God’s Plan vs. Your Plan

Life happens, and well, things don’t always go as we planned. Usually when this happens, we feel the need to hit the reset button. We try to start all over, take a different approach but maybe all you really need to do is hit the pause button. Have you ever just sat down and thought “maybe things aren’t meant to be this way”? We can be overly ambitious as humans, and this causes us to try to pursue things we ought not to at a particular point in time. God’s plan and your plan, like it or not, may just be quite opposite, or maybe your timing is just all out of whack. Continue reading God’s Plan vs. Your Plan

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Juggling A Relationship in College

I know you’ve all been told at least once that you shouldn’t go to college in a relationship. It works for some, not for others. I didn’t enter college with a significant other, but I had close friends who did. And I watched them stress out over missed calls or calls that never came, long distance situations, and planning visits throughout the year. I’m not saying it can’t be done, I’m just saying, it’s a lot of work. And a huge distraction that you don’t need your first year on new territory.

Fast-forward a little bit. You didn’t enter college with a boo, but you somehow acquired one along the way. And I know you’re probably thinking, “OMG, this is so perfect!” And you two are spending all your free time together, having dinner together on campus, he’s coming to your dorm, you’re going to his. Everything is great…until you look up and realize that you’ve missed two assignments and have a test coming up! Continue reading Juggling A Relationship in College

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3 Tips for Incoming College Freshman

As an incoming freshman, going to a brand new school with complete independence can be a struggle and an adjustment to deal with. You really aren’t sure what to expect the first day of classes and haven’t met that many people to socialize with on campus. You’re questioning whether or not you should purchase textbooks, how much time you’d have between classes to grab a bite to eat, and fitting in your everyday workout. Prior to accomplishing day to day activities, attending classes and meeting new people, I have three tips that I feel will help you have a successful first year. Continue reading 3 Tips for Incoming College Freshman

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Is College for Everyone?

So, you’ve graduated high school. You’ve received your diploma, you’re no longer forced to get up at 6 A.M. for school; you’re free…so to speak. Now what?

For some, it’s already been decided for you. You’re going to get accepted (at this point you probably already have) into your dream school or the school that one or both of your parents attended and encouraged you to go to, to keep the tradition going. You’re going to major in something impressive like Biochemistry or something like that. And you’re going to excel, graduate, and begin an equally impressive career. Sounds easy, right? Continue reading Is College for Everyone?

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14 Things I’ll Miss About College

With only 2 weeks left before the end of my college experience, I am experiencing an array of emotions. I worked hard, had fun and had an awesome 3 ½ years at college. As I prepare for the next chapter in my life in a mere 14 days, I look back at 14 things I will definitely miss about college.

Free gym access
I already don’t really like working out, but if I can work out for free, why not do it!

Having all my friends in close proximity
After college is finished, all of your friends move back home and you can be miles and miles apart 🙁

My awesome Communication Arts teachers
My major is Comm Arts and I loved my teachers from the very beginning. You can’t ask for better professors when they really want to see you succeed and does all they can to help.

Getting daily compliments on my outfits
I love putting outfits together and I love my style. The daily compliments really make me feel super chic!

Having weekends free to sleep in
I have no work, internship, or classes on the weekends, which is awesome because I can actually get more sleep! Unfortunately things won’t be that simple in the “real world.”

Making my own schedule
I love being in charge of my own schedule and having my days and weeks be planned out just how I like them to be.

Studying abroad
Going to college allowed me to study abroad last summer for a month in Seoul, South Korea. I am really thankful for that opportunity <3

Free Wi-Fi
Even though the Wi-Fi was terrible at times, it was cool to walk around campus and have my iPad connect to WI-Fi wherever I went.

Having three month long summer vacations and one month long winter breaks
This is the best! Spending three months of no homework and classes and only having to worry about working a job. And having one month to take a break mid-semester and relax…just awesome.

Having a home away from home
College literally becomes another home for you. You spend most of your time there so of course you get a little attached to it and appreciate it when you need to take time away from your actual home.

