Black Friday Amazon Deals For Broke College Students

17 Black Friday Deals For the Broke College Student In Your Life

A gift of any kind is heartwarming when your broke.


As a broke college student, the gesture of ANY kind of gift is always heartwarming. But I have to admit it's the unexpected gifts that make the holiday season even more exciting.

So here's a list of Amazon Black Friday deals to take advantage of if you're looking to surprise the broke college student in your life this holiday season.

A heavy fleece blanket

Sonoro Kate Fleece Blanket Soft Warm Fuzzy Plush Queen(90-Inch-by-90-Inch) Lightweight Cozy Bed Couch Blanket,Easy Care, Grey


This is a no-brainer especially if the person you're giving to goes to school somewhere cold.

Queen size found on Amazon for $29.90 (plus a 5% off coupon).

Personal smoothie blender


A personal smoother blender, with an attached bottle? This might be the coolest gadget to give this holiday season.

Found on Amazon for $36.99 (plus 5% off coupon).

Echo Dot 

An Echo Dot that can play music, connect to the internet, and call anyone hands-free? This would be a real treat this holiday.

Exclusive Black Friday deal found on Amazon for half off, just $24.99.

Bose headphones 

The gift of the noise canceling Bose QuietComfort is one that will truly make the college student in your life smile!

Found on Amazon for $299.99



Essential to college parties, super expensive to buy if you're in college. Give the gift of Cornhole this holiday and you can guarantee you've hit a home run.

Found on Amazon for $95.99

A new Otterbox


Know someone who drops their phone a lot? A brand new phone case is the gift to give!

Found on Amazon for $14.96

Cute fall fashion


For the girl in your life, buy her a cute sweater and she'll forever be grateful.

Found on Amazon for $14.99.

Keurig Coffee Maker

We're all sleep deprived, and coffee is an absolute necessity. Just $121.88 on Amazon.

Stainless steel water bottle

MIRA stainless steel water bottle


Honestly, we all need to cut down on our plastic consumption, here's a gift that can help us do just that!

22 oz bottle found on Amazon for $17.95

Food storage containers

Food Storage Containers with Lids - Food Containers Meal Prep Plastic Containers with Lids Food Prep Containers Deli Containers with Lids Freezer Containers with lids Disposable Containers


This is one of the gifts that will be greatly appreciated by someone who likes to meal prep and eat at home!

Found on Amazon for $16.14

YEELAN waxing kit


Hair waxing at home is the new trend of 2018, and this kit is perfect for the no-brainer in your life.

Found on Amazon for $25.99.

USB extension cord

USB Extension Cord - Surge Protector Power Strip, Type-C Charging Port (5V/3A) & 4 USB Ports (5V/2.4A), Portable Travel Charger Station for iPhone iPad Samsung & Tablets, USB C Not for Laptops


This is a neat gift to give. It's thoughtful for someone who lives in a smaller space!

Found on Amazon for $19.99

Bath bombs

Anjou 12 Bath Bombs Set, lush Fizzy Spa Set Includes Natural Essential Oils for Bubble Bath, Birthday Mothers Day Gifts Idea For Her/Him


Wrap them up individually or give as a set. These beautiful bath bombs will be greatly appreciated by anyone this season.

Found on Amazon for $13.99

For the guy in your life


He probably doesn't have an ugly sweater and he probably needs one.

Found on Amazon for $19.54

A phone mount for the car


Encourage a no-texting-and-driving policy with this dashboard gadget. Safe, effective, and something every college kid should have.

Found on Amazon for $6.99 (this one is really a no-brainer.)

Picture frames


Have a lot of gifts to give this year? This set of 12 picture frames will get you pretty far, all you need is to print your favorite picture and you've got the perfect, personalized gift!

Pack of 12-4X6 picture frames found on Amazon for $25.99

Resistance bands


Got a gym-head to shop for this holiday season? This is something they probably really want, and can be found for only $8.99 on Amazon. Sold.

