Out with the old, in with the new for your spring wardrobe.
As the days start to warm up, the ice and snow melt away, and the sun begins to shine, you are going to want to toss aside all those heavy knits and clunky boots for some fun, fresh spring fashion. But you probably can’t afford to revamp your entire closet, so how about incorporating some of the 2014 spring trends to keep your look fresh? Get inspired by the latest looks from the runways, then pick a few ideas you like and incorporate those into your existing wardrobe. That is how to update your spring wardrobe on a budget and still feel like you are looking good.
From the runway
You may not want to or be able to follow some of the more outlandish trends that come off the fashion runways, but you can mine the latest looks for ideas to adapt to your life and your budget. Continue reading
Have you seen this meme? It’s likely in jest, but science enthusiasts may enjoy imagining a White House run by these two popular science educators.
Along with Bill Nye (who, according to reports from news sources, is his best friend), Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a voice championing science educator. While Nye duked it out with Creation Museum founder Ken Ham in a creationism vs. evolution debate (blogged about over on Questia), Tyson has recently made his foray into Nye’s old territory: television. On March 9, Tyson, along with the National Geographic Channel, Fox, and executive producer Seth MacFarlane (of Family Guy fame) relaunched Cosmos, the television program that made Carl Sagan a household name and excited a generation of viewers about the possibilities of space exploration and the wonders of just how the universe was formed. But will the 13-episode reboot live up to the fame of the original? Continue reading
Your college plans probably included making a lot of new friends, creating some epic memories and, of course, blowing your professors’ minds with your awesome intellect. But sometimes those plans go awry, and you find yourself having failed a class in college. If this happens to you, read on to find out what to do to get your college career back on track.
Why it matters
In case you didn’t realize, failing a class in college is not only embarrassing, it can have serious ramifications for the rest of your higher education experience.
“What Happens When You Fail a Few Classes During Your College Career?” by Fitzalan Gorman for Globalpost.com details what can happen if your grades slip: Continue reading
When picking a major, it helps to see what job options will be available after graduation.
You picked a college, got in and thought the hard decisions were behind you. But there is still that little wrinkle of picking a college major. You know … that decision that will determine the entire course of the rest of your life—what your career is, how you live, who you marry? Okay, some of that may be exaggeration, maybe even all of it. So if you haven’t already answered the question—what should I major in?—there is no time like the present. Once you have an answer, then you can decide—does it matter?
What is a college major?
Just to make sure we’re on the same page, let’s talk a little bit about what a major is. The College Board’s Big Future site offers up an answer in their post “The College Major: What It Is and How to Choose One:” “A major is a specific subject area that students specialize in. Typically, between one-third and one-half of the courses you’ll take in college will be in your major or related to it.” Continue reading
In ten years, you may get your chance to travel one-way to Mars. (Credit: D Mitriy)
Haven’t heard of the Mars One mission? A Dutch nonprofit (and potential reality show) is making plans to start a civilian Mars colony in 2024. While their plan for travel to Mars has met criticism from science bloggers who feel the plan is overly ambitious for the time frame they’ve established, on February 19, 2014, the project met another opponent: Islamic leaders who issued a fatwa against the one way travel, essentially declaring it a suicide mission. (Meanwhile, the project is taking applications, so if the Islamic fatwa does not apply to you and you’re desperate to travel to Mars, you can start the process.) Continue reading
Love letters are one way to keep the flame burning in a long distance relationship. (Credit: Rachael Ashe)
Going away to college means leaving family, friends and significant others behind. It also means learning how to make a long distance relationship (LDR) work. What can you do to keep the flame of love ablaze? A time tested method is to write love letters and include romantic love quotes. You might also make use of technology to send videos, pictures and engage in instant messaging. No matter the methods you use, it’s going to be a challenge to keep the love alive. Here are a few ideas for maintaining your long distance relationship. Continue reading
Credit: National Library of Ireland on the Commons
If you’re on a dry campus, you’ll have to forego the green beer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. Besides, don’t you think St. Patrick, that plucky saint who legendarily chased the snakes out of Ireland, would approve of a little do it yourself? Check out these DIY party ideas for a fun time celebrating the luck of the Irish.
What to eat
Need to put together a St. Patrick’s Day menu, but you’re not up for cooking corned beef and soda bread? There are plenty of options for low-tech appetizers and snacks you can make right in your dorm room. Continue reading
The signatures of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on the health insurance reform bill. (Credit: Chuck Kennedy)
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Vice President Joe Biden appeared on the television show, The View. His appearance on the popular talk show centered in part on voicing a last call to sign up for health insurance in the health care Marketplace. If you don’t have health coverage through your student health services then you may be interested in learning what the health care Marketplace, also known as exchanges, can offer you. The health care insurance exchanges were created through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare.
Your starting point for obtaining health insurance begins at Healthcare.gov, the website Marketplace where you can shop for affordable health insurance. Continue reading
Proper care for your car ensures solid long term reliability.
It’s been a long, cold winter— what the heck is an artic vortex anyway?— and while you might think you bore the brunt of it trudging uphill, both ways, in snow to class, your wheels probably took some abuse as well. Doing a little spring car maintenance as things begin to thaw out is probably a good idea. But you are a college student, and probably on a budget, so you need some DIY tips to keep your sweet ride rolling, without breaking the bank.
A maintenance checklist
First things first, you need to know what you should be taking care of in terms of spring car maintenance. Continue reading
While in college, safety should be high on your priority list.
College life is supposed to be a fun place for both learning and social interaction. But as with any place where large numbers of people gather, there are safety concerns for your property and yourself. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) in “8 Tips to Stay Safe as You Head to Campus This Fall,” posted August 19, 2013: “The college environment can foster a false sense of security. Remember that you just met these people, even if it feels like you have been best friends forever. Don’t assume that your new friends will definitely have your back or be looking out for your best interests.” Here are some college tips for dorm rooms and campus safety. Continue reading