How to Actually Fundraise in College

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You’re hopefully back in the swing of classes, although summer vacation could not come soon enough. But it’s far from time to check out. If you’re intent on building your resume, you’re working hard at your classes as well as some extracurricular activities. But one of the hardest parts of staying active in clubs and groups throughout college is the constant pressure to fundraise.

College students aren’t exactly known for their expendable income, since paying for school itself is often a struggle. So you and your group members might not have enough to donate yourselves. Instead, you’ll have to get other people to part with their money, so you can keep playing lacrosse, raising awareness about local policy, educating disadvantaged kids, or whatever else you think will help you later on. Question is, how can you best fundraise in a college town?

Know Your Target

Ask yourself: who is most likely to support your cause?

Students might have little cash to spare, but they also probably have more school spirit than anyone else nearby. If you want to target students, you’ll have to give them some sort of tangible return for their support. Some kids might be willing to part with a couple extra bucks for nothing but a fuzzy feeling, but most college kids will respond best to food. Popcorn, pizza, or anything that you can make it bulk cheap is a good way to go here.

However, if you’re looking to solicit community involvement as well, then you might need to up the stakes. Adults in the community might feel a certain sense of pride about the school, but they’re less impressed by dollar pizza slices than your average sophomore. Consider their political leanings; if you’ve got a lot of concerned environmentalists in your town, try a green fundraiser. If there is a strong arts presence, consider classing up your fundraising.

Quantity or Quality?

When considering your fundraising scheme, consider if you’re aiming for quantity or quality. Are you trying to get a lot of little donations or several larger ones? The latter will require more effort on your part, but the payout for your organization could be great.

Here are a few “quantity” based ideas:

  • Have a bake sale. Consider some easy recipes like pancakes, cookies, or hot cocoa!
  • Create a GoFundMe account. This is a great way to get people from even outside your community to donate, like faraway relatives, but don’t rely too heavily on this one option.
  • Ask your school if you can sell concessions at upcoming games.

And a few “quality” ideas as well:

  • Ask a local business for support. Even if you can’t secure a one-time donation, you might be able to convince them to donate a percentage of their sales as long as it’s a worthy cause. Lots of business do just that to help fundraise for pets, world hunger, and literacy programs. Your club can do that too!
  • Hold a dance! Social events are always appreciated on campuses. You can go for casual or formal, but college kids rarely get the chance to dress up, so you might have an easier time with formal.
  • Offer your services to the community. As a group, all go rake someone’s leaves, mow their lawns, fix their plumbing, whatever it may be. With so many of you, the job can get done in a few hours max.

These ideas will vary depending on your fundraising goals and how many people you have involved, but they’re a good place to start.

Consider Teaming Up

On college campuses, there are a lot of involved young people. Many are trying to make a significant change in their community, and there is no reason you both can’t help each other out.

If you’re part of a gender-divided sports team, consider asking the other side if they want to team up. If you’re an environmental group, there’s probably another one on campus that could use some money as well. Greek houses are always trying to fundraise, so make sure to pick their brains! They’ve got to be experts by now. Sometimes, two minds are better than one.

Of course, the returns on this strategy diminish the bigger the other group is. If they help out a lot, the other group might want more of the money than you’re prepared to give up. But you shouldn’t dismiss this option right away; give it some serious thought.

Fundraising is always a surprise, especially in a place as unpredictable as a college campus. You never know who is going to feel school-spirited or giving that day. The best you can do is approach this problem as a unit and commit to putting your all in it. Because if you’re not going to fight for your club, who is?

Winter Themed Desserts to Make in Your Dorm Room

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Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up in your comfy dorm room getting cozy with some delicious sweets. From chocolate and berries to whipped cream and powdered sugar, there are plenty of winter desserts to indulge in. But the best part is that most of these don’t require an oven and are so easy that you could make it in your dorm room! Here are our top picks for winter-themed desserts.

