Solar initiatives on campus to help students go green

I am a big fan of solar energy. I love seeing all the solar panels that look like they’re growing along the highway; there’s a fantastic field of solar panels near Hartford, CT’s Bradley International Airport, which is the closest large airport to where I live. I’m really encouraged by those initiatives to go green, and I see a lot of them happening on campus.

If your campus doesn't have a solar farm, how else can you go green on campus? (Credit: Jim Meadows, Illinois Public Media)

If your campus doesn’t have a solar farm, how else can you go green on campus? (Credit: Jim Meadows, Illinois Public Media)

Last November, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign cut the ribbon on its new solar farm, and even before the ceremony was complete, it was providing energy to campus. Are you on one of the lucky campuses with great solar campus energy initiatives? What else can you do to go green on campus? Read more

Financial aid eligibility requirements for college students

Unfortunately, for many college students how you picked what school you would be attending probably came down to the financial aid package you were offered. Of course you opted for the school that was giving you the most money! But what you may have overlooked in your excitement over all those grants, scholarships and loans is the eligibility requirements and strings attached to that money.

Do you understand your financial aid eligibility requirements? (Credit: UNTHSC)

Do you understand your financial aid eligibility requirements? (Credit: UNTHSC)

What are the things you need to know about keeping your financial aid, once you’ve gotten it? Read on for more information to keep you in the know. Read more

Is it possible to have a vegetarian diet in college?

Maybe you decided going meatless was a good idea after coming across this quote from George Bernard Shaw “Animals are my friends . . . and I don’t eat my friends.” Or maybe you simply want to learn how to be vegetarian for the health benefits. I tried going meatless myself, and it was definitely a challenge at my school, but I picked up some tips and tricks along the way.

What about a vegetarian diet appeals to you? (Credit: Kazuo Ogawa/AFLO)

What about a vegetarian diet appeals to you? (Credit: Kazuo Ogawa/AFLO)

Whatever your reason for skipping the burgers and more in college, read on for some ideas on a plant-based diet for the dining hall or your dorm room. Read more

What you need to know about plagiarism

Instead of writing a research paper, college students may be tempted to purchase one online. However, cheating and plagiarism hurts everyone. And don’t forget that professors can check for plagiarism with online plagiarism check services.

Have you or are you considering plagiarism? (Credit: Colin Purrington)

Have you or are you considering plagiarism? (Credit: Colin Purrington)

Punishment can be severe when students are caught purchasing a term paper. Read more

5 realistic time management tips for college students

With end of the year term papers and final projects due, it can get very busy and stressful. You might feel overwhelmed and not know how to juggle all the things you have to do. Time management tips can help you schedule your schoolwork and spread your workload out so you can have enough time for everything, including yourself and friends.

Using a daily calendar helps with time management. (Credit: WikiHow)

Using a daily calendar helps with time management. (Credit: WikiHow)

Here are some study tips and successful time management techniques. Read more

Ideas for your summer reading list

Odds are, you’re either finished with your semester or you’re almost finished. You might be dreaming of a summer filled with sun and fun and no books at all. Even though I take mostly lit classes, I still like to do a little summer reading. Some friends of mine put together a list of books they felt like other people had read and they’d missed, and check them off during the summer.

What books are on your summer reading list? (Credit: Pexels)

What books are on your summer reading list? (Credit: Pexels)

If you want to pick some of the best books to read over the summer, you can grab one of NPR’s best books list, or you can flesh out your summer reading with a checklist based on the Gilmore Girls. Even better? Take a look at your TBR pile and see if you can whittle it down while doing some beach reading! Read more

The pros and cons of study abroad

College is the time to spread your wings, experience new things and explore the world, right? One way that countless college students have done all that and more is through a study abroad experience (yours truly included!).

Are you considering a study abroad program? (Credit: Odyssey)

Are you considering a study abroad program? (Credit: Odyssey)

If you are considering studying overseas, you will hear a lot about the personal growth you will achieve, as well as the academic experience. Here are the things you need to know—pros and cons—to ensure that you make the most of your time outside the U.S. of A. Read more

You ask, we answer: I’m skipping class! Is that okay?

Dear J,

I need to skip class tomorrow. I don’t really ever do that but it is before a class where I have a paper due and I need the extra time to finish my paper! Obviously I can’t email my professor and tell her that I’m skipping class to do work on another class so it will be an unexcused absence. What should I do?

Sincerely,

Morgan F.

Should you skip that class? (Credit: Giphy)

Should you skip that class? (Credit: Giphy)

Morgan,

Take the hit! I know it’s rough but if you really need to do work for this other class, then it will be worth the absence. Read more

How to organize and store all your college paperwork (and more!)

With all your research papers, personal income tax papers and financial aid documents, you might begin to feel as if you’re drowning in a sea of paperwork. I know I get overwhelmed! But your quest to tame the paper tiger has just begun.

Find out how to easily store your paperwork. (Credit: Belasartes.br)

Find out how to easily store your paperwork. (Credit: Belasartes.br)

In your life you also have to keep track of your college transcripts, car title, passport, bank statements and more. Oh, and do you know where to get a birth certificate if you ever need a copy of yours? Here are a few tips for college students on dealing with paperwork. Read more

MS Word tips that are sure to help you ace your research papers

I don’t know about you, but I often fall behind in getting my work done! When a term paper deadline creeps up on you it’s time to get to business. That’s when knowing computer shortcuts and other work-arounds in MS Word can really help you save time.

What do you really know about your MS Word? (Credit: Create IT)

What do you really know about your MS Word? (Credit: Create IT)

I’m a big believer in letting the software do the heavy lifting. So I’ve put together some handy tips for speeding up my writing in MS Word, and here they are for you, too. Read more