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How college students can improve their credit score

I know that having a good credit score is probably the last thing that most college students want to be thinking about. You’ve got finals and roommate issues and student loans to worry about, finance topics can wait, right?

Find out how you can improve your credit score. (Credit: US Credit Card Guide)

Find out how you can improve your credit score. (Credit: US Credit Card Guide)

But unfortunately they really can’t. So read on for the things you need to know about how to improve your credit score. Read more

How to avoid the mumps outbreak on college campuses

Think the mumps is a disease that only people from your grandparent’s generation worried about? Think again! There has been a recent mumps outbreak on multiple college campuses across the country.

Learn how to protect yourself from the mumps. (Credit: Earth Clinic)

Learn how to protect yourself from the mumps. (Credit: Earth Clinic)

The reoccurrence of this contagious disease has caught many off guard. Here’s what you need to know about how to avoid getting sick yourself. Read more

College students—DIY ways to beat the winter blues

Whether you simply prefer the warmer months or you truly suffer from seasonal affective disorder (aka SAD), the winter blues can be a real thing that affects up to one out of four adults, including college students.

Learn how to beat those pesky winter blues. (Credit: WorkStride)

Learn how to beat those pesky winter blues. (Credit: WorkStride)

So if you want to fight back this year, read on for some DIY tips on how to beat the winter blues. Read more

Maximize your college credits with a J-term study abroad

Winter break can offer you some necessary down time, and if you aren’t already on a J-term, then you’re probably getting that break right now. But J-terms can be a great way to squeeze in that foreign study abroad opportunity when you don’t have any in-semester time to spare.

Have you considered doing a J-term study abroad program? (Credit: CIS Abroad)

Have you considered doing a J-term study abroad program? (Credit: CIS Abroad)

College students can get a lot out of spending their J-term abroad, so if you’re looking for college hacks to get some college credits under your belt without cramming your semesters too full, check out these ways you can use your winter break. Read more

Student loan debt: 5 common mistakes college students make

As an undergrad, I relied on loans to help me pay for my education. If you are a college student you probably have some amount of student loan debt facing you after graduation—hopefully less than I did! Handling that so it doesn’t affect your financial security for the rest of your life is obviously not something you want to obsess about, but odds are strong that you are anyway.

Have you made any student loan debt mistakes? (Credit: WSJ)

Have you made any student loan debt mistakes? (Credit: WSJ)

Read on for how to avoid some of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to handling their student loan debt. Read more

Life hacks for college students home for the holidays

Classes are wrapping up for college students, and the dreaded exams will soon be a distant memory. That means most, if not all, will soon be heading home for the holidays. While you may be looking forward to celebrating with kith and kin, you also probably know that surviving the holidays with your family can take some skill and a whole lot of patience.

Follow our tips if you're home for the holidays. (Credit: PSU)

Follow our tips if you’re home for the holidays. (Credit: PSU)

I’ve got some well-tested advice on how to avoid stress and actually enjoy your time home with your relatives. Read more

Give back this holiday season—ideas for college students

‘Tis the time of year for gifts and parties and lots of merriment, but if you are interested in taking a more altruistic tack this holiday season, you’ve come to the right place. Even college students may be searching for a way to give back as the year draws to a close.

Find out how you can give back this holiday season. (Credit: Charmeck)

Find out how you can give back this holiday season. (Credit: Charmeck)

Charitable giving and community service are great ways to help others, whether during the holidays or throughout the year. Read more

3 DIY holiday gifts for mom and dad

You’re in the middle of prepping for your final exams. Now’s not the time you want to be thinking about holiday shopping! But that old saying from when you were a kid—your folks will love it more if you make it yourself—is just as true now that you’re a college student.

Try making homemade holiday gifts this year. (Credit: U.S. News)

Try making homemade holiday gifts this year. (Credit: U.S. News)

If you need to take a break from studying, give yourself a little creative fun by considering the types of DIY holiday gifts that come from the heart (and can be made on a low budget!). Read more

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