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Should start-ups have to pay to pitch their business?

Being a founder of a start-up is a cash-ridden experience for almost all who embark on the journey. You must acknowledge that even though you believe that you are building something huge and valuable, you are going to be living like a broke college student for the next 6-12 months, or however long it will take for you to either make money or receive funding. If this is general knowledge of the start-up community, then why are there companies and Angel firms that charge founders for just a pitch? Don’t they know that the start-up could be using the money for either product/business development, food, or even a home? I get that in some of these companies, it is their business model… Find start-ups and founders that are thirsting for air-time in front of potential investors. So the follow-up question would be, are these costly meet and greets worth the entrance fee?

From my experience, (presenting at free expos) most of the people that attend are not there to learn about a potentially successful company, they are there for themselves. I would say close to 70-75% of people attending were there to either sell their own business to startups. I’ve heard everything from, “We have the cheapest and most reliable servers on the Island.” to “We can hook up phones throughout your business offices.” Don’t even get me started with all the marketing and developmental agencies trying to sell their services. I’m a freaking start-up! I can barely afford food and you are pitching how if I pay you, you can help me with something I don’t need, let alone want!

Another 10-15% of attendees are people that are bored. These are usually retirees that saw an add in the paper or on local news and decided to stop by because there was nothing else better to do at 1PM on a Tuesday. I don’t mind these people because even though they are not interested in investing money, they listen to my pitch and ask good questions and offer reviews and insights.

That leaves another 10-15% for potential Angel Investors or VCs if you are lucky. However, if you are pre-revenue, your chances of getting a VC are slim to none (unless you have some sort of revolutionary patent or insane user-base.) So now, it comes down to maybe 1-5% of the people who are attending that are even remotely interested in a possible investment. These are the heaven-sent Angel Investors that have the power to really start or end your life’s dream. These are the people you need to single-out and go all out for and the reason you attend these conferences and expos.

With that being said, based on the percentage of people attending the conventions and expos I have attended, finding an Angel Investor is a lot tougher than it seems. So, why would I spend $500-$2000 I don’t have, on an entrance fee when I can pitch for free?

 

 

 

Scott Burack

CEO of Vonotes.com

12 Terrible Types of Roommates & Ways To Cope

 

Going off to college is a transition in itself but having to deal with sharing your living space with a complete stranger is a whole other beast. Up until college you’ve only had to share your living space with your parents or siblings which you’ve been doing for 17+ years so really you’re used to it. So what do you do when you end up with a messy roommate or one that has a huge ego? This, my friends, is a list of 12 terrible types of roommates and ways to cope.

1. The Talker

It may be tricky to deal with an endless ranting roommate even if they do have a nice personality. You can attempt to talk it out and let them know when it’s time for you to study or go to sleep, or you can simply drown them out by putting in headphones. Whether you’re listening to music or not this implies that you are zoned out and typically should turn off that chatty roommate.

2. The Sex Maniac

You and your roommate are or may be sexually active at this age, which is not a bad thing. However, the issue arises if your roommate is asking you to leave your room/apartment so that they can “smash”. If this is happening to you please have the courage to express your displeasure and the inconveniences your sex-crazed roommate is creating. You can also suggest that they go to their partner’s room so that they aren’t always at your place. On a side note, it is essential that you have created some sort of system or code to let each other know when either of you will be having a guest so that they don’t walk in on one another. It could be as simple as a text or a sock on the doorknob.

3. The Egocentric Argumentative Roommate

If you find you are always having conflicts with your roommate and have tried everything to get along, but nothing seems to be working, consider contacting your resident advisor. It is their obligation to mediate such situations and to help find some common ground or lay out some guidelines. Seeking help from your resident advisor is a quick solution rather than bottling up your animosity until it explodes. If you roommate considers continuing living with you, he/she will have to respect what the residential advisor comes up with.

4. The Space Invader

If you find that your roommate is very untidy and careless, draw a line. This doesn’t mean you draw a physical line, but a metaphorical line. Talk to your roommate about what is communal, what is yours and what is theirs. Set the guidelines as soon as you can and you’ll find fewer problems down the road regarding your privacy/space.

5. The Disorganized Clutterbug

Are you tired of your roommate’s behaviors like leaving funky laundry, dirty dishes, and books all over the place? First, make sure you are setting a good example of cleanliness before you can take action regarding their clutter. If books are the problem try collecting them and placing them in your roommate’s area of study or on their bed as a friendly reminder that they don’t belong sprawled out everywhere. Same goes for laundry. If dishes are the problem maybe clean them once or twice in front of them while reminding them of the need to keep everything tidy. Remember that disorganized roommates may need friendly reminders to keep the room clean.

