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

Lace Up Those Kicks for Global Running Day with These 5 Tips!

If you’re a college student, chances are you haven’t had much time on your hands to focus on running or had the patience to really ease into it during the school year. Now that it’s summer and today is Global Running Day, it’s time to begin!

As I former runner, I had to start from the bottom as well. I remember not even being able to run my first mile. Fast forward a few months from that and I was able to run 6 miles without being out of breath! Since then, I have learned a lot about running and I believe that everyone should try it. If you’re reading this and wondering how you can possibly start doing something you’ve never tried or dread doing, I’m here to give you my tips. Read more

Choosing A College Major: Passion or Practicality?

Picking your college major is one of the most difficult and influential decisions you will make in your young adult life. It’s often unclear what specific majors entail if they are appealing to you or not. In my personal experience, picking a college major was a roller coaster. I couldn’t decide between fashion, engineering or math.

Looking back, I realize how little I knew about majors when I was choosing. Parents, teachers and siblings will all attempt to give you advice on what major to pick, but ultimately the choice is up to you. Read more

6 Ways To Be In Control of Your Final Grade

Let’s face it: there’s nothing more nerve wrecking than constantly refreshing the webpage in hopes that your professor has finally posted your final grade! With your GPA in mind, you think to yourself, “I worked pretty hard this semester, I should be receiving no lower than an A-.” *Many late hours* Grades up! C-!!??

Trust me, I’ve been there. There are many steps you can take on how to handle a grade you are unsatisfied with. Here are some things I do that give me confidence in my work. Read more

Today is National Say Something Nice Day! Here’s How You Can Celebrate

It may seem a little silly, but simple holidays like Say Something Nice Day serve to remind us how important kindness is and just how much positive words affect people.

National Say Something Nice Day is a tool to combat bullying and evoke civility within our nation. Read more

Is a Double Major Worth It?

A question widely debated, but rarely ever answered. And even when it is, many of the circumstances don’t tend to apply to most people. You hear a variety of things from “I had extra room in my schedule” to “I didn’t like my first major but I was too invested already”.

There is no right or wrong reason to double major, but when is it worth it? Read more

Want to Start Your Own Business? Follow These 3 Tips

It’s the backbone of the American Dream, one the main reasons millions upon millions of immigrants have uprooted their lives over the last couple centuries and come to America: to start your own business and ultimately create a better life. And for many college students, that’s the main goal once they graduate from college.

Starting your own business is something seemingly far-fetched yet most people get discouraged or count themselves out before they even give it a shot. Read more

How To Land Your First Job After College Graduation

You studied hard and made the grades, and college graduation has happened. Now it’s time to transition to the real world. You know you need to find your first job, but where is the best place to start?

The possibilities may seem endless so to help ensure that you find a job that is rewarding and provides the best opportunities for a future career, now is a great time to start coming up with a strategy to get there. Check out the following job search tips to get you on your way. Read more

How To Deal with Food Allergies on Your College Campus

For many new college students, choosing a school is mostly about the study programs that they offer. However, some students also need to know how a school will help them manage their food allergies. Students also need to know how to communicate their needs to services on campus that deal with providing food, such as housing and dining.

I always appreciate knowing my friends’ food concerns as well, so if we make plans together, I don’t bring the wrong kind of snack to a study session (or take a friend with a severe peanut allergy out for Thai food!). What should you be doing to make sure that you stick to your eating program while at college? Read more