6 Ways to Save & Make Money in College

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Being a college student and having money are two things that do not go together. Little do people know there are dozens of ways to save and make money
as a college student. Although all of these ideas may not make you a millionaire, it can help you have a little bit more money to go out and have some fun, or at least buy something other than ramen noodles for dinner.

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This seems self-explanatory, but many people don’t utilize this option or even know that it exists. For GCC students, the Barnes and Noble store located on campus does have the option to rent certain textbooks. A lot of textbooks have the rental option but as they start to get taken off the shelf there are fewer options. I would recommend getting your textbooks as soon as possible so that you can utilize all of the options. Even if you can’t rent – try purchasing used textbooks. It can cut the cost in half saving you more money.

Freelancing

You may not know what freelancing is, but it’s a great way to utilize your skills to earn some cash. There are tons of websites out there that allow you to post jobs and get paid. Or you can start your own business. There are so many options to take your skills and turn them into money. Some examples include: making a YouTube channel, a blog, an Etsy shop, or just selling something you’re good at making.

One interesting student business I heard about was being the “DD” or designated driver. A friend didn’t have a car and he wasn’t 21 years old, but when his older friends went out they would pay him $25 to drop them off and pick them up a nightclub, and he drove them using their car. It was not only easy money, but also was the right thing to do.

So get clever. Notice a need and fill it. And, I definitely recommend taking the time to research the hundreds of options.

Work Part Time

Again, super self-explanatory, yet so many people think it’s not possible. Today there are so many options for creating your schedule. There are night classes, online classes, and if you sign up as soon as possible you can most likely make a pretty flexible school schedule to fit your liking. Another way is to use time management, this is not only a great skill to have once you’re done with college and begin working, but also for school and work. It is possible to have a part-time or even a full-time job if you utilize all the scheduling tools as well as manage your time so you don’t fall behind in school or work.

Save Your Change

This is something I do, and I love it. Really all you do is take your change (I also take my singles) and put them in a separate place; whether it be a jar, box, bag or some hide-away. Store your change somewhere separate so that you don’t get the urge to spend it. After your savings jar starts to fill up just turn the change in for cash and you have an extra $20+ to spend or save!

Take Advantage of Student Discounts

I’ll keep this short and sweet because again you may already know about this option. Students have no idea just how many student discounts are out there, most people just don’t ask. Don’t be afraid to ask for a student discount and have your student ID with you. Here’s a list of student discounts for college students

Sell Things

Clean out your closet, pick up your room, and sell your old stuff that you didn’t even remember you had. I’ve made a couple hundred dollars with this method. It’s super easy and helps declutter your space. There are so many different websites and apps that can be used by anyone to sell really anything. Some apps I use include Ebay, Mercari, Poshmark, Depop, LetGo, OfferUp and Craig’s List. That’s only a few of them, there are so many options!

Say goodbye to crying about being a broke college student, and say hello to the new things you’ll be able to buy, and the things you’ll be able to do. Let me know if you try out any of these tips, and which one you like the most. Thanks for reading, until next time!

“Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people.”

-Tena Desae

-Danielle

Stop Procrastinating, Start Conquering

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Every student deals with procrastination, but not many people know how to deal with it. Procrastination is like having a devil on your shoulder telling you everything you could do instead of your homework. Don’t worry, I’m here to give you tips to say goodbye to that little evil man on your shoulder!

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Stop Being a Perfectionist

Being a perfectionist myself, I understand the struggle of always wanting everything to be just right without a single flaw. However that is not always possible, and sometimes being a perfectionist can even hold you back. If you worked hard and did your best there is nothing more you can do. Don’t stay on the same paper or homework assignment correcting and checking it for the 100th time, when your time could be better utilized on something else! No one is perfect, that’s okay, just do your best.

Make Lists

I mentioned this in a previous post of mine, “How to Stay Organized Without Losing Your Mind”, but it really does help in so many different aspects of your life. It’s a method I swear by. In short just have a notebook or to-do list pad dedicated to making lists of everything you want to do within the day. This will work as a motivator constantly reminding you of what you need and want to do in the day, and the idea of being able to check everything off will push you to be more productive. Try it out for yourself, and I bet you will get more done in the day.

The 20-10 Method

This is a great method I learned about through Pinterest ,  (Shameless promo: Check out the GCC Pinterest for tons of inspiration!) The idea behind this method is to have a timer whether it be on your phone, an app you download, or there are even some webpages meant for this method. When you’re doing your work start the timer with 20 minutes on the clock, work for 20 minutes straight without interruption. When the timer goes off give yourself 10 minutes to relax and check your phone. Then go back to 20 minutes of working. Continue the loop until you get all of your tasks done! This is a great way to work instead of trying to do everything in one sitting and getting frustrated and exhausted.

