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College students already spend a lot of time reading textbooks and journal articles, but in their down time, many students enjoy picking up a magazine.

Tastes in magazines vary between the young adult male and female audience. Listed below are the top five magazine subscriptions for college students, starting with the ladies first.

Magazines for College Girls

  1. Cosmo (short for cosmopolitan, as the magazine targets cosmopolitan women) is well-known for its headlines promising tips for great sex. However, the magazine also includes fashion trends, dating advice, celebrity profiles, and recommendations for healthy living. By covering all these bases, it is no wonder that Cosmo has the largest readership in the college female demographic.

  3. Seventeen is marketed at teenagers aged 12 to 19. It has a lot of similar content – such as fashion, dating, and fitness sections – that the aforementioned Cosmo includes, but Seventeen has a stronger focus on promoting career-minded women and featuring good role models.

  5. People magazine provides a weekly update on the latest celebrity happenings and human-interest stories. People enjoys popularity outside of the college market and is the most widely circulated American magazine. It is not a tabloid and has actually won numerous awards for its exclusive articles and savvy advertising.

  7. Glamour began in the United States in the 1930s and now enjoys local publications in several other countries. It is a monthly publication that features “Woman of the Year Awards” and provides contemporary insight on fashion trends, make-up tutorials, beauty care, love and life tips, and celebrity gossip.

  9. Vogue is a pre-eminent leader in the fashion magazine industry. Though the products and fashions that it features are out of reach of many college students, young women still enjoy staying abreast of the latest fashion and beauty tips.

Magazines for College Guys

  1. Game Informer is a monthly publication that features reviews of the latest video games on several platforms, screen shots of new games, player tips, and news of upcoming happenings in the gamer world. Though college males may be busy with their studies, many still make time for gaming.

  3. Sports Illustrated is a well-established magazine that caters to athletes and sports fans alike. Throughout its history, it has been known for including innovative color photographs of games and athletes, hence the name. It also includes interviews with athletes, insights into player’s private lives, and game scores and predictions.

  5. Maxim–with its tagline “what men want” and covers featuring skimpily-clad females–is clearly geared toward the male audience. It enjoys a broad readership beyond college students and caters to men who enjoy sports, jokes, entertainment news, and, of course, ladies. Maxim also features profiles of successful career men to offer advice to aspiring adult males.

  7. GQ, formerly known as Gentlemen’s Quarterly, is a monthly men’s magazine that enjoys worldwide publication. Unlike Maxim or Playboy, GQ chooses to feature men on the cover of its magazine. GQ‘s content ranges from male fashion trends to relationship advice to articles about culture, food, literature, technology, sports, travel, and more.

  9. Playboy is one of the most well-recognized brands in the world. It got its start by featuring photos of nude women, though the fiction and relevant articles about the “playboy lifestyle” made it what it is today. Playboy caters to men of all ages, and is known for publishing rankings of the top “party schools” in the U.S. each year.

Even though college students are busy with their studies, many make time to read magazines that are relevant to their lives. After all, college is about the all-around experience, not just what is found in textbooks.

Credits: Special thanks to Dan Lewis. Dan works for Priority One Magazines, educating the masses about the amazingness of print publications. Priority One Magazines is a magazine subscription clearing house—so naturally Dan has several of the above mentioned subscriptions himself! He helped us craft this gender-specific list.

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Stuck on campus this Reading Week? With most students away on holiday, it can be hard to stay positive and productive on an empty campus. Get out of bed and make the most of your vacation with these eleven tips:

  1. Find people.

  2. You’re probably not the only one left on campus. Find out who else is on campus and make plans to see a movie, study together, or just hang out.

  3. Having trouble focusing on that paper due Monday? Set a deadline.

  4. Email some friends and family members asking them to edit your work, and tell them you’ll send it to them at a certain date and time. Accountability will push you to get it done.

  5. Stay on track.

  6. If some of your professors or TAs are still on campus, this might be the perfect opportunity to check in with them and discuss your schoolwork. Email to set up an appointment.

