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College tips for homesickness: Improve campus life

Many college students feel homesickness. We miss the comfortable and predictable lifestyle that made us feel safe at home and during high school.

If you experience homesickness, there are many ways to help you cope.

If you experience homesickness, there are many ways to help you cope.

Now everything is different, new and strange. Since good student health depends on working through being homesick, here are some college tips for a successful and happy campus life. Read more

7 things college students DON’T need to bring to college

There are so many college tips for things a college freshman should bring when he or she leaves home, to have in their dorm rooms or to buy when they get there.

Be mindful about what you do and don't need to bring to college. (Credit: awnisALAN, Flickr Creative Commons)

Be mindful about what you do and don’t need to bring to college. (Credit: awnisALAN, Flickr Creative Commons)

You want to be prepared but you also want to enjoy campus life and not overdo it. To save money and to save space in your college dorms, here are seven things you don’t need. Read more

Sexual assault on college campus: Safety tips

Colleges and universities in the United States are waking up to the pervasive problem of sexual assault of college students on college campus. Many cases of sexual abuse are dismissed, unreported and unresolved. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating 67 colleges for possible Title IX violations related to sexual assaults.

Learn how to keep yourself safe on campus from a sexual assault. (Credit: Bob Priddy, Missourinet)

Learn how to keep yourself safe on campus from a sexual assault. (Credit: Bob Priddy, Missourinet)

Concerned about campus safety? Here are some campus life tips for college freshmen and everyone else to be safe and enjoy college life. Read more

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. Read more

What you need to know about food allergies and campus food

Campus life is about many new experiences, and learning to prepare food and fend for yourself is a part of those experiences! If you’re part of the 75% of people who can’t digest dairy or you have gluten or soy food allergies, you need to know about campus food and your food allergies/sensitivities before your school year kicks off!

It's very important to tend to your food allergies. (Credit: cafemom.com)

It’s very important to tend to your food allergies. (Credit: cafemom.com)

What are “dairy allergies”?

There are many “hidden” dairy products in food that can make ordering in the dining hall and shopping in your campus’ convenience store a pain! Read more

Be sustainable: Compost, recycle and the Pee Bus on campus

University of New Hampshire’s Pee Bus is a sustainable project. (Credit: Sam Evans-Brown)

University of New Hampshire’s Pee Bus is a sustainable project. (Credit: Sam Evans-Brown)

College students on campuses across the country are participating in environmental and sustainable projects that involve composting, recycling and growing community gardens and roof gardens. A college in New Hampshire even collects pee! Here are some conservation projects that are enhancing and keeping campus life sustainable as well as the environment—yes, even though Earth Day has ended!

The Pee Bus

When the Durham (NH) Department of Public Works noticed that between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. the amount of nitrogen coming into the wastewater treatment plant spiked, they linked those hours to local University of New Hampshire hockey and basketball games. Wastewater plants work best with consistent waste supplies. Read more

4 things college students need to know while still in college

College life is full of hopes and dreams… and misconceptions. There are some things to expect in campus life and some big surprises. Besides getting an education, you learn to live on your own, make your own decisions, get an internship in a field you enjoy, etc. For your academic and emotional health—as well as student success—here are four (out of many!) things you need to know while you’re still in college.

Step out of your comfort zone and follow our need to know tips. (Credit: glennstarkey.net)

Step out of your comfort zone and follow our need to know tips. (Credit: glennstarkey.net)

Need to know #1: There are no critical periods

In “10 things I wish somebody had told me about college before it was over,” posted on Huffington Post February 20, 2014, Michael Restiano at Tufts University said, “It’s dangerously easy to divide your collegiate life into a set of critical periods. Read more

5 worst fashion trends for college students

Be the fashionista on campus, not the fashion victim. (Credit: charmedvalerie.com)

Be the fashionista on campus, not the fashion victim. (Credit: charmedvalerie.com)

Maybe your high school had uniforms or a strict dress code, but when you’re in college, you’re pretty much free to wear what you want—within reason. Campus life is when you can create your own identity, show off your trendy clothes, make a statement and look fashionable while doing it. But there are some tips for college fashion dos and don’ts to follow so you look good on campus, according to the fashion police.

“It really is important to show you care about the way you present yourself. It sends a message to those around you that you respect yourself, and you respect them as well. Plus, you will feel much more confident walking into class knowing that you are putting your best foot forward,” wrote Bridget from University of Wisconsin at Madison, in “3 ways college can make you impossibly lazy (and how to avoid this),” posted on College Fashion, January 13, 2013. Read more

Most beautiful college campuses enhance student success

Jefferson Rotunda at University of Virginia

Jefferson Rotunda at University of Virginia

The view from your college dorms may not be the most important criteria for choosing a college, but many colleges and universities promote themselves as having one of the most beautiful or picturesque campuses. College life in a relaxing and beautiful setting has been known to contribute to student success. After you’ve considered curriculum, price and admissions policy, the beauty around you can certainly be on your list when deciding where to spend four years of your campus life. Read more

Improve study habits: How to stay awake healthily

If you find yourself dozing off during a study session, it might be a good time to readjust your sleeping habits.

If you find yourself dozing off during a study session, it might be a good time to readjust your sleeping habits.

Campus life is full of sleepy students. The demanding schedules, the unhealthy food, the fluctuating sleep patterns, the tendency to wait until the last minute to write papers or study for a test. All-nighters and gallons of energy drinks are not the answer. For safe student health, here are some healthy and sustaining ways to stay awake and alert in dorm rooms, study halls and classrooms so you get the most out of your study time. Read more