Work When You’re Feeling Productive

This may sound simple but many people don’t do it! Whenever you feel productive, get down to work! Often people say ‘I’ll do my homework at this time’, but when that time rolls around they don’t feel like doing what they planned or they get distracted. So when you feel full of energy, and you’re looking for something to do, why not get some work done.

Do Your Favorites/Least Favorites First

This is a great way to snowball your productivity. Take your homework list and do the assignments you like the most (or in some cases make you the least miserable) and do that first. I would even recommend ranking your tasks from #1 to whatever, and go in that order. Doing your preferred tasks first will get you motivated, and you will be more likely to continue working. But you may prefer to do the least favorite things first, that way what you dislike or maybe your hardest course is out of the way, and the rest of your assignments won’t seem as bad. Either way, just have to figure out what works best for you.

You’ll always have those days where you’d rather do anything other than your responsibilities. Whenever you’re in a slump, apply these tips and let me know if you were more productive and if I helped you out. I love to hear feedback!

“Work hard in silence, let success be your noise.”

-Frank Ocean

-Danielle

5 Quotes to Motivate You to Finish the Semester Strong!

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GCC students we are at the 8-week mark of the spring semester, which means we are one step closer to summer vacation! I know the last weeks of any semester are the hardest because you’re looking forward to the upcoming break. Here are five inspiring quotes to remind yourself of when classes get tough and there doesn’t seem to be enough coffee in the world. (That quote is by me!)

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“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”

-Art Williams

College isn’t easy, I think everyone knows that. It is so important to remind yourself that it may be hard right now, but in the end when you achieve your goals and get to work in a job you love, you’ll be able to say it was all worth it. I can promise you that you will be happy you went through this once the day comes that you can say you achieved your goal. (And have the reverse cash flow!)

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it takes to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

-Earl Nightingale

People have this idea that millennials are not patient and growing up with technology has trained us to expect instant gratification. Let’s beat this stigma; be patient, work hard, and realize that although it feels like you’ve been in college forever that someday you’ll graduate, and this ‘pain’ is only temporary.

“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?”

-Captain Jack Sparrow

This might be cheesey since the quote came from Pirates of The Caribbean, but I liked this quote. What he meant by this is that the problem isn’t the problem itself, it’s your attitude while trying to solve the problem. Your attitude can either lead you to a problem or a solution. If you take on an issue with a negative attitude you  may get a negative outcome, but if you face it with optimism, positivity, and the will to work hard, you might just find the solution.

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you.”

-Anne Lamott

College is stressful and there is almost never a day that you don’t have homework. I think people sometimes forget the importance of themselves when drowning in the stress of it all. It’s okay to take a break sometimes. It’s okay to take a day or even just a few hours to yourself to relax or do something you like. If you don’t find time for yourself you’ll run yourself down, stop being as productive, and your work most likely won’t be as great as it could be. So you take that nap or read that (unassigned) book, whatever you do just don’t forget to take time for yourself.

“She believed she could so she did.”

This is personally my favorite quote ever. It’s short and sweet, but has so much meaning behind it. The quote says “she”, but this goes for you too guys. If you believe that you can do whatever “it” is and you believe in yourself and your capability to reach your goals than you will. But if you can’t even believe in yourself, how do you expect for your dreams to become a reality. It all starts with you, and believing in your strengths and your possibilities. If you believe you can, than you will.

I hope you’re feeling super inspired and ready to take on the world. If you liked these quotes make sure to check out the SUNY GCC Pinterest where we have a  board dedicated to quotes to keep you motivated!
-Danielle

Instagram: @dani3llle_

 

Donna Rae Sutherland & Her GCC Journey

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If you have ever had Professor Dudkowski for a class then you know what a great teacher he is, and how much he cares about his student’s success. In order to gain more knowledge from something other than our textbook and his lectures, we were given the opportunity to bring in a guest speaker. I thought this was a great idea, and enjoyed the guest speakers that had come in the past weeks, so I decided to ask my boss to come in.

donnaraeIf you don’t know Donna Rae Sutherland, she is the Associate Director of Marketing Communications here at Genesee Community College. For short we refer to this area as MarCom. Donna Rae has worked at GCC for 14 years, and has 35 years of experience in communications, within this time she has never been unemployed.

