Want a tattoo? What you should know before you get one

If you like the idea of tattoos and you just love those tattoo colors, think again. On August 7, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration issued an FDA warning letter stating that not all tattoo ink is safe, and could cause skin infection.

The FDA's latest warning might make you think twice before getting a tattoo. (Credit: Kyra Bramble/Travelettes)

The FDA’s latest warning might make you think twice before getting a tattoo. (Credit: Kyra Bramble/Travelettes)

Tattooing may be popular now, but is it worth it to get a tattoo if it’s going make you sick? Here’s what you need to know about tattoo ink risks. Continue reading

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Buy, Give, and Save with Extra Credit by CengageBrain.com

Want to help donate money for some awesome charities while saving money on your college textbooks? Look no further than the CengageBrain.com Extra Credit Program! Trust me – the karma gods will be in your favor after doing something good for humanity. Learn here about how you can help, while you prepare to go back to school.

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What you need to know about student loans for college

The fall semester of college is just around the corner and applying for student loans may be on your to-do list. But in the flurry of filing paperwork are you thinking about how the student loan repayment will affect you in the future? Probably not.

It's important to read the fine print when filing for student loans. (Credit: Collegescholarships.org)

It’s important to read the fine print when filing for student loans. (Credit: Collegescholarships.org)

By the time you graduate your student loan balance may be pretty large. It’s going to take a student loan calculator to help you figure out what you can afford to pay and how long to pay off the loan. Here are a few things you need to know about student loans and how it affects your life. Continue reading

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One week only: Take 25% off rental textbooks from CengageBrain.com

Now that the month of August is here, it’s time to start planning for back-to-school! So maybe you like to wait until the last minute to get the textbooks you need to help get you through the semester – but we’re here to tell you why you should NOT wait.

While you may have just spent countless dollars of your hard earned money from your summer job on a new fall wardrobe, you should know that CengageBrain has a fantastic offer on those necessary school items called textbooks.

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Deals? As in plural? Yes, you read that correctly. This week, CengageBrain is offering five dollars off your purchase of fifty dollars or more worth of textbooks. Just use coupon code URBOOKS at CengageBrain.com.

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Tips for making friends freshman year of college

The start of your freshman year of college is right around the corner. Bags packed? Goodbyes said? All that is left is for you to figure out how to make new friends on campus.

Finding people with similar interests is one way to make friends in college. (Credit: Quickmeme)

Finding people with similar interests is one way to make friends in college. (Credit: Quickmeme)

Making friends is an issue that everyone faces, so you aren’t in it alone, but a few DIY tips couldn’t hurt, right? Read on for insight into how to find and maintain some lasting (and quality!) college friendships. Continue reading

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Back to school deals: What you need to make it through the year

I know it’s barely the beginning of August but you’re going to need to start thinking about getting back into the mode of being in school. Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves though. I don’t want you to start doing homework already!

Now is the time to start searching for great back to school deals. (Credit: Timedotcom)

Now is the time to start searching for great back to school deals. (Credit: Timedotcom)

We’re talking about shopping those back to school deals, and August is when those deals hit the shelves. Read on to get ideas for what you need to make it through the year! Continue reading

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Pros and cons of teacher tenure for college students

The advantages and disadvantages of teacher tenure in higher education have been debated, but what about tenure’s effects on student success?

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

The debate of teacher tenure has its pros and cons. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

Tenure in academics offers professors job security, yet critics complain they may become complacent. Do tenured professors spend too much time researching and not enough time teaching? Continue reading

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6 tips to be prepared for college classes

“Be prepared!” is a motto not just for Boy Scouts — or the hyenas in The Lion King. A new school year is upon us, so how will you be prepared for class?

To achieve student success, being prepared is an important step. (Credit: Laughmoreabundant)

To achieve student success, being prepared is an important step. (Credit: Laughmoreabundant)

From study tips to dorm life to student health, here are six tips for college students to be prepared for college life and achieve student success. Continue reading

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This week only buy any eChapter, get the 1st eChapter free at CengageBrain.com!

Getting into the spirit of a new school year is never an easy feat, especially when it seems like your summer vacation just started. Or maybe you’re absolutely ecstatic about the upcoming school year and are already thinking about what you need to ensure yourself a successful semester!

Whatever the case may be for you, keep in mind that CengageBrain.com is always here for your textbook, eBook, rental and study tool needs. And if you’re looking for a great deal on those back-to-school necessities, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

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10 easy recipes for college students

Do you happen to become really, really sick of eating the same food over and over in your college dorm’s dining hall? I thought so. Yes, there is a wide range of options you can choose from, but at the end of the day, it all seems the same.

So little space, so many recipes to choose from to make in your college dorm. (Credit: Sunset Station)

So little space, so many recipes to choose from to make in your college dorm. (Credit: Sunset Station)

Maybe it’s time you come up with some food recipes that you can make on your own in your dorm room or apartment. Check out our list of delicious recipes that are sure to impress you and your friends! Continue reading

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