Here is a list of 10 tips I wish someone pressed into my head when I was a college freshman. I know it seems like you have the rest of your life ahead of you, but I promise it will be here before you even know it!
1. Get involved! – You may have been extremely involved in high school and think now is the time to take it easy, meet new guys and friends and party. Oh, you couldn’t be more wrong! Join clubs, attend events, seriously – get involved in anything and everything you can.
2. Listen to the upperclassmen – I know it seems ridiculous and you’ll hear SO much advice you let it go in one ear and out the other, but really, they’ve been there and lived out 4 years… when I was a freshman I didn’t listen either – now I wish I did. They give great advice, so make sure to really absorb the tips they give you.
3. Get to know your teachers – College work is A LOT different from high school work. Get to know your teachers, they will help you out. And if they are a specified teacher in your major, odds are you will probably have them more than once, so you want to get on their good side. Also, one day you’ll need letters of recommendation and guess who you’ll be turning to…
4. Try new things – You may go to college not knowing exactly what you want to do with your life. Try new things, like I said, get involved. Get a feel for different kinds of work and jobs to see what you like. They only way to find out what you want to do is to try things out.
5. Make friends – Sometimes its hard to hang on to high school friends and as sad as it is to say it, you probably won’t keep those friendships for the rest of your life. Make new friends – especially in your major. They will act as connections for your future.
6. Don’t lose your high school hobbies – Although it’s hard to balance your new school life with your high school hobbies, they are something you truly don’t want to lose sight of. If you were on a sports team in high school but can’t make your college level team, don’t fret! Join a club, find outside groups, see whats out there. But don’t just let them go – you might seriously regret it.
7. Beware of the freshman 15 – Kiddies, you’re no longer preteens anymore… your metabolism WILL slow down. And your freshman year meal plan will definitely not help. If you were on a sports team in high school and practiced everyday but wont be now, just be careful… those practices were calorie burners, so if you want to keep your same eating habits, you might want to get a gym routine down.
8. Keep partying to a minimum – If you come to college and never really partied in high school, it’s pretty easy to go wild now that you’re away from your parents and can do whatever you want. Be careful. Partying can fog your mind of what you’re really there to do. I’m not saying don’t have fun – just keep your eye on the ball.
9. Remember it is the ‘time of your life’ but the work you do now can change your future – Don’t take college lightly. It’s not just a party, especially if you want to make something of yourself. If you really are serious about your future, be serious about college. It all starts here.
10. Don’t feel bad about not knowing what you want to do – College is the time to figure it out. But like I said, you need to experiment. What you want to do is not just going to plop on your lap – you need to go out there and find it. If you practice these 10 tips, I promise you will be one step closer to achieving your goals.
Have fun in college, but don’t lose sight of what you’re there for. If you want a bright future, you can have one, you just need to be smart about your decisions. So make sure to always weigh your actions and remember you came to college for an education!
Literally, your whole life is ahead of you, but it won’t always be. I promise it will come quicker than you realize! But do what you need to get done, and your hard work will pay off.
Over the weekend I bought a new skirt at Target which has now become one of my favorite garments! The best part – this pink and black striped baby doll skirt only cost me $8! Paired with a grey tank and all black converses.
Hey frequent followers of my blog… do you notice anything different about me in this picture from past pictures?? (Hint – It’s not the type of camera/picture) Something is different ! 🙂
An edgier look. A graphic tee paired with lace shorts. Complete with a black fedora and wedges.
Graphic Tee- Burlington Coat Factory
Lace Shorts- Pac Sun
Fedora- Burlington Coat Factory
Heels- Burlington Coat Factory
A flirty look. A high low floral skirt paired with a lace bandeau. Accessorized with a fedora and feather earrings. Complete with a pair of wedges!
Fedora- Burlington Coat Factory
Feather Earrings- Pac Sun
Lace Bandeau- JC Penny
Skirt- Pac Sun
Wedges- Burlington Coat Factory
Midi rings as I like to call them, also known as ‘Above the Knuckle Rings,’ are one of my favorite current jewelry fads.
The fad makes it possible to wear more rings than you usually could, placing a few of them above the knuckle.
They are relatively easy to find, and clothing stores all over have been selling them, including H&M, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters.
Although you can buy midi rings as they are, I’ve also found a trick that makes it possible to participate in this fashion for less.
You can buy the advertised ‘Midi Rings’ or, you can simply purchase rings that are 2 sizes smaller than your normal ring size.
I usually wear a size 6 or 7 depending on the finger, so if I purchase a set of rings I want to wear as midis, I buy a size 4 or 5, and they fit perfectly above my knuckle.
A great place to find a set of rings for cheap is Burlington Coat Factory. However, if you don’t mind dishing out a few extra dollars for the perfect midi ring, check out the options on etsy.com – they have a great selection!
Here are a few of my sets:
I don’t see why not!
Some may think I’m crazy for thinking a scarf, the well known winter garment and accessory, could be just as suitable for another season.
This morning when getting ready, I put on the new feather ear cuff earrings I posted the other day. The earrings are accented with turquoise stones, so I knew I wanted to wear another piece that would highlight that.
However, I never want to be too obvious with my matching. Most people would simply put on a turquoise shirt to go with the earrings, but to me, you have to think outside of the box!
I put on black pants and a black tank because I like to have a dark canvas when color accenting. I tried a teal jacket over the tank, but it just wasn’t what i was looking for.
I was about to give up looking when I saw it. My scarf that is accented with different shades of white and blue flowers – perfect!
I hesitated for a moment and thought a scarf in the summer, will people judge?
Psh – let ’em! There will never be an incident when I don’t wear something because others wont like it – that’s the point of fashion, to express yourself!
So, I said YES to the scarf. Plus I’m wearing a tank, so it’s the perfect garment to stay warm without a jacket.
What about you, would you rock a scarf in the summer?