College 101: Battling Your Demons and Mental Health in College

Listen to this Episode of My Podcast I discuss over-looked effects real addiction has How innocently it begins Discuss my interpretation of J. Cole’s hit song friends My advice on how to overcome ones addiction to drugs Overcoming ones anxiety, and depression. Make the Wise Choice | Athena’s Purse, Battling Your Demons and Mental Health in College The podcast is new but I urge anyone battling with this disease to listen. College Students who Battle Mental Health I give this advice as a college student who was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and battles daily to better understand herself. The advice offered may help you better understand someone you love or even you yourself… My best advice is to listen.

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10 Things Every College Woman Needs to Know

The realest advice you won’t read in brochures, or see on IG. Ten things every college woman needs to know

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College 101: For Students Who Never Had to Study or Do Homework

College 101: College Homework and How to Stay on Top of It For students who never had to study, or do homework -Make the Wise Choice and keep reading… In highschool I graduated with honors without even trying. I passed my AP English Test with a 4 out of 5. I averaged 110% in my homeroom Zoology class and I literally took a nap every morning. My point is I know exactly how easy it is to assume that ‘if you’re already smart in High-school,’ you won’t have to study in college. That, the knowledge will just come to you. It won’t. Enrolling at a University will confirm all of that. Trust me. I tried, I cried and I complained. I studied for tests, tooks enough notes to break anyone’s wrist, and read until my eyes got tired, but even as a ‘wise college senior’ it took failure for me to learn how to work smarter on my homework and take notes. This process took longer because I was stubborn and ashamed to have to ask for help. Please don’t be ashamed, or embarrassed to ask questions. Ask, then join a group study, create your own, or better yet GO ASK YOUR PROFESSOR!! It began to cost me grades and eventually a semester, until I got the hang of it. And Bless T for tutoring me. Academic probation is real and here’s how to avoid it… This advice is going to sound crazy at first, but you’ll like it. I want you to procrastinate. See, you like it already. Let me explain. Scheduling I want you to wait until you’ve settled into classes, and are entering your 2nd-3rd week of the semester. The reason being, you will have established a daily routine. At first college is crazy and exciting and…

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College Advice: 10 Ways to Save Money On Textbooks

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College is costly. Even if you have your funds mapped out to the last cent, your FAFSA has been filed for months and you’re all packed up and ready to go. College Freshmen I’m talking to you A week after classes start, you begin buying books. With your arms full of your future dust catchers you walk up to the counter to pay. The cashier scans your 6 books. Total for one semester $938.52. “I’d like to charge it to my account.” “I’m sorry, but you have to pay for these; you can’t charge it.” **Heart plummets because I thought I could charge it to my account; my wallet wilts** **affiliate links are present in this post** So just in case this might be you… 10 Ways to Save Money on Textbooks E-Books Rent Books, Don’t Buy when Possible Library Books Textbooks.com Better World Books AllBookStores.com Amazon Chegg Join your College Freshman Group to hunt for textbooks others may be selling or join Athena’s Purse to ask if anyone has one for sell. Other Tips on Pinterest Compare for best prices but Chegg is my personal favorite, and I’m an affiliate with them 🙂 I’m soo blessed that a brand I love chose to work with me. I Recommend Chegg Cheaper than Amazon Rentals You can highlight text in the books You can extend your rental time, or purchase You can receive and send them back, all in the same box. I @ Chegg on Twitter once; see their response below If you sign up with me here, you get free shipping!!! College students Chegg is really helpful! They even offer tutors 24/7! When my book came in damaged, I made a tweet about it. They replied More Wise Ways to Save on TextBooks Wait to Buy Books No seriously.…

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Athena’s Poetry

Email me at doorress@athenaspurse.com to be featured   To Become a Poetry Finalist Mail Your Poem to   Athena’s Purse Meridian, MS PO Box 4515 39304    Rules & Guidelines: Athena’s Poetry Aesthetic 

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Travel Hacks: How I Spent $300 in New York

French Market, Bourbon Street, and more for less than $100

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Saving 101: My Huda & Fenty Beauty Make-Up Dupes

Don’t have to spend $40 to look great; I shop from Walmart and find the best Makeup Dupes to save you money.

