2012 holiday gift guide for the college student budget

Holiday shopping

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Right now you are probably more worried about exams than the looming holiday season, but it is coming up…and fast! Fortunately, you don’t have to worry or stress. Here is your 2012 holiday gift guide so you can check each person off your list. The best part? Each and every item won’t deplete your college student budget — you may even have some left over to purchase one of these must have items for yourself Read more

After final exams are over, it’s time for winter break fun!

Winter readingOnce final exams have come to an end you’re more than ready for the winter break. Like many students, you’ll be spending more time with your family, but you’ll want to find other activities to keep boredom at bay. Reading, shopping and outdoor sports are all on the agenda. Here are a few more ideas to get you started on enjoying your winter break.

Take time for a good read

You’ve had your nose in a textbook for the past few months. Now it’s time to read for pure enjoyment. Read more

Packing up: Tips on moving out for winter break

Packing up your dorm room

Time to pack up shop!

Colleges and universities across the United States will close their doors in a week or two to allow staff and students a much-needed break for the holidays with families and friends. So, what does this mean to you, the student in the dorms or rented apartments? Well for starters, you’ll need to be sure you have packed everything you’re going to need over the 3-4 week break. Here are some quick tips to get you started on moving out (once you’ve got those pesky finals out of the way, that is). Read more

Top travel tips for stress-free holiday travel: Be prepared and relax

Holiday travel

If you’re new to the airport scene, arrive extra early!

The first semester of the year is almost over and many students are making the trek back to the parental units. Holiday travel can be stressful for anyone, especially young adults who may not have so much experience. Here are some travel tips for college students going home for the winter break.

Shop around to get cheap airfare

The farther out you reserve a ticket, the cheaper it is likely to be. Over 30 days is best. Read more

Organization tips for student success in college: It’s time to create new habits

Now that you’re in college, the term papers and projects that you create can be a source of anxiety — but they are also an invaluable opportunity to hone your skills in research, organization and presentation. Although you may never use the concepts of algebra in your future career, you will need to demonstrate your ability to meet deadlines, collaborate and communicate every day of your professional life.

You can still learn how to be organized. (Credit: University of Virginia)

You can still learn how to be organized. (Credit: University of Virginia)

Being organized is key to achieving student success in college — so here are a few organization tips to help you get started. Read more

Why study abroad: Save money on international programs and graduate on time

Study abroad

Study abroad info (© Al Goldis/AP Images)

According to a recent report published by the Institute of International Education, more American students are studying abroad than ever before, however, overall numbers show that only 14 percent of college students as a whole participate in a study abroad program. In addition, findings show that the majority of students who choose to study abroad head to a European country, and male students are much less likely to take the study abroad leap. The study abroad sphere is widening though, and for those who are looking to take part, there is no time like the present to cash in on some good deals. Read more

From school spirit to sample interview questions — Alumni offer knowledge on school subjects and career choices

A good way to learn about your school, your college major, and your prospects in your chosen career is to reach out to alumni. Alumni have much to offer students: advice, career direction and networking. They can help you apply your school subjects to real world career options. To glean some of their knowledge, get up close and personal by setting up an interview with an alumnus. Start by contacting the alumni association at your school. Sample interview questions are provided below. Read more

Group projects and team presentations — How to make it work

Group projectsCollege is a learning experience, right? You’ve already learned how to sleep with someone snoring across your dorm room, and how to make the most of your meal plan at the campus eateries. But what about how to make it work when it comes to a study group or team project? Odds are at least one professor is going to ask you to work within a group structure at some point during your college career. If you want to make group projects a success, read on for some tips. Read more

How to be a leader: Advice for college students on developing leadership qualities

How to be a leaderSome of the best advice for college students is to not only get involved but to be a leader on campus. And, just like anything else, it takes practice to develop the qualities of a leader. If you have been considering a leadership role in one of your clubs or organizations, now is the time to take action! Here are a few tips on how to be a leader and grow some outstanding leadership qualities. Read more

Pay it forward — How to be a more thankful person this year

Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity

Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity

When we’re wrapped up in the routine of school and work, it’s often easy to forget to not only take time to stop and smell the roses but also to appreciate how beautiful they are in the first place. We are overwhelmed with our to-do list and forget that we have many things to be thankful for. This holiday season, why not try to be a more thankful person by changing your outlook on life, taking the time to volunteer at shelters, giving back to your community through time spent at the local children’s hospital, and learning to pay it forward for the next person. You never know what difference one random act of kindness can do for another. Read more