Tips For an Easy Year With Your Roommate

Living in the dorms or even moving into an apartment with others can be a valuable life experience. Here are a few simple tips for an easier year with your roommate.

Get to know your roommate before you move in
You don't necessarily have to be friends to move into the dorms together. In fact, most roommates don't even know each other. This provides a great experience in learning how to live with other people in a positive environment. If you don't already know your roommate, be sure to contact them before you move in together. Be sure to talk to them on the phone or in person if possible. You may be able to find them online, but perceptions can be misleading on the web. Most Schools provide you with your roommates contact information before you move in for this purpose. It is also helpful to figure out who is bringing what so you don't end up with two of everything and no space left. Some good items to talk about sharing are Televisions, microwaves, micro fridges, and extra furniture.

Set up guidelines right away
Most dorms also offer roommate agreements. This is a paper that you and your roommate fill out talking about cleaning, sleep schedules, guests, sharing items, and other common areas of conflict. Be sure to add any additional things you want to agree on. If your community does not offer roommate agreements, don't be afraid to make your own. Address who is going to clean the common areas, when the noise should be kept down, when guests are allowed over, what you will share and keep separate. Be sure to tell each other of pet peeves and write up a contract. Make sure all roommates sign, and put it in a place where you both can find and refer to.

Don't shrug off the little things
Often, the biggest roommate conflicts arise because of one last straw that "broke the Camel's back". If your roommate does something that bothers, or upsets you, be sure to address it right away. The more little things you address in the beginnig, the less likely they will turn into more serious issues.

Hang out with each other
If you and your roommate become friends, be sure to hang out with them at times outside of the room or apartment. Sometimes something just as simple as going grocery shopping together can relieve tension and help you to stay friends outside the halls. If you and your roommate do not become friends, try to find time to spend with them to talk about your weeks, and any issues that may be on your mind, no matter how small.

Take advantage of open room changes
Just like classes, and books, most university's have an open room change policy the first week or two. This means it is a small amount of paperwork involved and you can do it hassle free. This is an option if you start meeting other people around you that might have similar interests or living styles. However, be sure to talk with your current roommate to make sure they are okay with a room change. Maybe they had a friend in mind as well, or they might have become accustomed to you as their roommate and be upset. No matter what, be sure a roommate change is OK with everyone involved.

What You Didn’t Know About Hand Washing

Antibacterial Soap
 Many Americans are all into the rage about antibacterial hand soap. I remember a time a few years ago when I wouldn’t buy hand soap unless it was antibacterial. Otherwise there would be no point. Right?
 WRONG. Antibacterial soap is actually worse than soap without the antibacterial agents. This is because antibacterial soap is possibly increasing the development of resistant strains of bacteria.

 The main ingredient in antibacterial soap causing this is Triclosan. It is also used in deodorants, shaving creams, and mouth washes. Many of us know that different strains of bacterial have developed resistance to antibiotics such as penicillin. Sine Triclocan works much like an antibiotic, the fear is it’s over use in so many products is creating these problems much like the over use of antibiotics is creating problems with new strains of resistant bacteria. Triclosan safety is currently being reviewed by the FDA. Either way, it is a good idea to stay away from house hold items containing Triclosan.

Hand Sanitizer
 There is no Triclosan in hand sanitizer so we don’t have to be worried there. The problem is alcohol in Hand Sanitizer is so strong it kills ALL bacteria on our hands. We actually have natural good bacteria all over our bodies. These are called our normal flora. They live on our skin and one of our first defenses against harmful bacteria. In general, it is okay to use hand sanitizer, but not too frequently, or it’s purpose is defeated.

What is the best solution?
 Health experts still agree it is a good idea to wash your hands frequently, especially before eating. The things to watch out for are soaps containing Triclosan, and excessive use of hand sanitizer. Otherwise, wash to your liking!

Have Healthy,Clean Hands,
-Healthy Girl


Plasma Donation

Have you ever considered plasma donation? This idea isn’t  new, but it is becoming a more popular option for people to earn extra income or earn money during times of unemployment or temporary leaves of absence. With an average pay of thirty bucks a donation, and the ability to donate up to twice per week, this is an easy way for people to make and extra $240 a month! There are some definite pros and cons to this idea, and as a personal donator I can testify to many of the ups and downs of this extra income earner.

If you are serious about plasma donaton, you will want to bring a picture ID, proof of residence and social security the first time you show up.
Smoking won't affect your ability to donate, but alcohol,drugs, and caffiene could.

Pros to Plasma Donation
* up to $240 a month depending on location (25-35$ a donation)
* Watch free movies while donating (They usually have big screens up in the waiting and donation rooms)
* Help save lives (donations help make pharmaceuticals and are used for other medicinal purposes)
* Meet new people. Since you aren’t allowed to use a cell phone or sleep during donations, you usually end up making a few acquaintances with the regulars.
* You set up your appointments on  YOUR TIME, and have no commitments to make a certain amount of donations
* Regular checks on your weight and protein levels.
* Many places also give bonuses for inviting your friends or have monthly drawings for regulars.

* First time donors have to go through many tests such as a physical and questionnaires. By the time they are done donating, the process can take up to 5 hours!
*You can’t donate if you have been incarcerated for 72 hours, had a tattoo or major surgery in the last 12 months.
* Regular donations can take up to 2 hours per visit
* Energy loss after donation.

If you are thinking about donating, make sure you are healthy enough to do so, and be prepared for the wait! bring an ipod, small laptop, portable DVD player, or anything to keep yourself busy while you are waiting. Just be sure to listen for your name when they call it and remember to be patient.

Happy Donating,