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 trivia about Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, away in your head.

The Olympics are named for the city of Olimpia, Greece, where they started in antiquity in honor of Zeus. (Credit: Alana Abbott)

The Olympics are named for the city of Olimpia, Greece, where they started in antiquity in honor of Zeus. (Credit: Alana Abbott)

Here are some of the quick bits of trivia you need to know to sound like an Olympics expert in conversation for the next couple of weeks. Read more

Understand political terms with your very own dictionary

Now that the Democratic Party and Republican Party have chosen their candidates the rhetoric will really heat up. I’ve been watching a lot of political commentary on TV and, wow, there are plenty of political terms to keep track of.

Now is a good time to learn your political terms. (Credit: Mount Dora Citizen)

Now is a good time to learn your political terms. (Credit: Mount Dora Citizen)

What exactly do the candidates mean when they talk about being liberal or conservative? What is an oligarchy and why does it scare people? There are fewer than 100 days until the presidential election on November 8, 2016, so it’s about time we clarified all the political jargon. Read more

The do’s and don’ts of your first credit card

A good credit score has a big impact on the rest of your life — from buying a house to even your insurance rate. That’s why college students need to be thinking about how to get your first credit card and start establishing good credit now.

Be sure to use your first credit card wisely. (Credit: Pexels)

Be sure to use your first credit card wisely. (Credit: Pexels)

Read on for the things you need to know to make this happen for you. Read more

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 talking about the Olympics, of course. NBC has the coverage for the Rio 2016 Olympics, but if you don’t get NBC, how do you watch the events you want?

Don't miss a moment of the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Credit: Associated Press)

Don’t miss a moment of the 2016 Rio Olympics. (Credit: Associated Press)

For the first time ever, you can watch highlights on social media! Snapchat and NBCU (the parent company) came to a deal earlier this year to release some of the best bits outside of NBC’s app. Check out these tips on how to catch the Olympics you want without committing to your TV. Read more

DIY one pot meals to prevent that Freshman 15

College students get a bad rap for eating food that is unhealthy and bad for them. But you can fight that stereotype by creating some good-for-you, one pot meals.

Find out how to add one pot meals to your list of recipes. (Credit: Apron Strings)

Find out how to add one pot meals to your list of recipes. (Credit: Apron Strings)

Having a healthy diet is something that will only help you succeed in college. Read more

Affirmative action programs upheld in college admissions

Some people have argued that in the twenty-first century, there should be no more need for affirmative action programs based on race or racial quotas in college admission decisions.

Find out how affirmative action affects college admissions. (Credit: Jose Luis Magaua/Reuters)

Find out how affirmative action affects college admissions. (Credit: Jose Luis Magaua/Reuters)

Others argue that racism is still prevalent in America and that affirmative action is unfortunately still a necessity as minorities continue to be discriminated against when it comes to admission to college. The Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas decided that colleges can use race in admitting college students. Read more

Career opportunities for an art degree

Some students think (and some parents fear) that getting an art degree means that you’ll spend your life trying to sell paintings or drawings on the sidewalk and live the stereotypical life of a “starving artist.”

Find out which jobs you can have that utilize your art degree. (Credit: Student World Online)

Find out which jobs you can have that utilize your art degree. (Credit: Student World Online)

In actuality, college students contemplating a bachelor of fine arts, or BFA, degree have far more career opportunities open to them than just being an art teacher or illustrator. An art education incorporates many skills and opens graduates up to a varied and fulfilling career. Read more

DNC recap: The importance of voting for college students

There were a whole host of guest speakers planned for the four days of the Democratic National Convention. Some were known political players, but for many the most memorable speeches came from the ordinary Americans slated to speak about the issues and obstacles they have faced.

Here's what college students should know about the DNC. (Credit: Ohio DCCA)

Here’s what college students should know about the DNC. (Credit: Ohio DCCA)

Why should college students care about the DNC or the election at all? Here are the things you need to know about why voting is important. Read more

Heading to an out-of-state college? Here are 3 ways to prepare

The Higher Education Research Institute’s annual college freshman survey found that 20 percent of college students attend a school that is 500 miles away from home. Whether that means you are going to an out-of-state college or just heading across state, it is still a long way to be from home.

Find out more about how to prepare for attending an out-of-state college. (Credit: Unigo)

Find out more about how to prepare for attending an out-of-state college. (Credit: Unigo)

Beyond the basic skills of how to take care of yourself, what are some of the other things to keep in mind when you are figuring out how to prepare for this new stage of life? Read more

3 current trends in the college admission process

The college admission process can be a crazy and scary time—after all, you are basically using the next four years of your life to decide the rest of your life. Not to freak you out or anything … I know that the ins and outs of applying have changed.

The college admission process isn't what it used to be. (Credit: Yinyang, Getty Images)

The college admission process isn’t what it used to be. (Credit: Yinyang, Getty Images)

I’ve done some digging to find the three emerging trends that coming applicants may see when it comes to personalized learning, specialized degrees and the role of social media in their college experience. Read more