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Whether you're in college now or are headed there in the future, one thing's for sure: the price of textbooks is gonna knock your socks off.

One of the biggest joys of college life is taking off with a bunch of your friends and spending a week of unfettered fun during Spring Break. The timing couldn’t be better: the world’s just waking up again from the depths of winter and, if you go to school in the northern half of the US, you’re pretty sick of being bundled up and trudging to class with the wintry winds in your face. Besides, most of the time Spring Break happens just about mid-way through the spring semester and you’re ready for a break anyway.

There are many expressions that start with the word “freshman” to describe what is often a difficult or unhealthy time. As much as we all would have liked to believe we were grown up and prepared enough for the adjustments that college requires, let’s face it, being a freshman in college, while it’s exciting, can be disorienting and even scary.

It’s one thing to get into the college of your dreams. It’s another thing to pay for it. And considering tuition costs these days, unless you were born with a platinum spoon in your mouth and a deed to an oil well clutched in your fist, chances are you’re going to need financial aid. Sure, you can pay for your tuition with student loans, but loans now mean student loan payments after you graduate. Ugh. What you really want is a scholarship. Free money, baby!

With the cost of college rising, many students (and parents) have to think about finding alternative ways to get money to fund their education. 

Coming up with a killer, last minute Halloween costume doesn't have to cost a fortune. And it also doesn't have to be as lame as the nefarious ghost. Here are a few cheap and clever ideas to keep your Halloween fun and interesting: 

Do you own a black turtle neck? How about a pair of light washed jeans? You're halfway there. Apply a little 'zombie' makeup and, bam, you're Mr. Jobs! This will be the perfect costume for any fanboy or girl.


A bad roommate can ruin everything in your life—even your grades. If you've tried communicating with them about the problems and things still haven't changed, then it's time to take things to the next level. Getting rid of a crappy roommate can be even harder than you think. Here are a few things you can try that might help to get your roommate to move out on their own accord.

Most people will tell you that procrastination is only for lazy, good for nothin' slackers. But in some cases, that couldn't be further from the truth. Procrastination can be a super productive use of time.

Smart procrastinators procrastinate by doing productive stuff. And we are often still working on the task we are avoiding, subconsciously. 

Go Ahead, Procrastinate. It's ok.

Here 10 ways to procrastinate the day away at college and still feel good about it: 

Unless you're enrolled at a performing and/or visual arts college chances are you're staring down a long list of "required reading" wondering how you are ever going to read all that in one lifetime let alone a single semester.

Packing for college seems simple…until you’re actually deciding what to bring and what to leave at home. Because a dorm room is like a halfway point between a bedroom and a new apartment, it can be tough to figure out what’s too much and what’s not enough.

To help simplify things a little bit, we’ve come up with a list of 10 “must have” items that you can’t forget to take with you when moving into your dorm for the first time:

We’ve all heard the tales about English majors writing novels in their heads as they whip up a Starbucks latte, or Philosophy majors contemplating the meaning of life as they copy your keys at Home Depot. But (aside from being snotty and insulting to Starbucks and Home Depot employees) these popular ideas about the uselessness of degrees in the Liberal Arts or Humanities are just plain wrong.

You’ve probably heard a lot about the many ways the college experience is different from high school – living on your own, living with a roommate, class sizes, class discussions, schedules, etc.

What are you going to write about on your college application essay?

Let’s face it: applying to college is a big pain. Endless forms, grades, deadlines, competition from your classmates and letters of recommendation are enough to make you reconsider the whole "college thing." But then you have to write an essay that explains how awesome you are, while not explaining how awesome you are...womp womp. 

Most high school students thinking about going to college think that the “getting in” part is pretty simple: good grades plus high test scores plus a portfolio of impressive extracurricular activities equals admission. After all, isn’t that what we’ve all been told?

Unfortunately, it’s a lie.

OK. Maybe “lie” is a bit too harsh. All of those things do matter when it comes to getting in to a highly selective college. It’s just that they don’t matter in the way you think.