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This category features all articles published in FGCU’S Eagle News campus paper. The articles have all been written by me.

Shape Up or Ship Out: How Christina Walsh Survived College

One of the hardest things to do in college is stay grounded; there are parties, relationships, classes and all of the university events to worry about in addition to keeping your sanity. It can be overwhelming for anyone — whether you’re a freshman or a super senior. So how do you tackle all the worries without all the drama? Simple … you ask alumni. I’ve asked Christina Walsh to give me a little insight on how to get through college.

Like many of us, Walsh didn’t come to Florida Gulf Coast University with the ideas of balance and organization. Originally, she was the typical student who thought that her high school study habits were going to fly in college, but when she found out she wasn’t meeting her expectations she resolved to reflect on her regular day to day activities and go from there. This is how she balanced her academic and social life: she looked at when most of her socializing took place and designated the opposite time to study. So let’s say you like to go out at night, then you’d wake up either in the afternoon or in the morning to study. It may take a while to get use to, but by setting a routine for your social life and academic life, you’ll allow both to coexist without the fear of self-destruction.

To start the year off right, Walsh advises to choose the gym over Netflix — and not just so she could look good. She found that by squeezing in a couple squats and laying down the clicker she had more energy to get back to work and finish studying. She also suggests making a checklist and rewarding yourself when you accomplish a goal with either a movie night, a nail day/night, or whatever floats your boat.

Now we all know that academics are only half of the college experience, and your social life is another 25 percent, but what about the remaining quarter? They consist of the catfights, peer pressures and self-esteem roller coasters. During the first two years of college, Walsh struggled with her confidence. Instead of focusing on how pretty other women looked she decided to combat low self-esteem by looking in the mirror to find things she liked about herself. “I like my eyes, my hair, and my smile.”

Walsh is a 21-year-old FGCU graduate from Sarasota, Florida. She is attending Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Tampa. Her hobbies include watching Netflix and more Netflix.  While attending FGCU she was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha and worked hard to balance her social life with her academics.

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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in Articles


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Have a clear mind and get fit…with a proper diet

Have a clear mind and get fit…with a proper diet

It’s two-thirds of the way through summer and my junkie habits are at an all-time high. Chips, soda, juice, pizza, burgers, chips, cake, ribs, hotdogs, chicken — you name it I’ve had it. And if you’re anything like me, you have too, but it’s time to whip ourselves back into shape. August will be here in less than two weeks, and trailing behind it will be that too tight costume you want to wear for Halloween. You could put it off until then, but — let’s be honest — that didn’t work out for you last year. Never fear Super Smexy is here to save your bod the embarrassment of the summer jiggles. (Don’t worry, no heavy lifting required.)

Meet your new best friends: avocado, broccoli, lemon and yogurt NOT of the “FroYo” variety. Avocados cleanse your liver and block the absorption of certain fats in the intestines says Keri Glassman, M.S., R.D.

Normally used as toppings for your festive corn chips, avocados can also be used on tacos, sandwiches, salads and a bunch more.

To get you started try Tyler Florence’s Pan-Seared Tuna with Avocado, Soy, Ginger, and Lime. This and many other great Avocado recipes can be found on the Food Network. You and your second bestie, broccoli, may not hit it off at first, but with a bit of prep time it will help you into that itsy bitsy bikini with summertime to spare.

Kate from “The Natural Life” suggests a puree of broccoli soup. The dish includes a half a pound of chopped broccoli, 2 cups of vegetable broth, cayenne pepper for your spicy delight, and some sea salt. Boil, blend, sprinkle and enjoy. In the end this love/ hate relationship will help cleanse your liver and be a great source of Vitamin C, according to the India Times — and I mean they have great bodies, so we should listen to them.

Remember when mom use to tell you to put down the Caprisun and drink some water? Well it may be time to listen. Don’t forget to add lemon. According to the TimeToCleanse site, lemons can help cleanse your liver and aid in food digestion.

It’s abundant in vitamin C and B6, as well as calcium. You can even drizzle some on that avocado salad and let the good times roll.

Another fan favorite is yogurt, but not the one located in the frozen section.

Yogurts that contain probiotics allows for healthy bacteria to fortify the GI tract’s natural flora, which aids in digestion and increases your natural immune response according to Glassman, M.S., R.D. Sure it means you’ll actually have to read the label on the yogurt containers instead of just trusting the pretty packaging, but at least you’ll be nice and healthy come time for classes to start.

Finally, it’s time to trash all the fructose.

Fructose corn syrup is found in juice, sodas, and almost anything that satisfies your sweet tooth — therefore it is the enemy. Too much added sugar in one’s diet can contribute to unwanted weight gain, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes according to the Mayo Clinic. The best alternative is to substitute all those sugary drinks for a nice cold glass of water. After all, a glass of water during and before a meal can help fill you up and satisfies your thirst rather than your sweet tooth.

