Should You Switch To Instagram For Business?

Today on the blog we are talking all about Instagram for Business. A little under a week ago I switched to Instagram for Business on my blog's Instagram as well as the Instagram for the account I run for Tri Sigma. A lot of people have been sharing stories on both sides of the debate and I want to give my two cents to this awesome discussion.

Social Media Isn't For Business

I know, this sounds crazy. Why would I say such a statement? It's true though, social media isn't for business. Sure, a lot of businesses and bloggers have very active social media accounts, but the truth is social media isn't truly your platform. Some of the best advice I feel like I have gotten from experts in the field is to use social media as a way to get people to parts of the internet you can control such as your website and especially your email list. Social media companies are just that––companies. They have a bottom line, and their main goal is to make their customers happy so they spend more time on their site. They want to make sure that the things they share on their site make the most sense for their readers. They don't want to upset their readers or rock the boat too much, so the goal of their algorithms and changes are so that their readers and viewers are getting the best possible experience.

most times that will be at the expense of businesses and bloggers

At the end of the day, businesses aren't their target market, people are. So your needs will always come last to the millions of people who use the site for personal reasons. 

Things Are Going To Change With Or Without You

The next thing you need to know is this––the site is going to change with or without you. As a business owner, you have the ability to access a treasure trove of information about your audience so that you can adjust to all of the craziness. Understanding that Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc are going to making these algorithm changes whether you like it or not is the first step to conquering the algorithm changes and owning them with great content. 

Five Features I Adore About Instagram For Business

Since I have switched to Instagram for Business I have fallen in love with a few of the tools they give you within the Instagram app. In the near future hopefully there will be even more features. As a side note, the Instagram for Business update allows you to do promotions, but I don't speak to that here because I haven't tried the promotions feature yet and I want to avoid it for as long as possible.

Tracking reach

Okay, so, reach. This has to be one of the best things I have ever seen as far as Instagram goes. Most Instagram tracking software (including Iconosquare) doesn't give you this rich a data for your Instagram profile. I adore this feature, because honestly, it makes me feel better about my numbers. Before when I was getting a small number of likes I felt slighted. On my personal blog Instagram, I am lucky if I break 70 likes, which sucks because I have around 2800 followers. On my Tri Sigma Instagram I usually have around 300-ish likes, which blows considering I haver well over 6000 followers there.

before I got instagram for business, when i had low likes, I felt slighted.

I felt slighted, because it felt like 3,000 people had seen my post and actively chose not to like it. Once I realized, though, that only 290 people (for my personal blog Instagram) or 2800 people (for Tri Sigma's Instagram) had seen the post, I began to feel much better. Now that I realize that of the 290 people that saw my post, only 220 actively decided not to like it (or simply scrolled past it without truly seeing it), I felt much better about the content I was putting out.

Understanding Your Audience

Okay, so let's talk about audience. Understanding your audience is very important. Once I checked out the stats on my Instagram profile for my blog, I realized quickly that I wasn't reaching as much of my target audience as I wanted to, but my audience for Tri Sigma was spot on to what I wanted.

The happy arkansan instagram audience

As you can see from the photo above, there was something fundamentally wrong with my age range (in my opinion) as I am attracting a much older audience than I would like to attract on Instagram.  For me, this means I need to go back to the drawing board and get a better understanding of the content I want to put out as well as when I want to share it so I start attracting more of the 16-24 demographic I am looking for.

When I examine the same chart for Tri Sigma though, I can really tell that I have been tapping into the demographic that I want to tap into for the most part. The only thing that I would like to fix in the near future is adding more to the 13-17 category, (specifically targeting 16-17 year olds) because to me that means potential new members who are checking out Tri Sigma before they potentially join a chapter. Most of my work on Instagram has been focused on connecting collegiate sisters from all across the nation though, so it is not a surprise that most of the followers are younger Tri Sigma sisters.

Sigma sigma sigma instagram audience

This is just one part of the Instagram demographic analytics you can see when you head over to the Instagram app as a business owner. You can also see things such as the top locations that your followers are from (cities and countries). This data is great because it can determine what you want to talk about, maybe what you want to feature on your blog, and determine how you want to talk about things (y'all is very southern, so if my audience was mainly northern, I might want to skip out on the y'all talk)

For The Happy Arkansan, my top cities were: New York, NY; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; and Jonesboro, AR.

For Sigma Sigma Sigma, my top cities were: Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; Lafayette, LA; Las Vegas, NV; and Boston, MA.

