A Man’s World… Or is it

What kind of world do we live in? Who established these social norms? Why has our culture manifested itself in the way that it has?

So many questions, so very little answers…

As a female in today’s society it’s not rare to get barked at by males, be  reduced to the color pants we’re wearing at the current moment, or even be thought of as sexual objects. Unfortunately this is a normality for so many.

Sure, some may argue that if females didn’t wear tight skirts or revealing blouses or the fact that they curled their hair and put on makeup, they wouldn’t get treated as they do. amber-rose-slutwalk-la-october-2015-bellanaija0003But…why does a woman’s attire and physical appearance represent her sexual standing? Too often today do women find themselves in a position that they couldn’t or shouldn’t have imagined that they’d be in. For these reasons, it’s people like Amber Rose that have started the “Slut Walk”, the no-shaming protest to end the rape culture and the dehumanization of women. If a woman is a bit more promiscuous than that of a nun, she’s every name in the book. The cruelty and slander is horrendous.

 

To make matters worse, our potential president-unfortunately, Donald Trump, has been interviewed, quoted, and filmed one to many times about his opinion on the female. Some of his many claims are that women are a distraction; their menstrual cycles, pregnancyy3hcusvl8wkq4l6f7xzgrdl72ejkfbmt4t8yenimkbvvk0ktmf0xjctabnaljim9, and emotional mindsets are far too chaotic, inconvenient and disturbing much less to be considered in any place of power or as president of the United States, referencing Hilary Clinton.

We know the setup, “what’s your name, what’s your sign, you got a man” etc. a timeless opener for males to entice a woman, but if theres a hint of sass given or an attitude underway we’re automatically the worst things walking this Earth. Sure, being dry or straight to the point  may not be the nicest thing to do, but if i’m simply just not interested or don’t want to be bothered why does that make me any less of a person. At a social event, a female was shot, SHOT, in her chest because she declined to give a man her phone number. Though she’s doing alright, it was such an unnecessary measure taken. It’s unclear of how nicely or rudely she may have declined his request, but why would that even be a factor? Why does a woman need to be a gentle lamb just to preserve her life in these types of occurrences???

It sort of reminds me of the senseless killings by the police officers. A man selling CD’s though thought to be suspicious or his activity even illegal, it doesn’t justify his death.He was shot several times at close range while being held down by other police officers.  If you’ve seen some of the comments of the videos that have gone viral you’d see some of thie ignorant nonsense people have posted. “If he wasn’t selling CD’s he wouldn’t have been shot, If he didn’t resist, if he didn’t talk back, if he didn’t stand there, if he didn’t blink, if he didn’t smile, if he wasn’t black….” so many hateful, blood-boiling statements that bring me back to the thought that no one deserves the treatment that society bestowes upon them. Whether it be a woman with tight fitting clothing that drank too much and thus gang raped or an innocent man hustling to feed his family shot and killed, there are no justifications for their resulting consequences.

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On a Saturday night out with the girls, all dolled up, men approach you and no matter how nice or rude you try to be it’s like they don’t get it. On a particular occasion, a man bumped into a young woman and was very touchy as he apologized, she requested that he not touch her, and he turned into another person aside from the one that was just trying to apologize so affectionately. “You must think you’re hot S***, you think you’re bad, well you’re not you ugly little b****, that’s why you…”, the slurs, profanity, and insults continued as he walked away. When these types of things happen it makes me wonder if it’s even safe to go out anymore. Who knows what could happen if a male approaches a female now of days.

Males are using whatever tactics they can just to save face and their pride. Chloroform cloths are being heavily used on women, along with date rape drugs- Rohypnol or Roofie, as well as tazers, guns, and other weapons. It wouldn’t be shocking to know that women actually feel some sense of obligation to comply with men and their requests no matter the circumstance just to maintain their safety. To no surprise, campus crimes have increased. A couple of girls walking back to their dorms from the library meeting with their study group, and a male thinks that’s the perfect time to take advantage of the situation. As women, we’re made to feel so small, helpless, weak, and insecure that we need to carry our purse pistols, a shank, mace…and not that that’s a bad idea at all, but why has society made us feel so fearful that we need to utilize these strategies just to make it back home safely?