Since fats are kissing cousins of added sugar, they have to go too. (Sorry my beloved meat lovers pizza, but you contain at least 12.14 grams of fat that are just going straight to my thighs.) Your main target in the fat industry are saturated fats because they are high in calories, according to LiveStrong. Saturated fats can be found in many meat products, as well as butter, fried foods and baked goods. To battle the saturated blues it’s a good idea to replace one fat with another. Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats — which can be found in fish, seeds, nuts and avocados — can be healthy alternatives to the normally saturated fat diet.

Like any other healthy alternative, cleansing your body of toxins does more than just help you look good. It can also help you ward off illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, as well as provide a boost in energy that most unhealthy foods take away.

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Posted by on July 28, 2014 in Articles


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Cruelty-free beauty


Be eco-friendly and still keep that sun-kissed glow with these DIY recipes and beauty products.

Face masks:

   Homemade Strawberry Mask-

       Strawberries are rich in antioxidants; therefore they promote the anti-aging of skin cells. They are also rich in vitamin C, which plays a role in the production of collagen, allowing for firm, elastic skin. Strawberries also contain salicylic acid, which can rid skin of dead cells. They help whiten and protect skin from diseases, which allows them to reduce the appearance of under-eye dark circles. A simply DIY mask includes the following:

•8-9 fresh strawberries

•3 tablespoons of honey

Mash the strawberries in a bowl and add the honey. Clean your hands and use a sanitized brush to apply the mixture all over your face. Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water, pat dry and moisturize.

  Honey Cinnamon Face Mask –

Cinnamon is believed to shrink issue, and honey is considered an anti-bacterial agent. Either way, this facial mask works as a wonderful cleanser and a delicious topping. What you’ll need:

•1 tablespoon of honey

•1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

•1 teaspoon of nutmeg powder

Mix the ingredients, and apply the mask to clean skin. Let it sit for 20 minutes, then wash off with lukewarm water. Moisturize and repeat weekly.


Make-Up International is a cruelty-free brand offering foundations, eyeliner and mascaras. The brand has been cruelty-free since 1987 and also supports the Child Safety Education Fund, providing anti-bullying programs and supplies to schools.

Clinique’s Perfectly Real foundation provides for a natural coverage that comes at no cost for our furry friends. It’s also lightweight and oil-free.

Revlon ColorStay foundation provides an assortment of cruelty-free shades for a low cost. It provides medium to full coverage and lasts all day.

EcoTools offers cruelty-free brushes, bathing tools, hair brushes and lashes all packaged in recycled material. Their motto: “Look beautiful, live beautifully.”

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Posted by on March 1, 2014 in Articles


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Find the perfect lip balm

Find the perfect lip balm


   During these winter months, women sport the infamous knee high boots and leggings, paired with the cutest winter coats and scarfs. They wear their hair in curls, and their curls wear bows. Of course, no one would expect anything less from the women of South Florida. After all, fashion is what we do best. But there is still one dilemma every diva faces, and that’s the burden of chapped lips. We bear the winter weather all snuggled and warm only to find that our lip balm has left us chapped and exposed. And what do we do? We reapply that pout killer for the 10th time since we left the house, which was ten minutes ago. Shame on you. Don’t you know that our lips are vulnerable? They have fewer layers of skin than the rest of our body, so they need a little extra TLC (tender, loving care). But how do you tell the Lip Smackers from the CoverGirls? By simply checking what they’re made of.

   Glycerin, mineral oil and aloe are known for holding in moisture. Yu-Be Lip Therapy is a glycerin based product that also contains vitamin E, a vitamin that can help heal and moisturize chapped lips. This balm is perfect for those on a budget and can be purchased at Sephora for $5.

   Another Sephora beauty is Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm. This balm plumps lips as it hydrates. It contains SPF 10 and provides the pleasant smell of roses. Sold for $27, it’s the ideal everyday balm. Carmex is a brand that creates a variety of lip balms. Their Ultra Hydrating Moisture Plus Lip Balm contains both aloe and vitamin E. With SPF 15, this balm also offers sun protection for your lips. This can be purchased for $2.48 at Walmart.

   For those who want instantly softer lips, beeswax, lanolin and Shea butter are the key ingredients for your go-to balms. Carmex’s Soothing lip balm contains lanolin and beeswax as well as mineral oil, making it a must-have for women everywhere. It’s one of my personal favorites as it moisturizes and provides a little shine for a gloss finish. It can be found at Target for $3.

   If you’d rather stick to Sephora products, Lavanila is “The Healthy Lip Screen” and contains Shea butter for $16. It includes zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for long-lasting moisture. It also has SPF 30 for sun protection.

