What you should know about hazing in college

On September 23, 2014, FoxNews.com ran a story about the new Miss America Kira Kazantsev who had been kicked out of her sorority for a hazing incident. Once considered a rite of passage, hazing stories have come under fire because of several incidents where hazing went too far and people were hurt or killed.

Hazing has come under fire for going too far. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

Hazing has come under fire for going too far. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

If you’re considering joining a membership group at your school, you might want to reconsider if the requirement for entry includes submitting yourself to hazing. Read more

How to build leadership skills in college

You may not know who I am, but one thing you should know about me is that I was extremely shy during high school. I was afraid of what people might think of me if I spoke up with my opinion, and also that I would say or ask something stupid. You might be thinking “but there’s no such thing as a stupid question,” and you’d be right. I just didn’t have the highest level of confidence to believe that.

Having confidence to speak publicly is a strong leadership skill. (Credit: SCEI.vic.edu)

Having confidence to speak publicly is a strong leadership skill. (Credit: SCEI.vic.edu)

However, as I started college I realized I was never going to move forward in a career unless I became more vocal and more confident in delegating tasks, so I did something about it. Now I am going to share some of the ways for you to develop great leadership skills. 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

Cooking for college students—quick, healthy recipes you can make

Dorm life cookingWhen it comes to food and college students, what one imagines isn’t cooking at all, but the stereotypical stacks of pizza boxes. Whether or not that imagery is accurate, your dining life on campus doesn’t have to be confined to the local delivery joint and the dining hall. Cooking for college students in not an oxymoron. In fact, there are many quick, healthy recipes that you can make (yes, you!) with just a little creativity and preparation. No, you probably won’t be trying out for Iron Chef any time soon, but cooking in college doesn’t have to be like an episode of Hell’s Kitchen either.

Dorm-based options

Depending on the age of your dorm, you may not have a private kitchen, but most offer some sort of kitchen facility in each hall. Read more

College clubs: Where to make friends and find new experiences

English: Student at Goucher College playing Hu...

Student at Goucher College playing Humans vs. Zombies

Going to college may be your first experience of living away from home and your family. Lonely? Want to know where to make friends? College clubs can be a safe haven where you can find like-minded people to hang out with and share new experiences. Campus clubs form around different interests such as a foreign language, music or a sport. There is bound to be a club to suit your interests.

Campus clubs

To find your campus clubs, go to your school’s website and look around. There will probably be a link specifically to student clubs. Once you’re there, you’ll find links to individual websites for many of the clubs. Read more

College life: How to put together a tool kit to keep you prepared for just about anything!

What Every Teacher Needs

Must-have tool kit (Photo credit: Old Shoe Woman)

If this is going to be your first time living on your own, you’ll want to have a handy tool kit that will ensure that you’re prepared for almost anything! Here are my best “go-to” tips for living on your own and making it in this crazy world as an adult.

The fix-anything kit

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on top-of-the-line tools to stash in your closet in the event that you might need to fix something someday, but a few middle-of-the-road pieces will make your life much easier — especially if your parents are hundreds of miles away. My suggestions? Read more

How to be more social: Skills for hitting the college social scene

Social adviceAre you a wallflower? Would you rather stay in and play videogames on Friday night? Do you know more about dead historians than your roommate? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you are not making the most of your college social life. One of the best things about college is the ability to meet new, diverse individuals. So get your nose out of that book and take your friend up on the offer to go out for the night. And don’t worry about acting like a fool. Just follow these tips on how to be more social, brush up on a few social skills and you will soon realize that the college social scene is pretty awesome! Read more

The big game, tailgate parties and drinking responsibly

New York Jets Tailgate Lot 5A

New York Jets Tailgate Lot 5A

Whether you’re watching the Super Bowl, school home games, or just partying in your dorm rooms, food and beverages are a part of the fun. Your Super Bowl party, tailgate party or friendly get-together in your college dorms can feature the snack staples of chips and dip as well as unique appetizers and fancy drinks. No matter where you party, remember to drink responsibly, and remember that it’s still a party even without alcohol!

Celebrate with unique appetizers

Inspired by the Super Bowl, you may now feel that every home game at your school is a chance to celebrate big. Read more

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Join CengageBrain Extra Credit and instantly receive a 10% discount code for textbooks and study guides at CengageBrain to share with your friends and classmates, but that’s not all! For every dollar that your coupon code saves, between now and June 30, 2013, CengageBrain will donate a dollar to charity, up to a total corporate donation of $100,000! Read more

College life: Keeping your balance the college way!

Balancing act

You’ll have your balancing act down in no time.

Probably the most useful thing I’ve learned in my college life is how to stay afloat while balancing school, work, personal and social life. It’s not a lesson that comes easily learned; it takes more of a trial and error approach. But if you can learn to juggle many commitments at once, you know you’ll be able to succeed in any line of work! Read more