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.

7 Must See Netflix Holiday Movies

‘Tis the season of Mariah Carey and Michael Buble! As spooky season begins to wither away, Jingle Bells are coming your way. November is a strange month as it still the fall season, but for holiday lovers, we are celebrating the Christmas pre! If you are someone who considers November as the holiday seasons, you are definitely in for a treat. Grab a cozy blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and snuggle up in front of your television or laptop for these 7 must watch holiday movies!

The Holiday Calendar

This Netflix Original is a new release that will definitely get you into the holiday spirit. This movie is about an aspiring young photographer who is struggling in a dead-end job. She is gifted an antique advent calendar that may be predicting her future. It is considered a romance but who doesn’t love love? Grab an advent calendar and eat all the chocolates in this 1.5 hour long movie.

 

Four Christmases

This comedy will have you thinking about the awkward interactions that may take place in your family dynamic through the holiday’s. Four Christmases is about a couple that are forced into spending their first Christmas together with all their parents. Each of their parents are divorced. They have to visit them all in a single day. Enjoy this chaos of a movie.

 

DreamWorks Shrek the Halls

Looking for something that is less time consuming? This 28 minute film will definitely leave you in a better mood as Shrek handles the mayhem of his family during the holiday season. Nothing will make you happier than witnessing Shrek in a Santa Claus costume. You will not regret this choice.

 

A Christmas Prince

This movie is a must see. If you’ve already seen it, then you know it is a movie that is tradition to watch every year during the holidays. This movie is about a young journalist who has the opportunity to go abroad to write stories on a prince. It is quite the cliche as it is clear that they fall in love, however, it is a beautiful story that will make you feel the holiday spirit.

 

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

This movie is about a dog. Enough said. Beethoven, an over-sized Saint Bernard will truly warm your heart with his love for trying to save Christmas. Even if holiday movies are not your forte, this dog will make you love the holiday’s just a little bit more!

 

Santa Claws

Another movie about animals! For you cat lovers out there, this movie is about kittens trying to save the holidays after Santa has a bad allergic reaction. This 2014 movie will keep you entertained for 1.5 hours and will leave you wishing you had kittens of your own to snuggle in front your television with.

 

Office Christmas Party

This 2016 comedy movie will leave you wanting to throw a party of your own! A branch manager does everything in his power to host a wild holiday party with the goal of getting the opportunity to work with a big client. Does he land the client? Watch the movie to find out!

 

7 Best Shows on Netflix Fall 2017

7 Best Shows on Netflix Fall 2017

For when time simply needs to be wasted. 

Both TV series and Netflix are undeniably awesome. That being said, you may have noticed that Netflix often changes their queue. This can pose some issues for a dedicated audience, expecting their favorite shows to be readily available. If you’ve fallen victim to a queue update resulting in the removal of your favorite TV shows, don’t worry – we are here to help. We have put together an updated list of our top seven favorite TV shows on Canadian Netflix right now – October 2017.

Bill Nye Saves the World

Follow everyone’s favourite scientist as he tackles issues from climate change to fad diets through a scientific perspective.

 

Scream Queens

Join the “Chanels” as they wreak havoc all over their campus, while a serial killer lurks. This horror-satire is one healthy season of entertaining episodes.

 

Cosmos

Renowned astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson teamed up with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to create a docu-series that highlight humankind’s quest for knowledge, with clearly portrayed concepts, presented with both skepticism and wonder.

 

Walking Dead

Luckily the hit series Walking Dead doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Season 1 to 7 are readily available on Canadian Netflix!

 

Family Guy

Feeling like something a little more laidback? Enjoy ~everyone’s~ favorite adult cartoon – Family Guy. Canadian Netflix currently hosts 15 seasons. Needless to say, you will be amused for a while.

 

Friends

The 90’s classic sit come Friends is a perfect show to watch, no matter your tastes. With a healthy 10 seasons available on Canadian Netflix right now, this cast will have you laughing for (at least) a few weeks.

 

Suits

Yet another hugely popular series, Suits is currently available on Canadian Netflix. With seasons 1 to 6 readily available, you will be able to follow Mike, Harvey, Lewis, and Donna’s journey from the very start.

