College advice: 3 things to avoid

With college students beginning another (or your first) school year, everyone is filling you with their college advice and words of wisdom – mostly in the “To Do” variety.

Avoid working too hard. Find a balance between work and play. (Credit: Daily Eastern News)

Avoid working too hard. Find a balance between work and play. (Credit: Daily Eastern News)

Here is a Do Not Do (aka avoid) list that involves study habits, college roommate faux pas and college dorm avoidances. Read more

College students: DIY college survival kit ideas for every occasion

Heading off to college may be your first experience of being away from your family for an extended time. When the going gets tough, who’s going to be there to support you and soothe your hurts and fears? Well, you can do it yourself with a few handy supplies. Start now to learn how to create your own basic college survival kit.

What would you include in a college survival kit? (Credit: Alex Fahey)

What would you include in a college survival kit? (Credit: Alex Fahey)

Most college students need more than the basic kit though. How about a kit for the day after a frat party? Or when your best friend is going through a break-up? Here are a few DIY ideas on college survival kits for different occasions. Read more

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College = FREEDOM!!

Once you’re in college you’re free! Free to stay up till the break of dawn and experience new things! With freedom can come the unwanted. An extra 15 lbs., credit card debt or academic probation. But how can you enjoy the freedom without the negatives?

I have compiled five helpful CengageBrain articles to help you stay free of freedom’s negative consequences. To view the full article, click on the article title. Read more

How to make friends in college

College is a whole new world with a ton of new people! So it can be a little intimidating meeting people and trying to make friends. The thing to remember is that you are not alone! Everyone else is trying to make friends just like you!

But don’t worry, here are a few easy tips to help you get started: Read more

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