Larry “LAK” Henderson, The Hip hop Educator, is the founder and CEO of Smart Music Entertainment, and the creator of a new sound of educational Hip hop music that uniquely inspires people of all ages. His album, Lesson One: Hip-Hop & Education, has hit Amazon bestseller lists (#1 in Hot New Releases and #8 in Educational Music), and has received airplay on major radio stations around the world, due to his combination of deep insights and authentic Hip hop sound. Missed the interview this weekend? Tune in to the replay now here! on BlogTalkRadio.
(BPT) – College is full of milestone moments, both wonderful (walking across the stage to get your diploma) and not-so-great (realizing your sick roommate has sneezed all over your desk and mom and her Clorox wipes are miles away).
Dorm-dwelling is a rite of passage for many college students; 40 percent of full-time students at public colleges live on campus, according to College Bound Network. Living in a dorm can teach you responsibility and cooperation, introduce you to new people and cultures and serve as an important step in your journey toward independence. Making a go of it without the immediate support of your parents can be a challenge, however, so it pays to have some essential survival tools on hand.
The school supply experts at Staples recommend these 7 tools that every dorm-dweller should have on hand:
1. Desk organizers and accessories
You’ll probably have your own desk/work area in your dorm room and it most likely won’t be spacious. Organizers and accessories can help keep the smallest workspace tidy and functioning optimally. File sorters can help you stay on top of assignments; drawer organizers can keep pens, pencils and paper clips out of the way but still in reach, and a pencil cup with cellphone holder gives you a place to park your phone while you’re working.
2. Headphones and wireless speakers
Whether you’re relaxing with some tunes or listening to a recording of a lecture you missed, you’ll want the best sound possible. Wireless speakers allow you to move the sound to where you need it most without cluttering up the room with wires. When you’re done using them, store them out of the way. Or, if you don’t want to disturb your roommate (or be disturbed), a good set of headphones are a must.
3. Laundry accoutrements
It’s a time-honored joke that dorm-dwellers bring their dirty laundry home for mom to do, but that’s not really what happens. In reality, you’re going to have to do your own laundry while you’re at school. Most dorms have communal laundry rooms, so you’ll need a basket or bag in which to carry your laundry. It pays to have your own detergent and fabric softener, too, as your roommate will quickly lose patience if you constantly mooch his. Find a small laundry basket with a curve for your hip to make it easy to carry, and consider using those all-in-one laundry packets that incorporate detergent and softener in one pod.
4. A kick-butt laptop
Laptops are great for everything a college student needs and wants to do, from gaming to word processing, streaming video or uploading assignments. Make sure yours is fast and versatile — and a fun color! The HP x360 Stream does everything you need and is available in cool colors like blue and pink.
5. Storage solutions
Dorm rooms are rarely spacious, and don’t forget you’ll almost certainly be sharing with at least one other person. Closet and drawer space will be at a premium. Give yourself additional storage space, like a Premium File Crate from Staples in cobalt blue, rose pink or eco green. Crates are stackable, can fit into corners and can hold just about anything, from books to clothes to audio/visual components. And they’re lightweight to pack up and move when the school year ends.
6. Cleaning supplies
Remember that sick roommate who slimed your desk? That won’t be the only mess you need to clean up in your dorm room. Keep simple, multi-use cleaning supplies on hand like Clorox Wipes, to mop up spills and fight germs. Remember, a clean dorm room is a healthier dorm room!
7. A handheld shower caddy
Dorms often have multiple rooms sharing a single bathroom. Even if your room has its own attached bath, you’ll still be sharing it with at least one other person. If you both leave all your shower stuff there every day, the room will quickly become cluttered. Use a portable shower caddy to transport shower essentials (don’t forget shower shoes/flip flops) to and from the bathroom each day. That way, the room stays neat and you don’t have to worry about your roommate using the last of your salon-quality shampoo!
Dorm dwelling can be a positive experience you’ll never forget, as long as you move in with the right survival tools in hand.
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21-year-old Tampa Bay rapper Dominique Young Unique has gone from rapping in the courts of her Robles Park projects to playing a world wide stage within a year of releasing her 1st mixtape, performing alongside the likes of N.E.R.D, Big Boi, Die Antwoord and Gucci Mane. Youthful, raw and full of bite, this rapper is crashing onto dancefloors with her militaristic mash-up of club and hip-hop. Missed our live interview last weekend? Listen to it here on blogtalkradio!
Rising Urban Pop artist Jilly Anais Moor, going by the name of Jilly Anais is determined to be an artist to watch. More than just a breathtaking beauty, Jilly’s resume includes modeling, acting, commercials, print ads, competitive dance and competitive cheer. Through music, Jilly has showcased her sound armed with infectious hooks and lyrics that are upbeat and edgy. Missed the interview last weekend? Listen to the recap on blogtalkradio here!
Don’t forget to check out our latest issue of Urban Teen Magazine’s Jul/Aug. 2015 with our Cover Featuring Singer/Songwriter & Actress, D. Woods formerly of the female pop group Danity Kane!
Urban Teen Radio is back from our vacation hiatus! Zach Matari, the “New” Jersey Boy, is a teen Pop/R&B singer/songwriter sensation & musician born and raised in North Jersey with musical talent that is far beyond his years. A true “old soul,” his influences include Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson! Make no mistake – Zach is much more than just another new “pop star” or teen sensation; Zach Matari is an exceptionally talented musical artist with a youthful, charismatic energy that truly touches his fans through his voice, songs and lyrics. Did you miss the interview this past Saturday? Listen to the replay here!
The “Siren” is what she has been classically known as, once your ears have had an experience with her voice, and your vision set on her perfectly Asian-Almond shaped eyes, matched with the most captivating smile known to mankind; you too will come to know Urban Rock R&B Artist; NiQue. Emerging from Washington, DC -P.G. County Maryland, NiQue embodies a soulful defiance to industry stereotypes, and has been able to do effortlessly… blend the edginess of rock, with the smooth and soulful sounds of R&B. NiQue is determined to make music that inspires, challenges, provokes and stirs the soul. Missed the interview this afternoon? Listen to the recap on BlogTalkRadio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/urbanteenmagazine/2015/06/27/urban-teen-magazines-celebrity-interview-with-nique