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Going Back to College : The Struggle of Slow Schools

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

Don’t Miss Out on the Imagine Music Festival

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Imagine Music Festival (IMF) is a multi-day dance music and arts festival.  It will be held on August 29th and 30th in Atlanta, Georgia at Historic Fourth Ward Park and Masquerade Music Park.  The festival includes EDM acts, cirque style acts, and art installations.  Come and experience captivating performances!
For tickets visit: http://imaginefestival.com/

Your Guide to Urban Exploration

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 bee10999330_1578834969000245_7254843446423434545_on 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.

  1. 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 1782510_1578834979000244_5883589651323414437_oyou’re not about to load up on carbs by consuming fries and burgers rather than feasting your eyes on some awesome urban decay.
  2. Don’t get locked up.  Be careful.  No building is worth getting locked up for.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

Being a Student-Athlete: What To Expect

“BURRR! BURRR! BURRR! BURRR!”  It’s 5:00 A.M. and you reach for your phone to turn the most annoying alarm clock tone you could find off.  After literally rolling out of bed you pull your sweats and t-shirt on, brush your teeth, grab a granola bar and run out of your dorm to your 6 A.M. practice, which you have to be 30 minutes early to because “If you’re early you’re on time.  If you’re on time you’re late.”

For those of you that don’t recognize this absurdity, this is what the average college athlete’s preseason looks like.  For two weeks you wake up to that alarm, eat that granola bar, and run your tail off trying to get in shape for the season.  This is all before attending a few classes, then an afternoon practice, then more classes, then night practice.  That’s right… practice three times a week, for two weeks, every August, for four years.

This is usually the make-or-break moment for students; when they find out if it’s just too much for them or not.  For the ones that do make it through those first two weeks, there is some good news: it gets better!  Those morning practices will lessen until eventually you will just have one practice every day, along with two or three games a week.

Being an athlete and a student really can be a difficult experience.  You REALLY have to know how to manage your time and make sure to get all your homework done in between all of the running around.  However, from experience I know that it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences.

You will get stressed, you will feel overwhelmed, and you will want to quit.  You may find yourself wondering why you didn’t take the easier route, but after that first month you realize why it’s all worth it.

Below are a list of things that I learned and gained from my experience as a student-athlete:

  1. You learn how to be passionate.  There’s something to be said about someone who chooses to commit to a sport in college, especially when you aren’t getting a scholarship to play.  This dedication will flow into your life later on and then no matter what your dreams are you will go after them.  Someone who is passionate about something can go a long way.
  2. Time-management.  I learned that this is one of the most important things to implement while being a student-athlete.  You’ll want to hang out with friends, make new friends, go on adventures, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, all while still wanting to kick ass in your sport.  It can be tough, but if you’re able to manage your time efficiently and prioritize then you’ll do just fine.  By my second year I really understood what it meant to manage my time and now I’m almost a pro. ALMOST.
  3. Patience.  You’ll never be alone.  Every single day you will be with the same group of people.  Sometimes you will get tired of them, sometimes you will fight in the locker room, either way you have to find a way to get along with one another.  If not for each other, for the team.  I witnessed so many of my teammates go at each others throats (figuratively) over silly arguments or gossip, but then after a couple of days get over it and become best friends again.  When you’re stuck with people you pretty much learn how to live with each other.  For better or for worse.
  4. Your body needs you.  I never realized how important exercise and 10622731_10154620221665790_7717786854986258412_nwhat I eat and drink were until playing soccer in college.  If you don’t stretch enough you’ll tear something, if you stretch too much you’ll tear something, if you eat too little you’ll wear your body out, and if you drink a little too much you’ll feel like a slug the next day at practice.  (No, I’m not talking about drinking water..)  It’s all about balancing what you eat and how much you exercise.
  5. You will have a home away from home.  Being a part of a college team allowed me to make friends that I will have for life.  We all endured the same early practices, injuries, and “tough love” from our coach.  We became a family.  If you saw one of us in the cafeteria, you saw all of us.

I could literally write a book about what it’s like to be a student-athlete, but for now I hope this gave you enough insight.  Just remember: it’s a strange, stressful, crazy, but amazing experience that you will grow so much from.  (Not to mention, getting up for work in the “real world” will seem like a piece of cake!)

A College Girls Guide to Glammin’ On a Budget!

As a college girl myself, I am always looking for ways to cut corners when it comes to spending money. We all know that being a college student can be quite expensive, but happens when you barely have money left to maintain your beauty needs? You find cheaper options! Here are a b595c3f53d1ab0c5512f5506284b6230some of my favorite ways to keep it cute on a budget.

