Parents Corner: Care Packages Can Be The Morale Boost Needed For Finals

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It’s that time of year again: finals season. You probably know this from conversations with your student(s) about due dates and paper lengths. They may be stressed because of course exams and lab reports all piling up. Finals can be challenging for even the toughest students so why not send them a little boost of support and love during this trying time? Here’s why care packages are the best ways to show them you believe in them.

They’ll Need Some Luxury

Getting through finals week is like surviving a train wreck. You’re tired, living in the library, and running on precious little sleep. There is nothing luxurious about that kind of life. But receiving some upgraded chocolates and treats in a care package is! With a care package full of scrumptious snack mixes and Belgian chocolate, your student will feel they earned that time out from the chaos to sit back and enjoy the finer things in life.

They’ll Need Fuel to Power Through

Taking final exams and writing those last papers before the end of the semester is a little like running your first marathon. Every mile gets tougher along the way. But it’s so worth it in the end. Sending a fitness buff some of their favorite pre- and post-workout eats is a good reminder that fueling up for the work is important.

They’ll Want a Little Laugh

Waking up to a package full of snacks is always a good surprise. Waking up to a package full of your favorite treats, delivered in a cute “survival tube,” and sent with an encouraging note is a whole other story! Going big with a survival kit of classic candy will bring a smile to their face and a pep in their steps.

They’ll Want a Break Time Reminder

With no time to spare, taking some time for yourself is nearly impossible during the final weeks of classes. As parents, you’ll want to remind your student that a little peace and quiet can go a long way. With a sunny and sweet care package complete with hot drinks, fruit, and snacks, you can’t go wrong! They’ll thank you for the best break ever.

They’ll Want to Share With Friends

Study groups, roommates, teammates, and more… your student is probably not studying all by themselves! With deluxe care packages, you can send more than just a single serving of chips and candy. Instead, go big with treats they can share with the entire team (and more). Imagine being the friend who brings in the two dozen gourmet cookie tray!

They’ll Need to Stay Healthy

Unfortunately, the fall semester comes at a bad time to be unhealthy. Not only is it cold, dry, and bleak in most of the country, but it’s also prime cold and flu season! To beat off sickness, conquer the seasonal blues, and stay in peak physical health, you may want to steer away from giving candy and treats and instead go for something more seasonal. A healthy blend of munchies, soups, and hot drinks is the perfect care package combo.

Seven Tips for Registering for Classes Next Semester

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It’s registration season, and we can feel the excitement all around campus! Everyone’s meeting with their advisors, laying out schedules, coordinating classes with friends, and preparing for the Spring semester. But registering for and picking your classes for the spring semester is a kind of art. It takes a lot of clever work to make sure you get into the courses that are best for you. Here’s seven tips on how to do it right.

  1. Know Your Registration Date

You probably received it in an official email — it’s the date and time in which you’re first allowed to login and register for your classes. It’s probably the most important date on your calendar, so be sure to read over those details until they’re engrained in your mind. Then, set reminders on your phone so you know to be up and at a computer. For those at large schools with lots of competition for classes, this is an absolute must-do.

     2. Double and Triple Check Your Academic Requirements

If you’re nearing graduation, there is no worse mistake you can make than by mistakenly registering for the wrong class or forgetting a requirement for your major. Read through your documents, pull up your transcripts, and plan out the remaining classes (as well as the times those classes were offered in the past semesters) so you can be sure the schedule you have now will get you to the finish line.

      3. Schedule an Advisor Visit EARLY

Some schools require you to meet with an academic advisor before registering. In others, it’s only suggested. Either way, your academic or major advisor is your go-to stop before registering. Even if you’re not nearing graduation, being sure you’re on track to get everything done on time is essential. These pros can give you the reassurance you need.

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      4. Plan Your Gaps Wisely

Wouldn’t it be nice to only go to class two days out of the week? We promise you it can be done if you know how to schedule correctly. Writing out your potential spring schedule on paper can help you see how you can minimize your class days and maximize your days off.

      5. Consider Morning vs. Evening

If you have options, consider the timing of your classes. Some of us are fine with 8 AM lectures. Others would rather get up at four in the afternoon and stay up until two getting work done. Plan your spring semester around when you function at your peak. With more night classes offered to undergraduates, this is now easier than ever.

