Have you been targeted by debit card fraud?

Exacerbating the student debt crisis is debit card fraud targeted to college students. A recent federal and Illinois state ruling fined a bank and its agent $4 million for fraudulent and deceptive practices.

Beware of being a target for fraud with your credit or debit cards. (Credit: Stephanie Groves)

Beware of being a target for fraud with your credit or debit cards. (Credit: Stephanie Groves)

There are about 900 debit card partnerships between colleges and financial firms that cover about 9 million students or 42 percent of students in the United States. Here are some ways to recognize and avoid debit card fraud for students on college campus. Read more

Don’t be a slob, clean your dorm room

Cleaning college dorms is one of the least favorite chores for college students. You get flashbacks of your mom yelling, “Clean your room!” But cleaning dorm rooms can be really quick and easy if you have the right plan and know what to clean.

With a little effort, you can make your room go from unsanitary to clean. (Credit: Fuel Brand)

With a little effort, you can make your room go from unsanitary to clean. (Credit: Fuel Brand)

Dusting and vacuuming are only the beginning. I’ll share some college dorm room ideas for keeping out bugs and cleaning mildew and offer some do-it-yourself college tips you might not have thought of to keep your room germ-free and smelling fresh. Read more

8 things you need to know in college

For the newbie and the senior, college is a strange world unto itself. It’s either a playground with no rules and no parents, or it’s Life 101.

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

Whatever stage of college life you’re in, here are some need to know study tips for college, and advice for navigating the college years and coping with stress. Read more

DIY crafts for your dorm room or apartment!

If you’re like me and you like having a crafty project to keep yourself busy between semesters or on breaks, you’ll love these easy DIY crafts for your dorm room or apartment!

DIY crafts help create a more relaxing environment in your dorm room or apartment. (Credit: Margherita Massima)

DIY crafts help create a more relaxing environment in your dorm room or apartment. (Credit: Margherita Massima)

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an art major or champion with the sewing machine to tackle these crafts. You just need a few materials, some friends to join in, and a little imagination! If you’re on campus, here are some college dorm room ideas for you; and if you’re in off campus housing, this easy DIY décor might be just what you need. Read more

DIY tips for packing up your dorm room

Spring semester is winding down, and it is time to start thinking about packing up your stuff and heading home to the ‘rents for the summer. While it is probably sad enough to be leaving your friends behind and readjusting to mom and dad’s schedule and rules, packing up your dorm room is a whole other nightmare. Read on for some DIY tips for packing up your dorm room to make the transition from college to home ever-so-slightly less painful.

It's time to start packing up your dorm room for the summer. Don't forget anything! (Credit: MemeCenter)

It’s time to start packing up your dorm room for the summer. Don’t forget anything! (Credit: MemeCenter)

Top 5 Packing Tips

You’ve probably been consumed with finishing up exams, turning in those final papers and already missing your friends, so packing up your dorm room is the last thing on your mind. Read more

How socializing benefits your college life

Academics aren’t the only reason you’re at college. Your social health is another aspect of college life in addition to your studies. Student success, as well as career success, depends on learning how to socialize and how to be a responsible member of a group. Here are some tips for college students who want to get the most out of socializing in college.

Improve your socializing skills by attending dorm events. (Credit: Andy Lawson)

Improve your socializing skills by attending dorm events. (Credit: Andy Lawson)

A chance to socialize in many different groups

College is usually the first time young people are on their own without parents’ guidance or rules. Students learn to participate as a responsible member of various groups within the college environment: Read more

Make your dorm room unique with these organization and storage tips

Turn your dorm room into a unique oasis.

Turn your dorm room into a unique oasis.

Does your college dorm room resemble a disaster area? If you have trouble finding things then it’s time for some college dorm room ideas and organization tips. With a little know-how and inspiration, you can create cool dorm rooms where everything you need can be found easily. Here are a few tips and ideas on how your dorm room can be visually stunning and efficient.

Unique storage solutions

Sometimes you can get an idea from the solutions that others have found. An article for DIYNetwork.com, “13 Clever Space-Saving Solutions And Storage Ideas,” illustrated ideas for kids rooms that just might work well for your college dorm room.

Consider how you could turn these storage solutions into cool dorm rooms: Read more

Go green this Earth Day — Upcycling and DIY projects

Maybe you should take a different approach this Earth Day. (Credit: Meme Center)

Maybe you should take a different approach this Earth Day. (Credit: Meme Center)

In 1970, 20 million Americans held rallies across the country in honor of the first Earth Day. Twenty years later, the effort went global with 200 million people in 141 countries coming together to draw the international community’s attention to environmental issues. Now in its fourth decade, Earth Day is arguably bigger and more necessary than ever before. So how can college students go green on campus? From everyday ways to be more environmentally conscious to DIY projects and upcycling ideas, you can spread a little love for the planet this coming April 22.

Earth Day 2014

The theme for this year’s Earth Day celebration is Green Cities. The global organizer behind Earth Day, the Earth Day Network, launched The Green Cities Campaign in the fall of 2013 “to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint.” The initiative is focusing on three key elements—buildings, energy and transportation—and will continue into 2015. Read more

Life Hacks: Too busy not to get in shape

I get it, you’re busy, you don’t have time to work out 60 minutes a day. But are you also too busy to get sick or be laid up for a week because you pulled a muscle helping a friend move? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions then you need to read on for CengageBrain’s life hacks to get in shape.

A proper diet and exercise will help you get in shape in college. (Credit: Sally Minyard)

A proper diet and exercise will help you get in shape in college. (Credit: Sally Minyard)

Make getting in shape fun

If you really want to keep a fitness plan, you’ll want to make it fun! LifeHack.org writer Laura Potts suggests steps to help you “Spring Into Shape In Seven Fun Steps” in her March 24, 2014 post. Read more

Quick easy healthy meals to make in your dorm room

When you’re hungry, you won’t have to go out for a snack if you’ve planned ahead. You can create quick, easy, healthy meals that will satisfy your hunger and make you popular among your dorm-mates. Let’s look at a few ideas about how you can satisfy your sweet tooth, your desire to crunch and other food fetishes.

Nut butter boats are a great example of healthy meals. (Credit: Kate Morin)

Nut butter boats are a great example of healthy meals. (Credit: Kate Morin)

Fun healthy meals in a flash

Preparing good food doesn’t mean that you have to bake. Try out these peanut butter s’mores, for example. Christy Denney explained how to whip up these chocolaty treats in her July 29, 2013, post for her blog, The-Girl-Who-Ate-Everything.com. Read more