College life: How to put together a tool kit to keep you prepared for just about anything!

What Every Teacher Needs

Must-have tool kit (Photo credit: Old Shoe Woman)

If this is going to be your first time living on your own, you’ll want to have a handy tool kit that will ensure that you’re prepared for almost anything! Here are my best “go-to” tips for living on your own and making it in this crazy world as an adult.

The fix-anything kit

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on top-of-the-line tools to stash in your closet in the event that you might need to fix something someday, but a few middle-of-the-road pieces will make your life much easier — especially if your parents are hundreds of miles away. My suggestions? Read more

How to be more social: Skills for hitting the college social scene

Social adviceAre you a wallflower? Would you rather stay in and play videogames on Friday night? Do you know more about dead historians than your roommate? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you are not making the most of your college social life. One of the best things about college is the ability to meet new, diverse individuals. So get your nose out of that book and take your friend up on the offer to go out for the night. And don’t worry about acting like a fool. Just follow these tips on how to be more social, brush up on a few social skills and you will soon realize that the college social scene is pretty awesome! Read more

The big game, tailgate parties and drinking responsibly

New York Jets Tailgate Lot 5A

New York Jets Tailgate Lot 5A

Whether you’re watching the Super Bowl, school home games, or just partying in your dorm rooms, food and beverages are a part of the fun. Your Super Bowl party, tailgate party or friendly get-together in your college dorms can feature the snack staples of chips and dip as well as unique appetizers and fancy drinks. No matter where you party, remember to drink responsibly, and remember that it’s still a party even without alcohol!

Celebrate with unique appetizers

Inspired by the Super Bowl, you may now feel that every home game at your school is a chance to celebrate big. Read more

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College life: Keeping your balance the college way!

Balancing act

You’ll have your balancing act down in no time.

Probably the most useful thing I’ve learned in my college life is how to stay afloat while balancing school, work, personal and social life. It’s not a lesson that comes easily learned; it takes more of a trial and error approach. But if you can learn to juggle many commitments at once, you know you’ll be able to succeed in any line of work! Read more

After final exams are over, it’s time for winter break fun!

Winter readingOnce final exams have come to an end you’re more than ready for the winter break. Like many students, you’ll be spending more time with your family, but you’ll want to find other activities to keep boredom at bay. Reading, shopping and outdoor sports are all on the agenda. Here are a few more ideas to get you started on enjoying your winter break.

Take time for a good read

You’ve had your nose in a textbook for the past few months. Now it’s time to read for pure enjoyment. Read more

Packing up: Tips on moving out for winter break

Packing up your dorm room

Time to pack up shop!

Colleges and universities across the United States will close their doors in a week or two to allow staff and students a much-needed break for the holidays with families and friends. So, what does this mean to you, the student in the dorms or rented apartments? Well for starters, you’ll need to be sure you have packed everything you’re going to need over the 3-4 week break. Here are some quick tips to get you started on moving out (once you’ve got those pesky finals out of the way, that is). Read more

Top 10 must-do college events: From college football games to Greek rush!

School spirit

School spirit (Photo by Bobak Ha'Eri)

The number of available college events may seem overwhelming — and, if you are having a tough time deciding what to do, you aren’t alone. From the numerous booths promoting campus organizations to the students scrambling to get to the best tailgate, many freshmen choose to hide in their dorm rooms instead of facing the crowds. If you are one of them, then it is time to lace up your sneaks, don your favorite (okay, your only) college tee and see what your university has to offer. From Greek rush and student government to college football games, here are the top things you need to try — now!

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Back to school spirit: Top 10 reasons to get involved on campus

Get involved!

Getting involved at an animal shelter

If you’re like the many students across the country that started classes this week, by now you’ve probably gotten some textbooks, signed up for classes and met your new roommate(s). So, now what? How about getting involved in your college campus? If you haven’t started planning that crucial step, then you may want to put this at the top of your back to school to-do list. Here are the top 10 reasons to get involved: Read more