3 DIY holiday gifts for mom and dad

You’re in the middle of prepping for your final exams. Now’s not the time you want to be thinking about holiday shopping! But that old saying from when you were a kid—your folks will love it more if you make it yourself—is just as true now that you’re a college student.

Try making homemade holiday gifts this year. (Credit: U.S. News)

Try making homemade holiday gifts this year. (Credit: U.S. News)

If you need to take a break from studying, give yourself a little creative fun by considering the types of DIY holiday gifts that come from the heart (and can be made on a low budget!). Read more

Life hacks to get home safe after a college party

As midterms roll past and the holidays start to come up, it’s possible you’ll be seeing a college party surge, both on and off campus. It’s great to celebrate with friends, but it’s possible that you’re the type of person who, like me, can be uncomfortable walking home alone at night (whether it’s from a social event or a late shift at a part-time job).

Get home safe from parties with our tips. (Credit: Thump)

Get home safe from parties with our tips. (Credit: Thump)

Public safety officials often advise against walking home alone, but that might not always be practical. Everyone wants to get home safe, regardless of the reason they’re out late, so it’s a good idea to keep a few life hacks—like the Companion app for your phone—under your hat. Read more

DIY ideas to show your school spirit

College football season is upon us, so it may be hard to escape some in-your-face displays of school spirit. Instead of fighting it, why not work up your own DIY ideas for how to dress or decorate your dorm to share your love of your school?

How do you show your school spirit? (Credit: Her Campus)

How do you show your school spirit? (Credit: Her Campus)

Read on college student for ideas on how to display your school pride as much (or as little) as you want. Read more

Financial management life hacks to make college life easier

While going to college is primarily about getting a good education, there’s a secondary education you receive from college life. I’m not talking about the social aspects—although I certainly learned a lot about encountering people with different points of view and from different backgrounds when I started college. One of the most important things I learned, though, was financial management.

College is the perfect time to learn financial management tips. (Credit: Michelle Adams)

College is the perfect time to learn financial management tips. (Credit: Michelle Adams)

I won’t say I mastered my finances in college, because being on my own and responsible for my own money for the first time wasn’t exactly a smooth experience. But I did eventually pick up some life hacks to make life easier by keeping tabs on the money I was spending. Here are some of the top financial life hacks for college students I’ve spotted lately. Read more

Group DIY Halloween costumes for college students

What if you’ve got your DIY Halloween costume all planned, only to find out that the best Halloween party on campus has a prize for group costumes? Luckily, most college students have a group of friends (or at least one) that they can convince into some crazy college Halloween costumes. And the great thing is there are plenty of team costumes you can find pieces for at thrift stores, through freecycling, and a little bit of creativity.

Ask your friends about doing group Halloween costumes. (Credit: Brit + Co)

Ask your friends about doing group Halloween costumes. (Credit: Brit + Co)

Pick a favorite television show or film, or come up with a really creative way to interpret candy, video games, or even parts of a hamburger, and wow Halloween party goers with your holiday style. Read more

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