Wednesday December 11, 2013
It's a rare student who doesn't use his or her cell phone on a pretty regular basis. And yet, just like everything else in life, using things in moderation is a smart way to go.
An interesting new study from Kent State University (Kent, OH) came to an important conclusion: "High frequency cell phone users tended to have lower GPA, higher anxiety, and lower satisfaction with life (happiness) relative to their peers who used the cell phone less often." The researchers involved advise that, "Taken as a whole, these results suggest that students should be encouraged to monitor their cell phone use and reflect upon it critically so that it is not detrimental to their academic performance, mental and physical health, and overall well-being or happiness."
Does this suggest that you should stop using your cell phone? Of course not. It simply provides some evidence for the moderation argument. Just be mindful about your smartphone use so that your phone remains a positive, productive aspect of your college life instead of something that negatively contributes to it. With everything else you have to manage, you definitely don't want to be sabotaging your own happiness and success by using your phone too much.
Monday December 9, 2013
Frequent readers of the College Life blog know that Mondays are perhaps my favorite day to post: I feature a Campus Highlight, which shines a spotlight on a unique, interesting, and noteworthy student organization, program, or initiative that demonstrates the amazing things college students do each and every day across the country.
The Campus Highlight feature will be taking a break until classes resume in January. In the meantime, however, if you have someone or something you'd like to see profiled in the blog, hit me up!
Thursday December 5, 2013
Some new figures were just released by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), as reported in InsideHigherEd.com: "The average debt that borrowers of student loans had at graduation continued to rise last year, climbing to $29,400 for the class of 2012."
It's important to note, of course, that there isn't a right or wrong amount to borrow -- just what's right for your particular situation, as long as you are borrowing responsibly. But it still can be helpful to know what the general student loan landscape looks like and where your own situation falls.
Tuesday December 3, 2013
It can be pretty overwhelming if you have a major paper coming up -- especially if you think (or just plain know) that you're behind. If you need a little help, check out the following articles for tips and tricks on getting things together: