PTN College: To Bring or Not To Bring

It’s August and that means everyone’s getting ready to go back to college. Do you have a check list? Not sure if you’re packing what really matters? Check out my PTN college check list to make sure you have all the nerdy essentials!

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Okay PTN-ers, it’s August 1st and I promised I’d start posting college related stuff. This article tackles what you should bring and what you should leave at home. I was both once a freshman and one of those upperclassmen that helped the freshman move in. It seems like every year freshman bring more and more crap with them. It’s understandable; sometimes you’re not even the one packing half of it. I know my dad went to Costco my freshman year and was convinced I needed cases of water and Costco sized everything to fit in this tiny dorm where, at the time, I was sharing with two other people. If you’re driving yourself, I suggest limiting what you bring to one car, unless you happen to drive a smart car or something similarly sized. The less you bring, the easier it is to move in and the…

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Top 5 Things to Keep in Your Backpack

Top 5 Things to Keep in Your Backpack

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College is a rough time for some people. Being on your own for the first time can be hectic and stressful and that means organization and keeping track of having everything with you on a daily basis might be one of the last things on your mind.

Keeping a few key items in your backpack will make being stuck in any kind of situation a bit easier. I narrowed down a list of the top 5 things to keep in your backpack during your daily college commute.

PTN Update

I know I haven’t updated in quite some time. I’ve been taking a bit of a hiatus trying to figure out some things in my life. But don’t worry! I’m mostly okay and life is going at a pretty good rate.


I’m still working for iTech Solutions, a staffing company that caters to tech related jobs.


I absolutely love my job. There are always a few days where the resumes never stop coming and the jobs I have to set up are ridiculously detailed, but I do generally like going to work. The people I work with are fantastic. Since most of the core of the home office has known each other for almost 10 years, it really does have a family atmosphere to it. They’re incredibly understanding with things and I don’t always have the fear that I’m going to lose my job over some stupid mistake. It’s also the first job I’ve had where I’ve been given extra and new responsibilities. My first job kept telling me they would give me new responsibilities to do but it was pretty much just a variant of what I was already doing (eg. copy papers instead of printing them, filing them instead of shredding…). I get to do the social media links, do my resumes and I have certain clients that I deal with setting up jobs for. I went from part time to full time and coming up in September I’ll be getting my benefits from them. (aka I’m scared as fuck because benefits are a bitch to full understand)

I have a photo up on my bio page for iTech if you want to check it out.

My photography hasn’t been on its game lately since I’ve run out of sports to photograph (looking into going back to the baseball tournament again this year) and I keep missing the Jolly Beggars. Though hopefully that will change as they have a gig this weekend at a shoreline festival where it should be bright and easy to get proper lighting.



Though I did have a lot of fun at the America East Men’s Championship Game


I’ve also been like a medicated zombie since everything is in bloom up here. My allergies have been going nuts and I finally got on prednisone to get it fully under control. Which is awesome since I was getting a bit tired of hibernating in my house all weekend because even opening the windows made my eyes itch like crazy.


I’ve also been working on my finances lately. I’m coming up on about 4-5 months until my birthday which means:

  1. My rent lease is up
  2. I’m getting booted from my parents’ insurance and need to start paying for my own

So I need to have a decent grasp on what my finances are, what I can afford and eventually start saving towards my retirement (that’s scary far away). I’m currently using Mint to try and get a grip on my overall financial situation. I’m going to try out YNAB (You Need A Budget) which is also highly recommended, though the downside that seems to come with it is you don’t connect your bank accounts to it and have to manually enter everything.

I’d like to eventually get a post or two about finances/money and savings. So keep your eye out.