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How To: Play O-Week’s Luckiest Student

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Michael, Community Manager

Have you ever held one of those giant, oversized novelty cheques? They are the international symbols that show you’re a real baller. Trust me, it’s a heck of feeling to be handed a cheque with a bunch of zeros on the end. O-Week’s Luckiest is your opportunity to be at the top of the class, the cat’s pajamas and the who’s who of Laurier all at the same time. You’ll be Internet famous before you’ve even stepped into a lecture hall. Just ask Elisabetta here. She lives at home and commutes to campus by bus every day (the ride takes up to an hour each way). She’s going in to her third year and we gave her that big cheque feeling. Last year we paid her tuition, gave her money for books, groceries, and tons more. She is Laurier’s Luckiest Student - the one student who walked home at the end of the year with $7,000 in cash and prizes. It makes those long bus rides a heck of a lot sweeter.

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"I’m going to be able to not worry as much." - Elisabetta Gambetti



WE MAKE IT RAIN CASH AND PRIZES

How nice would it be to have your tuition paid for? Well dream bigger because we’re just getting started. We’re going to reveal more prizes that are going to make you scream with delight. We’ve still got some surprises up our sleeve to reveal. We want to hear from you. What kind of prizes would make your year? Tweet us @students_union and let us know how we can make this truly awesome.

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OK, I’m Hooked, how do I sign up?

Happy you asked! Visit the site and sign up for an account if you don’t already have one. It takes less than a minute. You’ll be given the option to opt-in to every prize we’ve revealed. Make sure that you check every single one of them. If we pull you as our winner, you pick up every single prize that you checked off. More is better.

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But We need your help

We want one of you to be O-Week’s Luckiest but we need your help. You guys are all social media experts and know how to take the best selfie, apply the best filter and throw up the biggest hashtag. We’d love to see your skills in action and learn all the tips and tricks, so we’ve set up some accounts to stay in touch. You can find us on Facebook , Twitter: @students_union , Instagram: yourstudentsunion and Snapchat: students_union so give us a follow.

You can pick up extra entries to have your name entered in the final draw more than once. Completing social actions (like following us on Facebook) will automatically earn you extra entries. Taking part in challenges will also earn you voucher codes that you can redeem for extra entries. It pays to keep an eye on this site and our social media accounts, because you never know where a voucher or a challenge will pop up. Give us a follow, because you’ll never know when we’ll throw up an extra entry or 20.

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What would you buy with an extra five grand?

Okay - so technically, it’s not an extra five grand, but it’s sure as heck five grand you don’t have to spend on tuition. Having that extra cheddar around means you might be able to say yes to seeing that movie (in 3D, no less), yes to that second round of coffees, and yes to that impromptu last minute get away to your roomies hometown.

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Hey Look We’re On Instagram!

Selfies, filters and hashtags. We know how much you guys love Instagram so we decided to join in on the fun! Throughout the summer we’re going to be sharing some pictures about what is going on in our lives here at the Students’ Union. We’d love to keep in touch over the summer so we’ll be using #laurieroweek #laurier and #wlu so everyone can can stay in the loop. Oh and don’t be afraid to give us a follow either @yourstudentsunion we don’t bite. And there is a contest to win your tuition. You’ll just have to check it out.

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5 Facts You Need To Know About The Emergency Response Team

When you’re walking around campus, going to a sporting event or even to the Turret on a Saturday night, you’ll be graced with the presence of students in bright red jackets and huge backpacks. They bear a striking resemblance to mountain climbers and while they’re probably very good at ascending long distances in high altitudes, we keep them around to make sure our students are safe. As first responders, the Emergency Response Team is quick to the scene if there is medical issue on campus to provide support and first aid. ERT is an essential service to the wellbeing of our students. For our students on the Waterloo, ERT can be reached at 519-885-3333 and for Brantford students, Special Constables can be reached at 519-756-8228.

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7 tips for living on a student budget

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Abner Pennings, Head Ice Breaker


Earlier in the week I outlined 3 simple steps that will make your budgeting life much easier. Our friends over at Libro Credit Union even let us use their fancy online calculator to help you become a budgeting pro! The real challenge though, is sticking to it. So here are seven tips you can use to save that extra bit of cash:


1. Don’t splurge or impulse buy

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At the beginning this may be difficult but after your first month at university you’ll realize how important it is to spend money on the things that matter, not the candy you saw lingering around the cash register at the grocery store.

