7 Amazing Artists You Should Follow



One of the coolest parts of attending college is getting exposed to some of the most creative up and coming artistic talent out there. Whether your school has a huge museum dedicated to its students and alumni or a quad where the painters and drawers come for inspiration, following these up-and-coming artists on social media will provide you with a daily shot of inspiration.


1. Torey Thornton

Only 25 years old, the relatively recent graduate of The Cooper Union makes for the perfect introduction to art for those interested in learning about modern works. From Ren and Stimpy characters to bits of cityscapes, you can see how imaginative and otherworldly art can be when done by the right eye. Follow Torey Thornton’s show with the hashtag #ToreyThornton on Instagram or keep track of his growing portfolio (and listing of shows) on his own page.


2. Daniel Ashram

Thornton isn’t the only new artist The Cooper Union has produced recently. Following Daniel Ashram on Instagram is like getting a museum-quality viewpoint of the world. Just don’t expect to see too much color in his photos or art. Despite being colorblind, he manages to make black and white feel so inspiring.


3. Valerie Keane

Sculpted art doesn’t just have to be about broken noses on ancient Greek heads. Valerie Keane’s, a graduate of California College of Arts, work with acrylic, ropes, wires, metal, and more keep your attention and make you look again and again. Luckily, her Tumblr page is curated with pictures of both her finished work and projects in process.


4. Annie Lapin

Yale and UCLA produced a mash-up we call all get behind. Annie Lapin’s work at surface level appears to be just another abstract painting, but the floating movements of her figures and the muted colors make it that much more. She’s certainly someone to follow from gallery to gallery around the world and in the US, but you can check out her process on Instagram.


5. Devin Farrand

If you are more attracted to metal and chrome, Devin Farrand is for you. His 3-D Arts Degree from Eastern Oregon University has helped him create a portfolio of work reminiscent of his time working on cars with his father. Raw and edgy with a heart for all things familiar, he’s certainly one to keep track of.


6. Brian Donnelly

School of Visual Arts has produced some amazing modern art painters and designers, but none have really caught our eyes on social media like Brian Donnelly. Donnelly’s Instagram is a mix of his current work (vibrant, colorful, comical) along with everyday beauty like a freshly made snowman. Sometimes it’s great to see the man behind the curtain, especially when looking for motivation and inspiration.


7. Matt Muirhead

Though he actually attended the University of Toledo early on during his career, Matt Muirhead is truthfully a student of the world. While he may have missed out on the whole formal education part, his art doesn’t show any skill or personality lacking. Breath-takingly beautiful in both color choices, subjects, and themes (he’s also a luthier– making his own, unique instruments), his craft is displayed on his personal Instagram.

Student Spotlight: ThirdEye Technologies Develops Product to Assist the Blind



“Think about what you did yesterday. Have something in mind? Now think about how that something would be different if you were blind…. Difficult to imagine, no?” college entrepreneur Rajat Bhageria asks in a self-published Forbes article. He continues, “You see, we often take our eyes for granted, when in reality we’re almost dependent on sight. In fact, the lives of visually impaired persons are significantly different than our own, with independence being one of the main problems. But what if we could change that?” From this understanding, ThirdEye Technologies was born. The technology, which Rajat co-founded with fellow Penn students Joe Cappadona and Ben Sandler, came from the desire to equip the blind and visually impaired with the independence they deserve.

We spoke with Rajat Bhageria about their venture, and learned more about the companies accomplishments, challenges, and where they hope to see ThirdEye in the future.

The team at the Wharton Business Plan Competition Venture Finals in April 2015. They took home both the “Most Disruptive Award” and “People’s Choice Award”!


ThirdEye Technologies: From Product Ideation to Market


Caption: ThirdEye – Google Glass Demonstration

This Philadelphia-based nonprofit commercializes a product to assist the visually impaired and provide them with the independence they deserve. Rajat, Ben, and Joe formulated ThirdEye Glass during a weekend hackathon. The technology initially leveraged Google Glass to verbally identify what the wearer is looking at. Sometime later, the idea pivoted. While the product was a success, landing ThirdEye a partnership with the National Federation for the Blind, the team saw some limitations of wearables.

