3 organization tips for a successful college student

Let’s face it, organization is the bane of existence for any college student. However, for the unorganized student, packing your things at the end of the semester is always the best part of the year. You think you lost every single left sock, but then magically they all appear from the depths of the dirty laundry pile that hasn’t been touched for a few weeks… only to be lost again after one use.

Start the school year with some helpful organization tips. (Credit: Tumblr)

Start the school year with some helpful organization tips. (Credit: Tumblr)

If you are thinking to yourself, “I know where every single left sock I own is” then this post is not for you, although I hardly believe it. Organization is key to a stress free college life, I promise you that. Knowing where everything is in your dorm makes life just simpler. Here are some tips to becoming a more organized person while you are at college. Read more

Want an alternative to college? Here are 3 ideas!

While many high school students go directly into college after graduating, others take a unique path as an alternative to college. I wish I had taken a year off so I could earn money and mature a little—fourteen years in a row of school gets mentally tiring!

Have you considered an alternative to college? (Credit: New York Post/Shutterstock)

Have you considered an alternative to college? (Credit: New York Post/Shutterstock)

Here are some alternative ideas: take a two-year program, such as an associate in science or associate of arts degree; get IT certification (for example, Microsoft offers its MCP certification); or take a gap year between high school and college to gain experience or work before enjoying college life. Read more

Best calendar apps for keeping track of your college schedule

I’ve converted to Google Calendar for anything that I want to give me a reminder or events I share with other friends or coworkers. But for my assignments, I still use a print calendar and write down all the important due dates. As you’re getting into fall semester, how well have you mastered your class schedule?

Which calendar apps are best at keeping you organized? (Credit: at the Pool)

Which calendar apps are best at keeping you organized? (Credit: at the Pool)

Is your current calendar system working, or do you need to take a look at the best calendar apps? Making sure you’ve got all your dates in order is a must for college students: be ready for your mid-term, final or your winter break by getting everything into one cohesive calendar. Read more

Tips for college freshmen avoiding the “red zone”

It’s the beginning of September, and you’ve likely been on campus for a week (or three). The first six weeks of college can be a big adjustment, especially for college freshmen. I’d been a relatively sheltered teen from a small town in Iowa when I started college in Western Massachusetts on a campus with a far more liberal culture than I’d previously experienced, and with a much more diverse student body.

Schools are telling freshmen to not expect safe zones at college. (Credit: Heat Street)

Schools are telling freshmen to not expect safe zones at college.(Credit: Heat Street)

There are big discussions going on about how college students engage with new ideas and opinions that challenge their assumptions about the world: pundits debate the merit of “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” as in the letter the University of Chicago Dean of Students sent out to incoming freshmen recently. How can you best adjust to college life and avoid the dangers of the so called “red zone” of the first six weeks of school? Take a look at what’s being said and decide how you should react to it. Read more

7 workout tips from a Division I athlete

Working out is a topic that everyone wants to know about, but there are so many different opinions that it is hard to know what is the right way to do things. Here are seven workout tips from my experience as a Division I athlete.

Here are some helpful workout tips for college students. (Credit: Lifestyle Fitness)

Here are some helpful workout tips for college students. (Credit: Lifestyle Fitness)

This is the most basic information to keep in mind while you work out. Enjoy! Read more

Top 4 scams for college students to avoid

College is a time to learn, try new things and find your own identity. Unfortunately, others are seeking your identity, too. College students are vulnerable to all sorts of scams and types of identity theft. Just at a time in life when you’re starting to build a good credit score, scammers can derail your plans.

Beware of scams targeted at college students. (Credit: Rent.com)

Beware of scams targeted at college students. (Credit: Rent.com)

One of the most common is the student loan forgiveness scam, but there are plenty of other ways that students can get ripped off. Read more

Bucket list ideas for your senior year

Congratulations! You’ve made it to your senior year of college. You’ve spent the last three years focusing on classes and probably having some fun, but there may still be a few items on your college bucket list.

What would you include in your senior year bucket list? (Credit: InternQueen)

What would you include in your senior year bucket list? (Credit: InternQueen)

Now is the time to make the most of your last year in college with this list of fun ways to wrap up your college experience. Read more

A day in the life of Division I athletes

So many high school athletes dream of making it in Division I athletics. It is a dream that is certainly attainable with hard work and discipline, but most of those young athletes don’t understand what the life of a Division I athlete really looks like.

Find out more about the life of college athletes. (Credit: Campus Basement)

Find out more about the life of college athletes. (Credit: Campus Basement)

So, here is what my daily routine looks like for those of you who are trying to become Division I athletes or for those college students who just wonder what the athletes do all day. Keep in mind, not every athlete’s schedule is the same: Read more

Top 3 freshman survival tips from an upperclassman

If you are like me at all, walking into college freshman year can be one of the scariest things you will ever do, second maybe to when you get a text from your mom saying “we need to talk.” This post is from me to you about a handful of things that I wish someone told me when my parents dropped me off for my first year at Liberty University. Don’t go overboard and start thinking that this is the only way to make it through college and blow off any other advice you get—although that would flatter me—this is simply just a cheat sheet for success in your first year.

Follow these helpful freshman tips. (Credit: Fresh U)

Follow these helpful freshman tips. (Credit: Fresh U)

Remember, college looks different for everyone so some of these things might resonate with you and some of them might not, who knows (I definitely don’t), but what I do know is that a little advice from someone other than your parents—more specifically advice from someone who hasn’t been out of college for more than 25 years—is a nice change every once in a while. So take this with a grain of salt and enjoy the next few years at the greatest school you will ever experience. Read more

How to get organized with a planner as you head back to school

As summer winds down it’s time for college students to think about how to get organized and head back to school. My best piece of advice is investing in a planner to keep yourself organized!

Keep yourself organized with a planner. (Credit: The College Girl Daily)

Keep yourself organized with a planner. (Credit: The College Girl Daily)

Assuming you’re going to be living in the dorm, you might appreciate a few organizing tips and college hacks that I came up with. Read more