Wait, What’s Free College Tuition?

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I wouldn’t know because I don’t live in New York. If you’ve somehow not heard already, New York is officially the first city in the U.S. to offer tuition free college to students. But before you start packing your bags, be aware that there’s a catch (because there’s always a catch).

First, it’s important to know that the free tuition is more scholarship based. According to CNN Money, there is an income cap for those eligible of $100,000 and the scholarship only applies to SUNY (State University of New York) and CUNY (City University of New York) school systems.

The Excelsior Scholarship, the actual name of this amazing free-tuition opportunity, only applies to students studying full-time and on track to graduate in either two or four years depending on their program. Unfortunately, the scholarship would only cover a student’s tuition and not textbook fees, room and board, or the many other costs of going to college, so if you love seeing your refund check each year, this won’t aid you there. This doesn’t come close to the biggest catch of all.

The New York Times says that students who receive this scholarship MUST stay  and work in New York for the same amount of time that they received the scholarship, i.e. if you used the scholarship all four years of college then you’re stuck in New York for another four. Otherwise, if you decide to leave for other potential opportunities, the scholarship you received turns into a federal loan you have to pay back.

Very catchy, right? It’s like Cinderella’s carriage turning into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight because she didn’t want to go back to her step-mother.

Although we all don’t qualify for this amazing scholarship, there are still ways to maintain your college budget. If you haven’t yet, read our posts What You Need to Know About Borrowing for College and The Truth About Student Loans and Debt for need-to-knows on paying for college.

Luckily for us, we all know about downloading the Freenters drive to earn money for printing at no additional cost.

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A Priest, A Minister, and a Rabbi Walk Into A Bar…

20160509_121621Actually, there weren’t any religious figures, but there was a college student, his roommate, and a great idea.

Rho Kook Song and Paul Park are the co-founders of Freenters Inc.. They were college Rho and Paulroommates and fraternity brothers, at the University of Chicago, who wanted to create something that sparked the interest of young college students. By combining their bank savings and getting help from friends and family, they were able to jump start a new innovation.

Paul said they were very nervous and maybe a little introverted at first, but were quickly able to adapt to greeting people everyday and starting the business.

“We had this idea we just wanted to make a reality,” Rho said.

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They created Freenters, a way of
satisfying your daily printing needs while earning some cash, simply by using the driver to print ads on each page. Yet, the first model wasn’t what we’re used to today. Back in October 2013, they were able to start sending the first hardware models out onto 22 different college campuses in Chicago, Boston, and New York.

“Starting out, everybody who has never worked on a startup has a romantic view of startups,” said Paul. “I don’t think it’s for everybody.”

The growth of the business came to a halt when they experienced their first hack on the website. It may have been one of the most difficult periods in the company, but it made it stronger.

Paul laughed as he said, “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

They were only economic majors who had a lot to learn and today value the experience because it taught them to prioritize security and hiring people who could get the job done.

The original model was far from a total loss in the company, but rather a pivotal moment in Freenters success. Our co-founders entered into the University of Chicago’s College New Venture Challenge and won, winning $10,000 in support of their new start-up company. The competition brought them immense support from their university and they met their first investor.

In only a year, the growth of the company was great, but they wanted something more scalable to meet the demands of the market, hence the creation of the Freenters driver.

Rho admitted Paul being the more “tech savvy” of the two and Rho works hard to to supplement the numerous duties of a CEO, yet both equally contribute to new objectives and highly encourage their employees to collaborate on creative ideas as well.

Paul confessed that there are very new and exciting things coming to the public in the near future.

“We are currently serving the college market, but we know that they are not the only ones who print in the world, and many adults print everyday. The process has been limited to college students and people can look forward to the [expansion into] the household market.”

 

Do You Think You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep Each Night?

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Only around 11 percent of college students report that they consistently gain enough sleep each night because sleep deprivation is an ongoing epidemic on college campuses.

Sleep deprivation may seem like the new norm, but depriving your body of much needed rest can hurt your GPA, lead to ongoing health problems, and result in a threat to your life.

When you’re not getting enough sleep each night it affects your three learning processes: Acquisition, the ability to store information, Consolidation, your brain making use of the information, and Recall, the ability to access your memories. The Rundown compares sleep deprivation to both binge drinking and drug use, stating that all three have similar affects on student’s test scores.

In this regard, CBSNews said that driver’s without enough sleep are four times as likely to getting in an accident  as those who had the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. If you’re someone who uses a car on campus, you could be a risk to not only yourself, but others around you. 

Sixty percent of people admit to drowsy driving and over a third of people have fallen asleep at the wheel. If you’ve gone a full 24 hours without sleep it is the same as driving with a blood alcohol level of .10, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Huffington Post adds that 20 percent of young adults are receiving only less than five hours of sleep each night. This can lead to numerous health problems like depression, attention deficits, higher risk of obesity, and dependence on sleep and anxiety medications.

