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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

Dorm life: College tips for non-alcoholic party ideas

Take a break from your studies and host a party with your friends.

Take a break from your studies and host a party with your friends.

Winter is cold and boring, and cabin-fever is making you crazy. Why not throw a party? Combine that with your New Year’s Resolution to improve your student health by cutting down on the drinking and you can throw a fabulous non-alcoholic party in your dorm rooms. You could even get rid of some useless gifts you got this holiday season. Here are some tips for college parties that don’t involve alcohol.

“The problem with using drugs or drinking alcohol is the loss of control and the risk for dependence. When you drink or do drugs, you are no longer yourself. You can’t truly experience and enjoy anything while under the influence. Read more

Smoking ban on electronic cigarettes on campus to improve college life

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Electronic cigarettes have been gaining popularity, especially with young people who believe the devices are safer than traditional tobacco cigarettes and may even help in quitting smoking. Well, the science isn’t completely in on that yet. In the meantime, many colleges have instituted a smoking ban on e-cigarettes on campuses and in dorm rooms, citing reasons of student health and improved quality of college life. Read more

10 dorm organization DIY tips for tidy dorm rooms

With some research you can find plenty of DIY organizer projects.

With some research you can find plenty of DIY organizer projects.

Have a messy dorm? Can’t find your books or phone under all the clothes and pizza boxes? College life shouldn’t be wasted amid a messy room. You have enough to worry about doing well in your classes. So take an afternoon a few times a year to do some thorough cleaning, straightening and organizing. Or better yet, start your dorm life each semester with an organized, efficient room with these DIY dorm organizing tips.

A word about storage containers. “Overall, if you are looking for some new things to help organize your beauty products or anything in your room, Goodwill has some great deals on small containers, organizers, and dishes that can be converted into organizers. Read more

Aerobic exercise in dorm rooms improves student health

Get creative by using your dorm room furniture as part of your workout.

Get creative by using your dorm room furniture as part of your workout.

College life is fraught with the Freshman 15 extra pounds, all-you-can eat cafeteria food and the temptation of holiday candy and cookies. The will to exercise is low. But don’t think you have to schlep out to the gym to get a good workout. There are aerobic and resistance exercises you can do in your own dorm rooms that can build muscle and provide an effective overall workout.

Preparation and cool down

Before starting any exercise, warm up by stretching for about 5-10 minutes. Slowly get the heart rate up. Read more

College life on campus during Thanksgiving break

Taking part in community events is one way to spend your time over Thanksgiving break.

Taking part in community events is one way to spend your time over Thanksgiving break.

So you’re stuck on campus during the three- to five-day Thanksgiving break. What to do? You could clean your dorm room or serve Thanksgiving dinner to international students. Or you could give back to your community by volunteering your time you’ll get that warm fuzzy feeling of helping someone less fortunate and gain a better perspective on your fellow man.

Volunteer to serve Thanksgiving dinner. This can be on campus or in your community. Many colleges host a Thanksgiving dinner for students who stay on campus during the holiday. Volunteer to serve food or clean up afterwards. Or the local church or community center in your town might serve dinner. See if you can volunteer there. Read more

Student health: How to protect yourself from meningitis

Meningitis is common on college campuses due to crowded dorms and busy cafeteria settings. (Courtesy of Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Meningitis is common on college campuses due to crowded dorms and busy cafeteria settings. (Courtesy of Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Since March, Princeton University has seen seven cases of bacterial meningitis. What’s notable about the Princeton cases is that they are the rare strain B. Meningitis, which can arise in crowded dorm rooms on college campuses. Living and eating in close proximity, such as in college dorms, help spread the disease. Here is some information on meningitis, the risks for contracting it and tips for prevention. Also ask your student health center for information.

Causes and risks of meningitis

Meningitis, the inflammation of the membranes around your brain and spinal cord, is caused by a viral infection or a bacterial infection, the latter of which is the more serious form. Read more

How to get over the winter blues: Seasonal affective disorder treatment

The transition from Fall to Winter can be difficult, especially with days being shorter.

The transition from Fall to Winter can be difficult, especially with days being shorter.

Are you feeling S.A.D.? Seasonal affective disorder is a condition in which the lack of daylight makes you feel lethargic, moody and anxious. Now that the clocks have changed after Daylight Saving Time (note: it’s Saving not Savings), it’s getting dark earlier in the day. Treatment for S.A.D. includes light therapy, brightening up dorm rooms and getting exercise to make the most out of college life. If you’re experiencing the symptoms described below as the dark hours roll on, visit your student health department for extra help. Read more

Thanksgiving dinner on campus for international students

Credit: Michelle S. Kim, University Communications at UCIrvine

Credit: Michelle S. Kim, University Communications at UCIrvine

The Thanksgiving holiday is coming up soon. Classes get out, vacation week starts and everyone packs up to go home. But international students and those who live far away might not be able to travel home over the break. No fear. College life doesn’t end with the holiday. There are many ways to have a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner in the company of others: attend a campus sponsored dinner, visit a local family, cook dinner in your dorm rooms or make a restaurant reservation. Read more

Seasonal farmers’ market offers whole foods for student health

Buying fresh produce locally is not only easy on the wallet, but the fresh food is also great for your health.

Buying fresh produce locally is not only easy on the wallet, but the fresh food is also great for your health.

This is the season for apples, homemade breads, pumpkin pie and artisan cheese. Get them all at your local farmers’ markets, which are springing up this fall and winter to feature a bounty of foods. College life doesn’t have to be bland and full of processed foods. Good student health means plenty of fruits, vegetables and fresh whole foods. Buy some fresh veggies, bread and apple cider at the farmers’ market, bring them home to your dorm rooms and have an indoor picnic on the floor. Read more