campus-life

There is no reason anyone should go to the campus bookstore. Ever. For anything.

Not for a book, not for a hoodie, not even for pens. Everything there is marked up beyond belief, and you can easily get the same items for huge discounts–or even get them for free.

If I’d bought all of my books at the campus bookstores, I would have spent almost $2000 total. Instead, I paid less than $200 for two years’ of textbooks!

You don’t have to be an extreme couponer to get a better deal somewhere else. I will show you the easy way to save hundreds of dollars on textbooks each semester.

This is the short version of a 2000-word guide on textbook shopping. 

Start with libraries:

Find friends and classmates:

  • Facebook Groups – look for department groups and textbook swap groups
  • ClusterFlunk – connect with people in your class and university
  • Your School’s Online Course Management System

Download books from sites of questionable legality:

Use a textbook marketplace aggregator:

Join a book swap:

Sign up for an ebook subscription:

Read the full post at Orphan Survival Guide!

University Nap Dilemma

  1. No nap → read a page of textbook → too tired to study → procrastinate → sleep
  2. Nap → wake up too fatigued to study → procrastinate → go to bed but can’t fall asleep → read a page of textbook → fall asleep

-Campus Squirrel

The 20 stages of exams

Exams. We’ve all been there. *sigh*  

Realising exams are in a week, you make a plan


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But instead…

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You attempt to study, but fall asleep

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Realising you don’t have much time left to study, you panic


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You consult your friends about your exams

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You study intensely for five minutes


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Before getting distracted by your awesome study playlist

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You realise all your studying has been ineffective

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So you decide to pull an all-nighter

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Realising you may have to admit to defeat

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You walk into the exam hoping you somehow understand everything

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You read the first question…

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And realise…


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You somehow manage to get the one seat surrounded by people coughing

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You leave the multiple choice questions to last, thinking they will be easy. You were wrong!

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Walking out of the exam room…

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Your response to someone who asks how your exam went…

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Deep down you are feeling…

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Waiting for your results

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I passed!


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