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Student of the Month: Hannah Kimmer’s Top 5 Tips for Academic Success

CL With the recent passing of IU’s homecoming comes the anticipation of Halloween festivities. As students flutter about campus and chaos ensues, we need not forget our study habits. For our student of the month feature this October, we snagged the inside scoop on what it takes to prepare for this hectic week. Get ready for some fresh tips for exam preparation from our student of the month, Hannah Kimmer. Hannah Before we share Miss. Kimmer’s wisdom, we’d like you to know a few things about her.  Hailing from Anderson, Indiana, Hannah eventually decided to branch out of rural Indiana and study abroad.  During her senior year of high school, Hannah traveled to Izmir, Turkey to conclude her studies.  In regards to secondary education, Hannah’s passion is helping people, which explains why social work is her preferred major.  She’s currently involved with Backline, a judgment-free support system for those in need.  Upon graduation, Hannah plans on attending graduate school for a master’s degree in social work. Tip #1 Participate For some, getting to class on time can get to be a chore.  When you finally settle in your seat, take a sip of that macchiato and get in the game. By showing attentiveness, your professor will start to recognize the effort you’re putting in to participate in class activities.  Doing this puts you in a positive light in your professor’s eyes. Believe it or not, professors enjoy a student who’s genuinely interested in the work they’re doing.  When you need to meet with your professor, he may even know you by name “When you participate in class, the professor knows who you are is aware of the effort you’re putting in,” Kimmer advised. “It’s also a great way to process and clarify the topics in class.” Hannah2 Tip #2 Office Hours Let’s say, in the midst of exam season, you’re having trouble with some of the material.  If this is the case, drop by your professor’s office hours to ask any questions you might have for the exam.  Who knows, your professor might just leak some exclusive insight. “Go to office hours,” Kimmer said. “ The professor has them for a reason. They want you to understand the material.” Tip #3 Organize Notes We’re sure you’ve mastered the art of note-taking, but just jotting down information on a PowerPoint slide won’t cut it.  Some professors won’t hesitate to include the little tidbits that’ve been said in class on their exams.  When you third quarterly exam rolls around, be sure to organize your notes in chronological order.  The series of topics will build upon one another, starting from the beginning could clear up any questions you may have on future subjects. “If the professor sends out his/her PowerPoints, print them off and take notes on them,” Kimmer suggested. “More often than not, more is said in class than what is said on them.” Tip #4 Organize Homework Even though those pesky assignments tend to pile up, we need not forget their importance.  After taking notes, your homework can act as an application of the attained knowledge from that material.  Saving that homework for reference can be a great way to study.  Your professor may even include questions straight from the assigned homework; easy points. “Sometimes assignments seem unnecessary, but most likely, if the professor is assigning it, it is important,” Kimmer said. “Also, if you do not do so hot on the midterm, those smaller assignments can help.” Tip #5 Flashcards This may be a study tactic you’ve used in third grade, but it’s nevertheless effective, even in higher education.  Flashcards are the perfect on-the-go method to brush up on your terminology. “Have a five minute break during work?  Bring out those flashcards.  Drinking coffee while waiting for your next class? Whip out those flashcards,” Kimmer said. “It is the best study material for students who don’t have two hours straight to devote to studying.” We hope you take Hannah’s advice for your exam preparation.  Keep in mind there is light at the end of the test tunnel for the classy co-ed, with the right amount of studying you’ll be passing with flying colors.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

 

Advisor of the Month: Dr. Meryl Krieger’s Advice for Keeping a Clean Academic Record

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You’re enrolled in 18 credit hours, involved in two student organizations and play an intramural sport. You barely have time to even go grocery shopping; aka you’re the average college student. Whatever it is, your grades might not be looking too hot right now. Classy co-eds need not to worry; there’s still the second half of the semester to recover and, with a little hard work you can get back on track to keep your academic record clean.

Dr. Meryl Krieger, an Indiana University advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences, has some great tips for Hoosiers to stay academically focused.

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The first thing to do is to talk to your professor, before or after class and during office hours, about what you can do. Keep in mind all IU students have four types of GPA: overall/University, school (Ex: College of Arts and Sciences or Kelley School of Business), program/major and semester GPA. The most important are the overall and your major GPA, so don’t let one class that lowered your semester GPA make you think your life is over.

