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5 Fun Ideas for Your Summer Vacation

One of the best parts about being a college student is enjoying a few months of summer break! Have you considered what you’ll do for a summer vacation this year? If not, now is the time to do so.

Below we have a list of fun—and not crazy expensive!—ideas on how to enjoy yourself this summer. Read more

Top 10 Artists/Bands You Need on Your Study Playlist

College usually means studying and with studying comes stress. However, have no fear—we have the study playlist of your dreams to get you through it!

We want to hook you up with the top 10 artists/bands that need to be on your study playlist to encourage you to get the best grade possible! Read more

What Do We Know About Community College Graduation Rates?

The world of community college received a lot of attention during the Obama Administration. Many in the academic world were concerned about the graduation rates these schools produced and how the numbers could be improved. But recent research shared in the Hechinger Report found that “Of the estimated one in four students who start at community colleges and then move on to four-year institutions, more than 60 percent ultimately graduate.”

What is the truth about community colleges and their graduation rates that college students considering them, or already enrolled, need to know? Read more

Tips To Remember For Moving Out of Your College Dorm

The end of the semester can sneak up on you if you aren’t prepared for it. With that comes finals, saying goodbye to friends for the summer and, maybe worst of all, packing. It happens to all college students, so why not be prepared for moving out of your college dorm?

I’ve got life hacks and other packing tips that will make your departure as painless as possible. Read more

Considering Summer School? How Many Credit Hours Should You Take?

For some college students, wrapping up your studies in four years can be a challenge. Enter summer school. You may decide to take this route to complete your education because you changed majors and need to catch up on course work; maybe you need to retake a class you did badly in.

Whatever your reason for considering summer school, you also need to be realistic about the number of credit hours you sign up for. Here’s why: Read more

Healthy Snacks To Keep Your Brain Active for Finals

It can be tough for a college student to stick to eating healthy food. What do you do when you want something quick and easy? I just grab the bag of greasy chips even though an apple is a much better choice. But recently I’ve learned how to make my own DIY snacks with healthy ingredients.

Reach for healthy snacks as you study for finals. (Credit: Leanne Bakes)

Reach for healthy snacks as you study for finals. (Credit: Leanne Bakes)

Now, dorm food doesn’t have to mean eating empty calories. Let me show you what I mean. Read more

Tips on How To Pay For Your Dream School

Congrats! You’ve been accepted into your dream school. All your worries and fears that you wouldn’t get in are behind you. Now you just have to concern yourself with how to pay for your education. I remember the happiness of being accepted at the school of my dreams and how quickly reality set in on how was I going to afford it.

I have some DIY tips to share that you can use to make your dream college fit your real budget. Read more

Do Recruiters Look at Extracurricular Activities?

As a college student, you might not have many job experiences to put on your resume when you start looking for a job. I know how frustrating it was for me to put my first resume together with no work experience! I wasn’t sure what to list, or how a recruitment agency would look at me. Without much job experience, it’s important to give recruitment agencies and prospective employers insight into what kind of person you are, how well-rounded your interests are and whether you’ll be a team player.

Be sure to include extracurricular activities in your resume. (Credit: The University of Arizona)

Be sure to include extracurricular activities in your resume. (Credit: The University of Arizona)

You can do this by doing work or joining clubs that might not count as an actual job for pay. Recruiters do indeed look at your extracurricular activities when deciding if you’re appropriate for their entry level position. But be careful: not every club you’ve ever joined or nursing home candy striper volunteer work you’ve ever done will be right for every job you apply for. Read more

10 Tips for How To Save Your Spring Semester

There can be many reasons, as a college student, that you find yourself midway through spring semester tanking academically.

Get help before spring semester ends. (Credit: rgbstock)

Get help before spring semester ends. (Credit: rgbstock)

But your grades can be salvaged if you follow my tried and true tips for how to save your semester. I’ve listed my top 10 below for your salvation. Read more

Short on Cash? Start a Business in College

While I was working on my B.A., I had five on campus jobs—sometimes all at once!—to offset the high cost of college. But while I was tutoring, filling all my work study hours in the library or the public affairs office and working as a resident assistant and a student driver, there were other college students savvy enough to start a business in college.

If you’re trying to find a way to make money in college to pay for your books, or your tuition, and you’re tired of holding down a bunch of part time positions (like I was!), you might want to look into self-starter options you can use to make money without interfering with your academic career. Read more