Category Archives: Self-Improvement

Senior Year Relationships

Hsieh.GettingADate2Is it the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning?

As some students enter into their final year at the beloved Penn State, they find themselves in certain situations that they did not expect. One of the most interesting changes that goes on at the start of senior year is the making or breaking of relationships.

Relationships in college are hard to maintain regardless of the circumstances. Maybe you have conflicting class schedules and can barely find time to see each other, or maybe you even attend different schools and only get one weekend per month together. No matter the situation, it is difficult to commit to someone during these few years.

The fate of relationships during senior year seems to follow one of two trends.  On one hand, two people may finally realize that they are not ready to be together forever. They may realize that after years of being together, they haven’t given the rest of the world a chance. On the other hand, two people may finally see each other with perfect clarity, realizing that they couldn’t dream of being with anyone else.

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Common Career Fair Mistakes and How to Correct Them

AnaElmasllari.blogNow that the semester has settled in, it’s time to start searching for jobs. It’s the last thing you want to think about, but it’s stuck in the forefront of your mind, and nothing rushes that reality faster than Fall Career Days.

It’s like a smack in the face when you suddenly realize you have a lot of preparation to do—tweak your résumé, organize a speech, prepare your outfit—who has time for that? So before you pull your hair out, check out Valley‘s list of  common mistakes made at career fairs – so you have one less thing to fret about. 

1. Not doing enough research on companies

This should be an obvious one. Recruiters know when you don’t research their company, so it’s important to get your facts straight.

2. Not coming with enough resumes to hand out

 If you want recruiters to consider you for a job, you should probably have a resume handy to give them. Always bring extra copies, you never know what might happen. Continue reading

Simple Ways to De-Stress While Sitting in Class

IMG_0004The semester is now in full swing, and the assignments are starting to roll in. It can be easy to get overwhelmed when professors are talking a mile a minute about all the things you need to get done this semester. If you find yourself ready to yank your hair out in class, take a deep breath; Valley’s got your back.

Here are a few things you can do while you’re sitting in class to lower your stress levels and get your mind back on track:

Junior Kinesiology major Ashley Lutter, intern for Exercise Is Medicine on campus and Professional Development Chair of the Kinesiology club, says to start your de-stressing before you even step in the classroom. Continue reading

College Crisis: The Truth About Sleeping With a New Boyfriend for the First Time

Our college years are full of dramatic “I’m not a grown up!” moments- mostly unexpected, and typically unwanted. Anonymous Valley writers discuss it all: from avoiding basic responsibilities to dealing with the big, bad future. Let’s talk about it.

Korch_CheatingThere are many perks to being in the early stages of a new relationship. First off, you’re both in the “honeymoon stage,” that period of time when the infatuation with one another is at an all-time high. You haven’t been together long enough to discover the other person’s irritating habits or undesirable personality traits, so things are easy. I’ve never been one to gush about romance or affection, but I recently entered into a new relationship and have found these things to be true. My boyfriend and I have been together only a few months but we really don’t get angry or annoyed at each other. Like I said, it’s easy.

However there is something that most people in a new and developing relationship won’t tell you, but I will. Continue reading

How to Change Your Boyfriend’s Style Without Him Knowing

IMG_6030-2We all love our boyfriends for a bunch of different reasons but we all want them to break free from the gym clothes wardrobe and bed head stages. However, we don’t want them to see us as crazy controlling girlfriends (even though we totally are) so here are some techniques to steer your boyfriend in the right direction with him feeling like you’re telling him what to do.

1. “Like” him on social media

Social media is a big way to communicate to your boyfriend the certain ways you prefer him to dress. When he posts good Instagram photos, make sure to like it and comment something like, “Wow you look hot in that shirt!” On Facebook if he ever asks you what he should make his profile picture, this is your chance to show him what he looks best in. Tell him to default the picture where he’s wearing the nice button down, because he looks ‘so cute in it!’ Your boyfriend will realize a pattern of what you like and the next time he is getting ready to go out he’ll think about that time when you said he looks really hot in that one shirt. Continue reading

12 Reasons to Wake Up Before September Ends

IMG_3900Why does everyone insist that September sucks? We blame it on Green Day. “Summer has come and past, the innocent can never last, wake me up when September ends…”

Seriously, how depressing.

