Student Discounts Worth Using

12 Student Discounts Broke College Kids Can't Avoid NOT To Use

Because money doesn't grow on trees.

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As summer winds down and the fall semester grows nearer, many students (and parents) begin the annual pilgrimages to the stores to stock up on items needed to head back to school. Whether you are a new or returning student, I just wanted to share some of my favorite perks and discounts you can get with your college ID and .edu email.

While some of these are well-known, others you may be less aware of. I always recommend looking into whether your favorite stores and brands offer student discounts.

Here are some of my fave deals to save you money!

1. Spotify Premium with Hulu bundle

As if listening to music ad-free wasn't enough, Spotify Premium joined with Hulu to bring you your fave music and fave shows! This is a steal at $4.99 considering how Spotify Premium is normally $9.99 a month and Hulu is $7.99 a month.

2. NYT for $1 a week

Looking for inspiration for your next Odyssey articles? Just wanting to be well-read? Then the New York Times student subscription is for you! You can get basic digital access to NYT articles and the NYT archives (great primary sources for school projects) for only $1 a week or about $4 a month. For college students, the NYT app is great for reading on the go!

3. UNiDAYS

UNiDAYS makes it easy for college students by verifying student status and finding student discounts for you. They have great offers like 20% off at American Eagle and Aerie, 20% off at PacSun, 15% off at Express, 15% off at Pink and more!

4. Amazon Prime for 50% off

Students can get a complimentary 6-month trial then Amazon Prime membership for $6.49 a month! In addition to getting free 2-day shipping on more than 100 million items, you also have access to Amazon Prime video where you can watch many TV shows and movies for free!

5. Office 365 for free

Students can get Office 365 (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote) with valid student email address for free! Plus, once downloaded it's yours to keep even after you graduate.

6. Washington Post for free

If you don't want to pay for NYT or want access to more news sources, you can get access to the Washington Post for free with a valid .edu email address!

7. free drink at Chipotle & Chick-Fil-A

Some locations will give a free drink with your meal if you show your student ID. Always worth a try!

8. BD’s Mongolian Grill's Student Nights

BD's Mongo is a create your own stir-fry restaurant. It's a great place to go with one stir-fry bowl and soup/salad bar trip for $14.99 or unlimited bowls and trips for $17.99. Some locations also offer a student night, where with your valid student id you can get the one bowl deal for $9.99 or unlimited bowls for $11.99!

9. Groupon

Groupon is a great place for students to find deals on events and places from concerts to gift cards for your favorite local restaurants. Students also get 25% extra off local deals for their first 6-months then 15% off for the rest of their college years.

10. HBO Go

Many universities and colleges offer free access to HBO Go by logging into your college student account. Brace yourselves, that means you can keep up with Game of Thrones throughout the school year!

11. Bed Bath & Beyond's College Savings Pass

Definitely the place to go to get dorm and apartment basics. If you sign up for their College Savings Pass (CPS), you can get 20% off your entire purchase for every purchase you make at CSP and get free standard shipping for all purchases made online. Most of their coupons also never expire so you can save them all up. They also have a great program where you can buy something at one of their stores and pick it up later in-store at a BB&B location closer to your campus! This is ideal if you are going to school far away from home.

12. Starbucks loyalty program

Although not a college discount, definitely join Starbucks rewards program if you're an avid coffee drinker. In addition to getting a free drink after accumulating so many points, you can get FREE REFILLS on all drip coffee and tea! This makes Starbucks a great place to spend an afternoon studying while caffeinating.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it's a great place to start looking into getting more for your money as a student! My motto is that it never hurts to ask if a place has a student discount. You might just be surprised at some of the deals and discounts you can get just by asking!

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Why Nursing School Is Different Than Any Other Major

Because most other majors can't kill someone accidentally by adding wrong.
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College is hard. Between studying for numerous amounts of tests and balancing eating, working out, maintaining a social life, and somehow not breaking your bank account, it’s no wonder a common conversation among students is “how many mental breakdowns did you have this week?” Every major will pose its own challenges; that’s truth. Nursing school, however, is a special kind of tough that only other nursing majors can understand.

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Nurses are the backbone and unsung hero of healthcare. Their job is to advocate for the patient, collaborate care among all other healthcare team members, carry out physician orders, recognize and report patient progress (or lack thereof), run interference for the patient with any unwanted visitors, research and validate evidence based practice, all while maintaining a certain aurora of confidence for patients and their loved ones that “everything will be okay” and “I’ve got this under control”. If that sounds like a lot; that’s because it is. The majority of skills that we learn that make good nurses cannot actually be taught in theory classes. It’s the hours of actual practice and a certain knack for caring for people- all people- that makes a good nurse great. The countless, unrelenting hours that are spent on the floor in clinical humble us, we know that we’re not great yet, but we’re trying.