With so many of the top cities from my blog being southern I can get away with using more southern terms; while on the other hand Tri Sigma's account jumps everywhere––some places are in the south, east, west, etc. Knowing where your followers are is really important to determining what sort of language to use in your posts.

Seeing When Your Audience Is Online

I really wanted to make this it's own point, because I think this information is extremely valuable, and it has changed the way that I post on social media. The new Instagram update shows you when your followers are online. It shows you this by the hour and by the day.  So, what can you do with this information? You can alter the time that you post so that you will have a bigger chance of your followers being online when you post. My followers are most active from 3-5 PM and from 8-10 PM. You better believe this has drastically changed when I post on social media. Since I know my followers are rather active from 8-10 PM, I can share my posts later in the day and know that my readers will be more likely to see it then.

The only request, that I'd love to see granted about this data, is that it breaks this up by age range. That way, depending on who I am focusing on age wise, I can decide when is the best time for me to share pictures they care about. While I love all of my Instagram followers, most of my content is geared toward younger millennials so catering my Instagram post times to them is important to me.

Adding Contact Information

I used to have a huge chunk of my Instagram bio taken up by my chunky email address. Sure, amanda@thehappyarkansan.com doesn't sound too long, but it is when you are in a space crunch. Luckily now, businesses can upload their contact information in a new way––via a button that pops up beside the following button. You can potentially upload your address, phone number, and email address. I currently have my e-mail address and a Google Voice number listed that people can easily text. I love it! This makes contacting companies and finding their address and contact information a million times easier. This also keeps potential customers and clients within the Instagram app, so they don't have to go to a million places to find your contact information. Talk about convenience! 

Tracking Website Clicks Within The App

Tracking website clicks is really important when it comes to any social media site. Until recently, you couldn't track that within the app or even within Google Analytics. Recently, Instagram has changed both of those things. Now you can track website clicks more specifically within Google Analytics, and just to get a quick look at your analytics you can track website clicks within the app. This is interesting to me because I frequently change my Instagram link––sometimes I share posts on my actual blog, but sometimes I might share things like my Pinterest profile or Facebook group. Being able to easily see if people have been clicking on my links during a particular day makes it easy to track not only website clicks, but clicks that take people to my other social networks.

What can bloggers do to own instagram even with algorithm changes?

Now, you can't beat this by changing the algorithm or hopping into a time machine and interrupting the meeting where the Instagram team decided to implement these changes, but there are some ways that you can utilize Instagram and the analytics offered to do the best you can with what you have.

Use the analytics to find your peak time to post

The first thing that you can do to beat the system is post within the time that your followers are online. As I noted earlier, I post later in the day now because I know that's when my followers are online. Why post at 6 AM when your followers are online at 8 PM? With Instagram's new algorithm, your post is almost guaranteed to be buried by the time your readers are online.  It's okay to post later in the day if you know that's what works for you, even if it is an unconventional time to post.

Join a comment pod

Comment pods are becoming a bigger thing, and a few days ago I decided to jump on the bandwagon and join a comment pod. I have to say that so far, I love it! Comment pods are essentially tiny communities of Instagrammers who come together to comment and show love on each other's posts. I recently joined one of InstaRevealed's comment pods and I am in a group with 13 other ladies and we all post about similar topics. It's super fun to see what other people do as far as Instagram is concerned, and give support to get support (especially since the group is rather tiny.) 

To sign up for an InstaRevealed comment pod, click here.

Join instagram groups on Facebook

If you are just interested in a little reciprocation every once and a while, I highly encourage joining up with a group that focuses (at least in part) on daily Instagram threads. I think I will stick with Instagram comment pods, but I used to do these bigger groups as well. The one I went to the most was Instagram Fabulous. The issue with these groups though is the amount of people who join the threads. I can't control how many people will decide to share an Instagram post that day. With my comment pods I know that it will just be 13 other Instagrammers, and they don't all post daily.  I do really encourage Instagram Fabulous if you are not so much looking for community, as you are looking for quick engagement to your posts. I had a lot of Instagram pictures do really well when I was participating in these threads, but for me personally, they were too time consuming.

To join Instagram Fabulous, click here.

Use hashtags

Ah, hashtags. Hashtags are important because they get your content found. Do you remember that day a week or so ago when Instagram hashtags were down and everyone's engagement was down and everyone went crazy? Yeah, that happens.

Hashtags are they key to you finding others to engage with and for others to find you. The one thing I love about hashtags are that they are definitely two-way streets.

