Watch the Yard launches YARDCON

Ayanna Maxwell | Editor In Chief

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Watch the Yard on April 19 launched its first YARDCON, a digital conference for black students who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Watch the Yard, known as the most prominent platform for black college students, fraternities and sororities, created the conference to offer resources and network opportunities for black students across the nation. 

Hosted by Watch the Yard founder Jonathan Rabb, the conference began with a gospel music set performed by DJ Ricovelli and a prayer from Hampton University alum Michael Eley. Journalist Roland Martin followed up with an open conversation among HBCU SGA presidents regarding how their schools are adjusting to their new norms. SGA presidents from Tennessee State, Florida A&M, Clark Atlanta and Norfolk State discussed how they’ve remained connected with their students through social media and emphasized the importance of empathy for college students during this time. 

Hampton University sophomore and Black Lives Matter Greater NY President Nupol Kiazolu led the next segment, which focused on the impact coronavirus has had on communities. Under Kiazolu’s leadership, Black Lives Matter Greater NY crafted a petition to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, urging him to implement more COVID-19 testing facilities in black communities that have been disproportionately affected. 

“If you’re in a community that you know has been hit hard by this pandemic, create a letter, write to your senators or write to your governors,” Kiazlou said. 

TV personality and winner of T.I.’s Grand Hustle Krystal Garner hosted a session titled “Hustling Through Corona,” discussing ways to generate income during the quarantine. This session featured entrepreneur Wavey’s World, wedding and lifestyle photographer Reem Virgo and apparel company Support Black Colleges. 

As if that wasn’t enough, YARDCON attendees also received tips on resume-building and learned how to maneuver LinkedIn. Renee Reid, a staff UX design researcher at LinkedIn, advised students to draft compelling personal summaries that are concise and meaningful, like elevator pitches. 

“Tell a short story about yourself so people are intrigued,” Reid said. 

Reid also gave away a free six-month premium Linkedin package to a special YARDCON guest. 

Resume expert Elizabeth Fletcher described what HR specialists seek in the ideal resume, including a professional email address, professional summary and transferable skills. 

It’s no secret that COVID-19 has taken a major toll on people’s mental health worldwide. Wellness Leader Keith Pough hosted a “Mental Health Check In,” in which he mentioned his three keys to a positive day: gratitude, attitude anIMG_3984IMG_3984d servitude. Also, contrary to the popular belief of social media, he argued that it is OK to come out of this quarantine without a new business venture. 

“I think we should come out of this with more peace, more perspective and more empathy – not more products,” Pough said. 

The Black Mental Health Alliance, also a sponsor of YARDCON, was on standby in the conference’s networking forum for students to interact with therapists one-on-one. The networking forum was also available throughout the conference for attendees to connect with each other. 

In the next session, Regan Farley, senior publicist and CEO of the Regan Farley Agency, shared some insight on how to increase social media following. 

“Protecting your brand is important,” Farley said. “If you’re a member of an organization, that’s still a brand. Keep in mind what you put out, how it’s perceived and who’s going to see it.” 

Rabb introduced Watch the Yard’s #VerifyMyHBCU campaign, targeting HBCUs who are not officially verified on Instagram. 

“Out of 98 HBCUs. only 4 are verified,” Rabb said. 

Being that many notable PWIs are verified on Instagram, Rabb encouraged HBCU students to visit WatchtheYard.com to sign a petition to get their respective HBCUs the recognition they deserve. 

Rapper Dee-1 and founder of ONE Musicfest Steve Canal led an “Inside the Music Industry” segment, followed by special giveaways from Forbes8. Forbes8 introduced eight virtual internship and celebrity mentorship opportunities focused on music, sports, tech, food and beverage, storytelling, influence, fashion, and social impact. 

The conference concluded with a virtual performance of “Swag Surf” by creators @We.R.Fly and @Only1Easton. To top it all off, each speaker represented his/her HBCU or Divine Nine organization by wearing paraphernalia throughout the entire show. 

YARDCON was a major success, to say the least. Attendees left with knowledge, connections and even internship opportunities. For additional information about YARDCON, visit WatchtheYard.com.

