Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

Mia Concepcion | Staff Writer Nelson Mandela, himself a great leader, once said, “A leader… is like a shepherd.  He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing they are being directed from behind.” Simply put, a leader is an individual who influences the direction of people. Leaders can manifest in multiple forms: as managers, coaches, directors, and in other familiar roles. However, you don’t have to hold an executive position to be a leader. Leaders are defined by the qualities exhibited through work rather than their placement in an organization.  … Continue reading Do you have what it takes to be a leader?

Ballin’ on a budget: How to successfully build a budget

Gabrielle Tazewell |Staff Writer Flickr user Tracy O Prioritizing spending habits is something that most college students have trouble with. We have problems distinguishing the needs versus the wants, the must-haves versus the don’t needs, and the essentials versus the nonessentials. However, it isn’t too late to change. It’s time to throw away the stereotype that all college students are “broke.” Budgeting your money doesn’t mean not touching your wallet–although that might help. Instead, it means limiting your spending to where it’s needed. This includes everything from grocery shopping to buying textbooks. “You can go from being in a great … Continue reading Ballin’ on a budget: How to successfully build a budget

Conquering the captivity of your comfort zone

Zipporah Baldwin | Staff Writer Whether it’s shooting your shot, performing at an open mic night or just contributing to a class discussion, each day, we are faced with new opportunities to step out of our comfort zones. However, we often refuse to follow through, simply due to fear. It is time to change things up and become free from unproductive, self-imposed limitations, if considering new positive opportunities will contribute to our growth. Hampton students have experienced success when they stepped out of their comfort zone. Take, for example, graduating senior Mion Edwards. “I found a deeper part of myself … Continue reading Conquering the captivity of your comfort zone

It’s never too late: Study hacks that may save your college career

Raven Reaves-Jackson | Contributing Writer The transition from high school to college can be difficult for most students, especially if you choose to go to school far away from home. You start to go through an array of emotions that you were not used to because you probably never had to face them until college. With those emotions, you may find that it is hard for you to stay focused on your classes, resulting in a couple of bad grades. Don’t worry. Here are some simple, yet effective study hacks for you to ace all your assignments – and especially … Continue reading It’s never too late: Study hacks that may save your college career

Is it relationship abuse?

Sydney Shuler | Staff Writer Women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, about three times the nation average in the U.S. As young people, identifying signs of abuse in a relationship can be difficult. The National Domestic Violence Hotline defines domestic violence, also referred to as dating or relationship abuse, as “a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another in an intimate relationship.” These behaviors are not at all limited to physical abuse. Victims of relationship abuse often experience emotional and verbal abuse such as serial cheating, … Continue reading Is it relationship abuse?

How to snag your summer internship

Leenika Belfield-Martin | Lifestyle Editor As the academic year comes to a close, many students begin to ask this question: “What’s next?” Those nearly three months between the spring and fall semesters can be spent a number of ways. Maybe you’ll spend it on a beach in an exotic country. Maybe you’ll spend it at your high school summer job. If you want to spend your summer enriching your future, then consider interning. An internship is not only the best way to brand yourself for future employers, it can be a fun and rewarding experience. USNews said in an article … Continue reading How to snag your summer internship