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Oct 23, 2019
How to Throw the Best Friendsgiving without Mom's help!
Oct 23, 2019
One of the biggest challenges to any student who has gone away to college is not having the ability to spend the holiday season with your family. As much as you miss family dinner and bickering with your siblings and trying to explain your major to your grandma, we have a solution for homesickness. Have a Friendsgiving feast instead! Even if you are lucky enough to go home this fall, T-day is just around the corner so grab your friends and start planning with these simple tips for hosting your very first Friendsgiving!
Plan ahead! There is nothing worse than having people over and running out of food and drinks. Start by creating a guest list and find out who's coming, plan a menu, look up easy recipes (we’ve included one below!) before going to the store and make sure there is plenty of eco-friendly tupperware options. You’re going to want to have lots of easy snacks like chips and dips scattered around while waiting for dinner to be served. It is also essential to plan ahead for the oven. Different dishes require different temperatures, and you don’t want the Thanksgiving turkey to be under-cooked because Karen needed to heat up the green bean casserole!
Delegate the Menu
You don’t have to do it all alone! Once you’ve come up with a basic menu, start a group chat and ask your guests to bring their favorite Thanksgiving dish. Friends who have food allergies and dietary restrictions should be asked to bring a dish that is safe for them to eat. Cooking is more fun when not alone, so ask your closest friend or roommate to be around before people show up and have them cook with you! To make sure there aren’t any duplicates, present the group with a signup sheet. As much as we like mashed potatoes, you don’t want to have 5 potato dishes and no pumpkin pie!
Set the Mood
Etsy and Pinterest have changed the game when it comes to decor and activities. Look up DIY placemats, centerpieces, paper invites, and Thanksgiving mad-libs for each seat. A pumpkin spice candle will really make it feel like fall. Get all the roommates together for a craft day a few days ahead of time so you’re not leaving it all to one day. If you’re on a tight budget, The Dollar Tree has some great candles, napkins, and fall wreaths for, you guessed it, a dollar. A few after-dinner games can really make it a night to remember and can create turkey day traditions!
8 cups unpasteurized apple cider
A 3-inch cinnamon stick
10 whole cloves
1 orange, peeled and sliced crosswise
A 2-inch piece of peeled fresh ginger, cut into 6 slices
In a large saucepan combine the cider, cinnamon stick, cloves, the orange, and the ginger and simmer the mixture for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a heat-proof pitcher and serve the mulled cider warm. To keep warm throughout the evening, pour the cider in a crockpot or instant pot and keep on medium temperature.
Eat breakfast that day, make sure you stay hydrated throughout and enjoy an amazing Friendsgiving feast!
Oct 09, 2019
Midterms are Here, Have no Fear!
Oct 09, 2019
It’s October Panthers! The excitement of a new school year is over, that backpack you bought has finally worn in, and you can feel fall in the air! Actually, this is Atlanta, so it’s still hot and humid but the rest of the country is talking about pumpkin spice lattes and plaid scarves, so we will take their word for it. But with fall comes...MIDTERMS. You’ll get your first taste of how your professors like to grade, and you’ll really test the effects caffeine has on your ability to stay awake studying. Here are some of our best tips and tricks to pass that midterm (and eventually finals!) this semester.
Notes, Notes, and Notes!
First and foremost, take good notes! These are the best references for when you are looking back over the material of the year thus far. A good trick to remember is to write it down versus taking notes via your laptop. Computers can be distracting and recent studies have shown that when you physically write things down, you have a stronger conceptual understanding of the material and are more likely to remember what you are learning. In addition to taking good notes, save all your tests and handouts from your professor. This is usually where they pull test questions from!
Make a Plan
Before diving into your notes and books, make a plan! Time block your schedule, look up study groups and library hours, and prioritize your weakest areas first. Students who make study plans end up spending less time studying, and doing better on exams and papers than those who go at it without structure. Study groups are a great resource and help with staying focused. Other students will most likely share their notes and their own tricks for getting through this stressful week!
Variety and Breaks are Key
Now that you have a plan and all your notes in front of you, take a break! You are more likely to stay focused with a few breaks scattered throughout your week. Remember that food is fuel and will keep your brain and body from feeling sluggish. Change it up by asking a friend to quiz you or turn your notes into a song or rhyme. If you are burnt out from proofreading your term paper, change the font to something wacky and increase the size and you will trick your brain into reading something new. Taking a break to work out also stimulates brain function, so hit the gym and the books!
Test anxiety is the real deal, so follow these steps to help ease your stress. Get lots of sleep, stay positive and hydrated, and you’ll do great Panthers!
Sep 23, 2019
Get This Bread, and Save It!
Sep 23, 2019
College is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. Between textbooks, lab fees, paying for food, and other necessary living expenses, the cash never seems to stop flowing out. We’d like to say that once you are out of college financial life will get easier - but that’s when the real adulting starts. But never fear! We’re here with some clutch financial tips to start you off on the right foot!
Here’s the dirty truth about college textbooks: most of the time, you don't really need the edition listed in your syllabus. Textbook companies know they have a captive audience with college students, so they will make minor changes to their books like rearranging chapters or changing page numbers. All so you will have to buy the latest edition. Find someone who has taken the class before and see if you even need the book before shelling out upwards of $70 on a history of some obscure branch of math. If the textbook is crucial, see if you can find a used version online, or go halfs on one with a friend and share.
Build That Credit
Credit cards can be a dangerous thing but used right, they can be your best friend. Most people coming out of college have no credit at all, so by taking some small steps to build up some credit, you’ll graduate aready ahead of the game! Lots of banks offer secured credit cards that require you to give them a couple hundred dollars, but when you make small purchases and pay them off, they will report to the credit companies and your journey to a solid credit score is on its way. Just make sure that you pay off your purchases right away to avoid paying interest!
Take Advantage of Discounts
Your student ID is like a coupon book rolled up in a card! TONS of places offer discounts for students, sometimes up to 10-15%. So anywhere you go, be sure to ask if they offer a student discount. Don’t leave money on the table!
Become a Gourmet Chef
Meal plans are great and all, but sometimes you just want to branch out and eat something new. GSU has some awesome restaurants around, and we are totally here for it. But that can add up real quick. Instead, head to the grocery store and load up! Try some new recipes, dust off some family favorites. If you make large batches, you’ll save money AND have meals for days!
It doesn’t take much to build good financial habits and come out of college ready to take on the world! Try these life hacks and graduate in a better financial position than your classmates.