Rewarding experience with The Watchdog

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English classes typically taught me to focus my writing on the body paragraphs and leave the afterthoughts to the introduction and conclusion, yet no matter how hard I’ve attempted to practice this concept, I can never successfully write an article without thinking of some witty introduction to possibly draw the reader to explore my article among all the others.

This will be the last introduction I will write for the BC school newspaper because I can now proudly say I am an alumnus to this wonderful institution.

Growing up, it never crossed my mind that I would want to become a journalist; it still doesn’t. However, despite my lack of desire, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed writing for the paper. My adventures as a contributor began last summer at an outstanding program known as Camp Casey.

Not only was this retreat intended to develop leadership skills to advance and maintain an enhanced community, but also, I also met people who discussed things I had not even imagined would perk my interest; one of them being The Watchdog, formerly known as The Jibsheet.

After being hired as a staff writer following my outstanding summer experience, I discovered that I was passionate about sharing my opinion, reporting and writing student-interest stories. My first article was published in the summer of 2011, and I wrote about “How to save money: College-style.”

Though I had never taken any formal writing classes, I produced articles that seemed to fulfill their duty. I loved the flexibility of being a staff writer and being able to write for any section. Because of the high volume of staff writers at the time, I never had to worry about being assigned to write about a topic that did not interest me.

But the school newspaper is not all about peace of mind and complete liberation.

After switching to the position of assistant features editor, I found myself in conflict with some of the people I worked with. I struggled meeting deadlines and putting together appealing graphics.  Writing for the newspaper can be tough for those who love procrastinating and get the too often “writer’s block.”

Even though deadlines were difficult for me, I developed skills that will help me throughout my life. I even am able to write essays for other classes not only with better content but also at a quicker rate. I can communicate better with others and understand the process of getting something completed.

While I never became a section editor, all staff members have responsibilities with great importance to having a finished product.

Whether you enjoy creating graphics, taking pictures or just love to write, check out what The Watchdog can do for you. Contact the editor-in-chief at editor@thewatchdogonline.com in order to learn more about job opportunities with the school paper.

While writing and having amazing resume content may be one incentive for participating, there is something else that may persuade you to be on staff: Money. The Watchdog is a paid job and has been my source of discretionary spending for the past year.

Definitely find out what The Watchdog can do for you, and if it really is something you do not want to pursue, find out other ways to become involved on campus.

Becoming involved with Student Programs has been proved to increase grades and decrease the likeliness of dropping out. You will meet people and create friendships that you otherwise would not have had because of BC’s commuter-like nature.

The Watchdog is currently hiring, so apply as soon as possible and become part of this wonderful BC program and experience.

Fall quarter fever: What to know about registering

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Whether it’s your first, fifth or even your last quarter at BC, registration is a process that may be a bit intimidating but is really something that needs to be addressed in a timely manner. The fun aspect of registration is that BC offers a huge range of classes to help students fulfill their requirements.

New first-year college students planning to enroll in 10 or more credits are required to take the First Year Experience class that will help them transition to this new learning environment, understand expectations and introduce resources, whether they are for social or academic purposes.

Most commonly, students will obtain an Associate degree in Arts and Sciences, which consist of 90 credits, spread out over written communication, quantitative/symbolic reasoning, humanities, social science, natural science and electives. There are also requirements for cultural diversity as well as intermediate algebra proficiency.

While the categories in which credits must be obtained may seem bland at first glance, investigate what classes actually apply towards those credits. For example, humanity classes include dance, drama, communications and various language studies.

In order to make the most of your college experience, consider registering for classes with prerequisites or those that may not be as appealing. Once you pass those stages, then you will be able to enjoy electives and perhaps classes that will help you to decide what your major will be. These classes may fill up quickly, so be sure to register as soon as you can in order to get them out of the way. English and math classes are likely to fill up the quickest, such as English 101 and Math 99.

If you are looking for natural science classes but have no interest in science whatsoever, look into taking Astronomy 100, Environmental Science 100/101, Psychology 202 or Philosophy 120. Figure out which science interests you the most to select a lab class, which is a requirement for one of your natural science classes.

