Author: Julia Rivera

5 Pieces of College Advice for Freshmen

As a senior I’ve been thinking back on my college career and there are a bunch of things I wish someone told me. I’m the oldest child so going into school I was completely unprepared. Here are a few pieces of college advice I wish someone gave me before freshman year:

1. Make Friends in Your Classes

5 Pieces of College Advice for Freshmen

Even if it’s awkward to put yourself out there sometimes, it’s awesome when you make friends! There are many benefits to having a friend or two in a class. If you miss a class you can get the notes you missed, you can gain a study buddy and if the class is boring you have someone to suffer with (misery loves company)!

2. Communicate with Your Roommate

5 Pieces of College Advice for Freshmen

I can not stress this enough. Communication really is key. There were so many fights I could have avoided had I just expressed my feelings to my roommate. Start by saying “This make me feel like this” instead of “You did this and you did that.” You don’t want your roommate to feel like you attacking them. If you can’t resolve the issue I suggest you look to your RA for guidance. It’s a bonus if your roommate is also your friend. You wouldn’t want to lose that opportunity over a small argument.

3. Read, Read, Read

5 Pieces of College Advice for Freshmen

Any class that requires you to read, DO IT. I know it’s boring and time consuming, but I promise it will help you greatly. Not only read, but keep up with it meaning as the professor assigns it do it. Don’t wait until the night before the exam to read. You most likely won’t be able to do it and you won’t be able to retain the information if you do get through it.

4. Hand Write Your Notes

5 Pieces of College Advice for Freshmen

In today’s society computers are all the craze. There are positives of typing notes but the negatives are far greater. The internet is full of distractions from online shopping to online games to social media. A lot of professors put their PowerPoint slides online so there is really no reason to type them out. Handwriting notes has been proven in multiple studies to be a better way to learn and retain information. It helps to have the PowerPoint slides up on your screen and take notes on paper about what the professor says.

5. Work Now, Party Later

5 Pieces of College Advice for Freshmen

You’re going to be in school for four years. That means four years of parties and fun. Do not make the mistake of getting wrapped up in the party scene. The reason you’re there is to get an education. I know you’re probably hearing this from your parents and family members but it really is important. Is going out to that party more important than failing that exam? Probably not.

I hope these pieces of college advice can help you during your college career. I know they would have helped me four years ago! Have anything to add? Drop them below.

Cool Dog Treats for the Summer

This summer has been hot hot hot! For us humans we can easily grab a tasty ice pop to help battle the heat. For our furry friends, staying cool can be a challenge. Regular old ice cubes do the trick, but how boring is that? Use these recipes to add some flavor to your dog treats that your dog is sure to enjoy!

Cool Dogs Treats for the Summer

Stuffed Kongs

Kongs are a great way to keep your dog entertained to begin with but throw it in the freezer and you have a way to keep them cool. Here are a few ways to stuff and freeze a Kong, but be sure not to stuff it to the brim!

  1. Mash a ripe banana and mix with one tablespoon of all-natural peanut butter. Stuff the mixture into a Kong and freeze.
  2. Stuff the Kong with treats and chicken brother. Seal the hole with peanut butter and freeze. As it melts, it can get messy so it’s best to give this treat to your pup outside.

A Twist on Ice Cubes

Pour chicken or beef broth into ice cube trays. When frozen, place a few of these yummy pooch ice pops in the food bowl with your dog’s kibble or simply add to the water bowl for a flavored beverage.

Bone Marrow Bones

You can go to your local butcher and ask for bone marrow bones. One your pup chews the marrow, you can reuse the bone. To make it a frozen treat, add peanut butter inside the bone and freeze!

Banana Bites

Cut up a banana into pieces and freeze. You can even coat the bites in peanut butter to make it extra tasty!

I hope these summertime dog treats help cool down your pups! Have some recipes to add? Leave us a comment below. 

Miss Teen USA Makes a Positive Change

Miss Teen USA

The Miss Teen USA pageant will no longer include the swimsuit portion. Instead, the contestants will be judged in a brand-new athletic wear competition. Over the past few years, the well-known pageant has been evolving and the stereotypical contestant has begun to fade. Miss Missouri Erin O’Flaherty will compete as America’s first openly homosexual contestant this year. The first hearing impaired contestant, Miss Pennsylvania Elena LaQuatra, will also be competing this year.

