Five-step Location Guide for the Katipunan Freshman

Just passed the UPCAT, ACET, or MCAT? Congratulations! You’re probably excited to begin your college journey but unsure of what comes next. While going through high school was challenging, university is a whole new story. Before you become a certified Atenean, Iskolar ng Bayan, or Knoller, read on to get an idea on where to go.

Accommodations

Even before you’ve been to Katipunan, you’ve likely heard of the traffic situation. The Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines (UP) are two of the only universities where cars move as slowly as a turtle inside and outside the campus. Your best bet is getting a condo near Ateneo, which is great for space and freedom. You could also opt to stay inside the campus if you’re fine with sharing spaces with others. Since a 10-minute walk can turn into a 30-minute drive in the avenue, it’s best to walk to your destination over taking a car.

Study Spaces

Katipunan boasts of endless options for your cramming needs. There are several coffee shops and rooms with available plugs and free Wi-Fi. Your school of choice also offers study halls and libraries that you could maximize. Ateneo has the Rizal Library and Matteo Ricci Study Hall, while Miriam College offers the Innovation Center. If you’ve chosen to live in a condominium, it’s likely to offer a room for studying as well. Make the most of the various location choices and try them all. A study has found that alternating study spaces can help with retaining information.

Restaurants

Like every college student, you’ll likely feel overwhelmed with academic and extracurricular demands. After a long day in class, you wouldn’t want to stress about choosing where to eat. While you’re familiar with the fast-food staples, you should try out hidden gems along Katipunan. For vegans, there’s Green Light in the FBR Building and Go! Salads near Ateneo. Craving ramen and teriyaki? Roku is the place for you. But if you’re trying out only one Katipunan restaurant, it should be Sweet Inspiration.

Groceries

If you’re trying to save money or sick of take-out food, be sure to have a stock of food and other essentials at home. There are three main options for your snacking requirements. Robinsons Easymart is good for basics such as chips and toiletries. The Marketplace by Rustan’s has the most diverse offerings, from imported nuts to organic eggs. For fruits and vegetables, Savemore at Berkeley Residences is the place to go. Beyond these shops, there’s a Korean mart behind Regis Center where you can get your fill of fish-shaped ice cream and tteokbokki.

Laundry Shops

You can resolve your dirty laundry with several options while living away from home. You can either wash them by hand yourself, which is time-consuming and tiring. You can take your clothes to a laundry shop, but you run the risk of losing your items in the wash. Another alternative is going to a self-service laundry shop. You’ll save time and ensure that your clothes are complete, though you have to fold them yourself.

College is not a journey to be taken lightly. Expect to step outside of your comfort zone, especially if it will be your first time living alone. While you’re traveling the unknown, it’s best to find the places that work best for you and make a home away from home.

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Four Tech Skills Everyone Should Learn

There’s no escaping it – we live in a digital, technological, computerized, online world. Going “off the grid” may appeal to some, but most of us are fully assimilated into a lifestyle that allows us to order food delivery from a tiny smartphone, hop online to have a meeting via Skype, or read a book on a handheld device. 

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However, when your life is digitized in every way, you become reliant on technology. Not enough people know how basic technology works or how to fix these “smart” items when something goes wrong. Many are able to utilize their technology without any true understanding of it, and that’s a shame. 

We’ve detailed four tech skills that everyone should learn, to better equip themselves in our digital world. 

How the Internet Works

Practically everyone on earth uses the internet, and yet you’d be surprised if you knew how many people have zero clue how it works. 

Having a basic knowledge of the internet, what it is, how it functions and how to do basic troubleshooting is a good rule of thumb for literally everybody. We all use the internet; we should all know the basics. If nothing else so you can reset your own IP address or figure out how to fix an issue with your modem. 

How to Fix your Computer

Now, of course, we’re not talking about major issues here, but it’s a good idea to have a basic working knowledge of how to fix your computer if something small goes wrong. Knowing how to troubleshoot basic software issues, how to clear out the memory a defrag, and even how to replace basic parts (and where to find IT parts, such as on Interbyte), are things you should know if you use a computer often. 

Basic HTML

These days, with sites like wordpress and even apps that do the work for you, nobody really feels the need to use HTML anymore for their blog or website. But you should take the time to learn it. HTML is a valuable language and it’ll serve you well if you know how to write basic tweaks and small bits of code. Those “build your website” platforms are cool, but they’re also slow, clunky and not very intuitive. If you learn HTML, you can whiz through website design in a snap and avoid those overused templates. 

