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Apr 11 / Lina Erlingis

Be a Knight!

Happy Wednesday 🙂 This week’s topic is all about the awesome students that use and contribute to StudySoup. I’m also going to share a few of my experiences throughout college in hopes of inspiring some of you to take action and work to help your community.

Side note: at StudySoup we are lucky to be constantly in contact with amazing students that are willing to help one another out and help to make the community a better place as well. You all rock!

Personally I know it’s tough for one person to make a huge impact on the community, so I’ve tried instead to make small impacts in the hopes of benefiting the community overall. I’m going to share a few things I’ve enjoyed doing to help others.

First, Crisis Textline. I can’t say enough great things about this service. I became a volunteer for them about half a year ago. Basically, I “text” with people that are in a crisis and try to calm them down or alleviate some of their pain or worry. I was trained to talk them down from their panic and help them think of ways to cope with their feelings. Check out this link to learn about Crisis Textline: https://www.crisistextline.org/faq/

Another thing I love to do is volunteer at a hospital. I have racked up over 200 hours and have heard countless stories from patients about their experiences before, during, and after illness. I got to navigate patients to their clinics and made them comfortable before treatments. This experience was extremely rewarding for me and I encourage everyone to find a volunteer position that they enjoy. One last thing I love to do is volunteer for American Red Cross, an amazing organization. Did you know that when a natural disaster happens they will send volunteers (most expenses paid) to the site so that the people there get immediate help? Who wouldn’t want to give their time to help others?

We have three main pillars at StudySoup:

  • Be a Knight (aka help someone in need)

  • Make an Impact

  • Succeed Together

Get out there and help make an impact in your community 🙂

Before you do that, here is a great article to check out about the Future Innovator Scholarship winner Lyric Hawkins and her experiences in making a difference in her local community of Atlanta: https://studysoup.com/blog/scholar ships/introducing-our-spring-2017-future-innovator-scholarship-winner-lyric-hawkins/

StudySoup Weekly Roundup 03/30/18

This week (03/30/18 – 04/06/18), 6 notetakers at Wayne State University uploaded course material to StudySoup. There were 20 new documents uploaded this week, bringing the total number of Wayne State University study materials on StudySoup up to 1345.

So far, the top 10 most viewed materials that were uploaded this week are:

  1. Study Guide – AH 1120
  2. Study Guide – SLP 5300
  3. Class Notes – AH 1120
  4. Study Guide – BIO 2600
  5. Study Guide – SLP 5300
  6. Study Guide – SLP 5300
  7. Class Notes – MUT 2160
  8. Class Notes – ART 1110
  9. Class Notes – ART 1110
  10. Class Notes – ART 1110

The top 1 most popular materials from last week are:

  1. Study Guide – AH 1120

And currently, the most popular Wayne State University courses on StudySoup are:

  1. American Civilization Since World War II

We are making a big push to add more content across the HistorySpeech, and OTHER departments. Please refer anyone in the following list of classes to apply to the elite notetaker program.

Good luck!

 
Lina
Apr 3 / Lina Erlingis

Building Your Personal Brand

Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re having a great start to this week.

This week’s topic is all about your personal brand. When I first heard about personal brands, I believed I didn’t have one- but we all do! You can search your name on Google, Twitter, your University’s site, Facebook, or LinkedIn, among many other websites. Your personal brand has to do with how others perceive you and what you’re all about. It’s important to have a strong personal brand and build it up while in college because it’ll help you look like a well rounded person in your future endeavors. It can help when applying to graduate school or to your future career. Your personal brand should show who you are, what you are aiming to accomplish academically or professionally, and what makes you the unique person that you are.

In building your personal brand, you need to pinpoint what you’re aiming to portray about yourself and then set out to do that in a concise manner. If you are an artist, you’re message is going to look completely different from someone that is trying to become an astronaut or an engineer. You need to define your values and stick to them. Doing so will show that you are set on your goals and that you have a way to achieve them. Don’t forget to market yourself! No one is going to just stumble upon your webpages (most likely), so you need to get yourself out there by making business cards or using word-of-mouth. You could also reach out to previous teachers or mentors to help you make connections and to further market yourself.

To build my own personal brand, I’m working on a few things. First of all, this blog is helping me to get my name out there on work that is published online and that I’m proud to call my own. Since it is academic, it shows that I have a strong drive when it comes to school and that I care about helping others succeed in their academics, too (at least, this is my goal). I’m also regularly updating my LinkedIn and reaching out to my connections. Almost everyone is willing to either give you a shot or to help you find someone that is willing to help you out in some way, all you have to do is ask!

