College: Staying Concentrated, Calm, and Collected

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I’m almost one month into college and the time is absolutely flying by. These past few weeks have taught me so much not just academically but about myself. More specifically my work ethic. I want to share some tips and ideas that i’ve been trying my best to stick with so that I don’t feel super overwhelmed with the workload.

Most people going into their first year of college from high school will start to feel the weight of all the work build up. My wake up call came when in the first week of school I already had hours of reading to do. Balancing being a full time student while maintaining a social life can be a struggle. Add a part time or full time job to that mix and you can have a full blown mess (not even including family obligations, clubs and organizations, etc.).

Even if you’re not the type of person to carry around a planner with highlighters, sticky notes, and multi-colored pens; you should have a system of organization. As students, due dates and deadlines are all over the place so I can’t imagine relying on your memory to keep things in order.

These are 3 tips and ideas that could reduce the amount of stress you feel throughout the semester. I’m not a study expert or the ideal student by ANY means. I do know that so far, I’ve found comfort in these things and maybe you will too.

#1- Priorities

Keeping your priorities in line is the first step to success. Without priorities, you might commit to too many things and not reach your full potential in any of them. It’s a struggle sometimes when there’s something much more fun going on and you’re in your room doing homework or at work. One way of thinking about it is that your priority should always be the thing that could potentially cause the most stress. Say a paper is due on Wednesday, don’t put it off because you’ll just end up stressing! I’m definitely preaching to myself on this one but its important and something i’m working on.

#2- Take time to relax 

Taking the time to unwind is so healthy. When we don’t take time to relax and refresh is when the anxieties begin to creep in. I’ve found that finding a relaxing, quiet place on campus in between classes is helpful. Even if you are studying or doing homework, being alone in a quiet space works wonders. Another way I unwind is spending time with my family. If you have family nearby, spending time with them can really take your mind off of school or whatever else is going on. If you don’t have family that lives close enough to visit, give someone a call and tell them how you’re doing. Lastly, Exercising is such a great stress reliever… if you’re into that. If not, I encourage you to try it even if that just means going on a walk.

#3- Its the little things!

Small things like taking quality notes, putting things in your calendar, leaving yourself enough time to get from one place to another, and going to class usually make the biggest difference. To be a successful student doesn’t mean you need to go above and beyond and try to outshine everyone else or do a bunch of extra work. The little things that seem obvious make the biggest impact if you are consistent.

My Media Inspiration: Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Degeneres has been a media inspiration for me ever since I can remember. Not only does she have a funny personality and a heart of gold, but she has these qualities despite her struggles in the past. Degeneres has made a name for herself through hard work and perseverance. Her impact on media and television will endure far beyond her show.

The Ellen Degeneres show is in its 16th season this year. Throughout those 15 previous seasons, Ellen Degeneres has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, made America smile, and made people realize they’re not just ordinary. Interviews, comedy, positivity and fun is what her show is about and people love it. Throughout her lifetime, Degeneres has been a stand up comic and produced many of her own TV shows. Her most notable show which is still airing today is the Ellen Degeneres show. A perfect example of what Ellen includes in her show’s is when she interviewed Michael Strahan on Whether or Not He Would Join NFL Players Kneeling. This is a controversial topic but she includes it because she knows how important the subject is in today’s culture. Ellen is not afraid to share her opinions on controversial topics and gives others the opportunity to do the same on her show.

Ellen’s impact on recent generations of media is huge because of the message she sends. Even if a viewer doesn’t agree with what Ellen has to say, you can’t deny her positivity. Her motto she shares at the end of each episode is encouraging and reflects her and her show well. “Be kind to one another” is something that always lingers in my mind because she constantly reminds viewers of its importance. No matter what your beliefs, values, or political affiliation may be, being kind to one another is key to peaceful living in a diverse world. For more information about Ellen Degeneres and her story, you can read her IMDb biography to learn more. 

How I Deal With My Acne


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The red bumps that weren’t there the night before and miraculously appear in the morning… Acne is not fun and it happens to the best of us. It’s natural, but causes issues that I believe can be pretty serious for some people. Some go through a small stage of acne then it doesn’t come back. Some people get a couple zits here and there. Some people (like me) cannot remember the last time their skin wasn’t broken out. I’m talking years.. About 6 actually.

According to the Colorado springs Dermatology Clinic, around 85% of people age 12-24 experience at least a minor form of acne. It can be embarrassing and a struggle for males and females alike. So the question is… How in the world do I fix it?

The answer is sad but true, you probably can’t fully fix it until your body grows out of it. Not to say that there aren’t things that help though. In my experience, doctors can prescribe pills and creams and cleansers and scrubs but for some people it will just come back as soon as you stop using those things.

