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10 tips to stay healthy this winter

That crisp feeling in the air, the leaves turning colors can only mean that cold and flu season is on its way. It’s time for that flu shot but there are plenty of other things you can do to keep bugs and viruses from ruining your winter break.

Stay healthy this winter with our health tips. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Stay healthy this winter with our health tips. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Wash your hands often, eat a healthy diet and employ relaxation techniques to reduce stress. But wait, there’s more. In fact I have a whole list of ideas to help you stay healthy this winter. Read more

Life hacks for cold weather on campus

Remember last year’s surprise snowmageddon? While many places were impacted, the Boston blizzard of 2015 was one for the record books. Many of my friends live in Boston, and they were snowed in for what seemed like weeks–the snow came down in February and literally didn’t finish melting until June. Cars were buried, and so were front doors.

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

You ready for the cold weather? (Credit: DIYLOL.com)

Even if this year is mild, I’m preparing for the worst by making sure I have a list of life hacks to make my cold weather living easier. Whether you’re on winter break or back on campus, keep these life hacks in mind. Read more

Cold weather DIY projects for your winter break

It may not be snowing yet–it’s going to be in the 60s all week where I live in Connecticut–but (as they say in Game of Thrones) winter is coming.

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

What ideas do you have for a winter DIY project? (Credit: HeyKayli/YouTube)

If you’re looking to do some cold weather DIY projects over your winter break, take a look at some of these cozy crafts that could be a help for you when you get back to dorm life next semester, especially if the campus heaters go on the fritz. Read more

You ask, we answer: Surviving your family over winter break

Dear J,

What’s up with the third degree from my parents? I’m headed home for the winter break and I know it will be a barrage of questions from them and my other family members. My brain is fried from finals week, and I CAN’T TAKE ANYMORE QUESTIONS! What do you suggest I do?

How to deal with your family while you're home for the holidays. (Credit: wheretoget.it)

How to deal with your family while you’re home for the holidays. (Credit: wheretoget.it)

Ah, fried brain. I too suffer from the post-finals-week daze. Going home is a wonderful time and you must try to remember all of the good things you have to look forward to! Real food, naps, no homework, and did I mention real food already? Read more

Getting college credits over winter break

The winter break of my sophomore year of college, I had the fantastic opportunity to get my education abroad in Venezuela. While it might be too late this year for most college students to find study abroad opportunities, there’s no need to make your winter break go to waste.

Who needs snow when you could spend winter break getting your education abroad?(Credit: Luis James)

Who needs snow when you could spend winter break getting your education abroad?(Credit: Luis James)

There are less travel-intensive ways to earn college credits–and there are other opportunities to do something productive right in your own back yard. Read more

Deadlines and other things you can’t blame on your advisor

If you’re a freshman, you made it through your first semester. Hooray! If you are a seasoned college vet, congratulations on yet another successful semester. With finals drawing to a close, and winter break to look forward to, remember that there is a whole new semester to prepare for.

Everything worked out with your advisor? Great! Time to head home! (Credit: memegenerator.net)

Everything worked out with your advisor? Great! Time to head home! (Credit: memegenerator.net)

Here are some things you may want to use your winter break to catch up on. Read more

Life hacks for going back to college after winter break

Winter break … it was fun while it lasted. Whether you were ready to escape your family and head back to college or you never wanted your vacation to end, all college students must face the fact that class is back in session.

Returning to classes after winter break can be difficult for many college students. (Credit: Smosh.com)

Returning to classes after winter break can be difficult for many college students. (Credit: Smosh.com)

So how can you make the transition a little bit easier? With some valuable life hacks paving your way! Read more

Hit the road or make your flight this winter break with these winter travel tips

The road from Dornbirn to the mountain village of Ebnit in winter. (Credit: böhringer friedrich)

The road from Dornbirn to the mountain village of Ebnit in winter. (Credit: böhringer friedrich)

You’re already making travel plans for winter break, but the seasonal weather can provide extra hurdles for your trip. Whether you’re going to hit the road or just have to worry about whether you’ll make your flight, take these winter travel tips into consideration. If you’re intimidated by that long stretch of highway and the threat of ice and snow, focus particularly on our winter driving tips below.

Airline, destination, and international travel tips

The biggest things to keep in mind when you’re making a big trip in the winter are to plan ahead, and expect setbacks. Read more

Winter wonderland: Family activities and other winter break ideas

One way to earn some extra cash is to help people take down Christmas lights. (Courtesy of Anthony92931)

One way to earn some extra cash is to help people take down Christmas lights. (Courtesy of Anthony92931)

When your classes are over and finals are behind you it’s time for a well-earned winter break. Take time to kick back and enjoy the winter wonderland around you. But after a few days of sitting around and eating, you might want to explore some family activities and other adventures that you could enjoy during your break. Heck, you might even find a way to earn a few bucks. Here are a few ideas of how you could spend your winter break.

Earning potential

In a December 18, 2012 article for US News.com titled, “5 Ways for College Students to Earn Money Over Winter Break,” Julie and Lindsey Mayfield bounced around several good ideas for turning your winter break into a source of income. Read more

How to survive college winter break after the holidays

Leading up to winter break, you may have had awesome expectations of lazy days and late nights, of home cooked meals and long visits with family members. However, as reality sets in, you may come to realize that living back at home offers not only cramped quarters but also seems quite boring without the excitement of your college social life. And, after the holidays come to a close — and you ring in New Years 2013 with a bang — you may find yourself wondering what you are going to do with yourself for the next month. Fear not! Just check out these tips on how to survive college winter break after all of the festivities are over. Read more