Easy travel hacks for college students

As the semester draws to a close, your mind naturally turns toward winter break and traveling home or other trips. With a little digging you can find easy travel hacks that will make your journey more enjoyable and less stressful.

Be prepared to travel with our best tips. (Credit: btitravel.com)

Be prepared to travel with our best tips. (Credit: btitravel.com)

With only a few weeks between semesters, it will take some planning and thought to ensure that your winter break is the best it can be. Let’s look at a few life hacks for winter travelers. Read more

Ask your ‘rents for these cool Christmas presents

Let’s face it, a college student budget isn’t exactly made to purchase any big ticket items. So if you’ve been longing for the perfect Christmas gift that’s too expensive for you to swing, it may be time to ask Santa, aka mom and dad.

If you want something that’s not in your budget, ask mom and dad for it for Christmas.

If you want something that’s not in your budget, ask mom and dad for it for Christmas.

College students: now is the time to give the ’rents a heads up on the cool Christmas presents you have your heart set on, but you just can’t afford on your own. Come Christmas morning, you will be happy knowing you got just what you wanted, and they will be happy knowing how much you appreciate their gift. Read more

Low risk of ebola virus for college students says CDC

Going to college means learning all kinds of new things and meeting people from all over the world. You can meet and get to know college students from such exotic areas of the world as Europe, Asia and Africa.

The CDC has reported college students are at low risk for the ebola virus. (Credit: AP Graphics)

The CDC has reported college students are at low risk for the ebola virus. (Credit: AP Graphics)

But the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has lead to questions about the risk of exposure to the ebola virus from students who have come from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the actual risk of contracting the ebola virus is very low. Read more

How to identify your career path

I like to grow flowers and plants, should I major in horticulture and make it my career? I tinker on my dad’s car, should I study mechanical engineering and design cars for a living? There are many questions college students ask themselves about the direction of their career path.

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Consult a mentor or guidance counselor for the job requirements needed for your chosen field. Here is some advice about identifying your dream career and targeting your academics and college major to get where you want to go. 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

Why college students should keep a journal while studying abroad

Keeping a journal while studying abroad is a great way to reminisce on your adventures. (Credit: Government of Thailand)

Keeping a journal while studying abroad is a great way to reminisce on your adventures. (Credit: Government of Thailand)

Ready for your semester away, and prepared for traveling abroad? In Ginny Gaylor’s January 10, 2014 post on Cengage Brain, she offered “Tips for traveling abroad—how to blend in,” so you know some of the dos and don’ts of foreign study. While you’re away, it’s a good idea to keep track of your experiences by writing a travel blog or diary. You may not expect to go into travel journalism after college, but there are plenty of reasons why you should keep a journal. Read on for some tips on recording your study abroad experience and some travel journal apps that will help you on the go.

Keeping a travel journal

Journaling may be a requirement of your study abroad program. It might be part of your grade. Or it may just be a way to keep memories of your experience for posterity. Lynn Hausman, a peer mentor for Academic Programs International (API), wrote her laments about not keeping a better journal during her time in Seville, Spain. In “Study abroad reflections – why you should keep a journal abroad,” posted on the API Blog March 1, 2011, Hausman wrote of her earnest intentions to record everything, and the way her efforts dropped off in her experience. Read more

Tips for traveling abroad—how to blend in.

By taking in the culture, you'll look less like a tourist when studying abroad.

By taking in the culture, you’ll look less like a tourist when studying abroad.

You’ve signed up for foreign study. While you are traveling abroad to broaden your experiences and learn, you also don’t want to stand out as a tourist. After all, part of the experience is the immersion into another culture. The more you look like you belong, the more you will probably get from the experience. So how to blend in and not scream to everyone within eyesight that you’re a tourist? Here are some tips on what to pack and how to act so you won’t get noticed.

Appearances matter

First things first—if you are walking around in a NY Yankees T-shirt and sneakers with a fanny pack on and clutching a camera, you will instantly be pegged as an American tourist. Avoid this trap by thinking ahead when you pack. James Feess blogs at The Savvy Backpacker with his suggestions in his August 4, 2013 post “Women’s European Fashion—Tips for Dressing like an European” and for guys, his August 5, 2013 post, “Fashion Advice: How to Avoid Looking Like An American Tourist in Europe.” Read more

Thanksgiving dinner on campus for international students

Credit: Michelle S. Kim, University Communications at UCIrvine

Credit: Michelle S. Kim, University Communications at UCIrvine

The Thanksgiving holiday is coming up soon. Classes get out, vacation week starts and everyone packs up to go home. But international students and those who live far away might not be able to travel home over the break. No fear. College life doesn’t end with the holiday. There are many ways to have a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner in the company of others: attend a campus sponsored dinner, visit a local family, cook dinner in your dorm rooms or make a restaurant reservation. Read more

Vacation packing list — Top tips on what to pack and what to cut

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Summer vacation is as much a part of college life as the classes. Think warms sands at a beach, a hike in the mountains, or an adventure in a far-off land. Pack a good book, some music and a bottle of water, and that should do it. Well, you’ll need to think beyond the immediate needs of a relaxing vacation. Ask yourself: what are my activities, where will I be going, what will I be doing in the evening as well as in the daytime, am I prepared for an emergency? These are all important considerations when you create your vacation packing list. Read more

Packing tips if you are studying abroad

packing for a tripA semester or year abroad can be some pretty exciting stuff—new places, new faces and a chance to explore the world. But then you have to start thinking about what to take with you. Studying abroad should be about new experiences and learning new things, not about lugging everything you own along for the ride. Read on for some packing tips on what to take and what to leave behind. Read more