What’s Next???

What’s next? Yesterday morning I saw this question pop up over every social media account I have. What’s next? Do you guys see how idiotic this sounds? Like what do you all mean what’s next? I seriously need help understanding this question because the same thing that came next yesterday and the day before, will come tomorrow. You’ll continue to live your life the same way you did when President Clinton, Bush and Obama were in office, we as Americans must allow Trump to make no difference.

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Five Helpful Tips for a Successful Sweetest Day

Ladies, Sweetest Day is swiftly approaching and I’m sure we all want to get the love of our life together on this amazing day to show our appreciation. Why not do it the right way, their way and not ours? Here I have 10 tips on the do’s and don’ts to make this holiday one to remember for the special someone in our lives:

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No Donald Trump!!!

VOTE!!! I can’t stress this enough, vote! If we don’t get out there and vote, this country will be more jacked up than what it is today. I solute Barack Obama to the fullest because he has done more than a job well done but this country will not continue to move in the right direct if Donald Trump is elected. Let’s be serious, how do you even go from reality TV to politician with no real background in politics. That’s just like me running for president. Even though I have a degree in Journalism with a minor in Political Science I still wouldn’t be able to take my own self serious trying to run an entire country. It even baffles me that this is the joker the Republican Party chose as their presidential candidate. Never in my 22 years of life have I heard so many republicans second guess their own candidate until now, that should even be an alarm for us all to get out and vote.

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#MotivationMonday: Advice to The Freshmen Class of 2020

As time is winding down and I begin my final semester of undergrad at Western Michigan University tomorrow, I’m reminiscing on the past 4 years of my life. I have no regrets; however, if I could do it all over, here’s what I’d do differently:

 

1. Meet more people!

Though I can be an extrovert at times, I am an introvert for the most part. I’m pretty quiet and stay to myself. Meeting new people and making friends has never been my forte. I have met some amazing people and even met my best friend, Jade, in college. But I wonder about all the possible friendships I have missed out on because of my introverted behavior. I feel like I didn’t take full advantage of being around 25,000 people of different cultures, backgrounds, beliefs, etc. If I were more open, who knows how many more lasting friendships and connections I could have made.

2. Make time for fun!

I’m a very busy person, and always on the go. I have a detailed schedule outlined for each day. If it’s not on the schedule, I don’t partake in it. Though that can be a good thing, sometimes I wish I could just go with the flow. There have been so many missed opportunities of making unforgettable memories because I was just so busy all the time, whether it be going out, taking a trip, or just simply spending time with my friends. I’m always so stuck on a schedule that sometimes I forget that it’s okay to have fun, take a break, and make time for yourself! Maybe if I did more of that, I wouldn’t have been constantly stressed out or had mental breakdowns every other day.

3. Realize that your mental health is more important than an “A.”

I’m not the type of person that stresses out about getting all A’s. What I get is what I get, as long as I pass the class and tried my absolute best! But still, I stress out about grades just like every other college student, sometimes to the point where I break myself down mentally, physically, and emotionally. Yes, grades matter. Or do they? I mean, all the interviews I’ve had so far for post-college jobs have NOT asked for my transcripts or my GPA. They just want to know if I can perform the tasks needed to be a good employee. They don’t care if I got an A in Film Communication! They just don’t. I guess the situation is different if you’re trying to get into law, medical, or grad school in general and you need a certain GPA to get admitted. But still, sometimes I believe that I overstressed about grades way too much when in reality at the end of the day, as long as I pass, I’m good!

4. Ask for help.

Asking for help has always been a challenge for me. I’m definitely a do-it-yourself type of person. I like to figure things out on my own and I will literally sit for hours – and sometimes days – trying to figure out something before I ask for help. Three words: Don’t do that. You’ll save yourself a whole lot of time and trouble if you just get help. College is filled with numerous resources. Use them! You’re paying for it, so you might as well. Whether it be going to tutoring, the counseling and wellness center, or just talking to your friends about a hard day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. College is already hard. Don’t make it any harder.

5. Don’t try to do everything unless you want to kill yourself.

I don’t know what it is about college, but if you were one of those overachievers in high school that did everything and was the president of every club (like me) and you try to do that in college, you will die. Point blank period. Trust me, I know. I thought I could be a college athlete, take a full load of classes, work, and be in 10 student organizations. LOL. I learned that that’s impossible. Now as a 5th year senior, I’m a lot more focused and have narrowed down my concentration on a few things that matter to me the most instead of a bunch of things I took even the slightest interest in.

