Must haves to make your dorm room great

The dorm room is a complicated space. First of all it isn’t big. Second you have to share it with a stranger. Third, did I mention it is small? But there are some tips and tricks you can use to make the most of your space.

Before and after of a newly decorated dorm room. (Credit: Pinterest)

Before and after of a newly decorated dorm room. (Credit: Pinterest)

Starting with some life hacks to help you determine dorm room must haves and what things are better left at home. Read more

How to keep in touch with friends

The unfortunate reality in life is that you will come to a point where you are no longer minutes away from your friends. BUT DON’T WORRY! This doesn’t mean you’ll never hear or see from them again.

There are so many ways to keep in touch so you won’t miss a thing. Read more

The 8 friends you need in college

Once you start college you’ll quickly learn that your friends are your lifeline. They help you in every way whether it’s studying for an upcoming test or giving you great advice.

So here is a list of eight friends that you need in college to cover all the bases: 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

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

Funny April Fool’s pranks for college students

College students love funny April Fool’s pranks perpetrated on their friends, classmates and teachers.

April  Fool's pranks can  be fun to a certain extent. (Credit: someecards.com)

April Fool’s pranks can be fun to a certain extent. (Credit: someecards.com)

Here are some classic April Fool’s jokes that have gone viral, plus some dorm room ideas for pranks you can do yourself. Read more

Life hacks for how to sleep better in college

Want to do better in college? Would you like to feel better about yourself? How about living longer and being more creative? Of course, all of these are things college students, or anyone, are interested in. But what do they all have in common?

It is possible to sleep better despite living the life of a college student. (Credit: Brian Gordon)

It is possible to sleep better despite living the life of a college student. (Credit: Brian Gordon)

A good night’s sleep, that’s what. Achieving all those things can be easier with some life hacks for how to sleep better. Read more

Vaccinations on campus: What college students need to know

Everywhere you look you can hear someone debating the issue of vaccinations. The latest discussion surrounds the measles outbreak that started at the California Disneyland in December of last year.

There are many things you should know about vaccinations. (Credit: QuickMeme)

There are many things you should know about vaccinations. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Besides the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, there are a number of other vaccinations that, if administered appropriately, could keep you and your roommates safe and healthy. Here’s what college students need to know about vaccinations on campus. Read more

How to make a memory book for college students

Life goes by fast and it’s always nice to be able to look back at memories of the good times. You can do that with photos, souvenirs and other collectables from your trips and adventures with friends. Making memories last is fun when you get creative. The memory book is only the first step.

From a memory book to a memory scarf, there are many ways to remember the good times. (Credit: Slideshare)

From a memory book to a memory scarf, there are many ways to remember the good times. (Credit: Slideshare)

Think about a memory quilt, a memory scarf or a memory box where you can place all sorts of mementos and handmade items. Let’s look at some ideas on how to create your own lasting memories. Read more

Top 10 CengageBrain blog posts for 2014

Happy New Year! 2014 was full of a plethora of excellent and interesting blog posts for CengageBrain.

Take a look back at the year of 2014. (Credit: Time Out)

Take a look back at the year of 2014. (Credit: Time Out)

We thought we’d take a stroll down memory lane and tell you which of our blog posts were most popular for the year of 2014. Read more