Winter is coming! Life hacks for life on campus

It’s December, and winter is coming! If you live in a place of ice and snow, it’s the time of year to stock up on the types of things that will make life easier on campus. If you live in a suite, how can you make sure your toilet seat isn’t freezing first thing in the morning? Headed to a game and looking for ways to keep your feet warmer?

How do you plan to prepare for winter on your college campus? (Credit: Odyssey)

How do you plan to prepare for winter on your college campus? (Credit: Odyssey)

Worried about that exposed car on campus parking and how you’ll get your car going for that trek home from an evening lab? Check out these life hacks for some get-ready-for-winter tips! Read more

DIY study kit to prep for your final exams

Final exams! Not only do you have to gear up and study for the end of the semester, but you also have to survive it. I know that I sometimes let my stress get the better of me, and it’s really important to make sure I’m taking care of myself, or I end up with a cold at the worst possible time (like the morning of my final).

What do you need to get through your final exams? (Credit: Etsy)

What do you need to get through your final exams? (Credit: Etsy)

In order to make it through, consider making a survival study kit for finals week that has everything you need to make it through your final exams. Looking for other tips for finals as well? Read on! Read more

The coffee nap life hack: Fact or fiction?

If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So when I first read about the coffee nap last week, I thought, this is one of those life hacks that’s totally proven false. But is it fact or fiction?

Does the coffee nap work for you? (Credit: Daily Mail)

Does the coffee nap work for you? (Credit: Daily Mail)

The jury is out about whether naps are good for you or whether they just mess up your sleep cycle (two recent CengageBrain posts weigh in with opposite perspectives there!), but it seems that scientists have come to a conclusion about whether or not the coffee nap actually works. College students in need of more sleep: read on! Read more

10 tips to stay healthy this winter

That crisp feeling in the air, the leaves turning colors can only mean that cold and flu season is on its way. It’s time for that flu shot but there are plenty of other things you can do to keep bugs and viruses from ruining your winter break.

Stay healthy this winter with our health tips. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Stay healthy this winter with our health tips. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Wash your hands often, eat a healthy diet and employ relaxation techniques to reduce stress. But wait, there’s more. In fact I have a whole list of ideas to help you stay healthy this winter. Read more

DIY tips to recover from sleep deprivation

A survey of more than 400 college students conducted by Chegg found that only 16 percent of students got eight or more hours of sleep a night. The survey also found that those sleepless nights are typically due to too much homework and too much attention to online entertainment.

End sleep deprivation with our sleeping tips. (Credit: Reference)

End sleep deprivation with our sleeping tips. (Credit: Reference)

If you are a typical college student dealing with sleep deprivation, you just want some DIY tips for how to recover and not doze off in class. I’ve got you covered. Read more

Things you need to know about the campus health center

Let’s face it—most college students would rather avoid the campus health center altogether. No one likes going to the doctor in the first place, and the health center isn’t like the family doc or pediatrician that you grew up with.

Feeling sick? Head to your campus health center. (Credit: Meme Maker)

Feeling sick? Head to your campus health center. (Credit: Meme Maker)

But when it comes to your physical well-being, and even your mental health, the campus health center wants the best for you, too. Read on for the things you need to know should you ever need to visit your college’s health services center. Read more

6 tips to reduce stress for college freshmen

For college freshmen, this time of year can be full of stress, loneliness and overwhelming feelings. You have to deal with classes, homework, social interactions, new living conditions, roommates and new independence.

Reduce stress with our simple tips. (Credit: Punchy Reviews)

Reduce stress with our simple tips. (Credit: Punchy Reviews)

Too much stress and you can lose interest in schoolwork, become emotionally upset and even feel physically ill. Here are some tips to reduce college stress and adjust to campus life. Read more

DIY Ergonomic tips for your dorm room

You’ve been studying for hours. Your back and neck are aching. All you really want is to put aside your work and crawl into bed, but that midterm isn’t going to take itself. I know I’ve felt like I’ve been sitting at my computer for far too long. I remember writing a lot of my thesis with my wooden desk chair tipped back at a silly angle so I could have my knees on the desk and my laptop on my lap. Talk about an inefficient, and certainly not ergonomic, work position!

Could you use some DIY ergonomic tips? (Credit: Castle & Bay)

Could you use some DIY ergonomic tips? (Credit: Castle & Bay)

If your main work space is in your dorm room, you may want to look into some DIY ergonomics to make your body more comfortable. It won’t reduce your work load, but it may reduce sore and stiff muscles caused from sitting in one place for too long! Read more

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