 

Did we miss any great shows that are currently hosted on Netflix? Let us know which of your favorite shows are on Netflix right now, in the comment section below.

10 Hacks to Make Life Cheaper

10 Hacks to Make Life Cheaper

Save that money!

Let’s face it, being a student with a limited income helps you realize how truly expensive life can be. We know that a few monthly expenses can quickly, and little savings can go a long way. Luckily, we have a compiled a list of tips and tricks to make your life a little bit cheaper.

 

Student Discount

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It’s everywhere... you just have to ask!

 

Thrift/Online Shopping

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Changing your shopping style may just be key! Check out some of your city’s best thrift stores and try out shopping online in the sales sections. If you’re okay with waiting for about a month for your stuff to come in head to Allie Express, and if you’re just into some cheap duds check out the sales sections at both Urban Outfitters and Miss Guided  (you’re welcome).

 

Eat for Cheap

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Try buying groceries rather than eating out, or find the cheapest eats around your city. Many places commonly have $5 food such as El Furniture Warehouse – with many locations across North America.

 

Capitalize on your Government Benefits

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Check to see if you’re eligible for any government benefits- for example, if you’re a student in Canada, you can get benefits simply from living away from home as a student, if you’ve paid your rent on time. Find out more here.

 

Find the Discounts

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Make sure to check out the discount apps and grocery stores to always capitalize on the saving potentials.

 

Pay with Cash

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It’s scientifically proven to be a factor in money saving because physical cash is perceived as more scarce to consumers than paying with plastic.

 

Use a Water Bottles

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Get your own bottles ready; this is an easy way to save buying drinks while on-the-go, and a practical way to ensure you stay hydrated (and green!).

 

Starbucks Hacks

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Coffee is a necessity (we get it), so never forget about these Starbucks hacks!

But also …

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Take this into consideration.

 

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

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Break something? Try fixing it yourself with the help of FixItClub.com; a website that will show you how to fix anything step-by-step.

 

Save on Dryer Sheets

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Never buy dryer sheets again!

 

What are your favorite money-saving hacks? Share them with us in the comment section below.

The Dorm Room Inspiration You Need for September 2017

The Dorm Room Inspiration You Need for September 2017

Will you have the coolest room on campus?

 

With the start of yet another school year just around the corner, it’s time for yet another series of some serious #dormroominspo. This time, we’ve decided to compile a list of really cool decorating ideas sorted by colour! What better way to get some inspirationt than starting with a colour scheme? From blues to red, check out some of our favorite dorm room interior looks below:

 

BLUE

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RED

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Well, then the question arises on how to select the bedroom scheme of a teenager?Go out and have a coffee or hot chocolate and figure out the feelings of your teen on certain favorite shades that brought about.Bedroom color schemes may fade out, but the sweet memories of their living heavens would be there for years to come, hence let them decide what they want.

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PINK

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SILVER/GOLD

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PURPLE

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BLACK/WHITE/GREY

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How will you decorate your dorm room this semester? Let us know in the comment section below or share your style with us by tagging @dormbooker on social media.

 

Your Ultimate Music Festival Style Guide

Your Ultimate Music Festival Style Guide

It’s festival season!

No matter where you are in the world, music festivals are an inextricable part of summer culture for students and young adults. From Coachella to Osheaga, music and arts festivals are in full swing from April to August. With so many events spanning across North America, it can be quite challenging to put together numerous flawless festival outfits for these events, no matter your gender. With that in mind, we’ve created an awesome lookbook for men and women’s festival season style 2017. Without further adieu, check out our ultimate style guide for festival season 2017!

 

Men

Gents! We know how hard it can be to dress for these events without looking like a “festival bro”. Don’t worry – we have you covered. Check out our men’s festival fashion inspiration below!

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Looking for a little more? Click here to read about GQ’s take on men’s festival do’s and dont’s.

 

Women

Ladies! The festival outfit options are unlimited. Ranging from sleek outfits that can be put together with your reliable basic to looks that require some carefully calculated statement pieces, below we showcase some of our favourite festival style inspiration.

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Couple Looks

Feel like matching with your boo? No problem! We have included a section of flawless couple looks that will expertly express stylish (over cheesy).

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Now you’re ready for festival season! Did we miss one of your favorite looks? Let us know in the comment section below, or tag us on Instagram.

