Student Life – The University Network We help students save! Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:36:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Student Life – The University Network 32 32 6 Tips to Explore Your College Town Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:49:40 +0000 Whether you choose to attend an urban university, such as NYU or UCLA, or wish to escape to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where you live will have a huge impact on your college experience. All college life can feel repetitive, so students can easily fall into a routine. But, you must take full advantage of your college experience. Break out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in the culture of your university’s town. Go out and explore! You will find something new and exciting about your surroundings and yourself. Here are 6 tips to get ]]> Pursuing Your Passions In College Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:41:19 +0000 Tens of thousands of students attend and graduate from a university, but each student leaves with different experiences, including academics and extracurricular activities. While students are required to declare a major, they can still pursue many non-academic interests and discover new passions. Universities can have up to hundreds of clubs and activities, including intramural sports teams, music groups, cultural organizations, professional organizations, and fitness organizations. Before many students graduate, they reflect on the time invested in clubs, extracurriculars, work experiences, and college lifestyle itself, not just their academics. For college students to make the most of their college experience, they ]]> Embracing Discomfort in College Will Help You Grow Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:19:42 +0000 The process of socialization starts the minute we enter this world. Children are raised to eat the food their parents give them, share the knowledge their peers impart to them, walk, sing and talk the way their neighbors show them. We progressively fall into a bubble, a safe space, that we don’t want to leave. Why? Because that is where we are comfortable. Comfort sounds like bliss, but there is no room for growth if we don’t step outside of our created socialization. Discomfort enables personal development that is equally beneficial to the world around you. It’s easy to fall ]]> Five Tricks to Save Money at Music Festivals Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:50:45 +0000 For those who strive for a vacation, music festivals are the perfect break from a daily routine. From ecstatic fans dancing in the mud to the sea of vendors wrapped in tie-dye, music festivals will take you mentally and physically far away from a lecture hall or office. Music truly is the best escape. Festivals vary in genre and location, so there is something for everyone. At Lollapalooza, chances are you will be staying at a hotel in downtown Chicago. But if you’re looking to rough it, stop by the horse farm in Arlington, Virginia, home to LOCK’N Festival. Electric ]]> What To Buy AFTER You Move Into Your Dorm Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:31:48 +0000 While there are essential items you should buy before you move into your dorm room, there are many other items that you can wait to buy until after you arrive at your campus when you have a better sense of what you need. Moving is never an easy process, so don’t make it more difficult by purchasing many things beforehand that you could easily buy later. Take advantage of stores that allow you to order online and pick up in store, so you can order your items ahead of time and pick them up at a store location near your ]]> Stigma Surrounding Community College Totally Undeserved Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:59:18 +0000 Education is known internationally as one of the most important components for success. And in today’s world, more than ever before, a degree from an accredited university is seen as a necessary key to unlock future opportunities. Each year, an average of 1.3 million high school students in the U.S. will not graduate on time. But in the workplace, 85% of current jobs in the U.S. require completion of some form of secondary education. According to UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), there are at least 758 million youth and adults who are illiterate and 250 million ]]> What To Buy BEFORE You Move Into Your Dorm Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:32:00 +0000 College can really change a person! For many, it makes them more economical and the biggest discount seekers. Becoming a fiscally responsible college student requires basic knowledge on deals and discounts and when to take advantage of these opportunities. There are many things college students need for school, and it is usually better to have them on deck rather than wait to buy after school starts. Some college necessities include linens, school supplies, technology, professional apparel, and suitable outerwear. A great way to become a super saver is to compile a list of great discount sites, weekly ads, and sales ]]> Six Things I Wish I Knew Freshman Year Tue, 30 May 2017 17:19:34 +0000 The college guide