8 reasons to love the ‘Star Wars’ prequels

Julia McKenna defends the prequel trilogy. “I don’t like sand.” Whether it be for their wooden dialogue, reliance on special effects, obsession with drawn out scenes of political discourse, or everyone’s favorite comic relief, Jar Jar Binks, the Star Wars prequels have always been ravaged with criticism.  However, in recent years, many fans have reevaluated […]

How to stop dreading your alarm clock

Seven solutions for a mindful morning routine by Kylie Caputo**** Winter is just around the corner…cue the freezing cold, pitch black, dreadful mornings. Your sleep habits impact your mental, physical and emotional health more than you may know.  Studies show inadequate sleep leads to depression, high anxiety levels, insomnia, and a multitude of psychological problems.  The […]

7 must-have affordable items from Trader Joe’s (coming from a college student)

by Gabby Silipigni**** I can speak for many college students when I say shopping for groceries is hard.  Maybe it is just me, but I constantly find myself spending $60 on groceries and when I am about to make food, all I have is bananas and hummus. I have tried branching out and making different […]

5 steps to take in your 20s that will lead to success

by Kaitlyn Hipple**** Living in your 20s is a time for risks, growth, and self discovery.  These are the times to take adventures and develop strong habits that will lead to success in the near future.  While some might call their 20s a “defining decade” in their careers, others take this time to discover their […]

7 reasons to practice yoga every day

by Anneliese Horan **** Yoga is a popular, fast-growing, diverse fitness and wellness movement. It can be a relaxing, slower-paced, flowing movement, or an energetic, face-paced, sweat-filled workout.  Nevertheless, there are many health benefits from whichever yoga practice you choose.  In no particular order, here are seven reasons why you should make practicing yoga part […]

Make your vote count Nov. 3

The 2020 presidential election has brought a ton of confusion about how and when people can vote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This video is a how-to on the best way to make your vote count Nov. 3. The 2020 election is unlike any other presidential election, as we are in the midst of a […]

8 things to know before studying abroad

Studying abroad has become very popular among college students, and in recent years it has become more achievable and affordable.  Studying abroad is scary at first for most people (usually the fun kind of scary). Whether it’s your first time out of the country or your fifth time, there are always going to be unknowns.  […]

Nine ways to succeed in college

Good advice as we start Finals Week! College creeps up on many unsuspecting victims, leaving them anxious and confused about what to do next. This anxiety only makes it harder to step back and make a plan for success.  Whether you are a senior in high school or a junior in college, the pressure of […]

Fashionably ethical: A dive into the downside of fast-fashion and how you can help

Fast fashion has taken the world by storm since the 1980s. Companies like Zara, Forever 21 and H&M are all known for offering affordable, stylish clothing nationwide. Millions of people flock to these stores in order to get great deals on pieces, looking fashionable while not breaking the bank. There’s an underlying issue with this […]

Ranking the 23 spookiest ghosts, cryptids and urban legends in North America

With Halloween only 233 days (and counting!) away, it’s about time we start thinking spooky thoughts. But it’s always so hard to know where to start, isn’t it? Not to worry, boys and ghouls, because here lies but a small number of boogeymen–from the lesser-knowns to the famous to the infamous. The rank of each […]

5 ways to stay motivated for Finals Week

The dreaded time after Spring Break always approaches rather quickly. For that wonderful week away, you were  able to shut off your mind and not worry about school work. And with the coronavirus completely interrupting the semester this spring, getting back on track has been even tougher. But the pure bliss of freedom is still […]

Best ways to avoid COVID-19

Hand sanitizer and toilet paper shortages, travel bans, and mass hysteria have all been the products of the coronavirus pandemic. But while the United States is just starting to experience the worst of this pandemic, the impact will continue, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. “We […]

Top 6 benefits of Zumba

Zumba fitness is a dance group fitness class that targets the entire body. The popular fitness craze was started by Beto Perez, an aerobics instructor who forgot his cassette tape for class. Instead of canceling class, he improvised by using his Latin music cassettes and eventually “Zumba” was born. Zumba incorporates numerous world music and […]

11 must-learn TikTok dances during Quarantine

This is how to make it as an elder ‘Zoomer’ in this quarantine. Now that so many of us have extra downtime and need something to do, it’s way past time to get on TikTok – a Chinese app created in 2012 to inspire creativity – and start dancing.  Or at the very least, you […]

Seven ways to conquer quarantine

What a crazy time it is. While we’re all at home protecting the health and safety of ourselves and others, it is safe to say we have all gone a little crazy – and if you haven’t, I applaud you. Social distancing has brought us strange times where we have absolutely no idea what to […]

