How to handle a bad roommate

If you make it through college without a bad roommate horror story, count yourself lucky. My story entails a person who sublet a room from one of my apartment mates for the summer and then proceeded to steal from me—clothes, books, even a watch.

We're so sorry to hear about your roommate problems. (Credit: Reddit)

We’re so sorry to hear about your roommate problems. (Credit: Reddit)

No matter what the offensive behavior is, here are some tips that can help you learn how to handle the worst situation. Read more

DIY furniture projects and decorating ideas for college students

Whether it’s your dorm room or your first apartment you’ll want it to reflect your style. But if you’re like me, your imagination is limited by your budget. That’s where design ideas for DIY furniture projects can come in handy. With a few basic tools, supplies and plans, you can create all sorts of affordable DIY furniture projects that will make a fashion statement without straining your finances.

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Take for example pallet projects that utilize the basic wodden pallet to create all sorts of shelves, tables and chairs. Let’s take a look at what college students can do with a bit of elbow grease and ingenuity. Read more

Life hacks for cold weather on campus

Remember last year’s surprise snowmageddon? While many places were impacted, the Boston blizzard of 2015 was one for the record books. Many of my friends live in Boston, and they were snowed in for what seemed like weeks–the snow came down in February and literally didn’t finish melting until June. Cars were buried, and so were front doors.

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

Even if this year is mild, I’m preparing for the worst by making sure I have a list of life hacks to make my cold weather living easier. Whether you’re on winter break or back on campus, keep these life hacks in mind. Read more

Cold weather DIY projects for your winter break

It may not be snowing yet–it’s going to be in the 60s all week where I live in Connecticut–but (as they say in Game of Thrones) winter is coming.

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

If you’re looking to do some cold weather DIY projects over your winter break, take a look at some of these cozy crafts that could be a help for you when you get back to dorm life next semester, especially if the campus heaters go on the fritz. Read more

Watch out for whooping cough, college students!

Is whooping cough contagious? Do bees fly? Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Children who are not vaccinated are susceptible to whooping cough and can be carriers of the disease to adults who may need a booster pertussis vaccine.

With a hectic college schedule, no, you definitely don't have time for whooping cough. (Credit: Memecrunch)

With a hectic college schedule, no, you definitely don’t have time for whooping cough. (Credit: Memecrunch)

College students in proximity to lots of other people are at higher risk for getting whooping cough. Here are some healthcare tips to protect yourself. Read more

Do you have a cold or flu? Things college students need to know

College campuses are like the dream environment for a cold or flu. In fact, I am pretty sure there is a sickness convention somewhere, and all the germs gather to share tips on the best places to infect people, with airplanes and colleges fighting for top honors.

Ways to tell if you have a cold or the flu. (Credit: Third Monk)

Ways to tell if you have a cold or the flu. (Credit: Third Monk)

Fighting the flu is possible, and should you succumb, there are things you need to know about the common symptoms of both and ways to feel better. Read more

How to use your coffee maker to cook food in your dorm

Dorm life often calls for a quick meal or snack at odd hours. What can you do when it’s too late or you’re too broke to call for take-out? Cooking your own food is the answer. As a college student, you know how to get creative with time management and meeting deadlines.

There are so many foods you had no idea you could cook in your coffee maker. (Credit: Cole Saladino)

There are so many foods you had no idea you could cook in your coffee maker. (Credit: Cole Saladino)

Now I’m here to tell you that knowing how to cook with a drip coffee maker will turn out to be another one of your favorite life hacks. Read more

Deadlines and other things you can’t blame on your advisor

If you’re a freshman, you made it through your first semester. Hooray! If you are a seasoned college vet, congratulations on yet another successful semester. With finals drawing to a close, and winter break to look forward to, remember that there is a whole new semester to prepare for.

Everything worked out with your advisor? Great! Time to head home! (Credit: memegenerator.net)

Everything worked out with your advisor? Great! Time to head home! (Credit: memegenerator.net)

Here are some things you may want to use your winter break to catch up on. Read more

College tips: Save money and get organized

Due to the high cost of college and how busy I am all the time, I have to cut corners to save money and time wherever I can. College students can learn to streamline projects, get organized in your dorm room and reduce costs.

There are several ways to save money while in college. (Credit: peerTransfer)

There are several ways to save money while in college. (Credit: peerTransfer)

Here are some college tips for the best ways to save money and practice time management skills. Read more

You ask, we answer: Social media overload help!

Hi J,

My roommate/friend thinks it’s okay to post crappy pictures of me on social media. Except it’s not. I’m tired of seeing shitty images of me having fun or just lounging around end up on Facebook or Instagram. I mean really? Why the hell does she need to post EVERYTHING? I mean sure some of them are funny, but I’m getting really tired of it. Plus I don’t want my family (who I am FB friends with) seeing all the pictures on social media.

Make it stopppp,

Amanda M.

Hi Amanda,

I get it. It sucks to have images on social media where absolutely everyone can see them and on top of that they can save and use. Read more