Hints on how to dress professionally

Editor’s Note: Today Brittany, our former fashionable intern, addresses what business professional dress is.

Not sure exactly what business professional dress should be? There are many different opinions on how students should dress for class, career fairs, work and internships. To play it safe, when dressing for any of those occasions, it’s always better to be over dressed then under dressed. So, now you may be wondering, what is business professional?

For women:

  • Suit, dress, skirt that is conservative and at or below the knee
  • Blouse, shirt in a modest style, white or soft/light colors
  • Shoes that are pumps, medium heels, kitten heels, or flats
  • Purse should be medium to small in size with a color that goes with your outfit or black
  • Nails should be nicely clipped; less jewelry is better, light perfume, and natural makeup if any

For men:

  • Suit, blazer, jacket: dark blue, gray, muted pin-stripes
  • Shirt: white, pale blue, pale yellow
  • Tie: conservative, classic
  • Shoes: polished slip-ons or laced dress shoes; brown, or black
  • Nails should be nicely clipped, less cologne is better

Dressing business professional can tell you a lot about a person. You only get one first impression. You can be accepted – or rejected – in just 30 seconds based on your appearance alone.

Dressing professionally can make you feel better about yourself as well. Yes, we all know how comfy sweats and a T-shirt can be; however, they also give off an “I don’t care” type of vibe. Instead, when you dress in business clothes, you tend to have better posture, project more confidence, and get a more positive response from people. As the saying goes, “when you look good, you feel good.”

Hey college students: Here’s how to dress young and professionally

Editor’s Note: Here’s another post from Brittany Scruggs, our former intern who has an incredible sense of style.

First impressions are everything. What better way to express yourself than dressing how you feel or catering to your personality? I understand you are a college student, but you are also a young professional. Here are for tips to help you along the way:

  1. Men, try to get to know fitted blazers. Pick ones that come up just above your waist, not longer than your mid-section. Find ones that fit your upper body and stay away from bulky shoulder pads. Underneath your blazer, you should add a simple shirt.
  2. Also, you don’t have to stick with the traditional black and gray every day. You can venture out and add your favorite colors to your outfits. Of course, you won’t want anything that’s too bright or loud.
  3. Women, you don’t have to stick with the usual black dress pants and white button-down shirt. Dark pants and skirts are fine, but don’t be afraid to add some color to your outfit.
  4. Find yourself a pair of cute flats, if you’re wearing pants and fashionable boots for a skirt.

Shop here for the latest college fashion

Editor’s Note: This post comes to you from Brittany Scruggs who graduated in Spring 2014 with a degree in publication relations. Brittany was one of our great – and incredibly fashionable — interns.

We all know that college may be the time when you have just only a dollar to your name and have to pinch every cent. However, there are ways to find great deals on the clothes you love and look like a million bucks.

We are fortunate enough to live in a time when thrift stores and Goodwill stores are widely acceptable and accessible.  You can find the name brands you love for a great price. Items range from 30 cents to $5.99.

If thrift stores and Goodwills aren’t your thing or you have a little bit more money to spend, then I have a few ideas for you too. But, remember never buy something unless you are in love with it. If you walk away and still think about it, then run back and get it.

Let’s not forget the ultimate fun shop—your friends closet.

Top 10 tips for building a successful relationship with your roommate

Today’s post comes from Tonya J. Ackley, coordinator of community engagement at the Wick Chapel on our campus.

Living on campus and having a roommate can be very exciting, but it can also create a bit of anxiety, especially if you will be rooming with someone you have never met.  One major challenge is learning how to deal with roommate or housemate conflict. Here is my top 10 list to help you.

1. Get to Know Your Roommate and Housemates
Take time to establish a connection with your roommate or housemates and you may have fewer issues than those students who haven’t. You don’t need to be friends to be roommates, but the better you know each other, the easier it is to approach each other if there is a problem. Understanding your roommate’s personality and preferences can help prevent conflicts and miscommunication.

2. Respect
Treat others the way you would like to be treated. This may sound simple enough, but it requires effort, especially when you feel you’re not being respected. Always be considerate of your roommate’s feelings and opinions. This will help to establish a foundation of respect in your apartment.

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Lack of communication is the biggest culprit when it comes to roommate conflicts. Be honest with your roommate if there is a problem. Approach him or her in a respectful manner and talk face to face. Notes, text messages, and “nasty grams” are not effective means of communication. Avoid assessing blame, name-calling, and swearing. Keep your tone calm and polite. Also, don’t address issues in front of other people. Talk privately.

4. Be Open-Minded and Accepting of Differences
You don’t have to have a ton in common to get along. In fact, living with someone who has different opinions, experiences, and perspectives can be a lot more fun. You can learn a lot from your roommate and your roommate can learn a lot from you. Try to value each other’s uniqueness.

