How I Kept Gaming While Getting a Degree

game1College was great for vices, trying out new things, and even video games. I mean, yeah, sure, I learned some things. For me, attending lectures, being the “responsible” student is the most boring part in college.

During my college years, there is no day that you won’t see video games, and other things, like alcohol, partying, sex, and drugs. But even with my “busy” college life, I still managed to graduate and play lots and lots of video games at the same time.

I know right? Wow, that’s so awesome, “teach me how to do it”.

Pack for college as a gamer

I had no problems finding a place to stay for college, but the next difficult task is deciding what to bring with you. 18 years living in one room, and a hell of a bunch of favorite video game collection, it’s really hard to make a decision. And especially if you’re going to live far away for college, you need to be efficient in what you’re going to bring. All of your things should fit in your new small room. Really think hard on what to bring, don’t end up regretting not bringing a single (or two, or many) video game(s).

If you both have the old and new systems of video games, leave the new ones at home and bring the old ones, they’re actually more favorable, especially if you want to invite people to play with you. Compared to newer systems, you can safely leave your older systems in common rooms without having to worry if they get stolen. You’ll probably be surprised how many college students are still playing using GameBoy bricks.

Drinking mug after mug of coffee

Did I mention my gaggia anima machine? Yes, it’s no surprise that espressos are one of the popular ways to keep yourself awake during the night. After a long day of running around, attending lecture after lecture, studying for examinations (not that I always do) and partying all night, you’d still want to be wide awake to play the next level of your favorite video game.

Most dormitories have semi auto machines in the common area or the canteen. In my place there was no coffee machine, which is really odd. So, I brought one for myself. My parents were kind of proud, thinking I bought it for late night study, but mum, it’s actually late night video game marathon.

Become friends with other students who love video games

Your parents probably didn’t allow you to bring your video games to college, since they inspect you to focus on academics and socialize with other people. And even though you sneaked a few, you probably won’t be able to satisfy your cravings for video games. Therefore, make your mum proud by socializing with other gamers like you. They surely have multiplayer systems that you can play together.

In my college, there was surprisingly a house for video games, where often gamers like me gather and play with the systems available.

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Best Gaming Laptops for College Students


You probably won’t be able to bring your gaming desktop with you. But, you don’t have to spend your college life missing playing on the newest games. You also don’t have to spend a lot of money because there are already a lot of great gaming laptops that fit your budget.

Acer Aspire V15 Nitro

The Acer Aspire V15 Nitro features the leading 4th generation Intel Core i7-4720 HQ processor, equipped with the Turbo Boost technology, providing very practical and extreme octane performance.

Gamers will love the laptop’s amazing visual details, sophisticated NVIDIA GeForce GTX G860M graphics, integrated with an impressive speed guarantee high-powered adrenaline rush and complete entertainment.

The Acer Aspire V15 Nitro is thrice faster compared to the last generation of this model. Thanks to its 802.11ac wireless connection and Bluetooth 4.0 systems, you can now conveniently maintain internet connection or pairing with other gaming devices. Its roomy and comfortable keyboard allows you to easily navigate and its backlit gives you an outstanding gaming experience in a dark lit dormitory room.

Added to that, it has four built0in speakers, integrated with the Dolby Digital Plus Home Theatre Surround Sound, providing you with a large gaming screen experience, wherever you are playing. And if you want to project your game to a bigger display, you can easily do so with its HDMI port.

Lenovo Y50 TOUCH

The Y50 TOUCH by Lenovo utilizes a ten-point multi-touch system which is a creative way of communicating with your laptop and enhances user interface. This gaming laptop is constructed with an outstanding 15.6-inch full HD display that guarantees a perfectly clear and crisp screen.

You can improve your sound experience and have fun with a distortion-free, crisp audio when listening to music, watching videos, or playing games with the laptop’s premium JBL speakers, integrated with Dolby advance audio system. Not only that, the equipped NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics guarantees a phenomenal multimedia experience, allowing you to play games longer and harder than you ever did.

With an amazing storage capacity of 1 TB, you can conveniently store every game and media files without causing any lag or glitch. The laptop’s AccuType keyboard is a delight to use with complement, slightly curved keys. Added to that, this input feature is backlit to allow users to type conveniently in low-lit rooms. And if you ever want to play with your online friends, you can do so with a video call through its built-in camera.

Ultimately, Lenovo’s Y50 TOUCH is an ideal touch screen gaming laptop that provides great specifications at an affordable price.


For this year, the ASUS ROG is potentially the best laptop for both college and gaming. It features overclocking utilities, which is a rare feature in gaming laptops in the same price range. The laptop’s Skylake processor overcomes most gaming laptops. And if you need to use it for normal college tasks such as photo and video editing, this laptop is more than adequate.

Compared to its competitors, the gaming performance of the ASUS ROG is lackluster, providing more frame rates.

The system is equipped with a single 1TB hard drive, which is already a plenty of storage for games, movies, files, music, photos and programs. The keyboard is backlit, allowing you to use it in dark-lit places.

Overall, the ASUS ROG is a step forward of Asus’s typical high-octane gaming rigs, slimming down and becoming more portable each product release.

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Tips on Developing Your Musicality

What is Musicality?

Musicality is defined to be the “sensitivity to, knowledge of, or talent for music”, and commonly used to talk about particular if roughly defined aspects in pieces and/or types of music, including melodiousness and harmoniousness.

A person considered to possess musicality has the capability to recognize and regenerate dissimilarities in characteristics of music, including pitch, rhythm and harmony. Musicality can be differentiated in two capacities, the capability to discern music, are also known as musical receptivity, and the capacity to recreate music and uniquely make music, or also known as musical creativity.

But, how can you improve your musicality?

Tips on Developing Musicality:

A musical performance without musicality is boring and uninteresting, even though you’re really good at playing your own instrument. But through developing your musicality, your musical performances will become more colorful and artistic.

  1. Listen

Listening to a several types of music is one of the best ways to understand the music you play. Aside from listening other musicians performing a similar instrument to you, strive to listen as many other types of instruments as you can. Also, make sure that you do not stick listening to your favorite musician.

  1. Record yourself

Recording yourself may not be the easiest task as a musician, but this can be a satisfying activity. Recording yourself playing can give a really useful method of examining what you really sound like, and giving yourself an opportunity to an unbiased listening to what you played.

But, it is not good if you aim to have the best recording. You don’t have to buy expensive recording equipment. Just observe and listen intently to what you’ve recorded and compare it to others to see if you want to adjust something.

  1. Ask for other people’s opinions

Another difficult task to develop musicality, but an important part in developing musicality. If you’re a shy person, you can ask someone you’re most comfortable with to give you feedbacks. However, they shouldn’t be biased, and instead should be constructed when giving opinions about your music. And if it is possible, ask several people to give feedbacks so you can be given different ideas on how to improve your musicality.

  1. Study music that influences you

Inspiration arrives at the weirdest timing. You can’t predict when it will come, and it’s commonly ambiguous. But, if you listen to an unchanging stream of music that inspires you, it is like a destiny to happen more often. Listen, analyze and learn from the music you listen to.

  1. Practice without your instrument

If you are a drummer, exercise some beats on your lap. If you’re a guitarist, you should give air strumming a try. And if you’re a pianist, tap your fingers on a table. The objective in these exercises is to imagine the sound without seeing or hearing it. This method practices you to think about musical probabilities, instead of just putting your hands on your instrument all the time. Be creative. Visualize something new and unique.

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