“The problem with wearables is that they’re immature in the market, and they’re expensive,”  said cofounder Rajat Bhageria in an interview with TechCrunch.

Their focus pivoted to a mobile platform, which uses object and text recognition to identify what the user is pointing their device towards. This product has many practical applications. Take for example, if a blind or visually impaired person were to open the fridge and grab a condiment, how are they to confirm which bottle they’ve picked up? By using ThirdEye’s object and text recognition capabilities, they could learn that they are holding a bottle of Heinz Ketchup.

After developing their product at the hackathon, the ThirdEye team took to networking in order to plot their next move as a business. The team sought out entrepreneurs and other professionals to learn exactly what it takes to bring the product to market. Being a college start-up, they utilized their school’s resources to do just that.

“Having very few contacts with successful entrepreneurs, for the next few weeks we lived on our school’s alumni directory. Whenever we found anyone–entrepreneurs, founders, medical personnel, CEOs, friends, and investors–we would pitch them and ask for advice on how to go forward” Rajat explained in another self-published Forbes article. Through networking with alumni and other key players at Penn, the ThirdEye team gained the entrepreneurial know-how – along with funding for their new venture.

However, Rajat explained of the company’s structure, “The thing to keep in mind is that we’re not doing ThirdEye to make money (in fact I would argue it’s one of the worst businesses purely from a financial standpoint); we were doing it to make as much impact as possible and we thought that the non-profit route would help us with that goal. After that it was just cost-benefit analysis: the major benefit was that since we were non-profit a lot more people and organizations would want to help us and we would get access to a lot of grants. The costs were that we could give out dividends to shareholders and had to reinvest all earnings into the company (which was what we wanted to do anyways).” Through this strategy, ThirdEye demonstrates their altruistic intentions in bringing some semblance of independence to the blind and visually impaired.


Object Recognition

Ultimately, Rajat told OCM, ThirdEye aims to have a global impact. “I think what’s next is just continually expanding internationally. Right now we’re mainly in America on iOS but increasingly the rest of the world is getting access to Android smartphones so we want to expand to India, China, and Brazil mainly right now.”

How You Can Start a Business in College

Rajat also shared some advice with OCM to other students looking to start a business in college. He explains: “I think the main piece of advice is that everyone is willing to help you — so reach out to as many people as you can for advice. Innovation really is a network game and who you know matters so it’s important.” Rajat found resources such as medical professionals and entrepreneurs through his university’s alumni directory. Reaching out to those with experience – be it entrepreneurs or industry insiders – can greatly assist you both intellectually and financially.

“Another major point would be that when you’re in college there are a lot of organizations who will help you so make sure to take advantage of all the resources (like free legal services at the local firm instead of spending 10k there, etc),” Rajat continued. Resources vary from school to school, but almost all of them offer some type of support for budding business – from something small like a regular library break-out room for meetings, to research and funding opportunities.

If you’re looking to start a business in college, check out our infographic. It will guide you through the steps, from ideation to implementation. Paired with Rajat’s advice on networking and utilizing your campus’ resources, you’ll be well equipped to start your own business in college!


We thank Rajat and the ThirdEye team for their efforts to assist with the blind and visually impaired, and we’re excited to watch this company continue to grow after their university years.


To keep up to date on ThirdEye’s business, check out ThirdEye here or follow them on Facebook.


7 Emotions When Traveling Home For Winter Break



OMG, guys, we did it! We survived finals week, an early start to winter weather, and horribly drafty dorm rooms to make it to this day — the day we traveling home from college. If you haven’t been home for some time, you’re probably feeling some pretty conflicting emotions. Have no fear! It’s all normal, and we’ve found just the right words to sum it all up.



Easily, the first feeling that pops into our mind is just how excited we are to be hitting the road. There will be old friends to hang with, mom’s cooking to eat, and lots of time curled up in our own bed like old times. Just get us on the road already!

