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The New College Student Drug of Choice is Adderall

College life may be a fun and exciting adventure to look forward to, but it’s far from the easiest stage in life. The average college student must learn strong multitasking and time management skills in order to keep up with tests, assigned readings, papers and projects all while working a part-time job in order to pay for bills, gas and groceries.

There are many techniques a college student can employ in order to handle today’s fast-past lifestyle; for example, study groups can be extremely beneficial for cutting down on work load. But there’s another aid students are getting their hands on, and it’s called the “The College Study Drug,” also known as Adderall.  The following is an infographic from LearnStuff.com with statistics concerning the drug.

Adderall is a prescription drug used to treat those who have been diagnosed with ADHD. It helps those who have issues with concentrating to tune into the task at hand.

So what’s the problem? The prescription drug is being abused by millions of college students across campuses all over the country. It’s been found that Adderall can be as addictive as cocaine and meth, and not all of those taking the drug actually have a prescription for it.

Another major issue is the drinking problem for those taking the drug. Nine out of 10 students who are illegally consuming Adderall are also binge drinking. In addition, it’s been found that abusive Adderall takers are more likely to to abuse other drugs as well.

Below is a list of statistics regarding the abuse of “The College Study Drug.”

  • Since 2007, prescriptions for ADHD have risen 26%
  • 8% of American children have ADHD
  • 7 million students are abusing their ADHD treatments
  • Emergency calls about students misusing ADHD drugs are up 76% since 2011
  • 12% of high school seniors, 40% of college students, and 50% juniors and seniors have used a prescription stimulant

By sharing alarming findings such as these, we can inform college students about the dangers of Adderall and other addictive drugs. In doing so, hopefully they will stray far from their path and toward healthy habits instead.

Also Read:

More Than 100 College Professors Sign Letter to Legalize Marijuana

How to Stay Healthy in College

How to Manage You Time in College

*Photo from learnstuff



College Student’s Guide to Cheap Wedding Gifts

Spring weddings are right around the corner, and you may think you can’t afford anything the engaged couple has put on their gift registry. Before you decide to give up and arrive empty-handed, check these tips that will help you find a frugal and thoughtful gift.

All gifts are $50 or less and are sure to give you the creative edge in gift-giving:

Frame the invitation ($10-$30): The newlyweds can cherish their wedding day and put art on their wall with this gift. Take the invitation to a craft store, and matte it with a color that really shows off the invitation.

Pay for a date ($40): Weddings are so expensive these days that most couples forgo the honeymoon. If you know they won’t be able to get away after the wedding, purchase them a $20 gift card to a restaurant and a $20 gift card to the movies.

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Economy Extends College Career by Two Years

presitigous schoolMost people think that when students are applying to colleges, they are looking for the most prestigious school; students must want to go to the school that offers the best degrees for their fields. However, this isn’t really the case.

A new study by Public Agenda said that students are more concerned with how much an education will end up costing them than with the prestige associated with each school.

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College Graduates Have Average Debt of $23,200

College fundWe go to college to make money in the long run. Sure, we eat Ramon noodles and Hamburger Helper for four years, but we know that after graduation, our money woes will be over and we can eat steak and drink the finest foreign bottled water every day.

Unless, you are like the average graduating college student, and owe $23,200 in student debt.

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Keeping the Peace with Parents Before College

mom and sonWhile counting down the days until college, living under their roof can become super-stressful for both you and your parents. You may be nervous (normal) or ripe-and-ready to spread your wings, or maybe a bit of both. Meanwhile, your parents are equally nervous with the overwhelming urge to rein you in. It’s a touchy place, and bickering can turn this bittersweet time into just plain bitter. Plus, a rocky relationship with the ‘rents can make your transition to school, and school breaks thereafter, really freakin’ miserable.