6. The Last Minute Rent Payer

Is your roommate always surprised when the rent is due? Then consider reminding him/her a week before then. If you see no signs of rent payment, remind them again two or three days before the due date. Don’t feel like you are annoying them, remind yourself this is their responsibility. Plus all the nagging will be worth it if you won’t have to pay any late fees.

7. The Alcoholic Roommate.

Does it seem like your roommate is just making up reasons to get drunk on a Tuesday? Or are they constantly throwing parties and inviting their inebriated friends over? It’s okay to take your roommate aside, while they’re sober-minded, to chat about it. They need to understand that while it’s okay to party in college they do share a living space with you and need to respect that they can’t be turning it up every day of the week and disrupting your sleep schedule. Don’t be afraid to tell your roommate to take the party elsewhere.

8. The Social Roommate & Their ‘Possy’

College is a time to break out of your shell, get out there socially, and make those lifelong friendships. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend every waking moment with said your friends. If it seems like your roommate is always making your place the hangout spot it’s okay to tell them and their posse that they need to relocate on occasion so that you don’t always feel like you have to be social. Alone time is essential especially when you are needing to sleep or study for those upcoming exams.

9. The Pet Owner

Sharing the same space means that your roommate’s pets unbeknownst to you have now almost become yours as well. Don’t let your roommate take advantage of you. If you are living with a roommate who is terrible about feeding or cleaning up their pet’s messes don’t make this your responsibility. Make sure to set boundaries and guidelines for what you are willing to help out with and what you are not. If it seems that they are not abiding by the boundaries you have set forth and that the pet is being neglected you’ll have to have another more serious talk about whether the pet should stay or go.

10. The Freeloader

Does it feel like you ended up with all the chores/responsibility and your roommate is just coasting by with having to do the bare minimum? Maybe it’s time to make a list of all the things that should be shared like cleaning, bill paying, yard work, etc and then split the list or take turns switching every other week. It is not fair for your roommate to just be a freeloader while you do all the work.

11. The Snackasaurus

If your roommate is eating your snack stash without replacing it, you need to exercise some authority. Imagine getting in late with the hope of gorging on some Cheetos or hummus and carrots only to find that your roommate ate it and did not replace it. Here you need to approach him/her and ask them to either get their own or at the very least replace what they eat. It’s also not a bad idea to split up the fridge space designating what food is yours and what is theirs. You could even go as far as labeling your food to really leave your mark on it.

12. The Noisemaker

Is your college roommate driving you crazy with their heavy metal music or late night phone calls? Is it distracting you while studying or making it almost impossible to sleep at night? While it may seem like a challenge asking your roommate to pipe down, it’s something you will need to tackle right away in order for you to keep your sanity. First, you will need to communicate your needs and set up some basic guidelines like minimizing the noise at night or while you are trying to study. You can also try to block out the noise yourself by using headphones or earplugs.

Original post at… https://www.collegeowlz.com/blog/2016/07/11/12-terrible-types-of-roommates-ways-to-cope/

 

Best Sports Bars In Boston To Watch October Baseball

With October baseball in full swing, it’s time to figure out where you will be watching as Big Papi and the Sox compete for another World Championship. With no shortage of delicious foods, cold brews, or plasma screen TVs, these are the top sports bars in Boston to watch the Red Sox make their run to the top of the World.

 

The Four's Best Sports Bars in Boston

THE FOUR’S RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR

North Station/TD Garden
The Four’s gets as loud as a Craig Sager suit during just about any sporting event, so you should probably be there for Playoff action. This bi-level memorabilia-soaked mecca has plenty of brews, miles of screens, and more big-portioned meals than Verne Lundquist can handle (and that’s A LOT). It may be the wrong sport, but the Bobby Orr steak sandwich — hand-cut tips and melted American cheese on a fresh braided roll — will help you make it through the marathon of action.

The Harp Best Sports Bars in Boston
THE HARP

The Harp
North Station/TDGarden
For more than 20 years, this Causeway Street staple has hosted frothy fanatical hordes for every tip-off, kick-off, face-off, and walk-off worth its weight in nachos. It’s got up/down bars (three total), all the requisite tasty indulgences (pretzels, wings, burgers, ‘za), 40 beer options (drafts + bottles), approximately one bazillion TVs (plus a HUGE projection screen), and plenty of fantastically bad decisions.