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Travel Hacks: How I Only Spent $100 in New Orleans

French Market, Bourbon Street, and more for less than $100

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How to Make Money Moves and Go to College

Well as many of my readers know, from 2012 to now I have chosen to have a job while in school. In highschool I played libero on our volleyball team and I worked all four years of highschool. In college I gained a desk job on campus to compliment my server job in my hometown (1 hour & 30 minute commute I made every weekend) AND I had a side hustle. I love being independent and maintaining an apartment, but cost of living was whooping my ass: $500 Rent $265 Car note $150 Car insurance Gas, Groceries, Miscellaneous $$$+ I paid this amount each month, and each month I barely made it. But I made it. It can be done with proper budgeting skills and patience. Check out my Wise Guide here for more tips. So if you find your situation similar to mine, even if you’re not in college Pay Close Attention To fit what your lifestyle needs, plan your schedule accordingly. If you’re not a morning person, or a parent with small children, do not register for morning classes if you do not think you will be ready on time, with breakfast by 8am sharp. DO NOT Schedule all your classes for two days. (All M&W or all T & Thursday)  It might seem great to have 4-day weekends but all your assignments will be due at once, and 1 absence WILL set you back. Don’t mess yourself up. Instead, plan for classes that are back to back.  That way your other time can be dedicated to work. Time is money. So 9AM-11AM 12PM-3PM are good hours to schedule most of your classes, AND be at work by 4, or 5. Best Piece of Wisdom I have is to make time for You To avoid burn out, when…

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Why I Started My Blog Athena’s Purse

Why I started Blogging Don’t ask why. Ask why not. Your blog, Your Voice. It is your platform. You control the direction, and feel of your blog. It could be a personal journal that you keep hidden, or you can go through the few steps to make it legit. There’s a lot of money to be made if you monetize successfully… First thing you should do is find what you love to talk about: dig up the poetry journal you keep hidden, your journey with mental health, your love of fashion: the list is endless and yours to customize. I wanted Athena’s Purse to combine my two loves: saving money, and my undying love of poetry. Also, I felt like I should put my advice in one spot and share with as many people as possible. I Chose the name Athena’s Purse because… In Greek & Roman Mythology Athena/Minerva is the wisest child of Zeus. My logic is that if Athena needed an accountability partner she’d call me. As for purse, everyone knows EVERYTHING A WOMAN MAY NEED is in her purse… Athena’s Purse was born. If it’s a hobby for you then don’t look to invest money into it yet. But if you could maybe, possibly, kinda see yourself getting closer to marketing your blog as your brand; you should look into owning it. Word to the Wise: I recommend getting a free site with WordPress, and once you’re ready to own it, get a FREE site transfer from my beloved Siteground. Why You Should Start a Blog? Look at social media. Your life could change after a viral meme, or you could blow up like Cardi B. Step one is to get a heavy following. A blog is a good step towards having your own voice and platform,…

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10 Items Every College Freshman Needs

My favorite items and a free download to help you keep up with everything…

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My $500 Wig, and Why it Saves Me Money

My $500 Wig and Why It Saves Me Money

This is a story of my decision to spend what most people consider a ridiculous amount of money on ‘just a wig,’ but this wig is an investment. I’m accustomed to paying $75+ for hair care. So I saved my money piece by piece and bought the top of the line 11A Virgin Indian Hair. The decision was not made instantly… Once upon several years ago, after hating the constant maintenance of my curly hair I permed it. and the perm broke my hair off because I didn’t take good enough care of it. The pic above is from Highschool, but trust me LOCKS can be deceiving. I had accepted my fate but my cousin A prompted me to go natural. ( She used to flatiron my hair, she remembered its former thickness) I decided to transition, and lord was it an experience.     I began my natural hair journey December 2017 Learning to love, and understand my natural hair was not punishment. I followed my routines religiously to nurse the overall health of my hair.  And I mean $100+ worth, and 100% dedicated to my LOC and double strand twist method. Every now and then a protective style with braids, but mostly it was me and my Wakka Flakka twists–which I love.   Water+Coconut oil+As I am Double Butter Cream/ Curling Jelly, Twist, Air-Dry overnight and this double stranded twist-out was my usual result.   So as much as I love my natural hair, after awhile it becomes too time consuming. After LOC & protective styles ALLLL SUMMER LONG I love to wait for the first cold snap of Fall and Winter before I silk press my hair.   On top of my busy schedule, balancing: school, work, and social this girl also LOVES TO TRAVEL!!!! But travel doesnt always…