6. If you feel like you’re not going to pass a class, drop it.

Personally, I hate giving up on anything. So dropping a class that I was struggling with was tough. However, I learned the hard way that if you honestly think you’re not going to pass, drop it. Had I just done that instead of being overly optimistic about classes I knew I probably wouldn’t pass, I probably wouldn’t have failed 3 classes throughout my time in college. Failing a class SUCKS. So if you can drop a class, do it. If it’s a required class, figure something out to ensure you pass or just drop it and take it a different semester. Dropping a class can be challenging, especially if you’ve done the work and already paid for the $200 book, but it’s better than failing.

7. Don’t conform to be included in the norm.

I always get teased and made fun of because I’m not a “real” college student since I don’t partake in what “normal” college students fill their life with (according to society and millennials’ expectations and definition of college): drinking, partying, and sex. But it’s not college if you don’t do those things, right? WRONG! I tired the whole party life and honestly, it’s just not for me and something I don’t really enjoy partaking in. I go out from time to time with friends, but that’s about it. I’ve probably been to like 5 parties throughout the course of my college career. And I’m perfectly fine with that! Not a heavy drinker. And honestly, hooking up with random people is gross, sorry not sorry. Don’t ever make or force yourself to like something or do something just because everyone else does. Be true to yourself.

8. Time flies, don’t rush it.

The transition from high school to college was rough for me, but with time, things got easier. Still, I remember being a freshman and could not wait to graduate! I would pray every day, “Lord, I need you to speed up time about 3 notches because I can’t do this.” Now, I’m about to graduate in 4 months. Like, what?! I’m just like, man…the best and worst years of my life are about to be over and it’s so bittersweet. I’m not going to miss college not one bit, but I am going to miss the experiences I’ve had and the friends I’ve made. It was one hell of a ride, and I glad I made it through.

 

So yeah, no regrets, just lessons learned! To the class of 2020, I hope this advice helps you in any way! It sure would have helped me.

Epic Snapchat Challenge: Week 3 Recap

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Have you accepted the challenge yet?

Week 3  of the Epic Snapchat Campaign features many of the industry’s hottest media moguls who are currently turning up the heat in entertainment news. We’re sure that many of you have thought to yourself…”Well what exactly is a social bee?”

Now until October 8th, these moguls, with the help of friends, will show you exactly what it means to be honest, be humble, and simply being YOU as a Social Bee using The Social B.’s Snapchat Page! Be sure to follow us for more super interesting videos on Snapchat at @thesocialbshow…

Here’s a recap from week 3 of the challenge:

Don’t Get Caught Behind

IOUs are cool until you’re up to your eyes in debt. In college, credit is like handing a child a bucket full of candy and being told to eat it “responsibly.” Yeah, not going to happen, especially since panties at Victoria Secret are 5 for $26 and I have a $250 credit limit. All of a sudden I’m looking like a VS Brand Ambassador.


During my college career, having extra money to buy clothes seemed ideal. However, every time it was time to pay the minimum $25 a month, I found paying for other things to be more important. Now, my mail looks like this


Here’s a few tips on budgeting while in college.

  1. Each time you get paid, pay all your bills first. If you’re a freshman living in the dorms, you don’t have many bills to worry about. So buy your toiletries and groceries first, pretend thats a bill. 
  2. Commit to saving $10 each time you get paid. Set a quota that you have to reach before you spend any of it.
  3. Stay in for dinner. Hanging out with friends at Applebee’s on Friday night is great, but if you know you don’t have the extra cash don’t go. Cook dinner instead, propose a potluck style friend night.
  4. DON’T SIGN UP FOR STORE SPECIFIC CREDIT! I cannot stress this enough. If shopping at VS or The Limited (for example) isn’t a necessity, you don’t need their credit card.  You can’t use their credit for gas to get home on the weekends.
  5. Use Cash. Remember being a kid and not owning a debit card. We weren’t swipe happy. We always knew how much money we had, because it was right there. No login necessary. Go back to those habits. Take out enough cash and leave your card at home. Once you’re out you’re out. 

Budgeting is hard, but so is calculus and chemistry and all the other class you have to put effort into to pass. I know you can do this! Spend smart!

Bedroom Diaries: College Roommate From Hell

Let’s take it back to the college days…dorm rooms, 4-bedroom apartments, roommates, bills, RESPONSIBILITIES! College life was the absolute best four years of my life. It’s one of the many moments where the world is testing to see exactly how responsible and clean you can be as an independent adult. Unfortunately, not everyone is taught how to be a responsible, clean, and independent adult before coming to college. By independent I mean completing your laundry, paying your own bills, handling conflict appropriately, or even CLEANING UP AFTER YOURSELF!

This episode of Bedroom Diaries details my nasty roommate confessions while being apart of the Disney College Program.

