Activities for the Budget-Conscious Seminole

August 30, 2015 in Alive Campus

The typical saying that college students often cry poor is not far from true. Between tuition, books, and groceries, the majority of us don’t have as much spending money leftover as we’d like.  Since this is the case, it’s always ideal to find hobbies that won’t become a huge hit to your wallet. Here are some low-cost activity suggestions for my fellow Seminoles:

Student Life Cinema: Attending a movie at the SLC conveniently located on campus is completely free of charge for students. It mostly shows both recent and popular movies, so you won’t be disappointed in the selection.

Crenshaw Lanes

Crenshaw Lanes

The Res: For those who enjoy outdoor activities, the Res is a great pastime on weekends. Only about a 10-minute drive from campus, it offers students rentals on both kayaks and paddleboards for just $1 with a valid FSU ID. There’s also the option of playing beach volleyball or simply laying on the sand.

Crenshaw Lanes Bowling: The bowling alley located in the center of the student union is ideal for those who want to perfect their bowling skills. The prices change depending on the day, but it’s never more than 3 dollars. Some days it’s bowl one, get one game free. Others it’s free shoes, and some it’s just one dollar to bowl a game for the entire day. Always check online for the updates on pricing.

Sporting Events: The sporting events at FSU are no charge for students. Fall season is always the most exciting for the football games and tailgating, so be sure to keep a Saturday open to cheer on the Seminoles in Doak Campbell Stadium.

Lake Ella: On a nice day, several students will go out for a picnic and enjoy the weather while sitting on the beautiful Lake Ella.  Surrounded by fountains and benches for visitors to relax, it’s the perfect low-cost and relaxing activity for a Sunday afternoon.

Tallahassee Museum: Only 10 minutes away from campus, the Tallahassee Museum has many activities to offer. Take advantage of the nature trails and all of the beautiful scenery.

Student Organizations: FSU offers students over 500 clubs and organizations. If you do enough research, you’ll be sure to find one that’s low in cost to join and the right fit for you. It’s an awesome way to get involved and meet new friends that share similar interests.

Tallahassee Museum

Tallahassee Museum

Wakulla Springs: Tallahassee is hot mostly year round, so cooling off in Wakulla is a great way to escape college stress and relax on a Saturday. You can also hike along the trails if you’re feeling adventurous.

Governor’s Square Movie Theater: This movie theater is located right next to the mall and gives students discounts on all movie tickets, whether it’s a matinee showing or at nighttime. If you’re dying to see a new movie coming out, you don’t have to worry about spending a lot. It’s only $7 on a weeknight and $9 on a weekend night if you show your ID.

Be sure to take advantage of these low-cost activities during your time at FSU, especially at the end of the semester when a package of ramen seems too expensive to afford. Always be sure to check in on the FSU site for the latest events going on around campus, especially during homecoming week when free concerts at held at the stadium and Civic Center.

How To Spend Your School Vacations Right!

August 28, 2015 in Campus Life, Travel

College Spring Break

College Spring Break

Like most college students, University of Rhode Island Rams are excited for spring break, Thanksgiving break, and just about any excuse to have off from school. Most students will travel home during breaks, but some will choose to travel with their friends. At URI, students usually travel to Mexico for spring break or even Florida (if they’re over 21). Whatever the destination may be, traveling during breaks seems to be a must. In addition to the destination, transportation is just as important. Please be reminded that URI is in the middle of nowhere and is sometimes a hassle to travel to and from. This is true for a lot of universities therefore planning ahead of time is really important. There’s nothing worse than getting stuck with a horrible seat or even traveling at an unreasonable time because you waited too long to book your traveling arrangements.

This spring break, students will be traveling to Mexico (most likely) with other college students. This includes students from URI, but also from 10-20 other colleges and universities. From personal experience, if you have not had the opportunity to go on one of these spring break trips…DO IT! You won’t ever get the chance to sit by the beach with hundreds of other college students, soak up the sun, and drink yourself into a week of unforgettable memories. It’s not always fun and games, but if you go with a good group of people and are there to enjoy yourself (be prepared to get five hours of sleep total), you’ll have a blast.

Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break

Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break

There is also an alternative spring break option for most students at colleges and universities, which I do not think is taken advantage of. Sometimes programs like Habitat for Humanity host alternative spring breaks where they bring groups of students to areas around the United States and build homes and/or schools for underprivileged families and communities. I think this traveling option is productive and a great way to get involved in and around the community. Besides, if you choose to travel somewhere else in the US, you won’t technically be going home. Isn’t that what school vacations are all about?

