Here’s this Spring 2015 semester edition of how to save on textbooks! Here’s a list of promo codes and deals going on. Plus, don’t forget to sell your old textbooks as well. Hope this helps all my fellow college students out there :)


Bigger Books:

  • Daily Deals Coupons found here. There’s a new one every day.
  • $5 OFF when you use code: ComeBack
  • $5 OFF $75+ on Tuesdays. Use code: Tuesday

Book Byte:  


  • 5% OFF Rentals. Use code: 5OFFRWINTER15 (Ends 2/28/15)
  • 5% OFF 3+ Rentals. Use code: 5OFF3W15 (Ends 3/1/15)

Campus Book Rentals:

Chegg - Great site, but no additional discounts :(

Course Smart:


  • eCampus Rewards Program
  • 5% off when you use code: BLUEPROMO
  • $3 OFF $60. Use code: ECAMPUS3 (Ends 12/31/15)
  • $5 OFF $100 + free shipping. Use code: ECAMPUS5 (Ends 12/31/15)
  • $10 OFF $150 + free shipping. Use code: 10OFF150 
  • FREE Shipping on Orders Over $59.
  • FREE Shipping When You Sell Your Old Textbooks.

Sell Back Books:

  • FREE Shipping When You Sell Your Old Textbooks.


  • Free Shipping on Orders $25+.
  • FREE Shipping When You Sell Your Old Textbooks.
For more:  DealsFreebiesSweepstakes

First things first, I’m the realist, I’d like to point out that you do not in any way have to set up your college list like mine. I just wanted to provide my own personal view on how I narrowed down colleges and how I did my research. Feel free to use this as a template. In this post, I’ll break down exactly what I did.

This was created through google docs (form), but can be applicable to an excel spreadsheet as well. What I started off with at the top were my current stats, meaning GPA, class rank, SAT and/or ACT scores. These are all general, just for reference on where you stand in terms of colleges. 

The next part is the fun part (and by fun part, I mean the part I spent two weeks creating and editing). On the top are the names of the colleges that you want to research. I categorized them by color: red is for colleges that will definitely be applied to, blue is reconsidering whether to apply or not, green is for my definite safeties, and purple is for whether or I should still apply or not. Now these are all according to my personal preferences, so you don’t have to use this for your list. I do recommend having a color for safeties, reaches, and matches.

The different rows on the left are also based on what I look for in a college and information that I should know:

  • Ranking: Whether it’s a match, reach, or safety school.
  • Size:  The number of undergraduates that they have on campus.
  • Public or Private
  • Location
  • Admit Rate: Acceptance rate
  • Freshman Housing: Is freshman housing guaranteed?
  • Overall Cost: Cost per semester/year-round
  • Average Financial Age Package
  • Setting:  Urban, Suburban, or Rural
  • Mid 50% SAT CR: Average score out of 800 for critical reading section of the SAT
  • Mid 50% SAT M:  Average score out of 800 for math section of the SAT
  • Mid 50% SAT W:  Average score out of 800 for writing section of the SAT
  • Mid 50% ACT: Average ACT score
  • Avg. GPA: Average GPA of incoming freshman
  • Music Programs Available: Whether they have a band and orchestra
  • Minority %: Percentage of Asian population
  • Intended Majors: Whether it had the majors that I wanted to pursue (in my case, computer science and graphic design)
  • Early Action/Early Decision: Whether they had an early action or decision option when applying.
  • Campus Rating: How much I loved their campus when I visited.
  • SAT II: Whether subject tests are recommended or required, and how many you need if it’s the case of the latter.
  • AP Credit: Whether their offer AP credit an/or placement
  • Supplements: What else is needed to apply.
  • Application Fee: How much is the application fee.

But like I said guys, this is all unique to my preferences. I just hoped that it inspired you guys on how to set up your college list, or at least helped you figure some things out on where you want to apply. Making a college list has really helped me narrow down decisions on where I want my future to be. My list right now does not hold my final college choices on where I want to apply, but it’s really helping me get there. I hope this post helps you guys too!


Denmark’s amazing student financing plan is something Americans can only dream of 

In the U.S., many students pay upwards of $60,000 per year for college. In Denmark, it’s practically the opposite. American students lie at the mercy of a national tuition arms race and agonize over the prospect of lifelong debt, Danish students can choose their courses and career path without financial anxiety.

Let Denmark be an example


Vintage photos of college dorms over the past 110 years.

A century ago, students still slept in single beds, hung family photos on their walls, and chilled with friends in their dorm rooms.
Students sue Florida college for alleged forced vaginal probes
Civil rights lawsuit claims probes were part of training in a medical diagnostic sonography class at community college

Two female college students said they were forced to endure almost weekly vaginal probes as part of a medical diagnostic sonography class at a Floridacommunity college, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court.

The lawsuit by the women, identified as Jane Doe I and Jane Doe II, accuses Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, of violating their right to free speech and to protection from unwarranted searches under the first and fourth amendments.

But Carol Traynor, a spokeswoman for Valencia College, said in a statement on Monday that using volunteers, including students, for medical sonography training was a nationally accepted practice.

The women’s lawsuit contends they protested but were bullied into submission.

