#BTS Tour…Or Nah?

Whose excited about the Between the Sheets Tour being brought to us by everyone’s #MCM Chris Brown and Trey Songz? Well, put that excitement on hold… Just a few days ago, Chris Brown announced to the Instagram community that tour dates had to be pushed back. No, he’s not sick. No, he has not experienced death in the family and is too emotionally distraught to perform. Yes, his legal issues are catching up with him.

Chris-Brown-pushes-back-tourChris told fans that he has not completed 100 of the 1,000 community service hours that he was punished with; therefore, the judge would not allow him to begin the tour. Sources also say that he violated probation by leaving the country without permission from courts. It’s safe to assume that him being around while two nightclub shootings occurred did not help the situation either. Brown has promised that the tour will go on, but new tour dates have yet to be released.

Are we surprised that his “bad boy” image is causing bumps in his career? Not at all. It’s time to get it together, Chris. There are a ton of disappointed fans who need answers, or at least new tour dates. Ladies, feel free to vent in our comments!

-Michaela C., Associate Editor

DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

So Valentine’s Day is coming up and you’re deciding what to get your boyfriend/girlfriend. Sure the traditional chocolates, flowers, etc. is very sweet but how about surprising them with something completely unique? Do it yourself gifts are always appreciated just because you put in a little extra effort. Here are some cute ideas to get you started:

1. I love you jar ♥

This is super sweet and easy to make! Just grab some paper, markers, and you’re ready to go!IMG_7294

 2. Sharpie Mugs ♥

           This gift is cheap, easy, and they will be able to use it every day! When buying your mug make sure it is oven safe so it doesn’t melt. All you need is a sharpie and the mug. You can find any cute saying for this, just make sure your handwriting is neat!

a-beautiful-mess3. Conversation Heart Cookies ♥

Maybe you’re not really good at making things, but you’re great in the kitchen. These are quick and fun to make! Here’s the recipe; http://www.marthastewart.com/317610/conversation-heart-cookies

0987e7ee44f8abd0119320c169ff438c4. Cute Dates Jar ♥

 This is fun way to try some new cute dates. If you guys ever have no plans, you can just pull out an idea from the jar. They can be expensive or super cheap!

d683f639f8ab78404ed8992df341cb105. Fortune Cookies ♥

            Personally I think these are adorable and super creative! You can fill each one with a cute saying or make it something personal.

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I Think I Can…I KNOW I Can

So many times, in life, we limit ourselves for one reason or another. We tell ourselves “no” before we even give someone else a chance to. Why is it that we stop ourselves from reaching our full potential? We tell ourselves, “No, I’m too young,” “No, I’m not smart enough,” “No, I do not have the resources.” “No” and “can’t” are the barriers that we place in frScreen-Shot-2013-05-17-at-08.47.24ont of us which keeps us from progressing in life. So, why do we continue to block great things from happening when it all it takes is the courage to say “yes I can.”

Lack of confidence is not something that only a few people experience. There will come a point in everyone’s life when you feel that you cannot achieve a goal that you’re passionate about. Nevertheless, you should not let this lack of confidence prevent you from doing what will bring you fulfillment in life. If Oprah told herself “no,” would she be as successful as she is today? If Obama told himself “no,” would he be the first African American President of the United States? You never know what path you could embark on, so why stop yourself from taking on that journey?

YOU are the only person that can hold you back from reaching higher heights. It is up to YOU to make things happen in your life and no one can make that impossible except for YOU. Think about it; we as individuals have the power to change the world, but we do not use this power because we become so stuck in our comfort zone. Challenge yourself to replace the words “no” and “can’t” with “yes” and “I can.” Once you make that simple step, sit back and watch the doors to your future begin to open!

Michaela C., Associate Editor

Choosing a Major

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Growing up, we all ventured into different activities as kids. We would ride bikes, play sports, and participate in different activities that we really enjoyed doing. We would also pretend to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, and police officers. As we got older, some of us grew outside of our imaginations and gravitated towards the hobbies and activities that we were interested in the most. For some it was sports, for others, it was dancing, acting, reading, or writing. Going into high school, our list of hobbies were either narrowed down or expanded, due to the exposure of new activities. Sometimes we discover things about ourselves that we never knew existed. To some of our parents, some of our newly found interest may have sounded farfetched, but to others, they encouraged us to pursue them, no matter how outlandish they may have sounded and as a result, many of us ended up in college. When you enter college you have to start thinking about a major.  You have two very important decisions to make and they should not be taken lightly.  First, you have to choose a major.  Secondly, you should ask yourself: What can I do with a major in……?  The decisions you make can affect your career choices after graduation.  Remember, you will have to live with your choice, so make sure your choice of a major count. We sometimes may have an idea of exactly what we want to do, but once we take a few courses in that field, we start to reevaluate our decision. This happens more often than we think. We may want to become a doctor, but we end up majoring in something else. Choosing your major isn’t always about following up on a childhood dream, it’s about discovery. College will expose you to things that you never knew existed.  It is okay to change you major.  Studies reveal that a majority of students change their major at least while in college. In his article “Choosing a College Major: How to Chart Your Ideal Path”, Dr. Robert S. Hansen identifies several “steps in their journey to discover the ideal career path.” An abbreviated list is given below:

