What Is Love?

By: Shelby Christianna

What is Love?

What is love?
Some say love is beautiful.
Some say it is the most wonderful thing to be in.
The bible says that love is patient and it is kind, that it does not boast.
What is love?
Is it painful?
Does it hurt?
Is it supposed to make you feel so low that you can’t stand to be around?
What is love?
It is amazing.
It does no wrong or evil.
The bible says love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth.
Love is the best thing that could happen to someone.

List of College Supplies You May Not Think About Until You Need Them!

By: Shelby Nalley 

This is just a list of suggested items I discovered that helped make life easier. I collaborated with 3 college juniors who have also added some items. You don’t have to get everything at once, buy a few things at a time. Get some relatives to donate some items, too! I have added a couple of books. Remember those? You may be able to get everything from the Internet, but these books will be extremely helpful for writing. You will do constantly and especially during mid-term and at the end of each semester. Don’t kick this list, you WILL need these items. If anyone can think of anything else, please feel free to share.



– Backpack (books are too heavy to be trying to be cute!) Keep a small umbrella in there so your ‘do will stay fresh!)

– Laptop or small notebook

– 3-hole punch

– Small stapler and staples (to keep in your backpack to staple all those pesky paper you’re going to write)

– Printer/Paper-(so you won’t have to be in the library late at night)

– Post-its (small ones to write notes on)

– Paper clips (sm and lg)

– Pencils/pens (blue or black-college professors don’t do colors) Use color for your lecture notes if you want, but NEVER turn in work in colored pen to your instructor unless they tell you it’s ok…most won’t.

– Pencil Pouch (I know you’re going, “Really?” Yeah, really. You might think it’s nerdy, but if you keep it in your backpack, along with your little stapler set, you’ll always have a pen!

– Dictionary/antonyms/synonyms/thesaurus (so you don’t have to use up your data on your phone. Don’t get the little cheap ones; they won’t have all the words. This will also help when you write papers and so you won’t use the same words and sentence structures; they take off for that!)

– Little, Brown Handbook (has all the information you will need to write ant kind of paper, how to use punctuation, examples of research papers in MLA and APA-styled writing) Use Purdue Owl and Son of Citation for citing instructions as well.

– Planner-to keep up with assignments Really helpful to keep you organized)

– Index cards (to help organize the oral presentations you’ll have to give)

– Binders with pockets for each class to keep notes and handouts organized


Dorm Survival:

– A trunk with a padlock or key (to keep extra money or anything you don’t want your roommate or their friends to “borrow”)

– Shower caddy and shower shoes (so you won’t get athlete’s feet)

– House shoes and plenty of crew socks or footies

– Shower gel rather than soap/face towels/bath towels

– Extension cords/wall sockets with extra plugs/power strip (at Lowe’s or – – – Home Depot they have some with pictures of the items you’ll be using it for to make sure you get the correct voltage so you won’t blow a fuse)

– Small fridge/microwave (if you can have them)

– Aluminum foil/cases of water (save your money for as long as you can)

– Use paper plates/plastic ware/paper cups/bowls or you can get a couple of microwave dishes.

– Cereal and milk and soup for hard times (and not too many pkgs. of Ramen Noodles)

– Full-length mirror to attach behind a door

– Iron and a small, portable ironing board (or a mattress pad with no designs or they will also appear in your clothes)

– 4 Bed risers (Bed, Bath, and Beyond-to raise your bed for more storage space)

– Bottles of Clorox Clean-Up/rubber cleaning gloves (like Dexter’s mom)

– Bag of Rags for miscellaneous uses

– Lg. bottle hand sanitizer/can of deodorizer for bathroom use (be considerate) Lysol spray or something!

– Toilet paper/paper towels/Kleenex

– Cold/Allergy meds/immodium liquid (diarrhea and upset stomach after too much partying or bad food)

– Gas X (for gas so your roommate won’t kill you or you kill them!)