For other students who are just traveling home for breaks, make sure you purchase your plane, train, or bus tickets in advance. I’ve heard of people waiting until the last minute to purchase tickets and they’ve either missed out on going home or have had to pay a ridiculous amount of money just to get home. Know your exam/work schedule well in advanced in order to book your tickets. Luckily for us Rhody Rams, the Amtrak is a five minute drive from campus. These trains go to just about anywhere and are a convenient way to travel home. Public buses area also available on campus and travel to the city of Providence multiple times a day. The best piece of advice I have for students trying to travel home during breaks, is to book their tickets and reservations a few weeks or even months ahead!

Traveling while your in college is a great time to explore and learn about yourself and others. As much as I encourage people to study abroad, if some are unable to, traveling during school vacations is a great idea. We are lucky enough to have breaks that range from two weeks to five weeks during Christmas time, therefore we must take advantage of it all. Whether its going to Florida and having some fun at pool parties or going to Cancun with the rest of your university, traveling during breaks is a great idea and should be enjoyed by all college students!

Top Movies for the College Student

August 24, 2015 in Alive Campus

Watching movies is an ideal way to relax and pass time while in college. Sometimes, leaving the house simply seems like too difficult a task after a long week of classes. It’s also a very cost-effective way to enjoy time with friends instead of spending money going out to the bar every night. Here are just some of the movies I feel every college student should watch:

Animal House

Animal House

Animal House: While it may be an older movie, it’s still a college classic that everyone enjoys. If you don’t watch any other movies on this list, be sure to watch this one. The rebellious Delta fraternity brothers will be sure to provide you with a good laugh.

The Breakfast Club: This is another classic. While it’s essentially based on students in high school, the plot can certainly relate to college students as well. Five teenagers of completely different backgrounds and stereotypes all find a way to unite as friends while serving detention together.

The Social Network: Social media fanatics, which is a label that most college students have earned, should definitely look into seeing this movie about the beloved social media site commonly known as Facebook.

Pitch Perfect: This is a great movie to watch on a Saturday night with girlfriends when you want to stay in, wear sweatpants, and drink wine. The humor and songs in the movie performed by a group of female college students leaves for a great plot.

Adventureland: A college student’s dreams are crushed when his anticipated trip to Europe no longer takes effect due to his parent’s unfortunate financial situation. Instead, he is stuck working at an amusement park for the summer, but his dull mood quickly turns when he falls for a female co-worker.

The Internship: This is a great comedy based on two salesmen who land an internship at Google, but are challenged when they realize all of the technological skills they must develop to officially earn the position. Competing with a younger market, the two men must complete several obstacles that leaves room for several laughs.

Accepted

Accepted

Accepted: When a student is officially rejected from all the colleges he applied to, he decides to start up his own university so he doesn’t have to tell his friends. However, with all of his plans set in place and the popularity growing on the Internet, the fake university quickly spirals out of control. The South Harmon Institute of Technology becomes all too real.

Wolf of Wall Street: Who doesn’t love a good movie with Leonardo DiCaprio? It’s actually based on a true story involving corruption and fraud that happened on Wall Street. The film is ultimately ideal for those who enjoy intense films.

Insidious: I had to include a horror movie, and this one still stands to be my favorite. A family believes their home to be haunted with all of the paranormal situations occurring, especially when their son seems to be possessed by en evil entity. It’s not your typical corny scary movie, so I would highly recommend if you don’t mind a good scare.

The next time you’re twiddling your thumbs on a Saturday night, kick back and enjoy one of these entertaining movies. There’s an array of options to choose from, and your wallet will be thanking you! Wine night, anyone?

Going Green at FSU

August 21, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life

Going green and making the effort to sustain resources has become increasingly popular at universities. FSU is no exception to this, and has worked even harder at doing so in the recent years. With multiple green clubs and resource conservation options offered along the campus, there is no excuse for students not to participate in going green. After doing some detailed research on how FSU participates, I found several unique ways in which it works to eliminate waste, sustain resources, and maintain a clean environment.

Garnet and Gold Team Eliminates Waste at Doak

Garnet and Gold Team Eliminates Waste at Doak

Recycling Bins: There are recycling bins located all over the campus. With easy access to these bins, it’s easy for every student to participate in going green by simply recycling an empty water bottle rather than tossing it in the trash bin. There are also bins for paper products to be disposed and recycled separately, in addition to ones designated for bottles and cans only. The recycling team visits the paper bins each week to collect office paper to eventually be reused for different purposes.

