Book Con: The Panel

Book Con – The Panels

Epic Storytelling

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One of the highlights of Book Con was definitely the Epic Storytelling panel with Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, and Maggie Stiefvater. If nothing else amazing had happened at Book Con this would have made it worth it for me (but yes, we did get to do other marvelous things!). The line for this panel was insanely long, but luckily, we showed up over an hour early and were able to make it in. My favorite thing about this panel was definitely the humor. I laughed a lot. All three women are absolutely hilarious along with being crazy talented. I took a ton of notes during this panel (but honestly, they don’t all make sense to me now), and I’ve condensed them into several top moments/comments below!

  • Maggie Stiefvater talked briefly about why she wrote Sinner. She said that while Sam and Grace’s story was complete Isabel and Cole still had more (to which I nodded emphatically and screamed, “THANK YOU,” in my head of course).
  • Holly Black & Cassandra Clare talked about the inspiration for their new collaboration (The Iron Trial). It centers around a big twist -they couldn’t talk about that though ha! – but did go on to discuss how it plays on the concept of a heroic arc, idea of a chosen one, etc. Apparently, they came up with the idea in an airport when Holly Black was super crazy without coffee (lol).
  • 10348759_10152118181101301_7398141847234792263_o (1)“All good writers start out as good readers.” Awesome thought although I can’t remember who said it (but they all agreed). Along the same lines – write books you wish you could find on a shelf.
  • There was a whole conversation about Maggie Stiefvater’s father being a flight surgeon, and -I believe it was Holly Black- asked if flight surgeons were on civilian flights. However, if you’re a civilian you’re going to die as they’re on military flights. This was a hilarious little tangent that had the audience cracking up.
  • Lights suddenly came on over the table they were sitting at which triggered awesome responses from Holly Black (“visited by the light of elves”) and Maggie Stiefvater (rocking an awesome pair of sunglasses). 10368980_10152118182026301_2902355112776899748_o
  • All three authors talked a bit about world building and creating “epic” stories.
    -Magic must have a cost/consequences.
    -Holly Black discussed the idea of making a magic system based on cheese – “a dark time” – but according to Cassandra Clare it has been put into the past. They talked about their current magic system being based on alchemy. However, Maggie Stiefvater misheard alchemy as alcohol (fantastic moment!).
  • Maggie Stiefvater talked about how she initially hated L.A. and wanted to burn it to the ground, but returned 8 months later and LOVED it (it definitely shows in Sinner).
  • It was asked how they know when a book is finished…
    -Holly Black: “They take it away from you.” Which she admitted might be necessary otherwise she wouldn’t stop making changes.
    -Cassandra Clare said the publisher sent a huge man to take her book away.
  • My favorite comment of the entire panel came from Holly Black when she said that she liked editing because it was like cleaning the toilet (she can’t make it worse).
  • 1559509_10152118183266301_5385949144305210901_oOne of the last parts of the panel we were there for was when they were discussing similarities between themselves and their characters. Holly Black said to be each one of your characters in some way. Then they each listed who they related to the most in their own books:
    -Cassandra Clare – Callum (The Iron Trial – I’m assuming) and Tessa (Infernal Devices)
    -Holly Black – Aaron (not sure? I haven’t read many of her books) and Cassel Sharpe (Curse Workers)
    -Maggie Stiefvater – Cole (Wolves of Mercy Falls)

We left the panel about 10 minutes early (trying to make it to Danielle Fishel’s signing which we failed at), so we missed the end and didn’t snag any of the books they were giving away which wasn’t a big deal to us.

The Fault in Our Stars

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Somehow we miraculously made it into this panel, and I am so grateful we did. We waited for what felt like forever and were convinced we weren’t getting in (the panel just started late). Ultimately, we were in one of the last groups to make it into the Special Events Hall and ended up having to stand which was still worth it. The panel consisted of a moderator, Sara Vilkomerson; the president of Fox 2000 Pictures, Elizabeth Gabler; director, Josh Boone; screenwriters, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber; actor, Nat Wolff; and author, John Green. The entire panel was hilarious and fascinating (sadly, it was too dark plus standing = no notes), but the best part was the camaraderie between Nat Wolff and John Green. Also, there was a great moment when a question regarding cosplay came up (most on the panel didn’t know what this was which John Green found immensely 10353429_10152118190086301_7605035426564434640_odisappointing) and pretty much everyone decided to go as the Doctor (one person said it and it got a great response so the others repeated it down the line). The audience Q & A was pretty fun as well (except for the near stampede, but John Green put a stop to that), and one fan’s comment impressed John Green so much that he climbed off the stage to shake his hand (adorable moment)! Speaking of adorable moments, there was kissing of the head between John Green and Nat Wolff. Seriously, I just want to keep them in my pocket as they were so amusing and cute.