When it comes to instructors, a lot of students will use ratemyprofessors.com to figure out whom to take their class with. Be cautious of the types of reviews people have because they may have completely different learning styles and were unsuccessful because the instructor’s teaching style was not what they were used to. Another way to decide which professor you want to take your class with is actually e-mailing them and asking them for a syllabus. You also can consult them about meeting in person; professors love it when students visit during office hours.

Online classes sometimes cannot be avoided. In the event you enroll in one, make sure you are ready to be organized and can follow a schedule well. Running Start students may find some English, history and geography classes are only offered online. In-person classes fill up quickly; for example, English 101 is only offered online at this time. In this case, look at the class roster online and meet with people to form study groups.

Advisors are a wonderful resource on campus. Drop in to the second floor of the B Building and set up an appointment to plan out a schedule for your BC career and to ensure you reach your goals.

Classes are continuing to fill up, so register now! Go online to the Bellevue College website, and click “Register” in the top right corner above the search bar. Next, click “Log In.” Your student ID is a number that all students are given at BC and can be looked up by just typing “SID” into the search bar. Your pin number will most likely be your birthday in mmddyy format. You will need the course number, which is a four digit number located beside the title of the course either in the course catalogue or online. In the event a class is full, do not fear to sign up for the waitlist. Sometimes people drop classes on their first day and occasionally instructors will allow more people into the class. However, they will only do so if you attend their class the first week. Within the first few days, they will most likely issue blue cards, which can be used to register for their class.

Don’t fret if you don’t get the classes you want. There are still many quarters after fall quarter and consulting with professors can be helpful because they want students to succeed.

Summer treats: Where to get your sugar fix

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While dressed in summer attire and craving refreshing treats, BC is in an ideal area surrounded by locations ready to serve much-needed icy snacks.

BC Café

Located in the C Building on the first floor is a café with a variety of smoothies. Ranging from chocolate to guava, the BC café serves 16-ounce smoothies with your choice of whipped cream on top for the perfect summer refresher. In addition to the smoothies, the BC Café also has Italian sodas up for grabs that are absolutely thirst quenching and delicious.

Iced Beverages

Venture up Landerholm Circle for another place that offers mouthwatering smoothies: 148th Ave Café. Enjoy the local business and coffee shop atmosphere along with the outstanding customer service.

Visit Tully’s Coffee down the street from BC for one of their smoothies, which include mango, wild berry and antioxidants. They also have a variety of shakes, including cookies & crème, mocha and espresso.

Starbucks are everywhere and literally surround BC. Try their iced teas, smoothies or one of their well-known Frappuccino, such as their new cookie crumble, caramel or peppermint mocha. There is bound to be an icy beverage to your liking. Pair it with one of Starbucks’ Madeleine cookies for the ultimate mouthgasm.

Ice Cream

While not the healthiest of options, DQ is known for their tasty blizzards, which have cookie, candy, chocolate and fruity options. DQ is your stop for the perfect ice cream treat. They even have peanut parfaits and banana splits. While some flavors can taste a bit artificial, they still offer wonderful delectable frozen treats.

With 31+ flavors to choose from and different ways to eat your ice cream, Baskin Robins is not only close to BC but also a great place to get away from the heat and step inside to a refrigerator-like room that refreshes you from the heat and fills you up with pure dairy goodness.

In Factoria Mall, Cold Stone Creamery’s like it, love it and gotta have it sizes are just one of the creative factors to this popular ice cream shop. They will custom make ice cream for you or allow you to pick one of the signature creations, such as Strawberry Blonde, consisting of strawberry ice cream, graham cracker pie crust, strawberries and caramel.

Frozen Yogurt

In the Crossroads shopping center across from the movie theater is Peaks Frozen Yogurt. Almost a year old, Peaks is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop with flavors that switch out frequently to always keep you coming back for a new palette.

