Blog Post: College Advice Tips Summarized

So to wrap up the blogs and tie them all in together, it’s good to review what we have learned and gone over about college and tips that will help one to be more successful throughout their college career. The first and most important thing to remember while in college is that you are not alone in some of the struggles you may be facing. It’s important to have a game plan going into the semester to help ensure your success. There are many tools that can help you to stay organized as well whether its notebooks, calendars and agenda books, reminders, and even apps on your phone. College success if attainable if you use your resources and work hard.

So the first thing to remember would be managing your schedule. Make a schedule that will allow you to manage homework and study time, eating and hangout time, and any other extracurricular activities along with your classes. There are apps that are downloadable to your phone, that can help you to stay organized on the go.

By planning your time and your schedule early on in the semester, it will allow you to go in with a game plan to avoid losing track of time and neglecting important tasks. Also knowing your best study time can be very important as well because it will assist you in retaining the information as best as possible.

Along with managing your schedule, it is really good to avoid procrastination. It is easier than you may think to get caught in a cycle of procrastination with assignments that are coming up in your classes. Beginning your writing before the last minute and or not writing in a rush is very beneficial as well. Often times when we rush through our writing, it can be hard to get the message across in the best way possible.

Finally, understand that you are not suffering alone. It is okay to talk to someone about issues you may be facing or struggles that you may be dealing with, which may make receiving an education even harder. There are many people who are going through some of the same problems and just may not be speaking up about it. There are many college students who are suffering in silence and neglecting their mental health.

It is important to know the symptoms and know some general sources for contact that can assist you in getting the support you may need including the National Institute of Mental Health, the American College Health Association, ULIFE Line, and many other resources which can be reached online or in person for support with these areas. Don’t be afraid to seek support because these people are there to help!

Remember that with all the stress that college can bring, there are so many positives and benefits of seeking your education. It is important and helpful to stay positive about your education, because this will help push you in the right direction and help you when you may be feeling those lows. Take the tools and opportunities given in college to your advantage, and network during your college career. Use networking as a source of getting more experience and linking with people who can help you into your career after graduation.

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Blog Post: College Students and Mental Health

It’s unfortunate that with as common as mental health problems are, many college students dont know the signs of when they may be suffering from a mental health issue and its easy to go neglected. So its important to educate college students on the importance of maintaining their mental health, as well as noticing signs of when some extra help or assistance might be needed. There are also ways to avoid some mental health issues, and its important for college students to be aware of this as it can help managing college life become a lot easier. A few statistics from, “Top 5 Mental Health Challenges Facing Students“, include that 40% of students do not seek help. This means that there are many college students who are suffering in silence and neglecting their mental health. It is easy to do so because most college students are more concerned about getting assignments turned in and trying to manage school, social life, often times work life, and many other areas while becoming a growing adult. But with the many overwhelming responsibilities that an college student might face, it is still just as important to maintain proper mental health. Unhealthy and neglected mental health can negatively affect many other areas in a students life as well. It can hinder a student’s ability to efficiently complete assignments and manage everyday responsibilities because of the extra weight that neglected mental health can bring on a college student. The article also states that about 80% of college students are experiencing great feelings of stress or overwhelmed with all of their daily tasks. It is also common that students dealing with stress can also begin to experience signs of anxiety which can also negatively affect them in school. Neglected mental health can really affect ones concentration, focus, motivation, and efficiency in completing school work and other daily activities. Depression and anxiety are two of the main and most common mental illnesses that college students face. It is important for college students to know that they are not alone in dealing with this, and that their are many resources that are their to help. The first step is to recognize signs and symptoms. Some symptoms of anxiety include fearfulness, sweating and dizziness, shortness of breath, irregular heart beat, headaches, and frequent upset stomachs. Individuals suffering with anxiety may feel very uncomfortable in social atmospheres, and may be very hard on themselves about not failing, as well as suffering from lack of concentration. Some symptoms of depression include overwhelming sadness or helplessness, sleep pattern changes, lack of interest in areas that one previously held interest in, trouble concentrating, and appetite or weight loss or gain. There is the national institute of mental health, the American College Health Association, ULIFE Line, and many other resources which can be reached online or in person for support with these areas. Most importantly, colleges students should know that their mental health is very important and that they matter. It is okay to take time out for yourself, and do not be afraid to seek support!

