DIY gift ideas on a college student budget

Let’s face it; you’re a college student on a budget. You know that everyone understands, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to still give gifts to those special people in your life that won’t break the bank? Read on for some DIY gift ideas for any occasion!

Combining simple recipes into a mason jar makes for a great gift idea. (Credit: tiffany)

Combining simple recipes into a mason jar makes for a great gift idea. (Credit: tiffany)

Let’s get organized

First, let’s round up a list of people you’d like to make these gifts for in the next two to three months or so. Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking a year ahead. I’ve found that if I plan ahead I’m more likely to create something worth giving. Continue reading

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How medical marijuana affects college students

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana for adults. Meanwhile, Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. The rules around cannabis are definitely changing in the United States.

The rules for medical marijuana on college campuses may differ from those of the state. (Credit: Trey Sanchez)

The rules for medical marijuana on college campuses may differ from those of the state. (Credit: Trey Sanchez)

Although the legalization of pot has been big news around the country, just because pot is legal in a state, for medical purposes or recreational, doesn’t make it legal on college campuses. What is the status of medical marijuana usage on college campuses then? Continue reading

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Freshman 15 facts for college students

Heading off to college is an exciting time for freshmen all around. You’ll be entering a new and different environment than what you were used to in high school. This can be both a good and bad thing.

There are many ways college students can combat the Freshman 15. (Credit: LTCL)

There are many ways college students can combat the Freshman 15. (Credit: LTCL)

When I was in high school, I had a very structured, consistent schedule that I maintained. College, on the other hand, was another story. I wasn’t quite as active as I was in high school, yet I still thought I could get away with eating whatever I wanted in the buffet style dining hall in my dorm – boy, was I wrong! Here’s why I’d like to share some knowledge about what you should know about the dreaded “Freshman 15.” Continue reading

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How to survive your first week of college

Heading off to your first week of college is a crazy time. You’re excited, you’re nervous and you have no idea what to expect. But you aren’t the first to make this leap, and those college students that have come before you have some sound suggestions to help you start off your freshman year.

With a little help, you can survive your first week of college. (Credit: ULS)

With a little help, you can survive your first week of college. (Credit: ULS)

Read on for a how to guide on surviving your first week in the transition from high school and home to college and on your own. Continue reading

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DIY Dorm room decorating ideas for college

Dorm life includes a lot of studying, partying and just plain hanging out. You need to do a lot in a small space. In order to pull off a cool dorm room you could use a few diy decorating ideas.

A few examples on how to liven up your dorm room space. (Credit: Surviving College)

A few examples on how to liven up your dorm room space. (Credit: Surviving College)

Dorms tend to be pretty small so creativity is the key to success. Let’s look at how to decorate your room for this next semester. Continue reading

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Colleges add gender neutral bathrooms

Many colleges and universities are adding gender neutral bathrooms  also known as “all-gender,” “unisex” or “all family” bathrooms — for their LGBT and straight college students. Often, a facility that decides to add a gender neutral bathroom only has to change the sign on the door of a single-stall restroom.

Over 150 college and universities have added gender neutral bathrooms. (Credit: NYU Local)

Over 150 college and universities have added gender neutral bathrooms. (Credit: NYU Local)

There are more than 150 colleges and universities with gender neutral bathrooms including New York University, Ohio University, University of Colorado and Kent State University. Schools post notices on where gender neutral bathrooms are located around the college campus. Continue reading

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Geeky gadgets and other cool stuff you need for college

It’s a new school year and time to get your geek on. There are plenty of must-have gadgets and other cool stuff from which to choose  so much that it’s going to be hard to decide which new tech gadgets to buy.

With so many gadgets on the market, it's tricky to decide which one would be best for you. (Credit: Quick Meme)

With so many gadgets on the market, it’s tricky to decide which one would be best for you. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Whatever your budget, there are geeky gadgets that will satisfy your life hacks ambitions. Let’s take a look at some high tech and low tech ideas for your next semester. Continue reading

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How to deal with life and work in college

Whether you like it or not, change is going to happen. But dealing with change, well, that is something we could all use a life hack for now and then. The key is figuring out how to deal with change in a way that makes everything bearable.

A little inspiration goes a long way when dealing with one's every day life. (Credit: Generatormeme.com)

A little inspiration goes a long way when dealing with one’s every day life. (Credit: Generatormeme.com)

Read on for the biggest life and work changes and how you can make them less painful. Continue reading

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10 must-haves for your college survival kit

As you prepare to head off to college next month, you’re probably starting to wonder what in the world is essential for your college survival kit, right? No need to panic. I’ve been in your shoes before so I understand what you’re going through.

A basket of goodies that can be included in your survival kit. (Credit: Jennifer Hernandez/Pinterest)

A basket of goodies that can be included in your survival kit. (Credit: Jennifer Hernandez/Pinterest)

After looking back on the days where I lived in a dorm, I started to remember some of the items I kept in my survival kit that made life in college a little bit easier. Check out my ideas on what you should keep in your college survival kit. Continue reading

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Medical marijuana and your college campus

One by one, states in the union are passing laws that support the usage of medical marijuana for people suffering debilitating medical conditions. Two states, Colorado, and now Washington, have even legalized the recreational usage of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older.

As more states approve of medical marijuana, it's time to learn if the law applies to you. (Credit: CNNMoney/Shutterstock)

As more states approve of medical marijuana, it’s time to learn if the law applies to you. (Credit: CNNMoney/Shutterstock)

However, because marijuana remains a Schedule 1 substance, your university (even in Colorado or Washington state) can ban possession of the drug on campus. Here’s what you need to know about medical marijuana and your college campus. Continue reading

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