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2. “The Countdown is ON!”

Right along with excitement is anticipation. We’ve basically planned out every day of our vacation down to the hour. But with anticipation comes a little bit of fear of the unknown. What if we get stuck at the airport and miss the tree lighting we always go to? Will our holidays totally fall apart? The wait till our leave is really the worst part of this.



3. “I Will Make This Parka Fit In My Carry-On!”

We all know this, but there’s nothing like a two-week plus trip home to remind us how much traveling can really get to us. Even the most zen traveler would break down at the thought of going through a major airport during the holiday rush or hitting traffic during winter rush hours. And don’t get us started on packing! Our suitcase just keeps taunting us.



4. “No? Maybe? No?”

We occasionally complain about dorm life and we’re always feeling just a little bit homesick… so then why are we feeling a bit sad about leaving our college campus behind? Maybe our college roommate has grown on us or we’ll really miss the JELL-O in the cafeteria. Whatever it is, it’s really making us wish we would have booked our ticket home for a later date.



5. “I’m Not Looking Forward to Stepping on the Scale”

Between all the late night coffee with our high school BFFs and our parent’s cooking, we’ve probably packed it on. But do we have any regrets? No way! These winter break pounds are so worth all the love and joy we feel being with our family and friends again. Pass me another cookie!

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6. “Wait… How Many Days Till the Next Semester?”

By the end of the first week, something has dawned on us — spring semester is just around the corner. That means we only have a few more weeks to buy our books, check our professor’s ratings, solidify our class/activity schedules, and map out the routes to our new classrooms. I thought this was supposed to be a break!



7. “I’m Leaving on a Jetplane…”

It always seems to creep up on us just at the right time when we start to really miss being on campus, but it’s here. It’s time to go back. Our parents seem more upset about it, but that’s okay. We are just looking forwards to what comes next… spring break!


Easiest Musical Instruments to Learn (& Why You Should Learn to Play in College!)




You don’t have to be a music major to start a band or join an orchestra. Being in college is the perfect time to sit down with an instrument and pick up a new skill. Whether you played a bit in high school or have never looked at sheet music before, these five musical instruments are the easiest to learn and have additional benefits that go beyond gaining a new skill.



The guitar is the ultimate adult-learner instrument. Not only can many people learn to play just by watching a few Youtube videos, but it’s the easiest way to play the music that you already love and know by heart. If you can’t afford a second-hand guitar, try a ukulele! Smaller size, but the learning experience is just as easy!

Why learn guitar — Besides a ton of tutorials out there that are free, guitar is great for the extrovert wanting to show off at parties or in their dorm rooms. Plus, you don’t have to be an expert to impress. Just learn a few chords and start strumming!  



Mozart need not apply. Like guitar, you can pick up keyboards with a few lessons and a few hours practicing. Plus, there are tons of opportunities to take group beginner keyboard classes at most universities in case you want to really move up a level.

Why learn keyboard — It’s a gateway instrument. Learning about chords and basic music reading can help you understand music — and even compose your own!


DJ Equipment

It’s probably not what you think about when you think musical instruments, but if you’re into tech and can’t get enough of mash-ups, purchasing basic DJ equipment could be your in to musicianship.

Why learn to DJ — If you’re looking for a little extra cash on the side, DJing is a great gig. Colleges, frats/sororities, restaurants, clubs and even event planners are always looking for those with DJ skills to play for events. You could pay your tuition with your new music skill!



String instruments continue to be the top of must-learn college instruments simply because they are lower in cost (at least starter violins) and are softer in volume, making them ideal for students. Violin lessons are also easily found, and you can take a variety of styles from classical to jazz.

Why learn violin —  Violin isn’t the easiest on this list. Professional violinists practice for thousands of hours to get to the top, but in college, you’re probably not too concerned with that! Instead, learning violin can get you into bands (especially folk rock ala Mumford and Sons) or even school orchestras.


