Top tips for training for a 5K or obstacle race

As I think about my college campus, now would be a perfect time to train for a 5K or obstacle course as a college student. My campus is a hilly, forested one, great for walking around (and developing good calves without even trying). Hills and trails are great for training for a 5K, and if you’re thinking of developing your own DIY exercise plan on campus, running is a great way to build your cardiovascular health without spending any money.

Are you ready to lace up your shoes and run a 5K? (Credit: Women's Running)

Are you ready to lace up your shoes and run a 5K? (Credit: Women’s Running)

Even if you’re on an urban campus, you can find places to run or hit the school gym or track. If you’re socially minded, you can set a goal to race for a charity you believe in. For tips on developing your own 5K or 5K obstacle course work out, keep reading—but always check with your doctor or health services before you start a new exercise regimen! Read more

How college students can get more sleep

One of the great things about fall is that, with the earlier darkness, it can be easier to hit the sack. Okay, not really. It’s wishful thinking to go down with the sun, especially in college. I end up writing a lot of papers in the wee hours as a college student, but luckily, I tend to have classes that allow me to sleep in. If you’ve got a full load of 8 a.m. classes, staying up late is not the way to make sure you get more sleep.

Learn how you can get more sleep in college. (Credit: Reference/Getty Images)

Learn how you can get more sleep in college. (Credit: Reference/Getty Images)

What’s more, recent studies have shown that while 60% of college students don’t get enough sleep, being well rested is actually vital to your academic success. If you have trouble waking up in the morning (or going to bed at night), check out these life hacks to improve your sleep cycle. Read more

4 ways exercise helps improve your grades

Do you feel that no matter how much you study that some things just don’t stick to memory? Well, you’re not alone. Many college students across the country study for hours and still get grades that are average or below on their midterms.

Exercise your way to good grades. (Credit: UNH.edu)

Exercise your way to good grades. (Credit: UNH.edu)

If you feel like you’re in the same boat, I’m here to tell you that there ARE ways to change this! Although you may have a busy schedule and it may seem like you barely have time to eat dinner, there are many reasons why you should schedule an extra hour at the gym each day. Here they are: Read more

How to still wear fashionable clothes on a college budget

Learning how to budget your cash is about as much fun as going on a diet. You always seem to be saying “No” to yourself. But there are ways to save when it comes to your wardrobe.

You don't have to limit your clothes collection even being on a college budget. (Credit: Grad School Insider)

You don’t have to limit your clothes collection even being on a college budget. (Credit: Grad School Insider)

With a few tricks you can still dress in fashion and be the envy of your fellow college students. Read more

How to get the most from online research sources

It’s not even Halloween yet but you’re probably swamped with research paper assignments. Am I right? Your professors may assume that you know how to use research databases and how to find scholarly education resources to use. But the truth is that many college students struggle with doing anything more than a simple Google search.

Find out how online research can take your classwork to the next level. (Credit: Hotel School)

Find out how online research can take your classwork to the next level. (Credit: Hotel School)

So let’s take a look at some tips, tricks, and strategies that will help you gather the research you need to ace that next term paper. Read more

6 tips to deal with a difficult college roommate

Moving into the college dorms usually means having a roommate. Many college students won’t know much about their roommate until they have to share a dorm with them.

Let us help you fix your roommate problems. (Credit: US News)

Let us help you fix your roommate problems. (Credit: US News)

If you’re lucky, like me, you’ll get along fine with your college roommate, but sometimes the two of you just can’t get along. Here are some college tips to get along with your roommate. Read more

Financial management life hacks to make college life easier

While going to college is primarily about getting a good education, there’s a secondary education you receive from college life. I’m not talking about the social aspects—although I certainly learned a lot about encountering people with different points of view and from different backgrounds when I started college. One of the most important things I learned, though, was financial management.

College is the perfect time to learn financial management tips. (Credit: Michelle Adams)

College is the perfect time to learn financial management tips. (Credit: Michelle Adams)

I won’t say I mastered my finances in college, because being on my own and responsible for my own money for the first time wasn’t exactly a smooth experience. But I did eventually pick up some life hacks to make life easier by keeping tabs on the money I was spending. Here are some of the top financial life hacks for college students I’ve spotted lately. Read more

10 do-it-yourself tips for academic goals in college

I was lucky in that I knew exactly what my personal goals were for college. But not every college student does. Figuring out what to study and how to work toward that degree several long years away can be daunting.

Create academic goals to help with college success. (Credit: My Time Management)

Create academic goals to help with college success. (Credit: My Time Management)

So here are some student educational planning tips and guidelines for a do-it-yourself plan to create educational goals and objectives, and suggestions to track your academic goals while in college. Read more

6 tips for frugal living for college students

You’re living on your own, you might have a part-time job while going to school, but money is always going to be tight.

Learn how to live a frugal life in college. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Learn how to live a frugal life in college. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Here are some lifehack tips for cheap food and services and frugal living in college. Read more

Get ready to apply for the FAFSA

It’s that time of year again–your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) can be filed. It seems earlier than before, right? That’s because this year, there’s an earlier filing date for the FAFSA: the application window opened October 1st. Don’t worry, the application deadline is still way off, but it’s a good thing to check on, because there are FAFSA deadlines at the federal, state, and even college level. (Colleges are being encouraged to set the deadline no earlier than February.)

Time to begin applying for the FAFSA. (Credit: PTC.edu)

Time to begin applying for the FAFSA. (Credit: PTC.edu)

I know it can be a hassle to apply for federal aid–I needed it for all four years of undergrad–but with some of the new tools, including the handy IRS Data Retrieval tool, the whole process is getting easier. Read more