Keeping University Costs Minimal

It’s a new semester for university students and that means hard earned money will soon be disappearing from our bank accounts in the pursuit of the most valuable piece of paper most people will ever own. But there are ways to lessen the financial burden that comes with a new semester.

1. Get Your Textbooks and Supplies Used Whenever Possible.

Getting textbooks used has saved many university students hundreds of dollars over the course of their degrees. Some school stores offer discounted used textbooks but you can often find cheaper textbooks on Ebay, Amazon, and other popular online selling sites. However, the most convenient and cheapest way to get books used is a site called Books2go. This site is free does not require you to sign up to buy textbooks. You can search for textbooks from your specific school and arrange meetings on-campus to buy the books from other students from your school. Books2go has also recently added the option to buy and sell other school supplies like graphing calculators, lab coats, art class supplies, and various other things.

2. Sell Whatever You Are Not Using Anymore.

Selling your textbooks after buying them used and in good condition, can allow you to almost break even. You can then use that money to buy your books for the next semester. All the sites listed in number one can also be used to sell your books. Be aware that Books2go does require you to make an account before you can sell any textbooks or supplies. It is still free and it doesn’t require much personal information disclosure.

3. Carpooling, Bus Passes, and Parking

Getting to school can be expensive when you don’t live on campus. Carpooling with friends or students who live nearby can save on gas money and parking fees. (Note: If you are carpooling with a stranger suggest meeting on campus or another public area first. You can discuss how you will split costs there and it will allow you to make sure it will be safe to commute with them).

Bus passes are cheaper than paying the bus fee every time and some universities have discounted transit passes available for students.

Many schools have pay parking on campus. You can save money by getting a parking pass that pays for multiple weeks of parking at once or by finding legal places to park off campus for free.

4. Bring Your Meals and Snacks From Home.

Cafeteria food is expensive and it often isn’t worth the price. You can eat cheaper, tastier, and possibly healthier by bringing your own food from home. Also, bring snacks and drinks to avoid over priced vending machines that will probably eat your money at least once during your school career.

5. Opt Out of Any Services Included in Your Fees That You Do Not Use.

School fees go beyond tuition and books. These fees allow you access to different services. However, if you own a car and never take the bus the bus pass included in some school fees is completely pointless. Also, if you already have a health and dental plan you can opt out of the school’s plan if you provide proof that you have a health plan. Take the time to research what fees you might be able to opt out of.

 

Overall, there are many ways to save money this semester. Though I regret to inform you that, short of getting a scholarship or government grant, I have yet to find a way to opt out of tuition fees…

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Geek Out: Erased (Anime)

This is my first Geek out. This Category of blog posts is a place where I take anything I am extremely excited about and I write about it. It could be a movie, tv show, something cool I learned, an event I went to, pretty much anything that I can write about enthusiastically. This segment will probably include a lot of anime, books, and movies but I hope you will enjoy reading about it just as much as I enjoyed experiencing everything that makes me Geek out.

“Erased” is an absolutely amazing anime. This seinen/mystery/etc. anime takes twelve episodes and weaves an absolutely beautiful mystery surrounding a young man named Fujinuma, Satoru and his desperate attempt to stop a serial killer from his past who seems to target young girls.

Satoru has an ability which forces him back in time to prevent bad things from happening. He can’t control when it happens but when he is sent back he begins to instinctively search for what is about to go wrong so that he can prevent it. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away but basically due to something that happens in present day, he is reminded of the serial killings that happened in his hometown and he is sent back in time to when he was ten in order to stop the killer and save everyone.

The anime has great art, interesting characters, and a plot that got me so excited I was almost ready to jump out of my chair and yell at my screen during a few of the episodes. So, if you’re in the mood for an anime with a bit more substance but that isn’t just one toturous blood bath after another “Erased” is for you.

https://myanimelist.net/anime/31043/Boku_dake_ga_Inai_Machibe0e54de5b861241944e3ba7a5d4fe1a1452549292_fwide

Note: The subject is probably not the best for children but we don’t see much blood or the actual murders (think Detective Conan as a decent comparison). However, there is some child abuse so anyone who is sensitive to such things may not want to watch this. Parental Guidance and Viewer discretion is advised.

Why are Things Funny?

What is and isn’t funny changes from person to person. Everyone’s individual experiences and cultures are completely different and what everyone thinks is funny differs due to that. However, there are several tricks and topics that are almost universally bound to get a giggle if they are presented right.

My favourite trick for comedy is the rule of three. When I was in Drama productions this technique was used a minimum of once a play. What it is is when the same thing happens three times in the play but the third time is slightly different from the previous times. For example, a character (I will call him Bob) is nervous to enter the room where his angry girlfriend is furiously going over her inner monologue out loud. Every time he timidly begins to enter the room she shouts in frustration that if she were to see him she would punch his face in or something equally as undesirable. Then when he retreats she remembers something good about him and he begins to enter the room with new hope only for it to be dashed again. The third time he pokes his head in she keeps saying good things about him so he comes all the way into the room. Meanwhile out of frustration and confusion, his girlfriend grabs something and hurls straight into Bob before realizing he is there… It is difficult to grasp without seeing it but next time you go to a play or see a movie, keep track events that seem to be repeating with slight variations they usually are funniest the third time the event happens.

