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Improve dorm life with these great tips for being a dorm room iron chef

College cooking skillsIt can be challenging to get a decent meal when you’re living in a dorm. With a few staple gadgets and ingredients anyone can be an iron chef and improve dorm life. Follow these great tips to get you started! Just, please, check with your campus’ regulations for dorm room appliances before you go spending that IRS refund check.

First things first

You’ll need to have the right equipment on hand before you begin cooking. Most likely you don’t have a ton of space in your dorm room, so here are a few space-saving appliances that allow more bang for your buck.

  • Nostalgia Electrics Egg and Muffin Toaster, $39.99: Allows you to not only toast a bagel but cook an egg and a sausage patty at the same time.
  • Sunbeam Hot Shot Hot Water Dispenser and Bowl, $19.99: Up to 16 ounces of hot water can be heated in under two minutes and can be used for your favorite instant soup, hot tea, or oatmeal. Read more

How to plan a service break and make a difference helping an underserved population

Alternative Spring Break Volunteers

Alternative Spring Break Volunteers (Photo credit: vastateparksstaff)

Spring break is coming up fast, and if you’re looking for a way to have fun, give back to the world and beef up your resume, it’s time to start planning. If you want to meet new people and do something productive, maybe a service break or alternative spring break (ASB) could be just the break from routine you are looking for. A service break, or ASB, involves serving in one of a number of locations either in the US or abroad to help an underserved population. The time you spend helping others can be a transformational experience and education for both you and the people you are serving. Follow these tips on how to plan a service break and make a difference in the world. Read more

Creative Valentines Day gifts for her, for him, for them!

Anthropomorphic Valentine, circa 1950–1960

Cheesy anthropomorphic valentine, circa 1950–1960 … Hopefully, you can top this.

Let’s face it: Valentines Day is quickly approaching, and if you have a significant other, he or she will probably expect something. Instead of forking over your hard earned cash on roses that won’t last a week, consider these thoughtful, yet unique, creative Valentines Day gift ideas for her and for him. Unattached? Don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to have fun on this holiday that is all about the love.

What to give her?

Alright, listen up. If you have a girlfriend on February 14th, then you really do have to get her something (even if she insists you shouldn’t spend a lot of money). Read more

College student loans and credit score: Protect your good credit and financial future

Student loansFor those of us college students (as well as recent graduates), student loan payments are probably not something at the top of your to-do list. I mean, come on, this is money that is (or was) helping you get through college. There is a reason why you aren’t expected to repay this debt right away. What you may not know, however, is that there is a direct link between student loans and credit score — something that helps determine whether you have good credit or not. Based on this fact, these loans can make or break your financial future. Read more

Tax season 101: First-timer’s guide to 2012 taxes

It’s about that time — time to file2012 taxes your 2012 taxes, that is! If you’re a first time taxpayer, don’t fret; there are many resources out there to help with tax filing for students. So, grab a notebook and get yourself organized; in no time at all you should be able to cash that first refund check!

First time ‘round these parts?

Tax filing can be very confusing, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. First things, first: get yourself organized. Read more

Valentines Day ideas for the college student budget: Teddy bears, roses, and fancy diners NOT included!

Chocolatefondue

Valentines Day Chocolate fondue

If you are on a college student budget, Valentines Day can be a nightmare—the price of roses spikes, restaurants nicer than the campus dining hall are out of your price range and no one really needs another teddy bear! The good news is that it’s not too late to do something totally cool and inexpensive, without racking up your credit card bill. Check out these cheap Valentines Day ideas that will definitely woo your sweetie! Not into celebrating Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry. We’ve got your Anti Valentines Day covered too! Read more

Photos on Amazon cloud drive, unlocked cell phones are now illegal, Questia’s iPhone app and online trends

Death Star petition meme

Totally trending: It’s our Internet and technology roundup

Get out your iPhone and download the new Questia iPhone app, or use your android phone to upload photos with Amazon Cloud Drive Photos. Just don’t do it on unlocked cell phones – back in October 2012, unlocking a cell phone without your carrier’s permission became illegal, and the grace period after the ruling passed ended in January 2013. If you unlocked your phone before that, you’re safe – but don’t do it with a new device! Read more

How to build your savings account and stay out of debt — and yes, there’s an app for that!

Savings accountThere are many ways to begin building a savings account, and they all may seem impossible now that you’re in the middle of your college career. However, with a little determination and organization (and apps to help), you can learn how to build your savings account that will, in turn, help you stay out of debt! Here are some tips to get you started — and, believe it or not, there’s an app for that! Read more

Top tips on how to get a tutoring job and what it can do for you

Tutoring in collegeBecoming a tutor can be a great way to help support yourself while you are in school. If you excel at a particular subject and have a desire to share that knowledge with others, tutoring could be right down your alley. Plus, you might be surprised at how rewarding it can be. So how do you find one of these elusive tutoring jobs at your university or another nearby school? Read on to find out. Read more

Study help: Academic tutoring and college writing centers take the stress out of studying

study helpAs you finished up the end of your previous semester, you may have felt as if you were barely able to keep your head above water. As you venture into this new semester, however, take a look at all the study help options you have available including academic tutoring centers and college writing centers and make sure you stay on track from the get-go.

Check out the writing lab

Most schools have a learning center, tutor center and/or writing lab where students can get help with their term papers and projects. Read more