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June 6, 2017

Interview With A College Student: Monique Lawrence

Today on the blog I am sharing an interview with Monique Lawrence, a Sophomore Business major at Siena College. In this interview Monique shares great advice on everything from studying to roommate communication. I am so excited to share her answers with you today. So without further ado, let’s start this chat.

 Interview With A College Student: Monique Lawrence | Click through to read my interview with Monique Lawrence a Sophomore Business Major from Siena College. Monique offers great advice on everything from studying to roommate communication so you don't want to miss this interview!


Name: Monique Lawrence

Major: Business

Concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Marketing Communications, Digital Marketing

Year: Sophomore


What made you decide to attend college?
I attended a charter school for all of middle and high school where college is something that was always talked about and encouraged. I was able to look at college campuses and took that we can do anything we put our minds to. My parents wanted me to attend college because they have not been able to get a degree and they wanted me to have a better life. I made the decision to attend college because I wanted to gain more independence, meet new friends, become more open-minded and explore myself as well as new places. 

What has been the best memory of your collegiate life thus far?
The best memory I had in college so far was that I was interviewed by a CEO of a non for profit that tries to help students with the college process because college access is something that is really important to me. A week after the interview, I find my face on a Forbes articles talking about my goals as a entrepreneurship. I was able to catch the attention of the Center of Innovation and am planning on working with them on making a natural hair business in the future. This taught me that resources are all around me in college and I just have to find them as use them well.

What is the best piece of advice you have for incoming freshman?
The best piece of advice I have for incoming freshman is to meet new people. During my freshman year, I joined the Hip Hop Club on my campus and I meet some of my close friends. I also started hanging out in the cafe on campus a lot more and I also meet a lot of the commuters so are really amazing people. This helped me to feel accepted on campus and find out about events and clubs that I joined on campus. 

What organizations are you involved in?
I am a Bonner Service Leader, where I serve 8 hours at a local high school. I am on the EBoard for The National Society of Leadership and Success chapter on campus. I am also in Hip Hop club, The Black and Latino Student Union and the Siena College Entrepreneurship Organization. 

What is your best study tip?
My best study tip is to figure out where you like to study.  During my freshman year, I was a Computer Science major and I would stay in the science building and finish all of my homework. During sophomore year, I changed to Business and found myself doing work in either the library or in the student union. You do not have to be in the library to do your homework. Most of my friends like to do homework at their personal desk or at the Dunkin or Starbucks up the street. Everyone is different with their study space. 

What is your best tip for surviving living in the dorms/residence halls?
My best tip for living in the dorms is communication is important. Most of the issues I had faced could have been solved if all of the roommates talked to each other face to face instead of over text.  Even if it something as simple as someone is coming over to work on a project, just give your roommate a heads up. They will appreciate it at the end of the day.

What is your best tip for eating healthy in college?
The best tip for eating healthy is to track what you eat. I have an Erin Condren planner and one of the boxes on my layout is used to write down what I ate during the day. I do it so I can have an idea of the things I ate and if it is really okay to have another cupcake. While it is important to treat yourself, you have to do it in a way that will make you a better person in the end. 

What is your best tip for sticking to your budget in college?
The best tip is write out a budget each week with how much you want to spend. For example, I spend at least $15 on coffee a week so I started to make my own in my room. Some apps that do this is Mint, which is what I used to track my shopping and food budget. 


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May 23, 2017

Interview With A College Student: Vanessa Lopez

Welcome back to our new series Interview With A College Student! This week I am sharing an interview with Vanessa Lopez a student from Harvard University who runs an amazing blog for all my followers who love science called Vibrant Science. Vanessa gave so much great advice in this interview so I hope you find it useful.


 

Name: Vanessa Lopez

Major: Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology

Year: Sophomore

 Vanessa Lopez


What made you decide to attend college?

I never really had another option. I was told that I needed to go to college from a young age but was never told how to get there, so I turned to the internet to help me in my college application process during high school. In high school, I was one of the top students every year and that made the administration and teachers keep an eye on me to make sure I intended to apply to great schools.

 

What has been the best memory of your collegiate life thus far?

I know that my best memory will be from my study abroad experience this upcoming fall, but if I had to choose from the past two years, I would say it would be my very first Harvard Yale football game. All of the Harvard students traveled to Yale and I hadn’t left Massachusetts at the time yet, so that was fun to get out of the Harvard bubble. I’d also never before felt such spirit from the school and it reminded me of games back home in Texas where there is much school spirit and pride at every football game. The combination of reminding me of home and getting to explore away from campus led to it being my best memory so far. We also won that game!

