The Best Languages to Learn As A Student

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When it comes to learning a new language, it’s a long road fraught with difficulties. However, it’s something that’s worth doing. This is mostly due to the cultural enrichment and broadened horizons, both in terms of travel and business, and for personal enjoyment. As a student, learning a new language will open up a whole new world for you, literally. It’s better to learn one now whilst your brain still has that extra element of neuroplasticity, and before gaining any experience in your chosen field; you don’t want to be missing out on sleep at the end of the day even after you’ve finished college. If you have the time and commitment we all wish we had, putting in some effort for language studies will practically guarantee you a job at the firm of your choice. But which languages are the best to learn in terms of opening business doors?

French

It’s debatable what exactly is the easiest foreign language to learn, but French is often shoehorned into this role. French is one of the the most common language on all continents, and has a huge role in the history of them. French is considered a beautiful language and rightly so; we think of it in terms of art, food, wine, and fashion. It’s a good choice if you want to move into any of these sectors, not only to communicate with the majority of people in them, but to enrich the cultural statements of your creations as well. If you so choose, you can go on to higher education opportunities like masters and doctorates at some of the most prestigious colleges in Europe if you decide to open up that door by learning French.

German

Mark Twain once described the German language as ‘perplexing,’ but there’s plenty of good reasons for learning it. German is a language on the rise, especially in terms of finance. With Germany at the forefront of stable economies in Europe in the modern era, so many new deals are springing up based on their ability to trade. German is also an easy language to get the hang of, as soon as you know how to make the hard sounds. If English is your first language, speaking German as well isn’t far from what you’re used to. The two languages share a common root, so many of the sounds won’t require too much of a roll of the tongue. German is also considered an intelligent language, with the most Nobel prizes in the world going to German inventors and scientists.

Mandarin

Over a billion people in the world speak Chinese, with roughly 14% of chinese speakers knowing Mandarin. Therefore it’s the most common dialect, and so learning it will make conversing in China easier and more likely to be successful. China is also the fastest growing trade nation in the world, so businesses are always looking for someone who’s taken the initiative to branch out and be a reliable asset for their ability to widen parameters. Mandarin is also spoken in many other Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

China also has the biggest population in the world, so if you know how to speak Mandarin your relationship avenues increase by a tenfold.

Spanish

Spanish is the second most common language in the world. It’s one of the most common languages in the Americas alone, and is a better multi-generational tool than English with rates of Spanish language speakers increasing by 60% in the last decade. This is only set to grow from here. Is it easy to learn though? Spanish is generally considered an easy language as it has more consistency to it than French or English, and has a latin root alongside them. Learning Spanish will give you a better chance of using it in daily conversation if you live in the US compared to the other languages on this list, and being able to use simple sentences and basic grammar to communicate effectively will feel like an amazing victory for your academic journey.

As a student, we have little time on our hands and a lot of responsibilities to cover. But learning a language might just be the best decision you ever make in your academic career. Not only is it exciting and sophisticated, but it’s such as practical and down to earth business move, and is available to everyone. You’ll be able to see out of your own cultural corner, and be a part of the educated future.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you speak multiple languages? If so, what? Let me know! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 17, 2017
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How to Boost Your Income When You’re Busy Studying

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College will be one of the best times of your life; it’ll also be one of the busiest. You’ll have new friends to hang out with, lectures to attend, studying to get done, extra curricular clubs and societies to be a part of (the list goes on), so it can be a challenge to find the time to help fund your education. You’ll need that extra cash to be able to eat regularly (not just pizza), enjoy your (limited) free time, and make it home during the holidays to see the family. The following are some tips and ideas for those who need a little boost in their income, while they enjoy a fulfilling and hectic college life.

A Regular Part Time Role

A flexible job in a retail store or a coffee shop is a great way to boost your income during term time, and something you’ll be able to continue at the end of each semester if you so wish. Getting a job in one of your favorite retail stores will also come with the perks of a staff discount on clothing; so you’ll be saving cash in more ways than one. If you decide to serve in a cafe, coffee shop, or restaurant; they’ll often provide you with a free meal and drink when you’re there, so utilize you shift and save money at the grocery store on the way back to campus.