Out of all the wind instruments, saxophone is the quickest to pick up. Unlike the oboe or clarinet with loads of keys and finger combinations or the horns with specific breathing and lip techniques, the saxophone is relatively simple once you learn the basics. All you’ll need is the saxophone itself (buy used), a cleaning kit, and some starter reeds. From there, you can learn using elementary music books.

Why learn saxophone — If you’re looking for a more traditional band instrument, this one is it. You’ll be able to join in a community band in your free time or play in a jazz or swing group once you are comfortable reading sheet music. As an added bonus, learning to read sheet music as well as improvise jazz band has been shown to improve memory and up your creativity.


The Pros & Cons of Taking Winter Intersession Classes



January Term. Winter Intersession. Third Semester. Break Classes. No matter what your university calls them, an ever-increasing number of students are eager to cut their holiday vacation short to go back to school. Whether it be to take a fun course like Intro to Guitar or to cover a class you couldn’t fit into your regular schedule, winter intersession classes have lots to offer. However, before you sign up, consider the pros and cons of taking winter intersession classes. You may find it’s exactly what you need or a bigger hassle than you expected.

Pros of Winter Break Classes

First off, you’ll get a class or two out of the way. Many schools limit how many courses you sign up for because the term is shorter and you’ll have longer classes, but even getting a small jump on your pre-reqs can go a long way. Mainly, it can make sure you graduate on time and reduce the amount of tuition you’ll need to pay or borrow for.

Some of the classes are travel-related. For example, you might be able to take a course on architecture in Italy, religion in India, or environmental engineering in Costa Rica. For those who cannot afford to or have time to commit to a semester or year long international education trip, this is the perfect middle ground opportunity and costs only a fraction of what you would pay to enroll overseas. Plus, it still has that vacation aspect to it!

For many universities, winter intersessions are more about fun and exploration than pre-reqs and travel. Professors teach elective classes that are meant to expand your mind or give you a chance to learn a new skill, rather than to be stuck in a classroom cramming a semester’s worth of biology in two or three weeks. You could immerse yourself in a new language, taking a world cooking class, or finally learn to use that digital camera you got ages ago.

Outside of class offerings, you’ll most likely be able to move back to the half-capacity dorms earlier, hang out with friends sooner, and enjoy less crowded, more personal classrooms. If you’re looking for that quaint, small college feel, now is your time to soak it all in!

Cons of Winter Half-Terms

On the flip side, it’s important to note that many schools treat these periods not as fun and games, but as a challenge to test how much you can learn and retain in a smaller time period. For those on a quarter system, you might be used to only a few weeks of a longer class, but for those attending semester schools, the shortened class can feel rushed and hard to keep up with.

You’ll have less time to complete papers, design presentations, visit research libraries, or study for exams. The classes are usually expanded from a few hours to practically an entire day so don’t count on downtime to get your work done either. And because of how quickly everything moves and because it is break, professors may not be around or have TAs available to review materials with you when you need help. The same goes for writing or math centers and tutors — the break means everything shuts down or becomes more limited.

That stress means it certainly isn’t that stress-free holiday you were hoping for. After getting through Finals week with just the skin of your teeth, you might want to take the break and relax at home with mom and dad. But if you pick the winter classes, you’ll be back to the drafty dorms, living on cafeteria food, and racking your brain over finals papers much faster than you’re ready.

Whether you choose to kick it with your family at your usual vacation spot or take on a class back at campus, it’s important to remember to find the balance that works for you and your college goals.


Smart Study Tips for Finals Week



You’ve made it! You should be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel now. All you need to do is get through finals week and you’re home free for winter break. Finals week isn’t exactly easy, though. In fact, it’s one of the most stressful times of the year! However, you can survive and cross the finish line by following a few of these smart study tips especially picked out for finals week.


Attend Every Review Session

Mark your calendars, because it’s about to get busy! Many professors or their TAs offer special study and review sessions a week prior to the exam. Instead of just guessing what will be on the final, you’ll hear it straight from the test designer himself! Plus, you’ll get a chance to ask as many questions as you need to be prepared.