Six things to keep yourself busy during COVID-19

As countries across the globe begin to reach a peak in the coronavirus impact, and as quarantining remains a major effort in the United States, the best thing you can do during this time is to fill it up with activities while keeping it entertaining. This blog post will give some ideas for those times […]

5 ways to keep your tropical plants looking great

Caring for houseplants is becoming more and more popular, leading many to wish to create their own tropical garden in their living rooms. And many novice house planters covet tropical plants such as fiddle leaf figs, monsteras and rubber trees because of their beauty and ability to brighten up a room. But while they are […]

Take COVID19 seriously – and stay home

I know that while the topic of COVID-19 is very serious, it is also very tired.  I find myself forgetting what I used to talk about with friends and family before I was placed in a cage by Mother Nature or the powers that be. It has become very apparent that humans don’t like to […]

7 local non-touristy hot spots to visit in Charleston

Planning a trip somewhere new is always exciting, but finding the “best spots” can serve as a challenge. Over the past few years, Charleston has repeatedly earned the title “No. 1 U.S. City,” bringing in tourists from around the world. Those of us lucky enough to live here have learned the best local spots to […]

7 things to do during quarantine 

We can all probably agree this is an odd time in our lives, and most of us are likely going stir crazy as we practice social distancing. With all this time on our hands, we finally have the time to do all the things we “never have time for.” This can also be a time […]

The best buffalo chicken dip you’ll ever have

Buffalo chicken dip is a well-known and all-around loved dish. The mix of unique flavors within make this dish a worldwide favorite. It’s also super fun and easy to make. Not only is this a great dish for the holidays but perfect for any sporting event or party as well.  And it’s not just popular […]

Five things that make the best window boxes in Charleston

Among the beautiful houses that make up a portion of downtown Charleston are window boxes.  Window boxes serve as a decorative and beautiful part of the historic community, adding pops of color and flair to the outside of homes, some of which date back to 1830.  But there are some defining characteristics that make a […]

Keeping up ‘with the girls’ while broke in college

As a girl in college your first want and need is to fit in. Keeping up with fads of what’s cute to wear, hip to listen to, and cool to do can be expensive and time consuming. As a college student those are two things we can’t afford to spare. Therefore, here are five simple […]

5 yoga poses to boost confidence in GenZ

With the rise of technology throughout the entire lives of GenZs,  the generation has been denied privilege of having a work-life balance.  Since they were in fifth grade, this generation has had “work” at their fingertips – creating a personal brand, updating social media accounts, and constantly communicating with the digital world.  Most young adults […]

Podcast: Surf therapy a good boost for mental health

When you think of therapy, you probably picture someone sitting in a chair while a therapist jots down notes on a clipboard. But recently, surf therapy has been getting more recognition as a new form of counseling.  Organizations such as the International Surf Therapy Organization have been advocating for the benefits surfing can have on […]

7 reasons to get a miniature goldendoodle

In a world filled with every dog breed you can imagine, I want to convince you that the miniature goldendoodle is your most practical and your most fun option!  In my book, miniature goldendoodles are just the best all around. They are not superior in only one category concerning the quality of a dog, but […]

Top five budget-friendly shoes that still make a fashion statement

Summer is over and fall is here. That means it’s time to ditch those flip flops and slides and lace up your kicks. Buying stylish shoes might be hard since prices have increased over the years on all of the popular brands. Here’s a list of budget-friendly shoes that’ll have you fresh when you’re on […]

My favorite ‘Into the Gloss’ Top Shelf posts

Into the Gloss is the brainchild of Emily Weiss, who is also the founder of the growing Internet-born brand, Glossier.  Aside from the often beauty-related content, the New York-based blog has created a series called, “The Top Shelf.”  Inspired by the photos spread across platforms like Instagram, Into the Gloss interviews and photographs notable people […]

5 places you can eat out in Charleston on a college budget

As a college student on a tight budget and schedule, cooking is not my top priority.  Going to school in a food hub makes it a very easy choice to eat out at a restaurant, especially when I am too lazy to go to the grocery store, cookand clean up after myself.  With being a […]

Five transportation differences to expect in Italy 

Ah, traveling in Italy.  You probably have a very dreamy image in mind – historic cities filled with lively people, delicious food and wine, sunny beaches and clear water.  Italy definitely lives up to all its hype. In my two-and-a-half months of being in the country, I have experienced the wonderful pleasures the various regions […]