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.

8 Apps Every Student Should Have

8 Apps Every Student Should Have

Just 21st-century things.

As technology becomes increasingly omnipresent in our daily lives, many complicated tasks have the potential to be completely simplified.  Today’s students now have the opportunity to streamline almost everything from note taking to writing bibliographies, ultimately resulting in an increasingly organized and simplified daily student life. For students who find this thought appealing, we’ve put together a list of our top 8 apps that every student should have:

Wunderlist

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Keep all your tasks on track with Wunderlist. This app is amazing for creating task lists of your own AND for group projects, with sharing capabilities and real-time notifications. Best of all, the app is completely integrated, with easy access from any device, computer, and with a Mac app.

Transit App

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Taking public transportation can undoubtedly lead to long wait times and missed buses/subways.  Transit App aims to fix that problem, by offering real-time transit schedules, mapping trips, and pretty much everything else you may need to get from point A to point B, shy of literally transporting you through the phone. Bus? Metro? Uber? Transit App has you covered.

Dropbox

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With an abundance of documents building up in your computer, having an online storage space has never been so important. Dropbox acts as an external drive for all of your files and documents, offering immediate accessibility from your mobile devices, tablet, or even through the web. Dropbox helps you have all of your important files on hand, at all times.

Quora

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Do you have a question that Siri can’t answer? Luckily, Quora can. Quora is a web-based question/answer forum that delivers reliable answers to any questions you may have. This app is basically the modernized (and less sketchy) version of Yahoo Answers.

Buddhify

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We’re all too familiar with the midterms/finals stress-level. Sometimes you just need to relax. Buddhify offers relaxation in an app; this meditation and mindfulness aims to reduce stress, increase presence, and help you sleep. The platform is completely customized to your lifestyle, with specified meditations for when you’re stressed, can’t sleep, or simply need to take a minute to ~chill~.

Evernote

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Imagine how great it would be to keep your notes and reminders all in one place. For students, such a comprehensive platform become the holy grail of note taking programs. Evernote designed a platform for exactly that; offering a clean interface for where students can take notes, make to-do lists, set reminders, attach files, create agendas, all with immediate access from any device. Bring your note taking skills into the 21st century!

Boomerang

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Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive Google Hangouts, Gmail …. With so many Google platforms to manage these apps undeniably take up tons of space on your phone. Why not manage all of your Google programs in one App? Boomerang is your solution; this one-stop manager is guaranteed to bring simplicity to your life.

Easybib

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When you’re (inevitably) editing a paper on-the-go, Easybib is a saving grace. The app version of this citation website automatically generates proper scholastic citations of all different formats – APA, MLA, Chicago, and 6,997 more. With a straightforward platform that simply requires users to type the name of the book/journal/website mentioned in their paper, you’ll wonder how you were ever writing bibliographies without it.

What are you waiting? Get on your App store and start downloading your way to an efficient lifestyle today!

5 Life Hacks Every Student Should Know

 

Internships are not as useless as you might think. Plan on getting an internship if you don’t have one already. Practical experience
Got-Internship-signalways looks good on a resume. You will be one step ahead of your peers when you start job hunting after you graduate. Sometimes it might seem like a waste of time, but there’s nothing like a experience to back up what you know. Just make sure the internship is going to be beneficial for you. Internships are meant to be a learning experience and if all you do is making coffee and classifying files, perhaps you should reconsider.

BUDGET. There is a subtle difference between needing and wanting, and it’s time for you to start making that distinction. Sure, sometimes you want to splurge on a Starbucks coffee or eat at that new place everyone’s been talking about on a random Wednesday evening- but pick your battles! There are plenty of apps out there to help you with your finances and help keep track of where your money goes. Try checking out Mint, Acorn or Level Money and start keeping track.

