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7 book-to-film adaptations you shouldn’t miss

by ValoreBooks

Who doesn’t love seeing their favorite characters come to life? Whether you like to read the book before watching the movie or vice versa, here’s a list of 7 book-to-film adaptations you shouldn’t miss.

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1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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In this year’s hottest book-to-film adaptation, Nick Dunne is under suspicion for killing his wife. This is a good chance to watch the film before reading the book.

Film release date: October 3, 2014. 

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2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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After the loss of her mother and the fall of her marriage, Cheryl decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Cheryl describes her journey in this page-turning memoir.

Film release date: December 5, 2014.

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3. Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

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It’s been a while since Doc Sportello has seen his ex- girlfriend. Suddenly she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” except that this one usually leads to trouble.

Film release date: December 12, 2014

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4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent series. Tris continues to protect her loved ones and herself while dealing with questions of grief, forgiveness, identity, loyalty, politics and love.

Film release date: March 20, 2015

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5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

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The classic story of Victor Frankenstein’s terrible creation and the distruction it caused has entertained generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense.

Film release date: October 2, 2015.

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6. The Jungle Book by Ruyard Kipling 

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Get excited for your favorite childhood tale, recreated in an animated film featuring the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, and Christopher Walken.

Film release date: October 9, 2015.

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7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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This is the last book of The Hunger Games trilogy. The book is divided in two movies and Part 1 is just about to be released. Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage.

Film release date: November 21, 2014 (Part 1).

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13 apps to survive college

by ValoreBooks

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Thanks to today’s technology, there are numerous apps that help college students with everything from citing sources, to managing finances, to dating. We compiled a list of the best and most necessary apps that you need to survive college.


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1. EasyBib

Are you writing a paper and need to cite your sources? EasyBib makes it easy to cite websites, books, newspapers, journals, databases, and many more.



2. Mint

Track your finances with Mint. It organizes and categorizes your spending, making it easy to keep track of your savings and set financial goals.



3. Skype

Stay in touch with friends and family that are far away. Call, video, message, and share documents for free.


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4. StudyBlue

Easily create flashcards with text, audio, and pictures. You can also search the database and borrow someone else’s stack of flashcards that they already created.


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5. SelfControl

Stop getting distracted with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites. SelfControl blocks the sites that distract you for a specific period of time, so you can actually get your work done. (Only available for computers)


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6. LinkedIn

This business-oriented social networking service app allows you to connect with professionals in your field, exposing yourself to potential job opportunities.


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7. Alarmy (Sleep If U Can)

This alarm actually makes you get out of bed, walk to a specific destination, and take picture before it turns off. You won’t miss another 8am class.


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8. RedLaser

Find the best price for an item with RedLaser’s price comparison tool. Just scan or search for the item and RedLaser will track the entire list of price and store options near you.


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9. GrubHub

Ordering takeout has never been easier. Order food from restaurants around you with the option for pick up or delivery. Sometimes it’s ok to order food instead of going to the dining hall.


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10. StaySafe

In case of an emergency, sometimes taking out your phone and calling 911 isn’t possible. With this app you set a timer before you head out and if you don’t check in before the timer is up StaySafe will notify your specified contacts and send them your location.


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11. Venmo

Instantly pay back your friends for last night’s dinner or tonight’s drinks with Venmo.


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12. Dropbox

Upload you documents and photos to Dropbox for easy access and sharing across your computer, tablet, and phone.


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13. Hinge

Meet people through friends. Hinge only allows you to connect with people that are in your social network (friends of friends). No more creepy strangers.



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7 easy ways to make money online

by ValoreBooks

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College is expensive. That’s why we’ve compiled some awesome ways for you to earn a little extra cash (and you don’t even have to leave your dorm room!). Check them out:

1. Online surveys.

Got a few minutes? Many brands are looking for feedback from college students. You could earn a few dollars for just a half hour of your time. Check out: MindField Online and Opinion Outpost.

2. Sell your stuff.

Have any old textbooks, DVDs, video games, and/or iPhones lying around? Sell them with for some easy cash.

3. Product testing.

Who doesn’t love free samples? Sign up here with your Facebook account, answer polls, get samples, and share your opinion with friends. In return, earn gift cards, discounts, and free products.

4. Blogging.

Like writing about your college experiences? You can start to advertise on your blog and make money! You can also ask companies if you can get paid for posting positive reviews of their products on your blog. 

5. Sell stock photography.

This is a great way for photography students to earn money. Plus, you can add this experience to your resume. iStockphoto is a great place to start.

6. Freelance writing.

Is writing one of your fortes? Put your writing skills to work, literally. Get started here.

7. Tutoring.

For students who are passionate about their concentration and want to share their knowledge, online tutoring is the job for you.


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The truth about working while in college

by Megan Michuta

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“For those who choose to work while in school, like me, life can get a little hectic.”

My name is Megan. You could technically call me a “senior”, but I’ve still got another 2 years left at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). I’m a Business Management major with a minor in Journalism. Being a full-time student can seem like a job of its own, but unfortunately it doesn’t pay the bills.