Interact with hashtags

If you see a particularly awesome hashtag that fits in with your niche––interact with it! Genuinely comment on photos, like pictures, follow people. The more you interact with these hashtags, the more interaction you will get back to your account.

use a mixture of big and small hashtags

Yes, it's obvious that hashtag with 100,000 pictures is really popular, but unless you are sure you can get into the top posts of it, you shouldn't depend on popular hashtags. You need to have a mixture of big and medium/small hashtags under your belt––or you really need to have a corner market on a popular hashtag to depend on it. For example, when I Instagram as Sigma Sigma Sigma, I really only use #TriSigma and #SigmaSigmaSigma. Even though #TriSigma has nearly 58,000 posts and #SigmaSigmaSigma has around 30,000 posts, I know the chances of my photo being in the top posts is going to be extremely high. As a sorority Instagram we have the privilege of that happening with our account because almost all of our followers are members of our sorority. As I post from my personal Instagram account, I try to be a lot more specific about the types of hashtags I use. Yes, I use bigger hashtags, but I also try to include some smaller ones so that I can get more attention to my post.

keep it consistent

The biggest thing you have to do is to keep it consistent. I try to post at least once a day during the week, sometimes more, depending on the content I have going up. Consistency is key to building an audience that looks for your content and seeks it out over potentially what the algorithm will show them. There are some accounts that I actively check on, even though they aren't in my news feed, because I know those people post often, and I want to see what they post. You want to get to the place where people are checking your feed actively because they want to see you in their feed even though you don't automatically get put there.

put up better content

Last, but not least, put up better content. I know that a lot of people like to keep their Instagram real, and make it an extension of their lives, and that's great. If your audience and those you want to attract want that, then go for it. I think that a lot of people also want something that's at least somewhat put together. It's okay to share better content so that you attract a wider audience. Putting up better content will assure that you are found in the Instagram feed and allow you to have awesome conversations with people you never thought of meeting before.

follow me on Instagram

Final thoughts

I hope that this content was helpful for you as try to decide whether or not you want to upgrade to Instagram for Business. Remember, that you have to be willing to change with social media so that you can overcome and conquer any changes sent your way.

How To Make Smart Blog Investments

A few years ago I wrote a post titled How Much Should You Be Spending On Blogging where I talked about making practical blog investments based on your income from blogging. Today though, I will be talking about how make investments that work for your blog because we all want to bring in more readers, more customers, and more traffic. Making a smart blog investment can really catapult and help your blog even if it doesn't make financial sense at the moment of purchase.

1. figure out what you want to focus on

It seems like there are literally a million ways you can invest in your blog from blog retreats to courses and workshops to software like Adobe Photoshop. Some investments are more expensive than others and require a bigger time commitment. Figuring out where you want to focus your attention and where you think your audience will grow the most is important. Do an audit of your blog to see what investments might work best for you.

The first big investment I made for my blog as far as courses went was Pinfinite Growth, the amazing course by Melyssa Griffin. I knew that I needed to learn the tricks of the Pinterest trade. When I first started Melyssa Griffin's course I had 1,100 Pinterest followers and I desperately wanted to learn how to utilize those followers to the best of my ability and gain more followers. I knew I could grow my Pinterest even more if I put more thought into it, but I had no idea where to begin.

Since taking that course I am at 3,000+ followers which means that I have gained almost 2,000 followers and I made that investment at the end of December! I have had a Pinterest account since at least my freshman year of college. In 4+ years I had only gained 1,100 followers. In the last 7 months I have gained nearly 2,000. If that is not a sound investment, I don't know what is.

2. Get to know the leaders in that space

The next thing you need to do when you choose a part of your blog that you want to focus on whether that be growing your Pinterest, making better blog graphics, growing your list, etc is to find the leaders in that niche. When I want to learn more about a topic, my first instinct is to Google it or run a Pinterest search for it. Get to know the leaders and take advantage of their free resources. Check out their social media profiles, join their Facebook groups, watch their webinars, read their blogs, sign up for their email lists, etc. This will give you a good feeling about whether or not you should invest in them.

Melyssa Griffin talks about this a lot in her courses and webinars––offering amazing free value only leads you to believe that their paid content will be a million times better. If you love going to their webinars, reading their blog posts, interacting with them in their Facebook groups, etc it's only fitting that you will also love their paid content. If you can get to know them on a deeper level than just reading one blog post the trust will grow and eventually it will make sense for you to want to invest in them as a blogger.