5. Be Flexible
You’re not perfect and neither is your roommate. We all have flaws. Decide what is worth having a conflict over and what is not. For example, you may not like waking up to a hair dryer at 7 a.m., but isn’t that better than being kept up all night to the sounds of your roommate vomiting after a night of heavy drinking?

6. Set Clear Expectations
Your housemates can’t read your mind. Don’t assume everyone is on the same page. If you have an expectation, share it with your roommates and explain why you feel that way. Ask them if they are comfortable with your expectation and if not, find a way to compromise or an alternate solution. For example, you may want your roommate to let you know in advance before he or she brings over guests so you’re not caught off guard. Let him or her know what your expectations are and why. Be specific.

7. Establish Boundaries
Again, your housemates can’t read your mind. Let them know where your boundaries are and gently tell your housemates when those boundaries have been crossed. Let your housemates know about your “hot buttons,” triggers, pet peeves and other information you feel they should know.

8. Be Responsible and Accept Responsibility
You are ultimately responsible for yourself and your actions. Take ownership of your mistakes and make every effort to correct the problem.

9. Compromise or Find Alternative Solution
You can’t always get your way. Compromise is sometimes necessary. Finding middle ground isn’t always the right answer; an alternative solution may be needed. This is based on how important or how strongly you feel about the issue.

10. Follow the Three-Day Rule
If there is a problem with your roommate or housemates, address the issue within three days. If you have not addressed the issue within three days, then let it go. At this point, you have decided that the issue wasn’t that important to bring up.

If you’re having trouble dealing with a situation within your apartment, please contact your Resident Advisor for assistance. RAs are trained to help you navigate through roommate conflicts.

Residence life coordinators are also available to help and can offer advice, guidance, and support. If you can’t reach a resolution, the Office of Residential Life and Housing will make the final decision to resolve the situation.

Read these books and you’ll sound brilliant

We all want to sound smart, right? (If you don’t, you probably shouldn’t be reading this.) Well, there are some books that are chock full of fascinating facts that, if you read them, will make you look like you’re a genius.

And, since you have some time off from school, this may be the perfect time to try one of these.

This list comes from the Barnes & Noble Book Blog:

The Private Life of Chairman Mao by Li Zhisui
Did you know Mao Zedong had venereal disease? You’ll learn that and other fascinating facts if you read this.

The Great Cat Massacre by Robert Darnton
There was actually a cat holocaust in the late 1730s in Paris. Who knew? You will if you tackle this tome.

The Bloody White Baron: The Extraordinary Story of the Russian Nobleman who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia by James Palmer
This book features some pretty interesting things, including orgies, murder, corruption and cruelty.

The Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews During World War II by Marvin Tokayer
This tells the story of Chiune Sugihara, the “Japanese Oskar Schindler,” who saved thousands of Jews during the war.

Russophobia in New Zealand 1838-1908 by Glynn Barratt
Russophobia lasted in New Zealand for 70 years. Why? Well, you’re going to have to read it to find out. Imagine the conversations you can have at your next party.

Happy Reading, you genius, you.

You need to read these books now

Yeah, we know. You’re overwhelmed with reading for class. But, when you have those pockets of free time, or over the winter break, you can read one of these 65 books recommended by BuzzFeed that will move you, inspire you, make you laugh and make you cry.

Of course, Christmas is coming, so you could put one or more of these books on your Christmas list.

Here is just a sampling:




General Life How-Tos

Happy reading.

Neat kitchen-y gift ideas for college students

Are you trying to figure out what to get your college student for Christmas? Well, there is always the favorite – cold, hard cash. But – and we’re not trying to persuade you not to give cash – there are some other clever ideas out there as well.

PBS Food has a Kitchen Gift Guide for college students that may give you some good ideas. Keep in mind, though, that before you choose one of these items, you’re going to have to make sure that your student is allowed to have it in his residence hall. Of course, if your son or daughter is living on campus, that shouldn’t be a problem.PhotoforDec.11Post

Indoor electric grill
This baby is reversible so your son or daughter can make burgers or pancakes by using the same device.

Toaster oven and broiler
This is perfect for toasting bagels or reheating pizza. (Although, your son/daughter may prefer cold pizza.)

Nonstick frying pan
This is a great gift for anyone, but your college student will likely appreciate that his/her scrambled eggs or burger or grilled cheese won’t stick.

Homemade soda machine
Your son or daughter probably drinks a lot of soda, which can be pretty expensive.  And, all of those bottles and cans wreak havoc on the environment. With this soda machine, he/she can make a wide assortment of flavored sodas, save money and protect the earth.

Family recipe book
This is our favorite. At least once, your son or daughter has wanted to cook something that you have made, but he/she didn’t have the recipe. With this pocket page recipe book, you can add his/her favorite recipes to this book, which includes 40 four-inch by six-inch decorated recipe cards.

If you have any gift ideas, let us know and we’ll share them.