5 Tips To Increase Your Motivation

We all know it takes a special set of skills to motivate yourself to study. And by study I don’t mean checking your phone every 2 minutes or endlessly scrolling through your Facebook feed until you decide that  5-minute-turned-45-minute ‘study break’ is over. Without any further due, check out our suggested tips.

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  1. Challenge yourself
    No, not with ice buckets. While you may not be very fond of a specific topic or don’t see how you could sacrifice even only 10 minutes of your time for today’s homework, it helps to understand the importance of general knowledge in the bigger picture. Sometimes a little change of perspective already does the trick. As plain as it sounds, positive thoughts and a positive mindset will take you places.3631831
  2. Set (realistic) goals
    The smaller, the better. And again, same applies here: not “hashtag relationship goals”, but the actual meaning of the word. In order to avoid disappointment and set-backs, you should set achievable goals. Also, do not try to embrace everything at once, but rather aim to become an “expert” in certain fields and areas. If that 25-page paper is overwhelming you in a way that you don’t know where to start, don’t focus on the final number, but break it down into small sections.No-Meme-The-Office-03
  3. Avoid distractions
    Learn to say no. There is a time for everything in life and sometimes what has to be done, needs to be done. Period. Real friends will understand, Netflix won’t go anywhere either, only that WhatsApp group of yours might (and will) explode meanwhile. A simple key to success: determining priorities, ranking assignments in the order of their importance, devoting more energy towards those that have the greatest impact on your course work and grades. Your time is precious, so the right management is crucial.5e72f2466ff0514a43c0bdb65351396f
  4. Look for support
    Whether it is in Ryan Gosling, strangers on the internet or a motivating article ( like this one for example 😉 ). Your family, friends and mentors are also there to give you guidance. However, if you feel like you’re not getting enough encouragement from them, you can always join or form study groups. For some this is the best way to stay focussed, develop new skills and share ideas.

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  5. Reward accompishments
    Yes, even the smallest ones. Your fellow students might not face the same difficulties when it comes to studying than you do. Once you’ve figured out the right motivators for yourself, the rest comes easy. Always have the bigger picture in mind and turn each step into an achievement.

Top 5 Montreal-Based Instagram Accounts To Follow

We all have our favorite Instagram accounts we check out daily, but what about those other aspiring bloggers with less then 500k followers? Enough of the same old #throwbackthursday, #goodhairday and #instastyle posts. We’ve seen them all. Don’t miss out on new potential, fresh ideas and bright inspiration. Here are the latest top 5 Montreal-based Instagramers that share their eye candies on fashion, lifestyle, travels, food and photography like you’ve never #reposted them before.

  1. @inayali – Posts: 3,447 – Followers: 92.6k – Category: Lifestyle
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    Ali, a photographer, promoting café culture in Montreal and snapping beautiful shots of hidden corners in the city (and beyond).


  2. @d.construct – Posts: 2,177 – Followers: 1,287 – Category: Fashion
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    Dominique, a Texan-born Fashion Marketing graduate from LaSalle College, with the aim to make fashion and art accessible for everyone.


  3. @sabrinalabar – Posts: 164 – Followers: 4,472 – Category: Foodie
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    Sabrina, a lawyer, passionate about preparing and arranging colorful and often fruity munchies. Special feature: All recipes are 100% vegan!


  4. @doiseecolor – Posts: 36 – Followers: 558 – Category: Architecture/Photography
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    Neil, a Communications and Marketing student at Concordia/JMSB. His Montreal-focussed posts visualize his interests in popular culture, photography, fashion and music.


  5. @mevallieres – Posts: 643 – Followers: 6,301 – Category: Travel
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    Marie Eve, a Montreal-born and raised full time travel blogger, sharing her snapshots of architecture, landscape and meals of Europe and beyond with the world.


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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
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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.

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.

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.

From Dorm Room To Board Room

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Having a roommate in college usually means living with someone you don’t know. The situation can be interesting and rewarding, or it could be terrible.  If you are different, it can cause problems. However, sometimes that difference can mean an opportunity.

Take two roommates at the University of Maryland, one of which loved tea and the other was a fan of coffee.  They would constantly argue with each other over which drink was the supreme one.

One day, one of the roommates mixed some tea with his coffee grounds. The resulting drink actually worked better than either coffee or tea on their own. And surprisingly, the two found this new blend packed a major energy boost without the “coffee crash.”