All photos were taken by my awesome friend Laura S. 

Book Con: General Thoughts

Book Con – May 31, 2014

Book Con has come and gone. Events like this always amaze me as they seem to take forever to arrive but end in the blink of an eye. I also still have trouble believing that I was in New York attending this event. It was definitely worth the bus ride (which is also easier to say now!).

10380133_10202873533933768_8653182826787156196_oThoughts on Travel

  • Method: Greyhound bus
  • Duration: 8-9 hours each way including stops

This was our first time traveling with Greyhound, and overall it wasn’t too bad. The “open reservation” system did make me a little nervous, but we arrived about an hour before our bus was scheduled to leave and didn’t have any problems getting a seat. The stations weren’t as clean as I would prefer, but I’ve seen worse. It was frustrating that disembarking on one occasion was mandatory (even though we weren’t switching buses…?). Otherwise we just had the travel problems that can happen anywhere (a few rude riders/staff), but overall I would do it again if I had to.

Thoughts on Food

Sadly, due to the exciting waiting in very long lines morning at Book Con we didn’t get a chance to grab breakfast which wasn’t awesome. This played a part in choosing to grab lunch instead of waiting in line for one of the panels we’d been hoping to see. Be aware of the prices if you’re planning to eat at Javits. It is very pricey at least at the cafe where we ate. A lunch meat sandwich (which I did not realize had mustard – eww!) and a bottle of tea cost about $15. We were worn out by dinnertime (and I was feeling queasy about facing the bus again), so we just grabbed a quick bite at Dunkin Donuts for dinner. I had an awesome bagel and the staff was really nice.10321173_10202873533893767_3650231329625035338_o

Thoughts on Book Con

LINES! If you’re going to Book Con be prepared to wait in lines repeatedly and for extended periods of time. I had expected lines to be a part of an event like this, but even I was surprised by the disorganization and pure chaos that most of the lines we waited in were. I don’t know if the turnout was more than the staff/volunteers had expected, but it didn’t seem like they were prepared to adequately deal with the crowds (The Fault in Our Stars and Epic Storytelling lines were probably the craziest we were in). Also, when standing in lines talking with your friends, PLEASE try not to spoil the ending of a popular book that’s been out less than a week. I will guarantee you that not everyone standing around you has read it (I’m looking at you, girls who wouldn’t stop talking about City of Heavenly Fire). It’s just very inconsiderate.

Timing was also a major problem. What we were able to see/do was awesome, but I felt like we weren’t able to do very much. A lot of the panels/autographing sessions overlapped which was frustrating, but also, you’d have to line up roughly an hour before anything in order to get in. So, in the end, we were at Javits from 6:30 AM until maybe 5/6 PM and were only able to see two panels, attend two autographing sessions, and spend maybe 15-20 minutes walking around the floor. I’ve heard rumors that they plan to split Book Con over two days next year (which would definitely help), but I also wish the show floor would have been open later.

Ideas for improvement: More open bathrooms (saw one that was closed and the other had maybe 10 stalls). No lining up for next panel/signing until first is done (this was Fig’s tip as she missed out on Ann S. Martin’s signing for this reason). Keep the show floor open later/expand event over two days so there’s more time to actually see things. SIGNS! A little directional help would be greatly appreciated. Expect huge turnout for events like TFiOS and Epic Storytelling panels and either use old-fashioned velvet rope lines or have enough staff/volunteers to corral/guide line formation.

Overall, despite the bus ride and the occasional chaos, Book Con was marvelously exciting and fun. My favorite part was definitely the two panels we saw (Epic Storytelling & TFiOS), and I was also thrilled to get books signed by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Matson. I didn’t come home with a crazy book haul, but I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, a signed e-copy of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, and get a couple of cool tote bags. All of which I’m immensely grateful to have gotten, but ultimately, getting to see so many awesome authors and hear them speak was just brilliant.