The old-fashion version of frozen yogurt can be found near Factoria Mall at TCBY. This international chain
has a variety of soft serve frozen yogurt as well as different sorbets for those allergic to dairy. They also have hand-scooped frozen yogurt that tastes almost identical to ice cream with fewer calories and fat.

Located adjacent to the Downtown Bellevue Park, Yogurtland is one of Bellevue’s most popular self-serve frozen yogurt shops with a line out of the door on a daily basis. They use their own brand of yogurt with new flavors regularly.

While shopping at Bellevue Square Mall, Blissberri is conveniently located inside the mall on the second floor next to Macy’s. Just like Peaks, Blissberri uses Yocream frozen yogurt, a very tasty soft serve frozen yogurt brand.

Bubble Tea

Drive down 148th toward SR 520 and you’ll run into Cozy Bubble Tea, a brand new bubble tea shop with a variety of flavors for teas, slushies and fruit juices. Experiment with the different jellies you can add to the bottom of your drinks, like lychee coconut jelly and rainbow tapioca.

Located on the second floor of Lincoln Square is an always-busy Taiwanese restaurant known as Din Tai Fung. While the massive line out of the door may be intimidating, you can walk right past it to the to-go window and order bubble tea there. Try their strawberry, mocha or mango smoothies or the traditional boba milk tea. You can even call ahead so that your drink is ready to pick up upon arrival.

Inside of the Crossroads Mall in the food court is Boba Express, another place to get boba drinks. They are good at helping you figure out what type of boba to put in your drink and also have a huge list of different flavors to try. They generally deliver drinks quickly to keep the line moving and customers coming back for more.

BC has so many more cold summer treat options around it, so be sure to celebrate summer with a smoothie, cup of ice cream, frozen yogurt and some bubble tea with your friends.

A romantic summer in Bellevue

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Derived from the French name meaning “beautiful view,” Bellevue is full of unlimited romantic opportunities this summer.

This upcoming weekend from July 27-29, Bellevue will be hosting not one, not two, but three fairs in the downtown area. Bellevue Festival of the Arts, as well as Bellevue Art Museum’s Arts Fair and Bellevue’s 6th Street Fair, will attract about 150,000 people. Stroll through the booths and enjoy anything from sculptures to photography to mixed media. And with a festival comes those oh-so-unhealthy yet oh-so-delicious, deep-fried and frequently on a stick, sweet and savory snacks. What a perfect opportunity to appreciate fine art and food you can only get at a fair or festival!

Who could forget those childhood memories of either terrorizing or being terrorized by water balloons thrown by all involved? Bring back those memories while creating new ones with your significant other by having a backyard water balloon fight.

Valley 6 Drive-In Theater, located in Auburn, offers double features for the price of $9 a person. Cuddle in the car, on the hood, on the roof or anywhere you and your special someone feel comfortable, because at drive-in movies, you get the same movie theater feel but with more space and flexibility for comfort.

Drive-in movies are super fun but can be a mini road trip if you aren’t looking to stray away from the Bellevue area. As an alternative, take your laptop, blanket and picnic basket and enjoy a movie together on the beach after the sun goes down.

BC offers planetarium shows about once a month on campus for free. Experience the high definition projections as you learn about stars and what exists beyond our solar system. If the weather is clear, there will sometimes even be a sky viewing through BC’s telescopes. The next planetarium show is Friday, August 3.

Self-serve frozen yogurt is like the new version of barista stands; they are popping up everywhere! Check out Peaks at Crossroads, Blissberri at Bellevue Square Mall and Yogurtland by the Downtown Bellevue Park. It’s the perfect romantic way to grab a cold snack after a long walk around the park. If you want to stay closer to BC, take a tiny walk up to the 148th Café and grab a smoothie or if it’s a bit chilly, a beautifully crafted cup of hot chocolate.

If you both are active people and always bouncing off of the wall, then check out Sky High Sports, a giant place filled with trampolines and fun. Just be careful not to break any bones, as trampolines frequently cause injuries.