Excuse us, Green Day, but there are plenty of reasons to love September – especially in Happy Valley.

1. The start of a new school year

We agree that classes are not exactly the best incentive to get up in the morning, but the start of a new year in the happiest of valleys is definitely something to smile about.

2. Pumpkin Spice Lattés

Is this even necessary to list? At this point, the PSL is a September staple.

3. Penn State football

Penn State football games give us enough adrenaline to keep us wide-awake for the entire month. With Franklin on the field, this season certainly will not be an exception. Continue reading

A Dash of Healthy: Introduction to Fish Preparation Methods

Welcome to Valley’s newest column, A Dash of Healthy! Columnists Carolyn and Corinne are two girls on a mission to reinvent what it means to be healthy in college, one meal at a time. We’re here to guide you through the kitchen, from the aisles of your grocery store to the finished plate. Catch us every week for a new healthy recipe, along with our favorite tips, tricks and advice for eating well on a college budget.

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FISH101  Introduction to Fish Preparation Methods. 

Yes, we wish this were a real class at Penn State, but sadly it’s not. Lucky for you, A Dash of Healthy is here to teach you the basics, as a part of our Kitchen101 series: a step-by-step guide to cooking your basic college eats.

We’ll begin our lesson with a baking technique called the “tinfoil teepee.” The “tinfoil teepee” combines the heat of your oven with the steaming powers of a tinfoil (aluminum foil) pocket to create a perfectly cooked filet, using less than 5 ingredients. Although fish can be prepared a number of different ways, including: broiling, grilling and sautéing, the “tinfoil teepee” method requires minimal time and effort— perfect for collegiates on the go.

So why should you eat fish? True, it’s more expensive than chicken—we won’t lie—but its nutritional benefits make it worth the extra cost. Continue reading

How to Make Your Apartment Feel Like Home

Make your Apt. Feel like Home 4As I walked into my bare, grungy apartment for the first time, my heart literally stopped.  I was overwhelmed by the smells of frat-land, the obscenely large stains on the carpet and the peculiar mold growing in the bathroom. The list did not end there.

For most of us, living in a college apartment may never provide the cozy atmosphere that our parents’ houses did.

“Because it’s a temporary apartment, a lot of college kids don’t think about trying to make it as ‘homey’ as possible,” says Laura Schubel, junior communication sciences and disorders major.

Schubel lives in Beaver Hill Apartments with her roommate, Kelsey Ainge, a sophomore in the division of undergraduate studies. Continue reading

Active Minds: Students Engaged in Mental Health Awareness

10660416_10152354874287336_854102426_nCollege is a stressful time for everybody, but for some students, it’s so stressful they sadly never make it home. Suicide on college campuses is a taboo topic that’s rarely spoken about. It seems like there are only one or two resources to help students.

Valley sat down with Active Minds president Ally Fiorenzi, a senior majoring in health and human development, who wants everybody to know that there’s always help and always hope.

“The initiative of Active Minds is to engage students in the discussion of mental health issues, encourage help-seeking behaviors and ultimately end the stigma around mental illness,” says Fiorenzi. Continue reading

Summer Flings Fly Away

photo.PNGEver seen the movie, 500 days of summer? Well, having a summer fling is a relationship that is similar to this movie with some cheesy one liners, pointless emotional fights and a whole lot of summer lovin’. Instead of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the main lovers, replace them with you and your partner.

Having a summer fling is being in a relationship with a person of interest only for the summer. The problem with this fling is that there is an imaginary expiration date due around the time of August. Many young adults find themselves enjoying summer with their partner but with the mindset of living in the moment. If done differently, then the terms of this relationship turns into something that wasn’t planned. Here are the three basic rules for surviving a summer fling:

1. Don’t get too attached.

This is the main rule that should be followed. As seen in the movie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character learned the hard way when he had to deal with the confusion of his feelings evolving for Zooey’s character. If this does occur, you should let your partner know as soon as possible to avoid any confusion or heart-break down the road. Continue reading