5 ways second semester freshman year is better

You’ve survived your first semester of college as a freshman and even came back for the second semester! You’ve learned some valuable survival techniques to navigate your academics and dorm life.

Find out the many ways second semester is better than the first. (Credit: Odyssey)

Find out the many ways second semester is better than the first. (Credit: Odyssey)

But everyone says that the spring semester of freshman year is so much better than the first. Here are some college tips for making your best college semester your second semester. Read more

Overcoming the ‘F’: What to do after you get a bad grade

Despite your current panic, getting a bad grade is not the end of the world. You’ve been given an opportunity to learn and grow. Although this is not ideal, you are still on a path to discovery.

Don't fret, it's not the end of the world if you get a bad grade. (Credit: AEI)

Don’t fret, it’s not the end of the world if you get a bad grade. (Credit: AEI)

The way you will respond to this challenge can help your personal and academic development. Here are your next steps. Read more

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.

What resolution ideas do you have for 2017? (Credit: Happy New Year SMS)

What resolution ideas do you have for 2017? (Credit: Happy New Year SMS)

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.

Take advantage of social media to help with your future career. (Credit: Jumpshot)

Take advantage of social media to help with your future career. (Credit: Jumpshot)

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

7 ways to cultivate the art of happiness

Are you one of those people who just naturally exudes authentic happiness? I don’t know about you but I tend to be one of those people who could use a course in the art of happiness. Fortunately, there is a positive psychology movement that has been doing research to learn about what makes people happy.

It is always a good time to discover the art of happiness. (Credit: Entrepreneur)

It is always a good time to discover the art of happiness. (Credit: Entrepreneur)

One of the leaders of this movement is Martin Seligman who believes that we can learn to be happier. What are the benefits? Let’s take a look. Read more

Maximize your college credits with a J-term study abroad

Winter break can offer you some necessary down time, and if you aren’t already on a J-term, then you’re probably getting that break right now. But J-terms can be a great way to squeeze in that foreign study abroad opportunity when you don’t have any in-semester time to spare.

Have you considered doing a J-term study abroad program? (Credit: CIS Abroad)

Have you considered doing a J-term study abroad program? (Credit: CIS Abroad)

College students can get a lot out of spending their J-term abroad, so if you’re looking for college hacks to get some college credits under your belt without cramming your semesters too full, check out these ways you can use your winter break. Read more

Student loan debt: 5 common mistakes college students make

As an undergrad, I relied on loans to help me pay for my education. If you are a college student you probably have some amount of student loan debt facing you after graduation—hopefully less than I did! Handling that so it doesn’t affect your financial security for the rest of your life is obviously not something you want to obsess about, but odds are strong that you are anyway.

Have you made any student loan debt mistakes? (Credit: WSJ)

Have you made any student loan debt mistakes? (Credit: WSJ)

Read on for how to avoid some of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to handling their student loan debt. Read more

Life hacks for college students home for the holidays

Classes are wrapping up for college students, and the dreaded exams will soon be a distant memory. That means most, if not all, will soon be heading home for the holidays. While you may be looking forward to celebrating with kith and kin, you also probably know that surviving the holidays with your family can take some skill and a whole lot of patience.

Follow our tips if you're home for the holidays. (Credit: PSU)

Follow our tips if you’re home for the holidays. (Credit: PSU)

I’ve got some well-tested advice on how to avoid stress and actually enjoy your time home with your relatives. Read more

Which types of degrees land you the best paying jobs?

I know that not everyone goes into college with the idea of linking what they are studying to their future earning potential. Nor do I think you should. However, that being said, the types of degrees you consider can have an impact on whether or not you land one of the best paying jobs.

Find out what the best paying jobs for college graduates are. (Credit: Daily Herald)

Find out what the best paying jobs for college graduates are. (Credit: Daily Herald)

Read on for insight into which majors can land you the highest salary. Read more

DIY plans to get outside and off campus during winter break

The semester is coming to a close. When I was an undergrad, I only had a J-term course planned for one winter break of my four years. During my other three winter breaks, I got off campus—usually by going home, since in our residential college staying over winter break was a no-go. I got a holiday job working retail, but I also made sure to get outside and do things.

Take advantage of our winter break activity ideas. (Credit: Unigo)

Take advantage of our winter break activity ideas. (Credit: Unigo)

If you’re in an area where you can go out winter hiking, either from home or near your dorm, try spending some of the warmer days this winter outside and off campus, getting some space from your academics so you can work with a clearer mind in January. Read more