You ask, we answer: What’s with the Thanksgiving breakup?!

Hi J,

I have heard rumors about Thanksgiving break being peak breakup season but I don’t know if that’s true. I’m a little worried because my high school boyfriend and I have been trying to do long distance. It’s been hard. On top of that he said we need to talk over Thanksgiving break and we all know what that means. What now?

Noooo,

Alex A.

Notice the spike in Thanksgiving breakups? (Credit: David McCandless and Lee Byron)

Notice the spike in Thanksgiving breakups? (Credit: David McCandless and Lee Byron)

Hi Alex,

Breakups are hard, if they happen. Read more

What college students need to know about cyber security and social media

As a college student who’s used to using social media every day you may think that you know it all about being online. But there are a few things that many college students might not know. Top of the list is Internet privacy and the dangers of cyber attacks.

Learn how to protect yourself from cyber attacks. (Credit: Troll.me)

Learn how to protect yourself from cyber attacks. (Credit: Troll.me)

This issue is so important that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsors Cyber Security Awareness Month every October. Let’s look at a few of the things to think about when it comes to your online safety. 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

Things you need to know about college homecoming traditions

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and what? Who are all these old people, and why are they invading your campus before noon on a Saturday? Yes, it is time once again for college homecoming, when alumni return in droves and all manner of homecoming traditions are fondly trotted out.

Learn more about homecoming traditions. (Credit: ecseagles.us)

Learn more about homecoming traditions. (Credit: ecseagles.us)

Read on for all the things you need to know (sure wish I’d had this list in college) to either enjoy or merely survive homecoming. Read more

New Apple products: What college students should know

The release of the new Steve Jobs movie is imminent, and it has me wondering what the late founder of Apple would say about the new Apple products that have come out since his death four years ago. Tech news sites are abuzz about the new iPhone release and the latest software update for the Apple Watch OS2.

Find out more about the latest Apple products. (Credit: iphonebul.blogspot.com)

Find out more about the latest Apple products. (Credit: iphonebul.blogspot.com)

But this is Apple, so you know more is going on. Rumors abound about the company’s work on an Apple car. Do you think it is true? And would you want one? Here is the latest on what college students should know about the new products and Apple rumors. Read more

How to bust the rumor mill and detect a lie

Did you hear the story of the college student who drank too much at a party and woke up in a bathtub without his kidney? Is it true? College students encounter all sorts of rumors and stories that spread on campus. The Internet and social media have added to the power of the rumor mill.

Find out here how to detect what is or is not a rumor. (Credit: The Adult Side of Disney)

Find out here how to detect what is or is not a rumor. (Credit: The Adult Side of Disney)

Now is a good time to learn how to research the stories, rumors, viral content and news broadcasts. It’s time to bolster your “BS meter” so that you’re not scammed. Here’s a brief guide on how to bust the rumor mill. Read more

What was showcased at VidCon 2015? Find out here!

You know what a big deal digital video is. You also know how important a social platform like YouTube is to digital video. Finally, you probably know about VidCon, a conference devoted to all things digital video.

Find out what you missed at VidCon 2015. (Credit: VidCon.com)

Find out what you missed at VidCon 2015. (Credit: VidCon.com)

Odds are your parents and anyone born before the 1990s has no idea. And boy, are they missing out. But Facebook may soon be changing all of that. Read more

Best astronomy apps for stargazing over summer break

It’s summer break, and you see a flash across the sky. A shooting star! But what if you’re not satisfied with just wishing? I love being able to identify exactly what I’m looking at in the summer sky, and I’ve always wanted to catch the Perseid Meteor Shower, an annual August astronomical event, as it happens. I’m determined to make this year my year.

Use one of many astronomy apps to view astronomical events including the Perseid Meteor Shower. (Credit: Kim MyoungSung)

Use one of many astronomy apps to view astronomical events including the Perseid Meteor Shower. (Credit: Kim MyoungSung)

A few weeks ago I found out that my alma mater now has an astronomy club on campus, but without access to an observatory or even a quality telescope, I’m going to have to rely on the best astronomy apps I can find for my phone. Here’s my advice for doing some amateur astronomy over your summer break. Read more

How to keep in touch with friends

The unfortunate reality in life is that you will come to a point where you are no longer minutes away from your friends. BUT DON’T WORRY! This doesn’t mean you’ll never hear or see from them again.

There are so many ways to keep in touch so you won’t miss a thing. Read more

How to be more confident

Self esteem. Self confidence. The ideas may be almost interchangeable, but possessing these qualities is another matter altogether. No matter how confident you think someone is (or they say they are), we all have moments of doubt and wish we knew how to be more confident.

Learn how to present yourself with a cool and confident attitude. (Credit: MemeCenter.com)

Learn how to present yourself with a cool and confident attitude. (Credit: MemeCenter.com)

I’m a big fan of the “fake it till you make it” strategy, but read on for even more life hacks and lifestyle tips that can give you the boost you need. Read more