50 Must-Read Articles for College Students from 2015

If the Internet taught us just one thing about college in 2015, it’s that you can heat leftover pizza with an iron and hair dryer. Seriously though – best college hack ever? But 2015 wasn’t all about pizza, no matter how much I wish it was…

This past year showed us how Toddlers and Tiaras describes college life, how to use dildos to protest guns, the best paying college majors, and so much more.

Miss something? Not to worry. We have your cheat sheet to the 50 Must-Read Articles for College Students from 2015.

1) 24 Pictures That Perfectly Sum Up Going To College

From the falling asleep in class to putting a lock on leftovers to keep roommates from raiding your shelf in the fridge – this hilarious collection of photos breaks down just what it means to be a college student.

2) College Students are Wearing Dildos to Class to Protest Guns

In 2015, the State of Texas passed a new law allowing people to carry concealed handguns on campus. Students at the University of Texas weren’t pleased. They protested by carrying dildos to campus…not so concealed #CocksNotGlock​s

3) Every Stressed College Student: Stop and Read This Now

TLDR: Take the time to be grateful and stop stressing!

4) The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much

In the good ol’ days a student could pay for college tuition with the money they earned at a summer job. But, since 1980 college tuition has risen in cost faster than the price of home or the consumer price index. Find out why the millennial generation is facing crushing educational debt and an increasing cost to get an education.

5) 30 Best Paying College Majors

Want to land a killer, high-paying job after college? Go into the sciences. STEM jobs (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) dominate the 30 highest paying jobs of 2015. Not so worried about the money, maybe the 30 Worst Paying College Majors are more your speed…

6) Shooting in Oregon: So far in 2015, we’ve had 274 days and 294 mass shootings

As of October 1, there had been more mass shootings than in America than days of the year – on and off America’s campuses. There’s been a shooting nearly every week and we’ve gone no more than eight days without one of these incidents this year (as of article publication). Oregon. Charleston. Lafayette. Virginia. Now San Bernardino. Let’s make it stop.

7) 16 Hilarious Hacks Invented By College Freshmen To Save Money And Time

Stool turned trash can? Shopping cart barbecue? Tennis racket strainer? You have to see what these students came up with.

8) 12 Ways Toddlers and Tiaras Perfectly Describes College Life

“When people ask you what you want to do with your life after college.”

Well said…

9) 15 College Professors Who Have More Halloween Spirit Than You

Personally, I always felt like Halloween should be a day off. At least these 15 college professors make going to class a little more fun by wearing costumes showing their lighter side.

10) 35 Slogans For College Majors If They Were Actually Honest

“Chemistry: Where alcohol IS a solution.

Speech Pathology: We have ways of making you talk.

Linguistics: Studied 17 languages, am fluent in none of them.

English: So you want to be a teacher.”

11) 11 Things That Are Normal To Do In College That Aren’t In High School

Yea, I am broke, sleep in public, and choose to sit in the front of class. What of it? I’m in college.

12) That’s Not Funny! Today’s college students can’t seem to take a joke.

College gigs pay comedians well, but they’re cutting the best bits out of their act. Why? Apparently, college kids can’t take a joke. Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld explain that colleges have become “too conservative” for great comedy.

13) 9 Science-Backed Studying Tips

Want to get better grades? Do you wish you got more out of studying? Not to worry. Science is here to help. Study smarter, not harder.

 

14) A Guide to Obama’s Free Community College Plan

Obama announced his new $60 billion community college initiative to provide two years of community college for free in January. This article breaks down everything you need to know – including student, state, and college requirements.

15) 9 Different Roles Your College Roommate Plays in Your Life

Love ’em or hate ’em – college roommates play a huge role in your life. They’re your therapist, best friend, partner in crime, stylist, critic, and so much more.

16) Cheapskate College Students’ Life Hacks Are Borderline Genius

I confess – we have a soft spot for college hacks and there are some brilliant ones in this collection. Did someone say stadium seating?

17) 6 Simple Ways To Stop Procrastinating in College

When due dates are approaching things like cleaning your house, doing your laundry, grocery shopping, and hitting up the gym sound more appealing than ever.