She graduated from high school in 1978, and made the bold move to San Francisco at the age of 17. Jumping forward to her being back in the Western New York area, she earned a certificate in Graphic Arts from Villa Maria College in 1983, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University, specifically the Newhouse School, in 1988. During her time at Syracuse she majored in magazine journalism and minored in graphic arts.

Now some of you may still be wondering, what exactly does Donna Rae do?! She works on advertising and promotions for GCC, as well as social media, public relations, student to alumni projects, special projects for the President, and she is also involved in several committees.

During her presentation she talked extensively about how she helped develop the current GCC logo and brand. When Donna Rae first began working at GCC she knew the logo needed updating. It wasn’t appealing to the eye and there were many new online marketing outlets that demanded a new contemporary logo.

One of the first steps in making a new logo was doing in depth research to uncover the positive and negative perceptions of GCC. In a professionally conducted branding study, GCC needed to determine what 3 words the school should be most remembered by. Something that alumni could resonate with, and something others would remember when they heard or saw something about the school. The Branding Steering Committee finally concluded “Beyond Expectations” were perfect words to be GCC’s brand.

Next was to create a new logo and because this institution is commonly referred to GCC and it is affiliated with the State University of New York, they chose SUNY GCC for the new logo. It only made sense to use the name that almost everyone uses when talking about the school.

When you look at any logo you probably don’t think too much about it, but Donna Rae and the Branding Steering Committee put in a lot of time and effort for the GCC brand to be just right. To go with the idea of “Beyond Expectations,” the new logo has three major components: a warm, golden lower shape with a rounded corner which represents the caring faculty and staff; a rigid blue shape with sharp corners that represents the rigors of higher education; and the ‘white tornado’ between these two shapes which represents us, the students who are whirling off the page into future without boundaries. And what’s best is the logo works in all media—from a 12 foot wide billboard to a tweet that is 16×16 pixels!

Donna Rae and the MarCom team are just one part of the reason GCC is and will grow in the future. Like her colleagues around campus in all divisions, she is dedicated to making this school a great place, helping existing and prospective students succeed. Marketing communications is an important part of the success of Genesee Community College and I am excited to be part of the team.

 

How to Stay Organized Without Losing Your Mind

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Sometimes students, in the craziness of everything we get overwhelmed and feel like we are about to lose our mind. Little do college students know that simply staying organized can make your life 10 times easier! Here are a few tips on how to stay organized so you can stay sane while in college.

  1. Use an Agenda!

I think people truly underestimate the power of an agenda. By using an agenda all of your assignments are in one place telling you what you need to get done. Personally I write down all of my things to get done in a checklist style and when I finish something I put a check mark, when I don’t I put an ‘X’, and if I only got through part of it I put a check mark with a dash through it, that way I can also keep track of what is already done and what I still need to do. My favorite kind of agenda has a calendar view for each month, along with weekly views with a big space to write whatever you please for each day. I use the 2017-2018 large agenda by Ban.do!

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Some of my other favorite agendas!

  1. Utilize Your Supplies the Right Way.

There are two systems I would recommend using to keep all of your handouts and homework tidy and organized, it’s really up to you to pick which one you prefer. My first system is one that I used in high school, mostly because my teachers preferred it and I got plenty of handouts; and that is to use a binder and dividers. I like this system to separate all of your papers into different sections and then all of your handouts and notes are in one place. However I don’t like how much space binders take up in your bag, but it is a great way to keep everything in one place. My other system which I use now is the folders and notebooks method. I use a different color folder for each class, and I use one 5 subject notebook and designate one section to each class. I find that folders are much smaller which leaves more room for me to fit other things in my bookbag. And I’ve found that in college you take more notes than you do receive handouts, so I would always recommend a notebook for any college course.

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  1. Highlight, Highlight, Highlight.

I was never a huge highlighter in high school, not that I really read my textbooks in high school… But once I came to GCC and I learned that you actually do have to read the textbooks I started using the highlighting technique. It’s pretty self explanatory, but as I’m reading I will highlight key words, definitions, and anything I think is helpful. I’ve found that it not only helps me find what I’m looking for later on more efficiently, but it also seems to help me remember what I read better.

  1. Make To-Do Lists.

To-do lists is something I recently became obsessed with in the fall of 2016. I’m not sure exactly why it started but eventually I started to write down everything I wanted to do in a day from start to finish on a sheet of paper and as I got things done, the same as in my agenda, I put a checkmark next to it. I found that this helped keep me productive and motivated to get things done, and it also felt great to check everything off that I wanted to do in the day. This is different from what I do in my agenda because I mainly use my agenda for homework and work purposes, whereas my to-do list is a step by step overview on everything I want to do.

