Entries by Alana Joli Abbott

Your must-know first aid and self defense tips

Like many in the United States, I’ve watched the news coverage of the Orlando shooting on June 12, 2016, with dismay. So many lives ended in a short moment, in a space where people believed they were safe—it’s hard to even wrap my head around the terror and sadness. One of the news articles I […]

10 best fitness apps to gamify your workout

Here’s my latest workout bummer: I track my exercise with a fitness app I like that has a bunch of cool social features. The problem? Too few of my friends are using the same tracker! It is really hard to compete with my workout pals if we aren’t all on the same app. I realize […]

Ways you can volunteer on campus

It can be tough to figure out how to balance volunteering in the community with all the other responsibilities on campus. I know I’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities trying to keep up with my work-study job and my class work; it can be hard to find time to volunteer. But if you’re […]

How do you workout on campus?

Everyone has that friend on Facebook: the one who’s always trying a new workout or a new cleanse and wants you to start buying Arbonne or go to a BBG meeting. Some of those friends get so involved with the workouts that they get involved as coaches, or as direct sales consultants for the products. […]

What to know about vaccines for college students

Heading abroad for a summer term? If you’re traveling out of country, or just getting ready for next semester, now might be a good time to check on your immunization record. It’s important for college students to support herd immunity on campus–the more people who get vaccines, the less chance of anyone getting sick. When you […]

Paying for college: Are small scholarships worth the essay?

It’s common knowledge: apply for scholarships and you’ll be better able to afford college, right? Certainly, large scholarships are the best ones to receive: $10k or $25k off of that $70k per year college bill makes a huge difference in the amount you have to cover. I wonder now if I should have applied for more […]

Would Bernie Sanders’s free tuition plan help all college students?

Free tuition? Sounds like a dream! I would love to be able to graduate from college without being saddled with loads of college debt. It will take me years to pay off my loans, and my parents will have loans from my college, my younger sister’s college tuition, and my mother’s master’s degree program to […]

Solar initiatives on campus to help students go green

I am a big fan of solar energy. I love seeing all the solar panels that look like they’re growing along the highway; there’s a fantastic field of solar panels near Hartford, CT’s Bradley International Airport, which is the closest large airport to where I live. I’m really encouraged by those initiatives to go green, […]

Ideas for your summer reading list

Odds are, you’re either finished with your semester or you’re almost finished. You might be dreaming of a summer filled with sun and fun and no books at all. Even though I take mostly lit classes, I still like to do a little summer reading. Some friends of mine put together a list of books they […]

How to make your video go viral

I was just reading the other day about how Kevin Olusola became a part of the A Capella group Pentatonix because they liked a viral video he posted of himself celloboxing. Some videos go viral in complete surprise to their creators. Others, though, become viral videos due to some hard work by the creator before […]