Freshman Year – Crash Course…

So while making jewelry and blogging about random happenings may be one of my “jobs” I am also pursuing my teaching credential AND I worked for the last four years as a peer/civic mentor for University 101 a class run by the First Year Experience office at my college campus. Basically, I helped freshman transition into college without having any kind of meltdown. After a year as a freshman myself, and four years working with them (using all research-based approaches) I have some valuable insight I’d like to share with you:

1) Go to class.

I know, you’ve heard it before but seriously GO TO CLASS. Statistics show that just showing up even if you feel like you’re half asleep improves your grade. Professors notice and come finals when you’re freaking out and between a C and B if you made the effort to show up to class they will be so much more willing to take pity and help you.

2) Put your lanyard away 

I realize this is how you are storing your dorm key, but for God’s sake take it off in class and between class and PLEASE do not wear it out at night you might as well wear a neon sign saying FRESHMAN. Nothing gives you away quicker than a CA STATE Lanyard

3) Moderation 

When I go out and give talks to freshman classes I never stand up there and preach to them about the dangers of going out too much and how having a social life is not important you’re here to learn blah blah blah….because that would be hypocritical. I have done my fair share of “socializing” and I still maintained a high GPA.

A GPA high enough to qualify me to graduate with honors and special recognition for the highest GPA in my class (yes I’m bragging, but only because I had a 2.8 in high school so this smart kid stuff is new and exciting). I do however preach moderation. Too much social life and you flunk out and go home and then you’re really lame, not enough social life and you’ll lose it, fast.

4) Organize 

This saved my life. I got a daily planner I brought to class to jot down anything the professor reminded us about and had a larger calendar on the wall in my dorm marked with upcoming large projects like tests and papers so I could spot a particularly rough week coming in advance and prepare myself.

There’s no slack, no room to let things slip through you have to be on top of everything all the time. FYI: your syllabus is your contract with the professor, so if you’re absent whatever is on the syllabus is still your responsibility and they don’t like excuses.

5) Rush

No not like rush through things, rush a frat or sorority! I’m biased because I’m Greek but it’s seriously one of the best decisions I’ve made in college. My sisters changed my life, my sisters saved my life. They have outlasted every boy and every relationship and are my constant through all the crazy.

We have a saying about Greek life “from the outside looking in you can never understand it, from the inside looking out you can never explain it” and it’s so true you can’t really understand the bonds of brotherhood and sisterhood you make in the Greek system, but they are truly unique.

6) You Are Liminal

Okay time to be a research nerd, liminality refers to being “betwixt and between” and in the case of a student moving from high school senior to college freshman they are between identities. Why is this important? Because you have to be aware of the idea that the identity that worked for you in high school may not (and most likely will not) work in college.

Ex: being a class clown, texting in class, acting like you don’t care because you’re afraid to fail, etc. Along with entering college be prepared to shape a new identity because most of your high school practices will get left behind

7) Find Your Niche 

Schools have clubs for EVERYTHING try a few things out and find your niche, find your people because this identity business I mentioned above, well the communities you associate yourself with will  shape those identities. Students who form strong relationships are more successful and more likely to graduate.

8) Depression Peaks at Midterms 

We used to schedule our University 101 class to go over mental health and wellness around this time because studies show it’s when depression peaks. Midterms may be the first time you really see your grades and students who thought they were doing swimmingly find out they are failing and it’s a huge shock.

This is halfway through the semester and homesickness is probably setting in as well. Knowing that you are susceptible to feel particularly down around this time can help you prepare for and combat it

9) Don’t YOLO too Hard….

I get that college is all “OmG YoU oNlY lIvE oNcE” (uh it took me forever to type that…), but this is real life and these things may come back to bite you. “What happened last night will be on facebook tomorrow” is a good way to think of things, I also like the saying “if you don’t want people to know about it, don’t do it”

10) Don’t take it too seriously 

I’ve seen more freshman get worked into a frenzy over the smallest things, deal with it one problem at a time and move on you’re going to be okay and your life is not over. Deep breaths….now get out of my way.

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Because Coffee and Cold Go Perfectly….

Apologies dear readers for the lack of postings, 6th grade is harder than I remembered! I’ve also been dealing with some technical issues with SkinnyRist and some conflict – but that is beside the point and out of my hands! Anyways, SR is introducing a new color!

