Matt Lawson: May 2011 Archives

I'm working at the Tsongas Center tomorrow for commencement. To be honest, I'm EXTREMELY excited. No, I'm not graduating, but I'm interested in hearing the stories of students who have come from very little. These are the stories that make me happy, because there are people enrolled at UML that will go above and beyond to create a better future.

A great story of this is going to come from tomorrows speaker. According to the Lowell Sun, this man got to school in a car held together by duct-tape. Now, he's the CEO of a company and is extremely wealthy.

Robert Manning doesn't let the wealth go to his head though. He still remembers his school and donates when possible.

I think I'm going to try to record his speech and post it. I can't wait to hear it.

We'll see what I can do. Have a great weekend!

Can't tell you how exciting it is to be done with Freshman year. It was one of those "Once this is out of the way, things will be easier" types of situations. Although I haven't started sophomore year, I can already tell things will be better.

UMass Lowell has been interesting. Have I complained? Yea, I'm human. Have I enjoyed it? Of course.

The biggest enjoyment this year would probably have to be the Centers For Learning. I loved working there, mainly because everyone there is crazy. (A good crazy of course.) There was always something new, and that made it exciting.

Now that Summer is here, I'm happy to be free from school work as well as actual work. The only downside to this is the lack of money. I plan to fish, run, and hike. It's free, and still enjoyable.

I know this entry was kind of scattered, but I'm going to end it here. (So I still have stuff to write about this summer.)
Buying/Renting books can be the most annoying process before classes. They are expensive, and sometimes difficult to find. Most times you can buy the books, but if you can't find it at the bookstore or online, you may have to rent.

BUT. Unless the money situation can only let you rent, buying used on websites such as is your best bet. This is why. has almost any book you can think of, mainly because there are students all over the United States selling them. If you are looking for a specific calculus book, you can go online and find it used for half to 3/4ths the price. (Maybe even less.)Although this is more expensive, it is your best bet to saving money, because after your semester, you can basically re-sell it on Amazon for the same price. (Buy it used for 70 bucks? Sell it to someone else on Amazon for 70 bucks at the end of the semester. Or you could even try 75.)

This is different from renting because you can spend money for a specific book, but you will not get that money back at the end of the semester.

ALSO. DO NOT sell your books to these on-campus people. They will be outside your classes telling you that they will give you cash for your books. Yeah it may be easy, but it is a rip off. You're better off using your extra effort by selling online.

This isn't a difference between a "few bucks". This could be a difference between more than $20.00.


Recently, I've been selling books on Amazon.  I've noticed a habit that could end up saving you (even more) money.

When people sell on Amazon, they tend to make their book the cheapest. The reason for this is because they want it to sell quickly. So if Joe Smith lists his book for 70 dollars, Sally may list her book at 69.99 the next day. This is a cycle that can go on for a few bucks.

It's that time of year. Teachers are loading on the work, and finals are stressing you out. It seems like too much to handle, but if you follow a few steps, it will become MUCH easier. The following links are PDF files which are meant to help you when studying for exams.

Preparing for, and taking Exams

Final Exam Preparation Packet

Also, if you are near the Centers for Learning in Soutwick hall or O'Leary Library, check out the blue form labeled "COUNTDOWN TO FINAL EXAMS!" This paper can help you organize yourself, create a study plan, and help you review your work.

I'm using it, and it's been extremely helpful. Please, take my word for it!

- Matt

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