Thanks Slickdeals for partnering with me on this post! Scholarships are so many students’ bread and butter when it comes to paying for school. I know I applied for about one hundred my senior year of high school – and for some pretty weird ones, too! Did you know that there is a scholarship for tall people? Every evening I spent scouring the internet looking for new scholarships to apply for, and every night I would try and pump out an essay or two. Applying for scholarships is a lot of work, but you can reap a great reward. It seems every single year I see stories floating around of students who earned up to $100,000 in scholarships. While I wasn’t that lucky, I don’t think anyone can blame me for trying! What I’m getting at, is I’m a huge advocate in looking for scholarships – because they can really add up! As a savvy internet user, you’ve probably heard of the website Slickdeals by now, but what you might not know is that they have an incredible student portal and they are giving two students the chance to win a $5000 for the fall semester! Finalists will be listed on Slickdeals where the public can… View Post

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Teach For America. All opinions are 100% mine. You all know about my affinity for little ones by now – it has seemed to be a common theme in my posts for the past few weeks. I recently mentioned how I have always had it in my head that I would work with them in some capacity. For a long time I wanted to be a teacher, this was mostly influenced by great teachers I had growing up. I was a shy kid with a bit of a speech impediment, so I wasn’t the most popular elementary schooler, but at the time it didn’t even matter because I was blessed with teachers that made me feel special and included. Knowing how teachers had such a large impact in my life really pushed me to want to be able to touch the lives of other kids in that way. And while I’ve veered off on a different path, my mind wanders back to teaching now and again. I’m committed to not committing myself to a full-time career until I know I’m getting into something I’ll love. I know that a… View Post

Thank you Dell and Intel for partnering with me to help college students manage their time! Alright, friends! I know a handful of you expressed concern over whether or not I’d continue to write college posts during my semester off – and while they may be less frequent, rest assured I have a handful on my editorial calendar! After all, this entire blog started as a college blog, and I don’t think I’ll be able to get away from those roots for a while. Today I want to talk about time management in college – one thing I can say for sure that I managed to rock last semester. Managing your time in college is one of the hardest things you’ll do. Beyond just going to class students are expected to have jobs, look for internships, get volunteer hours, and still manage a social life. It gets to be difficult, and it can be way overwhelming. I have done a few time management posts in the past, but I thought I would make this the queen of posts and condense it into a top ten list making it easy and actionable. 1.) Have a plan. In high school it was so easy for me… View Post

So, the past few months I made a few mentions of how I was feeling down or overwhelmed. I try to keep things upbeat and happy here, so I never really got into it, but I was brushing things off and I need to get real with y’all for a minute. I wasn’t just feeling down or overwhelmed, I was depressed. I learned the hard way that depression can happen to anyone – even if your life looks perfect from the outside. My life felt like it was going in a downward spiral and there was nothing I could do about it. It all started with nightmare induced sleep deprivation and went out of control from there. I was paranoid and upset most of the time, and I transformed into someone I didn’t recognize. I’d always prided myself in being optimistic and upbeat, but my mind quickly shifted and I found myself thinking unusually dark thoughts. My mind would go from being terrified that no one cared about me, to wishing that was the case so I could disappear without hurting anyone in the matter of minutes; and I could feel the old me slipping away. Life went on like that… View Post

The countdown is on: Only 48 hours and 1 final exam stand between me and a month of relaxation at home and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m not going to lie, this semester may have crushed my spirits just a little bit but I’m ready to come back and crush next semester with the new found energy I’m hoping to acquire at home. A few things on my agenda this break are playing with babies, shopping with my momma, whipping up some creations on my sewing machine, and sleeping in the comfort of my own bed. But beyond that I’m looking forward to tackling some awesome projects over break. I’ve been teasing a bit on Twitter, alluding to a secret project (that will be launched January 1st!) but beyond that I’m looking to use my break to work on a few (less top secret!) projects, too. If you’re looking to come back from break a little more skilled than you were before, I rounded up some awesome resources that you can use to keep your mind sharp over break! Duolingo: If you haven’t heard of Duolilngo, it’s awesome. It’s a completely free language learning resource and it’s the best.  When I… View Post