Break the Work Down

Group study sessions are perfect opportunities to get in the same information without spending too much time highlighting and note card creating. Just be sure that your study group is with only people you trust. Break down the review work based on strengths so the person who really struggles with one area isn’t in charge of summing it up. And then come together to share your materials with enough time for you to re-learn the other sections.


Don’t Pull All-Nighters

It can be tempting to try to get everything in during one night, but it can do more harm than good. All-nighters, especially right before the test, can take you off your sleep schedule, and this ultimately makes you more drowsy and less likely to be able to solve complex problems or recall important facts. Your best bet is to study frequently, but to space it out with regular breaks. For example, study for 20 minute periods with 5-10 minutes rest in between.


Fuel Correctly

Just like all-nighters, existing on coffee and candy can actually interfere with you getting a good grade because it may cause you to crash sooner than you hoped. Instead, focus on eating well throughout finals week. Nourish yourself with organic veggies and fruits and start your day with a healthy, filling breakfast so that you won’t be distracted by a rumbling stomach during your test.


Study Creatively

Each person has their own learning and studying style, and finals is the best time to find out what works for you. For example, visual learners (those who retain information when looking at it), may do better when they can watch powerpoints. Tactile learners (those who are better with doing rather than hearing or seeing) can draw doodles and graphs. Whatever works for you, try it! It never hurts to add a bit of creativity to your learning!


Check Online for Extras

Many times, your textbook offers more bang for your buck than you realize. Today, textbooks offer study guides online just for your use! But if that’s not the case, look up online classes that cover the topic, such as through an online learning program or even a YouTube video. This is perfect for when you just need to hear someone else say it a bit differently than your professor.


By studying smartly and utilizing these easy study tips, you can survive finals week with the grades you deserve.

Surviving College Finals Week Madness



Finals week is known for the anxiety it provokes: hyperventilating in a library study room, binging on junk food, getting very little sleep, and so on. However, suffering through final exams and papers doesn’t mean we have to let go of our health and sanity. Making thoughtful, health-centered decisions can actually help you perform better on your exams and lessen your test anxiety. Here are some simple steps you can take today.


1. Load Up Your Pantry

Healthy food and meals means not crashing on coffee and junk food or dealing with stomach pains during your exam. Load up on servings of fruits and veggies. Bring fruit bars, soups, and whole wheat snacks to your study room. And don’t forget to hydrate! Water is important for keeping up your energy.


2. Take Your Vitamins

If you’re stuck with cafeteria options only, a vitamin can ensure you’re getting a dose of what you need. Some good brain-boosting vitamins are D3 (which are also great if you’re indoors during darker nights), folic acid for memory, and B-complex to help reduce stress. If you’re having trouble sleeping, go for all-natural melatonin instead of sleep aids.  


3. Take Advantage of De-Stress Perks

Most likely, your college offers fun ways to de-stress during finals. Some popular ideas include cuddling with therapy dogs, getting a 10-minute massage, taking a yoga class, or learning basic meditations. You can even see if they provide nap rooms or dark spaces if you’re a commuter in need of a nap.


4. Find Time for Breaks

Breaks are important for retaining information and lowering pressure. One method you can use is called the Pomodoro Technique. Study or work for 20 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. Use your phone’s timer to keep you on track. And you’re easily distracted, use extensions to your browser that ban you from sites like Facebook for a period of time.  


5. Keep Up Your Gym Routine

Make time to sweat! It helps clear your mind and recoup from a long day of test-taking. Plus, working out can help keep your immune system running. Another reason to get your morning run in is that routines like this can help you ease stress and give you the sense that today’s just another day, even if there’s a test at the end of it.


6. Reward Yourself With Self-Care

Who says your only reward for surviving finals should be your grade? Save up for finals week and enjoy your favorite restaurant with friends or get a manicure or pedicure. Space out your rewards so that you are motivated to stay on track. By picking relaxing rewards, you do double duty in following through and keeping your anxiety at a low.


