Jul 15, 2014

TwinXL.com Student Bedding Service

 

 

 

Easy Way for Schools to Raise Money!


Here at TwinXL.com we decided to start a new service that not only helps students locate the perfect linens for them but to serve the schools that these students travel to. This opportunity is perfect for any school across the country seeking to generate a little extra revenue for anything from dorm upgrades to student programming. A lot of schools today put the responsibility of the student/parents to provide their own linens. This service allows schools to still stray from that responsibility but to keep the profits that come with it. The program is virtually hassle-free and requires little to nothing on the school's behalf. Our staff will handle everything from order placement, shipping, payment processing, returns, you name it! The program is completely customizable to fit the school's needs and wants.

Colleges and Boarding Schools Included


We may talk a lot about college on this website but we are fully aware of the Boarding School system and their use of size Twin/ Twin XL bedding. This fundraising opportunity would be perfect for big or small schools and we can adjust to whatever fits the school.This might even be a better opportunity for boarding school student's because they will be able to keep the bedding throughout their college years!

Start Raising Money Today!


If this seems like something your school would be interested in, or if you just want to learn a little more about the program please don't hesitate to contact us from our homepage. We would love to answer any questions you may have. Remember the earlier you contact us, the faster you can start raising money for the upcoming year and implementing all those big plans for the fall!



Jul 8, 2014

TwinXL.com Offers Gift Registry for College Bound Students

 

 

 

"Add to Registry"


This is something you will start noticing on every product that is featured on TwinXL.com. This might seem unusual because you've probably only seen this type of thing for weddings and baby showers however, now future and current college students have the option to add products to their "wishlist" year round to make shopping easy for family and friends!

How does it work?


TwinXL.com uses a partner named Wishpot, where the student simply creates a free account and starts adding any products they desire. They are the top free gift registrar and harbor much more than just TwinXL.com products. The "add to registry button" is located on each product page directly to the right of "add to cart" so it is conveniently placed. This button will bring you directly to to the link, where you would create an account then search for the student's list by their name. Search among their products and find what type of TwinXL bedding they're interested in and there you go! Wishpot
also has plenty of different features that allows you to differentiate what products are their favorites exactly and allows the students to share their lists on social media.

Perfect Graduation Gift


Now that it's mid-July, still unsure of what designs or color bedding a high school senior would like? Stressing out trying to find them a gift without directly asking? Then this is perfect. Shop from plenty of comforters, mattress pads, sheets, pillows, etc. all the while getting the exact products the person wants. Surprise the grad with a brand new  Catalina Ivy Union 5-Piece Premium Dorm Twin XL Bedding Set and steal the spotlight from all the boring money-givers. We promise the grad will surely appreciate the creativity!




Remember if you ever have any questions about the specifics of our products please don't hesitate to ask!


Jun 12, 2014

Dorm Room Essentials Checklist






Figuring out just what to bring to college might be the single most stressful thing that any college student goes through. How do you pack an entire 18 years of your life into one room, or better yet.....half of one room. We've put together this checklist to try and relieve some of the stress, enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Bedroom

Alarm Clock/Cell Phone: Always make sure you have a tool to wake you up in the morning for those dreaded 8AM classes. We recommend keeping it out of reaching distance to avoid shutting it off in your sleep.

Calendar/Bulletin Board: One of the most difficult things in college is staying organized. Use these to keep track of homework, tests or big events.

Clothing/Hangers: Well this one might seem pretty obvious. Try not to bring your whole closet, most likely the closet you'll be sharing is much smaller than the one you have at home.

Computer: If you have the money, a laptop can be the best investment you can make in college. It will save so much time, especially since a lot of classes are moving towards a mixture of classroom/web-based set-up.

Desk Lamp: This is necessary for the night owls who try to get everything done before the midnight deadline.

Fan: A lot of dorms don't have the luxurious air conditioning your used to at a home. Get a fan, you can thank me later.

Laundry Basket: This one might also seem obvious, get something that is durable and that you can carry up three flights of stairs. But also try and find one that you can stash away or keep under the bed.

