Does the of Your Accommodations Size Matter?

Does the of Your Accommodations Size Matter?

So you’ve finally settled into your apartment or residence dorm. You look around the room and realize if you were to starfish on the floor you could very well touch all four walls with your body. Your space is too small! Moving into a bigger apartment or room is not an option for many reasons. While size does matter, working with space is fairly easy. Here are some tips to make your small room or apartment look and feel bigger!

1) Fold-able Furniture

When seeking out furniture for your apartment or dorm room, try to find furniture that can be stored away nicely. Anything that can easily be folded, stacked or wheeled away will allow your space to feel open. When you’re not using the piece of furniture, just store it away until the next time you need it!

2) Glassy Look

Anything that is made of glass will instantly make your space look bigger because it’ll make the eyes believe that there is more space than there truly is. Tables are always a good buy with glass tops. Glass tables can be the desk for your dorm or a coffee table for your living room!

3) Clean Your Windows!

Clean your windows! While it should be on your chores list anyways, cleaning your windows will allow your room to feel bigger. Just like glass tables, clean windows will play tricks on the eyes about how much space is really in your apartment or dorm.

4) Visible Floors

It’s pretty simple. The more of the floor you see, the more room you have. If it’s your dorm room, keep your clothes off the floor. Take the time to fold them and put them away properly so that you have room to walk around. If it’s for your apartment, also keep your clothes off the floor, but also try to invest in furniture that you can see under. If you’re purchasing a couch or loveseat, invest in one with legs so that light can flow underneath. The more light moving in your room, the better!

5) Mirror, mirror!

You may have thought of this one on your own! When you were ready to purchase a nice mirror, the total cost came to about the same amount of money you owe to your credit card! Try and purchase smaller mirrors for cheaper and group them together to make it feel like one.

6) Netflix and Space

If you have a television and your space is small, contemplate mounting your tv! If you have space on your walls to do this, I would recommend it. It will free up floor space and will make the room feel bigger.

7) Corner Friendly

When placing furniture in your living space, try to keep the tallest pieces of furniture to the corners of the room! You can also place the largest pieces of furniture in the corner. If you have a huge bookshelf, consider placing them in the corners to allow the eyes to believe the room is bigger!

 

There you have it! Hopefully, these tips and tricks will help you in making your apartment or dorm room feel spacious. It all comes down to how you organize your space, so take the time to find a layout that truly works for you!

7 Tips to Get Through The Semester

You’re in the middle of the semester. Government funding’s and time are running out before final exams kick in. If you haven’t said it out loud yet, you definitely will. You need to get your life together. What better time to start then halfway through the semester? Probably at the beginning of the semester, but everyone eventually starts somewhere! Luckily for you, we will provide you with many tips to help keep you organized in school and in life. This list of school tips and college hacks will be your survival guide until the end of exam season.

1) Create Daily To-Do Lists

Daily to-do lists are both efficient and rewarding. Whether you are using your phone, your laptop or your agenda, you can keep track of the tasks that you are responsible to complete for that day. At the end of the day you will feel accomplished knowing you completed all the tasks on your list!

2) Purchase or Create A Desk Calendar

Having a calendar that you can see every time you sit at your desk is useful. It helps you organize your week and it also helps you focus on upcoming events and assignments. As many other students, being broke comes as a characteristic of being in university, so don’t feel obligated to buy a desk calendar. Grab some construction paper and create your own calendar!

3) Treat Yo’Self!

Don’t get too excited. I don’t mean to go spend $500 you do not have. I’m talking about giving yourself a little bit of a break by watching a Netflix episode or taking a nap. If you’ve been working intensely on a project or have been cramming in the library for long hours, you deserve a break. Give yourself time to recuperate so you have energy to continue to work hard.

4) Get Enough Sleep!

Don’t be that person who brags about pulling all-nighters. You need your rest! It doesn’t matter if you literally nap under your study desk in the library. No one will judge you! Study shows that 83% of students perform better in academics with a full eight hour sleep. Aim high and become a nap queen or king!

5) Save Everything!

From the syllabus to the random surprise pop quiz you did so poorly on. It doesn’t only have to be school papers, keep receipts and flyers also! Invest in folders for each of your classes and keep everything. You won’t be spending time searching for notes and power-points during final exam season! At the end of the semester you can toss out the things you don’t need but trust me when I say you will be thankful you did this when tax refunds come around!

