WORTHWHILE JOBS TO TAKE AS A COLLEGE STUDENT

Temporary jobs and paid internships are the holy grail of any career-building experience. However, you’re unlikely to snag one of these coveted positions unless you’re currently enrolled in college and can receive school credit for it or have the time to dedicate to a part-time position during the school year. If you don’t qualify for those positions but still want to get a worthwhile job, consider the following opportunities and start collecting above-average paychecks while getting a head start on developing valuable skills sets.

BE A RECEPTIONIST

A receptionist is often the first person that people will meet when visiting an organization. This means that they are poised to making unique and lasting impressions on everyone that they are exposed to. Along with having plenty of opportunities to expand your professional network, you’ll learn how to perform a great slew of office tasks and support regular business initiatives. In fact, many skills that you’ll acquire manning the reception desk are going to be transferable into other positions such as Executive Assistant or Office Manager.

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BE A RESEARCH ASSISTANT

There are plenty of opportunities on campus that you might not even be aware of. Helping college professors with their research is an amazing job filled with educational benefits of all kinds. Jobs like these are not only rewarding academically, but they can even help you tap into more advanced (and also lucrative) work down the road. Feel free to explore different fields of study if you have broad interests, as research is ongoing in every department and can even overlap across the physical sciences, technology, social studies and the humanities.

BE A FREELANCE PRODUCER

Are you amazing at social media management? Do you have mean writing chops? Are you an emerging talent in photography or graphic design? Do you know how to speak HTML and CSS? Market yourself to organizations and small businesses and unlock lucrative opportunities while building a very impressive portfolio that is sure to give you an edge when it’s time to apply for internships!

Whatever you do, make sure to give it a 110%. There is truly nothing quite like being a young person in college with endless opportunities and the drive to learn and grow. Hone in on your talents and interests and find the perfect job for you!

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BE A TUTOR OR JUNIOR COACH

Take advantage of your natural strengths! If you’ve had extensive experience in any particular sport, art, or craft you can pass your knowledge down to future generations and get paid supremely well while you’re at it. Help coach a youth sports team, work at an after-school learning center, or flex your entrepreneurial spirit and offer private lessons in music, art or specific subject matter.

Being a young professional is hard work. Find a vina to make this whole adulting thing more fun now!

HOW TO SAVE MONEY IN COLLEGE—YES, IT’S POSSIBLE

Let’s face it, vinas––college is hella expensive.

Between the overpriced tuition, meal plans, and activities and fun that comes with college life, it’s all too easy to spend way too much money during your college years. But, the magic that comes with all four of the years doesn’t need to come with that high price tag. 

These tips go beyond just getting a scholarship or job (those are recommended, though!) and go towards feasible tips for all of you college kids out there.

BE SMART WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD

It can be tempting to put all of your expenses on a plastic card and not have to think about it, but having a credit card can be tricky business. Yes, building credit is important, but if you don’t have a budget, it can be hard to manage everything. At best, only use your card for emergencies or be sure to pay the minimum balance that is due each month.

DON’T BUY NEW TEXTBOOKS!

College textbooks are notoriously known for being way too expensive. But fear not because there are other alternatives to getting new textbooks! Check out websites like Barnes and Noble or Chegg, which allow you to rent textbooks or buy used ones online. These books tend to be much cheaper in price and you are getting the same book for a fraction of the price. Another way to get cheap textbooks is to find a book exchange run by students at your college. Textbooks don’t have to be as expensive as you think!

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STUDENT DISCOUNTS ARE EVERYWHERE

Did you know that a lot of clothing stores, restaurants, and even select grocery stores offer student discounts? Check out sites like Student Beans and UNiDAYS to see what places offer discounts and if you qualify. Use your student status to your advantage. 

ATTEND ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS

Oftentimes, going to places off-campus can put a strain on your wallet. But luckily, college campuses have dozens of events throughout the year that are free to students. Some college have free movie nights, public dances, and rad lectures from experts on topics you always wanted to learn about. (Plus, there’s usually free food!) Check out what events your school offers–you won’t be disappointed!

