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

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