Don’t be a slob, clean your dorm room

Cleaning college dorms is one of the least favorite chores for college students. You get flashbacks of your mom yelling, “Clean your room!” But cleaning dorm rooms can be really quick and easy if you have the right plan and know what to clean.

With a little effort, you can make your room go from unsanitary to clean. (Credit: Fuel Brand)

With a little effort, you can make your room go from unsanitary to clean. (Credit: Fuel Brand)

Dusting and vacuuming are only the beginning. I’ll share some college dorm room ideas for keeping out bugs and cleaning mildew and offer some do-it-yourself college tips you might not have thought of to keep your room germ-free and smelling fresh. Read more

How to deal with grief after losing a loved one

When a friend faces the loss of a loved one, it’s hard to find the right words to help them deal with their sense of grief and loss. The truth is that there is nothing that you can say to make it better but there are plenty of things that could make them feel worse.

The Texas A&M-Commerce community display grief as they come together to mourn the loss of two star players on the school’s women’s basketball team. (Credit: Steve Harvey)

The Texas A&M-Commerce community display grief as they come together to mourn the loss of two star players on the school’s women’s basketball team. (Credit: Steve Harvey)

You may have heard about the 5 stages of grief. Well, they are real and everyone goes through them; not in the same order or for a set period of time. Each person’s grief process is unique to them. Read more

8 things you need to know in college

For the newbie and the senior, college is a strange world unto itself. It’s either a playground with no rules and no parents, or it’s Life 101.

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

Whatever stage of college life you’re in, here are some need to know study tips for college, and advice for navigating the college years and coping with stress. Read more

How socializing benefits your college life

Academics aren’t the only reason you’re at college. Your social health is another aspect of college life in addition to your studies. Student success, as well as career success, depends on learning how to socialize and how to be a responsible member of a group. Here are some tips for college students who want to get the most out of socializing in college.

Improve your socializing skills by attending dorm events. (Credit: Andy Lawson)

Improve your socializing skills by attending dorm events. (Credit: Andy Lawson)

A chance to socialize in many different groups

College is usually the first time young people are on their own without parents’ guidance or rules. Students learn to participate as a responsible member of various groups within the college environment: Read more

4 things college students need to know while still in college

College life is full of hopes and dreams… and misconceptions. There are some things to expect in campus life and some big surprises. Besides getting an education, you learn to live on your own, make your own decisions, get an internship in a field you enjoy, etc. For your academic and emotional health—as well as student success—here are four (out of many!) things you need to know while you’re still in college.

Step out of your comfort zone and follow our need to know tips. (Credit: glennstarkey.net)

Step out of your comfort zone and follow our need to know tips. (Credit: glennstarkey.net)

Need to know #1: There are no critical periods

In “10 things I wish somebody had told me about college before it was over,” posted on Huffington Post February 20, 2014, Michael Restiano at Tufts University said, “It’s dangerously easy to divide your collegiate life into a set of critical periods. Read more

Life Hacks: Too busy not to get in shape

I get it, you’re busy, you don’t have time to work out 60 minutes a day. But are you also too busy to get sick or be laid up for a week because you pulled a muscle helping a friend move? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions then you need to read on for CengageBrain’s life hacks to get in shape.

A proper diet and exercise will help you get in shape in college. (Credit: Sally Minyard)

A proper diet and exercise will help you get in shape in college. (Credit: Sally Minyard)

Make getting in shape fun

If you really want to keep a fitness plan, you’ll want to make it fun! LifeHack.org writer Laura Potts suggests steps to help you “Spring Into Shape In Seven Fun Steps” in her March 24, 2014 post. Read more

Do-it-yourself green cleaning tips for college dorms

Get creative with our DIY green cleaning tips.

Get creative with our DIY green cleaning tips.

College students – you don’t need expensive cleaning products and insect repellent for your dorm rooms. And you don’t need to jeopardize student health with many toxic ingredients found in traditional cleansers. Instead, you can make your own green cleaning solutions out of safe ingredients for an environmentally friendly clean. Here are some do-it-yourself tips for college dorms.

Hazardous chemicals

“Cleaning products are bad for your health and bad for the environment! The formaldehyde used in many household & personal cleaners can lead to respiratory issues, heart palpations and even cause skin irritations,” according to “Green Your Dorm Room,” from Bentley University in Massachusetts. In addition, household cleaners and laundry soap have phosphates that get into rivers and lakes, cause rapid growth of algae, pollute natural settings and cause damage to wildlife. Read more

College student health services get boost from health marketplace: Last call for buying insurance

The signatures of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on the health insurance reform bill. (Credit: Chuck Kennedy)

The signatures of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on the health insurance reform bill. (Credit: Chuck Kennedy)

On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Vice President Joe Biden appeared on the television show, The View. His appearance on the popular talk show centered in part on voicing a last call to sign up for health insurance in the health care Marketplace. If you don’t have health coverage through your student health services then you may be interested in learning what the health care Marketplace, also known as exchanges, can offer you. The health care insurance exchanges were created through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also known as Obamacare.

Healthcare.gov

Your starting point for obtaining health insurance begins at Healthcare.gov, the website Marketplace where you can shop for affordable health insurance. Read more

DIY tips for keeping food fresh in dorm rooms

Keep your dorm room properly stocked with healthy food to help avoid weight gain.

Keep your dorm room properly stocked with healthy food to help avoid weight gain.

Many factors of college life conspire to make eating in college dorms a whole lot nastier than eating Mom’s pot roast. Too many fatty foods, costly fresh fruits and vegetables, crazy work and study hours, difficulty storing and cooking good food, and the dreaded weight gain. Food can easily get stale and who really knows whether apples should go in the fridge or on the shelf. Here are some food storage do-it-yourself dorm tips for college students.

Think smart when snacking. “Do the exact opposite of what I did,” says Corrine Fischer, Registered Dietician, in “20 Quick & Healthy College Snacks + Free Download” posted August 12, 2013 on Keep Your Diet Real. “As a college freshman, my dorm room was always stocked with lots and lots of cheap refined carbs…crackers, cookies, ramen noodles, pizza, cereal, granola bars, chips, etc. Don’t do that. Read more

Student health for college students: Surgeon general’s report hits 50

While less people smoke now than in 1964, more work still needs to be done to reduce tobacco use.

While less people smoke now than in 1964, more work still needs to be done to reduce tobacco use.

This week marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Surgeon General’s landmark report announcing that smoking cigarettes causes serious diseases. Recent Surgeon General Regina Benjamin hosted a summit of former Surgeons General at Xavier University in New Orleans to discuss the leading cause of preventable death—smoking—and ways to keep young people from getting addicted. The topic is urgent as an overwhelming majority of smokers begin before the age of 25. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden wrote in Journal of the American Medical Association article “Tobacco control progress and potential”: “Tobacco is, quite simply, in a league of its own in terms of the sheer numbers and varieties of ways it kills and maims people.”

50 years ago

Believe it or not, there was actually a time when physicians recommended that people take up smoking to calm their nerves. Read more