College student life: The dreaded campus dining hall

College cafeteriaAhhh…the (dreaded) dining hall, a bane of college student life. In the past, this term conjured up images of stale pizza, mystery meat stews and salad bars that screamed salmonella. Today, campus dining halls offer everything from sushi  to vegan meal options. Haven’t been to your school’s cafeteria lately? Well, stop by and check it out. You may soon find that a campus meal plan is not only more affordable, but more delicious and healthy as well. Read more

Back to school spirit: Top 10 reasons to get involved on campus

Get involved!

Getting involved at an animal shelter

If you’re like the many students across the country that started classes this week, by now you’ve probably gotten some textbooks, signed up for classes and met your new roommate(s). So, now what? How about getting involved in your college campus? If you haven’t started planning that crucial step, then you may want to put this at the top of your back to school to-do list. Here are the top 10 reasons to get involved: Read more

Presidential election 2012 update: Mitt Romney tags Paul Ryan as running mate

Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan

Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan

Yes, it’s that time of year again when all forms of mass media explode with slanderous ads and vicious attacks — the true American spirit of democracy. And, in the upcoming weeks, it will get worse. In case you haven’t heard — which seems unlikely unless you have had your head stuck in a textbook for summer term finals — Mitt Romney has added Paul Ryan’s name to the Republican ticket for the presidential election of 2012. Naturally, some are ecstatic while others find this choice laughable. But, what does this mean for college students?

A glimpse at Ryan’s criteria

Ryan’s past achievements include:

  • Graduate of Miami University in Ohio, where he earned a degree in economics and political science
  • Elected to the U.S. Congress in November 1998 (R-WI) Read more

Team USA 2012 London Olympics wrap up!

Beach volleyball, Team USA

Beach volleyball, Team USA (Photo by Craig Maccubbin)

We have many reasons to celebrate Team USA this year as they dominated the 2012 London Olympics! In case you missed the Games this year, check out the list of highlights below in our wrap up of the summer tradition.

1. The biggest story may have been Michael Phelps’ record-crushing performance to give him the title of the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals  (18 of them gold) for his career. Winning four gold medals and two silver medals during these Games sent Phelps above the previous most decorated Olympian, former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina who won 18. Read more

Top 10 websites for back to school prep: You’ll want to bookmark these now!

Back to school bookmarksThe new school year is just around the corner and getting prepared doesn’t only mean having enough supplies to stock a small office; you’ll also want to make sure you have these top ten websites bookmarked on your computer to get your year started off on the right foot.

For organization

1. One of the best ways to ensure that you’ll have a great semester is to have some organization in your life. Read more

The end of summer vacation: How to begin preparing for the fall semester

College campusWe’re nearing the end of summer and you know what that means — the beginning of a new school year! While you may not be as excited as some of us (OK, maybe it’s just me), you will have to do a bit of work to organize yourself for the upcoming fall semester. Prepare now and you’ll be thanking yourself later!

First things, first

You’re going to need to get back into a normal sleeping routine before your semester actually starts. Read more

2012 London Olympics: Update on team USA

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

As of August 3, 2012, 5pm (CST), the U.S. Olympic team is in first place with a total of 43 medals: 21 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze. In second place is China with 42 total medals. With 10 days left of the 2012 London Olympics, you’ll want to make sure you stay tuned to see how the U.S. team is faring against the world’s best athletes!

Big wins!

U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian in history with 21 medals as he won the gold for the 100-meter butterfly final. Read more

Textbooks 101: Buy vs rent, print vs eBooks — and even how to prepare before classes start!

College textbooksLooking forward to a new semester — a time of brand new courses, instructors and classmates — we also face the fact that we need to purchase all the required books for those exciting, new classes. Thankfully, there are a few more options available these days: the options to buy vs rent vs download. Before sticking with the same route you did last semester, consider the pros and cons of your book buying options. Read more

Back to school in style: Top ten college student apps to get your year started right!

Back to school appsGetting back into the swing of the school year is always tough after you’ve had months off for summer break. College life is about balancing classes, studying, working and having a social life, which can be stressful even for the most seasoned students! This time of year, we’ll take all the help we can get. So, here are our top ten student apps to help keep you organized and ready to rock your classes so you can go back to school in style! Read more

College student savings: Getting the most out of back to school deals

School suppliesGetting back into the groove of a new semester means ensuring you’ve got all the technology you need, all the dorm and living essentials and enough school supplies to stock a small office cabinet. But, those costs can add up quickly if you’re not careful. Read on for ways to stretch your college student budget and get the most out of back to school deals!

First things first: Take inventory

Don’t run out and hit the office supply store just because its almost school time. Read more