Monday, July 31, 2017

Tips for Getting Involved in College

Today, I'm continuing my mini series about getting involved! Last week I talked about getting involved in high school and today I'm going to be giving my best tips for finding your place on campus. So if you're in college or college bound soon this post is for you!

Sign-Up for Anything and Everything that Interests you
Most likely in the first few weeks of school starting, your college will have an activities fair. I highly recommend going to this and signing up for all the clubs that interest you. It's better to sign up for way too many and unsubscribe later than to miss out on a club. So if you think you may be at all interested then write down your email! This way you can find out when the first meeting is and what types of things they do so that you can decide if it is fitting for you.

Get Involved in Something Major Related
If the long list of clubs and activities is overwhelming a good place to start is with clubs related to your major or your interests. This is the perfect place to connect with people that are likely in the same classes as you as well as just share similar passions to you. Plus it may also give you some hands on experience in your area of interest.

Go Greek!
Greek life is not for everyone, but it is a wonderful way to connect with people who share similar values and ideas with you. My sorority has definitely helped me find a sense of belonging on campus. We are a part of every big campus event and activity and being a part of it has just made me feel like I fit. But even if you choose not to go greek, you can often find a very similar community with sports teams or religious groups. 

Go to as many Campus Events as you can
The biggest key to feeling like you belong on campus is to simply go to campus events! Some of the best memories I have of my freshman year are the fun random events my school put on. Going to these events is a great way to have fun with existing friends but also meet new people. Plus it is so fun to be apart of campus traditions!

Don't Be Afraid to Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Check out that club that's intriguing but so not you, do something that none of your friends want to do, and say yes when you might normally say no: all of these are great ways to push your limits and to explore your school! Sometimes the best things are things that you wouldn't normally do. College is your time to take chances and try new things, so embrace it!

Whether you are at a big school or a small school, getting involved is what makes your college feel like a home. Put yourself out there and I promise you will find your spot on campus! The more I was involved the more fun I had and the more I felt like I belonged. I hope this post was helpful, make sure you stay tuned next Monday for the final post of this series about getting involved outside of school!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Shoe Favorites

I was talking to one of my coworkers at work the other day, and she was telling me just how hard it is for her to find comfortable flats to wear. I realized that I have found a lot of super comfy but also cute shoes and thought it would be a super fun blog post to share! Plus who doesn't love shoes, my shoe collection is ever growing but I absolutely love it. 

Palm Beach Sandals: Growing up in West Palm Beach, I've always been partial to wearing the classic Palm Beach Sandals over Jack Rogers. I love their back story and the fact that they to this day are handcrafted. They hold up well, while still aging beautifully. For the whole story check out this post from Buggy Designs!
 J.Crew Factory Anya Flats: When I want a fun color of flats I always gravitate to these from J.Crew Factory, they are super comfy and are usually offered in the perfect seasonal colors. The best part is that they are also super comfy! I can wear them all day with absolutely no problems at all. 
Lucky Brand Emmie Flats: These are my go to flats, I wear them all the time. They are the most comfortable flats of all time. They don't give you blisters, the leather is incredibly soft, and honestly, you won't want to take them off. I know the cheap flats from Target and other stores are incredibly tempting, but investing in these is definitely worth it. 
Jack Rogers Bailee Booties: Though I don't love the Jack Rogers classic sandals, I do love some of the other shoes they have put out. These booties are my go to all fall! The heal is pretty low so I can wear them all day with no pain. They are cute and classic with a fun scallop detail. Plus they are on sale right now so grab a pair, you won't regret it!

Do you all have any favorite pairs of shoes? Would love to hear about your favorite pairs in the comments below!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Tips for Getting Involved in High School

This is going to be the first of a 3 part series about getting involved. I think no matter what stage of life you are in, it is important to get involved and pursue your interests. I wanted to start with high school because I know some of you are going to be headed back to school soon and a new school year is the perfect time to find your place. In high school, getting involved will allow you to meet new friends, have cool opportunities, and help you get into college.

Check your School Website
Every school will have a list of all the clubs that they have. This is a great resource as you can use it to see which ones may seem interesting to you. This list may be on the school website or available in the counseling office. It also can be a good idea to check out the school’s website or social media to see which clubs are active and doing things, these are always good to get involved with.

Connect with a Teacher
You may want to join a club because a teacher you really love is the sponsor. That is a great way to meet people with different interests as well as get close with a teacher who could possibly write you a recommendation. So if you have a favorite teacher definitely check to see what they are involved with!

Look at the Smaller Clubs
Sometimes getting involved with a smaller club is great because it will allow you more leadership opportunities. This often makes the club seem much more meaningful, and you kind of get to make it into the club you imagine. Plus it is often much less intimidating because there are less people.

Think About your Interests
If you have an idea of a future career interest or just a personal passion then I would recommend finding a related club! I know if you are interested in business or healthcare there are clubs like FBLA or HOSA. This could give you a good look at what it would be like to work in that profession.

Once you find a club you like make sure you participate in as much as possible. Being a part of a club is so much more than just signing up. And being an active member will give you opportunities for future leadership roles. Plus, you’ll meet a lot of awesome people and have cool opportunities.

I know this post was mostly centered around clubs, but it could also mean getting involved with a sports team, tutoring, or mentoring program. Finding something you love at your school will make it feel a lot more like home. I hope this post was helpful for some of you, I know clubs were one of my favorite parts of high school. Next Monday, I’m going to be talking about getting involved outside of school, so stay tuned!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mid-Summer Instagram Round-Up

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing an Instagram round-up, I love sharing these posts so that you all can easily shop the exact pieces I've been wearing. I absolutely hate when my favorite blogger is wearing a cute outfit, but I can't find any of the pieces. When I was putting this together I realized just how colorful and fun the outfits were! Obviously wearing bright colors makes everyday life just so much more fun. 
Dress: Lilla P (Similar)
Necklace: Brook and York
Bracelet: J.Crew Factory
Shoes: MIA (Similar)

Necklace: J.Crew Factory
Jeans: Levis
Shoes: Lucky Brand
Romper: Ivy and Leo (Similar)
Necklace: Francesca’s
Bracelets: Alex and Ani

Top: J.Crew Factory (Similar)
Jeans: Levis
Shoes: MIA (Similar)
Necklace: Brook and York

Necklace: J.Crew Factory

Necklace: Brook and York

Sweatshirt: Vineyard Vines

Cardigan: J.Crew Factory
Jeans: Francesca’s (Similar)
Shoes: MIA (Similar)
Necklace: Brook and York

Top: J.Crew Factory (Similar)

I arrived at the lake(again!!) last night, so look out for lots of super fun photos on Instagram. If you're not following me, you can find me @welldressedash! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, let me know what you're up to in the comments!