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

3 DIY holiday gifts for mom and dad

You’re in the middle of prepping for your final exams. Now’s not the time you want to be thinking about holiday shopping! But that old saying from when you were a kid—your folks will love it more if you make it yourself—is just as true now that you’re a college student.

Try making homemade holiday gifts this year. (Credit: U.S. News)

Try making homemade holiday gifts this year. (Credit: U.S. News)

If you need to take a break from studying, give yourself a little creative fun by considering the types of DIY holiday gifts that come from the heart (and can be made on a low budget!). Read more

Traveling as a student: 4 things to prepare for before going on a trip

Whether it be before for a job, break, or vacation, traveling during a college semester is so much more stressful than it was in high school.

Credit: Natalie Schoenfeld

Credit: Natalie Schoenfeld

On your next trip, make sure you read these tips to have a successful time away: 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

How will the demise of Vine affect college students and social media?

For four years, Vine has delighted many college students with its six-second loops. But the video app is being shuttered by parent company Twitter. Many are wondering if the next social media app to go will be Twitter, especially after the company also announced job cuts.

What do you think about the departing of Vine? (Credit: CNN Money)

What do you think about the departing of Vine? (Credit: CNN Money)

Let’s take a moment to mourn Vine and prepare for what lies ahead in the world of social media. Read more

Life hacks to get home safe after a college party

As midterms roll past and the holidays start to come up, it’s possible you’ll be seeing a college party surge, both on and off campus. It’s great to celebrate with friends, but it’s possible that you’re the type of person who, like me, can be uncomfortable walking home alone at night (whether it’s from a social event or a late shift at a part-time job).

Get home safe from parties with our tips. (Credit: Thump)

Get home safe from parties with our tips. (Credit: Thump)

Public safety officials often advise against walking home alone, but that might not always be practical. Everyone wants to get home safe, regardless of the reason they’re out late, so it’s a good idea to keep a few life hacks—like the Companion app for your phone—under your hat. Read more

DIY tips for finding seasonal employment

Odds are if you are a college student you are looking for ways to earn extra money this holiday season. Finding a job that fits in with your class schedule can be a challenge, but it is doable, especially if you follow my DIY tips for seasonal employment.

Time to look into seasonal employment. (Credit: Snagajob)

Time to look into seasonal employment. (Credit: Snagajob)

Of course, the dream is to find a job that doesn’t require you wear some crazy holiday getup as well. Don’t despair! Soon you will have a little extra “jingle” in your pocket! 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

Fall outfits and how to dress for the weather on your college campus

Fall can be the most challenging time of year to dress for the weather. If you live on campus in a centrally located dorm, like I did, realizing you’ve got on the wrong fall outfits isn’t a crisis—you can always go back and change between classes. But for college students who have a long hike to and from the dorm, the quick change isn’t an option.

Check out the latest trends for fall outfits on campus. (Credit: Every College Girl)

Check out the latest trends for fall outfits on campus. (Credit: Every College Girl)

Check out these college life hacks that will help you get a handle on how to best dress for the ever-shifting weather. Read more

DIY ideas to show your school spirit

College football season is upon us, so it may be hard to escape some in-your-face displays of school spirit. Instead of fighting it, why not work up your own DIY ideas for how to dress or decorate your dorm to share your love of your school?

How do you show your school spirit? (Credit: Her Campus)

How do you show your school spirit? (Credit: Her Campus)

Read on college student for ideas on how to display your school pride as much (or as little) as you want. Read more