10 Cool Dorm Room Accessories to Make You Feel at Home

Categories: College Life

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Who says you can’t make your dorm room look cool? There are a ton of both awesome and practical options that can make your dorm room or apartment feel like home. Here is a list of a few of our favorite dorm room accessories that can help your transition into dorm life be a good one.

1. Traffic Light Lamp

Want to brighten up your dorm with an interesting light? What better way to start a conversation or liven up a party than with this Traffic Light Lamp? It’s a good bedside piece that adds some flare to any dorm.

2. Colorful Compact USB Laptop Speakers

Lights will brighten up a room, but what about some awesome tunes to go along with them? These Colorful Compact USB Laptop Speakers have seven mood-changing LED lights. It’s a great way to use your music to relax after a long day of classes or get excited for the weekend, whatever your pleasure.

3. Decorative Wall Organizer

This Wall Organizer combines decor with organization. You can write friendly notes to your roommate, use it for your to-do list, pin up ticket stubs or pictures, and more.

4. Dry-Erase Board Refrigerator

Do you want a boring fridge, or one that you can stick magnets on and write on with dry-erase markers? This Dry-Erase Mini-Fridge is both practical and fun. Cover it with your favorite quotes, notes to your roommate, homework reminders, or fun artwork. You can even use it to keep track of what belongs to who in the fridge and keep any hungry roommates from eating your leftovers.

5. Wall Art is Always Fun

Who really wants plain white walls? Add some simple art to your walls to spruce up your dorm room and find your style. Posters are a popular go-to, but why not try a Hanging Tapestry to add color, or a cool Wall Decal for a classy feel.

6. Hanging Photo Display

Another way to decorate your wall is with this Hanging Photo Display. It’s a great way to hang your favorite pictures or magazine clippings, and you can easily move or add new ones when you need a change. This will help fill the room with the pictures of the people and things that you love and make your room feel comfortable like home.

7. Colorful Chairs

Now that the walls are covered, we have to have a place to sit, right? Why not sit in style in these Colorful Chairs? The set comes with three chairs in different colors. Not only do they provide additional seating for your friends and roommates, they also make a room pop, and you can even match these chairs to your wall art.

8. Crazy Pillows

Throw one of these Scented Microbead Pillows on a chair or your bed. Not only are they super colorful, but they also smell good! Choose between a cupcake pillow that smells like vanilla icing and a gumball machine that smells like bubblegum. What could be better?

9. Paper Lamp Shade

Above your bed you might want to add a little extra flare. Why not hang up a paper lamp shade? This Paper Lamp Shade has an interesting pattern, but there are many others out there that require just a standard light bulb.

10. Fishbowl

A colorful, low-maintenance fish, such as a betta, can certainly add a personal touch to your dorm room. Since this particular fish is very easy to care for, a small fishbowl is a great addition to a dorm room. This Waterfall Globe Aquarium not only has a light, but also has a unique, real waterfall element that can help you relax and focus during those difficult study sessions.

Find these items and everything else you need for your dorm room here at Amazon’s Off to College Department. What are your favorite dorm room accessories?

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Original Post Date: August 1st, 2014

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5 Time Management Tips for College Students

Categories: College Life

Everyone always tells you to manage your time wisely, but do you ever really listen? Most of us would rather spend our time with friends than doing homework. If you’re a student, however, somewhere in the back of your mind you must know how important your studies are too. The reality is that you can — and need! — to do both. Making time for school, work, internships, extracurricular activities, and a social life all at the same time can be hectic and at times may seem impossible, but, believe me, it can be done. I am living, still breathing, proof. Based on my personal experience, I’ve put together some tips that I hope will help you.

dorm-room-organization-calendar-idea1. Use a calendar.

You can always use an old school paper calendar, the planner your college gives you at orientation, or make your own. You can also use your phone! Check out the cool free calendar app Cal. If you’d rather keep your information on your computer, check out Windows Sticky Notes, Google calendar, or iCloudDon’t want to spend all of your time on your phone or computer? Use good ol’ sticky notes! (I love these fun Days of The Week Sticky Notes.) Any of these options can help keep your important dates organized and easily accessible.

