I drastically changed my major And it was the best decision i could have made

I drastically changed my major And it was the best decision i could have made

The reason behind a huge switch I made in my college career

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My whole life I was a dancer. I've always loved theatre and music and art. I've been drawing for forever, and I'm not too bad at it. My senior year of high school, I took a marine science class and fell in love with it. I decided I liked it so much, that i wanted to attend Coastal Carolina to study it. I was super excited.

Everybody told me that it wasn't the major for me. That I had been so artistic my whole life, so why was I doing this? I was so determined to go against the rest and do something completely different than what I was used to. After one semester of that, I decided that I was being a little ignorant and stubborn and switched my major to graphic design.

When people hear this change it's shocking. They're literally on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. I noticed how much happier I was this past semester. I felt like it was where I belonged. I made more friends that had the same or similar majors and it was amazing. I found myself wanting to try my hardest to please my classmates and teachers. I was willing to spend all nighters if it meant that the project would look its very best. I also learned time management, which I'd never been good at before, because I had to in order to meet deadlines.

College is a time to really figure yourself out. Don't be afraid to switch your major. Most people do. It's a time to experiment and find your place for when you enter the real world. You need to do whatever makes you happiest. I am so much happier and confident where I am. I find myself coming up with ideas on ideas with the tools I learned in the one semester I've had. I have goals for the future and hope that I can achieve them. Go to college with an open mind and you will find your place.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

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13. Frat House Dr. Sign

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Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

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A Guide To Finding Your Tribe in College

Every college kid needs people in their corner — why not make it other college students?

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In college, it can be absolutely terrifying to try to find people who share your values and opinions. Finding friends to help you when the world doesn't necessarily go your way is super important for all freshmen, regardless of school. Your "tribe" is made up of people who will have your back no matter what. Finding that tribe will help your transition from high school to college, as well as allow you to thrive in the college environment.

The first step to finding your tribe happens before you even get to school when you fill out your housing application. Most schools have villages where students that share a common interest live. I live in the Honors and Scholars Village at NC State, which means that I live with other students that are in the University Honors and Scholars Programs. When you live in a village with individuals that share your interests, it's easier to find people that will help you through college.

The next step in finding your tribe is actually meeting people. After you move into college, the first few days are all about meeting other people. If you live in a hall-style residence hall, try leaving your door open for the first few days. People will stop by and you can meet them that way. You should also try to go to programming offered for the first week or two put on by the university or college you attend. Any programming is a way to meet people who go to your school and maybe have the same values as you.

Once classes start, it can be easier to make friends with people who are in your classes. By making friends in your classes, you will have the ability to collaborate with people who are possibly in your major or share your interests. It is also important to make friends in your classes in case you miss a class or want to form a study group, which could help you maintain good grades during your first semester.

Meeting people who you live with and have class with is important, but it is also important to join some clubs or organizations on campus. Not only will clubs improve your resume, but they can also help you meet people you might not otherwise interact with. Finding different perspectives in college is important. By joining an organization, you will be able to interact with a wide variety of people, expanding your perspective and personal diversity.

Finding your tribe in college can be scary, but it is almost as important as making decent grades and eating good meals. Your tribe will help you through good and bad times, regardless of how scary things may seem. Your tribe will love and care for you, which is integral to your transition to college. Good luck during your first semester and you've got this!

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