We all know the importance of staying in shape, but sometimes keeping up with your workout schedule can be difficult when classes are in full swing. What’s a busy college student to do when hitting the gym isn’t an option? Read on for dorm friendly workouts to keep you ahead of the game.
Burpees are the Monday of exercises: everyone hates them. Literally everyone. But this doesn’t negate the fact that they are extremely effective as well as convenient because they can be done in a very small space such as a dorm room. Try different variations to suit your fitness level. Add a pushup in the middle of the burpee and a jump at the end!
According to webmd.com, the push-up is considered by many fitness experts to be the “perfect exercise” because many muscles between your shoulders to your toes are engaged. Since the push-up is a resistance exercise, you are also building bone strength as well as muscle strength.
3. Squats and Lunges
Squats and lunges are arguably the only two exercises you need to build lower body strength. As long as you’ve got the proper form, these two exercises will become your best friend.
4. Jumping Rope and Jumping Jacks
Running is fantastic but when you don’t have the space, a more convenient cardio session can be completed with jumping rope. If you don’t have enough space for jumping rope, try jumping jacks. Mix up your jumping jacks a little by adding a squat to each one!
5. Crunches and Toe Crunches
Crunches reign as the universal default ab exercise and for good reason: they’re easy, effective, and don’t require a gym membership! To target your lower abs, try adding in toe touches to your workout!
How do you stay in shape in a small living space? Let us know in the comments below!
A college education is worth the investment, but paying for college may be the reason why many individuals do not attend. By no means is it cheap, but that does not make it any less important. There are many ways in which you can pay for college without that dreaded, overwhelming feeling of looming debt.
1. Always Apply for Financial Aid (even if you think you do not qualify)
Financial Aid (FAFSA) is a helpful funding program to assist students in paying for many college expenses. Luckily, many students do qualify. The online application doesn’t take too much time to complete and it’s free.
2. Apply for Grants
Grants are a great way to help pay for college. This is aid the does not need to be repaid and is often based on one’s financial need. You can apply for grants from the federal and state government.
3. Apply for Scholarships
Scholarships are a bit different than grants. Grants are need based assistance and scholarships are merit based assistance. That means it’s awarded when an achievement is met. Your college of choice will have access to all scholarships offered.
4. Work While in School to Help Cover the Costs
Working while earning your degree is a great way to help pay for small college expenses. Ecampus.com has great, affordable rates on textbooks or other items needed. If loans have been taken out, many times you can pay the interest while attending school.
If paying for college is still too much of a burden, the next best thing would be to attend a local community college. That would offset the cost at a much cheaper rate until graduation. Then complete your degree at a four year institution. Staying at home can also help, as you wouldn’t need to pay for room and board.
1. Get a job over the summer to save up some extra cash! Even a part time summer job can save you a decent amount of money for the school year and anything helps. This can be your spending money for your time at school!
2. Stock up on essentials before you leave for school. Go to places like Walmart and Target for your shampoo, soap, other toiletries, and cleaning supplies. Or try wholesale stores like Costco and BJ’s—buying in bulk will save you money in the long run and you won’t have to worry about buying those things when you’re at school.
3. Right before heading off to school, figure out exactly how much money you have saved up so you can plan out your budget. Then, set a weekly or monthly budget for yourself and stick to it!
4. If you have a meal plan, take advantage of it! Limit yourself to only going out to eat or ordering in a couple times a week so your cash doesn’t disappear too quickly. Going out to eat too often will start to add up so be careful!
5. Live off campus. Room and board is often very expensive and living off campus can save a lot of money. Splitting rent and groceries with roommates will be cheaper in the long run.
6. Buy or rent textbooks online (www.eCampus.com is a great option!) The books at your school’s bookstore will set you back a lot of money and the amount of money you can save buying or renting online is astronomical! Do some research and find your cheapest option.
7. If you need furniture, kitchen supplies, or other apartment essentials, ask family and friends if they have anything they’re not using or plan on getting rid of to save some money. Once you’ve done that, see what else you need and go shopping online or at discount/budget friendly stores. You don’t need to splurge on your college apartment!
Some say college may not be for everyone, but it’s certainly worth your time and money. Granted, the rising cost of tuition and other college expenses isn’t cheap, but there are far more benefits to earning a degree than not. Not only will there be a greater increase in economic mobility after graduation, but college is also perfect for meeting new people, networking and landing that dream job.
Statistically, those who graduate with at least a bachelor’s degree made 98 percent more than those who only had a high school diploma. Those are some good odds! One study also found that those who finished at a four year institution were expected to earn 1.2 million more than those who didn’t.
The advantages of college doesn’t just stop at higher pay grades. It has overall life benefits as well. They are said to be happier and healthier due to better access to healthcare and the ability for more leisure activities.
If paying for college is an issue, there are many avenues you can take to make the situation less of a burden. There are a whole range of scholarships offered to incoming freshman based on what you are majoring in or your age. Checking the colleges’ webpage will give you a better understanding of what is being offered. Another route is through loans that can be found with low interest and financial aid. If you are working during the school year, many loan companies will allow you to pay the interest on the loan; cutting the price upon graduation.
In the end, college is an investment and with all investments, there are possible risks. But what can be more important than an investment in yourself?
It’s officially August! We all know what that means: classes will be starting before we know it. No matter what year of college you’re entering this fall, keep these little tokens of advice in mind.
Freshmen: Welcome! I am so excited for you. Even if you loved high school, try not to hang on to it too much. Also, get to know your professors and advisors! They are only there to help and want to see you succeed. Finally, don’t be afraid to try new things. This is the best time!
Sophomores: So you’ve got a year under your belt and you’re not so new around campus anymore. Approach each opportunity with the same enthusiasm that you did as a freshman. Use this year to get a few internships under your belt or study abroad before you have to start taking your upper level classes.
Juniors: The past two years flew by super fast and the next two will fly just as fast so don’t miss a minute of it. Classes are going to get harder this year and you’ll get incredibly sick of people asking you about grad school. Hang in there.
Seniors: Is it senior year already?! Make sure you’re keeping your GPA up even though senioritis is surely kicking in. Make sure your resume is in tip top shape for the job search that is quickly approaching. Some companies will even hire you before you graduate. Wouldn’t it be nice to walk across the stage with a diploma and a job waiting for you?
What advice would you pass on to incoming students? Share your advice in the comments below!