Heading to LA? Here Are The Best Places to Eat!

One of the hottest destinations on the west coast is Los Angeles, California. I was fortunate enough to visit here just a few weeks back, and it has been one of my favorite vacations to date!

While visiting this city, I made sure to check out all of the best places to eat. If you find yourself in So Cal this summer, here are the best places to eat in LA. Read more

My First Year Experience as an Engineering Major

Regardless of the degree you pursue, college is a difficult experience. My first-year experience as an engineering major had its ups and downs, but ultimately I’m happy with where I am and who I’ve become.

While I reflect upon the past year, you may find some similarities and differences with your own personal journey to mine! Read more

Make a MAJOR Career Decision this Summer

Do you feel like you have no idea what your future might hold? You’re not alone, up to 50 percent of students who enter college have undecided majors, and an even bigger percent of students change their major at least once.

Here are some helpful tips to help you decide on a career. Read more

3 Tips on How to Balance School and Work

Juggling school full-time and two part-time jobs is tough work. In order to manage this balance act, I had a long road ahead of me!

I had to learn the hard way, but hopefully I can share my experience with you and spare you the same learning curve I had to overcome. Read more

5 Self Care Strategies for College Students

One of the most important life lessons I ever received was as a TA on a study tour. The college students on the trip were not a cohesive group, and I was discussing ideas with the prof on how to mitigate some of the conflicts. I made a suggestion that was self-sacrificing, and the professor said, “Alana, secure your own mask before assisting others.” I immediately withdrew the suggestion, and it’s been a motto for me ever since. It can be hard to say no to a friend who needs a small (but time consuming) favor, or a club that needs someone to organize an event. But as a college student, you must prioritize self care in order to succeed in your classes, stay healthy and have the energy to give to your friends and clubs.

Take a look at these self care strategies for dorm life. Read more

Ways to Make Money in College: 4 Apps That Pay You Back

How many times have you unlocked your phone today? Did you get paid for it? It is time to start a new trend with money-earning apps like ShopKicks, Adme, Slidejoy and S’more!

You don’t want to miss out on “easy money” with your phone through these four easy-to-use apps. Read more

3 Time Management Tips Every College Student Needs

If you’re like me, your life in college is crazy and time management is non-existent. You’ve probably heard the saying, “good grades, health, and friends, you get to pick two.” Sometimes it feels like I don’t even get to pick one of those things let alone two of them. I’m a student athlete who is expected to maintain a high GPA while spending 20 hours per week training.

I also need to fit in my student ambassador job for Cengage, my friends and girlfriend, and 8 hours of sleep each night (or at least I attempt to sleep that long). I’m not great at math, but those numbers don’t always add up. Here are tricks I use to manage my time better. Read more

Pay for Music vs Download Illegally: Effects on the Music Industry

To pay, or not to pay – that is the question. Today, it is easier than ever to get music. You can find all the hottest new artists, albums and songs for free with just a couple of clicks online. If you want more of a variety of music without putting the work in to get it online for free, you can pay for your music via programs like iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora or Soundcloud, to name a few.

Many people choose the cheapest options for their listening pleasure, even though there are so many options to listen responsibly. So, one must ask, at what cost? (Pun intended). Read more

How to Cope with Hardship or Tragedy while Going to School

When tragedy happens in your life and it feels like your world is falling apart, it can seem impossible to maintain your grades, friendships and personal health. It takes all your effort just to get out of bed in the morning, let alone complete any task on your to-do list.

I was in 8th grade when my dad had a heart attack and fell into a coma. I spent days in the hospital, praying he would wake up and be alright. My life was put on hold for weeks as I watched my father fight for his. Read more

Summer Rules: The Do’s and Don’ts of Living at Home

College students, if you’re like me you got two things when you got home for the summer: a welcome home party and a wake-up call. If you’re so lucky you might have even gotten a cake with “Welcome Home” scribbled over an edible sugar picture of you. For those of you who did not receive a cake like this one, you just realized you are no longer the only one calling the shots in your life. While you may have gotten comfortable with the freedom that college offers a young adult, we need to remember as we live under the same roof as our parents they’re going to have some rules and expectations.

These expectations could be extreme, moderate or very mild… hopefully. Here are the do’s and don’ts for each of those cases: Read more