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Secure The Bag? Scholarships?

College is one of the first major investments you’ll be making in your lifetime. Even after filling out the FAFSA, school can still be expensive. Luckily, you can continue to cut down the costs via scholarships. There are plenty of them out there, both big and small amounts, however, it is up to you to seek them out and apply. Don’t worry, we’ve found three ways to get you started with finding scholarships.

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Unigo.com | This is a large scale website that requires you to create a profile in order to find scholarships that best suit you. You can also search for scholarships based on athletics, your major, and your minority group.

Chegg.com | Using this website will allow you to kill two birds with one stone. You’ll be able to search for different scholarships as well as rent the textbooks you’ll need for class. This is a website that will serve you throughout your college career.

Look Local | Seek scholarship opportunities at your high school, church, or other local organizations you’re part of. You’ll have a smaller applicant pool, which means a better chance at getting the scholarship.

~Tia Banks, Content Editor

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Meet Saneit Monae!

Cool vibes + a captivating voice introduces talented singer/songwriter Saneit Monae! Authentic lyrics meshed with effortless soul, she continues to flourish on the musical scene while unleashing her passions and talents.

Hailing from Chicago, the songstress went on to graduate from Howard University with a major in Public Relations/ Graphic Design Minor. Her musical career continued in the D.C. area which created a platform for her creativity to blossom.

Saneit’s love of music began at the tender age of five being a member of her church’s youth choir and led to interests of a vocal coach at only ten years old. This opened up a new world for her as she began to write her own lyrics and recording at 16 years old.

She recently dropped her addictive singles + videos for “The Real Me” + “No Luv 4 U.”

Saneit says, “I always remind myself that when I sing I’m not singing for myself, it’s for someone else. My goal is to move my audience. I want them to hear how passionate I am from beginning to end. “

Let’s get to know Saneit Monae a little better…

Hailing from Chicago, what first led you to tap into + discover your soulful vocals?

Growing up in Chicago, I was first led into music by my home church. My mom noticed I could sing at the age of 3 and at the age of 5 I joined the children’s choir. I always sang songs around the house when I was a little girl. My mom would always blast her favorite CD’s and I think the very first vocalist I learned to sing from was Whitney Houston. My passion for music never died once I discovered it! My mom placed me in extracurricular activities where I could showcase my talents. By the age of 10, I was taking vocal lessons.

You’re a recent graduate of Howard Univesity who majored in PR with a minor of Graphic Design! How did attending a HBCU aid in molding your talents + discovering who you are?

Attending the number one HBCU in the nation was an incredible experience. This was my dream school, so I enjoyed everything that it offered me academically and socially. Howard gave me a space to find myself and grow as an artist. The university is filled with so many creative and talented individuals. Everyone is pretty much working towards the same goals. It’s inspiring, and I’ve learned from many of them. Throughout every semester, there were endless opportunities to show my talents. Even when I was denied after auditioning for certain showcases, it made me hungrier. I gained the greatest of friends and supporters during my four years. Howard is known for breeding the greatest, so I believe that I am the next special Bison. I also feel like I have big shoes to fill, but I’m ready. By Howard being in D.C., I also networked outside of campus. I’ve built relationships with independent artists from all over the city and gained mentorship from musicians who have been in the industry for several years.

You recently put out a dope video for the song “The Real Me”. There’s such a relatable line that says “You tell me I’m sweet but I act so tough.” Why is it important to express your authentic emotions, strength + personality through your lyrics?

One thing I’ve learned is that the audience loves to feel like they can relate. I know when I listen to songs I sometimes imagine myself as the artist and the emotions they’re going through, but that only happens through authentic music. I always remind myself that when I sing I’m not singing for myself, it’s for someone else. My goal is to move my audience. I want them to hear how passionate I am from beginning to end. I’ve always wanted my music to reflect my personality. I’ve never been shy or hid myself, so you have no choice but to feel me. I want to be so great that my song is on repeat. I want to make them wish the song never ended.

In a time where talent can come secondary behind tons of gimmicks, what’s one way you protect your individualism? Is their pressure to conform?

