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

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

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

“I have SO many photos on my phone!”… Here’s how to organize them

Organization is my thing. I love to organize. But lately I’ve been stressing about how to organize the photos on my phone. How many photos do you have on your phone? If you’re like me you don’t know for sure but it’s too many to manage.

What do you think are the best ways to store phone photos? (Credit: Gawker Media)

What do you think are the best ways to store phone photos? (Credit: Gawker Media)

I thought this might be a good time to look into getting a good photo editor and the best apps to help me be a better photo manager. Read more

10 best fitness apps to gamify your workout

Here’s my latest workout bummer: I track my exercise with a fitness app I like that has a bunch of cool social features. The problem? Too few of my friends are using the same tracker! It is really hard to compete with my workout pals if we aren’t all on the same app. I realize this is totally in the category of #firstworldproblems, but when it comes to gamification–making life more like a game–I am a complete sucker.

Which fitness apps do you like best? (Credit: Team Radosta)

Which fitness apps do you like best? (Credit: Team Radosta)

If working out feels like a chore, the way it can be for many college students, check out these tips on finding the best apps to gamify your exercise, the best fitness apps for your own training, and the best YouTube workouts for getting fit in your dorm. Read more

Ways you can volunteer on campus

It can be tough to figure out how to balance volunteering in the community with all the other responsibilities on campus. I know I’ve missed out on a lot of opportunities trying to keep up with my work-study job and my class work; it can be hard to find time to volunteer.

Rodney Smith, Jr. posted this photo alongside the 93-year-old woman whose lawn he and colleague Terrence Story mowed as part of their Raising Men Lawn Care volunteer organization. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Rodney Smith, Jr. posted this photo alongside the 93-year-old woman whose lawn he and colleague Terrence Story mowed as part of their Raising Men Lawn Care volunteer organization. (Credit: Huffington Post)

But if you’re like Rodney Smith, Jr., then you can create a opportunity to make a difference in your community. Smith, a senior at Alabama A&M, is the founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, which provides lawn care for people in need in the Huntsville, Alabama community. Read more