Garnet and Gold Goes Green: This is a green club offered at FSU, in which students specifically work around the stadium. About 30 to 40 volunteer participate in cleaning Doak before and during the football games. This helps to reduce the mass litter that the crowd brings on game days.

Green Fund: This is an organization that contributes in assisting environmental progress at FSU. The projects are student led and essentially focus on reducing the amount of waste generated on the campus.

Hydration Systems: All of the buildings on campus have water fountains that are specifically built to fill reusable water bottles. New ones have recently been installed in all three libraries on the campus.

Recyclable Bin

Recyclable Bin

ReCycle: ReCycle is a campus bike program offered to students at the beginning of every summer. The idea is for a student to rent a bike to conveniently get around without the use of a car. It only costs $35 for the entire semester, and includes a lock, light, and helmet. This is a great means of transportation, as several students do use bikes since the campus is compact and does not necessarily require a car. Bike parking is located in several spots outside each of the buildings for convenience.

Grounds: This is the department at FSU that maintains the athletic fields across campus, covering 547 acres of land. A simple way in which they eliminate wastes is reusing concrete from construction projects to reduce their amount of landfill.

With a variety of ideas that FSU offers to go green, it’s obvious of how important a notion this is for college campuses in general. Students have increasingly immersed themselves into these habits of recycling and eliminating waste as much as possible. I have personally noticed that most students at FSU carry around refillable water bottles as opposed to disposable ones, which can significantly go a long way. If people continue to participate in these practices, going green across campuses will be a huge success.

Roommate Nightmares from a Rhody Ram!

August 21, 2015 in Campus Life, Colleges

Roommate Nightmares

Roommate Nightmares

Whether or not you’ve decide to choose your roommates or go into your housing situation at school blindly, roommate stories are inevitable. Putting multiple guys, let alone ladies into a small room is a recipe for disaster, which is why I’ve put together the most common roommate nightmares for a college student at the University of Rhode Island.

My roommate is stealing my things: First off, if you know for a fact that your roommate is stealing your things tell your RA (Residential Assistant). They’re there to help mediate any situation, especially one that involves theft. If you are unsure that your roommate is stealing your food, clothes, and other belongings, simply ask them. There’s no point in trying to be Inspector Gadget and set up traps for them to fall into. Be honest and ask them upfront. They may have come home one night and have wanted some food to munch on and your pizza bagels were looking pretty good. Your roommate could have even forgotten that they took your food or favorite shirt. Don’t assume, just ask!

My roommate is always bringing guys/girls home: Don’t get on your roommates the case the first couple of times that this happens. It’s college and maybe they’re just trying to have a good time. My advice is that once this becomes a usual weekend scenario for you, bring it up to their attention. Maybe they haven’t realized that it makes you feel uncomfortable to hear them having sexual intercourse at 3AM or maybe they just don’t care. Whatever the case may be, if you feel unwelcome in your own room because your roommate is using your bedroom as the smush room, say something!

My roommate comes home drunk every night: If at this point your roommate is not concerned for his/her own well-being, it’s time to bring in the professionals. Getting drunk every so often while you’re at college is completely acceptable, but once partying gets in the way of school and your life, someone need’s to intervene. My advice would be to express your concern for them first, don’t attack them even if they threw up on your carpet! Once you have brought it to their attention, but they continue to do it, bring in your RA or even a few of your mutual friends. Your roommate may not thank you at that moment, but a few months down the road, they’ll thank you for setting them straight.

My roommate is messy: There is absolutely no excuses for a dirty, messy, unorganized human being other than the fact that they were probably not taught any better. Don’t let these bad habits slide because sooner or later you’ll be trying to avoid your room as much as possible and nobody wants that. A few tips to avoid the messy roommate situation may be to schedule a day and time to clean the room together or even assign chores like taking out the garbage or vacuuming the rug. Unless you’re the messy roommate in this situation, do your best to avoid this nightmare from the beginning. No one likes a sloppy incoherent roommate coming home in the middle of the night.

Some students never go through roommate nightmares, but for many these nightmares are all too realistic. Go about any situation with a clear state of mind, but with a goal in mind as well. The room you are sharing is also your property, therefore it should be shared and taken care of like a home. People aren’t always going to agree with your ideal way of living, but it is important to feel welcomed and at home in your dorm room!

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