I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

One of my favorite things about summer is ice cream. A few years ago, I got into making homemade ice cream so I could choose my own ingredients and tweak the flavors the way I wanted them. While I’ve done several projects straight from the book (or Internet), I’ve also adapted a number of recipes to do my DIY ice cream the way I want it!

What are your favorite ice cream recipe ideas? (Credit: Aspen Meadows)

What are your favorite ice cream recipe ideas? (Credit: Aspen Meadows)

If you’re hosting any upcoming gatherings and have a need to show your college friends that you’ve got a knack when it comes to this summer sweet treat, check out some homemade ice cream recipes, tips for finding vegan ice cream recipes, or just some quick ways to take packaged ice cream and make it look (& taste) fancy! Read more

Moving is the worst! Here’s how to make it easier

Moving can be a huge pain—even moreso if you’re not sure what to bring for your freshman year in the dorms. Dorm life varies depending on your school, but one bit of advice I have to offer is trust your instincts. I had never slept with a comforter before moving to college, so despite everyone telling me I should get a full bed-in-a-bag for my college dorm room, I decided on the throw blankets I was used to.

Find out how to make moving less stressful. (Credit: Katie Dwyer, My College Advice)

Find out how to make moving less stressful. (Credit: Katie Dwyer, My College Advice)

That was much more my style, and, to tell you the truth, the smaller blankets were easier to pack. Need more tips and life hacks for the move to college? Check out these moving hacks and get a head start on your fall plans! Read more

So, you want to hack the Pentagon?

I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager reading a lot of science fiction, I thought that the life of a hacker must be pretty glamorous. There was something adventurous and rebellious about the idea of navigating cyberspace. While SFF still makes some great metaphors for hacking, most of the hackers you see in the news are the ones causing problems. The exception? The hackers of the Department of Defense Hack the Pentagon program—some of whom weren’t even college students yet, let alone professionals.

Find out here how to join Hack the Pentagon. (Credit: TechWorm)

Find out here how to join Hack the Pentagon. (Credit: TechWorm)

If you’re headed into a computer science major and want to test your own skills against the Department of Defense, here’s what you need to know about the Hack the Pentagon initiative. Read more

How to have a summer beach party, with or without the beach

One of my favorite summer activities is going to the beach. I grew up in Iowa, and even though I live in Connecticut now, the novelty of living so close to the coast has not worn off. If you live on the coast, you may be planning to have a beach party or two before the fall semester begins. But say you’re miles from a real beach?

What do you suggest bringing to a beach party? (Credit: Goa Streets)

What do you suggest bringing to a beach party? (Credit: Goa Streets)

You can still embrace party themes celebrating all things beachy by organizing a beach party. Have a budget? No problem. You can select party games, foods, and decorations while keeping everything on the cheap. Check out these ideas for indoor or outdoor beach parties this summer. Read more

Combating the opioid epidemic with substance-free college dorms

The recent untimely death of music icon Prince has refocused our attention on prescription painkillers. But the problem has been a growing one for sometime, even within many colleges and universities. In fact, many university campuses have been trying to help combat the opioid epidemic by offering substance-free college dorms for students struggling with addiction.

Find out how colleges are combating the opioid epidemic. (Credit: Public Health Watch)

Find out how colleges are combating the opioid epidemic. (Credit: Public Health Watch)

These so-called “sober dorms” are becoming more popular as use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription drugs have grown. Read more

9 best websites for college students

There’s so much information out there to help you with college life, dorm life and social life on your college campus. How do you know where to start? Although I always start with Facebook and Twitter, there are many websites and resources to help college students muddle through.

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Here are some tips about a few of the best websites that are useful in surviving college. Read more

Your must-know first aid and self defense tips

Like many in the United States, I’ve watched the news coverage of the Orlando shooting on June 12, 2016, with dismay. So many lives ended in a short moment, in a space where people believed they were safe—it’s hard to even wrap my head around the terror and sadness.

There are many helpful first aid tips you should know. (Credit: Medscape)

There are many helpful first aid tips you should know. (Credit: Medscape)

One of the news articles I read that lifted my spirits a bit was the story of a nursing student, Joshua McGill, who was at Pulse and, despite fears for his own life, he stopped to save one of the shooting victims, literally taking his own shirt off his back to stop the other man’s bleeding. Read more

Pros and cons of single-sex college

When I started applying to colleges, I never considered an all-girls school. I felt that part of becoming an adult was learning how to communicate and work with men as well as women. But there’s a lot of debate on whether a single-sex college campus actually improves academics. Here are pros and cons of single-sex education for college students.

Would you attend a single-sex college? (Credit: Skirt Collective)

Would you attend a single-sex college? (Credit: Skirt Collective)

Single-gender colleges are rare and getting rarer. Over the years, people questioned the exclusivity and relevance of single-gender colleges. Today while there are about 40 all-female colleges, there are only four all-male colleges. On co-ed campuses, there is a predominance of women—71% of women enroll in college right after high school compared with 61% men. Read more

Social media and technology in the classroom: Yay or nay?

Soon the days of the teachers telling college students “Put away your phones” will be gone (if they haven’t already done so). Or so some educators think, as social media is permeating the college classroom.

Find out how social media in the classroom can be beneficial. (Credit: Brianna Crowley)

Find out how social media in the classroom can be beneficial. (Credit: Brianna Crowley)

Teachers and professors are embracing social networking and technology in the classroom to improve academics and connect with students. Both students and teachers can combine technology and education to improve learning. Read more

Body image talk: Stop worrying and learn to love your body

Recently I saw singer LeAnn Rimes on the Doctor Oz show talking about her struggles with her body image and how she has been the victim of body shaming. Wow! I never would have thought that someone so talented and good-looking would have a problem with self image.

Show yourself some love with a positive body image. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Show yourself some love with a positive body image. (Credit: Huffington Post)

But even my hero, Amy Schumer, has gone public about her own struggles. So if your Freshman 15 is still hanging around during your junior year (I’m with you, girl!) we should talk about body image issues. Read more