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Do colleges look down on half days in your senior year?

Short answer

Yes.

Long answer:

As I mentioned earlier, colleges primarily look at your junior year academics when making a decision about you. But that doesn’t make your senior year unimportant at all.

Let’s put it this way. Say you’re an employer trying to decide who to hire. You look at one person’s application and see that he was a great worker at his current job, but you find out that once he had the prospect of being hired by you, he stopped working as hard and kind of turned a blind eye to things. The other person kept on working strong, even with a decent chance of being hired by you. Who would you hire?
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What do cashiers say…

“Hiiiiii,” the young cashier drawls. She has short, bleach-blonde hair, bright blue eyes and the shadow to match. The only thing taking away from all of the brightness around her eye area is the siren-red red lipstick she’s wearing. There’s a noticeable line running across her jawline that divides foundation from real skin.

I stop piling my groceries on the conveyor belt to smile at her. “Hi,” I say back. “How are you?”

But she’s not listening to me. She’s got one of my Uncle Ben’s Bistro Express packets in her hands and she’s peering down at it. I watch her, sort of arrange my food on the belt a bit so as not to make it completely obvious, but I’m thinking what’s up with the rice, girl? It’s kind of creepy, how interested she is in my rice. Read more…


WordPress Upgrade and Xmas Food

I finally upgraded my WordPress and so far I’m loving it. The new dashboard design is very useful as most things are but one click away. I really hate having to go to two other pages to find what it is I want! Aside from this brief examination I have not explored much else, yet.

Christmas

Christmas is only four days away! How insane is that? This year has gone so fast for me and I keep thinking about how it seems like only six months ago we celebrated Christmas. I have been wishing for that childhood state where time just goes on and on and nothing seems to fly by you.

Anyway, this year is my first Christmas being properly vegan, so I am having to plan a bit better what I will actually be eating. Side dishes are usually fine as there are plenty of salads, vegetables (the joys of a Summer Christmas are easy BBQs and lots of salad), breads, etc. made without animal ingredients. However, main dishes are a little different, obviously, because I wont be stuffing myself with any meat.

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Do I need a laptop lock? How to protect your laptop in college

One of the unfortunate truths about college is that theft can still occur there. Your car can be broken into, and your bike can be stolen.

Easily one of the biggest targets for thieves is laptops. Think about it — you’re holding a one-thousand dollar piece of technology designed to be portable. For thieves, stealing a laptop isn’t too hard, and few people will even notice. During my freshman year, my friend’s car was broken into and his computer was stolen. One student even broke into an on-campus apartment to steal computers.

So how can you protect your valuable laptop from theft?

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What size dorm room should I live in for college?

My hard work paid off, I got my certificate and SAT and I will be leaving for college next year, if you are like me you’ll probably be filling out a housing application soon. In an application, you may have a choice about what size dorm room you’d like to live in, where you specify if you want a single, double, triple, or a quad.
Deciding your ideal room size may be a bit tough, especially if you’ve never really lived on your own before. Both small and large rooms have their advantages and disadvantages.

How to decide what room

Consider what type of person you are — are you introverted and do you like your own space? Then a single will be more for you. If you’re outgoing and want to have a lot of fun, then a triple or a quad will be more of your style.
Doubles typically offer a strong balance between the two — through your roommate, you can expand, but you can usually still find your privacy too.
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What to do after your parents leave on move-in day

I think the reality of living away from home really sinks in when your parents leave for home on move-in day.

I remember mine: we had just enjoyed a nice dinner at Chili’s, and it was just starting to get dark. I gave my mom a second hug, shook my dad’s hand, and they got in the car and drove off. I walked back up the stairs to my dorm, and as I looked at the buildings on either side, I realized it: I’m on my own. This was both a cool and unnerving thought.

Once your parents leave, you’re going to be on your own too. You might feel lonely, homesick, and nervous. How you choose to spend your first night is up to you, and you should do what you feel most comfortable doing, but here are some things I recommend: Read more…


College move in tips

Moving into college is extremely exciting, but it can also be incredibly hectic if you’re not properly prepared. There’s always a lot to do and only so many hours to do it. Here’s how to make your dorm move in go as smoothly as possible:

  • Have everything ready the night before. Have all of your bags and suitcases ready to go before you go to bed. There’s nothing worse than last-minute stress in the morning, and if you’re pretty sure you have everything the night before, you can miss this huge headache.
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What’s your best restaurant experience? and other pointless questions

1. What’s your best restaurant experience?

restaurant-clipart-fancy-restaurant-clipart-contemporaryHard to say. I think my best restaurant experience was the first birthday I celebrated courtesy of Mr. Pink. He took me to Upstairs on the Square, in Harvard Square, and it was so, so perfect. It was a total surprise, and if you go to the website, you’ll see that it was the most perfect choice on his part – and I knew that he really “got me.” What wasn’t so fabulous was how I got trashed on gin and tonics. Whatever.

2. What kind of lotion do you use?
I use allll kinds of lotions. Right now, my rotation includes Gloomaway, a grapefruit-y scented lotion, by Origins, Ginger-with-a-Twist, a ginger-citrus-y lotion by Origins, and, *ahem*, Queen Helene cocoa butter for the pregnant belly. Let’s keep the stretch marks at bay, shall we? Read more…


Spooky Fun For Teens

Oh, how time has flown chasing away one big yellow moon after another… When our boys were much younger it was easy to entertain them on Halloween. Often we would take them to the local church for their hosted Trunk O Treat.

My boys would love to walk by the various decorated parked cars on the church parking lot as they gathered candies from cobweb covered spooky trunks. My husband and I loved that we could keep them in a safe and contained environment.

As our kids grew a little older we would also take them to pockets of our town where neighbors would drape their homes for Halloween. When they grew more independent, us parents would take turns supervising groups of their friends while they trick-o-treated.

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I Hate Wearing Glasses

The other day I went to sleep and all was fine.

Then around 5:30/6 am I woke up.  Not spontaneously.  Rather my eye was really bothering me.  It was painful and runny (sorry for the lovely details!).

So I went to the bathroom and saw that my eye was really red. I washed it and tried going back to sleep. No going.

So naturally I logged onto the internet to see what the possible causes of a red, runny, painful eye could be. First possibility? Pink eye. Now I’ve never had pink eye before, I know it is highly contagious.  So when I took a shower I was super careful and used a separate towel to dry my face.

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