 

Keep your health in check. Sometimes it seems like exercise is exhausting, which it is as you’re doing it, but after you’re done you actually feel more energized for the rest of the day. That’s one of the reasons experts emphasize the importance of exercising in the morninstop-working-out-leadg, because you feel you’ve accomplished so much already and can only do more with your day. Research also says that physical exercises result in increased blood flow to the brain which indirectly improves mood and sleep; reduces stress and anxiety. In the end, you look better, you feel better and you DO better.

 

Become an ‘expert’ in one area. There isn’t a student who absolutely loves all subjects. All you need to do is focus a bit more on the area you love and get some serious attitude about it. Maybe you can start a blog associated to the area you love and become a self-appointed expert in it or start an Instagram page featuring pictures and subjects you like or simply try to read up on subjects you always wanted to know more about like web site building or coding. Research deeper, become more involved and enjoy your devotion to the things that interest you. The tools are there to help you start, especially in this day and age, but it’s up to you to use them.

 

The system is NOT your enemy. Remember this always. And this goes for any institutional environment you find yourself in, whether it be work or school. Don’t try to work against your college authorities and professors however much you are tempted. Talk to them in case there is any problem or misunderstanding. Be cordial even if in reality, the rebel in you wants to paint the city red. This will pay off in the long run. Negativity only attracts negativity and it turns into a vicious circle, so make a conscious effort of being kind and eventually it will become a habit.

7 Decorating Ideas to Spice Up Your Dorm

With spring quickly approaching, the time has come to brighten up your dorm and start getting rid of all the unnecessary clutter you’ve gathered through winter. But by getting rid of stuff it’s also time to get creative and change things up a little. That’s where the Internet comes in.

  1. Change Your Bedding: o-URBAN-570You will be so surprised how much your sheets can change the way you feel about your room. And they don’t have to be pricey. Nowadays you can find a full set for about $40 if you look around.

Insider Tip: As long as you have Twin XL sheets, your comforter can be twin sized. Your pillow will take up the top of your bed, so you’ll never notice if the blanket doesn’t go all the way up.Wall-Brit-645x967

2. Washi Wallpaper: Dorms are infamous for their bland white walls and the sad fact that you can’t do anything about it. But we’ve come up with the perfect solution and, naturally, it involves washi tape! It’s time to pick a theme and get creative.

3. Add a Funny Pillow: One of the easiest ways to turScreen Shot 2016-02-15 at 11.14.34 AMn your room around can be to add a pillow that speaks volumes. It could be a quote that makes you smile in the morning, or a totally inappropriate picture pillow that will definitely be a conversation starter. This Urban Outfitters snoop-inspired beauty can be purchased for $59.

4. Make it Personal: Dorms are a little boring if you don’t personalize them. It doesn’t have to be costly just has to be fun, cute and individual to what matters most to you. And what better way to do so than with memories. And what better way to recreate memories than with pictures. And if you’re getting too lazy to find, choose and print all those pictures hanging around in your hard drive, just get yourself some o-PINTEREST44-570inspiring poster from Ikea.

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5. Vertical Garden: This colorful garden will fit in the tiniest of rooms. Hang it as close as you can to the window and you’ll have some perky plants brightening up the dorm in no time. You can even plant your own seeds and watch the plants bloom into adulthood just like you are. AWWWWWWW.

6. Customize Curtains:Original_Michelle-Edgemont-PomPom-Curtains-Beauty5_v_lg Instead of spending your limited funds on curtains, dressOriginal_Michelle-Edgemont-Fabric-Pouf-Beauty1_v_lg up a pair you already have with colorful trim! You can buy rolls of pom pom and glitter trim from a craft store on the cheap, and create whatever color combos you please.

7. Add a DIY Fabric Pouf: You’re usually pretty limited when it comes to furniture options in a dorm room. One bed, one desk and your little space is full. That’s why this colorful pouf is the perfect accent because it doesn’t take up much space, visitors can sit on it and it can be used as an ottoman.

Don’t forget to follow us on IG and FB @DormBooker, for daily tips, tricks and overall cool stuff.

 

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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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 😉

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!

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.