Cheap days are your friend

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Waterloo and Brantford are practically student run cities. Stores understand the benefit of driving business through student discounts. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM! Learn what days the student discounts are on and use them freely. I know 10% off groceries on Tuesdays at Zehrs has paid off especially in my later years at Laurier.


Leave your credit card in your room

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Credit cards are great. But we all know the horror stories about racking up huge debts and taking years to pay it off. Carrying credit card debt doesn’t just affect you today but also after you graduate when you want to buy a car or get a mortgage on your first house. In first year you should avoid carrying that credit card and only use it in an emergency. As well, the freedom could lead to you buying things you really don’t need or even have the money for.


if you can make it don’t buy it


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Buying a $5 coffee at Starbucks every morning is probably not the smartest idea when you can make a mean cup of joe for less than 30 cents in your apartment or residence lounge. When you think about it, that a $5 cup of coffee per day is the equivalent of an entire month of rent for your housing in second year. And that’s just by the end of your first semester.


Look for used books


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Almost every first student falls under the misconception that they should buy all their textbooks new as soon as they get to university. You can avoid this by purchasing used textbooks from upper year students. This can easily save you hundreds of dollars a semester. Check on the Facebook groups for Laurier students as upper years are always trying to get rid of textbooks they don’t need anymore, usually at a steep discount.


Bring a Lunch


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Throughout your first year you will notice how easy it is to buy food on campus. At ten bucks a day, food expenses can add up very quickly. Bringing a lunch is not only a lot cheaper but in most cases a lot healthier as well.


Reward Banking


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Banks know that students are usually trying to save as much money as possible, which is why they all offer student plans so you can save some extra cash. Go to your financial institution and see what kind of student deals they offer. Many provide different rewards, like no fee banking, free cheques or even some sweet cash back deals.


There are plenty of ways to save money as a first year student. You should try and take advantage of all the opportunities available, so you can focus on your new life and not your finances. I hope this gives everyone some good ideas on how to make your Laurier experience the best that it can be!


See you all in September.

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The Owners’ Spending Plan
MONTHLY INCOME
Wages/salary:
Gifts:
Other regular monthly income:
Total Monthly Income:
MONTHLY EXPENSES
Rent: (utilities, cable, etc.)
Food: (groceries, eating out)
Transportation: (bus pass, car payments, maintenance, insurance)
Personal: (haircuts,clothing, make-up, etc.)
Entertainment: (books, magazines, movies, video game rentals, parties, music, hobbies)
Recreation:(sports equipment and uniforms, other)
Irregular/Annual Expenses: (driver’s license renewal, license plates, Christmas and birthday gifts, travel, memberships)
Total Expenses
AMOUNT LEFT FOR SAVING

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How To Make A Budget : 3 tips you don’€™t learn in the classroom

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Abner Pennings, Head Ice Breaker

Coming into your first year of University you will experience a lot of new things. Your classes will be bigger, you’ll meet a ton of new people and it’ll probably be the first time living on your own. Something that I learned quickly when I moved away from home was how much I didn’t know about managing my money. Before I came to University my life was run like clockwork, I lived on a farm and had three meals a day with my family. My mom would prepare the food, set the table and we would all eat together - yes a very conservative family. All of a sudden I was the one planning my meals, staying healthy and spending my own money - and this was on top of a busy school schedule! Yes, as much as there is to do outside the classroom, we all came here to get an education (crazy idea right?). With a new chapter in my life ready to begin it was time to sit down and really think about where my money was going. After a few years at Laurier, these were some of the key lessons I picked up along the way.


PLAN YOUR BUDGET

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First, it’s important to know what your expenses will be when you start living on your own. Conveniently, Laurier has given us some estimates about what they think students will be spending throughout their first year. September and January are going to be more expensive, as you will have additional expenses for the new semester but I’ll dive back into this a bit later. Remember to take this into consideration when you’€™re making your budget for the first time.

