Selling Textbooks

By Alexis Godshall

We all know what happens at the end of the semester or at the end of the year… We all have textbooks we just need to get rid of.  The leftover textbooks from the year are no use to us whatsoever.  So, the question is, what do you do with your textbooks?  Well, one option is that if the books relate to your major you can just keep them.  The other option is to sell your textbooks.  One place in town you can sell your textbooks to is The Miami University Bookstore.  They will only buy books that are going to be used by teachers in the next coming semesters though, so don’t always plan on being able to sell them back.  If they are interested in buying your textbook, then they will give you cash on the spot.  This option is typically available to students during finals week inside The Shriver Center.  Another option is to just sell them to classmates, whether it is on your class’ Facebook page, to someone you know or through the textbook exchange Facebook page.  Also, Amazon is a great resource to sell your books to.  I used them this past summer and it was a great experience.  They give you a prepaid postage stamp and label and you only pay for the box to put your books in.  Once they receive and accept your books, then they will credit your Amazon account with a gift card for the price of the books.  The last option is to sell them to The Half-Priced Bookstore or any bookstore in your town that may accept textbooks.

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Parking Tickets

By: Alexis Godshall

No one wants a parking ticket.  How do you avoid getting one?  Well, it’s as simple as parking where you are supposed to park.  Students have parking passes that allow them to park in assigned areas.  You should follow the rules!  Make sure that you read signs for your designated areas and also that you are parked somewhere that you need to move your car at a certain time that you do so.  Don’t try to sneak around the rules because you will get caught.  Once you get caught, you will end up getting a ticket and they are pricey.  If you make the same mistake and break the rules multiple times then you could have your privilege of having a car on campus taken away.  No one wants to have their car taken away from them when they are at school.  Not only that, but no one wants to pay for tickets and have to mail them in.  It’s a hassle, so to avoid that hassle just pay attention to where you’re supposed to park and when you’re supposed to park there and you won’t have any issues.

 

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The Seal

By: Alexis Godshall

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The Seal…. Oh the beloved Seal.  Yes, The Seal is actually something we treasure at Miami.  It isn’t just a metal piece of art that lies on the ground between buildings.  The Seal holds a special placed in students’ hearts.  Well, sometimes it may hold a bitterer place in others’ hearts.  Whether or not you know it, The Seal could hold the fate of your next exam or quiz.  How might that be possible you say?  Well, if a student steps on The Seal is it said that they will fail their next exam.  What happens if you don’t step on The Seal and you avoid it at all costs?  NOTHING.  Not a thing will happen to you.  So, in other words, avoid walking on The Seal.  Don’t even joke around about it.  Walk to classes and around campus, but don’t step on it.  Don’t shoot the messenger because I’m just reporting what has happened in the past and one of the many traditions at Miami.

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How to Find a House

By: Alexis Godshall

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Housing isn’t assigned to you as an upper classmen, so things become stressful.  Finding a house is by no means easy.  It is a time consuming process and can eat away at your money quite quickly.  Don’t worry though because there are lots of places to find houses on Miami’s campus.  My biggest tip is don’t settle on the first place you see.  This can be hard because you are told to act early when choosing a house, but you are going to be living there for a year, so you want to make sure it will be perfect.  Keep in mind there are plenty of other students on this campus, so the housing does sometimes fill up quickly.  There are houses and apartments that range from single occupancy living spaces to 12 or more people per house.  There are houses close to campus, on campus and a bit further away from campus.  There are websites you can access to find houses and apartments.  Sometimes though, it is a bit of a word of mouth journey.  You may hear about a house from a friend, sorority sister, fraternity brother or a family member.  Keep your eyes out and I’m sure you will find a house that is the best fit for you and your friends!

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How to Survive April Showers at Miami

By: Emily Dangler

When you’re at college, and Mother Nature decides that there will be a few days in a row when the rain never stops, being a student who has to walk everywhere can be a challenge. It will be sad, it will be cold, and inevitably you will forget your umbrella at least once.

Here’s the good news: college students are definitely not made out of sugar, so I promise that you will not melt. But let’s be honest here; sometimes it’s your desire to go to class that starts to dissolve instead. Don’t let the rain get the best of you! There are plenty of ways to outsmart Mother Nature and still make it to class on time.