Interestingly enough, NPR noted that that women on average go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, and for biological reasons still need more sleep than men! While around 11 percent of male college students suffer from insomnia, nearly 30 percent of female college students suffer the same, so make sure you’re getting your beauty sleep ladies!

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there are many ways you can combat this campus-wide epidemic. Make sure you have your daily routine down. It’s too easy to come home, jump into bed and type Netflix into your browser. Sit at your desk (and not your bed because your brain will begin to associate it with productivity) and do some homework. Then you can reward yourself with snacks and whatever else tickles your fancy, then end the night with something relaxing like a book, bath, or playing with your dog.

Even a new pillow or, if you can afford it, a mattress pad can aid your sleep game. Dorm room beds were basically made for jail cells and everyone loves new pillows, so you shouldn’t let your sleep patterns be affected by something so simple. Stay comfortable!

Finally, eliminate your go-to things which may include, caffeine, television, cellphone, laptop, and any screen usage, and alcohol before bed. While sometimes it’s inevitable to avoid the sleepless study nights, there are things you can do to help get a better nights rest.

What To Do When You’re Blue

635941288691995957-1761224894_stressed-woman-under-stress-1000x600Honestly, college sucks. That’s the horrible truth that no one wants to admit. Although this is a brutal perception, it doesn’t mean you have to let reality get to you. When you feel like giving up, there are far more things to think about than how much college sucks.

Mid-terms are coming up, so you need to prepare early. Yeah, camping out in your school’s library day and night seems effective, but many college students in the past have made like a broom and overswept through their classes with this technique.

Rather than torturing yourself through your studies in the quietest, most secluded areas, try studying in a comfortable environment. Don’t let studying get you down because it can only hurt you. You can be like a mummy and listen to your favorite wrap music! Psychology Today explained a study showing that students’ memory can be indirectly improved when they are in a positive mood. Listening to your greatest playlist before a long study sesh can benefit you later on.

Another thing to help you survive is too not let your mind wander. It may seem soothing to start letting your mind run wild thinking, “Will adding 18 carrots to my soup turn it into gold?” but before you know it, you’ll stress more about all the time you’ve wasted not getting down to work. In time, you’ll be calculating the precise grade you have to get on your next three exams to barely pass the class. Stay focused to avoid your midterm blues!

Something that students often forget about tests is that you don’t have to study alone! Connect with someone from your class and quiz each other for maybe 30 minutes each day, a few days before the test. This can be in person, over the phone, or on a Skype call. This person doesn’t even have to be in the class you’re taking. A tip from USA Today College said that a good way to study is to go to an empty room and teach someone the material you’ve learned. The best way to know if you’ve learned your stuff is to go teach it to someone that knows nothing about it.

Something else to remember is that when you decide to dedicate time in your day to study for that midterm, that should be your sole focus. You can’t stress yourself out with the many worries of the world. Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun? It’s because they’re always a little short, but you don’t have time to worry about your lack of funds. Whenever you need extra cash, remember that you’ll have spare cash in your account when printing with Freenters, and get back to studying.

Finally, spread the midterm cheer! Try to keep your friends just as positive as you are during one of the most stressful times in college. If you enjoyed the random placement of corny jokes in this post, take a look at our post 10 Corny Jokes To Tell Your Cornier Friends for more and lighten someone’s day during midterms.

Today’s cornball jokes were inspired by 101 Corny Jokes found on Quotev.com.

Now, do you want to hear a joke about pizza?

Never mind, it’s too cheesy.

 

 

10 Dates For When You’re Both Broke

 

 

In light of Valentine’s Day, it’s important to do everything you can to make your special someone feel special. Taking a quick glance at your bank account tells you that you don’t have very many options. Fear not! Here are ten date ideas that are all about quality time and saving money! Utilizing Freenters‘ printing services can help you pull enough cash for one of these budget-friendly dates.

1. Chopped

Possibly one of my favorite date nights, the chopped date night is for those who love to compete with their crush. Go head to head and see who is the better chef. This takes very minimal planning and can be made as cheap as you want! I only spent $13 on mine.c420947869f348e2afb6a21e63f68b6b

 

You’ll need:

   – ingredients (I used these)
   – two baskets (or two boxes)
   – some competitive music (here’s a playlist)

   – access to a kitchen

If you don’t know how chopped works I’ll give you the general guidelines and you can customize them to your own event. Players are given a box of the same mystery ingredients. Once the competition starts you will have 30-60 minutes to create the best meal with the ingredients you have. You may also put out some extra things that are available to everyone (like spices, veggies, side dishes).  I suggest watching an episode of chopped before doing this date.
Pro-tip #1: Make it even more exclusive by renting an apartment for the night with Airbnb ($60+)
Pro-tip #2: Invite another couple over to spice up the competition! BUT keep in mind how many people because only so many people can use the over/stove at once! Try using ingredients that are already cooked if this happens!

