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

College advice: 3 things to avoid

With college students beginning another (or your first) school year, everyone is filling you with their college advice and words of wisdom – mostly in the “To Do” variety.

Avoid working too hard. Find a balance between work and play. (Credit: Daily Eastern News)

Avoid working too hard. Find a balance between work and play. (Credit: Daily Eastern News)

Here is a Do Not Do (aka avoid) list that involves study habits, college roommate faux pas and college dorm avoidances. Read more

College students: DIY college survival kit ideas for every occasion

Heading off to college may be your first experience of being away from your family for an extended time. When the going gets tough, who’s going to be there to support you and soothe your hurts and fears? Well, you can do it yourself with a few handy supplies. Start now to learn how to create your own basic college survival kit.

What would you include in a college survival kit? (Credit: Alex Fahey)

What would you include in a college survival kit? (Credit: Alex Fahey)

Most college students need more than the basic kit though. How about a kit for the day after a frat party? Or when your best friend is going through a break-up? Here are a few DIY ideas on college survival kits for different occasions. Read more

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College = FREEDOM!!

Once you’re in college you’re free! Free to stay up till the break of dawn and experience new things! With freedom can come the unwanted. An extra 15 lbs., credit card debt or academic probation. But how can you enjoy the freedom without the negatives?

I have compiled five helpful CengageBrain articles to help you stay free of freedom’s negative consequences. To view the full article, click on the article title. Read more

How to make friends in college

College is a whole new world with a ton of new people! So it can be a little intimidating meeting people and trying to make friends. The thing to remember is that you are not alone! Everyone else is trying to make friends just like you!

But don’t worry, here are a few easy tips to help you get started: Read more

Must haves to make your dorm room great

The dorm room is a complicated space. First of all it isn’t big. Second you have to share it with a stranger. Third, did I mention it is small? But there are some tips and tricks you can use to make the most of your space.

Before and after of a newly decorated dorm room. (Credit: Pinterest)

Before and after of a newly decorated dorm room. (Credit: Pinterest)

Starting with some life hacks to help you determine dorm room must haves and what things are better left at home. Read more