9 tips to help you pass your classes this semester

If you’re overwhelmed by the first few weeks of your classes, you may be thinking “What do I need to pass my class?” If you’re ambitious, you’re thinking not about how to pass, but how to ace courses. I always aimed for the A in my classes but I didn’t always get there!

Find out how you can make sure you pass (or ace!) your classes. (Credit: Business Insider)

Find out how you can make sure you pass (or ace!) your classes. (Credit: Business Insider)

Setting a concrete goal is one of the steps you need to take to pass or ace your classes this semester. College students can always use a few lifehacks to help make classes easier, so check out these 9 college tips on how to make the grade. Read more

6 tips on making new friends in college

For college students heading off for your freshman year means getting used to a whole new environment with new places and new people. It’s a chance to find yourself and to hone social skills like how to make new friends. I lived on campus my first year and dorm life brought with it a ready-made set of new friends.

Make friends more easily in college with our tips. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Make friends more easily in college with our tips. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Still, it took me a while to settle in and make connections with roomies and dorm mates. Some of these friends may turn out to be life-long relationships but it doesn’t just happen on its own. Let’s see how one makes new friends. Read more

Do college students have to serve jury duty?

It isn’t often that a person has jury duty on the same day as Taylor Swift. I certainly wasn’t on the Nashville, TN jury she sat on, but I did serve jury duty on August 26! It’s the first time I’ve actually made it to jury duty. I’ve been called three times as a college student in the state of Massachusetts, where I had to defer each time.

One of the photos tweeted of Taylor Swift at jury duty on August 26, 2016. (Credit: The Cut)

One of the photos tweeted of Taylor Swift at jury duty on August 26, 2016. (Credit: The Cut)

Most college students aren’t exempt from serving in either their home state and some are also eligible in the state where they attend college. What should you do if you get called? And what’s the process for jury selection? Here are things you need to know about jury duty (and a little bit of celebrity gossip to make it go down easy). Read more

Avoid the Freshman 15 with a DIY healthy breakfast

While your mother may have been wrong about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, there is still something to starting your morning off with a healthy breakfast. But finding something that is good for you and quick and easy may seem like an insurmountable challenge. Never fear!

Start your mornings with a healthy breakfast. (Credit: Cooking Light)

Start your mornings with a healthy breakfast. (Credit: Cooking Light)

I have some easy DIY ideas that are perfect, especially if you want to avoid the Freshman 15. Read on for the real deal on breakfast and how to make something fast and yummy. Read more

3 organization tips for a successful college student

Let’s face it, organization is the bane of existence for any college student. However, for the unorganized student, packing your things at the end of the semester is always the best part of the year. You think you lost every single left sock, but then magically they all appear from the depths of the dirty laundry pile that hasn’t been touched for a few weeks… only to be lost again after one use.

Start the school year with some helpful organization tips. (Credit: Tumblr)

Start the school year with some helpful organization tips. (Credit: Tumblr)

If you are thinking to yourself, “I know where every single left sock I own is” then this post is not for you, although I hardly believe it. Organization is key to a stress free college life, I promise you that. Knowing where everything is in your dorm makes life just simpler. Here are some tips to becoming a more organized person while you are at college. Read more

Want an alternative to college? Here are 3 ideas!

While many high school students go directly into college after graduating, others take a unique path as an alternative to college. I wish I had taken a year off so I could earn money and mature a little—fourteen years in a row of school gets mentally tiring!

Have you considered an alternative to college? (Credit: New York Post/Shutterstock)

Have you considered an alternative to college? (Credit: New York Post/Shutterstock)

Here are some alternative ideas: take a two-year program, such as an associate in science or associate of arts degree; get IT certification (for example, Microsoft offers its MCP certification); or take a gap year between high school and college to gain experience or work before enjoying college life. Read more

Best calendar apps for keeping track of your college schedule

I’ve converted to Google Calendar for anything that I want to give me a reminder or events I share with other friends or coworkers. But for my assignments, I still use a print calendar and write down all the important due dates. As you’re getting into fall semester, how well have you mastered your class schedule?

Which calendar apps are best at keeping you organized? (Credit: at the Pool)

Which calendar apps are best at keeping you organized? (Credit: at the Pool)

Is your current calendar system working, or do you need to take a look at the best calendar apps? Making sure you’ve got all your dates in order is a must for college students: be ready for your mid-term, final or your winter break by getting everything into one cohesive calendar. Read more

Tips for college freshmen avoiding the “red zone”

It’s the beginning of September, and you’ve likely been on campus for a week (or three). The first six weeks of college can be a big adjustment, especially for college freshmen. I’d been a relatively sheltered teen from a small town in Iowa when I started college in Western Massachusetts on a campus with a far more liberal culture than I’d previously experienced, and with a much more diverse student body.

Schools are telling freshmen to not expect safe zones at college. (Credit: Heat Street)

Schools are telling freshmen to not expect safe zones at college.(Credit: Heat Street)

There are big discussions going on about how college students engage with new ideas and opinions that challenge their assumptions about the world: pundits debate the merit of “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” as in the letter the University of Chicago Dean of Students sent out to incoming freshmen recently. How can you best adjust to college life and avoid the dangers of the so called “red zone” of the first six weeks of school? Take a look at what’s being said and decide how you should react to it. Read more

7 workout tips from a Division I athlete

Working out is a topic that everyone wants to know about, but there are so many different opinions that it is hard to know what is the right way to do things. Here are seven workout tips from my experience as a Division I athlete.

Here are some helpful workout tips for college students. (Credit: Lifestyle Fitness)

Here are some helpful workout tips for college students. (Credit: Lifestyle Fitness)

This is the most basic information to keep in mind while you work out. Enjoy! Read more

Top 4 scams for college students to avoid

College is a time to learn, try new things and find your own identity. Unfortunately, others are seeking your identity, too. College students are vulnerable to all sorts of scams and types of identity theft. Just at a time in life when you’re starting to build a good credit score, scammers can derail your plans.

Beware of scams targeted at college students. (Credit: Rent.com)

Beware of scams targeted at college students. (Credit: Rent.com)

One of the most common is the student loan forgiveness scam, but there are plenty of other ways that students can get ripped off. Read more