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College life plan: 4 ways to break out of your comfort zone

College students often find college a scary place whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. Everything is new, you’re independent from mom and dad, and your education depends solely on the choices you make.

How do you want to step out of your comfort zone this year? (Credit: GoWeLoveIt)

How do you want to step out of your comfort zone this year? (Credit: GoWeLoveIt)

Playing it safe can hold you back from the wonders college offers. So here are some do-it-yourself tips to get out of your comfort zone and enjoy college life. Read more

How to create a great study space for yourself

You’ve had a couple (or a few) weeks to get into your semester. Have you found that perfect study space yet? Many college students have study rooms right in the dorm, but others prefer the library.

Create a study space that will keep you focused this school year. (Credit: Getty Images)

Create a study space that will keep you focused this school year. (Credit: Getty Images)

I always preferred my desk (or bed) and my laptop, but having brushed up on some study tips, I realize I probably could have done better! For some lifehacks on creating your own perfect study space, check out these tips. Read more

Disclaimer: Trigger warnings may (or may not) be unsuitable for college campuses

The topic of trigger warnings on college campuses have sparked a widespread debate across the country just recently. Seen as a trend more severe than political correctness, the college campus has become a safe zone, free of trigger warnings and microaggression.

Do you believe trigger warnings are good or bad for college campuses? (Credit: The Atlantic)

Do you believe trigger warnings are good or bad for college campuses? (Credit: The Atlantic)

College professors on some campuses are expected to warn students about potentially discomforting material. Continue reading to learn more about the value and the opposition of trigger warnings. Read more

9 tips to help you pass your classes this semester

If you’re overwhelmed by the first few weeks of your classes, you may be thinking “What do I need to pass my class?” If you’re ambitious, you’re thinking not about how to pass, but how to ace courses. I always aimed for the A in my classes but I didn’t always get there!

Find out how you can make sure you pass (or ace!) your classes. (Credit: Business Insider)

Find out how you can make sure you pass (or ace!) your classes. (Credit: Business Insider)

Setting a concrete goal is one of the steps you need to take to pass or ace your classes this semester. College students can always use a few lifehacks to help make classes easier, so check out these 9 college tips on how to make the grade. Read more

6 tips on making new friends in college

For college students heading off for your freshman year means getting used to a whole new environment with new places and new people. It’s a chance to find yourself and to hone social skills like how to make new friends. I lived on campus my first year and dorm life brought with it a ready-made set of new friends.

Make friends more easily in college with our tips. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Make friends more easily in college with our tips. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Still, it took me a while to settle in and make connections with roomies and dorm mates. Some of these friends may turn out to be life-long relationships but it doesn’t just happen on its own. Let’s see how one makes new friends. Read more

Do college students have to serve jury duty?

It isn’t often that a person has jury duty on the same day as Taylor Swift. I certainly wasn’t on the Nashville, TN jury she sat on, but I did serve jury duty on August 26! It’s the first time I’ve actually made it to jury duty. I’ve been called three times as a college student in the state of Massachusetts, where I had to defer each time.

One of the photos tweeted of Taylor Swift at jury duty on August 26, 2016. (Credit: The Cut)

One of the photos tweeted of Taylor Swift at jury duty on August 26, 2016. (Credit: The Cut)

Most college students aren’t exempt from serving in either their home state and some are also eligible in the state where they attend college. What should you do if you get called? And what’s the process for jury selection? Here are things you need to know about jury duty (and a little bit of celebrity gossip to make it go down easy). Read more

Best calendar apps for keeping track of your college schedule

I’ve converted to Google Calendar for anything that I want to give me a reminder or events I share with other friends or coworkers. But for my assignments, I still use a print calendar and write down all the important due dates. As you’re getting into fall semester, how well have you mastered your class schedule?

Which calendar apps are best at keeping you organized? (Credit: at the Pool)

Which calendar apps are best at keeping you organized? (Credit: at the Pool)

Is your current calendar system working, or do you need to take a look at the best calendar apps? Making sure you’ve got all your dates in order is a must for college students: be ready for your mid-term, final or your winter break by getting everything into one cohesive calendar. Read more

Tips for college freshmen avoiding the “red zone”

It’s the beginning of September, and you’ve likely been on campus for a week (or three). The first six weeks of college can be a big adjustment, especially for college freshmen. I’d been a relatively sheltered teen from a small town in Iowa when I started college in Western Massachusetts on a campus with a far more liberal culture than I’d previously experienced, and with a much more diverse student body.

Schools are telling freshmen to not expect safe zones at college. (Credit: Heat Street)

Schools are telling freshmen to not expect safe zones at college.(Credit: Heat Street)

There are big discussions going on about how college students engage with new ideas and opinions that challenge their assumptions about the world: pundits debate the merit of “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” as in the letter the University of Chicago Dean of Students sent out to incoming freshmen recently. How can you best adjust to college life and avoid the dangers of the so called “red zone” of the first six weeks of school? Take a look at what’s being said and decide how you should react to it. Read more

Top 4 scams for college students to avoid

College is a time to learn, try new things and find your own identity. Unfortunately, others are seeking your identity, too. College students are vulnerable to all sorts of scams and types of identity theft. Just at a time in life when you’re starting to build a good credit score, scammers can derail your plans.

Beware of scams targeted at college students. (Credit: Rent.com)

Beware of scams targeted at college students. (Credit: Rent.com)

One of the most common is the student loan forgiveness scam, but there are plenty of other ways that students can get ripped off. Read more

A day in the life of Division I athletes

So many high school athletes dream of making it in Division I athletics. It is a dream that is certainly attainable with hard work and discipline, but most of those young athletes don’t understand what the life of a Division I athlete really looks like.

Find out more about the life of college athletes. (Credit: Campus Basement)

Find out more about the life of college athletes. (Credit: Campus Basement)

So, here is what my daily routine looks like for those of you who are trying to become Division I athletes or for those college students who just wonder what the athletes do all day. Keep in mind, not every athlete’s schedule is the same: Read more