– Tylenol/Motrin/Aleve (for headaches or cramps)

– Cotton balls/Q-tips/Bottle of alcohol (white) for cuts and scrapes**NOT TO DRINK!!**

– First-Aid Kit (get extra band-aids)

– Laundry bags (or large garbage bags)

– Garbage bags/waste basket (medium-sized)

– Clothes hangers

– Bag of change for washer and dryer/washing detergent/dryer sheets/2 clothes hampers (dirty and clean clothes)

– Don’t bring clothes you have to wash by hand!

– 1 or 2 really dressy outfits for job interviews or serious occasions (you know you’ll have your party clothes! Not the same thing…You can’t swag going to an interview!)

– Resume and cover letter (on jump drive) Always format your cover letter and resume to the job you are applying for. Always. 

Dress for the Career You Want, Not the One You Have!


By: Dr. R. Kay Green

                              Dress for the Career You Want, Not the One You Have


If you want the career you don’t have, you must dress for that career. Dressing for the career you want (and not the one you have) isn’t a matter of just putting on new clothes. Rather, it’s a matter of internalizing your goals and dreams. When you internalize something, it means that you believe in it absolutely and pursue it relentlessly. Internalizing and making personal your goals, starts and ends with dressing for the career you want. That means dressing, talking, behaving and crafting a resume’ and brand image consistent with your ultimate aspirations. In essence, you have to be the whole package if you’re going to get where you want to go.




Living and dressing for the career you want is so important because success requires that everything about what you’re doing be consistent and reflective of your authentic-self and your aspirations. So much of the time, the way you’re presenting yourself is what matters most. If you want to be an entrepreneur, you have to align the way you look with that concept. If you want to be a doctor, the first step is to put your physical appearance and your mindset in line with that goal. When you dress for the career you want, you embody everything about that particular career. You internalize it. Instead of dreaming about maybe becoming something or someone one day, you literally become what you are destined to become. When you truly aspire to do something, it’s not just a want; it’s a belief.


So now that we’ve established the power of truly internalizing, living and dressing the part of what you hope to become, let’s consider a few strategies for how to make it happen.


1. Repeat your dreams to yourself.
Remember those studying strategies? Whatever worked for you when you were studying for finals, that’s what will work for you when it comes time to internalize your dreams. Don’t just memorize the thought; absorb it and make it a part of you.

 2. Read, read, read.

Conduct as much research as possible about the career you want or the business you want to start. Read about your desired career as often as you can. Thanks to the Internet, there is no shortage of information on any given career or business path.

3. Go to seminars.

At a seminar, you learn new things, get new insights, develop new ideas and, more importantly, you meet new people. Many of these people are serving in the career or market of your dreams. Meeting them — actually looking them in the eye, shaking their hand and making a personal connection — is one of the surest ways to determine how to get to your dream.

4. Discuss your dreams.
Sometimes the one thing that separates the dreamers from the doers is accountability. And for many people, accountability only comes from sharing the dream with other people. Knowing that there are other people thinking about your goals and counting on you to succeed is often a tremendously motivating factor.





5. Dress for your dreams.

Always use the industry as a gauge. Remember, we want authenticity, not carbon copies. Use the people in your desired career field as a template, not as the final word. Your style and your preferences matter greatly. Be sure to incorporate them in your manner of dressing for the part. The ultimate goal is to be creative and be yourself while also maintaining a level of respect and believability.

6. Take action.

Don’t just say that this is what you want to do. Put the wheels in motion. Too often, people share wonderful ideas about what they want to do, but fail to implement the necessary steps to do so.

7. Find a mentor.

The best and most powerful way to internalize your dreams is to interact consistently with someone who lives them. Mentors are so critical in any industry. They are the people in the best position to tell you what actually works when it comes to planning your rise toward your goal. They can help you internalize what you need to internalize because they are literally living their dream.

8. Volunteer wherever possible.

The thing that separates the doers from the dreamers is a matter of who is willing to work for free. Take internships. Volunteer for efforts related to the company or career you want to pursue. Do whatever it takes to experience what it is like to work in the career you want.

