How to deal with bad Christmas gifts

Think you’ve gotten some bad Christmas gifts? Well, not all packages that Santa brings can be winners. I speak from experience having once received a gift of spray counter cleaner. (Was it a comment on my cleaning ability?)

Don't get stuck with bad gifts this holiday season. (Credit: We Know Memes)

Don’t get stuck with bad gifts this holiday season. (Credit: We Know Memes)

But if you have been the recipient of some unwanted gifts, you will need to be up on your returns and exchanges life hacks, as well as some other tips for turning those duds into diamonds. Read more

College students’ DIY holiday gift guide

With all you’ve got going on, there is little time to shop for Christmas gifts. We won’t even talk about the costs. Whether it’s Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Christmas, though, it’s nice to be able to give your friends and family something special.

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

With that in mind I’ve put together a holiday gift guide of DIY Christmas gifts and homemade gifts for the season. So let’s take a look at how college students can celebrate the holidays and every holiday tradition. Read more

How to have the best Friendsgiving ever

If your plans to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family this year just haven’t worked out (or maybe you didn’t want them to work out?), then you might be contemplating a Friendsgiving.

Throw yourself an epic Friendsgiving. (Credit: somecards)

Throw yourself an epic Friendsgiving. (Credit: somecards)

Here’s how to make a Thanksgiving dinner in your dorm room that will truly celebrate the kickoff of the holiday season. Read more

Top 10 worst gifts you could possibly get someone this holiday season

As crazy as it seems, it’s about that time of year to start deciding on gifts for your friends and family – seriously, where has this year gone?!

A great example on gifts to not give. (Credit: eonline.com)

A great example on gifts to not give. (Credit: eonline.com)

It’s quite important to select gifts that truly reflect the personalities of those nearest and dearest to you. Especially if you ever want a nice, thoughtful gift again! Read more

Have yourself a DIY Halloween

It’s time once again for you to gear up for Halloween. While one night might have sufficed when you were a kid, college gives you the opportunity to keep the All Hallow’s Eve jam going on for much longer. A little DIY can go a long way when it comes to your college student budget.

Learn how to create your own DIY Halloween. (Credit: Robeson Design)

Learn how to create your own DIY Halloween. (Credit: Robeson Design)

So whether you lean toward the macabre or the cuter end of the scare spectrum (I personally prefer cute kittens in pumpkins and such), read on for easy to make Halloween decoration ideas and homemade costumes that will maximize your spooky fun. Read more

8 Halloween party do’s and don’ts for college students

So this year, you’ve decided to forego each and every lame college Halloween party and throw your own bash. Kudos! Whether you’re a party planning novice or known around campus as the soiree guru, there are a few extra steps you MUST take for Halloween.

These Halloween party ideas and tips are sure to keep you and your guests festive until the wee hours of the morning — that is, if you want them invading your space for that long! Read more

Things you need to know about college homecoming traditions

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and what? Who are all these old people, and why are they invading your campus before noon on a Saturday? Yes, it is time once again for college homecoming, when alumni return in droves and all manner of homecoming traditions are fondly trotted out.

Learn more about homecoming traditions. (Credit: ecseagles.us)

Learn more about homecoming traditions. (Credit: ecseagles.us)

Read on for all the things you need to know (sure wish I’d had this list in college) to either enjoy or merely survive homecoming. Read more

Extroverts and introverts in the college classroom

As a college student, I was both an extrovert and an introvert. I loved speaking up in class, especially when I knew all the answers (and occasionally pointed out when fellow students were wrong!) but I also did not go to many parties and had few, but very close, friends.

Learn more about the differences between extroverts and introverts. (Credit: Playbuzz.com)

Learn more about the differences between extroverts and introverts. (Credit: Playbuzz.com)

Extroverts and introverts have always been divided in the classroom, dorm rooms and extracurricular activities, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Read more

How to enjoy college football game day on campus

I’ll admit it; I’ve never been the biggest football fan. I blame this partly because I’d rather spend my Saturdays and Sundays doing anything but sitting on the couch watching men run up and down a field.

Enjoy the college football season! (Credit: FBschedules.com)

Enjoy the college football season! (Credit: FBschedules.com)

However, there is something to be said about the camaraderie that is built when you go to a home, or even an away, football game to cheer on your school. Here are some tips to surviving, and thriving during college football season! Read more

College = FREEDOM!!

Once you’re in college you’re free! Free to stay up till the break of dawn and experience new things! With freedom can come the unwanted. An extra 15 lbs., credit card debt or academic probation. But how can you enjoy the freedom without the negatives?

I have compiled five helpful CengageBrain articles to help you stay free of freedom’s negative consequences. To view the full article, click on the article title. Read more