Top 4 scams for college students to avoid

College is a time to learn, try new things and find your own identity. Unfortunately, others are seeking your identity, too. College students are vulnerable to all sorts of scams and types of identity theft. Just at a time in life when you’re starting to build a good credit score, scammers can derail your plans.

Beware of scams targeted at college students. (Credit: Rent.com)

Beware of scams targeted at college students. (Credit: Rent.com)

One of the most common is the student loan forgiveness scam, but there are plenty of other ways that students can get ripped off. Read more

Top 5 things to do when getting ready for college

Before my freshman year, I remember the flurry of getting ready as I got all the supplies I’d need for my first year on my own. Incoming college students have a lot to remember to accomplish before starting their first fall semester! Along with shopping for all the stuff you need (we’ve got recommendations for what you need—and what you don’t!) there’s a whole checklist worth of things you need to accomplish before you leave.

Getting ready for college is easy with our best tips. (Credit: Regions)

Getting ready for college is easy with our best tips. (Credit: Regions)

I wanted to make sure I got to have some fun with my high school friends before heading off for college life, and you might want to consider it, too! Along with savoring those last days of summer, here are the top 5 things you need to do as you’re getting ready for college. Read more

Your first apartment: Tips for living on your own (at last!)

Getting your first apartment is an exciting but stressful time. Now you have to deal with real world issues like paying rent and living on a budget. But when college students share a space, there are other things to consider such as a roommate agreement where everyone agrees on things like chores and sharing expenses.

Here's what you need to know about your first apartment. (Credit: Apartment Guide)

Here’s what you need to know about your first apartment. (Credit: Apartment Guide)

Let’s look at some more tips and ideas to consider when you set yourself up in your own apartment or house. Read more

7 first day of college tips

My first day of college classes was daunting for me, as it is for most college students. You’re still finding your classroom buildings, navigating the college campus layout and meeting teachers and fellow students for the first time.

What tips do you suggest for the first day of college? (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

What tips do you suggest for the first day of college? (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

Here are some bits of freshman advice and college tips for your first day of class. Read more

The do’s and don’ts of your first credit card

A good credit score has a big impact on the rest of your life — from buying a house to even your insurance rate. That’s why college students need to be thinking about how to get your first credit card and start establishing good credit now.

Be sure to use your first credit card wisely. (Credit: Pexels)

Be sure to use your first credit card wisely. (Credit: Pexels)

Read on for the things you need to know to make this happen for you. Read more

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

Free tuition at public universities? Hillary Clinton says yes

Many millennials were supporting Bernie Sanders in his bid for the democratic nomination because of his stance on offering free tuition at public universities and colleges. With Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee, these same people were feeling disappointment, thinking their hopes for a college education without giant amounts of student loan debt had been dashed.

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

But not so fast, I have some exciting news! The Clinton campaign announced that they now have a free tuition plan, too. But how does it stack up to Bernie’s plan? Let’s see, shall we? Read more

How does the Brexit vote affect British universities?

Think that the Brexit vote was just some political or trade thing involving the European Union and Great Britain? Can’t imagine how it might be of interest to college students? The landmark vote may have centered on issues of trade and immigration, but it also has the potential to seriously affect college students at British universities. How?

University leaders have warned about potentially ‘damaging’ effects for higher education if the UK voted for Brexit. (Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

University leaders have warned about potentially ‘damaging’ effects for higher education if the UK voted for Brexit. (Credit: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images)

Leaving the EU is expected to affect research funding at universities, as well as result in tuition hikes for students among other things. So have a little sympathy for your brethren across the pond. Read more

How to have a summer beach party, with or without the beach

One of my favorite summer activities is going to the beach. I grew up in Iowa, and even though I live in Connecticut now, the novelty of living so close to the coast has not worn off. If you live on the coast, you may be planning to have a beach party or two before the fall semester begins. But say you’re miles from a real beach?

What do you suggest bringing to a beach party? (Credit: Goa Streets)

What do you suggest bringing to a beach party? (Credit: Goa Streets)

You can still embrace party themes celebrating all things beachy by organizing a beach party. Have a budget? No problem. You can select party games, foods, and decorations while keeping everything on the cheap. Check out these ideas for indoor or outdoor beach parties this summer. Read more

9 best websites for college students

There’s so much information out there to help you with college life, dorm life and social life on your college campus. How do you know where to start? Although I always start with Facebook and Twitter, there are many websites and resources to help college students muddle through.

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Which websites are your favorites to browse? (Credit: Pinterest)

Here are some tips about a few of the best websites that are useful in surviving college. Read more