With competition for every industry as fierce as it has become, those who internalize will be the ones to succeed. The results will come to pass in your career, as well. You will get more callbacks from hiring companies, prospects and customers. You will be recruited for the career of your dreams, rather than having to apply. You will begin to get feedback from everyone you work with. In the end, people will look at you differently. This won’t be simply because you have begun to dress for the role you want. It will be because you have become the person you want to be.


Photos above Courtesy of: 123rf.com, blackenterprise.com, and ltbusinesssolutions.com


Dr. R. Kay Green is the CEO/President of RKG Marketing Solutions. She earned a Doctorate of Business Administration in Marketing, and has completed PhD coursework in Leadership and Organization Change. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, and an Associate of Arts in Marketing Management. She is affiliated with several prestigious universities and has instructed over 350 courses online. Dr. Green is currently featured on Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Black News, The Network Journal, Business Review USA, Digital Journal, College View, Business New Hampshire Magazine, Bay State Banner, Reader’s Circle, North Dallas Gazette, Harlem News, Top News Today, One News Page, NE Informer, Women in Business PR News, Consumer News Today, Women PR News, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Daily Herald, The Miami Herald, Book News Articles, Great Women Speakers, Great African-American Speakers, Marketing Experts, Black Experts, Guru.com and Savor the Success. She has received honorary distinction in the Who’s Who among Academics and Professionals and Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals, and is the recipient of various faculty awards, including the coveted Provost Circle Award and the Top Faculty Recognition designation.


My Major will not define me Op-ED


by:Eugenia Brandy


In 2012, forbes.com published a list of the 15 most valuable college
majors. According to Forbes, a student¹s major in college can either
set them up for a lifetime career success and high earnings, or sink
them into debt with few avenues to get out of it.

A major can determine the likelihood of success or failure! What a
great message to send to stressed out college students and their
worried anxious parents. That list just stepped all over the phrase
most of us has been fed our whole life. “You can be anybody you want
to be.” Regardless of college major.

The dynamics of college life are so much more than just getting a
degree and finding a job. As a student at Howard University, I have
struggled with trying to figure my life out through the eyes of my
major. What I find interesting through my 3years of college so far is
that the phrase, “you can be anybody you want to be,” is coupled
with “it isn’t going to be easy, but you can do it.”

In the same year, forbes.com published another article: 60% of college
graduates can¹t find a job in their chosen fields of study.
Biomedical Engineering is the number one major pick in Forbes top 15
most valuable majors. Unfortunately, a recent forum on indeed.com
shows the exact opposite. The first 30 commentators of this forum were
recent biomedical engineering major graduates, some even at the PhD
level who could not find a job because they had no experience, even at
entry job levels. How valuable is a degree, no matter how esteemed it
seems, in which its graduates cannot find a job? It seems to me that
these “lists,” are propaganda.

In the same year, forbes.com also published a list of the top ten
least valuable college majors, one of which includes philosophy. Peter
Thiel, 1989 graduate of Stanford University with a degree in
philosophy, was the cofounder and CEO of PayPal. Judy McGrath, former
MTV chairwoman and CEO was an English major at Cedar Crest College,
another major deemed least valuable of forbes.com list of invaluable
majors in 2012. These people did not let their major define them or
limit them, they found their own path. Mark Zuckerberg, an
entrepreneur in his own right was a psychology major at Harvard
University who then dropped out to establish Facebook.com. He did not
let his major decide his fate; instead of depending on his major, he
created his own job, a job that employs more than 4,000 people.

Instead of forbes.com and other influential media outlets shoving
majors down our throats, why aren’t we encouraged to pave our own
way as entrepreneurs? We aren’t encouraged to follow our hearts, to
be innovators and inventors.

Everyone is required to declare a major before they graduate, usually
by the end of sophomore year. What they forgot to tell us is that our
majors do not define us. They do not confine us to this narrow scope
of opportunity in the form of jobs, and internships. Many of us miss
out on so many opportunities because we confine ourselves.