7. Check-In With Loved Ones

If the stress is too much, don’t just carry it on your back for the entire week. Schedule a call to someone you love and trust to get your vent time in. By talking through your worries or problems, you may be able to see the solution that wasn’t there before. Reaffirming that you have someone who loves and supports you no matter what will help you survive college final week madness with your friends and family seeing you through.


The Cutest Winter Hats to Rock on Campus



There’s nothing better than the feeling of warm, cozy winter gear. Of course, our coat and scarf combo wouldn’t be complete without a statement hat to really pull together our outfit. From sporty to girly — with vintage and art deco touches, we have tracked down this year’s cutest winter hats that you’ll want to wear around campus.


Knit Berets

When you’re looking to dress up for an outdoor date night to check out the holiday lighting, you’re going to want something a little more upscale than your ratty old hat some aunt made you. The knit beret is the perfect accessory. The yarn style (over traditional felt or cloth) gives it a warm and inviting texture while the shape is still upscale. We love it in jewel tone colors such a gold, turquoise, and ruby red.


Winter Cowboy

We’ve talked so much about brimmed hats for the summer and fall seasons, and it looks like it’s not going away anytime soon! So we dub this season the season of winter cowboys and cowgirls! Go for dark leather (or pleather) with accents such as a thick gray ribbon around the brim or a flirty applique like a beaded flower or rhinestones. While it may not keep your ears from the elements, you’ll look like you’re straight off the runway.


‘70s Pom-Pom

Bring on the funky colors, the puffy poms, and the stripes and chevrons! The ‘70s and ‘80s are back with knit hats inspired from your mom’s closet. The hit show This is Us is our inspiration. Mandy Moore’s flashback character sporting some of the cutest snow-appropriate hats we’ve seen. Think brown, tan, and green and then add a poof ball on top that’s slightly oversized. You’ll feel like the kid out of the magazine.


Chunky Tassels

While you’re looking at knitted hats or asking your crafty sister to make you one, ask her to add on some tassels just because. Sure, they’re really not that functional, but who cares when you can twist them around or treat them as an extension of your long hair. We especially love it when you’re going to an end-of-the-year football game or walking around campus with your friends. The bigger the better for this look to work. You really want them to stand out as part of your hat style.


Rounded Riding Caps

If you really want to rock a look completely unique, go for the riding cap. It’s hitting it big this year, especially on runways in Europe. The rounded hat without the brim isn’t for everyone, but it will turn heads. Keep it simple in neutral colors like black or tan. Match it with a knit coat to add texture or go full-out with the theme and add knee-high boots, leather gloves, and leggings.


Velvet, Fur, and Felt

We’ve mentioned texture a lot, but it’s so important when it comes to hats. It will truly define your winter style. So if you’re over knit, what’s left? This year, you’ll find a lot of felt to replace wool. It’s thicker and a bit more luxurious. Velvet is also in for hats that are more like fascinators (think British) and more decorative than functional. And fur, especially bolder colors and extra fluffy are becoming fashionista favorites of stars like the Kardashians. Whatever you choose, balance it out with a coat that is a different texture. Don’t match fur with fur or velvet with velvet. Mix it up, have fun, and find what works for you!  


10 Lessons You’ll Learn in Your First Semester at School



With fall semester winding down, I think we can all agree that this semester has been… well, a learning experience. Let’s forget about the facts and figures we’ve been jamming into our head as we prep for finals. Instead, we need to talk about all the lessons we learned in our first semester of college. From dorm hacks to #squadgoals, here are our top 10.


1. Survival of the Fittest

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Procrastinating lead us to the ultimate college experience — the late night cram session. Luckily, we learned quickly that we weren’t alone and that our college library had late night hours or our dorms had study rooms available for rent. Oh, and also, that pizza delivery goes until 2 AM.


2. Independence Isn’t All We Thought

Mom! We’re so sorry we didn’t listen to you when you were trying to teach us how to properly do laundry or make rice. We are also so sorry for all the times we told you that we couldn’t wait to get out of the house. Now that we’re on our own, we are just not into this whole adulting thing!  