Be cognizant of how you feel about the potential people you want to invest in. You could love them as a presenter/teacher, but not as a blogger. I think the most worrisome combination though is loving them as a blogger, but not as a presenter/teacher. If you go to their free webinars or take an email course with them and you don't love it, don't invest. Even if you adore their blog posts and find the person to be amazing, it doesn't mean their teaching style and you will get along. Be aware of the bias you may have to support them even if you don't get a lot from their presentations and teaching material.

3. Find reviews

Reviews are important. Reviews help you make important decisions about the courses that you choose to take. You can usually easily find reviews on social media, in Facebook communities, on their project landing pages, and more. Reviews are really important to look at in my opinion because it allows you to see what other people who were in your position think of the course. Would they spend the money on the investment all over again, or would they pass? Figuring out those things will help you make the best possible decision.

If you know someone in the blogging world who has taken the course or made the investment that you want to make don't be afraid to ask them about their experiences. Bloggers are usually pretty open about their opinions on a course and you can find out so much information just by messaging back and forth with someone you know well.

Often times course creators and e-book sellers will provide success stories on their website. Do some further research on those success stories. Do they live up to your expectations as far as what the course is concerned with? For instance, if you are selling a course all about Facebook, go check out how the students are doing on their Facebook page. Do they have a highly engaged audience? Do they post a lot of content there? Are they killing the Facebook Live game? Do they totally have thousands of likes on their page? While you may not be able to point to all students to see how they are doing, you can point to success stories.

they are success stories after all.

If they choose to highlight these particular stories you should be able to check out the people behind these stories to see if their success is real. Fact checking success stories will give you a greater confidence that you are investing in the right program. If you cannot look up the success story and be blown away, what is the point of a success story?

4. Don't make decisions based on price

The worst thing that you can do when you are making decisions for your blog is to make decisions based on the price of the product. Instead, save your money up so that you can make a sound business decision based on the merit of the program and the people behind the program instead of the price of the program. Earlier this year I made a decision for a course based off price instead of the actual value of the course and the people behind the course. Sometimes you have to stop, breathe, save, and make sure that you are investing in the type of person you want to invest in.

Stop. Breathe. Save. invest.

Price alone isn't the only thing you should base an investment decision off of. Think about how that person had made you feel in the past, if you feel they have delivered on the promises of their content in the past, and if you feel that the investment will be a good decision. Don't brush off doubts for a price tag.

5. investments take more than money

The biggest thing that I want you to get out of this conversation is that investments take more than money. You don't just get to invest dollars and then get a fairy to do the work for you. These investments take time, work, and energy. Implement what you learn, watch the content over and over if you have to. Don't just hoard investments without acting on the content of the investments.

If you have an investment use the system and really work at the system that they try to show you in the course. Don't just do a few modules and the put the course on a backburner. In my opinion it's really important to use the course and it's techniques in the first few days of buying a course which leads be to #6...

6. Don't be afraid to ask for a refund

I know, asking for a refund is not the favorite thing of anyone to do, but I think that sometimes it is necessary. If you are trying the system out and it doesn't feel quite right to you or the course doesn't work as well as you thought it should don't be afraid to ask for a refund for your purchase. It's okay to not be satisfied with the product you are spendings hundreds of dollars on. If they have a refund policy understand that before you go into the course and ask for a refund if you think it is necessary. If they are not offering you the services they promised or you don't think the teaching style or content will work for you it is best to get your money back and move on.

So often we stay in situations just because we don't want to hurt someone's feelings by asking for our money back––but if a program is not working for you, you need to get out of that program and find one that does grow your blog. I am not telling you to get out of every single program you are ever in, but if the program just isn't working, don't try to force it to be kind. At the end of the day, kindness doesn't get you a course that works for you or the money from your investment back.

Final thoughts

Making an investments for your blog is important. It's not always based on how much money you currently make, sometimes it's based on how much money you could make in the future. It's okay to make thoughtful, informed decisions about your blog investments. It's also okay to request refunds within reason for investments that don't work out. What investment are you looking forward to making in your blog?

10 Things College Students Can Do to Become More Career/Adult Oriented

Today on the blog I am sharing 10 things that college students can do to become more career/adult oriented. This summer is my first summer where I am living more of an adult life (hashtag working instead of sleeping in all summer...what?) If you want to be more career/adult oriented check out the ten tips I am offering below.

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1. Join an Academic Organization

I have talked about this on the blog before, but I adore academic organizations. I think they work really well for college students especially because joining as a student is usually much cheaper than as an adult. Get to know your major related academic organizations, especially right now when it makes the most financial sense, and use their resources to the fullest. 

