DIY Halloween costumes for college students

I know what you’re thinking—it’s September! It’s not time to start thinking about Halloween yet! Well, that depends on whether or not you want to be the star of every Halloween party on campus. (Or, frankly, whether you want to avoid waiting until the last minute to throw something together.) Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I’ve always looked forward to throwing together weird craft supplies and accessories to create something new and cool that’s reminiscent of my favorite characters.

Take the DIY route for your costume this year. (Credit: Giphy)

Take the DIY route for your costume this year. (Credit: Giphy)

In college, Halloween costumes shouldn’t set back your budget, and there are a lot of fun DIY Halloween costume options that don’t take a lot of money or time. Here are some ideas for college students on getting ready for the upcoming holiday. Read more

College life plan: 4 ways to break out of your comfort zone

College students often find college a scary place whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. Everything is new, you’re independent from mom and dad, and your education depends solely on the choices you make.

How do you want to step out of your comfort zone this year? (Credit: GoWeLoveIt)

How do you want to step out of your comfort zone this year? (Credit: GoWeLoveIt)

Playing it safe can hold you back from the wonders college offers. So here are some do-it-yourself tips to get out of your comfort zone and enjoy college life. Read more

7 things to look forward to this college semester

When I moved into college, as a freshman and in later years as an upper classman, I was excited to discover all the new things I would get to see and do on the college campus.

There is much to look forward to each semester of college. (Credit: McPherson College)

There is much to look forward to each semester of college. (Credit: McPherson College)

College life offers many activities and events to look forward to this college semester. Read more

6 tips on making new friends in college

For college students heading off for your freshman year means getting used to a whole new environment with new places and new people. It’s a chance to find yourself and to hone social skills like how to make new friends. I lived on campus my first year and dorm life brought with it a ready-made set of new friends.

Make friends more easily in college with our tips. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Make friends more easily in college with our tips. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Still, it took me a while to settle in and make connections with roomies and dorm mates. Some of these friends may turn out to be life-long relationships but it doesn’t just happen on its own. Let’s see how one makes new friends. 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

Partying in college: 5 tips for college students

It’s no secret that college students often are tempted into joining their friends to party. You’re now an adult out on your own for the first time so you’re free to make your own choices, especially when it comes to going out on a random weeknight.

Partying in college is going to happen so be sure to follow our tips. (Credit: Odyssey)

Partying in college is going to happen so be sure to follow our tips. (Credit: Odyssey)

But, it still might be helpful to recognize the dangers of partying on college campus and the lure of party colleges that you or your friends could come across. Read more

Reasons to join a club or organization on your college campus

A great way to meet new people and share fun student activities is to join a club or organization on your college campus. College students learn to socialize, network and learn new things in the club or student organization, so get out and have some fun!

One perk of joining a club in college is that it's a fun way to step away from the everyday stress. (Credit: DYC.com)

One perk of joining a club in college is that it’s a fun way to step away from the everyday stress. (Credit: DYC.com)

Remember the scene in Monsters University where Mike is walking through campus on opening day and tables are set up with students handing out flyers to join their club? Read more

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

One of my favorite things about summer is ice cream. A few years ago, I got into making homemade ice cream so I could choose my own ingredients and tweak the flavors the way I wanted them. While I’ve done several projects straight from the book (or Internet), I’ve also adapted a number of recipes to do my DIY ice cream the way I want it!

What are your favorite ice cream recipe ideas? (Credit: Aspen Meadows)

What are your favorite ice cream recipe ideas? (Credit: Aspen Meadows)

If you’re hosting any upcoming gatherings and have a need to show your college friends that you’ve got a knack when it comes to this summer sweet treat, check out some homemade ice cream recipes, tips for finding vegan ice cream recipes, or just some quick ways to take packaged ice cream and make it look (& taste) fancy! Read more

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

You’re on summer break! Here’s how to have a cool summer

Summer break is when college students get to catch up on sun, fun and partying. At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Even if you’re working and taking classes, you will need to know some life hacks to help you with your on-the-go lifestyle.

How do you plan to enjoy your summer? (Credit: Pexels)

How do you plan to enjoy your summer? (Credit: Pexels)

Here are a few ideas to have fun and keep cool this summer. Read more