If you can’t recover from a bad midterm grade, one option is to drop the class with a W. Ws are withdrawals that you get if you drop a class during the semester once the drop/add period is over. Ws sound scary, but they’re not necessarily a bad thing.

“If there’s a class you’re really not doing well in, sometimes it can be a better idea to just take the W and move on and be able to focus on the rest of your classes,” Dr. Krieger said. Before doing this, however, she recommended, “A student goes and talks to their professor before they make the decision about dropping the class. And then go to their advisor about it, too.”

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Many smart students worry about how a W will look on their transcript to a future employer, which Dr. Krieger believes is something to consider.

“If there’s only one or two, I wouldn’t worry about it,” Dr. Krieger said. “It’s a pattern that employers worry about – graduate programs worry about. When I see a student who does withdraw from one class every semester, I worry about their time management skills, and I worry that they’re ambitious in a way that does not demonstrate good planning. That’s something that employers can see as well.”

Stay savvy and know your deadlines. The automatic-W deadline, or the last day you can officially drop a class, is October 26th.

“Honoring that auto-W deadline is really important,” Dr. Kieger said.  After October 26th, “the only way to drop a class is with the Dean’s permission, and you have to be really ill or have something tragic happen. It’s really serious.”

Even with a few Ws under your belt, it’s still possible to stay on a four-year track at IU. It’s all about planning ahead and thinking about your post-grad career because isn’t that what we’re all here for?

“Make sure you read course descriptions,” Dr. Krieger advised. “Ask questions about faculty; find out about their teaching style; talk to your advisor. What you want to do as best you can is plan ahead for not just what’s going to get you through the semester and finish your program, but how you are planning on using your classes. What is it going to help you do when you walk out the door? What skills are you developing that you can take out into the world?”

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Melanie Metzman is majoring in journalism as well as communication and culture at Indiana University. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Cream & Crimson Careers: Top 5 Tips for Office Hours

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We’ve all had those classes that bring out the best and worst of us, Hoosiers. When a class is challenging for us (finite math, anyone?), we sort of hit a wall with study groups, AIs and tutors. Going to the professor directly during office hours is often the last resort for a lot of us. Why? Some may say office hours are a bit intimidating or they can never fit a visit their into schedule. We, here at College Lifestyles Campus Satellite at IU, want to help put an end to your office hour block and get you talking to your professors. Also, we hope to get you started in getting you closer to figuring out those pesky problems.  Here are a few tips to get you started:

Tip #1: Go Before Every Exam
No matter how many times your classmates explain the material to you or how much you think you have covered on your own, go  see your professor anyway. You can never be too safe when it comes to information for your exams. Often times, when you talk to a professor directly, they give you a bit more detail on what exactly will be tested on, so you narrow your studying down a little more than if you just study what was said in class. Going through your study guide obstacles with your professor will help keep your knowledge sharp for any upcoming exams.

Tip #2: Go with a Classmate
Some people say that office hours are intimidating. Meeting a professor face-to-face may seem like a big step since you have to be the one to introduce yourself, especially in big lecture classes. You may need a little push when it comes to attending office hours your first time. If you have a study group or friend in class, take them with you. That way, you can both benefit from office hours and help one another out when studying later.

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Tip #3: Come Prepared
Professors do not like when you show up to office hours wondering about problems you’ve never looked it. If you have not looked at the homework or study guide and attempted to work at it, you aren’t learning. Not to mention, you may be wasting your time because if you tried the problems on your own first, you might not need as much assistance as you thought. Try the problems out before you go, that way your professor can take your work ethic into account during grading, and you know exactly what you want to ask and what answers you would like to have. Present yourself as the intelligent student you are.

Tip #4: Stay the As Long As Necessary
You can never receive too much information. We, Hoosiers, are question-askers; there is no such thing as asking too many questions. Each question leads to a new finding and, hopefully, another question. If you don’t have anything to do after you visit your professor, then stay. This way, you build a relationship with your professor, get a feel for the class and get inside information all in one sitting.

