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    Managing Relationships in College

    Emilie Conners

    One of the most unexpectedly challenging parts of college is managing relationships. In high school you were typically surrounded by the same people every day and had less of a choice when it came to the people you hung out with. In college, along with the increased freedom and sense of independence, you also get to make more decisions on who you spend your time with. Here are a few tips to help you get through all the highs and lows that come with relationships in college.

    Surround yourself with people who have similar goals as you. It becomes increasingly difficult to manage relationships with people that are on completely different paths as you. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it becomes more challenging. I think we all rolled our eyes in high school when hearing our parents say, “you are who you hang out with!” but it really is true. Choose wisely and surround yourself with people that you want to be more like.

    Know that not every person is meant to be in your life forever and that’s okay. It can be really hard to drift away from people that have had a big impact on you and that you pictured would always be there; but as life changes, we do too and that’s okay. With that being said, don’t be afraid to reach out to an old friend that you miss and check in! It’s never too late to reconnect and let someone know that you’re thinking of them. Chances are, they’ll be really happy to hear from you.

    Make sure to balance your friendships in college; it can be really easy to become attached to a few people and spend relatively all of your time with them. I’m not saying it’s not okay to be really close with a few people but just remember to keep variety within your circle – especially at the beginning of your college years. Your fall-of-freshman-year-best friend may not be someone you hang with senior year (and that’s okay!) Aim to meet people from different clubs, organizations, and involvements you have on campus to avoid becoming dependent on one or two people.

    Managing relationships throughout college comes with a lot of change; you may grow apart from some high school friends, and you will gain new friendships with people you’ll feel like you’ve known forever, even if it’s only been a few months or a couple of years.

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    Tips for Transfer Students

    Emilie Conners

    Just a few months after beginning my freshman year of college, I made the decision to transfer schools. Some people transfer early on and others, much later. Regardless of when you do, it can be overwhelming. I know the feeling of relief that comes with finally deciding to transfer, however, I also know the nervous more-like-bees than butterflies feeling in your stomach that you also get when you finally get to that new campus. Here are some tips that I learned from my transfer experience as well as some things that I wish someone would have told me when I transferred. Also, if you are still considering whether or not to transfer, these tips might also help you make that decision (coming from someone who went back and forth for months before deciding).

    Go to the Events

    I know the feeling that may give you, I also dreaded being the new transfer student at campus events – but I promise it’s worth it. It’s so much better to try and know what clubs or groups are a fit (or not a fit for you) rather than wait until senior to realize there’s a group you should have joined much earlier on. Going to these campus/club events will help you meet more people and make connections on campus – the sooner you do this, the sooner you get adjusted to your new environment.

    Reach Out to Acquaintances

    It does really help to know a few students who are already adjusted to campus as you transfer. When I transferred schools, I realized while scrolling on Instagram one day that a girl I worked with at a restaurant while I was in high school went to the school I was transferring to. I hesitated but eventually decided to reach out to her via DM to see if she wanted to get lunch sometime. The very next semester, her and her twin sister became my roommates and my best friends. We still live together today, and I can’t imagine my college experience without them. So, take the shot and reach out even if you feel nervous!

    Don’t Pass Up Opportunities

    Many of the groups I’ve joined and positions I’ve held while at my transfer school are the result of me applying for positions or going to events that I almost didn’t do. Looking back now, I’m so extremely grateful that I decided to take on these opportunities because they’ve contributed so heavily to my experience. Check your school email, talk to your professors and see what ways you can get involved – you will not regret it.

    Transferring can be overwhelming but it’s so worth it in the end. Be sure to put yourself out there and take on opportunities, you never know where they might lead you to. If you’re still considering whether or not to transfer schools, I’d advise you to picture yourself at your current school in the following semester – are you happy? Has anything from your current circumstances changed? (Different roommates, new major, etc.) If not, and if you’re struggling to find reasons to stay, transferring is not a bad idea. Everyone’s college experience is different and no one’s is perfect. Always remember to do what is going to be best for you!

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    Preparing For Junior Year

    Emilie Conners

    Junior year of college can feel heavy at times, whether you’ve been anxious about it beginning or you’re halfway through and realizing it was more than you bargained for. Some of your friends may be interviewing for summer internships in a big city somewhere far away, while others still have no clue what they want to do after graduation. When getting ready to take on the journey that is junior year, try to do these few things to keep the stress away and stay above water when things start to feel crazy.


