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

3 DIY dorm projects to stop clutter before it starts

It’s almost move in day! One of the things that I hated having to do when I was in college was clean my room. It is so easy to let clutter get out of control when you’re worried about classes, papers, and whatever social crisis is happening in your circle of friends. (In my social group, there was always at least one happening!)

Reduce dorm clutter with some fun DIY projects. (Credit: Bob Vila, Flickr)

Reduce dorm clutter with some fun DIY projects. (Credit: Bob Vila, Flickr)

If you have a plan for how to organize your dorm room when you move in, you won’t have to reduce clutter as frequently throughout your semester. Check out these DIY dorm projects to help you stay organized before your clutter has a chance to build! Read more

Top 5 things to do when getting ready for college

Before my freshman year, I remember the flurry of getting ready as I got all the supplies I’d need for my first year on my own. Incoming college students have a lot to remember to accomplish before starting their first fall semester! Along with shopping for all the stuff you need (we’ve got recommendations for what you need—and what you don’t!) there’s a whole checklist worth of things you need to accomplish before you leave.

Getting ready for college is easy with our best tips. (Credit: Regions)

Getting ready for college is easy with our best tips. (Credit: Regions)

I wanted to make sure I got to have some fun with my high school friends before heading off for college life, and you might want to consider it, too! Along with savoring those last days of summer, here are the top 5 things you need to do as you’re getting ready for college. Read more

DIY energy foods for those who don’t like coffee

Ever wonder why you seem to hit an afternoon slump between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. every day? Do you wish that were some good alternatives to coffee that would help you power through, maybe some good for you snacks or some DIY energy foods that could keep you going strong?

Check out these tasty energy foods. (Credit: Popsugar)

Check out these tasty energy foods. (Credit: Popsugar)

I’ve got the details on why you start dragging mid-afternoon and some yummy treats that can help you fight back. Read more

7 college tips for dorm moving day

Moving into the college dorm for the first time can be daunting. College students are often not sure of procedures on the college campus, what to bring, what you can leave at home and what you can buy as you need it (or forget about completely if you realize you’ll never need it).

Follow our tips for an easy moving day process. (Credit: The Edit)

Follow our tips for an easy moving day process. (Credit: The Edit)

Here are some college tips for moving day. Read more

Dorm organization tips for back to school

The time is here again to head back to college. While you may not be chomping at the bit to get back to class, you are surely excited to be with your friends and to be on your own again.

Find some useful dorm organization tips. (Credit: DormDelicious)

Find some useful dorm organization tips. (Credit: DormDelicious)

If this is your first semester or you simply want to ensure you get your dorm just right, I’ve got some organization tips for you that will get you in and unpacked in no time and will keep your room tidy for days (weeks?). Read more

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

“You sure you want to eat that?”… 6 food safety tips for college dorms

College students’ lifestyles may not be the most hygienic regarding bacteria and germs on food and food handling. Even if you have a mini fridge, there is a chance for food borne contamination to occur. Take some common sense steps to assure food safety, eliminate food contamination and create a college dorm checklist for basic food safety rules.

A sign that it's time to learn some food safety tips. (Credit: Playbuzz)

A sign that it’s time to learn some food safety tips. (Credit: Playbuzz)

In college I grabbed food whenever and wherever I could find it. I brought extra food home from the cafeteria, mooched pizza leftovers from friends, and cleaned out the mini fridge twice all semester. How many mornings did I eat pizza that that been left out over night? (Lots!) Read more

Reasons to join a club or organization on your college campus

A great way to meet new people and share fun student activities is to join a club or organization on your college campus. College students learn to socialize, network and learn new things in the club or student organization, so get out and have some fun!

One perk of joining a club in college is that it's a fun way to step away from the everyday stress. (Credit: DYC.com)

One perk of joining a club in college is that it’s a fun way to step away from the everyday stress. (Credit: DYC.com)

Remember the scene in Monsters University where Mike is walking through campus on opening day and tables are set up with students handing out flyers to join their club? Read more