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It’s Cold Outside… So Let’s Warm Up!

Temperatures are dropping across the country as winter weather sets in. For some college students, this may be your first encounter with truly frigid temperatures or snow.

Survive the cold with our great tips. (Credit: Liberty Mutual)

Survive the cold with our great tips. (Credit: Liberty Mutual)

I’ve got some DIY how to tips for surviving the cold and keeping you warm and toasty. Read more

6 New Year’s resolution ideas for college students

Like other people this time of year, college students are making their New Year’s resolutions for improving college life and academics and for setting goals for the New Year.

What resolution ideas do you have for 2017? (Credit: Happy New Year SMS)

What resolution ideas do you have for 2017? (Credit: Happy New Year SMS)

Here’s are DIY suggestions for making changes for a new year. Read more

Best ways to use (or not use) social media

I don’t know about you, but lately I find that I spend way too much time on social media. That would be okay if it helped me in school, starting a career or to get a job, but it’s mostly recipes and cat videos. At least I’m not hooked on games like Pokémon GO, I tell myself.

Take advantage of social media to help with your future career. (Credit: Jumpshot)

Take advantage of social media to help with your future career. (Credit: Jumpshot)

Is social media all a waste or is it helpful, too? I think that depends on how you use it. Read more

The coffee nap life hack: Fact or fiction?

If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So when I first read about the coffee nap last week, I thought, this is one of those life hacks that’s totally proven false. But is it fact or fiction?

Does the coffee nap work for you? (Credit: Daily Mail)

Does the coffee nap work for you? (Credit: Daily Mail)

The jury is out about whether naps are good for you or whether they just mess up your sleep cycle (two recent CengageBrain posts weigh in with opposite perspectives there!), but it seems that scientists have come to a conclusion about whether or not the coffee nap actually works. College students in need of more sleep: read on! Read more

How will the demise of Vine affect college students and social media?

For four years, Vine has delighted many college students with its six-second loops. But the video app is being shuttered by parent company Twitter. Many are wondering if the next social media app to go will be Twitter, especially after the company also announced job cuts.

What do you think about the departing of Vine? (Credit: CNN Money)

What do you think about the departing of Vine? (Credit: CNN Money)

Let’s take a moment to mourn Vine and prepare for what lies ahead in the world of social media. Read more

Body language: How to read people like a book

Have you ever noticed how people often say one thing but do another? Understanding body language could help you to know how to spot a liar and get an idea of what a person is really thinking. College students who understand body language can adjust their own body signals so that they make a better impression in job interviews and in the work place.

Make a good impression with improved body language. (Credit: Psych2go)

Make a good impression with improved body language. (Credit: Psych2go)

And just think about all the nonverbal communication that goes on in relationships. What can body language tell you? Read more

DIY tips to recover from sleep deprivation

A survey of more than 400 college students conducted by Chegg found that only 16 percent of students got eight or more hours of sleep a night. The survey also found that those sleepless nights are typically due to too much homework and too much attention to online entertainment.

End sleep deprivation with our sleeping tips. (Credit: Reference)

End sleep deprivation with our sleeping tips. (Credit: Reference)

If you are a typical college student dealing with sleep deprivation, you just want some DIY tips for how to recover and not doze off in class. I’ve got you covered. Read more

DIY tips for finding seasonal employment

Odds are if you are a college student you are looking for ways to earn extra money this holiday season. Finding a job that fits in with your class schedule can be a challenge, but it is doable, especially if you follow my DIY tips for seasonal employment.

Time to look into seasonal employment. (Credit: Snagajob)

Time to look into seasonal employment. (Credit: Snagajob)

Of course, the dream is to find a job that doesn’t require you wear some crazy holiday getup as well. Don’t despair! Soon you will have a little extra “jingle” in your pocket! Read more

4 tips on writing a college application essay

Prospective college students dread the essay portion of college admissions. But it’s important to show colleges what kind of person you are and what’s important to you.

What do you plan to say in your college essay? (Credit: Socrato.com)

What do you plan to say in your college essay? (Credit: Socrato.com)

If your essay is exceptional, it will help you stand out from all the other applicants. Here are some tips on how to write your college application essay. Read more

Should I drop a class? Reasons and consequences

College students can be overwhelmed with a difficult, uninteresting or unnecessary class. Sometimes a course doesn’t teach the right material or the teacher is nasty. Then you begin to consider withdrawing from a class.

Decide now if you should drop a class. (Credit: FlockU)

Decide now if you should drop a class. (Credit: FlockU)

Luckily, under certain circumstances, you’re allowed to drop a class, but make sure you understand the consequences. Read more