Combating the opioid epidemic with substance-free college dorms

The recent untimely death of music icon Prince has refocused our attention on prescription painkillers. But the problem has been a growing one for sometime, even within many colleges and universities. In fact, many university campuses have been trying to help combat the opioid epidemic by offering substance-free college dorms for students struggling with addiction.

Find out how colleges are combating the opioid epidemic. (Credit: Public Health Watch)

Find out how colleges are combating the opioid epidemic. (Credit: Public Health Watch)

These so-called “sober dorms” are becoming more popular as use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription drugs have grown. Read more

9 best websites for college students

There’s so much information out there to help you with college life, dorm life and social life on your college campus. How do you know where to start? Although I always start with Facebook and Twitter, there are many websites and resources to help college students muddle through.

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Here are some tips about a few of the best websites that are useful in surviving college. Read more

Pros and cons of single-sex college

When I started applying to colleges, I never considered an all-girls school. I felt that part of becoming an adult was learning how to communicate and work with men as well as women. But there’s a lot of debate on whether a single-sex college campus actually improves academics. Here are pros and cons of single-sex education for college students.

Would you attend a single-sex college? (Credit: Skirt Collective)

Would you attend a single-sex college? (Credit: Skirt Collective)

Single-gender colleges are rare and getting rarer. Over the years, people questioned the exclusivity and relevance of single-gender colleges. Today while there are about 40 all-female colleges, there are only four all-male colleges. On co-ed campuses, there is a predominance of women—71% of women enroll in college right after high school compared with 61% men. Read more

“I have SO many photos on my phone!”… Here’s how to organize them

Organization is my thing. I love to organize. But lately I’ve been stressing about how to organize the photos on my phone. How many photos do you have on your phone? If you’re like me you don’t know for sure but it’s too many to manage.

What do you think are the best ways to store phone photos? (Credit: Gawker Media)

What do you think are the best ways to store phone photos? (Credit: Gawker Media)

I thought this might be a good time to look into getting a good photo editor and the best apps to help me be a better photo manager. Read more

Busting the myths about what you know about disabled people

The movie Me Before You has managed to tick off both film critics and members of the disabled community and for different reasons. Critics think it’s sappy. Its main character is a quadriplegic man who decides to end his life by assisted suicide. People with disabilities find the film offensive because it follows the Hollywood tradition of portraying the most negative aspects of being disabled, and suicide as its only solution.

What do you know about disabled people? (Credit: Flickr)

What do you know about disabled people? (Credit: Flickr)

Allow me now to destroy the myths about being disabled and what college students can learn about how individuals with disabilities cope with it throughout college campuses. Read more

Tips for high school students preparing for college

Know any high school students preparing for college in the fall? Are you trying to get ready to start your own grand university adventure? You may be freaking out a bit, and that’s okay.

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

I’ve got some tips to help you use this final summer at home to your advantage so college will be a breeze! Read more

What to know about vaccines for college students

Heading abroad for a summer term? If you’re traveling out of country, or just getting ready for next semester, now might be a good time to check on your immunization record. It’s important for college students to support herd immunity on campus–the more people who get vaccines, the less chance of anyone getting sick.

Are your vaccines up-to-date? (Credit: Upstream)

Are your vaccines up-to-date? (Credit: Upstream)

When you live in tight quarters like dorms, it’s really easy for colds (and more serious diseases) to spread around. If you can avoid an illness in college with a simple shot, it’s a no brainer–no one wants to spend finals week (or summer break) down with the measles. Read more

Don’t throw out that plastic bottle! Here’s how to reuse it

Do you feel guilty every time you buy a drink that comes in a plastic bottle? I do. So I decided to look for ways to recycle and reduce my plastic pollution footprint. What I found is lots of DIY ideas on how to use plastic bottles for jewelry, storage and even DIY decor.

What ways do you recycle plastic bottles? (Credit: BudgetDumpster.com)

What ways do you recycle plastic bottles? (Credit: BudgetDumpster.com)

With enough plastic bottles maybe I could even start a side business selling this stuff! But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let me show you what I found on how to be a plastic bottle recycler. Read more

Tips on how to have the best nap ever – YES!

If you haven’t heard all the noise about the benefits of napping, well … maybe you already know how to take a nap and don’t need any life hacks to help!

What helps you take the best possible nap? (Credit: Expertrain)

What helps you take the best possible nap? (Credit: Expertrain)

But if you’re as crazed and tired and overwhelmed as most college students, a few how to pointers could make all the difference for you when it comes to sneaking in those all-important naps. Read more

Is it possible to have a vegetarian diet in college?

Maybe you decided going meatless was a good idea after coming across this quote from George Bernard Shaw “Animals are my friends . . . and I don’t eat my friends.” Or maybe you simply want to learn how to be vegetarian for the health benefits. I tried going meatless myself, and it was definitely a challenge at my school, but I picked up some tips and tricks along the way.

What about a vegetarian diet appeals to you? (Credit: Kazuo Ogawa/AFLO)

What about a vegetarian diet appeals to you? (Credit: Kazuo Ogawa/AFLO)

Whatever your reason for skipping the burgers and more in college, read on for some ideas on a plant-based diet for the dining hall or your dorm room. Read more