Cask ‘n Flagon Best Sports Bars in Boston
CASK ‘N FLAGON

Cask ‘n Flagon
Fenway
If you’re a sports nut and you live on Earth, you’ve definitely braved the friendly, rowdy crowds at the Cask. If you’re a Martian, chances are still about 50/50 you’ve been. Executive Chef Donley Liburd recently upped the game in the kitchen with a fresh menu deep on protein-heavy sustenance like slow-smoked BBQ courtesy of an award-winning pit master.

Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill Best Sports Bars in Boston
JERRY REMY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL

Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill
Seaport District
Jerry Remy’s waterfront location posts some serious numbers — 5,000sqft of space, a 50ft bar, seating for 120, 46 plasma screens, and their own Jumbotron: a 32ft video wall with a state-of-the-art sound system. The hot streak continues with four types of wings (buffalo, bbq, honey bbq, teriyaki), 20 sandwiches/wraps/burgers/dogs (poblano chile roast beef!), 30-plus brews, and one great view of the harbor.

Champion’s Boston Sports Bar & Restaurant Best Sports Bars in Boston
CHAMPION’S BOSTON SPORTS BAR & RESTAURANT

Champion’s Boston Sports Bar & Restaurant
Back Bay
The motto here is “Eat. Drink. Sports.”… which, when it comes to sports bars, is a pretty solid motto. Eat the Champions Sampler Tower — two dozen wings, eight beef & cheddar sliders, fully loaded waffle fries, a stack of onion rings, and various sauces (it really is a tower). Drink 36 craft beers on tap, 30 craft and not-so-craft beers in bottles and cans (clap your hands… PBR 24oz for $6!). And thanks to an ingenious curved panorama of TVs, the views are solid from just about everywhere.

Stadium Sports Bar & Grill Best Sports Bars in Boston
STADIUM SPORTS BAR & GRILL

Stadium Sports Bar & Grill
Faneuil Hall
Boasting “Not a Bad Seat in the House”, Stadium delivers with 20 hi-def TVs including a 90″ flats-creen for the biggest of games. Bring the house down with $2 Coors Light drafts, loaded waffle fries (YES!), and a chili burger (double YES!)… and then kill the clock (and your diet) with a Guinness float. Also keep an eye out for Slider Sundays, which offer three for $3.

Stats Bar & Grille Best Sports Bars in Boston
STATS BAR & GRILLE

Stats Bar & Grille
Southie
With 22 screens, a substantial menu of napkin-demanding comfort food, and your favorite beers on tap, Stats has everything you need for days of continuous baseball indulgence. If you’re a fan of all things Buffalo-sauced (like a true sportsman), there are SEVEN different brain-melting options: Buffalo Tenders, Buffalo Calamari, Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Buffalo Chicken Wings, a Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, and Buffalo Chicken Pizza. (Sorry, no Buffalo Chicken Cheesecake).

Parlor Sports Best Sports Bars in Boston

Parlor Sports
Inman Square
If you like your game time vibe a bit more laid-back yet still sufficiently lively, then this sports micro-haven is the place to be. Don’t let the size fool you, because they have mad skillz: $4 ‘Gansett tall boys, pitchers of high-octane brews (Dale’s Pale Ale, Pretty Things Jack D’Or), and plenty of fancied-up arena-inspired eats (pepperoni rolls, sweet/spicy or BBQ wings, pork belly, and steak ‘n cheese sammies) to keep you relaxed in a close game in the 9th inning.

Original post at… https://www.thrillist.com/drink/boston/fenway-kenmore/the-8-best-sports-bars-in-boston-thrillist-boston

The Master List: Skills to Master For College

The Master List: Skills to Master For College

Your high school guidance counselor, your high school teachers, your parents, older siblings, everyone you talk to before heading off to college has likely given you advice. Some advice is practical, some philosophical, some downright unrealistic. While there is no way to plan for absolutely every scenario you will experience in your four years of college, there are key skills to acquire before starting college which will help you tackle the most common challenges. So listen to what Grandma has to say about learning how to iron, but also be sure to check out this list with these other need-to-knows.

1. How to pitch yourself. The beginning of college is like one long, giant interview. You will constantly be asked to introduce yourself, whether it’s to your Residence Don, professor or roommate. While first impressions can be remedied in the future if need be, it’s always easier to make a good first impression from the get-go. Before college, practice introducing yourself anytime you can. Smile, lift your posture, maintain eye contact and sell your best qualities.