As a commuter student, gas, car expenses, and the weekly stops at Starbucks, make working while in school a necessity. I pay tuition out-of-pocket, as well as books, food, and any other expenses that pop up. Between my four part-time jobs, I practically work full-time. I nanny for two separate families, work at a fitness center near my house, and at an on-campus tutoring center.

What is the hardest part of balancing work life and school life?

The major struggle with working and being a student is finding a balance. In past semesters, it was a struggle to find a balance between work, class, studying, commute time, socializing, and sleeping. It took many trial and errors to determine my limit and figure out the amount of hours I needed to work and the amount I should work to be able to keep a balance with everything else.

How are you able to manage having a job and going to school?

I’ve found that being scheduled to minimum hours has been the best option for me. When a week comes along with 3 exams and a paper due, I’m not overwhelmed with lots of work hours and stressed trying to find shift coverage. When I have weeks with little going on, I have the option to pick up more hours. 10-20 hours a week has been the best for me, but of course it depends on how many credit hours, extracurricular activities, and other time commitments one has.

What are the benefits of working while in school?

I’ve found working while in college to be super beneficial for a few major reasons:

1. Who doesn’t love having a little extra money in their pocket?

2. My off-campus job has been the ultimate networking experience. Last year, one of our “regulars” turned out to be my accounting professor! I walked into class being friends with the professor and had an insider scoop with exam information and schedule changes. Other “regulars” have turned out to be the owner of the dealership where I get car repairs (can you say discounts?), servers at restaurants (excellent service and deals), and so much more!

So, for those of you who choose to work, engage people in conversation! You never know where those contacts will take you.

3. Working has also allowed me to build my resume. Having a high GPA is great, but employers also love to see work experience. It shows your ability to manage your time between the two. Most advisors and business professionals say work experience counts for more than grades alone.

What have you learned from having a job while in school?

Working while in school has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and has given me real-world applications of the business strategies and lessons discussed in class. Reading something in a textbook is one thing, but actually comprehending and applying it in a real experience is so much more educational. It’s a balancing act to get everything done, but totally manageable and well worth it!


Megan Michuta About the author: Megan Michuta is a 21-year-old full-time undergrad student at the University of Michigan. She is majoring in Business Management with a minor in Journalism.






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Homework: college vs. high school

by Caroline Kinnen

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How is homework in college different than in high school?

Managing homework in college can be hard and it’s definitely different than in high school. In high school I always had time to scribble down some answers in homeroom or lunch, and besides, the teacher probably only checked it for completion so who even cared?  I studied for big tests (most of the time) and occasionally for a quiz or two. But, everything changed in college!

I quickly learned that the way I studied/did homework in high school would not work in college. In college your final grade is usually only comprised of exams, a term paper, and some quizzes. Most college classes don’t offer a lot of opportunities to bring up your grade beyond these exams.

I tried to get away with not reading in a Political Science course, but the consequences caught up to me the next day when there was a pop quiz. I did not do well on it, and it brought my grade for the class down. So, after that, I learned that every reading counts.

Each night I complete all of the assigned reading for my next day of classes. Not only does keeping up with the readings help me stay prepared for pop quizzes, but it also helps me participate more in class discussions. In some classes, participating in class helps boost my grade. Class participation also helps me get on the professor’s good side, which is always the right side to be on!

How did you manage homework in college?

The best way to manage homework in college is to manage your time efficiently. I always find it difficult to sit down and take a few hours of my day to complete my assigned readings, but I know it’s important to do it. I keep a calendar that lists when everything in my classes is due. That way I can keep track of my assignments and even start preparing for future readings, quizzes, and exams.

Some other study tips include:

  1. Reading and outlining the chapter before each lecture so that it’s easier to pay attention and not miss anything.
  2. Reviewing my notes everyday gives me a chance to work through things that I missed or didn’t understand during class. This makes it easier to remember things for exams instead of cramming during finals week.

What does your typical study schedule look like?

On a typical day I get out of class around 3:00 or 4:00pm. I then do homework until about 6:00pm. Around that time I take a homework break and get out of my dorm - usually by going to eat with friends, working out, or going to a club meeting. I then start studying again around 10:00 at night. How long I study for after that depends on how much work I have to do.

I enjoy the silence that falls over campus when I work into the early hours of the morning. I find the early morning the easiest time to focus and get work done. During the day, I have time in-between classes to catch up on things, or review notes before class.

How else do you make studying easier in college? 

I do little things everyday that make studying easier. For example, listening to music whenever I am studying helps me stay motivated and focused. I also make a study schedule to give myself a break after every hour or so. For me, starting homework can be the hardest part, so telling myself I can take a break in an hour makes it easier to get started. I also enjoy studying with my friends, even though it is distracting at times. My friends are useful for editing papers, quizzing me on French vocab words, and/or helping with a class they already took.

Having a routine and doing homework every single day is important and will make your college career much easier.


Caroline Pic About the author: Caroline Kinnen is a 19-year-old full-time undergrad student at Ohio State University. She is double majoring in Communications Analysis and Practice and Political Science.




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