How to give this holiday season…just like Mark Zuckerberg!

I think all of us like to give to causes that we support; I always make sure to ramp up my year-end giving to maximize my tax deductions for the next year. There are plenty of not-for-profit groups out there that are worth contributing to. So when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he’d be donating 99% of his Facebook shares to charity, I thought, good for him!

How can you give back this holiday season? (Credit: Feng Yu/Shutterstock)

How can you give back this holiday season? (Credit: Feng Yu/Shutterstock)

On the surface, it looks like a great thing–but there are many critics who wonder why he’s started a new charity rather than contributing to one of the many worthy causes already in existence. Read more

Do you have a cold or flu? Things college students need to know

College campuses are like the dream environment for a cold or flu. In fact, I am pretty sure there is a sickness convention somewhere, and all the germs gather to share tips on the best places to infect people, with airplanes and colleges fighting for top honors.

Ways to tell if you have a cold or the flu. (Credit: Third Monk)

Ways to tell if you have a cold or the flu. (Credit: Third Monk)

Fighting the flu is possible, and should you succumb, there are things you need to know about the common symptoms of both and ways to feel better. Read more

College students’ DIY holiday gift guide

With all you’ve got going on, there is little time to shop for Christmas gifts. We won’t even talk about the costs. Whether it’s Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Christmas, though, it’s nice to be able to give your friends and family something special.

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

With that in mind I’ve put together a holiday gift guide of DIY Christmas gifts and homemade gifts for the season. So let’s take a look at how college students can celebrate the holidays and every holiday tradition. Read more

3-year degree academic option: pros and cons

I almost got a 3-year academic degree. I worked like heck for three years getting nearly all of my required courses and credits. My senior year was almost unnecessary, except for one or two courses I still needed.

Should you get a 3-year degree? (Credit: Oliver Munday)

Should you get a 3-year degree? (Credit: Oliver Munday)

Rather than assuming a 4-year degree, college students can speed up their academics and graduate in three years instead. Here are some college tips, as well as pros and cons, for a 3-year degree. Read more

Should you consider getting a job with a startup company?

If you think you have time management problems now, think about what it would be like if you decide to work for a startup company after graduation. Defined as a company with no more than 30 employees, a startup tends to require much more than a 40-hour work week.

There are many things you should know about startup companies. (Credit: YouTube)

There are many things you should know about startup companies. (Credit: YouTube)

Getting a job is one thing and keeping it is another. If you can’t commit to the lifestyle required by a lean startup company then pass them by. Here are a few more tips that college students need to know about working for a startup company. Read more

5 resources you are not taking advantage of as college students

Transitioning to college life is a blast, but it can also be overwhelming and cause stressors in your life that lead to illness, depression and other issues. There are many resources on campus to help you along the way but first you must seek them out!

Use your college resources to help you avoid stress. (Credit: College Hunks)

Use your college resources to help you avoid stress. (Credit: College Hunks)

I remember at an orientation session before my first week of Undergrad, the President of the school came on stage to get everyone hyped up about the path that lay ahead of them. Read more

How to use your coffee maker to cook food in your dorm

Dorm life often calls for a quick meal or snack at odd hours. What can you do when it’s too late or you’re too broke to call for take-out? Cooking your own food is the answer. As a college student, you know how to get creative with time management and meeting deadlines.

There are so many foods you had no idea you could cook in your coffee maker. (Credit: Cole Saladino)

There are so many foods you had no idea you could cook in your coffee maker. (Credit: Cole Saladino)

Now I’m here to tell you that knowing how to cook with a drip coffee maker will turn out to be another one of your favorite life hacks. Read more

Do-it-yourself job searching tips

While looking for a job, I combine the do-it-yourself approach with using search agency. With their help, I use my work experience and job searching skills to get a job interview.

Learn how to start your job search here. (Credit: LinkedIn)

Learn how to start your job search here. (Credit: LinkedIn)

Those are the first steps in starting on my career path. Here are some DIY tips for college students seeking a job. Read more

Campus activism and student protests: Where social media plays a role

The recent protests at the University of Missouri and the ousting of that college’s president seems to have ignited a new wave of student protests and campus activism that is spreading. And if you think student protests are something only hippies did in the 1960s, let me tell you how wrong you are.

A new wave of student protests has escalated due to social media. (Credit: Tyler Adkisson Kbia)

A new wave of student protests has escalated due to social media. (Credit: Tyler Adkisson Kbia)

Students at Amherst College, Brown University, Claremont McKenna College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Emory University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Ithaca College, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Purdue University, Swathmore College and Willamette University have all begun to speak out on racial issues and asking for social reforms. And social media has been playing a huge role in their efforts. Read more

You ask, we answer: What’s with the Thanksgiving breakup?!

Hi J,

I have heard rumors about Thanksgiving break being peak breakup season but I don’t know if that’s true. I’m a little worried because my high school boyfriend and I have been trying to do long distance. It’s been hard. On top of that he said we need to talk over Thanksgiving break and we all know what that means. What now?

Noooo,

Alex A.

Notice the spike in Thanksgiving breakups? (Credit: David McCandless and Lee Byron)

Notice the spike in Thanksgiving breakups? (Credit: David McCandless and Lee Byron)

Hi Alex,

Breakups are hard, if they happen. Read more