Leave Your Dorm Properly For The Holidays

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It’s not a secret that any student that lives on campus can’t stay in the residence halls during the winter break. It’s also no secret that residents must check out with their assigned Resident Assistant before they leave for the holidays. Before you lock your doors for the last time for 2015, here are some suggestions to make your checkout a lot faster and easier, for both you and
your RA:

Just like a student, RAs and faculty would like to leave & start their winter break as fast as possible, so preparing your room to avoid maintenance charges or documentation helps smooth out the process, especially if you’re trying to fly out of town.

The charges are not in place because the residence wants to make your time living on campus difficult. There are charges because we want to keep the residence halls in the best condition as possible so you can continue to live comfortably and keep it nice for the next person who moves in.

Therefore, if there’s a maintenance issue in your room, tell your RA or submit a maintenance request. This includes anything that is broken, damaged, or has stopped working in your room. If something is damaged and it has not been reported, then you will take responsibility for that damage. It’s not a good feeling to charge someone for something that they were not responsible for, so before you leave, make sure you look around your room and see if anything needs to be fixed.

Remember, your room is one of many to be checked by the RA before they head out for break too. Please do your best to be prepared for your check-out time so the process is efficient.

Please clean your room before you check out. Your parents will be proud and your RA will be grateful. You can be documented for a messy room if it is a perceived health and safety violation.

When thinking about checking out, a good rule of thumb is to plan your checkout time about an hour before you plan on leaving, again, especially if you’re trying to make it to the airport. This leaves enough time to clean up whatever might seem unsatisfactory or allow time to fill out any paperwork.

A common question that is asked around this time is “do I need to pack up my whole room before I leave?” You don’t have to, but be sure it’s nice and clean for when you come back.

Check and double check that you have everything because there’s a slim-to-none chance that you will be let back into the building before we come back from break. During break, you are not allowed to return to the building, so make sure you have everything with you.

How To Bring In A Christmas Tree Into Your Dorm

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Illegally lighting up your menorah is one thing, but what about sneaking a Christmas tree into your dorm? We all know just how important holiday traditions are, so we’ve got you covered. Here are five easy solutions we’ve compiled on how to get that darned tree into your dorm.

1. Roll it into a rug. Worked for dead body back in the ’80s, so a tree shouldn’t be hard.

2. (Requires musical friends or A Capella group connexs). Your pals enter singing a good Christmas carol–we recommend “Joy to the World” or “Silent Night.” The security guards distracted, you surreptitiously move past the desk and into the elevator.

3. Use a duffle bag. Borrow an friend’s hockey bag, put on some sporty Columbia gear, and carry a plate of Ferris biscuits/hash browns to cultivate the full athlete look.

4. Cover it in the cardboard box your mini fridge came in. Make like you just came from the package center. Hopefully, the security guards know how FRUSTRATING the package center is, and they’ll feel bad for you.

5. Be candid. This method requires no sneaking, just some solid rhetorical/persuasive skills you picked up in CC or prep school. Tell the guards how much you miss home. How dismal your dorm room is. How sad the trees looked sitting outside Rite Aid. The guards will listen, and if they are kind enough, they will understand.

We wish you the best of luck in your endeavor, and if one of these tactics works, remember to credit where you got it from.

Hurry & Book Your Dorm Room Now For September 2016

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With the rising number of students entering higher education schools every single year, it is no surprise that student accommodation tend to fill up quicker than ever.  Construction in student housing developments hasn’t been able to keep up with the higher demand in recent years.

Therefore, if you are not careful, and you wait until summer to book your room for September, you may be very well out of luck.  Worst case, you might be getting a room, although it would be ridiculously overpriced.

Booking early can not only ensure you that you have a reserved spot, but you can also end up saving hundreds of dollars per month in rent.  Student residences tend to give great deals and discount 8-10 months in advance, and the closer you get to September, the higher the price gets.

