Valentine’s Day gift ideas for college students

Dating back to the 5th century, Valentine’s Day is devoted to romance and the giving of sweets, cards and flowers. Whether it’s your sweetheart, a friend or a parent, there are plenty of homemade gift ideas that college students can create on a budget.

Valentine's Day gift ideas include yummy cupcakes. (Credit: Studio DIY)

Valentine’s Day gift ideas include yummy cupcakes. (Credit: Studio DIY)

Even a romantic dinner is possible. Here are a few Valentine’s Day ideas to get you started. Read more

Want to affect social change? Here’s what college students can do

When speaking of social change, a recent controversy comes to mind. Ever since the Oscar nominations were announced January 22, the issue of an Oscars boycott has gotten a lot of attention. The reason is a list of nominees that lacks diversity and inclusion.

Find out how you can affect social change. (Credit: Austin Huguelet, The New York Times)

Find out how you can affect social change. (Credit: Austin Huguelet, The New York Times)

Diversity awareness has come to Hollywood in the wake of a social media campaign and numerous protests by college students calling for social change. How can college students be most effective in creating social change? Read more

It’s time to improve your LinkedIn profile

Your LinkedIn profile is about to become your new best friend when it comes to finding a job. But as a career finder, there are some tips and tricks to making the most of your profile. Unlike a resume, you can constantly update your LinkedIn profile to make the most of keywords employers are searching for or to promote yourself.

Make LinkedIn your new career related best friend. (Credit: Careerizm)

Make LinkedIn your new career related best friend. (Credit: Careerizm)

If a job search is on your horizon, then you won’t want to miss these life hacks. Read more

6 tips on college life from upperclassmen

I was kind of green when I started college and didn’t think to go to upperclassmen for advice. (Actually, I was a bit intimidated by them!) But if I had taken the chance, I would have learned that they are just like you and me, only with a couple of extra years of experience under their belt.

You can learn a few things from upperclassmen. (Credit: imgflip.com)

You can learn a few things from upperclassmen. (Credit: imgflip.com)

So feel like you can go to them with questions about navigating college life. Upperclassmen are a good resource for giving freshmen and other college students advice and tips for surviving college. Read more

College campuses catering to various religions and what they’re doing

Colleges and universities are catering to the religious and cultural diversity of their college students. My college campus has a few Christian student groups, but there is nothing for other religions, which is a shame.

Syracuse University's stone circle for pagan students is one way to cater to various religions. (Credit: Syracuse University)

Syracuse University’s stone circle for pagan students is one way to cater to various religions. (Credit: Syracuse University)

However, more colleges are catering to students of different religions, and are offering classes or extracurricular activities for anyone who wants to learn about a faith different from their own. This is happening in an era when Americans in general and millennials in particular, are identifying less and less with a specific religion. Read more

Got an exam survival kit? Don’t forget your phone

Duh, of course you’d never forget your phone no matter where you go, right?! It’d be a travesty to leave it behind when you head to the library (or elsewhere) to study for exams too. But aren’t phones supposed to be a huge distraction we should steer clear of when studying? Well, yes and no.

You will want your phone next time you leave the house to study. (Credit: Motivators.com)

You will want your phone next time you leave the house to study. (Credit: Motivators.com)

It ultimately depends on how you use your phone! Let’s delve deeper into why your phone should be included in your exam survival kit. Read more

Have you heard about our NEW Write & Cite app? Now you have!

Writing research or term papers is one of the most terrifying experiences for many college students – I see you nodding your head “yes.” So, why don’t we try to make your life a little bit easier… at least in terms of helping you write a research paper.

If you like having a personal writing tutor at your fingertips, as well as an inexpensive and easy to use resource for your college writing needs then you should be using the new Write & Cite app. Read more

Group projects… The college student’s nightmare

It’s that point in the semester where your college professor has just explained that you will be working on one huge project, for the entirety of the semester that will account for about 102% of your grade and ……it will be in groups. You’re thinking “great, I love when my whole grade rides on other people,”-NOT. Why can’t we just be accountable for ourselves?

Is this how you feel about group projects? (Credit: Someecards)

Is this how you feel about group projects? (Credit: Someecards)

No matter how much you despise them, group projects are always going to be a thing therefore you must adapt! Here are some ways to help with this sometimes painful adjustment. Read more

Snow day? Here are some fun winter activities!

The gods have smiled on you, and classes are cancelled for a snow day. Whatever will you do with this bounty? What winter activities will you engage in? A cozy day beneath your fave blankie bingeing on Netflix? Perhaps you feel the call of the great outdoors.

How do you like to spend your snow day? (Credit: Meme Generator)

How do you like to spend your snow day? (Credit: Meme Generator)

You could make a homemade sled or test out some fun snow recipes, both great ideas to get back in touch with your inner 10-year-old. Whatever you decide, a snow day is like a get out of jail free card — don’t waste it! Read more

What you need to know about choosing classes in college

It can seem like a no brainer—choosing classes in college is about what will raise your GPA, right? Well sort of. I know it can be tempting to go for the class that will guarantee the easy A, but is that really what is best for your future plans, whether that’s a career or grad school?

How do you go about choosing classes in college? (Credit: Lifehacker)

How do you go about choosing classes in college? (Credit: Lifehacker)

You may actually be hurting yourself in the long run by trying to take the easy way out. Here are the things you need to know about what will really help your GPA. Read more