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Senior year—things you need to know before graduation

Whether you are closing in on your last semester of college, or you simply like to plan ahead, those last few months of senior year will go by fast and graduation day will be here. I just remember a blur of panic and packing and a ridiculously heavy load of classes for my already-checked-out brain.

Graduation is almost here. Are you ready for it? (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

Graduation is almost here. Are you ready for it? (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

But you can avoid all that with a list of the things you need to know before graduation. Read more

Do you have a cold or flu? Things college students need to know

College campuses are like the dream environment for a cold or flu. In fact, I am pretty sure there is a sickness convention somewhere, and all the germs gather to share tips on the best places to infect people, with airplanes and colleges fighting for top honors.

Ways to tell if you have a cold or the flu. (Credit: Third Monk)

Ways to tell if you have a cold or the flu. (Credit: Third Monk)

Fighting the flu is possible, and should you succumb, there are things you need to know about the common symptoms of both and ways to feel better. Read more

Things you need to know about how to get internships

College students need internships, right? That is the common wisdom, but there are things you need to know to make that happen — for instance, how to find internships in the first place.

Internships play a key role in helping you find a job after college. (Credit: dmdcareerconsulting.com)

Internships play a key role in helping you find a job after college. (Credit: dmdcareerconsulting.com)

Or what’s the difference between paid and unpaid internships in terms of your future career prospects. Here’s the inside scoop to help you today and in the future. Read more

Things you need to know about college homecoming traditions

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and what? Who are all these old people, and why are they invading your campus before noon on a Saturday? Yes, it is time once again for college homecoming, when alumni return in droves and all manner of homecoming traditions are fondly trotted out.

Learn more about homecoming traditions. (Credit: ecseagles.us)

Learn more about homecoming traditions. (Credit: ecseagles.us)

Read on for all the things you need to know (sure wish I’d had this list in college) to either enjoy or merely survive homecoming. Read more

Things you need to know about making friends freshman year

Not to put any more pressure on you, but it is important that you focus on making friends during the first few weeks of your freshman year in college. Otherwise you will die sad and alone. Just kidding.

Making friends in college doesn't have to be hard. (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

Making friends in college doesn’t have to be hard. (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

But there are some things you need to know about the best places, times and ways to find friends when you are at school, because your bestie probably won’t be your freshman year roommate — mine sure wasn’t. Read more

Health info and the Internet—How to know if it’s valid

Want to find out what tomorrow’s temperature will be in Montserrat? Need to know the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise? Internet searches can help with any of these things you need to know. And the World Wide Web is a great resource for health info on the thousands of health care website options.

Beware of inaccurate health info that is shared through the Internet. (Credit: Photos.com)

Beware of inaccurate health info that is shared through the Internet. (Credit: Photos.com)

A recent Northwestern University study found that eight in 10 U.S. teens ages 13 to 18 use the web for answers to health questions. Are you one of them? But how to know if the facts you are finding are reliable and accurate? Read more

What college students should know about mental health problems

Mental health problems can strike any one, at any time. How to cope when they do is chief among the things you need to know.

Find out how to best cope with mental health problems. (Credit: emPower)

Find out how to best cope with mental health problems. (Credit: emPower)

Equally important is seeking help from mental health professionals as needed to help you. Read more

What you need to know about campus sexual assault

Campus sexual assault has been getting a lot of attention lately. Most rape statistics say that one in five females on campus will be assaulted sexually at some point during their college years. But the subject is not without controversy—from how accurate the numbers are, to how colleges are dealing with the problem.

Sexual assault on college campuses is more common than you think. (Credit: Old Gold & Black)

Sexual assault on college campuses is more common than you think. (Credit: Old Gold & Black)

Read on for the things you need to know about campus sexual assault. Read more

New rules from the FCC on net neutrality

The issue of net neutrality has garnered a lot of media attention lately as the FCC has been determining what the new rules will be. Open access to the Internet has become an accepted fact of life, but some had wanted to change that, allowing certain companies to charge more to use their content or to get it faster.

Learn about the new rules on net neutrality. (Credit: Rife Mob)

Learn about the new rules on net neutrality. (Credit: Rife Mob)

Here are some things you need to know about net neutrality and the new rules issued by the FCC. Read more

Credit card tips and tricks—things you need to know

When it comes to credit card tips and tricks, there are a lot of things you need to know. College students can get burned, and burned bad, by a whole host of common mistakes that will tank their credit score quicker than they can learn what is a good credit score.

Be wise about using a credit card in college. (Credit: Coupons.com)

Be wise about using a credit card in college. (Credit: Coupons.com)

Here’s the lowdown on the good, the bad and the ugly of credit cards. Read more