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DIY phone case designs for college students

College students love to make a statement. Like our clothes and handbags, our phones are a fashionable extension of ourselves that enhances our college life.

Sharpie tribal patterned phone case. (Credit: Unexpected Expectations)

Sharpie tribal patterned phone case. (Credit: Unexpected Expectations)

So why not custom design a DIY phone case? Here are some fun and easy do-it-yourself tips for creating your own phone case masterpiece. Read more

A DIY guide to developing good study habits

Welcome back to campus! You’ve probably already had your first week or two of classes by now, and whether you’re starting your freshman year or you’re a graduating senior, now is the time to start developing good study habits for your semester.

A group of Harvard students study together in a dorm dining hall. (Credit: Tbuckley89)

A group of Harvard students study together in a dorm dining hall. (Credit: Tbuckley89)

While plenty of campuses have tutoring and writing centers to help you organize your schedules and study plans, you can also follow some do it yourself tips. Think it’s better to start with a healthy GPA than to have to improve it at midterms? Then follow this DIY guide to getting the semester off on the right track. Read more

DIY fitness tips for college students

Let’s face it, with all of the easy do-it-yourself tips available, you have no excuse not to work out. It’s time to get in shape! Here are some easy DIY fitness tips that even the busiest of college students can fit into a packed schedule!

No matter how busy college students are, there's always time for fitness. (Credit: Carrot Bowl)

No matter how busy college students are, there’s always time for fitness. (Credit: Carrot Bowl)

Make a list

Finding a workout routine that is most fun to you will help you get — and stay — motivated about working out. What do you like to do? Read more

Don’t be a slob, clean your dorm room

Cleaning college dorms is one of the least favorite chores for college students. You get flashbacks of your mom yelling, “Clean your room!” But cleaning dorm rooms can be really quick and easy if you have the right plan and know what to clean.

With a little effort, you can make your room go from unsanitary to clean. (Credit: Fuel Brand)

With a little effort, you can make your room go from unsanitary to clean. (Credit: Fuel Brand)

Dusting and vacuuming are only the beginning. I’ll share some college dorm room ideas for keeping out bugs and cleaning mildew and offer some do-it-yourself college tips you might not have thought of to keep your room germ-free and smelling fresh. Read more

Do-it-yourself green cleaning tips for college dorms

Get creative with our DIY green cleaning tips.

Get creative with our DIY green cleaning tips.

College students – you don’t need expensive cleaning products and insect repellent for your dorm rooms. And you don’t need to jeopardize student health with many toxic ingredients found in traditional cleansers. Instead, you can make your own green cleaning solutions out of safe ingredients for an environmentally friendly clean. Here are some do-it-yourself tips for college dorms.

Hazardous chemicals

“Cleaning products are bad for your health and bad for the environment! The formaldehyde used in many household & personal cleaners can lead to respiratory issues, heart palpations and even cause skin irritations,” according to “Green Your Dorm Room,” from Bentley University in Massachusetts. In addition, household cleaners and laundry soap have phosphates that get into rivers and lakes, cause rapid growth of algae, pollute natural settings and cause damage to wildlife. Read more

DIY party ideas for St. Patrick’s Day for college students

Credit: National Library of Ireland on the Commons

Credit: National Library of Ireland on the Commons

If you’re on a dry campus, you’ll have to forego the green beer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. Besides, don’t you think St. Patrick, that plucky saint who legendarily chased the snakes out of Ireland, would approve of a little do it yourself? Check out these DIY party ideas for a fun time celebrating the luck of the Irish.

What to eat

Need to put together a St. Patrick’s Day menu, but you’re not up for cooking corned beef and soda bread? There are plenty of options for low-tech appetizers and snacks you can make right in your dorm room. Read more

DIY tips for keeping food fresh in dorm rooms

Keep your dorm room properly stocked with healthy food to help avoid weight gain.

Keep your dorm room properly stocked with healthy food to help avoid weight gain.

Many factors of college life conspire to make eating in college dorms a whole lot nastier than eating Mom’s pot roast. Too many fatty foods, costly fresh fruits and vegetables, crazy work and study hours, difficulty storing and cooking good food, and the dreaded weight gain. Food can easily get stale and who really knows whether apples should go in the fridge or on the shelf. Here are some food storage do-it-yourself dorm tips for college students.

Think smart when snacking. “Do the exact opposite of what I did,” says Corrine Fischer, Registered Dietician, in “20 Quick & Healthy College Snacks + Free Download” posted August 12, 2013 on Keep Your Diet Real. “As a college freshman, my dorm room was always stocked with lots and lots of cheap refined carbs…crackers, cookies, ramen noodles, pizza, cereal, granola bars, chips, etc. Don’t do that. Read more

DIY college tips for survival kits for dorm rooms and car

Keeping a tool kit handy will be a life saver when you least expect it.

Keeping a tool kit handy will be a life saver when you least expect it.

Some college students like to wing it from the seat of their pants, while others like to be prepared for any contingency. Here are some ideas for do-it-yourself survival kits for your college dorms, car or trip away from home. All of these can be bought prepackaged or you can mix and match to make your own kits.

Tool kit

A handy little tool kit with the basics will get you far in fixing small items yourself. You can buy prepackaged kits with one of each necessary tool, or you can build your own. Essential items: hammer, Philips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver, pliers, wrench, hex wrench, razor cutter, Goo Gone, Krazy Glue, masking or duct tape, measuring tape and assorted sizes of screws and nails. Read more

Ready for Valentine’s Day? Check out these DIY valentines ideas for college students

Antique sailors valentine, c. 1870. (Credit: Verne Equinox)

Antique sailors valentine, c. 1870. (Credit: Verne Equinox)

Valentine’s Day. It’s a hotly contested holiday: Is it a commercial way to exploit traditional romantic relationships? A way for florists and chocolatiers to bump up their annual sales? Or is it actually a positive celebration of romance that can expand beyond the hype and stereotype? However you celebrate – or ignore – the holiday, your friends’ feeds are sure to be flooded with news about Valentine’s Day. If you want to avoid the commercial aspects, or if you’re just in the mood to try something new and creative, check out our tips for some do it yourself college valentines ideas. Read more

DIY projects to brighten up your dorm room

A 30 kHz bright light therapy lamp (Innosol Rondo) used to treat seasonal affective disorder. (User: Mysid)

A 30 kHz bright light therapy lamp (Innosol Rondo) used to treat seasonal affective disorder. (User: Mysid)

It’s almost winter, and as we’re losing sunlight, Seasonal Affective Disorder may be hitting you or your peers in full force. While people who suffer from S. A. D. need professional help, and you can find some tips about identifying your symptoms in the recent Cengage Brain article by Lorraine Savage, “How to get over the winter blues: Seasonal affective disorder treatment,” there are some ways to brighten up your dorm room that only require a do-it-yourself attitude. Take a look at some of these DIY projects and see how you can improve your outlook as the sun hides itself for the winter months. Read more