After numerous color requests, we are now stocking maroon graduation stoles and sashes! Just thought we’d let everyone know! All of our fabric is in stock as of today, no order minimums, and quick turn around times!
Keeping in touch with friends and colleagues can be a very tricky task for graduating seniors. Think back to high school and all of your friends who went to different colleges or did their own thing after. Now these might have been the pre-twitter or even pre-facebook days for some, but keeping in touch was still a huge challenge.
Fast forward to present day and now think of college. The contacts you’ve made over the past 4 or 5 years can go a long way and may be valuable to you in your professional and social life, and vice versa. Keep in touch with these people and continually grow your network (side note: if you are interested in networking, check out the book “Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi). That said, today’s online and good ol’ fashion tools and techniques make it easier than ever to stay in touch. Here’s 3 simple tips on how to do so and continually build that bridge rather than breaking it.
1) Filter through the noise, be different! Facebook wall posts, messages, and event invites often get overlooked. Filter through thenoise when keeping in touch or reaching out to friends. A personalized email, a twitter DM, gasp… or even a hand written letter go such a long ways!
2) Sign-up for linkedin.com. Your friends may have contacts you may need, you may have some they may need. Best way to reach out to these people? LinkedIn. No need for these people to see your keg stand photos and party days of college. Stay in touch on this professional platform and move your career forward!
3) Collect non-school email addresses. Your email is likely to expire a year or 2 after you graduate. Grab personal emails, gmails, or yahoo! mails.
Hope these were of help!
The final months of college can be very stressful. When mixing in classes, a senior thesis, job applications, grad school apps, work and vacation plans, it can feel as if you are taking on more than you can chew. While reports are showing more and more college students moving home after college (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-01-10-cover-kids_x.htm ), the transition from college to the “real world” can still be a big step financially. You have graduation costs (cap, gowns, graduation stoles, invitations, parties), moving costs (moving companies, gas, U-Hauls), relocation costs (repurchasing furniture, signing leases, security deposits), and much more.
With costs adding up, why not make some extra cash on the things you no longer need or are likely to throw away? The key to making the most possible is timing though!
Here’s 4 tips on how to make a few extra bucks the quick and dirty (honest) way with all the goods you’ve acquired over the past 4 or 5 years.
1) Sell Your Books: Sell off the books you no longer need. List them on Amazon.com or Half.com. Unless you’re planning on taking them home with you after college, get rid of them. Chances are most graduating seniors end up donating them or selling them to the local bookstore, where in each case you get less money than you might have if you sold it online.
2) Sell Your Furniture: Everything goes! Think of those old garage sales where you use to setup a lemonade stand and bartered with strangers trying to buy your swag. Start selling your furniture. If you live in a fraternity or sorority house, consider doing a “house garage sale.” Keep the cash, or donate it to the chapter, eitherway you win! Big Tip: Don’t wait for the mad last week dash to post your items on craigslist or try to run a garage sale. With the hundreds of other students doing the same thing, you lose the batter of supply and demand and will probably not get as great of a price. Whatever you don’t plan on bringing with you out of college, consider selling!
Here’s a few ideas: Bookshelfs, Desk & Chairs (though you may want these one for finals), Extra TVs, Game Consoles, TV Stands, Kitchenware, Bed Frames, Extra Mirrors, Futons & Bean Bags.
3) Selling Your Clothes: Do you really plan on bringing your entire wardrobe home? That shirt you bought for the Jersey Shore themed party, are you really going to wear it again? Or the boots from Halloween 2008? Sell it and make some cash back! With craigslist if you organize your post well you can probably sell your stuff by the bag and get rid of it all at once.
4) Sell Stuff For Your Friends: Is your friend trying to offload his TV to someone else, or are they trying to get rid of their desk already? Offer to sell it for them if you get 25% of the profits.
There’s numerous ways to make some extra cash, be creative, and most importantly… have fun, because it’s college!
What does graduation mean to you or what does it mean to your parents or the people who put you through school?
To us, graduation signifies a time to celebrate your accomplishments. Graduation day and your commencement ceremony is often on par with your wedding day and the birth of your first child. It’s not only when good things come to an end, but when a new chapter in your life begins.
Regardless of the path you take after graduation, if you’ll be traveling, going straight to grad school or entering the work force, we wish you the best.
Congratulations to the Class of 2010. And while we do hope you consider us when ordering graduation stoles, even if you choose another vendor, may all your dreams come to fruition!
And we’d like to leave you with a few of our favorite inspirational graduation quotes:
“Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.” – Arie Pencovici
“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Desire and hope will push us on toward the future” – Michel de Montaigne
“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark
“All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder.” – Unknown