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  • Luxury Student Housing May Be Affordable on Your College Campus

    Sep 12, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College LifeRead More »
    Luxury Student Housing May Be Affordable on Your College Campus

    Off-campus student housing has come a long way in recent years. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, “Since 2010, private equity firms, real estate investment trusts and private developers have been cranking up delivery of off-campus accommodations, often rich with amenities such as pools and movie theaters.” In many college towns, these options [&hellip...

  • Fall Crockpot Recipes for College Students

    Sep 6, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • College LifeRead More »
    Fall Crockpot Recipes for College Students

    The arrival of the autumn harvest brings an abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables. For students with limited time, fall crockpot recipes are often the best option for taking advantage of the season’s haul. Thankfully, fall foods like pumpkins, squashes, and root vegetables work perfectly in a crockpot. They are hearty, wholesome, and stand up [&hellip...

  • Easy Dorm Room Recipes: Chocolate Fondue

    Sep 6, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College LifeRead More »
    Easy Dorm Room Recipes: Chocolate Fondue

    It’s a fact: everyone loves chocolate fondue. Melt some chocolate, gather your favorite dippable snacks, and you have an instant dorm or common room party. But in the dorms, heating elements are usually not allowed, so a fondue pot or chocolate fountain may be off limits. But fear not! If you’re allowed a microwave, there [&hellip...

  • Travel Tips to Live by for College Students and Recent Grads

    Sep 5, 2013 • Sarah Teczar • College LifeRead More »
    Travel Tips to Live by for College Students and Recent Grads

    When I went to Paris as a junior in college, it was my first time going abroad by myself, so I listened to advice of others who had done it before, but learned a few things as well. Whether you’re preparing to study abroad, taking a road trip across the country with your friends, or [&hellip...

  • Dorm Room Pets: Why Bettas Are The Best

    Sep 3, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College LifeRead More »
    Dorm Room Pets: Why Bettas Are The Best

    Living in a dorm doesn’t always mean giving up the companionship of a pet. While most schools don’t allow dorm room pets of the furry kind, some will allow fish. If you’re thinking of getting a fish, consider a betta fish. Bettas are easy to take care of and don’t need a lot of space. [&hellip...

  • Living Off Campus in College: Parents, Help Your Student Prepare

    Aug 26, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • College LifeRead More »
    Living Off Campus in College: Parents, Help Your Student Prepare

    Students may be in favor of living off campus in college for a variety of reasons, including saving money, having more freedom, and having more space. I tried it once back when I was a student, and found it wasn’t for me. But, I learned some valuable lessons that I will pass on to my [&hellip...

  • 4 Tips for Maximizing Your Personal Space in College Dorms

    Aug 23, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College LifeRead More »
    4 Tips for Maximizing Your Personal Space in College Dorms

    College dorms are notorious for being small. When you consider you’re sharing that space with another person, whether you know them or not, the lack of space can cause problems. Now, there’s no need to draw a line down the middle of your room to make it an even split (a lot of rooms aren’t [&hellip...

  • How to Get the Most Out of College Freshman Orientation

    Aug 19, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • College LifeRead More »
    How to Get the Most Out of College Freshman Orientation

    If you’re anything like I was when I started college, the thought of college freshman orientation has you utterly overwhelmed. All in one week, you’ll be attending back-to-back events, information sessions, and social ice breakers. New things will be flying at you at high-speed. While this hyper-business might seem overwhelming, it’s actually very helpful in [&hellip...

  • Why You Should Try Out an Unusual College Club

    Aug 15, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College LifeRead More »
    Why You Should Try Out an Unusual College Club

    In high school, I knew which clubs I loved, and which ones didn’t appeal to me. Going into college, I already had a pretty clear sense of what type of activities I enjoyed doing. I expected that I would pretty much join the same clubs in college that I enjoyed in high school, like drama [&hellip...

  • College Wardrobe Essentials: 5 Staples for Every College Girl’s Closet

    Aug 15, 2013 • Rachel Braedyn • College LifeRead More »
    College Wardrobe Essentials: 5 Staples for Every College Girl’s Closet

    Looking good on a college budget isn’t difficult. Just keep a few high-quality college wardrobe essentials on hand that you can pair with other items of clothing. These fashion staples can be worn hundreds of different ways with clothes and accessories you already own to create a new style. 1. Cute, Comfy Flats Most college [&hellip...