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Tip #5: Be Timely
A lot of times, students try to catch their professor at the last minute of their office hours. This leaves little time for your questions and also puts you at risk of not receiving the best explanations. Your professor may have obligations and can’t answer all your questions in a timely manner. Additionally, they may not appreciate your tardiness because, after all, they have been in class all day, too. Most of the time your professors will help you, but there are quite a few that will ask you to come back when there is more time. Stay poised in these type of situations dealing with time management.

Now that you have a few tips to get you started, head over to office hours and have a chat with your professors. Both you of you will benefit greatly from the contact. You never know, that professor may become a great source for you in the academic career or post-graduation plans.

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Image Courtesy of Kennedy Coopwood
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Kennedy Coopwood is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow her @_Coopwood. To keep up with more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Buskirk-Chumley Theater Presents: Iron & Wine

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Bloomington will welcome a slightly scruffy, fairly folksy man named Sam on an upcoming almost-autumn evening. In celebration of his recently released record, “Ghost on Ghost,” Sam Beam of Iron & Wine will take stage at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16. You can visit the BCT box office for your ticket or religiously regulate IU classifieds and social media for admission resale.

Due to its underground genre, you may not recall Iron & Wine by name. Instead, you’d most likely subliminally and automatically recall the lovely lyrics of “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” the second it were to begin. Title got you stuck? It’s that tune from the “Twilight” soundtrack we all loved – maybe more than the movie. Not a “Twilight” fan? Try the cover that made Beam as big as he is today – “Such Great Heights.” Remember, now? Ok, good.

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Iron & Wine has undergone some seriously significant shifts in sound. In 2002, Iron & Wine was welcomed into the music industry with open arms and ears. The debut album, “The Creek Drank the Cradle,” was a collection of moderately mellow melodies complete with acoustic accompaniment and tambourine tunes. A few alterations and albums later and, in 2011, Iron & Wine marked a musical milestone with an electrically enhanced album “Kiss Each Other Clean.” So, what should Hoosiers expect from Beam’s upcoming performance? Well, “Ghost on Ghost” is really the best of Beam with a choral compilation of old and new. Iron & Wine now has an acoustic atmosphere with electric embellishments and a fresh, jazzy influence.

Now that we’ve convinced you to add Iron & Wine to your Spotify playlists, College Lifestyle’s Campus Satellite at Indiana University wants to sell you on the man behind the beats – Sam Beam. Beam began as a film and cinematography professor at the University of Miami and the Miami International University of Art & Design. Choosing a general store as a setting for his new film, Beam came across a dietary supplement with a somewhat peculiar name of “Beef Iron & Wine.” So, it stuck. Though film was in the forefront for some time, Beam had been writing music for seven-something years before the six degrees of separation rebranded Beam as Iron & Wine and a Sub Pop Records contract was sealed with a set of 11 songs plus a much-celebrated cover, “Such Great Heights.”

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Whether you’re a fan of his ever-evolving tracks or his small, southern town character, Hoosier co-eds are bound to become Beam’s ultimate fan club. After all, when do we welcome talented souls to our Hoosier home without an adequate applause and extra enthusiasm? Exactly. Stop reading already and start listening, so you can snap and sing along with Iron & Wine on the 16th.

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Kelsey Roadruck is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow her @kroadruck. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Healthy Hoosiers: 4 Reasons to Join a Sport

From the personal photo collection of Sierra Vandervort

From the personal photo collection of Sierra Vandervort

It’s a new year filled with new friends and new opportunities for classy co-eds at IU. As a freshman, arriving on campus can be overwhelming and intimidating. It’s easy to lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of college life; however, it’s important to get involved and find out what will make your time at IU as amazing as it can be. Whether it’s club, varsity or intramural, joining a sport is a great way to make friends, have fun and stay in shape. What’s not to love?  Even if you feel like sports are not your forte, it’s worthwhile to try something new. You never know, you may fall in love with it and what better time to explore than in college? If you’re still not convinced, check out our list of the top four reasons you should try a sport.

