“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

You can make pancakes in your dorm room! Here’s how

One of the great things about summer vacation is having time in the morning to make pancakes if I feel like it. No breakfast beats homemade pancakes with real maple syrup! But you don’t have to give up pancakes when you move back to your dorm room in the fall.

You don't have to give up pancakes while living in the dorms. (Credit: Garlic My Soul)

You don’t have to give up pancakes while living in the dorms. (Credit: Garlic My Soul)

For college students, access to homemade pancakes can be a challenge, but check out these pancake recipes that offer some awesome life hacks to fresh pancakes right in your dorm. 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

9 best websites for college students

There’s so much information out there to help you with college life, dorm life and social life on your college campus. How do you know where to start? Although I always start with Facebook and Twitter, there are many websites and resources to help college students muddle through.

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Here are some tips about a few of the best websites that are useful in surviving college. Read more

Pros and cons of single-sex college

When I started applying to colleges, I never considered an all-girls school. I felt that part of becoming an adult was learning how to communicate and work with men as well as women. But there’s a lot of debate on whether a single-sex college campus actually improves academics. Here are pros and cons of single-sex education for college students.

Would you attend a single-sex college? (Credit: Skirt Collective)

Would you attend a single-sex college? (Credit: Skirt Collective)

Single-gender colleges are rare and getting rarer. Over the years, people questioned the exclusivity and relevance of single-gender colleges. Today while there are about 40 all-female colleges, there are only four all-male colleges. On co-ed campuses, there is a predominance of women—71% of women enroll in college right after high school compared with 61% men. 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

Busting the myths about what you know about disabled people

The movie Me Before You has managed to tick off both film critics and members of the disabled community and for different reasons. Critics think it’s sappy. Its main character is a quadriplegic man who decides to end his life by assisted suicide. People with disabilities find the film offensive because it follows the Hollywood tradition of portraying the most negative aspects of being disabled, and suicide as its only solution.

What do you know about disabled people? (Credit: Flickr)

What do you know about disabled people? (Credit: Flickr)

Allow me now to destroy the myths about being disabled and what college students can learn about how individuals with disabilities cope with it throughout college campuses. Read more

Tips for high school students preparing for college

Know any high school students preparing for college in the fall? Are you trying to get ready to start your own grand university adventure? You may be freaking out a bit, and that’s okay.

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

I’ve got some tips to help you use this final summer at home to your advantage so college will be a breeze! Read more