10 tips to help with college

Are you nervous for college? Worried about getting lost, or even off track? Here are ten useful tips to keep you on track and organized in your college years!

1. Go to all orientations. There are a lot of campus tours, even though they might be boring, you should go to all of them. The faster you learn your way around campus, the better you’ll feel, and the better prepared you’ll be when you have to get around campus.

2. Get to know your roommate and others in your residence hall. The people you live with, most of whom you are going through similar experiences and emotions, are your main safety net.

3. Get organized. In high school, the teachers tended to lead you through all of your homework and due dates. In college, the professors post the assignments, often for the entire semester, and expect you to be prepared. Buy an organizer, use an app, or get a big wall calendar, whatever it takes for you to know when assignments are due.

4. Find the ideal place for you to study. It may be your dorm room or a cozy corner of the library, but find a place that works best for you to get your work done. Try to avoid as many distractions as possible.

5. Go to class. It may be tempting to sleep in when you have to get up early. Avoid the temptation. Besides learning the material by attending classes, you’ll also receive vital information from the professors about what to expect on tests, changes in due dates, and more.

6. Become an expert on course requirements and due dates. Professors spend hours and hours preparing course syllabi and calendars so that you will know exactly what is expected of you, and when. One of the lamest excuses a student can give a professor: “I didn’t know it was due today.”

7. Meet with your professors. There are only upsides to getting to know your professors, especially if later in the semester you run into some issues. Professors schedule office hours for the purpose of meeting with students, take advantage of that time.

8. Get to know your academic adviser. This is the person who will help you with course conflicts, adding or dropping courses, scheduling of classes for future semesters, and deciding on majors and minors. This person is a key resource for you, and should be the person you turn to with any academic issues or conflicts. And don’t be afraid of requesting another adviser if you don’t click with the one first assigned to you.

9. Seek a balance. College life is a mixture of social and academic happenings. Don’t tip the balance too far in either direction. Plan it out so you can manage both at a good balance that works for you.

10. Get involved on campus. A big problem for a lot of new students is a combination of homesickness and a feeling of not quite belonging. Consider joining a group, student organization, club, sorority/fraternity, or sports team. You’ll make new friends, learn new skills, and feel more connected to your school.

5 tips to prevent you from getting sick

It’s that time of year, the flu is spreading and I bet you don’t want it. Here are some tips to help you prevent getting sick this year.

Wash your hands

“No matter what line of work you’re in, if you come in contact with people who are contagious, you have to wash your hands over and over,” says Alan Pocinki, MD. Pocinki practices internal medicine at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.

It sounds so simple, but soap and water are the constant companions of doctors and nurses. To completely get rid of viruses from your skin, you need to scrub hard for 20 seconds or more. A good way to time yourself is to sing “Happy Birthday” twice while scrubbing the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. It doesn’t matter if the water’s hot or cold — the very act of scrubbing will physically remove the germs.

Keep your surroundings clean
Arlington, VA, massage therapist Amanda Long asks clients to stay home if they feel bad. But to be safe, she sanitizes doorknobs and light switches between sessions. It’s a practice she swears by.

“My hyper-vigilance has paid off,” Long says. “I was sick more often when I worked in an office, where people pawed into shared candy dishes and generally just mingled in a crowded space without much attention to germs. Now that I don’t have sick days, I don’t get paid if I don’t work. And I know my job is to heal, not pass on a cold or the flu.”

Avoid getting close to sick people
Don’t shake their hands or get too close where they can cough on you, because chances are you could get sick from that.

Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
If you can’t get alcohol-based hand sanitizers just use soap and water. Sanitizer can kill cold and flu germs quicker and it’s more efficient.

Keep up a healthy lifestyle
“It’s important to look after your own health,” says Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist in Lexington, KY. “Do all the things we all should be doing on a daily basis anyway,” Hoven says. “Get adequate rest — which people underestimate — get good nutrition, don’t smoke, and keep your allergies controlled, because if they’re out of control, then your upper respiratory tree is already inflamed, which sets it up to more easily acquire a virus.”

How to end writer’s block

It happens to every writer. It’s inevitable. Your thoughts have turned to mush, you don’t have a creative bone left in your body, and you have nothing to do about it.

Read this article if you need ways to overcome writer’s block!

