Follow charity: water throughout their September Campaign

While the Sahel may lack in having sustainable, clean water, they are certainly not lacking in sunshine. The local partners of the September Campaign are using this to their advantage by creating solar-powered systems as well as drilling wells, which will bring cool, clean water up from underground.

Read on to learn more about how charity: water is making strides to make a positive change for the citizens of the Sahel region. Continue reading

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10 tips to prevent theft in college dorms

It’s a new school year. You’ll make lots of new friends, and people will be coming in and out of dorm rooms at all hours. Theft on a college campus can be a problem when college students aren’t careful.

Prevent theft by holding onto valuable items. (Credit: Dennis Wahlman / Mainstream)

Prevent theft by holding onto valuable items. (Credit: Dennis Wahlman / Mainstream)

Don’t trust everyone and use common sense to make sure your belongings are safe and secure. Here are 10 campus safety tips to prevent theft from college dorms so you can enjoy your college life. Continue reading

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Cheap college textbooks vs. rentals up to 70% off list price

Searching for cheap college textbooks? Let me ask you something? How do you know the college student who had it last semester wasn’t an idiot? How do you know if the correct sections are highlighted? That the columns haven’t been annotated with obscure markings akin to Klingon?

Cheap textbooks are a must-have for college students. (Credit: Pixabay.com)

Cheap textbooks are a must-have for college students. (Credit: Pixabay.com)

How do you know you won’t end up with a torn-up textbook spine or pages filled with cartoon body parts that nobody wants to see! Those used college textbooks may be cheap but they aren’t always a value! Continue reading

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For one week: Buy any eChapter, get the 1st eChapter free at CengageBrain.com

Labor Day has come and gone and you STILL haven’t gotten your back-to-school supplies? It’s a good thing we don’t discriminate against those who choose to purchase their supplies until they’re more settled into the semester.

With that in mind CengageBrain.com is always here for your textbook, eBook, and rental needs. And no, just because you got a late start doesn’t mean the “good stuff” is gone. Continue reading

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Keep off the freshman 15: Eat right on campus

The freshman 15. It’s an ominous way to refer to those extra pounds you pack on as you start your college career. But no one is immune to weight gain, and it can be a challenge to eat right on campus.

Good eating habits will help keep the freshman 15 away. (Credit: Daina S Winters)

Good eating habits will help keep the freshman 15 away. (Credit: Daina S Winters)

You canand should!exercise on campus, and you can check out tips from Ginny Gaylor in “DIY workout–how to start an exercise program” or Bessie Mazur in “DIY fitness tips for college students,” both on CengageBrain, to help you get started there. For DIY tips on healthy eating and keeping off the freshman 15, check out these hints, including the benefits of dark chocolate and some quick Greek yogurt nutrition facts. Continue reading

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Use color codes to get organized for college

When the fall semester starts you have to hit the ground running as they say. Anything that can help you get organized will come in handy.

Keep yourself organized by using the color coding system. (Credit: everything-home)

Keep yourself organized by using the color coding system. (Credit: everything-home)

One way to organize your life is by using color codes in your file system, note taking and even in your closet. Let’s look at some ways that you can color code your life. Continue reading

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Low risk of ebola virus for college students says CDC

Going to college means learning all kinds of new things and meeting people from all over the world. You can meet and get to know college students from such exotic areas of the world as Europe, Asia and Africa.

The CDC has reported college students are at low risk for the ebola virus. (Credit: AP Graphics)

The CDC has reported college students are at low risk for the ebola virus. (Credit: AP Graphics)

But the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has lead to questions about the risk of exposure to the ebola virus from students who have come from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the actual risk of contracting the ebola virus is very low. Continue reading

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Tricks to wake up in the morning to make your 8 a.m. class

Summer, that glorious season when you have no classes, the sun stays up late, and you have no reason to wake up early, has come to a close. Now that you’re back on campus, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee (even if it’s just from the cafeteria).

Tricking your brain to wake up early will benefit you long term. (Credit Geoffrey Koester)

Tricking your brain to wake up early will benefit you long term. (Credit Geoffrey Koester)

If you’re having trouble adjusting your sleep cycle to your fall schedule, you may need a life hack or two to “force quit” your old, bad habits, and get yourself out of bed in the morning. Here are some tips and tricks to wake up in the morning. Continue reading

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Take 10% off print textbooks now at CengageBrain.com!

When September rolls around it typically means one thing for college students: time to go back to school! If you’re anything like me you make a to-do list of everything you need to prepare or purchase for the new school year.

The one item that is always included in that list is my college textbooks – a must-have if you enjoy excelling and learning new subjects during your college experience! With the help of CengageBrain, you can be sure you’re getting the best value for your back-to-school needs. Continue reading

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Transferring colleges—Things you need to know

Changed your mind? Switched majors? Need to cut costs? Wanted to get those entry-level courses out of the way? There are a multitude of reasons you may be thinking of transferring from a two-year to a four-year school.

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

Research based on transferring college students. (Credit: National Student Clearinghouse)

If you are still deciding whether or not switching schools is right for you, here is some insight and tips on the process of transferring colleges, as well as things you need to know as a transfer student. Continue reading

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