Snow day? Here are some fun winter activities!

The gods have smiled on you, and classes are cancelled for a snow day. Whatever will you do with this bounty? What winter activities will you engage in? A cozy day beneath your fave blankie bingeing on Netflix? Perhaps you feel the call of the great outdoors.

How do you like to spend your snow day? (Credit: Meme Generator)

How do you like to spend your snow day? (Credit: Meme Generator)

You could make a homemade sled or test out some fun snow recipes, both great ideas to get back in touch with your inner 10-year-old. Whatever you decide, a snow day is like a get out of jail free card — don’t waste it! Read more

What you need to know about choosing classes in college

It can seem like a no brainer—choosing classes in college is about what will raise your GPA, right? Well sort of. I know it can be tempting to go for the class that will guarantee the easy A, but is that really what is best for your future plans, whether that’s a career or grad school?

How do you go about choosing classes in college? (Credit: Lifehacker)

How do you go about choosing classes in college? (Credit: Lifehacker)

You may actually be hurting yourself in the long run by trying to take the easy way out. Here are the things you need to know about what will really help your GPA. Read more

Avoid all-nighters and study without a coffee IV

I know what you’re thinking, and no, I swear it’s not impossible to skip the all-nighters when studying for upcoming exams! Sure, we can’t add hours to our day to allow us more time to study – that just means we have to make the most of the time we do have to prepare!

Find out how to keep yourself from all-nighters and coffee IVs. (Credit: Pinterest)

Find out how to keep yourself from all-nighters and coffee IVs. (Credit: Pinterest)

Here we tell you why you should resist all-nighters and what other options you have for studying. You can even leave your coffee IV in the dust! Read more

9 do’s and don’ts for getting focused second semester

I have the hardest time getting focused after the holidays. Whatever promises I’ve made myself while I’m on vacation are much harder to put into practice once I’m back at my desk! This is doubly true for college students who have a long holiday between first and second semester–and it can be really rough if your first semester wasn’t your best.

What helps you get focused? (Credit: Happiness Weekly)

What helps you get focused? (Credit: Happiness Weekly)

Need some life hacks to get focused, get organized, and improve productivity for your classes? Check out these do’s and don’ts on how to make your second semester better than your first. Read more

You ask, we answer: To drop, or not to drop?

Dear J,

I have this class that I HATE and want to drop, but it’s past the drop date! Should I drop it anyways and lose out on the credit and not get my money back? I don’t think I can pass this class and the professor is very demanding. I feel like I don’t have time for this but I don’t want to lose the money or set myself back!

Almost enough to make you want to drop your class. (Credit: MemesHappen)

Almost enough to make you want to drop your class. (Credit: MemesHappen)

You need a pros and cons list! You also need to prioritize your expectations. How important is your GPA to you? Read more

Tips to declutter your desk for second semester

Confession time: my desk is a mess. I have clutter all over it: unopened mail, a pile of CD-Rs, books from my TBR pile, two-pound-weights for a little between-assignments forearm exercise, a pair of swimming goggles (which I’m not sure are even mine…). Anyway. It isn’t always like this, but right now? My desk is covered in chaos and desperately needs to declutter.

It might be time for you to declutter your desk. (Credit: Love Laughter Insanity)

It might be time for you to declutter your desk. (Credit: Love Laughter Insanity)

January is a great time to start new trends–especially being college students headed for your soon-to-start second semester–so I decided I’d get some tips on how to organize this mess and unearth my desk before it’s too late. Here’s what I’ve found out; maybe something in here will help you find a clear desk surface, too! Read more

Alan Rickman wants you to give back and here’s how

British actor Alan Rickman who portrayed Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films, died last Thursday, January 14, 2016, after an 18-month battle with cancer. One of his last projects was a video with college students that he hoped would go viral and raise money for the refugee crisis.

Find out ways you can give back. (Credit: Keep Calm-O-Matic)

Find out ways you can give back. (Credit: Keep Calm-O-Matic)

Let Rickman’s legacy inspire you to find ways to give back to the community. Read more

Outwit your roommate: Snag the best study spot on campus

Finding the best study spot on campus should be one of your top priorities going into each semester. That way, when you’re struggling to study in your dorm while your roommate blasts their music (unless of course you focus better with a little noise) you can get the heck out and know exactly where to go.

Here we offer some ideas on where you should study – and we don’t recommend you tell anyone about them. [Hint: Areas where WiFi is available] Read more

5 college tips to adjust to college life

Campus life and dorm life can be difficult to adjust to. This isn’t high school any more.

Follow our tips on how to adjust to college. (Credit: Achieve Change Grow)

Follow our tips on how to adjust to college. (Credit: Achieve Change Grow)

Here is some college freshman advice and tips for all college students who want to thrive in or adjust to college life. Read more

You ask, we answer: Sweat pants > Motivation

Dear J,

This semester has come too quickly. I have zero motivation to do anything. I want to wear sweat pants to school and get by with whatever I can do to simply pass. I know that sounds bad but I’m just so burnt out! Winter sucks pretty much and New Year’s resolutions are dead! UUGH! Why do I feel this way and what can I do?!

I hear you! It’s 10 degrees outside and every day is a struggle when you’re waking up in the dark. I think the most important thing to remember is that you are doing this for a reason! Read more