8 college tips for surviving the second semester

Like other college students, I got over the fear of my very first semester and looked forward to my second. Even after a few years, the second semester always felt easier to approach.

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

I created my own do-it-yourself guide for surviving (and flourishing) in the second semester. Here are some college tips for the second semester. Read more

New Year resolution ideas and tips for college students

Every year it’s the same New Year resolutions: lose weight, get organized and find ways of dealing with stress. If you’re like me, you start with good intentions and as the year goes on they drop by the wayside. It may not be a lack of will power that shoots you down. Maybe it’s the way you decide on the resolution.

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

There are strategies that you can use to create more meaningful resolutions and then keep them. Let’s look at some ideas and tips on how college students can create and keep their New Year resolutions. Read more

Ideas for holiday giving to not-for-profit charities

As a college student, I don’t have a lot of discretionary income that I can give away to charities during the holidays. But I volunteer at an animal shelter, which is my way of giving to the community. I have also bought some supplies that were tax deductible.

Learn how you can help charities in need. (Credit: Believe in Three)

Learn how you can help charities in need. (Credit: Believe in Three)

Here are some ideas for holiday giving to not-for-profit charities on how to avoid charity scams; where to give locally, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army; and how to get a tax deduction for donations. Read more

How to give this holiday season…just like Mark Zuckerberg!

I think all of us like to give to causes that we support; I always make sure to ramp up my year-end giving to maximize my tax deductions for the next year. There are plenty of not-for-profit groups out there that are worth contributing to. So when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he’d be donating 99% of his Facebook shares to charity, I thought, good for him!

How can you give back this holiday season? (Credit: Feng Yu/Shutterstock)

How can you give back this holiday season? (Credit: Feng Yu/Shutterstock)

On the surface, it looks like a great thing–but there are many critics who wonder why he’s started a new charity rather than contributing to one of the many worthy causes already in existence. Read more

College students’ DIY holiday gift guide

With all you’ve got going on, there is little time to shop for Christmas gifts. We won’t even talk about the costs. Whether it’s Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Christmas, though, it’s nice to be able to give your friends and family something special.

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

A simple and easy gift idea for the holiday season. (Credit: Tutorial)

With that in mind I’ve put together a holiday gift guide of DIY Christmas gifts and homemade gifts for the season. So let’s take a look at how college students can celebrate the holidays and every holiday tradition. Read more

5 resources you are not taking advantage of as college students

Transitioning to college life is a blast, but it can also be overwhelming and cause stressors in your life that lead to illness, depression and other issues. There are many resources on campus to help you along the way but first you must seek them out!

Use your college resources to help you avoid stress. (Credit: College Hunks)

Use your college resources to help you avoid stress. (Credit: College Hunks)

I remember at an orientation session before my first week of Undergrad, the President of the school came on stage to get everyone hyped up about the path that lay ahead of them. Read more

College tips: Save money and get organized

Due to the high cost of college and how busy I am all the time, I have to cut corners to save money and time wherever I can. College students can learn to streamline projects, get organized in your dorm room and reduce costs.

There are several ways to save money while in college. (Credit: peerTransfer)

There are several ways to save money while in college. (Credit: peerTransfer)

Here are some college tips for the best ways to save money and practice time management skills. Read more

New rules on campus debit cards: Here’s what you need to know

The U.S. Department of Education is trying to make the financial lives of college students a little bit easier. The feds just released some new rules about campus debit cards, you know the ones that your college sponsors or is affiliated with. Why is this cool?

New rules on debit cards will make college students' lives easier. (Credit: mrwgifs.com)

New rules on debit cards will make college students’ lives easier. (Credit: mrwgifs.com)

A lot of these cards are linked to financial aid, and the new rules will help with some of the unreasonable fees you may have experienced with these kinds of debit cards. I know how crucial financial aid can be, but I also know you don’t want to be losing any of those much needed funds. Read more

How college students can get free stuff

They say the best things in life are free. I wonder if that’s because it’s good stuff or if it’s just because it’s free? As college students, you should know how to get free stuff online and anywhere else that you can. Student free stuff is everywhere. The hunt for freebies not only pays off, it’s fun, too.

Who doesn't love free stuff? (Credit: MemeGenerator.net)

Who doesn’t love free stuff? (Credit: MemeGenerator.net)

There are entire web services like Freecycle that are set up to help people share their free stuff. By the way, did you know you can get free stuff for your birthday? Let’s see what other treasures we can find. Read more

Money problems for college students: How to not get ripped off

All of your money problems would be solved if you could just make more money, right? After all, that’s why you’re in college. To get a degree and a better job. But college often means borrowing. That student loan could be the beginning of a cycle of debt that’s hard to break out of.

Learn how to manage the money you do have. (Credit: Pinterest)

Learn how to manage the money you do have. (Credit: Pinterest)

What college doesn’t teach you is how to manage your cash flow and not get ripped off. Let’s look at how you can be a better money manager and avoid money problems. Read more