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Self Defense for Women

Howdy from Fort Worth, Texas! All of us at Female Defense Products hope everyone’s school year is off to a great start, filled with exciting classes and fun events and no need for our products at all. We at FDP specialize in providing useful self-defense tools and deterrents along with a variety of home security items. Unfortunately, with roughly one in five female students in the country being sexually assaulted at some point while in school—and one in 20 men—we know students need help. We’re working to lower those stats: that’s why we exist.

In 2015 Madison Ryffel, a Texas Christian University senior at the time, set out to change the narrative. Tired of hearing example after example of women being assaulted, even raped, and rarely having a good way to protect themselves, she looked into ways to change that. Several studies conclude that teaching and empowering women with self-defense tactics is the most effective way to reduce sexual crimes against women. However, knowing that training every student in basic martial arts isn’t realistic, Madison worked towards the next best thing: providing easy access to effective self-defense tools and the knowledge of their importance. Thus, Female Defense Products was born.

While female defense is literally in our name, the fact is that anyone, male or female, big or small, can be assaulted, or drugged, or raped; effective defenses are needed by everyone. As such, FDP stocks a carefully curated selection of non-lethal self-defense tools appropriate for anyone while ensuring that they are especially well suited for ladies.

We also carry a variety of useful items, including alarms, drink test kits, and even related apparel. Our goal is to sell anything and everything practical to empower women—and men—to protect themselves and increase student safety. So if you’re looking for something specific and don’t see it, contact us and we’ll see what we can do!

There are two main ways to defend yourself: by preventing an attack, or by stopping one. Simple things, like telling your friends if you’re worried about a particular person bothering you so that they can keep an eye out, can be a significant help to preventing a situation from ever developing. So can having a flashlight and alarm on your keychain for when walking back to your car at night, in case someone is there waiting. Business card-sized drink test kits can quickly and discreetly test for common date rape drugs, and a door stop alarm can let you sleep with peace of mind even if your housemates are holding a party in the living room. Above all, prevention is preferred.

Other times, if an attacker isn’t deterred by an alarm and your friends aren’t around, you may need to be able to stop someone from hurting you. From a discreet, lower-strength “lipstick” pepper spray ideal for an acquaintance who doesn’t understand what “NO” means, to a 10’ range police strength pepper gel that can’t be wiped off easily to stop a violent attacker, burning eyes usually gives you plenty of time to escape to safety. Though, if you feel like those folks deserve a jolt from an insanely high voltage stun gun instead—high-five!—we’ve still got you covered.

With all the options out there, we know it can be confusing to figure out what you may need. To help, we’ve put together some awesome combinations of items into a few themed Defense Kits to get you equipped. Check them out on our site, DefenseProducts.com, sometime.

With the fall weather finally here, we wish you all the best of luck with your classes and an enjoyable school year. While we hope you never need to use any of our products, we know that won’t be the case for far too many students. So please: Don’t Be Alarmed. Be On Guard.

The Team at Female Defense Products LLC
P.S. – use coupon code collegenews for 20% off anything on our site, all year long!

The Latest in Sanitary Napkin Technology

The sanitary products market is a minefield. With young women being more conscious about the products they use, Angels Secret brings to the table safe, super-absorbant and all-natural sanitary napkins with integrated negative ion technology.  

What’s in your sanitary napkins?

Dioxin is a toxic chemical that is found in sanitary napkins, liners and tampons that women and girls have been using for many years. These products are typically made with recycled materials that have been bleached eight times to make them white, which causes the production of dioxin. According to the World Health Organization, excessive exposure to dioxin can have a detrimental effect on your health. Exposure may lead to reproductive problems, damage the immune system and disrupt hormones. Dioxin is formed as an unintentional by-product of many industrial processes involving chlorine such as waste incineration, chemical and pesticide manufacturing and pulp and paper bleaching. On average, a woman uses 15,000 sanitary napkins over a span of 35 years of her life—therefore, the risk of being exposed to dioxin is extremely high.

Angels Secret with negative ion technology

If a woman is not careful during her menstruation cycle, she can become more susceptible to some gynecological diseases that may impact her quality of life. Not to mention the discomfort of cramps, migraines, PMS, and disrupted vaginal pH balance.

Why use Angels Secret?

