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10 things college students need to know

When I was in college, I learned through trial and error. “Learn from your mistakes,” is what people say. Nevertheless, I wish I had a handy list of things to know for college students so I would’ve been more prepared.

Follow our pieces of need to know college advice. (Credit: Will Bratt Counselling)

Follow our pieces of need to know college advice. (Credit: Will Bratt Counselling)

Well, here is one I made up for you. Here is some advice on various aspects of college life for academics, dorm rooms and campus life. Read more

5 ways to reboot your New Year’s resolution

Okay, it’s been two months since New Year’s Day. How are your resolutions coming? Have you fallen off the wagon? Gone off your diet and snuck in some junk food? Haven’t gotten into the habit of your new study schedule yet? Still afraid to go out and meet new people? Don’t freak.

It's not too late to reboot your New Year's resolution. (Credit: thumbitt.com)

It’s not too late to reboot your New Year’s resolution. (Credit: thumbitt.com)

It’s not too late to reboot your New Year’s resolutions to improve study habits, student health or campus life. College students can take these five steps to start over. Read more

Abuse of prescription drugs on college campus

The nonmedical use of prescription drugs on college campuses is a growing problem. Many college students are using drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta in the belief that they improve academics.

The use of prescription drugs is a common issue with college students. (Credit: Bruins Public Health)

The use of prescription drugs is a common issue with college students. (Credit: Bruins Public Health)

In reality, many students who abuse prescription drugs perform poorly on tests and run the risk of dependency and even death. Here is some advice for addressing the problem and improving campus life. Read more

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