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Party for one? No problem. You can make a delicious single cookie that goes great with a scoop of ice cream or a cop of hot chocolate. You’ll love it because you only need a mug and a microwave to make it happen.

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 tbsp. butter
    • 1½ tbsp. sugar
    • ½ tbsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 egg
    • 3 tbsp. flour
  • Directions:
    • Spray mug with cooking spray.
    • Melt butter in mug for 30 seconds to soften
    • Add the rest of the ingredients one at a time, stirring until well-mixed.
    • Microwave for intervals of about 20 seconds until cookie has risen and is done.
    • Top with sprinkles, chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, etc.

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No-Bake Chocolate Cookies

A favorite from childhood, no-bake cookies are perfect for those who are die-hard chocolate fans. These cookies give you a burst of energy and make a good breakfast treat. This recipe makes a dozen.

  • Ingredients:
    • ⅔ cup sugar
    • 1½ tbsp. cocoa powder, unsweetened
    • 2 tbsp. milk
    • 2 tbsp. butter
    • ¼ tbsp. vanilla extract
    • 3 tbsp. smooth peanut butter
    • 1 cup quick oats
  • Directions:
    • In a larger-sized microwave bowl, add sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter. Microwave for about one minute or until bubbling. Microwave for another 30 seconds.
    • Stir in the rest of the ingredients one at a time.
    • Drop spoonfuls on a plate and refrigerate for about 3 hours. Best served cold.

Puppy Chow

Another childhood favorite, puppy chow is a favorite guilty pleasure. It’s such a mess to clean up, but it’s worth it for its chocolate-peanut butter goodness. Your friends will want a bag each.

  • Ingredients:
    • 3 cups rice squares cereal
    • 3 tbsp. peanut butter
    • ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Directions:
    • In a microwave-friendly bowl, melt chocolate at intervals of ten seconds (stirring each time you take out).
    • Add peanut butter and microwave for two-30 second intervals, stirring until well-mixed.
    • Add cereal and mix. Pour into a plastic bag and then add powdered sugar. Shake bag until evenly distributed.

Banana Pudding Jar

We always found banana pudding to be uber-sophisticated, especially when done up all fancy in a tall, glass dish. But did you know you could make expensive-tasting banana pudding in a jar with only a few ingredients and a mason jar (or regular bowl)? Seriously!

  • Ingredients:
    • Vanilla wafer cookies
    • 1-2 bananas, sliced
    • 1 packet of banana or vanilla pudding, prepared (or use 2-3 cups of pre-made banana pudding)
  • Directions:
    • Line bottom of your bowl or jar with vanilla wafer cookies as a base.
    • Make another layer of bananas
    • Add prepared pudding on top and alternate with layers of sliced bananas and cookies until at the top.

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Berry Good Fruit Parfait

Berries are all we want come wintertime. Thank goodness there are plenty of berry-themed recipes for us to enjoy. This recipe uses pre-made cake (think leftovers) and blends our favorite fruit and loads of whipped cream.

  • Ingredients:
    • Pre-made cake (including cheesecake) in small chunks
    • Variety of berries such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries
    • Whipped cream
  • Directions:
    • Add a layer of cake chunks to bottom of jar or bowl.
    • Add a second layer of fruit and then top with whipped cream. Repeat until full.

These are just a few of our favorite desserts to make when we are stuck inside on a cold winter day. Make one of these (or all, we won’t tell!), binge your favorite Netflix series and let us know which one was your favorite!

How to Properly Fuel Yourself for Finals

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Finals time is nearly here, and we can feel it all around campus. Everyone’s got that same desperate look in their eyes. But not us! You know why? Because we’ve learned how to properly eat for all-nighters, tests, final papers, and more! Want to learn how to make your own finals fuel out of the food you can find just about anywhere? Read on to see what you should and shouldn’t eat for the best results!