Bellevue Square Mall is one of the top destinations for people when visiting Bellevue and located right across from it is Lucky Strike, a bowling alley and arcade. Treat yourself to a night of fun by trying to race each other in the car racing games, play air hockey, skee ball or one of the many different games the arcade has to offer. Then after, walk right over to the bowling alley. If you aren’t in a bowling mood, then play a game of pool. Loser has to buy dessert.

In the event something low key sounds appealing, then cook a meal together at home. Enjoy a barbeque outdoors, prep salads and juice. At the conclusion of your meal, roast marshmallows while enjoying each other’s company and have a wonderful evening full of giggles and love.

Bellevue sometimes appears to lack great date ideas, but when you step back and really absorb all of the opportunities for romance, there are actually tons of ideas. Take advantage of them! Visit the many parks, get lost together on a trail and just enjoy each other’s company as you embrace summer romance.

Fun new drugs, unknown and deadly consequences

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With the recent revelation in the Miami cannibal case, it was discovered that Rudy Eugene, believed to be under the influence of bath salts, actually did not have any type of synthetic compounds in his body besides marijuana. Despite this finding, Obama has officially signed a federal ban on different types of synthetic drugs.

So what do cannibals and bath salts have to do with us? As college students, we like to experiment. Most commonly, we are known for messing around with alcohol, marijuana, Adderall, mushrooms, cocaine, LSD and ecstasy. Yeah, we heard all of the risks our health teacher taught us in high school but still did it anyway. But the reason college students are so often associated with drug use is because we need energy, confidence and relaxation. Plus, it is supposedly mind altering and cool.

With the introduction to bath salts as a new type of drug, new types of dangers lurk in every package. Even though they are not specifically suggested to be inhaled, snorted, baked, smoked or any other type of way you could possibly imagine taking this drug, bath salts have no dosage recommendation. No one knows what they are getting into and when to stop. This means that the brain can experience excessive amounts of this psychoactive stimulant and hyperthermia will occur. Welcome to “dark hell.”

While the brain is going crazy, you will experience sleep deprivation, which results in escalated stress. Sounds really fun, right? Little is known about the long-term effects of this powerful new substance, but with the new ban on synthetic drugs, opponents are arguing that research on future drugs will be limited.

But forget all those hardcore drugs and let’s look at what college kids are really doing (legally): Hookah. Yeah, that “I’m just smoking air” excuse is not going to work when you look at the serious health risks associated with this increasingly popular activity. You are smoking nicotine and absorbing toxins that may be found in cigarettes like carbon monoxide. Plus, you get to shake hands with all of the possible diseases that may just want to keep holding on like lung, stomach, esophagus and oral cancer.

You don’t have to quit your weekly visits to the Night Owl or Cobra Lounge, but be aware of the risks you may be unknowingly susceptible to. And if you decide for whatever reason to play with bath salts, you will most likely not turn into a cannibal, but you will be facing serious consequences.

In the future, we are sure to see new types of dangerous substances. The new law is prohibiting a variety of compounds that are similar to those that hide under the innocent name of bath salts. Not only are these drugs not to be sold in stores, but also this federal law will be building a barricade against online sales.

Be careful about experimentation, and research whatever you decide to put into your body. The risks are very real. You may only live once, but don’t make it end by irrational decisions made under the influence.

So what’s the deal? Computer bargains you’ll love

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With access to a computer practically a necessity in college, it can be difficult to decide what kind of product to purchase. Even if you already have an electronic device, it may be time to upgrade to something more practical for a college student when your computer is constantly failing.

Some software can cost well over one thousand dollars. At the Bellevue College Bookstore, several different types of Adobe and Microsoft software are available for BC students, faculty and staff at discounted rates. For example, purchasing the complete Microsoft Office software could burden your wallet for about $150 for up to three PCs, compared to the $50 discount for students for the same programs plus more. One of the programs in the student edition of software is known as OneNote, which is designed to function as a virtual notebook for students to organize their notes and any schoolwork.

