7 Tips on Surviving College Freshman Year

7 Tips On Surviving College Freshman Year

So you want to go to college, huh? Well, that’s awesome! But I can guarantee you that it will be different from high school, very different. However, I am here to make that transition a lot easier.

Want to know the easiest ways to make it harder for yourself? Not being mentally prepared, and not having your priorities straight. So, let’s talk about the mental prep misconceptions of college and how to prioritize your life. I promise it’ll become a lot easier than you expect by implementing these small, yet crucial things.

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Playing Big Brother: Surviving Workplace Game Play

Big Brother, a summer series aired on CBS annually, is one of my favorite shows on TV. I almost always watch each season in anticipation of the new themes and game play twists. Although this is reality TV, there are some uncanny parallels to the real world. Further, there are many lessons to be learned from the players of the game and how it can further you in the workplace.

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Planning Your Passion: Why You Need A Passion Planner

Have you ever felt your life and all its responsibilities slipping out of your grasp? I know that’s pretty dramatic but times like that happen! You end up with random scraps of paper and Notes on your phone of things to do but no clear organization. Things started to fall apart for me when I finished graduate school and life no longer fit into neat little semesters and quarterly budgets. I got a full-time job that took up much of my day, and my broader reaching goals faded into the background. With the help of my new Passion Planner, I was able to hone in on my “purpose” and what to do on a daily basis to maintain consistent strides towards my goals.

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Useful Skills For All Careers

Now you’ve landed the new job but you want to make sure that your outstanding resume meets the skills needed for your new positions. No matter the industry, some skills are standard and universally beneficial for anyone who wants to be successful at work. Whether you are working at a non-profit, tech startup, or even retail; these skills are sure to help you be more effective, productive, and stress less.


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Extra Goodies: Special Offer from Nomad x Florence

Ipsy made a smart move including me on the weekly offer email for the Nomad X Florence Bella Travel Bag Set. Although my July Glam Bag was already en route to my house, I had to get these items. I was instantly intrigued by the simple combination of red lipstick, black eyeliner, and neutral eye shadow compacts to complete a flawless face on-the-go. I was able to snag the bag for $16 from Ipsy.

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Ipsy Unveil: A Look Into My July 2017 Glam Bag Products

After being subscribed to Ipsy for almost a year, I gave up. There were too many makeup products to keep up with and the bags were piling up as well. So I unsubscribed. Although those few months were refreshing, I got the itch to sign back up.

I am so excited for my July bag! The versatility of the items are amazing and I plan on sampling them all over this month! It also helps that I’ll get to experiment with trending items I’ve been eyeing…highlighter and cleansing gels.

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Wonder Woman: Soundtrack Review

I had the opportunity to finally see Wonder Woman and I must say that it was refreshing. Although the series is just getting started, I agree that it is the better of the few DC movies in this latest series of the superhero world. The plot took a different turn than what I assumed and her outfit was banging! However, this post is about the music. So let’s get to it.

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Budget 101: My Golden Rules

Happy payday (someone’s getting paid today)! Whether you’re paid bi-weekly, semi-monthly, monthly, quarterly, annually, etc. there is a routine that you should adopt in order to keep your finances organized. Each week of payday, I follow a routine that keeps me up to date with my bills and on track with my budget. Hopefully, my routine will motivate you to make some adjustments to your financial routine for the better.

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Job Hunting Strategies

In my last job hunting post, we discussed surefire strategies in developing the perfect resume, cover letter, and interview presentation. Now it’s time to delve deep into the actual job hunt. Looking for a new career these days can be exhausting. I remember hearing horror stories about needing to apply to 50 positions in order to hear back from 10…and most of those 10 are interview declinations! However, this process can be a lot less stressful with a bit of organization. In today’s post, we’ll go over those key strategies. And I promise they’re simple.

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Set Goals, Crush Milestones Part II: Plans Change

This post was originally published on Columbia College Chicago’s Graduate Blog, Marginalia.


Things never go as planned. Somehow, things still pan out how they are supposed to. I don’t think I achieved a single goal that I discussed in my first blog post on Marginalia (and on B Chic), and I do not feel bad about it. I’ve gained so many valuable experiences in this last year at Columbia College Chicago that would replace every plan I had. You’ll see that all of my achievements reflect an experience that relates to my goal even if it did not help me achieve it specifically.

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