This led to more experiments of mixing coffee with a variety of tea and other ingredients. When friends who sampled their mixture loved them, they knew that they were on to something.

In that cramped dorm room, the two students decided to make something happen out of this idea. With that, they decided to start their own company.

Today, less than 2 years since they started, the roommates have become full-fledged entrepreneurs, and they are on track for over a million in sales next year. Look out for their brand on the shelves of over 100 stores across the country: Javazen.

Get Groceries Delivered to your Dorm

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With being so busy with your classes and homework, as well as group work & meetings along with exam prep, it’s safe to assume that you probably do not have enough time to go grocery shopping.  Well now, you have solutions to fix this problem for you!

More and more grocery delivery services are popping up all over the place.  The way it works is very easy:

  1. You order your groceries online on the company’s website
  2. You pay, along with a small fee for delivery
  3. You get your groceries delivered to your door!

It’s that simple.  If time is a concern and you simply can’t fit grocery shopping into your schedule, this may very well be the service for you.  Here are the top services and their fees:

  • Fresh Direct (local & organic food) $5.99 delivery fee with min. $30 order
  • Amazon Fresh (food & household items) $7.99 delivery fee
  • Boxed (nonperishables & household items) Free delivery with min. $50 order
  • Instacart (items from Costco & WholeFoods) $3.99 delivery fee
  • Google Express (items from big box stores) $4.99 delivery fee

Not all services are available everywhere, so you have to put in your zip/postal code to see if the service works in your region.  Typically, you get your order delivered the same day or the next day depending on the time of the order.  In any event, this type of service is growing at a rate 6.5 times the one of the regular grocery industry.  There is a definite need for this service and busy students are certainly one large market that can benefit from it.

NO FRIENDS? NO PROBLEM! : THE PERFECT GUIDE TO MAKING NEW ONES IN YOUR FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE

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Sometimes making new friends is much harder than it looks. Below are 5 tips you can follow to make your network building process a breeze.

Attend Frosh / Orientation Week

If you haven’t thought about this yet, DO IT! For those who don’t know what frosh week is, it is the most radical and exciting week of a college freshman’s life.

I’ve known a lot of people that have met their lifetime friends- or even their loved one – from attending these events. Don’t miss the chance because as some people say, you only frosh once.

Join Clubs!

It’s university!  Joining a club or a student association not only enhances your university experience, but also allows you meet a ton of students from different areas of study!  A list of clubs/ association can either be available at your University website.

Live in a Dorm

Believe it or not, Living in dorms, also known as University residences, could be your pathway to popularity! Going to resident meetings, parties, or even meeting people at dinner is a chance to meet someone new.

The word “Yes” will be your new BFF.

During your first year, the more you go out, the more probability of friends you will have. So during this time, try to accept every invitation you get.  The worst thing that could happen in that you will have a bad time. But if you think about it, would you rather have a bad time or stay lonely in your living room while eating ice cream watching Legally Blonde for the 10000th time?

Be yourself.

There is no better friend that allows you to be your whole self, correct? So don’t worry too much about making a bad impression. Over time, you will be able to meet the right people at the right time.

 

Five Things You Shouldn’t Forget When Searching for Cheap Student Housing

Congrats, you just found a great place that is right in your price range and in a great location! You’re excited to sign a lease and move in. However, there are few things that you should take some time to consider, in order to assess whether this apartment is the real deal, or whether hidden problems will turn your love into heated irritation

Laundry – Make sure that laundry is included on site, or that a laundromat is close by. There is no greater regret than lugging your laundry basket for six blocks just to have clean clothes on sunday.

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Does your lease allow you to sublet – You might want to go home for the summer, travel or move for an internship or job. Make sure that you are able to sublease your apartment so you aren’t spending valuable rent money on an empty dorm.

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Utilities – You’ve budgeted enough for your rent, but you don’t want hidden and variable costs like electrical, heating, gas and wifi shifting your budgets every month.

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Parking – Free and accessible parking is a great plus to have if you have a car or oftentimes have guests who are driving in.

Guest Policy –  Make sure you are able to have guests over night. Otherwise, you won’t be allowed to have your friends and family stay at your place while they visit you you want to house a friend after a rough night out.

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BONUS: Rent Increase –  If you’re looking for a place long term, a rent increase can slowly be a killer. Even a small increase of 2% can slowly make a place unaffordable.

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If the apartment you’re looking at looks great and fulfills all the above requirements, then Congrats! You’ve found a hidden gem