1. Friendships
They say that college is where you’ll meet your best friends, your maid of honor or your children’s godparents. If you want to expand your circle of friends and create lifelong friendships, trying a team sport is one of the best ways to do it. Between practices, traveling for games and hanging out with each other in your spare time, your teammates will become your family away from home. They’ll have your back no matter what and they’ll stay by your side between thick and thin. College can get stressful, so having that network of people to help you will be a lifesaver.

From the personal photo collection of Sierra Vandervort

From the personal photo collection of Sierra Vandervort

2. Traveling
Depending on what sport you play, you could get the chance to travel across the country with your teammates for games. This is a great way to satisfy your wanderlust by exploring what’s outside of Bloomington. Plus, a bunch of college kids hanging out together in a hotel room? Sounds like fun to us.

3. Fitness
It’s no secret that we need to keep healthy to be happy. Sports are just a more fun way to do it. You’ll be much more motivated to exercise if it means you get to go to practice with 30 of your best friends. Sports are also great ways to hold yourself accountable. You’ll be more likely to keep in shape if you have a coach and teammates there to support you.

From the personal photo collection of Sierra Vandervort

From the personal photo collection of Sierra Vandervort

4. Exploration
If you’ve never played a sport before, don’t let that hold you back from trying something new. Club sports won’t discriminate or cut you if you’ve never played. Most likely, they’ll be excited you decided to play and they’ll be more than happy to teach you. You will have learned a completely new skill and you had fun doing it. Worried IU doesn’t have the sport for you? No worries. IU offers dozens of clubs and teams for you to choose from. Are you a runner? There’s a club for that. Want to try Quidditch? There’s one for that too. Try a couple until you find the one that clicks for you and don’t leave anything out. You never know what will surprise you.

If you’re itching for something new during your college years, or if you’re looking for a fun way to get fit and make friends check out the IU RecSports website for a list of sporting teams looking for fall players.

From the personal photo collection of Sierra Vandervort

From the personal photo collection of Sierra Vandervort

Sierra Vandervort is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow her @the_whimsical. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Bloomington & Back: Top 5 Indiana Road Trips

Internships and summer jobs barely leave any time for relaxation, let alone a vacation. Southern Indiana has countless weekend destinations that are full of fun and relaxation yet budget friendly. Time to pack your over-night bags and hit the road for College Lifestyles Campus Satellite IU’s top five road-trip destinations.

Brown County State Park

Are you a nature nut? Do you enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, mountain biking or horseback riding? Brown County State Park has always been a Hoosier favorite outdoors get-a-way. Brown County is located in Nashville Indiana and is only 30 minutes east of Bloomington. It is the largest state park in Indiana covering over 15,000 acres of forested area that is visited year-round. Brown County’s hiking trails are its main attraction with eight different trails varying in length and difficulty. The trails give you an opportunity to see wildlife including white-tailed deer and pileated woodpeckers while providing rare, picturesque sites. Brown County offers many trails designated for mountain biking and horseback riding. Don’t have a horse? No problem! There is a horse barn available for group bridle trail tours and pony rides. Designated fishing lakes that cover over 20 acres are full of bass and bluegill, but a state fishing license is required and can be issued at the park office. Staying overnight? Camping sites are available for rent equipped with modern facilities, or an on-site inn for those who prefer an air-conditioning environment free from creepy-crawlers. Nashville Indiana is also home to many local shops and restaurants for all ages. Sweet treat shops like the Carmel Corn Cottage or the Big Wood Pizza Co. will keep your taste buds satisfied. Whether you are spending a day or a weekend, Brown County will take you from the enduring wilderness to the mid-western way of life all in one experience.

Lake Monroe

Want the beachfront atmosphere in Indiana? Lake Monroe spans over 10,000 acres of water and beachfront making it the largest reservoir in Indiana. Located 10 miles south of Bloomington, this Indiana favorite is packed with water and beach activities for a day of fun in the sun. Lake Monroe Boat Rental, Inc. provides visitors with a complete on-the-water experience. Rentals span from kayaks and canoes to double-decker pontoon boats with slides. Water sport accessories are also available for daily or hourly rent. Lake Monroe offers many beach areas for sunbathing, sand castle building and swimming. Many resorts are located along Lake Monroe’s coastline including the Fourwinds Resort and Marina. If you are looking to spend a little extra cash, this resort offers private beach access, an indoor/outdoor heated pool and boat rentals with four-star accommodations. Grab your cooler and some sun block for a fabulous beach destination in the Midwest.