Remeber to stay safe and have fun this summer.

5 Reasons to Take These 5 Types of Courses

5 Reasons to Take These 5 Types of Courses

Let’s get learnt.

 

With the abundance of available courses and electives available to university and college students today, it can be hard to narrow down exactly which courses you should take when you have a glorious time slot calling for an elective.

 

Science Courses

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  1. It is important to know about what makes the world work.
  2. Gaining a basic proficiency in research and how to make logical arguments only makes your more credible and knowledgeable regardless of your primary field of study.
  3. Science is everywhere. In fact, if it wasn’t for the bonding of very specific elements, we wouldn’t even be here. By taking science courses, you will have a newfound appreciation for these facts.
  4. By taking science courses, you will learn to block out noise from the media, politicians, the internet, etc., and only truly consider the fact as evidence. If everyone did this, the world would surely be a better place- take a science course as your first step to helping humanity.
  5. Worst case, take an animal bio class and spend your time hanging with some critters.

 

 

Computer Science Courses

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  1. Technological proficiency is more valuable today than ever.
  2. A basic proficiency of computing is not just valuable, but beginning to become required in the digital age – you will surely be more employable if not now, in the future.
  3. Computer science is diverse. From engineering, math, problem-solving and logic to psychology, humanities, and the arts, computing is truly the cross roads of so many skill areas, making it a great asset and endeavor no matter your skill set.
  4. You will gain practical knowledge of how our world and technologies have progressed to where they are today.
  5. You will be a little more prepared for the inevitable artificial intelligence world take over (have you seen Terminator???).

 

Business Courses

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  1. You can be a business person no matter what field of studies you choose.
  2. It will help you stand out in the job market upon graduation, regardless of your chosen industry.
  3. You are sure to make some great contacts.
  4. Students from all different faculties work together, fostering a creative and innovative environment.
  5. Learn how to determine and sell your personal value proposition – again, a skill that is guaranteed to make you stand out in the ever growing pool of new graduate job seekers.

 

Political Science Courses

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  1. It is important to understand how your country’s political system works.
  2. You will become a more informed and knowledgeable citizen in general.
  3. You will gain a basic understanding of how the world hierarchy and international society works.
  4. You will make an educated decisions and become an informed voter by the time the next election cycle rolls around.
  5. You will gain a basic understanding and new appreciation of how the programs and institutions tax payers fund actually affect our society.

 

Psychology Courses

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  1. Understanding the science behind people’s actions can be leveraged no matter your field of studies/work.
  2. You will better understand yourself and your behaviors.
  3.  You will be able to better gauge peoples’ reactions.
  4. You will be able to better communicate with people – again, a useful asset no matter your industry.
  5. You will be #Woke.

 

Did we miss a. filed that you think should be on this list?

5 Coolest University Libraries

5 Coolest University Libraries

Time to get ~learnt~.

Ah, the library. As you’ve probably experienced, a school’s library becomes a second home to most students throughout the academic year. In fact, many schools have set up comfortable areas for students to study, write papers, do group work, and even sleep or exercise! With so many different institutions and set ups, we decided to compile a list of the top 5 coolest libraries around the world. These libraries will have you wishing you were studying!

 

 

Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

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What if your library had a rooftop lounge? Delft University of Technology knows the feeling. The university’s library building is entirely covered in grass, making for a huge quad in which students hang out on and study.

 

University of Manchester, UK

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Two words: Sleeping. Pods. Need we say more? The University of Manchester installed sleeping pods for an informal experiment into how napping can optimize the brain’s ability to learn and take in information. If it means power naps while studying for finals, we’re all for it!

 

Loyola University, US

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Chicago’s Loyola University might actually have the best view out there. With a lake view, glass windows, and a new age digitized facility, this library is our personal favourite study spot from the list.

 

University of Utah, US

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You have to admit, walk stations are pretty cool. The University of Utah has countless walk/work stations throughout their library facility. For any kinaesthetic learner,  this library setup is a dream come true.

 

Free University of Berlin, Germany

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This unique library designed by world-renowned architect Norman Foster is in the shape of a human brain! The library has several open-concept tiers where students can hangout, study, or read.