Planning your budget ahead of time will definitely save you a lot stress in the long run. When thinking about Laurier the first things that come to mind should be your education and friends, not paying bills or asking my parents for money. Once I got to Laurier I realized how cheap it is to live at home, but now was the time to learn how to save.

See More - Plan your budget with this tracking tool from Libro Credit Union


Expect The Unexpected

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When thinking about your budget, the first things that should come to mind are food, tuition, and rent if you’€™re living in residence. But they’€™re definitely additional expenses that shouldn’t be tossed to the backburner, like all the textbooks you’€™ll have to buy, that new piece of Laurier gear for homecoming and of course some entertainment when you need to unwind from a long day of studying. The little things add up so make sure you budget some extra funds just in case.


With this in mind, my number one recommendation for planning your budget is have an emergency fund. Not just fifty bucks you keep in a book in your dorm room closet, but at least $500 in a savings account that you won’€™t touch unless you absolutely need to. One of my not so favourite memories was when I dropped my laptop running to class and had to spend 250 big ones to repair it. My emergency fund was a lifesaver.


One of the keys to budgeting is to make sure you plan for the entire 8 months you’ll be in school. Once you have budgeted accordingly and set aside an emergency fund (DO IT) you’ll notice you either have a negative balance or a positive balance. Hopefully it’€™s the latter but in the case of a negative balance, it’€™s time to research some ways to get some extra cash. If it’€™s a positive balance, you can definitely go to the mall and buy those new shoes you wanted….wait what?


Just Cause You Got Some Dough Doesn’t Mean You Should Make It Rain

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It is important to realize that your remaining money is what you’ll have left for the rest of the whole school year. Spending it all in the first 2 weeks will lead to a pretty stressful last couple months of school. Divide the remaining balance by the 8 months you’€™re in school and limit your monthly spending to the allotted allowance.

Trust me you’€™ll thank me in the long run.

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The Simple Guide to Winning Your Tuition

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Have you ever held one of those giant, oversized novelty cheques? They are the international symbols that show you’re a real baller. Trust me, it’s a heck of feeling to be handed a cheque with a bunch of zeros on the end.

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WE MAKE IT RAIN CASH AND PRIZES

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"I’m going to be able to not worry as much." - Elisabetta Gambetti

This is Elisabetta. She lives at home and commutes to campus by bus every day (the ride takes up to an hour each way). She’s going in to her third year and we gave her that big cheque feeling. Last year we gave paid her tuition, gave her money for books, groceries, and tons more. She is Laurier’s Luckiest Student - the one student who walked home at the end of the year with $7,000 in cash and prizes. It makes those long bus rides a heck of a lot sweeter.

We want to do that for one of you. This is O-Week’s Luckiest Student. A summer long contest just for first year students who want to make a big splash on campus in September.

Now Open - Sign up for O-Week’s Luckiest Student

 

WHAT WOULD YOU BUY WITH AN EXTRA FIVE GRAND?

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Okay - so technically, it’s not an extra five grand, but it’s sure as heck five grand you don’t have to spend on tuition. Having that extra cheddar around means you might be able to say yes to seeing that movie (in 3D, no less), yes to that second round of coffees, and yes to that impromptu last minute get away to your roomies hometown.

 

YOU DIDN’T THINK WE’D STOP THERE, RIGHT?

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 Tuition is just the beginning. We’re gong to reveal more prizes that are going to make you scream with delight. We’ve still got some surprises up our sleeve to reveal. We want to hear from you. What kind of prizes would make your year? Tweet us @students_union and let us know how we can make this truly awesome.

 

THE EASY WAY TO WIN

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Shush, Rachel McAdams it’s actually really easy.

Visit the site and sign up for an account if you don’t already have one. It takes less than a minute. You’ll be given the option to opt-in to every prize we’ve revealed. Make sure that you check every single one of them. If we pull you as our winner, you pick up every single prize that you checked off. More is better.

You can pick up extra entries to have your name entered in the final draw more than once. Completing social actions (like following us on Facebook) will automatically earn you extra entries. Taking part in challenges will earn you voucher codes that you can redeem for extra entries. It pays to keep an eye on this site and our social media accounts, because you never know where a voucher or a challenge will pop up.

