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5 Ways to Keep a Healthy Relationship with your Bank Account

There is no secret that college is tough, especially when you’re trying to achieve that 4.0 GPA, balance a part-time or full-time job, and squeeze in time for a social life. What’s even more difficult is trying to survive on a college student’s budget; your bank account seems to never be where you want it to be. While your collegiate years are shimmering with new-found independence and breathtaking moments, it’s also the time when you realize that part of becoming an adult, is making smart financial decisions. You start to learn when to say no (or yes!) to those shoes you have eyed for so long. Here are five young women who offer their tips on how to maintain a healthy relationship between you and your bank account. Q: Where are some places that you shop that would fit into an average female college student’s budget? A: For my basic pieces, I shop at affordable places: Cotton On and H&M. For fun and trendy pieces, I love checking out stores like Forever 21 because I …

Against All Odds

When we’re little, the possibilities of life seem endless. We dream of becoming famous dancers, singers, doctors and politicians. Sometimes through the hardships of life, we forget the things that used to keep us up at night. We get caught up in school and getting good grades that we lose sight of our real passion. However, don’t worry! It’s never too late! This week we talked to college students Rachel McGoldrick and Kim McKinnon about how they pursued their passions against all odds. Rachel McGoldrick: My main passion in life, as long as I can remember has been singing. Kim McKinnon: For me, my passion has always been been running RM: When i was little, my mom would turn on the radio and let me sing “Baby Beluga” for hours on end. As I got older I began to take vocal lessons, participated in choirs and musicals, and even toured the East coast with an acapella group called the RocknRoll Chorus. I know success in the music industry is a long shot, but I’m lucky …

All for One and One for All

It’s like a scene from an old 1950s movie. Small town. White picket fences. Everybody knows everybody. You can ask  your neighbor for a cup of sugar or an egg or two. Community service is simply helping the friends and families that you have grown close to for years. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world anymore. Times has changed, making us distant, even to the people who live right next door. This is why doing community service is such a big deal today. However, while volunteer work should be exactly that, voluntary, some people find that it’s an easy resume booster. YHM spoke with Seton Hall students Chimma Nwobi and Cathy Chukuka about their opposing views on volunteer work and community service. “It’s sad that things have changed like this. I mean I honestly wish I could say that I would do community service if I didn’t need it to get into college, but I can’t. Think about it this way: It’s a form of punishment for criminals, so it kind of has a …

How The Other Half Thinks

It’s important to be confident in yourself and not care about what anybody else thinks. But to be honest, we all want to be liked by our peers, especially the opposite gender. For decades, women have been spending hundreds on beauty supplies and clothing to try and impress men. This week’s Connection Story is a little different. YHM sat down with a panel of three  guys and asked them the question: “What makes a girl stand out?” The answers are surprising! “For a girl to stand out in a crowd, she has to be well dressed and neat. She has to have a certain posture and body language that shows that she is confident, not afraid. She has to have a voice that exudes intelligence but not conceit, while showing she has an outgoing personality,” says Javier Perdomo “The very little details in an outfit makes someone really stand out. You can never really go wrong with vintage. With a little vintage print or pattern, you have no choice but to stand out from the …

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Call Me Crazy

What does it mean to be unique? What does it mean to stand out? Tyler McGackin, a student at Parsons: The New School for Design and part-time clown on the weekends, gave us a snapshot of her one of a kind life, and what it truly means to be unique. “I have never felt accepted in my entire life. People would always call me crazy and it really offended me. I kind of got over it when I moved here (to NY). I was the outcast of my family. Then I thought, if I’m already the outcast and people already think I’m crazy, I might as well rock it. I think that’s why people think I’m unique, because I had to learn not to care. If I did care, I would be depressed. So, to stand out, I think you just have to be a positive energy to people. If you want to stand out or be unique, you just have to be a good person. Me? I genuinely love everybody in my life, so …

A Celebration of Life!

As the summer holidays finish, YHM gives you something else to celebrate: life! Despite obstacles, these two women have found ways to enjoy their lives and inspire us to push forward. Twelve years ago, Aggie Carney’s husband of 18 years left her for his girlfriend and son, leaving her to take care of five children on her own. “I had to work 5 jobs, 70 hours a week for the first 2 years, without a day off,” said Carney.For years, she struggled, but found support at her local church. “Families got together and helped me pay off my mortgage and van payments so I could go to school and get better job,” Carney said. She now finds strength by volunteering for a recovery program and for a young women’s Sunday school class. “I want to come alongside them and help them try to think through life’s choices,” said Carney My biggest pride comes from my family and my culture Juliana Odame-Labi, 18, also finds joy in life despite a rough past. When she was 8 …