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Jay Asher Signing

 

Earlier this month, I had the amazing (and shocking, very few authors come to my area) opportunity to see Jay Asher and hear him speak. While I have yet to read The Future of Us, Thirteen Reasons Why ranks high on both my favorites list and my best books list. This event was held at a fairly local library, and it was oddly at midday so I was able to attend before work. It was so worth the time and the bit of a drive. The library where it was held was absolutely stunning, and I would happily move in because it was like my form of Heaven. Oh, and Jay Asher was incredible as well. He is brilliant and downright hilarious. I loved his sense of humor, and he had so many great insights. I was very impressed. He also shared a ton of information about both his books, writing, life, and the possible film version of Thirteen Reasons Why. Because I’m an avid note-taker, I am able to provide some brief nuggets of information, but I will warn you that it was impossibly hard to capture his humor and to recall all of the delightful details of his stories. So any mistakes (hopefully there are 0 but…) in the information below are due to my faulty memory and terrible handwriting.

13reasonswhyThirteen Reasons Why

  • Inspiration: A King Tut audio tour in Las Vegas / Close relative’s suicide attempt
  • Goal: Write it as a suspense novel.
  • The title was originally “Baker’s Dozen.” The publishers wanted to change it
    and he originally hated the new title, but now he believes it’s perfect.
  • It took about 3 years to write it.
  • It was rejected twelve times before it sold.
  • When the book was finally released, he went to the store and bought a copy,
    but then he turned around and returned it.
  • The banning of this book- or any book- is very frustrating as it can keep books
    away from the people who may need them.
  • He was afraid any other book wouldn’t live up to the success of this one, so
    for two years he didn’t write.
  • He thought about writing a second book about Clay, but he has decided not to.

Thirteen Reasons Why – The Film

Apparently Hollywood people know of awesome varieties of cheese,
so he always took meetings with them (and yes, that is a condensed version
there was more to it than that, but that was my favorite part). Ninety-five percent
of what these people would say would be right, but there was always that worrisome
other five percent. Until he met Selena Gomez. Never had someone understood it
as perfectly, and hopefully the film will start shooting soon.
I admit when her attachment to the film was announced I was wary, but after hearing
him speak about her involvement, I’m completely sold.

futureofusThe Future of Us

  • Was a fan of Carolyn Mackler’s work, but he didn’t really know her
    before they began collaborating on the book.
  • He would write a “Josh” chapter and she would write an “Emma” chapter
    and each would send their chapter to the other. Both had free rein to
    make any changes they wished.
  • He also bought and returned a copy of this book.

College 101: Back to School Giveaway

Back to School Giveaways!!

To wrap up my series of “College 101” posts, I have a few giveaways for you to enter!

IMAG0366Giveaway #1: Classics

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore
50 Classical Masterpieces cd
Mozart cd

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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
ARC of Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Curse of the Hellmouth dvd
Blue Ikea Laptop Sleeve (fits  12″ laptop/tablet)

IMAG0368Giveaway #3: Reality

Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman
ARC of Wanted by Heidi Ayarbe
The OC Season 1 dvd
Hilary Duff Metamorphosis cd

Giveaway #4: Gift Card

$10 digital gift card for Amazon or $10 in books from The Book Depository

Notes

Listed above is what will definitely be included, but I may also throw in some other little goodies.
Most of the CDs/DVDs are used, and as far as I know everything works perfectly, but I do not guarantee anything.

Rules

Giveaways #1-#3 are US ONLY!
Giveaway #4 is open to anyone who can receive a digital gift card from Amazon/The Book Depository.
You must be at least 13 years of age to enter.
The winners will have 48 hours to respond & claim their prize(s). If they do not another winner may be chosen.
All giveaways close for entries on August 17th at midnight (EST).
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College 101: Combining School & Work

College 101: Combining School & Work

Some people are very lucky and have the option of whether to work or not while attending college, but there are a lot of students who have to work in order to get by. If you are able to not work during the school year, I would say to go that route as this allows you more opportunities regarding extracurriculars, clubs and sports, special events, etc. that happen on-campus and in the surrounding community. However, if you, like me, are required to work during the school year there are some ways to make things easier.