The Hard part about acne is learning how to balance your effort to cure it and your self love. There is nothing wrong with not wanting it, trying every product you can find, and possibly seeing a professional. I believe that when you start looking in the mirror and hating what you see, you need to come to the conclusion that you’re beautifully and wonderfully made and acne doesn’t have the power to change that. It’s a process to reach this mindset- I know because I’m trying. It’s hard and sometimes I can’t help breaking down and complaining. It’s in those times that my loved ones remind me they don’t even see those “flaws” when they look at me. This goes to show that a lot of the time we are way too harsh on ourselves. I’m lucky to have people to encourage me with this but I wanted to share a little bit of encouragement with you guys. Everyone needs it at some point or another!

Like I said, if you have moderate to severe acne, over the counter products might not get rid of your breakouts. On the other hand, there are some products I’ve used and seen noticeable improvements.

Three products I have used for a while and got positive results:

#1- Thayers Witch Hazel Toner

I love this product and definitely see a noticeable difference in my skin since using it. It thoroughly removes makeup and dirt from skin and is all natural. To use it i just put some on a cotton ball and gently wipe away residue from the day.

#2- MOISTURIZER

Guys. This is so important. I used to have the false idea in my head that

 moisturizer would just make my skin oily but that’s a myth! There are times that call more lighters products and times for heavier products though. For the hot days I use Peter Thomas Roth “Water Drench”. This is pricy but a little bit goes a long way and leaves your skin feeling amazing. For the winter months I use CeraVe Moisturizing Cream because I have very dry skin in the winter. If you don’t, this product might be too heavy for you.

#3- Oil Cleansers

There are so many options for oil cleansing but I am loving this trend. I suggest researching what oil is best for you because there are so many options and so many I haven’t tried yet. There are also a lot of tutorials on how to oil cleanse. I love this method because of how clean it leaves my skin but also how nourished it feels afterwards.

If you have any products you think I should try or if you’ve used any of these and want to share your results, comment below!

What’s in My Purse?

 

In my purse you’ll find loose coins, a ridiculous amount of receipts, gum wrappers, and lots of other random trash. I’m an organized person but when it comes to my purses, I don’t try very hard. There are some items that are a MUST for me. This is kind of a mini post of my favorite products but these products can always be found on me.

#1- Perfume (travel size)

I love the small travel sized roll on perfumes because they are fast and small enough to always have with me. I use roll on perfume regularly throughout the day just to stay smelling fresh. Right now, my favorite scent is Marc Jacobs Daisy. Its long lasting and isn’t too overpowering. If floral scents aren’t your favorite, Giorgio Armani’s “Si” is also great.

#2- Lip moisturizer

The lip balm I carry is from a subscription I have with Birchbox. If you don’t know what Birchbox is and you like trying new products you should look into it! Every month they send testers of makeup and skincare products from amazing brands. One of my favorites that I carry all the time is Miracle lip balm by Dr. Lipp. This stuff is AMAZING and 100% natural. It’s light, glossy and very moisturizing.

#3- A bag insert

Despite the disaster my purse usually is, I try to keep it to where I can find things easily. One way I do this is using bag inserts. You can find them about anywhere and they can be super cute. The insert I use is actually a pencil bag but works perfectly to keep things in order. 

#4- Lip stain

Also sent in a Birchbox, lip stain is one of my favorite makeup products right now. The one I use is Clarin’s and is called “water lip stain”. It lasts hours, its smudge proof, and you don’t even feel it. This product is a bit on the pricey side but I think its worth it. The product lasts a long time but if the price is an issue, ELF has an “essential lip stain” that is a more affordable alternative. 

I hope you saw something you might want to try out while reading this post!

Starbucks Joins the Anti-Straw Movement, And So Did I

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As a college student, Starbucks has become a weekly expense. Us students get excited about things like pumpkin spice lattes and seasonal cup designs despite the high cost. That being said, Starbucks announced a change that will fully take place in 2020. This change is in regard to a controversial topic in recent news. Plastic straws, no straws, or straw alternatives?

Oceanconservancy.Org is showing that straws are among the top 10 items found in the ocean and on coast lines-endangering ocean life. The thought that someones straw could end up stuck in the nose of whale has sparked interest in using reusable straws. Starbucks got innovative and eliminated straws completely so of course many people are following their lead. This movement has picked up and now people are wondering, “where do I buy a reusable straw?”, “is this practical?”, and “what kind should I use?”.

Companies have started selling straws made of different materials and its up to your personal preference which you choose. Stainless steel straws are low maintenance and durable but they are temperature sensitive. There are also horror stories of Stainless steal straws chipping teeth so take that into consideration. Silicone requires more cleaning because of mold buildup but aren’t temperature sensitive. Glass straws are obviously less practical because of how fragile they are but they look nice. Bamboo is another popular option if you don’t mind the wood look.

I have recently purchased the stainless steel option from amazon for around $10. So far I don’t mind the switch. The only downside is remembering to take them out of my purse and clean them. I’m going to knock on wood and hope I don’t chip a tooth. I don’t know how much of an impact I’m making on the environment but it makes me feel good knowing i’m doing my part.

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What are your thoughts and experiences with plastic straw alternatives? Feel free to leave a reply!

Click the hyperlink below to find the straws I use!

Amazon: Stainless Steal Straws