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Epic Snapchat Challenge: Week 1 Recap

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This week we’ve officially kicked off our Epic Snapchat Campaign featuring many of your favorite media moguls in the entertainment industry. Now until October 8th, these moguls, with the help of friends, will show you exactly what it means to be honest, be humble, and simply being YOU as a social bee using The Social B.’s Snapchat Page! Be sure to follow us for more super interesting videos on Snapchat at @thesocialbshow…

Here’s a recap from week 1 of the challenge:

 

Bedroom Diaries: Knocked Out By Karma

College is the reward for surviving high school. Most people have great fun stories from college and nightmare stories from high school. College is your home away from home where you can live young, wild, and free!

We’ve all been there a time or two where our parents believe that we’re once place and yet we’re somewhere totally different. Not to mention that when you have a significant other listening to your heart over your head will certainly have you doing some stupid things that you may have to regret in the future. This episode of Bedroom Diaries explains how I, Sydney B., was knocked out by karma! Let’s just say this was one bloody situation. Check it out and tell about how your worst encounter with karma.

 

Minding Your Own Business

Beyoncé released her amazing visual album at the beginning of 2016 that had each and every woman in this world craving Lemonade like crazy, but are we back to sipping our tea yet or has lemonade become the new thing? I’m not sure what’s going on but I do have something for all of you to sip on and the tea of the day happens to be ‘Minding Your Own Business.’

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Swiper No Swiping!

What started as an illegal act of earning money has now gone viral and on to be one of the most epic topics of any conversation had in today’s society. Swiping or scamming, which can be classified as new terminology for stealing has become one of the top sources of income for teenagers and young adults all throughout the United States of America.

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The Year of Why Not. 

By Jillynn Reese

Last Friday, I was blessed to see my twenty-fourth birthday. While being super excited for year 24, I explained to all my family and friends just how different it feels. Recently graduating from Western Michigan University, I’ve been interning at ArtPrize.org in the communication department. This was a goal a year ago,  working in my field in all. I finally feel like an adult.


Ofcourse, I’ve been on my own for the past 5 years, but I was always a dependent student. I’ve come to the realization that, I call the shots in my life from here on out.  College was forced, my parents weren’t playing that. Since graduation I’ve been pondering on what’s next after this internship. So my Bestfriend and I are declaring year 24 as the #YearofWhyNot.
Since there is so much I want to accomplish by 25, there is no excuse for this ordinary life I live. I don’t want to be ordinary and neither should you. The year of “why not” is challenging us to step out our comfort zones and take charge of our life and the goals we will accomplish.


In a few months, I’ll be returning to Detroit to live with my parents. During this time, I will be investing in my brand. Developing my business and exposing my skills to the world. So far, I’ve started my personal blog (Click here to check that out), I’ve joined this awesome network of social bees :), I’ve joined the snapchat takeover challenge for this platform and I’ve started working on a business plan. So I’m on a roll. I encourage every millennial and recent graduate to take charge and invest in your passions.

Why should you be asking, why not? Simply because you are the only person who can stop you from experiencing your optimal life. Most times it’s usually money or fear that keeps us from living. This is where sacrafice comes into play, take those moments to self-improve.

Here is some advice I’ve recently received; monitor your time, are you allocating the proper time to your goals. If not, eliminate unnecessary task in your day. Also, have you taken advantage of each opportunity presented to you? If not, why?

Write it down.

Your only limit is you. Get out of your way! Stop allowing self-sabotage to keep you from your dream life. Make the promise to yourself to live optimally, and whatever that looks like for you will happen. You just have to move.

You’ve got this!

Being You!

“In a world full of Kardashians, be a Letty” or “In a world full of Kardashians, be Ayesha Curry” are two meme captions that perfectly describes the story behind this post. Be you. It’s just that simple. Don’t let society pick who you are going to be; be who and whatever makes you happy. If you are sincerely a Letty, an Ayesha Curry or even a Kardashian, be that and be the best you that you can be!

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10 Tips for Incoming Freshmen at Michigan State University

Freshman year at Michigan State University was a big headache for me; I didn’t know my way around campus, didn’t know how to catch the bus, didn’t know how to buy books and most importantly, I yelled ‘Yea… Go Green’ when someone said ‘Go Green’ to me. Here I have provided ten tips that will help any MSU freshman have a successful first year in East Lansing:

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The Advice Every College Freshmen Needs to Hear

By Tabinda Sial

I will be going into my junior year at Michigan State University this upcoming fall and there are so many incoming freshmen that constantly asks me questions about MSU. I realized I found the answers to those questions through my own college experience. No one gives you a book on “How to Survive College” when you first get there, you sort of have to just experience college for yourself to adjust to this new world of freedom. But there are a few tips I would give to freshmen going to college in the fall because they will definitely help at some point!

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