Long Study Sessions

Distraction is our biggest problem when we’re stuck in the library for hours a day. There’s just too much tempting us to look away from our texts and notecards. But, luckily, there are a few foods that can help us keep our attention!

Get out the guacamole for studying! Avocados are rich in Vitamin K and folate — both of which are essential to improve memory, focus, and energy. While you’re snacking, try some walnuts, too. They are linked to getting rid of that hazy feeling you get when you’ve been cramming for long periods of time.

Exam Day

For tests and quizzes, you need instant alertness and high-power fuel from the moment you get out of bed. With the perfect breakfast, you’ll get through your pressure-filled day with extra energy to spare.

Protein is key when you’ve got a lengthy test ahead of you. Egg yolks are awesome energy-boosting options. Add it to whole grain toast to fill you up and avoid embarrassing stomach rumblings. Another great option with similar results is salmon on a wheat bagel. For vegetarians, swap out eggs and fish for greek yogurt.

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Paper Writing

Final papers require a lot of problem-solving and critical thinking. And when you’re all tapped out from other projects or your day-to-day grind, you need foods that will help you process all that information.

Green, leafy veggies, like you’d find in a giant salad, are known to help fire up your brain’s processing systems. Add some virgin olive oil or coconut oil as dressing to help fight inflammation from typing for hours.

Study Groups and Projects

Whether you love group work or hate it, you have to admit that, when you find the right people to work with, it all comes together. And having a solid study group is an even better tool. Make the work easier with shareable, natural foods everyone will love.

Let’s talk dark chocolate. You can melt it on pretzels or bake it into cookies. But either way, it’s going to help keep you at peak performance. Not only does it have natural sugars when you get the organic kind, but it also lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress! Our suggestion is to melt and cover blueberries. Blueberries are also natural stress reducers. Instant chill!

Portfolios and Creative Projects

Art, music, design, and theater majors have final exams with different demands. When your finals are more about creating or designing, you need foods that can help you think out of the box.

Before you get to your art, have a sip of green tea, which has lower levels of caffeine and promotes cognition. Then, munch on some sushi that releases dopamine. Finish your meal off with a berry pie. Apparently, Steve Jobs used to go on fruit diets to help increase his creativity in the workplace!

The Best Places on Campus to Study for Finals

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Ugh. We can’t believe we are saying this, but the countdown to finals is ON. Overwhelmed? So are we. That’s why we are hunkering down and studying early this year. To make sure we’re prepared, we’ve selected the best places on campus to study for finals. Use this as your guide to finding the ultimate productivity place when finishing your paper or cramming for your exams.

The Sweet Spot at the Library

The trick to finding the best place at the library is knowing what to look for. The first is noise. Stay away from computer labs, classrooms, or group rooms. You’ll never get anything done there and will probably be forced to listen to someone else’s music.

The second thing you should look for is lighting. You’ll want to find a spot that isn’t directly under an industrial type light. Instead, go to the windows where there is plenty of sunshine. Natural light helps keep your energy up. You’ll also want to avoid drafty places or spots by vents where the temperatures can fluctuate and make you uncomfortable. And if you’re allergic to dust, avoid the seats in the stacks.

Empty Classrooms or Offices

First and foremost, check your campus rules on this one. You could be putting yourself at risk if your school doesn’t have an open doors policy. But if they’re cool with you utilizing an unlocked classroom or student office space, it could be your next hidden study hangout.

You’ll want one that is off the beaten path, and you will want to go alone on this one just in case something goes down (like someone breaks some technology on accident). If you can, studying in your actual classroom may help you beat test anxiety!

Classroom reserved during finals week for studying

Coffee Shops and Cafes

Everyone goes to Starbucks, but you can get the same kind of ambiance if you try your student-run coffee shop instead. The drinks are cheaper, and it’s more convenient to your dorm and it makes a great place for group reviews.

If you want a more low-key session, go a few hours before close or right when they open (usually around 5:00 AM). You’ll avoid morning and afternoon rushes and will most likely be able to snag the one table with the power bank.

