You’re on summer break! Here’s how to have a cool summer

Summer break is when college students get to catch up on sun, fun and partying. At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Even if you’re working and taking classes, you will need to know some life hacks to help you with your on-the-go lifestyle.

How do you plan to enjoy your summer? (Credit: Pexels)

How do you plan to enjoy your summer? (Credit: Pexels)

Here are a few ideas to have fun and keep cool this summer. Read more

Is it possible to have a vegetarian diet in college?

Maybe you decided going meatless was a good idea after coming across this quote from George Bernard Shaw “Animals are my friends . . . and I don’t eat my friends.” Or maybe you simply want to learn how to be vegetarian for the health benefits. I tried going meatless myself, and it was definitely a challenge at my school, but I picked up some tips and tricks along the way.

What about a vegetarian diet appeals to you? (Credit: Kazuo Ogawa/AFLO)

What about a vegetarian diet appeals to you? (Credit: Kazuo Ogawa/AFLO)

Whatever your reason for skipping the burgers and more in college, read on for some ideas on a plant-based diet for the dining hall or your dorm room. Read more

Should I avoid that chocolate or not?

It hit the news this week: consumer advocate group As You Sow released a survey that chocolate has more lead content than recommended. In fact, they said the lead in chocolate is nine times the amount considered safe by California law. Looking at the pile of empty candy wrappers on the corner of my desk, I’m not feeling great about this news.

Will lead in chocolate keep you from eating it? (Credit: Cooperative Home Care)

Will lead in chocolate keep you from eating it? (Credit: Cooperative Home Care)

Then again, there are a bunch of studies supporting the health benefits of chocolate, particularly the dark blends. Is chocolate good for you? Check out these recent news articles and decide for yourself if chocolate is a good way to improve your mood—or if it’s just going to add to that freshman 15 you’ve been trying to avoid… Read more

What college students remember about the good old days

College has changed significantly in the past few years and will continue to do so as technology evolves. University students are adapting to new devices, apps, rules and standards. As we continue to move forward, lets pay tribute to the good old days and look at the things we used to know and the way they have changed.

It’s on every syllabus we’ve ever received- 12 point Times New Roman ONLY! Is Times New Roman dead though? Read more

3 money saving ideas that might actually work!

It’s not easy being a poor college student. While I balance studying for classes with work study and other jobs on campus, I will still end up with a huge student loan balance to pay off after graduation. Lucky for me, my food is included in those loans, and I eat most of my meals in the cafeteria. But some college students aren’t so lucky, and turn to ramen noodles just to stay full.

Credit: moneyaftergraduation.com

Credit: moneyaftergraduation.com

Everyone could use some ideas to help them with how to save money (I can always use a few extra ways to make my budget go farther), but when you live in student housing and have to manage life on campus, it can be extra difficult. Take a look at these three ways to save money… you might find something that will work for you! Read more

You ask, we answer: My roomie has an allergy!

Dear J,

My new roommate is allergic to peanuts! My favorite food to sustain life on, is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. How will I go on!?!? Even if I give up my soul food, I’m terrified that a soap/food/product I buy will have peanuts in it! What should I do?

Best,

Rebecca W

Rebecca,

I’m sorry that your PB&J relationship is on the rocks! I’m no doctor but I’ve definitely had a roommate with a shellfish allergy so here is what I can tell you. Read more

How to use your coffee maker to cook food in your dorm

Dorm life often calls for a quick meal or snack at odd hours. What can you do when it’s too late or you’re too broke to call for take-out? Cooking your own food is the answer. As a college student, you know how to get creative with time management and meeting deadlines.

There are so many foods you had no idea you could cook in your coffee maker. (Credit: Cole Saladino)

There are so many foods you had no idea you could cook in your coffee maker. (Credit: Cole Saladino)

Now I’m here to tell you that knowing how to cook with a drip coffee maker will turn out to be another one of your favorite life hacks. Read more

How to have the best Friendsgiving ever

If your plans to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family this year just haven’t worked out (or maybe you didn’t want them to work out?), then you might be contemplating a Friendsgiving.

Throw yourself an epic Friendsgiving. (Credit: somecards)

Throw yourself an epic Friendsgiving. (Credit: somecards)

Here’s how to make a Thanksgiving dinner in your dorm room that will truly celebrate the kickoff of the holiday season. Read more

Ideas for a vegetarian diet on college campus

College students can easily maintain a vegetarian diet on college campus and in dorm rooms. It’s not as difficult as you might think. Here are some ideas for finding, making and enjoying vegetarian food in and around campus.

Is a vegetarian diet right for you? (Credit: Changing Habits)

Is a vegetarian diet right for you? (Credit: Changing Habits)

Why people become vegetarian would take up a whole other blog post, but for now, if you already are vegetarian or are considering becoming one, don’t let being in college hinder you. Read more

Freshman 15 — Is it an urban myth?

I always hear about it in college, but we never discuss it. Maybe we think if we don’t say it out loud it won’t happen to us. And what is it? The dreaded “freshman 15.” It seems that sudden weight gain you can’t quite shake has always been there.

Do you think the freshman 15 is an urban myth? (Credit: Tony Champagne, The Times-Picayune)

Do you think the freshman 15 is an urban myth? (Credit: Tony Champagne, The Times-Picayune)

But believe it or not, the freshman 15 turns out to be an urban myth, according to new research out of Ohio State University. Read more