Life hacks for cold weather on campus

Remember last year’s surprise snowmageddon? While many places were impacted, the Boston blizzard of 2015 was one for the record books. Many of my friends live in Boston, and they were snowed in for what seemed like weeks–the snow came down in February and literally didn’t finish melting until June. Cars were buried, and so were front doors.

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

Even if this year is mild, I’m preparing for the worst by making sure I have a list of life hacks to make my cold weather living easier. Whether you’re on winter break or back on campus, keep these life hacks in mind. Read more

Senior year—things you need to know before graduation

Whether you are closing in on your last semester of college, or you simply like to plan ahead, those last few months of senior year will go by fast and graduation day will be here. I just remember a blur of panic and packing and a ridiculously heavy load of classes for my already-checked-out brain.

Graduation is almost here. Are you ready for it? (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

Graduation is almost here. Are you ready for it? (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

But you can avoid all that with a list of the things you need to know before graduation. Read more

Cold weather DIY projects for your winter break

It may not be snowing yet–it’s going to be in the 60s all week where I live in Connecticut–but (as they say in Game of Thrones) winter is coming.

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

If you’re looking to do some cold weather DIY projects over your winter break, take a look at some of these cozy crafts that could be a help for you when you get back to dorm life next semester, especially if the campus heaters go on the fritz. Read more

You ask, we answer: Surviving your family over winter break

Dear J,

What’s up with the third degree from my parents? I’m headed home for the winter break and I know it will be a barrage of questions from them and my other family members. My brain is fried from finals week, and I CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE QUESTIONS! What do you suggest I do?

How to deal with your family while you're home for the holidays. (Credit: wheretoget.it)

How to deal with your family while you’re home for the holidays. (Credit: wheretoget.it)

Ah, fried brain. I too suffer from the post-finals-week daze. Going home is a wonderful time and you must try to remember all of the good things you have to look forward to! Real food, naps, no homework, and did I mention real food already? Read more

How to deal with bad Christmas gifts

Think you’ve gotten some bad Christmas gifts? Well, not all packages that Santa brings can be winners. I speak from experience having once received a gift of spray counter cleaner. (Was it a comment on my cleaning ability?)

Don't get stuck with bad gifts this holiday season. (Credit: We Know Memes)

Don’t get stuck with bad gifts this holiday season. (Credit: We Know Memes)

But if you have been the recipient of some unwanted gifts, you will need to be up on your returns and exchanges life hacks, as well as some other tips for turning those duds into diamonds. Read more

What college students need to know about antibiotic resistance

At the first sign of a cold or flu, do you go and ask the health center for a z-pack antibiotic? Maybe you shouldn’t. If your ailment is caused by a virus, then an antibiotic won’t do anything for it. Antibiotics only kill bacteria. And now the bacteria are fighting back by developing into a superbug that is hard to kill.

Watch out for the dreaded antibiotic resistance. (Credit: med.uottawa.ca)

Watch out for the dreaded antibiotic resistance. (Credit: med.uottawa.ca)

Because we get so many antibiotics in our diet the bacteria that can cause so many health problems have developed antibiotic resistance. Here’s what college students need to know about antibiotic resistant bacteria. Read more

Getting college credits over winter break

The winter break of my sophomore year of college, I had the fantastic opportunity to get my education abroad in Venezuela. While it might be too late this year for most college students to find study abroad opportunities, there’s no need to make your winter break go to waste.

Who needs snow when you could spend winter break getting your education abroad?(Credit: Luis James)

Who needs snow when you could spend winter break getting your education abroad?(Credit: Luis James)

There are less travel-intensive ways to earn college credits–and there are other opportunities to do something productive right in your own back yard. Read more

Watch out for whooping cough, college students!

Is whooping cough contagious? Do bees fly? Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Children who are not vaccinated are susceptible to whooping cough and can be carriers of the disease to adults who may need a booster pertussis vaccine.

With a hectic college schedule, no, you definitely don't have time for whooping cough. (Credit: Memecrunch)

With a hectic college schedule, no, you definitely don’t have time for whooping cough. (Credit: Memecrunch)

College students in proximity to lots of other people are at higher risk for getting whooping cough. Here are some healthcare tips to protect yourself. Read more

Do you have a cold or flu? Things college students need to know

College campuses are like the dream environment for a cold or flu. In fact, I am pretty sure there is a sickness convention somewhere, and all the germs gather to share tips on the best places to infect people, with airplanes and colleges fighting for top honors.

Ways to tell if you have a cold or the flu. (Credit: Third Monk)

Ways to tell if you have a cold or the flu. (Credit: Third Monk)

Fighting the flu is possible, and should you succumb, there are things you need to know about the common symptoms of both and ways to feel better. Read more

College students’ DIY holiday gift guide

With all you’ve got going on, there is little time to shop for Christmas gifts. We won’t even talk about the costs. Whether it’s Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Christmas, though, it’s nice to be able to give your friends and family something special.

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

With that in mind I’ve put together a holiday gift guide of DIY Christmas gifts and homemade gifts for the season. So let’s take a look at how college students can celebrate the holidays and every holiday tradition. Read more