What to know about ADHD prescriptions and college students

We’ve all thought about how great it would be to have that little extra advantage to help get ahead in school. I know I had a math class where a little leg up during tests would have been a huge help. According to a new survey, one in 10 college students are using ADHD prescriptions to help them through a study crunch.

Find out more about the misuse of ADHD prescriptions. (Credit: Sharpbrains.com)

Find out more about the misuse of ADHD prescriptions. (Credit: Sharpbrains.com)

Drug misuse or using medication without a prescription is not only illegal, but also can have damaging medical and psychological side effects. Read more

You ask, we answer: College is great, but I miss home!

Hi J,

I miss home SOOO much. Like a lot. I know Thanksgiving break is around the corner, and I’ll be there soon but it’s not soon enough. College is great and all but I want to go home. I’m talking Dorothy wanting to leave Oz bad. Except I don’t have any red shoes to take me there. It’s too far for me to go back for the weekend so I have to wait until Thanksgiving. I just want to go home.

Help,

Zuzia B.

Hi Zuzia,

Home is great and yes it’s perfectly alright to miss it. Read more

Do your sleep patterns equal a good night’s sleep? Find out here!

So how much sleep do you need? My answer would be a minimum of seven hours if you don’t want me to be cranky. But your answer of what constitutes a good night’s sleep may be more or less. I personally want to smack people who say they only need four or five hours—they have to be lying, right?

This might indicate your sleep patterns are out of whack. (Credit: Reddit)

This might indicate your sleep patterns are out of whack. (Credit: Reddit)

Our individual sleep patterns can and do vary, but the conventional wisdom for years has been that our bodies need at least eight hours. That “fact,” however, may have just been disproved by a recent sleep study. Read more

Top 5 tips for a healthy all-nighter study sesh

We all know that studying frequently throughout the semester is your best bet for getting an A in your courses, but like many college students, you’re bound to have an all-nighter study session here and there during your college career (I know I have!). Or maybe you forgot a big assignment or paper and only just saw the pop-up reminder on your phone go off. Whoops!

Whatever the reason, these nights are simply no fun and you’ll always be kicking yourself for having to do it in the first place. But if you find yourself pulling a red-eye before midterms, we’ve got the top five tips for how to study and get your work done the healthy way. Read more

Feel better with DIY home remedies for the common cold

We’ve put a man on the moon, made the Kardashians famous for practically nothing and turned our phones into mini computers, so you would think we could come up with a hard and fast cure for the common cold.

Get over the common cold with some home remedies. (Credit: someecards.com)

Get over the common cold with some home remedies. (Credit: someecards.com)

But nope, if you come down with the sniffles, you simply have to muddle on and do the best you can. But you can feel better with the following DIY home remedies. Pardon my tissues, while I go whip up some honey and echinacea tea (cough, cough). Read more

Abuse of prescription drugs by college students

Most college students know the dangers of illegal drug use and alcohol abuse on college campus. But an alarming and growing trend is abuse of prescription drugs of stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin, also known as “study drugs,” to improve memory retention and academic performance.

How big of an issue is abuse of prescription drugs in college? (Credit: NBC Right Now)

How big of an issue is abuse of prescription drugs in college? (Credit: NBC Right Now)

Instead, the dangerous side effects of abuse and chance of addiction should make college students steer clear. Read more

Ideas for a vegetarian diet on college campus

College students can easily maintain a vegetarian diet on college campus and in dorm rooms. It’s not as difficult as you might think. Here are some ideas for finding, making and enjoying vegetarian food in and around campus.

Is a vegetarian diet right for you? (Credit: Changing Habits)

Is a vegetarian diet right for you? (Credit: Changing Habits)

Why people become vegetarian would take up a whole other blog post, but for now, if you already are vegetarian or are considering becoming one, don’t let being in college hinder you. Read more

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

Grooming tips for college students

As the fall semester ramps up it isn’t long before the health and beauty routines of college students go right out the window. Who has time for proper grooming? But looking good is still going to help you make a good impression on fellow students and your professors. If you’re a natural beauty, cherish these years of youth.

Follow these easy grooming tips for college students. (Credit: That Desi Girl)

Follow these easy grooming tips for college students. (Credit: That Desi Girl)

As for the rest of us, we’ll need some life hacks on makeup ideas and other life skills. Even the guys need to learn how to groom a beard. So let’s look at some grooming tips for college students. Read more

Freshman 15 — Is it an urban myth?

I always hear about it in college, but we never discuss it. Maybe we think if we don’t say it out loud it won’t happen to us. And what is it? The dreaded “freshman 15.” It seems that sudden weight gain you can’t quite shake has always been there.

Do you think the freshman 15 is an urban myth? (Credit: Tony Champagne, The Times-Picayune)

Do you think the freshman 15 is an urban myth? (Credit: Tony Champagne, The Times-Picayune)

But believe it or not, the freshman 15 turns out to be an urban myth, according to new research out of Ohio State University. Read more