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

Money saving tips for college students to shop smart

Whether it’s your freshman year of college or not, you have a college dorm checklist of things you need. But you are a college student and you don’t want to spend a lot.

Shop smart by knowing the best money saving tips. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Shop smart by knowing the best money saving tips. (Credit: MemeCenter)

The trick is to shop smart and know the best money saving tips to get you the stuff you need without breaking the bank.  Read more

6 tips to be prepared for college classes

“Be prepared!” is a motto not just for Boy Scouts — or the hyenas in The Lion King. A new school year is upon us, so how will you be prepared for class?

To achieve student success, being prepared is an important step. (Credit: Laughmoreabundant)

To achieve student success, being prepared is an important step. (Credit: Laughmoreabundant)

From study tips to dorm life to student health, here are six tips for college students to be prepared for college life and achieve student success. 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

What you need to know about food allergies and campus food

Campus life is about many new experiences, and learning to prepare food and fend for yourself is a part of those experiences! If you’re part of the 75% of people who can’t digest dairy or you have gluten or soy food allergies, you need to know about campus food and your food allergies/sensitivities before your school year kicks off!

It's very important to tend to your food allergies. (Credit: cafemom.com)

It’s very important to tend to your food allergies. (Credit: cafemom.com)

What are “dairy allergies”?

There are many “hidden” dairy products in food that can make ordering in the dining hall and shopping in your campus’ convenience store a pain! Read more

How medical marijuana affects college students

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana for adults. Meanwhile, Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for adult recreational use. The rules around cannabis are definitely changing in the United States.

The rules for medical marijuana on college campuses may differ from those of the state. (Credit: Trey Sanchez)

The rules for medical marijuana on college campuses may differ from those of the state. (Credit: Trey Sanchez)

Although the legalization of pot has been big news around the country, just because pot is legal in a state, for medical purposes or recreational, doesn’t make it legal on college campuses. What is the status of medical marijuana usage on college campuses then? Read more

Freshman 15 facts for college students

Heading off to college is an exciting time for freshmen all around. You’ll be entering a new and different environment than what you were used to in high school. This can be both a good and bad thing.

There are many ways college students can combat the Freshman 15. (Credit: LTCL)

There are many ways college students can combat the Freshman 15. (Credit: LTCL)

When I was in high school, I had a very structured, consistent schedule that I maintained. College, on the other hand, was another story. I wasn’t quite as active as I was in high school, yet I still thought I could get away with eating whatever I wanted in the buffet style dining hall in my dorm – boy, was I wrong! Here’s why I’d like to share some knowledge about what you should know about the dreaded “Freshman 15.” Read more

How to survive your first week of college

Heading off to your first week of college is a crazy time. You’re excited, you’re nervous and you have no idea what to expect. But you aren’t the first to make this leap, and those college students that have come before you have some sound suggestions to help you start off your freshman year.

With a little help, you can survive your first week of college. (Credit: ULS)

With a little help, you can survive your first week of college. (Credit: ULS)

Read on for a how to guide on surviving your first week in the transition from high school and home to college and on your own. Read more

DIY Dorm room decorating ideas for college

Dorm life includes a lot of studying, partying and just plain hanging out. You need to do a lot in a small space. In order to pull off a cool dorm room you could use a few diy decorating ideas.

A few examples on how to liven up your dorm room space. (Credit: Surviving College)

A few examples on how to liven up your dorm room space. (Credit: Surviving College)

Dorms tend to be pretty small so creativity is the key to success. Let’s look at how to decorate your room for this next semester. Read more

Colleges add gender neutral bathrooms

Many colleges and universities are adding gender neutral bathrooms  also known as “all-gender,” “unisex” or “all family” bathrooms — for their LGBT and straight college students. Often, a facility that decides to add a gender neutral bathroom only has to change the sign on the door of a single-stall restroom.

Over 150 college and universities have added gender neutral bathrooms. (Credit: NYU Local)

Over 150 college and universities have added gender neutral bathrooms. (Credit: NYU Local)

There are more than 150 colleges and universities with gender neutral bathrooms including New York University, Ohio University, University of Colorado and Kent State University. Schools post notices on where gender neutral bathrooms are located around the college campus. Read more