College – U. Got It?

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There’s no doubt that being a new college student can be a stressful experience. From adjusting to the differences between high school and college and a new set of academic expectations, to learning how to stay motivated and organized, the transition can be a challenge.

We caught up with Dr. Jenny C. Yip, a clinical psychologist and executive director of the Renewed Freedom Center in Los Angeles, Ca., as well as the author of Productive Successful You.  If you’re a stressed out college student, what she says about beating procrastination and changing your perspective on anxiety can be a game changer that helps you maximize and enjoy your college years. Read on… [Read More]

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3 Ways Obamacare Will Affect College Students

Dawn Papandrea | September 9, 2013

You’ve probably heard some buzz about the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, since the open enrollment period begins this October 1st, with plans going into effect January 1st of next year. If you’re thinking it has absolutely nothing to do with you since you’re just a college student, think again.

Here’s what you need to know… [Read More]

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College Party Drug Molly Can Be Deadly

Michelle Grossman | August 26, 2013

Although drugs have been present on college campuses for years now, recently the use of MDMA or “Molly” has been sweeping college campuses across the country. Molly has become the new “it” drug, loud and clear, as numerous rappers have even made references to the drug in recent songs.

Although references have been made primarily in rap music, Molly is actually typically associated with Electric Dance Music (EDM), which is another craze that has become widely popular among college students. Many college students, who attend EDM festivals or raves use Molly, as it has become the newest party drug.

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Dieting, over-exercising, and excessive drinking can create a big danger for students.

In the locker room at my gym the other day, a college student was complaining very loudly to her friends that she was required to undergo alcohol counseling. Her friends kept reassuring her that she didn’t have a drinking problem and there was no need for her to go to counseling.

I was definitely eavesdropping and I’m not sure what the background story was, so I couldn’t jump into the conversation.

But if I could do it again, I would want the girls to know everything they can about “drunkorexia,” which sounds like a funny term, but is really serious, and was the focus of a study published recently in the Journal of American College Health.

Researchers describe “drunkorexia” as skipping meals and exercising excessively to save calories for drinking, or drinking a ton of alcohol so that you can purge food.

Here’s how I see it happening among college students, and it’s really scary.

As spring break approaches, college students are hitting the gym. Getting fit is great, but some take multiple workout classes a day, or spend hours working out. Even at the gym, they’re talking about and texting others to find out where they’re going to party that night. But they recognize that the calories in beer, wine, margaritas, and other drinks could make them gain weight, so after getting drunk, they hit the gym again to start the cycle all over again.

Some also may be binge drinking, and here’s a startling stat: An estimated 14 million U.S. women binge drink about three times a month. When they’re binge drinking, it’s not just one or two drinks, but an average of six drinks at a time. You may be seeing it among your high school friends, too, as 1 in 5 high school girls report binge drinking, according to researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People die binge drinking. And if they survive, there are major consequences that could derail college plans, like pregnancy, if you get drunk, have sex, and don’t use protection, or if becoming a victim of date rape. Sexually transmitted diseases and even breast cancer and heart disease could result from binge drinking, according to the researchers. If you get behind the wheel drunk, you could get into an accident and hurt innocent people.

Dr. Tony Massey, a psychiatrist who specialists in addiction and substance abuse, says students may be thinking, “Drinking is OK, it’s not that big a deal.” It’s a way for students to go out and have fun, but there are other ways to have fun than just having way too much to drink.

In college, it can be a challenge to avoid binge drinking and drunkorexia, since it’s  easier to get alcohol and party away from your parents. If someone tells you that you have a problem, don’t blow it off like the girl in the locker room. Take a hard look at how your drinking is effecting your life, and know that there are counselors who can help you get through it.


The holiday season is a time for giving, and college students often are the best examples of that spirit. At CollegeBound, we often hear about college students being leaders and finding ways to involve other students in a cause. [Read More]

Serenity or Stress? It’s Your Call

Bellesi Barbara | November 7, 2011

Is this what your Monday looks like?

Ours does, too.