Linens: Always check what size bed the dorms have ahead of time. If you're looking for Twin XL bedding we might know a place.... TwinXL.com. Definitely bring your own sheets, comforter, pillows/pillowcases and mattress pad. Because laundry can be a hassle you might just want to bring two sets of sheets.

Movies/Television/Games: You're going to have a lot of down time in college be sure to bring a DVD player or game console.

Posters/Pictures: This small room is your home for the next 9 months so make it your own! Bring plenty of pictures, posters, decorations that show who you are and are pleasant to look at.

Seating: Friends aren't all going to want to pile on the ground or lay in your bed. Invest in a futon, or other types of seating. One tip: Couches are way too big and can be a hassle moving in and out.

Bathroom

Bath linens: Make sure to get a few sets of towels, wash cloths, etc.

Flip-flops: This may sound silly. But trust me if you're sharing a public bathroom, you want flip flops.

Shower caddy: Rather than trying to juggle your shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, etc. Purchase a shower caddy/shower tote it makes the trip much easier.

Toiletries: These aren't super necessary because you can purchase them anywhere on campus at any time.

Kitchen

Appliances: Make sure to check with your school on what is allowed then coordinate with your roommate on the big things. Most notably the fridge and microwave.

Bowls, Cups, "Silverware", etc: Make sure to have these handy in case you have a craving for a snack and the dining hall is closed. We recommend you buy all plastic because washing dishes with no kitchen handy is annoying.

Food: If your parents ever ask you if you need food, you say YES! If you don't you will absolutely regret it. There is no such thing as too much food for a college student. Make sure to have your drawers stacked with snacks.

Water Pitcher: One of the most underrated, amazing, money saving items you can invest in is a water filtered pitcher. After buying several 24-packs of bottled water I purchased one of these and saved a ton of money.

Other Items

Important Papers: Bring a copy of your birth certificate, passport and financial aid information, especially if you live far away from your school. It will save a lot of time and hassle trying to get your parents to mail it to you.

Medications/First Aid Kit: Lets hope you never have to use it but always bring a first aid kit just to be safe. Also, if you're doctor requires you to take certain medications make sure you plan out ahead of time where your new pharmacy is going to be.

Door Decorations: Whether it be a whiteboard and marker or some pictures and stickers, stand out to the rest of the hall and see just how many friends you make. 

Feeling better?

Hopefully this helps relieve a little stress. Remember to plan ahead of time but a lot of the smaller stuff you can purchase at school so try not to worry about getting everything down to a pack of staples.



Jun 4, 2014

Big School vs. Small School

 What's best for you?






































You're in your senior year of high school, now its time to plan out the rest of your life...seems impossible right? Where does the search for college even start? Well the first step is choosing whether or not you want to attend a big university, small school, or somewhere in between.


Big Schools

University of Minnesota: home to over 51,000 students

You might ask, just how big...is big? A normal state school is anywhere from 20,000 students to 50,000. Looking at this number it might be a little overwhelming but there are some things to consider. Such as the number of undergraduates vs. graduate students, or how many students are in your specific department. Some schools separate themselves into sub-colleges to the point where their class sizes are no different from the small schools.

Benefits:
  • Diverse groups of people
  • Wide variety of majors and programs
  • More acclaimed sports programs and nationally televised events
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Tons and tons of activities and student groups
  • Highly touted faculty
  • More housing opportunities

If you're looking to extend past those boundaries of high school and looking to explore new opportunities then a big school might be just right for you. One thing to consider when admitting to a large university, is that it can be easy to get lost in the crowd during classes. You should be prepared to put yourself out there to connect with your peers and professors.If you're okay with having hundreds of classmates during that first year of introductory courses, then you'll do just fine at a big school.

Small Schools


Well if those numbers start to freak you out to the point of hyperventilation... you might want to consider a much smaller school and THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. That is the first misconception of smaller universities, that without the big name diploma you won't be successful. This could not be further from the truth. The best way to succeed is finding the perfect fit for you to not only grow your academic knowledge but your personal self.