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Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Ready for some screams on Time magazine’s number one wooden roller coaster in the nation? The Voyage is Holiday World’s star attraction of the steepest drops of any wooden roller coaster along with 24.3 seconds of zero-G. Located in Santa Claus Indiana, Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari is a joint amusement and water park that is only two hours south of Bloomington. Holding the titles of the two longest water coasters, Splashin’ Safari packs excitement along with family-friendly fun. According to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari, “one ticket price gets you: Admission to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari plus free unlimited soft drinks, free sunscreen, free parking, free inner tubes and free Wi-Fi.” The town that is always Christmas provides a unique and enjoyable experience that won’t break the bank.

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Edinburgh Premium Outlet Mall

Need a girlfriend day trip? Edinburgh Premium Outlet Mall features over 80 name-brand stores from designer fashions to home furnishings. Located an hour east of Bloomington, Edinburgh Indiana is also home to the Exit 76 Antique Mall. Name-brand designer stores include Banana Republic, Guess, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, White House Black Market, Sperry Top-Sider and Coach are 20-to-50 percent-off full-retail price. Each store also has special sales and deals each week. Edinburgh Premium Outlet Mall has an upcoming event, The Back-To-School and Fall Preview Sale, from July 31 – August 4 that adds an extra 25-to-65 percent discount on top of the already low prices. Be it a couple hours or a whole day, take your friends on a financially smart and fashionably chic shopping trip that will stretch your dollar to its fullest potential.

 

Marengo Cave

Have a sense of adventure? Want to incorporate discovery and fitness? Southern Indiana is home to the Hoosier-famous Marengo Cave. Only 70 miles south of Bloomington is the U.S. National Natural Landmark open since 1883. Crystal Palace and Dripstone Trail are the two different walking tours offered at Marengo Cave. The Crystal Palace tour is 40 minutes of unique cave formations and cavern sites that wind into the depths of the cave. The Dripstone Trail is a little longer at around 60 minutes, yet it is able to pack years of history and immense cave formations into one tour. On this tour, you follow the route of an underground stream and discover the “penny ceiling”. This is where you can add your part to a little slice of history. Marengo Cave also offers canoeing and kayaking on the Blue River. You will come face-to-face with river wildlife as you paddle down a 33-mile natural river. The river is split up into three separate trips that vary in length, so you can choose the right one for you. Marengo Cave is an once-in-a-lifetime experience full of adventure while surrounded by nature.

Whether you’re looking for a whirl wind thrill or a scenic adventure, Indiana is unmistakably more than merely a fly over state. Save a buck and enhance your Hoosier credibility by taking a day off or a weekend trip to one of these Southern Indiana attractions.

f1 Morgan Holian is a journalism major at Indiana University – Bloomington. You can follow her @mcholian. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow CollegeLifestyles™ on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

Top 5 Things Hoosiers Can’t Sacrifice to the East Coast

Graphic created by Sierra Vandervort

Graphic created by Sierra Vandervort

With spanning skylines and shining lights, it can be easy to fall in love with New York City, but it’s also easy to miss our tried and true home of Bloomington. NYC may have an Empire State of mind, but that’s nothing compared to some good ol’ Hoosier hysteria. Those with a lust for the big city can be assured the Big Apple does nothing short of live up to expectations, but it’s easy for a classy Hoosier to get homesick in a place that’s so different from what we’re used to. After spending some time in Manhattan, CLCS IU realized there are some things you can’t get anywhere else but Indiana.

1. Mother Nature
We know this seems weird, but you’d be surprised how quick it is to miss a little vegetation in your daily life. The sight of grey concrete can get old after awhile, especially considering the gorgeous, natural views throughout Bloomington, Of course the buildings and the city are beautiful in their own modern way, but if you’ve been raised around cornfields and plains like we have, then it can take some getting used to.