If you’re a college-bound student, chances are that most days feel like Mondays to you. But since today is Monday, we think you should give yourself a break and join us at 4PM ET today on Twitter for our weekly #collegebound chat. Yes, we’re there most Mondays at 4, but today’s even more special, because we’ll be talking about the things that STRESS OUT OUT. More importantly, we’ll also be discussing ways to combat the stress that doesn’t involve harming stuffed animals or joining a fight club. See you then!

–The CollegeBound Network

Back-to-School Blahs, or Something Else?

Bellesi Barbara | September 6, 2011

Now that the back-to-school season is officially upon us, many are feeling the affects of the reality check that those carefree summer days are over. Whether you call it a case of the Mondays (even on a Tuesday!), the back-to-school blahs, or the post-vacation blues, as Melissa Beck at The Wall Street Journal does, it all adds up to the same thing: Going back to a regular, often stressful routine can be a real downer. [Read More]

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Give Healthy Cooking a Try in College

Lori Johnston | January 11, 2011

My college dorm room kitchen was in the basement and most often used by international students craving a taste of home. I was scared of the oven, barely able to make a grilled cheese, and loved eating out, which easily fit into my hectic schedule.

But one of my college roommates was confident about cooking and enjoyed whipping up her own meals at school in that basement kitchen and even in our microwave and toaster oven. I was so envious of her cooking abilities! While I relied on takeout that continued my bad eating habits, she would unload fresh veggies and other groceries to make a healthy meal for herself, such as vegetable soup and yummy chicken dishes.

While dining halls have vastly improved over the years and are offering much more health-conscious fare, a skill that would be great for you to take to college is knowing how to cook.

It’s a new year, and often the time when people try to lose weight. Even if you don’t have any pounds to shed, think about the bonding you could experience with your parents or other relatives by joining them in the kitchen, especially if it seems like all your family eats is takeout these days.

Even if you don’t know how to use a can opener, don’t be discouraged. If you can master even a couple of recipes, it will help you in the fall by saving money and creating a home-cooked meal (made by you!) at school. Knowing how to cook also can impress other students – imagine starting off the school year by hosting a party in your dorm room with some fun food.

Cooking at college can be a point of pride for some students – my roommate even remembers how it attributed to her love of cooking now. One student I know posted a picture on Facebook after she made a pizza with a whole-wheat crust purchased from a local grocery store.

Some schools even offer cooking classes for students. College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., has “Cooking with Angelo,” where students learn essentials in the kitchen from Angelo Berti, a chef at the school since 1992.

There’s also plenty of cookbooks that you can take to school – or look up recipes online – to help you find some favorite dishes that you can make yourself. Some of the books, like The Healthy College Cookbook, offer students’ tried and true recipes.

Want to get started? Here’s a quick and unique recipe with a cute name to try (excerpted from The Healthy College Cookbook by Alexandra Nimetz, Jason Stanley, Sarah Emeline Starr, and Rachel Holcomb; used with permission from Storey Publishing):


Makes 2 servings


1-2 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

3-4 garlic cloves, minced½ medium onion, chopped

½ bell pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)

1 (10-oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

1 tomato, chopped


Freshly ground bell pepper

Crushed red pepper flakes

2 eggs

2 whole-wheat tortillas

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese


1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, and red pepper, if using, and sauté until the onion is translucent.

2. Add the spinach and continue to cook until the spinach is heated through and most of the liquid has evaporated.

3. Add the chopped tomato and cook until most of the moisture has evaporated; season with salt, pepper, and red pepper fakes to taste.

4. Remove all but about 1 cup of the spinach mixture and store in a separate container (for other uses; see below). Crack the eggs into the remaining spinach mixture and scramble.

5. In a separate skillet, heat a drizzle of olive oil. Add 1 tortilla and top with the spinach and egg mixture, a layer of mozzarella, and the other tortilla. Cook until browned on the bottom, then flip and cook until browned on the other side. Serve warm.

Nutrition per serving

Calories 375

Fat 17 g

Fiber 8 g

Protein 18 g

Carbohydrates 38 g