Lets take a look at some benefits to a smaller school:
  • Small class sizes
  • Individually designed programs and majors
  • More individual attention from faculty
  • Sense of community
  •  Not as much reliance on teaching assistants
  • Stronger connection between peers
So you're not huge into the sports or giant social scenes but are looking to make connections with individuals for lifelong friendships then a small school is perfect for you. You're professors will know your first name, you'll recognize just about everybody that you walk past at the school all forming a sense of community that a big school lacks. 

 

Well I'm Not Either???


Now you might be thinking well I want the social scene of a big school but I want the more hands on learning from a smaller school... Then you are right in between. These schools hover between that 10,000-20,000 student mark. There are tons and tons of schools like this whether they're private or public. These schools thrive off the medium and offer their students countless opportunities. If you're confused about what environment you prefer, then you might just be an intermediary which is awesome as well.

The most important thing to consider when choosing a college is what is the right fit? Where do you see yourself prospering? If you can answer those two questions then you will be just fine. College is a special time and try not to waste any of it because it's going to fly by. So good luck future grads and we hope where ever you land is the perfect fit.

May 29, 2014

Ship Your Sheets - College Humor Video


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May 27, 2014

What Size is a Twin XL Bed?



Getting ready to start shopping for your future college student this summer? One of the most dreaded things to search for is that Twin Extra Long bedding that tons of colleges are switching over to. In order to make sure you're informed for the upcoming season, we've laid out all the dimensions for you and which products are really necessary for purchase. Let's take a look.

 

 

Twin XL Mattress

Most colleges today have gradually switched over to the Twin XL sized beds when providing bedding for student dormitories. But just how big are these beds? First, lets take a look at the mattress itself and what makes it different than the normal Twin bed. The dimensions for a sized Twin XL mattress are 39" x 80", which is five inches longer than the normal twin. This allows college students that perfect amount of extra room for their feet.

Twin XL Mattress Pad

When buying a mattress pad for your Twin XL mattress you must make sure it is in fact a size Twin XL. Although some accessories can fluctuate between the two sizes, your mattress pad must pair exactly with size of the mattress. One important thing to consider when purchasing a mattress pad is the depth of your mattress. The standard depth of a dorm mattress is about 7-14 inches, although it can vary from school to school.

Twin XL Sheets

Most standard sheet sets come with three items. They include the (1) fitted sheet, (1) flat sheet and usually a pillowcase. The fitted sheet is definitely the most important of the three. The dimensions of the Twin XL fitted sheets are 39" x 80", the same as the mattress. This is because these are made to fit perfectly around the mattress itself, hence the name "fitted". The flat sheet on the other hand is less important, because a normal Twin flat sheet can fit just as well as a Twin XL. And same goes for the pillowcase, most sets contain a "standard" pillowcase which is the most common form of pillows.

Twin XL Comforters

Similar to the flat sheet in the sheet set, Twin XL comforters are not an absolute necessity. The purchase of one completely depends on the student's preference. The dimensions of a Twin XL comforter are 68" x 90" sometimes slightly longer, compared to the dimensions of a normal Twin comforter, 68" x 86". Again this is not a huge difference, but if the person is looking for a little extra leg room it is wise to select a Twin XL sized comforter.

May 21, 2014

Look Up Video: Powerful Message or Hypocrisy?










 There's been a lot of buzz lately about the YouTube video "Look Up" by Gary Turk. It basically scorns today's "internet generation" for being too technologically involved and states that we are missing out on so much the world has to offer. He explains this through a spoken word poem, where the video cuts in between shots of himself and different scenes. Across the country college students and other twenty somes are sharing this on the same devices they are told to look up from. The question still remains: Is technology really this detrimental to our society?

 

"I have 422 friends...Yet I am lonely"


This is his opening statement to the video, an obvious jab at Facebook. According to statisticbrain.com, Facebook has eclipsed 1.3 billion users, 628 million of them using the website daily. This statistic alone is quite frightening, knowing that just under half of the users are frequenting the site every single day. The argument Turk makes is that we become so infatuated with our social status that we continue to crave more and more "social" interaction at all times.

This can be especially dangerous during times of development where personal interaction is key. He uses the line, "When we open our computers and it’s our doors we shut,” take for example, a college student in their dorm room never leaving because they have all of their friends at the tips of their fingers. This hinders their ability to get out and experience what this special time has to offer. 