  7. Get started on the summer job hunt.

  8. Your university website probably has a job board page. Also try government sites or company websites for internships. Buy a nice notebook and fill it with options. Refine your resume, and make a cover letter template. You’ll thank yourself later when your friends are scrambling to apply for jobs during spring exams.

  9. Finally get to the gym.

  10. Endorphins will make you feel positive and energized. Try out the pool, if there is one – it’s the closest thing on campus to a warm beach!

  11. Explore.

  12. Check out that one café you haven’t been to yet. Print out a map of your city and circle three locations with a marker – museums, cafés, stores – and draw a line connecting them. Bundle up, and go!

  13. Get out.

  14. If your university is smaller, in a rural area, try a nature walk or hike. If you’re snowed in, try building a snowman, snow fort, or having a snowball fight with your friends.

  15. Set up camp in a coffee shop.

  16. Bring your reading materials and let the java jive. If you’re with some friends, bring a few board games.

  17. Try a technology detox.

  18. You don’t have classes or as many obligations as you usually do. Put aside your gadgets for a full day.

  19. Take yourself out on a date.

  20. Dinner, movie, the works. If you’re not comfortable eating alone in public, bring a book or an iPad. The time of day when restaurants are emptiest is between 10am and 3pm.

  21. Read a new book.

  22. Not a school book – a fantasy, adventure, or mystery. You’ll have a refreshed mindset after reading about another literary world.

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Learning is a great thing. Yes, exams can be stressful and you may be feeling forced to learn content that bores you. You’ve questioned the worth of the courses you’re taking and when you’ll ever use this information “in the real world”. However, once you’ve graduated and kicked off your career, you’ll be thankful for – and proud of – the degree or diploma you have under your belt.

We’ve listed some of our favourite educational quotes below to inspire you to push through your college or university experience, no matter how far off the end may seem.

Do you have a quote not listed here that inspires you? Tweet us at @StudentsDotOrg and let us know!

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
― Nelson Mandela

I’m going to college. I don’t care if it ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.
― Natalie Portman

Education is the best provision for life’s journey.
― Aristotle

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
― Mahatma Gandhi

Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
― Leonardo da Vinci

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
― Malcolm X

All I have learned, I learned from books.
― Abraham Lincoln

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
― Albert Einstein

I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.
― Natalie Portman

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
― Nelson Mandela

Perseverance is key, and will be right behind you the whole way!

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Every student is going to have a different set of people they follow on social media, depending on their interests. You might be a diehard hockey fan and religiously check up on your favourite player. You might love sitting in a quiet corner of your house with a new book and scour @NYTimesBooks for ideas for your next read. You might be interested in the thoughts of business leaders and gather insight from @BillGates.
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Having fun isn’t as simple as it used to be. With tuition, textbooks and rent, the typical university student is strapped for cash. This can make it very difficult to afford decent entertainment. Here are some ways to prevent the boredom, while saving some money:

  • Support your school. From cheering on your school’s football team at a home game or attending a school play, there is a lot of things for you to do in and around your campus. Most of these school events are free while others usually cost less than $10. Check out posters around your campus for upcoming events.
  • Discover free events around your city. Free events pop up all the time around every city. Be sure to experience your city’s festivals and parades. Bookstores and coffee shops often have free book/poetry readings and live music. Check out your city’s website or local newspaper for a whole list of upcoming events.
  • Cash in on local deals. On Tuesdays, you can watch a movie at a theater for half the price. Also, some museums and art galleries let you in for free or at a discounted rate during specific times. Getting rush tickets are great for impromptu nights out with friends.
  • Take advantage of free public spaces. Spend the day having a picnic in the park or hike through the woods. During winter, your nearby pond or fountain is probably going to be turned into a free ice skating rink. Instead of paying for movies, visit the library and borrow from their collection. Some cities even have free movie nights in the park.
  • Use coupons and discount cards. Being a student gives you access to a lot of deals. Get in touch with your school’s student union and see what fun deals they have to offer. Don’t forget to look through websites like Groupon for some great local deals. Sometimes you can find laser tag and bowling games or even tickets to your favourite artist’s concert for insanely cheap prices.