Angels Secret is the ideal hygienic sanitary napkin that works to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria. Its super-absorbent properties mean that you will only require two to three pads instead of four to six per day. Beyond this, these sanitary napkins are highly breathable odor-free. The pads are also double-lined to help protect from any leakage from the sides.
The negative ion technology incorporated in this product has many potential benefits for the body. It may improve energy levels, strengthen the body’s immune system, promote better sleep, maintain a healthy alkaline pH balance, may act as pain relief, balance the autonomic nervous system, neutralize free radicals and help to purify your blood.

Does Angels Secret make tampons?

Angels Secret does not make tampons because tampons have been associated with toxic shock syndrome (TSS). According to the Mayo Clinic, TSS has been strongly linked to the use of superabsorbent tampons.
TSS is a rare, life-threatening complication of certain types of bacterial infections. Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria are toxins that cause TSS. Tampon products that are sold in stores   tend to have a warning about the risks of TSS on the boxes. You can almost entirely avoid the risk of getting the disease by not using tampons.

If these toxins are bad, is anyone trying to have them removed?

Yes, Carolyn Maloney is the U.S. representative for the New York’s 12th congressional district. She has a bill that would study health effects and safety of feminine hygiene products. The Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act (H.R. 1708) would enable research and a better understanding of how additives in these products that contain dioxin, synthetic fibers, and other chemical additives like chlorine, colorants and fragrances, pose health risks. Given the present lack of research, there is no way of knowing if diseases such as cervical cancer, endometriosis, infertility and ovarian cancer may be linked to a woman’s use of feminine hygiene products.
We know that formaldehyde releasers, dioxin, pesticides and other harmful chemicals are found in feminine care products. What we don’t know, is exactly how these chemicals are impacting women’s health.

How is Angels Secret different from the other negative ion pads?

Angels Secret is the original sanitary napkin that holds the patent for the negative ion technology. We have certifications for No Radiation, Compliance or Gamma-emitting. These super-absorbent pads are super thin, reduce/eliminate cramps, migraines, odor, inflammation and help to balance pH.

To find out more about Angels Secret sanitary napkins for women, visit kreation1.life.

Halloween Costumes

Let’s dress up—it’s fun!

Halloween is right around the corner, and you’ve probably been thinking about what costume you’re going to wear. As you know, dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treats are the longest-standing traditions observed during Halloween across the world.

Dressing up in costume is always fun. Dressing up is no longer considered children’s play—kids and adults are equally interested in it. You can be who you want to be even if it is just for the night. You can experience the feeling of being your favorite movie/TV character, personality or a scary zombie. This is the the biggest celebration that allows everyone to dress up as characters different to themselves.

Recently, Halloween costume trends have undergone tremendous changes, though Halloween traditions and customs remains the same. Every year, the costume industry comes up with even more creative and elaborative costumes that are extremely popular.

College offers some of the best years of your life; you will find out who you really are and learn to be independent. This is the time to make memories. As a college student, the Halloween celebration is entirely different from the imagination and fantasy you had when you were a little kid. The Halloween celebration as an adult with your new friends at college is an enjoyment all in itself. Make the most of your college Halloween experience. Costumes4less.com offer one of the finest and largest collections of Halloween costumes anywhere on the world.

In college, Halloween is a week of fun and partying. For students, the goal is to dress as something unique that will impress everyone at the party. Costumes4Less have a range of awesome costumes that will accomplish this goal. This year’s costume collections include 2017’s most popular licenses like Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman, Disney’s Moana, Spider-Man Homecoming, Pirates of the Carribean 5, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Descendants 2 to name a few. Apart from these, Costumes4Less have costumes inspired by top trending TV shows, popular video games and decade costumes. Costumes4Less also offer brand new styles of occupation-themed costumes and revamped versions of traditional classic Halloween costumes like pirates, princesses, witches, angels, vampires, ninjas, fairies and zombies. 

Dressing up in your favorite costume on your own is fun; but dressing up with your best friends is even more so. Star Wars costumes, Decade costumes, Super Mario costumes, Pirates of Carribean costumes, Animal costumes and Funny costumes are among some of the most popular group costumes at Costumes4Less. Besides this, they also have a fantastic selection of couple costumes that are sure to get you noticed.

Finally, no costume is complete without the proper accessories. A perfect costume accessory like a hat, wig or makeup can add an authentic touch to your character. For those who don’t want to dress up in an elaborate costume, there are costume kits available including animal kits, superhero kits and TV/movie character kits that help you to transform instantly into the character you want.