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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If College Majors Were Characters From 'The Office'

Is your major Michael Scott?

Every major has a stereotype associated with it, as does every character from any given television program. This could not be more true for the characters from "The Office"; coincidentally, many of these stereotypes overlap with the most common majors in college.

1. Psychology - Toby Flenderson

Being able to understand human beings and how they function is a key part of a psychology major, and Toby is one of the few people on "The Office" who can actually do that.

2. Business/Management - Michael Scott

Of course, business/management majors are the embodiment of Michael Scott. Your companies need you to function, and there's no shame in being a little cocky and full of it; after all, you are the boss.

3. Communications/Journalism - Jim Halpert

Jim Halpert

Comm and journalism majors have to be great with people, and Jim Halpert most definitely is. These majors have to be able to communicate well and have great interpersonal relationship skills and are usually pretty social.

4. Education - Phyllis Vance

Like Phyllis, education majors, especially those in psych/special ed, have to be patient and kind. When dealing with children and teenagers, you have to know when to be sweet and when to be stern, but never rude.

5. Math (Accounting/Applied/Finances) - Oscar Martinez

Math majors are smart and know how to get the job done. They sometimes tend to focus on their work more than their social lives, but never will they let work overtake their social lives. Oscar is the embodiment of a math major in the sense that he is dedicated to his accounting position at Dunder Mifflin, but knows when to take a break and do something for himself.

6. College Drop-Out - Meredith Palmer

College just did not work out with these types of people, for whatever reason. Perhaps you were a wild child, like Meredith, or classes did not go well. Whatever the case may be, college drop-outs will not stand idle and be happy with unemployment, despite not having a college degree.

7. Poli-Sci/Criminal Justice - Creed Bratton

Poli-sci majors tend to know how the law works and maybe know some more interesting facts about our country's paralegal system. Creed most certainly has his quirks, but that man does seem to know his way around the legal system.

8. Undecided - Erin Hannon

Erin Hannon

Undecided college students are just not sure yet on what they want to pursue, and that is okay! Like Erin, they tend to go with the flow, and maybe something will fall in their lap and inspire them, or maybe they need to go out and try things to figure their lives out. Either or, college is there for them to enjoy.

9. Computer Science/IT - Dwight Schrute

Dwight and computer science/information technologies majors have this characteristic in common: they are highly analytical. Perhaps they may come across as inhuman or robotic, but never doubt their intellectual prowess.

10. Nursing - Angela Martin

While Angela does not necessarily come across as a 'warm and fuzzy' human being, she does know how to care for her cats and does have a soft side, just like nursing majors. They both also know how to best take charge of a hectic situation and turn it into a better outcome.

11. English (Literature/Writing/Theatre) - Andy Bernard

Perhaps English majors were the oddballs in their families and friend groups due to their affinity for literature and theatre. Andy definitely was the black sheep of his family at Dunder Mifflin, but like English majors, he chose to pursue his dream in acting and performing and following the arts.

12. Culinary Arts - Kevin Malone

Kevin Malone

Culinary arts majors know their way around a kitchen and around food. Just like Kevin, food is delicious and should be savored and praised. Culinary arts majors may also have a special dish in their repertoire (hint hint: Kevin's Famous Chili).

13. Marketing - Ryan Howard

Marketing majors like to be in-the-know about sales and know how to make a good sales pitch. While Ryan technically went to business school, perhaps he would have succeeded more in marketing as he definitely knew how to spin things around to work in his favor.

14. Visual Arts - Pam Beesly

Our lovely Pam knew her way around a graphic design program and was skillful with a paintbrush. If there was ever the perfect major for her, it would be visual arts.

15. Fashion - Kelly Kapoor

Kelly, like most fashion majors, always kept up with the latest fashion trends. That woman knew how to online shop like a boss, but also aspired to be bigger and better than just a woman obsessed with clothes.

