Friday, February 27, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Kimberly Kovacich
Three months ago I discovered an establishment which not only keeps spending money in my pocket, but gives me an opportunity to be part of changing people’s lives. By offering my time or a mere three hours a week, I am able to earn “easy money” and walk away with a feeling of accomplishment. Within miles of our school, there exists a facility that allows those with health issues to receive life-giving medicines. It is Octapharma Plasma and it is within miles of Trident Technical College.
- 18-65 years of age
- Valid Picture ID
- Be in Good Health
- Proof of Social Security Card
- Proof of Current Residence Postmarked
5900 Rivers Ave.
Charleston, SC 29483
Monday, February 23, 2015
is no doubt about it! It’s been chilly, and it’s likely going to get
colder before it gets warmer. People all over campus are bundled up
against the cold in heavy sweatshirts, layers and a wide array of hats, gloves,
jackets, and scarves. All of these are great at keeping out the cold, but
what do you do when it feels like the chill is in your bones? If you are
like most college students, you have a cup of coffee. But should you
order tea instead? Both drinks will keep you warm, but here are some
interesting tea vs. coffee facts that might have you saying ‘tea please’ the
next time you order.
You Need a Boost
For Health Surprisingly, it has been found that people who drank four cups of coffee daily were 30 percent less at risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-drinkers. It's also been shown that men who drank at least three cups of coffee daily were 9 percent less likely to have skin cancer than those who drank less than one cup monthly.
However, the health benefits of tea—especially green tea—are well documented, too. It’s well known that antioxidants in green tea can aid in repairing a weak immune system because it has EGCG, an antioxidant that recharges the white blood cells that prevent viruses from reactivating. Green tea is also loaded with catechins, powerful antioxidants that research has shown could help prevent some types of cancer, like prostate cancer.
Losing Weight Caffeine has been shown to slightly reduce appetite; however, drinking green tea daily could lead to about an inch off your waistline in 12 weeks, according to some recent studies. That’s because EGCG and caffeine in green tea can help shrink fat cells and makes muscle cells more active.
Gaining Muscle While tea might be better for burning fat, coffee is the winner when you want to build more muscle. Guys who drank 2 1/2 cups of coffee a few hours before working out could sprint 9 percent longer in distance than when they didn’t. This is because caffeine can stimulate your muscles, which can help you power through with more reps. Who knew?
Mood Boosters When British researchers tricked daily coffee drinkers into drinking decaf—they scored the same on puzzle tests as caffeinated coffee drinkers. This is because people have associated coffee with energy and as a result expect to have a caffeine kick, resulting in a sort of placebo effect. But tea has been linked to calming your nerves, which is a great thing for stressed out people. Jasmine and lavender tea drinkers, for example, experienced a decreased heart rate simply by smelling their tea.
(Many thanks to Men’s Health and The Face-Off: Coffee Vs. Tea)
If you found this interesting, check out this really informative chart here, its got a lot of really interesting facts about both tea and coffee!
Tax season is often a big deal for college students. Not only are you heading in to midterms and cramming for tests, you have to make sure you are doing your FAFSA and your taxes too. It can all be very overwhelming! (But have no fear! TTC very kindly offers help with your taxes, if you need it. There are flyers up on campus telling you when and where they will be!)
This time of year is also a good time to start thinking about budgeting. This is often a fact of life for most college students, the phrase ‘broke college student’ started for a reason. Instead of running out and spending all of your return on impulse shopping, see if you can save some of your return instead. Budgeting is a way to save up money for emergencies, for a big purchase you’d like to make, or to go on vacation. The possibilities are endless; you just have to save first.
Starting a budget can be daunting, but here are some easy tips you can follow to get started. And once you get into the habit, you can really start to see your savings grow!
To start your budget, you need to start figuring out how much money you’ll have coming in every month, and what you think you’ll be spending. Be honest! The more realistic you are about your expenses, the easier it will be for you to stick to your budget.
“Needs” And “Wants” in Budgeting
As a college student, your money’s tight, so it is really important for you to know the difference between “needs” and “wants”. Knowing this can help you stay within your budget. Remember, needs have to come first, and if there’s money left over in your budget, you can spend the things you want.
