Every summer travel tip you will ever need to know

Like most college students, you’re going to cram as much as you can into your last month of summer before you head back to school. You may decide to travel, so I wanted to look at some safety precautions for you to keep in mind.

What are your summer travel plans? (Credit: Be A Green Commuter)

What are your summer travel plans? (Credit: Be A Green Commuter)

After all, the best way to end a trip is to arrive back home safe and sound. So let’s see how to stay safe while traveling. Read more

2016 conventions: Why college students should care

It’s summer and you’re probably not watching much television, but you should be. This week, the Republican National Convention endorsed Donald Trump as its candidate for president. Starting July 25, the Democratic National Convention is holding its convention. They will be nominating Hillary Clinton as its candidate.

Find out the importance of conventions. (Credit: Homes in Columbus)

Find out the importance of conventions. (Credit: Homes in Columbus)

Another function of political conventions is to create the policies that each party will run on. College students should pay attention to what’s going on because our choice for president will affect the country for decades to come. Read more

3 best DIY projects for your alma mater shirts

If you just graduated high school or college, you may be realizing just how many school shirts you have. Chances are, if you’re headed to college, you don’t want to wear the old high school shirts; ditto if you’re headed to a world of dress-casual employment from college. What to do with all those old ts?

Combine your college shirts to create a unique blanket. (Credit: Sew Caroline)

Combine your college shirts to create a unique blanket. (Credit: Sew Caroline)

My drawers get a little loaded now and then with the shirts I’ve acquired, and anything that’s in good shape and doesn’t have a special nostalgia goes out the door to a local Goodwill or shelter. But for those shirts that do have a special place in my heart, I need something to do with them that doesn’t cover up what makes them special. Read more

Creative hairstyles to try when it’s too hot outside to leave it down

Long tresses let you try all kinds of different hairstyles, and when you’re too busy all you have to do is put it up in a bun or a ponytail. Now that we’re in the heat of summer though, I can’t stand to have my hair on my neck.

One of many hairstyles to try when it's warm out. (Credit: Wonder How To)

One of many hairstyles to try when it’s warm out. (Credit: Wonder How To)

Unless I want to endure and pay for short haircuts all summer, I’ll need some ideas and hair tips for maintaining long, healthy hair. Sound familiar? I went looking and here are some hair tips I found for creating hairstyles for long hair. Read more

Summer camping tips for college students

Aside from going to summer camp as a kid—which involved staying in cabins, not tents—I have never been camping. So it’s with some trepidation that I’ve finally agreed to spend not one, but two nights at a campsite this August with some friends. What I’ve found out so far is that camping really is a low-budget vacation, once you have all the supplies you need, and while you can always upscale your items, there are ways to do it on the cheap.

Have a fun camping experience this summer! (Credit: Pexels)

Have a fun camping experience this summer! (Credit: Pexels)

If you need some tips and tricks to plan a camping trip, check out these hints for college students and other campers from sites like Reserve America (where I reserved our camping site for this August!). Read more

You can make pancakes in your dorm room! Here’s how

One of the great things about summer vacation is having time in the morning to make pancakes if I feel like it. No breakfast beats homemade pancakes with real maple syrup! But you don’t have to give up pancakes when you move back to your dorm room in the fall.

You don't have to give up pancakes while living in the dorms. (Credit: Garlic My Soul)

You don’t have to give up pancakes while living in the dorms. (Credit: Garlic My Soul)

For college students, access to homemade pancakes can be a challenge, but check out these pancake recipes that offer some awesome life hacks to fresh pancakes right in your dorm. Read more

Self-driving cars coming to a college campus near you!

I suppose if I can’t have a flying car yet, a self-driving car is just as good. No more are we in the realm of science-fiction or having to think of self-driving cars as playthings of the rich, famous …and brave! Now there is a company testing an autonomous car on a college campus.

What are your thoughts on self-driving cars? (Credit: TNW)

What are your thoughts on self-driving cars? (Credit: TNW)

College students can be transported to and from class in a driverless car. Self-driving car technology is big business, so watch for it. Read more

So, you want to hack the Pentagon?

I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager reading a lot of science fiction, I thought that the life of a hacker must be pretty glamorous. There was something adventurous and rebellious about the idea of navigating cyberspace. While SFF still makes some great metaphors for hacking, most of the hackers you see in the news are the ones causing problems. The exception? The hackers of the Department of Defense Hack the Pentagon program—some of whom weren’t even college students yet, let alone professionals.

Find out here how to join Hack the Pentagon. (Credit: TechWorm)

Find out here how to join Hack the Pentagon. (Credit: TechWorm)

If you’re headed into a computer science major and want to test your own skills against the Department of Defense, here’s what you need to know about the Hack the Pentagon initiative. Read more

Not ready for college? How about taking a gap year?

Taking a gap year has been pretty common in Great Britain for the past four or five decades, but fewer American students have opted to wait a year before starting college. That may be changing now that First Daughter Malia Obama has opted to wait a year before heading off to Harvard. Worried that you are not ready for college?

Have you considered a gap year? (Credit: Longfield Academy)

Have you considered a gap year? (Credit: Longfield Academy)

There are things you need to know if you want to get your parents on board with the idea. First of all you have to create a plan, and I’ve got some tips to help you convince your parents, too. Read more