An Introvert's Guide To Surviving (And Thriving) In College

An Introvert's Guide To Surviving (And Thriving) In College

Never let 'em see you sweat.

Two years ago, I was on my way to embarking on the greatest adventure of my life: college. Although I was thrilled to be leaving home and starting my next chapter, I was also incredibly nervous. The idea of being in a place with all new faces scared the living daylights out of me, to be honest. I wanted to reinvent myself in college. I didn’t want to be known as the “sweet quiet girl” that I was in high school. So if you’re like me, and want to create a new and improved version of yourself when starting college, this is for you!

1. Join every club that you can and want to, but don’t go overboard.

When I first started school, I attempted to go to every club meeting on campus. This, as you might imagine, is impossible. The fact that my calendar was completely full with an event each night made me anxious. Only join the clubs that you have a genuine interest in, and that won’t overwhelm you. Helpful hint: if reading poetry bores you to sleep, don’t join poetry club.

2. Leave your door open when you’re in your room — let people come to you.

If you’re like me, and making friends is one of your biggest fears, not to worry! If you live on campus and prefer to stay in your room, just open your door. When you first start college, everyone is trying to make new friends, so you’re in luck.

3. Don’t stay in your room too much.

I know college can be overwhelming, trust me. But if you are always in your room, you are going to miss out on some events that only college has to offer, such as late night movies and Taco Bell runs. Yes, I know you can do this at home, but for some reason, it’s always better when you’re in a new place with new friends.

4. Try and start study groups with people in your classes.

If you’re struggling to make friends, and also want to excel in your classes, try this! You can do both at the same time. Bonus points if you ask the people in your classes to hang out with you outside of class and studying. Who knows, you may find a friend in doing this. I did!

5. If you need some time to yourself, don’t be afraid to take it!

If the idea of doing all of this makes you want to curl up into a ball and cry, I hear you. College is scary and making new friends all over again is terrifying. The only comfort in this for me was that everyone was in the same boat I was. We were all in a different environment, just trying to get by. So if you feel somewhat of a sensory overload, don’t hesitate to take a moment for yourself. I know that I like to relax and be quiet after a long day of socializing, and that’s OK. Just remember not to spend all your time in your room.

Being quiet was something that frightened me going to college. I definitely thought that I was going to be alone and friendless for four long years. I have some good news for my introverts out there…that didn’t happen! By joining some clubs and being as outgoing as I could be without totally freaking myself out, I have made some amazing friends and memories so far at school. And if you follow these steps, you will too!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Faces And Future Of Sustainability In The Fashion Industry

The science is unanimous: climate change is real, and it's only getting worse.


While the conversation surrounding climate change is often plagued by alarmist statements and perilous precautions, there is a practical and hopeful narrative that can be found in its solutions. As much finger pointing as society likes to do, the causes of climate change would take all ten fingers and more to point out the root issues. One of the culprits that hit closest to home is the fashion industry. As an aspiring design major, I've been directly faced with the reality of the industry's harmful habits. Quick turnaround, high demand, and evolving expectations make the production environment very complex to navigate at the least.

Although the fashion industry caters to just about 7 billion people, it doesn't excuse companies, brands, and labels from producing at the expense of our world. Despite the long-held attitude of indifference towards its side-effects; as of late, climate science has left no choice for the industry but to change course. The science has made it evident that we've run out of time to be apathetic; action must be taken, and it must be taken now.

Enter the side of the climate change conversation that's introduced a variety of initiatives to promote change. Whether it's recycling ocean plastic into tennis shoes like Adidas, using up waste fabrics from larger companies like Zero Waste Daniel, or Kate Hudson's Happy x Nature, which has been developed from sustainable materials, the fashion industry is venturing into a greener future.

Adidas first announced its plans to create a sneaker from recycled ocean plastic in 2015, "Parley for the Oceans." Since the release of their first tennis shoe four years ago, they sold 5 million pairs in 2018, and they're aiming to turn out 11 million pairs in 2019. Ocean plastic is a huge threat to marine life, and it's not enough to just stockpile it in a landfill. Adidas's product development team cleverly provided a solution for at least some of that plastic. What's great about the shoe, too, is that it retails right around the price point of most of their other styles at around $130.

Alongside Adidas's recycling, Zero Waste Daniel, a designer based in Brooklyn, NY, has made it his mission to use excess fabric scraps from the industry in his own designs. Using a number of techniques, Daniel combines these remnants into new fabrics, fashions them into appliqués or mosaics, or creates whole garments. Alarmingly enough, it's reported that about 21 billion pounds of waste textiles are going to the dump from the US alone. By gathering up the leftovers from other companies, his products are helping to prevent the wastes from continuing to end up in landfills.

Although not made from reused fabrics, Kate Hudson's latest fashion venture, Happy x Nature, is produced solely from sustainable materials. The fibers of the fabrics are made from recyclables like plastic bottles, and the packaging is stated to be biodegradable. Not only is the new line eco-friendly, but it's also relatively affordable with prices ranging from $45 to $150. Let me tell you, Hudson really knocked it out of the park with this concept. I've browsed through the pieces and have fallen in love with the majority. The pieces are seriously adorable and so trendy, but the biggest seller is that I can feel good about purchasing them.

While recycling ocean plastic and sourcing waste fabrics are important strides in the right direction, consumers play an enormous role in this issue. For any of these initiatives to work, there must be consumer demand at the other end of the product. Companies and brands need to see potential consumers for greener products in order to place such products on the market. As such, as consumers, we should reevaluate our own shopping habits in regards to the apparel industry. We must take accountability for how much we purchase, how often we purchase, and how we manage the clothes after we've bought them. Our demands as customers must also align with the push for greener production and shopping patterns.


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