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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

Funny April Fool’s pranks for college students

College students love funny April Fool’s pranks perpetrated on their friends, classmates and teachers.

April  Fool's pranks can  be fun to a certain extent. (Credit: someecards.com)

April Fool’s pranks can be fun to a certain extent. (Credit: someecards.com)

Here are some classic April Fool’s jokes that have gone viral, plus some dorm room ideas for pranks you can do yourself. Read more

Dorm life hygiene tips for good student health

Maybe you’re a slob or a neat freak, but the cramped living conditions of dorm life on a college campus make for a struggle to achieve disease-free cleanliness and good student hygiene.

Good hygiene includes doing laundry regularly. (Credit: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Thinkstock)

Good hygiene includes doing laundry regularly. (Credit: Ryan McVay/Lifesize/Thinkstock)

Here are some hygiene tips for college students for personal appearance, dorm rooms and shared bathrooms. Read more

7 college tips for roommates and off-campus housing

Hey, you’re a junior or senior and you’re ready to leave the dorm rooms behind and move off the college campus into an apartment of your own—a studio apartment or a house with a bunch of roommates.

Seek out roommates that will always have your back. (Credit: CAVE)

Seek out roommates that will always have your back. (Credit: CAVE)

For college students, living off campus offers independence, learning about responsibility and leaving the distractions of dorm life. Here are 7 college tips for finding, renting and thriving in your off-campus housing. 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

10 tips to prevent theft in college dorms

It’s a new school year. You’ll make lots of new friends, and people will be coming in and out of dorm rooms at all hours. Theft on a college campus can be a problem when college students aren’t careful.

Prevent theft by holding onto valuable items. (Credit: Dennis Wahlman / Mainstream)

Prevent theft by holding onto valuable items. (Credit: Dennis Wahlman / Mainstream)

Don’t trust everyone and use common sense to make sure your belongings are safe and secure. Here are 10 campus safety tips to prevent theft from college dorms so you can enjoy your college life. 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

Campus safety tips for college students

While in college, safety should be high on your priority list.

While in college, safety should be high on your priority list.

College life is supposed to be a fun place for both learning and social interaction. But as with any place where large numbers of people gather, there are safety concerns for your property and yourself. According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) in “8 Tips to Stay Safe as You Head to Campus This Fall,” posted August 19, 2013: “The college environment can foster a false sense of security. Remember that you just met these people, even if it feels like you have been best friends forever. Don’t assume that your new friends will definitely have your back or be looking out for your best interests.” Here are some college tips for dorm rooms and campus safety. 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