Semester at Sea: pros and cons

Semester at Sea is a study abroad program that offers college students a trip around the world onboard a cruise ship with stops at various cities for day-long off-ship travel and learning opportunities. Run by the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE), the program is sponsored by the University of Virginia.

Find out if a semester at sea is right for you. (Credit: Carly Jurach. Property of SAS/ISE)

Find out if a semester at sea is right for you. (Credit: Carly Jurach. Property of SAS/ISE)

The sea semester programs run for the fall and spring semesters, each lasting about three months. Semester at Sea has attracted controversies in some high-profile cases of negligence and wrongful death. Here are some pros and cons of Semester at Sea. Read more

New Year resolution ideas and tips for college students

Every year it’s the same New Year resolutions: lose weight, get organized and find ways of dealing with stress. If you’re like me, you start with good intentions and as the year goes on they drop by the wayside. It may not be a lack of will power that shoots you down. Maybe it’s the way you decide on the resolution.

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

There are strategies that you can use to create more meaningful resolutions and then keep them. Let’s look at some ideas and tips on how college students can create and keep their New Year resolutions. Read more

Life hacks for cold weather on campus

Remember last year’s surprise snowmageddon? While many places were impacted, the Boston blizzard of 2015 was one for the record books. Many of my friends live in Boston, and they were snowed in for what seemed like weeks–the snow came down in February and literally didn’t finish melting until June. Cars were buried, and so were front doors.

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

Even if this year is mild, I’m preparing for the worst by making sure I have a list of life hacks to make my cold weather living easier. Whether you’re on winter break or back on campus, keep these life hacks in mind. Read more

Senior year—things you need to know before graduation

Whether you are closing in on your last semester of college, or you simply like to plan ahead, those last few months of senior year will go by fast and graduation day will be here. I just remember a blur of panic and packing and a ridiculously heavy load of classes for my already-checked-out brain.

Graduation is almost here. Are you ready for it? (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

Graduation is almost here. Are you ready for it? (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

But you can avoid all that with a list of the things you need to know before graduation. Read more

You ask, we answer: Surviving your family over winter break

Dear J,

What’s up with the third degree from my parents? I’m headed home for the winter break and I know it will be a barrage of questions from them and my other family members. My brain is fried from finals week, and I CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE QUESTIONS! What do you suggest I do?

How to deal with your family while you're home for the holidays. (Credit: wheretoget.it)

How to deal with your family while you’re home for the holidays. (Credit: wheretoget.it)

Ah, fried brain. I too suffer from the post-finals-week daze. Going home is a wonderful time and you must try to remember all of the good things you have to look forward to! Real food, naps, no homework, and did I mention real food already? Read more

What college students need to know about antibiotic resistance

At the first sign of a cold or flu, do you go and ask the health center for a z-pack antibiotic? Maybe you shouldn’t. If your ailment is caused by a virus, then an antibiotic won’t do anything for it. Antibiotics only kill bacteria. And now the bacteria are fighting back by developing into a superbug that is hard to kill.

Watch out for the dreaded antibiotic resistance. (Credit: med.uottawa.ca)

Watch out for the dreaded antibiotic resistance. (Credit: med.uottawa.ca)

Because we get so many antibiotics in our diet the bacteria that can cause so many health problems have developed antibiotic resistance. Here’s what college students need to know about antibiotic resistant bacteria. Read more

3-year degree academic option: pros and cons

I almost got a 3-year academic degree. I worked like heck for three years getting nearly all of my required courses and credits. My senior year was almost unnecessary, except for one or two courses I still needed.

Should you get a 3-year degree? (Credit: Oliver Munday)

Should you get a 3-year degree? (Credit: Oliver Munday)

Rather than assuming a 4-year degree, college students can speed up their academics and graduate in three years instead. Here are some college tips, as well as pros and cons, for a 3-year degree. Read more

Should you consider getting a job with a startup company?

If you think you have time management problems now, think about what it would be like if you decide to work for a startup company after graduation. Defined as a company with no more than 30 employees, a startup tends to require much more than a 40-hour work week.

There are many things you should know about startup companies. (Credit: YouTube)

There are many things you should know about startup companies. (Credit: YouTube)

Getting a job is one thing and keeping it is another. If you can’t commit to the lifestyle required by a lean startup company then pass them by. Here are a few more tips that college students need to know about working for a startup company. Read more

5 resources you are not taking advantage of as college students

Transitioning to college life is a blast, but it can also be overwhelming and cause stressors in your life that lead to illness, depression and other issues. There are many resources on campus to help you along the way but first you must seek them out!

Use your college resources to help you avoid stress. (Credit: College Hunks)

Use your college resources to help you avoid stress. (Credit: College Hunks)

I remember at an orientation session before my first week of Undergrad, the President of the school came on stage to get everyone hyped up about the path that lay ahead of them. Read more

Do-it-yourself job searching tips

While looking for a job, I combine the do-it-yourself approach with using search agency. With their help, I use my work experience and job searching skills to get a job interview.

Learn how to start your job search here. (Credit: LinkedIn)

Learn how to start your job search here. (Credit: LinkedIn)

Those are the first steps in starting on my career path. Here are some DIY tips for college students seeking a job. Read more