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5 WAYS TO TRANSITION FROM COLLEGE TO THE REAL WORLD

You made it, my fellow vinas. After living in the dorms and enduring countless nights in the library feeling completely sleep-deprived, you finally made it out alive and graduated from college! Your parents were crying at the ceremony and you celebrated with all of your friends. You deserved every second of the celebration. 

By now you have realized, “Oh, I have to enter the real world. Everyone else my age has their lives together. How did I get here?” Trust me, I graduated from college just a few months ago and have been asking myself the same question. 

Whether you’re a college senior or a recent graduate, here are some tips on how to transition from college to #adulting.

1. EMBRACE THIS NEW “NORMAL”

We all know at least one vina that calls her past “the good old days” because she is not ready to accept this new change in her life. So, help her come to terms with the fact that college is over and a new chapter has begun. Life is much more enjoyable when you are not pining for your former college days.

2. LEARN HOW TO COOK

Dorm life came with many benefits. One that included the year-round meal plan that made sure you weren’t starving to death between classes. Real life is not as kind (RIP to your wallet) which means you’ll need to learn how to cook for yourself. This trait also comes in handy when you want to impress your new vinas or bae. If making a full meal is too intense for you, start by mastering a few easy recipes like Insta-worthy eggs or avocado toast. It’s only up  from there!

3. TRY NEW THINGS

Create a new social circle by joining a book club, trying out for an intramural sport, or taking part in the choir class that you always wanted to try out. You could even attempt to be a part of a roller derby group, which apparently is a good way to get some exercise and meet new people as you bump into them on the track. You now have time to try out everything you’ve wanted to do, PLUS meet new vinas while doing it. 

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4. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH YOUR COLLEGE FRIENDS AND OTHER VINAS

It’s hard to spend four years with the same group of vinas only to have everyone scatter across the country (or world) after graduation. The best way to keep those relationships strong is to keep in touch! It sounds obvious, but many people get too caught up in their new jobs and new lives and end up leaving their old friends behind. To avoid this, it helps to use different apps to stay in touch like Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or Hey! Vina. Trust me, letting friends fall to the wayside = losing the support you need as you start this new stage in life.

5. RELAX…YOU WILL FIGURE THIS ALL OUT

Don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t have the hang of #adulting right away. It’s a whole new chapter of your life and can often be hard chapter to navigate. So, give yourself a break and take the time you need to figure out what is right for you. TREAT. YO. SELF.

The transition to #adulting doesn’t have to be hard when you have your vinas backing you up! Swipe right today!

THE SUMMER THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

In the summer of 2017, I moved 3,000 miles away from my friends and family and into a world I barely knew. As daunting as it already was, it didn’t help that I had a mild case of FOMO and separation anxiety. Months before my departure to Iceland, I always heard phrases like, “You’re so lucky!” or “I could only dream to do the things you’re doing.” As I am very fortunate to have landed an internship at one of the largest publications in the country and be accepted to a post-graduate program at the University of Iceland, obtaining these opportunities was never a massive struggle for me. It was something that just happened.

Being isolated from the only life I’ve ever known, I was granted with something extremely valuable: time. Many people go through life and are never able to take a break to reflect upon themselves. Months alone gave me just that. Iceland is where I believe true reflection, creativity, and self-improvement thrives; at least from a foreigner’s perspective.

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The atmosphere, the nature, the art scene—everything captured me. I have discovered I don’t get this feeling when I am back home because of the difference of my lifestyle there. At home, I live in a constant routine of choosing fun over personal growth. I go to my retail job, spend more money than I should going to concerts with friends—an experience I seldom enjoy—and if I’m not occupied for even a second, I will message anyone just to fill the time. I never give myself the chance to be alone and discover who I am.

