Monday, November 30, 2015

Selling Back Your Textbooks

At this point in the semester, you are probably wondering how to get rid of some of those textbooks you bought but won't ever read again. Don't worry, there are many ways to get rid of your textbooks and get money back in return! Here are just a few options for you:

Option 1) Sell the book to a friend that needs it

Option 2) Post the book for sale on Facebook

Option 3) Sell the book through an online retailer. For example, has textbook buyback that lets you ship your books to them for free and gives you the money in the form of an gift card. Gather more information here.

Option 4) Sell your textbooks to University Book & Supply and get cash instantly. You can even sell them books you didn't originally purchase through them!
(Helpful Tip: The earlier in buyback you sell your textbook back, the more money you usually get)

Do you have other ideas for selling textbooks that you think would be helpful? Comment below and share!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Student Leader Spotlight

Joshua Hasstedt
Sophomore from Urbandale, Iowa

Studying Accounting

Involved in intramural racquetball and the Rider Hall PAIR

"I love the movie clubs in the halls and seeing the squirrels run around campus."

"If I were a bird I would live in the tree the Keebler Elves make their cookies in."

"Establish a connection with your instructors. They can be a great resource not only for class, but for scholarships and jobs."

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Getting Sick without Mom

Getting sick on your own for the first time. It's one of the scariest and adult things in your college experience. When it’s all on you to nurse yourself back to health the game has officially changed.

Be Prepared Have a first aid kit of sorts somewhere in your room for when times get tough; packed with band aids, cough drops, tissues, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, anti-diarrheal remedy, antacid, and a thermometer in a container. Those are just the essentials.
Fluids Drink as much water as possible, daily. Warm white soda is good for an upset stomach or menstrual pains while Gatorade helps replenish electrolytes when you’re dehydrated.
Rest It can be frustrating but you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anything else. Getting enough sleep each night will help your immune system keep from getting sick. But if you do get sick, sleep and relaxation becomes even more important for your recovery.
Contact Professors If you miss one day you can usually grab notes from someone you sit next to or meet your instructor in their office hours to ask questions about material. But if you are missing multiple days you need to get your instructors involved.
Know Your Recourses You have access to the Student Health Clinic and a Pharmacy on campus to get everything you need for combat. You’ve already paid fees for these services, utilize them!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Roommate Conflicts

The majority of roommates will have a fall out right before Thanksgiving break. It’s just perfect timing. How you decide to handle the situation will reflect on your character and be a part of your reputation when it comes to living with others in the future.

Face-to-Face Discussion It may be the last thing you want to do after a fight, but there are multiple ways to get the conversation started. One way would be inviting your roommate to coffee or dinner; both of you might feel more comfortable in a public space. Dining together relieves the pressure of a one-on-one discussion. When you’re ready to tackle the topic you should state the issues in a kind, positive, and understanding manner. Conversing in an encouraging tone will allow you to work together for the betterment of your living situation.

Seek Assistance Another option is for you to consult your R.A. Ideally your R.A. would be available to orchestrate and mediate a discussion and may even have other suggestions for progress. Letting an outside, unbiased individual into the conversation may be the simplest way to bring about improvements. Furthermore, an R.A. will be able to continually check-in on the situation’s development and hold all roommates accountable in the future.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Student Leader Spotlight

 Maddison Jansen

Senior from Lynville, IA

Studying Communication/Public Relations, Political Science, Marketing, and Journalism
Involved in UNI Speech Team, CIEP Conversation Partner, Political Science Society, and the Shull Hall PAIR
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice is my spirit animal"
"Came to UNI to compete on UNI's nationally-ranked speech team!"
"The Goldilocks Zone of sleep is 7.5-8.5 hours. No more. No less."
"It's okay to make mistakes and ask for help."

Monday, November 2, 2015


Registering for next semester can seem a bit overwhelming at first. "I learned how to do it at orientation, but that was months ago!" "Where are the purple polo people to hold my hand!?" It's okay, here are some answers to popular questions.
What happens if I get put on a waiting list? We recommend keeping your name on the waiting list and waiting to see if positions open up. Until then, consider adding and additional class to fill that’s space. Another option would be talking to the department about their wait list procedures.
What do I do if a class is closed? Check and see if there is another section available, get on a wait list if offered, check back regularly to see if that class or another class section has opened up, or ask the instructor or department for permission to join the class.
How should I enroll in co-requisite classes? When enrolling in classes that require co-requisites, you must have previously taken the course or add all of the co-requisite classes to your shopping cart and register for them at the same time.

Spring 2016 Advance Registration will be November 2-18. Know when you registar and meet with an Advisor beforehand!
Graduates - November 2
Seniors - November 2-3
Juniors - November 4-6
Sophomores - November 9-12
Freshmen - November 13-18
Unclassified - November 18