Guess Low For Income and High for Expenses
It never hurts to be conservative with your budget, and one way to set yourself up for success is to guess low for income. The reason for this is that you don’t want to be caught short because you were overly optimistic on the money you have coming in. In addition to guessing low for income, guess high for what you are spending on bills and other expenses. This way you have a little breathing room in your budget.
Review Your Budget and Adjust if Necessary
A review of your budget every month or so can help you stay on top of your finances. This also helps you see if you are being consistent in what you are doing in terms of spending or saving your money. Do you overspend? Were you able to save? If so, how can you fix the issue or do the same next month?
Give yourself a daily, weekly, or monthly allotment of cash, and use it whenever you can. With debit and credit cards, it’s really easy to not really understand how much you are spending, but with cash it’s really easy to see how fast those coffee breaks add up. This is an easy way to keep an even closer eye on your spending habits.
Forgive Yourself For ‘Splurges’
It’s almost impossible to follow a budget all month, every month. Sometimes unexpected expenses pop up, and sometimes there is that impulse buy that you just had to have. Don’t sweat it, but don’t let it become a habit either.
And that’s it! It really can be that easy to follow a budget! If you’d like to check out a helpful budget guide, check out this online guide here.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
(Makes 3 1/2 Dozen)
1 (8 ounce) package BAKERS Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, melted
Thursday, January 29, 2015
by Levena Lindahl
- 8 cups fragrant rose petals, dried (if possible, use "geranium red" rose, as it mimics the scent of rose geranium)
- 3 cups rose geranium leaves, dried
- 1/2 cup orris root powder
- 3 drops rose oil
- 2 drops rose geranium oil.
Words are amazing. Not only do they allow us to express ourselves, but can incite beautiful emotions or ignite our imaginations and take us to places we had never dreamed possible. They allow us to inspire, teach, encourage, and convey thoughts and experiences. There are a plethora of ways to say things. One might choose to say, "I love my life," but another could opt for, "With every breath, my heart is filled with gratitude in the recognition and appreciation of my very existence."
"Instead of thinking outside the box, get rid of the box." ~Deepak Chopra~
I hope you have received some source of power within yourself from these words of wisdom.
Cage diving with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa, scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, winning the Nobel Peace Prize, or singing to a group of thousands in a packed out coliseum......
The year 2014 marks the solidification of Netflix becoming a household commodity, whether it’s your brother’s, your aunt’s, or even your own account, almost everyone has access to one. While you may have used this lovely new luxury merely to binge watch Gilmore Girls and Sherlock, it has caused a seismic shift in the world of film.
Just by giving people the ability to scroll through and see the existence of films like Amelie, Radio Days, and Y Tu Mamá También, the general populous has been exposed to, until now, an extremely unavailable catalogue of independent films.
This new epidemic of the consumption of independent films has completely changed the taste of many moviegoers. Movies like Chef, Boyhood, and The Imitation Game all broke into the top 100 domestic grossers, each earning over $24 million. While this evolution of film going palate is not quite universal yet, it is real, and is certainly reflected in my favorite movies to come out in 2014.
10. Guardians of the Galaxy directed by James Gunn
I only went to see this movie because of my friends’ high recommendations. I expected it to be nothing more than the average super hero movie, full of forced jokes, self-important egos, and no real character growth. I was pleasantly surprised. Mark down Guardians as the super hero movie that figured it out. It toes the line between humor and drama perfectly while the characters have real flaws (not merely being allergic to rocks). It closely follows the archetype for happy-endings, but the bond formed between the characters and their means of overcoming peril make this movie resonate as a great film.
2014 was an incredible year for film. While movies are meant to entertain, many have so much more to offer than that. Watch these movies and be entertained, but allow yourself to experience all they have to offer. Become connected with the characters, examine the psychology, experience the nostalgia, be drawn into the stories of each, and find out for yourself how films can truly be fulfilling pieces of literature and art.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
will be held Wednesday, October 29
from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
in the Student Center Lounge of Bldg. 410.
The purpose of the fair is to familiarize TTC students, faculty and staff
with services on campus, volunteer opportunities with community agencies,
and services available in the community.