Happening: 2017 in Review

While I’m not big on New Years resolutions, I do enjoy taking time as a new year begins to reflect back on the previous year and see how I’ve grown. As the end of 2017 quickly approaches (and I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking thank goodness!) and 2018 is nearly here I thought it would be the perfect time to share a quick recap of some of the things that have happened in my life both on and off this blog throughout 2017.

Most Read Blog Posts

In 2017 I published a lot of great posts here on Dani Dearest, and received a lot of great feedback from you readers! I’ve learned what sort of posts you like to read, I’ve been asked some great questions that have inspired new posts, and I’ve already started planning some creative and helpful posts for 2018.

Here are the top 3 posts that you, my readers, loved the most in 2017: Read More!

Happening: December 2017

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Last month, and the beginning of this month, was a little rough for me – so I unfortunately had to skip our monthly happening check-in for November.

Now with finals over (YES) I am ready to get back in the game and fill you in on what I’ve been up to!

Happening: November + December. (more…)

Making the Most out of Career Fairs

How to make the most out of career fairs in college #College #Career #UniversityWhen I started college, career fairs were something I had only seen on TV. However – 3 days after attending my first career fair I landed an internship that has truly launched me on my career path!

Career fairs are definitely not something to be afraid of or shy away from. With the right preparation, planning, and a little charisma – your next career fair could get you the position you need to get on track for your future career.

Here are 7 ways to make sure you are making the most out of career fairs.

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The Truth About Chronic Illness in College

Note: This post has remained half written and saved as a draft for over a month and a half now. I’ll be honest, talking about my chronic illnesses is difficult. However, I feel that being honest and open about what I face every single day is important for you to hear as a reader. I also feel that if there is anyone out there who reads Dani Dearest and is also struggling from a chronic illness that this post will help you to know that you aren’t alone.

The truth about living with a chronic illness in college - from a real college student living with hashimotos and ehlers danlos syndrom (EDS).

As I write this post I am sitting in my bed with a heating pad on my back and a brace on my left wrist, having recently turned down going out dancing with some friends due to being too worn down from a day of sitting in an office and going out for dinner.

I will wake up tomorrow morning and feel exhausted, despite having gotten around 9 hours of sleep. I will eat a full breakfast to help maintain my blood sugar and then I will go to one meeting, three classes, and usually one or two more meetings after my classes. Then I will get home, take a nap, take some Advil, do some homework, edit a blog post, and do it all again.

That’s a good day. Other days aren’t nearly as productive and leave me in bed due to pain or fatigue the entire day.

I live with 2 chronic illnesses. Hashimotos Thyroiditis and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. In short, my body is attacking itself and killing my immune system, and my joints are in constant pain and inflammation due to a connective tissue disorder.

I won’t sugar coat it – being “young” and living with a chronic illness is incredibly difficult. Here are some truths about living with a chronic illness in college, and what you can do to help if you have a friend going through the same thing. Read More!

College Advice Nobody Tells You

College advice nobody tells you - the true things you need to know as a college student, from a college student.

The summer before my first year at college, and all throughout my first year, I was obsessed with researching as much college advice as I could. Honestly, seeing other college bloggers give their advice and how this advice helped so many people is what inspired me to start up Dani Dearest. While most of the advice I discovered before starting college (use a planner, carry pepper spray, stay active, etc) was very true and incredibly helpful – I found that there was a lot of advice that I wasn’t told before starting college. A lot of lessons I had to learn myself, the hard way.

If I had known some of these things before starting college, I might have avoided some tough situations. I hope that reading and learning these helps you to get a head start and stay successful in your college career!

Here you go – my 8 pieces of college advice nobody tells you.