Entries by Alana Joli Abbott

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 […]

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

One of my favorite things about summer is ice cream. A few years ago, I got into making homemade ice cream so I could choose my own ingredients and tweak the flavors the way I wanted them. While I’ve done several projects straight from the book (or Internet), I’ve also adapted a number of recipes […]

Moving is the worst! Here’s how to make it easier

Moving can be a huge pain—even moreso if you’re not sure what to bring for your freshman year in the dorms. Dorm life varies depending on your school, but one bit of advice I have to offer is trust your instincts. I had never slept with a comforter before moving to college, so despite everyone […]

So, you want to hack the Pentagon?

I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager reading a lot of science fiction, I thought that the life of a hacker must be pretty glamorous. There was something adventurous and rebellious about the idea of navigating cyberspace. While SFF still makes some great metaphors for hacking, most of the hackers you […]

How to have a summer beach party, with or without the beach

One of my favorite summer activities is going to the beach. I grew up in Iowa, and even though I live in Connecticut now, the novelty of living so close to the coast has not worn off. If you live on the coast, you may be planning to have a beach party or two before […]

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. […]