Right now, Microsoft is offering a popular deal that would entitle any student who purchases a select new Windows 7 PC to receive a free Xbox. Microsoft is a firm believer in “giving students everything they need for a successful new school year.” The Xbox 360 not only has gaming capabilities but also options such as streaming videos and music. At Microsoft stores, they are offering the Microsoft phone challenge. They will attempt to prove that their phone is faster and more useful than your smart phone. In the event you lose, you will receive a $25 gift card to the store! Take the challenge, and if you lose, use the gift card to buy a video game for your free Xbox.

On the other hand, Apple has education pricing for students with discounts ranging from $50-$200 for select computers. It even offers customizable options for perspective customers who desire anything from more memory to a larger hard drive. What really appeals to students is Apple’s $100 gift card giveaway for customers who buy a Mac now until Sept. 21. The gift card can be used to purchase anything from the App store. On the other hand, students are also eligible for a $50 gift card with the purchase of a new iPad.

An iPad may be useful for college students not only because it has that much-advertised Retina display, but it also contains many applications for students all on one device. Its Wi-Fi capability enables it to connect wirelessly to printers and offer Internet searches for reports.

The Mac, on the other hand, has “the world’s most advanced desktop operating system.” Its programs are designed for the user to create and view professional pieces of work and will even allow you to open Microsoft Office files.

Being a student will also make you eligible to sign up with a membership program known as Amazon Student. By being a member, receive free two-day shipping and great discounts and promotions. There are also smart phone applications for Amazon Student so that members can constantly be involved and enjoy convenient online shopping.

You are also eligible to sign up with the HP Academy, which is an online website offering exclusive discounts to its members simply for being a student. Enjoy live assistance and a PC match for your major.

If you are not interested in purchasing any new electronics anytime soon, embrace being a college student and enjoy discounts at places such as AMC and Regal Theaters, Subway, Urban Outfitters, McDonald’s, Dairy Queen and more depending on locations. Just ask an associate about available discounts with a student ID, even if it is not advertised.

Enjoy being a college student and all of the awesome deals you can benefit from, especially when it comes to getting that expensive piece of equipment you are constantly writing papers with!

Bag ban in Seattle

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On July 1 of this year, the city of Seattle officially banned plastic bags.  In lieu of plastic bags, stores will be charging five cents per paper bag and will be encouraging customers to use reusable bags.

According to the Seattle Public Utilities, the city of Seattle uses 292 million plastic bags a year and only 13 percent of them are recycled. The city of Seattle is well aware that banning plastic bags alone will not be the end point of the pollution in Puget Sound. However, with misused plastic bags finding their way into the natural habitats of wildlife, animals are mistaking them for food and/or choking on these non-digestible items.

A petition that would repeal Seattle’s bag ban has already started but will need more than 16,000 signatures by January 17 in order to qualify for the August ballot. While it may seem far stretched to reach this goal, voters have been successful in repealing a 20-cent fee for plastic bags in 2008. However, I don’t think they will be successful because this time, there are cheaper alternative options and plastic bags will be gone all together.

I find it ridiculous people are trying to revoke this ban. People have called this ban the start to communism, a misinformed idea and just another tax on the citizens. In response to these claims, I find this bag ban an excellent way for people to be more responsible for their actions. Instead of getting plastic bags and throwing them away, people will now be conscious enough to think of substitutions to be greener instead of having to pay a fee for paper bags.

Those against this bag ban claim paper bags are actually worse for the environment than plastic, causing harm to the environment by using up trees and taking up excess space. What many people do not realize is that petroleum is what a plastic bag is made of, so not only are plastic bags depleting our natural resources, but also they are polluting the environment upon creation.

When using a reusable bag, be smart about which foods you pair with each other. Bring enough bags to separate raw meats as well as dry products from other foods to prevent contamination. Wash your reusable bags frequently, for dirty bags can be the cause of illnesses and in extreme cases, E. coli. Also, take enough bags to stores for all of your items to fit to ensure nothing is crushed or overstuffed.

By taking your own bag to go shopping, you will be able to carry more in one bag and will be part of a city-wide reduction of waste. In foreign countries such as Bangladesh, plastic bags were clogging sewage systems. I find those protesting against the bag ban to be the uninformed ones about where plastic bags go upon disposal and the horrific consequences of having them continuously improperly disposed.

