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

Dealing with confrontation: Intimidating professors, troublesome roommates

Dealing with confrontationEach new semester brings new academic and personal relationships and, unfortunately, not all of them can be a perfect match. It’s inevitable that we’ll be thrown into situations of confrontation throughout our college careers, but learning effective ways to deal with confrontation with everyone from intimidating professors to troublesome roommates can save you a great deal of stress. Make confrontation one less concern this semsemter with our back to school tips for conflict resolution.

The intimidating professor

Although some college professors seem intimidating, it is better to try to get past any negative feelings you have early in the term. An article on, posted October 09, 2007, “How to confront your college professor,” offers some tips on how to approach the unapproachable. Read more

Back to school advice: School and RA rules you should actually follow

Rules to followWhether you’re beginning your freshmen year or returning as a seasoned senior, sometimes breaking school rules comes as second nature. But, believe it or not, those pesky school rules are laid out for reason. To keep you and your friends out of trouble this semester, here are some rules you should actually pay attention to! (It’s for your own good!)

Rules to follow

Campus Explorer offers a quick look at some of the more common “On-Campus Housing and Dorm Rules.” Read more

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Ready for back-to-school?

Ready for back-to-school?

Hot diggity digital: It’s our Internet and technology roundup!

Have you been just too busy clicking through vacation photos on your camera to see what all your friends are sharing online? Did you know that Web Instagram may be joining its mobile counterpart? Want to make sure your Facebook pics have a backup that isn’t on the cloud? Check out some tips for keeping current in our technology roundup. Read more