Now is the time to book your room & have peace of mind, so that you don’t spend your whole summer scouring to find a place to stay 😉

Olympic Athletes Will Be Stuck In Hot Dorms For Rio Summer Games

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Rio de Janeiro will be a hot ticket next summer, but who knew the Summer Games would be this hot. The world’s best Olympic athletes will be sweltering in Rio de Janeiro, thanks to the Rio Olympics Organizing Committee announcing that the dormitory-style rooms in the Olympic Village will not be air-conditioned.

Rio Olympics spokesperson Mario Andrada, the de facto scapegoat for sharing bad news about these Summer Games, informed the Associated Press today about this decision. Due in part to a lagging Brazilian economy, the Rio Olympics $1.9 billion budget needed to be cut. Yanking air conditioners from the expense list will save an estimated $520 million. “We don’t think it’s going to be critical [to have air conditioning] there,” said Andrada.

Although the 2016 Summer Olympics will be contested during Brazil’s winter, the typical temperature in August ranges from 18 – 28 degrees Celsius. After brutal days competing against world class athletes in the bright sun or even indoors, the least concern these 10,500 athletes should have is about getting much needed rest in a comfortable, cool room.

Regardless of an athlete’s status as a rising amateur or as an experienced professional, all are subject to these conditions – unless their National Organizing Committee foots the bill to have air conditioning installed. Countries like the United States and other sports powerhouses will likely dig deep into their pockets to fund this necessity. Still other federations may be unable to foot the bill. If true, the “playing field” will not be levelled.

Ensuring the athletes’ comfort, so that they can compete at their best, is job one for any Olympics organizer. To see cutbacks to this typically “untouchable” budget line item, sparks much worry about what lies ahead.

Tips To Help You Do Your Laundry In A Dorm

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Living the college dorm life is not easy.  However, doing laundry in a dorm takes it to a whole new level of hardship and annoyance.  Here are some tips to help you get your laundry done without too much of a hassle.

BRING ENOUGH CHANGE

While some washers/dryers will be free, most will not be. Some dorms have a payment system where you can actually use your room key or a laundry card, others have coin-operated machines. No matter what type of payment the machines require, be sure that you have it.

Before you go to do your laundry, make sure you have enough change/money on your card to do so. There’s nothing more annoying than someone asking you for spare change, or waiting around to steal someone’s machines.

KEEP TRACK OF TIME

Probably the biggest laundry faux-pas you can make is leaving your clothes in the washer/dryer long after they’re done.  Not only do you have to make sure you have enough time allotted BEFORE starting your laundry, but you also have to make sure that you keep track of how long your clothes have been in the machines.

There are other residents that need to do laundry too, and if you’re holding up a machine because you didn’t get your clothes out in time, you’re going to frustrate a lot of people.

DON’T BE IMPATIENT

I can’t stress enough how important this one is.  More often than not, clothes are left sitting in a washer/dryer — done, but their owner hasn’t removed them yet.  As tempting as it may be, do not remove them.

It’s simple enough really: you wouldn’t want anyone touching your clothes, so don’t do it to others. Maybe someone has items that can’t go into the dryer that you’ll ruin by doing so, or maybe you’ll leave before they get back so they don’t know where their clothes went.

If there aren’t any available machines and someone’s clothes are done, but no one’s claiming them, it doesn’t matter. You’ll have to wait for the next available machine, and hope that the owner comes in quickly.

DON’T BE OBNOXIOUS

When you’re doing laundry at home, it’s perfectly fine to separate your clothes into several loads, taking over the machine for the day because other family members don’t need it.

This is not okay when you’re using a communal washer/dryer.

There’s always going to be another person that needs to do laundry, so using up a machine all day long because you’re washing clothes individually isn’t acceptable.

So group clothes together where you can (mix darks and whites if possible, or combine clothes and towels/sheets) to save yourself time and to save some machines for others that may need them.

If you find that you need to do multiple loads, spread them out during the week. It’s much better than monopolizing one machine all day long, as you never know what times the laundry room is going to be busy.