I missed the routine of being with friends and being “productive” in ways that didn’t aid in my growth. Inertia at its best. I’m not saying spending time with best friends is hindering, but it takes up so much energy. This energy is not able to put into reflection on who I am becoming as a young adult. If it wasn’t for my friends, there would be a lot I would have not discovered about myself. However, I have learned that they can only take me halfway to self discovery and the rest is up to me. I’ve learned how to be alone and how to enjoy the best moments of my life with no one to share them with. I can only share my stories, and even then, I could never tell them in a way that replicates how I truly felt, but that’s OK. It’s OK because it’s my experience, and it’s changing me for the better.

Not everyone will have the privilege to move far away and be put into a different world, but at some point in everyone’s life, they will be in a situation where they are completely alone. This is when time is on your side. I believe time and loneliness are linked and in a way, it is a unique gift. Having the time to work on yourself – by yourself – is precious. Whenever I let my heartache get the best of me, I use that energy to focus on how I can better myself. I learned how to be emotionally independent and secure in my relationships. There were countless many moments that I felt alone and didn’t know where I was going, but I kept going. It was a long way to travel for something so uncertain, but I found what I was looking for where I least expected it.

If you’re traveling and want to meet new vinas, just join the Hey! VINA app and update your location settings!

THE VINA GUIDE TO DEALING WITH HOMESICKNESS

For many people, moving away from home for the first time can be particularly daunting. Maybe you are moving to college or maybe you are just starting a new adventure in a new city. Whatever the reason, we can all feel a little homesick from time to time, especially on those nights when all you need is a cuddle from your mom!

So what can you do to reduce the homesickness? Using my own experience of living away from home, I have created my top five tips for dealing with homesickness and making the most of your time away from home during your new adventure.

1. CREATE YOUR OWN LITTLE SANCTUARY

Especially for students, your new pad is likely to be shared, often with your bedroom being the only space that you can really make your own. Making your room as home-y as possible allows you to have your own little sanctuary where you can retreat to for some quiet time. Even the most sociable vina needs time to herself! While I found this a great way to feel more at home in your new surroundings, it’s important not to spend too much time alone in your room. Balance is key.

2. CALL HOME (BUT NOT TOO MUCH)

Thanks to tech, it’s super easy to stay in contact with friends and family while living away from home. Keeping up with them can be very comforting. Perhaps calling your mom to tell her about your day or your vina to talk about your new potential bae! However it’s important not to overdo it. Ringing home too much can make it more challenging to get on with your own life or thrive without the comfort of parents or close vinas.

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3. FIND A ROUTINE

It can be helpful to be in a routine, especially with activities or schedules you used to do at home. This creates a sense of normality. For example, if you regularly went to the gym at home, find a new gym in your new city. Look to join any similar clubs or activities you may have engaged in at home within your new city. This is also a great way to meet new people!

4. KEEP BUSY

Make the most of your surroundings! Go and explore all that your new place has to offer. Look up all the local hotspots, and get involved in local culture. This is a big world and there is lots to see in it. Even if you have only moved one town over, you can bet there are new restaurants, parks and museums to be explored! Keeping yourself active and busy will give you less time to miss home.

5. SET UP A NEW NETWORK OF PEOPLE IN YOUR NEW TOWN/CITY

This is my best tip of all. Having new people to talk to and make plans with will make you feel less lonely and therefore reduce the homesickness! The absolute best way to combat homesickness is through making new friends. Go out, meet people and say YES to plans when people ask. And of course, get chatting on Hey! VINA!

It can take time adjusting to new places and situations, but with these tips, hopefully you will spend less time feeling homesick, and more time having a whole lot of fun on your new adventure!

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5 EASY WAYS TO MEET PEOPLE AT YOUR NEW SCHOOL

Starting at a new college brings a whole mix of emotions: Excitement, nerves, and some anxiety. It’s never easy to start in a brand new place, especially if you don’t know that many people. Luckily, Hey! VINA is a great way to meet new friends, but there’s other things you can do to expand your social circle. Here’s our top tips:

1. LIVE ON CAMPUS

If you’re heading off to a university, try living in the dorms even if just for the first year. This automatically places you with another roommate who is going through the exact same thing as you are. Meeting vinas in your dorm means you can bond over being freshmen right away. Also, many student living facilities offer regular planned social activities (usually involving free food!) where you can meet, connect, and get to know others who live in your building. Because you’re living with these awesome new vinas, the chances of at least one of them becoming your new bestie are very high.