   If you’d like to add some color to the mix, simply apply the color over your lip balm. If doing this, I suggest not using the Carmex Soothing Lip Balm, given its glossy texture. We may no longer carry Lip Smackers in our pocket, but we can still have those baby smooth lips. After all, the winter months are the best time to cuddle.

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Articles


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Slim & Sexy for Spring Break

Slim & Sexy for Spring Break


Spring break is two weeks away, so I think it’s safe to say it’s time to start preparing. Gathering your friends and planning your spring break destination is just the first step. Next, you need to get your wardrobe together, but if you indulged a little too much over the holidays, it may be harder than expected. Here’s how to look hot in the sand without breaking the bank.

It all starts with what you eat. To get a flat stomach, shift your carbohydrates. Slow down on the breads, pastas and rice, but increase the berries and cherries. Berries are high in fiber, which means they’ll minimize the amount of calories you absorb. They’re also known to be rich in antioxidants, which improve blood flow and help muscles contract more efficiently during workouts. Another tummy-friendly food is the grapefruit. This fruit’s acidity helps slow digestion, making you feel fuller longer. However, a diet of all fruits is still not a healthy one. Adding protein to your diet can boost metabolism and help you shed some extra pounds.

If weight is less of an issue than toning Blogilates may be the solution for you. Blogilates is a YouTube channel run by Casey Ho, a Pilates instructor. Pilates focuses on core strengthening and flexibility and requires nothing more than a mat and open space. Squats are a nice way to tone up your butt and thighs. If you’re a beginner simply lean against a wall with your legs shoulder width apart, then pretend to sit in a chair. A hundred squats a day will result in muscle toning just in time to hit the beach. For a less time consuming workout, you may want to try walking more. With the extra calories burned, walking to and from class can help get you in shape.

There are also a variety of workout classes offered by the Recreational Center throughout the week. The classes last for about an hour and are sure to get you in tip-top shape for whatever you have planned this break. Just remember that a balance between your foods and exercise is necessary, so make sure to stay healthy, stay active and be comfortable in your own skin.

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Articles


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Styles to Impress this V-day

Valentine’s Day is centered around love and happiness. Commercials for jewelry and chocolate run rampant, and television portrays the oppression men face as they try to find the perfect gift. Yet one noble act goes unnoticed year after year. It’s the behind-the-scenes look of how the woman prepares for the big day. Sure, her gift doesn’t necessarily have to be anything fancy, but the day is practically centered around her. She stresses over how she’ll look when the flowers arrive, or what to wear to the evening meal. I’m here to address and soothe those worries. I won’t give you the secret to that perfect outfit, but I will give you the tools to find it and so much more.

The first step is to figure out what to wear. Many opt for red on the special day, but to stand out for your beau, you need to wear something flattering. Find a color that compliments your skin tone or brings out your eyes. This will give you a glow they can’t resist. Pinks, blues and corals are colors that offer a look of sophistication while still maintaining their sex appeal. Sophisticated has become the new sexy in the past year with the pencil skirt and high-waisted pant. Pencil skirts and bodycon dresses flatter most body types, creating a smaller waist and accentuating your bust and bum. They’re ideal because they’re easy to throw on and take little effort to accessorize. However, if you’re not sure about a style it’s always best to try it on in the store. Bend over, twirl, jump, check out your panty line– whatever worries you have should be handled in the dressing room before making a purchase. The last thing you need on your big day is a fashion faux pas.

Once you have your outfit picked, the next issue is always the shoes. If your style is one that calls more attention to your wardrobe than to your footwear, neutral colors will be the shoe tones for you. Nudes, blacks and whites go well with every color. If you rather your shoe game have a little pop, match your footwear with the outfit or with a color/pattern that will complement the style. Just remember that comfort should always be your priority. If you’ll be on your feet most of the night, you may want to skip the pumps. Instead try a pair of wedges – which offer comfort without forfeiting style. Another option are flats. With a variety of colors and styles, they offer a cute and comfy option for your night of pampering. Finally, you need to decide on a hairstyle. Long, straight hair tends to make the face look longer and the body slimmer, so changing it up a bit will only make them fall even more. Loose, flowing hair is great for mid-length to short skirts and dresses. Curls and waves will allow for an elegant look that will frame your face. These can be achieved with rollers, curling irons and even flat irons. If you’re dress is long however, a pinned up hairstyle would look best. Putting hair up in a bun or braid will get the hair out of your face, allowing your eyes to glance freely into theirs. Having your hair half up will also help if wearing a longer item. If you have short to medium length hair and want to switch it up, adding curls or waves could add some flare to your do. This style will also keep the hair out of your face and look great in pictures.

No matter how you choose to flutter the heart of your significant other, make sure you’re comfortable and confident. Remember, if they didn’t find you attractive they wouldn’t be with you. If something makes you uncomfortable, don’t wear it. You’ll just be distracted during your day. And, most importantly, give yourself enough time to get ready.

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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Articles


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