2. Sleep sometimes!

Some might say that being a “real” college student requires constant all-nighters, but without sleep you will be a walking zombie and are sure to forget something. You will need way too much coffee and energy drinks, and while they may “give you wings,” believe me, they won’t give you brains. And who has enough money in college to buy a bunch of energy drinks and coffee anyway? Sometimes you will have to stay up late writing papers or studying for big exams, but try to get at least four to six hours of sleep each night so you are refreshed the next day and your head is clear enough to take that exam or concentrate during class.

3. Leave open spaces in your calendar.

No matter what your schedule entails, be sure to fit in time to relax and to hang out with friends. This down time will also allow you to recuperate and relieve stress. Always, I repeat, always expect the unexpected. Make sure to also leave open space in your schedule for those unexpected things, such as a last-minute trip home or a project that takes longer than expected. Take things as they come, but leaving open spaces in your calendar or planner will make these curve balls a little easier to cope with.

865104134. Exercise and eat right.

If you exercise, you’ll release endorphins and feel better about yourself. If you feel better, you’ll have more energy to keep up with your hectic schedule. Exercising also helps clear your head, which allows you to concentrate for longer stretches of time and tackle all those things on your to-do list. Eating right will also help your body and mind feel better, but if you want to splurge, do so only once in a while. Plan a weekly pizza or hot wing night with friends and make that your “cheat” day. Feeling sluggish won’t help you get things done any faster. It’s not about being perfect, it’s just about making sure your body is properly nourished so your mind can flourish

5. Always look ahead!

Once you’re done with your homework for the current week, look ahead to see what is due next week and get a head start on it. Check out your class syllabus to see what’s coming up and work ahead when possible. If you utilize this resource, it may become your best friend. Also, this tip will allow you to plan for fun getaways. If you know what’s due and what your schedule will be for the entire month, you can plan trips or other activities in advance based on your availability. Looking ahead can do nothing but good for you and your sanity as a college student.

Share your time management tips the comments below!

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Original Post Date: July 22nd, 2014

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14 Scholarships with August Deadlines

We here at Cappex sure hope you’re enjoying your summer so far! We also wanted to remind you that, because you may have a bit more free time than usual, it’s a great time to apply for scholarships. So we’ve put together for you this great list of scholarships that expire in August. Good luck!

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1. Domo Scholarship for Business Management

Deadline: August 1 Award: $2,500
Must be studying business management and demonstrate an interest in analytics

2. ALBA George Watt Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: August 1 Award: $250
Must submit an essay or thesis chapter about a given historical topics

3. Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Education Support Awards

Deadline: August 1 Award: $3,000
Must be a low-income parent of at least one minor child

4. ARTBA’s Student Transportation Video Contest

Deadline: August 1 Award: $500
Must create an original video examining any aspect of transportation in the United States

5. Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Award

Deadline: August 1 Award: $5,000 – $10,000
Must be majoring in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life science field

6. DoSomething.org’s The Hunt

Deadline: August 4 Award: $10,000
Must discover and complete seven different challenges to make an impact in your community.

7. Official Penny Arcade Scholarship

Deadline: August 15 Award: $10,000
Must intend to enter the game industry in some capacity.

8. Milbank Diversity Scholars Program

Deadline: August 15 Award: $25,000
Must be enrolled in law school

9. American Indian Services Scholarship

Deadline: August 15 Award: varies
Must be Native American and affiliated with a Native American tribe

10. Atlanta Dental Spa Scholarship

Deadline: August 18 Award: $1,000
Must be a registered student

11. Women in Public Finance Scholarship

Deadline: August 25 Award: $3,000
Must be a woman interested in a career related to public finance

12. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship Contest

Deadline: August 27 Award: $1,000
Must take a ten-question, multiple-choice, open-book test on an essay about automatic fire sprinklers

13. Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women

Deadline: August 29 Award: $1,000
Must be a woman 25 years of age or older

14. Luis E. Torres Scholarship Award

Deadline: August 31 Award: $500 – $1,000
Must have overcome a medical hardship in pursuit of higher education

Find these and thousands more scholarships on Cappex!

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Original Post Date: July 16th, 2014

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