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8 college tips for surviving the second semester

Like other college students, I got over the fear of my very first semester and looked forward to my second. Even after a few years, the second semester always felt easier to approach.

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

I created my own do-it-yourself guide for surviving (and flourishing) in the second semester. Here are some college tips for the second semester. Read more

Semester at Sea: pros and cons

Semester at Sea is a study abroad program that offers college students a trip around the world onboard a cruise ship with stops at various cities for day-long off-ship travel and learning opportunities. Run by the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE), the program is sponsored by the University of Virginia.

Find out if a semester at sea is right for you. (Credit: Carly Jurach. Property of SAS/ISE)

Find out if a semester at sea is right for you. (Credit: Carly Jurach. Property of SAS/ISE)

The sea semester programs run for the fall and spring semesters, each lasting about three months. Semester at Sea has attracted controversies in some high-profile cases of negligence and wrongful death. Here are some pros and cons of Semester at Sea. Read more

College students, got the winter blues? Here’s what to do about SAD

If you’re like me, you find the grey days of winter a little hard to take. The lack of sunshine can make you feel as if you have some kind of mental illness. You feel depressed, low energy and scatter-brained. Others call it the winter blues, but its medical name is seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Find out what you should do if you're affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

Find out what you should do if you’re affected by SAD. (Credit: Turning the Clock Back)

It’s a real condition and there are techniques that you can use to make yourself feel better. Here’s what college students need to know about seasonal affective disorder. Read more

New Year resolution ideas and tips for college students

Every year it’s the same New Year resolutions: lose weight, get organized and find ways of dealing with stress. If you’re like me, you start with good intentions and as the year goes on they drop by the wayside. It may not be a lack of will power that shoots you down. Maybe it’s the way you decide on the resolution.

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

There are strategies that you can use to create more meaningful resolutions and then keep them. Let’s look at some ideas and tips on how college students can create and keep their New Year resolutions. Read more

Ideas for holiday giving to not-for-profit charities

As a college student, I don’t have a lot of discretionary income that I can give away to charities during the holidays. But I volunteer at an animal shelter, which is my way of giving to the community. I have also bought some supplies that were tax deductible.

Learn how you can help charities in need. (Credit: Believe in Three)

Learn how you can help charities in need. (Credit: Believe in Three)

Here are some ideas for holiday giving to not-for-profit charities on how to avoid charity scams; where to give locally, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army; and how to get a tax deduction for donations. Read more

What college students need to know about antibiotic resistance

At the first sign of a cold or flu, do you go and ask the health center for a z-pack antibiotic? Maybe you shouldn’t. If your ailment is caused by a virus, then an antibiotic won’t do anything for it. Antibiotics only kill bacteria. And now the bacteria are fighting back by developing into a superbug that is hard to kill.

Watch out for the dreaded antibiotic resistance. (Credit: med.uottawa.ca)

Watch out for the dreaded antibiotic resistance. (Credit: med.uottawa.ca)

Because we get so many antibiotics in our diet the bacteria that can cause so many health problems have developed antibiotic resistance. Here’s what college students need to know about antibiotic resistant bacteria. Read more

Getting college credits over winter break

The winter break of my sophomore year of college, I had the fantastic opportunity to get my education abroad in Venezuela. While it might be too late this year for most college students to find study abroad opportunities, there’s no need to make your winter break go to waste.

Who needs snow when you could spend winter break getting your education abroad?(Credit: Luis James)

Who needs snow when you could spend winter break getting your education abroad?(Credit: Luis James)

There are less travel-intensive ways to earn college credits–and there are other opportunities to do something productive right in your own back yard. Read more

Watch out for whooping cough, college students!

Is whooping cough contagious? Do bees fly? Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Children who are not vaccinated are susceptible to whooping cough and can be carriers of the disease to adults who may need a booster pertussis vaccine.

With a hectic college schedule, no, you definitely don't have time for whooping cough. (Credit: Memecrunch)

With a hectic college schedule, no, you definitely don’t have time for whooping cough. (Credit: Memecrunch)

College students in proximity to lots of other people are at higher risk for getting whooping cough. Here are some healthcare tips to protect yourself. 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