Reserve-a-Room

Some campuses have rooms students or student groups can rent. It’s the perfect solution if you need a ton of space for all of your notes or room to finish a poster project. And you’ll guarantee yourself uninterrupted quiet time for the duration of your stay.

Some rooms you can rent include dorm room offices or group meeting rooms, spaces at your student union, or performing art practice rooms. You may need an advisor or professor to help you reserve, but it shouldn’t cost you anything to do.

The Gym

A little unconventional, but student-athletes will tell you that sometimes the best way to study is to move around while you do it. And there are some studies out there that show that adding movements to memorization can help you better internalize facts and concepts.

Bring your textbook on the elliptical or treadmill. Download a podcast reviewing the subject area so you can spin and learn. Lift weights to an audio version of your chapters. When finished, you’ll feel great and will be ready to take on whatever finals has to bring!

Let us know your favorite place to study for finals on campus! We hope these tips help you ace those upcoming finals!

What to Do When You Don’t Trust Your College Roommate

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Living with someone else is always a difficult experience.  Remember living with mom and dad, or, worse, siblings? It’s definitely not easy, even when it’s your family.  So living with a relative stranger can be especially rough, even more so because it might be your first time living away from home.  If you and roommate just don’t see eye to eye, that’s one thing, but what about when you really don’t trust them?

For whatever reason, you’ve been paired with this… sketchy person.  Maybe you used to get along, and now not so much.  Maybe you were trusting, but last semester they showed you that that was a mistake.  Maybe you’ve switched dorms only to discover that that was a mistake.

Talk to the School

The first thing you need to try to do is convince the school that it was a mistake.  Approach your RA and explain the situation.  It’s important to communicate that you do not trust your roommate, not just that you don’t get along.  They need to understand that this isn’t normal roommate squabbles; this is a whole other level. Your RA will definitely have steps to take to hopefully be able to separate the two of you.  There is likely a vacancy in another dorm, or you might be able to switch with somebody.

However, if you can’t afford to move to another dorm, or perhaps you signed a lease for an apartment off-campus, then you might need to take a different course of action.

Protect Your Items

You might not think that your valuables are safe, either because your roommate will use your things without your permission or worse.  Try and organize your things underneath your bed, conceal them in a trunk, or even in storage lockers. If necessary, make sure that you get a good combination lock.

Don’t leave cash lying around, or let them have access to your credit or debit card.  Luckily, you should have a chip card now instead of a magstripe one, so it will be harder for them to strip your information, though they can still copy down the numbers.

Keep Yourself Busy

Alright, this may sound counterintuitive, but it’s actually probably better that you keep yourself occupied.  As long as you make sure that all of your items are safe, then you don’t want to interact with your roommate more than you have to. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in more messy arguments and the target of ill will.  Keep busy with homework, and if that’s not enough then there’s plenty more you can do.

  • Get involved in clubs or athletic groups.

  • Make new friends.

  • Find internships in your major; the career center should be able to help you no matter if you’re majoring in a STEM fieldcounseling, or even art.

  •  Get a part time job, as long as you believe you’ll be able to balance those responsibilities and school.

College campuses are abundant with activity.  You should have no problem finding activities that occupy your time.

Set Things Up for Next Year

Make sure that you get an apartment or some other housing accommodation for next year.  There are certainly challenges to living with your friends, but it will certainly be a better situation that what you’re currently going through.  If you don’t have any options for roommates next year, hold interviews or make sure that your school matches you up with someone better.  They need to understand that a repeat of this situation is not an option.

Overall, this sort of situation is unpleasant but bearable.  You will get through this.  The light is at the end of the semester, which seems so far away, but I promise it will be the end before you know it.  College roommates are always a unique situation, but there are ways for you to get around it.  Just make sure that next year you’re in a better place.

