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).

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.

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.

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.

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

DIY Ergonomic tips for your dorm room

You’ve been studying for hours. Your back and neck are aching. All you really want is to put aside your work and crawl into bed, but that midterm isn’t going to take itself. I know I’ve felt like I’ve been sitting at my computer for far too long. I remember writing a lot of my thesis with my wooden desk chair tipped back at a silly angle so I could have my knees on the desk and my laptop on my lap. Talk about an inefficient, and certainly not ergonomic, work position!

If your main work space is in your dorm room, you may want to look into some DIY ergonomics to make your body more comfortable. It won’t reduce your work load, but it may reduce sore and stiff muscles caused from sitting in one place for too long! Read more

DIY ideas to show your school spirit

College football season is upon us, so it may be hard to escape some in-your-face displays of school spirit. Instead of fighting it, why not work up your own DIY ideas for how to dress or decorate your dorm to share your love of your school?

Read on college student for ideas on how to display your school pride as much (or as little) as you want. Read more

How to save money the DIY way on college

It seems like not a day goes by that you don’t hear something in the news about the high price of education for college students. From student loan debt to constantly increasing tuition costs, there seems to be a never-ending stream of expenses.

What about some great ideas to save money while you are earning that degree? I’ve compiled a quick DIY how-to guide to help you keep your college costs down. Read more

DIY waterproof canvas bag (and tips to save your phone)

Have you ever gotten caught in the rain on the way to class or to your off-campus job? I remember one day I walked to the city bus, thinking my rain coat and umbrella would be enough to keep me dry. By the time I arrived at my job, my pants were soaked up to my knees. Best not to mention how my backpack made it. If you live in an area that’s prone to heavy rain, you may need to waterproof your bag, or find a way to save your phone from torrential downpours!

Check out these DIY projects to take care of your stuff with some Ziplock bags, paraffin or beeswax (or maybe even something you can pick up at health services—stay tuned). Read more

Avoid the Freshman 15 with a DIY healthy breakfast

While your mother may have been wrong about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, there is still something to starting your morning off with a healthy breakfast. But finding something that is good for you and quick and easy may seem like an insurmountable challenge. Never fear!

I have some easy DIY ideas that are perfect, especially if you want to avoid the Freshman 15. Read on for the real deal on breakfast and how to make something fast and yummy. Read more

3 DIY dorm projects to stop clutter before it starts

It’s almost move in day! One of the things that I hated having to do when I was in college was clean my room. It is so easy to let clutter get out of control when you’re worried about classes, papers, and whatever social crisis is happening in your circle of friends. (In my social group, there was always at least one happening!)

Reduce dorm clutter with some fun DIY projects. (Credit: Bob Vila, Flickr)

Reduce dorm clutter with some fun DIY projects. (Credit: Bob Vila, Flickr)

If you have a plan for how to organize your dorm room when you move in, you won’t have to reduce clutter as frequently throughout your semester. Check out these DIY dorm projects to help you stay organized before your clutter has a chance to build! Read more