You have to stay true to who you are. While there are tons of gimmicks real recognize real. Anything fake will only last so long. I don’t feel any pressure to conform, because nothing unrealistic motivates me. I love me some me, and anything that prevents me from being who I am is not something I’m willing to sacrifice. I don’t know how to be anyone else and one thing’s for sure it’ll never be another Saneit. Growing up I was not the “it” girl, so I grew into this confidence I now have. I was the tall, skinny, dark skinned girl. For a while I started to believe that I wasn’t as cute as the other girls because I was flat chested, skinny, and my skin was dark. My mom made me read this book called “The Skin I’m In” and truthfully, I’ve loved and accepted myself ever since then. I’m protecting me at all cost. If God is for me who can be against me?

Being young, juggling responsibilities while walking towards your dreams can sometimes get to be a bit overwhelming, how do you regroup and motivate yourself when you’re feeling a little defeated?

Adulting makes you want to call your mom for every little thing. Some days I definitely want to be 16 again, but everyone has to grow up. It’s funny how everyone else around me looks at me and says how proud they are of me, meanwhile I’m struggling and juggling aka Mrs. Do It All. There are times where I want to stop, but I realize how far I’ve come. When I’m feeling overwhelmed I give myself a day or two of doing absolutely nothing. That means I’m not taking any hair appointments, I won’t write or listen to any music, I just need to be to myself and my thoughts. A lot of people don’t know, but I draw and that’s definitely quiet time for me. Just me and my pencil. I also keep a lot of emotions inside so I’ll probably cry in the shower and then I’m back to normal.

We are all about empowerment, what does EMPOWERMENT mean to you?

Empowerment to me is making the commitment to improve who you are and who you inspire. We are all constantly evolving, so everyday we are going through changes. There is power in words. I’ve been told when I speak people listen, so I will make it my business to use my voice for the betterment of others, whether I am speaking or singing.

What advice would you give girls who want to follow their dreams and passions but are nervous or intimidated?

For girls who are following their dreams and passions it is important that you know exactly who you are and what you’re capable of. Everything that you dream of is on the other side of fear. No one else can get up and go get up for you. No one else is going to set alarms for you and remind you to do what you’re supposed to do either. Know your calling and move accordingly. There isn’t anything impossible for you even if people attempt to stop you from getting it. Your gift will make room for you.

Time for faves! Celeb Crush? Artist? Food? Movie?

This is funny, because I haven’t had a celebrity crush in so long but I’ll go with Quincy. He know he fine. I have more than one favorite artist, but everyone knows how much I love Monica. Musically, she gave birth to me because my mommy can’t sing. Shout out to my mommy though! My favorite food is pizza, but my favorite kind of food is Mexican food. My favorite movie is The Preacher’s Wife and Home Alone.

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New Semester, Old You?

A new semester is upon us! Our schedules just got busier and our workload is a little heavier. Just the thought of this would make any normal person a bit uneasy. However, there are ways to get ahead of the game so that you’re fully prepared for the semester and anxiety won’t creep up on you like those forgotten assignments!

Pull up with a planner|

Planners are extremely helpful especially when you have a schedule full of club meetings, due dates, and get-togethers. It will allow you to write things down and have a visual representation of what your schedule looks like so you’ll know when you can squeeze in a nap!

Get a head start|
I know this is easier said than done, but anything you do to get a head start on an assignment will help you tremendously. You’ll have more time to plan and ask questions if needed. You’ll even have room for those days when you’re procrastinating.

Sleep, sleep + sleep|
This is a fan favorite. Sleeping is not only a hobby for those who stay busy; it is also an essential part of your health. Getting a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep a night will improve your mood and give you the energy you need to kill it!

Content Editor, Tia Banks

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Style Diary x Lexi!

Scroll through the STYLE diary of Texas based college blogger, Lexi! 

What’s your name + the city you’re from?
My name is Alexia (Lexi) Stewart, and I’m from Houston, Texas!

