3 Life Lessons I Learned From Jackie Cruz

Hi guys! After a little hiatus from blogging last week, I’m SO excited to share this post with you — and not just because I’ve been totally tweaking out about withdrawing from my comp for a bit (seriously though, I think my eye would be twitching right about now if I held out any longer lol).  While I was on fall break Thurs. & Fri., I had the amazing opportunity to attend a program at the Rochester Institute of Technology featuring Orange is the New Black’s one and only Jackie Cruz (aka Flaca!).  It. Was. Incredible.  I’m talking a total game changer. You know when you hear somebody start talking about something and you know they just get you? Everything that Jackie said just clicked with me. Her positive vibe was infectious, and her words of advice were completely invaluable. So, as per usual, I couldn’t resist sharing with you guys.…

How to Get Through Syllabus Week Like a Pro

Syllabus week is only the easiest and shortest five days of the semester. After all, it’s one of the few times when you can attend class but not actually need to be present, right?  Guess again. Syllabus week is a lot of things (i.e. obtuse, uneventful, lethargic etc.) but it is not a waste of time. It’s not uncommon to overlook the importance of syllabus week, assuming that most, if not all, professors hold the same expectations. Sure, the majority of instructors will simply go over grading policies and general course information. However, paying attention and getting organized before the going gets tough will only make things easier as the semester progresses.  Here’s a few tips to start off your semester off on the right note: 1. Invest in a (Quality) Planner We’ve been trained to use weekly planners since elementary school, but are we taught how to use them properly once we’re out…

18 Things I Learned by 18

Disclaimer: Photo found here, edited by TBC My birthday is coming up in a few months (can you tell I’m excited for summer?) and I thought it’d be fun to do a recap on 18 things I’ve learned in my 18, almost 19, years of life. I’ve found turning 18 to be somewhat of a beautiful mess. Living away from home and being placed into a pool of complete strangers, all while being expected to maintain a complete sense of normality (because growing up is normal, right?), has been quite a ride. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: 1. You can’t please everyone, but the effort doesn’t go unappreciated. 2. Fake it ’til you make it. 3. Mind/matter always. 4. Nothing haunts you like the things you didn’t buy. 5. Going to the gym is not only for losing weight, but for ensuring you live a long and fruitful life. 6.…

The Secret to Overcoming Stress as a Millennial

            – Guatama Buddha Have I ever mentioned that I think Guatama Buddha is/was the absolute sh*t? It’s probably inappropriate to use Buddha and a censored curse word in the same sentence, but it’s ironically a pretty appropriate way to emphasize how freaking brilliant he was. Think about it. Virtually any problem we experience in life, there’s almost always a complementary Buddha quote to make sense of it all. Example: According to TIME, young adults are currently the most stressed out generation in the U.S. I don’t doubt that many of us can attest to this. “[Young adults] were sheltered in many ways, with a lot of high expectations for what they should achieve. Individual failure is difficult to accept when confronted with a sense you’re an important person and expected to achieve,” Mark Hais, a market researcher and co-author on two books on that generation told USA…

No-Nonsense Way to Nail Your 2015 Resolutions + The Future of TBC: 2015 Resolutions

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a kick-a** New Years Eve involving lots of hot guys, best girl friends and possibly some bubbly (if you’re 21 or over, of course).  On the other hand, I can assure you that my night was as tame as could be, all because I came down with the stomach bug. Still, it wasn’t a total bust because I was in the company of a very special person, aka my boyfriend Richard, who just happens to be the mastermind behind the fashion photography you see on TBC! Though I mostly like to keep my personal life offline, I’ll totally admit that Richard is a huge part of my life and deserves some recognition for keeping me motivated and consistently brainstorming in order to further develop TBC website and brand. Though I’m still feeling a little under the weather today, it’s not stopping me from brainstorming my…