesn’t mean it is not a good choice because it is. It all depends on what kind of club you are choosing to be a part of.

Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin

This happens to the best of us; even the veterans have an issue with this. You need to know your limits and respect them at all times. If you feel overwhelmed, you may need to take a break. However, do not plan a good work load when it is finals week either. You should always plan for times when you know studying will be heavier too.

For instance, during finals week, I may only write a few pieces rather than during a week when I barely have any school work, I can write much, much more. It all really depends on my school work. Personally, I plan my weeks using my school syllabus and go from there. Sometimes, the load changes, while other times it doesn’t. However, it is a great tool to use.

Make Your Own Rules

Needless to say, what I love about being a freelancer, you are your own boss. Yes, that is the best perk about this job. You get to choose what you want to do, when you want to do, without having someone breathing down your neck.

Therefore, what you need to do before you contract with anyone, you need to make sure you and your client are both on the same page about the terms of the position. Since your client is choosing to work with you, they are accepting your work conditions. Basically, all that means, is they cannot complain about your work schedule. However, sometimes, clients will say they need articles by this time, or by this day. If you can do it, tell them, if you cannot try and compromise a time. Don’t tell the customer how you are the boss and you will work when you want because quite frankly, you won’t have many clients.

So, please do not let this, you’re the boss thing get to your head. You may be the boss, but treating your customers with respect, and allowing them to have some say when they need their work by can help you and your business. Your clients will more likely recommend you to their colleagues.

Question: Did you freelance when you were in college? If so, share your tips in the comment section!