    Take networking opportunities seriously! The more you network at the beginning of the year and meet more professionals in your career field, the easier it is to find an internship for the summer. Trust me, you’ll be so glad that you put some of the extra time in throughout the semester to make those connections so that you aren’t scrambling and stressing to find an opportunity in April or May. Most colleges have networking events that go on each semester that are specific to your major. If you’re having trouble finding opportunities, reach out to your professors and see if they can put you in touch with people in your field of interest.


    Make connections with people on campus! Don’t be afraid to talk to people in your classes and form new friendships. This goes along with what I was saying about networking but in a less professional way. Some of the friends you make in college can be some of your best career connections even if they’re not professionals in the field you’re pursuing. One day you may look back and wish you had put yourself out there more – you have nothing to lose! Along with this, don’t be afraid to join clubs or organizations on your campus. It’s never too late to do this and it can be super helpful in getting you connected on campus and meeting more people who share similar interests and career goals as you.

    Take Time for Yourself

    While there is a lot going on this year, make sure to also take time for yourself! Burn out is a very real thing and is something that is particularly easy to catch during junior year. Enjoy being a college student and try to remember you’ll never be in this season of your life again, so while it can be a lot of work, don’t forget that it’s also a special time. Look out for your friends and know that you’re not going on this journey alone.

    Everyone on your campus is there for you so take advantage of that! Set up an appointment with your academic advisor to talk about post-graduation jobs if you’re feeling nervous or unsure about what you want to do. Know that people are there for you and that you have the resources you need to succeed!

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    Why I Love Pearson+

    Emilie Conners

    When thinking of college, a lot of great things come to mind: growth, new experiences, lots of fun… and money. The cost of attending college continues to rise making it increasingly challenging for students to attend without feeling financially burdened. With this being said, it is vital that the materials and other resources that students need access to stay at an affordable cost.

    One resource that I love is Pearson+, a digital platform that encompasses eTextbooks and study tools to help you learn, while allowing you the freedom to actually afford your materials, rather than spending ALL of your money on them. There’s nothing worse than that one day during the first week of the semester when you and your roommates go to the bookstore to purchase your textbooks and leave with a MUCH heavier backpack and a MUCH lighter wallet. Pearson+ is entirely digital and with the app it goes where you go.

    Lower Cost

    Pearson+ is super cost effective because it is only $10.99 per month to access an eTextbook. This means over the course of one semester that is typically around 4 months long, you’re only paying just over $40 for your whole text PLUS all of the other features that I’ll get into later on. I typically spend around $70 on a textbook for my courses so this Pearson+ price is incredible. I also love that you can pay monthly or upfront at the beginning of the semester. I’ve yet to find another textbook that beats this price..


    One of my favorite aspects of Pearson+ is how personalized it is to you. Each student has a different learning style and sometimes multiple, which is why it is so critical that the tools we use to learn are able to accommodate all of these different styles. One of my favorite features on the platform is the flashcards. You can create flashcards while reading the text as well as highlight different parts of the reading. This is so useful for someone like me who loves to be able to write on and highlight text while I’m reading but doesn’t want to purchase the physical text to do this or go through stacks of flashcards.


    There is also an audiobook feature which allows you to listen to your textbook! This is super useful because I don’t have as much time to read as I’d like and so I can listen to my textbook when I’m walking on campus. This feature is especially nice for students who have a longer commute and can listen while on their drive to campus! The speed is also adjustable, and the voices can be changed as well.

    I’ve noticed myself and many of my friends and peers becoming more and more busy throughout college. Studying during your break at work, while working out, or grocery shopping is becoming increasingly common – therefore having the resources to be able to do so effectively is vital. Pearson+ adjusts to the lifestyles of students – it ultimately goes where you go, while saving you money at the same time.

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    Celebrate Mother’s Day!

    Emilie Conners

    Mothers and motherly figures in life play an essential role in developing children into who they become. I believe motherhood requires sacrifice, selflessness, and a LOT of patience. Over the years, as I have gotten older, I have come to realize the true effort my mother put into raising and supporting me. Mother’s Day is a day certainly worth celebrating each year. Whether you celebrate your mother on this day, or a different woman who simply encompasses what that word means to you, here are some ways to ensure that person feels appreciated today.

