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DIY tips and tricks to destress over winter break

While I know winter break can come with its own varieties of stress, especially if you’re heading home for family gatherings with cousins from six different states, a family road trip, or just six different holiday dinners, it can also be a great time to destress and get ready for next semester.

Relax and destress this winter break. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Relax and destress this winter break. (Credit: Huffington Post)

I’m lucky this year that I got to stay close to home with no big travel plans and only a small family gathering, but there have definitely been those years when it seemed like the first relaxation I got was getting back on campus! Here are some tips and tricks to form a DIY plan to destress over winter break. Read more

6 DIY ideas to cure boredom over winter break

It’s winter break. If you’re not doing a J-term, don’t have a job, and don’t have any studying to do, you may be running out of ideas to keep yourself busy. While winter break can be a great time to catch up on sleep and relaxation, if you’re like me, you can only go for so long before you’re itching to get busy again.

Tackle some DIY projects to prevent winter break boredom. (Credit: SCHC)

Tackle some DIY projects to prevent winter break boredom. (Credit: SCHC)

Whether you need DIY ideas to cure boredom, or are itching to do some DIY crafts while you have access to the family craft supplies, check out these ideas on what to do with winter break. 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

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

DIY plans to get outside and off campus during winter break

The semester is coming to a close. When I was an undergrad, I only had a J-term course planned for one winter break of my four years. During my other three winter breaks, I got off campus—usually by going home, since in our residential college staying over winter break was a no-go. I got a holiday job working retail, but I also made sure to get outside and do things.

Take advantage of our winter break activity ideas. (Credit: Unigo)

Take advantage of our winter break activity ideas. (Credit: Unigo)

If you’re in an area where you can go out winter hiking, either from home or near your dorm, try spending some of the warmer days this winter outside and off campus, getting some space from your academics so you can work with a clearer mind in January. 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

DIY study kit to prep for your final exams

Final exams! Not only do you have to gear up and study for the end of the semester, but you also have to survive it. I know that I sometimes let my stress get the better of me, and it’s really important to make sure I’m taking care of myself, or I end up with a cold at the worst possible time (like the morning of my final).

What do you need to get through your final exams? (Credit: Etsy)

What do you need to get through your final exams? (Credit: Etsy)

In order to make it through, consider making a survival study kit for finals week that has everything you need to make it through your final exams. Looking for other tips for finals as well? Read on! 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

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