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College 101: How to Apply for An HBCU

To an HBCU or to PWI? Little known fact, a lot of HBCU’s are full of students from ALL OVER THE WORLD. Believe me you won’t just meet ‘one-kind’ of person at any university or college you go to. So if this is common knowledge to you, the following statement will shock you half as much as it did me. A man I had never met before informed me- “You’re a black girl; go to an HBCU. You’ll have a better time among your own people.” I was reared to be polite to elders, even ignorant ones, so (even though he was black also) I did not respond. At my PWI, Mississippi State, I enjoyed the expression of different ideas, and ideologies. Your skin color or race does not mean you have to go to an HBU, nor PWI. And there is nothing wrong with encouraging Black students to attend HBCU’s. Never however, should you criticize someone’s choice of college -they will almost always take offense. Also, if neither of you have looked into your program requirements vs how well that match your choice of UNI-both of you should do some quiet research. I even understand family tradition, but honestly college TODAY is about more than your favorite school colors. In today’s economic climate, college will develop your ingenuity; as much from poverty as well as academic, and social enlightenment. Mississippi State, for an English Degree?!?! Yes, because what you may not know is… Many lawyers were EN Majors first Companies would rather hire you to write for them, THEN teach you the topic. Writer Jobs: Technical/Business/Insurance/Grants/Contracts/Blog/Screen/Novel etc…. I could literally go on forever….by earning a degree in words, i.e reading, reading people. Interprete at your will. HBCU’s vs PWI’s It does not matter. Slow down and consider this: Ask…

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College 101: How to Choose Your College With No Major

Okay serious question. How To Choose Your College …when you barely know what you want to major in? A lot of people dive headfirst into college life right after high-school. This might be a good start. My point is, do not go until you get a solid plan together. What do you want to do for the next 15 years? If you don’t have a definitive answer… Take your basics at a JUNIOR COLLEGE and make your mind up later…. Trust me, night after night of working will make your mind up for you about what you really want to do. Word to the Wise: Go to a junior/community college and get your basics out the way to save you time and money. Go to a university once you know what you want to do. Most people get a degree that would get them hired for a ‘real job’ College graduates often times do not get hired in the field they went to school for, but their degree guarantees them higher salary…which is sometimes a hindrance. For example, I am an English major. Did you know most lawyers begin with a degree in English, and then they go to law school? Long story short, one could do a lot with that piece of paper. A BA in English could lead me closer to my dream job,  so my advice is to try to find a degree close to what you love, so it will never become work. But most people I respect, attended their university, run a business, and still have a few lucrative side-hustles to fall back on. College is Right next to Adulthood. Your first order of business is determining what career you want, or which business you’d like to initiate. I will never tell someone, “don’t go…

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“2018 The Clock Strikes 13” 4/1/18 “Best Piece” Finalist

2018. The Clock Strikes 13   When did students attract so much lead You have fun; I have PTSD instead. Shots fired Another one dead   Cops creeping ‘cross private property Phone in-hand But they see this black skin on me Boom! Another one dead   Forced ‘cross the border? Trump is outta order! Media distraction turns  heads Meanwhile Boom! Another one dead.   Troubled white man Murders unarmed elementary kids Why not dead? Just ‘sick’ in the head-   Why must history repeat? This U.S bullshit is not discrete BLACK LIVES MATTER DO NOT RETREAT Boom! Another one dead.     America, enough of us have bled! NRA Pockets Deep and FED Blue lights evoke fear and dread   Kaepernick’s passive epiphany “Everyone-take a knee.” He said. Career of a great man-not dead Change came instead.   Beware. Knowledge does not come cheap. Someone knows secrets of the elite And as soon as someone starts to speak… Boom! Another one dead.   Wise Words to Consider To everyone reading this, I want to make it very clear that this is a work of poetry, an art not to be taken offensively. I have my personal opinions on this poem, as I’m sure all that read it will. Comment Wisely.   “2018 The Clock Strikes 13” Won Because It reflects major events that have flicked across America’s Newsrooms. These events were, and still are controversial today.   Dez R. your $100 Cash Prize is on its way to you. Look for this ^^ & know that it’s Athena’s Golden Seal, reserved only for finalists. Thank you so much for reading, and sending in to Athena’s Poetry. If you want to learn how click here. Or just print and mail to: Athena’s Purse Meridian, MS  P.O Box 4515 39304   I really loved reading your work 🙂…

