How college students can deal with chronic depression

Even though you’re young and have your whole life ahead of you, it’s still common for college students to suffer from mild depression. It’s usually nothing to get too worried about. But when your levels of depression deepen and a few incidents turn into chronic depression, then it’s time to consider that you might have a mood disorder.

Learn how you can combat chronic depression. (Credit: Her.ie)

Learn how you can combat chronic depression. (Credit: Her.ie)

Without help, depression can turn into a serious problem. There is a lot that you can do to deal with depression and live the life that you want. Here are a few life hacks to help you conquer depression. Read more

College admissions review criminal record of applicants

How does revealing a criminal record affect prospective college students who have to provide that information on college admissions applications? The college Common Application is a website where college applicants can fill out a form that is used by 500 schools. The form gathers extensive information on applicants, including the question “Do you have a criminal record?”

How will your criminal record affect your college admissions? (Credit: Veritas Prep)

How will your criminal record affect your college admissions? (Credit: Veritas Prep)

I agree with some in the industry that filling out the question–and using it as a factor in admissions review–has become controversial and is stirring debate on the ethics of the information. Read more

Health info and the Internet—How to know if it’s valid

Want to find out what tomorrow’s temperature will be in Montserrat? Need to know the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise? Internet searches can help with any of these things you need to know. And the World Wide Web is a great resource for health info on the thousands of health care website options.

Beware of inaccurate health info that is shared through the Internet. (Credit: Photos.com)

Beware of inaccurate health info that is shared through the Internet. (Credit: Photos.com)

A recent Northwestern University study found that eight in 10 U.S. teens ages 13 to 18 use the web for answers to health questions. Are you one of them? But how to know if the facts you are finding are reliable and accurate? Read more

Let’s have the talk about transgender and Caitlyn Jenner

Once upon a time, few people could say they knew someone who was gay or lesbian. Fast forward to 2015—most of us have a friend or relative we know and love who identifies as lesbian, gay or bisexual. Yet transgender people have remained very misunderstood, and many institutions, such as women’s colleges have struggled with how to be inclusive.

Bruce Jenner debuts as a transgender with the new name, Caitlyn Jenner. (Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair)

Bruce Jenner debuts as a transgender with the new name, Caitlyn Jenner. (Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair)

That may be changing now that Bruce Jenner has made history by announcing his true gender identity. Now the transgender community will get another boost as Vanity Fair magazine introduces Caitlyn Jenner in a series of photos by Annie Leibovitz. Read more

What college students should know about mental health problems

Mental health problems can strike any one, at any time. How to cope when they do is chief among the things you need to know.

Find out how to best cope with mental health problems. (Credit: emPower)

Find out how to best cope with mental health problems. (Credit: emPower)

Equally important is seeking help from mental health professionals as needed to help you. Read more

So, you got the dreaded sunburn — here’s how to take care of your skin

Sun, sun, sun! It’s been a long, cold, dark winter, and you are ready for some fun in the sun. But before you plop into that lawn chair and lather on the baby oil, take a minute to think about summer skin care. Taking care of your skin is important for a lot of reasons—after all who wants to deal with a sunburn, skin cancer OR look 10 years older than you really are?

Find out how to avoid a sunburn this summer. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Find out how to avoid a sunburn this summer. (Credit: QuickMeme)

It doesn’t mean you have to hide inside all summer though. And should you overindulge, you will want some DIY home remedies that offer some sunburn relief. Read more

Enter Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” Video Contest!

Is it your dream to one day become an instructor? Do you ever wonder what life is like for the instructors you learn from? If so, now is your chance to reverse roles with them! This opportunity gives you a chance to make your dreams come true, along with a $1,000 grand prize scholarship, with Cengage Learning’s “Instructor for a Day” video contest.

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Through the contest, we are asking you (the students!) to submit a short video that answers the question, “How would you engage students?” if you were the instructor for a day.

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Are you willing to go makeup free?

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Amy Schumer sparked a challenge that went viral with her spoof of a One Direction rock video titled, “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup.” Schumer’s comedy show, Inside Amy Schumer, tickled funny bones and hit a nerve with a comic parody of what happens when a pretty girl removes her makeup.

Consider trying the no makeup challenge. (Credit: flickr.com)

Consider trying the no makeup challenge. (Credit: flickr.com)

We like to say that real beauty is on the inside but makeup trends rarely celebrate a makeup-free look. After Schumer’s skit aired, Twitter was flooded with postings of women, including celebrities, without makeup. Are you brave enough to go without your makeup? Read more

What you need to know about campus sexual assault

Campus sexual assault has been getting a lot of attention lately. Most rape statistics say that one in five females on campus will be assaulted sexually at some point during their college years. But the subject is not without controversy—from how accurate the numbers are, to how colleges are dealing with the problem.

Sexual assault on college campuses is more common than you think. (Credit: Old Gold & Black)

Sexual assault on college campuses is more common than you think. (Credit: Old Gold & Black)

Read on for the things you need to know about campus sexual assault. Read more

SCA approves of President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative

President Barack Obama recently announced his new initiative that provides free admission to national parks and other federal lands to America’s fourth graders and their families. “Every Kid in a Park” is being heavily applauded by members of the Student Conservation Association (SCA) because of its commitment to connect more young people with our national parks.

SCA is a fan of "Every kid in a Park." Are you? (credit: thesca.org)

SCA is a fan of “Every kid in a Park.” Are you? (credit: thesca.org)

Beginning this fall the program will go into effect, in connection with the National Park Service’s Centennial that occurs in 2016. Read more