7 embarrassing signs you’re a college freshman

Ah, freshman year! The hassles of campus life, college dorms, coping with stress and the dreaded Freshman 15. This article will help college freshmen learn to recognize those embarrassing signs that you’re new to all this college stuff and offer tips to adjust to college life and achieve student success.

With a little help, you won't look like the typical college freshman. (Credit: Tessa Lighty, kykernel.com)

With a little help, you won’t look like the typical college freshman. (Credit: Tessa Lighty, kykernel.com)

1. You have way (WAY!) too much stuff

Don’t bring a U-Haul full of stuff for a small dorm room. Read more

Tips for making friends freshman year of college

The start of your freshman year of college is right around the corner. Bags packed? Goodbyes said? All that is left is for you to figure out how to make new friends on campus.

Finding people with similar interests is one way to make friends in college. (Credit: Quickmeme)

Finding people with similar interests is one way to make friends in college. (Credit: Quickmeme)

Making friends is an issue that everyone faces, so you aren’t in it alone, but a few DIY tips couldn’t hurt, right? Read on for insight into how to find and maintain some lasting (and quality!) college friendships. Read more

10 easy recipes for college students

Do you happen to become really, really sick of eating the same food over and over in your college dorm’s dining hall? I thought so. Yes, there is a wide range of options you can choose from, but at the end of the day, it all seems the same.

So little space, so many recipes to choose from to make in your college dorm. (Credit: Sunset Station)

So little space, so many recipes to choose from to make in your college dorm. (Credit: Sunset Station)

Maybe it’s time you come up with some food recipes that you can make on your own in your dorm room or apartment. Check out our list of delicious recipes that are sure to impress you and your friends! Read more

DIY gift ideas on a college student budget

Let’s face it; you’re a college student on a budget. You know that everyone understands, but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to still give gifts to those special people in your life that won’t break the bank? Read on for some DIY gift ideas for any occasion!

Combining simple recipes into a mason jar makes for a great gift idea. (Credit: tiffany)

Combining simple recipes into a mason jar makes for a great gift idea. (Credit: tiffany)

Let’s get organized

First, let’s round up a list of people you’d like to make these gifts for in the next two to three months or so. Don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking a year ahead. I’ve found that if I plan ahead I’m more likely to create something worth giving. Read more

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