Yes it’s almost that time of the month going back to college and your probably struggling trying to find out where your going to get your keys and how your going to move in. Trust me I’m in the same boat as you it’s Wednesday and I leave Monday to go back to school and I still don’t know the moving in processes once again and I’m a Junior, and you think that schools by now would have a game plan and that it wouldn’t take them so long to give it to the returning students. But no not HBCU school which I don’t understand because they know all this a month or two earlier so why does it take them so long for them to get to the student. Plane tickets been purchased month in advanced and we’ve already communicated with you when the student is coming in and you still don’t have are information this doesn’t make no sense at all. Their no way to avoid the struggle of slow HBCU Schools this how the game goes with them when you go to these’s type of schools you get the best experiences going to an HBCU School but the hassle and the struggle of getting any type of information about anything will take forever. So my key to this situation is to be patient and call them to make sure that you get your information for what you need even look on the website if you have to, but the best thing to do is call them so you can talk to a live person about any questions you might have. Have a good Back to School all you returning College Students
I need of some unique looks for your back-to-school look? I’ve found some ADORABLE things online recently that I just had to share!
- This Elephant Backpack – http://www.landofnod.com – Only $29.00!
2. This Black Fringe Coldshoulder Tee – Find it at http://www.loveculture.com – Only $19.95!
If you’re looking for something different and trendy, try fringe! I love this piece because you can never go wrong with a coldshoulder shirt. Plus, it’s super lightweight so it won’t be too hot for this muggy August weather!
3. Look ultra slimming in high-waisted pants, shorts, and skirts!
4. They’re lowering the heels for us, ladies! All over the runways they had these loafer-type heels. They’re lower, more comfortable, and have a bigger heel so we aren’t QUITE as wobbly.
I’ll keep my eye out for more trendy looks to make you stand out, while being up-to-date on everything chic!
I know we’ve all heard this saying before and I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing it, but I just wanted to write a little something to give hope and reassurance to those that may be going through a long distance relationship. I know from experience that absence really can make the heart grow fonder. I grew up with my mom constantly going out of the country for work for months at a time and saw my parents’ relationship actually IMPROVE from it. They fought less, they missed each other more, and their patience improved. It made them both appreciate each other’s love more and learn the importance of what the other had to say and felt.
So for those of you doubting whether or not it can work between you and your significant other, just know that yes it will get frustrating and you may feel lonely at times, but you also will gain such a deeper appreciation for the other person. Simple things like the sound of their voice or holding hands will seem like the best things in the world. Here are a few tips to keep the love alive and the relationship strong:
- Have a mutual understanding of what you both want. Reassuring one another that you have the same amount of love, care about each other equally, and are putting forth the same effort to make the relationship work will really enhance any relationship; especially a long distance one. Feeling secure and knowing that you are both on the same page is extremely important.
- Don’t OVER communicate. I know you’re probably thinking, “What is this girl talking about?!”, but seriously sometimes less is more. Just because you don’t see each other doesn’t mean you need to compensate that by talking 24/7. It will do more harm than good. Just like when you see someone too often and can start to get super annoyed by their presence, the same goes for if you talk to someone too much. You may think it is helping, but it is actually hurting the relationship. Give yourselves a chance to miss each other.
- Keep the sexual attraction strong. Don’t let the spark die or forget what it feels like to kiss and hold each other. Set a night aside each week for you two to say how much you miss each other in both an emotional and physical way. Flirt a little!
- Communicate regularly. You want to make sure you don’t NOT talk to each other. Seeing a “good morning” and “good night” text lets the other know they are thinking about them and want to make the effort. Sending photos is also a good way to remind your lover that you are trying to include them in your life.
- Be honest. Trust will always be one of the most important things to have in order for a relationship to work. Being in a long distance relationship makes it that much more valuable. Once you lose trust, the relationship will have a hard time recovering, if it will at all.
I hope these tips help any of you going through a long-distance relationship. Whether it’s just for a month, 5 months, or for up to a year or more, these should help you maintain a strong trusting relationship.
Need an adrenaline rushing hobby that works both mind and body? Climbing may be the sport for you. With over hundreds of rock climbing gyms in the United States, the sport of climbing has taken off. I myself first began climbing on Currahee Mountain, a northeast Georgia mountain located in Toccoa. It was such a thrill topping my first climb and looking down to see how far I had come.
