How to SAVE money on textbooks, just a sharing!

Oolala, summer is staying while Fall is coming! How can I explain how much I love schools and having classes without getting those “are you serious?” eyes? Well, putting my excitement aside, here comes the worries about new semester “bleeding” for every budget tied college folks. Everyone knows how ridiculous textbooks prices are!

If you are one of us, you are in the right page. Here we goes and starts saving!

I’m an art students, so many of my classes doesn’t need a textbook, so for the coming semester I need two textbooks. Here is the one, for Human Anatomy! Let’s take this one as the example. You go to your campus bookstore website, normally they have scary number. Don’t laugh, I rent all my textbooks from them my first semester in America. This one they rent out for 76.56 dollars, almost the same price for etextbook rent.

Your Customized Textbook List---Mississippi University for Women-Bookstore

If you don’t know Bookfinder.com, you should go and check it right now. Copy the ISDN and search in bookfinder. You can find different offer from a big number of websites. Much better than you search them one by one and compare the prices by yourself.
BookFinder.com- Search for New & Used Books, Textbooks, Out-of-Print and Rare BooksHere is the result! You got a brand new one at around 53 and a second hand one at 49. Pay attention here! The second hand one shows it is international edition. Here is how AbeBooks describes international edition textbooks:

“Looking for affordable textbooks? Consider international editions – textbooks that have been published outside the US. These books are usually significantly cheaper than textbooks published in the US. Offering tremendous value, international edition textbooks are created to be sold in different regions and are often printed on cheaper paper and are usually softcover. The content may be the same as the U.S. version, or may have differences such as the book cover, ISBN, pagination, or region code

Customers located in the US can now purchase international edition textbooks.  However, note that the publishers of international editions generally do not authorize the sale and distribution of international editions in Canada and such sale or distribution may violate the copyrights and trademarks of the publishers of such works.”

3But wait a second, can we find cheaper ones? Here using google, we can find the ISDN for international edition. which is usually not the same as the edition we find on campus bookstore.

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Now we got the ISDN, go back and check in bookfinder again, and that’s where we were leaded. Here is one at 29.99, second hand in Amazon. Sorry I got the one at 28 dollar.

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Final action, order it. The shipping fee is 3.99 dollars, so the totally fee is 31.99 dollars. Compared to the beginning 75 dollars for rent, we got our own book for even less than half price. After semester goes, you can sell it again, and get some more money back.
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Well, that’s all about searching cheap textbooks. I’m sure there are many others ways you can find good prices, I have a friend who can find free etextbooks online and you can also check libraries. Yeah, I know I have another textbook I need to get, it’s for 19 century European Art History. Since I just got the call from my campus library that they are holding the book for me, so… I’m ready for my new exciting semester!

Enjoy your rest  of the holiday!

 

 

 

 

Miss. Lulu’s Art Classes

Let me introduce you to the new art teacher in Columbus Art Council! Haha, yes I became a teacher again after my teaching in South Korea and China. Can’t be more excited!

After solving all my drivers’ license, CPT, offer and visa problem, I started my teaching in Art Council Summer Camp in June.

student's work Chloe was not really confident with drawing, usually she would be the first one shouting: ” No, I can’t do that!” But she told me that she had a sister who was a wonderful fashion designer and she was so proud of her. So I asked her if she wanted to design something herself, too. Take a look her first design! I just love it!

photography class Teaching photography with those kids can be always inspiring and fun. They are energetic, smart and always eager to learn new things. We went outside, tried to catch motion at different shutter speed. We also tried cyanotype photography. We even made a paper camera by ourselves! Time just goes too fast!

Liz is copying her Chinese nameI’m surprised by their interests in Chinese culture. They never stopped asking me write their names in Chinese, asking if Mulan is real, asking about Great Wall and schools in China…. Most time in America, I will be told or forced to listen other people’s opinions about China or Asia, most time, people believed in our own ideas and closed the door for a second thought. Sometimes, having a open mind like a kid become such a challenge. A lesson for all of us, the adults believing “I’m right”.

back to “heaven”

别人说治疗拖延症最简单的办法就是什么都不想,先做一点点。在看完另一部可可·香奈儿的传记电影之后,我终于开始写我的第六篇札记。

从上一篇札记至今,我经历了一周疯子般的工作期,一周诸事受挫期,继而在一天上完商业沟通后就累倒了。醒来时6点59,刚好冲下楼赶上了商业沟通课的小组讨论。我开始分析自己的问题。翻出了从国内带来的一本关于条理的小册子,有一个条理度测试,我的结果是“条理性好得有点过分……要限制自己一次接受的工作量,提醒自己:如果承担得太多,你就不能很好地完成任务。”回想起那周极度兴奋工作状态,终于承认自己再一次承担过多了。我斟酌了两天,在退课期的最后一天退掉了法律课。从图书馆借来了《美食,祈祷与恋爱》,关掉电脑开始读书。

水原市樱花聚会

周末和沙发客上的朋友在水原市的樱花树下野餐。认识了一个美国来的女孩anjenica,我们在巴士上聊了一路的《美食,祈祷与恋爱》。一群新朋友,世界各地,我们在水原古老的城墙边摆出各种可笑的造型,被我记录在了我的相机里。 我开始用心去体会韩国,体会我除了学习工作外的点点滴滴。