books your parents bought you can tell you only so much. Oftentimes, they are outdated and spew out mirrored textbook responses from thirty years ago. Understanding the ins and outs of college life comes with experience, but hopefully this list can help cut out some mistakes along the way. Here are six things I wish I knew my freshman year. 1. Don’t be Afraid to Change your Major I didn’t experience this firsthand, as I was one of the lucky ones who became more engaged with my field as I progressed. I have many friends, though, who ]]> New App Sympl. Makes it Simple for Students to Connect and Study Wed, 24 May 2017 20:45:48 +0000 Sympl., a new phone app, could revolutionize the way college students study. The app was designed by ex-Michigan State University football players Matthew Eleweke and Mark Meyers to connect classmates through a straightforward study platform. TUN spoke with Eleweke, co-founder and CEO, to get all the details behind Sympl. How Sympl. Works Sympl. provides students with access to professors and their peers directly through the app. “It truly brings a balance to studying and socializing which is attractive to the student, and very beneficial for the teacher and the school itself,” said Eleweke. “It provides a platform for students to ]]> Are Unpaid Internships Worth it? Tue, 23 May 2017 21:29:42 +0000 If you ask your parents, who likely had a job directly after college, chances are, they never had an internship. Today, it’s a different story. Your college advisors are telling you the truth when they say employers don’t hire those without internship experience. In some ways, the modern developed need for internships is beneficial. Internships teach students the details of their field, so talent and experience entering the workforce is greater than ever before. Paid internships exist, but are scarce, and often require prior experience earned from an unpaid internship. With high tuition rates, rent, utility bills, and everyday costs ]]> A Student’s Guide to Freshman Orientation Mon, 22 May 2017 19:57:08 +0000 Throughout college there will undoubtedly be stresses, but there is no need to clench your jaw before classes even start. Orientation is meant to excite incoming freshmen. It gives young students an opportunity to explore their campus, get a taste for the culture, set their class schedules, and possibly even spend a night in the dorms. Having a chance to explore and get a feel for your future home can simplify the stresses of moving away to college. This way you won’t move into your dorm on the Saturday of opening weekend and be forced to plunge into a rigorous ]]> Best Ways to Boost Your Grade after Failing an Exam Fri, 19 May 2017 15:51:45 +0000 Don’t worry if you failed an exam; you can grow from this. I know, it sounds like I’m your best friend giving you the textbook response, but failing an exam, especially in the beginning of the semester, most likely won’t result in you losing your scholarship, dropping out of college, or your parents disowning you and leaving you hanging out with the Boxcar Children. There are many simple ways to get your grades back on track, if you set your mind to it. Here are five steps to boost your grade after failing an exam. 1. Coping with Failure Whether ]]> Best Cities for Millennials to Find Jobs After College Tue, 16 May 2017 18:21:44 +0000 With the 2017 school year coming to an end, a new batch of college graduates is hitting the job market and the class of 2018 is starting the application process. We all strive for big jobs in dream cities, but the reality is that those fantasies aren’t always immediately attainable. Fortunately, the market has opened up, which is an advantage for the job-seeking college students. Unemployment last month was at 4.4%, which is the lowest since the stock market crash in 2008. Despite the growth in the job market since the 2000s, however, jobs remain hard to find, especially for ]]> Why We Procrastinate and How We Can Increase Productivity Mon, 15 May 2017 19:32:57 +0000 Why do we procrastinate all the time? Procrastination for most college students lies simply in putting off school work, or waiting until tomorrow to apply for that scholarship or internship. The easy answer for why we procrastinate is laziness, but in some cases the cause goes deeper. While we may have all kinds of excuses for not getting things done, the bottom line is that we fear change. According to Forbes, fear is “that potent and instinctive emotion whose reason for being is to protect us from pain (including the emotional variety) and urge us away from anything it perceives ]]> 7 Healthy Alternatives to Caffeine Tue, 09 May 2017 14:20:07 +0000 It’s finals week. Many students are burning the midnight oil, getting plenty of study time in before final exams. If you’re one of those students, you might find yourself reaching for a cup of coffee in hopes of getting a caffeine kick. Coffee shops on and around campus are at their busiest during this time. Many students turn to coffee, soda, energy drinks and anything else loaded with caffeine to provide much-needed energy to get them through a stress-inducing week. But be careful, as too much caffeine could have negative effects. Too Much Caffeine Not Good for You Consuming too ]]>