Costumes4less.com is a one-stop destination for all your Halloween needs. Right from inception, they have been inspiring their customers with new and trendy Halloween costumes every year. This year, Costumes4less.com is ready with an amazing collection of the latest and greatest Halloween costumes and accessories that will keep everyone spellbound.

So, what do you want to be this Halloween?

Tabletote Laptop Stands

One of the must-have items for your back-to-school tool kit!

With the new semester just around the corner, there has never been a more pressing time to prepare with back-to-school essentials. While laptops are a key component to study, the back ache that can come with them is not conducive to a great revision session. Hunching over a laptop can lead to serious back problems due to bad posture. Propping your laptop onto a laptop stand can help to eliminate this; they can also help to reduce arm and neck pain and are ideal for raising your laptop screen to eye level.

Tabletote Portable Compact Leightweight Adjustable Laptop Stands help students do just that. Their “best in class” stands have helped students for years to be more efficient and productive in their schooling.

PC TABLES INC—the manufacturer of Tabletote laptop stands—is a trusted and reputable company that has been in business for over 16 years. Consumers from around the globe are using Tabletote laptop stands as an essential piece of equipment.

Sold exclusively via Amazon.com, Tabletote’s stands are top sellers. Of the 100s of laptop stands being sold, their Original and Plus Tabletote are both in the TOP 20. Their products are priced with the college student in mind, with the Original Tabletote selling for just $27.99 and the Tabletote Plus for $29.99. Compare that to other stands selling for between $75-$100!

Okay, so what makes Tabletote laptop stands so great?

Tabletote’s laptop stands are unique and different—not just another “me too!” product. These convenient workspaces set up in just seconds and without the need for tools.

COMPACT—With a folded up size of 13” (L) x 10” (W) x 2” (H),Tabletote is easy to transport and fits in most laptop bags and backpacks.
PORTABLE—Because of its compact size, it is easy to move from one place to another.
LIGHTWEIGHT—Weighs less than 3 lbs, so it is not a burden to carry.
ADJUSTABLE—Telescoping legs allow for height adjustment, from 12 inches to 29 inches, so you can use it while sitting down and standing up.
EXPANDABLE WORK SURFACE—Slide off bottom extends the top of the stand, increasing work surface from 13 inches to 22 inches.
EASY TO SET UP AND REQUIRES NO TOOLS—Sets up in less than 45 seconds.
FREE DOCUMENT HOLDER—Keeps paper at eye level while typing.
DURABLE—Made from high quality materials, so can withstand extended use.

The Original and Plus models are essentially the same, except the Plus comes with two clip-on accessories: a cup holder and a PDA holder. So as you head back to school, make sure Tabletote is on your essentials list.

Thousands of students nationwide have already changed their studying habits by using Tabletote—ORDER YOURS NOW AT AMAZON.COM! Amazon offers a stress-free buying experience with a money back guarantee. If not completely satisfied, return your laptop stand within 30 days for a full refund.

Mental Health Awareness in School

How schools can raise awareness and drive change

May marks Mental Health Awareness month and this year’s focus is on Risky Business. Mental Health America (MHA), the organization that started this initiative, explained risky business on their website saying, “These(risky behaviours) include risk factors such as risky sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use and troublesome exercise patterns.”

One cannot help but notice the fact that a large number of the aforementioned risky behaviours are more likely to be observed in school and college students. Unsafe sex, prescription drug abuse and internet addiction are increasingly common among adolescents and young adults. In addition, there are a host of other problems like stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and eating disorders that young students often grapple with.

Addressing mental health and helping raise awareness about it must therefore be carried out with strong impetus in schools and colleges, so that any imminent mental problems in students can be diagnosed early, enabling better solutions through counselling, intervention and support.

Here are some ways mental health awareness can be raised at the school level to give every student a positive environment and prevent or better address mental problems that affect students.

1. Empower school counsellors to better help students

The school guidance counsellor is the first point of contact at a school with regards to addressing mental health problems. When it comes to raising awareness about mental health, counsellors need to assume a more proactive role. It is in fact crucial that schools employ a school psychologist to exclusively address students’ mental health as the counsellor has other responsibilities such as to ensure a student does well academically and secures admission in a good college. With state support and funding, hiring a school psychologist for every school can significantly help.

