5 DIYs to not try in college

College students like to do things for themselves. It makes you feel independent and in control of your college life. But sometimes you may not have all the information, knowledge or skill; or you may have the wrong information, and doing something yourself could get you into trouble or, unfortunately, could harm you.

There are a few things you just should not do in the dorms. (Credit: Lifehacker)

There are a few things you just should not do in the dorms. (Credit: Lifehacker)

Here are some do not do situations in your college dorm life and campus life that you should leave up to others. Read more

5 college tips for student athletes

Time management skills are difficult for all college students, never mind student athletes. It takes great determination and planning to address academic requirements and play sports. College athletes have hours of practice every day, training and exercising in the gym, meetings with the coach, and time away from schoolwork nights and weekends for games, many of which require lengthy travel to other cities and states.

Lives of student athletes are a tad different from their college peers. (Credit: LCA)

Lives of student athletes are a tad different from their college peers. (Credit: LCA)

Here are 5 college tips for on managing time so you can be both a successful athlete and college student: Read more

College classes: Pros and cons of morning and evening classes

You’re about to begin college, and while you’ve probably already completed your class schedule for the semester, you’re still hesitant whether you can handle that 8AM Chemistry lecture or that 7PM Econ 101 class. The scheduling of your college classes is a huge deal so it’s important you really consider what’s best for your brain. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Do you prefer morning or evening college classes? (Credit: USA Today HSS)

Do you prefer morning or evening college classes? (Credit: USA Today HSS)

Each of us is different and some of us work better in the mornings while others are more productive during the evening. Here are some pros and cons for both morning and evening classes – maybe this will help you decide how to schedule your college classes! Read more

How to handle helicopter parents when you head off to college

You may have heard a lot of jokes about helicopter parents, but there is definitely some truth behind the humor. If you suspect that your parents might be a little too involved in your life, there are some things you need to know about how to handle their intrusions so you can take back control of your life.

Are you dealing with helicopter parents? (Credit: Rebecca Dietrich)

Are you dealing with helicopter parents? (Credit: Rebecca Dietrich)

This is especially important as you begin your college career! Read more

4 easy ways to make your summer better (if it’s not already awesome)

I’m always looking for ways to make my summer easier. It can be hard for me to remember to keep hydrated when I’m out for a day in the sun, and though I’m good at remembering my sunscreen most of the time, I’ve been known to come home with a nasty sunburn now and then.

Dealing with a sunburn is no way to spend your summer. (Credit: Mercola.com)

Dealing with a sunburn is no way to spend your summer. (Credit: Mercola.com)

If you’re looking for some outdoor tips and tricks to make your summer better, check out these four summer life hacks. Read more

Cover letter tips: What to include (and NOT include)

I have found that getting a job is a job in itself. There are job listings to sift through, applications to fill out, questionnaires, writing the resume, and hopefully, the interview. But to seal the deal and get a job interview you need a really great cover letter.

What would you say in your cover letter? (Credit: Good & Co)

What would you say in your cover letter? (Credit: Good & Co)

While you may have taken a class that taught you how to write a resume and then studied resume examples, you may have overlooked the value of cover letters. Here are some tips to help college students create cover letters that stand out from the crowd. Read more

4 tips to keep in mind when writing your grad school personal statement

Is grad school on your radar for after college? If so, there are some things you need to know about applying, particularly how to craft a killer personal statement.

What do you suggest including in your grad school personal statement? (Credit: Princeton Review)

What do you suggest including in your grad school personal statement? (Credit: Princeton Review)

The personal statement is your opportunity to persuade the selection committee why you belong in their program, as well as your best shot for explaining any blips on your academic record in terms of grades, etc. Read on for tips for writing a personal statement that will wow. Read more

Moving is the worst! Here’s how to make it easier

Moving can be a huge pain—even moreso if you’re not sure what to bring for your freshman year in the dorms. Dorm life varies depending on your school, but one bit of advice I have to offer is trust your instincts. I had never slept with a comforter before moving to college, so despite everyone telling me I should get a full bed-in-a-bag for my college dorm room, I decided on the throw blankets I was used to.

Find out how to make moving less stressful. (Credit: Katie Dwyer, My College Advice)

Find out how to make moving less stressful. (Credit: Katie Dwyer, My College Advice)

That was much more my style, and, to tell you the truth, the smaller blankets were easier to pack. Need more tips and life hacks for the move to college? Check out these moving hacks and get a head start on your fall plans! 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