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2. Midwest Vernacular
We’ll admit our region of the United States isn’t the most prominent, but it’s still hard to believe that some people don’t know and understand the things that seem like staples to us in the Midwest. Once you get past Pennsylvania no one has any idea what euchre, Cornhole or lemon shakeups are. Seriously, they don’t even play Padiddle here.

3. Hoosier Hospitality
If we have one warning before coming to the big city, it’s to develop a thick skin. People don’t go out of their way to be nice, and even if you’re in a subway car with 75 other people you can still feel totally alone. This is very different from the atmosphere we’re used to on campus where everyone is united by a unanimous love for our school. It’s kind of depressing to yell “Hoo Hoo Hoo!” and be answered with … nothing. In fact, people would think you were very strange.

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4. Cleanliness
If we don’t ever have to see another rat in the subway station or a bag of garbage on the side of the road…we’d be alright with that. Even though Bloomington is a college town, it’s still far cleaner than anything south of Fifth Avenue in the city. The grossest part is that we’ve actually gotten used to it after awhile. Bleck.

5. Having Any Money – At All
It’s no secret New York is one of the most expensive cities there is. If the plethora of shops on Fifth Avenue and in SoHo don’t take all of your money, then transportation will. Or better yet, Seamless will. For those still living in the dark ages, Seamless is the greatest thing to exist, ever. You can order online from thousands of restaurants and have it delivered right to your door. It’s like BTownMenus on steroids. It costs a lot to live that big.

All in all, the city is fabulous; it’s something everyone should experience in their lives at least once. But no matter how much we love it, it will never take the place in our heart of our Hoosier home – Bloomington.

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Sierra Vandervort is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow her @the_whimsical. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.

The France Report: Budgeting Abroad

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Now that you are all packed up and ready to fly over the Atlantic Ocean, your departure date is just around the corner. Soon, you’ll be finding yourself sipping a hot cup of café au lait in a lovely café in the heart of France.  While you can’t wait to get your hands on your first macaron pistache, it’s time to think about budgeting while abroad.

Even though you’ve become a pro at managing your money at school, figuring out finances while abroad can be a little bit tricky.  No worries, Hoosiers.  CLSC IU has got you world travelers covered for managing your finances and making each euro count.

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Set a Weekly Budget
Before you begin your travels, it’d be a good idea to get some euros beforehand.  How much money you get will depend on how long you are going to be overseas.  During the plane ride and in between flights, you’ll definitely have some time to kill.  Use this time to plan out how much you think you’ll be spending on various entities such as food and shopping.

It’s also a good idea to keep track of your spending so you know where your money is going at the end of each week.  That way, you can see exactly where you might need to cut down your spending.

Cash or Credit?
It’s important to always have some cash on hand, but you may also want to have a second option when it comes to spending.  If you plan on bringing a credit or debit card with you, make sure to let your bank know that you are traveling.  Keep in mind the exchange rates too.  £20.00 is equal to $27.30, so be weary about how much that fabulous silk scarf really costs.

La Nourriture
While you’ll definitely want to do some experimenting with the famous French cuisine, it’s still good to be practical with how much you want to spend on food.  Realistically, it isn’t possible to have the time or the money to eat out at a café or restaurant for every meal.  Grab a few friends and find a local grocery store nearby and do some shopping for basic necessities.  

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If you have access to a kitchen while abroad, then that will definitely widen your range for what kinds of foods you will be able to buy.  Cereal, milk, pasta and granola bars should be at the top of your list.

CL Tip: Most grocery stores in France charge money for plastic shopping bags.  Bring your own backpack or shopping bag to avoid having to pay these fees unnecessarily.

Travel Smart
Learn your way around and know the bus/metro system.  Taking a taxi everywhere you want to go is impractical and not necessary, especially when it comes to cutting costs.  Bus passes are pretty inexpensive and easy to figure out once you get the hang of it.  Also, us Hoosiers are definitely used to walking around the IU campus quite often.  Adjusting to some on-foot adventures should be no problem.

Sharing is Caring
When you do go grocery shopping, a good way to save some money is to split the cost of things with your fellow travelers.  You alone don’t need an entire bottle of laundry detergent for one trip.  You can also share things like pots and pans for cooking and utensils as well.