The academic organization that I am a part of now (the American Sociological Association) is great. They have lots of free resources, journals, and e-books for members; they are well renowned in the sociological community; they have things like job banks that make searching for jobs within sociology easy; and they are just fantastic. I really go in detail on these types of organizations in the post linked below, but there are some organizations that you can only join as a student that you need to take advantage of now (especially if you don't plan to continue education into graduate school.) Having honor society membership with your major is so important, and will give you a leg up in the career world, so think about that as you are working on your undergraduate degree.

2. Start a LinkedIn Profile

You need a LinkedIn profile. Just investing in a free profile on LinkedIn will give you so much more credibility online. I wrote up a great how to on LinkedIn a few months ago that I love and have gotten great feedback on. If you are interested in learning more about how to be a LinkedIn rockstar, I definitely encourage checking out the button at the end of this segment.

Why is a LinkedIn profile so important? It helps you have a professional presence; expand your network of professional connects; collect recommendations and endorsements; and connect with a wide array of people you never knew you could connect with based on things like having mutual friends, going to the same college, and being in the same groups. There are so many cool things you can do on LinkedIn and the best way to start exploring is to create a profile and work on creating an awesome one.

Get Professional Head shots

Now, in my post above I say you don't always have to have professional head shots and I stand by that. If you can get professionally done head shots though, that would look amazing on LinkedIn (or any other platform where you want to give off more of a professional look. (If you can't do professional though, I give my tips in the article above.)

Recently I got the great opportunity to get my head shots done for pretty cheap. At my sororities convention, GreekYearbook with the help of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation came and did tons of ladies professional head shots. Luckily, I was one of them. They had a suggested gift to the foundation as compensation for the head shots and I donated $20. Talk about crazy right? Now I have three professional head shots that I have full access to whether I want to print them on business cards, add them to LinkedIn, print on a canvas to hang in my room (I may or may not already have a a small canvas picture of myself above my bed...), etc.

Below are my new head shots. I am obsessing.

3. Keep Up with Current Events in Your Field

In the adult world you always want to learn more and more about your field. There are many ways that you can do this. You can sign up for weekly newsletters in your niche; search the articles shared on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc. for accounts in your niche; check out blogs from people in your niche; etc. Keeping up with current events is so important, especially if you want to position yourself as an authority in your field. You can start simply by starting to keep up with events in your field now instead of later.

Google Alerts

Lately, to keep up with current events in my field I have been obsessed with using Google Alerts. Google Alerts are amazing because they are a simple way to keep up with news in your field, or if you have a really complex name, news about you (or your blog.) Right now I am really interested in learning about the protests going on in the world so I currently have a Google Alert set up for the word protest. Every time Google catches something for this word across the web they catalog it and at the end of they day they send me a Google Alert about it. They also compile stories, which for me as a sociologist is fun, so that I can see how different media outlets frame the same protest event.

4. Dress Well for Class

I have talked about the importance of dressing up for class on the blog before, and I think it sets up a good precedent for your career. In most office settings you cannot get away with wearing leggings and a ripped up t-shirt. Starting to dress for success now will only help you down the road (and you can start stockpiling fun dress clothes that you can continue to use once you get a big girl job. You don't have to start big right away. I encourage you to dabble in nice jeans/dress pants, blouses, and having a couple of cute dresses on hand for classes. This will help you make a great first impression on your professors because you are taking the initiative to look nice for class.

Updating Your Wardrobe (On A Budget)

Are you on a budget but you want to update your wardrobe? I have a couple of suggestions for that.

  1. Shop for things on sale: Sales are really important, especially if you already know you will be shopping for something––might as well save a few bucks in the process. Old Navy is one of my favorite stores for sales, it seems like they always have something really cute on sale and they sell a lot of nice clothes for the office.
  2. Shop factory/outlet stores: Another great thing to do is to shop factory stores. Stores like J. Crew Factory, VF Outlet, Guess Factory, Nike Outlet, etc are great places to go shopping. My favorite outlet is J. Crew Factory. I own a lot of high quality items from their website and it's like J. Crew quality for half the price. Factory/outlet stores are your friend, good deals are always welcome.
  3. Shop secondhand: The next thing that is great is shopping secondhand. You can find some gently used and amazing quality stuff at secondhand stores. People love to take care of their clothing and you can find some real gems if you have a few minutes to go looking around at secondhand stores. You may want to avoid some places like GoodWill (depending on the area your store is in) but I adore places like Plato's Closet as well as looking online in certain thrifting groups or sites like ThredUp and eBay.

