Sustainable Practices for Students

While you’re in school there are so many things on your mind, and life can get super busy. But there are little ways you can help the earth by just changing a few of your habits, so you can be a sustainable student.

Reusable Cups and Straws

Whether you are sitting in a lecture hall for class, or logging into class at the end of a long workday, every student knows that caffeine can be a lifesaver. Plastic straws and cups may seem like just a small part of your daily life, but they play a huge role in the global plastic pollution issue. Only 9% of plastics end up being recycled, the rest end up in landfills, where they take up to 1000 years to decompose, or it ends up in the ocean. Many cities and companies have already began banning plastic straws, but you can help too! By using a reusable straw and cup when you are drinking your morning coffee, or just filling it with water instead of using plastic water bottles. And the best thing is most coffee shops give you a discount for bringing your own cup for them to fill! Talk about a win-win.

Taking Electronic Notes

With all the technological advances, taking notes electronically is easier than ever. Eventually most school notes end-up in the landfill or even worse, in the trash. Save the paper and other materials by taking notes on your laptop, or tablet. Need notecards to study? Use Quizlet. You can even download their app so your notecards are right on your phone, so you can take studying on the go!

Unplug Your Electronics

            When you’re not using electronics, they are still taking up lots of energy. So once you’re done with something just unplug it. You can also plug your electronics in a surge protector and just flip the switch off right before you leave! The earth and your electric bill will thank you!

Reusable Shopping Bags

Keeping Reusable grocery or shopping bags in your car is such an easy task that makes all the difference. Think about how many bags of groceries you end up putting in single use paper or plastic bags for every shopping trip. Those end up adding up and cause lots of unnecessary waste. If the bags are already in your car or even in your purse, then you will always be prepared!

Eat Smart

            What’s a better study break then a trip to your local farmer’s market? Purchasing local and organic meat and produce not only keeps money in the local economy, but helps support sustainable food practices. Farmers at your local farmer’s market usually only have to travel 50 miles or so, compared to grocery store products that travel and average of 1,000 miles. Plus, many of the products are pesticide and chemical free.

Use Electronics Wisely

            Laptop computers use up to 80% less energy than desktop computers, so always opt to use your laptop rather than a desktop if you can. Most laptops also have a power saving mode that automatically lower your screen brightness and make sure apps that are not wasting unnecessary energy. Your phone most likely also has this feature, so always turn that feature on. Plus, it will make your battery last way longer, so no need to carry around bulky chargers.

Adding sustainable practices into your daily life doesn’t have to be difficult. Just follow these simple tips and you will be helping our planet! Want to learn even more about sustainability? Check out our completely online sustainability certificate program.


Use Software Engineering to Improve Your Life

Software Engineering – Linfield College Online and Continuing Education


Being a software engineer requires a unique skillset that may seem only suited to the world of computers, but as an IT person, you’ll find your technical skills useful in a wide range of real life applications. You’re not about to start writing letters to your grandma in C++, but you can use the underlying talents behind your programming abilities to problem solve in personal relationships and other real world encounters

Organization and Attention to Detail

On any given project at your job, you’ll need to manage and organize a large amount of code and other information.

Life isn’t made up of millions of lines of Ruby or Javascript, but you can use the same organization skills for real life tasks. For example, if you’re buying a house for the first time you’ll have to deal with a large amount of paperwork. Your ability to keep track of and pay attention to all the small, yet important, details will keep you prepared for any potential problems. When it comes to reaching a goal in your personal life, you can organize habits like you would functions in your code.

Team Collaboration

For you entire career, collaboration with other software engineers and tech specialists likely will be a big part of your responsibilities. Collaborating with your friends, family and society also is a big part of your life. For example, if you’re in a big family with two working parents, everyone taking on responsibilities is the only way to get chores done. The skills you’ve gained in order to effectively work with coworkers also can be used to make interactions with other people smoother.

Curiosity and Vision

Successful software engineers are always curious about how and why things work, and they’re always looking for ways to do things better whether it’s through new algorithms or simplified functions. When you approach real life with this same passion, you’ll likely find that your experiences are a lot more enriching. Curiosity and vision will get you outside your comfort zone, presenting opportunities that you may have thought were impossible.

Take your ability to create, edit and debug code and apply it to everyday situations to make your life better. This isn’t about approaching your personal relationships in a logical, robot-like manner, but using your software engineering skills and curiosity to make your everyday experiences easier or more fulfilling.

Promote Enthusiasm like a Marketer with These 3 Steps

Have you ever put hundreds of hours into something only to generate no response whatsoever? You’re certainly not alone. Although you may have an excellent idea, if you don’t think about things from a marketing standpoint, you’ll never make an impact with your intended audience.

In order for something to truly take off, it has to generate passionate enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is infectious, and if a consumer is exceptionally excited about something, they’re that much more likely to spread the word about your offerings. Follow these steps to help secure a solid response.


  • Identify your audience.


Do you know who you’re marketing to? By recognizing and learning your audience, you’ll be able to tailor your approach to generate the best response possible. Be sure to consider such factors as age, career, income and more.


  • Adjust your marketing process accordingly.


There are plenty of ways to go about promoting enthusiasm for something, and you have to pick your avenues carefully to reach your audience in an effective manner. Aiming for a young demographic? Social media is probably a safer bet than a direct mail campaign. On the contrary, social media may be of little value when it comes to targeting the older population.


  • Show your audience why they should care.


Instead of being verbose about what you’re offering, deliver a clear reason as to why people should be paying attention. Trying to sell a product or service? Address a problem your audience may be having, and explain how you can fix it. Advertising for an event? Provide details that help it stand out from the crowd.

Refine Your Marketing Skills

If you’re interested in the marketing field, pursue a bachelor’s degree in marketing through Linfield College’s Online and Continuing Education Program. We also offer an online marketing certificate program for those interested in advertising, research or public relations.