College roommate trouble: How to know and what to do if you’ve chosen the wrong roommate

Roommate troubleHigh school and your parents are in the rearview mirror — life is good, right? Well, that may depend on who turns out to be sharing your dorm room. Finding a college roommate that you mesh with can be harder than it looks. And, even if you managed to hand-pick yours, things may not work out the way you planned. Here’s how to know if you may have chosen the wrong roommate and how to switch before you drive each other nuts!

Roommate compatibility

Finding a college roommate is really no different than finding a roommate at any stage in your life. The hard part is that it is probably the first time you have had to go through the process and there can be a learning curve. Read more

Car shopping for a new or used vehicle on a college student budget

Car dealership

Car dealership (Photo by Stacey Harris)

Car shopping can be stressful on any budget, especially if you’re a college student who’s on a particularly tight budget. Here’s a quick guide of things to keep in mind if you’re in the market for a new vehicle. And, if you’re not, bookmark this article to have when you’re ready and keep your college student budget on the right track!

Gas mileage

Pay attention to both the city mileage and the highway mileage. If you’re likely to spend most of your time driving longer distances, these numbers really can make a difference to your wallet and overall budget. Read more

Top news stories around the U.S. — What you missed while you were checking Facebook and Twitter

Grain belt drought

Grain belt drought (Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture)

I know, I know, it may seem hard to believe that there is much more going on in the country than what your friends post in your Facebook and Twitter feeds. To keep you in the know, check out these top news stories from around the U.S. that you may have missed while reading what your ex is doing over the weekend.

Higher Ed degrees: Worth their weight?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. employs “115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees.” Read more

2012 presidential election: How to begin registering and researching who to vote for in the November election

Students registering to vote

Students registering to vote (Photo by the Knight Foundation)

The presidential election can be confusing, especially if you only catch the headlines while running on the treadmill at the gym like I do. I’m willing to bet many of you are like me, a college student who hasn’t had much time — or energy — to put into doing your own research on who’s running this year, right? Well, now that summer has arrived and you have a spare minute to breathe, here are some ways to get in the know about politics so you can rock the vote in the November 6 election! Read more

Summer fun on your college student budget!

Your summer break from school should be all about catching up on the fun times you’ve missed while classes were in full swing. You don’t have to stress about how to manage all that summer has to offer just because you’re on a college student budget! Here are some fun ways to keep yourself and your best buds occupied without breaking your bank.

Despite being on a college student budget, you can still have some fun in the sun.

Despite being on a college student budget, you can still have some fun in the sun.

Be a tourist in your own state

When you don’t have a ton of cash but want to make the most of your vacation, why not have a staycation in your own city or state? You’ll save a lot by not having to purchase plane tickets, and you can pack a few meals in your cooler to avoid the late-night stops at greasy diners. Read more

How to maintain healthy eating habits during those hot summer months

Healthy summer picnic

Healthy summer picnic (Photo by Andreas Duess)

As appealing as it may sound, indulging in ice cream everyday during the warm summer months isn’t as good of an idea as you’d like — even if you get the strawberry shortcake or blueberry milkshake. Summertime BBQs are especially a time for junk food temptations. Here’s how to maintain healthy eating habits when the only food that sounds appealing on a hot day is soft serve ice cream. Read more

2012 London Olympics: What and who to watch out for at the summer Olympic Games!

RunnerOscar Pistorius

Runner Oscar Pistorius (Photo by Erik van Leeuwen)

In just two short weeks, the 2012 London Olympics will be underway in London, England. With the opening ceremonies beginning on Friday, July 27 and concluding on Sunday, August 12, the days in between will surely be packed with excitement including 36 different events for the able-bodied Olympics and 28 for the Paralympics. There will be many must-see moments for these summer Games, and here’s a rundown of what to watch this year!

The events

With so many events taking place during the two-and-a-half week span, it’ll be hard to keep up with what’s going on! The best place to check often is the official London 2012 Olympics page. Here, you’ll find a listing of all events taking place daily, with a special recognition for medal events, as well as a listing of all athletes and medals awarded by country. Read more

Student health: What the Affordable Care Act means to you as a college student

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act

On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court voted to uphold President Obama’s health care reform known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — originally passed in 2010. In his speech to the nation, the president outlined several changes this will have on our country. For college students, specifically those of you who are under age 26, this may make a huge difference in your health care. Here are some quick facts to keep you in the know.

The basics of the plan:

  1. Whether you’re an undergrad or graduate student, you’ll have the option to stay on your parents’ health insurance until you turn 26. Read more

2012 summer movie releases: Our summer blockbusters round-up!

The Dark Knight Rises cast

The Dark Knight Rises cast (© Chris Pizzello/AP Images)

Summer is generally a time when we put our books away and soak up some much-needed vitamin D. But, summer is also when most of the much-anticipated movies are released as well! We’ve rounded up an exciting list of 2012 summer movie releases that are worth staying indoors for!

Magic Mike — June 29

Here’s one for the ladies — a movie staring both Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum who work at night as strippers. Read more

Poll: Stafford loan interest rate increase, students consider cheaper education alternatives

Unless Congress acts quickly to stop it from doubling, the federal subsidized Stafford loan interest rate is scheduled to revert back to 6.8 percent on July 1 from the current 3.4 percent, affecting millions of students across America.

Effects on college students

In an effort to better understand how current students would react to this change, we at CengageBrain.com, the premier destination for purchasing discount college textbooks and part of Cengage Learning, polled 500 college students on everything from the drastic actions they would take if rates increase, to how it might affect their voting in upcoming elections. Shockingly, 23 percent of the students we polled said that they would consider dropping out of their school if rates doubled, and 66 percent of students that were planning on getting an advanced degree said they would be less able to pursue graduate school. And, the effects don’t stop there.

Check out our infographic for the complete results on how increased student loan rates would impact students’ education.

Students Weigh in on Student Loans Debate

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