Whether it’s a huge final or a quick quiz, there’s no need to stress!
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All it takes is a quick walk across the UALR campus to see that it’s a great place to be a student. Study nooks, social activities and delicious food spots are everywhere. But did you know it’s also great to be a UALR student when you’re off campus, too?
UALR is Little Rock’s largest university. Many local restaurants, retail locations and entertainment venues cater to the student body with discounts and freebies. We compiled a list of some places around town and what discount you get just for being a UALR student. Don’t forget your student ID!
River City Coffee
10% discount on Wednesdays with no additional coupons
Up to $200 discount on a Mac or $20 discount on an iPad
Sign up for exclusive college student coupon codes.
Free six-month trial of Amazon Prime by signing up for Amazon Student
(Refer a friend to the student loyalty program and you’ll also be given a $10 credit.)
15% discount on full-priced merchandise
Barnes and Noble
$25 Barnes and Noble membership
(Members enjoy a 10% discount on all in-store purchases and receive free expedited shipping for online purchases.)
Up to 20% discount for full-time students under the age of 25 who maintain good grades
Up to a $200 discount for students with a B average or better
Up to 10% discount on liability, collision and medical payments coverage for full-time students under the age of 25 with at least B average or 3.0 GPA
Up to 25% discount for students who maintain good grades
(Bonus: You get to keep your Good Student Discount until you’re 25, even if you’ve already graduated!)
Discount available for unmarried students who either have a B average or better, a 3.0 grade point or better, make the Dean’s List or Honor List, rank in the top 20% of their class, or rank in the top 20% on recognized standard tests.
Rave Motion Pictures Colonel Glenn 18
$1 off ticket
UALR Alumni Discounts
The benefits of being a UALR student continue even after you graduate! Join the alumni association to experience even more Little Rock establishments with discounts and rewards.
Donaghey Student, Aquatic & Fitness Center
Six months free membership to new alumni association members
UALR Barnes & Noble Bookstore
10% discount on official UALR apparel and Trojan merchandise. Also receive special offers such as discounts and free shipping
UALR Basketball Tickets
10% off season tickets
Arkansas Arts Center
$10 off annual membership
10% off merchandise (excluding cosmetics) or $10 off any $100 cosmetic purchase
15% discount on regular and everyday value priced merchandise
Free dessert to alumni members with purchase of a full-priced entrée
Eggshells Kitchen Co.
15% off retail products
Garvan Woodland Gardens
$2.00 off regular admission price plus a 10% discount at the Garden gift shop
Hillcrest Artisan Meats
$1.00 off per pound of any fresh meat purchase and $1.00 off any sandwich at lunch (one per visit)
20% off any order of $50 or more and a free wedding cake topper for all wedding cake orders over $500
$3 off haircut service at any Arkansas location.
US Pizza (Fair Park location)
The Villa Marre
10% off room rental
White Goat (Heights location)
Rental Car (Alamo, National, Hertz, Auto Europe, Avis, Budget)
This is merely a snippet of the incredible discounts available with your UALR Alumni Association membership. Check out the full list of discounts online. We hope you take advantage of the discounts available just for being a UALR student and get out and enjoy the city of Little Rock even more! Are there any discounts we missed on this list? Let us know in the comments below or on social media using #UALRdiscount.
Writing doesn’t come easy, not for any of us. When asked how to write, famous sports columnist Red Smith once said: “It’s easy. You simply sit down at a typewriter, open your veins, and bleed.”
While most of us crank out essays and papers on a computer now, Red’s sentiment still holds true. It’s no simple thing to put ideas and words out there in the world. But when we do, it can be magic.
And that’s what Quills & Pixels, the nonfiction journal of UALR, wants to help you do: make some magic by helping you to take the next step in your writing career.
So why should you submit your work for the 2016 edition? Here are our top five reasons:
- Because your groundbreaking research on thermodynamic equilibrium is just too good to not be shared beyond the halls of Fribourgh.
- You have penned the world’s greatest personal essay about (you working at the State Fair, your granddad’s mustache, that summer spent on a mission trip, your lifelong addiction to Girl Scout cookies), and it would be a terrible shame not to share that essay with the world.
- Your professor gave you the college equivalent of ten smiley-face stickers on that paper to which you devoted an entire semester, which must mean you’re onto something good worth sharing with others.
- Journalism is in your blood and you have been sitting on the best feature piece ever in the history of feature writing, just waiting for a moment such as this one.
- Because you live for writing, you breathe writing, and are in danger of dying for lack of a chance to be published.
Remember, this is for nonfiction writing, so no poetry, fiction, or drama. Stick to the research essays, academic writing, journalistic features, technical communication, creative nonfiction, and personal essays. You may submit as many pieces as you wish. Any length piece will be considered, except maybe that 100,000 word memoir trilogy sitting in your desk drawer. Your work will be double-blind peer-reviewed and, if selected for publication, you will work closely with an editor to prepare it for publication.
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Every school year, students start classes with several goals in mind. At the top of the list is one master goal: get – and – stay organized! Inevitably workloads increase, fatigue sets in and chaos ensues, forcing us to throw our good intentions to the side and simply focus on survival. There has to be a way to avoid this disorganization so many students face, right? It may take a little extra work and preparation, but we’re here to tell you: it is possible.