  • The Benefits of Being a Residential Assistant

    Aug 14, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College LifeRead More »
    The Benefits of Being a Residential Assistant

    This past year, my freshman year of college, I was lucky to have a great residential assistant (RA). Like me, he was a writing major, and we shared many of the same interests. He told me about literary events around town, described his awesome internship at the local library, and encouraged me to apply to [&hellip...

  • 4 Reasons Why Not Having a Car in College Will Improve Your First Year

    Aug 14, 2013 • Leeann Sullivan • College LifeRead More »
    4 Reasons Why Not Having a Car in College Will Improve Your First Year

    Regardless of whether your campus is urban, rural, all-inclusive, or only partially integrated, not having a car in college can enhance your first-year experience. Shortly before my first year of college, I bought a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo for $2000. It had over 150,000 miles on it, the ceiling fabric draped into my eye line, and [&hellip...

  • College Student Guide: How to Prep for Parents Weekend

    Aug 8, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • College LifeRead More »
    College Student Guide: How to Prep for Parents Weekend

    Parents Weekend can bring students both excitement and anxiety. This is especially true of college freshmen, whose parents are often arriving on campus for their first extended visit. My first Parents Weekend seemed to come just as my new college social life was starting to feel comfortable. I had made a solid group of friends [&hellip...

  • College Dorm Room Craft Time: DIY Lanterns

    Aug 2, 2013 • Kaila Braley • College LifeRead More »
    College Dorm Room Craft Time: DIY Lanterns

    Crafts are a fun way to bond with your new friends at college. They’re an excuse to sit and talk and have a fun activity to do while you get to know each other. As a great bonus, you end up with really cool, unique decorations for your dorm! One of my favorite crafts I’ve [&hellip...

  • The Benefits of Getting Involved in College Clubs and Organizations

    Jul 31, 2013 • Alice Riley-Ryan • College LifeRead More »
    The Benefits of Getting Involved in College Clubs and Organizations

    While I knew that I’d be interested in getting involved in college clubs and organizations as a freshman, I had no idea just how much they would influence my life and my career. I attended the Student Organization Night early in the year and was very excited, and completely overwhelmed, by all the clubs represented [&hellip...

  • Dorm Food, Indian Style!

    Jul 29, 2013 • Hareem Shafi • College LifeRead More »
    Dorm Food, Indian Style!

    Transitioning to dorm food can be difficult when you’re used to home cooking. A few months into my freshman year at college, with homesickness still nipping at my heels, I began to crave the delectable dishes I used to eat at home: biryani, daal, tandoori chicken. Up until then, I had been happily surviving on [&hellip...

  • Roommate Etiquette: 4 Tips for Having Friends Over

    Jul 29, 2013 • Sarah Teczar • College LifeRead More »
    Roommate Etiquette: 4 Tips for Having Friends Over

    If you’ve never had to share a room with someone, proper college roommate etiquette may not come naturally. And when you constantly have friends over, it could make your roommate feel uncomfortable, or as if they have a third or fourth roommate. My roommate from freshman year and I didn’t hang out much outside of [&hellip...

  • Dorm Room Design Tip: Use Scrapbook Paper to Decorate Your Walls

    Jul 27, 2013 • Loretta Kay • College LifeRead More »
    Dorm Room Design Tip: Use Scrapbook Paper to Decorate Your Walls

    One of the main difficulties of dorm decorating is the blankness of the walls. At my college, we’re not allowed to paint them or cover them with wall paper, and there are often strict guidelines about what we can attach to the walls. Luckily, I’ve found that scrapbook paper can make a room a lot [&hellip...

  • 5 Microwavable Meals to Make in Your Dorm Room

    Jul 27, 2013 • Kevin Wandrei • College LifeRead More »
    5 Microwavable Meals to Make in Your Dorm Room

    While many students have dining halls to keep them fed, others have to make do with nothing more than a mini-fridge and a microwave. This might seem meager, but after a summer in a 10′ x 10′ dorm room with just these two appliances, I mastered the art of microwavable meals. Here are some tips [&hellip...

  • College Jams: Music Streaming Services That Won’t Hurt Your Wallet

    Jul 26, 2013 • Rob Zappulla • College LifeRead More »
    College Jams: Music Streaming Services That Won’t Hurt Your Wallet

    In the increasingly expensive world that we live in, you, a college student, are going to find every way possible to cut costs. Luckily, this very same world has produced a number of music streaming services that can fit your lifestyle and, more importantly, your budget. While downloading sites like iTunes and Amazon are great [&hellip...