I Suck at Laundry, Follow My Tips and You Won’t

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Maddie Stock, [TITLE]

My first ever laundry experience featured a load of whites and a teabag that somehow entered the mix.

Got an embarrassing laundry story? Tweet us @students_union

Though I was a first year university student, I’d never done laundry without the help of my lovely mother. It’s safe to say I had no idea what I was doing.

Doing my own laundry turned out to be one big learning curve. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my story above, it’s to CHECK YOUR POCKETS. You never know what you’ll find in there.

Rather than learn from your mistakes as you go, learn from mine. Here’s a list of basic laundry tips as well as some tips for mastering doing laundry in residence.

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Laundry Tips 101

  • Always check tags for instructions (see below)
  • Always check your pockets
  • Wash darks with darks
  • Wash whites with whites
  • Wash like colours together
  • Wash darks in cold water to prevent fading
  • Wash colours in cold water or by hand if you’re worried they’ll run
  • Skip ironing by putting clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes before hanging
  • Do sheets in hot water
  • Do laundry regularly!
  • If you are going home bring your laundry, this can be key to staying on top of the ever growing pile on your bedroom floor

 

Tips for Doing Laundry in Residence

  • Bring drying racks with you to school
  • Bring a laundry basket
  • Save time and money by doing loads with others
  • Designate laundry days 
  • Weeks with a lighter workload are the perfect time to do laundry
  • Do laundry with a friend, its more fun

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What the heck do those laundry symbols mean?

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8 Ways (+ More!) to Get Involved in Your First Year as a Golden Hawk

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Colin Aitchison, Clothing and Registration Executive


Protip: Being involved at university is actually cool

 

1. Joining a Students’ Union Committee

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The Students’ Union is a busy place. With 19 committees, we rely on our volunteers to keep it awesome. Join Hawk Team if you want to plan some awesome events on campus. Love helping others? Then Food Bank or Foot Patrol (our campus SafeWalk program) may be more up your alley. We have committees that focus on student rights, helping the environment and making sure you feel safe on campus . These are just a few so make sure to check out the entire list here . Keep an eye on our Facebook page for hiring information come September.


2. Join a Campus Club

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There are tons of clubs. We have a club for any interest you can think of. Cupcakes? Check. Harry Potter? Check. charities? Check. business? Check. And on the off chance that we don’t have the one you’re looking for, start it. Yeah, it’s that easy. See what clubs we have on campus here.

 

3. Run for Student Government

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You love to create change and shake up the status quo. If that sounds like you, then friend, look here. With elections held every February, student government helps shape the way that the Students’ Union and university operate. We the students, elect our President & CEO, Board of Directors and university representatives every year. Student government is the reason it makes sense to have over 50 ties or pairs of heels in your closet. No one can ever call you excessive again.

Elections Information

 

4. Residence isn’t just for sleeping

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Residence Life runs year long programming for first years, by first years . You could be the integral part that brings it all together. For those of you aren’t in residence, don’t fret. We have the LOCUS program in Waterloo and Laurier Off-Campus program in Brantford to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

Residence Life Info:

Brantford | Waterloo

 

5. Part-Time Jobs

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Hey, you gotta eat too. Even if you don’t like moving very much, there are a lot of places right on campus that hire students. From the bookstore, to the Terrace, to William’s to the Writing Centre, working on campus is a great way to meet your fellow Golden Hawks - and get paid to do it. Employers on campus are also very accommodating with scheduling knowing that you’re there to be a student first.

On-Campus Job Postings

 

6. We have to stay fit too!

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We’ve all dreamed of hitting that buzzer beating 3 pointer, holding onto that diving catch in a game of dodgeball or scoring that header in extra time. Athletics has a ton of intramural sports to choose from – and lets be clear, no wrench dodging skills necessary.

Brantford | Waterloo

 

7. Student Life

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The Student Life Office is home to a lot of diversity programming like the Association of Black Students, Rainbow Alliance and much more. You can volunteer with them, or just attend one of their many events.

Brantford | Waterloo

 

8. But Wait, There’s More!

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Yes, this is a long list, but wait, there’s more! Talk to your Icebreakers about the many ways you can be an involved Golden Hawk.

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