Style is showing who you are with out having to speak! Name your top 3 trends you’re feeling this season?
My first trend that I’m feeling this season is long and lean. It’s a very clean and crisp trend with a lot of white and long, slim dresses, skirts and pants. I think that culottes would fit into this trend really well. My second trend is saville row! It features things such as herringbone, houndstooth and plaid items. The last trend would have to be the whole oversized and baggy trend that’s going on. I love wearing sweaters and cardigans that are two sizes too big because I enjoy being cozy and comfortable. I don’t have anything that relates to saville row in my closet yet (it can be a little pricey), but I admire the trend so much and love seeing the style on other people!

If you had 30 seconds to grab your 3 favorite style pieces, what would they be?

My three favorite style pieces would be my distressed denim jacket, my oversized burnt-orange cardigan and my distressed mom jeans that I thrifted and made myself!

Style inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate fashion icon + why?
Definitely feel that I don’t have a specific style icon. I love just spending some time browsing Pinterest and Instagram looking at outfits and trying to create something similar, but unique out of things I already own. If I HAD to pick, these are a few of my favorite Instagrammers whose styles I enjoy:

discoverbella
speakoftheangel
laurajadestone
thepatriciabright
itsdemib

I love them because their styles are very simple and minimalistic. A lot of basics with a few iconic statement pieces. That’s the direction that I want my wardrobe to go in for 2019.

Getting ready in the morning can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s your go-to look if you’re in a rush?
Oh my gosh, this was literally me towards the end of the semester because sleeping in just felt so amazing. I have two different scenarios with this. If my hair is natural, I usually put it in a high bun. I’ll put on my denim jacket with my black mesh leggings, a basic white or black t-shirt with a bralette, and my black adidas NMD’s. If I have a protective style such as braids or weave, I definitely make sure to grab my black adidas hat as well. It’s an outfit that is extremely comfortable, basic, still cute and falls into the ongoing trend of athleisure.

What’s your number 1 rule when it comes to style?
My number one rule is to never sacrifice comfort for style and trendiness. I had to learn this the hard way. My freshman and sophomore years of college were filled with me wearing wedges, heels, skirts, and tight clothing to class. Eventually, I got tired of doing that and focused on pleasing myself and just being comfortable. You can still look cute and feel cozy and comfy too!

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Boy Bye! Over your Bestie’s BF?

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You and your bestie would never be caught without the other. You’ve spent a large portion of your friendship getting into wild shenanigans while making lasting memories. All of a sudden the good times start to slow down significantly. Why? Your bestie is boo’d up! And although you’re happy for her, you cannot stand her new man! What’s a supportive best friend supposed to do?

Keep your FEELINGS out of it| Even though you tell your bestie everything, you don’t have to constantly remind her that you dislike her new bae. The only thing that should matter to you is her happiness.

Check yourself | Ask yourself why you hate your bestie’s BF. Do you not like his character, the way he treats her, or the way her relationship has affected your friendship? Take some time to do some serious reflecting.

Take advice from Frozen and “Let It Go”| Just because your bestie is in a relationship with someone you don’t like, doesn’t mean you have to let that affect your friendship. Yes, you may hang out a little less, but the time you do spend together can still be epic! Just make sure that you continue to be present in your best friend’s life (especially if she needs a shoulder to cry on when they break up).

 

-Tia Banks, Content Editor

 

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Squad: Do Not Disturb

Making moves with the squad always calls for fun! But have you ever been craving alone time when your friends are begging you to come hang? Well, here are 4 ways to successfully have alone time when you need it. Also remember, time to yourself has a positive impact on your mental health and should be nothing to feel guilty about.

Set Alone Time| Set aside a specific time of the day that you want to be meant for you and only you. By the way, this time shouldn’t consist of bedtime hours. It should be a time of day that you can have to yourself consistently so that your peers will understand and respect that as your time

Set an alone place| Find a place where you can go and embrace yourself. This place can be near or far but just make sure it is easily accessible.

Start a hobby| It sounds cliché, but hobbies are perfect opportunities to focus on something other than what’s going on in your busy life. It may take time to figure out what the perfect hobby is for you, but when you do, you’ll learn so much about yourself.

Put your phone on do not disturb| The ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature on your phone is a blessing. You can turn it on during your alone time to make sure you’re not distracted when the squad is calling you. Just don’t forget to turn it off when alone time is over.

~Tia Banks, Content Editor

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Tired AF? Push Through This Semester!