Here’s a Rainy Day Routine to help you stay motivated when it looks gray outside.

  1. Start your day off with a raspberry mocha from Koffenya.
  2. Catch the Miami Trolley from Uptown to anywhere you need to go on campus.
  3. Go to class (most important step!)
  4. In between classes, stay dry by visiting any of the four free museums located on campus: the MU Art Museum, the Geology Museum, the Zoology Museum, and the McGuffey House Museum.
  5. Or, since you’re already soaked from the rain, squeeze in a pool workout at the Rec Center (relaxing in the hot tub definitely counts as exercise).
  6. Enjoy a delicious homemade soup, served in a bread bowl, from Bell Tower Dining on campus.
  7. Study and stay warm by the fireplace in the lobby of Armstrong Student Center.
  8. Seek shelter in one of the covered bus stops, and catch a ride back home when you’re done for the day.

When you’re packing for college, make sure you remember your raincoat, rain boots, and one or two umbrellas. But staying dry isn’t usually the problem, it’s really about staying motivated. Remember: always be the best student you can be, rain or shine! And if worse comes to worse, Miami provides a bus service that runs straight from campus to Walmart, so there’s no excuse to ever be without weather-appropriate gear!

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Spring Fever at Miami

By: Emily Dangler

Fact: there is nothing better than being at Miami University during spring.

Don’t believe me?

Try to imagine this:
o As the weather warms up, students shed their puffy winter-jacket skins and change into their wardrobes of Miami gear.
o Dorm residents throw their windows open, and music can be heard from every hall on campus.
o The trees begin to bud, and the flowerbeds begin to bloom, and the fountain behind Shriver is a great place to catch some sun after class.
o Professors take their classes outside to one of the many amphitheaters found around campus, and students study underneath the shade of the big, old trees that have seen several generations of Miamians.
o In the neighborhoods surrounding campus, students scrounge together assortments of lawn chairs (and sometimes even living room furniture!) to create Miami’s very own “beachfront” property right in their front yards.
o Uptown, the restaurants set up seating outside, and friends meet for iced tea from Kofenya, frozen yogurt from Orange Leaf, or a fresh salad or pizza from Quarter Barrel.
o For students who are looking to get away from campus life for a little while, they can enjoy the warm weather by going on a nearby hike along the cliffs of Peffer Park, or walk down by the lake in Hueston Woods; there are also trails that run all along the outer edge of campus, for runners or dog walkers.

You haven’t experienced a real spring until you’ve been here. Miami is already such a small, close-knit community that adding some sunshine just makes everyone even happier to be at college together!

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Scheduling Classes

By: Alexis Godshall

Scheduling is never anyone’s favorite time of year, but Miami makes it a little less chaotic for you.  Each grade level has a certain number of time slots that are designated for them to register for their classes.  The registration time slots are usually open for 3 days until everyone gets the opportunity to schedule and then they open up for everyone again.  Registration begins with the first session in the morning at 7am.  Students can login to their BannerWeb, a website provided to you by Miami, and type in their courses that they want to register for.  The website is very helpful because it will not let you overlap classes start and end times as well as it will not let you go over 17 credit hours.  The best part is that students are able to view which professors are teaching the classes, the class times and days, as well as the buildings that the classes are held.  This information is helpful to students, so that they can plan their schedules, so that they have enough time to walk to their next class.  Miami is good about letting students fill out force add forms to add into a class that may be full if they class permits for it.  They don’t shut students out of the class unless it is absolutely necessary.

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Keep Calm and Work Out

By: Melissa Goldberg

With all the great food on and off campus, it may be a daunting task to keep you from gaining the “Freshman 15.” But don’t you fret–Miami has an awesome Rec Center! From hundreds of machines and weights to Zumba classes to the rock climbing wall, by spending some time at the Rec Center, you will be sure to keep the weight off. The Rec is open 7 days a week and offers more than 110 classes each week for students to take with their friends. This is a great way to work out and be healthy while hanging out with friends at the same time. Did I mention that the Rec also has two nearly Olympic-sized swimming pools and a hot tub? Talk about doing something fun and free with a big group of people!

