December 10, 2016

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...]

If I Had Only Known This Stuff as a College Freshman

If you're starting university this fall, you are most likely excited and nervous at the same time—I know I was when I was entering my first year year of college. I couldn't wait to get started, but I was anxious about the newness of it all. If this sounds familiar, I'm here to tell you what I wish I'd known back then. You Accumulate a Lot It doesn't matter what field your degree is in or whether you want to be a journalist or a paralegal. You're going to have more stuff at the end of the year … [Read more...]

Best Ways For Students To Beat Stress

According to, college students tend to be exposed to challenging situations. This statement suggests that the student population usually finds themselves perusing the internet for websites with essays that would help them manage stress. From this perspective, it is important to develop a discussion on the best ways that students can manage stress with the institutional setting. A good way to manage stress in the school environment revolves around the diet. This means that … [Read more...]

The Pros and Cons of Living Off Campus in College

One of the first decisions every incoming freshman has to make is where to live. Thankfully, your options are pretty limited if mom and dad don’t live within a few miles of campus. You can either opt to bunk down in a dorm or a step into the “real world” by settling into your first apartment. Continued structure Not every student is ready to take life by the horns, cast off all support systems and live the life of freedom afforded by moving into his or her own apartment. Leaving the folks and … [Read more...]

Survival of the Fittest: Tips for Freshmen:

Once you are off to college you have now officially started your journey towards becoming an independent adult. As a young and inexperienced adult, you will soon learn that the ‘real’ world has numerous demands that you need to juggle and balance. There is no longer anyone there to tell you exactly what to do in every situation, there is no one to remind you of your responsibilities or to tell you when to stop fooling around and start studying for exams. All of this will now be your … [Read more...]

Staying Safe on Campus: Using Common Sense on a College Campus

If we lived in a perfect world, crimes would never be committed. But since people are imperfect I guess that will never happen. Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you live on a college campus that you or your belongings are 100% safe. The truth is many crimes have the potential to happen on a college campus as anywhere else in the world. If you take the following precautions you can have a much better chance of preventing crime from happening to you. Social media - don’t tell! We live … [Read more...]

Start with a roommate agreement so you don’t end in disaster

So it’s a new semester and you have a new roommate. You're going to be connected to this person for quite some time, so this time you want to make sure that it will get off to a good start. Based on my own real-world experience, I recommend signing a roommate agreement. First, ask your resident assistant or a staff member in Residence Life to help you create or locate a roommate agreement. The form may be located online or your school may offer a roommate agreement as part of Student Services … [Read more...]

How to “Get Connected” with your professor

One of the most misunderstood connections is the student and professor relationship. The truth is having good relationships with your professors is the first step to achieving a successful college experience. Here are some tips to help you either build or repair relationships with your professors and make a connection that will help you graduate. Arrange to see them during office hours. That's what those hours are there for. During these times your professor is making him/herself available … [Read more...]

Party Safe: Navigating the Wild World of Campus Celebrations

You are more than prepared for your first year of college. You’ve gone to campus and found all of your classes. You managed to cram all of your belongings into a shoebox of a dorm room, and you learned all the words to the school fight song for the first football game. But maybe you aren’t sure you are completely prepared for the college parties. The social scene is an important part of college life, but college parties can become dangerous situations if students don’t follow safe practices. … [Read more...]

How Distance Can Actually Improve Your Relationships

Going away to college puts a scary amount of distance between students and everything they have come to know and feel secure about. No longer can we rely on the comforts of home and the familiar faces of everyday life; instead, we have to branch out, try new things, meet new people, and find where we fit in. Amidst all of this, we also have to manage the friendships and relationships from our past. We must remember to call our parents every so often, write on our high school friends’ Facebook … [Read more...]