No one thought to mention that it’s okay to graduate with a degree
in graphic design and go into the medical field. For all we know, that
graphic design student may create an invention that may open our
medical research to new heights and levels that we never reached
before. Medical graphic design is a real career path that will always
be looking for new and innovative designers, by the way. Matt
Mullenweg was a political science major at the University of Houston
when he dropped out in 2004 where he founded his business Automatic,
the business behind WordPress.com. He developed a free and open source
web software that powers 16% of the entire web. Political Science
major to web designer, who saw that coming? He is worth about
$40million and he is under the age of 30.

Instead of searching for a job upon graduation, maybe more of us will
create our own paths. We can pave our own way, create our own career,
market ourselves in a way that no major can, that no concentration
can. We fall into the trap of our educational system. It was created
to breed workers not entrepreneurs. As one of the founding members of
America’s standardized educational system said about the Institution
of Education, “I want a nation of workers, not thinkers…” Will
you be a worker or a thinker?

Drug and Alcohol Use on Campus

By Sheridan Butler


Pic Courtesy of: nineronline.com

Pic Courtesy of: nineronline.com

College is an optional experience. Those who chose to attend surely realize that it’s a major stepping-stone that lays the foundation for future opportunities in one’s life. The process of deciding which college to attend comes after days of completing college applications, visiting colleges and waiting for the acceptance letters to roll in. Eager to venture out of parents advisory and restrictions, students look forward to new found independence; In addition to this new found independence is the “opportunity to experiment”. Students are faced with the curiosities and pressures of student and campus life, and some eventually experiment with drugs and alcohol. Though colleges do not endorse drinking for students under the legal drinking age, students find ways to access alcohol. Nationally, very large majorities, about 80 percent, of college students use alcohol [Villanova].

As for many college campuses, Howard University’s campus is no stranger to being labeled as a “party school”. According to “College Prowler”, Howard University is ranked 16th as “the most raging party scene”.  After taking a survey of about 50 students who participate in social drinking and drug use, 60% admitted to social drinking and also a surprising 20% admit to some form of drug use–the other 20% declined to respond specifically. Between the use of “Molly” (the pure form of ecstasy) for social use and the pill “Adderall” prescribed for patients with ADHD like symptoms (which is usually used for studying purposes), the range of drug use on campus is almost alarming.


Most students are indifferent when it comes to partaking in social drinking or minimal drug use; “As long as you know your limit and no one is using any hard-core drugs, it’s just all in fun,” says senior Amiah. So is this pattern of drug and alcohol use all about experimenting or may it be potentially harmful?


Unfortunately, it’s difficult to distinguish between the students who use drugs and drink alcohol as merely a short-term college experience and those who may develop long-term detrimental dependency. “Abusing prescription stimulants can result in death, addiction, respiratory problems, seizures and cardiovascular issues, such as an irregular heartbeat.” [Tutino]

Although college drinking is only a precursor for long-term abuse for a small amount of students, (probably about 9 percent), it may still be a very significant concern seeing that it can lead to a lifelong problem [Tutino]. While students may take prescription drugs to get a “high” feeling, to “break the ice” in a party environment, or to enhance an experience, the side effects can be detrimental and lethal, if proper precautions aren’t adhered to. Students should be educated at their universities on the risks that come with drug and alcohol abuse and use at their own risk, and responsibly. More information on how drugs and alcohol may affect the body is available at the US Department of Health and Human Services website, http://www.hhs.gov/.