Coronavirus: What you must know

Kailah Lee | Staff Writer

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Many have heard about the Coronavirus (CoV), a recent epidemic. What makes it even scarier is that there are hourly updates on how much the disease is affecting hundreds upon thousands of people with little information on the prevention of it. 

According to Vox, the outbreak has reached more than 40,000 people and counting. Fortunately for us in the U.S., it hasn’t become as prominent of an issue as it is in China, but by no means should you take this virus lightly. 

The coronavirus and similar strains such as mCov, SARS and MERS are known as zoonotic, which is a fancy word for being transmittable by humans and animals. Originally, this is how the disease came to fruition. As stated by numerous sources, SARS and MERS allegedly evolved from bats and civet cats to affecting humans. But 2019-nCov seems to be a mystery. This raises some concerns considering that government officials are known to experiment in laboratories. Just like AIDS began with human and animal contact, many conspiracies suggest otherwise.

With little information on this outbreak, questions are pouring from the public. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a few symptoms begin with fever, cough and shortness of breath. In a previous report form The Lancet, more detailed symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, fatigue, headache and diarrhea have been seen. In extreme acute cases, pneumonia, kidney failure and death have occurred.

Deaths have occurred in China, and in little time, the infectious disease is spreading like wildfire.

“Is this the disease that is going to take us out and bring on the apocalypse like in Stephen King?” said Dr. James Peterson, a writer, educator and consultant in a STEM panel discussion.

To his credit, the public has no way of knowing what might come of it. It may seem a little cinematic, but with movies, history and research to suggest otherwise, it’s safe to be open-minded about the virus.

“You cannot believe everything you hear about it, but this virus is a serious threat to global humanity,” Peterson said.

With dangling research in multiple sources, there is no exact answer to our questions. The best thing we can do for ourselves is treat the disease as if it were flu or common cold.

World Health Organization international standards for preventing spread are regular hand washing, covering mouth—either by elbow or surgical mask while coughing and sneezing—and meticulously cooking most meats and eggs.

The importance of establishing a daily skin care routine

Brandi Howliet | Staff Writer

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The proper skin care routine is hard to figure out but necessary.

The skin on our bodies is the largest organ, so taking care of it is very important. It helps prevent infection and harmful elements from getting into our bodies. There are so many products on the market, and the beauty industry is at an all-time high, so many consumers don’t know where to start. The correct skin care routine is built over time; it doesn’t just happen overnight. 

With time and diligence, you’ll eventually find the right products for you. Using a daytime and nighttime regime is a good start to establishing a healthy skin care routine. Your routine can be a short, easy process that cleanses and moisturizes your skin at the same time. 

Step One: Cleanse 

Start your morning with a splash of fresh, warm water. Then, use a cleanser designed for your skin. If you have oily skin, use a soap that can help combat oiliness. If your skin is dry, use a product that can clean and moisturize your skin at the same time. 

“For my face, I use micellar water before I cleanse,” said HU student Antonia Jackson, a third-year MBA major. “After, I use Cetaphil, then I rub my face with witch hazel. After I use the witch hazel, I apply a rose water for a calming effect. My routine applies for morning and night.” 

Cleansers can be found in local drug stores such as Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy and Target. There’s a wide range of facial cleansers offered in stores, but finding the right one for your skin type can be a bit difficult. 

Step Two: Serum 

Serum is a highly concentrated product that you put on your skin after cleansing but before moisturizing. It delivers powerful ingredients to your skin to ensure moisture and glow. Serums are also infused with antioxidants that keep your skin hydrated and protected throughout the day. It is important to use these types of products on our facial skin instead of lotion and heavy oils that can block our pores. Serums can be found in drug stores and higher-end beauty retailers.

If you are wondering which serum to buy, consider Dr. Botanicals’ Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil. This serum is a vegan-based product that’s made with natural ingredients. It retails for $19.99 in its 15ml size and $39.99 in its 30ml size. It works well on dry skin and helps stimulate collagen for younger looking skin. 