Inspirational Video or Publicity Stunt?


Although the video has garnered tremendous success in the virtual world, it has certainly received some backlash. Many viewers are suggesting that it over exaggerates the cost of technology and he used the message as a means to gain his "15 minutes of fame". These same critics are exposing the irony of the use of a video and video-sharing superpower YouTube to get out his message. Turk even addresses these concerns when he says, "I’m guilty too of being part of this machine, this digital world where we are heard but not seen."

Commenters argue that social media is used as a tool to generate more connections, rather than replacing them all together. Social media breaks down barriers and allows students to connect with people of same interests when their locations might provide an issue. If you were limited to simply those around you whom you had face-to-face contact with, your network would lack a sense of diversity.

Although it has been duly noted that new technology can have a negative affect on society, is it much of a cause for concern? Why don't you watch the video below and see what you think.



May 19, 2014

2014 Dorm Room Colors and Decor Fashion Guide

With spring coming to an end and the summer just starting, there are now more college bound freshman than ever that will soon be decorating their dorm rooms! There are tons of trends out there that may or may not be your cup of tea but learning about these trends is a great way to get some ideas about your own d├ęcor. The female dorm room is a very unwieldy thing that may or may not end up collecting trends from all around with no cohesive picture.

Pastels: Mint and Coral


There are a few trends that are beautiful, innovative, and just plain fun. The first trend that is making strides in the college dorm room is of course pastels. Pastels are beautiful and are incredibly easy to match with and can make any room seem instantly more homey. One pastel that is exceedingly popular is mint green. This cool color makes any room seem bigger is easy on the eyes, and is great for just about any larger theme that you may decide to use. Pastels are a great way to make smaller spaces seem larger by brightening and lightening up the space that you are given. Though darker colors may seem a bit more sophisticated, lighter colors are better for the mood and for making the most of the space that you have been given. Another pastel that is very popular this season is coral. This fun punchy color is great for those girls that want something bold that is not too bold.

Bold Patterns



For those that are not working on painting or do not like pastels, bold patterns are also very popular this season. This means bold patterned bedding, bold patterned rugs, and more. Bold patterns are a great way to add visual interest in a room that may not have all that much room for larger pieces that take up floor space. Adding bold prints can be like adding art without having to actually adding art and pieces that can take up tons of space. Bold patterns are a great way to add a bit of fun to any space.

Tribal Prints



Still another great trend is bold tribal prints. These prints have a worldly feel and are great for just about any dorm room. These prints are beautiful and can add tons of visual interest to a room that may not be all that pretty. These tribal prints can also make a room seem a bit more roomy and like the home that you left. Tribal prints are great for those that want to add interest without adding large pieces that can take up your entire floor space. Tribal prints are interesting, colorful, and can add tons of interest and just plain brightness to a room.

Mod Furniture



Yet another great trend that you may want to embrace is the mod look. This means furniture and design elements that look like they came from the 60s or 70s. These pieces are always interesting and beautiful and are a great way to make any room instantly more interesting. You can also add pieces of mod furniture without embracing the entire theme. Mod furniture goes well with just about any trend and is great for adding interest quickly and easily. Mod pieces are easy to come by and are great for making the most of your money. These pieces can be found in second hand stores and if you cannot afford actual mod pieces, there are tons of different stores that offer reproductions that are a bit more affordable.

Eclectic



Though preppy design used to be the big thing with female dorm rooms, more often than not girls are opting for the more eclectic look bringing in pieces of this and that which may not ultimately match. This trend is great for those that may not have enough money to buy all items that match. Buying second hand items that are mismatched but still look good together is one way that those doing the decorating can make the most of their money without having to search for pieces that match.

Bohemian/Nature Chic



There are plenty of other trends to consider but one last trend that is especially interesting is the bohemian and natural theme that is really taking off. This means adding pieces that are somewhat more natural, these pieces can be things like flowers, grasses, branches or just pictures of nature in their dorm room. The natural and bohemian trend is easy to pull off as you can find tons of great pieces that are second hand. Making your room natural and bohemian is very inexpensive as there are no real rules when it comes to how this type of room should come together.

