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8 college tips for roommate etiquette

Successfully living with your roommate in a dorm room is a rite of passage for many college students. This is a good time to learn responsibility, respect, conflict resolution, compromise, cleaning, effective communication…and especially roommate etiquette.

Proper roommate etiquette is important in college. (Credit: Everyone Has A Story)

Proper roommate etiquette is important in college. (Credit: Everyone Has A Story)

A stress-free dorm life leads to student success. Here are some college tips for roommate etiquette in college dorms. Read more

DIY Dorm room decorating ideas for college

Dorm life includes a lot of studying, partying and just plain hanging out. You need to do a lot in a small space. In order to pull off a cool dorm room you could use a few diy decorating ideas.

A few examples on how to liven up your dorm room space. (Credit: Surviving College)

A few examples on how to liven up your dorm room space. (Credit: Surviving College)

Dorms tend to be pretty small so creativity is the key to success. Let’s look at how to decorate your room for this next semester. Read more

10 must-haves for your college survival kit

As you prepare to head off to college next month, you’re probably starting to wonder what in the world is essential for your college survival kit, right? No need to panic. I’ve been in your shoes before so I understand what you’re going through.

A basket of goodies that can be included in your survival kit. (Credit: Jennifer Hernandez/Pinterest)

A basket of goodies that can be included in your survival kit. (Credit: Jennifer Hernandez/Pinterest)

After looking back on the days where I lived in a dorm, I started to remember some of the items I kept in my survival kit that made life in college a little bit easier. Check out my ideas on what you should keep in your college survival kit. Read more

DIY crafts for your dorm room or apartment!

If you’re like me and you like having a crafty project to keep yourself busy between semesters or on breaks, you’ll love these easy DIY crafts for your dorm room or apartment!

DIY crafts help create a more relaxing environment in your dorm room or apartment. (Credit: Margherita Massima)

DIY crafts help create a more relaxing environment in your dorm room or apartment. (Credit: Margherita Massima)

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an art major or champion with the sewing machine to tackle these crafts. You just need a few materials, some friends to join in, and a little imagination! If you’re on campus, here are some college dorm room ideas for you; and if you’re in off campus housing, this easy DIY décor might be just what you need. Read more

DIY tips for packing up your dorm room

Spring semester is winding down, and it is time to start thinking about packing up your stuff and heading home to the ‘rents for the summer. While it is probably sad enough to be leaving your friends behind and readjusting to mom and dad’s schedule and rules, packing up your dorm room is a whole other nightmare. Read on for some DIY tips for packing up your dorm room to make the transition from college to home ever-so-slightly less painful.

It's time to start packing up your dorm room for the summer. Don't forget anything! (Credit: MemeCenter)

It’s time to start packing up your dorm room for the summer. Don’t forget anything! (Credit: MemeCenter)

Top 5 Packing Tips

You’ve probably been consumed with finishing up exams, turning in those final papers and already missing your friends, so packing up your dorm room is the last thing on your mind. Read more

Console gaming at college: Xbox One or Sony Playstation 4?

The craze behind keeping up with the latest video console is a normal part of a student's life. (Courtesy of EMR)

The craze behind keeping up with the latest video console is a normal part of a student’s life. (Courtesy of EMR)

It’s a sellout, no matter which new video game console you’re talking about. Both the Sony Playstation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One left gamers waiting as the preorders and sales left shelves empty the week of their release, and game console sales are – for the moment – healthy. On November 17, 2013, Sony sold more than 1 million units of the Playstation 4 within 24 hours of its release. Despite a price point about $100 higher (the Xbox One is retailing for $499, while the Sony Playstation is going for $399), Microsoft’s Xbox One had similar results: in the 24 hours of its debut on November 21, the Xbox One sold more than 1 million units, and retailers were left waiting to restock their shelves. 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

College advice: DIY dorm decorating ideas to spruce up your space

Pimp your place with some cool do-it-yourself decorating ideas. Whether you’re a college freshman in a dorm or a senior in an off-campus apartment, dazzle your roomies and your guests with some homemade charm and sparkle. Decorate your door, spice up your walls, find a use for your old textbooks — anything works!

End table of old textbooks

DIY end tableHave a few years worth of old books and textbooks you just can’t throw away (or sell back to the book store!)? Keep them with you forever by making an end table out of them. Stack the books and glue the covers and bottoms together, or drill a hole through the center of each one and insert a dowel stick for strength. Cut a round or square piece of particle board to use as a tabletop and glue it the top book. Paint, varnish or apply sealer to the board, and voila — an end table to rest your drink, err, homework on!

Another use for old textbooks—a clock. Drill a hole in the middle of the book. Insert clock mechanism through the hole. Battery side goes in the back, clockwork hands go in the front. Paint clock numbers or funky symbols on the face of the book or just leave it blank. Every noon and midnight the hands will point to the book’s title! Read more

Decorating on a budget — Spruce up your dorm room or apartment to feel more like “home”

Dorm room decoratingBy now you’re either starting a brand new semester or packing up shop at home to shortly return. If you find your home away from home to be not quite homey enough, there are some easy tips to set things right. To combat the homesickness that quickly snuck in during my semester abroad in England, the first thing I did was decorate my room. You wouldn’t believe what a few posters on the walls and pictures on your shelves do to lift your spirits when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Now that you’re ready for spring semester, you’ll need to learn how to start decorating on a budget to make your space more like home! Read more