Entries by Alana Joli Abbott

3 DIY dorm projects to stop clutter before it starts

It’s almost move in day! One of the things that I hated having to do when I was in college was clean my room. It is so easy to let clutter get out of control when you’re worried about classes, papers, and whatever social crisis is happening in your circle of friends. (In my social group, […]

Top 5 things to do when getting ready for college

Before my freshman year, I remember the flurry of getting ready as I got all the supplies I’d need for my first year on my own. Incoming college students have a lot to remember to accomplish before starting their first fall semester! Along with shopping for all the stuff you need (we’ve got recommendations for what […]

Impress your friends with these 7 Olympics fun facts

The Rio 2016 Olympics are here! I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to the Opening Ceremonies and Olympics highlights. The modern Olympics have a long history, and in case you hit any Olympics watching parties over the next couple of weeks, it might be useful to tuck some Olympics facts, or […]

Watch the Rio Olympics online so you don’t miss a single moment!

For the most part, I don’t miss live TV; I gave it up years ago in favor of streaming Netflix and Amazon Prime or watching my favorite current shows online. But every once in awhile—say every two years—there’s an event that makes me need to figure out how to get access to live coverage. I’m […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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! Remember the scene in Monsters University where Mike is […]

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. […]

Summer camping tips for college students

Aside from going to summer camp as a kid—which involved staying in cabins, not tents—I have never been camping. So it’s with some trepidation that I’ve finally agreed to spend not one, but two nights at a campsite this August with some friends. What I’ve found out so far is that camping really is a […]

You can make pancakes in your dorm room! Here’s how

One of the great things about summer vacation is having time in the morning to make pancakes if I feel like it. No breakfast beats homemade pancakes with real maple syrup! But you don’t have to give up pancakes when you move back to your dorm room in the fall. For college students, access to […]