    Quality Time

    I know you saw this one coming and it is a given, but make sure to spend quality time with mom today! It truly is what means the most to them and it doesn’t have to be anything crazy. Something as simple as putting on your mom’s favorite show and watching it with her will surely bring her joy.

    Start Her Day Right

    Another great option is making/bringing your mom her favorite breakfast. Almost all moms love breakfast (especially coffee). Make a stop by her favorite breakfast stop or just grab her favorite coffee and she will be so happy!!

    Simple Gifts

    Now for a great Mother’s Day gift, my go-to is always a nice picture frame with her favorite recent picture of the two of you or the whole family, whatever is best suited. You can get a great 4x6 picture frame at most stores for under $6. Along with that, you can get your favorite picture printed out for just a few cents!! A sweet gift that she’ll put on her desk or bedside table that will always make her think of you!

    Get Her Some Flowers

    Now this one you definitely already thought of, but I couldn’t just leave it out. Flowers. A nice bouquet always looks great on the kitchen table on Mother’s Day. Your local grocery store will most definitely be selling beautiful flowers around this time so just be sure to stop by the day before, so the best ones aren’t all gone!

    Overall, I think Mother’s Day becomes more special each year. We learn new things about our moms each year that make us further appreciate the time and energy they put into raising us. No matter what you do, just make sure your mom knows how much you appreciate her and all she’s done for you. Moms truly are gifts, and they certainly don’t get enough credit for all that they do.

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    Three Actions to Take Better Care of our Planet

    Emilie Conners

    April 22nd. You might remember this day in elementary school as the day your teacher gave you coloring pages with themes of trees, the ocean, and recycling. However, the older we get, the more important this day becomes. Earth Day is all about educating yourself on the ways that you can practice taking better care of the planet. Excess waste is a huge contributor to pollution which harms the earth’s atmosphere which, in turn, will harm us.

    There are tons of different factors that impact the planet and many small lifestyle changes that can make a difference. Here are 3 actions we can practice to take better care of our planet, on Earth Day and every day!

    Help Clean Up

    One easy way to celebrate Earth Day is to participate in a trash cleanup! Joining a big group event or getting together with some friends to remove trash from parks, lakes, beaches, and rivers, all makes a difference. Participating in these types of events helps reduce waste and plastic pollution, plus protects the environment for both wildlife and humans.

    Shop Smarter

    Fast fashion is another culprit of causing extremely high emissions of pollution into our atmosphere. Educating yourself on environmentally friendly fashion choices will help move the world closer towards sustainability.

    Adapt To an Environmentally Friendly Lifestyle

    There are many small lifestyle changes you can make that can make a difference. You can reduce your plastic usage by using reusable bags when you go grocery shopping. Further reduce your plastic usage by taking a reusable water bottle with you. Look for ways to regularly recycle plastic, aluminum, and glass where you live. Making a few of these small changes in the way you live your life can dramatically change the impact you have on the planet and the example you set for others.

    Find More Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

    It can be easy to forget the impact we have on the planet by the actions we take every day; therefore, Earth Day serves as an important reminder. There are tons of changes you can make today to help better the planet and focus on keeping it healthy and beautiful.

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    College Students: Build Habits Now to Maintain Good Health

    Emilie Conners

    Regulating your health in college can become quite a challenge when you’re dealing with a million other things on your plate at the same time. This part of life can be very stressful and fast-paced which is why it’s so important to strive to keep your health in check during this time. That being said, here are a few tips I have heard or have come to learn throughout my ongoing journey to making my health a priority in college.

    This year, World Health Day is on April 7th. If you haven’t started working on your health, today is a great day to start.

    Find the Exercises You Like

    Firstly, exercise is a great way to relieve stress and stay active. Furthermore, there are tons of different ways to get your exercise in. Some people love to run, other people hate to run (me), so this is why it’s really important to try and figure out which form of working out works best for you and more importantly, which form you enjoy the most. Some people really enjoy workout classes and different activities like swimming, playing basketball or volleyball. Something to keep in mind is that most universities offer different workout classes either free with your tuition or at a small cost to attend. These can be really fun to try out with your friends when you are wanting to switch your workout routine up. I really like to play pickleball with my boyfriend and our friends because it’s a lot easier than tennis but it’s still a really great way to get a sweat in.