2.  Train and sensitize teachers and staff

Schools must train and sensitize staff, teachers, principals and all other service personnel in school about the significance of mental health awareness. When the teachers and others who come in contact with students are well trained and aware, they become capable of identifying risky behavior and underlying mental problems in a student. If a student is showing symptoms of mental illness like stress, depression and anxiety, a trained teacher would work to alleviate the problem instead of brushing it aside.

3. Set up peer support groups

Students are more likely to approach and communicate with peers than teachers and family members. Enabling peer support groups like mental health awareness clubs or volunteer programs can be helpful in encouraging each other to open up and talk about any problems they are facing. Peers are in a much better position to detect problematic behaviour. They are also more in-the-know when it comes to identifying students who tend to stay in seclusion, hide away from participation and are likely to develop problems in the future.

4. Put up slogans and posters around the campus raising awareness

School premises must exude a positive energy and show that they are open places for talking about mental health problems. Posters and slogans, artwork, performances and other such means reinforce the message that it’s okay to have a mental illness and that the school welcomes a conversation regarding it. This can go a long way in helping students understand their own feelings and realizing that they may be at a risk. For many, such communication may be the reason they even realize that they have a problem and that they should seek help.

Most students at a sensitive age tend to blame themselves for the mental illnesses they suffer. They feel that there is something inherently wrong with them and that they just don’t belong with the other “cooler” kids. A positive atmosphere with open communication channels can help such students open up about their mental condition enabling proper diagnosis and treatment.

5. Collaborate with students’ families and organize home interactions

The two vital pillars of a student’s life are the school and the family. These two entities must work in unison to ensure complete mental wellbeing of a student. The parents or families and the teachers must actively engage in discussion about the student’s health. It has often been observed that students behave very differently at home and in school and hence, it is impossible to get a well-rounded view without the two collaborating. Parents and teachers must work together to provide better care.

6. Actively make mental health a primary concern

Despite massive amounts of work done towards making schools more sensitive, it is unfortunate that a large number of these institutions are still primarily obsessed with academic performance, grades and rankings. Students face tremendous pressure to score well, gain extra credits and get into a good college, where they can then face more pressure and eventually crumble.

Schools need to completely change this mindset and start focusing on a holistic growth and complete physical and mental well being. Time and again studies have shown that good grades, better college degrees and higher paying jobs do not necessarily mean a happy life. Not everyone earning six-figure salaries are necessarily happy and content. This churn must stop and the real-life skills that promote happiness and wellbeing must be promoted at schools and colleges.
Students must be taught that their health matters first. Skills of every student must be identified and chiselled instead of compressing everyone into the same mould. At the end of the day, success should be judged by an individual’s personal contentment and their ability to enrich the society.

In Conclusion

Schools are by far, the most important agent in driving mental health awareness among students. Students are highly vulnerable to mental illnesses and addressing this problem effectively at this stage can significantly boost diagnosis and treatment, preventing bigger problems in the future. If our students are healthy, our future is healthy. Effective solutions such as the ones mentioned above can help create a generation of healthy, happy and contented young people who will contribute towards a strong society and a better world—get involved in raising mental health awareness at your school.


Author Bio:

Swati Kapoor is a qualified dietitian at Practo. She has a Masters degree in Dietetics and Food Service Management. She is a strong believer in spreading the goodness of ‘nutrition through healthy eating’. As a responsible dietitian Swati examines her patients’ health history carefully before recommending any diet or workout regimen, because everybody has different requirements.

Further reading: Understanding Mental Health

Tips for Moving Out of Your Dorm

 Summer is FINALLY edging near, but with that comes the loathsome task of packing up and moving out of your dorm. The secret is in the organization, and Sharone Ben-Harosh, CEO of FlatRate Moving has shared with College News his top tips for stress-free moving.

Have a plan

Whether you are moving your belongings back home, to an off-campus apartment or into storage, you should have a plan before you begin moving out of your dorm. This can all depend on if you are taking summer classes, graduating, studying abroad or if your parents have enough space to house your extra belongings. Be sure to document everything, either in a notebook or on your phone. Through this process you are going to have to make note of important dates, times and prices. 


There is no better time to declutter than when you are packing up and getting ready to move. This is one of the few times that you make a decision about each and every item you own—to keep or not to keep? There is no point in boxing away things that you are inevitably not going to use. To streamline the decluttering process, have a box or bin handy for donations while you are packing. 

