Let’s have the talk about transgender and Caitlyn Jenner

Once upon a time, few people could say they knew someone who was gay or lesbian. Fast forward to 2015—most of us have a friend or relative we know and love who identifies as lesbian, gay or bisexual. Yet transgender people have remained very misunderstood, and many institutions, such as women’s colleges have struggled with how to be inclusive.

Bruce Jenner debuts as a transgender with the new name, Caitlyn Jenner. (Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair)

Bruce Jenner debuts as a transgender with the new name, Caitlyn Jenner. (Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair)

That may be changing now that Bruce Jenner has made history by announcing his true gender identity. Now the transgender community will get another boost as Vanity Fair magazine introduces Caitlyn Jenner in a series of photos by Annie Leibovitz. Read more

Free SAT test prep for prospective college students

Prospective college students now have access to free SAT test prep classes through a partnership between the Khan Academy online educational site and the College Board, which administers the SAT college admissions test.

Free SAT test prep will help improve student academics. (Credit: Southcoast SAT Prep)

Free SAT test prep will help improve student academics. (Credit: Southcoast SAT Prep)

In an effort to improve student academics and SAT test scores, the two organizations will make SAT tutor classes available to high school students anywhere so they can be prepared for taking the SAT tests. Read more

How to fight hunger with healthy snack ideas

Healthy snack ideas—sounds like an oxymoron, right? When you want to learn how to fight hunger, you aren’t really interested in whether or not what you are eating is good for you. No, it probably goes more like this: “Self,” you say. “Self, I’m hungry. Time for a snack.”

Do you head straight to the fridge when you crave a snack? (Credit: Boldomatic.com)

Do you head straight to the fridge when you crave a snack? (Credit: Boldomatic.com)

And all you care about is that quick energy boost the vending machine provides. But it doesn’t have to be that way; you can create your own nibbles that will satisfy your cravings AND be good for you. Read more

Have you heard the best commencement speeches of 2015?

After all of the hard work and sacrifice that you’ve put in to earn your degree, there is just one more hurdle remaining – the commencement ceremony. Even the best commencement speeches can seem to go on forever. And it’s hard for the average college student to sit and listen to all the good advice being dispensed about life and career moves.

Stephen Colbert shares his commencement speech with Wake Forest University grads. (Credit: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Stephen Colbert shares his commencement speech with Wake Forest University grads. (Credit: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, some colleges have managed to snag some wise and entertaining speakers this year. So, without further ado, here are a few of the best quotes from commencement speeches in 2015. Read more

How to keep your cool and stay healthy this summer break

Summer break is a time to kick off your shoes, lie in the sun and take in as many summer drinks as you can. Just because it’s a break from studies doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise your brain cells, though.

Everyone finds a way to stay cool through the summer heat. (Credit: Bootstrap Labs)

Everyone finds a way to stay cool through the summer heat. (Credit: Bootstrap Labs)

Using your ingenuity and stuff that you have on hand can be used in affordable ways to help you stay cool and protect your skin health. Here are a few life hacks for summer including a DIY air conditioner and home remedies for bug bites. Read more

5 tips on how to make new friends on college campus

College students often want to learn how to make new friends. The best places on college campus are usually the class room, dorm room or a sports team. But don’t limit yourself.

Make a few trusted friends in college. (Credit: College in your Community)

Make a few trusted friends in college. (Credit: College in your Community)

There are many other places and ways you can be making friends in college. Don’t be afraid to make friends with people from different backgrounds, cultures and world views. Here is some advice on how to make friends in college. Read more

How to save money this Father’s Day

Dear old dad—if yours is like mine, he does so much, often without asking for a lot of attention in return. Wouldn’t it be nice if this Father’s Day you made a little effort to show him that you care?

How are you going to celebrate dad this Father's Day? (Credit: Pinterest)

How are you going to celebrate dad this Father’s Day? (Credit: Pinterest)

Don’t worry, you won’t have to break the bank if you go the DIY route and make your own gift. And wouldn’t dad approve of your effort to save money, too? Double win! Read more

10 things college students need to know

When I was in college, I learned through trial and error. “Learn from your mistakes,” is what people say. Nevertheless, I wish I had a handy list of things to know for college students so I would’ve been more prepared.

Follow our pieces of need to know college advice. (Credit: Will Bratt Counselling)

Follow our pieces of need to know college advice. (Credit: Will Bratt Counselling)

Well, here is one I made up for you. Here is some advice on various aspects of college life for academics, dorm rooms and campus life. Read more

What college students should know about mental health problems

Mental health problems can strike any one, at any time. How to cope when they do is chief among the things you need to know.

Find out how to best cope with mental health problems. (Credit: emPower)

Find out how to best cope with mental health problems. (Credit: emPower)

Equally important is seeking help from mental health professionals as needed to help you. Read more

For-profit colleges: Closures add to student debt crisis

Completing a college degree is hard enough. There are the hours of studying and the balancing act between school, job and a social life. Now add to that the chance that it all ends at the eleventh hour when your school closes its doors. That’s what happened to thousands of students attending the for-profit colleges owned by Corinthian Colleges.

Students protest amidst the student debt crisis. (Credit: Getty Images)

Students protest amidst the student debt crisis. (Credit: Getty Images)

For these students the question of student loan repayment is critical. What is worse, negotiations regarding forgiveness of their federal student aid have stalled. Here’s what college students need to know about this new wrinkle in the student loan crisis. Read more