9 Reasons to Love Living Alone During University

Everyone decides to live alone for many different reasons. You’ve either officially given up on roommates or trying to take control on this “adulting” thing. Living alone is a big step and definitely a commitment as you’re stuck alone for at least a year if you’re signing a lease. Not to worry! Here are some of the reasons why you will love living alone.

1) Cooking 24/7

Cooking in a house filled with roommates can be chaotic. Who knew all your roommates could be hungry at the exact same time as you? Cooking in an empty kitchen is so wonderful. You have all the available pots, pans and ingredients. There is also no passive aggressive arguments over washing your dishes 0.3 seconds after using them.

2) All The Storage Space

Living alone is so ideal when you own way too many things. All the storage space is yours! You can store away all those suitcases and endless textbooks properly without feeling like you’re taking up way too much space.

3) Living In Ice, Ice, Baby

Do you like your apartment so cold you could freeze? Well, now you can do that! There’s no one to argue with you about the temperature of the apartment. So turn that thermostat off and get yourself tons of blankets so you can be a life-size burrito!

4) Your Space, Your Rules

Because you’re living alone, there’s no need to be respectful of the shared living space. It’s your space, you can do whatever you please. If you like your home so clean you don’t know what dust is, by all means. If you prefer to live in a mess, you’re more than welcome to also.

5) Judgement Free Zone

One of the best things about living alone is the fact that no one can judge you. If you’re having a bad day, go ahead and eat two full boxes of Girl Guide cookies. There is no one around to judge your lifestyle and behaviours. There are absolutely no limitations. Live your best life!

6) No Distractions

This is such a positive to living alone! When you are swamped with school or work, you need the silence and the lack of distractions. Living alone gives you this because there is no one around you. If it is hard to appreciate this sometimes, just think of how your roommates were before one of your midterms. You’re lucky you’re living alone.

7) FREEDOM

You can do anything you want. Whenever. Wherever. You need to do laundry? Go ahead! Feel like taking a bath? Same, but you don’t have to wait for anyone to be done in the bathroom. You have the luxury of using everything in your home at your own convenience.

8) To Party, Or To Not Party?

Having guests over can be painful sometimes with roommates. Fortunately for you, having people over is something only you have to decide. You can have guests over all the time, or not at all because it is completely up to you. So if you want to throw a huge party, you can most definitely do that. If you would prefer to sit in front of your television all night, you most certainly can.

9) Independent Skills

It is true. Living alone can suck because you’re only relying on yourself. However, you’re learning so much about yourself by living alone! You learn about the ways you deal with problems, and the way you react to being alone. Not only you, but people around you will be impressed by your independence!

Living alone will definitely have its ups and downs, but you will end up loving it. It is a learning opportunity and a huge step that many people will take. Don’t let the fear of living alone scare you away, it’s an adventure, so get excited!

7 Holiday Decorations On A Student Budget

The holidays are the best time of the year. Besides the presents and the family bonding, decorations are what makes this holiday so wonderful. There’s mistletoe, Christmas trees and garlands all around your parents home. Unfortunately, you are stuck until the last possible day of exams and miss out on all the fun decorating. With these cute ideas, you will be able to decorate your dorm or apartment and still be just as poor as you were before!

1) Paper Snowflakes

While it is very much of an elementary school type of activity, you will end up smiling in the end. Use all the construction paper and printer paper left around your house and spend a day making snowflakes. Just like real life snowflakes, every single one is different so have fun with it. You can hang them from the ceiling or tape them to your window! It will definitely get you feeling the holiday spirit.

2) DIY Christmas Trees

The typical tall, green Christmas trees are so overrated. Why not create your own Christmas tree in your dorm? If you have a lot of leftover textbooks from the previous years just sitting on your shelf, use them to make a tree! Your tree doesn’t need to be big. It could be the smallest tree to fit the size of your room. Regardless of the size, you will feel a lot better having a DIY Christmas tree in your home.

3) Paper Garlands

Turn your dorm into a room that Buddy the Elf just entered! Similar to paper snowflakes, paper garlands will give you flashbacks to elementary school but you’ll be happy making garlands. All you need are strips of paper and a stapler to make these fun garlands for your dorm!

4) Popcorn Garlands

Going off of the paper garlands, popcorn garlands are also a fun way to decorate your dorm room! It is a very traditional way to decorate most homes without breaking the bank. If saving money isn’t enough for you, just think about how good your dorm or apartment will smell!

5) Christmas Lights!

The Dollar store will be your best friend during the holiday season! Many Dollar stores have on their shelves indoor fairy lights that you can hang around the house. Get creative with where you place them. You can have them lining your door or stringing along your headboard of your bed. Nothing says festive more than Christmas lights!

6) Makeshift Mistletoe

Mistletoe is always fun to have in the dorm. You can make mistletoe out of coloured paper and hang it anywhere in your room. I advise you to not place it by the door because you’ll end up kissing every single guest you have in your room!

7) Saving Stockings

Hanging up stockings are a tradition in many households. You can purchase very simple stockings from the Dollar store and decorate them yourself. You could turn this into a roommate activity and have a little fun with it! Remember, it really isn’t the decorations you put up, it is the memories you make creating them!

Spend a day pretending to be an elf and make all these decorations for your dorm room or student house. You will feel the holiday spirit while making them and it will definitely make your atmosphere more positive during final exams!