Step Three: Moisturize 

Moisturizing your face should be the final step in your daytime or nightly routine. Whether you have a daily regimen or not, moisturizing is by far one of the most beneficial things you can do for your body. Applying lotion on your skin is normal, but some products are better for your face than others. Taking the time to find the right moisturizing product for your skin will benefit you in the long run and ensure a youthful appearance. According to the Medical University of Tennessee, the most important time to moisturize your skin is after a bath, shave or exfoliating. Water strips the natural oils from your skin and body so using a good moisturizer is a good way to prevent dry skin. 

“I don’t really have a skin routine since my skin doesn’t really require much work,” said HU student Gabrielle Tazewell, a third-year journalism major.

“But what I have noticed [is that] my skin has become more dry these past few months, so I am currently searching for the best moisturizer for me.” 

Establishing a healthy skin care regime becomes more important as we all age.

Many factors affect our skin, so taking extra steps to protect it is important and will help us look better than ever.

The continued spread of the coronavirus

Gabrielle Chenault | Staff Writer

The coronavirus disease has sent many people worldwide into a frenzy because it is continuing to spread outside of China, and the death toll continues to rise. Cases have been reported in Asia, Europe, Australia, North America and Africa as of Feb. 19.

“It’s scary to see how quickly this is spreading, especially since there is no current cure,” said Hampton University student Ra’ana Middleton, a sophomore nursing student.

This virus is spread through the respiratory system and mimics the symptoms of a cold. Due to this, it is easily spread and can be spread among a lot of people at one time. According to a CNN report, “more than 68,500 people have been infected and at least 1,669 have died worldwide.” 

As the virus spreads, President Donald Trump has taken precautions in an attempt to limit the cases of the virus in the United States. A temporary travel ban has been set in place for foreign nationals from entering the United States if they visited China in the 14 days prior to them flying into the United States. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially entered the Coronavirus or COVID-19 into their database Feb. 11. In a New York Times article, the World Health Organization called it “public health emergency of international concern.” 

While there has been a variety of news alerts on social media about this virus, there have also been racist and untrue reports on popular apps such as Twitter and Instagram. 

“I get that in our society people love to joke about everything, but certain memes took it a bit too far,” said HU student George Mitchell, a sophmore political science major. “I saw that someone on Twitter made a meme where all the Disney princess had facemasks except Mulan, and the caption was something about how you can’t trust her. It was just unnecessary.” 

As this deadly virus spreads, there are measures you can take to protect yourself. The first is to educate yourself on the virus. There are many falsified reports on social media, so be sure to read reports from an accredited news source or from organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 

Sadly, due to their being no cure, this virus will continue to spread, but there are steps that can be taken to help yourself and those around you stay healthy. 

The easiest way to prevent yourself from getting this virus is by using proper hygiene techniques and eating a balanced diet. Washing your hands, eating healthy and staying hydrated are ways that you can stop yourself from catching this illness. Gabrielle Johnson, a freshman kinesiology student, summed it up best.

“The only way to not catch the virus is to make sure you’re following the CDC’s regulations,” Johnson said. “But we must also not make fun of those who are sick because they and their families are going through a hard time.”

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Kailah Lee | Staff Writer

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Imagine a life where forgiveness does not exist. A life where the moment we make a mistake, we aren’t given a second chance. That’s a life lacking in substance, a life unappreciated and a life without the chance to grow. We may not have eternity on this earth, but we do have a portion of time to hold. And in that time, our moments with one another are sacred. We often forget how fortunate we are until it is too late, but while there is time, just check in with the people who mean something to you.

Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others were killed in a plane crash Jan. 26. A loving father and his prodigy basketball star, both once living and happy, were taken from us. It was devastating — and a total shock to not only his family, but most of the world. We always hear that tomorrow is not promised, but it’s real. One minute our loved ones can be with us, and in the next, they can be gone forever. That’s why it’s important to squash the trivial turmoil and nurture the moments while they’re here.

“Two years ago, I lost my grandma to cancer, and I just wish that our last exchange was different,” said HU student Candance Parker, a bio major from Forest City, Arkansas. “I guess it hurt a little more because all she wanted me to do was call—just every once in a while but I was always too busy to make time for her.”  