2. Bob Ross Paint Night 

This date is always a winner and guaranteed to spark some competition and laughter. The best part is, I only spent about ten dollars. Everyone has seen the deals for Paint Night, but it can range anywhere from $50-100 for just a mediocre piece of art. I give you BOB ROSS, the happiest, most pleasant artist to ever walk the face of the Earth. You’ll fall in love with just one of his videos. They are free on Youtube and Netflix! CAUTION: these painting look extremely hard, but Bob Ross maintained the idea that anyone could paint if they tried. He gives you a step-by-step tutorial on how to paint his work and surprisingly IT’S EASY.

 What you’ll need:

   – Select a video and painting that you want to recreate and watch it to be sure.
   – You can get two canvases from wal-mart for about $5-7
   – Paint brushes ($3-5 Wal-Mart. Try Dollar store!)
   – Acrylic Paint (Watch video ahead of time to know what colors! ($1 wal-mart)
   – Newspapers to protect the ground from any spillage
   – Plastic cup for water to clean brush
Pro-Tip #1: BYOB? Alcohol is always a good mix with art
Pro-Tip #2: Make this a double date and invite another couple! You can see who is the best painter.
Pro-Tip #3: Snacks make every party a better one! Here’s an easy cookie recipe:

3. DIY Pizza Party 

This party only cost my $15 and who doesn’t love pizza? This party is super fun because it’s kind of a DIY. You get to spend some quality time with your crush, all the while creating something you’ll both love (competition?).

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Here’s what you’ll need:

   -Pizza dough (you can make it with this easy recipe, or buy it already made $1-5)
   -Pizza sauce (red, white, pesto – you decide! $2-6) You can also make it using tomato
      paste and chicken broth!
   -Pizza toppings (get creative – pepperoni, olives, pineapple) ($2-5)
   -An oven bake at 450 for about ten minutes (check your pizza dough package for more specific directions)
Set out the ingredients for you and your significant other. Let your creative juices flow and create your own pizza!
Don’t have an oven? Make these pizza bites with a toaster oven!
Pro-tip: Make it a double date! See who’s pizza tastes the best!
Pro-tip #2: After the pizza is done baking put on a romantic movie! Or go for a walk and work off those calories.

4. The Target Date

Okay this is a new one and it’s a little harder than you think! Probably a better date for those who have been together longer.
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This date costs $10-20. Grab $5-10 and drive to Target. Once your there you both have one hour to find the best gift for the other person using the $5-10 you brought! You CANNOT go over. After you both finish come back together and see who bought the other the best gift!

 

Pro-tip: Loser buys dinner? (Dollar menu!)

 

 

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5.Nature Walk/Picnic

Google your local attractions and check out the good hiking spots. Grab a backpack and pack a specially made lunch for the two of you and get going! Make sure to look at the difficulty of the hike before going and make sure your partner is able to do it too.

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What you’ll need:

   -Hiking shoes
   -Backpack
   -Lunch ($8-15)
   -Blanket to sit on
   -WATER
Pro-tip: Bring your partner’s favorite snack to let them know you pay attention. OR bring them a small gift!
 
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6. Game Night

Whether you’re just getting to know someone or if you’ve been together for years, a game night is always a fun way to learn new things about each other.

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Set up some snacks and select your games for the night! My favorite: Cards Against Humanity. Don’t have it? Print it for free here. Print it using Freenters and make $2.40!
Do some research for games your partner might enjoy!
 Pro-tip: Snacks make everything more fun (so does alcohol!)


7. Museum 

A day at the Museum is always fun. Make a day of it and bring some lunch! Or, if you have extra cash check out a local spot to really get immersed in the community! Always check Groupon for local deals and coupons (and your Freenter coupons)!

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8.Mini Golf

The classic movie date. Show off your golfing skills and score with your partner. It’s good for some competition and quality time. You can usually find a good deal for $7-10.

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Pro-tip: If there are multiple courses don’t do the last hole in each course or you’ll lose your ball! Skip the last hole and do all the courses! Save the 18th hole for when you’re ready to go home.

 

 


9. Movie Night at Home

Doesn’t sound special but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made to be special! Grab as man pillows and blankets as you can find and make the room as comfy as possible! Build a fort! Or build it together! Decorate the room with candles (or snacks) and pick out your partner’s favorite movie! Pop some popcorn and relax together!
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Pro-tip: If you can have it outside then I would suggest moving the movie night to your backyard.
Pro-tip #2: Have nerf guns? Make this even more fun by having a war before settling in.

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10. The Arcade

Last but not least, is one of my all time favorites, the arcade.

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This can be a little more expensive than other dates but check your local websites and groupon (psst…. here’s a coupon)for better deals! Dave and Busters and Gameworks usually have deals going. I just bought $40 dollars worth of credit for $20. They also have cheaper nights to go and student specials! Whether you like Time Crisis or Dance Dance Revolution, you two will have a great time here!