5 college tips for student athletes

Time management skills are difficult for all college students, never mind student athletes. It takes great determination and planning to address academic requirements and play sports. College athletes have hours of practice every day, training and exercising in the gym, meetings with the coach, and time away from schoolwork nights and weekends for games, many of which require lengthy travel to other cities and states.

Lives of student athletes are a tad different from their college peers. (Credit: LCA)

Lives of student athletes are a tad different from their college peers. (Credit: LCA)

Here are 5 college tips for on managing time so you can be both a successful athlete and college student: Read more

College classes: Pros and cons of morning and evening classes

You’re about to begin college, and while you’ve probably already completed your class schedule for the semester, you’re still hesitant whether you can handle that 8AM Chemistry lecture or that 7PM Econ 101 class. The scheduling of your college classes is a huge deal so it’s important you really consider what’s best for your brain. Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Do you prefer morning or evening college classes? (Credit: USA Today HSS)

Do you prefer morning or evening college classes? (Credit: USA Today HSS)

Each of us is different and some of us work better in the mornings while others are more productive during the evening. Here are some pros and cons for both morning and evening classes – maybe this will help you decide how to schedule your college classes! Read more

“You sure you want to eat that?”… 6 food safety tips for college dorms

College students’ lifestyles may not be the most hygienic regarding bacteria and germs on food and food handling. Even if you have a mini fridge, there is a chance for food borne contamination to occur. Take some common sense steps to assure food safety, eliminate food contamination and create a college dorm checklist for basic food safety rules.

A sign that it's time to learn some food safety tips. (Credit: Playbuzz)

A sign that it’s time to learn some food safety tips. (Credit: Playbuzz)

In college I grabbed food whenever and wherever I could find it. I brought extra food home from the cafeteria, mooched pizza leftovers from friends, and cleaned out the mini fridge twice all semester. How many mornings did I eat pizza that that been left out over night? (Lots!) Read more

4 easy ways to make your summer better (if it’s not already awesome)

I’m always looking for ways to make my summer easier. It can be hard for me to remember to keep hydrated when I’m out for a day in the sun, and though I’m good at remembering my sunscreen most of the time, I’ve been known to come home with a nasty sunburn now and then.

Dealing with a sunburn is no way to spend your summer. (Credit: Mercola.com)

Dealing with a sunburn is no way to spend your summer. (Credit: Mercola.com)

If you’re looking for some outdoor tips and tricks to make your summer better, check out these four summer life hacks. Read more

Combating the opioid epidemic with substance-free college dorms

The recent untimely death of music icon Prince has refocused our attention on prescription painkillers. But the problem has been a growing one for sometime, even within many colleges and universities. In fact, many university campuses have been trying to help combat the opioid epidemic by offering substance-free college dorms for students struggling with addiction.

Find out how colleges are combating the opioid epidemic. (Credit: Public Health Watch)

Find out how colleges are combating the opioid epidemic. (Credit: Public Health Watch)

These so-called “sober dorms” are becoming more popular as use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription drugs have grown. Read more

Your must-know first aid and self defense tips

Like many in the United States, I’ve watched the news coverage of the Orlando shooting on June 12, 2016, with dismay. So many lives ended in a short moment, in a space where people believed they were safe—it’s hard to even wrap my head around the terror and sadness.

There are many helpful first aid tips you should know. (Credit: Medscape)

There are many helpful first aid tips you should know. (Credit: Medscape)

One of the news articles I read that lifted my spirits a bit was the story of a nursing student, Joshua McGill, who was at Pulse and, despite fears for his own life, he stopped to save one of the shooting victims, literally taking his own shirt off his back to stop the other man’s bleeding. Read more

Body image talk: Stop worrying and learn to love your body

Recently I saw singer LeAnn Rimes on the Doctor Oz show talking about her struggles with her body image and how she has been the victim of body shaming. Wow! I never would have thought that someone so talented and good-looking would have a problem with self image.

Show yourself some love with a positive body image. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Show yourself some love with a positive body image. (Credit: Huffington Post)

But even my hero, Amy Schumer, has gone public about her own struggles. So if your Freshman 15 is still hanging around during your junior year (I’m with you, girl!) we should talk about body image issues. Read more

First aid kit must haves for summer (not so much) fun

When a friend and I went biking, she fell and scraped her shin on a ragged log, causing her leg to bleed profusely. We only had a handkerchief and some tissues to take care of it until we could go to the emergency room. When an injury strikes, you don’t want to wonder what you should do or what supplies you should have on hand.

What should one include in their first aid kit? (Credit: VIVO)

What should one include in their first aid kit? (Credit: VIVO)

You should be prepared ahead of time by following some simple safety rules so you can have a fun summer. Here are some summer safety tips for preparing a first aid kit and dealing with bug bites and heatstroke. Read more

Busting the myths about what you know about disabled people

The movie Me Before You has managed to tick off both film critics and members of the disabled community and for different reasons. Critics think it’s sappy. Its main character is a quadriplegic man who decides to end his life by assisted suicide. People with disabilities find the film offensive because it follows the Hollywood tradition of portraying the most negative aspects of being disabled, and suicide as its only solution.

What do you know about disabled people? (Credit: Flickr)

What do you know about disabled people? (Credit: Flickr)

Allow me now to destroy the myths about being disabled and what college students can learn about how individuals with disabilities cope with it throughout college campuses. Read more

10 best fitness apps to gamify your workout

Here’s my latest workout bummer: I track my exercise with a fitness app I like that has a bunch of cool social features. The problem? Too few of my friends are using the same tracker! It is really hard to compete with my workout pals if we aren’t all on the same app. I realize this is totally in the category of #firstworldproblems, but when it comes to gamification–making life more like a game–I am a complete sucker.

Which fitness apps do you like best? (Credit: Team Radosta)

Which fitness apps do you like best? (Credit: Team Radosta)

If working out feels like a chore, the way it can be for many college students, check out these tips on finding the best apps to gamify your exercise, the best fitness apps for your own training, and the best YouTube workouts for getting fit in your dorm. Read more