January 31, 2015

Desserts with Hidden Veggies: Help Fight the Freshman 15

School has started and young, fresh faces are appearing all over university campuses. As new kids on the block looking towards a bright future ahead, you’re pumped to rush Greek life, tailgate football games, and ready to swipe that parent-funded dining dollar card to prime your stomachs for long nights filled with cheap Natty Ice beer pong and good times. You only live once right? Live once, but live well by countering the Freshman 15 with the following desserts with hidden veggies. Red … [Read more...]

The Pros and Cons of Living Off Campus in College

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...]

How to Prepare for and Avoid Minor Health Problems in College


Going off to college is an exciting milestone. Many young adults are leaving home for the first time, and will be sharing a dorm room or apartment with friends or brand-new roommates. While communal living can be fun, it can also expose you to lots of germs and viruses. Since mom will probably not be around with hot chicken soup, a cold drink and a warm hug every time you get sick, the best thing you can do is prepare for some minor health emergencies—and then do what you can to avoid getting … [Read more...]

5 Questions to ask when considering a social fraternity or sorority

Nick Estrada - University of South Carolina Campus

Summer is coming to an end and soon thousands of students will be heading back to universities around the country and starting classes. Many of these students are however not only looking for academic enrichment but also ways to get involved outside of the classroom. There are also hundreds of organizations on these campuses that offer endless opportunities for these students, like you. One type of organization that will no doubt be seeking new members this upcoming fall is social … [Read more...]

Rookie Fire Safety Mistakes Most Students Make

Rookie Fire Safety Mistakes - photo copyright Rick Sherrell

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...]

Transitioning to the dorm life

The Road to College Success

Helping your students get ready for college living in an innovative/interactive way Living in a dorm can be fun-filled, but issues will arise. Resident Advisors (RAs) play an important role in improving the resident life experience. They educate the students on co-existing in a dorm to ensure a peaceful atmosphere. Whether you are an RA managing a floor-full of bright-eyed freshmen or a high school counselor preparing his/her students for the transition to college living, here are few tips you … [Read more...]

5 Survival Tips for Freshers on Campus

Transitioning from high school to life on campus is a daunting proposal for many first-time college students.  In addition to their first experience away from home, college freshmen face a variety of unfamiliar challenges as the make the leap to higher education.  Coursework, for example, is much more difficult than what most students experienced in high school.  And getting accustomed to dorm living tests students' patience and adaptability - often leading to stress and anxiety. Fortunately, … [Read more...]

Join a Club Sport

Tripp Stanford - ultimate frisbee team

When you enter college the one thing people tell you is to, “join as many clubs as possible and meet as many people as possible.” People often overlook club sports as something to get involved in or as a viable community to base your college career around.  I beg to differ.  The following is my experience with the Ultimate Frisbee Club at my school. I’m an extremely competitive person and find the need to compete in trivial, every-day tasks.  Understanding that aspect of my character, I realized … [Read more...]

DIY Dorm Room Decorating Hacks

DIY Dorm Room Decorating Hacks

Dorm life results when two or more people have to mesh their decorating style without merging their finances because, well, they’re broke! Cramped quarters, weird layouts and limited funds are just a few of the setbacks college students face when moving into a dorm. But if you’re headed back to school this semester, you don’t have to spend a pretty penny to create the room you’ve always wanted. Here’s how: Be Fun and Functional Who says you can’t put up wallpaper? Possibly the RA, and probably … [Read more...]

Achieving successful college outcomes through Greek Life

Achieving successful college outcomes through Greek Life

Between sporting events, parties and mixers, you might barely have time to go to class and study once you get to college. All kidding aside, college is a whole new world for the student. There's new opportunities, new people to meet and new groups and clubs you can join to help make your college years a success, both from a personal, academic and professional standpoint. For instance, you can partake in Greek life (i.e., pledging a fraternity or sorority). In all likelihood, not only will this … [Read more...]