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Saving 101: Money Saving Methods for Ballers on A Budget

  I know that it’s hard to save money when your income is inconsistent. This is a common problem among servers, bartenders, or even people who just don’t know how to save money. But it can be done AND there are different ways to fit every lifestyle. Short, medium, and long-terms ways to save money that help you meet your goal. Affiliate links are in this post, read full disclaimer here.   Organizing Your Bills Sometimes it can be hard to keep up. Life happens and deadlines move faster when money is owed. My friend asked me how I’m so good at adulting, and just overall how I stay on top of things. The secret is simple… Google Calendar. Download their Calendar app. You can color code Set event reminder for anything. Get reminders & alarms Easy & Simple layout You must know your due dates, and set reminders so that you have time to save and pay on time. Word to the Wise: With this system I have not forgotten a payment! I can see what, and how much is owed by putting that info in the title, setting reminder just incase.   Envelope Method I consider this a Short Term Money Saving Method Make a trip to your local Dollar Tree, Walmart, or just grab a few business envelopes from around the house. Materials You May Need: Business Envelopes Sticky Notes Markers Pens Instructions for Envelope Method Write the Bill Name, Total, and Date on the Envelope (or on the Sticky Note in case any numbers change) When I used the envelope method I put the total and date on the envelope. Every time I got paid I would pay myself first by paying bills, make deposits into my savings, and then get the rest in cash. I would…

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7 Things No One Tells You About College: Freshman Year

College isn’t easy. We all know that. But there are a few things that aren’t in the brochure. Universities may try to provide you with information about what you can expect to learn, and experience in your college years. For most people, the freshman year is their first taste of living alone. Some experiences cannot be conveyed through pamphlets, and orientations. And no, everyone that comes to college isn’t ready to leave home. This post addresses a few things you might not have thought of. I hope this helps prepare you a little better, and may shed light on the little things. Affiliate links are in this post at no cost to you 🙂 read my full disclaimer here. One thing you may not realize about UNI There is a lot of walking involved. Oh, you have a car and an expensive parking pass? Great! Parking is another story all together. Prepare to walk. Often. A pair of good walking/running shoes or sensible business heels will save your life. Make your load light. Invest in a cute leather wristlet/wallet. You never know where you may end up in a day on camp; save your minions keychain for your dorm. To make your high-school bulky backpack more college ready, limit your materials according to the day. I love Jansport bc they’re durable, lightweight, and cute for class. But I carry a heavier Northface backpack I bought in high school. 2 Time Management College is a time to learn to work smarter, not harder. This may not be obvious but know your limits. If you’re not a morning person, don’t schedule 8 am classes; they are NOT the same as high-school 8 am classes. Do not procrastinate, make you schedule as soon as you become cleared to do so!! Be in control…

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Top 5 Things Every College Girl Wanted From My Dorm Room

