DIY summer drinks and desserts for your next party

Summer break is about just that — taking a break to enjoy the warmer weather, the time off, and to spend time with friends and family.

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to throw a beach themed party. (Credit: Birthday Direct)

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to throw a beach themed party. (Credit: Birthday Direct)

If you’re having company, whether at a beach party, a backyard BBQ or just an on campus shindig, check out these DIY summer drinks and desserts that will please everyone! Read more

Believe it or not, back to school time is near

With Fourth of July in the rearview mirror, it is only a matter of time before you will be heading back to school. Although college students may feel like they just left the dorm and quad behind, summer’s over … almost.

Now is the time to start preparing yourself for the new school year. (Credit: Smosh)

Now is the time to start preparing yourself for the new school year. (Credit: Smosh)

You can make the transition from time off to hitting the books a bit easier with these back to school tips for college students. Read more

Top 10 summer life hacks

According to the Urban Dictionary, a life hack is “A tool or technique that makes some aspect of one’s life easier or more efficient.” Sign me up, right? And what better time than summer to make your life easier?

Summer is the perfect time to make life feel a whole lot easier. (Credit: Memes Landing)

Summer is the perfect time to make life feel a whole lot easier. (Credit: Memes Landing)

But if you have ever Googled life hack you know there is a lot of silly and just plain weird advice floating out there in the name of making your life easier. So forget the bagel carriers and get prepared for the top 10 summer life hacks. Read more

Summer music festival: What (not) to bring

It’s finally summer break and that means it’s time to start hitting the summer music festivals. So many to see and so little time! So what to bring? As any summer music festival veteran will tell you, it’s not packing light, but packing savvy that could make or break your experience.

Electrobeach Music Festival, 2013. (Credit: Ville de Barcarès)

Electrobeach Music Festival, 2013. (Credit: Ville de Barcarès)

So, before you get into your groove, follow these top tips for college students on what to bring and what to leave home to ensure a good time. Read more

Plan a staycation during your summer break

If you’re staying close to home this summer break to save money and take extra credits at the community college, you should consider planning a ‘staycation’ celebration with your buds who will also be hangin’ around.

Take some time off from your everyday life and plan a staycation with friends this summer.

Take some time off from your everyday life and plan a staycation with friends this summer.

Cindy Cesca, writer over here with CengageBrain, posted the “Top 10 staycation ideas for college students in need of R&R” last April 22, 2013. Check out her post for some new ways to enjoy your hometown. For ideas on how to throw a staycation bash that will be one for the books, read on! Read more

How you can throw the best BBQ ever

In “BBQ tips and tricksHow to plan a cookout,” Ginny Gaylor here at the CengageBrainiac blog wrote on May 20, 2013, all about how to plan your cookout. “Nothing says fun quite like firing up the grill,” she noted, before giving tips on how to be a good host and what to do to prep your grill.

Throw a summer BBQ so you can show off your grilling skills. (Credit: Kristen)

Throw a summer BBQ so you can show off your grilling skills. (Credit: Kristen)

If you need BBQ ideas on organizing a grilling event on campus, check out that article, and then return for a look at a good BBQ menu for college students, including vegetarian BBQ ideas and some tips on BBQ safety. Read more

How to repair your reputation—online and in life

swimming-catWe all have things in our past that we aren’t proud of. And if you’re just returning from that wild spring break trip, it might not be a bad idea to see what’s been posted to your social media accounts. So how to repair your reputation, in life and online, before your wayward deeds come back to haunt you? There are things you can do to clean up and fix how the world perceives you, whether it is with your friends and family, potential employers or future co-workers. Read on for ways to dispose of the things that could affect your reputation.

The fundamentals of reputation repair

You’ve done something wrong—posted a picture from a raging party you shouldn’t have, lied to someone you care about or even broken a law. There are steps you can take to repair your reputation, although you can’t erase the misdeed. Read more

DIY party ideas for St. Patrick’s Day for college students

Credit: National Library of Ireland on the Commons

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. Read more

Alternative spring break: Benefits of volunteering or planning a staycation

Volunteering while in college can be beneficial in a number of ways. (Credit: Louvonia McClain)

Volunteering while in college can be beneficial in a number of ways. (Credit: Louvonia McClain)

So you’re looking ahead to spring break, but your budget does not support one of the awesome trips some of your peers are planning. You may not wind up on sandy beaches for your spring break, but you can look into the alternative spring break (ASB) opportunities offered on campus. There are many benefits to volunteering, and an ASB could be just what you’re looking for to gain positive experience. Because many ASBs still take place abroad, and do require fundraising to participate, they may still be beyond the limits of your wallet. No worries—you can find ways to volunteer close to home, or plan staycation activities to make sure your spring break is anything but ordinary. Read more

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