Life hacks to get home safe after a college party

As midterms roll past and the holidays start to come up, it’s possible you’ll be seeing a college party surge, both on and off campus. It’s great to celebrate with friends, but it’s possible that you’re the type of person who, like me, can be uncomfortable walking home alone at night (whether it’s from a social event or a late shift at a part-time job).

Get home safe from parties with our tips. (Credit: Thump)

Get home safe from parties with our tips. (Credit: Thump)

Public safety officials often advise against walking home alone, but that might not always be practical. Everyone wants to get home safe, regardless of the reason they’re out late, so it’s a good idea to keep a few life hacks—like the Companion app for your phone—under your hat. Read more

College life plan: 4 ways to break out of your comfort zone

College students often find college a scary place whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. Everything is new, you’re independent from mom and dad, and your education depends solely on the choices you make.

How do you want to step out of your comfort zone this year? (Credit: GoWeLoveIt)

How do you want to step out of your comfort zone this year? (Credit: GoWeLoveIt)

Playing it safe can hold you back from the wonders college offers. So here are some do-it-yourself tips to get out of your comfort zone and enjoy college life. Read more

7 things to look forward to this college semester

When I moved into college, as a freshman and in later years as an upper classman, I was excited to discover all the new things I would get to see and do on the college campus.

There is much to look forward to each semester of college. (Credit: McPherson College)

There is much to look forward to each semester of college. (Credit: McPherson College)

College life offers many activities and events to look forward to this college semester. Read more

3 best DIY projects for your alma mater shirts

If you just graduated high school or college, you may be realizing just how many school shirts you have. Chances are, if you’re headed to college, you don’t want to wear the old high school shirts; ditto if you’re headed to a world of dress-casual employment from college. What to do with all those old ts?

Combine your college shirts to create a unique blanket. (Credit: Sew Caroline)

Combine your college shirts to create a unique blanket. (Credit: Sew Caroline)

My drawers get a little loaded now and then with the shirts I’ve acquired, and anything that’s in good shape and doesn’t have a special nostalgia goes out the door to a local Goodwill or shelter. But for those shirts that do have a special place in my heart, I need something to do with them that doesn’t cover up what makes them special. 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

What you should know about hazing in college

On September 23, 2014, FoxNews.com ran a story about the new Miss America Kira Kazantsev who had been kicked out of her sorority for a hazing incident. Once considered a rite of passage, hazing stories have come under fire because of several incidents where hazing went too far and people were hurt or killed.

Hazing has come under fire for going too far. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

Hazing has come under fire for going too far. (Credit: QuickMeme.com)

If you’re considering joining a membership group at your school, you might want to reconsider if the requirement for entry includes submitting yourself to hazing. Read more

How to build leadership skills in college

You may not know who I am, but one thing you should know about me is that I was extremely shy during high school. I was afraid of what people might think of me if I spoke up with my opinion, and also that I would say or ask something stupid. You might be thinking “but there’s no such thing as a stupid question,” and you’d be right. I just didn’t have the highest level of confidence to believe that.

Having confidence to speak publicly is a strong leadership skill. (Credit: SCEI.vic.edu)

Having confidence to speak publicly is a strong leadership skill. (Credit: SCEI.vic.edu)

However, as I started college I realized I was never going to move forward in a career unless I became more vocal and more confident in delegating tasks, so I did something about it. Now I am going to share some of the ways for you to develop great leadership skills. Read more

How socializing benefits your college life

Academics aren’t the only reason you’re at college. Your social health is another aspect of college life in addition to your studies. Student success, as well as career success, depends on learning how to socialize and how to be a responsible member of a group. Here are some tips for college students who want to get the most out of socializing in college.

Improve your socializing skills by attending dorm events. (Credit: Andy Lawson)

Improve your socializing skills by attending dorm events. (Credit: Andy Lawson)

A chance to socialize in many different groups

College is usually the first time young people are on their own without parents’ guidance or rules. Students learn to participate as a responsible member of various groups within the college environment: Read more

Cooking for college students—quick, healthy recipes you can make

Dorm life cookingWhen it comes to food and college students, what one imagines isn’t cooking at all, but the stereotypical stacks of pizza boxes. Whether or not that imagery is accurate, your dining life on campus doesn’t have to be confined to the local delivery joint and the dining hall. Cooking for college students in not an oxymoron. In fact, there are many quick, healthy recipes that you can make (yes, you!) with just a little creativity and preparation. No, you probably won’t be trying out for Iron Chef any time soon, but cooking in college doesn’t have to be like an episode of Hell’s Kitchen either.

Dorm-based options

Depending on the age of your dorm, you may not have a private kitchen, but most offer some sort of kitchen facility in each hall. Read more

College clubs: Where to make friends and find new experiences

English: Student at Goucher College playing Hu...

Student at Goucher College playing Humans vs. Zombies

Going to college may be your first experience of living away from home and your family. Lonely? Want to know where to make friends? College clubs can be a safe haven where you can find like-minded people to hang out with and share new experiences. Campus clubs form around different interests such as a foreign language, music or a sport. There is bound to be a club to suit your interests.

Campus clubs

To find your campus clubs, go to your school’s website and look around. There will probably be a link specifically to student clubs. Once you’re there, you’ll find links to individual websites for many of the clubs. Read more