How to handle helicopter parents when you head off to college

You may have heard a lot of jokes about helicopter parents, but there is definitely some truth behind the humor. If you suspect that your parents might be a little too involved in your life, there are some things you need to know about how to handle their intrusions so you can take back control of your life.

Are you dealing with helicopter parents? (Credit: Rebecca Dietrich)

Are you dealing with helicopter parents? (Credit: Rebecca Dietrich)

This is especially important as you begin your college career! Read more

Free tuition at public universities? Hillary Clinton says yes

Many millennials were supporting Bernie Sanders in his bid for the democratic nomination because of his stance on offering free tuition at public universities and colleges. With Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee, these same people were feeling disappointment, thinking their hopes for a college education without giant amounts of student loan debt had been dashed.

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

Do you think free tuition is a real possibility? (Credit: Plexuss)

But not so fast, I have some exciting news! The Clinton campaign announced that they now have a free tuition plan, too. But how does it stack up to Bernie’s plan? Let’s see, shall we? Read more

“You sure you want to eat that?”… 6 food safety tips for college dorms

College students’ lifestyles may not be the most hygienic regarding bacteria and germs on food and food handling. Even if you have a mini fridge, there is a chance for food borne contamination to occur. Take some common sense steps to assure food safety, eliminate food contamination and create a college dorm checklist for basic food safety rules.

A sign that it's time to learn some food safety tips. (Credit: Playbuzz)

A sign that it’s time to learn some food safety tips. (Credit: Playbuzz)

In college I grabbed food whenever and wherever I could find it. I brought extra food home from the cafeteria, mooched pizza leftovers from friends, and cleaned out the mini fridge twice all semester. How many mornings did I eat pizza that that been left out over night? (Lots!) Read more

Reasons to join a club or organization on your college campus

A great way to meet new people and share fun student activities is to join a club or organization on your college campus. College students learn to socialize, network and learn new things in the club or student organization, so get out and have some fun!

One perk of joining a club in college is that it's a fun way to step away from the everyday stress. (Credit: DYC.com)

One perk of joining a club in college is that it’s a fun way to step away from the everyday stress. (Credit: DYC.com)

Remember the scene in Monsters University where Mike is walking through campus on opening day and tables are set up with students handing out flyers to join their club? Read more

4 easy ways to make your summer better (if it’s not already awesome)

I’m always looking for ways to make my summer easier. It can be hard for me to remember to keep hydrated when I’m out for a day in the sun, and though I’m good at remembering my sunscreen most of the time, I’ve been known to come home with a nasty sunburn now and then.

Dealing with a sunburn is no way to spend your summer. (Credit: Mercola.com)

Dealing with a sunburn is no way to spend your summer. (Credit: Mercola.com)

If you’re looking for some outdoor tips and tricks to make your summer better, check out these four summer life hacks. Read more

Creative hairstyles to try when it’s too hot outside to leave it down

Long tresses let you try all kinds of different hairstyles, and when you’re too busy all you have to do is put it up in a bun or a ponytail. Now that we’re in the heat of summer though, I can’t stand to have my hair on my neck.

One of many hairstyles to try when it's warm out. (Credit: Wonder How To)

One of many hairstyles to try when it’s warm out. (Credit: Wonder How To)

Unless I want to endure and pay for short haircuts all summer, I’ll need some ideas and hair tips for maintaining long, healthy hair. Sound familiar? I went looking and here are some hair tips I found for creating hairstyles for long hair. Read more

Summer camping tips for college students

Aside from going to summer camp as a kid—which involved staying in cabins, not tents—I have never been camping. So it’s with some trepidation that I’ve finally agreed to spend not one, but two nights at a campsite this August with some friends. What I’ve found out so far is that camping really is a low-budget vacation, once you have all the supplies you need, and while you can always upscale your items, there are ways to do it on the cheap.

Have a fun camping experience this summer! (Credit: Pexels)

Have a fun camping experience this summer! (Credit: Pexels)

If you need some tips and tricks to plan a camping trip, check out these hints for college students and other campers from sites like Reserve America (where I reserved our camping site for this August!). Read more

You can make pancakes in your dorm room! Here’s how

One of the great things about summer vacation is having time in the morning to make pancakes if I feel like it. No breakfast beats homemade pancakes with real maple syrup! But you don’t have to give up pancakes when you move back to your dorm room in the fall.

You don't have to give up pancakes while living in the dorms. (Credit: Garlic My Soul)

You don’t have to give up pancakes while living in the dorms. (Credit: Garlic My Soul)

For college students, access to homemade pancakes can be a challenge, but check out these pancake recipes that offer some awesome life hacks to fresh pancakes right in your dorm. Read more

Cover letter tips: What to include (and NOT include)

I have found that getting a job is a job in itself. There are job listings to sift through, applications to fill out, questionnaires, writing the resume, and hopefully, the interview. But to seal the deal and get a job interview you need a really great cover letter.

What would you say in your cover letter? (Credit: Good & Co)

What would you say in your cover letter? (Credit: Good & Co)

While you may have taken a class that taught you how to write a resume and then studied resume examples, you may have overlooked the value of cover letters. Here are some tips to help college students create cover letters that stand out from the crowd. Read more