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How to Keep Your Student Apartment Organized All Semester Long

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When you’re busy with classes, papers, extracurriculars, and all your other commitments, it’s easy for your apartment to become disorganized. The problem is it can be more difficult to focus when you’re faced with clutter. Plus, you’re more likely to become stressed if you’re unable to find what you’re looking for. Dedicate time now to creating a system to keep your apartment organized — that way, all you’ll need to do throughout the semester is make sure you put things back where they belong.

1. Divide Your Refrigerator into Sections

Purchasing storage containers is a quick fix for a refrigerator that seems too full to add anything else. It also makes it easier to find what you’re looking for without needing to empty the entire contents of your fridge. Plus, you can label each container with your and your roommates’ names to ensure any food is definitely yours before you eat it.

2. Store Cleaning Supplies in a Shoe Organizer

Buying in bulk can save money, but then you face the dilemma of where to store months’ worth of cleaning supplies. A shoe organizer is cheap and fits everything from bottles and toilet rolls to cloths and brushes. Hang one on the door of your utility closet where it will be tucked out of the way.

3. Take Advantage of the Versatility of Mason Jars

You can use mason jars throughout your apartment for storing all kinds of small items. They’re particularly useful for keeping your bathroom organized, as you can drop objects of different types into their own jars. Plus, it’s easy to make mason jars look attractive — simply decorate them with stickers, paint, ribbons, or glued beads.

4. Store Your Smallest Items in Silverware Organizers

An alternative to mason jars is a silverware organizer. This is particularly useful for your bedroom, where you may have various pens and other pieces of stationery, cables and chargers, makeup, and other small items that can clutter up your desk. Make sure to give every type of object its own section in the silverware organizer.

5. Create Storage for Your Towels

If your apartment lacks a linen closet, you’ll need to create your own storage for towels. One solution is to affix baskets to the walls of your bathroom — this prevents the need to take up cupboard space. Having extra towels in your bathroom is also great for those times when you forget to bring a towel with you for your shower. No more figuring out what to do when you’re cold, wet, and dripping on the floor!

6. Install Hooks on the Back of Your Closet Door

Instead of burying your belongings in storage containers in your closet, hang the items you use most often on the back of the closet door. You can either install a couple of bars across the door or purchase an over-the-door hanger. Use this to store things like your bags, shoes, jackets, and jewelry for easy access.

The problem with many student apartments is they’re unfurnished. This means you’ll need to purchase a large amount of furniture before you can even start to become organized. A better option is to look for a furnished student rental. Oshawa students have Foundry 1805. The suites come with plenty of storage and the bedrooms are spacious, meaning they don’t feel cluttered even if you accumulate a little too much. Apply now while there are still units available for next semester.

A Guide to Writing Strong Papers

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No matter how well you understand your course material, it’s difficult to achieve good grades unless you can write strong papers. This is much more complicated than answering a question with a right or wrong answer: you need to make sure you express yourself well, cover all the necessary information, and add citations in the right format. Eventually, you’ll develop your own tactics for tackling papers, but it helps to have some starting points to put you on the right track.

Know What the Question Is Asking

Before you can start writing, you need to be sure you understand what the paper should be about. Highlighting key words or writing a few notes about what you’ll need to cover can help. You should also identify what the question is asking you to do. For instance, “discuss” isn’t the same as “analyze,” and both are quite different from “demonstrate.”

If you’re unsure about what you’re supposed to be doing, ask your professor. While professors can’t tell you how to write a paper, they can make sure you’re on the right track before you start and ensure you don’t submit something completely wrong.

Put in the Research Before You Start Writing

You’ll find it much easier to write your paper if you have all the information you need from the start. It’s difficult to make progress when you’re researching as you write.

However, make sure you do limit the amount of time you spend on research. This is particularly a risk if the topic interests you, as you may start exploring more ideas than you need for the paper. Alternatively, you may spend too much time on research if you’re not looking forward to writing the paper and you want to procrastinate. Stop researching when you have all the basic information — you can always do more research later to fill in any gaps.

Avoid Superfluous Information

As long as you’re within the word count and you’ve covered everything the question asks, there’s no need to add any more details. Trying to impress your professor with your extensive knowledge won’t improve your grade — you’re only assessed on the topic you’re supposed to be writing about. Plus, there’s a risk you’ll explain something incorrectly if you haven’t studied it in class.

Keep Things Simple

Unless you’re a creative writing major, your papers simply need to be well written. This is no place to get experimental, neither in your language nor in the structure of the paper. Your professors may even be able to give you a template for the paper to give you an idea of what the final result should look like.

Edit Only Once You’re Finished

As you write, you may often feel that there’s a better way to word your sentences. However, you’ll go much slower if you aim for perfection straight away. Unless you immediately know how to improve a sentence, leave what you’ve written untouched until you’ve finished. Then, you can edit the entire paper at once without breaking your flow.

The same goes for places that need a statistic, quote, or quick fact that you don’t have on hand. Simply mark the spot and fill in the gap at the end.

Read Your Paper Aloud

It’s easier to notice typos, errors, and places where you could improve your paper if you read aloud. Even better, read your paper to someone who can tell you if any parts are confusing. For term papers and other important assignments, it may even be possible to receive feedback from your professor before you hand in the paper for grading.

Being constantly interrupted ruins your train of thought and makes it much more difficult to finish your paper. For this reason, it’s important to have somewhere you can focus on writing without distractions. A great alternative to Durham College residence is off-campus housing like Foundry 1805. You can write papers in your room or head to one of the onsite study rooms. Apply now to ensure you’re able to rent the floor plan you want.