It’s so easy to forget about the people we don’t see in our everyday routine. But no more pushing them off because no one person is immune to the loss of someone. You never anticipate losing a person until it happens, and in the blink of an eye, everything changes. You may not want to reach out for your personal reasons, I get it. But ruminating on what could’ve been hurts so much worse. It takes little effort to reach out. A simple hello every now and then may even put a smile on their face. Time is one the greatest gifts we can receive, but it is unforgiving and easy to waste.

  “I’ve lost some of the most essential people to the hands of time, but as far as my dad goes, his passing hit me the hardest, and I will never forget that phone call. He was my everything, my role model, my peace. He celebrated my passions, pushed me to become an artist, and provided me with the tools to follow in his notable footsteps,” said Tyler McColley, a graduating senior from Philadelphia. 

Reflecting on McColley’s story, pettiness, disagreements and emotional distress are nothing compared to a life without your loved ones. Forgive anyone hurting you. Send them a text, free up time to call them, and if you can, pay them a visit. Show your appreciation for your loved ones and cherish them before it is too late.

“I would give anything just to talk to him again, but he is longer suffering,” McColley said about his father. “Our days were well spent, and I’m thankful for that.”

Baddie on a budget: Ways to save on your favorite beauty products

Taura Kimble | Staff Writer

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If there is one thing every woman can agree on, it’s that we love our beauty products. From hair to nails and personal care, most women have go-to products that they simply can’t live without. However, some of the best products can be the most expensive and rack up a huge bill. No need to worry, though. Here are some tips that could help you save on the products you love:

Clip Coupons: Coupons are the greatest way to save on anything, especially when the item you’re interested in is on the expensive side. You can find coupons online, in the newspaper and through specific brand apps. 

Loyalty Programs: Most beauty stores offer loyalty programs that are completely free to sign up for. Not to be confused with a credit card, loyalty programs offer special perks to the holders and no minimum purchase amount is required. These programs also come with annual perks and member only sales. You can shop for what you love and get rewarded for it–what’s not to love?

Shop Drug Store Brands: There are an endless amount of great cosmetic and hair brands sold at drugstores. They not only offer top quality, but they’re offered at a cheaper price. 

“I’ve used drugstore makeup and gotten the same results, if not better, as my favorite higher end products,” said HU graduating senior Nia Johnson-Cox. 

Email Subscriptions: Even though they can be annoying, email subscriptions are a great way to save on any products. Companies take pride in rewarding loyal customers who sign up to receive these never-ending emails. By subscribing, you help them reach a larger audience at once and they help you by notifying you of early sales and sending online coupons.

Look Out for Sales: Around the holidays, most businesses are offering their customers huge sales. This is the perfect time to stock up on your favorite makeup, shampoo and conditioner and body scrubs. If you choose to stock up, your discounted supply could last you months, all the while saving you tons of money.

Try a Travel Size First: If you’re trying a new product or trying to save money, go with the smaller-size option they offer first. It gives you a chance to decide if the product is right for you or, in this case, save money. 

“I’ve tried travel sizes of hair products just to make sure I would like them,” HU sophomore Yvenka Lestin said. “They’ve saved me money, taught me that less is more and I still get to use the shampoo, conditioner and gels that work best with my natural hair.” 

Beauty Stores: Beauty supply stores are always a great way to save on both hair and cosmetic products. The products are bought in bulk therefore, they are sold for cheaper prices. These types of stores also tend to have a larger array of options to choose from. If your current brand doesn’t fit your budget, a beauty supply is the place to find a cheaper option that you still love.

 

Unique Valentine’s Day date ideas for him and her: College edition

Myeshia Barrett | Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day in college can be a handful for some. Students already spend hundreds of dollars on books, so, no, a V-Day gift is not the first thing on any college student’s mind. But as the season approaches, it’s essential to keep those we love happy by showing we care. How so? Gifts. 

No matter how you put it, we all cherish a good Valentine’s Day gift. However, not everyone can afford to buy their significant other a pair of the latest Yeezys. Here are a few unique ideas in the budget range for college couples:

Hair and Nail/Haircut Appointment 

Believe it or not, any college student would appreciate someone funding their next haircut, nail or hair appointment. The pamper session gives them a chance to unwind and focus on something other than their schoolwork. Not to mention, the smile on your partner’s face after the transformation is priceless. Getting your partner all dolled up for a night out is super affordable. For the guys, don’t be shy of a pedicure; it’s awesome.