BE CONSIDERATE

Whenever possible, be considerate of others. Bring your own money, soap and dryer sheets, change loads when the machine is done, and don’t spend more time than needed at any given machine. Basically, follow the rules and you’ll be fine.

Doing laundry in dorms/apartment buildings can be a real hassle, and many people aren’t aware of the basic laundry room etiquette that everyone should know.

But now that you do, follow the rules and be considerate of others, and also help those that may not know. It just might save you some time some day.

10 memes that perfectly sum up student life


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1. FRESHMEN
Who couldn’t relate to it? Freshmen year, the excitement. Come on, we’ve all been there. Regardless of whether you’re residing on your own, with a roommate or in a dormitory – student life starts now!

 

 

 

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2. DORM LIFE
Making friends with all kinds of people is only one out of many perks of living in a dorm. Things noone will tell you about are the real benefits you gain, such as maximizing your creativity level when it comes to.. well, everything. Turning the floor into an ironing board, because space is a question of priorities or the dilemma of having used all of your socks and remain with none left to wear to go to the lavatory and wash your other socks. After all, you didn’t choose the dorm life, it chose you. Might as well make the best of it.


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3. ROOMMATES

See, you know nothing about student life, if you haven’t had pasta three times a day, for seven days in row. Now, while this might sound odd to some, to others it’s known as “the end of the month”. Who would you rather share your meals with than with your lovely roommate? Provided that they haven’t stolen them in the first place.

 


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4. DIFFERENT TYPES OF STUDENTS
“Livin’ la vida broka”? Well, this doesn’t apply to everyone. Throughout your studies, you encounter many different types of students: The discussion-dominating know-it-alls, the unprepared last-minuters, the inattentive stoners, the disrespectful rebels and not to forget, the group of girls showing up to class 10 minutes late, but – of course – with a decaf skinny latte in their right hand. International exchange students, as well, never fail to disappoint. Who doesn’t know that one guy who came to the country with perfect English skills, but answers “Me no English” when pulled over by a cop?


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5. GROUP PROJECTS
As simple as that: Forget everything they have taught you before. In university, group work basically means that one person does all the work and the rest take a share of the credit.

 

 

 


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Sigh. Lecturers. Incidentally, I would also like to give a shout out to the poor student who gets stuck on the front row and who has to spend a tense hour with the lecturer periodically staring right into his soul.

 

 

 

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7. PROCRASTINATION
The action of delaying or postponing something and the first thing to avoid: Procrastination. You’ve had more than 8 hours of sleep, but are still tired? You’ve walked all the way to the library only to go on Facebook and listen to music for 5 hours? Your reaction to the amount of your undone homework is “What movie should I watch?”. You decide it’s the perfect time to do a spring clean – in winter? If you find yourself in at least one these scenarios, then, my dear friend, you are procrastinating!


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8. FINALS
University will make you do the weirdest things like setting your alarm for a 13 minutes nap. But honestly, alongside energy drinks or other caffeine cravings, it’s the power naps that really get you through running the gauntlet, that is finals week.


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9. EFFECTIVENESS
In other words, the degree to which something is successful in producing a desired result, like that rare and overwhelming feeling of achievement when reaching the word count before the conclusion. Work smart, not hard. However, the line between a student’s brilliant effectiveness and expert laziness can be thin.

 


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10. GRADUATION
You’ve reached the finish line. Made it. With graduation comes great wisdom, for example the moment you realize, you went to university to get a job to pay for university. Student life ends here, real life starts now. Oh, and there comes the next person asking what you will be doing after graduation 😉

6 simple, yet affordable DIY winter decorating ideas for your student dorm

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As hard as the life of a student might appear at times, your decoration for the winter season does not necessarily have to look like this. Here are some time and cost saving, yet pretty alternatives to channel your inner do-it-yourselfer.

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1. Vases filled with salt

As simple as that: fill a glass, bowl or vase (or whatever you come across while trawling your dorm room) with salt and add some branches or baubles to it. If you like to get even more creative, you can also color the salt with chalk beforehand. The vases will look great on shelves or nightstands.

