11.20.2013

remember that time I was a college student?

Four years ago I was in the tail-end of my second-to-last college semester. Four years ago. Sometimes college seems a world away, and it kind of is. I mean, I hardly know anyone there anymore. And the people I do know are in the throes of graduate school. How did this happen, this out-of-college Charlotte life?

Sometimes I miss college. You know what's so great about it? It's a delightfully selfish time. And that's not selfish in a bad way, just selfish in the way that you're not responsible for anyone else. Selfish in the way that you worry about you and your education and if you don't want to make dinner you don't have to. College was such a wonderful independence for me.
I majored in English, primarily because I love to read. The theory discussions muddled my brain, but all those literature classes? Almost entirely blissful. The further along I progressed in my major, the more novels I bought, and they never threatened to break the bank. College textbooks are usually a drag, and so I was lucky that my upper-level courses didn't require much in the way of expensive tomes. 

Those generals, however? Those books were the worst. I hated buying them. And I hated selling them back, because what the bookstore gives you is never even close to what you paid in the first place. So many times I felt scammed by the system. So when CampusBookRentals.com contacted me, I wish I could have gone back in time to all of those GE courses and done my books differently.

CampusBookRentals.com is simple. And genius. You order the books you want to rent, set the dates you want to keep them, and poof! you have your semester's books. When you're finished with them, you send them back in a prepaid envelope. When you have the books, you can treat them as if they're your own--this means highlighting, people. And I was a highlighter. I can't say that I'm in a position to have tested CampusBookRentals.com firsthand, but this video explains the process well:



The cherry on top of this system is that CampusBookRentals.com donates a portion of its proceeds to Operation Smile, an international charity that enables corrective operations for children born with cleft palettes. So, not only is CampusBookRentals.com making life easier for students, it's making life possible for children. Win, win, win in my book.

CampusBookRentals.com is offering my readers a chance to win a $50 credit toward their service. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me which college class was your favorite! The giveaway will be open through Tuesday of next week. (And like I said, I really wish that this gig would have been around when I was in college four years ago.)
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

PS--If you like this whole textbook rentals thing, check out RentBack.com, where you can rent out your textbooks to other students. I can imagine that this is a far better option than sell-back.

This post is sponsored by CampusBookRentals.com, and all opinions are mine.

6 comments:

Maren said...

My Favorite class was my Linguistics class called the Power of words. It was fascinating to learn about dialectics and how what you say can impact/influence others.

Mattyhu said...

I'll leave a comment because I am currently stressing out over a 20 page paper due on Friday and am totally envious of your being out of college. I can't wait until next fall when I don't have to write papers over Thanksgiving break :) My favorite class was writing on theatre and film, the honors writing class by Kathryn Isaak. But there were so many great ones! I loved American Heritage, the Jane Austen seminar, the Gothic seminar, and the Cormac McCarthy one with you - my master's thesis is based on the paper I wrote in that class.

Ruth said...

Oops - I was signed into my husband's Gmail account. Anyway, that "Mattyhu" was actually me.

Emily Zarbock said...

I loved my business strategy class! It changed the way I viewed commerce and my own interactions it.

Jeanette said...

My favorite class was human dissection. No way I'd sell back that book! For one thing, anatomy atlases are cool, but it also started to... smell like dissection. Yum?

jane said...

American Lit!!!

Jane

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...