2. How to make wholesome, nutritious food choices. The transition between being fed home cooked meals at home to eating from a residence cafeteria or cooking for yourself in a dorm kitchen is drastic. The temptation to rely on fast food, or junk food snacks, can be high, but you’ll end up feeling sick and sluggish if they become your mainstays. Learn how to make healthier choices at restaurants and in the cafeteria, how to choose healthy snacks and whole foods at the grocery store, and how to make a couple of simple, delicious meals that will leave you feeling good.

3. How to set goals. In high school, assignments and expectations are clearly spelled out for you. Teachers remind you about deadlines, and parents remind you about chores that need to be done. College is different because although there may be the same (or higher) school work expectations, and you should try your best to keep your living space clean, adults won’t be nagging you to keep up. Being successful in college requires an ability to set goals for yourself, be proactive, and keep yourself accountable. Remember that your goals should be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.

4. How to utilize your social support system. Another major difference between high school and college is that while you usually have direct access to your social support system at all times, in college, you’ll be far away. In high school, your friends are in your same classes, and you can come home to your family. This means that anytime you are facing a challenge, whether it be school stress, relationship drama or just feeling blue, you have access to someone who truly cares and will try and help you out. In college, you can develop a new social support system, but it will take time and dedication. Friendship is a two way street, and you’ll only get out as much as you put in. Also, remember that your friends and family are only a phone call or text away. Reach out when you need to, and periodically check in on them, and your relationships will stay stronger than ever.

 

Original Post at … https://www.collegeowlz.com/blog/2016/09/25/the-master-list-skills-to-master-for-college/

Managing Study Time and Party Time

What are the first two things you think of when you think of college? For me, it is classwork and partying. I would think it would be the same for most of you. Only because those are the two things you think about on a daily basis does not mean you should be thinking about them the same amount. Never forget that you are attending college in order to figure out what you want to do in your life and get a degree. It just so happens that most of the partying you will do, will also happen during this time. The most important thing you can do throughout college is making sure you spend enough time hitting the books so that you can go hard on the weekends. Like the Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa once said, “Work Hard, Play Hard.”

Study every day! Even if you do not have any tests during the week, you should study for at least 30 minutes every day. That is a very modest amount, and depending on your major you may need at least an hour a day to study. If you do not know what to study, just read over the notes you took that day. If you use Vonotes, you can access your notes from your phone. You can study on the bus, on the walk to class or even during commercials while you are watching TV. The easier it is you access your notes, the easier it will be to make yourself study. Studying every day will make classwork a lot easier which will help you finish classwork sooner, and in return will give you more time to party. It will also give you piece of mind while you are out and about, not worrying about studying you have to do the next day or even worrying about how you will do on your next test.

Go to class! I am not joking around on this one. Go to freaking class! You are spending money to go to class and you are attending college to learn. Skipping class is like giving your future self the middle finger. How are you going to study if you have no idea what happened in class? Even if your professor sends you notes or powerpoints, you need to attend class. Being in class helps you retain the information because you are in the classroom environment. Whenever I asked someone why they were not in class and they said, “I was just tired and didn’t feel like going,” I just looked at them and thought “Why the hell are you even here?” You will get worse grades if you do not attend, which will cause you to have anxiety and further help dissuade you from attending class. It’s a vicious circle that you do not want to enter. Feel good about yourself and attend class so that you can go out and party with nothing holding you back.

Do not go out before a test day! The last thing you want to do while you are hungover is take a test. Here is a little story that occurred to yours truly while attending college… Three words that made me .01 GPA points away from graduating with honors… Big Brother Night. If you are unfamiliar with Big Brother Night, it is a random night while you are pledging a Fraternity that the Brothers keep secret from the pledges. During this night a Brother is assigned a pledge and that Brother buys a bottle of liquor for the pledge and basically shows him a good time while watching out for said pledge. Well, it turns out that my Big Brother Night was the night before a Microeconomics exam. Long story short, I forgot to set my alarm, woke up while the exam was starting, ran to class, took a 50-minute exam in 20 minutes and received a 52%. Honestly, not too bad for filling in random bubbles for half the test. But that 52% ended up bumping my class grade from a B to a C and thus bumping down my GPA a few points for that semester and in the long run bumping down my final GPA by at least 0.1. I graduated with a 3.39 while honors is a 3.4. Moral of the story, do not drink the night before a test.

Though I cannot guarantee you will graduate with honors if you take my advice, I will say that your college life will be more productive and less stressful if you study every day, go to class, and take tests with a clear head. Partying will not help you get a degree. You are in college to learn and help your future self so that you do not have to work retail or wait on tables your whole life. So again, say it with me, WORK HARD, PLAY HARD!