What is the best piece of advice you have for incoming freshman?

My biggest piece of advice would be that it is okay to quit things. I was brought up on the notion that quitting was never an option and that if I committed to something I needed to stick to it. However, in college, I realized that sometimes quitting is the only way to retain your sanity. Most freshmen will join a ton of clubs and commit themselves to many activities on top of their school work and jobs and that is okay. Freshman year is the time to explore all your options and learn what really interests you. Moving forward, however, these same students need to understand that letting go of something you started and weren’t that into after all is completely fine. It is okay to cut back on things in order to keep your mental health in check and your stress levels healthy.

What organizations are you involved in?

Her Campus Harvard, Science Club for Girls, I volunteer at a homeless shelter with a group called Y2Y, and a cultural pre-professional organization called Latinos in Health Careers.

What is your best study tip?

Condense, condense, condense! I like to review a lecture the same day and try to write out the notes from the lecture in my own words. Then, when it comes to the exam, I will look back on this version of notes and create an even more condensed version for each lecture that will be covered on the exam and create a very condensed little study guide to take with me and study off of. This is helpful for a comprehensive final exam as well because you have already condensed all of your notes down and don’t have to waste time creating a final study guide because you made it over time during the semester!

What is your best tip for surviving living in the dorms/residence halls?

I hate plain white walls, they really stress me out. I also can’t have a lot of room decor because I live on the opposite side of the country from where I go to college, so with limited storage and space, I rely on covering my walls with tapestries! They do wonders for making the room feel like my own even when I’m switching rooms every year. In addition, it’s really easy to find cheap picture frames at thrift stores nearby, so creating a small gallery wall above my bed also helps to make the room feel more home-y and less depressing and I won’t feel bad about having to throw out the frames at the end of the year because they were so cheap!

What is your best tip for sticking to your budget in college?

Limit yourself to one treat a week or every two weeks. A treat can be anything from Starbucks to a shake to a box of Insomnia cookies; all of these little things add up! Limiting yourself will help keep your bank account happy and your health happy at the same time.

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May 16, 2017

Interview With A College Student: Jenna Singer

Happy Tuesday, Babes!

Today we are starting a brand new series on The Happy Arkansan called Interview With A College Student. I am so excited about this series and I hope that it helps you get to know the real college students that are taking classes all across the country. You can learn from so many people, whether they own a college blog or are just regular college students. Check out this interview with Jenna who attends Kent State University.

 Interview With A College Student: Jenna Singer | Meet college student Jenna Singer! Learn her advice for how she stays sane as a Public Health for Pre-Medicine major involved in multiple organizations on her college campus. Learn why she decided to attend college and what her best study and budget tips are.


 

 

Name: Jenna

Major: Public Health for Pre-Medicine

Year: Junior


What made you decide to attend college?

Nobody in my family had ever attended college, so I didn’t know much about what college was like. In my blue collar Ohio town, going to college is very uncommon. I knew medicine was my calling and that attending college would be necessary in order to achieve my goals.

What has been the best memory of your collegiate life thus far?

One of my best memories so far was my first finals week. That sounds very odd, but that was when I learned how much I could handle while under stress. My classmates were also very supportive of each other, so that was when I realized how great my school was.

What is the best piece of advice you have for incoming freshman?

Study! If you complete all of your work and put effort into your education, you earn get good grades. Also, join at least one club!

What organizations are you involved in?

Pre-Medical Club, American Chemical Society, Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, and Phi Theta Kappa.

How do you best balance your major with the four organizations that you are involved in? What is your best tip for students who want to be involved in a lot of student organizations?

Balancing the four organizations I am involved in is very difficult, especially while maintaining my 4.0 GPA, but it is possible! Joining clubs is very important in college, and if you love something you will make time for it. Find organizations that only meet once a month or so, or in between your class times. All of the organizations I am involved in are science related, so often times they plan activities together. Being involved in clubs that relate to your major also you to stay on track with your schoolwork!

What is your best study tip?

Everyone learns differently, so it is important to learn which study methods work best for you! I have found that creating my own practice exams/study guides is very effective when studying for exams. Also, explaining topics to others is a great way to study because if you can explain a topic well to another person, you must have a good understanding of the material.

What is your best tip for sticking to your budget in college?

Planning! I use excel to plan a monthly budget, and having a clear plan pushes me to stick to it! I allow myself to splurge sometimes (I love thrifting), but having a plan/visual to follow helps me remember my priorities.


Jenna has some amazing advice and I am so glad that she was the first student that I featured on Interview With A College Student. 

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