Seattle has joined Edmonds, Bellingham and Mukilteo in this plastic bag ban, and I am anxious to see where it will go next as well as the positive results it will reap.

Conservative spending made easy

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Food, entertainment and parties are dominating college student expenses and overtime will be costly. You don’t have to completely refrain from spending on nonessential items to save big bucks. Instead, consider the alternative ways to decrease both living expenses and discretionary spending.

If you transfer to a university and sign up for a meal plan, then use it. You invested in meals ahead of time and neglecting it is a sure way to flush money down the drain. Try to get the most out of it.

In the event you are not signed up with a food plan, then purchase foods from grocery stores. Only make visits to restaurants for special occasions. To save money, prepare your own food. Quit going out to cafes and purchasing a coffee and bagel. Buy a bag of bagels, cream cheese and some fresh fruit, and you’re set for a week. If coffee is your “must have” morning beverage, invest in a coffee maker. $2-$5 a day for a coffee may be inexpensive in increments, but overtime it adds up. And don’t even think about bottled water. Get your own water bottle and get your own free water out of the faucet.

Think about entertainment outlets. Movies, video games and new electronics could be smartly purchased. If you go to a movie theater, find out which theaters offer student discounts or matinee rates. Some theaters will even offer discounts if you work nearby.

The library has great DVDs for rent but will sometimes lack the specific movie you are looking for. Ask your friends around to share video games and movies instead of buying or renting them.

Coupons are your best friends. You don’t have to be an obsessed coupon clipper like the people on “Extreme Couponing” to save big bucks. To obtain discounts, sign up for the e-mail list for your favorite shopping outlets. They will notify of you of upcoming sales, and many will e-mail discounts to those on the mailing list. Also, “like” places you spend money on Facebook to learn about upcoming promotions. In addition, there are coupon sites and applications such as Pirq and Groupon that offer amazing discounts on dining, entertainment and more. Do some research about the specific company you are purchasing from and find online printable coupons or codes before you spend your money on it.

Try doing things yourself. Rather than paying $12 for a manicure, do it yourself and then use that same nail polish color to continue to treat your nails whenever you crave that color.

Watch the way you drive. Don’t wait until your car has barely any gas left in it to fill up. By doing this, your car will use the dirty gasoline that settles at the bottom of the tank. Your fuel filter will not be able to catch all of it, and this dirty gasoline could reach your car’s fuel line and potentially engine. Also be cautious with revving. When a car first starts up, parts inside the engine are not yet lubricated with oil, and revving would cost way more than revving is worth to repair a damaged engine. Lastly, improve your gas mileage by driving smoothly. Abrupt stops and starts not only are bad for the frequency you need to fill up, but also can cause your brakes to slowly break down.

You don’t have to refrain from partying, but watch how much you spend on alcohol and parties. Places will charge a cover fee and then even more per drink. The more drinks, the more you rack up your check. Drink responsibly and by limiting the times you drink alcohol, you could save a ton while still having a great time with friends.

Roommate dilemma: Finding a perfect roommate

When it’s time for you to finally take flight away from under the wings of your parents and into a university environment, you’ll encounter something I like to call the roommate dilemma.

Ah yes, figuring out that one friend or maybe even a stranger that you will need to dedicate the next year to living with once you transfer schools can be quite the challenge. However, with thousands of incoming perplexed students facing the same problem of not knowing who to room with, you’re bound to find someone out of the bunch that works for you.

Maybe you are lucky enough to already have a friend who is going to the same school as you! Just because you guys both like spending some time together does not necessarily mean that you will be compatible living partners. Think about whether or not you could tolerate living with your friend all the time everyday and then consider their study habits, bedtime and thoughts on the use of substances. If your friend loves to stay out all night and just wants to embrace the college experience, and all you want is to stay at home and work on your homework, then living together can turn ugly.

Many universities with on-campus housing will offer virtual sites that are designed like an online dating site, but will instead help people find their perfect roommate. Take it seriously when filling it out so that you have the maximum matches.

