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For those of you who don’t know, I have a twin sister who goes to UGA. She and I have shared a car since we were 16. While most of my friends could not even imagine sharing a car, I did not think it was that bad in high school. I would get the car every other day — not a terrible situation.
When we went off to college our parents decided that we did not need cars as freshmen. But come sophomore year, she and I were determined to work something out. The solution: I got the car fall semester, she got it spring and we shared over the summer. The problem with our solution was that one semester with a car made the semester without a car so much worse! She is also graduating a year early, and we will most likely not be living in the same city this summer.
I know I had to do something, so I started to save my money to buy my first car. After four months of looking online and hearing many people promise they found me my dream car (my dream car to my dad was a minivan and my dream car to my grandfather was a convertible that I could not afford to pay insurance on). I finally found my car, a 2003 Mazda 6 that my twin sister named Jolene.
I had help looking; don’t get me wrong. But I did most of the process on my own, and I found it to be a lot harder than I thought it would be. So here are my 10 Tips for Car Shopping in College:
- Be Practical: Most likely this car has to last you at least five years, so you need something dependable. You also need a car that does not make your insurance impossible to afford.
- Know Where to Look: AutoTrader.com is a great tool. You can specify exactly what you want and put it in your price range. Remember you have to actually drive to where the car is to look at it in person.
- Live Near a Big City: I am in Statesboro, and there are no cars down here. Try to look around big cities: more people = more cars.
- Bring a Friend who Knows Cars: You know those people who can listen to an engine, look under a hood and tell you everything you need to know about cars. Make one of those people your friends, and take them car shopping. However, what you really need is a fortune teller to let you know how long the car will last you.
- Get it Checked Out: Have in mind a mechanic that you trust and remember this will cost you extra. If you are at a dealership get an insurance wavier to take the car to your own trusted mechanic.
- Be Prepared with Insurance: First make sure you can get a free quote. Next look at the VIN number on the bottom right side of the windshield. Call your insurance company give them the make, model, year and VIN. They will give you a quote that you can compare with each car you look at.
- Know Someone Who Can Get You a Deal: Cars are expensive. So unless you are the best bargainer in the world, you need someone with you who has connections to get the best price.
- Ask a Million Questions: Car dealers like to slither around answers. Don’t let that fool you! Ask what am I signing, why does it look that way, why do I have to pay this, will you clean that out? Don’t assume: ask.
- Be Smart: Walk around the car look for anything unusual. Check the radio and air conditioning. Listen to the engine run — weird noises are not normal. If you aren’t convinced it is a good car, then it probably isn’t.
- Be Prepared to Pay: If you can pay cash, then do it. Financing is just one more bill. Understand that a car means money for insurance, gas and repairs. A car is a big investment, but it is worth it.
Twenty-four hours without sleep can seem like an eternity. Whether it’s an all night cram session for that calculus final, a nurse’s first night shift, a crying baby, or the shortest stick on the cross-country road trip, the only thing slower than those 24 hours is that getting ready process the next morning.
But imagine if you were staying up 24 hours because you could not sleep after your doctor diagnosed you with cancer. I say imagine knowing all too well that many of you have been faced with this situation. Cancer has touched so many people’s lives. So what are you doing to help those families (your own family) with the fear, sadness and hopelessness that they have felt during those first 24 hours?
Honor your loved ones with luminaries and inspire so many others to Relay. We are not sleeping because cancer does not sleep, and we are fighting for more birthdays.
Relay for Life Bulloch County will be April 29th at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds. Use your 24 hours to make a difference and join us to relay.
My reason to Relay: Merrill King.
Devon King is one of my friend’s from high school. They are sisters that were separated too early because of Merrill’s battle with leukemia. I Relay in hopes that no more big sisters ever have to say goodbye to their little sisters.
What’s your reason to Relay?
If you are sitting at work like I am watching the clock, then I hope this post can give you some relief from the “I wish 5 o’clock would hurry up” boredom.
This first picture had me dying laughing this morning. I can’t believe this poor girl actually thought she knew how to spell.
Next is something that I can’t believe I found. I am constantly looking for ways to spice up my resume, create an online portfolio and in general make myself look more desirable to future employees. But this girl decided to tell companies why they should hire her to the sound of Miley Cyrus. This may not be for everyone, but in this economy I can’t blame the girl for trying.
Before I leave for the day I want to send out this picture in hopes that an annoying tune will replay over and over again in your mind. Happy Weekend everyone!
This year I can’t help but feel like I have been riding a wild horse with roller blades strapped to its feet through a whirl wind of clubs, societies, seminars, meetings, webinars, conferences, interviews, classes, work and so on. I have a never ending to-do list with ways to increase my professional resume. I refuse to graduate without feeling fulfilled in all things college life. I could hire a full time assistant just to manage my social media sites. And I just wish I could clone myself to be social at the pool and be at work all at the same time.
After debating constantly with my friends over who is busier, I have decided that our plates are all just about over flowing. The worst part is there is a lingering thought constantly haunting us. If we stop working, slow down for just one minute or make the wrong decision, we might be finding ourselves stuck in our parents’ basements working dead-end jobs where all our hard work never paid off.
There is one thing that keeps me calm through all the madness. I go back to the familiar. I go back to the routine that I have been doing since my first day at kindergarten. I remember that first and for most I am a student. And while I near the end of my junior year at college, I feel like being a student is one thing that I can be confident in.
If you feel like you could use more confidence in your classes, here are some tips that have never failed me:
- Never skip class.
- Never miss a homework assignment.
- Never skip a quiz.
- Find at least one friend in every class.
- Keep an updated agenda, calendar and to-do list.
- Make sure every professor knows you by name.
- Always study more than one day in advance.
- Check and re-check all assignments for errors.
- Keep a back up file on hand.
- Keep the style book of your professor’s choosing with you at all times.
(The perfect depiction of my fears from Techie Nation.)