2016 conventions: Why college students should care

It’s summer and you’re probably not watching much television, but you should be. This week, the Republican National Convention endorsed Donald Trump as its candidate for president. Starting July 25, the Democratic National Convention is holding its convention. They will be nominating Hillary Clinton as its candidate.

Find out the importance of conventions. (Credit: Homes in Columbus)

Find out the importance of conventions. (Credit: Homes in Columbus)

Another function of political conventions is to create the policies that each party will run on. College students should pay attention to what’s going on because our choice for president will affect the country for decades to come. Read more

5 college tips for student athletes

Time management skills are difficult for all college students, never mind student athletes. It takes great determination and planning to address academic requirements and play sports. College athletes have hours of practice every day, training and exercising in the gym, meetings with the coach, and time away from schoolwork nights and weekends for games, many of which require lengthy travel to other cities and states.

Lives of student athletes are a tad different from their college peers. (Credit: LCA)

Lives of student athletes are a tad different from their college peers. (Credit: LCA)

Here are 5 college tips for on managing time so you can be both a successful athlete and college student: Read more

College classes: Pros and cons of morning and evening classes

You’re about to begin college, and while you’ve probably already completed your class schedule for the semester, you’re still hesitant whether you can handle that 8AM Chemistry lecture or that 7PM Econ 101 class. The scheduling of your college classes is a huge deal so it’s important you really consider what’s best for your brain. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Do you prefer morning or evening college classes? (Credit: USA Today HSS)

Do you prefer morning or evening college classes? (Credit: USA Today HSS)

Each of us is different and some of us work better in the mornings while others are more productive during the evening. Here are some pros and cons for both morning and evening classes – maybe this will help you decide how to schedule your college classes! Read more

3 best DIY projects for your alma mater shirts

If you just graduated high school or college, you may be realizing just how many school shirts you have. Chances are, if you’re headed to college, you don’t want to wear the old high school shirts; ditto if you’re headed to a world of dress-casual employment from college. What to do with all those old ts?

Combine your college shirts to create a unique blanket. (Credit: Sew Caroline)

Combine your college shirts to create a unique blanket. (Credit: Sew Caroline)

My drawers get a little loaded now and then with the shirts I’ve acquired, and anything that’s in good shape and doesn’t have a special nostalgia goes out the door to a local Goodwill or shelter. But for those shirts that do have a special place in my heart, I need something to do with them that doesn’t cover up what makes them special. Read more

How to handle helicopter parents when you head off to college

You may have heard a lot of jokes about helicopter parents, but there is definitely some truth behind the humor. If you suspect that your parents might be a little too involved in your life, there are some things you need to know about how to handle their intrusions so you can take back control of your life.

Are you dealing with helicopter parents? (Credit: Rebecca Dietrich)

Are you dealing with helicopter parents? (Credit: Rebecca Dietrich)

This is especially important as you begin your college career! Read more

Free tuition at public universities? Hillary Clinton says yes

Many millennials were supporting Bernie Sanders in his bid for the democratic nomination because of his stance on offering free tuition at public universities and colleges. With Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee, these same people were feeling disappointment, thinking their hopes for a college education without giant amounts of student loan debt had been dashed.

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

But not so fast, I have some exciting news! The Clinton campaign announced that they now have a free tuition plan, too. But how does it stack up to Bernie’s plan? Let’s see, shall we? Read more

“You sure you want to eat that?”… 6 food safety tips for college dorms

College students’ lifestyles may not be the most hygienic regarding bacteria and germs on food and food handling. Even if you have a mini fridge, there is a chance for food borne contamination to occur. Take some common sense steps to assure food safety, eliminate food contamination and create a college dorm checklist for basic food safety rules.

A sign that it's time to learn some food safety tips. (Credit: Playbuzz)

A sign that it’s time to learn some food safety tips. (Credit: Playbuzz)

In college I grabbed food whenever and wherever I could find it. I brought extra food home from the cafeteria, mooched pizza leftovers from friends, and cleaned out the mini fridge twice all semester. How many mornings did I eat pizza that that been left out over night? (Lots!) Read more

Reasons to join a club or organization on your college campus

A great way to meet new people and share fun student activities is to join a club or organization on your college campus. College students learn to socialize, network and learn new things in the club or student organization, so get out and have some fun!

One perk of joining a club in college is that it's a fun way to step away from the everyday stress. (Credit: DYC.com)

One perk of joining a club in college is that it’s a fun way to step away from the everyday stress. (Credit: DYC.com)

Remember the scene in Monsters University where Mike is walking through campus on opening day and tables are set up with students handing out flyers to join their club? Read more

4 easy ways to make your summer better (if it’s not already awesome)

I’m always looking for ways to make my summer easier. It can be hard for me to remember to keep hydrated when I’m out for a day in the sun, and though I’m good at remembering my sunscreen most of the time, I’ve been known to come home with a nasty sunburn now and then.

Dealing with a sunburn is no way to spend your summer. (Credit: Mercola.com)

Dealing with a sunburn is no way to spend your summer. (Credit: Mercola.com)

If you’re looking for some outdoor tips and tricks to make your summer better, check out these four summer life hacks. Read more