Though trends are helpful in establishing ideas, you may want to avoid following one trend exclusively to experiment and see just what you can come up with on your own. Taking the time to look at trends and see what is out there before you take the time to settle on one trend is the best way to customize what limited space you have in a dorm room and really make the space your own.

May 5, 2014

Dorm Room Start Ups: From Dorm to Fortune

The world of entrepreneurial business is one based on flexibility, creativity, and the willingness to work your fingers to the bone. No subset of business start-ups embodies this spirit more than those that grow out of little dorm rooms all over the country. Let's take a look at some of the dorm room start ups that rocked the business world as well as a few that are on the rise, and primed, to follow their lead.

The Billion Dollar Start Ups


Facebook


There was a time before Facebook and it was dark, boring, and sorely lacking "likes". Facebook was concept-ed, created, and nurtured in a little Harvard dorm room by one of the most famous nerds of all time: Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg's Facebook fundamentally changed the way we interact with our fellow man on a day to day basis and, despite some privacy issue controversies, has been one of the most successful start-ups of all time. The big Z is currently sitting on over $7 billion dollars. Not bad for a Harvard drop out, right?

Microsoft



So as it happens, dropping out of Harvard is more likely to lead you to a billion dollars than actually completing your program. Bill Gates needs no introduction, but we shall give him one anyway. The scrawny bespectacled computer genius formed a software company in the mid '70s while attending Harvard. He soon decided to drop out and focus entirely on the product. Fast forward 30+ years and now Microsoft is one of the most profitable companies in the world and Bill Gates one of the richest men on the planet. Microsoft changed the way we look at technology and has been a guiding hand along the tech revolution that we are currently enjoying. Whether you are an Apple person or a Microsoft person, nobody can deny the sheer genius of what Gates managed to accomplish.

Google 


Perhaps the ultimate start-up for the modern day tech nerd. Google is one of the biggest internet powerhouses of all time. In fact, they are such a staple of the media that most can't fathom them not existing. But at one time Google was little more than a great idea that had issues earning their developers even a nickel. Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed the technology while attending Stanford. Their innovating search engine was an instant hint but lacked money making potential until they found out how to incorporate advertisers. Now the company is worth billions of dollars, most of which came from advertising space. With their willingness to take risks and how qualified their company is as a whole, Google is one of the safest bets in the technology sector.

Dell 


When you talk about technology, you have to talk about Dell's role. While Microsoft was doing their thing, Michael Dell was developing his vision from a small University of Texas dorm room in Austin. Dell believed in providing personal home computers directly to paying customers. This was a revolutionary idea back in the 1980's, it just wasn't happening. After years of slaving away at his concepts at school, Michael made the decision to step out and focus full time on his dream. By 1988 Dell went from a value in the low $1,000s to almost $90 million. By 2014 his company is valued at close to $30 billion dollars. Michael Dell had the vision, the education, and the wits to turn his idea into a technology changing money maker.


The New Breed


Clinkle 


Let's step away from the heavy hitters and take a look at a start-up that is truly on the rise. "Clinkle" was founded by Lucas Duplan back in 2012. The Stanford student concept-ed an app that, he promises, will change how "modern payments" work. Duplan managed to raise $25 million dollars for his idea, becoming the largest seed in Silicon Valley history, and is hoping that college students will make the app essential to future users. The application hasn't been released yet but the hype, and money, is all there. Clinkle could change what we expect out of our wallets, and potential investors would be wise to pay attention.

Give 


"Give" was founded by Ben Lewis, from the University of Pennsylvania, in 2011. His start up involved the development of color coded water bottles. Each bottle was plastered with a different style of label that corresponded with different charities. 10 cents from every bottle purchase ended up in the hands of their corresponding charity. As of this writing Ben and his company, Give, have raised over $50,000. The charities that endorse Give are varied and diverse and the product itself is satisfying. Give is an easy way to get involved with charities without sacrificing much time, effort, or money. It's the little ideas like this that can change the world.