Recently, well-known, socialite, Kim Kardashian was tied up with taped mouth and blindfold and robbed by two men dressed as police officers while in Paris for fashion week. Kanye West happened to be having a concert in the city that week and when he heard of the news he immediately canceled the show and went to be with her. People were outraged by the cancelation and took it out on Mrs. West herself.  People trolled, made accusations, and called Kim all sorts of names and legitimizing the reason she was robbed claiming that she shouldn’t have “all that money” anyway. Love, like, hate, or indifferent, no one should be made to feel so less than that anything they have can be taken rather it be physical objects or other things. This scenario isn’t too far off from what happens to women everyday.

download.jpegThis isn’t a rant for “men haters”, this isn’t a “women rule the world”-Beyonce combo, this isn’t to possey up and start a mob to start killing them off, this is to establish knowledge about what’s going on, in 2016 where a female can’t be too sure about her life’s state when a man approaches her. It’s all too surreal that our grandmothers were treated like queens when they were young. Given flowers, dated gentlemen who  thought they were lucky to have even have known the lady…times have definitely changed and not for better. As women, we definitely need to be aware of our surroundings, not caught up with capturing the “right light” while trying to take a selfie or other matters. It’s time to get serious. There are hotlines and helpful websites available. Talk to your mother, sister, grandmother, and other women. Talk to the men in your life too. Life is too precious and much to short to have it conflicted due to pride-hurt males.

Stay safe! Stay in the know!

-Domo.Dub

St. Pablo Tour stops in Grand Rapids

Considering I haven’t been to a concert since, B2K was a thing. Going to the St. Pablo
Tour was another great experience for 2016. I was able to see why people pay the big bucks for the closer seats, although my seats were just as great. The concert took place in the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI., where the streets flooded with people from all over West Michigan to experience Mr. West and his hovering stage.

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Kanye hit the platform at 9:21p.m., and the crowd went crazy. I’ll be honest, I enjoy Kanye as an artist and producer, but I really wasn’t a die hard fan–until now. The energy in that arena was amazing, I enjoyed every bit of it.

He performed several hits like, Jesus Walks, FourFive Seconds, Can’t Tell Me Nothing and several songs from Life of Pablo, obviously. Opening  with Father Stretch My Hands.

As I said before, I hadn’t been to a concert since watching Omarion glide across the stage at Joe Louis Arena, or maybe it was Lloyd…I’m not sure, but it has been a while. Of course, me being “Jill the camera lady” I wanted to capture so many great moments, for this post specifically. I had my phone out the entire time, recording and taking pictures.

I joked about how the set up and lighting made me feel like I was standing in the middle of Zion in the Matrix movie, because that’s exactly how it felt. The yellow lights gave it a real ambient touch. Listening to the crowd sing all the lyrics as if they were on stage performing. Needless-to-say, I had a ball and I need to learn more Yeezy songs new and old.

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Time waits for No One, So use it wisely

Fall is here and the world has never been busier. Students are back to school, Parents are working double time but the days are getting shorter. It’s almost as if we run out of time during the autumn season. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your work days with you as a focus.

Being a student is hard work, whether you are in high school or college, there never seems to be enough time for you no matter how many planners you have. “Students are working an average of 30 hours a week, Georgetown researchers found. However, about 25 percent of working students are simultaneously employed full-time and enrolled in college full-time.” Considering this study was done in 2015, I’m sure that number has increased since then.

If this is you…KEEP READING.

“Having great time management” is something that has been preached to you since about 11th grade. Getting a planner and writing down everything you have to do for that week and sticking to that to-do list. Though this tactic is great, you’re still in shallow waters in the sea of time management. Let’s take this habit a step further. What in your to-do list is major priority?

