10 Tips for How To Save Your Spring Semester

There can be many reasons, as a college student, that you find yourself midway through spring semester tanking academically.

Get help before spring semester ends. (Credit: rgbstock)

Get help before spring semester ends. (Credit: rgbstock)

But your grades can be salvaged if you follow my tried and true tips for how to save your semester. I’ve listed my top 10 below for your salvation. Read more

Short on Cash? Start a Business in College

While I was working on my B.A., I had five on campus jobs—sometimes all at once!—to offset the high cost of college. But while I was tutoring, filling all my work study hours in the library or the public affairs office and working as a resident assistant and a student driver, there were other college students savvy enough to start a business in college.

If you’re trying to find a way to make money in college to pay for your books, or your tuition, and you’re tired of holding down a bunch of part time positions (like I was!), you might want to look into self-starter options you can use to make money without interfering with your academic career. Read more

Lack of Sleep and How It Affects College Students

Your parents have probably gone on and on about it. Your professors and maybe even your doctor has mentioned it. What is the big deal about getting enough sleep? Sure, you know you feel grumpy and off your game without it, but this is real life as a college student and sometimes a lack of sleep is part of the bargain.

I hate to break it to you, but the effects of little or no sleep can be serious and there are even more things you need to know. Read on. Read more

How to Write The Perfect Cover Letter

Learning how to write a cover letter as a college student is probably not at the top of your to do list. I get it—you probably think that a cover letter is only necessary for after graduation when you begin your job search. Not true. A cover letter is needed even if you are applying for an internship, and, if you are a senior, you shouldn’t be waiting until after graduation to start your job search.

I’ve got some DIY tips to guide you through the cover letter process. Read more

Finish Your Research Papers Before Making This Windows Upgrade: Here’s Why

You may recall reading about my anxieties with my Windows 10 upgrade last March. (You can read about it in “Tech Tips: Should I or should I not upgrade my desktop?“—if that’s TL;DR, the short version is that upgrading a too-old PC to Windows 10 crashed the box, made it lose the Internet, and resulted in my having to get a new computer after months of working with IT to get it fixed).

Learn more now about the latest tech support end for Windows. (Credit: Windows)

Learn more now about the latest tech support end for Windows. (Credit: Windows)

But there’s reason to be glad I’m on it now: for some PC owners, support for their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 boxes may be gone with the processor. If you’re running either of those, here’s what you need to know. Read more

Running Out of Storage Space on Your Phone? Try These Tips!

I am really bad about emptying the trash on my computer. So I understand that tidying up the apps on your phone may not be high on your priority list as a college student. But I’ve also been in that spot when I get the storage space running out alert on my phone, and it won’t let me take a picture. That is super not cool.

Improve your phone's storage space with our tips. (Credit: How-To Geek)

Improve your phone’s storage space with our tips. (Credit: How-To Geek)

Read on for some life hacks to manage your phone apps and ensure that you always have extra storage on whatever mobile device you can’t live without. Read more

Changes to FAFSA and What To Do About It

Filling out the FAFSA is frustrating under the best circumstances. While I was excited about some of the ways the application process was made easier this past fall (“Get ready to apply for the FAFSA“), it looks like some of the tools to make life easier actually got harder in the past month. If you’re attending (or applying to) college in one of the states where the FAFSA deadline has already passed, or if you already completed the application: congratulations! You’re done and don’t have to worry.

Get the latest on the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: Iowa State Daily)

Get the latest on the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: Iowa State Daily)

For the rest of us who tend to put things off until the last minute, plan to set some time aside, pull together your parents’ 2015 IRS paperwork, and get ready to manually enter all that data into the FAFSA. The Data Retrieval Tool, which allowed students to grab that data and fill it out almost instantly, has gone down with no revival date in site. Read more

4 Ways to Manage Stress

As college students, we tend to get bogged down with assignments, homework and exams as the semester rolls on. It’s hard for us to utilize the plethora of stress relieving techniques out there because the thought of adding yet another activity—to our already drowning schedule—seems daunting!

Well, good news is around the corner; April is Stress Awareness Month! Therefore, we have done the hard work for you! Below are 4 quick, short fire ways to relieve stress! Read more

See How Netflix Is Taking On Greek Life For College Students

Depending on your college, Greek life may play a big role in the campus activities or it may not register at all. A new Netflix movie—Burning Sands—took a fictionalized look at how college students are affected by fraternity hazing, particularly how students at traditionally African American colleges conduct this ritual.

See what Burning Sands has to say about Greek life. (Credit: MadameNoire)

See what Burning Sands has to say about Greek life. (Credit: MadameNoire)

I know for many, the topic of fraternities and sororities is tied up with multiple issues, from hazing, sexual assault and alcohol, to how these groups reinforce certain stereotypes and concepts surrounding gender and race. Read more