Entries by Alana Joli Abbott

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 […]

4 ways to binge watch your favorite shows without flunking out

A few years ago, I binge-watched Eureka. All five seasons. Mostly in order. (Actually, a friend recommended I start on season 4 before going back to the earlier seasons, which in hindsight I find to be excellent advice.) It’s a truth that more viewers, and more college students, binge watch television, especially when services like […]

Should I avoid that chocolate or not?

It hit the news this week: consumer advocate group As You Sow released a survey that chocolate has more lead content than recommended. In fact, they said the lead in chocolate is nine times the amount considered safe by California law. Looking at the pile of empty candy wrappers on the corner of my desk, […]

5 ways to protect your personal information online

The recent Verizon hack may have you worried: how much personal information do you have stored where someone could hack into it? I have so many online accounts—Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other stores and banks and credit cards—that there’s a bunch of my personal information online. Even with all the privacy […]

Tech tips: Should I or should I not upgrade my desktop?

Confession: I decided last week to upgrade to Windows 10 on my Windows 7 desktop. For purposes of full understanding, my desktop is the computer where I do all my work, and where I keep all my assignments. For the most part, I do a good job of keeping everything backed up, either to the […]

Go ahead and have that cup of coffee!

Admission: I love Starbucks. I dig independent coffee shops. I brew coffee at home. I add all sorts of crazy stuff to my coffee to make it just the way I like it (sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, sometimes imitation rum extract to emulate the out-of-season Tiramisu Latte Starbucks had for awhile). Some people might say that […]

3 money saving ideas that might actually work!

It’s not easy being a poor college student. While I balance studying for classes with work study and other jobs on campus, I will still end up with a huge student loan balance to pay off after graduation. Lucky for me, my food is included in those loans, and I eat most of my meals in the cafeteria. […]