 

The Most Beautiful College Campuses in the Winter

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There is nothing better than strolling a college campus in the winter. From dorm lights and trees kissed with a dusting of snow to cobblestone paths and old-school lamp posts guiding your way, winter gives you the chance to see campuses at their most silently beautiful. It’s no wonder these visions are filling you with those warm, cozy feelings inside.

But not all winter campuses are created equal! Wondering which schools truly bring out that winter wonderland? Here are our top nine favorite college campuses for winter viewing. Each showcases the beauty of the season and the campus at its finest — it’s the way college was supposed to be experienced!

1.   University of Virginia

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Sleds and toboggans are just a few of the winter-y sights you’ll see as soon as the first snow falls. But be sure to stick around for the Lighting of the Lawn, a beloved tradition that lights up the Rotunda and surrounding areas with over 12,000 lights!

2.   University of Colorado Boulder

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While UV has its lights, Colorado has nature. With direct views of the Rocky Mountains, the campus shines come heavy snowfalls. Add the limestone and sandstone structures for a bit of color to round out the rugged effect.

3.   Sterling College

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Sterling College, located in Craftsbury, Vermont, is already known as the place to study the outdoors. But come the winter, students don’t huddle indoors, they take to the cold for hands on learning with their barns, farmland, and even nature hikes out in the remote woods connected to campus.

4.   Harvard University

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Harvard isn’t just a top university in the United States for academics; it also brings the eye appeal come wintertime. With the architecture in authentic, High Victorian Gothic style, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time.

5.   Northwestern University

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Chicago winters are known to be anything but beautiful, but Northwestern makes the most out of it by lighting tree after tree along their lakefront campus. All season long, it adds a sparkle to student’s days and makes trekking around the mile-long campus from comfy dorm to night classes much more bearable!

6.   Vassar College

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You may think of Vassar and the rest of Upper New York as good for only the changing leaves, but the small campus has much to offer students when temps drop. Vassar’s Gothic style and huge mixture of mature trees are great to get lost in during a winter walk.

7.   Yale University

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Sure, Yale has great architecture and plenty of gorgeous pathways to oogle over, but it’s the art that keeps you coming back. With so many beautiful pieces to look at, you can’t miss the statues covered in a blanket of snow.

8.   Dartmouth College

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Upon visiting, former President Dwight Eisenhower said, “This is what a college is supposed to look like.” He should have come back in the winter to see just how amazing it can be. Added bonus, Dartmouth’s annual snow and ice sculpture competition at its Winter Carnival makes the cold something to celebrate.

9.   Boston College

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Boston College is what winter dreams are made of. The founders of that traditional college architecture every student thinks of, their buildings, especially Gasson Hall and bell tower, are more picturesque come winter when everything is covered in white and grays. The huge grounds give something for everyone, including expansive green spaces, brick pathways, and sculptures covered in snow.

Benefits of Living on a Suburban College Campus

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From cornfields and haystacks to tall buildings and busy streets, there are nearly limitless types of college campuses for you to choose from. But if you have a hard time choosing between city life and small-town living, you may want to consider a suburban college campus. Many suburbs offer the amenities of an urban area with the seclusion and tight-knit feel of a smaller or rural town. Here are benefits the suburbs offer those seeking a balance between the two.

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1.   Nature on a Smaller Scale

Because they have more space than traditional urban areas, communities outside of the city have an opportunity to focus on green spaces. This often includes access to lakes and rivers for boating and fishing; a bike path for working out; and forests with hiking trails to explore. This makes for an excellent self-contained combination for those who would rather have it all without sacrificing on Mother Nature.

2.   Access to the City

Trains, buses, car pools, and more! Getting into the heart of a city from a suburban hub is usually not more than an hour’s ride. And with so many transportation options, you’ll be able to still leave the car behind without feeling trapped. Many campuses also provide students with heavily discounted trips into an urban area to see theater shows, take in a sporting event, visit a business, or even just explore for the day. Suburbs are a great place for those who want to be near the thick of things but still be able to feel safe and comfortable with their surroundings.