6) Check Your Emails Daily

University is all about communicating through emails. It is important to organize your emails so that you don’t miss important emails from professors or teacher assistants. Make it a routine to check your email either once in the morning or at night. You’ll be grateful for this when you are one of the very few who are aware about the assignment extension!

7) Stay Motivated

Stay focused and motivated! There are only a couple of weeks left in the semester so give it your all. Looking for ways to stay motivated? Refer to 6 Motivation Tricks for Midterm Season.

There you have it! These tips will definitely get you on track to getting your life together. If they don’t, at least it now looks like you have your life together to everyone else so fake it ’till you make it?

Furniture Ideas That Are Affordable For Student Housing

Moving out is all fun and games until you own no more than a mattress. Furnishing an apartment can be tough when you don’t have the funds to purchase an entirely new living room. When seeking out furniture, remember that it will only be in your student house for a maximum of four years. Don’t break the bank for furniture! Here are some tips on seeking out affordable furniture.

1) Furnished Apartments

This option is super simple. Your cost of rent will be a little higher because the entire apartment is furnished. This is ideal for students who are unable to move some of their own furniture to their new house. It is also ideal for students who aren’t looking to add stress of furnishing a home. Furnished apartments are definitely super fun but take into consideration your budget for rent.

2) Multi-Purpose Furniture

Multi-purpose furniture is super convenient because you’re getting two options for the price of one! For example, if you’re purchasing a couch, look for a sofa that doubles as a pull-out couch. You will be getting both a bed and a couch for the cost of one. While it may not be ideal to sleep on a pull-out couch, you won’t have to spend money right away to buy a bed also!

3) City-Wide Garage Sales

Specifically in the summer, seek out city-wide garage sales! Not only are they fun, but you will definitely find lots of furniture that you can afford. Be prepared to spend more than you expect because people have so many things to sell and you’ll just want it all!

4) Kijiji Is Your Friend

It may feel sketchy or unsafe sometimes to purchase furniture off of someone online, but Kijiji is by far the safest out of all. Use the search engine to narrow down the type of furniture you need, the preferred location, and the maximum budget. You will be surprised with the amount of options you have!

5) Old Tenants = New Friends

If you’re lucky enough to meet the old tenants of your potential new home, you are truly blessed. When moving, getting rid of a lot of things becomes part of the game. There is a good chance that the previous tenants are looking to sell some of their furniture. Ask them about their move and hopefully they’ll give you a good price on some of the things they’re getting rid of.

6) IKEA Wild Night Sale

Most IKEA’s will participate in an annual student night sale. This sale will be your lifesaver when buying furniture. IKEA will drop their prices quite a bit for this specific night because of the amount of students that participate in the event. Do everything in your power to not buy everything you see! While it is new furniture, this will be a benefit when and if you decide to sell it in the future.

7) On Campus Residence Move Out Sale

Most universities and colleges host an event where students can sell the things they don’t need. While it might not be couches and beds, you may be able to find bookshelves and dressers for cheaper!

Moving into a university off-campus house is all apart of the experience. No one said the experience had to be more expensive than it already is! Take these options into consideration and you will end up with a beautiful home that you’ll be proud of.

Student Success: 6 Tips to Wake up Before 6am and Effectively Start Your Day

Student Success: 6 Tips to Wake up Before 6am and Effectively Start Your Day

You know those crazy student’s who show up to 8:30 class early and look alive? Well, you can become a morning person too. Students can get tasks done easier by waking up early before their peers and the online world. Waking up early can also allow you to prevent missing daily tasks. There are numerous times I did not wake up early for the walk-in-clinic or sent an email too late for a response that same day. Keep reading for tips to maintain this early morning habit.

1. Beat your alarm

Put your alarm across the room to force yourself to get out of bed. Student’s love to hit the snooze button and this prevents that. If you are someone who listens to music before you sleep, you can also set an alarm on your computer and place it across the room. Putting a glass of water beside your alarm and chugging will also help you wake up. Water fires up your metabolism and rehydrates your body which will improve your alertness.

2. Stay warm

Similarly, winter can make your room an icebox so if you don’t like waking up in the cold prepare the night before. Put a sweater, sweats and slippers (or socks) beside your bed so you can put them on while you’re still under the covers. Taking a hot shower can have the same effect. Prepping your coffee and tea the night before can also decrease the amount of time it takes to make your hot caffeinated drink and warm your body up.