Shop e.l.f.! My favorite cosmetics line is e.l.f. Cosmetics for two reasons: their products are of great quality and they are super cheap! You can get makeup/makeup tools for as low as $1 on their site and in Target. If you sign up online, you get free shipping offers and coupons once in awhile which is another bonus. One online purchase that I made only came to the total of about $3 (including my free shipping code) and that included three lipsticks all on sale for $0.49 (you read that correctly) and one tube of lip gloss for a little over $1. You cannot beat those kinds of deals!

Try wigs! No, I don’t mean borrow your grandmother’s wigs, but there are tons of sites with really cute wigs for low prices. I have not personally purchased a wig yet, but after watching numerous wig reviews on YouTube, I am convinced that wigs are great options rather than getting expensive sew-ins. If you’re not completely sold on trying out a wig, sites like http://www.wigtypes.com and http://www.sistawigs.com carry inexpensive weaving hair as well. Here’s a look at one of my favorite YouTubers who made me fall in love with this idea:

Thrift, thrift, THRIFT! I am a huge believer in the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” especially when it comes to thrifting for clothes! I find all of my vintage looks from thrift stores for $3-$10 while other stores sell these looks for way more. A thrift store is also a great place to find business casual pieces which are necessities for almost all college students! Check out http://www.thriftingatlanta.com to participate in their thrifting bus tours!

August 15th Thrifting Atlanta Bus Tour Two Stylish Kays

D.I.Y. Learning how to do my own hair and makeup has saved my pockets many times! We often pay money for glam before events and such, but knowing how to do these things on your own can help you save those coins. Don’t know how to “do it yourself?” YouTube is your best friend. I watch YouTube tutorials more than I check my other social media! This has been super beneficial to my attempt to glam it up for less!

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Let us know what tips and tricks you use!

Michaela C, Associate Editor

Atlanta’s Hot Spots: The Renaissance Café

There’s an epidemic here in Atlanta for people who are Christian and under 21… We can’t do anything!

Yes I have included myself in this because it is a defeat that I encounter constantly.
EVERYTHING HERE IS 21 AND UP!

Now, for those of us who don’t go anywhere, this may not be a problem, but for the Christians that like to have a good time, this is becoming a huge blow.

But, at last, there is a solution to the problem!

Open Mic Nights at The Renaissance Café!

Hosted by Cyrus Harbin and Chantelle Brawley, the Renaissance Café is filled with young Christians who are all looking for a good time on a Friday night.
I had the absolute pleasure of being in the audience during this captivating ensemble of artistic Christians who were able to move me with their words and elongate my short attention span.

They had poets, saxophone players, rappers, singers and a very eclectic singing group called The Quiet War who undoubtedly stole the show.

If you live in Atlanta and just want to vibe, please come out to The Renaissance Café every 2nd Friday of the month. The next on is on June 12th, 2015.
135 Riverside Parkway Austell, GA!

Spring Break “Staycation”

It’s that time again! Spring break season is upon us and it’s time to enjoy somstaycation1e fun in the sun! You’ve probably have planning the most epic trip for months now…or not. The reality is, everyone does not have the luxury of enjoying their spring break on a sunny beach or anywhere else besides their bed. So, what do you do if you have no plans? Here’s some good news. You can make this spring break worthwhile without traveling. Here’s some tips on how to have the perfect “staycation!”

shaw-and-pepeCatch up on some rest. Sleeping is not always the ideal way to spend a break, but think about it. You’ve been swamped with assignments and due dates. You’ve been super busy with extracurricular activities. On top of that, you have a job that keeps you even more busy. Why not use this week to rest? Sleep in! Sleep all day! Give your body and mind a much needed break.

Stay on top of your assignments. Use this class-free week to catch up on assignments and even get ahead. You have an entire week with no plans, so use your time wisely by staying on top of those due dates. Also, study for upcoming exams. You will appreciate that A+ even more!

Invest in some “me time.” With no distractions for a week, you have more time to focus on yourself. It is important that we take time out for ourselves once in awhile. Take a walk in the park, go shopping, or even take yourself on a few dates. Enjoy being with YOURSELF for once.

Be productive. Since your schedule will be cleared for a week, use this time to plan for your future. You can search for internships, apply for scholarships, shadow professionals on their jobs, research post-grad options, etc. There is so much you could be doing to plan ahead during your break.

Spend time with family or other friends who also don’t have spring break plans. I know a spring break with your family is not always the first thing we think about, but it is better than being bored! If time with your family does not sound appealing, then find other friends who do not have plans. Even if you both have nothing to do, it is always better to 120613-414635-tdy-120612-staycation.blocks_desktop_largebe bored with someone than to be bored by yourself!

As you can see, a “staycation” is not that bad! Instead of focusing on not having anything to do, use these tips or create other things to do to pass your time. You may even enjoy your “staycation” more than you would’ve enjoyed an actual vacation; you never know until you try it!

Michaela C., Associate Editor