7 Signs Your Roommate Is Your Best Friend

Roommates that are absolutely wonderful are hard to come by. I am grateful enough to have found a roommate that is quite literally my other half. My roommate is not someone I had known before we moved in. In fact, we barely knew each other before we moved in. I met him once and decided that he was going to be my roommate. It was the best decision I have ever made because my roommate has become one of my best friends and one of the better stories to my university experience. Here are seven signs that you also, have a roommate that is amazing.

 

1)  Free Therapy Service

Sometimes life gets tough. Exam season is coming, the boy you’re into won’t text you back and you have three dollars in your bank account. Thankfully, your roommate is stuck with you and has no choice but to listen to you complain.

 

2) They Feed You

Whether it is the leftover poutine from a night out or warm nachos, they will always offer you food. If you are as lucky as me, sometimes they will even go out of their way and make you food. Just like your grandma, they will make sure you are fully fed and happy knowing you would do the same for them in a heartbeat.

 

3) They Don’t Judge You For Your Quarter Life Crisis

A roommate will look past the fact that you haven’t washed your hair in about a week and won’t judge you for never wearing pants around the house. They won’t even judge the fact that you definitely do not have your life together. Instead, they’ll provide love, unconditional support and maybe kindly gift you some shampoo and conditioner.

 

4) My Closet + Their Closet = Our Closet

I may not have had the luxury of sharing cute dresses because my roommate was a male, but I still managed to get a pair of Minion pajama pants and a pretty sick Levi’s shirt. Your roommate will become a savior when it comes to clothes especially when we’re all too broke to buy anything new.

 

5) Separation Anxiety

With such busy class and work schedules, it is sometimes impossible to see your roommate. It is perfectly fine to miss them because you hate being apart even if it is only for about half an hour. When you both are not together, you end up texting, Snapchatting and tagging each other in memes to remind them that you’re thinking about them.

 

6) They’re Mr. Clean

Cleaning is usually the most common argument between roommates, however, your roommate likes the home just as clean as you do. They leave rooms semi presentable, they take out the trash, and they clean up after themselves. Bonus points if you don’t even need to ask them! This is all clear signs that you are truly blessed with a good roommate.

 

7) You Wouldn’t Want To Change Roommates

Your roommate may irritate you sometimes, but realistically, there is no one else who would deal with your nonsense. They’re the person you will share everything with while transitioning in and out of university and there is no one else you would rather share the experience with.

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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Top 7 Places to Study Abroad

Top 7 Places to Study Abroad

Where would you go?

Studying abroad is a great experience. From being exposed to a new university and culture, to the compassion and independence gained while traveling, choosing to move studies out of the country has plenty of advantages. That being said, with many factors to carefully consider before making the move such as education standards, safety, and the price of living, the decision becomes increasingly complicated. Luckily, there is an entire website dedicated to helping students pick a destination. In accordance with the mass amounts of data collected over the past three years, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 study abroad destinations.

 

Barcelona, Spain

Although an extremely popular destination, Spain is not only home to tons of culture and gorgeous architecture (and… Ibiza!!)., but also many great educational institutions with the capacity to hostthe abundance of students from abroad

 

Sydney, Australia

 

 

With the sun, ocean, and wildlife, Sydney Australia is the perfect destination for those seeking some adventure, while remaining remarkably safe with tons of friendly locals.

 

Hong Kong, China

If you want life in the fast lane while also enjoying a mixture of local and modern traditions, Hong Kong is your place. As a city-state with remarkably quick economic growth, this city is an ideal destination for economics, international relations, and international business studies. As one of the world’s most densely populated areas, Hong Kong is home to seven of the world’s top universities according to the QS World University Rankings. Dreaming of a big city life? In Hong Kong, you’ve got it.

 

Dubai, UAE

Culture, culture, culture. Dubai is the perfect mix; by intertwining lavish life and modernized architecture with traditional middle eastern culture, food, and interior design, this city is an intriguing destination. Not to mention Dubai is home to countless expats – meaning you’ll meet people from all over the world, and has an incredibly low crime rate. Oh, and did we mention the Lamborghini cop cars?

 

Munich, Germany

Germany is a great location for studies. The country as a whole offers a world-class education with incredibly competitive international business, hard science, and German studies disciplines. Beer lover? Good, because Germany hosts the annual Oktoberfest; world class beer to complement world class studies (of course). 

 

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is just really cool. From K-pop to real Korean barbecue, Seoul is the perfect merging of Easter and Western culture. Nicknamed “The Special City” for its diversity, this is the premier destination for students looking for a pop-culture filled, high-tech destination, that’s also home to countless historical sites such as Buddhist temples and palaces. Not to mention, this city harbours world-class educational institutions and an extremely educated population of young people. You’ll fit right in!

 

San Jose, Costa Rica

Vacation, adventure, and urban culture collide to make a truly unique study abroad destination. This fiscally-savvy destination is not only easy on the wallet (and eyes), but is the perfect destination to learn Spanish. Biology student? Costa Rica is home to many rainforests with some amazing wildlife.

 

 

 

We have the travelling bug now, don’t you? The world is full of amazing places waiting for you to experience. If you had the choice where would you go? Let us know your top study abroad destination in the comment section below.