3. Wake up at the same time

Plan to always wake up at the same time, despite the time you go to bed. If you have trouble doing this the first night, its okay. The less sleep you get the first night will make you more tired the next, and you will be able to regain the lost sleep. Tracking your sleep cycles will allow you to wake up without feeling tired. Tools like Sleep Calculator are a great resource to track what time you should go to bed. Even if you pull an all-nighter the night before you can plan to sleep for one full sleep cycle and somewhat make it through the day.

4. Plan a to-do list

Write a to-do list the night before. Minimize the amount of time you need to get ready and eat breakfast if you have a heavy workload. If you need a big long breakfast to wake yourself up then plan your time around that. Extra time needed for serious tasks can be saved by doing meal prep for lunch and choosing the “right” outfit the night before. If to-do lists stress you out try doing a rolling-list which breaks up your projects into steps. Instead of completing a full assignment you can divide your time to focus on your readings, studying, and completing a portion of your assignments.

5. Prepare your work

If you have certain readings you need to do, have them saved and open on your laptop. For textbooks, just have the right chapter open. For assignments, have the rubric, objective, citation guideline and any research you have already done, open. Structure your work by what you are most excited about or the easiest to the least exciting. When you get to the harder and denser work you will already be focused and in the zone.

6. Eat a healthy breakfast

Last but not least, eat a well-balanced breakfast. Some days I could get away with a typical student diet of coffee or leftover pizza but if you have a lot of stuff to do, feed your brain! Fruits have natural sugars that will wake you up and eggs, oatmeal, peanut butter, and yogurt will fill your stomach so you can wake up and focus on your tasks. Check out other brain foods to boost your focus on our blog here.

Starting your mornings right can help you accomplish more tasks than you would complete during the entire day. Plan your days right and boost your productivity to finally beat mornings and make it to class on time.

Holidays You Can Celebrate In The Month Of November

November can feel like it’s three months long especially when it feels like there is nothing to celebrate. With this month being in between Thanksgiving and the holidays, November can feel terribly slow with nothing to look forward to. Fortunately for you, we have found all the offbeat holidays that happen in this month. Here are a list month of many unusual holidays that will give you a reason to celebrate the month of November!

Entire Month Of November: Movember

Movember is less of a celebration or holiday and more of a movement that I’m sure you’ve heard of. Even though it is an event to raise awareness, you can celebrate the healthy men that are you are surrounded by! The Movember Foundation is a charity that raises money for not only men’s physical health but mental also. Their main focuses are prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental health and suicide prevention. For more information on the movement visit Movember Canada.

November 13 – World Kindness Day

This holiday was founded by the World Kindness Movement and has been growing since 1998. This international holiday encourages everyone to go out of their ways to pay it forward. Today is a day to be kind to one another. While it is important to be kind to each other on this day, remember you should still be kind for the rest of the year!

November 15 – Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day

You can let your roommate who has food molding in the fridge know that this is a holiday they’ll be partaking in! Spend the day finding all the leftovers you should have never left over.

November 18 – Use Less Stuff Day

This is great day for those of you who have been wanting to get rid of clothing or other things in your life but just haven’t had the chance. Use Less Stuff Day is a holiday to take the time to reflect on all the things you own and are grateful for. The things that you don’t necessarily need or use anymore you can donate to consignment stores or to shelter homes. You will feel good about your deed and they will be truly grateful. So spend the day cleaning out your closet and your cluttered desk in your dorm room!

November 19 – International Men’s Day

The word “men” itself may make you roll your eyes. Just remember that someone decided that they do deserve a day just for themselves! Every year, the theme of International Men’s Day changes. This year the focus on the holiday is health, mentally and physically. Check up on all the men in your life to let them know you appreciate them!

November 23 – National Day of Listening

National Day of Listening is a day that many have been celebrating for years. Every year StoryCorps, a non profit organization, recognizes people in the world who have taken the time out of their lives to listen to others. This year they are recognizing teachers for their ability to listen to those around them such as students and parents. Take the time of your day to tell someone you appreciate them for being able to listen to you on days when you need it.

Stop and Remember

Remembrance Day is coming up on November 11. While we continue to be caught up in our own lives, it is important to take a step back and appreciate the beautiful country we live in. Originally recognized as Armistice Day, at the 11th hour, we pause to recognize and remember the soldiers who fought for our country. It is also important to take the time on this day to appreciate our Armed Forces for their sacrifices. Along with this, here are a few ways to honor those who fought and are still fighting for us.

1) Wear a Poppy

It isn’t difficult to purchase one as there will be plenty of people handing them out in return for donations. The donations will benefit our veterans. These poppies are being handed out up until Remembrance day to represent support to our Canadian troops and veterans. If you are looking for a poppy, visit your local grocery stores as there will be people handing them out.