Our professors expect us to be humble as well. Nurses do not seek gold stars for their actions, instead the precedence that is set for us to that we “do the right thing because it is the right thing to do”. Most nursing programs grading scales are different. To us, a failing grade isn’t actually getting a 69 or lower, it’s an 80. And that makes sense; no one would want a nurse who only understand 70% of what is happening in the body. We have to understand the normal body response, what happens when things go wrong, why it happens the way it does, and how to properly intervene. We want to learn, it interests us, and we know that the long theory classes and the hard days on the floor are just to make us better. However, any triumph, anytime you do well, whatever small victory that may feel like for you, it just what is supposed to happen- it’s what is expected, and we still have much to learn.

I look back on my decision to take on nursing school, and I often find myself questioning: why? There are so many other majors out there that offer job security, or that help people, or would challenge me just as much. But, when I think of being a nurse- it’s what fulfills me. There’s something that the title holds that makes me feel complete (and that same fact is going to resonate with anyone who wants to love their job). I wouldn’t change the decision I made for anything, I love what I am learning to do and I feel that it’s part of what makes me who I am. The other students who I have met through nursing school are some of the most amazing people I have ever come into contact with, and the professors have helped me understand so much more about myself than I thought possible.

Nursing is treating and understanding the human response. Meaning that it’s not just the disease process, or the action of the medication, or the care that we provide, but that nurses treat the way in which people deal, react, feel, and cope with good news, bad news, terrible procedures, hospital stays and being completely dependent on other people. And the fact of the matter is that all people are different. There is no one magic treatment that will always work for every patient. In addition to course work, the clinical hours, the passion and drive to want to be a nurse, and the difficulty that comes with any medical profession, we have to understand each individual patient, as people and not their illness. And, in order to do that so much self discovery goes on each day to recognize where you are and how you are coping with everything coming your way.

What is taught in nursing school goes far beyond just textbook information or step by step procedures. We have to learn, and quickly, how to help and connect with people on a level which most struggle to accomplish in a lifetime. It's a different kind of instruction, and it either takes place quickly or not at all. The quality of nurse you become depends on it. Nursing school is different, not harder or better than any other school, just different.

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Body Image Lessons That I Didn't Learn From A Professor

What I realized about body image my freshman year of college

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Girls usually struggle with self image in general. But the game changes when it's time to go to college. When you are constantly surrounded by your peers, you begin to compare all of the little things they do to you. You compare their bodies to yours. You try to figure out what they are doing that you're not. Or vice versa, why they don't have to do anything to look the way they do. But by the end of my first year, I realized that I would never be happy with myself if I kept thinking this way. So I recorded some realizations I had throughout the year that helped me to improve my body image.

My body is, and never will be the same as any other girl... and that's okay

Different sized and shaped strawberries

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It can be so easy in college to compare your body to the girls that surround you. Like the one's live with and you see on a daily basis. There is no point in comparing apples to oranges, so why would you compare your body to a girl who was made completely different? So what you can't fit into her party pants, you can rock another pair just as well.

What works for her, might not work for me

Daily Planner

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With different body types, comes different food and exercise needs. Some girls don't need to work out or eat healthy to keep a slim frame. Some girls are naturally muscular. Your routine needs to be catered to you, and there is no need to analyze what someone else eats or does to try to attain their stature. You have to do what feels right for YOUR body to have a good self image.

Don't spend too much time on istagram

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Obviously social media effects our body image because of how easily and frequently photos are edited and then presented for the most likes. So if there is a certain account that always makes you feel bad when you see their content, unfollow, and take that aspect out of your life. However, because social media is unavoidable you can't completely escape all the provoking images. So when scrolling, think positively about those who's pictures you see, don't compare, and be aware of the previous lessons.

It's okay for your body to fluctuate

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The weight and look of your body can easily fluctuate, It's just natural. And in the same way your life fluctuates, your body may follow along and thats not a big deal! In exam season, there might not be enough time to go to the gym everyday. Or during the holidays there might be an increase of indulgence in treats. But its all okay as long as your getting things done or enjoying life. The only time it becomes an issue if the fluctuations turn unhealthy.

Cut out the negativity

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If a friend is constantly complaining to you about their body, it can trigger distress in you, and set you back. So if someone else's body image issues are interfering with you mentally, you need to call them out on their B.S. or stop allowing them say those things in front of you.

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in

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If you wear things that you feel comfortable in, then you wont constantly be thinking about how your stomach, legs, or arms look throughout the day. Wear something that you are confident in, even if it means wearing leggings every day of the week!

I'm not a little kid anymore, therefore my body is not going to look like one

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Curves and changes that come after high school can take anyone by surprise, but it's supposed to happen. You can't really be mad at biology...you can only find the beauty in it.

Everyone has their own insecurities

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Even if someone has your ideal body, odds are they still despise theirs. I have met friends in college that are stick skinny, yet are self conscious about it. I know curvy girls that are very insecure. And even an "average" body type has a thousand things that they nit-pick about themselves. No one has their dream body and never will, which is why I had to learn to love the little things about mine.

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