Cool Tool! ~ Mochi Note Pouch

Better Together Note Pouch v1

Who: Mochi Things

What: Note Pouch (basically a wallet, far as I can tel)–

Dimensions 8.7 * 5.3 * 1.4 in.
Weight 8.18 oz
Material Polyester, Nylon, Paper
Ships Worldwide From Seattle, WA, USA

Where: MochiThings.com

Why: This looks like it would be a great wallet replacement for your carry-on or backpack during travel! I really like that it has room for a passport and/or notebook.

How Much: $45.95 (If anyone tries this, I’d be interested in whether it lasts!

 

 

2015-2016 FAFSA School Code List

I have officially modified the website according to the 2015-2016 FAFSA School Code List.  All the links have been modified, and the list of schools and universities has been updated.  

You should take note of the changes, and verify that any school you are interested in is still there. More schools are gone this year than I’ve ever seen before, but there are some good ones added.

Gone:

  • Australian Catholic University (Australia)
  • Avondale College Limited (Australia)
  • Curtin University of Technology (Australia)
  • Deakin University (Australia)
  • Northern Territory University (Australia)
  • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
  • Swinburne University of Technology (Australia)
  • University of Newcastle (Australia)
  • University of Southern Australia (Australia)
  • University of Western Sydney (Australia)
  • Victoria University of Technology (Australia)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
  • Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary (Canada)
  • Capilano University (Canada)
  • Institute for Christian Studies (Canada)
  • McMaster University (Canada)
  • Medicine Hat College (Canada)
  • Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (Canada)
  • Rocky Mountain College (Canada)
  • Trent University (Canada)
  • University of Lethbridge (Canada)
  • University of Waterloo (Canada)
  • 3rd Faculty of Medice, Charles University (Czech Republic)
  • University of Cambridge-New Hall (England)
  • University of Szeged Faculty of Medicine (Hungary)
  • Pontifical North American College (Italy)
  • Pontificia Universita Gregoriana (Italy)
  • Pontificia University San Tommaso (Italy)
  • Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico)
  • Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (Mexico)
  • University of Waikato
  • University of Bergen (Norway)
  • University of Oslo (Norway)
  • Escuela Superior Administracion y Direccion de Empresas (Spain)
  • Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • Nyenrode Business Universiteit (Netherlands)
  • University of Glamorgan (Wales)

 

New

  • Masarykova Univerzita (Czech Republic)
  • Norwich University of the Arts (England)
  • Regent’s University London (England)
  • University of Chester (England)
  • University of West London (England)
  • Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland)
  • Universidad del Noreste (Mexico)
  • Universidad de la Salle Bajio (Mexico)
  • Medical University of the Americas (St. Kitts-Nevis)
  • University of South Wales (Wales)

 

Book Review: “Italy Travel Guide: Top 40 Beautiful Places You Can’t Miss! “

“Italy Travel Guide:

Top 40 Beautiful Places You Can’t Miss! “ 

by Manuel de Cortes

A handy tour guide gifted to visitors of Italy.

 

Manuel de Cortes’s recent book, “Italy Travel Guide: Top 40 Beautiful Places You Can’t Miss” is an resources for travelers or students interested in visiting Italy.  At 125 pages, the book is small but still contains quite a bit of useful information on locations worth checking out during your trip.

I’ve never been to Italy, so I cannot actually tell you if the places he recommends are truly the best. But I looked up some reviews and pictures of the spots, and I would definitely want to check them out if it were me. I’m planning my dream trip to Italy one day, and this book gave me some great ideas 🙂

There are seven Chapters, including the introduction and conclusion. He has divided the country into a general overview, North Italy, Central Italy, South Italy, and the Islands.  Each gets its own description and list of recommended locations.  In addition to brief descriptions, he also throws in the fun fact here and there  to spice up your trip.

The book is a little simple, and he doesn’t include directions or tell you how to reach these spots. And it’s usually recommending a larger area (this city, that pot), so specifics like where to find dinner or shop aren’t here.  That will be up to you. But it is a good place to find ideas if you want to get a good look at all the different areas in the country.