  1. Take a self-assessment of your interest. What type of job or careers that excites you
  2. Honest assessment of your abilities. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What kind of skills do you have?
  3. Examine what kind of things you value in work; for example, Do you prefer to work alone or in groups? Can you work under pressure? What about stability, status, security? Is serving society one your goals?
  4. Do some career exploration. There is a variety of resources available in the college career center, the library and on line.
  5. Do a reality check. Evaluate your options.  For example, you have an interest in being a doctor but your skills in science are lack what they should be for a major in medicine.
  6. Narrow down your options and focus on choosing a major.

Finally, identifying a major doesn’t have to be a long, complicated journey.  However, you have to make knowledgeable choices about your major and your career.  As stated in an old proverb, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will lead you there.”  So, choose your major wisely.

Citation

Hansen, Randall S., PhD. Choosing a College Major: How to Chart Your Ideal. Retrieved from http://quintcareers/choosing_majorhtml

Staying Enrolled

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So, you’ve gotten your acceptance letter into the college of your choice. You’ve followed all of the steps required for admissions, financial aid, and you’ve completed the registration process.  A college campus is a new environment, you’re on your own. You have the freedom to do whatever you want, but what do you do? You’re an incoming freshman or maybe a transfer student and you’re surrounded by people you currently do not know.  The first day of class arrives and you walk into your first class thinking one of two things, “what have I gotten myself into?” or “this is going to be a breeze”. These are two thoughts that could possibly lead to two completely different outcomes.  So, where can things go wrong? Well, when you lose sight of the reason why you’re in college. Your biggest hurdle in college will be staying enrolled.  What’s your next hurdle?  Staying enrolled.

Every year over a million students enter college. Many of them are the first of their families to attend. With the freedom to do whatever you choose, the family back home and the challenges school to think about, it’s very easy to get distracted.  How do you avoid the mistakes that many others have made in the past and withdraw or be dropped like them?

It is a challenge; however you can prepare yourself to meet the challenge head on.  Here are 8 tips that can help you stay enrolled and successfully complete the requirements for your program.

  1. Have a good support team. Family, professors, mentors, friends, and neighbors can all contribute to a college student’s collegiate success, even if a member of the support team never graduated from a college or high school. It is the motivation and the message that inspires the student.
  2. Having and showing discipline are two of the most important traits any student can possess. This will ensure that your mind is on track and you are getting the important things done first. Prioritize first, have fun later.
  3. As students, there will be days where you want to go to class, eat, sleep, and have the rest of the day off, but college does not work that way. Studying is an essential skill that will prove to be beneficial to your collegiate career. You may not have to pick up a book every day to study, but by all means, do pick up a book. If you find that you’re dealing with a challenging course, seek help from a tutor.
  4. Tutoring will help you understand areas that are confusing. There will be easy classes and there will be hard classes, but the important part is getting the proper help that you need as soon as you realize that you may need assistance. If a particular class is difficult, seek help and assistance from a tutor who can further assist you in that subject area.
  5. Do your work on time or ahead of time. This cannot be stressed enough. Many students complain about receiving failing grades, but they do very little or sometimes nothing to improve them. Help is everywhere on campus, you just have to know where to look.
  6. Utilize campus resources. Most campuses provide students with useful materials that will enhance their college experience. There are libraries, student centers, programs, groups, websites, labs, and people who are readily available to assist you. Familiarize yourself with these resources upon arrival so that you will know where to get assistance.
  7. Get involved. Participation along with strong academics makes for a successful college experience. Most colleges have extracurricular activities such as (choir, band, athletics, Greek life, clubs, and programs) that will keep you busy and engaged with your peers. This is a good way for you to network, meet new friends, have fun, and ultimately find what you like to do.
  8. Most importantly, you want to keep your future in mind. Think positive at all times. You focus should be on graduation. Yes, others will want more, but for the most part, keep your mind on why you’re in college in the first place. Your actions while here will determine your future.