New college rankings—How do we determine who is the best?

Everyone wants to be number one—institutions of higher education are not exempt from this. But figuring out who is the best can be a tricky proposition.

How much do college rankings matter? (Credit: American Observer)

How much do college rankings matter? (Credit: American Observer)

The latest college rankings have just been revealed, but what do they really say about which are the best colleges and what we value in education? Read more

DIY Halloween costumes for college students

I know what you’re thinking—it’s September! It’s not time to start thinking about Halloween yet! Well, that depends on whether or not you want to be the star of every Halloween party on campus. (Or, frankly, whether you want to avoid waiting until the last minute to throw something together.) Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I’ve always looked forward to throwing together weird craft supplies and accessories to create something new and cool that’s reminiscent of my favorite characters.

Take the DIY route for your costume this year. (Credit: Giphy)

Take the DIY route for your costume this year. (Credit: Giphy)

In college, Halloween costumes shouldn’t set back your budget, and there are a lot of fun DIY Halloween costume options that don’t take a lot of money or time. Here are some ideas for college students on getting ready for the upcoming holiday. Read more

Handling money life hacks for college students

In case you haven’t realized it yet, handling money can be hard. Do you feel like you have the financial literacy skills to make the most of what money you do have? It is never too late to learn some life hacks for money management.

What are your best tips for handling money? (Credit: Newsplex)

What are your best tips for handling money? (Credit: Newsplex)

Maybe you are living off mom and dad now, but all college students need to understand the ins and outs of money so they don’t make bad choices that will haunt them in the long run. Read more

How HB2 is affecting NCAA athletics in North Carolina

Fans of college athletics know how important college basketball is in the state of North Carolina. The recent news that the NCAA won’t play any basketball championships in 2017 because of the HB2 bill has upset more than the fans, especially after the ACC followed in their footsteps.

HB2 law has created issues for North Carolina in regards to college sports. (Credit: USA Today Sports)

HB2 law has created issues for North Carolina in regards to college sports. (Credit: USA Today Sports)

Both groups’ decisions will have major impacts on the state financially, but it is also a blow to fans of college sports in North Carolina. Read more

A college roommate agreement is a great idea. Here’s why.

During your college years you’ll likely be living in some kind of a group situation; either it’s dorm life or sharing a house or apartment. Either way, college students have to find a way to get along with roommates. If you’re lucky, you get an easy roommate but living in close quarters and dealing with stress can cause conflict among the best of friends.

Do you think a college roommate agreement is necessary? (Credit: Campus Riot)

Do you think a college roommate agreement is necessary? (Credit: Campus Riot)

What if you get someone who drives you crazy? That’s when a college roommate agreement can come in handy. Read more

College life plan: 4 ways to break out of your comfort zone

College students often find college a scary place whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. Everything is new, you’re independent from mom and dad, and your education depends solely on the choices you make.

How do you want to step out of your comfort zone this year? (Credit: GoWeLoveIt)

How do you want to step out of your comfort zone this year? (Credit: GoWeLoveIt)

Playing it safe can hold you back from the wonders college offers. So here are some do-it-yourself tips to get out of your comfort zone and enjoy college life. Read more

How to create a great study space for yourself

You’ve had a couple (or a few) weeks to get into your semester. Have you found that perfect study space yet? Many college students have study rooms right in the dorm, but others prefer the library.

Create a study space that will keep you focused this school year. (Credit: Getty Images)

Create a study space that will keep you focused this school year. (Credit: Getty Images)

I always preferred my desk (or bed) and my laptop, but having brushed up on some study tips, I realize I probably could have done better! For some lifehacks on creating your own perfect study space, check out these tips. Read more

Disclaimer: Trigger warnings may (or may not) be unsuitable for college campuses

The topic of trigger warnings on college campuses have sparked a widespread debate across the country just recently. Seen as a trend more severe than political correctness, the college campus has become a safe zone, free of trigger warnings and microaggression.

Do you believe trigger warnings are good or bad for college campuses? (Credit: The Atlantic)

Do you believe trigger warnings are good or bad for college campuses? (Credit: The Atlantic)

College professors on some campuses are expected to warn students about potentially discomforting material. Continue reading to learn more about the value and the opposition of trigger warnings. Read more

DIY waterproof canvas bag (and tips to save your phone)

Have you ever gotten caught in the rain on the way to class or to your off-campus job? I remember one day I walked to the city bus, thinking my rain coat and umbrella would be enough to keep me dry. By the time I arrived at my job, my pants were soaked up to my knees. Best not to mention how my backpack made it. If you live in an area that’s prone to heavy rain, you may need to waterproof your bag, or find a way to save your phone from torrential downpours!

Waterproof your phone to prevent having to buy a new one. (Credit: EasyAcc)

Waterproof your phone to prevent having to buy a new one. (Credit: EasyAcc)

Check out these DIY projects to take care of your stuff with some Ziplock bags, paraffin or beeswax (or maybe even something you can pick up at health services—stay tuned). Read more

7 things to look forward to this college semester

When I moved into college, as a freshman and in later years as an upper classman, I was excited to discover all the new things I would get to see and do on the college campus.

There is much to look forward to each semester of college. (Credit: McPherson College)

There is much to look forward to each semester of college. (Credit: McPherson College)

College life offers many activities and events to look forward to this college semester. Read more