    Exercise With Friends

    Another great tip for staying active during college is to arrange activities with your friends where you can workout all together. I’ve found that this can be a really great strategy because it is much easier to stay encouraged and motivated when you have a group of people you are completing the challenge with. If you are the kind of person that loves simply going to the gym to get your workout in, it can be really beneficial to have an accountability partner – someone you go to the gym with that pushes you to do your best, even and most importantly, on the days you don’t feel like it. Additionally, on those days where I don’t have a ton of time to get a good workout in or I just really don’t feel it, I’ll take a long walk listening to a podcast or do some light yoga in my living room. The small habits you form are what determines your lifestyle and priorities.

    That being said, everybody’s workout style is different. As long as you are listening to your body and prioritizing your health, you are doing the best you can. Be proud of yourself and your body for doing all the incredible things it does for you. We need to make sure that as we are going through college and working really hard, that we are also taking care of ourselves, too.

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    Finding the Beauty Wherever You Are

    Emilie Conners

    I have had the privilege of growing up and living in two very special places thus far in my life. I spent the first half of my life living 10 minutes from the beach in South Florida and the other half living 10 minutes from the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Living in two completely different places with contrasting environments has really helped shape my perspective and teach me about the value of finding the beauty wherever you are. Here are some of my favorite places to go in South Florida and East Tennessee, the different aspects I appreciate about both places, and what each has to offer.

    South Florida

    I grew up in Delray Beach in South Florida, near Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, and spent a lot of time at the beach. Delray Beach has a long street right near the ocean called “Atlantic Avenue”; this avenue has tons of restaurants, boutiques, and fun surf shops to look at. One of my favorite restaurants here is “Boston’s on the Beach.” It is right across from the ocean and offers some really yummy seafood along with some non-seafood options. Atlantic Avenue tends to be loud and bustling with people at night, but peaceful and relaxing during the day.

    Another one of my favorite places to go to in South Florida if you are looking for a nice beach that won’t be too crowded is: Gulfstream Beach. What I love most about Gulfstream Beach is that it’s not as crowded as some of the beaches directly by the avenue. It’s in a really beautiful part of town, plus the parking is free. If you happen to go to Gulfstream Beach, you should check out “Nomad Surf Shop” which is close by. They have great beach gear and beautiful surfboards to look at!

    East Tennessee

    East Tennessee is a lot different from South Florida. Obviously, there are no beaches but there are beautiful mountains and lots of wildlife to enjoy. My favorite part of living in East Tennessee is being so close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and visiting this park is definitely a must if you are in town. There are lots of hikes to go on where you can see waterfalls and sometimes even spot a black bear on the way! However, if hiking isn’t your thing, you can always just drive along the loop throughout the park where there are incredible views and lots of deer, horses, and other animals to see.

    Another great place to visit is the Foothills Parkway. This parkway is a long road that winds through the Smoky Mountains with incredible views and plenty of places to stop and overlook the scenery. My best tip is to go before sundown so you can watch the sun set over the mountains. If you are not a huge nature fan, check out Market Square in Knoxville, where you’ll find lots of good restaurants and cool small businesses to check out.

    East Tennessee has a lot to offer and so does South Florida. I have learned that every place has something to admire and enjoy if you are just patient enough to look for it and find it. If you ever get the chance, I greatly encourage you to visit South Florida and East Tennessee.

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    Overcoming the Pressure to Overachieve

    Emilie Conners

    The pressure to overachieve has definitely increased as social media has become more prominent for our generation. As students, it can sometimes feel like everyone is meeting their goals sooner than you and getting a ‘yes’ to everything they have tried for. However, it is incredibly important to remember that everyone’s path to success looks different and is on a different timeline.

    You Only See the Best

    As college students during this time, it can sometimes feel like everyone is getting their dream internship that turns into their dream job right off the bat. However, that’s just not the truth. This new sense of pressure to overachieve seems to be rooted from the fact that every achievement is posted on social media without the ‘no’s’ included. Seeing the highlights of somebody’s life without the lows can make it seem like everyone has it all together except you.

    Trust the Process

    This is why it is completely vital to try to not compare yourself to what your friends, coworkers, or roommates are doing and succeeding at in college. Trusting your own process and trying your best is all that you can do. A key thing to remember is that you are not on any kind of time crunch or perfect journey to success. There are going to be ups and downs no matter what and oftentimes doors close so that a better one can open for you.

    My best advice to handle the pressure to overachieve is to reflect on your own accomplishments, work towards your own goals and understand that your road to success won’t always be smooth and straight. And no matter how it may appear online, no one else’s will be either.

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