Fall Styles by Kohl's


Outfit 1 

Let’s get real. For a proud nerd like myself, back to school season was always right up there with the holiday season. The anticipation and excitement of preparing for the new school year was something I always looked forward to, and my parents made sure to keep those back to school traditions alive from my very first day of school as a kindergartener to my days as a college student. We always made a whole day of back to school shopping, from picking up paper and binders to hitting the mall for a few new outfits. We’d get back home with all of our loot and then, being the type A person I am, I’d fold and organize all of my clothes and pack up my backpack with my new school supplies… sometimes three weeks before the first day of school. I’m telling you what, Hannah as a kid was big time type A and proud. 

Outfit 2
Even though I’m no longer in school, this time of year always feels fresh and new. Now, instead of a first day of school outfit, I’m shopping for the first day of work (#postgradlife) and a honeymoon right around the corner! No matter who you are, this time of year is new and exciting and I want my wardrobe to reflect that! So, whether you’re BTS shopping (or honeymoon packing!), Kohls has got you covered! I’m loving all the fun and feminine pieces in their Candie’s collection like this gorgeous white eyelet jacket, these staple cropped denim jeans, and these flowy black trousers that are perfect for breezy beach dinners on our honeymoon. What I love most about shopping at Kohl’s is their Kohl’s Cash program that literally pays to shop. This back to school season (8/2-8/18), Kohl’s is offering $10 off your $50 BTS purchase and can be used on all Candie’s apparel! And here’s the best part… Kohl’s unveiled their latest and greatest fashions just in time for Back to School season—so there are tons of new and trendy options that will have you looking and feeling your best right in time for the first day of school, work, vacation, or wherever else life takes you! 

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                                                       Photos by Macayla Laloza 

Why Switching Majors Was the Best Thing I Did for Myself in College


Throughout my entire freshman year of college, a wave of panic would crash over me whenever I was asked, "what major are you?" I didn't have a major. I wanted to be a communication studies major, but I wasn't. I was undeclared. Just that word gave me anxiety.  I was feeling like just a number; one of many in this great scary school that didn't feel like it had a place for me. I'm not one to settle for being inadequate or unhappy, and I usually work hard to find my groove, but once I find it, I'm good to go.

My entire freshman year, I never did. It never fully clicked, I always felt one step out of place.  It was a year of growth, that's for sure. And it was a year of testing and building and learning so much beyond just the lecture hall. The stress of school was having tangible effects on my relationship with school and my positivity in general. It wasn't a positive source in my life. Then I had my epiphany. The two classes that brought me the most joy and success (both personally and academically) were speech and theater. They came naturally; I worked hard and wanted to invest hours working on my essays, projects, and presentations for those classes. Not only did I do well in those classes, but I am positive that they helped me find the spark and do better in my other classes as well.

When I love what I am doing, I throw all of myself into it, and am exponentially more successful than when I am drudging through. When I am working hard in a creative space, literally every other aspect of my life operates at a pace conducive to happiness and joy and fulfillment and my definition of success. It came to me as I was driving back from shooting 13 Reasons.

Once I made my decision, I actually found myself excited to go back to school and start classes rather than dreading it. I don't want to spend my college career going through the motions to earn a degree that didn’t fulfill me. I needed to follow that spark. It's a special and rare thing when you encounter those moments of pure energy, inspiration, and creative fire, and you must follow them.

If that means writing a 1000 page thesis DO IT, if that means landing a killer internship at a research lab DO IT, if that means finding your spark, your community, your people in that place you least expected, GO FOR IT. I guess what I'm trying to say is that you can't follow that path that is practical, follow that one that you're passionate about.