 

 

Greek Life … Should You Join?

Almost all college students at some point debate in their minds if they should join a Fraternity or Sorority (FoS), or stay independent. Even if you had no doubts about this decision going into college, I guarantee you have thought about it at some point. For many people, this decision is very difficult as this one choice can dictate the rest of your college experience. Not to put too much burden on you, but this choice should not be made on a whim. So based on my experience and the experiences of others, I am going to try and make this decision a little easier on you.

My first advice to you if you are unsure is to wait at least a semester to rush a FoS. If you are an incoming Freshman, the best thing to do is to first get comfortable in your new environment. Take it easy your first semester, meet students on your floor and in your classes. Get situated with the college routine of going to class, doing homework and just living on your own. Pledging a FoS is a 10-credit course. It will take up most of your time and it will be tough to find time to study or do homework. So before you throw yourself into the whirlwind of debauchery and dissolution that is pledging, take it easy and get comfortable in your new environment.

One of the main reasons to join a FoS is because the college you are attending is lacking a little in the nightlife department. Meaning there are not many bars or clubs around, nor house parties to attend. If going out and partying is something you hold near and dear to your heart (like I do myself) and there are not many options, then joining a FoS is probably a good idea. But, on the contrary, maybe you don’t need to join Greek life. In other words, your campus might have enough nightlife activities that there is no point to join Greek life. This is why you should go a semester or two without pledging. Maybe you will realize that you have countless options to choose from on any given night and you don’t need a FoS to have plans for you every weekend.

Here is the big factor in determining your decision… Are you someone who prefers a tight group of really close friends or do you prefer having a large group of friends that are not so tightly knit? I am not saying one is better than the other, it is solely based on personality and preference. I am also not saying that FoS are not tightly knit. I am saying that FoS are knit in their own ways. As someone who has felt the brotherhood of a fraternity and close friendship outside the fraternity, they are two different things and the friendships are created in two different ways. In a FoS you will have different relationships with 50 – 100 people within your FoS. This includes close friends, acquaintances, and even some people you don’t get along with. On the other hand, the friends you make outside of the FoS are chosen by you so the interpersonal connection is usually stronger. So, your decision can be made a bit easier once you determine if you are someone who prefers being in a large group or a small group.

Choosing whether or not you want to join a Fraternity or Sorority is a very difficult decision that almost all college students must make. I will never regret pledging a Fraternity and being a part of something larger and feeling that feeling of brotherhood but I must admit, the friends I made outside of the fraternity are still much more a part of my life. So before you make your choice, sit down, think, and determine if Greek Life is for you. Either way, your decision it is not set in stone, and you can always change your mind. After all, college is the time for experimenting.

5 Tips On How To Escape Your Comfort Zone And Meet New People

Meeting new people isn’t hard. Putting yourself out there and out of your comfort zone is the hard part. Once you start getting comfortable with being out of your comfort zone, that is when your life will change for the better. Meeting new people, doing crazy things and learning is what life is all about. These things mostly arise from stepping out of your comfort zone and welcoming new experiences. So here are some tips to help you escape the prison that is the comfort zone.

1.  Wake up happy with a smile on your face

Every day is a new day, which means it is a day full of new experiences. Waking up early is one of the most difficult things you will have to do not only throughout college but throughout your life. Do your best to wake up happy and the rest of the day will feel much more enjoyable even if it does consist of four lectures and two tests. This is tough to do so my advice is to try to look forward to something in the morning whether it is breakfast, your favorite morning show or going to the gym. For me, I like to play music as soon as I awake, something with good vibes like reggae or alternative rock. My point is that a positive mindset makes all the difference.

 

2.  Be a “Yes” Man / Woman

This is pretty self-explanatory but say, “Yes” as much as possible. Classmates invite you to lunch, say, “YES”. RA plans a floor activity, say “YES”. Roommate invites you to a party, say, “YES”. Once you get in the habit of saying “yes,” saying “yes” will get easier and thus create more positive experiences. Also, once people know that you are down for almost anything, people will be more inclined to invite you on adventures or activities.

 

3.  Join a club

Find a hobby you enjoy doing and sign up for the college club. Whether it is a sport or academic club, join at least two. There are probably around 50 – 100 clubs on campus and there are definitely ones you never even thought existed. Even if you can’t find a club you enjoy, you can create one yourself. Handout and post flyers with your club name and I’m sure you will find a few like-minded people that would love to join. Hell, SUNY Purchase in New York has Cheese Club for cheese enthusiasts. And the University of Minnesota has a People Watching Club.