Ways to Stay Healthy at University

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Starting university is a great time to learn healthy habits for life. If you’re like most students, this will be your first taste of independence. Since no one will be checking up on you, it’s down to you to practice some self-discipline. You’ll thank yourself if you do, as you’ll feel more energized, lose fewer days to illness, and be more focused.

1. Eat a Healthy Diet

You’ll have much more choice about what to eat as a college student than you’re likely used to. Whereas there’s nothing wrong with occasionally choosing something unhealthy, it’s important this is the exception rather than the rule. Think about whether you’re receiving all the nutrients you need and eat filling meals to avoid the temptation of fatty or sugary snacks throughout the day.

2. Get Enough Sleep

Most people need around eight hours of sleep a night. It’s no good sleeping just a few hours some nights and catching up at the weekend — your body needs consistent rest. Using a sleep app can help you stick to a routine. Some remind you it’s time for bed or offer soothing sounds to help you fall asleep.

Other ways to ensure you sleep enough involve allowing your mind to relax before bed. Avoid screens at least one hour before bedtime and stop drinking caffeinated drinks by the late afternoon. If you find that you’re struggling to fall asleep, try meditating, drawing, or listening to music.

3. Exercise Daily

Regular exercise can also improve your sleep and provide other health benefits, including better immunity, higher energy levels, and reduced strain on your body even when you sit for long periods of time. College is the ideal time to improve your fitness because it’s easy to find new activities you enjoy. For instance, if you’re no fan of team sports, you could take up weight training, Zumba, or yoga. Exercising also encourages you to drink more water, and you may find that you start eating a more balanced diet as a natural result.

4. Keep Your Living Space Clean

A clean and tidy space is beneficial both for your physical and mental health. You’re most likely used to doing chores at home, but you’ve probably never been responsible for keeping the entire place clean. You’ll need to develop some discipline to tidy your living space on a regular basis, as well as whenever you notice something is dirty. If you’ll be living with other people, divide the chores amongst yourselves and make sure you do your fair share.

5. Create a Balanced Schedule

Socializing is important — in fact, it’s a key part of the university experience. However, it’s crucial to maintain a balance between your social life, studies, and rest. Depending on the friends you make, you may be tempted to go to parties every weekend, if not every weekday. Set limits as to how often you’ll go out and be sensible about how late you stay up. You’ll be glad you did the next morning.

6. Figure Out What Your Body Needs

Always stay alert to what your body is telling you. For example, if you start a new exercise regime, don’t push yourself too hard. If your muscles ache, stick to gentle stretches for a day. If you start feeling emotionally exhausted, take some time for yourself. Spending time alone to relax is critical for your wellbeing — don’t fall into the trap of thinking you always need to be doing something. Finally, if you’re physically exhausted, stop relying on coffee and allow yourself to rest.

It’s difficult to stay healthy if you’re living on campus. You face constant distractions and noise, your life is influenced by your roommate’s habits, and you’re stuck on a meal plan. If you’re committed to being healthy, a better option is to live in off-campus student housing. Oshawa students have Foundry 1805. You’ll receive a suite with a large bedroom and a fully-equipped kitchen — plus, there are restaurants and shopping just across the street. Pay us a visit to check out the amenities for yourself.

How to Make Your Student Apartment Feel Like Home

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Decorating your student apartment to match your personality will transform it from a place you live into a home. Although the prospect of decorating a new apartment can feel daunting, all it actually takes is a few simple additions.

1. Cover the Walls

There’s nothing more impersonal than bare walls. The good news is walls are one of the easiest things to decorate. As well as art, you can hang posters, framed photos, or even a tapestry. If you want to save money, create your own pictures for your walls. There’s no need to be an art student — printing out photos and pasting them together in a collage is a great way to bring memories to your new space.

2. Add Warmth to the Floor

Once you’ve finished decorating the walls, turn your attention to the floor. Use rugs to add colour and style — and to keep your feet warm! Make sure you choose a material that will be easy to maintain and won’t show stains.

3. Make a Luxurious Bed

To do well at university, you need a comfortable bed. As well as choosing bedding that’s soft and warm, pick a design you like to make your bed more welcoming. Since pillows are particularly personal, you may like to bring your regular pillow from home.

4. Bring Some Lamps to Adjust the Lighting

An overhead light is useful for illuminating the entire room, but a dimmer light is cozier. Floor lamps that produce yellow light are perfect for adjusting the light levels in your bedroom and living room. Also check if your bedroom comes with a desk lamp (it may if you’re renting a fully-furnished apartment). In addition to being a necessity for studying, this is ideal for creating ambient lighting.

5. Give Your Apartment Some Life with Plants

The right plants can improve air quality and add character to your living space. If you know you’ll struggle to keep plants alive, choose something that requires minimal care, like a cactus.

6. Create an Inspiring Study Space

Turn the area around your desk into a space that makes you feel inspired. For instance, you could add objects or pictures that keep your goals for after graduation fresh in your mind or hang a certificate above your desk to remind you of what you’re capable of achieving.

7. Infuse Your Apartment with Scent

Add scented candles to spots around your bedroom and living room. Take time picking out the candles to find a scent you love — perhaps something that smells like your family home, that makes you think of someone you care about, or has the natural scent of your favourite outdoor place, like the beach or a pine forest.

It’s difficult to make a space feel comfortable if you’re sharing a small dorm room on campus. Find a place you can call home by renting a student apartment at Foundry 1805. Our off-campus Ontario Tech residence has both fully-furnished and unfurnished units with one to five bedrooms. Check out our floor plans to find your perfect fit.