Consider hiring professionals

Instead of renting and driving a truck potentially across the country, consider hiring professional movers. Be very careful and make sure you hire a well-established, reputable moving company that will be able to move all of your belongings with little risk of damages/loss of your items. Also, ensure that you ask for a binding or “not to exceed” price quote so you won’t be surprised with any hidden extras when you have to pay the check after moving out of your dorm.

Stay organized

In order to stay organized when packing, use translucent bins or labeled cardboard boxes so that when it is time unpack, your belongings are easily accessible. A trick Sharone often suggests, is instead of folding your clothes, keep them on the hanger and insert them into recycled garment bags or place a garbage bag over the top of the cluster of hangers and cut a hole in the top creating a make-shift garment bag. This ensures that your clothes stay clean and you can easily transfer them from one closet to another.

Coordinate the Details

Often times, many schools require students to coordinate a time and date for moving out with their Resident Assistant (RA). They will give you a move out time, tell you where to park your car or the moving truck and also let you know what checklist items you need to complete before your final departure from the dorms.

Do you have any tips for moving out of your dorm? Let College News know!

FlatRate has just launched a new moving program called MOVEU designed specifically for college students. It offers three different packages at discounted student rates, feel free to check it out here.

The LGBTQ Community in Schools

Are we providing enough space for the LGBTQ community in the academic sector?

Ex-President Obama has had a major impact on America and for various minorities living there—including the LGBTQ community in schools. Although Mr. Donald Trump is our new president which may mean changes related to those laws are in order. So it is up to the people of America who stand for equal rights and who feel that everyone deserves to be treated with respect to do something about it. These are the values that we were raised with and we will still uphold those values no matter whether the person who is in power approves of it or not.

This also brings the issue to blessing everyone with the privilege of educating oneself. People in America are blessed with great schools and colleges that others yearn to get admission into. So it only makes sense that we are more accepting of the students that are of a different sexual orientation. All people are human beings and our ex-president went to great lengths to demonstrate that through the laws he implemented, showing his support to the LGBTQ community in schools.

Read: Donald Trump’s First Days as President


It is understandable that colleges don’t want too many international students as it affects the population of local students coming in the colleges. But Americans with various sexual orientations should be considered equally just as any other straight American. College campuses have become more accepting of these students over the last few years. It can be compared to the 60 college LGBTQ centers in 2006 which have now increased to 100 centers that are even controlled by the college staff.

How colleges help the LGBTQ community in schools

There are even specialized options for members from the LGBTQ community in the academic sector to take up gender neutral housing schemes which can give them a safer environment. It boosts their own confidence and can open more communication with their own community members. There are also LGBTQ specified student loans that the government offers for the community. This helps people achieve their dreams, giving them better opportunities in the professional world.

Coping with bullies on campus

There are people who suffer bullying—even at the college level—and community members may not know whom to go to if that situation occurs. Certain measures need to be taken so that LGBTQ members can feel they are able to speak out against the verbal or physical abuse they receive. Also, if nondiscriminatory articles are included in the handbooks provided to students on campus, then the bullies may refrain from calling out to people of different sexual orientation.

College staff also need to take a stand against bullies to protect such students and report them, thus protecting the students and the school’s reputation. The schools and colleges have opened the doors to the LGBTQ community in schools with pen hearts, but people still need to be educated about respecting and accepting these community members in the academic sector. This is the only way that we can aim for a better, more accepting world.

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Author Bio:
Sherley Alaba is an eagle-eyed wordsmith; a writer and translator, always interested in ways which can help individuals (especially youth and women) reach their full creative potential. Her focus has been on writing, producing and editing stories on business, finance, interesting personalities, entrepreneurs, culture, the environment, gastronomy, lifestyle, and social issues.

Five Ways to Improve Your Memory

The demand for ways to improve your memory is higher in students than it is in adults. Students often come across new knowledge in different areas that they need to store to remember during exams and in future tasks. Some students suffer with memory problems and information retention like remembering instructions in class and directions they have just been given. Here are five effective ways to improve your memory as a student.

1. Use visual images when learning

Teachers should be teaching their students how to use visual images to improve their memory. One strategy that makes use of visual cues involves word substitution. This system is applicable in scenarios where a student cannot visualize information and make meaning out of it. You can turn a difficult word such as “”occipital”” into something familiar that can be visualized. For instance, the word “”occipital”” can be converted visually into an open space like a “hall.” The students can then visualize it in real-time. This can help to enhance the vocabulary stored in your brain.

