Tiara Corsey/Feature Writer
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This week's campus celebrity, or celebrities I should say, is the class of 2013. With graduation a little more than a month away, us seniors are racing to get to the finish line, and begin the next chapter of our lives. We've spent the last four years (or 5 or 6) training and now the spotlight is finally ours.
It's time to run the marathon!
Some of us will go on to do exactly what we set out to do as itty bitty college freshmen. Others of us have deviated from our original plan some, but are also well on our way to getting to where we need to be. And others of us are still looking for our right paths, but I am confident in that we will all end up where we belong.
The last few years have been filled with some easy moments, but plenty of more challenges. We've overcome each and every single one of them. Whether it was that math class that really made no sense, or those professors who were out to get us, we've far surpassed all of the obstacles that tried to stand in the way of us getting our degrees. Those difficulties are now just sights in our rearview mirrors as we ride along the path to success. It's time for all of us to become the doctors, writers, forensic specialists and celebrities we have set out to be. I couldn't be more proud of us.
Time sure flies when you're having fun!
Four years ago I started college as an undergrad Business Administration major. I was excited to be a college student, and I couldn't wait to learn all of the things that would make me a formidable business woman in the future. My goal was to learn as much as I could so that one day, I could take over the world.
Business had never been a passion of mine but I didn't see the point in majoring in something that I felt I could do without a degree. I wanted to earn a degree that I thought would mean something no matter what path I eventually chose in life.
That was a mistake.
Rule number one in college is to pick a major that you are passionate about. Don't just do something because it sounds good.You have to love what you are doing in order for you to have any chance at being successful at it. I learned from my mistake and eventually switched over to Communications Media. I've never been happier.
I also did a few other things that made me happy. I joined Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national service sorority, and I became a crew-member and writer for IUP-TV's No Brainer gameshow. I also became a writer for Her Campus. All of these things were done in the hopes of making me a more well-rounded person with an abundance of friends and experience. I'd like to think I was successful in accomplishing those goals.
Are you planning to live abroad anytime soon? If the answer is yes, than below are a few tips to make sure your experience is everything you want it to be and more. Even if you're not currently planning a trip abroad, read below anyway. You never know: One day maybe you will end up abroad!
Learn the Language
This should be pretty self explainatory but in case it's not, I'll explain it anyway. There's almost nothing more than or equally as important as learning the language. How else do you plan on living in a foreign land somewhere. No one's saying you have to speak it as though it's your native tongue, but you should at least know the basics. How to say hello and/or goodbye, order food, or ask for help is going to be extremely helpful in making your time abroad as stress-free as possible. And there's plenty of resources out there to help you along the way.
(Sidenote: As great as the language books are though, try to learn the language enough to not have to depend 24/7 on the book. It just looks weird if you've got a language book attached to your face at all times.)
This week's Campus Celebrity is IUP's very own mascot, Norm! The Crimson Hawk, in recent weeks, has been busy leading the campus in riotous support of our various sports teams, and doing a stellar job at it. I got to sit next to Norm for just a few minutes during the boy's basketball team's PSAC championship win against Slippery Rock, and it's no wonder the campus finds Norm fascinating.
Norm is charismatic, energetic, and an all around good time. Here's to you Norm, for always being there to unite our campus against our enemies, and providing us with light-hearted good cheer. For your ability to bring a smile to IUP students faces whether they are on campus or off, you are this week's Campus Celebrity.
To find out more about Norm and his story, visit his nest here!
St. Patrick's Day is coming up and on a college campus we all know what that means: PARTY!!! And while parties are very fun they can also be VERY stressful. There's so much to prepare and so little
time to do it! Well have no fear, Her Campus is here to make your party planning a little easier with 3 drink recipes sure to make your party a hit. Best of all, they're all super easy to do and stress-free.
St. Patty's Day Punch (NON-ALCOHOLIC)
2 gal. lime sherbet
2 litters 7-Up or Sprite
Let sherbet soften for about an hour prior to making.
Mix soda and sherbet in a punch bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed.
1 oz. gin
1 tsp. green creme de menthe
2 dashes bitters
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Low-calorie Irish Spring
3/4 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. green creme de menthe
1/4 oz. club soda
Music is an important part of our culture as it helps to define who we are and what we believe in. Our taste in music helps others to understand what appeals to us, what we've been through, and in some cases, maybe it even defines where we are going. There's so many different artists and genres to listen to nowadays that for many people -myself included- taste varies from one end of the spectrum to the other. But no matter what, we never forget the artist/band/musician/group that first made us fall in love with music. For me, that group was Destiny's Child.
