How to Save Money While in College

Every college student knows that money is tight while you’re in school. There are classes to focus on, and if you have a job chances are you can’t work as many hours as you would like to. But luckily there are ways that you can make the most of the little money you do have.

Textbooks

Try and get the best deal possible when paying for your textbooks. Let’s face it, textbooks are expensive, and it can be difficult to know where the best place to buy from is. Check every possible resource; the bookstore, amazon, chegg, ect. Figure out what each place is asking for and make a decision based on which one is the least expensive. This may vary, for one book amazon could be asking for more then the bookstore and vice versa. Buy used or rent as much as you can, it really can save you a lot of money.

Plan Ahead

Decide ahead of time how much money you are willing to spend. Every time you get a pay check, decide how much of it will be going to food, how much will go towards fun things, ect. Jot this down in a notebook or in a file on your computer and make sure you stick to it.

Take Note of What You’re Spending

Ask for receipts every time you make a purchase, so you know exactly what you did spend. Then take note of it in your “finance” notebook or internet file. This will help you see how much you are actually spending, so you know if you are on track or can figure out how you can spend less on items you may not need in the future.

Summer!

Make the most of your time during the summer. Summer is the perfect time to save up money for the school year when you have less time to work. Try everything you can to get a summer job and then safe a big portion of the money that you make for the next two semesters.

Transportation

As a freshmen you may not be able to have your car on campus, which can actually be good for your wallet. But even when you do have access to your car, try and save money on gas as often as you can. Do this by carpooling with friends and sharing the price of gas, or using public transportation as often as possible. The school has its own shuttle system which can take you to many places around the area, try and use this as often as possible.

Every Little Bit Helps

You may not think that the spare change you get on your coffee order is worth much of anything, but it certainly can be. Save it in a jar and eventually it will add up. After a while you can cash in that money at a place like coinstar and you have some new cash in your pocket that you wouldn’t have otherwise had.

Just remember when trying to save money in college, every little bit helps and there are many things you can do to make the most of whatever money you make, even if it’s not too much.

-FYM Kayla

Not Everything Can Be Forgotten

Not Everything Can Be Forgotten

With all of the technology available nowadays and all of the different social media outlets that go along with them you have to be kind of picky as to what you post on your social media pages. Not only do you have to think about who an view it right now, friends, family and acquaintances but also those who could potentially view it in the future. Companies, Colleges and Universities do sometimes look at the Facebook or Twitter accounts of people they potentially want to hire or invite to be in their institution. So when these institutions or people you aren’t friends with look at your account, no matter how high you think your security settings are, they can probably see some of the stuff you post.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you log on to your Facebook or Twitter account:

​Would you say this to your Grandma?- If the answer is no you should probably rethink that status. While social media can sometimes be a tool to vent your frustrations on, keep in mind those anonymous or unknown people who are looking at your status update and wondering if that is the kind of person you really are.

Less is More- While you may not notice that you make statuses for every little thin going on in your life, other people do. there’s nothing inherently wrong with this but it can get annoying and in some cases you come off sounding more immature than you would like to be thought of by say a potential employer.

Out of Sight is Not Out of Mind- Just because you delete something off of a social media site does not mean that it’s gone forever. People with some kind of computer background can very easily retrieve that deleted status or pictures, so just be aware of what you are putting out onto the Internet and who you are sharing personal things with.

Plagiarism – What is it and how do I avoid doing it?

As Salem State First Years begin their academic careers here at Salem State, they will be diving into the world of collegiate essays and research papers. It is important that we expand ourselves through our writing by conveying our own ideas and writing in our own styles; but, there are times where others’ ideas and writings help support our own arguments in papers; when we use other people’s works as contributions to our own, we must give credit to the original author – otherwise, we are plagiarizing, which is a very serious offense.

What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is academic theft. It refers to the use of another’s ideas or words without proper attribution or credit. An author’s work is his/her property and should be respected by documentation. Even unsigned materials, anonymous works or works without listed authors, must be given credit to retain academic integrity. Plagiarism includes claiming someone else’s ideas as your own, copying and pasting from a web document without attribution, and paraphrasing others’ works without attribution.

