10 Things I Learned From Being A Student Athlete

College is a place to learn. You can look at almost every major your college provides and get a ballpark understanding of the things you will learn in each major. Often, as was the case for me, you learn the most from the situations you experience in college. I’m a student athlete, and I believe my experiences with training and competing have taught me just as much as my college classes have.

Here are ten things I learned from being a student athlete: Read more

Best Study Spots on—and off—College Campuses

Before the new school year begins, you may want to scope out the scene at your college to see where might the best study spots be. Each college student is different, which means some prefer total silence while studying and others don’t easily become distracted by noises around them.

Check out our list of awesome study spots and head out to decide which will work best for you. Read more

Things To Consider Before Applying to Grad School

For many ambitious students, grad school is a must. Some students haven’t decided if they need to pursue grad school, but for others their desired career may require a graduate degree.

If you are thinking about grad school, there are a few things you should first consider. Read more

How to Stay on Budget as a College Student

Being a college student is expensive enough. With all the money we spend on food, printing services and tuition it’s easy to fall into a financial hole. Balancing social experiences, food and academic expenses can seem almost impossible, but if you sit down and attempt to make a budget, you’ll be fine. Budgets are essential to saving money and determining how much money you should spend. Yes people, how much money you make determines how much you should spend.

The amount of money you make should be at least 50% more than how much you spend. This leaves you with enough money for financial mishaps, accidents, and hidden fees. Once you’ve picked a budget, you need to learn to stick with it. Here are 4 ways to successfully create a budget and stick to it. Read more

3 Reasons to Stay Informed in Politics as a College Student

We’re into our first six months with the new president, Donald Trump. You’ve probably heard a lot about the legislation being passed, or considered. You probably also had many feelings while hearing some of the news. You may have wondered if you should even care or pay attention to politics at all. Well, I am here to tell you YES, it’s so important for you to understand what’s happening in our political system; especially if you’re 18 years old or older and you voted in the presidential election.

Keep reading to find out why it is important for you to keep up with politics. Read more

5 Things You Can Do on a Budget For Your Orlando Trip!

To many, Orlando is known for its tourism, entertainment and family fun, but to me it’s home. I have grown up here since the start of grade school, so I certainly know my way around the streets!

I’ve managed to explore all of the “hot spots” without breaking the bank, so if you’re looking for the best summer break destination, here are five things to do in Orlando on a budget.

1. Experience Disney for free

Yes, for free! Disney Springs offers the same entertainment and fun as Disney at no cost to you. Disney Springs is home to a few iconic restaurants, one being the Rainforest Cafe, and there are a lot of awesome shops too, shops like the World of Disney! Legoland is fun for the whole family, you can express your creativity brick by brick at no cost to you! There are other attractions as well, available at a price, which include an AMC Dine-In Movie Theater, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, Cirque du Soleil, hot air balloon rides and DisneyQuest, an indoor interactive theme park.

2. Universal Studios

Located before the entrance of Universal Studios and Universal’s Island of Adventure, Universal’s Citywalk has restaurants, shopping, bars, nightclubs and a movie theater, just like Disney Springs. Universal’s Citywalk also offers a boat ride to and from their most popular resorts such as the Hard Rock and Portofino Bay Hotels. Even if you’re not spending a night at one of these resorts, I still recommend taking the tour because these hotels are unlike any other. To end the night, Universal’s Citywalk puts on a firework show every night starting at 9 PM.

3. The Orlando Eye

Much like the London Eye, the Orlando Eye is a 400ft tall Ferris Wheel located at the heart of I-Drive. If you visit during the day when the skies are clear, you can see all the way to the coast from the top of the wheel. Unfortunately, this attraction isn’t free, but tickets are only $25 for adults and $20 for kids. I’ve seen discounts through Groupon, so double check for coupons before you go!

 4. The Enzian Theater

If you want to experience Orlando like a local, this is the perfect place for you! This theater is not your average movie theater, it shows alternative, independent, and classic films. They host annual film festivals and local community events, such as “Popcorn Flicks In the Park”, which is free and open to the public, otherwise admission is just $10 a person.

5. Feeling adventurous?

The state of Florida is known for its natural beauty and the city of Orlando is no different. Only 45 minutes from downtown, Wekiwa Springs is a charming escape from any overcrowded tourist destination. There is a $5 charge to park, and you can rent kayaks and canoes. I recommend stopping at a store along the way and picking up a few pool toys as well as snacks for a picnic.

Comment below with your favorite Orlando destination!

 


Alisia is a mechanical engineering student at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and holds an internship at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. After graduating with her bachelors, she wants to pursue her masters with a minor in environmental studies. With her degree, she hopes to develop alternative energy resources and create a sustainable environment.

Apart from her school extracurricular activities, she enjoys drawing, painting, and traveling. Within the next year, she plans to get involved with Give Volunteers, an organization that combines volunteer work and overseas travel to improve lives. Apart from helping others in developing countries obtain necessary resources, she is also passionate in helping other achieve their academic goals which is why she is so excited to be a Cengage Student Ambassador!

6 Tips to Keep You on Track with Studying

Studying isn’t always fun and I often find myself putting it off, but these 6 steps help me stay on top of the game with homework.

Using these tips could help you finish assignments earlier so you can spend more time studying for exams! Read more

3 Ways to Build Rapport with your College Professors This Year

The path to graduating with a degree is a long one requiring hard work and dedication, long hours of studying and collaborative support. Going through college with a strong support network makes the necessary studying and dedication hours much easier. Support can come from friends, family and co-workers, but one of the biggest resources for support through college is your professors.

This resource is often overlooked by students as asking for extra help from a professor can be intimidating. However, creating a rapport with a professor and asking for help is far easier than most students realize. Read more

Heading to LA? Here Are The Best Places to Eat!

One of the hottest destinations on the west coast is Los Angeles, California. I was fortunate enough to visit here just a few weeks back, and it has been one of my favorite vacations to date!

While visiting this city, I made sure to check out all of the best places to eat. If you find yourself in So Cal this summer, here are the best places to eat in LA. Read more

My First Year Experience as an Engineering Major

Regardless of the degree you pursue, college is a difficult experience. My first-year experience as an engineering major had its ups and downs, but ultimately I’m happy with where I am and who I’ve become.

While I reflect upon the past year, you may find some similarities and differences with your own personal journey to mine! Read more