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These are the task that have to get done ASAP. They usually have a time stamp on them. This can include papers, responding to emails, scheduling appointments etc. Contrary to popular belief, not all task have to get done at that very moment. Find out what is important and needs most of your attention, tackle that first.

Learning how to allocate your free time wisely is the most important skill for managing time. Outside of work and class, what other activities do you have listed that are worth your time? For example, when I was attending Western Michigan University, I purposely scheduled my classes for Tuesday and Thursdays only. That way Monday, Wednesday and Friday were days for work and anything else I wanted to do.  The weekends were days I would do homework and things I personally enjoyed. Moments where I had free time, I made sure I allocated it to something I would be the primary beneficiary.

Most of the time, I took naps but you get the point. Free time shouldn’t be completely spent doing things like studying. Mental health should always be your number one priority.

When do you work best? Are you a rooster or a night owl? Once you find out when you do the best work, you’ll be able to work more effectively and efficiently. Time management is important but never forget to work in a way that’s best for you.

 

 

#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.

The keys to vacation

Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya… Bermuda, Bahama, come on pretty mama… Key Largo, Montego baby why don’t we go, Jamaica…

“Oooh the places you’ll go” …or at least dream of, but why does it have to be just a thought? Sadly, many people have never left their hometown or even state to travel due to monetary reasons, busy schedules, or simply just unaware of their options. When we think of vacation, we tend to think of a meteor hitting our bank accounts, but “vacaying” doesn’t have to be expensive at all! Sure we all want the luxurious Rolls Royce rental, the Ritz Carlton stay, the Nobu food…but let’s be realistic.

We’re young, we’re free, we’ve got a decent job, and we have nothing but time…what better to do than to travel and see the world? Whether it’s a girl’s trip to Miami, guys being guys in Vegas, or even a baecation to Jamaica… thanks to technology you can predict the costs, book, and plan your trip through a few apps.

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Hopper is a flight prediction app. This app allows users to insert their travel to and from destinations as well as the desired dates and it instantly pops up with a list of flights, beginning with the cheapest. It even shows a color-coded calendar showing when and just how expensive trips will be throughout the months. I recently found a flight for 4 days for just $82…ROUND TRIP. My friends have also been utilizing the app to its full advantage. One of my friends has gone on a trip each weekend last month thanks to hopper. From D.C. to Houston, to New York the flights have been afforded by just a couple weeks of saving.

Flipkey and Airbnb are just a couple of the most popular service apps out there right now. People rent out their homes, condos, apartments, beach houses, lofts…you name it, all for affordable prices. Of course with many other factors involved like your taste, city and area, and amenities prices fluctuate. We all want to be comfortable, especially when onvacation, but who needs a plush boudoir with champagne waiting in the den, when you’re supposed to be out on the town sightseeing and living it up? These apps allow people from all walks of life no matter their circumstance to travel and experience new things. Whether it be for an entire week’s stay or a place to crash for the night until you reach the next city, it’s a great, affordable innovation.

Uber everywhere. Skrr skrr! …and Lyft
You most likely won’t need to rent a car wherever you do vacation to. Sure it’s luxurious, convenient, and something you may be used to, but there are often overnight parking fees, tolls, possibilities of incidents occurring, additional charges from the rental company, gas… by the time you rack up the total, it may have very well surpassed that of the Ubers or Lyfts you could’ve gotten. The Uber and Lyft services also allow you to split the fare with friends while also offering discounts and promotions to users.

These are just a few of my travel faves that can save everyone time and money…

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Senioritis 101

With so many tutorials, tips, and guides on how to survive college for the freshmen…what about those who are approaching their final years? Well, sure, they’ve been at it this long, you’d figure they’d have it down pat by now. But, upper-class is very different from the underclass. Freshman and sophomore year, students are wide-eyed and bushy-tailed…about everything. Their everywhere! At every event, every party, every organization’s meeting, all the cafes…their ready for anything. At some point between sophomore and junior year we get tired, we’ve “seen it all, done it all”, been to every house party, had enough lectures that would seem to last a lifetime, experienced 3 or 4 chaotic finals crisis, and also probably turned 21 J  or quickly approaching it. That 21 year milestone is one that separates us. We’re a bit better, more experienced, not easily amused, a bit more sophisticated…or so we think.

