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Clear the clutter in your dorm room with DIY organizers

I live in New England, and the seasons are definitely changing from a fairly mild, easy to clean time of year to leaf-and-mud season. Keeping the great outdoors out of your dorm room can be a challenge—and it’ll be even worse in a couple of months (or sooner!) if you live where it snows. It’s also that time of year where the mess from the beginning of the semester might finally be getting to a point where you need to take action.

Clear the clutter in your dorm room. (Credit: Home & Social)

Clear the clutter in your dorm room. (Credit: Home & Social)

I know I always let things get a little out of hand before I finally get everything cleaned up! If you’re looking for some new solutions for college students to clear the clutter, check out some of these DIY organizers. Read more

Tech trends: Print vs. digital textbooks and Barnes & Noble’s new tablet

In the market for a new tablet? Rumors hinted at Barnes & Noble planning to release a new 7-inch NOOK tablet, designed to compete with the low-end price point of the bestselling Amazon Fire tablet, before the holiday shopping season. I’m a long time NOOK user, so this is exciting news for me, especially as my old tablet died over the summer. The news got me thinking about the old print vs. digital textbooks debate, and it looks like the jury is still out.

Print or digital textbooks, which do you prefer? (Credit: Pexels)

Print or digital textbooks, which do you prefer? (Credit: Pexels)

I read both in print and digital interchangeably, and I’ve expanded my reading in the past few years to include smaller devices, like my cell phone, among my displays. But a phone screen is certainly not the ideal way to read a textbook. What are the arguments for or against experiencing your textbooks digitally? Check it out to see whether or not digital textbooks are the way to go for your own learning style and budget. Read more

Things you need to know about the campus health center

Let’s face it—most college students would rather avoid the campus health center altogether. No one likes going to the doctor in the first place, and the health center isn’t like the family doc or pediatrician that you grew up with.

Feeling sick? Head to your campus health center. (Credit: Meme Maker)

Feeling sick? Head to your campus health center. (Credit: Meme Maker)

But when it comes to your physical well-being, and even your mental health, the campus health center wants the best for you, too. Read on for the things you need to know should you ever need to visit your college’s health services center. Read more

Why should you become a Cengage Student Ambassador?

If you are reading this then hopefully you are interested in becoming a Cengage Student Ambassador! First off let me say congratulations on taking the initiative of doing research on a potential opportunity you have in front of you. Being a Cengage Student Ambassador is an awesome experience that I have loved every second of, and if you join our team I know that you will love it, too!

I wanted to write this blog to give you an idea of what being a student ambassador is all about and hopefully help you decide if this is an opportunity that you are interested in pursuing. 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

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