2. JOIN A STUDENT ORGANIZATION

Not only do all schools have student groups, but they’re the best ways to meet other likeminded vinas that could be your new potential posse. From religious groups to sports teams to Greek life, there are tons of organizations that could be your future vina group. If you’re not sure what the school offers, a list of their clubs and organizations can usually be found on the school website.

3. VOLUNTEER 

While volunteering looks great on your resume, it’s also a fun way to meet other vinas who care about the same causes as you do. Generally, volunteer opportunities can be found through clubs and organizations, or through the school itself.

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4. ATTEND EVENTS

The school or university also may offer social events, especially in the beginning of fall semester, to allow all the new students to mingle and meet new classmates. Go!

5. JOIN HEY! VINA

Download our app to connect with other females around you. And if you are studying abroad, just make sure to update your location settings. Make sure to join new communities on the app as well!

Good luck!

Start swiping on Hey! VINA right now!

 

CALLING ALL SENIORS: REAL LIFE IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

I hope I’m not the first to tell you, but May is only a few days away. If your senioritis is quickly being cured by a hard dose of reality, it’s not too late to get your sh*t together. Here are some tips so you don’t have to hit the panic button just yet:

TAKE THE YEAR OFF

With “real life” right around the corner and potential panic setting in, the worst thing you can do is rush into something you haven’t had time to think about. At this point, you’ve probably been in school for the majority of your life — a year off to get your head straight might do you some good.

WATER THE SEEDS YOU ALREADY HAVE PLANTED

You may be taking some time off, but your after school vacation will wear off eventually. If you connected with people in your class or your professors (or, on Hey! VINA around campus), make sure you exchange emails that don’t end in “.edu”. If you do decide to pursue additional school in the future, or think you might eventually need a reference, you’ll want to make sure you still have a way to contact those useful connections.

SEE THE SIGNS

If you’re leaving school with a degree but still haven’t found your passion, perhaps it’s better not to rush into a career that you aren’t crazy about. Just remember, when you graduate, additional schooling and job opportunities will always be there. But, if you get yourself too deep into something you’re not excited about, you might regret the lost time later in life. When you aren’t sure what to do, take that as a signal that you should figure it out on your terms and on your watch. People may be pressuring you to get it together, but you’re the one who has to live with whatever life you throw together in a matter of months- make it one you love.

Have any advice for those on their way out of college with not a clue what to do? Let us know in the comments!

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HOW TO FIND YOUR DREAM JOB IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

If you think uni is hard, I’m sorry to tell you that the time after your graduation is no walk in the park either.

Especially as an international student, finding a job can be difficult. You might have improved your language skills and adjust to the new culture, but you don’t have the advantage of moving back to your parent’s place while applying for jobs. This means, you have to find a job before your money runs out – no pressure.

Here are a few things I wish I had known before starting a career after my international studies:

DON’T SNOOZE

Competition doesn’t sleep and neither should you. It’s easy to push things to tomorrow, but the sooner you start applying for jobs, the better. Some students start applying for jobs as early as February or even sooner than that. Don’t miss a chance on a job because you’re at the bottom of the CV pile. If you want to have a job after your graduation, a good time to start applying is around April. That’s the time companies are filling positions for summer.

START APPLYING

The most important thing is that you apply for jobs. Don’t overdo it with the amount of applications you write. It’s about quality, not quantity. You can start to send one application per week. It helps you get used to the process.

SHOW OFF

Employers are looking to hire a person that shows determination and skills. If, for example, you studied a creative subject, and your portfolio only exists of uni projects, you got some work to do! Companies don’t hire people who do the bare minimum. Do some extra projects and show them what you’re made of.

IMPROVE YOUR CV

OK, now, with “improve,” I’m not talking about removing all spelling mistakes and making it look good–that should be a given. I’m talking about actually doing some work experience that will make your CV stand out.