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      6. Research the Professor

Before you hit submit on your class shopping cart, you need to know who is teaching that course. A bad professor can ruin an entire semester. An overly easy professor might mean you won’t be challenged or learn anything new. Reading course reviews online or asking friends who’ve taken the class before is one of the first things you should do when considering your schedule.  

      7. Avoid the Overload Trap

We all want to breeze through college so we can get to the “real world.” But moving too fast, too soon is a tempting trap that no one should fall into. Overloading on classes or challenging courses can backfire and send you back further than when you started. Make sure your classes are a great mix of easy passes, challenging themes, and necessary major work so you won’t be bored or overworked come spring semester.

 

There you have it, our top seven tips when registering for classes next semester! We hope this helps you find the perfect balanced schedule and getting every class that you want!

8 Tips For Winning 2018 College Admission Essays

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One of the scariest parts of applying for college is, hands down, the essay section. While you can show off your talents and skills in your actual application, showing who you are as a person in essay form can be much more challenging. If you’re stuck trying to come up with the perfect answer or don’t know what you should or shouldn’t include, here are eight essential tips for writing the perfect college admissions essay.

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#1 Proofread

Let’s get this one out of the way right now. The biggest mistake any applicant can make is not proofreading an essay before submitting it. Even if you think you’re the most amazing writer out there and have aced all your high school papers, you need to review what you wrote. The best way to avoid clumsy mistakes is to have someone you trust look it over with a red pen until it’s perfect.

 

#2 Follow All Instructions on Length

Another rookie mistake applicants make is writing too much or too little. And when your essay is in the sea of thousands of others, having the wrong word count stands out in all the wrong ways. Writing too little says you don’t have anything to say. Writing too much  can make you sound pompous.

 

#3 Be Descriptive

Most likely, your writing prompt will be about you. Unlike research papers, you should be as personal and descriptive as you can. Talk about the colors of the ocean the first time you saw it or describe your mom’s face the time you made her proud of you. Don’t be afraid of adjectives.

 

#4 Don’t Over-Write

You want to sound smart, right? Of course! However, you want to avoid saying something in twenty words when it could be said in four. Those big vocab words are great to use as well, but be sure you’re using them correctly and that they fit with the flow and language of the rest of the essay.

 

#5 Avoid Cliched Storytelling

Writing prompts like Describe your biggest challenge can seem easy. But these types of assignments can be deceptive because they lead a lot of uncreative students to write about the same thing! Instead of writing about that project you were stuck on, pick a story that shows off your personality and how that time made you the person you are today. Talk about the topic with your parents or friends till you come up with something that is both unique and that you can write passionately about.

 

#6 Be Funny and Warm

Unless your topic is serious, you can show off your humorous side in an admissions essay. The trick is to balance it right. This is where a friendly editor can give you a second opinion to make sure your jokes or stories are in good taste and fit in with the rest of the piece.

 

#7 Don’t Recycle

It can be really tempting to reuse the essay you wrote for the last college if the prompt is similar, but this would only hurt you. Make sure you personalize your essay for the college, and re-read the prompt’s details over and over again in case you miss a detail you didn’t notice before.

 

#8 Clearly Start and End Your Essay

Ensuring your readers see an introduction, body, and conclusion is one of the most basic rules of writing. In the intro, state the prompt over again in your own words like you would a thesis statement, and then rework it in the conclusion. The body should have paragraphs with at least three sentences in each, and be sure to not only use simple sentences. To make it easier on yourself, trying outlining in order to organize your thoughts concisely.

Already Broke Your New Year’s Goal? Get Back on Track

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One month down, eleven to go. You’re already kicking butt on your New Year’s resolutions, right? Right!

…okay, let’s get real. Chances are, you made your New Year’s resolution with the best of intentions. But maybe it hasn’t gone too well, or perhaps you forgot about it altogether. That stinks, but you should know that you’re not alone: New Year’s goals are broken all the time.

The good news is that you can always get back on track. The following tips will make you refocus and recommit to your New Year’s goals.

 

Evaluate the Bad

New Years is supposed to be all about the positive. If you’ve lost that positivity, start with the most basic question: Why did you quit?

Evaluating what went wrong is crucial to analyzing your choices. Maybe it’s an easy answer like your January was way busier than you had planned or you got caught up in the start of a new semester that you forgot about those goals. Those are easy fixes. But sometimes it’s deeper than that, and the question is harder to answer honestly or objectively.

Still, do your best to look back at January and figure out what may be at the root of your problems. That answer will help the next steps and beyond.