YOUTUBE: Use it to Your Advantage

By Sheridan Butler


Technology has become a breeding ground for consumer-generated content. It has broadened, and in some cases created unique jobs that weren’t even thought about 15 years ago. This generation has seen YouTube sensations such as Rebecca Black, and Antoine Dodson gain fame and fortune, while some have even landed record deals—in the case of Justin Bieber. What do all of these claims to fame have in common? Key Word: Viral.  Just in case your plan to become the net YouTube sensation doesn’t work out, here are some ways you can use YouTube to your advantage (all you really need is a camera):


1.Create Something Viral

When something “goes viral” it simply means that it’s become popular in a short amount of time; It’s the goal of most online and social media content. Everyone is talking about it, viewing it or doing it! So whether you create a catchy new dance, like the Psy’s “Gangnam Style” or song like Carly Rae Jespen’s “Call Me Maybe”—you just may be the next to sit on the couch of some talk-show host like Wendy Williams or Ellen DeGeneres.


2. Review Products

There are certain products that we use daily, (whether they be household products, beauty products, hygiene products, movies, or games) and certain products that we’d like to consider using but need to know more about in order to make an informed decision before purchasing. So, take a look at all of the products you have and figure out which ones you like enough to do an honest and full scope review about. More importantly, you could save someone that extra 5 bucks that they were going to waste on an unworthy purchase of product.  Furthermore, your review could end up being seen by the company and in some cases, you may be sent free products to review. What’s better than reviewing products that you love, for free?


3.Showcase Your Skills

We all have talents. An obvious way to get valuable feedback is to document your skills and upload it to YouTube. If you’re a singer, dancer, rapper, actor, comedian, musician you may want to try taking your talents to YouTube. Warning: This is not for those who can’t take criticism—there is no sugarcoating on the Internet (viewers tell it like it is). Some comments may be an eye-opener.


4. Give Advice

As much as people love to talk, there are an equal amount of those who love to listen. Getting advice from an unbiased outside opinion is sometimes better than asking for guidance from a close friend. We as humans are not perfect, and are subject to mistakes. To know that we are not alone in certain situations is comforting .If you have insight on a particular topic, please share your experiences and advice. There’s always someone out there who feels like they are alone, or are in need of an answer—Wouldn’t it be great if you could help someone reevaluate their situation?


5. Create Tutorials


People love to learn about things that interest them, whether it be baking red velvet cake, or how to fishtail braid; Conversely, people also need help understanding subjects like Algebra or how to repair a broken dresser. YouTube is one of the premiere places people will look to get free “help” on things are involved in their everyday lifestyles. So, whip out that recipe, braid-up that hair


Don’t worry about purchasing editing software if you’re a beginner—YouTube already provides simple editing options to make your videos simply professional. YouTube is a fairly easy and fun way to generate buzz and gain exposure! Plus it gives you a sample of the skills it takes to work in the field of consumer-engagement and social media when it comes to finding a real job!


Scholarships…Apply Often, Apply Early

Several scholarships go unused each year. Here are just a few to consider. Check back regularly for updates….


MassMutual Scholars Program


The MassMutual Scholars Program is open to students of African American, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic descent. You must be a sophomore, junior or senior, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify for this award. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry and show leadership and participation in extracurricular activities.


Youth Voter Awareness Scholarship


There are 29 million eligible voters under the age of 24. But only 44% voted in the last election. DoSomething.org and Virgin Mobile have launched a national campaign to get everyone over the age 15 to register or preregister to vote, and make sure that the youth voice is heard. Go to www.dosomething.org/vote and register (over 18) or preregister (under 18) to vote. Share a message with 5 friends on how to sign up to vote, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $4,000 scholarship. Already registered? Send 5 friends information on how to sign up to vote and you ll also be entered to win a $4,000 scholarship. No minimum GPA. No essay. You must be under the age of 25 and a U.S citizen to be considered for this award.


Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program


The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors high school athletes for flexing their hearts on their sports team and in their communities. So, we’re celebrating YOU not just because you scored the winning touchdown or goal but because you’ve used sports to become a strong leader and volunteer in your community.


MesotheliomaHelp.net Essay Scholarship


Belluck & Fox / MesotheliomaHelp.net Essay Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded. One (1) essay per student is allowed; essay must be no fewer than 750 and no more than 1,500 words long.

Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer diagnosed in close to 3,000 Americans each year. The only established cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Most victims were unwittingly exposed to asbestos at work or while serving in the military. Others developed mesothelioma because of exposure from family members coming home from work with their clothes covered in asbestos fibers. The average survival time after a mesothelioma diagnosis varies from four to 18 months. Those interested in entering the essay contest must select one topic from those listed below:

– A mesothelioma survivor’s personal story
– A history of asbestos use in American manufacturing/industry
– The latest developments in the treatment of mesothelioma

The winners of the Belluck & Fox / MesotheliomaHelp.net Essay Scholarship will be awarded a check from the law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP. These funds must be used to pay for college tuition and/or education-related expenses.To learn more about this award, please visit our website.


Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award


The Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award is available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. To be considered, you must submit a maximum 500 – word essay on one of the following topics: “Why is it important to work to delete cyberbullying?” or “How has cyberbullying personally affected you?”


“Hit The Books” Scholarship


The “Hit The Books” Scholarship is available to students between the ages of 18 and 25. To be considered, you must submit a maximum 500 – word essay on the importance of education in your life and how the scholarship money will assist you in achieving your goals. Bonus points will be awarded to students who find a creative way to include their passion for coffee within their essay without losing sight of the primary topic.


The Shop Smart Scholarship (this one is 2013-2014)


Brad’s Deals is pleased to announce the Shop Smart Scholarship Competition to recognize, encourage and reward students whose college experience is enabled by remarkable frugality, ingenuity, effort and thrift. Five finalists will receive $2,000 scholarships for the upcoming academic year.

To be eligible for this award, students must do the following:
– Write a 500-word essay explaining how your college experience is or will be enabled by remarkable frugality, ingenuity, effort or thrift; applicants are encouraged to discuss topics such as student loans, other scholarships and grants, personal savings, working full or part time while in school, or any other creative or remarkable approach to paying for college or saving money as a student
– Break down your all-in educational costs (tuition, room, board, other) and how they are or will be paid (given the “shop smart” theme, there is a bias against both high annual tuition costs and student loans)

Essays will be judged on the creativity of the money saving strategies described, along with the overall remarkableness of the author’s experience paying for school in the spirit of thrift. For more information about this award and to fill out an application, please visit our website.


WyzAnt College Scholarship


The WyzAnt College Scholarship is available to students who plan to be enrolled in a four – year college or university sometime between August 1 and November 1. To be considered, you must write a maximum 300 – word essay about the most important lesson you have learned in your life. Finalist selection will be based on votes from your email and social media contacts.





The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program will provide grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, the student must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which he/she received the award. Those who fail to complete the service obligation will have to repay the grant in the form of a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.

To be eligible, the student must:

1.Complete the FAFSA (although the award is not need based)
2.Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
3.Be an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate students attending a college that participates in the TEACH grant program
4.Meet certain academic requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)
5.Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

High-Need Fields Include:

-Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition.
-Foreign Language.
-Reading Specialist.
-Special Education.
-Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas)


The NFWF Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program (current college student 21yo)


Anheuser-Busch and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Foundation) are seeking applications for the Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program. This competitive scholarship program supports and promotes innovative research or study that seeks to respond to today’s most pressing conservation issues. The Budweiser Conservation Scholarship Program seeks to support the next generation of leaders by providing scholarships to eligible graduate and undergraduate students who are poised to make a significant contribution to the field of conservation.

To be eligible for consideration, a student must be a United States citizen at least 21 years of age and enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education in the United States pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree (sophomores and juniors in the current academic year only) in environmental science, natural resource management, biology, public policy, geography, political science or related disciplines. Recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support.


SMART Scholarship for Service Program


The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is available to undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. You must be a U.S. citizen or national and be at least 18 years of age to be eligible. This program provides students with a stipend (starting between $22,500 and $38,000 per year), full tuition, health coverage, book allowance of $1000 and other education expenses. An employment opportunity with the Department of Defense is also possible.


