You love receiving presents—desperately trying to unknot the bow, giving up and sliding it off the box, ripping the paper and then casting aside the lid to reveal the thoughtful treasure your loved one has imagined you would adore. But when it comes to giving presents, sometimes the challenge of finding that perfect thing (or affording it) can suck a bit of the gift-giving joy right out of the season. What’s a cash- and time-strapped college student to do? DIY presents. Yup, even if you aren’t the crafty type, you can make your own homemade holiday gifts. Read more
It’s a sellout, no matter which new video game console you’re talking about. Both the Sony Playstation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One left gamers waiting as the preorders and sales left shelves empty the week of their release, and game console sales are – for the moment – healthy. On November 17, 2013, Sony sold more than 1 million units of the Playstation 4 within 24 hours of its release. Despite a price point about $100 higher (the Xbox One is retailing for $499, while the Sony Playstation is going for $399), Microsoft’s Xbox One had similar results: in the 24 hours of its debut on November 21, the Xbox One sold more than 1 million units, and retailers were left waiting to restock their shelves. Read more
Since March, Princeton University has seen seven cases of bacterial meningitis. What’s notable about the Princeton cases is that they are the rare strain B. Meningitis, which can arise in crowded dorm rooms on college campuses. Living and eating in close proximity, such as in college dorms, help spread the disease. Here is some information on meningitis, the risks for contracting it and tips for prevention. Also ask your student health center for information.
Causes and risks of meningitis
Meningitis, the inflammation of the membranes around your brain and spinal cord, is caused by a viral infection or a bacterial infection, the latter of which is the more serious form. Read more
Your profile picture is woefully out of date. Your roommate is asleep. It’s just you and your smart phone and it’s 2 a.m., and this has to be done right now (because some things become ridiculously important at two in the morning). You need a selfie. But there’s a fine art of taking a selfie – and there are some tips and tricks that can keep you from looking like a jerk. Given the rise of Instagram selfies taken while driving (distracted driving much?) – or the Tumblr that collects selfies taken at funerals – it’s easy to get so caught up in that photo op that, rather than looking good online, you give yourself a bad reputation. Here are some tips on how to – and how not to – take a good selfie. Read more
No one likes it, but sometimes you gotta do it. Whether it is because mom and dad are coming to scope out your dorm life or because something green is growing in the tub, there comes a time when you have to tackle the mess that your living space has become. But you can make the whole task easier with some do-it-yourself speed cleaning tips that will have your room or apartment tidy and clean in no time.
Stop mess before it starts
One super easy cleaning tip? Stop the mess before it starts. So for instance if you use something, say a bowl to eat cereal, then clean it and put it away when you are done with it. Read more
College life is all about studying, meeting new people, having some fun, figuring out who you are and … recycling? Well, while how to go green on campus may not be what first springs to mind for college students, there are a lot of environmental ideas they can incorporate into their university life. Whether you consider yourself a caped crusader for the environment or not, read on for some simple ways you can make a difference to the planet without breaking the bank.
On the cheap
Think that to go green you have to spend a lot of, well, green? Not so fast. Environmental ideas for college students don’t have to deplete your bank account. Read more
Whether it’s midterms, finals or quizzes that happen in between, you need studying tips to help you reduce stress and perform at your best. Time management tips are a good place to start. Nothing brings on stress like an impending deadline or a to-do list that’s crammed with high-priority tasks. But you don’t have to suffer alone. Try a little teamwork. Interested? Read on.
How to reduce stress
Learn how to work and play well with others. That’s right. Don’t suffer alone with your deadlines and final exams. Read more
College life is about getting around. Traveling between the dorms, gym, classrooms, library, and student union can be quite far, especially if your college is large and has multiple campuses. You also want to go into town or home to see Mom. Car, bike, bike rental, public transportation, the campus shuttle and walking are all available to you. Here are some do-it-yourself tips for finding your way around.
Walk – The first choice, obviously. Although you’ll be stiff and tired the first week, you’ll get used to it. Walking everywhere will keep you in good shape and you can meet people and chat along the way.
Escorts – If you ever feel insecure walking around campus at night, ask your college if they offer police, campus security, or TAs or RAs who will accompany you. If not, get some friends to walk with you. Read more
Effective public speaking presentation is an essential lifetime skill; it isn’t just a class in college. Speaking clearly and effectively inside and outside the classroom is a valuable and essential skill. It shows that you are confident and knowledgeable about what you’re saying. It also helps you persuade your audience to take an action. Public speaking skills help you in a job interview, business meeting, networking and communicating with peers and teachers.
Why do I need public speaking skills?
Karen Burns wrote in “Why You Need to Be a Decent Public Speaker” June 9, 2010, in USNews.com: “What better way to shine at job interviews, or in staff meetings or at business luncheons than to express yourself clearly, confidently, coherently and concisely? Speaking makes you visible. Speaking makes you memorable. Speaking can even make you look smarter than you really are.” Read more
This is the season for apples, homemade breads, pumpkin pie and artisan cheese. Get them all at your local farmers’ markets, which are springing up this fall and winter to feature a bounty of foods. College life doesn’t have to be bland and full of processed foods. Good student health means plenty of fruits, vegetables and fresh whole foods. Buy some fresh veggies, bread and apple cider at the farmers’ market, bring them home to your dorm rooms and have an indoor picnic on the floor. Read more