4 ways to avoid feeling overstressed

My name is Maeve Clair and I am a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in Biology and Psychology. I hope to pursue a career in medicine, so my schedule consists of mostly science classes right now. Having completed three semesters of college, I am very familiar with the feeling of stress.

What helps you from becoming overstressed? (Credit: Alys Tomlinson, Getty Images)

What helps you from becoming overstressed? (Credit: Alys Tomlinson, Getty Images)

Although I wish I could, I cannot tell you that there is a quick fix to never feeling stressed in college. Fortunately, I can provide you with a few ways to prevent feeling overstressed with your college course load. Read more

6 tips on college life from upperclassmen

I was kind of green when I started college and didn’t think to go to upperclassmen for advice. (Actually, I was a bit intimidated by them!) But if I had taken the chance, I would have learned that they are just like you and me, only with a couple of extra years of experience under their belt.

You can learn a few things from upperclassmen. (Credit: imgflip.com)

You can learn a few things from upperclassmen. (Credit: imgflip.com)

So feel like you can go to them with questions about navigating college life. Upperclassmen are a good resource for giving freshmen and other college students advice and tips for surviving college. Read more

You ask, we answer: To drop, or not to drop?

Dear J,

I have this class that I HATE and want to drop, but it’s past the drop date! Should I drop it anyways and lose out on the credit and not get my money back? I don’t think I can pass this class and the professor is very demanding. I feel like I don’t have time for this but I don’t want to lose the money or set myself back!

Almost enough to make you want to drop your class. (Credit: MemesHappen)

Almost enough to make you want to drop your class. (Credit: MemesHappen)

You need a pros and cons list! You also need to prioritize your expectations. How important is your GPA to you? Read more

Outwit your roommate: Snag the best study spot on campus

Finding the best study spot on campus should be one of your top priorities going into each semester. That way, when you’re struggling to study in your dorm while your roommate blasts their music (unless of course you focus better with a little noise) you can get the heck out and know exactly where to go.

Here we offer some ideas on where you should study – and we don’t recommend you tell anyone about them. [Hint: Areas where WiFi is available] Read more

You’re studying the wrong way: Here’s why

What may work for your best friend, roommate or fellow classmates may not work for you when it comes to studying. I don’t know about you, but I personally cannot study in a library! It may sound crazy, but I always become distracted – listening/singing to iTunes, chatting it up with people I know, browsing Twitter, Instagram, etc….the list goes on and on.

While I like to accompany my friends to the library, I’ve realized that I need to say “no” when the offer is extended if I want to get in an effective study session. Getting good grades in college is super important for your future so now is as good a time as any to figure out how you’re studying wrong and what you should do about it before it’s too late. Read more

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

You ask, we answer: Help me boost my motivation level!

Dear J,

I literally have zero motivation. What should I do?

What now,

Lexi W.

Hi Lexi,

I get it. It’s that point in the semester where you just lose motivation to do anything. Read more

10 do’s and don’ts of finals week for college students

As a college student preparing for finals week, priorities become a little off and we start to wonder if it’s ever going to end. Well, it’s almost over!

Learn the do's and don'ts of finals week here. (Credit: Pexels)

Learn the do’s and don’ts of finals week here. (Credit: Pexels)

In the last weeks until finals, here are the five do’s and the five don’ts to help keep you on track and motivated. Read more

Study tips when preparing for final exams

Wait, didn’t fall semester just start? While it may seem that way to you and I, final exams are just around the corner. If you are new to college, finals may have you totally freaked out.

There are many do's and don'ts when it comes to study tips. (Credit: collective-evolution.com)

There are many do’s and don’ts when it comes to study tips. (Credit: collective-evolution.com)

Heck, even seasoned exam pros could use some study tips for how to prepare. And I am here to help with the inside secrets to ace any test! Read more

Falling behind in class? Here’s how to get back on track

Maybe you opted for some tougher classes this semester. Maybe you simply have too much going on. Whatever the reason you are falling behind in class, you can fix it with some know how tips.

Falling behind? We can help with that. (Credit: Weknowmemes)

Falling behind? We can help with that. (Credit: Weknowmemes)

I’ve got the study skills and tips for how to get back on track and turn your semester into a success. Read more