2. Distribute learning

Research shows that learning activities that take more than two hours without a break are counterproductive when compared to those that take one hour or 30 minutes. Students are likely to retain things they learn over a short period of time. This is because the brain can only retain a limited amount of information at any one time; bombarding it with a lot of information only reduces its retention capacity. Make sure you take breaks between learning sessions to help improve your memory. Some students can take up to 50 minutes while others cannot go beyond 30 minutes.

3. Try to relax

Relaxing should be an integral part of your learning process. Scientists have proven that stronger and lasting memories can be achieved when a person relaxes. You need to use different relaxation techniques in order to improve your memory. Deep breathing is one of the most popular relaxation techniques. Establish a quiet environment in an open place and find a comfortable position with your back straight. Then go through a deep breathing process, akin to meditation, for at least 15 minutes.

4. Train the brain

Students should give their brains a workout in order to improve their memory. At times, the brain needs the right stimulation to keep growing and developing. Like a muscle, memory can stretch and grow with a workout. You need to come up with a brain-boosting activity that is suitable for you and must involve learning something new, be challenging and rewarding in the end.

For instance, you can prepare a list of items and try to memorize them. After some time, try to repeat the items you have memorized. Make the items as challenging as possible for optimal results. Print some words in different colours and try to name the colour each word is printed in. Write a short story and then try to use seven to nine words to describe it. You can also do games and puzzles to help improve your memory. 

5. Brain foods that improve your memory

The foods the students eat have a lot to do with their brain power. The foods can either take a toll on their brain or improve its functionality. You should try to change your diet and eat foods that enhance your brain power. Foods such as oily fish and walnuts have been proved to enhance the memory capacity in both kids and adults. You should research and learn about the impact of brain-boosting foods to help improve your memory.

In summary, a good memory is an important asset to any student who wants to improve his or her grades. The techniques discussed above will help you to improve your memory significantly.

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7 Books You MUST Read While You're Still in College

Ask anyone and they’ll tag college days as the best days of their lives without blinking even once; everything about college is dreamy, from friends to hangouts and even classes. During this phase, let books be your trusted companions because they are not only great sources of knowledge and entertainment, but they also expand your horizon by engendering better creativity, good vocabulary, and imaginative thinking.

When you’re in college, you’re getting ready to face the real world. Move over from the books you read in school and create space for the books you must read that help you prepare for life ahead.

Here are books you must read that can actually make a difference:

1) This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This book is a perfect example that states that age doesn’t define the limit of imagination. This cult classic was written by Fitzgerald when he was only 23 years old. Chronicling the life of Amory Blaine, the book captures the romance, struggles, and realizations of his life brilliantly. Once you’ve finished reading the book, you know that you don’t want to be that wealthy Princeton student, who had to look at himself differently because of the situations arising from his choices. His post-graduation disillusions are captured interestingly. The book grips you further when the protagonist finally realizes the hard way that life is different outside the secure walls of college.

2) Don’t Say Yes When You Want to Say No: Making Life Right When It Feels All Wrong by Herbert Fensterheim Ph.D., Jean Baer

An ideal read for every phase of life, this amazing book you must read teaches the importance of using the simplest, yet the hardest word: No. This must-read teaches you to “say what you mean and mean what you say.” By the end of the book, the author literally trains you to develop self-control that often gets overpowered in a dominating atmosphere. Sound familiar? The book promises to help you develop the ability to grab the best from life. Get your copy for a compelling read!

3) Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Most describe the author’s creativity in writing this book as mysterious and prismatic. Though the book can be categorized as dark, it has people drooling over and hailing it as a poignant study of memory, morality, and mortality. Although the author has woven the book around love, it’s not just a love story. Set in early 1960s Japan, the book elicits a universal emotion and those who identify with it, never want to put it down. The book is also adapted into a motion picture.

4) The Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Filled with insights, the book changes the way you perceive challenges and define your ambitions, and makes you more dedicated towards your goals. The book is known to profoundly change or fortify the way one looks at life and happiness. It allows readers to achieve a consecrated state of ‘flow’ under any situation.
The book is known to have broadened the perspective of life for many and helped others in realizing a clear vision of their goals and ways to achieve them. In the words of renowned Psychologist Howard Earl Gardner, “the book documents a set of scientific discoveries about human nature that actually illuminates the life experiences of all persons.”