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Blog Post: College Helpful Writing Tips

Improving and touching up your writing skills is something that everyone should make time for from time to time. The benefits of it are essential to so many others aspects of communication and life. Effective writing should be stirred up. It’s something that you build overtime. Sometimes in the professional work world, one can get caught up in the cares of day to day life and not take time to really think about what they want to write before hand. It is important to preplan and brainstorm the message that you are trying to get across so that it can be done most efficiently. Also learning to be direct with your message and avoid using extra words, but use the words that are most efficient. By planning and rereading your work, this will ensure the best for your writing and your message. And also remember that sometimes less is more when using words. Pick the most effective and to the point words and your message will remain direct and keep from losing the audiences attention, and ultimately be the best piece of writing it can be.

Some helpful tips that will allow you to work towards improving your writing skills include, eliminating unnecessary words, don’t be afraid to express yourself in your writing, outlining and brainstorming your work first, and having someone read over your work after you have read over it as well. This will help ensure that you are getting your point across, as effectively as possible. Also making sure you begin your writing before the last minute and or not writing in a rush is very beneficial as well. Often times when we rush through our writing, it can be hard to get the message across in the best way possible. Its important that we take our time and brainstorm what it is that we want to say,and review our work maybe even more than once, because it will help eliminate problems that could distract the reader from the message that you are trying to get across.

Sometimes its even good to review some basic grammar rules and writing styles. This can help remind you of important writing format that you may have forgotten over the years. The next thing is to write as if it is your job. If you take your writing more serious, others will be able to take your writing more seriously as well. Taking time to stay up on your reading will really help as well because you are keeping your mind active on proper writing styles. These are all tools to help you and although you do not have to do all, they will all be beneficial to you in maintaining successful writing habits in college or anywhere else in the real world.

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Blog Post: Managing Academic Success

It’s understandable that you are not going to be fully prepared for all that college will bring you. But there are things that are helpful to take into consideration, that will help you to adjust in the best way possible. It’s expected that college students will be social, make valuable and sometimes lifelong connections, and find ways to get out and enjoy their college experience on a regular basis. But with all the socializing that is expected of the average college student, it is just as important to develop habits that will allow you to balance study time with your social life. The first step to maintaining balance is to find a consistent study place. It should be in a location that you feel is suitable for you to focus and get work done. A quiet location where you will feel comfortable in that space to focus is key. And wherever that place is (or maybe you have a few places to study), it’s good to maintain a habit of going to this place on an consistent basis. Another key thing to keep up with is attendance. It’s easy to slack on attendance when nobody is on you to go to class, but it’s important to be responsible over your own grade and keeping up with what’s going on in class, so that you can maintain. Attend those classes and try to get the most out of it because they are being paid for. And along with keeping a steady study location, but consider also finding a class friend or study group to keep in touch with and work with on a regular basis to keep you focused as well. Sometimes it’s easier to get through when you have that extra encouragement to push you. If you have extra questions, don’t be afraid to reach out to the professor during office hours. Staying in touch with your adviser, classmates and or a study group, and your professors which is an additional advantage, will keep you on a path to sure success in college. If you maintain these things, you are sure to be able to have a social life and still keep your academics a priority.

 