For lovers of climbing, indoor gyms were like a dream come true. Now we can climb every season of the year without freezing our butts off or scorching our hands. I look around now and have seen so many indoor gyms pop up around Georgia. Everyone that I’ve introduced climbing to have loved it and continue to do it. It’s a such mental and physical workout. You’re having to plan each move strategically, while working muscles you never even knew you had.
I was so thrilled to hear that my college was building a climbing gym in our new student center. With so many student-athletes at my college it will give them all a fun new way of working out. For those of you who have never climbed before, get out there and give it a try! I promise you won’t regret it. And as long as you have an experienced climber with you who knows how to belay, trust me, you won’t fall! Those of you who are natives to the climbing gyms, give a couple mountains a try! It’s a totally different feel, but in a totally good way!
Need something new and different to do on the weekends but don’t want to spend too much money? May I suggest a little urban exploration. There’s something about venturing into the unknown and finding abandoned buildings with a group of friends.
Some go to get a thrill, some go to find cool things, and others are interested in finding the beauty of what is no longer what it used to be. I’ve been on many excursions to old abandoned buildings – some at night, some during the day. Usually the ones at night were intended for us to get a little adrenaline pumping instead of sitting bored in our dorms all day. We would walk through, holding hands, heart pumping, always hoping that we’ll get spooked, but not TOO spooked. No one wants to ACTUALLY pee themselves.
Day time adventures are my personal favorite because I can take pictures and actually see the building in natural lighting. Although the buildings are losing their old looks, they’re gaining new characteristics such as vines and erosion that give them a unique, beautiful look. There’s a rich history to be accounted for once you really take a look at them. Each place has a story to tell.
So whether you’re looking for a little midnight scare or a spot to set your camera up, get out of your dorm get in your car, and drive. Here are a few tips to help you on your next adventure.
- Do your research. The worst feeling is to hear that there is some awesome building at a specific location, which you drive all the way to, only to find that your information was out-of-date and now that building has been replaced by a Wendy’s. So before loading up your car hop on your computer to make sure you’re not about to load up on carbs by consuming fries and burgers rather than feasting your eyes on some awesome urban decay.
- Don’t get locked up. Be careful. No building is worth getting locked up for.
- This tip is for those seeking a midnight scare. Make sure to bring a solid group of friends. Have a couple of guys (not just ones that act tough, but would scream like a girl at the sound of a creaking door) to put the more easily scared of the group at ease.
- My last piece of advice is to bring some type of weapon just in case something DOES happen. Perhaps a bat or pepper spray to ward off potential monsters. If there is a ghost, ask if its name is Casper. If it says no, I have no advice. Ghost Busters?
Best of luck!
Back-to-school season is upon us. For freshmen this is an exciting time as they prepare to embrace their new-found freedom. Sophomores and juniors are gearing up for another year which to them means another step closer to senior year. Seniors are starting their countdown to one of the biggest days of their lives; graduation day!
Meanwhile, transfer students may be experiencing a different feeling as they prepare for a new year (or semester) at a different school. This is a big adjustment for any student that comes with both challenges and benefits. Here are 10 struggles that you are more than likely to face as a transfer student!
1. The struggle that you will be all too familiar with is whether or not all of your credits will transfer!
2. A new campus means new buildings which also means new routes; in other words, you may just get lost a few times in the first week or so.
3. “Transfer student” is a proper way of saying you’re basically at freshmen status again. This is not to say you will get treated like one, but you sure will feel like one.
4. You will face the struggle of being overwhelmed with all of the new cute faces that you will see on campus! Horrible, right?!
5. Everyone has already established their circle of friends, so finding a new crew might be somewhat of a challenge.
6. Planned on graduating on time? Yea, that might not happen unless you cram a lot of hours, so be sure to prepare for that harsh reality.
7. You may find yourself torn between repping your new school or staying true to your old school (especially if they happen to be rivals).
8. Every school has their own “culture,” traditions, “things you do/do not do,” etc. Basically, more stuff you have to get used to.
9. It’s so hard to say goodbye! Leaving behind old friends, your favorite dorm, and everything else you love at your old school is always hard to deal with.
10. Getting involved in student organizations is already hard, but try doing it at a brand new school!
Once you conquer all of these challenges, I guarantee you will enjoy your new journey!
Michaela C., Associate Editor