Working On-Campus

If you just need to work for spending/gas money, working on-campus
is definitely the way to go. Most colleges offer a variety of jobs for
students, and it is extremely easy to work around your class
schedule. Plus, on-campus jobs tend to have a low maximum of
hours a student can work per a week (for example, where I attend college
students can only work 8 hours maximum per a week per each on-campus job),
so the chance of getting overwhelmed by your schedule is much lower.

Common Types of On-Campus Jobs

  • Library/Book Store
  • Food Service
  • Departmental (Ex. working for the English/Psychology/Math Dept.)
  • Admissions
  • Student Life/Special Events
  • Financial Aid
  • Tutoring or Note Taking/Writing or Math Labs
  • Post Office
  • Technology Lab/IT Dept
  • Shuttle Driver

Pros: Limited hours, Great flexibility, No driving required,
Get to know people on-campus, Good experience for a resume.

Cons: Limited openings for a high number of students, many jobs
on-campus are only available for students who qualify for
work-study, fewer hours equals less money, Often you only get
paid once a month.

Working Off-Campus

If you need to work full-time in order to afford
college or you are looking to make more money,
then working off-campus may be a better way to go.
Whereas on-campus jobs limit the total number of hours
a student can work per a week, off-campus jobs generally allow you to
work as many hours as you want. However, when working off-campus,
scheduling tends to be more difficult, and you may often
find yourself working evenings/weekends and missing out on
events/organizations which usually meet during those times.

Common Types of Off-Campus Jobs

  • Fast Food
  • Waitress/Hostess
  • Video Stores
  • Gas Station/Convenience Stores
  • Drug Stores
  • Grocery Stores
  • Retail Stores
  • Gyms
  • Tanning Salons

Pros: More hours available, More variety/types,
Get to know people off-campus, Can become a
year-around position if you live in the area,
Get paid more often (generally weekly or bi-weekly).

Cons: Less flexibility with scheduling, May require
travel/driving time, Often will force you to miss out on
college events/organizations.

General Tips

  • Set a maximum number of hours you are
    comfortable working per a week and stick to it!
  • When determining your availability for a
    job, make sure you include time in your
    schedule for homework/projects/papers.
  • Unless you are comfortable going-going-going,
    be sure to give yourself at least one day without
    either school or work.
  • Be aware of your job’s request off policy. Some
    jobs may require a few weeks notice while others may
    only need a few days notice.
  • Working at a job with a larger staff helps to increase
    your scheduling flexibility as there are more people
    to potentially trade with and/or cover for you should
    you need time off.
  • Don’t burn any bridges. You may need your supervisor
    or even co-worker to give you a reference in the future.
    Plus, the world is always smaller than you think, and you
    never know who knows/is related to who.
  • Remember you are paying a lot of money for a good
    education, and if your job starts interfering with your
    education, don’t be afraid to cut back or look for something
    different.

College 101: Must-Have Supplies

Must-Have Supplies

In Your Bookbag

  • Binder (check out this post for a cool way to personalize your binder) or Notebook with folders
    -To keep track of important papers (like your syllabus!)
  • Planner/Calendar
    -Keep track of important dates
  • Pens or pencils (#2 pencils are a must!), highlighters, and a stapler
  • Textbooks (when required)
  • Hand lotion & chapstick
    -Both of these are especially useful in the winter when everything starts to get dried out.
  • Tylenol or ibuprofen
    -You never know when a headache will hit.
  • Gum or mints

In Your Dorm Room

  • Paper towels/Wet wipes
  • Small garbage can
  • Surge protector
    -Dorm rooms often have limited outlets, so this allows you more electronics. Plus, it’s a good protector for expensive electronics.
  •  A fan
  • A few snacks & meals
  • A microwave & mini-fridge
    -A mini-fridge (especially one with a little freezer) is awesome and allows you to keep a few cold drinks/snacks in your room. A microwave wasn’t something I initially had, but once I got one I realized how useful it is.
  • Note cards
    -These are one of the cheapest, easiest study tools you can have. I love the neon colored ones such as these.
  • Desk Lamp
    -A lamp is useful to increase the lighting in a dimly lit dorm room and it can be used instead of an overhead light when your roommate is trying to sleep.
  • Bathroom caddy/basket with toiletries
    -Bringing shampoo/conditioner and soap is pretty obvious, but some people may not think to bring something to put stuff in. There are two routes you can go here. There are a variety of different bathroom caddies with this type being the one I saw the most. However, I had one similar to this (obviously you want one with hooks versus shower-rod rings) and I thought it was much more useful.
  • Clothes basket or Heavy-duty hamper
    -I highly recommend getting an actual clothes basket or a heavy duty hamper versus something like this. My sister and I both had the mesh, pop-up hamper and both of us had to replace them after one semester.
  • Laundry detergent, stain remover, and wrinkle releaser
    -The laundry detergent/fabric softener combo sheets may be a bit pricier than regular detergent/softener, but they are so much easier to store/handle when you’re living in a dorm. Also, do not forget to bring stain remover, and wrinkle releaser can be useful to freshen up clothes.