Daylon E. Kinney Scholarship (current college students)


The Daylon E. Kinney Scholarship is available to students who will be attending an accredited university . You must submit an essay in fewer than 600 words that describes your most interesting college spring break experience. Explain how this experience influenced your life and why you believe you are deserving of this scholarship.

Stressing About Finals

by: Candice Elaine Tatum

      It’s that time of the semester again! FINALS! Mostly everyone is going to be stressed, but it is important to take life one day at a time. In order to do our best, we must stay focused and plan our schedule proficiently.At this point in the semester, each and every one of us might have to sacrifice hanging out with friends for studying. It is important that we know how to do this because one decision to choose to hang out with a friend over studying can alter our entire semester’s work. Most final exams count as a large portion of our final grade, and no one wants to retake a course. There are only a few more weeks left in the semester, so start studying during any free time, and plan ahead to study closer to test time. We have worked extremely hard to get to this point in the semester. Don’t give up! Just remember that with the right tools (planning ahead and staying focused), we can do anything we set our minds to!



By Diamond W.

I am Diamond, a sophomore in college. One thing I have learned since entering the college world is that life is all about choices, decisions, and opportunities. Success is not just made it is taken. What I mean by taken is taking the opportunities that are placed before us and making the right choice.


I was faced with a tough decision on how to spend my Spring Break 2k13. I major in engineering so I decided to join an engineering organization. As a group, we go to conventions and conferences. I guess you can see where I’m going with this. The National Convention that I promised myself I would go to because I didn’t go last year fell on Spring Break week. YES! SPRING BREAK WEEK! At the moment that I found out the dates, I was so devastated but once again I had a decision to make. My peers of the engineering organization hyped up the convention, and my other friends hyped up spring break plans (Panama City).


Before going insane, I sat down and wrote a pros and cons list for them both. Of course the first con for the convention was spring break week. But, then I realized the pro for convention was that there will be more spring breaks.  I don’t think Panama City is going anywhere soon. This convention could be the opportunity that I need to build relationships toward an internship. With that thought, I decided to go to the convention which is this week. Do I regret not going to Panama City? No, not at this moment. Hopefully, the convention will be just as rewarding. All the pictures I’m getting from friends make it hard but, I understand that my choices now will affect my next ten years (at least that’s what everyone keeps telling me). Oh yea the conference is in Indianapolis where it is currently SNOWING! Thank goodness for skywalks.


With Amazing Love,
Snow in Indianapolis


Help End Cyber Bullying!!

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I hate you!                     You’re ugly!                I’m gonna hurt you!

Have you been a victim of cyber bullying? Are you guilty of hurting someone in this way? Well together, it is time to help end cyber bullying. Some of the more extreme cases of cyber bullying have caused young people to harm themselves to avoid harassment. Others suffer daily from embarrassment and fear from cowardly acts. IT IS NOT OK! CYBER BULLYING IS NEVER OK!  Here are some tips to avoid cyber bullies and help eliminate its effects:

(1)     If you stand by and watch as one person bullies another, you are just as guilty. SAY SOMETHING!!! Tell the person it’s wrong. Tell an adult. Let the person that’s being bullied know that you’re there to talk if necessary. Take action.

(2)     The old saying, “If you cannot say something nice, then don’t say anything at all” holds true. Think about the words you speak or type before you deliver them to avoid being hurtful. Put yourself in the person’s situation. Would you want someone saying anything hurtful to you (no matter how funny it seems)? Keep it positive or keep it moving!

(3)     Avoid sharing so much personal information. The more information a negative person knows about you, the better able they are to continue to follow and harass you. Only those close to you should know certain information.

(4)     IGNORE THEM!!! BLOCK THEM! Bullies need a target. Without a target, a bully’s actions do not matter. It may not seem like it in the beginning, but in time, they will go away.

(5)     Remember that cyber bullying includes activities online, text messaging, and any other methods of mass communication. In any of these areas, only communicate with those that you trust and remember to JUST BE NICE!

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