Another way to meet incoming students and potential roommates is to join the Facebook group page for incoming students to the university you are transferring to. Many people will post roommate ads. If you decide you want to advertise yourself to find the perfect roommate for you, be explicitly clear on what you like, will not tolerate and what you are looking for. Mention what time you like to go to bed, how much noise you can handle in the room, your policy on visitors, alcohol, drugs and cleanliness.

When I made an ad, I literally made a list of what my living habits were and how I feel toward particular behaviors of others.

Make sure you begin your ad with where you want to live! With many places to live on campus, it would totally suck if you found your ideal roommate just to find out they want to live in the one place you despise.

I must emphasize the need to be very specific about your values and living space. If someone does not fit one of your needs, then you can face potential conflicts for the future. Even if you are desperate to find a roommate, do not room with someone if they fail to meet some of your requirements.

When surveying potential candidates, eliminate those with poor communication skills, do not seem trustworthy or are overall unfriendly. You don’t have to be best friends with the person you are rooming with, but you need to establish rules and set boundaries.

If all else fails, you can be daring and have the school assign a random room at random.

Picking a random roommate can be a hit or miss, but if you honestly don’t care who you room with, this could be the best option.

Enjoy your hunt for a roommate and best of luck.

 

Goodbye textbooks, hello cash

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Whether a textbook appeared on the required books list and ended up never being used, or you slept with it under your pillow, there are many occasions in which a textbook is no longer useful after the completion of classes. That massive precalculus textbook that your teacher loved assigning for homework doesn’t have to rot in a cardboard box in the attic. Let it be someone else’s insomnia while making some cash in the process.

BC charges about $130 for a brand new copy of the must-have precalculus textbook and will often run out of its used copies. Take advantage of this situation. A lot of people will neglect purchasing their textbooks prior to the first day of class and will sometimes end up with homework within the first week of class from a book not in their possession. Desperately trying to find an affordable and quick way for their much needed grade maker, you can kindly offer a reasonable price and a speedy transaction.

While sites like Amazon, Chegg and eBay can pay a pretty decent price for your textbook, it still takes time to ship it there and receive a check for way less than what you could be making in person. Instead, utilize the BC “For Sale” board located on the first floor of the C Building and/or post an ad on Craigslist. If you decide to sell your textbook online, specifically state the name of the textbook in the title. Make sure you provide the edition number, asking price and what city  you are in or are willing to meet up in for the exchange. Sometimes, it can even be effective to state the new price BC is asking for and then compare it to your asking price to show those who are interested that they could be saving big time if they were to purchase from you.

When declaring a price, always suggest a price higher than you really think it is worth or would be willing to give it away for. For example, start off charging about 75 percent of the new BC listed price. In the event your customer wants to purchase your textbook, you can either charge way more than it is worth or can enter a phase of negotiation down to however much you really think it should sell for. In the end, some money can be better than no money at all for something you will never need to use.

Never commit. Ten people may e-mail you after finding your ad on Craiglist or through BC. Prioritize those who will pay your asking price, those who can meet nearby and those who want your textbook as soon as possible. Explain in your response to the inquiries that there are many other people who have contacted you and that you will be selecting your customer based off of whoever fits your requirements the best. While very rare, it is possible for someone to be desperate enough to have the textbook to offer an even higher price than you asked for in order to be selected as the recipient of the textbook.

Another effective way to sell your old textbooks is to contact your instructors and ask them if any of their students are interested in purchasing your textbook. Better yet, obtain permission to visit their classroom and try to sell your textbook in person. We often have unresponsive instructors or professors that may take breaks. Do some research on the BC Bookstore website and investigate which other teachers require the same textbooks and also contact them. Craft a very formal, polite e-mail explaining your desire to sell a textbook you do not need anymore. Professors want their students to be successful, and you can land yourself into a win-win-win situation with you walking away with a pocket full of cash, a student with a textbook and a professor with a prepared student.

When selling textbooks, be persistent, reasonable and ready. Good luck selling your books and have a great summer quarter!