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I expect many of you will know some or all of these already, but these best-kept secrets made my four-year journey at Kansas University far more enjoyable.Some of these tips will be tailored to my interests - journalism and English but a lot of it applies to disciplines across campus.1) Free coupon books. Every semester, I swiped at least three of the coupon books at the KU bookstore at the Kansas Union. You'll find discounts off Yello Sub, several pizza joints around town, haircuts and other goodies. Best of all, each book contains a coupon for a free KU bookstore blue book (and if you're taking Western Civilization, you'll need to get blue books for your exams). My goal was to graduate without paying for a single blue book and I succeeded!2) Cheaper textbooks. The KU bookstore is a great place to find textbooks quickly, but it's often not the cheapest place. Even with pre-order discounts, I found the best solution was to hunt around on [Half.com][1], [Amazon][2] or even [eBay][3]. Case in point: The KU bookstore sold one of my freshman political science textbooks for $61.20 new. The same textbook on Half.com, including shipping, came to $31.99.3) [Free newspaper stands][4]. My sister endured three years of university before discovering that those white newspaper dispensers around campus, through KU's Newspaper Readership Program, were free for students. Actually, let me clarify you already pay for this program through your student fees.You get all the benefits of a newspaper subscription updates on local community, Sudoku puzzles, grocery store specials without rustling through your pocket for spare change. If you're a student, it's in your best interests to use these!4) "Tea at Three." As [Lawrence Journal-World columnist Eileen Roddy][5] points out, students can get a quiet break every Thursday on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union to enjoy free tea and cookies one of my favorite KU traditions, almost comparable to waving the wheat.5) [Free computer workshops][6]. If I could relive my time at KU, I'd definitely have tried to attend more of these. If you're not already proficient with programs like Photoshop and Dreamweaver, here's a fantastically affordable option for those less-than-computer-whizzes among us. All you need is a KU online ID and as early a registration as possible to beat the waiting lists.6) [Multicultural Scholars Program][7]. I can't say too many good things about this program, which welcomes U.S. students from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds Hispanic Americans, black Americans, Asian Americans and American Indians. Scholarships and other aid also go to first-generation college students and those who can demonstrate high financial need. The community relationships forged with other students and your professorial mentors often over program-sponsored dinners and cultural activities remain some of the highlights of my time at KU.What were (or are) some of your tips for making the most of your college experience? [1]: http://www.half.ebay.com/ [2]: http://www.amazon.com/ [3]: http://www.ebay.com/ [4]: http://www.kuinfo.ku.edu/~kuinfo/cgi-bin/info.shtml?p=q&id=3702 [5]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/feb... [6]: http://www2.ku.edu/~workshops/cgi-bin/train/index.php [7]: http://www2.ku.edu/~msps/index.shtml

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Shanxi Upsdell 6 years ago

Thanks to those of you who have posted so far! Auntieem: The computer workshops (at least the ones I attended) are usually sparsely attended. I have a feeling that quite a few students don't know they exist! Probably the biggest commitment that the classes require is your time.Bubarubu: That's a great tip - thanks for sharing. I know the KU library was one of my favorite places to find free stuff, especially the online databases. How did you hear of RefWorks?

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Auntieem 6 years ago

Very insightful! I didn't realize that KU has free computer workshops. I think I might check one out soon!

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Bubarubu 6 years ago

Everyone at KU gets access to RefWorks, and web-based bibliographic manager. If you've ever lost points for not citing something properly, give RefWorks a shot. It can import citations from the library catalog and most of the databases, save them for access anytime, and has a plugin for Word that will build the citations in your paper as you write. Like the newspapers, this is already funded by fees and stuff, so take advantage of it through the KU library website.

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