期中考试与济州岛之行

继而是如车轮般压来的期中考试。ECC的阅读室灯火通明。我不知道其他人有多少考试足以让她们紧张兮兮到通宵复习。我的三门考试虽然不多,但是韩语考试持续了三天时间。第一堂韩语听力就让我对韩语考试放松了,口语考试上我的题目是旅游经历,我跟老师聊得很欢。最后的商业沟通考试宣告我济州岛之行的到来。也不顾及到底考得怎样,我和remy就奔着济州岛去了。不过险些错过航班,又一次凭着好运气,飞机误了十来分钟,刚好等着我们在机场喘了口气。四月的济州岛人不多,天气也不热,在清凉的海滩上我享受着难得的闲暇。用相机捕捉着海浪的瞬息万变。虽然我对照片并不满意,首尔的朋友们还是很买账地夸我拍得好。在这座小岛上,我第一次生食海鲜,第一次体验了jimjibang,韩国颇为流行的桑拿浴室。在我们住进约瑟芬树旅馆的时候,客人都已离开,我们成了这栋乡间小别墅的唯一客人。在这里,我们可以吃自己做的免费早餐。我趁机小露一手,炒了一盘中式炒鸡蛋。配着咖啡,烤土司和果酱吃了。

在飞往济州岛的前一天晚上,我见到了我的第一个汉语学生cesar,加拿大人,名字很震撼——凯撒。我教他中文,一个小时可以挣八十块,一周上两个小时的课,这样又可以弄到下一个目的地的旅费啦!

从济州岛回来,还有最后一门考试,社会心理学。算是我在考试的时候最没底的一门,因为改了很多处选项。但结果让我吃惊,我竟然得了最高分48/50。商业沟通课第二,285/300。韩语考试也是颇为顺利的高分通过。 想了想觉得前段时间的努力还是很值得的。

寺庙生活营

期中考的顺利和频繁的旅行让我有点飘飘然,于是我考虑做一次寺庙体验,既是韩国文化体验必不可少的一部分,也是趁机静下心来,找回平衡。我一直都知道自己很幸运。在周五下午我才开始订寺庙生活营的位置,打了两个寺庙的电话后才知道原来需要提前两周预订。都已经放弃了,突然接到华溪寺的电话说有一个人刚好退订,我可以在这周末过去。一连道了好几个谢后,我乐呵呵地在挂了电话去上课。同学吓唬我说“it’s not easy! they only offer very little food, and you need to clean the plate with your food, and they give you water in your bowl!(这可不轻松呢!他们只给一点点吃的,你还得用吃的把盘子擦干净了,他们把水倒在你碗里给你喝。”我不知道具体细节,但是早上四点起床,108拜等等已经让我多少能感受到不易。但我甩了甩头说“至少我去了才不会觉得遗憾。”

周六我提前赶到,见到了将照料我们两天的僧侣linhwa和带领我们的老师。第一天的行程很轻松,第一项便是吃午饭。午饭很棒,像自助餐一般我们领了盘子自己盛饭夹菜。只是我们得吃完盘子里所有的东西并且把餐具洗干净。很搞笑的发现吃完饭后这些来templestay的韩国人们都极其积极地开始抢着别人的盘子去洗,我的餐具在毫无准备的前提下自然是被抢了去,后来才知道,他们是去洗碗了。之后便了爬山,寺庙坐落在三角山下,山不高,却颇为灵秀。我们在山里静坐了二十来分钟。什么都不想只是听着风声,叶子摩挲的声音,鸟儿咕咕的声音……但要想把脑袋清理干净还真不是件容易的事。看着枝叶摇摇摆摆,一恍惚,脑袋里就开始盘算起来。对叶子的联想,下个月的计划,工作,期末考试……一股脑全奔涌出来。最后只得做罢。饱餐了一顿后我们和僧人信徒们在大殿里诵经,当然,他们念的是韩语,我们只不过是拿着语音标注跟着糊弄而已。诵经后是冥想。我最期待也是最困难的一项。一旦静坐下了,脑袋就开始飞速运转,好不容易不思考了,记忆又蹦了出来,一个接一个,一个接一个。两个小时里,我完整地从一到十数过自己的呼吸的次数不过五次。想起了在《eat,pray,love》里liz在印度寻求平衡,寻找自己的精神领袖的经历。自己现在的情况跟她在冥想练习时的状况百出实在是不相上下了。

说来也巧,这次参加寺庙生活营的外国人一共是五个,竟然碰到了梨大的德国同学florian。第一天的行程结束,我们在大雄殿前聊了一个小时。原来他是基督徒,他虔诚的佛教徒姑姑问他要不要体验下寺庙的感觉,他也觉得有趣,就顺口答应了。我们东扯西扯,从佛祖到基督,又到了孔子和现代的中国。海侃了一番后各自去睡了。

大概是累的,晚上睡得很好,迷迷糊糊醒过一次,看手机,才一点钟,于是又恍恍惚惚地睡了。四点钟我们被准时叫醒。急急忙忙冲了个澡,冲上楼开始了早上的诵经。钟声不绝,周围是不知意义的呢喃声。金光闪闪的佛像低垂着眯成细缝的双眼,注视着匍匐在前的众人。我竟一点也不觉得困倦。结束了诵经,天色还是昏暗着。我们上了楼上的冥想室继续冥想。纸糊的窗子可以透出光来,色彩在变化,从凉飕飕的蓝色开始渐变,五点多太阳的光影也浮现出来,我就这样迷迷糊糊地晃过了早餐前的冥想。师傅敲了一下板子宣告冥想结束。我便兴冲冲地冲到食堂大吃大喝起来。一百零八拜大概是最艰难的了,但过后就是轻松的茶话会,大家一边吃着点心品着茶,一边聊着这次生活营的经历。

今天5点和朋友们一起去看韩国颇受欢迎的棒球赛,希望能拍到好照片。之后在佛诞节可能会去全州或者釜山或者其他地方旅行。再找一天时间去海里艺术村,再就是江原道或者仁川的中国城啦!

敬请期待下一篇札记喽!