Tips for high school students preparing for college

Know any high school students preparing for college in the fall? Are you trying to get ready to start your own grand university adventure? You may be freaking out a bit, and that’s okay.

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

Let us help you in preparing for college. (Credit: The News Wheel)

I’ve got some tips to help you use this final summer at home to your advantage so college will be a breeze! Read more

4 roommate and dorm tips you need to follow

I was excited to live in a college dorm room when I first started college, but having a roommate, the stress of classes, and a new environment can make anyone tense and irritable.

Are you experiencing any roommate problems? (Credit: OCM Blog)

Are you experiencing any roommate problems? (Credit: OCM Blog)

Here are some college tips to get along with your roommate, find roommates that are compatible, and dorm ideas to keep your place organized. Read more

Pros and cons of LLCs for college students

I know what you’re thinking… What are LLCs? A living-learning community on college campus is a residence hall or dorm room building filled with like-minded college students who are all studying the same subject. A relatively new trend in colleges across the country, these professional learning communities, also called interest-based housing, integrate intellectual and residential life.

Would you like LLCs? (Credit: Manhattan College)

Would you like LLCs? (Credit: Manhattan College)

In this new approach to academics, students share a special interest, live in residential halls and take the same classes together. Read more

You ask, we answer: My roomie has an allergy!

Dear J,

My new roommate is allergic to peanuts! My favorite food to sustain life on, is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. How will I go on!?!? Even if I give up my soul food, I’m terrified that a soap/food/product I buy will have peanuts in it! What should I do?

Best,

Rebecca W

Rebecca,

I’m sorry that your PB&J relationship is on the rocks! I’m no doctor but I’ve definitely had a roommate with a shellfish allergy so here is what I can tell you. Read more

5 snowflakes you’ll meet in college and how to shut them down

As I find myself quickly approaching college graduation this May, I can’t help but begin my final semester by asking myself the same question I always do. What’s with all of the snowflakes? In college we meet many new people and have tons of new experiences that will shape who we become and how we handle our lives.

The many types of snowflakes in class.

The many types of snowflakes in class.

Many of these people will have a great amount of influence on our lives and we will keep contact with them in the years to come. However, some will leave us unsure how they have got this far in life and when they will realize that they are not a special snowflake! Read more

How to handle a bad roommate

If you make it through college without a bad roommate horror story, count yourself lucky. My story entails a person who sublet a room from one of my apartment mates for the summer and then proceeded to steal from me—clothes, books, even a watch.

We're so sorry to hear about your roommate problems. (Credit: Reddit)

We’re so sorry to hear about your roommate problems. (Credit: Reddit)

No matter what the offensive behavior is, here are some tips that can help you learn how to handle the worst situation. Read more

Watch out for whooping cough, college students!

Is whooping cough contagious? Do bees fly? Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Children who are not vaccinated are susceptible to whooping cough and can be carriers of the disease to adults who may need a booster pertussis vaccine.

With a hectic college schedule, no, you definitely don't have time for whooping cough. (Credit: Memecrunch)

With a hectic college schedule, no, you definitely don’t have time for whooping cough. (Credit: Memecrunch)

College students in proximity to lots of other people are at higher risk for getting whooping cough. Here are some healthcare tips to protect yourself. Read more

You ask, we answer: Social media overload help!

Hi J,

My roommate/friend thinks it’s okay to post crappy pictures of me on social media. Except it’s not. I’m tired of seeing shitty images of me having fun or just lounging around end up on Facebook or Instagram. I mean really? Why the hell does she need to post EVERYTHING? I mean sure some of them are funny, but I’m getting really tired of it. Plus I don’t want my family (who I am FB friends with) seeing all the pictures on social media.

Make it stopppp,

Amanda M.

Hi Amanda,

I get it. It sucks to have images on social media where absolutely everyone can see them and on top of that they can save and use. Read more

You ask, we answer: I’m SO COLD! How can I warm up?

Hey J,

I don’t know what’s wrong with my roommate…but he literally doesn’t get cold. And worse is that he loves having the window open. It’s cold here and I am in sweaters and my winter coat and he’s sitting over on his bed in shorts like it’s nothing. He also doesn’t want to turn on the heat because he doesn’t want to pay for it. I don’t know what’s wrong with him!

Please help before I freeze my a** off.

Charles D.

Hi Charles,

I get it. It’s getting cold now and your roommate has grown up in ice caves and doesn’t know the difference. Read more

You ask, we answer: Help! My roommate is the WORST!

Hey Jay,

I have a #$*@% for a roommate. I’m talking Regina George and the Joker smushed into one. PURE EVIL!!! She has people over all the time, stays in the bathroom for a really long time when I have to go to class and she plays with her toes. I mean, it looks like her hand is attached to her feet and she just can’t let go. The worst is when she touches my stuff! There are no boundaries with her! What can I do?!

Annoyed.

Jen S.

What should I do about my difficult roommate?! (Credit: U.S. News)

What should I do about my difficult roommate?! (Credit: U.S. News)

Jen S.,

I’m sorry that you got the short straw. It happens. Read more