Why you should dress for success

Yes, 'Dress For Success' Applies To College Students, Too

We all know it's hard to get up for that 8 a.m., and dressing nice may not be a priority but I feel it's important and a way to bring more success to your life.

329
views

I accepted the challenge and put purpose into every outfit I chose over the past week to solidify my reasons for writing the article. I've also taken pictures of each day so that I'm out in the open and no one can call me out. Although I am just a freshman in college this year, I had previously been adopting these mindsets before in high school. My day feels so much more approachable when I am looking good.

First and foremost, putting purpose into the clothes and accessories you choose to wear reflect your personality. Style has been a form of personal expression for decades, and it is a way to show who you are on the inside. By choosing pieces and styling them together, outfit choices can have more meaning to you and reflect your character.

Brooklyn Dillow

If you dress in ways that give you the confidence you can go about your day in a more positive attitude. Something I often tell myself is "although everything seems like it's going wrong, at least I look good." Youtuber Jessica Quirk explains similar points in her Youtube video "Look good, feel good." By looking nicer, it makes you feel more capable of tackling the day. If I were dressed in leggings and a sweatshirt, I might be more easily persuaded to take a nap, instead of doing some much-needed homework. I am more productive due to the confidence I have gained from looking nicer and feeling less "comfy."

Another advantage of putting more effort into outfits chosen to wear to classes would be that compliments are given non-stop. It personally lifts my mood to have someone tell me they like my shirt and makes my day a little better. It's also possible that you might make a first impression with someone. By outwardly making an expression of your personality, others who don't know you can draw conclusions about your character. Even with people that you do know, like professors and peers, it makes an impression. They will give more respect to someone who puts effort into the way that they dress instead of someone who looks like they just rolled out of bed.

Brooklyn Dillow

The philosophy of "dress for success" has been around for a while, and it is an idea that I keep in mind. There was a manual created to help people adopt this into their lives, that encyclopedia.com entails. I like to think that I dress for the job that I want, not the job of a student that I have. I want to make the impressions on others and gain my own confidence daily, and the way that I do that is by putting more effort into the outfits that I choose. If you don't believe me, take the advice from others! ManIntelligence provides studies and examples as to how men are affected by the way they dress. Youtuber Mimi Ikonn explains Why You Should Always Dress Your Best and Heena Somani, another Youtuber, gives her 5 Reasons Why You Should Always Dress Your Best. These two women provide their own personal reasons for why they feel it is important. I gain confidence daily by putting effort into my outfits. Others take notice of what I wear, and it gives me a positive attitude knowing that they see the outward impression that I want them to have. I encourage you to take the same challenge that I did and purposefully chose outfits that are reflective of your personality this week. Take note of the compliments you receive and how it personally makes you feel!

Popular Right Now

6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.
25016
views

As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs / Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out RedBubble for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Gherna

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

I Learned Forensic Science In One Day For HOSA SLC 2019 And Still Placed Top Ten

We all have those days where we have to cram for an exam you know nothing about the night before, but have you tried to study for it the day of the exam? I never knew I would find myself in this situation until I went to HOSA SLC. With minimal study time, my partner, Kasey Park, and I were still able to place in the Top Ten in Georgia.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee
8
views

As a member of my school's chapter of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), I went to SLC (State Leadership Conference), where members all over the state of Georgia come to Atlanta to compete in a variety of competitions in the field of Science and Healthcare. All members can pick only one competition to participate in, and the guidelines and rules for each event are posted on the HOSA website.

The event I chose was Forensic Medicine, which requires a team of two people to take a written exam about Forensic Science (Round 1) and write a death report for a case study (Round 2). You must pass Round 1 to move on to Round 2. I worked with a good friend of mine, Kasey Park, for this event. HOSA recommended two textbooks to study for the event: Forensic Science: Fundamentals & Investigations 2nd Edition and Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Fourth Edition.

Kasey and I both had the books, since Winter Break of our sophomore year (2018-2019), and we both agreed to start studying during winter break. Instead, we both completely forgot about it and when we returned to school after the break, we knew we still had time to study, since SLC was in March. We made a game plan of what chapters to read and when to read them, and we agreed to meet for reviewing the chapters we read. But, it didn't happen.

This procrastination continued about a day before we needed to leave for SLC, and we both realized we needed to study two thick textbooks in about 24 hours. We both knew at this point we just needed to cram as much information we could possibly fit into our brains.

The way we crammed was we both read the textbook as fast as possible and absorbing information as we go. Even though will not understand everything, we can still get a lot of information that can help us do well.

We studied on the way to SLC and before the Round 1 exam, so we can have the best chance possible when taking the test. My partner and I took the Round 1 exam during the afternoon, and we both we did alright, but not good, so we were worried about whether or not we made the second round. We got a notification in the evening that we made to Round 2. Kasey and I started to study all night and during the morning to cram as much information as we could. A little before noon, we took the Round 2 Case Study Test, and we thought it was a breeze.

Since we finished our event, we could finally hang out with friends from our school, as well as students from other schools. I meant so many new people at HOSA SLC. The next day, we went to the award ceremony, and my partner and I did not get in the Top 5, so we were not recognized. But later we were informed that we got 9th place, which we were happy with since we did not study very much for this exam.

From my experiences ar HOSA SLC, I have learned many things and met many new people. I would recommend that if you have a testing event, you should start to study prior to SLC to give yourself the most amount of time to study before the test. I feel that cramming last minute at SLC is ineffective and very stressful. I also think that you should try to meet new people since the conference is for members all over the state of Georgia.

If you are a middle or high schooler, I would recommend attending HOSA SLC, as it will be a memory you will never forget.

Joel Lee
Joel Lee

Related Content

Facebook Comments