As a senior myself, here are some tips for the oldies to survive their final semesters of undergrad!

  1. Go to as many events as possible

I think it’s a great idea to relive the young years. As soon to be graduates, we’ve turned our nose up at things we used to be so giddy over. Go to the football games. If you’ve never been to the hockey game, go. What about the gymnastics team, did you know your school even had one, go to one of their meets. Go tailgating. Do some things that you hadn’t had the chance to do.

  1. Get gear

Stock up on some merchandise with your school’s mascot plastered right on the front. What better way to show school spirit? Buy a license plate tag, a window decal, a blanket, a few hoodies and sweat pants, heck…even a baby onesie for your niece or nephew. Remember being in the store and seeing that $29.99 price tag for a shirt…A SHIRT?! Well, now’s the time to go get it. The best thing is, after years have passed and you come up on your class reunion, come in town for homecoming, or simply want to turn heads while out and about while showing school pride, that shirt is worth it.

  1. Be spontaneous

Run for homecoming king or queen. Grab your friends and spend the weekend in the next city over. Host a party at your apartment. So what if it’s a school night, go to the bar pull an all-nighter and grab a red bull on the way to your class the next morning.  Paint your face the school’s colors for one of the games. Streak the football field…. Ok maybe not that one, but you get the idea. Start a YouTube channel about your journey to that stage! Start a band or singing group, start a small business. Become the on campus go-to for haircuts and styles. Make memories that will last until you see your classmates again at the reunion.

  1. Be social

There’s nothing worse than leaving college with no memories, no experiences, and no friends… I mean, what was college for (other than to earn a $40,000+ degree)? Sit next to someone in class, start a conversation, invite someone to a party. Join an organization, chances are your school has thousands of them; whether social or business or both. Don’t go directly home after each class, stick around, and go to the student union; see who’s there. Gossip, text, talk, chat, stay in the know, who’s dating who and whatnot. You may think you’re above it all, but with drama eliminated, it’ll keep you entertained and laughing up until you walk across the stage

If you weren’t an adult before, once you graduate you definitely will be one. Responsibilities and bills will hit you…HARD! Live it up. Be a little selfish, buy a new outfit for that party on Saturday. Become a bartender at your favorite bar. Go bungee jumping… maybe too extreme, but again, you get the point. The options are endless. Don’t let these last few classes get you down in the dumps while adulthood creeps up on you. Take pride in your seniority!

Hope these few tips help keep the upperclassmen world-wide uplifted in spirit and motivated this year! Good luck in school and may your GPA be forever in your favor!

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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.

Warning: Viewer discretion is advised.

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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Get Edumacated

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It’s 7am, and first hour has just begun. Sleepy eyed and groggy with a bag full of books, we were probably dreading the rest of the day and counting down the days until graduation and also thinking how the Pythagorean theorem or the periodic table of elements was going to help us in our everyday life.

How many times have we promised ourselves we were just going to get a factory job to avoid the stress?

Who has ever joked with their friends about finding a “sugar mama” or “sugar daddy” to support their lifestyles?

First start. Preschool. Kindergarten. Elementary school. Middle school. High school and, not to mention, latchkey and day care.

Education is so important, and it would be a relentless job to stress the many reasons why.

So many people argue that school isn’t for everyone. And though, this much is true, considering the 300 million people in America, chances are there’s something for everyone.

According to Findlaw.com, compulsory education is the requirement of all children in the United States to be educated, at least until the reach of high school, then the child has the “choice” to continue on or not.

I went to a public school within my hometown. The school received an exemplary status from the city’s school board but I wasn’t too moved by it, I thought the teachings were pretty common and that we all knew the same kinds of things…but I was wrong.

