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Top 5 Things to do In NYC as a Student

New York is an expensive city and it can be hard to get by with the necessities on a student budget, much less have fun. But there are plenty of things to do that do not cost a fortune and they are often more fun than any of the tourist attractions. So if you found a few extra bucks under the couch cushions, then here’s the five places that you should consider spending it.

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Managing Stress While in College

Being a college student can be really stressful. There are papers that need to get done, projects to complete, deadlines to meet, and exams to prepare for. While it can also be fun because you have a sense of freedom, what you see in the movies can be farfetched from what happens in real life. In fact, some students don't even have time for a social life which really isn't good.

Take for example paralegal students. What is a paralegal exactly? Most people think that paralegals are merely secretaries of lawyers. The truth is, there is a lot of work involved in becoming certified. First, completing a paralegal certification course can take two or four years, depending on where you study and how much you want to learn. It is much like a crash course on becoming a lawyer because basically, paralegals work hand in hand with lawyers in lawsuits. Imagine trying to fit all that knowledge into 2 or 4 years? Not fun, right? The same goes for any other college degree.

Students get too engrossed in their school work that they forget how important downtime is. This is even more true if they're working students. With college being extremely expensive, most students need to take up jobs (some even have more than one!) so they won't end up in so much debt even before they graduate. That alone can be really stressful.

However, don't forget that balance between work and play is very important. Participating in fun activities will prevent you from wearing out because of the daily grind. Don't think that you don't have time to be playing around, there's always time. All you need to do is move your schedule around so you have at least a couple of hours over the weekend for your hobbies.

If you don't have a hobby, you can start by trying out activities available around your area one by one. Say you live near a lake, why not go out there to see what's going on? Fishing is an excellent outlet if you want to pass your time in a peaceful and serene environment. Some people even go as far as kayaking to the middle of the lake before casting off. It's a great form of therapy because you can spend hour alone in the middle of the lake waiting for a fish of bite your bait. Also, you can exercise by paddling. You don't have to buy a kayak just yet, there are places you can rent one. When you decide to finally buy one however, make sure to check out reviews on the best fishing kayak before you make a purchase. This will give you an idea on which kayaks are your money's worth.

Hobbies don't necessarily have to be sporty. Although many prefer activities that will allow them to stretch their muscles a little, there are many things you can do indoors aside from reading or watching TV. You can take up art classes, volunteer at animal shelters, or extend a hand at soup kitchens. The list is endless. All you need to do is figure out what activity will make you feel happiest.

Student Household Water Saving Tips

Are you Looking for some extra cash for your next semester of study?

Why don’t you start by cutting costs on your biggest liability: your housing costs!

It seems like prices everywhere are on the rise nowadays; rent, textbooks, eating out, and especially the cost of household bills. As a student, you may be paying subsidised rent, however you still have to pay bills and these costs can add up quickly!

When it comes to household bill increases, water rates can often get out of hand. Here are some little known tips that you can use around your house (or dormitory) to save thousands in water Bills each year.

Please note, many of the following tips will require altercation of the property in some way so we advise you to get written permission from your landlord or housing provider before going ahead with the changes.

1) Install Low-Flow Shower Heads

Pick up a low-flow shower head from your local department store and you could be well on your way to saving thousands. Low-flow shower heads cost between $18-$50 dollars and when combined with shorter shower times (try 5 minutes instead of 10) the cost savings can be huge. If you live in a larger house, you’ll see huge cost savings, especially over a period of 3-4 years.

Newer models have a handy ‘pause feature’ so when you’re washing with soap you can stop the water conveniently to save even more.

Here’s a tip: ask your landlord or housing provider if they will cover the costs of installation: As a student, you shouldn’t have to pay for house related upgrades.

2) Invest In Dual-Flush Toilets

Using a dual flush toilet allows you to control the level of water that your toilet is flushed with, which can really add up. When compared to a traditional toilet, a dual-flush toilet can save around 5 gallons per flush; that’s a big deal!

3)Fix Your Obvious Household Leaks

The average undetected leak can go on for weeks, months, and possibly years depending on how bad it is. It’s easy to ignore these small leaks – especially when you’re busy studying and partying! At the end of the day, you’ll have to pay the water bill so it’s wise to fix these issues as soon as you notice them.

This tip alone could save you thousands in water bills each year. A great way to easily check if you have a leak is to have a look at your ‘leak indicator’ which is located within your water meter. If the indicator spins while you’re not using any water, you can be sure you have a leak- now you just have to find it.

4) Collect Rainwater

Installing a rainwater tank can save you an enormous amount of water depending on where you live, and how wet your neighbourhood is. If for some reason you can’t install a tank on your property, an alternative is to install ‘rainwater barrels’ to your downpipes.

Not only will rain water collection tanks provide you with free, clean water, but they will also do there part in maintaining the structural integrity of your home. Less moisture around the foundations of your house means less chance of structural problems in the future, and moisture is the number 1 cause of building foundation problems. Yes, it wont be you that has to deal with these problems if they arise, however moving house does cost money, and if a buildings foundations are deemed weak, legally you will have to relocate.

5)Request The Installation Of A Water Softening System

A water softening system is a unit that changes hard-water to soft-water as it enters your home. Hard water contains an excess of minerals such as Manganese, Iron, Magnesium and Calcium that can be an expensive nuisance for a home. These minerals are taken up in the underground water supply, and as water is heated in your home, they crystallize and stick to household surfaces.