4.  Talk to fellow classmates

While you are sitting in class waiting for the professor to get there, strike up a conversation with your neighbor. Ask about their week, the class, and what their plans are for the weekend. Slowly but surely you will become classroom buddies. Sometimes classroom buddies can become real good friends and sometimes they stay more so an acquaintance but either way, it is a great feeling walking around campus or going to a bar and seeing a bunch of people you know.

5.  Don’t Judge

You’ve heard it about a thousand times but I am going to say it again, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Never think you know someone just based on their appearance or first impression. Also, don’t knock anything before you try it. These are important rules for leading a more positive life. You never know if someone is currently in a terrible situation which makes it difficult for them to stay happy. In the wise words of Jackie Moon, “Everybody Love Everybody.”

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Things Students Forget To Bring To College

There are tons of packing lists on the Internet that tell you what to bring with you to college. You may pack a hundred different things but when you arrive you will find that there are a few things that you wished you packed. Hopefully this list cures the ever-so-present feeling of forgetting something after a big pack.

1.  A Safe – From a klepto roommate to random party guests, you never know who has bad intentions. If you have money, jewelry or any other valuables I advise you buy a safe to put them in, even if you just use it if you are having guests over. From experience, a buddy of mine had a drunken burglar break into his house in the middle of the night. Luckily, my buddy had a safe so all the guy took was socks, deodorant, and shampoo. Either the worst burglar to ever live or he was just dirty and needed some quick cleaning products.

 

2. Keychain Bottle Opener – The convenience of a keychain bottle opener is not something to scoff at. Like a boy scout, you are always prepared. No matter what type of a bottle you may encounter, consider it opened.

3. Fan – If you are going to school anywhere that can get to over 75 degrees, bring a fan. There is nothing much more uncomfortable than waking up in the middle of the night in a pool of sweat.

 

 

4. Portable Bluetooth Speaker  Bluetooth speakers might be one of my favorite inventions. There’s nothing like coming home from class linking your phone to the speaker and playing your favorite jams as you unwind from a long day. Being able to easily carry it around town is also a plus.

5. Power Outlets / Surge Protector – Smart phone, computer, tablet, TV, speakers, and lamps. What do all of these have in common? They use power outlets to either run or be charged. Avoid countless fights with your roommate over the power outlet. These power strips are cheap and are very useful.

6. Batteries – Bring extra batteries. They run out quickly and you never know when you will need them. You don’t want your Xbox controller dying in the middle of a game of FIFA.

7. Posters – No one likes looking at a blank wall. Spice up the room with posters. The ol’ cliché Bob Marley poster is always a great choice.

8. Air Freshener – At some point you will walk into your dorm, apartment, whatever, and realize it smells like a mixture between a men’s locker room and a wet dog. My point is, when you realize you need an air freshener it is usually too late.

 

 

9. Drying Rack – One of the most forgotten items, the drying rack. For a whole year I dried my towels by hanging them from the back of my desk chair. Then my roommate came along and brought a drying rack. Something so simple yet so beneficial. It was able to hold six wet towels, wow, what a piece of technology.

10. Vonotes –  I added Vonotes as a thing because it is a substitute for a flash drive, which is something that is often forgotten when packing. Instead of carrying around a flash drive and having the risk of it getting lost (happened to me more than once,) Vonotes is an easy and reliable place to save your notes and files and access them from any computer tablet or smart phone. Maybe I’m a little bias but an account on Vonotes is a must have while attending college.

 

 

College Survival Guide – Introduction

This category of the blog will be about how to survive college, hence the title. Think Ned’s Declassified but on the college level. When you leave for college to start your freshman year no one gives you any real advice. What you mostly hear is something along the lines of “Don’t party too much” or “Make sure you go to class.” It’s as though those statements are the only things that need to be said to you before you start college. In reality, there is so much more.

For most, college is the first time young adults will leave the homes they grew up in to start a life with no parental supervision, surrounded by thousands of other people in the same exact position. Most students are thrown on campus for the first day without knowing anyone and without having any idea what they even want to study. In this regard, college gives you the feeling of the unknown. I am here to shed light on the unknown, address problems you may be having and give you advice on how to survive based on my experiences and experiences of others. Spoiler Alert! YOU WILL SURVIVE!

So relax, don’t stress and get ready to have the time of your life.