Late night food and Walmart runs with friends
Running to Sonic, Waffle House, Taco Bell, and Walmart late at night is always spontaneous, fun, and yummy. I will miss those late night random car rides.

On campus ceremonies, events, and dances
My college, Hood College, has so many traditions and fun events that take place usually on a weekly basis. Not being able to attend those events after this semester is definitely going to be a little sad.

My internship at a fashion boutique named Velvet Lounge
I loved my internship at VL, and it definitely helped me realize that I want to go into the fashion world. I will miss the people there and the shopping!

Fun PE classes like badminton, yoga, ballet, and tai chi
The PE classes I took were all amazing and taught me that working out can be enjoyable and creative.

There’s so much more I will miss about college, but I think this is a pretty good list. Now to finish these next 2 weeks strong!

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The Truth About Long Distance Relationships

Most college students would agree that long-distance relationships are challenging, but the relationship can work if the couple wants it to.

There are numerous ways to help make long-distance relationships successful. One way is by talking to your significant other every day.

Whether it’s by Skype, on the phone, or texting, communication in long-distance relationships is vital. Couples should talk every day because it will help them remain involved in their partner’s life, without being in the same location.

If a couple talks every day, they can talk about what happened at work, some new renovations to their home, or about their children or pets. The couple is not together, but sharing details about their daily activities, helps the couple keep up to date with what their significant other is doing.

Another way to help make long-distance relationships work is by doing activities simultaneously while you two are apart.

For example, my boyfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship and at night we watch the same shows together. Since we watch the same show, at the same time, it makes us feel connected.

Being optimistic is another important tip to remember when in a long-distance relationship. The relationship will not work if you don’t have faith that it will work.

Staying positive and focusing on the future you and your significant other will have together will help make the distance not seem problematic.

Make sure to visit each other as much as possible when you are in a long-distance relationship. Visiting at least once a month or every other week will keep the couple’s bond strong and show that you still love spending time with your significant other.

A method I use in my long-distance relationship is giving gifts. By giving gifts I mean that each partner should give each other gifts, so that the other partner will have a little reminder of your love.

My boyfriend bought me a stuffed panda and every time I move from my home to my college, I bring it with me. The gift could be anything from a poem, keychain, ring, or even a pen.

As long as the gift comes from the heart, it will be appreciated.

So don’t worry and stress too much about your long-distance relationship and don’t be scared to get into one. Follow this simple guideline and you will be on your way to having an awesome long-distance relationship!

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Meet The Interns: Chloe Pearson

Name, College, and graduation year

My name is Chloe Pearson I attend East Carolina University with a graduation date of 2018.

When did you go natural? Did you big chop or transition?

I have been natural my whole life but about five years ago decided to embrace my curls.

What was the one deciding factor that made you go natural?

In middle school I started wearing my hair straight, so I would get my hair done every week. With my hair texture it is hard for my hair to stay straight it always wants to revert at the roots and ends. I was involved in dance at the time and often sweated out my hair. I was tired of my weekly routine and decided to try something new going into high school.

How has your perception about yourself, and others, changed since you’ve been natural?

My perception of myself hasn’t really changed, I have notice that I tend to be more confident when I where my hair out whereas when I first began to go where my hair out I was self-conscious about what others would think. My perception of others isn’t influenced by my hair choice.

Have people approached or treated you differently with natural hair?

I get a lot of stares from people at my hair and occasionally random people touch without asking. People always give more complements when my hair is straight, and maybe that is because I don’t straighten it very often.

What is your favorite part of your hair routine?

Detangling my hair while washing or co-washing is my absolute favorite part of my hair routine.

What are your top 3 must have hair products?

I love, love, love Carol’s Daughter products and use them religiously. My hair needs moisture but not products that are too heavy and leave it overly saturated. My must haves are Coconut oil, Carol’s daughter’s Tui leave- in conditioner spray (mixed with Carol’s daughter hair milk), and Lottabody’s Moisture Me: Curl and Style milk. I guess that is four but I mix my leave in spray with hair milk into one to make a more moisturizing spay.