 

Make a Clear and Comprehensive Plan

One of the biggest reasons why we let go of our goals is because of a failure to plan ahead. Go pick up a calendar and start by looking at this week. What can you do this week to put you ahead. If your goal is to pay down debt, use a budget to pay an extra $5 to your credit card. Or, if you’re trying to get healthier, replace all candy bars you’d normally have with a piece of organic fruit.

Then, keep the calendar open and work on the month. Where do you see yourself at the end of this month? Remember that you already failed once, so don’t be too ambitious. Start slow and small. You can always go big when you hit your first few goals on time.

 

Get Accountable

Some people do best when there is a social aspect of a resolution. For example, posting your goal progress on social media accounts or setting up a blog to share with others can be extremely powerful and motivating — and it’s a great way to stay accountable. We know that we are more likely to stay on track for longer terms when we know others are in on the goal line.

Another idea is to put money on the line. Sign up and pay for that 5k race or pre-pay for a tutor or trainer. When money is part of the picture, you’re less likely to want to waste it by falling behind. Plus, your target will feel more tangible when you invest in yourself and your plan.

 

Go Easy On Yourself

For the majority of goal setters, resolutions don’t make it to the end of the year. There are many reasons for it from just forgetting or life getting in the way. A year is a long time to keep to a goal, so it’s important and valuable to celebrate the accomplishments you do make whether big or small.

Putting pressure on yourself to perform every single day will burn you out fast and may even set you up for failure for other goals as well. Instead, treat each day as a chance to start over or move yourself a little bit closer to the goal line whether it’s January 1 or December 31.

Your First Valentine’s Day Together: What to Gift Them!

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Valentine’s Day is one of the best holidays. After all, who doesn’t want a day all about love (and candy, and chocolates, and delicious meals)? But when you’re just starting a new relationship, the day can feel like a minefield. On the one hand, you don’t want to go too big and scare or overwhelm your new significant other. On the other hand, you certainly don’t want to forget it altogether and risk hurting his or her feelings. That’s why we have compiled a list of our favorite first Valentine’s Day gift ideas for you to use when you’re stuck.

 

A Homemade Card

When money is tight or time is limited, sometimes the best thing you can do is to go with old-school pen to paper. This is your chance to express how you feel, remember some special times you shared together, or take a moment to say you care. While simple is often the best choice, if you can craft, don’t be afraid to go above and beyond with the DIY-ing and Pinterest inspiration. Just skip the glitter and save the mess!

Care Packages

Taking care of yourself is often forgotten, especially when you’re in college. Valentine’s Day can be an opportunity to help your partner refocus on what matters most — themselves! Sending a surprise care package, like one full of healthy treats or shampoos and scented washes, is a great and inexpensive way to pamper without shelling out for a spa day.

Decadent Desserts

Outside of health and wellness, Valentine’s Day is also an excuse to pig out on desserts you wouldn’t just have every day. Our favorite options include red velvet cake and extra large cookie cakes. Stomach aches may or may not be included.

Rose-less Bouquets

Flowers are always a good choice for the lady in your life. However, roses on Valentine’s Day can be overpriced and may send a message you’re not exactly ready to send just yet. Plus, it’s so unoriginal. Instead, get inventive and save big bucks by heading to your local florist to create your own fresh bouquet using more underappreciated flowers like pink and purple calla lilies or vibrant zinnias.

Comfy PJs

Why Valentine’s Day has to be in winter, we’ll never know. But it is great for inspiring some awesome cuddle sessions. Keep them cozy all night long with a new pair of pajamas. Hearts are a must but don’t be afraid to add some humor like with footed pajamas he or she would have to be bold enough to wear out.

Framed Pictures

Add a unique picture frame to your Valentine’s Day DIY-to-do list. For most relationships, you probably don’t have many actual pictures of the two of you outside of Facebook or Instagram. That’s why there’s just something so special and meaningful behind getting an actual framed picture of a favorite moment or candid photo. DIY by spray painting and adding extras like scrabble tiles with your initials or buttons and doily lace for a more expensive look.

Inside Jokes Come True

If you’ve been together longer than a few weeks, you probably have a few running jokes only you two can understand. Why not share those funny moments or phrases in a literal way. Create a piece of wall art to hang or check out a funny stuffed bear (an added twist on a Valentine’s favorite).

 

Whatever you do, make sure it’s from your heart. Whether you’ve been together a day or 364 days, your first Valentine’s Day together should be special and unique!

