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

Dorm life: College tips for non-alcoholic party ideas

Take a break from your studies and host a party with your friends.

Take a break from your studies and host a party with your friends.

Winter is cold and boring, and cabin-fever is making you crazy. Why not throw a party? Combine that with your New Year’s Resolution to improve your student health by cutting down on the drinking and you can throw a fabulous non-alcoholic party in your dorm rooms. You could even get rid of some useless gifts you got this holiday season. Here are some tips for college parties that don’t involve alcohol.

“The problem with using drugs or drinking alcohol is the loss of control and the risk for dependence. When you drink or do drugs, you are no longer yourself. You can’t truly experience and enjoy anything while under the influence. 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

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

Gift giving ideas and money saving tips for holiday shopping on a budget

Homemade gifts are a great way to express your creative side. (Courtesy of aussiegall)

Homemade gifts are a great way to express your creative side. (Courtesy of aussiegall)

With only a few weeks of shopping days to go, you may be running out of gift giving ideas that you can afford. If your shopping list is larger than your budget, then you could use some money saving tips. It’s time to think outside the box, get creative and come up with alternatives to the usual store bought presents.

Simple gift giving ideas

There’s an old saying that goes, “KISS: Keep it simple, stupid.” Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. Just take a look at the New Mexico State University Housing and Residential Life (NMSU) Pinterest board, “Easy/Cheap Gifts for poor college students.”

On the board you’ll find links to all sorts of easy and inexpensive gifts that you can assemble yourself. Examples of gifts include: 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

DIY presents—Make your own homemade holiday gifts

Homemade gifts go over well with friends and family because they come from the heart.

Homemade gifts go over well with friends and family because they come from the heart.

You love receiving presents—desperately trying to unknot the bow, giving up and sliding it off the box, ripping the paper and then casting aside the lid to reveal the thoughtful treasure your loved one has imagined you would adore. But when it comes to giving presents, sometimes the challenge of finding that perfect thing (or affording it) can suck a bit of the gift-giving joy right out of the season. What’s a cash- and time-strapped college student to do? DIY presents. Yup, even if you aren’t the crafty type, you can make your own homemade holiday gifts. 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

Awkward family conversations and how to navigate them: GPA, love life and social life

Everyone can agree that avoiding questions from family members during the holidays is easier said than done.

Everyone can agree that avoiding questions from family members during the holidays is easier said than done.

So the holidays are around the corner and you know what that means: nosy Aunt Edna and all of your well-intentioned family members will be at the dinner table anxious to grill you about your GPA, love life and social life in college. How are your grades? Are you dating anyone? What do you do on the weekends? Some of us would like to get through college with a little privacy — thank you very much — and for those of you who are with me on this, stay tuned. Here are some tips on how to handle some common scenarios. Read more