Go for a walk

Going for a walk will help your brain to take a break from thinking, and it will relax you. Going for a walk will also help with your creatively, for nature is so complex and will help you think about things to write about by simply looking at the world around you.

Change your environment

Maybe move from a closed room to a more open room, it really will change your mood. By moving somewhere else to write it could give you different ideas from looking at the things around you.

Brainstorm ideas with bullet points

This will help you to get rid of the mad ideas, by crossing them off. This will also help you to really think and hopefully give you something good to write about.

Create a routine

Many famous writers have daily routines to summon the Muse. This will help your train of thoughts flow.

Call an old friend

Calling an old friend could bring back so many memories, that you’ve lost, that could be things to write something about.

Listen to music

Listening to music is really effective because its so creative. This could get your mind flowing and you could maybe even write about a certain song.

Things to do in the Big Apple

Are you traveling to New York anytime soon and don’t know what to do there? Here are some ideas of things to do around the city of New York to make your trip the best!

Tour Bus

Taking the Times Square double decker tour bus is so cool because you get to sit in the top of this high bus and see the city from a cool view, while learning about what’s around you. I recommended the company Top View for the tour bus.

Shop in Times Square

If there’s a rainy, or bad weather, day when you are on your trip I suggest going shopping in Time Square. They have the best stores and so many you can find anything and everything. Also, it’s fun to explore the different stores they have there.

Visit Chinatown

It’s fun to explore different cultures, so why not visit Chinatown. They have really cool shops to explore and good authentic Chinese food. If you’re looking for a good gift shop, I suggest going to Chinatown where they have really cute stuff there and for not too much. In the stores around the area, things will either be super expensive or super cheap, so it fits what you want to get.

Here’s a tip: look out for scams in Chinatown. So many people will try to scam you on the street for your money. If someone on the street offers you something for a really high price, offer them a lower number and if they say no, start to walk away, and most the time they will give in.

Go out to Eat

Don’t stay in your hotel’s restaurant, go travel around the area for some good places to eat. Time Square has some of the world’s best bakeries. Also, walking around helps you see the city and explore.

See a Broadway Show

The one and only Broadway is located in New York. Go out one night and see a Broadway show. They are truly amazing. I recommend my favorite show The Phantom of the Opera.

The Met

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is so pretty. I would highly recommend going to this museum to see so much history from the world. It also gives you access to the roof, where some art is, and it’s the prettiest view of the Upper East Side.

Central Park

Central Park is gorgeous. If you’ve been in the city your whole trip, I recommend going for a nice walk in the park. You can do a lot in the park. You can go on a rowboat in a small lake, or even go on a horse carriage ride. Also, if your looking for somewhere pretty to take pictures this is the place.

Statue of Liberty

While you’re in New York, why not visit and see the thing that makes it so special up close? Going on a ferry ride on the Hudson River to get to the Statue is a really cool experience. The ferry tour is very cool, but super windy if you go on the front deck, so I’d be careful of things flying away. The tour guides explain so much about New York, and actually explain other good places to visit and good places to eat.

Looking for a car?

Are you looking for a good car to buy for your first car? Or a good car for a low price? Here is some information you might want to know beforehand.

Cars under $10,000

Are you a first time buyer or a college student? Take a look at these vehicles, they’re some top sellers with average prices at CarMax under $10,000 as of April 30, 2018.

  • Smart ForTwo
  • Chevrolet Cobalt
  • Dodge Caliber
  • Mazda Mazda3
  • Chevrolet HHR

Cars under $15,000

On a budget? These five vehicles had average prices at CarMax under $15,000 (based on prices from January 2017 to December 2017) and were top sellers at CarMax in January 2018.

  • 2014 Nissan Altima
  • 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
  • 2014 Honda Civic
  • 2014 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2014 Nissan Sentra

Cars Under $30,000

Looking for something a little more luxurious? Check out these vehicles with average prices under $30,000, based on CarMax sales data from December 2017 through May 2018.

  • Nissan Altima
  • Toyota Camry
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Hyundai Elantra

Car seat friendly Cars

Need to transport your youngster(s)? Or do you have a younger sibling you have to drive around? Check out these five car-seat-friendly best used cars.

  • 2016 Honda Civic
  • 2016 Toyota Camry
  • 2016 Hyundai Elantra
  • 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
  • 2016 Honda Accord

Cars for teens

Are you a first time driver? Check out the best used cars on this list, based on CarMax sales from November 2017.

