6 New Year’s resolution ideas for college students

Like other people this time of year, college students are making their New Year’s resolutions for improving college life and academics and for setting goals for the New Year.

Here’s are DIY suggestions for making changes for a new year. Read more

Best ways to use (or not use) social media

I don’t know about you, but lately I find that I spend way too much time on social media. That would be okay if it helped me in school, starting a career or to get a job, but it’s mostly recipes and cat videos. At least I’m not hooked on games like Pokémon GO, I tell myself.

Is social media all a waste or is it helpful, too? I think that depends on how you use it. Read more

Winter is coming! Life hacks for life on campus

It’s December, and winter is coming! If you live in a place of ice and snow, it’s the time of year to stock up on the types of things that will make life easier on campus. If you live in a suite, how can you make sure your toilet seat isn’t freezing first thing in the morning? Headed to a game and looking for ways to keep your feet warmer?

Worried about that exposed car on campus parking and how you’ll get your car going for that trek home from an evening lab? Check out these life hacks for some get-ready-for-winter tips! Read more

The coffee nap life hack: Fact or fiction?

If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So when I first read about the coffee nap last week, I thought, this is one of those life hacks that’s totally proven false. But is it fact or fiction?

Find out if the coffee nap will work for you.

The jury is out about whether naps are good for you or whether they just mess up your sleep cycle (two recent CengageBrain posts weigh in with opposite perspectives there!), but it seems that scientists have come to a conclusion about whether or not the coffee nap actually works. College students in need of more sleep: read on! Read more

Clear the clutter in your dorm room with DIY organizers

I live in New England, and the seasons are definitely changing from a fairly mild, easy to clean time of year to leaf-and-mud season. Keeping the great outdoors out of your dorm room can be a challenge—and it’ll be even worse in a couple of months (or sooner!) if you live where it snows. It’s also that time of year where the mess from the beginning of the semester might finally be getting to a point where you need to take action.

I know I always let things get a little out of hand before I finally get everything cleaned up! If you’re looking for some new solutions for college students to clear the clutter, check out some of these DIY organizers. Read more

10 tips to stay healthy this winter

That crisp feeling in the air, the leaves turning colors can only mean that cold and flu season is on its way. It’s time for that flu shot but there are plenty of other things you can do to keep bugs and viruses from ruining your winter break.

Stay healthy this winter with our health tips. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Stay healthy this winter with our health tips. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Wash your hands often, eat a healthy diet and employ relaxation techniques to reduce stress. But wait, there’s more. In fact I have a whole list of ideas to help you stay healthy this winter. Read more

6 tips to reduce stress for college freshmen

For college freshmen, this time of year can be full of stress, loneliness and overwhelming feelings. You have to deal with classes, homework, social interactions, new living conditions, roommates and new independence.

Too much stress and you can lose interest in schoolwork, become emotionally upset and even feel physically ill. Here are some tips to reduce college stress and adjust to campus life. Read more

DIY Ergonomic tips for your dorm room

You’ve been studying for hours. Your back and neck are aching. All you really want is to put aside your work and crawl into bed, but that midterm isn’t going to take itself. I know I’ve felt like I’ve been sitting at my computer for far too long. I remember writing a lot of my thesis with my wooden desk chair tipped back at a silly angle so I could have my knees on the desk and my laptop on my lap. Talk about an inefficient, and certainly not ergonomic, work position!

If your main work space is in your dorm room, you may want to look into some DIY ergonomics to make your body more comfortable. It won’t reduce your work load, but it may reduce sore and stiff muscles caused from sitting in one place for too long! Read more

Fall outfits and how to dress for the weather on your college campus

Fall can be the most challenging time of year to dress for the weather. If you live on campus in a centrally located dorm, like I did, realizing you’ve got on the wrong fall outfits isn’t a crisis—you can always go back and change between classes. But for college students who have a long hike to and from the dorm, the quick change isn’t an option.

Check out these college life hacks that will help you get a handle on how to best dress for the ever-shifting weather. Read more

DIY ideas to show your school spirit

College football season is upon us, so it may be hard to escape some in-your-face displays of school spirit. Instead of fighting it, why not work up your own DIY ideas for how to dress or decorate your dorm to share your love of your school?

Read on college student for ideas on how to display your school pride as much (or as little) as you want. Read more