Escape Room  

Lately, escape room dates have gained popularity. Escape rooms involve a lot of problem-solving, and teamwork makes the dream work. You can even include other couples to save money. Imagine working with your bae to figure out how to escape an island-themed room.  

Tattoos

Tattoos are on many people’s wish lists. Why not make your partner’s dreams come true and pay for his or her new tat? A trip to the tattoo parlor can be a unique gift and fun date. 

Boat Ride 

Boat ride dates are very romantic and intimate, as well as relatively inexpensive—especially in the Hampton Roads area where the water surrounds almost everything. For example, companies such as Rudee Tours in Virginia Beach offer boat rides. Any kind of date on or by the water is guaranteed to be dreamy. You can even turn it into a picnic by packing mini-sandwiches or even bringing take-out. It seems simple but putting effort into an entire production is worthwhile. Your partner will definitely remember it.

This Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t matter if you’re spending $50 or $500 on your partner; it’s all about love. Whatever you do, make sure your heart is in it. Don’t shower your significant other with gifts just for Facebook or Instagram likes. Make sure you keep it super special and unique for your partner. Keep in mind that love is what this holiday is all about.

The power of thought

Tosh McGee | Contributing Writer

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Usually, Saturday morning barbershop talks are filled with sports, neighborhood gossip or musical debates.However, one Saturday at the shop, I had a very meaningful conversation about what it takes to be successful. So, what does it take? It’s actually very simple. The true start of a successful path begins with your mindset. 

The mind is a garden. The seeds (thoughts) that are planted are so essential to how your garden (mind) will grow. Manifesting positive thoughts promotes positive behavior, ultimately motivating you to pursue a prosperous lifestyle. Aside from a positive mindset, there are a few other crucial tools for achieving success. 

1. Applied Faith

Tell the world what you want to do and speak the things you want into existence. Oftentimes we ask for things and neglect the actual effort and work it takes to achieve those things. Speaking your goals into existence is much more than just saying “I will do that” or “I will be this.” It is a process that involves hard work and ultimate faith in the things you are asking for. 

2. Autosuggestion

Autosuggestion is a psychological technique known as the subconscious adoption of an idea that you speak into existence through repetition of verbal statements. In other words, this means telling yourself something over and over until you have come to accept it as your full belief. This can be practiced in various ways; a common one is daily affirmations. However, the mere reading of a saying or a goal from a piece of paper is not enough. These daily affirmations should be internalized and said with absolute faith.

3. Meditation and Prayer

When facing challenges in life, we all need a way to release our stress and worries. However, sometimes the methods of comfort we use may be destructive to the development of a positive mindset. Prayer can help you gain guidance and stay steadfast in your pursuit of success. Contrary to popular belief, meditation isn’t just about physically sitting still. It’s mental as well. Meditation puts your mind at ease, giving you the clarity that you need when making important decisions.

Meditation has been extremely beneficial for Hampton University senior Kayla Snowden. “My freshman year is when I really got into meditation and affirmative practices after facing depression,” Snowden said. “It is a way to lift myself up when I’m feeling down.”

4. Organized Planning

Having a definite plan of how you will obtain whatever you may desire in life is essential to succeeding. Your definite plan should include what you intend to receive and more importantly, a course of action for reaching your desire. Writing out your goals and how you plan to go about attaining them is the very first step of turning your thoughts into tangible targets. Once you have written out your action plan, you should place it somewhere you will see it when you rise in the morning and when you go to sleep at night. 

5. Going the Extra Mile 

Start making the habit of going the extra mile in everything that you do. Gradually, you’ll find yourself doing more than what’s expected without even trying to do so. In the words of author Napoleon Hill, “The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.” While developing a positive mindset and eliminating fear from our lives is no easy feat, it can be achieved through a combination of faith, confidence and persistence. As Hill states in The Law of Success, “If you fail to control your own mind, you may be sure that you will control nothing else.” 

Start living your best life by taking control of your mind and using the power of thought to your personal advantage. Clear your mind of doubts, and direct that energy toward attaining success!