If you feel like buying a bottle of wine, split the cost of that with a couple friends, too.  When you do go out to eat, splitting a meal or a couple appetizers with a group is also a good way to save some money.  And, you’ll get to try a few different types of cuisines along the way.

Don’t be shy to stop by the Office of Overseas, too. The advisors will have lots of information and plenty more advice about budgeting smart abroad.  Traveling overseas can be stressful, but it also can be the time of your life. As long as you stay savvy and don’t get too carried away with splurging, you’re sure to have a blast.

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Natalie Rowthorn is a journalism major at Indiana University.  You can follow her at @nrowthornIU.  To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @clcs_iu.

Cream & Crimson Careers: Balancing an Internship & a Job

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Summer, a breath of fresh freedom filled with swimming pools, trips to the lake and little drinks with umbrellas in them, for some that is.  For others, the heat and brief mirage of relaxation is soon drowned out with looming internships and full-time jobs.  In some cases, the co-ed’s workload and productive activities may double during your supposed summer “break”, so it’s best to have your agenda organized prior to these dog days.  Trying to balance a demanding internship with a full-time job can be difficult for any Hoosier, but we need those bills paid and a beefy resume.  College Lifestyles Campus Satellite IU has a few fabulous tips and tricks to keep your professional obligations on track to a productive summer.

Managing Your Time
A college level internship can include various tasks each week with strict deadlines.  On the other hand, your full-time job shares equal demand, as in the hours you grind away each day.  Thankfully, most forms of employment have structure like your work schedule.  Think of your internship duties in the same light, in order to avoid complexities like missing deadlines, confusing materials with one another or even the stress that follows a last minute project try to draft a schedule that makes it all possible.  First, just like your work schedule, map out what upcoming activities you have a week prior to their deadlines.  It’s good to make this “mapping period” the same day in the coming weeks; consider it  the base of your efficiency structure.  Once you’ve gathered all the work that needs to be done in the coming week, fit it into specific slots of your calendar.  This agenda will prepare you for the work week and gives you an idea on how much time you need to devote to certain projects.  This may be bothersome at first, but give it about three weeks and you should develop a routine to work as efficiently as possible. Check out Bloomington businesses like Greetings or T.I.S for some cute calendars and sophisticated planners.

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Organizing Your Work Space
Is that desk of yours flooded with papers, schoolwork and other clutter?  How about your computer desktop?  The countless folders on your screen could have you searching for hours upon hours for that certain file.  As small of a problem as it may seem, we lose valuable time sifting through our hodgepodge of a work space and when you have both a full-time job and a time consuming internship, every minute counts.  How do we solve this problem? By cataloging and organizing, of course.  The physical papers and clutter should be cleaned away.  It may be a good idea to get a desk with some drawers so you can get a file cabinet started or to purchase some desktop storage shelves from Target or the IU Bookstore.  The digital stuff is a little easier to organize.  It’s much easier to have files with sub-folders than to have hundreds of documents and PDFs scattered across your desktop.

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Remembering “Me” Time
A 40-hour work week along with internship activities can really zap the energy out of you.  It’s important that your mind and body stay fresh, so with all that work should come a little play.  Free time is just as important to keeping a healthy work ethic as either of the previous steps in scheduling and organizing.  It can improve your morale so you tackle the next work day with confidence and awareness.  Grab that book you need to finish or binge-watch your favorite Netflix show for a few hours before bed. Roaming, a now empty, campus and adding to your Hoosier-fied Instagram feed is also a relaxing thought. Sometimes you need to stop and smell the roses to keep that productive mentality in check.

Everyone has their own little way of keeping a tight schedule with an overwhelming summer workload. CLCS IU hopes this article is helpful in developing a productive routine this summer.  Time management skills lead to efficiency and in some cases you can even fit in a little free time into your weekly schedule.  CLCS IU wishes you a fun and productive summer.

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Drew Eldred is a journalism major at Indiana University. You can follow him @D1_Eldred. To stay tuned to more articles for classy co-eds be sure to follow College Lifestyles™ Campus Satellite at Indiana University on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter @CLCS_IU.