College students, got the winter blues? Here’s what to do about SAD

If you’re like me, you find the grey days of winter a little hard to take. The lack of sunshine can make you feel as if you have some kind of mental illness. You feel depressed, low energy and scatter-brained. Others call it the winter blues, but its medical name is seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Find out what you should do if you're affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

Find out what you should do if you’re affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

It’s a real condition and there are techniques that you can use to make yourself feel better. Here’s what college students need to know about seasonal affective disorder. Read more

New Year resolution ideas and tips for college students

Every year it’s the same New Year resolutions: lose weight, get organized and find ways of dealing with stress. If you’re like me, you start with good intentions and as the year goes on they drop by the wayside. It may not be a lack of will power that shoots you down. Maybe it’s the way you decide on the resolution.

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

There are strategies that you can use to create more meaningful resolutions and then keep them. Let’s look at some ideas and tips on how college students can create and keep their New Year resolutions. Read more

Life hacks for cold weather on campus

Remember last year’s surprise snowmageddon? While many places were impacted, the Boston blizzard of 2015 was one for the record books. Many of my friends live in Boston, and they were snowed in for what seemed like weeks–the snow came down in February and literally didn’t finish melting until June. Cars were buried, and so were front doors.

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

Even if this year is mild, I’m preparing for the worst by making sure I have a list of life hacks to make my cold weather living easier. Whether you’re on winter break or back on campus, keep these life hacks in mind. Read more

Senior year—things you need to know before graduation

Whether you are closing in on your last semester of college, or you simply like to plan ahead, those last few months of senior year will go by fast and graduation day will be here. I just remember a blur of panic and packing and a ridiculously heavy load of classes for my already-checked-out brain.

Graduation is almost here. Are you ready for it? (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

Graduation is almost here. Are you ready for it? (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

But you can avoid all that with a list of the things you need to know before graduation. Read more

Cold weather DIY projects for your winter break

It may not be snowing yet–it’s going to be in the 60s all week where I live in Connecticut–but (as they say in Game of Thrones) winter is coming.

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

If you’re looking to do some cold weather DIY projects over your winter break, take a look at some of these cozy crafts that could be a help for you when you get back to dorm life next semester, especially if the campus heaters go on the fritz. Read more

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is here—Will you see it?

No, you weren’t alive when the original film hit the theaters in 1977, but unless you have been living under a rock, you know all about the original trilogy by George Lucas as well as the prequels released between 1999 and 2005. Now, from J.J. Abrams, the reboot of the beloved story is here—Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

What do you think of the new Star Wars movie? (Credit: Wikipedia)

What do you think of the new Star Wars movie? (Credit: Wikipedia)

Whether you have been counting down the days until the new movie was released or you couldn’t care less, you won’t be able to escape hearing all about it in the days and weeks ahead. Read more

You ask, we answer: Surviving your family over winter break

Dear J,

What’s up with the third degree from my parents? I’m headed home for the winter break and I know it will be a barrage of questions from them and my other family members. My brain is fried from finals week, and I CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE QUESTIONS! What do you suggest I do?

How to deal with your family while you're home for the holidays. (Credit: wheretoget.it)

How to deal with your family while you’re home for the holidays. (Credit: wheretoget.it)

Ah, fried brain. I too suffer from the post-finals-week daze. Going home is a wonderful time and you must try to remember all of the good things you have to look forward to! Real food, naps, no homework, and did I mention real food already? Read more

How to deal with bad Christmas gifts

Think you’ve gotten some bad Christmas gifts? Well, not all packages that Santa brings can be winners. I speak from experience having once received a gift of spray counter cleaner. (Was it a comment on my cleaning ability?)

Don't get stuck with bad gifts this holiday season. (Credit: We Know Memes)

Don’t get stuck with bad gifts this holiday season. (Credit: We Know Memes)

But if you have been the recipient of some unwanted gifts, you will need to be up on your returns and exchanges life hacks, as well as some other tips for turning those duds into diamonds. Read more

Ideas for holiday giving to not-for-profit charities

As a college student, I don’t have a lot of discretionary income that I can give away to charities during the holidays. But I volunteer at an animal shelter, which is my way of giving to the community. I have also bought some supplies that were tax deductible.

Learn how you can help charities in need. (Credit: Believe in Three)

Learn how you can help charities in need. (Credit: Believe in Three)

Here are some ideas for holiday giving to not-for-profit charities on how to avoid charity scams; where to give locally, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army; and how to get a tax deduction for donations. Read more

What college students need to know about antibiotic resistance

At the first sign of a cold or flu, do you go and ask the health center for a z-pack antibiotic? Maybe you shouldn’t. If your ailment is caused by a virus, then an antibiotic won’t do anything for it. Antibiotics only kill bacteria. And now the bacteria are fighting back by developing into a superbug that is hard to kill.

Watch out for the dreaded antibiotic resistance. (Credit: med.uottawa.ca)

Watch out for the dreaded antibiotic resistance. (Credit: med.uottawa.ca)

Because we get so many antibiotics in our diet the bacteria that can cause so many health problems have developed antibiotic resistance. Here’s what college students need to know about antibiotic resistant bacteria. Read more