What are your top 3 favorite hair tools?

My Denman brush (modified) and wide tooth comb are my essentials, curl formers come in handy when I want to curl with no heat.

Who is your current #MCM and #WCW?

Lately my #MCM has been Broderick Hunter. My #WCW is SZA her HAIR!!! But I also love her music and she seems to have this amazing spirit.

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CurlyInCollege© Summer Internships – 2015

CurlyInCollege© Virtual Summer Internship Opportunities – 2015

Deadline to Apply: June 5th, 2015

SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO: ashley@curlyincollege.com

Duration of Internship: June 8th – August 8th, 2015

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CurlyInCollege© invites enthusiastic students to join a talented team of global ambassadors that will build the fast-growing digital publication: CurlyInCollege.com

CurlyInCollege© is a resource that celebrates students who are bold enough to navigate a life with curls on campus.

Applicants can be male or female but must be at least 16 years old. They should also be avid readers of natural hair blogs, books, video blogs, and will likely consider themselves “product junkies” and/or “trendsetters” in their high school or college community. Having personal experience transitioning to and/or maintaining natural hair is a plus.

Positions Available and Requirements Listed Below:

Bloggers (Multiple Positions Available)  

  • Submit weekly blog posts that will be featured on the blog and associated social media platforms
  • Participate in bi-weekly team update conference calls
  • Require excellent photography skills and a good eye for outstanding images
  • Confident writing skills
  • A strong sense of style and an interest in entrepreneurship or tech startups
  • Reliable computer and high speed internet connection
  • Access to a good quality digital camera/lense/tripod (preferably DSLR)
  • Photoshop experience, or experience with similar photo editing software a plus
  • Large social media following

Social Media Ambassadors (2 Positions Available)

  • Promote CiC’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and YouTube pages
  • Develop strategies to meet growth metrics by given deadlines
  • Implement social media plan consistently
  • Maintain high engagement numbers
  • Requires a good eye for outstanding images
  • Reliable computer and high speed internet connection
  • Outgoing and works well with others
  • Strong communicationskills and willingness to work remotely

Web Development Intern (One Position Available)

  • Provide website maintenance and support
  • Experienced building and managing sites with wordpress backend
  • Experience with SEO and Google Analytics a plus

Event Management Intern (One Position Available)

  • Assist founder with planning and execution of on campus events
  • Ability to meet desired goals under budget
  • Work with team to coordinate staffing and volunteer requirements
  • Prepare logistics for all vendors
  • Possible day of management
  • Manage post event evaluations
  • Oversee event marketing and promotion
  • Other duties as assigned by founder

Other Skills Required for All Positions:

  • Experience with WordPress or other blogging platforms (include links to personal blogs or guest posts)
  • Proficient with Google Apps and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Video editing experience is a plus, but not required (include links)
  • Positive online reputation as documented by applicants social media/blogging behaviors
  • Proven ability to function efficiently on a team and rally campus/school support for a specific cause (explain in cover letter)
  • Experienced bloggers with published posts on existing sites are encouraged to apply (include links)
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Ability to self edit blog posts
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly

Fun Perks for Curly In College Interns:

  • review new products
  • free CurlyInCollege© branded merchandise
  • free passes to natural hair shows
  • heightened credibility as a result of having been featured on a prominent blog

* This posting advertises unpaid, part-time, summer internship opportunities. Perks vary by position *

As a result, those currently employed or interning elsewhere are still encouraged to apply – These internships will only require an estimated 5-10 hours per week and work will be done remotely (not in person).

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Curly In College Summer 2015 Internship Opportunities

Deadline to Apply: June 5th, 2015

SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO: ashley@curlyincollege.com

Duration of Internship: June 8th – Augst 8th, 2015

Questions? Contact ashely@curlyincollege.com

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Mini-Twist Out Challenge Update

Sometimes when you challenge yourself to something it falls through. Well this challenge has fallen through for me. I got tired of wearing the same style all of the time. I am the type of person to switch things up from day to day. However, I am proud of myself for sticking with the challenge for a month. I loved wearing the twist because I did not have to do my hair every morning, but most importantly, my hair grew a lot. I was really happy to see my hair growth progress because that was the reason I started wearing twists.