16. Public Relations - Darryl Philbin

Public relations majors need to be good with the public. They need to know how to handle a heated situation, but also how to boost morale during hard times. Darryl has every quality necessary to be a successful PR major with his down-to-earth personality and amazing interpersonal skills.

17. Never Went to College - Stanley Hudson

There is always the person who just opts not to go to college. They did not drop out, they just decided to not go in the first place. Of course, they expect the lectures about how "without a college degree they will go nowhere in life," but like Stanley, they know not to take any crap and to defend themselves.

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The Tea On The 16th Annual OSCARs Award Results

Every year, the University of Washington, Tacoma branch hosts the Outstanding Student Ceremony for Awards and Recognition (OSCARs). This year, the results would cause not only applause, but soft murmurs of questions and irritation.


On Friday May 17 the University of Washington Tacoma held their 16th annual OSCARs award ceremony at the University YMCA at 7 p.m. and the room was filled with tables, great food and a wonderful stage. The purpose of the OSCARs is to celebrate the hard work of the students, staff and faculty that make up the University of Washington Tacoma campus. There are some categories where students are able to vote for who they think deserves the award, and there are others where the staff and faculty vote for who they think deserves the award. Nominations were accepted until April 12 at 12 p.m. and the students could vote between April 15 and April 30.

Throughout the ceremony there were cheers, laughter, hugs and pictures. But what most didn't notice were the soft murmurs humming between guests at various tables.

A few questions as the evening went on that arised from table to table were as followed;

"How many times have they gone up there?"

"Are there any new names on there? They all look the same."

"Is it just the same people over and over again?"

"Hasn't that person already won, like, three awards already?"

After attending and hearing the celebration, murmurs and noticing the names appearing on the screen becoming more and more familiar due to the repetition of the names presented, a pique of curiosity inspired some digging.

The following list were the categories provided on the OSCARs program.

OSCARs Program

A total of 29 categories had awards, recognition or certificates that were given to students only. Within some of these categories, but not all, were multiple sections of the award such as the Husky Volunteers Awards which had the Silver, Purple and Gold awards depending on the number of service hours. Within some of these categories multiple people received awards, certificates or recognition such as the ASUWT President's Award which was given to two different individuals.

In the OSCARs 29 categories there were 21 awards, one certificate and seven recognitions. Within the 29 categories there were 35 sections.

Of the 21 awards, they were given away to four groups and 76 individuals. In the certificate category, it was given to seven individuals and of the seven recognition categories 49 individuals and the graduating class of 2019 were recognized.

In total four groups received awards and 132 individuals received awards, certificates and recognition.

Of the 132 individuals that received awards, certificates and recognition 62 individuals received awards. seven received certificates, and 46 individuals received recognition.

However, the results can be broken down even further.

One individual received four awards and one recognition.

Two individuals received three awards each.

Three individuals received two awards and one recognition each.

Five individuals received two awards each.

Six individuals received one award and one recognition each.

Five people received one award and one certificate each.

One person received one award, one certificate and two recognitions.

One person received one award, one certificate and one recognition.

One person received one award and two recognitions.

Two people received two recognitions.

With that broken down, that means that out of the 132 individuals who received awards, recognition and certificates that only 38 individuals received just one award, nobody received just one certificate, and only 31 people received just one recognition.

To see the difference, 69 out of 132 students received one award or recognition and 27 out of 132 students received more than one award, recognition, certificate or some combination. Or about 52 percent of the individuals received one award or recognition and about 20 percent received more than one award, recognition, certificate or some combination.

While the decisions are final and carefully made, the ceremony was beautiful and overall a fun celebration of student and staff success. However, the repetitiveness of the nominees and individuals that had received a combination of multiple awards, recognitions and certificates had some audience members confused, baffled and irritated leaving them with questions rather than a sense of celebratory satisfaction.

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