 

 

Does your or your friend’s school have an awesome library that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

 

5 Reasons You Should Live Off-Campus

5 Reasons You Should Live Off-Campus

Decisions, decisions.

A huge decision that new and seasoned students face alike, is whether to live on or off-campus. Although campus residences can seem both convenient and an easy way to make friends, there are actually a ton of important reasons to consider living off-campus. In fact, many of these factors may not only help you keep great grades but also a healthy mental and physical state! Here are our top 8 reasons you should consider living off-campus:

 

More Space

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If you’ve ever visited a campus residence, you know how limited space is in dorm rooms. Luckily, when living off-campus you are likely to have your own room and closet, as well as all of your preferred facilities (bathroom, microwave, etc.) directly within your unit.

 

More Privacy

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Why share a room with a complete stranger when you can have your own? No reason to ever be freaked out by a creepy roommate, a party boy/girl coming in with guests at all hours of the night, or worst yet SHARED BATHROOMS. Living off-campus ensures you have your own room and exponentially increases the amount of privacy at your disposal.

 

Better Food

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The perfect way to avoid countless cafeteria meals (and the dreaded freshman 15) is to take yourself out of the vicinity completely, by living off-residence. Without pre-made food options always prevailing, you are likely to make your own food with fresh ingredients, resulting in an overall healthier diet.

 

Save Money

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Residences are often especially expensive because they know parents and students will pay for the convenience. That being said, living off-campus will help you save tons of money while securing a bigger living space and more privacy.

 

Getaway From Campus

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Sometimes it can be beneficial to change your environment to clear your mind. Unfortunately, when living on campus, you rarely get that chance as classes and your home are in the same place. By contrast, living off-campus will allow you to decompress when you go home, and have your head in the game when on campus.

 

 

With all of these amazing advantages, the case for living off-campus is strong. Where would you rather live – on or off campus? Let us know where you prefer and why in the comment section below.

Delicious (and Healthy) Study Snacks

Delicious (and Healthy) Study Snacks

Healthy food=better grades.

Achieving high passing grades tends to be the main focus throughout tertiary education for most students. However, between countless sleepless nights and an abundance of exams/assignments, students’ bodies are constantly exposed to high levels of stress, typically resulting in lower levels of productivity. Luckily, there are a few small lifestyle tweaks students can make to offset the negative effects of stress and increase productivity. In fact, an article published by Livestrong outlines the direct correlation between maintaining a healthy diet and achieving higher grades. From increasing a student’s focus to a generally healthier diet resulting in better energy/attendance, there are countless reasons consider a healthy diet as a student. For those long sleepless nights (and serious finals cravings) we have created a list of both healthy and delicious snacks, perfect for your next study sesh.

 

Coconut Oil Popcorn

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With only two ingredients – kernels and coconut oil, this simple snack is perfect for when you’re craving something crunchy mid studies. Best of all, you can easily customize it to your taste buds with various spicing options (my recommendation is chilli powder, lime powder & salt).

Get the recipe here. 

 

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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Do you crave chocolate when you’re studying? If so, try this delicious recipe for home made peanut butter cups. By using milk chocolate and natural peanut butter, you will fill the sugar craving AND avoid the notorious post-junk food crash.

Get the recipe here.

 

Cauliflower Pizza

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More into cheesy snacks? Don’t worry – we’ve got the perfect healthy supplement for that too. Instead of ordering pizza, try making your own cauliflower pizza crust. This recipe, although slightly more labour-intensive, is incredibly delicious and healthy.

Get the recipe here.

 

Rice Cakes and Avocado

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Avocado is everyone’s favourite superfood. Next time you’re studying and lacking energy, try cutting up avocado and eating it on a rice cake (or pumpernickel bread). Not only is this snack lighter than eating an entire sandwich, but it will also keep you full while simultaneously supplying your body with tons of healthy fats.

Get this (and many more) recipes here.

 

Mini Salad

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Feeling like a quick fix? Try cutting up some strawberries, spinach, & cheese, and make your very own mini salad! This snack can be dressed up/down as you like, and will fill your body with tons of healthy nutrients to keep you awake and focused.

Get tons of mini salad recipes here. 

 

Which recipes will you try out? Did we miss any of your favourite healthy study snacks? Let us know your thoughts and preferences in the comment section below.