5 simple steps for getting – and staying – organized this semester

Our lives as college students are filled with many activities – attending classes, work, homework, extracurricular activities, working out, social time with friends and (my personal favorite) getting enough sleep. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to fit everything in! One way to make sure you’re making the most out of your college experience is by keeping yourself organized with everything going on in your life. So how do you make that happen?

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One word… Digital! As in digital learning solutions. Below I’ve listed the top five ways digital learning can help you get organized and stay that way not just throughout your college career but through your whole life!
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Multitasking: pros and cons for academics

Multitasking seems to be one of those topics that everyone has an opinion about—good and bad. Studies show that college students who multitask, especially freshmen, may see adverse effects on their academics and GPA.

How good is multitasking for you? (Credit: Ally Mauro/Flickr)

How good is multitasking for you? (Credit: Ally Mauro/Flickr)

However, if you are a multitasker, you can still be a successful student. Read more

Cool cell phone cases for college students

Cell phones are not just a necessity; they are a way to express your personal style. Rather than spending money on a fancy case for your phone why not consider some DIY ideas for cool phone cases that you can make and then switch out to match your mood.

Learn how you can create your own customized cell phone case. (Credit: allwomenstalk.com)

Learn how you can create your own customized cell phone case. (Credit: allwomenstalk.com)

Here are some suggestions on how you can make your own personalized cell phone cases. Read more

Life hacks for how to find a college roommate

A big fear for incoming freshmen? How to find a roommate. There are so many questions—Are you compatible? Can you get along? Will you drive each other crazy or become besties? It can be hard to live together when you don’t know each other, but there are lots of life hacks to help you find a college roommate, including apps!

One way to know you found a good roommate. (Credit: QuickMeme)

One way to know you found a good roommate. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Even if you are assigned a roommate, like I was, these tips can help you learn more about each other before you are sharing an 8×8 cinderblock cube. Read more

What college students should know about e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes or e-cigs, simulate the act of smoking tobacco by producing a flavored vapor that has the look and feel of tobacco smoke. Many college students and adolescents are choosing e-cigarettes thinking that they are safer than tobacco. But that is not the case.

There are many facts you should know about e-cigarettes. (Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

There are many facts you should know about e-cigarettes. (Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

As a nicotine delivery system, e-cigarettes have fewer toxic chemicals than burning tobacco, but there are still e-cig health risks. Here is some stuff you should know about e-cigarettes. Read more

Dorm room ideas—decorating on the cheap

It’s almost time to pack it up and return to the dorm! Whether you are just starting college or an old pro at small space living, everyone could stand to learn a bit more about decorating on the cheap.

Follow our simple tricks for dorm room decorating. (Credit: GradGuard)

Follow our simple tricks for dorm room decorating. (Credit: GradGuard)

I’ve compiled some great dorm room ideas to help you make those cinder block walls a bit more cozy and inviting. Read more

Off college campus and best study abroad programs

College students can improve their college GPA and academic profile by participating in some of the best study abroad programs, off-campus study or summer abroad opportunities.

Learn more about study abroad opportunities. (Credit: SLU.edu)

Learn more about study abroad opportunities. (Credit: SLU.edu)

Getting off the college campus for part of your education is an opportunity for growth, responsibility and maturity. Read more

4 ways college students can overcome shyness

College students are often too shy and may have trouble dealing with anxiety on college campus. Not only are we away from home and familiar surroundings, but we’ve been plunked into a sea of strange faces.

Overcome your shyness with our tips. (Credit: The NOOK Blog)

Overcome your shyness with our tips. (Credit: The NOOK Blog)

Public speaking and making friends can be difficult. That’s why it’s important to learn how to overcome shyness and speak up in a crowd. Read more

10 awesome 4th of July party food ideas

Whether you’ll be hanging with friends or family for the 4th of July, there’s bound to be lots of delicious foods to munch on. You might be thinking “Oh, I can’t cook to save my life” – that’s why we’re here to help you!

What are some of your favorite 4th of July themed foods? (Credit: Fun Cheap SF)

What are some of your favorite 4th of July themed foods? (Credit: Fun Cheap SF)

From beginner to advanced, there are lots and lots of fun 4th of July themed recipes you can impress the people around you with. Here we offer you 10 food ideas to make for your upcoming 4th of July party. Read more

A cheat sheet for paying for college without going broke

I get a reminder of college every month when I submit my student loan payment. Paying for college without going broke is on the minds of most college-bound students these days.

Paying for college doesn't have to break the bank. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Paying for college doesn’t have to break the bank. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Even if you have already secured your financial aid package, you may still be on the lookout for ways to make your college tuition more affordable. Here’s a cheat sheet with some tips and tricks to stretch your higher education dollars. Read more