Over time, scale deposit builds up and can block pipes; greatly reducing water flow, or even stains showers and sinks; issues that bring about costly repair bills. Those same scale deposits can make your hair and skin feel dry and brittle, forcing you to spend more money on skin creams and hair conditioners. Installing a water softening system will counteract the negative effects of hard water, thus eliminating scale build-up in your household appliances, saving you money in the long run. Find out more about the best water softeners at the Water Softener Critic.

With those 5 simple and easy tips, you could be well on your way to cutting your water bills by thousands each year.

Even though most of the changes will save you money in the long run, your landlord will also appreciate your attitude towards maintaining their household, and this will set up the basis for a great relationship during your study years. Who knows, they may like you so much that they will not increase your rent each year!

Get a little creative out of the classroom and start thinking about other ways you could save money around the home – you could be paying off that student debt of yours faster than you think!

College Hobby Idea: Archery

Looking for a new hobby to pick up while studying at a university? Why not join an archery club? A lot of universities nowadays have archery clubs and oftentimes they are also equipped with sets of bows and arrows that you can rent or you can do some research and buy your own set. You can aim to become an Olympian and just practice it as a daily hobby. Archery is open to everyone and students can gain a lot from this interesting hobby. Below are some of the reasons why archery is such a cool hobby to learn. 

  • You can start at any age and learn the basics very quickly. As you get older you can keep practicing archery and keep developing your skills – there is no age limit to archery.
  • You do not have to worry about the weather. Some sports require specific weather to be enjoyed, such as snowboarding, but with archery you can do it all year round. If it is winter season, you can try archery outside if you want to be adventurous, or indoors if it is too cold for you. Shooting targets can be as far as twenty yards. Outdoor archery takes place during spring and summer seasons, where competitions can get as far as twenty to seventy meters far, depending on the type of equipment used.
  • Wherever you go, you can find tournaments specializing in archery, if you are the competitive type. There are small competitions that are not competitive enough but still considered to be a fun way to test your skills. Of course there are also higher level inter-college tournaments where you can represent your university.
  • If you only wish to learn archery for fun and do not want to compete, that is okay, too. You can learn archery to your own pace, if you want. You can also practice it on your own. It is good practice for people who feel uncomfortable for being scored of their current skill, so they can take time to get the basics covered and then join a team.
  • When they say that anyone can compete, it also includes people with disabilities. There are a many examples of people without hands who use their feet to learn archery and they excel at it. Anyone can train for the Paralympic and Olympic sport team. It will take hundreds of arrows to reach certain levels plus natural talent and dedication, but same holds true for any activity.
  • If you are a spiritual type that wants to improve their well-being, try practicing Kyudo, which is a form of meditative archery originating from Japan. You certainly can try and find a special dojo near your college and join it. Dojos are often established by those who wish to practice Kyudo, even if they are not in Japan. 

As you can see there are plenty of good reasons why joining your college’s archery club can be a good idea. Even if there is none in your college, you can start one. All you need to do is find a suitable beginners bow sets (read about them in dedicated archery sites like this one), some arrows and targets and you are good to go.

How to Dress for Success After College

Something that might be overlooked but needs to be addressed is your visual appearance.  Most people will size you up in a matter of seconds based off of body language, your clothing, and personal grooming/hygiene.  It might seem superficial to some but should not be overlooked   I know that dressing for success means different things to different people and that the fashion scene is changing constantly.  Here is a list that I have put together for people that are looking to either get promoted in the office place or going on their first date.

The First Impression is One of the Most Important

You never know who you will run into and where you will do it at.  If you are presenting to an audience or searching for a job, you will have some time to prepare for the upcoming event, but what if you ran into a potential business partner while in the grocery store?  Will that person take you seriously if you are wearing flip flops and a tank top?  They still might, but it will take a lot more convincing.  Here are some guidelines to follow for many occasions and circumstances.

It’s not the designer clothing, but how you wear it:

You can buy the best clothing on the market, but to pull off the look you will need to press your clothing or take it to the dry cleaners.  Wearing fitted pants always helps and having polished shoes that stand out makes all the difference in the world.  It may seem like a lot to ask, but you should tuck in that shirt and make sure the buttons line up.  The details will always show and having everything in order before you walk out the door is important.

Raise the bar one step higher:

It is always important to know what your future prospects or employers are wearing.  If they have sport coats on but no tie then you should add a tie to your outfit.  You never want to overdress for the occasion or come off as arrogant, but you want to make them aware that you pay attention to the details.

Grooming is more important than your style:

In no way am I saying that you can wear an old t-shirt and pull off getting hired at an interview.  What I am saying is that if you have a great outfit on and have bad breath, unkempt fingernails, or need help with men’s grooming (or women)  it will show.  Take the extra five minutes in the morning and work on the finer details.

Maintaining good body posture

Even I catch myself slumping down in the chair from time to time but as soon as I am conscious I correct my position.  Walking with a purpose will show others that you are a leader and projects confidence.  You shouldn’t overdue the body language at the same time and finding a healthy balance is key.  Over time you will learn better habits and also have more energy.

Conclusion of Dressing for Success

If you are on a budget and can only afford a couple nice outfits, then start there.  Wearing clothing that looks sharp will always help boost your confidence and help you on your path to your goals.  If you are single and trying to land a date, following the advice above is crucial to attracting a partner.  What do you want to say about yourself that is projected to others?

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