  1. Put Dates From Your Syllabi in Your Agenda

This tip will save you, and your grades. When students get their syllabi they typically throw it in their backpack, in the garbage, or to the back of their folder where it won’t be touched again. However your syllabi is also your kryptonite. Most professors give you a set schedule for when assignments are due; when you are lucky enough to encounter this, I recommend writing down all of the due dates along with the name of the assignment in your agenda or even just on a calendar view print out you can find on Google!

There are so many ways to simplify your life, and make your academic year easier for you, but the ones I’ve shared with you are some of my favorite and ones that I use everyday. I hope this helped you out,and may the odds be ever in your favor for the rest of the semester.

“Ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” -Unknown

-Danielle

 

Be The Lucky Duck-The 9th Annual Ducky Derby!

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Wouldn’t it be great to win some extra money right before spring break? Well I have a super easy and fun way for you to do that!

On March 9th at 12:30 in the pool at the Batavia campus, the 9th Annual Ducky Derby will be held. Prior to this date you can purchase a ticket and donate anywhere from $1 to $5, and when you donate you get a souvenir rubber ducky for your generous donation.

If your duck comes in first place you will win a percentage of the proceeds, and the ducks that follow will win a door prize. We have a lot of door prizes donated from local businesses. So even if you don’t win the cash prize, don’t be discouraged, you will still have the chance to win another prize!img_6912

$1 Duck – 10% of funds raised

$2 Duck – 20% of funds raised

$3 Duck – 30% of funds raised

$4 Duck – 40% of funds raised

$5 Duck – 50% of funds raised

 

All donations for the Ducky Derby are going to the Genesee County United Way; the United Way has already had a total community impact of $9,250,576, it’s amazing that as little as a $1 donation can make you a part of that impact.

There will be a table set up either in the forum or the cafeteria where the tickets and ducks will be sold throughout the day. Tickets will be sold now until March 3rd, which will be your last day to get a duck in the race. If you’re willing to spend $3 on a coffee, why not use that money to donate for a good cause? Stop by and enter your name into the race now!

Photos from previous years:

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For more information feel free to contact myself or Professor Dudkowski who is in charge of this amazing event!

Danielle Lauricella: dlauric1@my.genesee.edu

Professor Dudkowski: mrdudkowski@genesee.edu or 585-343-0055 X 6390

 

Student Blogger: Danielle Lauricella

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For my first blog post I’d like to give you as much information about me as possible, so you can really feel like you know me. My name is Danielle Lauricella, I’m a freshman here at GCC, and I’m in my second semester. I live in LeRoy, a small senior-pictown about 15 minutes away from Batavia. If you want to know more about why I’m here, my interests, and my hobbies, then keep reading!

For starters I’ll tell you why I’m at GCC. Right now my major is general studies, but I plan to declare my major in business administration or communications in the fall. After GCC I hope to transfer to a 4 year school; some of the schools I have been looking at are: SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, Daemen, and St. Bonaventure. I hope to get my associates degree here, my bachelor’s at whichever 4 year school I pick, and possibly continue my education to get a master’s degree. I hope to be the first in my family to walk the stage on graduation day and receive a college degree. I am very focused and driven on what I want, and I truly hope I can achieve all of these things.

Now, to get to know me a bit more personally, I’ll tell you some of my hobbies. I am a girl with a love for all different forms of creative outlets. In high school I was an art student, and pretty much the only thing I liked to make was black and white graphite portraits. I’m also a YouTuber, and often times when people hear this I get a lot of confusion. I’ve been interested in being a YouTuber since I was allowed to use a computer. I always played with the idea of of having my own channel, but never followed through because I worried about what other people would think. At the end of my junior year in high school I went for it, and ever since it has been something I love to do. I also have my own personal blog where I talk all things adult-ing, college, and just life in general; and I’m really excited to bring that to the GCC blog. I am also your typical social media crazed millennial, it’s not a lie when I say you can find me on almost any social media platform: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Linkedin. In my free time I’m most likely online shopping or watching Shameless on Netflix (10/10 recommend watching Shameless). As you can tell I have a lot of interests and hobbies, but I like that about myself because I never have a moment of boredom.

That is everything to know about me for now! I’m just your average college girl trying to survive the day to day struggles of being broke with way too many homework assignments and not enough coffee to get through it all. I really look forward to posting more, and sharing my thoughts and ideas with you all. Until next time.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” -Oscar Wilde

– Danielle