Flash Food Recovery 


Eric Lendhardt started the "Flash Food Recovery" program while attending Arizona State University back in 2012. The program started out as a school project to help out the most needy in Phoenix, Arizona: hungry children. Many families, and their children, faced a constant worry over when they would get their next meal. Eric created a system, and an app, that would notify needy families when fresh, healthy, food was available for them--for free. The system is run by volunteer drivers and business men in the food service industry. Humanitarian programs like Flash Food will always pull great media coverage. The program seems primed to go to the next level in the near future.

Apr 16, 2014

Top Commencement Speeches of The Past 10 Years


Commencement speeches have evolved considerably over the years. It used to be that if you had heard one, you had heard them all. People were congratulated on getting through their years of hard work and then encouraged to go on and do great things with their life. It was boring and through the sea of caps and gowns, there were inevitably yawns and people nodding off.

There are now commencement speeches that are exciting, enlightening, and actually causing people to laugh while they listen to not only the introductory speech by someone notable but also by the valedictorian.

Various trends have been seen after a close analysis of speeches given over the past 10 years. These trends can show anyone and everyone not only how to write a great speech so as not to put people to sleep but also what to expect prior to walking across the stage to grab the hard-earned diploma.


Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech in 2005


“Truth be told, I never graduated from college…I want to share three stories with you today”


Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech in 2005 and was probably one of the most notable commencement speeches that have been given. The entire thing was captured to view, though there was a common trend started within the speech: tell the truth.

Jobs used some comedy, but he also used a lot of truth within his speech. He talked about how he did not graduate from college and how this was the closest to graduation he has ever come. He also told three stories to the people who were graduating from Stanford. He talked about connecting the dots, love and loss, and death. These three stories summed it up to tell people to figure out what they loved to do, connect the dots, and remember to live each day as though it were their last. It was good advice and that much better coming from the CEO of Apple.

David McCullough, Wellesley High School in 2012


“Weddings are one-sided and insufficiently effective…bride-centric pageantry…”




David McCullough decided to take an comparative approach when he addressed Wellesley High School in 2012. He demonstrated that there is a lot of hard work involved with graduating and that it is one of the most important things that a person can do. He said that graduation cannot be considered to be in the same realm as a wedding because a wedding is one sided and “bride-centric” and he then went on to use some comedy to talk about how men did not get any say in weddings and referenced some of the bridezilla-esque shows that are on TV.

Throughout the speech, he focused on the importance of the accomplishment and used comedy periodically to make sure everyone was staying alert.


Stephen Colbert, University of Virginia in 2013


“Take a moment and follow my Twitter feed in case I tweet anything during the speech”



Stephen Colbert used a lot of comedy, which was only natural because it is what he was known for. Instead of telling everyone to turn off their phones, he used reverse psychology and told everyone to turn them on because he didn’t want to be responsible for someone missing a tweet or a text. He took it a step further and gave everyone his Twitter handle so that people could follow it.

He also used relevant information throughout the speech in order to hit home with the generation that he was talking to. This includes going into how people are self-obsessed and the Time Magazine article that referenced Millennials being the “me, me, me” generation. He also talked about the hard lesson that everyone has to learn about paving a path for themselves.

Ellen DeGeneres, Tulane University, 2009


“I broke it down myself: common and cement”




Ellen DeGeneres took the route of comedy throughout her speech in order to keep everyone laughing, including the dean who shared the stage with her. She made everyone laugh by commenting on how she didn’t go to college and while she didn’t want to tell anyone they wasted their time and money, she’s a big success. It’s true to a point and this is why she was a popular commencement speech. She didn’t sugar-coat anything.

Ellen has had her share of struggles in and out of the limelight and she takes a comedic approach but focuses on very serious topics. This includes living a life with integrity and not giving into peer pressure. She is quoted as telling everyone at Tulane University “don’t take anyone’s advice”.

There are always new commencement speeches being given and while the delivery changes from speaker to speaker, the advice stays the same: create your own path and don’t listen to what others have to say.

The most common approaches include:

  • Telling the truth
  • Making comparison
  • Using relevant concepts
  • Comedy

Anyone can be a successful commencement speaker as long as they follow these four approaches, or a combination of them. The trends rely on knowing the people of the school and the generation in which you are speaking to, which Colbert did especially well when he called the Millennials out for being the “me” generation.