In order to justify the swimsuit category in the past, pageant officials have said it was to show off the athletic side of the contestants. However, that portion of the competition, for many young viewers, has instead focused purely on physical appearance. Young girls and teens in today’s generation have a high expectation for what their bodies should look like and the competition only adds fuel to the fire. According to the National Eating Disorders website, half a million teens struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating.

So far, the response to the new change has been overwhelmingly positive. Katherine Haik, the reigning Miss Teen USA told USA News: “This new direction for Miss Teen USA is a great way to celebrate the active lives that so many young women lead and set a strong example for our peers.”

Miss Universe president Paula Shugart shared in a memo that this shift is meant to “celebrate women’s strength, confidence and beauty” in a more positive way. “This decision reflects an important cultural shift we’re all celebrating that empowers women who lead active, purposeful lives and encourage those in their communities to do the same,” she wrote. Our hope is that this decision will help all of Miss Teen USA’s fans recognize these young women for the strong, inspiring individuals they are.”

It’s possible that the pageant will see an influx of competitors as parents may now be more open to the idea of their daughters competing. The change is also a smart business move. Former Miss Virginia Nancy Redd said: “Teens are spending .1 percent of their life in a bathing suit and 50 percent in athleisure. The pageant is following the trend of who can sponsor them.”

It’s nice to see the competition changing to focus more on who the girl is rather than what her body looks like. It’s time that women embrace their physical abilities rather than physical appearance and it also sends a positive message to young teens.

The 2016 Miss Teen USA pageant will be held in Las Vegas on July 30.

Netflix New Releases: June 2016

Netflix New Releases: June 2016

Netflix, the popular streaming website for movies and television shows, announced the June schedule for new content as well as content that will be removed from the site. Hopefully your favorite movie or TV show has been added to the list! Most of the list consists of movies/shows that aren’t well known, so here are the those that are well known that are coming this month. Happy streaming!

Netflix New Releases: June 2016

June 1

A Walk to Remember (2002)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Jurassic Park III (2001)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

June 2

Pretty Little Liars-Season 6

Beauty & the Beast-Season 3

June 7

Jarhead 3: The Seige (2016)

June 11

Scandal-Season 5

June 14

The League-Season 7

June 15

The Giver (2014)

June 16

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 3

Being Mary Jane: Season 3

June 17

Orange is the New Black-Season 4

June 18

Grey’s Anatomy-Season 12

June 19

I am Thor (2015)

June 22

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)

Spotlight (2015)

June 29

Life (2015)

Check out June 2016 New Releases for the full list.

What TV shows or movies are you must excited about? Tell us in the comments below!

 

DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Father's Day

Father’s day is coming up and if you’re anything like me, you don’t have a gift or even the money to get one. Working with a college budget can be tough for any gift-giving holiday, but this year have no fear for DIY gifts are here! These homemade crafty gifts are cost efficient and sure to put a smile on your dad’s face.

Candy in a Bottle

Collect some bottles you or someone you know may be getting ready to recycle. Paint them or decorate them as you see fit. Next get 6 of your dad’s favorite candy and fill the bottles. Get a cute card and you’re all set!

Dad’s Dessert

Whether you cook up your dad’s favorite meal or go out to eat you will still need dessert! Bake a cake or a batch of your dad’s favorite cupcakes and decorate them using his favorite sport as the theme. Delicious and made specially for him!

52 Reasons Why I Love You

Most people have a deck of old playing cards lying around. This father’s day switch it up by using the cards to show your dad why he’s the best man in your life. Write a reason why you love him on each card and add cute designs to the cards to jazz it up.

Father Frame

This idea actually comes from Martha Stewart. Make a frame out of the word dad and fill it with your favorite moments with your family. It seems pretty simple and is definitely a unique gift.

Fishing Pole

Some dad’s like to spend their time fishing, especially now that it’s summer. Check out how you can make him a fishing pole. If you make two you can plan a fishing trip together and use them!

Happy crafting! Comment below with other DIY Father’s Day gift ideas!