5 Ways to Start Spring Semester With a Bang!

Did winter break feel like it just flew by? Are you prepared for another semester? We all might need a little more time to recuperate! Regardless, a new year and a new semester is upon us and we may need a few reminders as to what makes a great semester!

Make your second semester an adventure. (Credit: Motivation & Inspiration)

Make your second semester an adventure. (Credit: Motivation & Inspiration)

Here are a few ways to start your semester off with a bang! Read more

Take Cell Phone Pictures Like a Pro

I am somewhat challenged when it comes to using my smart phone. Especially when it comes to mobile photography. Great pictures don’t just happen. You have to have some skills. That takes lots of practice.

Learn how to take amazing cell phone pictures. (Credit: House Beautiful)

Learn how to take amazing cell phone pictures. (Credit: House Beautiful)

To learn how to take better pictures, I scoured the Internet and talked to my friends. Here’s what I found. Read more

DIY tips and tricks to destress over winter break

While I know winter break can come with its own varieties of stress, especially if you’re heading home for family gatherings with cousins from six different states, a family road trip, or just six different holiday dinners, it can also be a great time to destress and get ready for next semester.

Relax and destress this winter break. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Relax and destress this winter break. (Credit: Huffington Post)

I’m lucky this year that I got to stay close to home with no big travel plans and only a small family gathering, but there have definitely been those years when it seemed like the first relaxation I got was getting back on campus! Here are some tips and tricks to form a DIY plan to destress over winter break. Read more

6 DIY ideas to cure boredom over winter break

It’s winter break. If you’re not doing a J-term, don’t have a job, and don’t have any studying to do, you may be running out of ideas to keep yourself busy. While winter break can be a great time to catch up on sleep and relaxation, if you’re like me, you can only go for so long before you’re itching to get busy again.

Tackle some DIY projects to prevent winter break boredom. (Credit: SCHC)

Tackle some DIY projects to prevent winter break boredom. (Credit: SCHC)

Whether you need DIY ideas to cure boredom, or are itching to do some DIY crafts while you have access to the family craft supplies, check out these ideas on what to do with winter break. Read more

Overcoming a tragedy: Orlando Strong

It was Sunday morning. Tragedy struck, so at first I didn’t believe the news. I could not fathom the truth, that hate and sorrow had gained control of my city overnight. My first thoughts were that while I was fast asleep, dreaming about a better life, others were wide awake fighting for their own.

The Orlando Eye, lit with rainbow colors the night following the Orlando tragedy. (Credit: Daniel Myers)

The Orlando Eye, lit with rainbow colors the night following the Orlando tragedy. (Credit: Daniel Myers)

Some stories said they hadn’t caught the shooter yet. I woke up afraid for my life too. 49 people died that morning, and 53 people survived. The wound hasn’t completely healed, and for others it is still fresh. Read more

College students—DIY ways to beat the winter blues

Whether you simply prefer the warmer months or you truly suffer from seasonal affective disorder (aka SAD), the winter blues can be a real thing that affects up to one out of four adults, including college students.

Learn how to beat those pesky winter blues. (Credit: WorkStride)

Learn how to beat those pesky winter blues. (Credit: WorkStride)

So if you want to fight back this year, read on for some DIY tips on how to beat the winter blues. Read more

5 ways second semester freshman year is better

You’ve survived your first semester of college as a freshman and even came back for the second semester! You’ve learned some valuable survival techniques to navigate your academics and dorm life.

Find out the many ways second semester is better than the first. (Credit: Odyssey)

Find out the many ways second semester is better than the first. (Credit: Odyssey)

But everyone says that the spring semester of freshman year is so much better than the first. Here are some college tips for making your best college semester your second semester. Read more

Best ways to use (or not use) social media

I don’t know about you, but lately I find that I spend way too much time on social media. That would be okay if it helped me in school, starting a career or to get a job, but it’s mostly recipes and cat videos. At least I’m not hooked on games like Pokémon GO, I tell myself.

Take advantage of social media to help with your future career. (Credit: Jumpshot)

Take advantage of social media to help with your future career. (Credit: Jumpshot)

Is social media all a waste or is it helpful, too? I think that depends on how you use it. Read more

7 ways to cultivate the art of happiness

Are you one of those people who just naturally exudes authentic happiness? I don’t know about you but I tend to be one of those people who could use a course in the art of happiness. Fortunately, there is a positive psychology movement that has been doing research to learn about what makes people happy.

It is always a good time to discover the art of happiness. (Credit: Entrepreneur)

It is always a good time to discover the art of happiness. (Credit: Entrepreneur)

One of the leaders of this movement is Martin Seligman who believes that we can learn to be happier. What are the benefits? Let’s take a look. Read more

Maximize your college credits with a J-term study abroad

Winter break can offer you some necessary down time, and if you aren’t already on a J-term, then you’re probably getting that break right now. But J-terms can be a great way to squeeze in that foreign study abroad opportunity when you don’t have any in-semester time to spare.

Have you considered doing a J-term study abroad program? (Credit: CIS Abroad)

Have you considered doing a J-term study abroad program? (Credit: CIS Abroad)

College students can get a lot out of spending their J-term abroad, so if you’re looking for college hacks to get some college credits under your belt without cramming your semesters too full, check out these ways you can use your winter break. Read more