Coming to college has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made as well as an experience that has widely opened my eyes. Sitting in the student union one day, catching up on an assignment while I wait for my next class, I overhear a conversation. Someone asks what country the Olympics were being held in. The other said “the one with the blue and yellow flag”, “ooh, you mean Portuguese”. My face instantly drooped; I was dumbfounded.

Firstly, the 2016 Olympics are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their flag’s colors are blue, green, yellow, and white. Portuguese is NOT a country, but it is the language that the Brazil natives speak. Portugal is a country located in Europe, next to Spain, that colonized Brazil and… UGH. I could’ve gone on and on inside my brain. Social media has made it a game to post math problems relative to 5th grade learning that so many people have failed at answering. Some of the comments people post implore that their answer is right and that they know P.E.M.D.A.S and other math tools. Having conversations with people can be frustrating as well. They may try to include more complex words that they may have heard or possibly have read up on but they use it or pronounce it so incorrectly, its horrifying. “He had the odacitely (audacity) to ask me that”, but they know every word to Future’s new song, and can tell you how to “cook and move work” and go “OT” providing Young Dolph and Gucci Mane’s instructions.

Sure, others paid more attention in history class than others, but these things are common knowledge that I thought everyone had. Sort of like comma usage, proper grammar practice, the differences between to, too, and two-their, they’re, there- rather, whether… UGH there I go again…I could go on.

Some argue that college is a conspiracy and that they’d just prefer to become an entrepreneur and open their own business. While you don’t need a degree to do so, higher education provides classes, training, and networking opportunities for the fields of interest. How can one be a business owner with no known knowledge of a business plan or how to manage nonetheless keep track of gross and net income?

A four-year university is not the end all-be all like our families, teachers, or media has lead us to believe. There are shorter-term education options that can still give us a desirable outcome. Community colleges, trade/vocational schools, realty classes, culinary schools, CNA or other medical licensing, schools for beauty and barber… the list goes on and on.

Education is important. There are no ifs ands or buts. Education allows for learning, growth, new opportunities, networking, chances to earn better pay, flexible schedules and programs, online options, and great experiences are just some of the pros for seeking a higher education. Even if you don’t finish out, or seek a degree per se, but simply desire some new useful knowledge and skill sets, there’s something for everyone.

In the world of today, with Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump running for president, the #blacklivesmatter movement, as well as the police brutality epidemic at large, why wouldn’t you want to #staywoke and educated?

What do you think? Is school worth the hassle? Should there be a law requiring everyone to receive education? Have you found yourself constantly correcting others?

B Educated!

Among other things,

B Honest B Humble B You!

-domo.dub

 

DIY Credit Repair

Growing up I never really understood the importance of credit and maintaining a good credit score until I started college. When it became time to get a car, apply for apartments, and other things I had absolutely no credit under my belt. That is until I went on a Spring Break trip my freshman year. I got a credit card and maxed it out, I was horrified. I’m writing this blog for all credit illiterate people like I once was, tips on how to repair your credit! I had to fall on my face a few more times and discipline myself before I finally got the hint. Here are a few DIY Credit Repair Tips to save your credit.

1. Know your score

First things first, you need to be aware of your credit score often! There are three different credit bureaus that manage and display your credit history for creditors: Experian, Equifax, and Transunion. You can access your credit score from each bureau, free of charge once a year. Request a copy and review your score for anything that you maybe able to dispute.

2. Build Credit

A great way to build your credit is to apply for a small credit card with a low limit. Make a few purchases and make your payments on time. My suggestion is to go to a retailer or a credit union and apply for a credit card. If you’re getting something from the store and already have the cash, use your card and then make your payment on your card right after your purchase so there is activity on your card. For Example, if you’re at VS and buy an outfit for $60, use your card for the purchase and while you’re still there use your $60 in cash for the payment.

3. Keep Score from Dropping

To maintain a good score and to even increase your score, make your payments on time! I will even go as far as to suggest you pay on your “Report Date”. This is the date that creditors report to the bureaus and will reflect your score. You can always call your creditors and obtain this information, sometime it is as early as week before your due date.