Student Spotlight: Penn State Grad Develops Biohealth Game Playphysio

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Ishana Shekhawat’s startup is about to bring a little bit of joy to many sick and recovering young patients.

Her product, PlayPhysio, is a biohealth game targeted for youth between 5- to 15-year of age who need to practice lung exercises due to medical conditions. The exercises may be prescribed for those that have chronic lung conditions, or are recovering from a surgery.

 

The Beginning of PlayPhysio

Ishana recognized a need for an effective breathing exercise while she was an undergraduate student in New Delhi. “As part of a clinical immersion exercise, I was visiting a trauma center in Delhi where I met with a child who had undergone abdominal surgery and had been prescribed these exercises for his recovery and rehabilitation,” Ishana explains. “He seemed very reluctant to do the exercise and this sentiment was apparently a popular one when I cross checked with the healthcare providers.”

From this experience, she recognized a need in the market. She goes on to explain, “The objective of the exercise was to formulate a relevant need statement and this idea particularly stuck with me, since I had been on the lookout for an idea and felt that I could apply my skill set directly to solve this problem. It stayed as just an idea for a year or so before I started looking more into it.”

While the original prototype of Playphysio was a board game, the vision turned digital. “The objective of the game is for players to use their breath to control the movements of a submarine as it maneuvers a series of underwater obstacles,” she explained to Penn State News. “The player breathes into a device, which sends data to a digital sensor and then to the video game app via Bluetooth. By following the game’s breathing instructions, players avoid crashing the submarine and earn points.”

 

How Penn State Supported Her Entrepreneurial Goals

“I was part of the summer cohort at Happy Valley Launchbox, where we got a lot of help both in terms of individual mentoring as well as through weekly information and networking sessions.” Ishana explained. Happy Valley Launchbox is a free business accelerator and coworking space located in downtown State College, PA. “The entire process taught me a lot about the different aspects of running a business – like financing, business model development, hiring etc.” This is how she gained the hands-on know-how that can’t just be taught in Penn State’s classrooms.

“I was also awarded the Penn State Summer Founders award, which provided me with both a seed grant to get the idea off the ground and with weekly sessions where we could interact with the other teams and a guest with expertise in the related areas. As a student entrepreneur, the resources at Penn State have helped me tremendously. Not just in terms of the opportunities available but also with respect to the people who are there to offer advice and help whenever I was stuck.” she said.

 

How You Can Start a Business as a Student

Ishana shared wise advice for others looking to follow in her entrepreneurial footsteps. “If they are at the building stage, I would advise them to put the product out there as much as possible even if they don’t think it is ready.” she urges. While you might not feel like your product or service is exactly market-ready, getting it out there early can bright about some beneficial outcomes. “Feedback helps a lot in shaping the product, according to what the users want.”

You should also have contingency plans in place. Ishana explained, “There are a lot of unexpected situations that I’ve had to deal with, especially when it comes to timelines. I had thought while planning that it would be easy to get feedback from health practitioners, but it took almost 2 months to get somewhere with that.” Moral of the story: be prepared for the worst and try to expect the unexpected. Accounting for any detours can help you accurately set your expectations and create a realistic roadmap for your brand.

 

 

If you’re ready to make the plunge into student entrepreneurship, check out our How to Build a Business infographic to get started!

 

High School Seniors: Are You Stuck Between Two Dream Schools?

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Your admissions letters are in, and the great news is that you’ve been accepted to your two dream schools. But how to choose? With so much on the line and four or more years to look forward to, picking the right college for you matters. This guide will help you make the hard choice without seconding guessing yourself.

 

Step 1: Make a Pros and Cons List

It’s an old trick, but a pro/con list really can help you sort through all those feeling just below the surface. Maybe one school has professors you love and a gourmet cafeteria while the other is a little too far from home. Count up the pros and subtract the cons. Whatever has the highest number wins. Plus, weighing each of these against one another in list form can help you see each of your options outside the flashy brochures.

 

Step 2: Visit Again

It’s not always possible, but if distance isn’t a factor, take another tour of the college. This is especially a great idea to do in the winter when the school isn’t full of flowering trees and students in shorts going to tons of college sponsored activities. If you still have those warm and fuzzy feelings, it’s true love. If you start to find faults on second viewing, it might not be worth it.

 

Step 3: Get Linked to an Alumni

Many schools love hooking you up with access to a recent alumni or graduating students. This person can be a great sounding board on if they think you’ll be a good fit culturally with the school. The trick is to ask for honesty, and you’ll get it. It may take awhile to build up this relationship, but it’s worth it for the valuable input.