  • 2014 Nissan Altima
  • 2014 Toyota Camry
  • 2015 Nissan Altima
  • 2014 Ford Fusion
  • 2014 Honda Accord

Manual transmission Cars

Do you love driving cars with a stick shift? Here are some of the best standard transmission cars, based on available features and sales at CarMax stores from December 2017 through May 2018.

  • Honda Civic
  • Ford Focus
  • Fiat 500
  • Nissan Versa
  • Mini Cooper

Compact SUVs

Is your crew on the smaller size? November 2017 sales show these to be CarMax’s five top compact SUVs.

  • Ford Escape
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Honda CR-V

Crossover SUVs

According to sales and data from November 2017, CarMax customers think these crossovers are the perfect size.

  • Nissan Rogue
  • Honda CR-V
  • Chevrolet Equinox
  • Ford Edge
  • Toyota RAV4

Electric cars

It is easy being green when you’re driving one of these top electric vehicles, gathered from sales at CarMax between November 2017 and April 2018.

  • Nissan LEAF
  • Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Volkswagen Golf Electric
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV

Hybrid cars

Hybrids are gaining in popularity with US drivers. Here are five top hybrids, based on CarMax sales in January 2018.

  • 2015 Toyota Prius Two
  • 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  • 2014 Toyota Prius Two
  • 2015 Lexus CT 200H
  • 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Luxury cars

For a list of sleek, stylish rides that pamper you with cool features, check out these used luxury vehicles, based on sales at CarMax stores between November 2017 and April 2018.

  • BMW 328
  • Mercedes-Benz C300
  • Lexus ES 350
  • Chrysler 300
  • Infiniti Q50

Modern muscle cars

We love muscle cars! Here are five of CarMax’s best used cars with heaps of horsepower, based on sales information collected between November 2017 and April 2018.

  • Chevrolet Camaro LT
  • Ford Mustang
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS
  • Ford Mustang GT
  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost

Travel tips!

10 Helpful Travel Tips

Have you ever left something really important at home while leaving for vacation, or not have enough room in your suitcase for clothes? Here are some useful travel tips to help you out.

1. Pack Light

Take half the clothes you think you will need…you won’t need as much as you think. Write down a list of essentials, cut it in half, and then only pack that!

2. Don’t fold your clothes flat, roll them in your suitcase

Do you ever run out of space while packing clothes? Instead of folding your clothes so they are flat, roll them, and you will see this method gives you so much more space.

3. Always have a backup plan.

It’s important to have a backup plan as we all tend to mess up sometimes. You could forget renting a rental car, but you thought you did. You could get lost while exploring, or not have any WiFi to call anyone. Traveling is a lot of work, don’t think to yourself that nothing will go wrong, because that’s just not true.

4. Plan ahead

Book flights and hotels 2-3 months in advance in case they end up getting booked. Also, it’s a lot cheaper if you don’t wait until the last minute.

5. Be prepared for the worst

Like I said, you never know what’s going to happen. Pack a flashlight and a basic first aid kit just in case. You or someone else could get hurt or the power could go out.

6. Be patient

Traveling takes a lot of time, especially in the airport. Those security lines are the longest, but just stay cool you’ll get there. There’s no need to rush, it won’t make you go any faster.

7. On travel days get everywhere early

As I said, the airport security lines are so long so you’ll need to plan out how long you think it will take to get through them, and when your flight is. It’s better to be there a little early and sit, then miss your flight because of a long line.

8. Don’t fall for the scam!!

Travel scams are very common in famous places, that’s how some people get their money. Be cautious of people coming up to you and offering you something for money. Since you’re not familiar to the area you could think it’s not a scam and makes sense, but don’t fall for it because it most likely is!

9. Check the weather ahead

Wherever you are going it’s most likely the weather is different, so check the weather ahead of time. This will help you to know what clothes you’ll need, like if you need a jacket and boots or tank top and shorts. Then you won’t freeze or be to hot.

10. Finally, wear sunscreen

This only applies to those traveling in the tropic areas and places where the sun can hurt you. It’s so important to wear sunscreen, most of us think it’s no big deal. The sun does so much damage to your skin if not protected from it, so do your skin a favor and wear sunscreen you don’t want melanoma.