Is Your Dorm Room Haunted?

It might sound ridiculous to some to suggest that a dorm room can be haunted, but to others it makes perfect sense. If you think about it, more has happened in a single dorm room than happens in most apartments or houses. There are too many reports of hauntings in dorm rooms to ignore.

There are some things to consider before you decide if your dormitory is haunted or not. To start with, ask yourself these simple questions.

  • Is your dorm building new or has it been around for a while?
  • Is your campus historical or newer?
  • Is the location of your campus near or located on any historical sites?
  • Has any major event happened near or at the location of your dorm?

Let’s dissect each of those questions and why they are vital in determining if your dorm room is truly haunted or if it’s just old plumbing that is causing all of the noises you hear. If your dorm building is older then there is more of a chance for something to have happened where you are staying. Many believe that ghosts or spirits are commonly found in locations where something major has happened before. It might not seem like a life changing event to you, but if something happened in the past that an apparition considers vital then it is possible you may have a lingering guest.

If your campus is historical then there is also more of a chance that some major event has happened on campus. It makes sense that if your campus is haunted then the ghosts won’t just stay in one place. If you are experiencing a haunting on campus then it is likely that others are too.

If your campus is located near any historical sites that might have not so pleasant pasts then it is also likely that some bad energy has ended up on your campus. Lastly, if a major event happened near your dorm that could cause a haunting then you are much more likely to be experiencing a haunting.

If you or anyone else on campus has experienced the following, then it is likely you have a real haunting.

  • Hearing strange noises at odd times.
  • Hearing someone saying your name or speaking, even though nobody else is around.
  • Doors shutting, windows slamming shut, things falling over, even though nobody is around to have done it.
  • Floating objects.
  • Shadows or movement that is unordinary.
  • Strange reflections in mirrors.
  • Sudden change in temperature.
  • Unusual fog or glowing orbs in photos.
  • Flickering lights.
  • Abrupt loud noises that don’t seem to have an immediate source.

Reports of hauntings in dorm rooms or on campuses are common, so don’t feel alone when looking into this. Sometimes the strange things that happen can be explained away with simple logic, but in many cases there are no logical explanations other than to admit that an actual haunting might be occurring. This article is not to give advice on what to do if you have a haunting because every situation is different and might require different action, but rather this is to help you decide if you have an actual haunting or perhaps just live in an old building where old wiring can explain your sightings.

Please take time to let us know your haunted dorm room story in the comments section.

JetPens For Class

JetPens For ClassIt’s not a secret that taking notes can sometimes be frustrating, especially if you have a bad pen or pencil. Lucky for you, we have three brilliant solutions to make taking notes enjoyable and effortless! Remember, a good ink pen can be the difference in a good day or a bad day when it comes to getting those notes down properly during class.

1. Uni Alpha Gelll Ballpoint Pen – Don’t you just love it when you’re taking notes and the person you’re listening to emphasizes a certain point? You know that it is very important, but all that you have is your black ink pen, I guess you could just put a star beside that point and hope that you notice it later on when you review them, or you could get a pen that has two different ink colors built in! This pen has both black and red ink options built into one single ink pen. You will still get a smooth ink flow and nice looking results, only now you will have a little more option!

2. Morning Glory Mach 3 Roller Pen – If you want a sleek pen that is seriously built for structured notes, don’t hesitate to get the Morning Glory Mach 3. It has a modern and noticeable name to match it’s truly fantastic design. This is a very professional pen that will give you professional results.

3. Pilot Acroball Ballpoint Pen – Not all pens will give you a smooth line of ink and enjoyable writing experience, but this one sure does. It gives your writing just enough boldness to stand out and make legible notes. It’ll be hard for any other note taking pen to compete with the affordable price and superior quality of this pen. If you’re like me and like to doodle and sketch in the margins of your notebook, this pen will also work great for that. Talk about a win-win pen!

How to Write a Book Review

How to Write a Book ReviewBeing a book reviewer for the last two weeks and having many of my books reviewed by others, I tend to see a lot of commonality in reviews. Mistakes, gestures, and things that are just inappropriate for a book review. It is one thing to tell someone that their book is great and others should read it. It’s practically a cliché at this point. Reviewers have to make prospective readers thirsty and energized in interest to the point where they want to purchase the book. Book reviews have the same flavor and sensitivity as a sales pitch.

