8 things you need to know in college

For the newbie and the senior, college is a strange world unto itself. It’s either a playground with no rules and no parents, or it’s Life 101.

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

There are many things you need to know before and during college. (Credit: StudentStuff)

Whatever stage of college life you’re in, here are some need to know study tips for college, and advice for navigating the college years and coping with stress. Continue reading

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What does it take to create a cool website?

Everyone is on the web so why not you? Sites are easy to create if you have a little talent. You can establish your web presence with a cool website and share your thoughts and talents with the world.

Create your own website to show off your skills and talents to employers. (Credit: webpacificit.com)

Create your own website to show off your skills and talents to employers. (Credit: webpacificit.com)

All you need is a few tools and some spare time. Let’s take a look at some of the tools and resources that you can use to put yourself online. Continue reading

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Are robots taking over the world?

Does the prospect of robots becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives excite or terrify you? Whichever side you come down on, the time to prepare for what’s next with upcoming scientific advances, from personal robots to even robotic humans, is now.

Watson, one of many robots, faces its human rivals in a practice round. (Credit: Jeopardy / IBM)

Watson, one of many robots, faces its human rivals in a practice round. (Credit: Jeopardy / IBM)

Scientists have a range of exciting innovations coming down the pike, starting with robotic prosthetics and other medically based robots that will improve and even prolong our lives. Continue reading

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How to identify your career path

I like to grow flowers and plants, should I major in horticulture and make it my career? I tinker on my dad’s car, should I study mechanical engineering and design cars for a living? There are many questions college students ask themselves about the direction of their career path.

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Take the time to assess your strengths and passions when deciding on a career. (Credit: Therese Schwenkler)

Consult a mentor or guidance counselor for the job requirements needed for your chosen field. Here is some advice about identifying your dream career and targeting your academics and college major to get where you want to go. Continue reading

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If you dislike washing your jeans, you’ll like this

Want to save some laundry money and help out the environment? Stop washing your jeans, says Chip Bergh, the CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. It seems like strange advice, but there are other ways you can kill germs  and stop the smell  from rising off of your Levis.

According to the CEO of Levi jeans, it's okay to not frequently wash your jeans. (Credit: memecrunch.com)

According to the CEO of Levi jeans, it’s okay to not frequently wash your jeans. (Credit: memecrunch.com)

For this and other life hacks, check out these tips for college students on homemade stain remover, alternate uses for your freezer and salad spinner, and hemming jeans while keeping the original hemline. Continue reading

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Bad with dates, deadlines? Create a DIY planner

College life is filled with dates and deadlines. To stay on track you definitely need a good yearly calendar where you can track your courses, assignments and social events. It’s not too early to put together a planner for the next school year.

Creating a DIY planner will help keep you organized with all of life's events. (Credit: Amber Kemp-Gerstel)

Creating a DIY planner will help keep you organized with all of life’s events. (Credit: Amber Kemp-Gerstel)

Let’s look at what you can do to create your own diy planner. There are plenty of online planner tools and planner templates that you can use to create a calendar that will work the best for you. Continue reading

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How to manage ADHD in college

The transition to college can be tough for anyone—living away from home for the first time, juggling the responsibility of class, being on your own. It is easy to feel overwhelmed. But what if you have ADHD?

College students with ADHD face many challenges, but they can be overcome. (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

College students with ADHD face many challenges, but they can be overcome. (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

That can make the changes and challenges that college bring even tougher. For prospective college students with ADHD or even a current student with ADHD, here are some tips for how you can survive and succeed as an undergrad. Continue reading

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The best gift ideas for college grads

If you know anyone who is graduating from college, you’ll want to look at some good gift ideas for their graduation gift. Money is always nice, but if you can’t shower your favorite graduate with cash, think about some diy gifts instead.

Use your creativity when trying to come up with gift ideas. (Credit: lolspots)

Use your creativity when trying to come up with gift ideas. (Credit: lolspots)

After all, something made by your very own hands can mean a lot. Let’s take a look at some diy gift ideas and other good gifts for graduation. Continue reading

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Plan a staycation during your summer break

If you’re staying close to home this summer break to save money and take extra credits at the community college, you should consider planning a ‘staycation’ celebration with your buds who will also be hangin’ around.

Take some time off from your everyday life and plan a staycation with friends this summer.

Take some time off from your everyday life and plan a staycation with friends this summer.

Cindy Cesca, writer over here with CengageBrain, posted the “Top 10 staycation ideas for college students in need of R&R” last April 22, 2013. Check out her post for some new ways to enjoy your hometown. For ideas on how to throw a staycation bash that will be one for the books, read on! Continue reading

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Deciding on cell phones? Take a look at Apple iPhone 6, LG G3 or old school vintage

Forget high resolution and larger digital displays. Some folks are spending good money for old school vintage cell phones. Already connected to the world by tablets, laptops and other devices, there’s a trend of consumers opting to go back to the good old days, when phones could take a beating and go through the wash without a screen shattering or an SD card needing to be replaced.

There are many things to consider when looking into new cell phones. (Credit: Quick Meme)

There are many things to consider when looking into new cell phones. (Credit: Quick Meme)

Of course, that’s not the direction everyone is heading: plenty of people are excited about the newest rumors about the Apple iPhone 6 and are clamoring for the new, super high resolution display on the LG G3. What type of phone should you be checking out? Take a look at the latest tech trends in cell phones. Continue reading

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