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
Being distracted during class is a common occurrence among college students.
A little daydreaming now and then isn’t so bad, but if you are fading out during class or when it is time to study, you will surely wish you hadn’t when exam time rolls around. So how to pay attention in class when your mind starts to wander and your eyes are glazing over? Read on for some tips for college students on ways to keep focused and alert no matter how long your professor is droning on about the periodic table or some 18th century poem.
Tips to stay alert in class
No matter how interesting you find a class, there will come a day when you simply can’t seem to pay attention. And how about when it’s a class you couldn’t care less about? Fuggedaboutit! A February 4, 2014, post on hackcollege.com, “How to Trick Your Mind into Paying Attention in Class,” offers some tips for college students when boredom strikes in class: Continue reading
Keep your dorm room properly stocked with healthy food to help avoid weight gain.
Many factors of college life conspire to make eating in college dorms a whole lot nastier than eating Mom’s pot roast. Too many fatty foods, costly fresh fruits and vegetables, crazy work and study hours, difficulty storing and cooking good food, and the dreaded weight gain. Food can easily get stale and who really knows whether apples should go in the fridge or on the shelf. Here are some food storage do-it-yourself dorm tips for college students.
Think smart when snacking. “Do the exact opposite of what I did,” says Corrine Fischer, Registered Dietician, in “20 Quick & Healthy College Snacks + Free Download” posted August 12, 2013 on Keep Your Diet Real. “As a college freshman, my dorm room was always stocked with lots and lots of cheap refined carbs…crackers, cookies, ramen noodles, pizza, cereal, granola bars, chips, etc. Don’t do that. Continue reading
While less people smoke now than in 1964, more work still needs to be done to reduce tobacco use.
This week marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s landmark report announcing that smoking cigarettes causes serious diseases. Recent Surgeon General Regina Benjamin hosted a summit of former Surgeons General at Xavier University in New Orleans to discuss the leading cause of preventable death—smoking—and ways to keep young people from getting addicted. The topic is urgent as an overwhelming majority of smokers begin before the age of 25. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden wrote in Journal of the American Medical Association article “Tobacco control progress and potential”: “Tobacco is, quite simply, in a league of its own in terms of the sheer numbers and varieties of ways it kills and maims people.”
50 years ago
Believe it or not, there was actually a time when physicians recommended that people take up smoking to calm their nerves. Continue reading
Be sure to educate yourself on any and all financial aid options you are eligible for. (Credit: www.LendingMemo.com)
With the cost of a college education rising each year, you’ll want to take advantage of all the federal student aid that you can qualify for. Spring means that you may be filing for aid and meeting your FAFSA deadlines for submitting paperwork. Now is a good time to review a few of the important points about student aid.
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It’s the form that begins the process of qualifying for Federal student aid. New FAFSA forms are issued each January. You can get yours from your financial aid office or by going to the official FAFSA site. Continue reading