5 Self Care Strategies for College Students

One of the most important life lessons I ever received was as a TA on a study tour. The college students on the trip were not a cohesive group, and I was discussing ideas with the prof on how to mitigate some of the conflicts. I made a suggestion that was self-sacrificing, and the professor said, “Alana, secure your own mask before assisting others.” I immediately withdrew the suggestion, and it’s been a motto for me ever since. It can be hard to say no to a friend who needs a small (but time consuming) favor, or a club that needs someone to organize an event. But as a college student, you must prioritize self care in order to succeed in your classes, stay healthy and have the energy to give to your friends and clubs.

Take a look at these self care strategies for dorm life. Read more

Lace Up Those Kicks for Global Running Day with These 5 Tips!

If you’re a college student, chances are you haven’t had much time on your hands to focus on running or had the patience to really ease into it during the school year. Now that it’s summer and today is Global Running Day, it’s time to begin!

As I former runner, I had to start from the bottom as well. I remember not even being able to run my first mile. Fast forward a few months from that and I was able to run 6 miles without being out of breath! Since then, I have learned a lot about running and I believe that everyone should try it. If you’re reading this and wondering how you can possibly start doing something you’ve never tried or dread doing, I’m here to give you my tips. Read more

How To Deal with Food Allergies on Your College Campus

For many new college students, choosing a school is mostly about the study programs that they offer. However, some students also need to know how a school will help them manage their food allergies. Students also need to know how to communicate their needs to services on campus that deal with providing food, such as housing and dining.

I always appreciate knowing my friends’ food concerns as well, so if we make plans together, I don’t bring the wrong kind of snack to a study session (or take a friend with a severe peanut allergy out for Thai food!). What should you be doing to make sure that you stick to your eating program while at college? Read more

Here’s How To Cope When You’re Feeling Burned Out

As the end of the school year draws near, you may be feeling the pressure of finals or perhaps what seems like endless hours of studying weighing you down. Finding the motivation just to sit through class may feel like an impossible chore. Eating poorly, not getting enough sleep or exercise, and going out with friends when you should have been studying (aka time mismanagement), may all be contributing to college burnout.

Hang in there! There are ways to cope with the stress and get back on track. Read on for some sure fire tips. Read more

How To Keep Your Brain Active Over Summer Break

When students think of summer break, concepts like relaxation and vacation immediately pop up. And while it is important to use this time to take a breather, it’s also important that our hard work during the school year isn’t forgotten throughout the summer.

If you aren’t enrolled in summer classes, I know the last thing students (including myself) want to be doing is schoolwork, so here are some tips on how to keep your brain active during break without sacrificing free time or fun. Read more

7 Ways to Turn Stress into Success

It’s the end of the semester. You’re tired. All you’re thinking about is back home, or the beach, or anything but studying. But alas, it’s not summer yet, and there are still projects to do, papers to be written and tests to be taken.

So here’s my advice, student to student, on how to turn your burnout into motivation. Read more

Healthy Snacks To Keep Your Brain Active for Finals

It can be tough for a college student to stick to eating healthy food. What do you do when you want something quick and easy? I just grab the bag of greasy chips even though an apple is a much better choice. But recently I’ve learned how to make my own DIY snacks with healthy ingredients.

Reach for healthy snacks as you study for finals. (Credit: Leanne Bakes)

Reach for healthy snacks as you study for finals. (Credit: Leanne Bakes)

Now, dorm food doesn’t have to mean eating empty calories. Let me show you what I mean. Read more

Student Poll Results: How Do You Manage Exam Stress?

Recently, we asked you to share your go-to strategies for managing stress in our blog poll—and share you did! From yogi-esque self-care methods and chocoholic indulgences, to exercise and straight-up panic, we’ve learned that students use a variety of different tactics to calm their nerves during test time. Some healthy, some not-so-healthy.

As we head into to finals season, you might find some of these tips handy. We started with the most popular answer—and it might just shock you! Read more

Lack of Sleep and How It Affects College Students

Your parents have probably gone on and on about it. Your professors and maybe even your doctor has mentioned it. What is the big deal about getting enough sleep? Sure, you know you feel grumpy and off your game without it, but this is real life as a college student and sometimes a lack of sleep is part of the bargain.

I hate to break it to you, but the effects of little or no sleep can be serious and there are even more things you need to know. Read on. Read more

4 Ways to Manage Stress

As college students, we tend to get bogged down with assignments, homework and exams as the semester rolls on. It’s hard for us to utilize the plethora of stress relieving techniques out there because the thought of adding yet another activity—to our already drowning schedule—seems daunting!

Well, good news is around the corner; April is Stress Awareness Month! Therefore, we have done the hard work for you! Below are 4 quick, short fire ways to relieve stress! Read more