Stop procrastinating! This brilliant article shares 6 sure-fire strategies to get shit done.

18) The Billionaire Founder Of GoPro Just Paid His Old College Roommate $229 Million Based On A Promise 10 Years Ago

If your college buddy promises you a portion of his “next big business” for helping out – or any other reason – get it in writing. Back in college the CEO of GoPro, Nick Woodman promised his roommate, Neil Dana, 10% of his fledgling company. That paid off big-time. Like $229 million big.

19) College Is Not the Best Four Years of Your Life

Listen here youngin’ – some people have been spreading a dangerous lie. They’ve been saying “College is the best four years .” Well, it’s not. Merrill Markoe makes the case.

20) 10 Hacks to Eat Like a Pro in Your College Dorm

Ahhhh…more hacks. And, they’re food hacks. You’d better believe our favorite pizza iron/blow dryer combo made the cut. C’est magnifique!

Now introducing the spaghetti sandwich:

21) I Owe It All to Community College: Tom Hanks on His Two Years at Chabot College

How can you help but love Tom Hanks? This is the same guy that photobombed a passed out kid in a bar. Read why he calls community college the “place [that] made me what I am today.”

22) 20 Websites College Students Need to Know

This article has it all…well, almost everything. The author forgot about lil’ ol’ StudySoup, but we’re not bitter. It’s cool, Julia 😉

Need a discount? Want to know how hard a professor grades? Need to get your finances in order? There’s a site for that.

23) 18 Texts Your Mom Definitely Sent You During College

Ummm…what did you say, Mom?

24) College Student Adopts His Homeless, Pregnant Cousin to Give Her a Better Life

Warning: Unless your the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz, this story will tug at your heartstrings

A 23-year-old Australian took in his homeless, pregnant cousin “to make sure she’d keep the baby, stay off the streets and have a better life.” A brief can’t do it justice – just check out the story to hear about a touching selfless act.

25) 20-Year-Old College Student Speaks Out After Her Photo Becomes a Cruel Meme

You think gossip is bad among your friends? Imagine what it would be like to become a Meme. That’s what happened to 20-year-old Ashley VanPevenag. 14,000+ retweets later, she’s shares her side of the story.

26) Did You Know Nelly Has Sent Two Kids To College Every Year for the Past 10 Years?

When Nelly’s not “in St. Louis rollin on dubs, Smokin on dubs in clubs, Blowin’ up like cocoa puffs,” he’s putting kids through college. Take that Ashanti.

27) 100 Ways to Save Money in College

When you’re in college, every dollar counts. From eating ramen to collecting hotel samples, this list has every trick in the book.

28) Is LSD the Next Study Drug for College Students?

Did you know that Silicon Valley tech workers are taking small amounts of LSD to be more productive and happy at work? That begs the question – could LSD be the next study drug for students? Read this first-hand account as one student takes a microdose of LSD for finals in attempt to find out.

29) 20 Things Nobody Tells You When You Graduate College

Despite the inherit paradox presented by this title, the author makes some great points.

TLDR: “Take a crazy job, don’t stress about money — and Drake was right”

30) MARK CUBAN: ‘The Student Loan Bubble Is Going To Burst’

Billionaire Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his opinions. In this clip from Inc.com he explains why he thinks guaranteed Sally Mae’s loans and a $1 trillion dollar debt are setting us up for rough times ahead.

31) Bullying Doesn’t End When College Starts

Upwards of 160,000 students skip class every day to avoid bullying. 18.5% of college undergraduates have been bullied. That’s over 3 million students nationwide – enough to populate the state of Iowa. 

32) NFL QB Cam Newton Gets His College Degree: I Promised My Mom I Would Finish

Has any NFL player earned MVP honors and a college degree the same year? Cam Newton is half way there. Just your average student – reading books and reading coverage.

33) The 50 Best Colleges For Greek Life

Best College Reviews “compiled a list of the best colleges and universities for Greek life – schools where participation is high, criminal offenses are low, and current Greeks are satisfied with their experience.” I guarantee you can’t guess which school tops the list.