I won’t work colleges anymore, because they’ve gotten too conservative. Not in their political views – not like they’re voting Republican – but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. Kids raised on a culture of ‘We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.’ Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say 'the black kid over there’. No, it’s 'the guy with the red shoes’. You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.
—  Chris Rock
How we’re killing off comedy

What do you make of the attempt to bar Bill Maher from speaking at Berkeley for his riff on Muslims?

Well, I love Bill, but I stopped playing colleges, and the reason is because they’re way too conservative.

In their political views?

Not in their political views — not like they’re voting Republican — but in their social views and their willingness not to offend anybody. Kids raised on a culture of “We’re not going to keep score in the game because we don’t want anybody to lose.” Or just ignoring race to a fault. You can’t say “the black kid over there.” No, it’s “the guy with the red shoes.” You can’t even be offensive on your way to being inoffensive.

When did you start to notice this?

About eight years ago. Probably a couple of tours ago. It was just like, This is not as much fun as it used to be. I remember talking to George Carlin before he died and him saying the exact same thing.

A few days ago I was talking with Patton Oswalt, and he was exercised about the new reality that any comedian who is trying out material that’s a little out there can be fucked by someone who blasts it on Twitter or a social network.

I know Dave Chappelle bans everybody’s phone when he plays a club. I haven’t gone that far, but I may have to, to get an act together for a tour.

Does it force you into some sort of self-censorship?

It does. I swear I just had a conversation with the people at the Comedy Cellar about how we can make cell phones into cigarettes. If you would have told me years ago that they were going to get rid of smoking in comedy clubs, I would have thought you were crazy.

It is scary, because the thing about comedians is that you’re the only ones who practice in front of a crowd. Prince doesn’t run a demo on the radio. But in stand-up, the demo gets out. There are a few guys good enough to write a perfect act and get onstage, but everybody else workshops it and workshops it, and it can get real messy. It can get downright offensive. Before everyone had a recording device and was wired like fucking Sammy the Bull,4 you’d say something that went too far, and you’d go, “Oh, I went too far,” and you would just brush it off. But if you think you don’t have room to make mistakes, it’s going to lead to safer, gooier stand-up. You can’t think the thoughts you want to think if you think you’re being watched.

I assume you worked on the SNL material in the confines of the studio and that it never went before an audience?

Comedy Cellar all week. If I messed up a word here and there, which I did, it could really be get-him-out-of-here offensive. But you just watch to make sure nobody tapes it. You watch and you watch hard. And you make sure the doorman’s watching. What Patton’s trying to say is, like, comedians need a place where we can work on that stuff. And by the way: An audience that’s not laughing is the biggest indictment that something’s too far. No comedian’s ever done a joke that bombs all the time and kept doing it. Nobody in the history of stand-up. Not one guy.

In Conversation ChrisRock (Vulture)

“I don’t play colleges but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges, they’re so pc.’ Hey, I’ll give you an example. My daughter’s 14. My wife says to her, ‘Well, you know, in the next couple of years, I think maybe you’re going to want to hang around the city more on the weekends so you can see boys.’ You know, my daughter says, ‘That’s sexist.’ They just want to use these words. ‘That’s racist. That’s sexist. That’s prejudice.’ They don’t even know what they’re talking about.” 

Jerry Seinfeld on ESPN Radio’s Heard in the Heard 

“My heart races when Hiro says, “I really want to go here.” I’m waiting to hear back from my personal Nerd School(s). I’ve got two more weeks before the admission letters are sent out and I’m really starting to stress (worrying about being accepted to and then being able afford one of my top pick colleges). Big Hero 6 is my go to relaxation.”

co2016 Support Group

Please reblog this if you would be interested if I said that:

  • I would be making a co2016 forum
  • Any appblr or studyblr graduating in 2016 can join for free
  • There will be post discussions on college essays, extracurriculars, standardized test scores, resumes, etc.
  • A Chance Me section (but obviously more lighthearted and kinder than College Confidential)
  • A place to chat and talk with other appblrs
  • College information database (which everyone can add and edit)
  • I’m also open to other suggestions c:
  • List of resources, masterposts, study guides, printables, videos, templates, etc.
  • A place to ask questions without fear of being made fun of.
  • And yes, it will be entitled co2016 Support Group. The name was inspired by an AP Bio support group made by my friend carbohydrategoddess. c:

The racists have come out in droves to complain that only minorities will benefit from the #FreeCommunityCollege education plan put forth by President Obama. Let me just leave this right here for all of you racists to see who benefits most from community colleges.SOURCE: American Association of Community College via BPS. Choke of some facts. 

Ways Recent Grads Waste Money

Like in college, when it comes to your money, knowledge is power and understanding ways new grads tend to go wrong is key to making sure you come out ahead:

1)  Not saving. If you are offered a 401(k) plan through work use it and contribute at least enough to get your employer’s match.

2)  Mindless buying.  For the things you do need see if you can lower the bill with rewards cards, store apps or coupons.

3)  Paying for things you don’t use. Cut what you don’t use and scale back anything that you can get just as much value out of at a lower price.

4)  Deferring loans. If you are making payments on a loan – deferred or not – and can pay more than you owe — do it.

Read more.


With just under five minutes remaining, Baylor attempted a 43-yard field goal that would have given them a 44-35 lead, but kicker Chris Callahan’s kick was blocked and returned for 36 yards by Michigan State DB R.J. Williamson. During the play, Callahan received a vicious block from DB Chris Laneuax and Michigan State won 42-41.

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