How to Stay in Touch with College Friends over the Summer

Finals are done, your belongings are packed, and you’re about to return home for the summer. You’re excited to see your family, hang out with friends from high school, and maybe even start a summer internship. There’s just one problem: how are you going to stay in touch with your college friends over the summer? For many college students, this is a difficult question to answer.

Without time spent bonding over library study sessions, late night Chinese takeout, and going out on the weekends, will you be able to stay close? Of course, one could say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. But spending 3-4 months barely communicating with your college friends is going to make returning to school in the fall less comfortable than it should be. Not to worry, follow these tips to maintain the close friendships you’ve spent all year building! (more…)

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Kitchen-Less Dorm Room Dining

As a college student, there are often few options available when the dining hall is serving yet another mysterious casserole and questionable meat for dinner. Chinese takeout, pizza, ramen, and Easy Mac seem to be our staples. However, never forget that you can actually make your own meals—even if your dorm room doesn’t have a kitchen. All you need is a microwave and a mini-fridge to make the following easy and delicious recipes. (more…)

What to Pack Before You Study Abroad

You’ve made it through all the applications, bought your tickets, and found out where you will be living and what you will be doing during your study abroad. But, what to bring?

Odds are your study abroad advisor told you to pack light, and they are absolutely right. You will be thanking them when you realize you’re sharing a room with two others in a tiny flat. At least, that was my experience during my semester in London.

So, here is a list of items that I used regularly while away that goes beyond the basics, which you may not have considered. (more…)

5 Tips to Cut College Tuition Costs

It’s no secret that college tuition is rising and college students are taking out more and more loans to cover the difference. Looking at that balance you owe after you collect your college degree, those numbers are both staggering and daunting. According to the Project on Student Debt, the average student loan debt just passed $25,000 in 2011. Twenty-five grand! Imagine what you could do instead with that amount: buy a car, put a down payment on a house, go on a luxurious trip around the world, and many more. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce college tuition costs during your four years at school. (more…)

3 Reasons You Should Join StudentUniverse

“Saving money” has become a mantra for many college students. Faced with rising tuition costs, student loans, and the inevitable post-graduation debt looming just around the corner, it’s only natural to want a discount now and then, on anything from plane tickets to Paris to a funny poster to brighten up a dorm room. Luckily, StudentUniverse can provide students with these and a host of other deals.

Let’s take a look at some of the perks. (more…)

Collegiate Cleanliness: Keeping Your Dorm Spotless and Sanitary

Living in a dorm setting can be a freeing experience—no more parents pestering you to do your homework, no more cleaning the bathrooms, and no more chores. But perhaps our parents had good reason in pushing us to keep our rooms clean and organized.

If you’re a current college student, you’ve either had or will have a roommate (or roommates) who isn’t the tidiest person in the world. Not only does a messy room look bad, it is also a breeding ground for germs, which spread quickly throughout dorm buildings. Here are a few tips to keep your living environment productive and healthy! (more…)

5 Tips on Moving Out of the Dorm at the End of the Year

It is the end of the semester and you are busier than you have ever been during the whole year: you are busy pulling all-nighters, studying for finals, turning in those twenty page papers, and finishing up summer internship plans. In addition, there is a certain date and time for you to move out of your resident hall and you have not even started clearing out your room. Moving can be stressful and generally not fun, but with good planning you can move out of your dorm room without the need to scramble and with minimal hassle.

Here are some five helpful tips to keep at the back of your head: (more…)