Dorm room ideas—decorating on the cheap

It’s almost time to pack it up and return to the dorm! Whether you are just starting college or an old pro at small space living, everyone could stand to learn a bit more about decorating on the cheap.

Follow our simple tricks for dorm room decorating. (Credit: GradGuard)

Follow our simple tricks for dorm room decorating. (Credit: GradGuard)

I’ve compiled some great dorm room ideas to help you make those cinder block walls a bit more cozy and inviting. Read more

Off college campus and best study abroad programs

College students can improve their college GPA and academic profile by participating in some of the best study abroad programs, off-campus study or summer abroad opportunities.

Learn more about study abroad opportunities. (Credit: SLU.edu)

Learn more about study abroad opportunities. (Credit: SLU.edu)

Getting off the college campus for part of your education is an opportunity for growth, responsibility and maturity. Read more

4 ways college students can overcome shyness

College students are often too shy and may have trouble dealing with anxiety on college campus. Not only are we away from home and familiar surroundings, but we’ve been plunked into a sea of strange faces.

Overcome your shyness with our tips. (Credit: The NOOK Blog)

Overcome your shyness with our tips. (Credit: The NOOK Blog)

Public speaking and making friends can be difficult. That’s why it’s important to learn how to overcome shyness and speak up in a crowd. Read more

A cheat sheet for paying for college without going broke

I get a reminder of college every month when I submit my student loan payment. Paying for college without going broke is on the minds of most college-bound students these days.

Paying for college doesn't have to break the bank. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Paying for college doesn’t have to break the bank. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Even if you have already secured your financial aid package, you may still be on the lookout for ways to make your college tuition more affordable. Here’s a cheat sheet with some tips and tricks to stretch your higher education dollars. Read more

Improve college GPA with a love of learning

One of my professors told our class that our bodies might have been physically present in the classroom, but if our hearts and minds were on vacation, no amount of his teaching was going to get through to us. He was right.

Develop a love of learning to improve your academics. (Credit: Love to learn)

Develop a love of learning to improve your academics. (Credit: Love to learn)

We have to want to learn, want to work hard and want to excel. College students need to make learning fun in the classroom and on college campus, which is key to improve academics and boost college GPA. Read more

Useful apps offer college students ways to save money

Are you always looking for ways to save money? If not, just look at your current student loan debt for inspiration. Saving money is like planting a tree. From little acorns do big trees grow. Start with small amounts put aside on a regular basis and before you know it you’ll have a nest egg.

There are many money saving apps to choose from. (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

There are many money saving apps to choose from. (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

Need more help? Try some useful apps that you can use wherever you go. Here is a list of money saving apps to help you stay on track with your savings plan. Read more

How to stay cool in the hot weather

Want some great tips on how to beat the summer heat? When the hot weather descends, I often get wiped out and feel like any activity is completely miserable.

Find different ways to stay cool on warm summer days. (Credit: Degrees Ahead)

Find different ways to stay cool on warm summer days. (Credit: Degrees Ahead)

But I’ve found a few great life hacks to help me stay cool, no matter how high the temperatures climb. Read more

Tips for how to make a college schedule

College dorm life, academics and social life collide for college students, so it’s often difficult to keep it all organized. Unless you lived at a boarding school during high school, coming to college and living on campus is going to be a big change for you.

A simple way to organize your schedule. (Credit: Preppy Premed)

A simple way to organize your schedule. (Credit: Preppy Premed)

Here are some tips on how to make a college schedule to keep your college life structured and easy to keep track of. There are several college apps that can help. Read more

Importance of ethnic diversity on college campus

Cultural and ethnic diversity on college campus provides college students a range of viewpoints and experiences from which to shape their academic and social lives.

Learn more about ethnic diversity on campus. (Credit: Columbia College Chicago)

Learn more about ethnic diversity on campus. (Credit: Columbia College Chicago)

More and more colleges are striving to provide cultural diversity not only in their student body, but also faculty and staff and college admissions. Read more

How to pick a college major

Your college worries probably follow this pattern: Worry No. 1—What school will I get into? Worry No. 2—How will I pay for college once I get in? Worry No. 3—How to pick a college major, aka “What do I want to do with the rest of my life?”

Having trouble deciding on a college major? (Credit: Lifehacker)

Having trouble deciding on a college major? (Credit: Lifehacker)

If you have progressed through stages 1 and 2, congrats! Now onto some life hacks to help you crush No. 3! Read more