Being a 90's baby, I was a little too young to appreciate the work of other girl groups such as TLC or EnVogue, (although I LOVE the music now), so Destiny's Child was it for me. The idea of a group of talented women getting together to form a group and live out their dreams seemed like a fairytale idea to me. As a young girl, all I could see was four (later three) pretty girls who could all sing and dance and have a good time all day everyday. I wanted that life too. Me and my two friends, Khiana and Kevonda used to pretend that we had our own group and were going to be big stars one day.
This week's campus cutie is Richard Hunter. The car enthusiast takes a stab out of our survey below.
1. If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find?
Water, and cereal
2. If you were a t-shirt, what would your caption be?
Live life to the fullest
3. Where would you go if you had a time machine?
4. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?
One, I would just bite into it
5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I would want to fly. I think that would be cool
6. What are you most attracted to in a person?
A goal oriented, beautiful girl
7. What was the last song you played for yourself?
I don't know...it was probably rap though
8. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
9. If you won the lottery, what would you do?
Put it towards owning my own car shop one day
10. If you were on a deserted island, which three things would you have to have with you?
Food, music and video games
Complete and total confidence in one's own skin is hard to come by these days. It seems as though no one is completely sure about their place in the world. That doesn't mean though, that you should give up on trying to find your inner confidence; it's actually the complete opposite!
Below are some tips that will hopefully help you to find your inner diva.
Find a talent
Everyone has one, even if they don't know it. Why not take a moment to figure out what you're really good at -or at least really passionate about- and work to develop it. Most of the time, a lack of confidence comes from feeling that you're not good at anything. If that's how you feel, then change it!
Find Your Look
This is a biggie! Sometimes, one can feel self-conscious because they are outside of their comfort zones. Get back into your comfort zone by finding a look that really works for you. Whether it's clothes, hair, make-up or a combination of the three, find something that accentuates your best feature: YOU! A look that both you and everyone else recognizes as a good fit for you will boost your self-confidence enormously.
Surround Yoursef With Good Friends
This week’s campus celebrity is LaTanya James. James is a senior Respiratory Care major from Philadelphia Pa., anxious to be done with school and start her career. In the meantime, she’s keeping herself busy by being involved on IUP’s campus.
James’ campus involvement began her first semester of college. She not only took a job as an office aid for the African American Cultural Center, but she also joined a sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma (GSS). GSS is a national service sorority, dedicated to connecting college students with the ability to improve their communities. As a member of GSS, Tanya, as she is known by most, was able to participate in activities such as Bowl For Kids Sake, the MS Walk in Greensburg, PA. and various blood drives. She also participated in several sorority bake sales, with all proceeds benefiting various organizations such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand, March of Dimes, and Big Hearts Little Hands. Although she is now an official alum of the sorority, James still believes in community service, and now participates in various projects as a representative for her job, the African American Cultural Center (AACC).
The AACC has been Tanya’s place of employment for her entire time in college, and has served as a way for her to get further involved on campus. Through the AACC, she has gotten to participate in activities such as blood drives, dinners, cultural awareness nights, and movie nights. Tanya has also gotten to meet distinguished persons through her involvement with the AACC. A few weeks ago, she attended a dinner and meet and greet with Ricardo Campusano, a Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic attorney specializing in human rights. She has attended plenty of similar events throughout her college career.
Refund check money all gone and it's not pay week? Trust us, we at Her Campus completely understand. But just because you're operating on limited funds, doesn't mean you can't still plan a good date for you and your special someone. Get ready, because we at Her Campus are going to show you the ins and outs, do's and don'ts of planning a budget friendly good time.
Movies are usually a typical date night activity, but who says you have to go out in order to catch a flick? Instead of spending money on transportation, movie tickets, over-priced concessions, and possibly an after-film activity, why not have movie night at home? Get together with your special someone at home with a DVD already in your collection, and a bag of microwavable popcorn popping and just enjoy one another's company. And even if you don't have anything worth watching, there's always the option of buying a movie.
A lot of places such as Walmart offer certain DVD's for only $5. Still too much of a cost for you? See if you can find something good playing on TV, or borrow a movie from a friend. Not only will you be saving tons of money and be more comfortable, but you also have the added bonus of not having to deal with the hassle of crowds.
Want to stay in for date night, but movies are not particularly your thing? There's also the option to have a stay at home dinner. Cooking dinner at home can be great because it allows you and your partner to eat food exactly the way you like it, not pay a ton of money and, if you cook it together, it's a great bonding experience. And even if you decide not to have your partner cook with you, imagine all the brownie points you'll earn by suprising your loved one with a home cooked meal.