College 101: Personalizing Your Binder

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Personalizing Your Binder

I must admit that I have an addiction. For some reason, magazines are my guilty pleasure. I love to read all the articles, and the pictures are always gorgeous. Anyway, a few years ago I was looking for a way to make use of some of the pretty pictures, so I decided to use my favorite pictures to make a collage for my school binder. Now this has become a great way to recycle some of my magazines, create a personalized binder, and have some fun.

IMAG0350Step 1: The Supplies

So what do you need for this project?

  •  A binder that has clear protector pockets on the outside
    -I usually use something like this.
  • Old magazines
    -Old issues of Cosmo/Seventeen/Teen Vogue are generally what I harvest pictures from.
  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks
  • Card-stock/Scrapbook Paper

Step 2: Tear/Cut-out Images

Either tear out pages that feature images you like or IMAG0351
you can go ahead and just cut-out the individual image.
*Always check the back of the page though!

Step 3: Cut Background Paper

IMAG0355You can use card-stock, drawing paper, etc.
but I think using scrapbook paper for the
background adds to your collage.  For the last
few years, I’ve used sheets from a Disney Princess
book of scrapbook paper.

*You may need to cut your paper to fit in the
binder, and do this before adding any images!

Step 4: Layout Your Images on Background Paper

Put your collage together and feel free to play around IMAG0352
until it looks good. However, do not glue anything down yet!

*Snap a picture of your layout once you’re satisfied.

Step 5: Carefully Remove Images

IMAG0354Slowly remove the images. Lay the images around the
edge of the paper as close to their final position as possible.
Then, starting with the largest, “lowest” image begin gluing
the images back in place.
*Use the picture you snapped in the previous step to help
you remember where to place the images.

Step 6: Layer Images & Fill in Gaps

Layer back on your images applying the glue stick IMAG0356
generously to the backs, particularly around the edges.
If, after applying all the original pictures, you have some
gaps, find a few small images to fill them in.

 

Step 7: Label

I often use the scrap pieces I trimmed from
the scrapbook paper to create a label on the
end with either my name or the semester.
For this year, I went with “Fall 2013.”

 

Final Product

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College 101: Survival Tips

College Survival Tips

In the Classroom

Surviving in the classroom can be rather tricky, but it is possible.

  1. Get to know your professor. Knowing your professor’s expectations and requirements will definitely help you do well in class.
  2. Become familiar with your syllabus. Most all professors are now required to provide students with a syllabus that outlines goals, class projects/objectives, due dates, etc. It never looks good when you ask your professor about things that are clearly outlined in the syllabus. Plus, the syllabus can generally help you stay on track of current/upcoming projects.
  3. Start a planner and immediately after receiving a syllabus copy down all quiz, exam, and due dates. Throughout the semester, add homework assignments and new project dates.
  4. Go to class. This seems so entirely obvious, but there are a ridiculous number of students who fail a class purely because they are “incapable” of ever attending. Attendance can be the key to passing rather than failing.
  5. If you have to miss class, make sure you are familiar with the professor/school attendance policy. At least at my college, the attendance policy tends to vary slightly between professors/departments. For example, some professors allow 3 excused absences and you aren’t required to give notice, but other professors only accept an absence as excused if prior notice is given.
  6. Find a buddy in class. If at all possible, make friends with at least one person in the class. Then if you do miss class, you have someone to rely on for notes/assignments for the day. Also, it helps to have a friend you actually wouldn’t mind working with should you be required to pair up with another student.
  7. Come to class equipped. Always have a way to take notes (computer/tablet/notebook paper & writing utensil) even on days when you think you won’t be required to do so. In addition to having a way to take notes, be sure to carry #2 pencils as well as your preferred form of writing utensil. Another great essential that not everyone thinks to carry with them is a stapler. Having my mini stapler in my bag has been a huge help on so many occasions (plus, letting your classmates borrow your stapler ups your popularity).
  8. Finally, if you need help, do not be afraid to ask for it. Most professors are very willing to help out students who are struggling. Plus, most schools offer tutoring services and help writing papers.