34) Kids of Helicopter Parents Are Sputtering Out

Recent studies suggests that kids with overinvolved parents and rigidly structured childhoods suffer psychological blowback in college.” Here that, Mom? Get off my back.

35) They told my parents I wouldn’t talk; Now I’m graduating from college

When Joshua Dushack was 8-years-old he was diagnosed with autism. His parents were told that he’d never learn how to read, write, go to school without assistance, or even talk. Today, he’s a 22-year-old college student at Seton Hall. He shares his story, in his words, in his writing.

36) 3 Expert Tips to Protect Your Info From a Snooping Roommate

You think it’s bad when your roommate borrows clothes without asking? Imagine what it would be like if they took your online identity. Facebook, banking, classes – your life is digital. Learn how to protect yourself from the pros.

37) Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection

College students face high expectations and fierce competition. That can take a toll on your confidence and self-esteem. As Kathryn DeWitt found that living up to expectations — her own and others’ — was just too much. Dying seemed the only option.

38) Arkansas College Banned Saggy Pants, Now People Are Deeming This Racist. Do You Support This Ban?

Do your pants ride low, do they wobble to-and-fro? Not if you attend Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The school has begun to take punitive action against students wearing saggy pants.

39) 21 Things You’ll Miss About Living With Your College Friends

Living at college is something special. All your BFFs live close-by and are ready to come to your aide you at the drop of a hat. College friends have advice on everything from which outfit to wear to analyzing texts from a crush.

40) The New Intolerance of Student Activism

“A fight over Halloween costumes at Yale has devolved into an effort to censor dissenting views.”

41) Top 25 Colleges Where Women Earn More than Men

But, did you know, that women earn less than 80% compared to their male counterparts? We analyzed U.S. Department of Education data  for 1,695 schools to find the top 25 colleges where women earn more than men.

42) Only Have $1,000? 5 Ways to Double Your Money, Fast

51.8% of people under 34-years of age have less than $1,000 in savings. Learn how millennials can double their savings – quickly.

43) This College Student Builds His Own Tiny House So He Can Graduate Debt-Free

25-year-old University of Austin design major Joel Weber has a simple goal: graduate debt free. That’s one reason he has forgone traditional housing. He calculated he could save $19,200 in rent by building his very own 145-square-foot tiny house.

44) Meet the 10-year-old maths genius who’s just enrolled at college

You know how there’s always that one kid that’s just waaaay smarter than everyone else? Esther Okade is that student. This 10-year-old math prodigy just took a break from dressing up as Elsa to enroll as a freshman at the United Kingdom’s West Midlands.

45) The 50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever

It can be hard to leave the city where you go to school – especially if you end up in one of these 50 fabulous town. St. Augustine, Florida FTW!

46) 5 Reasons You Should NOT Go to Grad School (and What to Do Instead)

Grad school sounds like the perfect solution when you’re stuck in a rut. No job? Need to hit the reset button on life? Just love learning? Grad school is the answer, right? Not for everyone…

47) Why police could seize a college student’s life savings without charging him for a crime

Think losing $20 bucks at the bar is rough? Charles Clark went to Kentucky International Airport to head home to Orlando with his life savings – $11,000 in cash. Law enforcement officials confiscated the money leaving him devastated and broke without ever proving he committed a crime.

48) Why Going to College at 25 Was the Best Decision I Ever Made

While many of her peers were getting ready to start their undergraduate experience, Amy Oestreicher had her life put on pause. At 18-years-old she found herself awaking from coma. 7-years later she found herself enrolling in college and overcoming doubts. Now, at 28, she’s completing her second year at Hampshire College.

49) Chicago Charter School Sends 100% Of Students to College 5 Years in a Row

“For five consecutive years, all of the graduates of Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy have been accepted at four-year colleges and universities.” Very impressive.

50) Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans

Lee Siegel raised a lot of eyebrows when he shared why he decided to default on his student loans. Be sure to read his explanation and treat it as an anecdote not a playbook!

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