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Raising Money For College?

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Raising Money For College?

Suddenly you’re faced with a semester bill and the stress keeps on building up and up until you’re faced with one choice: pay. If you can’t pay out of pocket, or if the government doesn’t give you enough financial aid (which happens to be my dilemma) the only other option seems to be to take out a private loan through a company like Wells Fargo or Sallie Mae, which brings on other issues like finding a cosigner. It’s either that or beg for money from friends, family, and even strangers. Crazy idea right? Wrong.

Using websites like GoFundMe you actually do have the option to set out and campaign for your tuition. For just a small percentage of your funding and about 10 minutes of your time you can set up a project to potentially bring in thousands of dollars for your education! Seems ridiculously easy doesn’t it? It really is that simple. However, there is no guarantee that you will find kind strangers to donate to your cause. Your project could turn into a total bust if you don’t network and put yourself “out there” onto the world wide web. In all honesty though, what do you have to lose? You can only gain, and hopefully gain a lot, by putting out one simple Facebook post to share your efforts.

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to share my GoFundMe here and hopefully be able to raise some money for my spring semester! If you’re feeling kind and generous today or want to put a few bucks towards saving the world through genetic engineering (totally possible if you ask me) just follow the link below and donate whatever you can. Think of it as an investment. I’ll update later with the results of my endeavor! If you have ever tried to fund a project online comment below and share your experience.

If you’re interested here’s my link, start sharing!!
http://www.gofundme.com/GE-Fund

 

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28 Days Later…

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Menstrual Cramps Tips28 days later, it’s that time of the month again! The painters are in, you have a friend visiting, you’re going to Japan. Whatever you might call it we all know what it means. Cramps, cravings, and an emotional rollercoaster for some. So today I have a few helpful suggestions for surviving the worst week of the month.

Lets start with cramps. Here are five things I do to help aleviate the pain of cramps:

  1. Ibuprofen every four hours on the dot.
    Taking a pain reliever when you first notice the cramps and as often as directed on the package will help get rid of pesky cramps.
  2. Heating pad or rice sack/baby/animal heating pad
    If you’re lying down in agony placing a heating pad or a rice filled heating pad (heated in the microwave) on your abdomen will help relive cramps.
  3. Exersize: Run, hike, stay moving. It keeps your body and mind busy.
    If you’re active you won’t notice the cramps.
  4. Eat a healty diet, follow the food guide pyramid.
  5. Distract yourself. Go out and do things! Find some kind of craft to do, work on homework.

Now on to cravings. Sometimes you suddenly get the urge to eat something… Chocolate, potato chips, whatever it might be, it’s probably not very healthy. Eating healty foods will make your cramps more bareable, try and find a healthy alternative to any junk food craving you have. Or try not to eat too much of it.

Need chocolate? Try something healthy.
Here is a link to some healthy chocloate snacks thaty wont bust your belt.
http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/ten-healthier-chocolate-snacks/

Something salty? Try almands. They are healthy and tasty!
Try some of these low calorie snakcs to help your salt cravings.
http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/meal-ideas/craving-something-salty-20-healthy-snacks-under-200-calories

How about those mood swings? Livstrong has some great ways to calm them naturally
http://www.livestrong.com/article/23959-natural-mood-swings/
Simple things like exersize, changing your diet, and getting out into the sun more.

Hopefully you find some of these ideas useful/helpful! Women don’t have it easy, hopefully this will lessen the stress of that one week a month.

Senior Pictures!

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It’s that time of year again! All the seniors at our high school pay large sums of money to be photographed by professional photographers across the valley. Or, if you’re lucky you have an amateur photographer friend, with a decent camera, who can snap a couple great photos of you so you can be on your way without burning a hole in your pocket.

Unfortunately most seniors, girls in particular, will find the photo selection process to be far more difficult than the actual photo shoot. So here are a few suggestions that may be helpful in your selection process!

First: When you receive your photos from the photographer chances are, if you have gotten them done professionally, the photographer has probably selected their best photos out of hundreds. Now it’s your turn! Most of the time there will be a few standouts right off the bat. Try and choose 4-5 pictures of varying look/pose/color that you like the best. Try to avoid choosing pictures that are obviously over edited. People will notice, and it’s just not “organic” if its not really YOU then what’s the point, right?

Second: This might sound lame but go ahead and upload them to Facebook, in some cases the photographer may have already uploaded some and tagged you, that’s fine too. The reason I say this is because its the quickest and most effective way to get feedback from friends and family. See which ones people like the most, that may help narrow down your choices. Or you might see the beauty in a picture you were unsure about before, you never know!

Third: Get final input from the adult(s) who’s opinion you value you most, and two or three of your closest friends. The trusted adult(s) will have a different perspective, they will be able to judge what you will like to see as your senior picture when you look back on it years from now, and they will pick a picture that they think in compasses you as a whole.
Your friends opinions are important because they will choose a picture that represents you as you are now and how they’ve seen you for the last four years.
Ultimately the decision is yours. Try and find a picture that represents you in a way you wish to be looked back upon for years to come, a daunting decision, I know. Try and balance between something that’s you now and something that’s you as a whole, ie something that won’t date itself and become irrelevant to your personality.

Fourth: Picking your top two. First decide, if necessary, if you’re choosing a black and white or color photo. Then look at the pictures side by side. Figure out what’s most important. Smile, hair, outfit, face/head position, etc. I know it sounds silly, but make a pro/con list. What do you like most and least about each photo? If there is obviously more pros to one photo then you probably have a winner! Besides the logical approach, you may just have a gut feeling about a particular photo. Go with it. If you love it you won’t regret it.

So here are some things to remember when considering your senior photo: narrow it down, choose a photo that is natural and representative of you, take input from friends and family into consideration, make the final decision yourself and choose the one you love. Don’t forget that it’s YOUR senior photo and that you should love it (that’s the most important!). Don’t let anyone pressure you into choosing a picture you don’t love. Good luck and have fun! You’re only a senior once!

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