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

Colleges and universities adapt to millennial generation

As more and more students apply to colleges and universities, these institutions are adapting to the way students search for a college and to college students’ needs once they get there.

Has your college adapted well to the millennial generation? (Credit: MFE)

Has your college adapted well to the millennial generation? (Credit: MFE)

The millennial generation specifically is changing the way colleges do business and is having an effect on enrollment and on college curriculum, such as adding more online learning. Read more

How to handle a bad roommate

If you make it through college without a bad roommate horror story, count yourself lucky. My story entails a person who sublet a room from one of my apartment mates for the summer and then proceeded to steal from me—clothes, books, even a watch.

We're so sorry to hear about your roommate problems. (Credit: Reddit)

We’re so sorry to hear about your roommate problems. (Credit: Reddit)

No matter what the offensive behavior is, here are some tips that can help you learn how to handle the worst situation. Read more

You’re studying the wrong way: Here’s why

What may work for your best friend, roommate or fellow classmates may not work for you when it comes to studying. I don’t know about you, but I personally cannot study in a library! It may sound crazy, but I always become distracted – listening/singing to iTunes, chatting it up with people I know, browsing Twitter, Instagram, etc….the list goes on and on.

While I like to accompany my friends to the library, I’ve realized that I need to say “no” when the offer is extended if I want to get in an effective study session. Getting good grades in college is super important for your future so now is as good a time as any to figure out how you’re studying wrong and what you should do about it before it’s too late. Read more

DIY furniture projects and decorating ideas for college students

Whether it’s your dorm room or your first apartment you’ll want it to reflect your style. But if you’re like me, your imagination is limited by your budget. That’s where design ideas for DIY furniture projects can come in handy. With a few basic tools, supplies and plans, you can create all sorts of affordable DIY furniture projects that will make a fashion statement without straining your finances.

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Take for example pallet projects that utilize the basic wodden pallet to create all sorts of shelves, tables and chairs. Let’s take a look at what college students can do with a bit of elbow grease and ingenuity. Read more