 

Step 4: Go Off-Campus

While your schools may be relatively the same, the towns or cities that they are in may be the deciding factor. First, really think about what you love or hate about where you are now. Is city life for you or would you do better in a countryside with loads of nature? In addition, check to see how your school interacts with the town. Good town-and-gown relations is really important for students who want to fit in or explore.

 

Step 5: Check the Cold Hard Facts

Some schools win you over with beautiful campuses and awesome tour guides, but the real deal is in the numbers. How many students complete and graduate the program in four years? What is the job placement rate? How is school safety? All this data should be readily available if you ask an admissions counselor or advisor. If they’re less than forthcoming, be wary.

 

Step 6: Compare the Tuition Costs

It’s no secret that college tuition costs will follow you around for years after graduation in the form of student loans. Most dream schools are just not worth this price tag when another offers you competitive scholarship programs or comes at a lower cost. If money is a concern or at least a factor, your financial aid package should settle the score.

Top Places to Study Abroad in 2017

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One of the biggest and most rewarding adventures you can have as a college student is to study abroad. There are so many programs you can choose from like studying opera in Italy or politics in China. But with all those options, how do you find a destination that’s perfect for you? This list of the 7 best places to study abroad in 2017 will give you ideas of where you should book your flight to in the new year.

 

Barcelona, Spain

 

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Romantic, charming, modern, and vibrant — Spain really has it all. However, what really makes Barcelona, in particular, shine is its eccentric and quirky architecture, multilingual citizens (most speak Spanish and Catalan, and many can speak English and French as well), and tasty food culture. Spend your days visiting historical sites and art galleries, and at night, treat yourself to a round of tapas!

 

San Jose, Costa Rica

 

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Nature lovers and natural science majors absolutely must visit Costa Rica at least once. It’s rainforest, ocean, and urban environments make it perfect for those studying engineering or development or take on a project such as constructing hurricane-safe homes or studying fish populations along one of its many beaches. Added bonus: the cost of living is low and flights are relatively inexpensive!

 

Cape Town, South Africa

 

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Just like Costa Rica, in Cape Town you’ll experience a rugged landscape full of mountains and oceans as well as an urban oasis that’s both friendly and relatively safe to travelers. It’s an international hub which means you’ll get the opportunity to work and study next to students and professors from all over the world.

 

Sydney, Australia

 

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For those intimidated by learning another language or living in a country where English isn’t spoken widely, Australia is a perfect place. There’s so much focus on wildlife, indigenous culture, and marine studies that you’ll have a million of options to fit your major.

 

Tokyo, Japan

 

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If your ideal place is an urban landscape, there is no better place to go than Tokyo. Ideal for business majors and those wanting to learn a valuable new language in a growing global economy, you’ll feel right at home with the millions of people who call Tokyo home

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

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With world-class music, art, fashion, and history, Buenos Aires is inspiring travelers and visitors from around the world. Because much of the city is influenced by Italian language and culture, you’ll feel very European without leaving the Western Hemisphere. And who doesn’t want to learn a little tango while dining on farm fresh steak?

 

Shanghai, China

 

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Shanghai, the most populous city in the world, will completely change what your definition of “foreign.” From its street markets to its late-night scene, Shanghai boasts a culture completely its own. You’ll walk away with an understanding of the Eastern world and, hopefully, the use of Mandarin language which looks killer on many resumes these days.

 

Always Tired? Try These 7 Tips to Stay Awake in Class

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Your head feels like it weighs a million pounds. Your eyelids droop as if they are being pulled down. Your mind goes blank as you drift off in a sea of comfortable peace…

…and then you wake up with a start. Class is over and you’ve missed the whole thing! Fighting off exhaustion and trying to stay alert in lectures are pretty typical problems to have in college. But if you’re getting worried that you’re always tired, try these seven tips to stay awake in class.

 

 

1. Hydrate and Refuel

Treat your class like a marathon by being sure you have the right fuel to make it through. Sometimes, falling asleep might be a symptom of hunger or dehydration. Keeping a water bottle by your side and a few low-key snacks in your backpack can help you get the burst of energy you need. We recommend healthy, easy-to-carry options like granola bars and fruit (peppermint is also supposed to help you stay awake), and if you must caffeinate instead of water, try black tea or coffee so you don’t get an overdose of sugar.