Be sure to check out this StudySoup blog post that has a few tips for creating a personal brand: https://studysoup.com/blog/easy-college-solutions/tips-creating-growing-personal-brand/

 

And, last but not least, here are this week’s top-selling materials:

StudySoup Weekly Roundup 03/22/18

This week (03/22/18 – 03/29/18), 7 notetakers at Wayne State University uploaded course material to StudySoup. There were 11 new documents uploaded this week, bringing the total number of Wayne State University study materials on StudySoup up to 1664.

So far, the top 10 most viewed materials that were uploaded this week are:

  1. Study Guide – PSY 1010
  2. Class Notes – PHI 2320
  3. Class Notes – Physics
  4. Study Guide – ECO 2010
  5. Study Guide – ECO 2010
  6. Class Notes – AH 1120
  7. Class Notes – ECO 2010
  8. Class Notes – ART 1110
  9. Class Notes – ART 1110
  10. Class Notes – ART 1110

The top 2 most popular materials from last week are:

  1. Study Guide – PSY 1010
  2. Class Notes – Physics

And currently, the most popular Wayne State University courses on StudySoup are:

We are making a big push to add more content across the OTHEREconomics, and Art History departments. Please refer anyone in the following list of classes to apply to the elite notetaker program.

Keep on studying!!

 
Lina
Mar 29 / Lina Erlingis

Student Discounts!

Hey all, I hope you’re having a great week so far!

This week I’m going to point out my favorite money saving student discounts that I take advantage of, in hopes of helping you save money too! First, I’d like to mention the amazing Amazon Prime. This is by far my favorite way to save money and possibly the easiest, too. If you have a .edu email address (as students we all do!), then you can get 6 months of Amazon Prime free. Prime includes free 2 day shipping, as well as many other benefits. Some of the additional benefits include some cool books, movies, and Amazon’s new Kindle app for iPhone and Android so you can read on the go!

Another money saving app I like to use is Ibotta. Personally, since I do my own grocery shopping I love this app. You simply have to take a picture of your receipt after shopping at almost any store in the United States and then you clip offers and get paid. Offers vary every few weeks but there are always items included that are essentials (bread, eggs, milk, ice-cream). I usually save $1-$4 per trip and it only takes a couple minutes to submit your receipt.

Yet another app I like to use is ShopKick. With this app, all you have to do is open the app while in the store for some easy points and scan items while shopping for even more points. Then you can submit your points for gift cards to places like Target or Amazon. You don’t even have to spend money to earn gift cards!

Finally, two last money saving discounts I like to use are my student ID card and Chase Freedom credit card. With my student ID (Wayne State University), I can get great discounts at many restaurants that surround my university and even some that are in downtown Detroit. I imagine many universities have this same program, you just have to look into it or ask around. The Chase Freedom credit card, like many credit cards, offers great student benefits. It’s great to start building credit so that we can prepare ourselves for post graduation costs and this card has no annual fee, as well as an easy approval and sign up bonus.

Here’s a great article that Study Soup posted, take a look if you have a few spare minutes: https://studysoup.com/blog/easy-college-solutions/student-discounts/

Here are some great links with study materials that can seriously help you out as we approach finals:

This week (03/15/18 – 03/22/18), 2 notetakers at Wayne State University uploaded course material to StudySoup. There were 4 new documents uploaded this week, bringing the total number of Wayne State University study materials on StudySoup up to 1312.

So far, the top 4 most viewed materials that were uploaded this week are:

  1. Study Guide – Computer Science and Engineering
  2. Study Guide – Computer Science and Engineering
  3. Class Notes – Art
  4. Class Notes – OTHER

And currently, the most popular Wayne State University courses on StudySoup are:

We are making a big push to add more content across the Computer Science and EngineeringArt, and OTHER departments. Please refer anyone in the following list of classes to apply to the elite notetaker program.

Keep studying hard!

 
Lina 
Mar 21 / Lina Erlingis

Helpful Apps

Hey everyone, I hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

It’s tough to keep our lives organized while in college because we all have a lot on our plates! An easy way to keep everything straight is by utilizing the many apps available to us on our phones. StudySoup has uploaded an article that picks the top 10 most innovative apps that college students can use to help them be successful. This is a great article that is worth reading if you want some great tips to manage your time, money, and almost anything else going on in your everyday life.

My personal favorite is an app on StudySoup’s list called SelfControl. Basically this app blocks certain sites while you are studying, thereby helping you keep self control! It will keep you focused and help you get your studying done in a more efficient and worthwhile manner.

