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Budgeting for College Students: A Refresher Course

The CollegeBound Network | February 28, 2013

Today’s guest post comes from Reyna Gobel, author of “How Smart Students Pay for School: The Best Way to Save for College, Get the Right Loans, and Repay Debt.”

Anyone can calculate the price of tuition, books, and dorm fees using a university cost of attendance calculator. But it’s the rest of your budget that could throw a college budgeting plan out of whack. [Read More]

Harlem Shake: The College Edition

The CollegeBound Network | February 21, 2013

POST UPDATE, 6/2013: Check out The CollegeBound Network’s very own Harlem Shake, or should we say, “Tempe Shake,” straight out of our Arizona student services center. Our CEO Luciano Rammairone approved it (and laughed quite heartily, actually).

Now, onto our favorite Harlem Shake videos popping up at a campus near you. And, after you get the sneak preview here, head over to YouTube to check out our ultimate College Harlem Shake playlist. [Read More]

Best Schools List Features Unexpected Colleges

Lori Johnston | February 20, 2013

Nontraditional, smaller schools on top of this special ranking of colleges.

Elite schools often capture the headlines when rankings of top colleges and universities are released annually. But it can be discouraging, as there’s heavy competition to get into Ivy League schools and other major public universities, and the price tag may seem too high for your college budget.

One recent ranking, by, a higher education website, puts the spotlight on strong colleges that often don’t get a spot in other rankings. Some of these schools are nontraditional and may be considered a best kept secret among graduates, but they’re getting attention now. [Read More]

5 Tips for Being the Best College Applicant

Lori Johnston | February 12, 2013

Beyond the forms and required information you need to fill out to apply to college, it’s about making the best case for you and why a college would want to have you in their student body.

Jacques Steinberg, author of “The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College,” senior editor for education initiatives at the New York Times, and creator of The Choice blog, shared keys for being the best college applicant, particularly if you’re applying to a highly private or public selective institution. [Read More]

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 College Advice That No One Is Telling You

Robyn Tellefsen | January 23, 2013

You already know to buy extra-long sheets to fit those funky dorm beds and to bring flip-flops so you don’t contract a nasty fungus from the dorm showers, but – believe it or not – there are things no one tells you in the college brochures and websites. We’ll let you in on a few trade secrets so you’ll be truly prepared come college time. [Read More]

UNC-Chapel Hill

If you’re not looking at the tuition costs on the colleges on your list, now is the time to get realistic about how much it will cost your family, or yourself to earn a degree. Weighing tuition and other fees are critical when deciding where you will head off to college.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s annual list of 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, which looks at education and economic value, serves as a good resource. [Read More]

Leave it to the brains at Pixar to come up with the most clever parody of a college website ever. If you’re been trudging through the college admissions process (and are now battling the FAFSA), you’ll appreciate this lighthearted look at the process — the Monsters University website to promote the upcoming film of the same name. [Read More]