To avoid turning your childhood home into a war zone, try these five ways to tame the tension and keep the peace:

  • Respect their rules – promise to follow them and follow through
  • Negotiate if needed – prove your older and more mature and can handle a later curfew at the very least
  • Lend a hand – pick up some extra responsibility around the house
  • Make suppertime civil – before long, you’re really going to miss this evening ritual of family fun
  • Giving up the grudge – make sure all the rough patches are smoothed before leaving home

Read on to get more advice on how to have a positive student-parent relationship.



Flu Shots for College Students

Students:  have you had your flu shot?

It might be a good idea to get yourself immunized against influenza.  After all, you spend your time on a campus crowded with an overabundance of people, which means that germs and diseases spread quickly.

In fact, according to Forbes.com, between 9 and 20 percent of all college students get the flu every year!  That means if you’re not immunized, you’re at high risk to get the flu — which is the last thing you need when you’re a busy college student.  According to a study by researchers at the University of Minnesota and the VA Medical Center, students at college campuses can greatly benefit from flu shots, both because it will prevent individual students from getting sick and prevent those students from spreading the disease around campus.

And it just hurts for a second.  Really.

The content of this site is for informational purposes only and is not to be perceived as providing medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided on this site should complement, not replace, the advice and relationship of your healthcare provider. You should seek the professional advice of your medical doctor prior to beginning a new diet or weight loss program.



7 Nice Things to Do for Your Parents this Thanksgiving Break

Going home for Thanksgiving?  Whether you miss your parents and can’t wait to get home, or you’re dreading this visit, try to see your time home from your parents’ perspective.  They may be eager to see the child they badly miss, or they may be concerned about tensions that may result in a child coming home from college who is used to unlimited freedoms — or both.

At any rate, here are seven nice things you can do for your parents when you come home for Thanksgiving.

  1. Thank your parents. It’s Thanksgiving, after all, so let your parents know how grateful you are to have them in your life.  Tell them how grateful you are to have a home to return to for the holidays.  If they are helping you pay for your college education, by all means, thank them repeatedly for this wonderful gift that many parents cannot provide.
  2. Spend time with your parents. Are you going to sleep until noon and then head out the door immediately to hang out with your high school friends — and only visit with your parents during the mandated turkey time?  Guess what?  Your parents miss you, and hope that you see their home as more than just a hotel.  Schedule some actual activities with the folks — and yes, you should take the initiative to ask.
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How to Ask For an Extension on Your Paper

Uh-oh—there’s a 15 page paper due next week, and you haven’t even started it. And you have another paper due right around the same, and a test, and a job, and a life, and… oh my goodness, what are you going to do? Should you ask your professor for an extension?

Realistically, the answer to this question is usually NO, unless you have a really good reason. Professors don’t want to hear that you have papers due in other classes (unless one of them is a thesis or something really huge). They’ll tell you that you should have budgeted your time better, and ask why you came to her for an extension as opposed to the professor in the class with the other paper?

This may sound mean, but professors are busy people who don’t have time to read papers that are coming in at any given time. And learning how to meet deadlines really is crucially important. You’ll be doomed in the workforce if you don’t learn this skill now. So yes, it’s tough love.

So if you have to ask for a deadline, you’ve got a difficult task. Here are some tips that might make this task easier.

  1. Ask ahead of time. If you come to your teacher a month before your assignment is due and ask for an extension because you know you’re going to be overwhelmed, this conveys professionalism and maturity. Your professor just might budge.
  2. Let your professor know early on about possible conflicts. If there’s a reason you’re going to have trouble meeting deadlines–like childcare issues, or a learning disability, or an illness– let the professor know at the beginning of the semester. Again, this conveys professionalism.
  3. Be a good student. Student A is a slacker who comes about once every two weeks, text messages during class, never participates, and got a D on the midterm. Student B is the opposite. So which student do you think is more likely to get an extension?