Not only is working out a great way to stay in shape and a way to be social with friends, but it is also a great stress reliever. I know for me it is my 2 hours every day where I can de-stress and reflect on the day’s events. Not only do I burn a few calories, but also I get to clear my mind and if I’m not with friends, I always bump into people I know. Afterwards, my mind is clear and I’m ready to tackle everything I have to do. So remember next year when you find yourself with a lot of extra time at the beginning of the year, check out the Rec to get a lay of the land and say “Hi” because I’ll probably be there. :)

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Don’t know what to major in? That’s okay!

By: Melissa Goldberg

Recently, while I was giving a tour of campus, I was discussing academics with a father of a prospective student when he said, “I bet it’s really unusual for students to switch majors then.” I explained to him how the exact opposite statement is more accurate where it would be unusual for students to not switch or at least consider switching majors. In fact, about 60% of college students across the country switch their major at least once while in college. And I am definitely part of that statistic, as long with the majority of people I know.

So for those of you that are absolutely terrified about trying to choose your major, I’m here to tell you not to worry because most likely, what your major is your freshman year won’t be what it is by the time you graduate. At Miami, you can take courses in a variety of subjects and find your interest that way. Of course, if you have a specific major in mind that you would like to pursue, by all means come in with that major but don’t feel like you are tied down to it for all of college if you find out you really dislike it after your first semester. If you meet with your academic adviser early on and discuss your concerns and interests, as well as stay on top of your credits, you can switch majors and still graduate on time.

I came in microbiology on a pre-med track. My whole like I wanted to be a pediatrician and I had no doubts about choosing my major when college time came around. However, after my first semester, I realized just how much I didn’t want to be a doctor anymore. I wasn’t passionate about the subject and my ideas of what I wanted completely changed but I thought I was stuck. Of course I eventually realized that it was completely fine to switch majors and that’s exactly what I did. I am currently a mass communications major with a marketing minor and my passion for learning has come back again. Not only have I made a drastic change in majors, I am studying abroad next semester and I am still on track to graduating on time.

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The dining hall food is actually good

By: Courtney Moles

When I left home, I knew I was going to miss was a good home-cooked meal. At Miami, the dining hall food is really good, especially for a cafeteria. Each dining hall is on a three-week cycle, rotating the main thing on the menu, but will have a few constants too. Everyday there is pasta, pizza, subs, stir fry and grill, but some dining halls are more limited than others. My favorite is Erickson, which is located on East Quad in Dennison Hall by the Farmer School of Business.

Dining hall food at Miami University, when compared to the food at other institutions, is ranked high. Friends at other schools will complain to me about the food they have, and the lack of options, especially for vegetarians. Here you won’t have to worry about that, and you can check online to see what is being served for each meal at the various halls.

La Mia Cucina is a restaurant on campus that accepts meal plan as payment. Given the name, this restaurant has various pasta and Italian dishes from your standard spaghetti and pizza to stuffed shells. They also serve all kinds of coffee, like lattes, macchiatos, or cappuccinos and various smoothies. Bottom line, if you want wholesome Italian food, you can’t go wrong at La Mia.

In the same building as La Mia is Panache, a more pricey, but really good restaurant that has a variety of food. My favorite is the lobster mac n’ cheese, but if you’re not a fan of shellfish, don’t worry they have many options. They also have amazing desserts. Panache is only open Wednesday through Saturday 5-8 pm.

Another option on campus to get food is Dividend$, located in Farmer School of Business. The only problem is that Monday through Thursday, they close at 4 and are usually really busy in between classes. They have sushi and salads that they make according to what you want, not just one the of the standard salads. My personal favorites are a panini for lunch, or coffee in the morning.

Shriver is open more hours during the day than any other location on campus. It’s not the best food, but when you’re hungry, and it’s not during the hours that dining halls are open, it’s your best bet. They too have pizza, pasta, deli and grill all in Haines Food Court. Upstairs from the food court is 1809, which is only open certain days during the week.  They have brunch on Sunday mornings that opens at 10:30, but you have to get there early if you don’t want to wait in a long line.

Miami food may not compare to a home-cooked meal, but it is good in its own way and there are numerous options around campus.

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