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There are so many things you won’t think you need for college, but all of these objects people wish they had thought of. I love little touches of home because I’m a huge introvert. But a lot of colleges don’t have many ways that allow us to decorate, or even be positive your personal items are secured away from your roommate. If hotels have safes, why don’t all dorms? Just wondering 😉 This Post Talks about Gifts I Brought with Me to College I promise TONS OF PEOPLE, mostly other girls, asked me about these ALL the time. affiliate links are present in this post see disclaimer here 1) A Safe Everyone needs somewhere to put important documents, and information. This safe is shaped like a book, and comes with a key lock. It is a little on the small side, but remember your giant 2 ton safe the when Moving Day comes. 2) Surge Protector ( I recommend two depending on room size) Hey I love having a phone charger that I can skip rope with, but a problem I didn’t think about was my room had a total of 8 sockets. All of which, I had to share with another person. And don’t forget other electronics like: TV, printer, candle warmer, coffee maker, etc. So be sure you get at least one of these, you may miss it later. 3) Wax Warmer (Most colleges don’t allow candles in dorms) Scent is a big deal, and a very overlooked gift from home. Silly as this sounds I would have my mom seal a few puffs of her perfume in an envelope that I kept in a drawer. And yes, opening it and smelling home had a very calming affect on my mood. Conversely, a girl I had never met…

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Athena’s Poetry: “Ode to Pablo Neruda”

If given time I could traverse the lands, and gather enough shadows to fill your ink well. I’d watch you write the petals of flowers as they fell, then allow you to rummage through all the drawers and pigeon holes in my head. You could roam over the pit of my mouth, and insert your memories. We would time travel, before my government could erase you off the blackboard. Your thoughts, your lines forever uncoupled, wasted. With you I wish to brood over water droplets, savoring the difference between rain and tears. Your work says none at all. Sitting in your eye sockets I would explore the erotic pulse of poetry. Swim in its passionate sweat, and drink its juices as we gaze at the body of woman, raw. In ashes, and the brim of your hat you clothe her. Your language the language of water -fluid: enough to cleanse, and potent enough to drown. Stanzas flow from your hands like sangria, the wisdom of the vat eternal. I found your book of promises among a million, and in the full light of day, we walk in the shade. My eyes burn with the smell of incense and spiced street candy. I dance among your personas. I gather silence to begin to hear your genius. Orchids bloom in the periods of your sentences. Neruda: sensual, rustic, exposed, and yet secret. When I finish I’ve just started, and once I’m back I’m gone once more. If I live twice I shall still only know you far enough for once. As to explore you, is to be talking geography.   “Ode to Pablo Neruda” -Doorress A   This is a poem that won “Best Piece,” and was published in The Streetcar. It was a personal favorite of mine, which almost always means it…

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Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie on a College Budget

At college when I wasn’t struggling to figure out how I would eat that day, I was stuck on what it would be… Processed food is not kind to my skin, and my taste buds are stubbornly Southern; so how could I appease my wallet and my high metabolism? (I’m talking 1,500 calorie meals every 3 hours) My best friend and roommate is a picky eater. T is more than happy to live off of juice and chips. I’m not myself when I’m hungry, and I don’t like Snickers. I decided I wanted a taste of home, but for less than $10 I needed to eat all week… I love my mom’s homemade chicken pot pie. One time she got a driver to bring her to my university where she cooked for me and my friends. Of course she made too much. The community kitchen was next to the elevators; needless to say everyone that walked by their noses’ led them to the kitchen. Yes, we fed them too. 🙂 Lol, I love the South. Of course if I were making this in college I’d: double the portion, add a drink, charge $6.00 and boom–side hustle here I come. No college student will turn down a good home-cooked meal. I promise you. So how to make my mom’s mouthwatering, triple buttered crust for less than $10? Challenge accepted. You may want to be close to a Walmart and a Dollar Tree. But I will include yummy, and cheap alternatives. Food and Items to have on hand: Pots and Pans Salt and Pepper Butter Flour (Make Biscuits from scratch to save money) Cooking Utensils Cream of Chicken (Campbell cream of chicken reccomended) Cheese Mild/Sharp (Optional) Word to the Wise: Taste is in the Base!! Don’t thin the mix by adding anything…

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Credit 101: How I Earned a 740 Credit Score in Two Years

People kill me saying college students shouldn’t get credit cards. Maybe they shouldn’t. But college is as good a time as any to learn how to manage life. The picture above is a screenshot of mine per Discover showing me where I rank. I’m also a third year college student. This is proof that you can do it. You can build a healthy credit score in only two years! ***I am not a financial expert nor advisor. By reading this you agree with the policy as listed in my disclaimer.

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