3.   Boutique Shopping

More upscale suburbs, especially those surrounded by a creative and diverse university, are known for their unique shopping offerings. Handmade, homemade, antiques, and mom and pop shops are all favorites of suburban towns because it gives off a sense of community.

4.   Job Opportunity

When it comes to looking for an internship or applying for an off-campus job, rural communities certainly lack in this area. With cities, you may be competing with a huge amount of people. Studying in the suburbs, the hiring managers will know your college and the quality of students. They will be more open to giving you a shot and taking you under their wing. And unlike rural areas, there will most likely be a wider range of industries and positions from student teaching opportunities to businessmen to shadow under.

5.   Community Living

Small towns are usually known for their huge universities (especially public schools) with limited apartments or independent living choices. Urban campuses are more spread out with students who choose to live off-campus in their own housing. Suburban college campus, however, are usually self-contained with loads of options in terms of living situations. Residence life buildings will still be popular with many chances to get to know your next-door neighbor. But on the flip side, there is also the chance to live in high-quality (lower rent compared to a city) apartments.

Selecting a mix between a hectic city and a lazy, quiet town doesn’t have to be difficult. By checking out what benefits the suburban college campus has to offer, you may find yourself signing up for more greenery with equal amounts of connections. With suburban colleges, you don’t have to choose between both worlds.

Will you be attending a suburban college? Do you currently attend a suburban university? Let us know!

Benefits of Living on a Rural College Campus

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When deciding which college is a perfect match for you, make sure you consider your potential new environment. While some may thrive living in the big city or relaxing in the suburbs, others need wide-open spaces and the smaller community living of a rural college campus. The following benefits may be the reason why you should spend your time studying in the heart of the countryside.

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1.   Connect with the Outdoors

There is no better location for communing with nature than a rural college campus. From flowery meadows to forest canopies, these areas give you access to all kinds of greenery. They provide a place to explore during your off time and fresh air even when you’re busy. It’s especially beneficial to those studying natural sciences. For example, there is no better place for an aspiring veterinarian to learn than in the field working with farm animals.

2.   Take Over a Community

In rural towns, colleges dwarf the rest of the community—meaning you’ll have the benefits of a tight-knit community and an area where you can literally meet almost everybody. You may even feel right at home knowing that the town caters to its students with jobs, restaurants, and even discounts.

3.   Small Town Charm

Small towns are not the bland and boring spaces city folks like to believe them to be. Rather, rural communities offer quirky, unique experiences that define them. Maybe they celebrate Labor Day with a massive parade or host a random event like an annual strawberry fair. Whatever it is, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a brand-new culture without even having to leave the country.

4.   Campus Living

On a small-town campus, your inclusive community is waiting for you. Because there are fewer opportunities off campus, schools must make their campuses more appealing by adopting rituals and focusing on what they can do to make living in the dorms more attractive. This may include having better technology upgrades. Whatever it may be, it’s to your benefit as a student!

5.   Low Cost of Living

For those in a city, one of the major concerns is how to pay bills such as groceries, rent, and entertainment. Living in a small town gives you financial independence. You can still have a work-study job and earn enough to hit the restaurants after class. Or you can save up money to pay back your student loans faster by not having big city amenity distractions to spend your cash on.

6.   Stay Focused

Rural college campuses have all the pluses without the drama. You get the high-quality professors, excited and engaged students, and the opportunities to study abroad or perform an internship just as you would anywhere else. But the difference is that there is no other focus outside of your professional and personal goals. This location is perfect for goal setting, highly motivated individuals.

Attending campus in the middle of nowhere may not seem appealing to most, but those who want all the amenities and culture of a big school will love studying in a small area. Green living, low cost, and focus on your achievements make rural college campuses a great place to grow and learn as a college student.

Will you be attending a rural college? Do you currently attend a rural university? Let us know!

