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Big Sis Advice: Self-awareness

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Kimiya Factory

October 16, 2019

Lately, I’ve been practicing a motivational tool I overheard at a conference — self-awareness. Before I grasped what self-awareness was, I used to think it meant holding myself accountable when I’d go back for the second row of Oreos in the pantry. Awareness of self means doing multiple jobs...

Big Sis Advice: The world is your oyster

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Kimiya Factory

November 30, 2018

The closing of this semester means another chapter of life for the graduating Class of 2018. All of those long nights in the library and times you stood in line forever at the One Stop Enrollment office finally paid off. Wooh, right? Maybe not so much for some people. The closer that graduation gets, th...

Big Sis Advice: Queen-dom

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Kimiya Factory

November 7, 2018

“No one likes a woman who wears too much makeup.”  “You know I love you, I just couldn’t help myself, she was beautiful.”  “Nobody will put up with you but me, so don’t go looking.”  Yikes. It stings when you see those words written down, doesn’t it? Believe me, coming from someone who’s been there and not only h...

Big Sis Advice: Adulting Pressures

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Kimiya Factory

November 2, 2018

Since the past three weeks have been some of the most fast paced, deadline-filled weeks I’ve ever experienced, this week’s topic hits home. Whether you’re feeling the aftermath of recent midterms, or your life has decided that you didn’t deserve a break, it’s pretty easy to feel the pressures...

Big Sis Advice: Deal Breaker

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Kimiya Factory

October 26, 2018

In the context of relationships, this week’s topic is piping hot, especially with the holidays coming and the social pressure to find a boo for cuddling up with. I’ll save you the specific scenarios of pumpkin patch dates and matching Christmas sweaters. Instead, I want to talk about what makes...

Big Sis Advice: Hard to get

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Kimiya Factory

October 10, 2018

We’ve talked about shooting your shot, but whether or not the person you’re trying to get will bite, is another story. Not everyone responds to attraction the same way, but that’s why I’m here to clear up a misconception about the famous phrase “hard to get.”  You know the signs; for example, the girl who ...

Big Sis Advice: Long-distance

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Kimiya Factory

September 12, 2018

With summer ending and students getting back into the swing of classes in the fall semester, relationships are destined to experience acclimation too. Whether it be a summer romance that unexpectedly turned into something more, or couples attending different schools–long-distance relationships aren’t...

Big Sis Advice: cover your drink

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Kimiya Factory

August 30, 2018

I know what you’re thinking, “Big sis? She better have something good to say.” And, while I might outright disappoint you with my opinions that always find themselves contrary to popular opinion, I want to focus this column solely on experience. Student to student, person to person, rainy day...