2) Take Two Minutes

At exactly 11:00 a.m. on November 11th, pause for two minutes of silence to reflect, honour and remember our soldiers. Take the time to be grateful for the wonderful country we live in. Remember that there could be people around you who have lost loved ones to the war. Be courteous to those who are around you during this time as they will be doing the same.

3) Visit a War Memorial

There are several war memorials across Canada. If you are looking for a place to pay your respects, feel free to check out the War Memorial of Montreal West. There are other memorials such as The National War Memorial in Ottawa of The Victoria Memorial in British Columbia.

4) Visit The Commemorative Ceremony

On November 9 at 10:45 a.m. Outremont Park Cenotaph will be hosting a Remembrance Day ceremony. This park is on the corner of Elmwood and Outremont Avenues. The service will run until 11:30 a.m. There will be local elected officials as well as the City of Montreal Police service participating in the ceremony. For more information visit Veterans Affairs Canada.

5) Educate Yourself

Learning about Canadian history is a lot more interesting when you’re doing it in a museum. If you happen to be in Ottawa, the Canadian War Museum is a must see. This museum will provide you with a lot of information about our history. If you are currently in Ottawa, there is an option to visit the online Remembrance Day exhibition.

 

6) Say Thank You.

Around the days leading up to November 11, there will be many veterans dressed in their uniforms in public. It will take two seconds to say thank you. This gesture will go a long way and won’t cost you anything. Say thank you to the veterans, the armed forces, and those who are dedicating their time to hand out poppies.

 

7) Remember on This Day and Every Other Day

November 11 is a day dedicated to those who have served and to those who have fallen. Try to remember and pay your respects as much as you can throughout the rest of the year.

Student Success: 9 Foods to Boost Your Brain While Studying

Student Success: 9 Foods to Boost Your Brain While Studying

Eat well, achieve well.

While studying, most students reach for junk food and coffee to destress, however, these foods can lead to decreased levels of focus. Choosing healthy and brain powering foods can help you eat your way to success.

1. Avocados

These green powerhouses contain vitamin K and folate, which help improve cognitive function, especially memory and focus. Avocado toast will boost your Instagram and studying game.

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2. Blueberries

Often referred to as the “brain berry,” this fruit is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants improve brain health, leading to improved memory and cognition. If you find yourself craving some sugar choose a natural sugar source instead.

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3. Blackberries

Similarly, these berries improve memory during long hours of studying. Blackberries contain polyphenols that encourage communication between neurons and allow the brain to be open to new things. In other words, these berries will help you remember the most boring readings while you cram.

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4. Oily Fish

Salmon, trout, mackerel, and herring contain high levels of omega-3 fats, which help decrease stress and improve serotonin. Plant alternatives include soya beans, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. If you cry during stressful studying periods (I’ve been there) then increasing your omega 3s can help boost your mood.

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5. Dark Chocolate

Need an excuse to eat chocolate all the time? Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that help regulate blood flow to the brain and heart. Increased blood flow improves memory and focus. If you want an added bonus, try chocolate covered coffee beans to boost brain activity and improve focus.

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6. Broccoli

Your parents told you to eat your vegetables, and they were right. Broccoli is a nutritious source of vitamin K, iron, and chlorine. These nutrients help keep your memory sharp. Eat your greens to fuel your brain for missed readings and cramming.

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7. Green Tea

Green tea is a smart alternative to high-caffeinated products. Energy drinks and too much coffee can overwhelm your body and cause caffeine crashes. Green tea provides antioxidants and releases caffeine slowly in the body to avoid crashing and promote concentration over longer periods of time. Green tea also reduces stress, allowing student’s to improve their sleep and rest their brain before tests. David’s Tea also has wellness teas to increase certain moods like energy and focus.

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8. Dark Leafy Greens

When reaching for salads, spinach, kale, and romaine are dark greens that are filled with nutrients like vitamin A, B6, and B12. Eating a salad a day can make your brain 11 years younger and sharpen your memory. While eating salad is a good diet for weight loss it can also be a good diet for your brain.

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9. Eggs

Last but not least, eggs are packed with vitamins B6, B12, and chlorine. Higher intakes of chlorine increase memory and mood. If you find yourself skipping breakfast and rushing to campus look for breakfast sandwiches with eggs to prepare for your day.

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Switching out junk for healthy habits will improve your focus, memory, and retention. Take your study game to the next level and choose healthy over junk. Happy eating and studying, good luck!

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