When Do I Need to Give Credit?
Credit must be given to another in your writing when:

  • A direct quotation of any length is used
  • When a work is paraphrased or summarized in whole or in part in your own words
  • When information provided is not “Common Knowledge” (“Common knowledge” is defined as information that appears substantially the same in several general sources such as textbooks or encyclopedias) – an example of Common Knowledge would be something along the lines of, George Washington was the first president of the United States.

How Do I Give Credit to Another For Their Work?
In writing, we give credit to another for their work and ideas through citation; citations include information such as the name of the author, the company that published the work, when the work was published and other valuable information. There are several different forms of citation with different structures used for different subject materials including MLA format, APA format, and Chicago style. Information on how to write a correct citation along with bibliographies can be found at this link: Purdue Owl

How Do I Avoid Plagiarizing?
To avoid plagiarizing, here are some tips:

  • Don’t leave your citations until you are done with your paper: this is a lesson many students learn the hard way. They write their essay and say to themselves, “Oh, I’ll just do my citations later – what matters is that I finish the content of this paper.” The issue with this is that we often confuse ourselves or even forget which source we got our information from, especially in cases where you are using many, many sources. Create a citation for your bibliography immediately, and do your in-text citations properly as you write; this way when your paper is done, it is actually in all completeness done! The proper author’s have been given the credit they so rightly deserve and you will have avoided plagiarism
  • There’s no such thing as too much credit: if at any point in your writing you think to yourself, “do I need a citation here?” the answer to your question is probably YES! Write that citation into your paper, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. This brings us to our next point, which is
  • Talk to your professors: if you think you are citing things you do not need to be citing, or maybe you are not citing enough, your professors should be able to help you; they will tell you if your citations are correct, ways to simplify your citations and can inform you where there should be a citation in your work.

In the spirit of giving credit to others, this information was found and can be accessed by others on the Salem State Website!
I hope this information will be helpful in your academic writing adventures!

- FYM Kelly

Advising

Its that time of year again…advising time. Advising is a two week long period before registration, in which students meet with their academic advisor to plan out your classes for next semester. It starts on Monday October 20th this year. If you have not found your academic adviser you can do so using Navigator. Simply log on, click “My Academics” in the left hand tool bar. Once in that subject, click on the link “View my advisors”, there should be a name there. That name is your academic advisor!

The next step you should take is to search your advisor’s name on the ssu website. This will lead you to that professor’s information page; which will tell you what their email is, where their office is, and it may even have a copy of their professional resume or a picture of them. This will give you some more information on how to contact your advisor. For a first time meeting, I would suggest going to their office as listed. They should have a sign up for open advising time, sign up for a slot and make sure you attend it. If they don’t have any slots available, email them as soon as possible. Each faculty member has multiple students to advise, so make sure your email is sent on the earlier side so you have more time to schedule a meeting.

When you attend advising, you should always show up with a plan and questions. While your advisor may not know all the answers, they are the ones who are here to help you find them. By using the class search tool in navigator, you can plan out what classes you would like to take and when they are offered. If you show up to advising with no plan your adviser will be able to help you construct a schedule, but having a plan will give you more time to ask questions and generally get to know your advisor.

Hope these tips help your advising run smoothly.

-Megan

Studying

As we start to get further into the fall semester it is going to start to get stressful. Around this time of the semester, professors start talking about midterms and exams. I would personally tell you, you should start going over your notes. During my freshman year I didn’t think I had to study too early before the exam came, but I was wrong. During the week of midterm I was so stressed because I left all my studying for the day before. Don’t make the same mistake I did. It is never too early to start studying for a test. You can start looking over your notes from the beginning of the semester. As the time gets closer to the exam, you can always refer back to your notes.

Here are some different studying habits:

  • Make sure you take notes – If you miss a class make sure you have a friend email you the notes from class. You could have missed something important for your exam.
  • Try to color code – When you color code your materials it helps you know what assignments are for a specific class.
  • Have everything written down – If you have all your assignments written down in one place it is easier to keep track of everything that you need to do.
  • Ask Questions – If anything is unclear about the exam, email your professor. Professors love to get emails about anything that is unclear.
  • Look over old notes – It is always good to freshen up on notes from the beginning of the semester. It helps you remember the old information from the beginning of the year.