  4. Ask nicely. This may sound obvious, but as a former professor, trust me–this is a lesson many students do need to learn! And you are not entitled to an extension–no matter how much you are paying for college.
  5. No crying. Or whining. Or sob stories, unless you have a really big problem.


10 Ways to Reduce Student Loan Debt

Thanks to the rising cost of college, students are leaving college with overwhelming student loan debts. Can this be avoided? It’s pretty difficult to avoid student loans entirely, but with careful planning, there are both small and large steps you can take to reduce the amount of money you have to borrow. To reduce the frightening amount of money you’ll be paying off every month after you graduate, here are some tips.

  1. Graduate on time.
  2. Earn enough credits before college starts (through AP exams, community college classes, and so forth) to reduce your time in school. Or earn extra credits over the summer to reduce your total number of semesters.
  3. Go to community college for a year or two, and then transfer.
  4. Consider commuting from home (although, as this article in The Houston Chronicle points out, commuting is not as cheap of an option as it used to be because of the cost of gas.)
  5. Be realistic in where you choose to go to school. Ask yourself if that hefty price tag is really worth years of loans–or if a cheaper school can’t give you most of what you need.
  6. Invest a significant amount of time into finding scholarships.
  7. Buy used whenever possible–clothing, books, electronics, things for your dorm or apartment, and so forth. Used is good for the environment and good for your financial situation.
  8. Try to make do without a car–or to use the car you own as little as possible.
  9. Avoid eating out, and learn to cook.
  10. Avoid excessive spending on alcohol– unless you really think partying three times a week is worth thousands of dollars worth of student loan interest.



How to Be a Pre-Med Major

Should you major in pre-medicine? Well, here’s the thing: in most schools, you can’t. The so-called pre-med major is actually a set of courses that all students need to take if they want to get accepted into medical school. Students take these classes, along with a major of their choice.

The standard pre-med curriculum consists of the following classes:

  • At least one year of general biology
  • At least one year of calculus (Calculus I and II)
  • At least one year of general (inorganic) chemistry with lab
  • At least one year of organic chemistry with lab
  • At least one year of physics with lab
  • English composition

If you want to get into medical school—which is extremely competitive—you need to have an outstanding GPA. In particular, it’s essential that you get very high grades in the pre-med curriculum. How high a GPA you need depends on the strength of the rest of your application, but 3.5 is generally seen as the minimum.

So what should your actual major be? Does it need to be in a related scientific area, such as biology or chemistry? This is something that experts disagree about. Some say there’s an advantage to majoring in something unique, like French literature or music. Since most med school applicants major in a science related area, this will help your application stand out in a competitive pile of applications. Some argue that there’s an advantage to having a background in humanities or liberal arts since, after all, being a doctor isn’t just about science. It’s about dealing with people.

However, other experts say it’s better to stick with a traditional science major. In med school, scientific knowledge is going to benefit you, so why not get as much as you can as an undergraduate? Moreover, the pre-med requirements overlap with the requirements of just about all science majors, so you can save time with one of these majors. In addition, some feel that because science majors tend to be more demanding, a high GPA in science major looks better on an application than a high GPA on a major that’s easier (or at least is perceived to be easier).

Although opinions differ on whether you should major in science or not, technically it doesn’t matter. As long as you take the pre-med curriculum, you’re eligible to apply to medical school. If you have a stellar GPA in both your major and your pre-med classes, you’ll be in decent shape, no matter what.

Keep in mind that if you want to go to medical school, you’ll be expected to do some serious volunteer work at a hospital, a clinic, or some other medical facility. Schools prefer to see students who have committed to one volunteer assignment over a significant period of time. In addition, many students get some research experience with professors as well, and this also looks great on an application.

One of the most important things you can do is get yourself a good pre-med advisor. Although most schools do not offer an official pre-med major, many do offer pre-med advising programs. An advisor will be able to help you maximize your chances of getting into med school by taking the right classes and getting the right volunteer experiences.

Good luck, future doc!





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