Writing style: Pretty good. Some of the writing could have been edited better, but I feel that with a decent editor it would read like a professional.  Mr. Cortes has written several other books, and is obviously familiar with the writing process.  The book is self-published, and you can tell in some places. But overall, I really liked the flow and all the information he includes. A lot of people seem to have really appreciated his use of pictures – he has one for almost all of the major locations. It certainly helps you find them on the streets. 

If you are planning a trip to Italy, I recommend checking his book out.  You can find it on Amazon as a cheap E-book ($2.99) so you can carry it with you as you tour 🙂

 

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Keep connected back home while studying abroad

“Keep connected back home while studying abroad”

by Julia Moreno via “Vidette Online”

(Archive Photo) Despite all of the technology that helps staying in touch easy, writing and mailing letters to loved ones while studying abroad makes for more personal communication.

Studying in a foreign country and being away from loved ones for an extended period of time is not easy; however, several computer and smartphone apps are now making it more convenient and accessible to stay in touch with friends and family.

The following are some of the best technology solutions that can help ease any feelings of homesickness when a college student is studying abroad:

 Skype/Tango:

This is a video app that is downloadable on smart phones or computers. The application is free and can be downloaded from the Internet. People with the application can call each other and not only hear but see the person. FaceTime is also another option for iPhone and iPad users. Wifi is a necessary thing while using this app.

 Viber/Whatsapp:

A texting application that is free for both Android and iPhone users. It’s free of charge and both users can send and receive texts regardless of where each person may be located.

“Viber is also available to download on computers, making it very nice for parents who aren’t tech savvy,” Haley Daignault, a study abroad advisor with the Office of International Studies and Programs, said.

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2015-2016 FAFSA School Code List

I have officially modified the website according to the 2015-2016 FAFSA School Code List.  All the links have been modified, and the list of schools and universities has been updated.  

You should take note of the changes, and verify that any school you are interested in is still there.  Once again, the number of possibilities has continued to decrease. There were more than 10 schools removed from the list and only 3-4 added in. Argentina had a university added, as the only new country on the list.  

Various Carry On Luggage Sizes

I  can’t cover all of the airlines, but I think this should give you a good idea of the average free checked luggage allowances.  Presumptions: flight from USA and on an economy ticket.  You can also find this on the website.

Airline Size Number Weight
China Southern 20×40×55 1 Piece 11 lbs
American Airlines 35 inches; 45 inches 1 Personal item; 1 Carry On
United Airlines 9x14x22 inches; 9x10x17 inches 1 Carry On; 1 Personal Item
Delta Airlines 45 inches total 1 Carry On; 1 Personal Item
Emirates 22 x 15 x 8 inches 1 Personal Item 15 lbs
Southwestern Airlines 10 x 16 x 24 inches 1 Carry On; 1 Personal Item
Lufthansa 21x15x9 inches 1 Carry On 17 lbs
Air China 21x15x7 inches 1 Carry On 11 lbs
Air France 21x13x9 inches 1 Carry On; 1 Personal Item 26.5 lbs
British Airways 22x18x10 inches; 18x14x8 inches 1 Carry On; 1 Personal Item 50 lbs

 

Various Checked Luggage Sizes

I  can’t cover all of the airlines, but I think this should give you a good idea of the average free checked luggage allowances.  One thing that appears to be consistent- 62 inches total size around. Presumptions: flight from USA and on an economy ticket.

Airline Size Free Pieces Weight
China Southern 62 Inches Total 2 Pieces 50 lbs
American Airlines 62 Inches Total 2 Pieces 50 lbs
United Airlines 62 Inches Total 0 Pieces 50 lbs
Delta Airlines 62 Inches Total 1 Piece 50 lbs
Emirates 62 Inches Total 2 Pieces 50 lbs
Southwestern Airlines 62 Inches Total 2 Pieces 50 lbs
Lufthansa 62 Inches Total 1 Pieces 50 lbs
Air China 62 Inches Total 2 Pieces 50 lbs
Air France 62 Inches Total 1 Pieces 50 lbs
British Airways 81 Inches Total 1 Pieces 51 lbs