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 the fall semester begins. But say you’re miles from a real beach?

What do you suggest bringing to a beach party? (Credit: Goa Streets)

What do you suggest bringing to a beach party? (Credit: Goa Streets)

You can still embrace party themes celebrating all things beachy by organizing a beach party. Have a budget? No problem. You can select party games, foods, and decorations while keeping everything on the cheap. Check out these ideas for indoor or outdoor beach parties this summer. Read more

Combating the opioid epidemic with substance-free college dorms

The recent untimely death of music icon Prince has refocused our attention on prescription painkillers. But the problem has been a growing one for sometime, even within many colleges and universities. In fact, many university campuses have been trying to help combat the opioid epidemic by offering substance-free college dorms for students struggling with addiction.

Find out how colleges are combating the opioid epidemic. (Credit: Public Health Watch)

Find out how colleges are combating the opioid epidemic. (Credit: Public Health Watch)

These so-called “sober dorms” are becoming more popular as use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription drugs have grown. Read more

9 best websites for college students

There’s so much information out there to help you with college life, dorm life and social life on your college campus. How do you know where to start? Although I always start with Facebook and Twitter, there are many websites and resources to help college students muddle through.

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Here are some tips about a few of the best websites that are useful in surviving college. Read more

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.

There are many helpful first aid tips you should know. (Credit: Medscape)

There are many helpful first aid tips you should know. (Credit: Medscape)

One of the news articles I read that lifted my spirits a bit was the story of a nursing student, Joshua McGill, who was at Pulse and, despite fears for his own life, he stopped to save one of the shooting victims, literally taking his own shirt off his back to stop the other man’s bleeding. Read more

Pros and cons of single-sex college

When I started applying to colleges, I never considered an all-girls school. I felt that part of becoming an adult was learning how to communicate and work with men as well as women. But there’s a lot of debate on whether a single-sex college campus actually improves academics. Here are pros and cons of single-sex education for college students.

Would you attend a single-sex college? (Credit: Skirt Collective)

Would you attend a single-sex college? (Credit: Skirt Collective)

Single-gender colleges are rare and getting rarer. Over the years, people questioned the exclusivity and relevance of single-gender colleges. Today while there are about 40 all-female colleges, there are only four all-male colleges. On co-ed campuses, there is a predominance of women—71% of women enroll in college right after high school compared with 61% men. Read more

Social media and technology in the classroom: Yay or nay?

Soon the days of the teachers telling college students “Put away your phones” will be gone (if they haven’t already done so). Or so some educators think, as social media is permeating the college classroom.

Find out how social media in the classroom can be beneficial. (Credit: Brianna Crowley)

Find out how social media in the classroom can be beneficial. (Credit: Brianna Crowley)

Teachers and professors are embracing social networking and technology in the classroom to improve academics and connect with students. Both students and teachers can combine technology and education to improve learning. Read more

Body image talk: Stop worrying and learn to love your body

Recently I saw singer LeAnn Rimes on the Doctor Oz show talking about her struggles with her body image and how she has been the victim of body shaming. Wow! I never would have thought that someone so talented and good-looking would have a problem with self image.

Show yourself some love with a positive body image. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Show yourself some love with a positive body image. (Credit: Huffington Post)

But even my hero, Amy Schumer, has gone public about her own struggles. So if your Freshman 15 is still hanging around during your junior year (I’m with you, girl!) we should talk about body image issues. Read more

Not ready for college? How about taking a gap year?

Taking a gap year has been pretty common in Great Britain for the past four or five decades, but fewer American students have opted to wait a year before starting college. That may be changing now that First Daughter Malia Obama has opted to wait a year before heading off to Harvard. Worried that you are not ready for college?

Have you considered a gap year? (Credit: Longfield Academy)

Have you considered a gap year? (Credit: Longfield Academy)

There are things you need to know if you want to get your parents on board with the idea. First of all you have to create a plan, and I’ve got some tips to help you convince your parents, too. Read more

How to develop coping skills as an introvert in college

What does it mean to be an introvert? I always think of it as being defined by where you get the energy you need to recharge. Do you find that being around others energizes you, or do you need time to yourself to feel like taking on the world?

Would you consider yourself an introvert? (Credit: Shutterstock)

Would you consider yourself an introvert? (Credit: Shutterstock)

If you are an introvert, you need some life hacks to get ahead, develop coping skills and succeed without being overshadowed by extroverts. Read on for coping mechanisms on how to make working with others easier. Read more

First aid kit must haves for summer (not so much) fun

When a friend and I went biking, she fell and scraped her shin on a ragged log, causing her leg to bleed profusely. We only had a handkerchief and some tissues to take care of it until we could go to the emergency room. When an injury strikes, you don’t want to wonder what you should do or what supplies you should have on hand.

What should one include in their first aid kit? (Credit: VIVO)

What should one include in their first aid kit? (Credit: VIVO)

You should be prepared ahead of time by following some simple safety rules so you can have a fun summer. Here are some summer safety tips for preparing a first aid kit and dealing with bug bites and heatstroke. Read more