 

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2. Glitter Mason Jars

Glam up your windowsill with flashy mason jars. Generously cover them with glue before dipping them in glitter (available at any dollar store) and let the jars dry for a couple of hours, at least. Finally, light up some tea lights and put them inside of the jars. Same works for old cloth or magazine paper.

 

 

 

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3. Fairy Lights
Make your room the coziest place in the entire dorm by simply adding perfect lighting. Tinker tiny lampshades out of see-through cloth or old table tennis balls, wind them around a string of light and put it on the wall over your bed. You will never want to leave this place again.

 

 

 

 

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4. Paper Snowflakes

Yes, this will remind you of kinder garden, however everything you need in order to turn your dorm window into winter wonderland is already part of a student’s basic equipment: Paper, scissors and adhesive tape. Crafting paper snowflakes is definitely the cheapest, quickest and pottiest way to adorn your student dorm.

 

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5. Cinnamon Stick Candles

Why bother buying scented candles, when you can easily make your own? And not only do they smell good, cinnamon stick candles also add warmth and a cozy charm to your tiny space.

 

 

 

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6. Wine Glass Candles

The ultimate décor for the clumsy and uninspired: wine glass candles. Arranging these will take you the least effort, but will still look pleasingly subtle. Any glass will do, although a wine glass does have its romantic flavour. What really counts here is what you put inside the glass. In case of doubt, fill them with chocolate or other snacks that get you through long study nights.

Watch A Dorm Building Implode (Video)

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McCollum Hall, the largest dorm for the University of Kansas, has been demolished.  It is bittersweet for some students, as although the place was pretty rundown, these quirks gave it a certain charm.

About 750 pounds of explosives were used to demolish the 220,000 square-foot building, which opened in 1965. It was named after the brothers Elmer V. and Burton McCollum. The building cost $3.4 million to build. Its original capacity was 488 rooms for 976 students.

Have a look:

 

Montreal Named Canada’s Best Student City

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When it comes to the the ultimate student experience, Montreal is at the top of the list.

Quebec’s largest city received the highest score among Canadian cities in QS Top Universities’ rankings of the best student destinations for 2016.

While Montreal was ranked seventh overall among all cities, Toronto and Vancouver tied for 13th spot.

Ottawa and Quebec City landed at 49th and 55th, respectively.

QS Top Universities examined cities with populations of over 250,000 and had at least two higher learning institutions. It then assessed them according to a variety of factors, such as the schools’ rankings, the cities’ affordability, the mix of students in each city, and its desirability as a destination.

Montreal ranked third for “student mix,” while Toronto came in second for “desirability.”

In recognizing Montreal, QS Top Universities cited its high-ranking schools such as McGill University, as well as the city’s status as a “cultural capital,” and its reputation as one of the most livable places in the world.

Montreal’s overall ranking represented a step up from last year, when it was eighth.

Kudos to Montreal for being such a great place for students!

15 Things That Students Love To Experience

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1. When a business does a recruitment talk on campus and you go because there’s free food, even though you have no intention of becoming an accountant.

2. Cleanly tearing a piece of paper out of a notepad without ripping the top off.

3. Making eye contact with ~that~ hot person in the library.

4. When you’re broke but have the exact amount of printer credits left to print your essay.

5. Not doing the required reading for a seminar but managing to contribute because you once watched a TV show on the topic four years ago.

6. Waking up five minutes before a lecture starts and discovering it has been cancelled.

7. When you get to do a group project with your course friends.

8. Staying up really late because nobody is going to tell you to go to bed..

9. When something scandalous happens at your uni and makes it into the national press.

10. Discovering that the fancy thing you treated yourself to hasn’t been eaten by your sneaky housemates.

11. Eating pasta straight from the saucepan to avoid washing dishes.

12. When a local neighbourhood cat decides to bless your student house and visits you every day.

13. Purposefully saying something ridiculous during Never Have I Ever so you can catch your friend out.

14. Waking up after a heavy night without a hangover.

15. Reading weeks where you do nothing for six days and then do all the reading on the last day.