4. Dispute Errors

As I advised earlier, get a copy of your credit history, after that you should highlight each account that seems to be an error. There may be paid balances still on your accounts as unpaid or maybe things that do not even belong to you. Go to that specific bureaus website and dispute it online. Even if it is as small as a company pulling your score without your permission, dispute it because every point counts.

5. Add Missing Accounts

At times it may not hurt to add accounts such as your telephone bill or utility bill. If you’ve had this in your name for a consistent amount of time and you make your payments on time, it is a good look to add them. The catch is, you are asking a favor of these companies to do that, so they get lazy and may not report that you even make the payments on time, so this tip is important but may or may not be vital.

6. Do Not Cancel or Destroy Credit Cards

This is something I often hear from adults, to cancel or destroy your credit cards when you no longer need them. Every open line of credit is beneficial, closing or canceling the account may do you more harm than you think. Keep the Credit Cards open, even if you don’t use them the fact that they are open and can be open for years is beneficial.

I am not a Credit expert, I am still trying to rebuild my credit as a college student. It is a hard task but the earlier you start the better you’ll be off in the end. There are so many adults being denied on purchasing homes for their family from their poor choices when they were younger. Please educate yourselves more since this is not taught in school or college normally. Share these tips with your family as well, it’s never too late to be proactive to have good credit!

#MotivationMonday: Keep On Keeping On

I really don’t know where to start. I’ve written and rewritten this blog post about a dozen times now.

I mean, I could say the usual stuff. College is hard, but it’s worth it. It’ll get better. You’re almost at the finish line. Don’t give up! You got this.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

But honestly, those words don’t have any worth to me anymore because I’ve been hearing them for the past four years now. It just goes in one ear and out the other. When I’m drained and stressed out from school, saying that stuff doesn’t really make me feel better.

At this point, the only thing that’ll make me feel better is graduating.

I’m currently taking three summer classes. Summer I semester ends in about two weeks and then I’ll be taking two more summer classes during the Summer II session. Mind you, summer classes are condensed into a 7-week period instead of the usual 14. So I’m doing 14 week’s worth of work in 7 weeks.

Don’t even get me started on the other things I do on top of school: working, writing, video production stuff, and everything else because you know you have to be a multidimensional superhuman these days to get anywhere in life.

Anyway, I’d much rather be enjoying my summer, filling it with beach days at Lake Michigan and taking road trips to Chicago and being at home more often with my family.

Instead, I’m spending most of these beautiful 80-degree days inside reading and writing papers. I do enjoy my classes, and I like what I’m learning about. But you know how college is. It gets tough, stressful, more and more difficult to keep on keeping on…

But at the end of the day when it’s 3 A.M. and I’ve finally finished all of my work, I realize that I have to because I know that in December when I walk across that stage, I’ll be so happy that I did keep on keeping on. I will be so happy that I made it through the most difficult, challenging yet rewarding years of my life.

I may not be able to do all of the things that I want to right now. And it’s hard watching and seeing everyone else do what you’d rather be doing or be where you’d rather be. However, I have to remember that I’ll get there, too. And next summer, and all the summers thereafter, I’ll be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want.

AND. I. CAN’T. WAIT.

I just have to keep going, keep going, keep going.

College is hard, but the moment you want to give up is the moment that you have to work harder than ever.

It’s A Hard Knock Life|EP.8|Season 3

Real courage is holding on to a still voice in your head that says, ‘I must keep going.’ It’s that voice that says nothing is a failure if it is not final. That voice that says to you, ‘Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit. With that being said NEVER GIVE UP on your goals! This week on The Social B. Show, Sydney B. sat down with three friends who happen to be graduating seniors of Western Michigan University. Not only did the gang discuss their favorite college memories they even left all incoming freshman’s and current students with a few words of wisdom. Find out Sydney B.’s juicy secret and more by watching the full episode. Always remember… B Honest. B Humble. B YOU!