How to Type

Another thing that seems like a no-brainer. But in the day of the smartphone, less and less people are actually learning how to type properly, and instead chicken-peck keys in the rare instances they use a computer. Proper typing has become a bit of a lost art. Failing to type properly, though, slows you down and can hurt your accuracy. 

The ability to type properly (and quickly, not to mention accurately) is an incredibly useful skill and one that will carry you very far in the world of tech. 

These are just four tech skills that the average person should definitely know. If you take the time to learn these, you’ll find the technology as a whole is so much easier for you. You might even open up whole new avenues for yourself in technology.

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Feeling The Pinch As A Student – Here’s What To Think About

January can be a great month for setting goals and making plans for the year ahead. You may have a whole host of resolutions you want to embark on, and you might be filled with the inspiration and motivation to get things done. But there is the other side of January that many of us know all too well. It is often referred to as the January blues, and more often than not, this is because people start to feel the pinch of the festive spending, and really struggle to make ends meet or pay off debts. So how as a student can you combat that? With that in mind, here are some of the ideas you could implement right now that could help you to see some improvement to your financial situation, and therefore, enabling you top put all of your efforts back into those new year’s resolutions and study. 

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Take a look at your outgoings and make some changes

One of the first things to do is look at your outgoings and what is coming in and see if any changes could be made. Perhaps looking at your bills might highlight some direct debits you didn’t realise were leaving your account. You could also look at rejigging your finances, perhaps researching things like student loan refinancing or balance transfers for things like credit card debt. You can also think about things like reducing the costs of travel, while still getting the experiences that you want. There are websites like NST that could be a great way to expand your horizons as a student, but keeping the costs down. There are often things you can action to help ease your financial strain, and sometimes our current situation identifies areas of improvements. Doing this could also highlight where you might be overspending, which leads me nicely on to my next idea for helping you improve your financial situation. 

Could you be saving on the food bill without sacrificing?

Your food spend could often be one of the biggest outgoings you have after rental payments or debt repayments, so you may want to look at some of the ways you can make a difference to this, without sacrificing what you eat. First of all, meal planning can be a great way to lower your weekly spend. Knowing what you plan to eat can help you to write a list of what you need, which then helps you to deter from buying anything else. You could also consider changing where you shop, which could also see you decrease what you spend. One last thing when it comes to food is staying away from the brands, and trying supermarket own brands instead. They can offer a huge saving on your overall shopping spend. 

Got anything lying around you don’t want anymore?

Finally, there is money lying around. You may even be looking at it, you may know it is hiding in a drawer or wardrobe. We all can hoard things at times, but now is a great opportunity to declutter some of the things you no longer want and pop them for sale on websites like eBay. It can be a great way to boost your income in a month that feels like it is so long. Plsu doing this can help you get organised for study ahead this year. 

Let’s hope that these ideas help you to get back on the straight and narrow with your finances this month. 

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Don't Work Harder, Learn Smarter (4 Genius Tactics For Learning At College Level)

If you are a college student hitting the books, knowing about the most effective ways to learn is vital to success. Sadly, many people still believe that just reading textbooks over and over is the best path to educational achievement. Of course, this is not the case. In fact, there are several strategies you can use to make learning much less laborious while also ensuring it is as effective as possible. Read on to find out what they are. 

Interact with the information you are given 

One of the most significant changes in the way we see college level learning over the last few years is interaction. That is doing things with the information you have been given rather than just trying to memorize it by rote. 

In fact, there are two main ways to approach this. One is to use a hypothetical situation and apply the knowledge you have to it. This being something that can be done via formal questioning, role play, and even creative writing. 

While the other is to find ways to play and interact with the information that you are working with. Happily, this is not as difficult as it first sounds. In fact, you can easily do things such as make bingo cards online now that are customized to the info you are using. Something that will allow you and your peers to consolidate your knowledge in a much more fun and interactive way. 

Use sketch notes 

Another popular way of working smarter rather than harder is to use a technique known as sketch notes. This is a combination of concise written notes and visual representations of what is being covered. 

The idea is that most people find it much easier to think and remember things in pictorial form that in walls of text. You don’t even need to be good at drawing to do this as simple stick people and diagrams will get the job done. Just invest in a few different coloured pens and highlighters and a dotted journal and you are good to go. 

In fact, some people go so far as to create an entire lexicon of icons that can be used in their sketch notes. Something that allows them to structure their learning effectively, and can make it much easier to recall when it comes time to writing an assignment or sitting an exam. 

Keep organized 

Lastly, when it comes to making learning effective, it really pays to be as organized as possible. Yes, I know that this doesn’t come naturally to all of us, but setting up a simple folder system in real life and online can make such a difference. 