Look into roles within your university or college; perhaps the library needs staff, or the onsite gym needs a receptionist during the weekends and evenings. Working on campus will ensure that you’ll have a short commute and your employers will understand when it’s time for busy periods of study and cramming, and will be more lenient with your time off. Remember that you want your job role to fit around your studies, and not the other way around so that you’re not compromising the effort you put into college.

Be Smart And Savvy With Your Money

Make sure you do yourself a weekly budget and try to stay within it so that you don’t run out of cash and have to call mom for a loan every month. Keep an eye on your bank balance and question any unusual activity, and know when it’s time to curb your spending habits so that you can pay your rent and get those books you need. Seek expert help and advice if you fall victim to education fraud and are owed money because you’re in debt with your student loan; this is why being aware of your accounts is always a wise idea. Avoid credit and store cards whenever you can; you’ll only be tempted to break up your studies with a little late night online shopping, so don’t give yourself the temptation.

If you have money coming in from your part time job, a student loan, or your parents; try to think long term and save as much as you can. You want to leave with a qualification and not worry about paying things back all the time when you should be concentrating on your new career and your life ahead.

I hope you enjoyed the post! Do you think that working while in college is wise or do you think it’ll take away from your studies? Let me know! 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 16, 2017
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Mystery Blogger Award

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Hey my loves! So I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by the lovely Alexandra. She’s super sweet and nice and I love communicating with her via Twitter. I love getting tagged in posts like these because my readers get to know a little bit more about me!

Award Rules

  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer the questions from the nominator
  • Nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

The creator of this award is Okoto Enigma, so thank you to her for creating this!

3 Things about myself:
1.) I love cats, but that should be obvious by now.
2.) Chocolate covered strawberries are the way to win my heart (or a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream).
3.) I have never broken a bone and I hope I never will, that shit is scary.

Questions I’ve been asked:
1. What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned through blogging?
You can’t please everyone. Doesn’t matter how hard you try, it’s just impossible. But that doesn’t stop me from speaking my mind and standing up for what I believe in!
2. What’s one trend you’re sick of seeing?
The Kardashians.
3. What is your dream job?
To be my own boss! I would love to own my stationery business someday.
4. If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would you pick?
Probably a lion or tiger, because they’re just giant kittens.
5. What’s one item you can never have too many of?
Shoes. I’m a shoe addict.
My Best Posts:

Why You Should Care About Cruelty Free Cosmetics

6 Adult Things You Need To Start Saving For Now

A Letter to My College Self

 

Who I’m Nominating:

Brooklyn: http://www.brooklynnmarie.com/blog

Megan: http://missmeganjane.co.uk/

Mehak: http://www.jovialdove.com/

Laura: http://liveadventuretravel.com/

Hayley: http://crueltyfreehayley.com/

Mackenzie: https://mackenziekateri.com/

Nimisha: http://www.haircaresquare.com/

Charnel: http://togetherqueens.weebly.com/blog

Kathy: https://alongcamekathy.blogspot.com/

Shay: https://lifetoshay.com/

(& anyone else who wants to join in!)


My Questions For You:

1.) How did you come up with your blog name?

2.) What inspired you to start blogging?

3.) Offer a piece of advice to a new blogger.

4.) Offer a piece of advice to a seasoned blogger (because we make mistakes too!).

5.) What is one thing you wish you had known before you started blogging?

I hope you ladies have fun joining in and I can’t wait to read your responses!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 14, 2017
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Face Your Fashion Fears with Confidence

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Fashion isn’t really my forte…well let’s be honest, nothing is really my forte haha. But I feel like when it comes to fashion, many people are too scared to go out of their comfort zone. I know that I have certain outfits in my closet that I enjoy wearing and gravitate more towards them when getting ready for the day. I also have some super cute clothes that still have tags attached and I’m sure I’m not the only one either! Here are my tips on how to own your outfit and get out of your comfort zone.

All out of confidence and don’t feel like trying on clothes in public? Dia&Co works with you to find the best match according to your style profile. Everything is handpicked by their stylists and shipped directly to your door, so you can try on clothes in the comfort of your own home and ROCK it.

Be experimental.

