VIDEO: Combat Stress With Optimism and Breathing Exercises

So, you’re a college student who’s feeling stressed. I get it! Sure, stress can make you stronger, but it can also make you feel worse than you already do. Thankfully, there are a few ways to make life a little bit easier and they start with YOU.

In this short video Diane Hales, author of Personal Stress Management: Surviving to Thriving, shares her best tips on how the stress paradox works and some helpful breathing techniques you can use to help yourself relax. Read more

Advice I Would’ve Given Myself in High School

As I progress to my second semester of college, I have been reflecting a lot on my high school career and all the things I would’ve done differently. These things include academic endeavors and even social events that I would or wouldn’t have gone to.

So, without further ado, here is some advice that I would’ve given myself in high school. Read more

Got Senioritis? Survival Tips For Your Last Semester

When that final semester of college rolls around, it can be hard to stay focused, much less interested, in your classes. If you are like most college students, including myself, you feel like you have got this one locked up. In the bag. Done and done. Basically you have that feeling of wanting to blow off everything that you had at the end of high school, except now it is back with a vengeance because the next stop is the real world.

Learn how to survive senioritis. (Credit: Berkeley News)

Learn how to survive senioritis. (Credit: Berkeley News)

But you can get through senioritis, without tanking your GPA or alienating your friends, with some hard-learned survival tips. Read on. Read more

Do Men or Women Have The Dirtiest Dorm Room?

Cleaning isn’t at the top of your to-do list as a college student. To start with, no one likes to clean, and without your mom bugging you, odds are you push that unpleasant task out of your mind. But your dorm room may be even nastier than you think based on a recent study to determine who had the dirtiest dorm – men vs. women.

I would like to say that the ladies came out as leaders in the world of cleanliness, but you may be surprised at how many germs and bacteria were found in the living spaces of either sex. Read more

Organization Tips and Ideas To Help You Stay Organized

With a new semester getting into high gear, college students are going to need all the help they can get to stay organized and meet all of their deadlines. Can you find all of your important supplies when you need them?

How about locating that reading assignment or the research that you spent hours compiling? It’s time to look at some dorm room ideas and organization tips to get organized before it’s too late. Read more

How To Not Get In a Tax-Related Identity Theft Scam

As if filing your tax return weren’t stressful enough, now you have to worry about tax fraud and someone stealing your identity. What is identity theft? In this case, it’s when someone files a fake tax return using your identity in order to claim an income tax refund.

Don't let identity theft happen to you. (Credit: Pexels)

Don’t let identity theft happen to you. (Credit: Pexels)

Then your legit tax return gets rejected and you don’t get your refund. The IRS wants to alert college students about this scam because we are often at risk. Read more

6 Spring Break Tips For Stress-Free International Travel

Some adventurous college students decide to travel international for spring break destinations for a memorable experience. You’ll learn about other cultures, eat exotic foods, and see beautiful scenery.

Travel with ease for your spring break trip. (Credit: Pexels)

Travel with ease for your spring break trip. (Credit: Pexels)

But traveling to another country can be a source of stress if not approached with careful planning and realistic expectations. Here are some tips for safety and CDC recommendations for international travel. Read more

How to Crush Your Research Paper or Oral Presentation

It doesn’t matter what you’re studying—inevitably, you’re going to have to write a research paper or give an oral presentation this semester. I wrote papers in my Calculus I class! Requirements are going to depend on your professor, but it’s more than likely that as a college student, you’ve got at least one research paper looming, and one oral presentation on the syllabus. If you already have a few years of college under your belt, you more than likely have a few life hacks you’ve developed for handling these deadlines.

Perfect your public speaking and research paper skills. (Credit: Pexels)

Perfect your public speaking and research paper skills. (Credit: Pexels)

One of mine: start early! If you know you’re going to have a big paper due at the end of the semester, don’t wait until the last minute to get started. Read on for a few more life hacks I’ve gathered on research papers and oral presentations. Read more

4 Ways To Go Green on Your Campus

Being a college student can not only be expensive, but it can be very wasteful as well. The plastic water bottles you bring to class each day and the paper cup full of coffee you throw away can add up each day and each semester.

Make your campus a cleaner place when you go green. (Credit: Civic Arts Project)

Make your campus a cleaner place when you go green. (Credit: Civic Arts Project)

Our generation can make a difference in the environment now, and here are some ways you can do this on your campus: Read more

5 Things To Do When You Owe Taxes

For many college students, living with debt is just a fact of life. But when you owe money with your federal tax return, things can get serious fast. The tax return deadline this year is April 18, 2017, and you have until then to figure out how to pay what you owe. If you don’t satisfy the payment requirements, you could find your wages garnished.

Here's to hoping you don't have to owe taxes. (Credit: Pexels)

Here’s to hoping you don’t have to owe taxes. (Credit: Pexels)

But it doesn’t have to go that far if you take action. Here are some tax tips for what you can do when you owe Uncle Sam. Read more