How to survive the winter where the air hurts your face

If you’re fortunate enough to live in one of the northern states, you know what is close by in your future. No, not holiday break, though that is coming, too; winter is coming, snow is coming – and lots of it!

Surviving the winter is never an easy feat. (Credit: LOL Zombie)

Surviving the winter is never an easy feat. (Credit: LOL Zombie)

If you don’t suffer from short-term memory loss, you remember last winter’s series of polar vortexes and record-breaking snowfall. You’ll want to make sure you’re more prepared this year, so here are some of our best tips on how to survive the winter! Read more

Millennials and higher education: Influence of a generation

The Millennial generation has been categorized and labeled, sometimes with good qualities and sometimes not. But many people are studying this generation born between 1980 and 2000. Millennials have been called entitled, well educated, ambitious, confident, sheltered, diverse, team-oriented and dependent and deferent to authority.

A cartoon's take on the Millennials. (Credit: Mark Anderson)

A cartoon’s take on the Millennials. (Credit: Mark Anderson)

Millennial college students have unique educational needs and opportunities in higher education. Here are some traits, influences and obstacles for the Millennial generation. (Disclaimer: This is a broad general characterization of an entire generation, which does not take into consideration individual traits or performances.) Read more

DIY handmade holiday ornaments for college students

It may be a bit early to be thinking about Christmas. But if you’re on a budget then you can save lots of money by starting early with things to make for Thanksgiving and homemade Christmas ornaments. DIY crafts can be a great way to create unique decorations and presents for Christmas and other holidays.

Create your own handmade ornaments for the holiday season. (Credit: Michael Minars)

Create your own handmade ornaments for the holiday season. (Credit: Michael Minars)

Take for example what you can do with homemade cinnamon ornaments. They are pretty and smell good too. Here are more DIY ideas for your holiday ornaments. Read more

Winterize your car for cold weather

If you haven’t already experienced cold weather in your part of the world, it will be coming soon. Preparing your vehicle and knowing some winter weather driving tips are both college life hacks to master sooner, rather than later.

Preparing your car for the winter season is very important. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Preparing your car for the winter season is very important. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Even if you have already experienced some of Old Man Winter’s efforts, it is always good to take a moment to winterize your car. Read more

College students and flu season—How to avoid getting sick

If you are like most college students, you are spending your days worrying about exams and papers, dreaming of heading home for the holidays, and sleeping. You are not thinking about flu season. But you should be.

Avoid the flu this winter with our tips. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Avoid the flu this winter with our tips. (Credit: MemeCenter)

How to avoid getting sick and learning how to stay healthy this winter can go a long way toward making sure those exams go well, enjoying your break at home, and, of course, the continuation of all that great sleep. Read more

What you should know about Apple Pay

Apple Pay, the contactless payment system that runs on your iPhone 6, debuted on October 20, 2014. Now, barely a month old, the electronic payment system faces a challenge from a newcomer that won’t be available until spring 2015. What started this battle of payment methods is an attempt by retailers to avoid paying the processing fees for credit card transactions.

Apple Pay is a push into mobile payments. (Credit: Apple)

Apple Pay is a push into mobile payments. (Credit: Apple)

By most accounts, Apple Pay, which uses near field communication, is the superior system. That hasn’t stopped some retailers from blocking Apple Pay from its customer payment options. Read more

Gamergate and the war on women in the video game industry

The war on women isn’t just happening on a political level. We are seeing more instances of women in the video game industry being subjected to cyber harassment consisting of death threats.

Gamergate is more common for women than you think. (Credit: fpsguru.com)

Gamergate is more common for women than you think. (Credit: fpsguru.com)

One feminist media critic cancelled a scheduled speech at Utah State University after the school received an email threatening the deadliest shooting in history. Known as “Gamergate,” this form of attack is becoming all too common for women bloggers, developers, media critics and gamers. Read more

Delivering bad news: Life hacks for college students

Sooner or later it happens to all of us: delivering bad news. It may be how to tell your parents that you got a bad grade, or it may be something much worse. Regardless, it is important among life skills for college students.

Sharing bad news is never an easy task. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Sharing bad news is never an easy task. (Credit: QuickMeme)

That being said, it doesn’t mean that you have to make sharing your bad tidings any harder than necessary. There are some life hacks to make even this difficult task a little bit easier. Read more

Halloween history around the world

Why do we celebrate Halloween? Well, the candy may be one good reason. It might interest you to know that Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

There's more to Halloween than just candy. (Credit: offerpop.com)

There’s more to Halloween than just candy. (Credit: offerpop.com)

But let’s look into just how did Halloween start. Halloween traditions don’t just center on candy. You can look back to ancient Ireland for the beginning of Halloween history. Traditional Halloween ideas like handing out treats actually began as a way to ward off spirits of the dead who were believed to roam free on hallows eve. Read more

Want $100 AND a finals survival kit? Tell us why for your chance to win both!

Finals week can be an especially grueling time for college students – we know, we’ve been there! So what could possibly make this stressful time of the semester less stressful? Cold, hard cash? Snacks and writing essentials? A survival kit with BOTH?

Your finals survival kit will be a lifesaver.

Your finals survival kit will be a lifesaver.

By this point you should be saying to yourself “Hell yes!” – but if not, maybe you know someone who might be interested. Regardless, CengageBrain is offering you the chance to win one of five survival kits that will help you get through finals week – oh and a $100 Visa gift card. Read more