I hope these tips help you improve your studying!   — Rayna S.

Here is the link for more information: http://homeworktips.about.com/od/studymethods/tp/studyhabits.htm

Welcome to Salem State!

Whether you are fresh out of high school,  returning to college after a break, or a transfer student, there are many exciting opportunities to get involved on campus in your first year. Here’s a list of ways to get involved and meet people on campus!

1. Join a sport or club!

There are tons of sports and clubs on campus that are waiting for you to join. Visit http://www.salemstatevikings.com/ for all the updates on sports tryouts and events. For other groups on campus, there are all types that are on campus that will be sure to catch your interest. There’s Resident Hall Association for students living on campus, Program Council for planning events for the whole school, Student Government Association to promote student justice. These are just a small few though, ranging from academics, cultural, performance, media, and even religious. A complete list and more information about these fun and exciting groups can be found at http://www.salemstate.edu/student_life/427.php. On the side left bar under “Student Groups and Organizations” you can find all the information you need!

2. Going to events!

Events are everywhere on campus. They can range from events in a resident hall that RAs or AMs put on, or bigger scale for the whole university to attend! Salem State is never boring because there are events that happen every week. School dances, public speakers, performances (theater, open mic, comedians, poetry readings), movie nights, fun trips off campus for free or discount, and much more! “How do I find out about these cool events?” Posters are everywhere: resident halls, academic buildings, and online. Salem State has an event calendar page, Facebook also has a Salem State class page for your graduating year, and groups on campus post events to their own page as well. Going to events helps you meet people in a fun way and gets you out of sitting in your room! http://www.salemstate.edu/calendar/ has major campus events listed by month.

3. Hanging out in public places!

This is a really easy way to meet people. Common places on campus are the commuter lounge on the first floor in Ellison campus center and common floor lounges in the resident halls. For even more fun, grab some people and take the student shuttle downtown. Most places accept the clipper card as a form of payment, or even give you discounts. Haunted Happenings is going on now through the month of October and there are discounted haunted tours, historical museums such as the House of Seven Gables, Which Museum, and more. The Peabody Essex Museum is always full of interesting exhibits every season and is FREE for students! So grab some friends and take a shuttle ride down town on the weekends and explore the cool stores and tourist attractions that Salem has to offer! The shuttle hours and phone number can be found here: http://www.salemstate.edu/5751.php and a list of off campus businesses that accept clipper card as payment are listed at http://www.salemstate.edu/students/4045.php

Your first year at Salem State should be an exciting year filled with lots of great memories and friends, so try a few things on this list and make this year a great one!

-Sarah M.

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Why Mentoring is Awesome!

The odds are that you have heard the saying sharing is caring prior to reading this blog post. If I were to tell you that the previous saying is not true then that would make me a liar and my pants would undoubtedly spontaneously combust.   One of the greatest things that human beings are capable of is sharing their knowledge from previous experiences. This cycle when continued has the potential to provide building blocks that will strengthen future generations, for example Socrates gave guidance to Plato who then went on to counsel Aristotle. If you are unsure of whom the individuals aforementioned in the last sentence are I would advise you to google them right away! (Hint: they may or may not be some of the greatest philosophers of all time.)

The major point that I am trying to get at is the importance of mentorship. Strong mentoring can help build students’ confidence, develop students’ life skills, and most certainly enhance students’ academic resilience. Not to mention the rewarding feeling, for mentors, from having guided another person to success as well as the opportunity to self-reflect. The odds are that a mentee will themselves become a mentor to others. In essence being a mentor and receiving mentorship has the potential to lead to a chain reaction influencing a multitude of individuals. Interestingly enough, the greatest change or impact in someone’s life can occur due to the simplest thing, a conversation. Mentoring leads to growth and development for all parties involved; that is just awesome!

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USA Today College Article:  Mistakes to Avoid Between Orientation and Move In Day

Check out the great article link above for things to think about as you are planning to start your first semester:  Definitely avoid these mistakes:

1.  Letting those hometown friendships slip away too quickly
2.  Over purchasing for your dorm room
3.  Waiting until the last minute to buy the things you will need
4.  Avoiding important appointments
5.  Letting your last free summer fly by

Want to know more about each of those?  Click on the article link above!