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How to Study for Finals in a Café Without Losing Your Mind

Graphic by: Jordan Steinfeld

 

Finals are coming can you feel them? When studying at home or on campus is just not an option, students everywhere flock to cafés. With their abundance of caffeinated beverages and sweet treats, they can be the perfect study spots; that is, if you know how to do it properly. Without further ado, here’s our guide to studying for finals in a café without losing your mind:  

 

Bring headphones. You won’t realize how loud a café is until you’re trying to concentrate in one. People’s personal conversations are so annoying and don’t even get me started on the sound of that espresso machine. Well guess what, those things are supposed to be there, you’re the one who’s out of place with your giant book-bag and stack of notebooks. Don’t complain about their noise; just drown them out with a good playlist.

Dress in layers. Don’t give yourself any excuse to leave. Be comfortable without looking messy and wear something you’ll be comfortable sitting in for hours on end.

Don’t go hungry but be prepared to eat. Ordering food in a café is a great excuse for a study break. When you get to the café order a coffee or tea and sip on that for a while. An hour or two later, order some food and use the time before it comes to do some real cramming. When your food arrives, take a study break and enjoy it. Depending on how much you have left to do you can either get the check and leave or repeat the process.

Bring water. I always get thirsty when I study. Bringing your own water ensures that you stay properly hydrated without bugging your server.

Go Alone. Seriously, go alone.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Cafes can be crazy distracting on their own. If you really have work you need to get done, don’t bring a friend.

Put your phone away. First put in on vibrate and then put it in your bag. Don’t pay attention to it. Seriously. Study, be productive, and look at your phone later.

Bring more than one thing to do. This one might be kind of controversial, but I’m a big believer in working on multiple projects at once. Sometimes your brain just won’t let you focus on the thing you planned on doing. This is no excuse to waste a valuable study session (I mean, you already got dressed and made it all the way to the café, right?). If you bring a secondary project with you, you’re guaranteed to get something done, no matter how difficult it is to focus.

Don’t host a study party. This goes right along with “go alone” above. Study parties in public are rarely effective and really annoy the other guests at the café. Instead of gathering at your favorite café to study with friends, gather there for celebratory post-study-session lattes and cookies. 

 

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Top 4 Unexpected Expenses of the Study-Abroader

When planning a trip abroad most people plan for (and lament) the high costs associated with flights and accommodations, but there are a lot of other costs associated with this kind of trip that you may not have thought of. Here are the top 4 major offenders: 

Bills from back home: that means car insurance, credit cards, and any other payment you have to make on a monthly basis. Your payments don't go away just because you leave the country.

Books and school supplies: I'm going to remind you one more time, its called "study abroad." 

Public transportation: don't forget to factor getting from point A to point B into your budget.

Going out to restaurants: every night feels like a celebration when you're in a new city, make sure you can keep the party going with a little extra money allocated towards dining out with your new friends and classmates. 

 

 

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Hurricane Sandy

As hurricane Sandy gets ready to unload on the east coast of the US we hope everyone out east stays out of harm’s way. The FEMA site has important tips on what you can do to try and stay safe before, during and after a major storm. Check it out and be informed with the most up to date info regarding the storm. Also if you’re worried your flight may be one of the currently 7,200 flights canceled, myFoxLA has an up to date flight tracker with up to the minute information for you. Just click on the city you’re flying to, and then click the link for the handy airport flight tracker for a breakdown of flights and delays. Are thoughts are with everyone out east and we hope you all stay safe. 

 

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How to Vote while Abroad

How excited are you about this election? Don’t worry, even if you’re studying or interning abroad, you’ll still be able to participate in this exceptionally American experience.

In order to vote while abroad you need to be registered. To register and request an absentee ballot head here. Once you’ve done this, your state will send you an absentee ballot. It is your responsibility to make your choices and mail in your ballot before the posted deadline. If you do not receive your ballot (for whatever reason) and there are less than two weeks left until the election head here to complete a federal write-in absentee ballot.

If you are already registered and simply need to request an absentee ballot head here and for even more information on voting abroad straight from the horses mouth check out the state departments handy guide here.  Happy Voting! 

 

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International Travel Registration or Smart Things You Can Do Right Now

Hold on to your hats, boys and girls! This sounds like an exciting topic, doesn’t it?  When preparing an exciting and life-changing adventure, one of the last things you want to bog yourself down with is looking into safety and international travel registration. Quite the buzzkill, no? It’s much more fun and entertaining to lose yourself in local reviews, blogs, and travel guides. But realistically, this topic is an important one. Especially if you, like me, find yourself being requested to leave a country for your own safety.  In this instance you will thank God, Buddha, Allah, Oprah, the universe, or any other higher power you may believe in for the foresight of registering with the US State Department.

This came in handy personally when I found myself backpacking through Morocco and staying in Moroccan home housing (casa rurales) when the Moroccan terror alert suddenly rose to red and all Europeans and American were strongly advised to leave the country in the summer of 2007.  The information we received allowed us to make educated decisions on the final leg of our travels and our best route for exit.  Without it we would have been influenced by the speculation and paranoia being spread and may have missed out by leaving early due to misinformation. 

Registering with the State Department is a preventative safety measure that provides the US government with an accurate account of how many of its citizens are in a particular country in times of an emergency. Examples include terrorist attacks, tsunamis, earthquakes, government coups, war, or any other emergency situation that can escalate or creep up out of nowhere. 

Go to the US State Department’s traveler’s registration website and register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). It’s a free service and once you attain a log in and password it is easily updated as you go on new and exciting indelible adventures. Registration lets the government know what country or city you plan on spending your time in.  It is not a homing device or an invitation for Big Brother to come along on your adventure.

So go ahead and register your plans. At the very least it will make you more informed and give your loved ones the knowledge that you are taking your safety seriously.

 
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