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In fact, if you know precisely where your notes and activities for each subject are, it will stop a lot of procrastination that can occur before you sit down to study. What this means is the time you set aside for learning can be used much more effectively on the critical things. These things, such as the strategies listed above that will actually will make a difference to your performance and overall success. 

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Things to Consider When Choosing a College

Deciding whether to go to college or to continue your education can be tricky enough. Choosing which college is right for you can take you even longer. There are lots of things to think about, from the location to the cost, and you want to get it right. Before you make your choice, consider the following things.

Your Field of Study

What you want to study is obviously going to be a factor in which college you choose. You won’t always know what major you want to choose, but you can still look for a range of subjects and classes that interest you. Of course, if you have something specific in mind, you can narrow your choices down further.

Location

When a college is will also make a difference to whether it’s right for you. It can be cheaper for you to attend a college closer to your home. However, looking elsewhere might give you opportunities that you otherwise wouldn’t get.

College Life

Academics are important, but most people also want to know what their college experience is going to be like. There are various things to consider, such as what sort of activities might be available or what clubs or societies you might be able to join.

Take Work Experience into Account

When you’re studying, it’s also smart to look ahead to the future. Finding work is usually the goal of continuing your education, so looking for a college that partners with employers and offers opportunities for work experience could serve you well.


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Tips to Help Navigate Life After College

So you’ve just finished college, or maybe you’ve been out for a little while now and have no clue as to what you’re doing. Leaving college can be daunting because unless you want to go on to do further education, you’re now supposed to be facing the reality of adulthood.  That’s terrifying because what if you don’t know what you want to do? You’ve lived as a student for a few years, and now you’ve been pushed out to fend for yourself. Here are some tips to help navigate life after college.

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Work On Your Resume

Your resume is the first port of call because you’ve probably either not looked it before going to college or you simply don’t have one. Some of us will have odd jobs throughout our school days, but many might not start their very first job until leaving school or college. So with that in mind, you want to work on the resume because this is what’s going to get you noticed and hopefully into those interview rooms for your dream job or career. If you’re refreshing an old resume, add on your education and then tweak the experience slightly to reflect what you’ve been doing in college. That might not be a lot, but every little helps. When writing your bio, keep it brief because you can always go into more detail if you need to provide a cover letter.

If you’re writing your very first resume, then you can find a simple template online. You want to make it stand out in a good way, so don’t go too fancy or complicated with the resume design. Keep it short and sweet, and ideally, you don’t want to go over two pages. If you haven’t had much experience, then it’s unlikely you’ll go over one page.

Speak To A Careers Advisor If You’re Lost

Trying to figure out what you want to do can be difficult, and there will be a point where you may feel so lost about what it is you actually want to do with the rest of your life. It’s a big ask after all. Careers advisors can be found down your local jobcentre, or you could go back to the college campus and speak to a student advisor there. They can offer you some professional advice and guide you through the options that you may have in front of you currently and what you might like to do in the future. Use this as an opportunity to discuss any worries or fears that you might have moving forward and ask questions. A careers advisor is going to certainly help you get some focus on what’s out there and what you should be doing next in order to secure a job, whether that’s something that starts off your career or whether you want to go straight for that dream job. It all depends on what skills and experience you need.

Get Your Finances In Order

Oh, the finances – let’s talk about that. When you go to college or university, the fees are going to be expensive, and so you may have a lot of student loan debt. It’s a good idea that you get a job as soon as possible as you want to start paying it back. However, it’s worth getting your finances in order and creating a budget for yourself so that you save your money to enjoy your adult life too. You can’t really afford to live that student lifestyle now. To get everything in one place, find out what you owe and who you owe it to. Try to consolidate all this into one loan if possible so you can keep an eye on it.  You may want to refinance the loan if the current one isn’t really making much headway in paying it off. Keep on top of your budget and work with what you have from take-home and try to save any extra money you can in order to continue paying the loan off. It’s going to take a while, but it’s all worth it for the degree that you got in the process.

Expect To Fail At Some Point

This might be hard to hear, but everyone fails at some point. Some fail multiple times, and that’s ok because failure is a life lesson that is certainly worth learning. Don’t be worried about failing or going into a role that you might not be enjoying a few months later down the line. That’s completely normal, and it just means you have to figure out what it is you enjoy and what you’re not enjoying. Everyone’s different, and everyone finds their feet at different points.

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It’s hard to come to terms with the reality that the role or job you wanted to go into might not be something you no longer want to do. However, that’s nothing to be afraid of, and you will certainly find the thing you want to do in life. It’s just going to take some adjustments and looking at what you are talented at. 

