Creative writing tips to improve academics

No matter what your major is, it might be fun to take an Intro to Creative Writing course. In addition to studying literature and Expository Writing, learning how to write and think creatively can improve all aspects of academics.

Creative writing can greatly improve one's learning skills. (Credit: garyvarvel.com)

Creative writing can greatly improve one’s learning skills. (Credit: garyvarvel.com)

When you practice creative writing exercises, you are learning problem solving and discipline. Here are some creative writing tips and methods for writing fiction. 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

Dorm life hygiene tips for good student health

Maybe you’re a slob or a neat freak, but the cramped living conditions of dorm life on a college campus make for a struggle to achieve disease-free cleanliness and good student hygiene.

Good hygiene includes doing laundry regularly. (Credit: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Thinkstock)

Good hygiene includes doing laundry regularly. (Credit: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Thinkstock)

Here are some hygiene tips for college students for personal appearance, dorm rooms and shared bathrooms. 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

Need some motivation? How to make yourself study

Having one of those days (or weeks or months) where you simply can’t seem to focus? When you need some motivation, but can’t seem to stop procrastinating, it is time to employ some DIY tips to help you knuckle down and get things done.

Follow our words of wisdom for study motivation. (Credit: Perry Binder)

Follow our words of wisdom for study motivation. (Credit: Perry Binder)

Read on for some how to make yourself study ideas that will get you whipped into a learning frenzy. Read more

Food hacks and college cafeteria survival tips

Whether you will eat just about anything or are the pickiest eater on the planet, adjusting to the college cafeteria takes some getting used to for most college students.

Learn to properly adjust your food habits in college. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Learn to properly adjust your food habits in college. (Credit: MemeCenter)

But there are some food hacks that you can use in your dorm room and in the dining hall to help you make the best of the situation. Read on for some food-related survival tips. 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

5 ideas to find the perfect holiday gift for your bae

It’s that time of year for college students to start thinking about buying their bae a holiday gift. Budgets are tight, but you want to get something special without breaking the bank.

There are many holiday gifts that don't break the bank.

There are many holiday gifts that don’t break the bank.

You could consider homemade Christmas gift ideas or store bought gifts. Either way, the point should be that you got something they will treasure. Here are five Christmas gift ideas for a girlfriend or boyfriend that say, “I thought of you!” Read more

Ask your ‘rents for these cool Christmas presents

Let’s face it, a college student budget isn’t exactly made to purchase any big ticket items. So if you’ve been longing for the perfect Christmas gift that’s too expensive for you to swing, it may be time to ask Santa, aka mom and dad.

If you want something that’s not in your budget, ask mom and dad for it for Christmas.

If you want something that’s not in your budget, ask mom and dad for it for Christmas.

College students: now is the time to give the ’rents a heads up on the cool Christmas presents you have your heart set on, but you just can’t afford on your own. Come Christmas morning, you will be happy knowing you got just what you wanted, and they will be happy knowing how much you appreciate their gift. Read more