May 28, 2016

Rookie Fire Safety Mistakes Most Students Make

If you’re planning on going to college, the thought of living away from home for the first time can be exciting and the first step towards real independence. However, it might come as a shock to you more than you might have initially thought. While it might be nice to get a bit of space from your parents, you’ll need to get used to your parents no longer being around to cook your meals, tidy your room and well, generally take care of you. So a sudden change from a cushy lifestyle at home to … [Read more...]

Budget stretching tips for students: Living better for less

Attending college and being short on cash go hand in hand for many students, but with a bit of wisdom from those who’ve done it before, you can get more bang for your buck. Here are 9 tips for stretching every dollar to maximize its value. Become a rice and ramen connoisseur Rice and ramen noodles are inexpensive, and with some creativity, they become the primary ingredients for a delicious, nutritious and cheap meal. There are loads of good recipes online like the 144 ramen recipes at … [Read more...]

Growing Pains: The Cost of Being Disorganized in College

As South Park's Chef so eloquently uttered, "There's a time and a place for everything, and it's called college." College can be an amazing journey of freedom and self expression. A time of socializing and bonding, with a little studying squeezed in now and again. In fact, it's so wonderful and distracting that it's easy to forget about the big picture when you're emerged in the college experience. Words like "mortgage" and "interest rates" aren't really in your vocabulary when you're having the … [Read more...]

Overcoming First-Year Academic Struggles

The first year of college can be an exciting time for many students. It is often a teenager's first look at real freedom, and a student's first chance to take a step into a wider academic world. Unfortunately, that first year can be fraught with peril - there is a reason, after all, that so many students simply cannot make it past their first two semesters. The foundations for success in college are laid in the first year, and those who are willing to stretch outside their usual practices are … [Read more...]

Preparing Yourself for Your Own Apartment or House

As a campus ambassador for two years at the University of Florida, I believed that the problem that most students had trouble overcoming was their lack of knowledge when it comes to housing. Now, as a graduate of UF and an employee for a local property manager in Gainesville, my suspicious have been confirmed. Every day, I deal with young students who have moved away from home and find themselves facing the culture shock of dealing with your own apartment or house. Lease contracts; separate … [Read more...]

Small Place, Big Space: How To Make The Most of Smaller Living Areas

So, you've arrived at your new college digs with a truck full of stuff and a can-do attitude. The place looks nice on the outside and when you unlock and open the front door, the inside takes your breath away - but not in a good way. "It's tiny!" you exclaim. We've all been there. College is a time when you'll inevitably be dealt the micro-loft apartment, the 400-square-foot studio, or one-room bungalow. But don't despair! The fact is, even the smallest spaces can be perfectly functional … [Read more...]

They say… 2 million adults over 40 are in college…

The number of college  students aged 40 to 64 has nearly reached the two million mark. That's an increase of almost 20% in the last decade according to a 2007 survey by U.S. News and World Report. Lifelong Learners - that's the term you'd have to apply to 40+ adults who are attending a class, taking self study courses or engaged in some type of learning including training and basic  education offered outside traditional higher  education, such as distance or online learning. If we count all … [Read more...]

Gear Up for a Successful Freshman Year

Going off to college is an exciting experience. The next four years will be some of the most fun and challenging times of your life. But, before you go, here’s what you should know. Always Be Learning After you cross the stage at your high school graduation, the real work begins. Instead of spending that time between high school and college binge-watching your favorite shows and napping on the couch, enroll in a class or brush up on your skills. There are dozens of online resources that can … [Read more...]

How To Talk With Your Professor

You coexist with your professors for hours every week, yet communication is predominantly one-sided. As a student, I know just how intimidating it can feel to talk with your professor, especially in a worst-case-scenario situation. The Worst Case Scenario Maybe you have been here, but hopefully you have not. The worst case scenario is when you have fallen behind, feel like you are drowning, pulling your hair out, and ultimately resign to the idea that you are going to fail the class. Do not … [Read more...]

DESIGN: Making the Most of Your College Rental

One of the best aspects of college is the chance to live on your own. Not only are you free of the restrictions your parents imposed on you for the last 18 or so years, you're also free to decorate your new home however you want to. Whether you're living in campus housing or renting your first apartment, it's wise to think twice about the way you style and treat your new abode. When the lease is up and it's time to hand in the key and get your deposit back, the last things you want are … [Read more...]