Posts Tagged ‘free’

College Savings and Saving Space in Your Suitcase: What to Pack When Studying Abroad

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

When I fantasize about traveling it’s always the same: one neatly packed backpack with just the essentials. Unfortunately, I am not a light packer and so this is never the case. When it comes to studying abroad you want to make sure you’re properly prepared for whatever you may encounter on your trip. It’s never a good idea to assume that a foreign country has exactly what you’re looking for. Try to find college discounts for certain items before your trip and you can save yourself a lot of trouble once you’re there. So what if you’re labeled the “mom” of your trip? Being prepared is never a bad thing—and chances are your new friends will thank you.

Before your trip it’s important to at least attempt to learn the language of the country, or at least learn some key phrases. Rosetta Stone is a great option, but for those of us on a budget there are free smartphone apps readily available. Mindsnacks is a really helpful app I found before my trip to China that allowed me to start learning the language through a series of fun interactive games. If you upgrade to the full version for $5, you’ll get access to 1000 words and phrases, 9 unique games, and 50 lessons to master. This app is available in many different languages and the upgrade is definitely worth the money!

Mindsnacks is a free app that can be used to learn new languages.

Mindsnacks is a free app that can be used to learn new languages.

Do some research about the weather you’ll experience during the months you’ll be there and pack your clothes accordingly. You don’t want to be the one wearing sweaters in the heat or shorts in the snow. Make sure you have a solid stock of any medicines or vitamins you may take every day. Regular toiletries are an essential and it’s always handy to buy Tide-To-Go, packets of Downy or any other fabric soap just in case you need to do a wash at a moment’s notice.

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Sometimes laundry gets expensive in a foreign country.

 

Check to see what banks are available in the country you’re going to. Many countries often have branches that are linked with Bank of America so if you don’t have an account, open one up. It’s free and you won’t have to pay fees every time you grab some cash from the ATMs. The China Construction Bank, found all over China, doesn’t charge any fees as long as you have a BoA card. You can easily close your BoA account once returning to America.

Other important items are charger adapters for your specific country of origin. The outlets in America are not the same in every country and you do not want to be that person with the hair straightener exploding in your hair!

Also, to stay in touch with family and friends during your trip, set up a Gmail, Skype, Viber, and Whatsapp accounts. These are free ways to connect with your loved ones through email, phone calls, video and text messaging all through WiFi. You don’t want mom to get a $356 dollar phone bill because you accidentally used your data while roaming, do you?

My group connects to the WiFi in our hotel in Hong Kong and immediately engross themselves in social media.

My group connects to the WiFi in our hotel in Hong Kong and immediately engross themselves in social media.

Sam Levitz is a graduate of Brooklyn College and went on the CUNY Study Abroad trip to China the summer of 2013. Follow her on Instagram: slevitz

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Friends of Campus Clipper: The Hang

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The Hang has a very similar approach to Campus Clipper, which is why we’re proud to consider them our partners in fun. Run by college students, The Hang is a guide to all student discounted events in NYC and the surrounding area.

Some fun events The Hang has pointed us to are Free Fridays at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, and free admission to the MoMA on Friday evenings.

For the older college students, there’s a list of NYC party events that are 21+, each offering free or discounted tickets on certain days of the week.

The Hang also offers a long list of retail stores that offer great student discounts.

So hang out! Do your thing! Because with The Hang, fun is affordable to every student.

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Erin O’Brien, NYU.

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Free Weekend (Week of 10/1/2012)

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Electrified ft. David Blaine

David Blaine is throwing a special launch party for his new illusion. What exactly is the illusion you ask? Well, Blaine will spend three days and three nights standing in the middle of a million volts of electric currents streamed by Tesla coils.

It should be quite the experience so be sure to RSVP.

 

Lazerpop ft. Girl Unit, Dubbel Dutch, Nadus

If you’re down for a late night party, Lazerpop  (aka Popgun) will be having a shindig at Grasslands Gallery. Dance/club music stars Girl Unit, Dubbel Dutch and Nadus all have sets tonight.

Tickets start at 5 dollars, but the fun you’ll have will be priceless.

more info here

 

Wild Belle

The chillwave/reggae fusion of Wild Belle is coming to Zebulon tonight. Wild Belle are duo Natalie and Elliot Bergman (we don’t know if they are brother and sister, husband and wife, or what, but that doesn’t matter, does it)?

They’ve gotten rave reviews earlier this year with performances at SXSW and Coachella, making this a must-see on a Friday night. RSVP before it’s too late!

 

Stop by 123 Burger before or even after your weekend festivities for a buy 1 get 1 free deal on burgers.

 

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Carlos L., Monroe College. Read my blog!!  Follow me on Twitter and Facebook

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Free Weekend (Week of 9/24/12)

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Kitty Pryde @ 285 Kent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rapping her way from Tumblr to mainstream, Kitty Pryde has been making quite a name for herself as of late. Adding to her slew of New York shows, she’ll be performing at Brooklyn venue 285 Kent on Friday.

There will be quite a couple of opening acts too, making the $5 price tag totally worth it.

 

 

 

Re:Mix Lab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The return of Re:Mix Lab signifies the beginning of autumn for us party goers. Even though we have to go indoors to party, it should still be worth it, right?

Well Re:Mix Lab give us two nights of worthwhile parties this weekend. On Friday ,Action Bronson and RL Grime hit the stage (RSVP here), and then multiple DJs hit the stage Saturday night, courtesy of Elektro magazine (RSVP).

 

 

Bud Light Lime Presents End of Summer w/ Swizz Beatz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We say goodbye to summer with a performance by Swizz Beatz at the South Street Seaport. Jermaine Dupri, ARAABMUZIK, and DJ Kiss are also scheduled to appear.

This one happens earlier in the day so it might make for a great warm-up before you head (to) the Re:Mix Lab party that Saturday night.

More info  here.

 

 

‘SUP MAGAZINE and NY Art Book Fair Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to shy away from all the madness that’ll be going on in Manhattan this weekend, ‘SUP MAGAZINE is throwing a party in Brooklyn. It’s part of the NY Art Book Fair and I haven’t been to a boring art party yet, so this might be worth checking out. Make sure you RSVP.

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Carlos L., Monroe College. Read my blog!!  Follow me on Twitterand Facebook

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Interested in more deals for studentsSign up for our bi-weekly newsletter to get the latest in student discounts and promotions  and follow our Tumblr and Pinterest. For savings on-the-go, download our printable coupon e-book.

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