Spring break travel tips for college students—how to stay safe

By making spring break plans in advanced, you will reduce unnecessary stress.

By making spring break plans in advanced, you will reduce unnecessary stress.

Hitting the road with your best friends is a time-honored ritual, and spring break has quickly become the epitome of bonding for college students. But as important as the fun you plan to have is how to stay safe while you are relaxing and taking a break from classes. Read on for some spring break travel tips that will ensure your spring break is memorable for all the right reasons. And if you’re thinking “I know these already,” we get it. But it never hurts to be over-prepared!

Prep in advance

You don’t want to start out on your spring break journey stressed out because you aren’t prepared. A little advance thinking can save you from a major problem down the road. Read more

Ready for Valentine’s Day? Check out these DIY valentines ideas for college students

Antique sailors valentine, c. 1870. (Credit: Verne Equinox)

Antique sailors valentine, c. 1870. (Credit: Verne Equinox)

Valentine’s Day. It’s a hotly contested holiday: Is it a commercial way to exploit traditional romantic relationships? A way for florists and chocolatiers to bump up their annual sales? Or is it actually a positive celebration of romance that can expand beyond the hype and stereotype? However you celebrate – or ignore – the holiday, your friends’ feeds are sure to be flooded with news about Valentine’s Day. If you want to avoid the commercial aspects, or if you’re just in the mood to try something new and creative, check out our tips for some do it yourself college valentines ideas. Read more

What to do New Year’s Eve—things to do and fun places to go

Ring in the New Year by celebrating with your friends or family.

Ring in the New Year by celebrating with your friends or family.

It is almost that time—when the ball will drop, the horns will blow and we will all welcome in a new year. Not sure how to make the most of the ultimate party night? If you are looking for what to do New Year’s Eve, from things to do or fun places to go, read on so you can make the most of the countdown.

Where to go

If your crowd rolls with the jetsetters or you have simply decided to go all out this New Year’s Eve, you may be looking for the happening hot spot to throw down and celebrate the close of December. Read more

Aerobic exercise in dorm rooms improves student health

Get creative by using your dorm room furniture as part of your workout.

Get creative by using your dorm room furniture as part of your workout.

College life is fraught with the Freshman 15 extra pounds, all-you-can eat cafeteria food and the temptation of holiday candy and cookies. The will to exercise is low. But don’t think you have to schlep out to the gym to get a good workout. There are aerobic and resistance exercises you can do in your own dorm rooms that can build muscle and provide an effective overall workout.

Preparation and cool down

Before starting any exercise, warm up by stretching for about 5-10 minutes. Slowly get the heart rate up. Read more

How to avoid holiday weight gain

Following the simplest of steps can help one overcome the common holiday weight gain.

Following the simplest of steps can help one overcome the common holiday weight gain.

Cookies and candies and cocoa … oh my! Nothing says the holidays like the extra five pounds of eggnog and peppermint chocolates that we pack on from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Want to not have to ask Santa for the next size up in pants? Here are some tips on how to avoid holiday weight gain that won’t turn you into a Grinch this season.

What’s the harm?

Maybe you are thinking that a couple of extra pounds are a small price to pay for enjoying all the yumminess that comes with the holiday season. Read more

Successful gift giving: Avoid these top 10 worst Christmas gifts

What to do with your worst Christmas presents. (Credit: Jeff Edney)

What to do with your worst Christmas presents. (Credit: Jeff Edney)

It’s that time again. What to give Aunt Sally, Cousin Bob or your dorm roommate? They’re probably thinking exactly the same thing about you. College students are notoriously low on cash, but you shouldn’t succumb to silly or cliché gifts. With a little effort, you can discover what will make your family and friends smile when they open your gift.

First, try to find an appropriate gift

The best thing to do is to match the person with the right gift, rather than getting something useless or inappropriate. How do you find the right gift? Alan Henry in “How can I give a good gift without being cliché?” on a Lifehacker.com December 3, 2012 post suggests some harmless stalking: “Check out what they’ve said on Facebook or Twitter. Read more

Health tips for the holiday season—how to avoid getting sick

Germs are a constant threat in college settings so it's wise to make sure you're taking care of yourself.

Germs are a constant threat in college settings so it’s wise to make sure you’re taking care of yourself.

You know you need to get that flu shot. And you try to sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands regularly. But are there other things you can be doing so illness passes you by this holiday season? Read on to learn more about some health tips—from exercise to nutrition to prevention—for how to avoid getting sick this winter. 

The basics

Life in college moves pretty fast. You certainly can’t afford to miss too much class time due to illness, but you also don’t want to come down with something during your precious winter vacation. Read more

Test taking tips for final exams: How not to fail

Planning ahead for final exam prep can ease stress and help you sleep better once finals arrive.

Planning ahead for final exam prep can ease stress and help you sleep better once finals arrive.

It’s final exam time again. You know what you’re supposed to do and what you’re not supposed to do. Don’t forget your test taking tips, practice good study habits, get some sleep and exercise. If you don’t want to fail all your final exams, disappoint your parents, waste your tuition money and become a bum, here are some study tips for college and a list of what not to do.

Don’t ignore the teacher. If you find some material confusing, get a consultation from the teacher; he or she is there to help. The important information you need to understand thoroughly shouldn’t be a mystery to you at this stage. Read more

Healthy eating tips to keep a balanced diet during the holidays

Following a balanced diet during the holidays certainly helps prevent overeating. (Courtesy of Lifedics)

Following a balanced diet during the holidays certainly helps prevent overeating. (Courtesy of Lifedics)

The holidays at year’s end are the most challenging time of the year for maintaining a balanced diet. But a few healthy eating tips can go a long way in helping you to make the right food choices. It could be mom’s home cooking or your own concoction whipped up on a hot plate in your dorm room. Whatever your challenge, it’s still possible to stay healthy while enjoying the festivities of the season.

Keep a balanced diet

Traditional American Thanksgiving fare is a mixture of the healthy with the dangerous. Squash and yams are chock full of vitamins and fiber. Read more

College life on campus during Thanksgiving break

Taking part in community events is one way to spend your time over Thanksgiving break.

Taking part in community events is one way to spend your time over Thanksgiving break.

So you’re stuck on campus during the three- to five-day Thanksgiving break. What to do? You could clean your dorm room or serve Thanksgiving dinner to international students. Or you could give back to your community by volunteering your time you’ll get that warm fuzzy feeling of helping someone less fortunate and gain a better perspective on your fellow man.

Volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner. This can be on campus or in your community. Many colleges host a Thanksgiving dinner for students who stay on campus during the holiday. Volunteer to serve food or clean up afterwards. Or the local church or community center in your town might serve dinner. See if you can volunteer there. Read more