5. Wake Up Earlier (Even During The Summer)

I know, I know, this is madness. What does waking up early mean during the summer? During the summer you lose a lot of time during the day due to sleeping in (I am definitely guilty of this). Summer only truly exists during your school years, so especially as you get older, spend some days during the summer where you don't sleep in until 12 PM. You don't have to wake up early every day, but doing this a few days a week might help your body get primed to waking up early during the school year and as a career woman. 

6. Plan Your Meals

Planning your meals is a really great skill to have. Planning your meals allows you to save time in multiple ways. You can save time by making a grocery list and only having to go to one grocery trip during the week. You can save time during the week by batch making your meals and storing them in tupperware so that you can easily grab your meals and go. Batch making things like salads, soups/stews, meats that you can use in multiple ways, etc can be really great. Making things and then freezing them for later (like handmade pizza, soups, casseroles, lasagnas, etc) can also be really beneficial because all you have to do is thaw them and heat them up when you want to cook them.

Drink More Water

Water is an essential element to any adults life, so how do you drink more water? There are many ways you can do it:

  1. Download an app: There are tons of apps that can help you track how much water you drink each day. Apps are great because it's always on your phone and you can easily check in throughout the day.
  2. Use a planner to track water intake: There are tons of cute sticker companies that sell water intake stickers so you can track in your planner how much water you drink if apps aren't your thing.
  3. Use a motivational water bottle: There are tons of cute water bottles out there like this one that provide lots of awesome motivation throughout the day to keep drinking water by labeling the time of day that you should have a certain amount of water consumed. I think having a cute water bottle or tumbler on hand will definitely help you drink more water.

7. Buy A Planner (And Use It)

Planners are everything and they can be extremely beneficial for college students and adults alike. I currently will be using two this fall: one for my blog and Facebook group (my Erin Condren planner) and an academic daily Simplified Planner by Emily Ley for my school work and job. Different planners work for different people. I really encourage you to go around to see which one would work best for you. I have used Lilly Pulitzer planners in the past and I have heard great things about The Happy Planner and Day Designer planners.

The lovely Kayla Blogs just released a mammoth of a planner post that features over 14 different awesome planners that you might be interested in taking a look at as you are deciding what planner works for you.

As much fun as it is to get a planner––the most import important part is that you use the planner. I really encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day each day to use your planner or an hour or so every Sunday to really plan your week so you can use your planner effectively as a student and as an adult with a career. Make sure that your planner has plenty of space for you to break your tasks down and enough space to handle your handwriting.

8. Read (or Listen to) More Books

Oh books, as college students, we don't read enough of them. Lately I have been really into audiobooks. I currently have a $14.95 Audible subscription and it is heaven. I get one audiobook a month and I have downloaded everything from business books to books about social justice to comedy books. I don't have as much time as I'd like to actually read, but listening to audiobooks has been really helpful so that I can listen to new arrivals and stay current without reading a lot of extra books.

Podcasts

If books aren't your thing but you want to stay current, I really encourage you to listen to podcasts. There are so many fun podcasts out there on a variety of topics. I recently got into podcasts because my favorite brothers on Youtube Hank and John Green have a podcast called Dear Hank and John that I love to listen to. Podcasts can be a fun way to get into all sorts of current events so I encourage you to listen to them.

9. Have A Saying

Affirmations are great to have and I really encourage you to come up with your own affirmations in life. What is it that you want to have happen in your life? What do you want to be known for? Make it into an affirmation or saying so that you can repeat that to yourself daily and begin to believe those things about yourself. You will be a happier, healthier person the more you share positive messages with yourself daily. I have a great inspiration board on Pinterest filled with fun sayings so definitely go check that out and find your saying.

10. Always Take The Cookie

When I went to Tri Sigma convention last month one of the women in my sorority had a small talk during our national volunteer training. The statement she made that stuck with me was, "Always take the cookie," she had gotten this phrase from a woman she had met while on vacation and I adore this phrase. Sometimes we aren't 100% sure if we are ready for something but our family, friends, co-workers, professors, etc believe in us. They trust in us that we will be able to accomplish a goal or a task. As a student and a professional it's important that if you have the time and someone gives you a cookie––take it. Take on the task and do your best at the task. You are an amazing person and you can do so many amazing things.

Final thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this post about 10 things that you can do as a college student to become more adult oriented. What task will you take on today?