Brenda P. Salinas

Articles Written
Apr 23, 2012

Do You Know How to Dump a Friend?

As survivors of Girl Scouts and summer camp, college-age girls know that BFFs aren’t always forever. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make consciously distancing yourself from a friend any less awkward. When you decide an actor in the movie of your life should be downgraded to a minor role, it can be difficult for everyone involved.

Jan 2, 2012

Study Resolutions: How You Can Get Better Grades This Semester

A new year, a new semester, a new slate. Sounds pretty great, right? There's no reason why you shouldn't seize the day and prepare to have the best semester of your college life! Plus, you know what they say -- it's easier to start off on the right foot than it is to change course later on. In the spirit of good habits and even better grades, we've pulled together a list of the academic resolutions we should all be making this January.

Dec 17, 2011

How To Beat the Winter Blues

This year I am taking a stand. Since I only have one year left of college, I’m determined to not let winter be the worst part of it. I am not going to order Indian delivery and hide under my covers all day. I have combined three years of actual winter experience with some online research to compile a winter blues action plan to get us through it.

Easy Ways to Stay in Touch with the News

As an overworked college student, it can be hard to pay attention to the off-campus world. You are struggling to keep up with your courseload and you’re expected to keep up with international developments too? It is tempting to retreat to the library, glue your nose to a textbook and forget about world issues.

Nov 19, 2011

How to Make the Most of Your iPad in College

When I blew all my babysitting money on an iPad this summer, I knew that I would use it for entertainment. I planned on cuddling up in bed watching Hulu and Netflix, finishing the Millenium series and checking up on my friends on Facebook and Twitter. I mistakenly thought of it mainly as entertainment device. I just had no idea an iPad would be so useful in college!

Oct 18, 2011

Study Hacks for Midterm Season

You are slumped over your desk, your eyes hurt from hours of reading, and you feel trapped in the library. You want to stop studying more than you’ve ever wanted anything, but you are only halfway through the material and your midterm is in a week! Rescue yourself before you have a Youtube-worthy breakdown with some tried and true study hacks.

Oct 14, 2011

Sep 24, 2011

How to Get Ready for Class in 30 Minutes or Less

If I have learned one thing as an Economics major, it is that life is all about maximization. Maximize money, maximize efficiency, maximize time slept in. These lessons are applicable to college life outside the classroom, particularly when you are deciding between getting your beauty sleep and not looking like a hot mess for that 9 am class. I am pretty much the master of looking presentable in a jiffy.

Aug 21, 2011

The Best College Loungewear

Living in a dorm means that your mom and dad aren't the only ones who'll see you in your flannel onesie. The days of absolute privacy are likely behind you. Even when you're planning a hermit study day, someone will usually stop by your room. Or there will be a fire drill. Or you might have to make a quick run to the basement for laundry. Or to the computer lounge to print something. Or to the grocery store.

Aug 16, 2011

Grown-up Uses for Your Favorite Childhood Toys

If you are anything like me you are spending the summer at home and your hoarders-obsessed mom is demanding that you clean out your childhood closet. Not only is this a total pain, there are memories attached to all the things you grew up with. You can’t get rid of them without feeling like you’re betraying a part of yourself. This dilemma can go one of two ways

Jul 30, 2011

Three Reasons Why Sarah Palin is Bad for Young Women

The problem with Sarah Palin is that though she markets herself as the ideal modern woman, she advocates policies that limit our rights. She is the perfect example of a why a woman candidate is not necessarily a woman’s candidate. Feminism advocates the right for women to be treated as men’s intellectual and professional equals. Based on this criteria, Sarah Palin is a major league anti-feminist.

Jul 2, 2011

If I Could Build the Perfect Guy…

Summer. A season full of music festivals, beach trips, pool parties, and most importantly, romance. Just think about the long list of songs and movies written about summer love. It’s only natural: the combination of tanned bodies, fewer articles of clothing and no homework is a perfect recipe for a flame (or two).

Jun 14, 2011

True Story: I'm a Nerd

Maybe you wouldn’t know it by looking at me, contrary to the stereotype, I take care of my appearance. My nails are manicured, my brows are perfectly groomed. I am wearing what you could consider fashionable attire. But make no mistake about it, I’m a nerd.

May 20, 2011

How To Survive Your Reverse Culture Shock

You lived, you learned, you loved. Now you are back at your home campus and in a total funk. What happened to the campus you used to love and why is everyone rolling your eyes when you start telling hilarious study abroad stories? Coming back home after going abroad can be a surprisingly weird experience and it's normal to experience reverse culture shock.

Apr 24, 2011

How to Be Stress Free and Successful in College

According to the Daily Beast, Columbia University, my school, offers the most stressful undergraduate experience in the country. Admittedly, taking a tour of any campus library during midterms or finals is enough to set your nerves on edge. Under-eye bags are as common on campus as Longchamp bags. Many students (especially first-years) constantly complain about their work overload.