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The end of the semester is near and even though everything seems like it’s happening at once, just take a chill pill. You’ll be okay! Papers, projects, and finals are right around the corner and it’s nothing you can’t handle. We are here to help you manage these next few weeks so you can walk away from this semester with a peace of mind.

Sashay Your Way To Class. This rule may seem so simple but is very important especially during the last few weeks of the semester. Professors will be teaching last minute PowerPoint’s and going over info from earlier in the semester. This is your last chance to ask questions so make sure you’re present.

Break Don’t Quit. In between studying, classes, and trying to stay focused, make sure you take a break. Go hangout with friends, grab a quick bite to eat off campus, or have a short workout session in the gym. Anything is a break as long as you’re focused on something else.

Prioritize your priorities. You have a million and one things to do but some things are more important than others. There are assignments that you may have procrastinated on for a while that you need to start before you begin that take home test. Just make sure you put everything in order of importance so that you’ll have a grasp on all of your assignments.

-Tia Banks, Content Editor

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Beauty Diary x LaQuin!

Scroll through the Beauty Diary of LaQuin Simmons!

What’s your name + city you live in?

My name is LaQuin Simmons + I’m from the Philadelphia area.

Beauty is all about being comfortable in your own skin + having fun! What are 2 beauty trends you’re loving this year?

I don’t really follow beauty trends but two that I love and use are natural/boy beat and lip gloss.

If you had only 15 seconds to grab 3 beauty products, what would they be?

Colourpop Alissa Ashley gloss, nyx HD concealer and Pacifica dream big mascara are the ones I’m snatching on my way out.

Beauty inspo is everything! Who’s your ultimate beauty icon + why?

I can’t say really choose between Zendaya and YouTube Alissa Ashley. They really show the two parts of me the natural side and then the more glam side.

Getting ready for class can be fun but stressful if you’re in a time crunch, what’s one beauty must-have that lives in your bag?

My concealer has to be in my bag because I don’t really get much sleep in the first place.

What’s your number 1 beauty rule?

The only real rule I follow is what you put into your body is important, so eating right is gonna help make my skin and hair healthier.

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Holiday #ClapBack Season!

The holidays are right around the corner, which means along with delicious home cooked meals will come lots of inquisitive relatives wanting to know all about your personal life. There are very little ways to avoid it but we are here to help you survive it. Relatives know how to push your buttons but with these tips, your holiday season can be somewhat peaceful and your business can remain private.

Give Only A Little. When the family asks about what’s going on in your life, they’re going to expect a long summation of what you’ve been up to since the last holiday season. Throw them off with simple and vague answers.

Stay Away. Your aunties and uncles usually ask the hard-hitting questions around the dinner table. Therefore, once you’ve made your plate of food make a run for it to another part of the house or take a seat at the kid’s table. They’ll be sure to keep you entertained.

Be Petty.  The last resort is a bold one. If you’re feeling exceptionally petty, you can hit your relative back with a #thanksgivingclapback. We warn you to only try this with your cool aunt, your older cousin, or anyone that knows how to take a joke.

 

Tia B., Content Editor

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Clutch It! 3 Money-Wasters!

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College brings on many new responsibilities and being fiscally responsible is one of the hardest. It seems like money leaves your wallet faster than it goes in and your bank account is starting to collect spider webs. Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways you’re wasting your money in college. Check out some of these things to cut back on so you can stack those coins!

Junk Food Foodie?– Although it is nice to treat yourself to fast food every once in a while, the campus is full of eating spots that are included in your meal plan. This is so much better than having to spend money on take out every time you’re hungry. The other benefit is that campus usually offers healthier options so it’s a win-win.

Rent’em + Return’em- Buying textbooks is a hard financial hit in the beginning of the semester. In order to cut costs, rent your books from websites like Amazon and Chegg. You should also ask your professor to see if you’ll even need the book before you buy it.

Ride Along– Having a car on campus is obviously convenient, but the money you spend on upkeep isn’t worth it. You’ll have to pay for gas weekly and some colleges even make you pay for a parking pass every year. Ditch the car and opt for a bike or walk like most students do. Large campuses even provide transportation to your classes.

 

~Tia Banks, Content Editor

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