By Pascal Kadamani
It’s the year we have all been waiting for since we were old enough to count that high… the big 21! Now that you’re here, I bet it’s not as exciting as you thought it was going to be. Although, that is definitely not taking away from the joy of the nice perks we now have, such as the fact that you can now order yourself a drink! The big 21 also means though that you are that much closer to graduating college and moving onto the “real world.” Turning 21 is a huge milestone in your life, and it’s okay to feel like you have been around the world and back in your time so far. As I turned 21 in February, there are a few things that I wish I knew before, and here they are:
1. Mental health is more important than you think, so take care of yourself first.
2. School is not a race, get it done when you can and do it right.
3. Appreciate the time you have with people while you have them in your life.
4. There is always enough time to change your life: travel the world, make new friends, answer that text, try new food…
5. If you have the opportunity to try something new, say yes.
By Sierra Caban
Choosing where you want to go to college can be a pretty daunting situation. There are so many factors to consider and things to keep in mind during the college decision process. In order to help you to remember all the things you need to consider when faced with the big choice of picking a college, here are a few things you might want to keep in mind to make your search easier:
- What do you want to major in?
This is the most important, in my opinion. What are you thinking about studying? Most colleges will ask you to declare your major during the application process, so you’ll need to have some idea of what you want to do. Look at what each college offers, in terms of academics. Also, think about some other things you might want to do. People do change their majors so consider what kind of programs you’re interested in and compare what each college will offer.
By Liz David
When you come to college, there are so many things that you have to remember to bring with you, especially if you are planning to live on campus. From bedding, to all of your clothes, to textbooks, there are many essentials needed to survive everyday college life. However, there are those small supplies that can be extremely helpful but easily forgotten about. In order to make sure you truly have everything you need at college, here is a (potentially random) list of things that are definitely a necessity to have, but can often be left behind:
When you’re in college, laundry is something that usually piles up and can sometimes get left undone for close to two weeks. So to avoid having your clothes get permanent stains, having a Tide -To-Go stick is a must.
- Pictures of family and friends
Having photos of your favorite people, places, or animals are great to use when decorating your dorm room. Being able to look at the things you love most can make you feel like you are at home in an instant.
By Liz David
There are plenty of things that can make the start of your college life hard, such as being away from home and not seeing your family every day (if you choose to live on campus), or having to start doing college level class work. However, I think that one of the hardest things that any college student out there can relate to is making brand new friends. While some people might just naturally be able to make friends quickly, and find their group of people pretty much on day one of college, there are many of us out there who struggle for weeks trying to make friends. So, to help you find your friends in college, here are 5 simple ways to make new friends once college starts:
Get to know your roommate and/or suitemates. Your first year of college means you are pretty much guaranteed to at least have a roommate, and in many cases suitemates too. One of the easiest ways to make friends is to talk to these new people you are living with. Don’t be afraid to find out more about them and tell them about you, or even ask them to maybe go get dinner with you. These are the people that you are going to be around all the time and living with for the next 8 months, so becoming friends with them will not only provide you with possible new best friends, but it will also make your living situation a whole lot more fun.
By Jillette Nazareno
There are many times in life when makeup is truly a life saver, and college is definitely full of those times. Whether it is going out with friends, presenting in front of your class, or simply just wanting to look extra nice one day, makeup is a great thing to have around. The big question that comes with this though is: What makeup do you bring or get for college? With so many different types of makeup and brands out there, it can be super overwhelming trying to decide what to buy. So here are some different types of makeup and brands that I suggest you bring for that perfect college look:
Eyeshadow is the perfect piece of makeup to give your eyes that nice little pop of color. You want to make sure that you bring palettes with colors that can be used for during the day and evening. Personally, I use matte neutral tones for a subtle look during the day, and shimmer shades for evening looks. The palettes I use and suggest giving a try are:
*Tips for when you apply the makeup: Combine your palettes for different combos of colors to create different looks. Use fluffier brushes to blend and use thinner brushes for detail.