I took my hair down last Saturday. I had to take my picture for a photoshop project I had for one of my classes. I really wanted my hair down and in a fro. It really did not help that the next day was Easter, and I did not want to wear the twists that day either. Since my hair was growing, I decided to take it down. The twist out left my hair really curly and pretty. I was amazed at how well my hair responded to the twists. The growth was evident in my fro as well.

When I started the challenge, my plan was to wash and re-twist my hair every three weeks. I stuck to the plan, so after the first three weeks I took my twists down and left my hair down for a day. I did this to prepare for my wash the next day. Here is the process of my wash day after three weeks of twists.

  • Co-wash with As I Am Coconut Co-wash. I decided to use this instead of regular shampoo because the co-wash helps me retain moisture better than the shampoo.
  • Condition with Aussie’s Moisturizing Conditioner. I just use this to help with detangling. I apply the conditioner to my hair, and then run my fingers through it.
  • Apply Leave-in Conditioner. I used Shea Moisture’s Leave-in Conditioner from the castor oil line. I really do not like the smell too much; I like what it does to my hair though. It leaves my hair really soft.
  • Twist hair into six sections. I do this to allow my hair to dry for an hour. I realized that if I twist my hair while it is slightly dry, they would be more elongated.
  • Apply Shea Butter and Black Jamaican Castor Oil mixture. This is what I use as I twist my hair. The mixture allows me to keep my hair very moisturized.
  • Twist the hair into mini twists.

After I did this process, I left the twists in for a week, and that is when I took them down. I have decided that I am going to finish the semester without the twists, in which I get out the beginning of May. I am going to wear the twists for a month to finish the challenge. I am not going to just give the challenge up.

Have you stuck with the challenge?

 

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College: What do I Wear?

Going from possibly wearing uniforms in high school to having to choose what to wear in college can take you for a loop. I had to wear uniforms for my entire four years of high school. Waking up every morning knowing exactly what I had to wear saved me a lot of time and effort. However, I was not able to express my individuality and creativity. Well, I could have but it was very difficult being restricted. When I started college, I realized that it was a whole new ball game, and it would be all up to me.

Being restricted and having to obey a dress code in high school made me judge everything that I would put on. Listening to “your skirt is too short,” “you cannot wear open-toe or open-heel shoes,” and “your pants are the wrong color” has made me re-evaluate the decisions I make on what to wear to class. After coming out of the restriction zone, during my first few weeks of college, I questioned everything I would take out to wear. Eventually, I came to the conclusions that it was not so much of what should I wear, but what should I not wear. After drilling this concept into my brain, I came up with a list of things that I would not wear to class and special events. I am going to give you my opinion, but remember that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.

Don’t wear pajamas. I believe that they are only to sleep in. Wearing pajamas to class gives off a vibe that you do not care and do not want to be there; even if it is just that you woke up late.

Don’t wear clothes that are revealing. By this I mean clothes that are see through. Wearing these types of clothes will bring a lot of attention to you, not that it is something you do not want to have, but this type of attention is negative. Also, do not wear clothes that do not cover up the most important parts of your body.

On the bright side, here are things to ear to class. I usually wear a t-shirt and blue jeans at least, just so my professor know I did not just hop out of the bed and come straight to class. On my good days I will put on a nice top to actually look presentable and decent.

If you have to present something in class, please be sure to dress accordingly, such as at least wearing business casual attire. Basically, this means not wearing blue jeans or tennis shoes. Wearing business casual attire also goes for when attending a special event. This event could be an interview, attending a conference, etc. Females, be reminded of the length of skirts, skorts, and dresses that you decide to wear.

What do you wear to class? Do you have a list of things that you do not wear to class?

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