Mix colors, mix patterns, mix textures. Mix it all! I know that there are some fashion rules that some people stick by, like not wearing black and brown together buuuuuut I totally do that sometimes. I wore a super cute little black dress with some brown strappy heels and got so many compliments. So, break the rules. You want to wear cheetah and zebra print together? Go ahead. The world is your stage and you better work it, girl.

Have a friend pick something out for you.

When I’m shopping, I love to look around and spend my time going through the racks to make sure that I don’t miss anything but sometimes it can get super tedious. Bring a friend with you when you go shopping and have them pick out an outfit for you. They’ll probably pick out something that you wouldn’t normally wear, and who knows? You might love it. (P.S. My mom picked out my sister’s prom dress from the rack and she thought she was going to hate it…it ended up being the one she bought!)

Get inspiration.

Do you love looking at magazines or watching NYFW? Inspiration is all around us and use it to your best ability. NYFW outfits are normally over the top, but they’re admired by so many so grab inspiration from those and I’m sure you’ll rock it. You might even start a new fashion trend.

Now, those are my tips to get you out of your comfort zone! Are you curious about what I’m hesitant to wear? Let me let you in on a little secret.

I really dislike wearing dresses, which is a shame. They’re comfortable and can make you look well put together without much effort. Why do I hate them? I feel like they hug my body awkwardly and show every lump and bump that I hate. I also really dislike my legs for a couple different reasons – they’re super pale, bruise easily, and my knees look funny. But guess what? I went out of my comfort zone on a couple different occasions, and looking back, I actually love how I look in these two dresses.

       

I came to the conclusion that no one was looking at me in these dresses the way that I was looking at myself. We are always so critical and hard on ourselves when there really is no need to be. You are beautiful, no matter what anyone else thinks. You can rock whatever you want to wear, wherever you want to wear it. You don’t need other people’s approval to feel good in your own skin. But you can radiate that feeling of self-love to others by showing how confident you are in your skin and dominating the day in whatever outfit you choose.

You got this and I hope you enjoyed the post. What’s your fashion fear? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: This post does NOT contain affiliate links and I am NOT being paid for this post.

August 12, 2017
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6 Things To Get Sorted Before Starting College

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The start of the college year is not too far from us now, and you might be heading to college for the very first time. If that’s the case, you need to make sure that you’ve got everything sorted before you set off on that journey. Here are some of the things that you should be finalizing and sorting out right now if you haven’t already. Read on to learn more.

Financial Aid

Your university should have its own financial aid office, so if you are not sure about anything relating to your financial aid application, contact them. They should be able to sort things out or simply provide you with confirmation if that’s all you need right now. When it comes to money matters, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so don’t forget this.

Accommodation

Accommodation is another thing that is obviously very important indeed. You’re going to need to have a roof over your head after all. If this is something that is still up in the air right now, dedicate the bulk of your time to getting it sorted. Apartments for students should still be available. And contact the college if you’re not sure what to do.

Welcome Weekend Events

Most colleges will have a welcome weekend.This welcome meeting does exactly what it says it will. It gives you a way of meeting new people and attending events to ease you into college life. It can all be a little intimidating, so this gives you a way of making it easier. Decide which welcome weekend events you want to attend now so that you’re ready to go when you get there.

Roommates

If you’re going to be staying in the college dorms, you will probably be told who your dorm-mate is going to be. If they are nearby or you have their contact details, it makes sense to contact them and get to know them a little. It’s something that can help you settle and feel a little more at ease ahead of your arrival.

Buy Accessories

You’re going to need some supplies and accessories ahead of your big move to college. So, make sure that you’ve created a list, been shopping and bought all the things that you’re going to need ahead of the start of the academic year. You don’t want to be caught short by not buying the things you need.
Say Goodbye Properly

Finally, you need to make sure that you say goodbye properly before you leave your hometown. This is a big change, and you won’t see your old friends and family for a little while. Hold a party with your friends who might be going off in other directions to make sure that the departure is done in the right way.

As you now realize, there are lots of things that need to be taken care of before you can leave your old life behind and start afresh at college. It’s an exciting time, and it will all go a lot smoother if you have these things covered ahead of time.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

August 10, 2017
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