How do I write a book review? Where do I start? How long should it be? Common questions with various answers! I only speak, in this blog post, from personal experiences as a book reviewer. When you begin writing a book review, start off thanking the author for their publication. You can include if you won the book through a giveaway, but know that this is a necessary evil. After being complimentary, start addressing the overall design of the book. What feeling did you get when you looked at the front cover? Does the title give off the main idea? Are the designs on the front and back covers an act of symbolism? Does the small wording on the back cover heighten your interest to open the book? These are the things prospective readers want to know.

The next portion of your book review should address the grammar and punctuation. Yes, something not often placed in reviews. It’s imperative that you get someone else to check your grammar and punctuation. Go through an editor or agent, if you have to. You’ve read the book. So, did you have to stop and almost stutter because the fragments were not revised properly in the sentences? Did the author wean off topic for a long time without reeling you back into his/her main purpose? Prospective readers and book reviewers look for the author’s purpose, focus, and moral in every story. At this point, you can begin considering the format and layout of the book. Was the table of contents outlined correctly? Were page numbers included? Was the book entirely too long with unnecessary information in chapters? Was the font and alignment of each page hard to conceptualize? Think about this when writing your book review.

How to Write a Book ReviewThese pieces to a book review are great, but the most crucial and last component of the book review should be recommendations. Make the sales pitch! State the type of audience who should be reading the book and address any internal/external feelings they may run into. Is the book full of adventure and suspense? Is it religious? Are profane words and derogatory remarks made in the book? Why is this so important? The prospective reader wants to know if they’re the right audience! For instance, I’m a poet and when I read reviews for poetry books, I want to know if the books are centered on the same themes I write about and read about. If I was a counselor and the book is full of adventure, but doesn’t hold a dramatic event requiring counseling for someone, this may not be the book for me. Make your recommendations and state why such audiences are the right candidates.

In closing, have fun with your book reviews! Don’t make it into an assignment or required duty. Don’t treat it as some book report or an exhausting activity one does when they finish a book. Write your review while you’re in a happy mode and when you think and concentrate about the interesting pieces of the book. Even if the book is terrible, don’t come right out and say, “this is the worse book to buy.” Mention the author’s weaknesses and give suggestions on how they could become strengths. Don’t tear down your author publicly, but address horrible matters through private communications.

Good luck and I look forward to seeing some of your book reviews out there!

Tutoring is SmarThinking

 

Tutoring is a smart idea if you’re struggling at a particular subject in school. The personal interaction and guidance of a teacher or more competent student can make study and homework sessions very productive. A tutoring service that’s available anytime and anyplace is SmarThinking. It’s used by many colleges and universities, particularly to provide academic assistance when and where they can’t.  This “virtual teaching assistant” is easy to use and caters to every subject. SmarThinking gives many options for interaction: you can immediately contact a tutor with drop-in tutoring, or schedule to meet one at a later date, or submit a question offline. (They try to answer within 24 hours) You can even get writing help for any subject or a resume and cover letter. The service is prompt and personable, and the program even saves your activity so you can refer to it again later. Having difficulty in a class? Smart students take advantage of tutoring, and its SmarThinking to use a good service online. You might get me as your tutor if you leave an essay! 

Photo Magic

Photo MagicIf you are looking for professional senior, wedding or any other pictures this year go to  Photo Magic  in Cedar Bluff Va. Professional photographer Pam Dye will take many wonderful pictures at different locations throughout Cedar Bluff and Richlands Virginia. She also can scheduel  photo sessions for your venu. She is skilled in photography as well as photo editing, so you know that you will get the perfect shot every time! If you are looking for professional quality, friendly service, and photos that you will be bragging about for years to come, then look no further! You can schedule a shoot with her and view some of her work by visiting her facebook page at Photo Magic. The pictures are very professional and look amazing!

QikPad

Collaboration is very important in this day and time, especially for work and school. Sadly, it isn’t always such an easy accomplishment to be able to work in real time with someone else. QikPad changes that! With QikPad you are able to collaborate and work with whomever you wish in real time, making any task an easy one! This reminds me of the days when I did a lot of website coding, it was complicated to share that code with the people I was working with, QikPad would’ve been such a great tool to use during that time. It’s goal is simple, it is there to make working with others easy for you, and it does it well! The coolest part about QikPad is that it’s 100% FREE! How often do you find a real time tool that allows you to work with others for free? It’s almost unheard of. Don’t worry about getting in touch with your partner on your next project or sending your boss your work and getting it to them on time, next time just choose to use QikPad and save yourself loads of frustration and time.