5) Wings of Fire: An Autobiography by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

“”We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire.””
The book inspires you effortlessly. You don’t necessarily have to be an Indian to identify with the story of an extremely poor Muslim boy growing up to be the President of India, the largest democracy in the world. The story of a man, who continues to be an inspiration even posthumously, the autobiography is not preachy, yet caters to the subjects we know of, but don’t give much thought to. The book has the power to change the way you look at life and maintain the sanctity of your inner self.

6) The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama

It doesn’t matter whether you’re religious or identify with the philosophy of the Dalai Lama; this book brings you peace and calms you. It teaches you to value the little things in life and care about what really matters. This book is insightful but has nothing that’ll scare you away. The beauty of the book lies in its ability to make readers think of ‘happiness’ as a state of mind rather than a result of external events.

7) The Stranger by Albert Camus

Exploring the numerous possibilities of life, you must read this laudable book at least once in your lifetime. It is philosophical, yet different from the common rational reads. The short plot of this exemplary book leaves a lot to your imagination and much to be desired. It is a novel everyone should read as it leaves a mark on your consciousness.
When you’re in college, everything about life appears to be a bed of roses. But, what lies ahead depends greatly on the choices you make. These books help you stay rooted as they have a practical approach. As life continues to be a roller coaster, these books provide a much-needed breather and allow you to soak in some really good lessons.

You might also enjoy: 10 Best Books of 2016

Author Bio
Korie Cantor is a writer who writes about living and lifestyle. She possesses a great sense of style and loves to share her thoughts about fashion and its latest trends. Follow her on twitter at @koriecantor


Donald Trump's First Days as President

January 20th saw business tycoon Donald Trump become the 45th president of the United States—for better or worse. Anticipation of Donald Trump’s first days as president has been building since the election process, being the catalyst to emotionally charged coverage in the press and conflicts around the globe.

From which celebrities refused invitation to play at the inauguration and Trump’s relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, to controversial cabinet choices and threats to women’s rights, the last few months have been eventful to say the least.

Trump and his wife had tea with the Obamas before the transition of power in Washington’s Capitol Hill. While the White House admits that Trump did not write the speech, his was delivered powerfully with patriotic and nationalist tones that he promoted throughout his campaign. “We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams,” Trump said. Fittingly, after the oath was taken Trump’s first dance with his wife was to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”.

Changes to the White House website

The transition of power from Obama to Trump extended to the White House website with previous information archived so that all digital properties were fresh for the new Trump administration. Pages on the website that were once exclusive for LGBTQ rights and climate change policies have disappeared. Considering the Republican’s vocal lack of belief in climate change, this move seems a threat to the progression of climate change science and the future of LGBTQ rights.

A statement that replaced the information on the climate change page said: “”For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule.””

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The women’s march

On the day after the inauguration and Trump’s first day as president, women, men and children marched for the protection of fundamental women’s rights and the “safeguarding of freedoms threatened by recent political events”. The march stemmed from the controversy surrounding women’s rights to abortion and the president’s casual bragging about sexual assault; the most famous quote being “grab them by the p****”. If a man with this attitude is now the president of the United States, what does this mean for women? Are we about to step back 30 years?

The Guardian reported that an estimate of two million women rallied in solidarity in the women’s march across America and around the globe, including Canada and the UK, with numbers still rising.

Trump responded to the women’s march with a surprisingly mature tweet:
“Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”

First days

In his first days as president, Trump has already signed an anti-abortion executive order, also known as the global gag rule, which prevents US dollars funding organizations that “perform or actively promote” abortions. The witnesses for this signing were all male, unsurprisingly, sending a powerful message about the patriotic rule that men hold over women. This ruling severely impacts the lives of millions of women in underdeveloped countries, whose healthcare systems rely on US funding to deliver high standards of healthcare to its people. Activists have described the ruling as an “assault on women’s rights.”

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Trump is also likely to push forward with the Dokata pipeline that threatens to contaminate local waters and destroy sacred Native American sites. The $3.8billion plan garnered huge recognition around the world as hundreds of thousands of people—including Native Americans and celebrities—took to Sioux Rock to protest the introduction of the pipeline. The US Corps of Engineering had initially denied a permit to lay the pipeline with the support of Obama, but it is now likely that Trump will rescind. While Trump has shares in Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), he denies any personal interest and implores that the ruling will be to create jobs for the American people and to boost economic growth.

Trump’s first days as president have set a precedence for a Republican future in America. While it seems gloomy now, whether this future will benefit the everyday American remains to be seen.