 

2. Ask Questions

The more engaged you are, the more you’ll be forced to keep those eyes open. Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and ask the teacher to clarify a point or review over a difficult subject. Answer a question the professor has or volunteer to participate in a demonstration. If it gets your mind moving, it’s so worth it.

 

3. Assign Yourself a Distraction

Just like being engaged, stay alert by giving yourself a small task. For instance, doodle a picture of the professor, write a poem about your classmate’s hideous hat, make a to-do list for the end of the day, or fill in your calendar with the rest of your syllabus’ due dates. The key is to not pick tasks that will take your mind off of class but will give you a temporary distraction that will re-awaken your mind.

 

4. Shower or Exercise Before Class

Running from bed to morning class isn’t going to do you any favors when you need to stay up. Instead, start your early routine with something that will invigorate you like a cold shower or a run around the track. Both activities wake up your senses and give you enough adrenaline to get through the next few hours without needing a pillow.

 

5. Keep It Cool

The more layers you wear, the warmer you are. That’s awesome for drafty buildings, but it’s horrible if you’re trying to stay awake. Seat yourself near that window that won’t close all the way and leave the coat at home. Staying cool and chilly will actually keep you awake longer.

 

6. Practice Reflexology

Small body movements that can be done at your desk or table can be lifesavers. One easy motion is correcting your posture by rolling your shoulders up and back and imagine yourself as if you were being pulled up by a string. Stretching your wrists by using your other hand to pull your palm gently back towards you is also effective. If all else fails, try the pinching method. It’s slightly painful, but there’s a reason why it works so well.

 

7. Maximize Your Nap Schedule

If it’s the afternoon classes you have trouble staying awake for, add a nap in your day. Try a NASA version, which is 26 minutes long and usually finished an hour before you need to be at your most alert. If that’s not plausible, just keep the nap under an hour. Any more, and you’ll go to class feeling even more groggy than before.

Perfect Winter Outfits for College

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The old adage “dress smart, look smart” couldn’t be truer when you’re looking for an outfit that’s both college-appropriate and winter-proof. From walking through mounds of snow to peeling off layers in class, finding the right look can seem next to impossible.

However, these style bloggers have figured out how to thread that needle between fashionable and practical! These are six perfect winter outfits for college you should try out yourself.

 

Classic Coat

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Finding the perfect winter coat is essential when you make college walkways your runways. Investing in a coat that can be combined with multiple looks, both casual and chill, is a great way to put it to work. We suggest picking a striking color, such as a lipstick red or indigo blue, so that you could wear it anywhere it looks like a part of your style.

 

Matching Knits

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Tis the season for sweater weather! We are loving old school chunky cable knits and far out designs like this mix of rainbow polka dots and stripes. It adds a much-needed touch of color without being overwhelming or falling into the dreaded “ugly sweater” category. But what really makes this outfit perfect for hanging out with friends on a quad is the matching knit hat as the perfect accessory.

 

Unexpected Plaids

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We all have that comfy plaid button-down we break out on lazy days or for when we’re running late to class. But plaid doesn’t have to be for last resorts or when you know you’re not going to be seen. Plaid is the perfect winter weather fabric for pieces like skirts, leggings, and coats. We especially love how vintage dressy it looks here when added to a cute sweater and pair of black tights.

 

California Sunshine

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That boho, west coast style doesn’t just disappear when the summer concert season is over. You can pull this chic, laid back look off no matter where you’re located. The trick is to find muted colors like creams or pale pinks and then add a 70’s twist. Here, this sweater is rocking the bell sleeve look that is taking over our style feeds.

 

The Right Accessories

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Winter outfits live and die on what you add to them. For this look, it’s all about the extra long, thick sweater in a pop of color the turns heads. She adds another element by utilizing leather gloves and leather moccasins — both practical and a contrasting texture. Finally, there’s the purse. It totally hits the vintage, Parisian theme while also still staying in the natural pastel color scheme of the rest of her outfit.

 

Extra Layers, Thicker Pants

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While fashion is important, warmth is absolutely essential. This style blogger gets it down with the multiple layers of a flannel base, sweater top, and comfy flannel jacket. Where it really wins is actually in the pants. It’s easy to stick to skinny leggings or jeans when fitting in boots, but when you need to kick it up a notch for a more formal look, thicker fabrics in a flare or a wide leg is much more winter approved. Have at least one well-tailored pair in your closet for interviews, date nights, and presentations.