3. Sharing is Caring

We were prepared for roommates, but not for roommates. The best way to get along with strangers you’re forced to live with is to share, compromise, and bring along noise canceling headphones.


4. Disconnecting is Connecting

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We all have those moments where we are hooked to Facebook and Instagram. It happens, especially when all our old friends are constantly posting there. But when we spend too much time on our phones, we miss out on new moments.


5. Budgeting Matters

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Money. Some have it; we don’t. Even that part-time job just barely provides enough to cover our expenses, and everyone’s always talking about that student loan bill we’ve got coming. That’s why we are committing to learning how to budget and stay on track. No debt here!


6. Vacation is Everything

The only thing that gets us through the hard times is having that calendar with the dates circled and bolded with our days off. Sure, it may just be going home for a few days to do laundry… but it counts.


7. Communication is Critical

Being honest about how we feel was usually reserved for those sappy TV shows we watched in high school. But now that we’re responsible for everything from our grades to our sleep schedule, we have learned how valuable communicating our needs and wants really is.


8. Saying Goodbye is Hard

The first semester of college can feel like a funeral. We’ve had breakups with boyfriends and friends that disappear from our lives. And while we may be heartbroken, we know that letting go of old relationships open us for something more.


9. Saying Hello is Even Harder

We had no idea how hard it is to make friends once you’re over the age of 18. It’s seriously difficult! While we still sometimes struggle with going outside our box and just saying hello, we’ve managed to build a squad of our own.


10. Dorm Food is Terrible (and Awesome)

Did you really think we’d go a whole article without mentioning college food? Basically, you learned that you could live your whole life on Ramen if it means avoiding the cafeteria, or you have memorized the food schedule. Either way, we salute you, dorm food eater. It’s one lesson we know we won’t forget.

10 Books Every Business Major Should Read



As business majors, we don’t have that much time to get through our reading list, but that doesn’t mean we won’t sit down for the right book. These 10 selections should be on every business major’s bookshelf for motivation, insight, and knowledge.


1. Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Feeling creative, or that you have the ability to be creative, is part of the business structure that gets forgotten in the madness of entrepreneurship. Pixar’s co-founder, however, knows a thing or two about how important it is to keep, find, and use your creative voice.


2. Rising Strong by Brene Brown

You will fail; it’s pretty much a given in the business world. But physicist and best-selling author Brene Brown tells the story of how people just like you have faced disappointment and found their way to fly above it.


3. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

You’ve probably heard of Lean In and the methods associated. But it makes a compelling argument for how to stand up for yourself when you’re a woman in a man’s world. The takeaways will get you inspired to stand up for yourself.


4. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

#GirlBoss is for ladies who want to make an impression on their industries. Business woman Amoruso uses personal stories and those of others coming from the bottom to give practical advice on how to move up and take control.


5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Written more than 60 years ago, this book continues to be a must-read for business majors and interns because of how it gets to the core of what makes a personality a winning one. You’ll learn how to build relationships and trust through communications and interactions.


6. Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel is pretty controversial these days, but his success is undeniable. His look into the tech start-ups and how Silicon Valley operates should be a manual on what to expect when you get your business off the ground.  


7. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

What if you could put in less time and make more money? Tim Ferriss thinks it’s possible. While it may not be four hours, with Ferriss’ advice, you can become more productive, balance your work and life, and build your business from the ground up.


8. Quiet by Susan Cain

Sometimes businesses can seem like they’re full of extroverts and social butterflies. But you don’t have to change a thing about you to still be successful. You’ll be inspired to take what makes you an introvert and use it to your advantage.


9. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

While there are a million great business biographies out there, no one encourages us to pursue our dreams and persevere through adversity than the story of Steve Jobs. From prototype to billions sold, you’ll cheer and cry at this very true story.


10. So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

Professor Cal Newport has been talking business since he was your age, so you know he knows his stuff. His book talks you through mastery and why it is important to become a leader and innovator. At the same time, his writing will help you understand if your dream is the right dream for you.