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Blog Post #1

As most know, there are stereotypes of college students. Typically that we are broke/ not financially stable, that we party a lot, we procrastinate and wait until the last minute to do things, and we skip classes etc. Although sometimes a few of these stereotypes may be true about most college students, not all of these stereotypes apply. And if any of these things do apply, there are ways to work on these areas in order to avoid distractions and get your life a bit more organized and stable as a college student. What is first important is to understand the source of the problem. Why aren’t you having enough time to finish assignments? Why are you putting parties before assignments? Why are you out of money much faster than you allotted? Could it be because one is not taking opportunities ahead of time to complete assignments early and ensure that they are done? Or that maybe one’s priorities are not focused or you are not budgeting in a way that is going to be beneficial to you? These are just a few examples of the many things that could be a reason for some of the problems that college students may face, although just examples and there are always other reasons as well. Many college students are burdened with heavy course loads and overwhelming schedules, while still trying to work or be placed in an internship, while trying to maintain a social life. It is difficult as it is because most college students are not settled in their career yet where they are being paid at a rate that can support all of their needs. Between loans, parent funding, and financial aid, that is only a portion of how many other things have to be covered. There’s travel, food, and housing that must be funded. Most college students are working hard to make ends meet, along with trying to maintain heavy course loads. It is stated within the article The Biggest Misconception about Today’s College Students , that a quarter of undergrad students are age 25 and older. This means that many students are unable to handle the many responsibilities of college fresh out of high school. This is one reason why community colleges come in handy. But there are also many students who simply cannot afford four years in a University and so community college helps as well. In this article, it is also stated that about 40% of students go to community college and from that number; about 62% can afford to attend a University afterwards. So among all of the stresses that college already brings, it makes it all the more important to maintain time and energy spent in college on what is most important and to understand the value of having priorities outlined and doing your best to stick to it. Of course we are just college students and we don’t have it all figured out. Well really no one does, but if anything, let this be a reminder of the value of an education and how hard it can be to attain successfully. College is not all about fun and games at all. This is just a misconception. Achieving a degree for most takes hard work and dedication and for many, is not always easy to come by. So consider these things and narrow down what is important and what will be most beneficial in the long run to ensure you are not wasting time and finances.

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Improving Your Writing

Improving and touching up your writing skills is something that everyone should make time for from time to time. The benefits of it are essential to so many others aspects of communication and life. Effective writing should be stirred up. It’s something that you build overtime. Sometimes in the professional work world, one can get caught up in the cares of day to day life and not take time to really think about what they want to write before hand. It is important to pre plan and brainstorm the message that you are trying to get across so that it can be done most efficiently. Also learning to be direct with your message and avoid using extra words, but use the words that are most efficient. By planning and rereading your work, this will ensure the best for your writing and your message. And also remember that sometimes less is more when using words. Pick the most effective and to the point words and your message will remain direct and keep from losing the audiences attention, and ultimately be the best piece of writing it can be.

How to Make Wise Decisions in Business

 

 

By Synade Beason

A young man from the DMV area decided to create a brand in which he could use his creative and productive skills to design fashion pieces and inspire others.

“My name is Logan and I work under the art of screen printing, directive designing, photography and film creation,” said Logan Conway, 21, owner and designer of The Alt Wave Clothing Company.

“I took what I enjoyed from middle school and high school and really got serious about it during my sophomore year of college,” Conway said. “I have always wanted to make things I could share with other people”.

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“The only thing stopping you most of the time is you. If you have the will to get it done, you can get it done,” Conway said.

Conway specializes in consulting and selling clothing products. He also directs campaigns for other clothing brands. He is a firm believer that it is important to pay off his knowledge and understanding of the business to other young people who are striving to be successful creative designers as well.

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“Put yourself out there,” Conway said. For networking and growing purposes, he is planning to move once he has graduated. Conway has also advised young people on how to be smarter with directive choices by taking more calculated risks and networking.

“Look at the reasons you go into it. It is not about the financial aspect, but more so whether it makes you happy,” Conway said. Conway understands that networking, responding well to changes, and willingness to move around really helps in this business. But he does advice that one really examine their reasoning for going into the business.

“Don’t worry about haters and don’t stress yourself out. Remember that you are a person. A business is a machine, a person is not. Make time for yourself in order to be better for the business. This means self-maintenance and taking time out to take care of you or even that extra few minutes to make breakfast for yourself,” Conway said.

“When you force it, you lose a lot of quality. When it stops being fun and enjoyable maybe you should take a step back,” Conway said. This advice can be essential to anyone in whatever career path they are taking.

Within the next year, Conway has planned move somewhere between New York and Virginia, creating an in-home studio, and doing some national traveling. He would like to be accessible at pop up shops and tours, as well as in collaboration with many other designers and shops in the future.