Sadly, I don’t yet have any bracelet photos to post of it, but as soon as I catch my breath (and dig my way out of student homework) I will be setting straight to work on making as many brilliant pieces as I can with this gorgeous new color. So what is it? Drumroll please……we will now be utilizing another of Pantone‘s picks for fall: French Roast! Yum!

This is a blog for a JEWELRY business, so you had to know we were going to tackle what’s coming up and super hot for fall 2012 because an outfit is nothing without a seriously stylish arm party! 1) Alexander McQueen & 2) Ben-Amun Bangles – wide and full of color these arm party classics are here to stay! 3) Chunky Chain – nothing compliments an extra-wide bangle than a matching bracelet with extra-wide chain, this over the top and attention-grabbing trend is back for the fall! 4) Alternative Colors – funky color combinations and big pops of color are in, wear a piece like this to brighten a neutral-tone ensemble!

Looking for more affordable ways to rock these trends? Don’t worry we got you covered! 1) SkinnyRist Shady Lady Gray Cobra Bangle: chunky gold chain and Pantone color pick for fall Titanium! 2) SurLhistoire Vintage Enamel Cuff: boasts a beautiful neutral cream color and the extra-wide cuff style! 3) ItsCalledJewelry Pyramid Cuff: super trendy with the contrast of bright metal and colored crystal detail! 4) Oiajules Chunky Gold Chain Link Bracelet: extra chunky gold curb chain plus a pop of color with a faceted aquamarine quartz!

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Back to School Accessory Must-Haves

Ok obvi #1 on our list for accessories is SkinnyRist bracelets, but we’re not talking fashion accessories as much as super cool school supplies. Who minds taking notes when it’s with a cute pen or on flashy paper? Maybe I’m just a nerd but I’ve always been a sucker for stylish office supplies…

1) Glasses Pen: Seltzer Goods 2) Magnetic White Board: LockerLookz 3) Phone Cases: HipsterCases 4) Earbuds: The Macbeth Collection 5) Contact Case: Urban Outfitters 6) Kate Spade Ipad Sleeve: Nordstroms 7) Pack at You Floral Backpack: Lulu’s 8) Glasses Pouch: Rebecca Minkoff 9) Pencil Pouch: Urban Outfitters 10) Lined Notebook: Urban Outfitters

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BDG Vegan Leather Bomber Jacket $99

Long Blazer: pair this oversized, slouchy jacket with a tank and jeans or make your favorite summer dress your favorite fall dress by wearing it with a blazer and tights!

Silence & Noise Oversized Double Breasted Blazer $89

Super Skinny Jeans: don’t let the “super skinny” in the title fool you, these are great on all body types because they actually flatter your lower half, ankle length with a little bunch at the bottom is the right fit – pair with a chunky heel for a cute nighttime look or flats for a comfy day time look!

Krista Super Skinny Hudson Jeans $198

Boyfriend Jeans: not sold on the super skinny? Don’t worry because boyfriend jeans are still in, these are a much more relaxed fit and you want them to be loose in the thighs and calf, balance the baggy fit on the bottom with more fitted layers on the top!

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Boot Cut Jeans: this cut that ends right at your foot looks super clean and professional with heels and makes your legs look ultra-long! This is the most popular cut for denim and a darker wash will give your outfit a super polished look

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Hair Bling: place sparkly hair accessories like clips and bobby pins on the opposite side of your part and mix various sizes, use hairspray to give extra hold or try a headband for a really bold look

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Leather Boots: for the fashion badass, short leather moto boots will kick any outfit into gear and turn heads for sure, pair with extra tight skinny jeans or jeggings and a slacker tee

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Go To Flats: a girl’s best friend and such a must is a great pair of super comfy closed-toe flats, pair with skinny jeans, solid color tank and a blazer for a casual chic look or a printed dress for a dressed down day look and even pair with tights and an oversized sweater or tee to look comfy but ultra cute heading to class

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Chunky Platforms: these are a personal fave because they are SO much easier to wear than heels and give you a great height boost without looking too dressy. These are essential to pair with your skinny jeans and and a great cropped tee with a blazer, button down or bomber for a sexy-casual look great for going out

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Moccasins: thank God these are still in because I literally wear them everywhere, skinny jeans with a cute zip-up sweatshirt and light moccasins takes the grunge out of running errands even when I just woke up (hello headband…) or do understated preppy and pair an oxford or colored shirt with super distressed jeans and mocs!

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