Recommended Reading That You’ll Actually Enjoy
Technology is often ridiculed for minimizing social interaction. And, true, you might be more inclined to scroll through Instagram while you’re waiting for class to start than striking up a conversation with the stranger sitting next to you—but when it comes to bonding over the human experience, the Internet facilitates a discussion more open and farther-reaching than ever before. For instance, how often do you read a tweet that makes you realize, “Wait, other people feel like that, too? I’m not the only one?”
Not only is reading blogs written for and by college students a great way to pick up tips and tricks to make your life a little easier, but it’s also perfect for just feeling understood. From dating and partying to grades and life after graduation, college blogs have something for everyone. Interested in doing some non-required reading? Here are our top picks for the best blogs for college students.
If one thing’s become apparent in the age of the Internet, it’s that being an Adult™ is super confusing, especially when it comes to money. To make matters worse, millennials are often shamed for not knowing how to do “simple” things like filing a tax return (as if we chose to take two different kinds of Algebra instead of practical math).
That’s why Erin Lowry created the blog Broke Millennial—it’s a resource for college students, recent graduates, and young adults in general to consult for advice having to do with money. Broke Millennial talks about all things finances, from getting out of your parent’s house post-graduation to finding a side-hustle to make some extra cash.
Navigating college life can be difficult, to say the least. College Cure is the cheat sheet you’ve been looking for. The College Cure slogan is, “Everything College, No Prerequisites.” You can browse blog posts by topic, including relationships, health, life in college, and many others.
Want to know the best time for an afternoon nap? How about party-theme ideas for your next get-together? College Cures knows all, tells all, and shows all—all without the prerequisites.
Cal Newport’s Study Hacks Blog
Whether your professor openly brags about how hard their tests are or they’re just a genius who thinks their exams are easy when they’re actually impossible, the Study Hacks Blog has got your back.
Written by a college professor with a mission to teach students how to power on their brains and maximize their productivity, this blog will tell you exactly what you need to know to study more effectively. Additionally, there are a lot of cool posts about digital communication and the effects of social media.
Written by college students across the country, this blog a cross between Buzzfeed and a lifestyle magazine’s advice section. Choose from categories like news, fashion, celebrities, and dating to find the perfect reading material for whatever mood you’re in.
College Candy has a little bit of everything, which means it’s not just ideal for staying up-to-date on the latest trends—it also provides content that directly pertains to you as a college student, such as universities making national headlines for good things and bad.
Studeconomics’ motto is, “Kill debt; make money; party hard.” Written by a professional freelancer with 11 years of experience in sharing personal finance tips on the Internet, this blog is a must-read for college students (and anyone else) looking to save and make money without sacrificing fun.
While the blog does center around DIY finance, the subject matter of the posts ranges from growing your bank account and monetizing your hobbies to traveling and living life to the fullest. In other words, the topic might seem dry from the surface, but this blog finds a way to make personal finance entertaining and interesting.
You may know how to create a speaker system using a towel roll, and you’re pretty confident when it comes to filling out grad school applications. But what about the rest? When you’re not sure where to turn, HackCollege is the go-to for all things college, including personal stories and how-tos you won’t find anywhere else.
Whether you’re trying to figure out which book to read next, how to decide on a major, or the best way to jumpstart a career in technology, HackCollege has the answers to questions that you didn’t even realize you were asking.
Want to eat well but have to endure the college kitchen (or lack thereof)? Have no fear because Spoon University will teach you how to be a chef with the bare bones ingredients and supplies. Browse all kinds of recipes from hangover cures to those that can be made entirely in the microwave.
Spoon University prides itself on having grown from a simple blog to a full-blown community. In addition to recipes, you can also find tips and advice relating to life in college. This blog isn’t just a snack—it’s a multi-course meal.
Broke and Beautiful is made for the beauty guru without the wallet (and contents) to match. Whether you’re into makeup, shoes, jewelry, hair, clothes, or decor, you’ll love perusing this creative bubble of beauty, style, and money-saving hacks. There’s even a rundown of ethical brands that’ll make you feel great about any purchases you decide on.
Check out what’s trending in the various style industry and shop products based on price or personal preferences (cruelty-free, biodegradable, indie, etc.). With content that focused on everything from inspiration to DIY, the beauty of Broke and Beautiful is truly in the eye of the beholder.
College Entrepreneur 101 is another blog that serves as what’s basically an all-inclusive guide to college. You can read student hacks, study tips, and college news, as well as advice on budgeting, investing, and saving money. But, as you might have guessed, the blog has “entrepreneur” in its name for a reason—you can also learn how to get involved in entrepreneurship while still in school.
From college bloggers and Youtubers to e-commerce and real entrepreneurs’ stories, you can find all of the info that you’re looking for regarding entrepreneurship in college. Plus, there’s also content that’s designed purely for entertainment, like lists of college tweets and personal reflections on time spent at school.
HerCampus is the number-one media site for college women. It has sections dedicated to money and career, culture, wellness, style, sex and relationships, and more. The best part? You’re reading the work of student writers across the country.
With chapters at more than 380 campuses (spanning eleven countries and five continents), HerCampus is an expansive publication with diverse insights from college students just like you. And if there’s no chapter at your school, you can petition to start one!
No Tests or Quizzes—Just Reading For Fun
For all of the time that you spend reading in school, how much of it do you actually enjoy? This is where another perk of the Internet comes in: You have unlimited access to an infinite amount of reading material at any given time. Remember reading for fun? College blogs are a great way to get back into that habit, and you don’t have to block out large chunks of time to do it.
Does blogging feel a little 2000s to you? Sigh, we get it—and so do most of the bloggers behind these websites, which is why you can find many of them on social media as well. Get your fix of college-focused material by following them on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
College might only be four years long (give or take), but it can feel like a lifetime if you don’t have the right support. And when it comes to encouragement, motivation, and knowledge, the Internet is a resource that you can’t utilize enough (no matter what Baby Boomers might say!).