One of the things you can do is voluntary work at your university. Or, you can create or join a society at your students union to improve your language and social skills.

The local city council might have some paid work for you, like translation jobs, which also allows you to earn some money on the side.

ASK FOR HELP

People don’t tend to help you unless you ask for it. Ask your friends or lecturers if they have connections to the companies you’re interested in. If they know someone, ask them to introduce you. And if they can’t provide you with the right connections, you can always ask them to leave a nice comment on your LinkedIn profile.

If your friends or lecturers can’t help you out, go to your university’s career advice center. They help you by checking your CV for spelling mistakes and relevance.

Also remember to maintain the relationships you have with your uni friends and lecturers. You never know where they will end up in the future and if they can help you then. And also, always return the favor if someone else has helped you out. Invite them for a coffee, or, if they got you the connections to a dream job, take them out for dinner.

CHECK THE LEGAL STUFF

When you’re new to a country, things will work differently than at home. Many times, you have to get thing sorted before you can begin a new job.

For example, I didn’t know that you need a national insurance number to work in the UK. I just assumed as a EU citizen, I could start to work straight away. It wasn’t difficult to get my NINO, but if I had known that I needed it, I would have applied for one before I went to an interview. It shows your employer that you’re ready to start ASAP.

There are a lot of websites that can help you out with these things. Start by looking at the government websites from the country you’re looking to stay in.

SOCIAL MEDIA ISN’T JUST SOCIAL ANYMORE

In modern day times, you can be sure that employers will google you. It can be quite easy to find you on all kinds of social media. Make sure that the embarrassing party pics on Facebook are hidden from public, so that your future employer can’t see it.

Keep your LinkedIn account up to date. Tweet about things related to the career you’re aiming for. If you want to start a career in finance, show that you’re up to date with all the things that impact the market. If you’re trying to get into advertising, post some creative work.

DREAM BIG, BUT START SMALL

I’ve seen loads of my friends apply for their dream jobs straight out of uni. They apply for the big companies, which must get thousands of applications every day.

I’m not saying that these friends wouldn’t be able to do the jobs they applied for, but big companies tend to hire people with more experience, in comparison to smaller companies which don’t have as many applicants to choose from.

Once you have some work experience at these companies, it will be much easier for you to step up a ladder and get a job in one of the companies you really like.

ONE LAST THING

Never think a job will just come to you.. unless you’re someone’s famous kid, maybe.

HOW TO SET UP YOUR SPACE TO BE PERFECT FOR YOUR STUDY GROUP

A popular study technique is to find a group of people to meet with every week or two to review material. Take the initiative, and invite your vinas over for a cram sesh. But remember, your study buddy vinas are guests too, so make sure your space is clean, welcoming, and rid of distractions before they arrive. Because, after all, you are there to get down to business!

Disinfect tables and writing utensils.

The easiest way to get sick is sharing a confined area with a group of people. Wipe down your table with some disinfectant prior to your vinas’ arrival. Germs can also be spread between pens, highlighters, and books, so make sure hand sanitizer is near. You can’t ace your test if you have to take a sick day!

Remove distractions.

Have your vinas leave their phones in the room over, and only use your laptop if you must. Outside distractions can prevent you and your study pals from reaching your full processing potential. To drown out unavoidable sounds, try playing soft music, preferably classical, at a low volume.

Buy a large, comfy rug.

It’s hard for everyone to gather and engage without having to play a game of musical chairs beforehand. Instead, try a rug, which can maximize your space, allow you to spread out your study materials, and chat easily. Plus, chairs can eventually get uncomfortable.  Rugs such as this fuzzy beauty will enhance (and liven up) your space without breaking the bank.

Set the mood.

Soft, aromatic scents can ease tension and create a relaxing vibe. Ideally, pick a room with mainly natural lighting. Fluorescent lights are hard on the eyes and can harsh your study mellow. Light a candle, or plug in an oil diffuser, and let the study vibes flow.

What other techniques have you used to set the study scene? Let us know!

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