DIY Ergonomic tips for your dorm room

You’ve been studying for hours. Your back and neck are aching. All you really want is to put aside your work and crawl into bed, but that midterm isn’t going to take itself. I know I’ve felt like I’ve been sitting at my computer for far too long. I remember writing a lot of my thesis with my wooden desk chair tipped back at a silly angle so I could have my knees on the desk and my laptop on my lap. Talk about an inefficient, and certainly not ergonomic, work position!

Could you use some DIY ergonomic tips? (Credit: Castle & Bay)

Could you use some DIY ergonomic tips? (Credit: Castle & Bay)

If your main work space is in your dorm room, you may want to look into some DIY ergonomics to make your body more comfortable. It won’t reduce your work load, but it may reduce sore and stiff muscles caused from sitting in one place for too long! Read more

How to check for plagiarism on your research paper

It will soon be research paper season, and if your profs are like mine were, you’ll be hearing about the bogey of plagiarism. What is plagiarism? Many college students aren’t sure of the definition, and whether using information off the Internet for their paper is considered plagiarism.

Plagiarism, it's not worth it. (Credit: Plagiarism.com)

Plagiarism, it’s not worth it. (Credit: Plagiarism.com)

Luckily, I’ve found that it’s easy to check for plagiarism using plagiarism checkers online. Here are some guidelines for detecting plagiarism. Read more

How to read a textbook without losing your mind

Sooner or later like every college student, you realize that you’re going to have to crack open the textbook and start reading it. It’s not all gloomy, though. Knowing how to read a textbook is one of those study skills that pays off big time.

Reading a textbook doesn't have to be so stressful. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Reading a textbook doesn’t have to be so stressful. (Credit: Shutterstock)

It took me a long time to figure out what reading activities worked well for me. Here are a few tips and ideas that could work for you. Read more

Change or stay: 5 tips to choosing a college major

College freshmen have an important decision when choosing a college major. Your major will help decide your future career. But luckily, you don’t have to make a hard and fast decision the minute you enter college. You can wait to decide, you can change your major even if you’ve already chosen one or you can stay with your original decision.

Let us help you choose a college major with our tips. (Credit: UNIGO)

Let us help you choose a college major with our tips. (Credit: UNIGO)

In my case, I knew what I wanted my major to be, but I added a double major my sophomore year. Here are five college tips to decide what to major in college and to determine the best major for you. Read more

Fall outfits and how to dress for the weather on your college campus

Fall can be the most challenging time of year to dress for the weather. If you live on campus in a centrally located dorm, like I did, realizing you’ve got on the wrong fall outfits isn’t a crisis—you can always go back and change between classes. But for college students who have a long hike to and from the dorm, the quick change isn’t an option.

Check out the latest trends for fall outfits on campus. (Credit: Every College Girl)

Check out the latest trends for fall outfits on campus. (Credit: Every College Girl)

Check out these college life hacks that will help you get a handle on how to best dress for the ever-shifting weather. Read more

Changes to FAFSA 2017-18: Here’s what you need to know

If you are like most college students, you have some student aid to help you pay for your higher education. FAFSA, aka the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, has undergone some changes this year.

Be sure you know about the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: NCSA)

Be sure you know about the new FAFSA changes. (Credit: NCSA)

I’ve got the fast facts to help you with all the things you need to know so your college expenses get covered. Read more

DIY ideas to show your school spirit

College football season is upon us, so it may be hard to escape some in-your-face displays of school spirit. Instead of fighting it, why not work up your own DIY ideas for how to dress or decorate your dorm to share your love of your school?

How do you show your school spirit? (Credit: Her Campus)

How do you show your school spirit? (Credit: Her Campus)

Read on college student for ideas on how to display your school pride as much (or as little) as you want. Read more

More college students moving from community college to four-year college

If you think that attending a four-year college is the one and only way you can obtain a college degree, then we need to have a talk. According to a report issued by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in 2015, more than 45 percent of college students have logged some time at a community college before concluding their four-year college degree.

More students are starting at community college and transferring to four-year colleges. (Credit: U.S. News)

More students are starting at community college and transferring to four-year colleges. (Credit: U.S. News)

Read on for tips on how to transfer and to determine if switching schools is the right choice for you. Read more

Top tips for training for a 5K or obstacle race

As I think about my college campus, now would be a perfect time to train for a 5K or obstacle course as a college student. My campus is a hilly, forested one, great for walking around (and developing good calves without even trying). Hills and trails are great for training for a 5K, and if you’re thinking of developing your own DIY exercise plan on campus, running is a great way to build your cardiovascular health without spending any money.

Are you ready to lace up your shoes and run a 5K? (Credit: Women's Running)

Are you ready to lace up your shoes and run a 5K? (Credit: Women’s Running)

Even if you’re on an urban campus, you can find places to run or hit the school gym or track. If you’re socially minded, you can set a goal to race for a charity you believe in. For tips on developing your own 5K or 5K obstacle course work out, keep reading—but always check with your doctor or health services before you start a new exercise regimen! Read more

How college students can get more sleep

One of the great things about fall is that, with the earlier darkness, it can be easier to hit the sack. Okay, not really. It’s wishful thinking to go down with the sun, especially in college. I end up writing a lot of papers in the wee hours as a college student, but luckily, I tend to have classes that allow me to sleep in. If you’ve got a full load of 8 a.m. classes, staying up late is not the way to make sure you get more sleep.

Learn how you can get more sleep in college. (Credit: Reference/Getty Images)

Learn how you can get more sleep in college. (Credit: Reference/Getty Images)

What’s more, recent studies have shown that while 60% of college students don’t get enough sleep, being well rested is actually vital to your academic success. If you have trouble waking up in the morning (or going to bed at night), check out these life hacks to improve your sleep cycle. Read more