Discovering Empowerment and Real Beauty in College

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How you can discover your real beauty in college - 5 tips!

College is a time of self discovery.

Between choosing your major, potential future career field, significant others, and lifelong friends there are a lot of decisions to be made and discovering to be done in so little time.

Every experience and every year forms and shapes who you are, and the time that you are in college is no different.

The Dove Real Beauty campaign recently launched a new project working with director Shonda Rhimes and an all-female crew to shift the power of storytelling from Hollywood into the hands of real women sharing tales of how real women are discovering and embracing their real beauty. They just published the second video in this series, featuring Kylee Howell and her message of non-conformity, self-assurance, and shedding expectations of beauty that didn’t fit her. This video is truly inspiring – watch it now here!

Around 69% of women say that they don’t see themselves reflected in advertisements, movies, television, and media today. The definition of beauty has been rapidly changing, and with that women are succeeding in discovering what their real beauty is and finding empowerment in inspiring other women.

As I step into my final year of college I’ve been feeling very reflective lately. It’s crazy to see how I’ve grown and changed, become more confident in myself and those around me, throughout the past 3 years. Today I’m very excited to be partnering up with the Dove Real Beauty campaign to share with you my story about discovering empowerment and real beauty in college – as well as ways you can become empowered and discover your own real beauty.

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Using Google Calendar to Organize Your Entire Life

Organize your entire life with Google Calendar! Use Google Calendar as a digital planner to juggle the busy life of a student with classes, jobs, and more!College students find themselves juggling classes, homework, work, parties, clubs, organizations, dates, volunteering, and everything in between. With only 24 hours in the day, and only one mind to juggle it all, this can be a lot to manage.

How do you do it without letting your brain explode? By having the right organizational system for you.

As busy as I am (last year I juggled 18 credits of classes and 4 jobs…) I definitely need something to help hold everything in one place and make sure nothing is forgotten in the hustle and bustle.

If you’ve been around here for a while then you know that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE PLANNERS. However – sometimes there are places where you don’t bring your planner, or notes you have to jot down quickly and don’t have time to pull out the pen and paper, or there are just some people who don’t prefer a paper planner… and that’s okay! That’s what this is for.

I’m talking: Google Calendar.

Google Calendar is a helpful, creative, powerful productivity tool that if you aren’t using already you should be. Download the app on your phone. Bookmark the website on your computer. Share your calendars with your SO or BFFs. Organize your entire life.

Here are some amazing tricks to manage your busy schedule with Google Calendar!
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15 Resume Boosters for College Students Without Work Experience

Don't get stuck in the loop of needing experience to get experience, boost your resume without any prior work experience with these creative resume boosters for college students!

The world of internships and jobs can often be intimidating for college students, especially those trying to apply for one without any prior work experience to list on their resumes.

How will employers and hiring managers take you seriously when you don’t have any prior jobs listed?

Millennials are often caught in this loop of “needing experience to get experience” even in entry level job positions.

However, sometimes finding what to put on your resume to boost it is right in front of you.

Check out these 15 creative resume boosters for college students!


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Happening: June


Today we’re gonna change things up a little bit here on Dani Dearest. We’re gonna get a little personal.
Everyday I focus on bringing you content, advice, and ideas to help you and your friends prepare for college, life as a millennial, your career, and future success in your life and studies. (That’s a mouthful!) I’m figuring out along the way as well, just sharing what worked for me & my friends with you & your friends to help you succeed.

There are a lot of really great changes happening over here behind the scenes on Dani Dearest – I don’t want to spoil all the news yet, but get excited!

As a part of these changes, I want to take the time to be a little bit more open, honest, and real with you all. Your support to me as readers and friends has gotten me through so much these last 2 and a half years, and I want to continue to grow together. In honor of this, I am launching a new monthly segment on Dani Dearest: Happening.

Once a month, usually around the middle of the month, I will post a life update with you. What is “Happening” in my life at that moment. The good, the bad, the ugly. The true trials, fails, successes, and thoughts. My favorite things from around the web at the time, and the things I’m not loving quite as much. I already consider you my BFFs, it’s time to open up and let you in!

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How to Do a Deep Digital Clean

How to do a Deep Digital Clean - Minimalism to decrease overwhelm, create a clean canvas, and start over on your computer.

At the end of every semester I sit down and look at my computer. The 8 “final” drafts of that history paper saved all over my desktop under different names. The 15 bookmarked scholarly journals used for sources for my capstone paper. The bookmarked online flash card stack labeled “STUDY THIS NOW!” The 860 read and ignored emails from professors, club presidents, and Amazon reminding me that it’s time to return my textbooks.. and the 120 unread emails on top of that. All my notes from the semester in OneNote strewn all over the place…

It’s overwhelming.

It’s time for a fresh start.

One of my favorite things to do is a digital deep clean.

While I always do this at the end of a semester, I also tend do to it about once a month or once every other month so it doesn’t get too crazy in between.

Why do you need a digital deep clean?

Deep cleaning your digital life has a lot of positive outcomes. It gives you a clean slate, a clean pallet, a clean canvas. This can improve your productivity, allow you to become more organized and stay organized, and overall remove any overwhelm caused by digital clutter in your life.

To me, taking a moment to deep clean my digital life has opened many doors for creativity and productivity. While taking the time to go through the digital clutter I discover old projects I forgot about, emails I should have replied to (whoops!), and a whole lot of stuff that I’m ready to let go of and move on from.

How do I do a digital deep clean?

Ahh, I’m so glad you didn’t asked. Here’s how: Read More!