In the Dorm

  1. If you’re going to be rooming with someone you don’t know, try to get to know each other a little bit before school starts. Knowing even a few of each others likes/dislikes upfront can help you feel more comfortable with each other in what can often be an awkward situation.
  2. Come up with a list of rules for you and your roommate to follow and write them down with both of you signing. It may seem demanding, but this can come in extremely handy if you have problems down the line. When I lived on-campus, we were required to come up with such an agreement and to provide a copy to our RA. I thought this was a marvelous idea, and can definitely be useful if problems arise between roommates.
  3. Be considerate. For example, maybe you aren’t the tidiest person, but no one likes to live in a dump. Try to be considerate of the fact that you are not the only person living in a small space. Also, be aware of your roommate’s habits. You may find yourself rooming with someone who keeps a completely different time schedule (you’re a night owl vs. your roommate the early bird), and this can be very frustrating for both so try to compromise.  Maybe you will make sure the lights are out by 10pm if she agrees to set her alarm an hour later or something similar. My roommate used to come in at all hours of the night and flip on the overhead lights, which would always wake me up, and it created a lot of tension.
  4. Organize your space and your stuff. To say that dorm rooms tend to be small can be an understatement. Try to plan ahead regarding how much space you will have and plan accordingly. You do not need to bring every book/DVD/CD you own. Select a few of your favorites and a few other titles, and on trips back home exchange the first group of titles for something new. A similar thing can be done with your clothes. When you first pack for school, take your warmer-weather clothes with one or two cold-weather outfits and a jacket. As the weather grows colder, use your school breaks spent at home to exchange your summer clothes for more winter appropriate items.
  5. If you live too far away to travel home often, or at all, look into mailing back some items and having family/friends at home mail you new stuff.

 

General Tips & Tricks

  1. Find transportation. Whether it be a public transportation system, a friend with a car, or your own vehicle, having a way to get around can come in very handy.
  2. Bring some comforting items from home. Whether it be an old stuffed animal, photos of family/friends, favorite music/TV/movies, etc. bringing something that will help you out when you’re feeling down/homesick can make a huge difference. When I was having a bad day, hosting Buffy the Vampire Slayer mini-marathons for myself always made me feel better (I recommend “Tabula Rasa” that episode can always make me laugh!).
  3. If you are not the kind of person who sleeps til noon on the weekends, plan for breakfast in your room(or at a restaurant) as many school cafeterias do not open until 11ish on the weekends (and even then do not serve breakfast foods).

 

College can be an incredibly scary experience, especially as a freshman, but it is manageable. Organization is key both in and out of the classroom. I will admit to not always being the most organized person, but I can vouch for the fact that setting up a good system both academically and socially can make your life so much easier. Also, be honest and find someone who you feel comfortable talking to when you are having trouble. Letting people know when you’re struggling is very important. Schools work very hard to provide services to help students who are having trouble both academically and personally. Take advantage of these,  and you will not regret it.

Back-to-School – College 101

College 101

It’s getting close to that time of year. Soon the weather will cool, friends will part or come back together, and school will have begun.
School definitely has both pros and cons. It can be a stressful, crazy time, but it can also be fun. In this short series, I will be exploring different ways to improve and enjoy your college experience.

So to help you get ready, keep checking back from now until the end of July for lots of posts revolving around all things college.

Upcoming Posts
*More to be added!

College 101: Survival Tips
College 101: Personalizing Your Binder
College 101: Must-Have Supplies

Top 10 of 2012 – Day 5 – Top 2013 Releases

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 Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2013

01. The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

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02. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

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03. Gallagher Girls #6 by Ally Carter

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04. All the Rage by Courtney Summers

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05. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

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06. With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent

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07. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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08. School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

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09. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

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10. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Honorable Mentions

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Golden by Jessi Kirby
Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
The Rules by Stacey Kade