Four ingredients to implement into your skincare routine

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is revered in the beauty community as a superior anti-aging ingredient. However, just adding it to your diet won’t give your skin all the benefits this ingredient has. The best way to add this vitamin into your skin routine is to use a Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C also comes in gel, cream and oil forms.

Salicylic Acid

Contrary to popular belief, not all chemicals are bad for you. In fact, they can actually be the missing piece to the puzzle of your skin care regime. This chemical is commonly found in BHA exfoliants, which are championed for their ability to remove blackheads and smoothen skin’s texture. The acid does this by shedding dead skin by “penetrating into the pore lining,” according to skin care brand Paula’s Choice.

Be careful. Overuse of this chemical can lead to skin damage. Be sure to follow the instructions on the box, especially the usage suggestions (most are only supposed to be used twice every week, while other stronger ones are only used twice a month). Salicylic acid is also very sensitive to sunlight, so also be sure to use sunscreen after using it. If you have sensitive skin, it’s also best not to use products high in salicylic acid.

Aloe vera

The secret to flawless skin might be growing in your garden. It’s aloe vera aka “the wonder plant.” The succulent has a cool gel-like substance in between its leaves that is popular in both skin and hair products. It’s commonly used for skin ailments like sunburns, razor bumps and eczema. But it can also be used cosmetically to correct issues like acne scarring, oily skin, and uneven skin texture.

One of the best ways to implement aloe vera into your skin care regime is by using aloe vera gel as a moisturizer. The gel is sold commercially by a number of beauty brands, like Mario Badescu. Aloe gel can also be made by blending the inside of the plant with essential oils and coconut water in a blender.

Rose Water

The usage of rose water can be traced back to Ancient Eygpt. The best way to utilize this in your routine is as a toner after cleansing your skin. What makes rose water a great toner is its ability to maintain the skin’s pH level, while also controlling excess oil. Not only is rose water good for skin, it’s also great for your hair and smells amazing

Negative introspection and toxic thoughts

Kailah Lee | Staff Writer

Your brain is a filthy liar. Can you believe that your own mind is audacious enough to cause unnecessary stress and anxiety? Believe it. The mind is such an intricate and powerful thing, but it will have you in some adverse predicaments if you allow it. The culprit isn’t your lack of ability, talent or skill. It isn’t how you look or how you perceive yourself and it isn’t what another person may think of you. It is distortion in your mind.

Don’t panic. Your brain isn’t only compiled of tall tales. However, your mind wants to seek comfort and familiarity.

Little details associated with your unconscious mind find ways to creep into your thoughts and haunt you alive. Next thing you know, you start thinking every little action, event or gesture made has something to do with you negatively. Cognitive distortion is biased and pretty much serves to enhance our doubts and fears.

Say, for example, you spend hours fixing up your appearance and, objectively, you look good from head to toe. You start your day feeling quite ebullient, smiling ear to ear, and holding your head high. You walk into class expecting a compliment or at least some acknowledgment but you don’t receive any. The day goes on, you run into some of your friends and once again, nothing. In this moment, you’re doubting yourself a little.

Studies show that people are less likely to compliment a good-looking person because they feel that there is no need. But need not worry, your mind is just playing one of its favorite card tricks. The need for approval has been instilled in us from a young age, and it comes in many shapes and sizes.

Yes, our minds can suck at times, but how might you reverse that? HU student Josiah Belfon-Valentine, a junior from Bowie, Maryland, suggests that touching reality with our doubts and fears can help.

“I confront the area that I’m feeling negative about enough times until it’s no longer reality for me,” he said.

One of the first steps in wanting change is acknowledging the existence of a problem. Your mind lies, but that’s because you let it. You must overcome that part of you that accepts falsified thinking. An effective tip for change is to journal and practice affirmations.

Write down all the things you love about yourself as well as things you strive to improve. Repeat daily until your words are worn in your nature. Words have power, and faith in your words is even more powerful. “I believe affirmations are like praying, in a way,” said Hampton University student Jamaija Rhodes, a junior journalism major from Richmond. “I talk to [God] and tell Him about the things I would like to improve about myself. With faith, effort and a strong mind, I have taught myself to be better.”

This is your life, so why waste it on false perceptions? If you truly want to be better, mold your conviction as such.