See the charity: water journey through West Africa

At the beginning of the year, a team from charity: water set out on a journey to the Sahel Region of West Africa, which is known to be one of the harshest places on earth.

The team learned a compelling story from two women about how clean water has made such a difference in their lives. For up to four hours each day, women and girls collect water. Hunched over a hole in the ground they hoist buckets of contaminated water in unbearable heat – with temperatures averaging 115°. With your help and contributions via the Extra Credit program, charity: water will change that.

Charity water image

We’re excited to let you know that charity: water has launched a new Continue reading

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Social media fundraising for college students

I’m sure you’ve all seen the Ice Bucket Challenge videos that have flooded the Internet recently. While it may just seem like a fun thing to do on a hot summer day, the Ice Bucket Challenge has already raised over $62 million in fundraising efforts toward amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research.

With social media awareness, fundraising efforts have reached new levels. (Credit: For Momentum)

With social media awareness, fundraising efforts have reached new levels. (Credit: For Momentum)

Here’s what you need to know about social media fundraising for a cause, and how you can join in to help raise funds. Continue reading

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How to make your own makeup products

When your budget is tight, it’s time to make some changes in your spending habits. One way to save a few dollars is with DIY makeup ideas. Homemade beauty products can not only save money, they may be better for your skin because they don’t have harsh chemicals. And you can make as much as you need when you need it.

Supplies for mineral makeup. (Credit: Hairstyle Makeup)

Supplies for mineral makeup. (Credit: Hairstyle Makeup)

DIY cosmetics can include items like natural eye makeup and eye shadow. DIY lip gloss made from fruit juices is especially easy to whip up. Let’s take a look at a few DIY makeup ideas. Continue reading

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One week only: Take 10% off rental textbooks from CengageBrain.com

As your summer winds down, and you (hopefully!) were able to take a relaxing and fun summer vacation, CengageBrain is here to remind you that it’s time to prepare for back-to-school!

Looking for a good deal on your college textbooks? Look no further than CengageBrain.com for a solution.  Continue reading

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How to create a college budget

Mo’ money may equal mo’ problems, but if you are like most college students, you are probably finding the lack of funds to be more problematic. If you haven’t done it already, the time is right to craft a college budget—it should be high on your things-you-need-to-know how to do list.

Keeping this mentality will help you maintain your college budget. (Credit: Cheezburger.com)

Keeping this mentality will help you maintain your college budget. (Credit: Cheezburger.com)

So how to create some financial goals that will keep your bills paid and leave you a little something for fun? Read on for some advice. Continue reading

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How to win an argument

The art of persuasion is a valuable skill to have. You’re going to need it in every area of your life from personal relationships to advancing your career. Knowing how to win an argument is more than using intimidation.

How many declare victory in an argument. (Credit: LOLhome.com)

How many declare victory in an argument. (Credit: LOLhome.com)

You have to frame a valid argument, present a clear case and avoid logical fallacies that erode your credibility. Arguments that have validity are those that are logically sound and stick to the point. How can you be persuasive and win every argument? Continue reading

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7 embarrassing signs you’re a college freshman

Ah, freshman year! The hassles of campus life, college dorms, coping with stress and the dreaded Freshman 15. This article will help college freshmen learn to recognize those embarrassing signs that you’re new to all this college stuff and offer tips to adjust to college life and achieve student success.

With a little help, you won't look like the typical college freshman. (Credit: Tessa Lighty, kykernel.com)

With a little help, you won’t look like the typical college freshman. (Credit: Tessa Lighty, kykernel.com)

1. You have way (WAY!) too much stuff

Don’t bring a U-Haul full of stuff for a small dorm room. Continue reading

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Money saving tips for college students to shop smart

Whether it’s your freshman year of college or not, you have a college dorm checklist of things you need. But you are a college student and you don’t want to spend a lot.

Shop smart by knowing the best money saving tips. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Shop smart by knowing the best money saving tips. (Credit: MemeCenter)

The trick is to shop smart and know the best money saving tips to get you the stuff you need without breaking the bank.  Continue reading

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Take 10% off print textbooks for a limited time at CengageBrain.com

Have you started making a list of everything you need to accomplish before the Fall semester begins? Be sure to add CengageBrain.com to that list for all of your back-to-school needs!

If you’re anything like me, you’re better off completing each task on that list as soon as you can so you can enjoy what’s left of the summer season – despite how painful it is to remind yourself that the seasons are changing! Head on over to CengageBrain now and see how they can make your back-to-school experience a little bit easier. Continue reading

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DIY fitness tips for college students

Let’s face it, with all of the easy do-it-yourself tips available, you have no excuse not to work out. It’s time to get in shape! Here are some easy DIY fitness tips that even the busiest of college students can fit into a packed schedule!

No matter how busy college students are, there's always time for fitness. (Credit: Carrot Bowl)

No matter how busy college students are, there’s always time for fitness. (Credit: Carrot Bowl)

Make a list

Finding a workout routine that is most fun to you will help you get — and stay — motivated about working out. What do you like to do? Continue reading

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