Abuse of prescription drugs on college campus

The nonmedical use of prescription drugs on college campuses is a growing problem. Many college students are using drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta in the belief that they improve academics.

The use of prescription drugs is a common issue with college students. (Credit: Bruins Public Health)

The use of prescription drugs is a common issue with college students. (Credit: Bruins Public Health)

In reality, many students who abuse prescription drugs perform poorly on tests and run the risk of dependency and even death. Here is some advice for addressing the problem and improving campus life. Read more

Stay warm the DIY way with these fun and easy crafts

Winter is here with a vengeance, and if you are fighting to stay warm, the time is right to get your DIY on with some fun and easy crafts.

You can stay warm this winter with easy DIY projects. (Credit: MemeCenter)

You can stay warm this winter with easy DIY projects. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Making your own stylish (and warm!) winter accessories is doable with the range of projects featured below. Read more

Holiday etiquette: Don’t do these 10 things

The holiday season is officially underway, and you’re probably thinking of everything you must do – buy presents for family and friends, decorate your living space, and so on. But have you thought about what you DON’T do?

Don't be a scrooge over the holidays. (Credit: WeKnowMemes)

Don’t be a scrooge over the holidays. (Credit: WeKnowMemes)

Having the right holiday etiquette when you sit down to chow down will go a long way. Especially if you want to be invited back to the next holiday get together. We have compiled a list of the top 10 holiday don’ts if you want your family and friends to still like you. Please, please don’t do the following. Read more

Create your own study guide to help you ace your finals

With final exams looming ahead, you need to figure out ways to study that will work best for you. Having a study guide to work from is a good start. But you’ll have to apply effective study habits and use the study guide for it to be of value.

Keep yourself organized with a homemade study guide chart. (Credit: wikiHow)

Keep yourself organized with a homemade study guide chart. (Credit: wikiHow)

Learning how to study for exams is a study in itself. So is the development of test taking skills. Let’s take a look at how you can create your own study guide now and put yourself on the track to success. Read more

Easy travel hacks for college students

As the semester draws to a close, your mind naturally turns toward winter break and traveling home or other trips. With a little digging you can find easy travel hacks that will make your journey more enjoyable and less stressful.

Be prepared to travel with our best tips. (Credit: btitravel.com)

Be prepared to travel with our best tips. (Credit: btitravel.com)

With only a few weeks between semesters, it will take some planning and thought to ensure that your winter break is the best it can be. Let’s look at a few life hacks for winter travelers. Read more

How to survive the winter where the air hurts your face

If you’re fortunate enough to live in one of the northern states, you know what is close by in your future. No, not holiday break, though that is coming, too; winter is coming, snow is coming – and lots of it!

Surviving the winter is never an easy feat. (Credit: LOL Zombie)

Surviving the winter is never an easy feat. (Credit: LOL Zombie)

If you don’t suffer from short-term memory loss, you remember last winter’s series of polar vortexes and record-breaking snowfall. You’ll want to make sure you’re more prepared this year, so here are some of our best tips on how to survive the winter! Read more

How to save money on DIY Christmas gift ideas

The holiday season is fast approaching—a scary time for a broke college student. You want to give your loved ones presents but your funds are limited. How to save money and celebrate the season? DIY Christmas gift ideas to the rescue.

Create a personalized mug as a Christmas gift. (Credit: Tutorial)

Create a personalized mug as a Christmas gift. (Credit: Tutorial)

Not only will you spend less by making your own presents, but everyone will feel extra appreciated knowing you spent time and creativity on them. Read more

Learn about charity: water and how they work

It’s easy to see that charity: water is very passionate about their mission to solve the water crisis across the globe by building sustainable, community-owned water projects.

Learn how charity: water and their partners contribute to the world. (Credit: charity: water)

Learn how charity: water and their partners contribute to the world. (Credit: charity: water)

Since they use 100% of their public donations to put towards funding water projects, project organizers hope it’s possible to complete their mission within their lifetimes. Read more

Marching on after war with Pat Tillman Foundation

It’s not uncommon for veterans to feel lost when it comes to their sense of purpose once returning home from serving tours in areas including Iraq and Afghanistan. Many are left on their own not knowing what to do next in the workforce.

Military members learn to march forward with the Pat Tillman Foundation. (Credit: Pat Tillman Foundation)

Military members learn to march forward with the Pat Tillman Foundation. (Credit: Pat Tillman Foundation)

Last year’s Pat Tillman Foundation Leadership Summit was held in Chicago at the downtown campus of Roosevelt University. In attendance included Ivy League MBAs, future doctors and lawyers, as well as urban planners and social workers. They emphasized the idea that veterans have more career options available to them than ones in a military-like environment. Read more

Veterans take on training of SCA Fire Corps

In 2010, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and the U.S. Forest Service organized a 90-day training program allowing veterans to explore careers that will help the transition back into civilian life easier. Such careers include wildfire containment where they learn about fire mitigation.

Veterans get involved with Fire Corps training. (Credit: SCA)

Veterans get involved with Fire Corps training. (Credit: SCA)

The program is called the Veterans Fire Corps, which was specifically designed for veterans interested in working in conservation-related fields and serves the Forest Service in an internship manner. A current VFC crew is operating in the area of Prescott, Arizona. Read more