Universal topics for Comedy need to be relatable to most people. This is why romance is such a popular genre throughout the world, it is relatable. Romance and other genres are not completely free from cultural differences. Dating and marriage practices are very culturally specific. However, domestic affairs, love triangles, and many other situations from the genre appear in comedies all over the world, Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Kalidasa’s Malavika and Agnimitra, Plautus’ Casina, multiple Japanese anime and American cartoons. They all have examples of romance and the problems it can cause being used as comedic devices. Aside from romance, most people have experience with work and school. Also, physical comedy is funny for all ages but the type of physical humour that is funny could be different depending on the country and culture.

Lastly Irony is an absolute staple for any joke or comedic scene. For some strange reason it is funny when the exact opposite of what we believe is going to happen happens. Shakespeare loved to use Irony in his plays and writers still use this device in modern works. It hasn’t stopped being used after all these years because it works. Irony brings surprise and almost a sense of novelty to a story. It can refresh a stale plot and facilitates laughter which releases dopamine that will make the story seem more enjoyable. Overall, Irony is a powerful tool that, when used correctly, can vastly improve any comedy.

Looking Back at the Creation of This Blog.

This blog was created while I was still in high school. When I first wrote here I couldn’t  have cared less about views and likes on what I posted. I just wanted to see what it was like to write somewhere that anything I wrote could be seen by anyone. I even made up a pen name just for the fun of it. But eventually, I felt like if I was going to post something it had to be profound in some way.

Reading through my few older posts I found some horrible poetry that my brain must have mercifully erased from my memory. I was obviously trying too hard. I tried to make even the simplest things profound in some deep, inspiring way. It didn’t turn out well. At the time I had just taken an interest in writing poetry because my friends, who are much better writers than I am, were into it.

Recently, I rediscovered this blog and have started writing again. I mostly write when I should be studying or writing an essay. I promise my poetry has improved since high school, but I doubt I will be posting any more of that anytime soon. What I write and how I write it will probably change depending on where my whims take me that day. I don’t expect anything I write will be read but if it is then I hope what I write interests you and makes your day a little bit better.

Pre-Midterm Stress Week

Almost any university student knows that the week or two before midterms begin can be incredibly stressful. Every professor decides to make a major project due in that week when you SHOULD be studying for your midterms. Some students have work or families as well which limits the amount of time they can spend slaving away over the perfect thesis for their paper. This pattern of piling on heaps of assignments right before midterms though flawed, probably isn’t going away anytime soon. These are some of the things that help me deal with the stress and the workload.

  1. List out exactly what you need to get done.                                                                        This is important because often when we think of everything that needs to be done it can become overwhelming and it is hard to decide where to start. List out all the assignments that need to be done, what needs to be done to complete them (e.g. minimum work requirements, specified number or sources you must find and include, etc.), and when they are due. You may be surprised by how much easier it is to quickly decide where to start when all the information is laid out in front of you.
  2. Start with something small or something that interests you.                                                Working on a long paper on a subject that you couldn’t care less about is not incredibly enticing to think about. Avoid extended periods of procrastination by “warming up” with an assignment that is short and easy to complete or one that is on a subject of interest to you. Once you feel like you have gotten something done, you will feel less overwhelmed and will have an easier time tackling longer and less interesting tasks.
  3. If you must, plan for procrastination.                                                                                         If you are anything like me, procrastination is an ever present enemy in your quest to obliterate that pile of homework sitting on the desk. If you can’t beat the urge to put off your homework then plan for it and make it work for you. set aside an hour in which you are allowed to procrastinate guilt-free. Try to do some work during it but if you end up scrolling through social media, watching a tv show ,or I don’t know … writing a blog post about all the homework students have this time of year, don’t worry about it just put a limit on it and when that time is over get back to work. Another method to plan for procrastination is to avoid doing one assignment by working on another assignment. This works best if there is ample time to complete the original assignment before its due date.
  4. Be smart with breaks.                                                                                                                                Breaks when studying are important but they are also opportunities to begin the procrastination process all over again. I suggest taking a ten minute break every hour, and using that time to stand up, stretch, take a walk, and maybe make a light snack with natural sugars (like an apple). Keep in mind simple snacks like apples can be eaten while you work if you prepare them during your break.

Hopefully these tips will make pre-midterm stress week a bit more bearable.

Roll Up the Rim to…. lose…

5 years and I have won once….

but it is actually pretty addicting.

well played Tim Hortons…. well played…

the chances don’t really increase very much with larger sizes according to these guys

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/25/roll-up-the-rim-2013-odds-large-cup-size_n_2932413.html

that is all………….

ps. while typing this my friend who is sitting beside me won a doughnut… there goes my post!

There are times i wish to make faster

others I want to last forever

A few pauses to finish tasks so boring

so I can have fun before rain starts pouring.

For when all is said and done

when you think you’d like to leave.

When it’s too late to go back to fun

You will wish you hadn’t sped so fast those days.

 

this isn’t a perfect poem but I feel it begins to grasp the feelings you get when something,like school, is ending forever. You can’t wait to get out of there for so long and then the time approaches and you wish you had just a little bit longer…