Check out these 5 links from some of our favorite blogs:

• Spring semester not only includes new classes and professors, but also New Year’s resolutions. If your college campus is anything like mine, your school’s gym is crowded with new gym-goers trying to achieve their goals of a healthier lifestyle, losing a few pounds, or getting ready for their tropical Spring Break destinations. My advice for this semester is to skip the line for the treadmill and try out a group fitness class! College Magazine agrees, in their article Dance Off The Freshman 15, they say, “In group workout classes, you have the friends, the music, the positivity and most importantly the fun. While you enjoy fist pumping at the trademark house parties on campus, why not fist pump and shed a few pounds in the process?” I couldn’t agree more! I recently signed up for a Zumba class, and in just 1 hour I burned over 500 calories while still feeling like I was at a party!

• A new semester also means the dreaded task of spending money on textbooks. However, for those of you that got an iPad for the holidays: you might be in luck. Apple announced last week the release of the new iBooks 2 App. In their article, What iBook Textbooks for iPad Mean for Students, HackCollege reviewed the app saying that, “it comes optimized for the new crop of textbooks that are starting to pop up in the iBookstore. Reading one of the iBookstore’s textbooks isn’t like reading a textbook off of any other e-reader. Publishers such as McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt have created interactive, dynamic digital versions of their textbooks to take advantage of the multi-touch capabilities of the iPad 2.” As of now, prices for iBookstore textbooks are much lower than physical textbooks found in campus’ bookstores, so go check it out!

• Before the stress of midterms, papers, and club meetings begin, be sure to make the most of your free-time by enjoying it! Check out College Magazine’s list of Top 10 Inspiring Movies.

• Cover-letters and professional emails require clear sentences, proper grammar, and proficient writing skills. Here are 10 Easy Tips to Clean Up Your Writing from College Cures.

• Now for all of those fashionistas looking for what to wear to their next interview, CollegePrep is here to help. Their suggestion for this season is: color-blocking! Check out these accessories to go with your next pencil skirt or power suit. And to learn all about color-blocking, check out Color Blocking 101.

Courtnay Oddman is a senior at The George Washington University, majoring in Communications, with a double minor in Statistics and Health and Wellness. She has been a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars since 2008. Courtnay is currently the Social Media Intern at the NSCS national office and is a regular contributor to the NSCS Twitter account. She enjoys attending GWU basketball games and being a mentor to students on campus. Courtnay is currently applying to graduate schools in the field of Higher Education and aspires to one day be a student affairs professional.