Here are a few of our favorite tips on how you can stay organized no matter what the school year throws your way.
Start meal planning.
Busy college students are all too familiar with the dinnertime scramble or a vending machine lunch – especially those with kids or others who need someone to prepare their meals. Taking a few minutes out of your weekend to plan meals and grocery shop will save you the stress of frantically throwing together a dinner or the high price tag of eating take out for three days straight. By planning ahead, you’re more likely to eat healthy, cost-efficient food. You can take your meal planning a step further by doing some meal prep like chopping vegetables or putting a week’s worth of lunches together during your weekend. Get started with this cute printable meal planner.
Color code activities with Washi tape.
A calendar or planner is your friend, and you should definitely be using it to its highest potential. At the beginning of each week, plan out the week ahead by color-coding different activities with Washi tape. Find a few different tape colors and designs you like, then assign each tape roll to a different category, such as classes, social activities, chores and other obligations. We love this tutorial here.
Plan out your wardrobe.
We know you’ve heard this one before, but an effective way to avoid the frantic morning rush is to pick out what you’re going to wear the next day the night before. By minimizing the amount of decisions you have to make before you get out the door, you’ll be able to get ready more quickly. You’ll also avoid any wardrobe surprises while getting ready – like discovering all your socks are dirty or finding your only clean blouse crumpled on the floor.
Cut down on paper clutter by keeping mail, bills and important reminders on a memory board. This project is easy to make and won’t take up too much of your precious time either! You can find step-by-step instructions on how to make yours here.
Set up a designated study area.
Setting up a designated study area in your home will keep schoolwork from taking over your kitchen table or living room. The area doesn’t have to be big, just big enough to store your books, papers and computer. This area will make them easy to find and out of other living areas. Ideally, you’d be able to find a well-lit spot away from distractions like the TV. If you don’t have a good study spot in your home, set up a bookshelf for all your academic materials, then set up at the library, a coffee shop or your own kitchen table to study. Just remember if you study at home, put everything back in its place once you are finished.
Keep a goal list.
Goal setting is an important part of getting things done. Whether it’s the small, daily tasks or your biggest, lifelong dreams – having goals encourages motivation. You can’t keep your eye on the prize if you never communicate what the goal is that you’re working toward. Start setting weekly, daily or yearly goals. Check out this free printable checklist to get started off on the right foot.
We hope you’re feeling inspired to get organized. If the thought of implementing all of these tips at once overwhelms you, just start with a few! The steps you take toward a more organized life will reap rewards in the future.
Now we want to hear from you: What organizational practices do you swear by? Let us know by commenting below or post your answer to social media using #UALR.
Dorm life is a blast, but a warning for incoming freshmen: You probably won’t be too impressed with your new digs when you first walk in. The bed is might be smaller than you’re used to; you’ll be sharing a lot of your space with a roommate; and aesthetically, the furniture isn’t anything to write home about. But, the good news about your bare bones dorm: it’s a blank slate. Your dorm is an empty canvas just waiting for your look to be splashed all over it. Here are a few DIY projects you can do to make your dorm a space all your own, and a true “home away from home.”
These little strips of magic can do wonders in giving a colorful, custom look to an otherwise drab dorm. Line your bookshelves with the tape, create frames around posters, and make unique designs on your wall.
Curtains can really make a room, but nicer, unique panels can get expensive fast. The solution? Make your own. Grab some cheap panels in a color you like, some complimentary paint and a cool stencil. Now you have all the tools to create a custom look for your windows at an affordable price. We love this tutorial here http://theturquoisehome.com/2012/11/how-to-stencil-curtains/.
String-lights in a dorm room create a soft, cozy glow, but why not take it a step further and make your own marquee letter or sign? This http://www.greylikesnesting.com/diy-inspiration/diy-marquee-letters/ high-end looking DIY is surprisingly easy and inexpensive.
Faux Agate Coasters
Beautiful agate coasters can be seen all over Pinterest and Tumblr. But if you want the real thing, keep in mind that a set of four can cost anywhere from $50 to $100! Most college kids don’t have that kind of dough to drop on a whim. But you still want a place to set your Sonic Happy Hour Route 44, so that’s where this http://www.hellomaphie.com/2014/10/diy-faux-agate-coasters.html DIY comes in.
Gold Alphabet Magnets
The mini fridge is a dorm room staple, but it’s often overlooked as a spot for décor. Deck your fridge out with cool magnets, like these golden letters here http://www.inspiredbycharm.com/2013/08/diy-gold-magnetic-letters.html.
A living plant instantly brightens up any space. Put your greenery in a cute planter that matches your design scheme and it’ll add that much more warmth to your space. We love these three the best: the macramé planter design http://craftprojectideas758.blogspot.com/2015/06/make-these-macrame-hanging-planters-in.html, the gold leaf design, http://missrenaissance.com/2013/05/07/its-diy-time-succulent-pots-boom/, and this doe and deer design http://www.suburble.com/2013/05/doe-a-deer-a-female-deer.html. Hearty succulents are an especially good choice since they don’t need much attention and aren’t finicky about weather conditions.
We know the dorm won’t look like much when you walk in, but with a little elbow grease and a few DIYs, you’ll have a space you’ll love calling home for the year. Do you enjoy DIY projects? We want to hear from you! Post your DIY along with #UALR or tell us about it in the comments.