A college roommate agreement is a great idea. Here’s why.

During your college years you’ll likely be living in some kind of a group situation; either it’s dorm life or sharing a house or apartment. Either way, college students have to find a way to get along with roommates. If you’re lucky, you get an easy roommate but living in close quarters and dealing with stress can cause conflict among the best of friends.

Do you think a college roommate agreement is necessary? (Credit: Campus Riot)

Do you think a college roommate agreement is necessary? (Credit: Campus Riot)

What if you get someone who drives you crazy? That’s when a college roommate agreement can come in handy. 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

How to create a great study space for yourself

You’ve had a couple (or a few) weeks to get into your semester. Have you found that perfect study space yet? Many college students have study rooms right in the dorm, but others prefer the library.

Create a study space that will keep you focused this school year. (Credit: Getty Images)

Create a study space that will keep you focused this school year. (Credit: Getty Images)

I always preferred my desk (or bed) and my laptop, but having brushed up on some study tips, I realize I probably could have done better! For some lifehacks on creating your own perfect study space, check out these tips. Read more

DIY waterproof canvas bag (and tips to save your phone)

Have you ever gotten caught in the rain on the way to class or to your off-campus job? I remember one day I walked to the city bus, thinking my rain coat and umbrella would be enough to keep me dry. By the time I arrived at my job, my pants were soaked up to my knees. Best not to mention how my backpack made it. If you live in an area that’s prone to heavy rain, you may need to waterproof your bag, or find a way to save your phone from torrential downpours!

Waterproof your phone to prevent having to buy a new one. (Credit: EasyAcc)

Waterproof your phone to prevent having to buy a new one. (Credit: EasyAcc)

Check out these DIY projects to take care of your stuff with some Ziplock bags, paraffin or beeswax (or maybe even something you can pick up at health services—stay tuned). 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

Avoid the Freshman 15 with a DIY healthy breakfast

While your mother may have been wrong about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, there is still something to starting your morning off with a healthy breakfast. But finding something that is good for you and quick and easy may seem like an insurmountable challenge. Never fear!

Start your mornings with a healthy breakfast. (Credit: Cooking Light)

Start your mornings with a healthy breakfast. (Credit: Cooking Light)

I have some easy DIY ideas that are perfect, especially if you want to avoid the Freshman 15. Read on for the real deal on breakfast and how to make something fast and yummy. Read more

3 organization tips for a successful college student

Let’s face it, organization is the bane of existence for any college student. However, for the unorganized student, packing your things at the end of the semester is always the best part of the year. You think you lost every single left sock, but then magically they all appear from the depths of the dirty laundry pile that hasn’t been touched for a few weeks… only to be lost again after one use.

Start the school year with some helpful organization tips. (Credit: Tumblr)

Start the school year with some helpful organization tips. (Credit: Tumblr)

If you are thinking to yourself, “I know where every single left sock I own is” then this post is not for you, although I hardly believe it. Organization is key to a stress free college life, I promise you that. Knowing where everything is in your dorm makes life just simpler. Here are some tips to becoming a more organized person while you are at college. Read more

Top 3 freshman survival tips from an upperclassman

If you are like me at all, walking into college freshman year can be one of the scariest things you will ever do, second maybe to when you get a text from your mom saying “we need to talk.” This post is from me to you about a handful of things that I wish someone told me when my parents dropped me off for my first year at Liberty University. Don’t go overboard and start thinking that this is the only way to make it through college and blow off any other advice you get—although that would flatter me—this is simply just a cheat sheet for success in your first year.

Follow these helpful freshman tips. (Credit: Fresh U)

Follow these helpful freshman tips. (Credit: Fresh U)

Remember, college looks different for everyone so some of these things might resonate with you and some of them might not, who knows (I definitely don’t), but what I do know is that a little advice from someone other than your parents—more specifically advice from someone who hasn’t been out of college for more than 25 years—is a nice change every once in a while. So take this with a grain of salt and enjoy the next few years at the greatest school you will ever experience. Read more

3 life hacks to help you survive freshman year

Freshman year in college moves pretty fast. If you don’t learn some life hacks to help you survive, you might miss something. OK, I might be paraphrasing a fairly famous movie hero on that one, but it doesn’t make the sentiment any less valid.

Follow our freshman year tips for success. (Credit: University News)

Follow our freshman year tips for success. (Credit: University News)

Whether you’re just starting college, or want to do things better in your second (or third or fourth) year, I’ve got some tips that will help you adapt in a flash. Read more