Top Facilities to Take Advantage of at Your University

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There is more to campus than dorm rooms and classes. Take a new route and discover all that your campus has to offer! Make the most out of your college experience by exploring the more hidden gems of your campus. These spots are well worth the trek to find, and after all, you are paying for these facilities in your tuition!

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1.   Gym

You do not have to be a star athlete to use your university’s gym or workout area. Most colleges provide access to a gym, pool, track, or sports areas for free or very low cost. With many universities using their facilities to attract new students, you may be surprised at all of the workout benefits this privilege may come with such as a climbing wall, an ice rink, or Pilates equipment. Many colleges also offer workout classes to help beat boredom. Now you may be able to try a new yoga class, sit in a spin session, or learn a new sport!

2.   Art Museum or Gallery

Perfect for a date night or a quick dose of culture, your school’s art gallery or museum is the place to be. Larger schools provide a space in which to show a mixture of student work, alumni pieces, or art acquired over the years. The space may even be used to host events and artist visits. While it may not be the Louvre or the Met, even for amateur fine art fans, the college art gallery is a great diversion.

3.   Practice Rooms and Rehearsal Space

Music majors aren’t the only students that get to have all the fun! Music practice rooms are typically available to rent out (or mostly free) to anyone holding a current student ID. You may find yourself in a space with a grand piano or a room with recording equipment. There are even opportunities to rent out music halls or larger practice areas for band practice if you feel like rocking out. And don’t forget music computer labs—they’re the perfect space to work on composing your concerto or experimenting in new electronic music.

4.   Study Areas

Sometimes the dorm rooms do not cut it for getting in a good hour or so of studying. All the noise, distractions, and traffic can break your concentration quick. That is why many universities have designated reserved study areas open to both individuals and groups needing quiet areas away from the hustle of campus. Try your library first as these are usually the best location for them. If you prefer to study in groups, look for larger rooms that allow you to talk, collaborate, and share without having to worry about being a distraction to others. Don’t forget your laptop and tech accessories, sometimes you’ll be in these study areas for a long time!

5.   Health Services

If you’re sick, you don’t have to drive (or fly) home to your usual doctor. Instead, take a quick trip to your student health services building. Most are staffed by professional nurses and doctors who will treat you just as good, if not better, than your old pediatrician. These medical professionals are not there for emergencies that require an ER, but they are great for treating a nasty cold, giving out flu shots, or diagnosing a mystery illness. The student health clinics also include therapists and counselors if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or are in need of some mental health attention.

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Your campus is designed to feel like home. With spaces that enlighten and educate, as well as treat the body and soul, there is little need to step a foot off campus. All it takes is finding these hidden gems to discover all that they offer.

Do you have a favorite facility at your school? Do you plan on checking any of these out? Let us know in the comments!

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NACURH and OCM: Strong Together

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nacurh 60 We returned to the office covered in glitter and clothespins, with goodie-bags under our eyes and our feet sore from wobbling. Just another day at the office? Not at all. This weekend, OCM got NACURH’d!!

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire hosted NACURH 2014, and provided thousands of dedicated students a safe, sustainable, spirited and beautiful venue to express their love for college life and community. OCM got to reunite with friends from across the country, and meet hundreds of new ones! We had a blast at this magnificent event! Relive it with us here!

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See you in North Dakota! @NACURH2015

It was a weekend full of cheering, hugging, tears of joy and most importantly, learning. As students and advisors return to their regions and campuses with new ideas and new networks of friends, so does OCM. There is not leadership without friendship, and we hope you can find both @OCMonCampus.

To all our friends, new and old, we L-O-V-E you and we L-O-V-E NACURH!

A sincere thank you to those who made this conference all that it could be! NACURH ’14 was an inspiring display of what individuals can achieve when they commit to community and embrace individuality. Thank you for all you shared with us, NACURH.

Let our friendship remain strong, and may it always wobble.