Featured Fashionista: Harper from HarperHoney Shares 8 Tips for College-Bound Students

This week’s featured fashionista is Harper Yi, founder of HarperHoney.com. Harper began her early writing career at the young age of 9, pieces she describes as “mostly silly stuff on Xanga.” However, it didn’t take long for her to pay more attention to her newfound skill.

“I decided I wanted to be a “real” blogger—the kind that puts her name on her blog, and does it seriously—when I was a junior in high school. I had been pretty serious about writing since I was in 6th grade, growing steadily from poetry to plays and such, and decided that a blog would be another great space for my work. I’m glad I made the decision, because since starting college, blogging has been one of my only outlets for writing, since school work has made my long-form work more difficult.”

Harper also gets inspiration from her fellow bloggers. “I think Veronica Varlow is totally bad-ass. Her writing style is a little deconstructed compared to mine, but I really admire her honesty, bad-assery, and the sense of mystery and power she creates for herself and hopes to project onto her devotees. I also think Mia of xoMia is totally awesome. We’re blog buddies and her professionalism, cuteness, and quality of content really blow me away. ”

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Below, Harper shares her suggestions for the incoming class of 2014.  Check out her 8 Tips for College-Bound Students.

1. Don’t drink for the first two weeks. After two weeks, you will see the best and the worst of drinking culture at college, and you’ll have seen it sober. Drinking happens at college, underage or legal, but it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you make your decisions.

2. Don’t hang out with people who don’t respect your feelings. Period. Sometimes, people don’t know they’re being offensive if they have never been around anyone who objected before, so be understanding of that, but if someone doesn’t get the message after you’ve delivered it, don’t waste your time. There are plenty of people who will have your back, and life is too short to waste on people who can’t give you a basic level of respect.

3. Someone is going to have a problem with you for some reason. It’s a fact of life. Instead of worrying whether or not someone likes or dislikes you, take to heart what people like or dislike you for. Being liked just for your money or your nice butt is pretty objectionable, but being disliked for standing up for your friends or refusing to drink til you puke is probably not something you need to feel bad about.

4. Wash your hands. A LOT.

5. For the love of God, don’t join more than 3 clubs your first semester. Add or subtract from that later.

6. Go out. Seriously. Make friends. Meet people. Try new things. There are movies to watch and Frisbees to fling and concerts to see.

7. Don’t date anyone in your dorm. It can get really awkward. I was a lucky case. Just wait until next year.

8. Get some sex ed. You likely haven’t gotten a really good, thorough explanation of how everything works at school (or if you did, you may have been too embarrassed to look like you were paying attention). You really wanna ask the questions earlier, rather than later.

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