Seek Advice For Job interview Prep

When you’ve found the job you’d like to go for, next comes the interview prep. If you’ve received notification of an interview, then congratulations! That was half the battle and now comes the decider on whether you’re right for the role or not. Always remember that even though you might have everything they need, you might not be the right suit for the company. That’s nothing against you as a person, it’s just who might fit the dynamic a little better. Interview preparation is a little daunting when you’ve not done it before. It’s always good to get some advice from friends and family or perhaps contacting someone in that current position on LinkedIn is a good idea. They might be able to give you some handy pointers on how they performed in the interview and what they feel may have swayed the judgement of the interview panel.

Before the interview, make sure you’ve practised the way you’ll speak to people before and during the interview. It might be good to have someone do a mock interview so that you can practice some questions that might be similar to the ones asked in the interview. Think about the clothing you wear in relation to the type of company it is and always approach the interview with confidence and a smile. Don’t be boastful or try to fake your way through an interview because chances are, they’ll see right through it. Just be yourself and be honest if you don’t know how to answer a question. Ask questions back, too, when given the opportunity to do so.

Experience Is Needed

Even though you’ve just spent an ample part of your life studying, to be told that experience is valued moreover a degree is a bit of a gut punch but its true. A lot more employers will want experience over qualifications. That doesn’t mean that qualifications are useless. If you had the experience and qualifications, and someone just had experience, then who do you think is likely to get it? Don’t get too down-hearted if you lack the experience because you might impress them enough with your personality and how you come across to them, in person. There will be times where you need to start from another role and build yourself up with experience before you can go for that dream role. Everyone has to start somewhere, so don’t feel like you’re missing out or starting too late in your career.

Know Who Your Friends Are

You make friends throughout your lifetime and those that you had in college, might not be your lifelong friends. The same goes for those you make in school, those in your hometown and those at work. You are likely to have a mixture and perhaps a small selection of constant friends who drift in and out of your life. Only you know who your true friends are because they are the ones you call on first to meet up for drinks. They are those people who you call in an emergency because the chances are, they’ll be there ready to do whatever you need them to do. Friends come, and friends go, and even though it might be tough to grasp, that’s adult life. We all have our careers and our personal lives to live, and that might mean that you miss seeing others for a while. However, those friends who are going to stay will make an effort to see you and vice versa.

Navigating life after college is tough, but like everything in life, you learn to adapt to the change, and you’ll find your rhythm eventually. So work on your resume if it’s a little bit out of date and speak to a careers adviser if you’re having trouble picking your career path. Sort you your finances moving forward, work on your experience and get ready for your life as an adult. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!

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Ideas For Learning New Skills Online

Learning new skills is a lot of fun, and it is even more exciting when you can do it at your own pace in your comfortable clothes. The internet has made that a possibility, and it is so diverse you can pretty much learn anything you like for free. It might be something to support your career, or it might be something you just really want to be good at. Either way, here are some ideas for learning new skills online. 

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Cooking

If you have always wanted to branch out and cook some great cuisine, then you can hit the internet and find everything you want. From learning how to make dairy-free ice cream, to the ultimate beef wellington. You can check out some recipes on Facebook pages like Tasty, or BOSH for great vegan food. There are some amazing YouTube channels dedicated to food too. Write down a few recipes and hit the internet to start creating. 

Design

Great design is a sight to behold. It looks beautiful and serves a purpose. To learn how to do it to a professional corporate standard might take a few years, but in the meantime, you can use Canva to get used to playing with graphics, layouts, and how to use the space well. If you are interested in developing the skill further, then check out the courses on Udemy and Coursera. You’ll be creating cool stuff in no time at all. 

Computer

Most of us know how to use a computer to some degree. But there is so much more to computer possibilities than just playing a few games or writing emails. Free coding courses have exploded in the last few years, and while they are pretty basic in comparison to what programmers do – they are a lot of fun and will get you started. You might want to check out other skills and IT training too – because you can add these to your CV, they make a great time and money investment. 

Language

Learning a new language is a lot of fun for two reasons – the first is it can help you travel and see more of the world. For example, Spanish is a great option to travel to a lot of Europe and many other countries too. The second is more job-related. You can become a translator, verbal, or written – or you can search for jobs in your new language speaking country. 

Drawing

This one might take more motivation, but the improvement you will see week after week is going to be amazing. We all used to draw a lot when we were little without even thinking about it; as we get older, the time and confidence fade a little. But you can find great free online art courses that can help you explore different styles. Art is great because it adds an element of calm and creativity into our lives – and who doesn’t want more of that? 

Learning online is very convenient and a lot of fun – so what’s stopping you? 

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