Autumn to most people means cooler weather, leaves changing colors, pumpkin spice lattes, and dressing in layers to combat the cold. Here in Southern California it means heat waves mixed with a few rainstorms.
Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live, but everyone I know often jokes about how we don’t know what real “weather” is because we don’t get rain or snowstorms. When it’s freezing and foggy in the morning, in the low 80’s and sunny by the afternoon, it can be difficult to decide how to get dressed in the morning to last throughout the day. The traditional layers that often come to your mind when you think of Fall Fashion won’t work that well here.
Don’t even get me started on the struggle of having to wear something versatile to walk from class to class and do a variety of activities in, as well as looking professional enough to lead a meeting or in case you run into the University President while grabbing coffee (small campus problems.) Read More!
Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to be a model in College Fashion Week LA. This event was really great to be a part of with about 500 attendees all watching real college women of different shapes and sizes walk the runway. With all the heat that the fashion industry has (rightfully) been under lately for the body types of their models, it was refreshing to see real college women represented in this show. In addition to the models, another great part about the show was that all the shows featured designs from up and coming designers in the industry.
College Fashion Week was put on by Her Campus Media and their theme of being all about empowering college women was definitely a main focus in this event.
The second half of the semester has started and with that comes a lot of added stress. My midterms are done but now I have endless projects, presentations, and papers looming in my near future. Mix that with jobs, clubs, and my other commitments and I am a big ball of overwhelmed.
Two weeks ago was really rough for me. I was in a really bad place, overwhelmed to the point where I skipped 4 classes in a week, exhausted to the point where I was skipping meals, and stressed beyond measure. While sometimes it may seem from my posts that I have it all together, I definitely have my moments of weakness.
College students and millennials today are under a lot of pressure and put themselves in situations of large amounts of stress. Here are 9 things that helped me get through this rough patch, get out of bed, and get going again.
Today I would like to introduce you to a guest poster, Dayton! Dayton is a self proclaimed overachiever who dealt with a lot of anxiety over choosing her major when in college. Today she is here to help give some tips about how to pick the right major for you and an insight on how to avoid the stress that it can cause.
The distance between who I’d been in high school and who I was now could have encompassed the world twice over. At least, in my mind. The overachiever, the star student, the girl with infinite untapped potential had devolved into an aimless, confused woman with enough credits to graduate a year early but not enough in one subject.
I’d somehow managed to slip through the university bureaucracy and was still “undeclared” as a junior. I swapped my classes out more in the first two weeks than most kids did during online registration. Frozen with indecision, I stared at the ceiling for hours, dreading yet another day where I made progress in a path I wasn’t sure I even wanted. The way I saw it, every day that I didn’t commit to becoming a neuroscientist, a lawyer, a doctor, a novelist, whatever, was another day that I “lost”, that I should’ve been working towards my real calling in life, whatever that was. I had to succeed, even if I didn’t know what “success” was. And while everyone placated me by pointing out that no one my age had it all figured out, they didn’t see how heavy this weighed on me.
I’d never been so lost.
This sort of depression isn’t unusual among overachievers. Perhaps it was just an obsession with finding the “right” answer where there wasn’t one. And that was the hardest lesson for somebody like me to learn. Even though picking a major isn’t easy for most college students, for overachievers, it can be earth-shattering. Somehow, though, I made it through, but I should’ve been a lot easier on myself. Hopefully, you can follow advice where I couldn’t. Read More!
I’ve shared with you before about how starting a Her Campus chapter changed and vastly improved my college experience. I started my chapter a year and a half ago and we have grown to over 100 girls at my university all working together to create an amazing community and online magazine. It has been an incredible experience and being able to do it while being connected to the Her Campus brand name has been really great. Now my favorite female empowered brand, Her Campus Media, is finally coming to LA! The brand is based in Boston, so being able to finally meet these people who I’ve been talking to for 2 years is huge for me!
The best part? They’re coming to LA for an amazing event: The 5th Annual College Fashion Week.
College Fashion Week is a unique event for fashion-obsessed college women to come together in an inclusive, empowering, and fun platform to celebrate themselves, their bodies, and fashion as a form of self expression. In addition, College Fashion Week showcases top talent from the next generation of up and coming female fashion entrepreneurs and designers. Awesome right? Read More!