Another app that I use at least once a week is Venmo. Venmo lets you transfer money to others in a safe way and directly from your bank account. This is great for those situations when the waitress didn’t split the tip and you have to pay your friend back or when you have to pay your roommate for rent or the electric bill each month.

An app I’ve never heard of before but have already downloaded after reading the article is called Brainscape. This app allows you to find flashcard decks for most subjects (even random ones!) when you don’t have time to make your own set. Seems useful for those of us that have a lot to memorize but a short amount of time to do so.

Check out this article to explore even more apps that can help you out: https://studysoup.com/blog/easy-college-solutions/top-10-innovative-apps-college-students/

As always, here are some study materials you should check out:

  1. Study Guide – OTHER
  2. Class Notes – Economics
  3. Class Notes – Chemistry
  4. Class Notes – Art History
  5. Class Notes – Music
  6. Class Notes – Music History
  7. Class Notes – OTHER

Have a great rest of your week!

Lina

Mar 13 / Lina Erlingis

Watch Out for College Scams!

Hey all, hope you’re having a great Tuesday!

Did you know there are scams out there that target college students?

It’s so important to stay safe in college, especially online, as we students are constantly on our computers and surfing the web. First of all, while it is important to search for and apply to scholarships, it’s crucial to be aware of the services that seem too good to be true, because many of them are. Some sites will claim to have a great and “easy” to apply for scholarship that fits your criteria and only takes five minutes to apply for, be careful before you enter your information into these sites. Some warning signs include when the site asks for an application fee, they don’t provide any contact information, they request personal financial information, or they claim that they will “Do everything for you”. Please beware of these sites! You don’t want to risk a scam site having access to your personal information.

Another common scam is sites for student loans, a shared necessity for many of us, but a headache all the same. Some websites may offer student loan forgiveness or other incentives such as sweepstakes, gift cards, or offering to pay your loan through a third party. These clauses are unfortunately red flags and sites that offer such things should be avoided. Again, don’t provide them with any personal information until you thoroughly read all conditions.

One other way that students are targeted is through employment scams because students are almost always looking for ways to earn extra cash. Certain things to look for before giving your email address to a site that is offering job opportunities is whether or not they have a LinkedIn page or a legitimate, verified website with contact information.

Just a few more things to be aware of are identity theft scams, rental and roommate scams, online shopping deceptions, and social media scams. A lot of the information I included in this post came from an article on StudySoup.com written by Catherine Burns. I highly recommend checking it out for more details! Here is the link: https://studysoup.com/blog/easy-college-solutions/beware-college-scams-identify-avoid-fraud-targeting-college-students/

Lastly, to help you all in your continued studies, I’ve included some links to study materials that might be helpful:

https://studysoup.com/note/2505706/wsu-for-3050-week-1-spring-2017-anthony

https://studysoup.com/note/2505712/wsu-for-3050-week-2-spring-2017-anthony

https://studysoup.com/note/2514095/wsu-for-3050-week-14-spring-2017-anthony

https://studysoup.com/note/2478648/uh-chem-6373-fall-2015-faye-medhurst-sr

https://studysoup.com/note/2559179/wsu-mat-0993-week-1-fall-2017-gabrielle-arthur

https://studysoup.com/flashcard/537366/cognitive-development-wayne-state-university-mercedes-stokes

 

Good luck!

 

Lina

Mar 13 / Lina Erlingis

Hello world!

Hello!

My name is Lina Erlingis and I’m going to be graduating in May from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. I’ll have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Honors College here. In addition to my psychology courses, I’ve taken many other science classes, such as physics, biology and chemistry in order to fulfill medical school application requirements. I’ve also enjoyed a couple philosophy and film classes on the side.

During my junior year, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Belo Horizonte, Brazil for just over 6 months where I learned to speak Portuguese and learned about the Brazilian lifestyle- definitely my favorite college experience! I’m also planning one more study abroad before officially leaving Wayne State, this time for about a month this summer in South Korea.

My future goals include attending medical school, specifically an osteopathic school, and even further down the line I hope to become involved with Doctors without Borders. I’m currently studying for the MCAT and will be testing in May and then applying in June. It’s a long journey, but so far, I’ve enjoyed every minute of the pre-med life!

I was introduced to StudySoup, an online learning marketplace, during my sophomore year of college by a classmate. It’s a great way for students to earn some extra spending money by uploading notes for their peers to benefit from. I strongly recommend the site for anyone looking to keep their grades high or raise them to reach your goals!

Good luck with your studies!

Lina