10 must-haves for your college survival kit

As you prepare to head off to college next month, you’re probably starting to wonder what in the world is essential for your college survival kit, right? No need to panic. I’ve been in your shoes before so I understand what you’re going through.

A basket of goodies that can be included in your survival kit. (Credit: Jennifer Hernandez/Pinterest)

A basket of goodies that can be included in your survival kit. (Credit: Jennifer Hernandez/Pinterest)

After looking back on the days where I lived in a dorm, I started to remember some of the items I kept in my survival kit that made life in college a little bit easier. Check out my ideas on what you should keep in your college survival kit. Read more

Medical marijuana and your college campus

One by one, states in the union are passing laws that support the usage of medical marijuana for people suffering debilitating medical conditions. Two states, Colorado, and now Washington, have even legalized the recreational usage of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older.

As more states approve of medical marijuana, it's time to learn if the law applies to you. (Credit: CNNMoney/Shutterstock)

As more states approve of medical marijuana, it’s time to learn if the law applies to you. (Credit: CNNMoney/Shutterstock)

However, because marijuana remains a Schedule 1 substance, your university (even in Colorado or Washington state) can ban possession of the drug on campus. Here’s what you need to know about medical marijuana and your college campus. Read more

10 money saving tips for college students

Handling money during college can be difficult. Some college students don’t yet have the experience to know how to handle financial situations when they’re on their own at college.

Saving money in college is a challenging, but doable, task. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Saving money in college is a challenging, but doable, task. (Credit: Randy Glasbergen)

Navigating college life finances is tough with a part-time job, classes and daily living expenses like food, utility, car and phone bills. Here are some Dos and Don’ts that will give you easy money saving tips for college students. Read more

What college students need to know about sleep

There is no denying that one of the biggest issues college students face is not getting enough sleep. What they may not know is how much it negatively impacts not just their bodies but also their brains. And as much as college students don’t mind procrastinating and pulling all-nighters, for someone that has been there and done that I can assure you it really is not the best way to go.

Sleep deprivation has risky effects college students need to be aware of. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Sleep deprivation has risky effects college students need to be aware of. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Now let’s get down to business and discuss the effects of sleep deprivation and ways to help prevent it – all I ask is that you please try not to use this article as a means to help you fall asleep. Read more

Believe it or not, back to school time is near

With Fourth of July in the rearview mirror, it is only a matter of time before you will be heading back to school. Although college students may feel like they just left the dorm and quad behind, summer’s over … almost.

Now is the time to start preparing yourself for the new school year. (Credit: Smosh)

Now is the time to start preparing yourself for the new school year. (Credit: Smosh)

You can make the transition from time off to hitting the books a bit easier with these back to school tips for college students. Read more

DIY ideas for book loving college students

Nothing beats the look, feel and smell of a real book. If you love books, then no doubt your home is chock full of the little dears. Stacked up and overflowing.

Whether you own one book or 100 books, you can still make your own DIY bookshelf. (Credit: FSG's Book Keeping)

Whether you own one book or 100 books, you can still make your own DIY bookshelf. (Credit: FSG’s Book Keeping)

Let’s look at how to make a bookshelf that will store your treasures and keep them safe. Here are a few DIY ideas for bookshelves and other things book-related. Read more

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