4 books to help you develop useful life skills

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One of the things I’ve always looked forward to about coming to college is being independent. However, the independence that college affords comes with its own costs. From managing your own finances to building self-discipline, there’s a lot you have to figure out by yourself. Learning certain essential skills will make your college life easier and help you achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. Reading books is a great way to build skills! Check out these four books that will help you learn skills that you’ll use throughout your life! 
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Extending the body positivity movement to skin

Most of us have seen the body positivity movement blow up, a push to deconstruct societal ideas of the perfect body — the thin, Eurocentric, size zero model — and promote self-love and body acceptance for women of all different shapes and sizes. Celebrities, influencers and everyday users of social media alike are taking to TikTok and Instagram to post unedited pictures and videos of themselves without flattering lighting and angles as a way of celebrating how their natural bodies really look on a daily basis, thereby teaching us that stretch marks, fat rolls, cellulite, body hair and other so-called “imperfections” are all perfectly normal and beautiful.
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Questions to ask yourself before buying an article of clothing

The average American purchases anywhere from 59 to 64 pieces of clothing and throws away 81 pounds of clothing per year, creating a never-ending cycle of buying and discarding. This culture of fast fashion contributes to a multitude of environmental concerns, from carbon emissions to water usage in the manufacturing process. Moreover, the clothes you discard end up sitting in landfills for decades before they even start to break down. Want to be a part of the solution but don’t know what to do? Here are some questions you can ask yourself before making a purchase the next time you go shopping.
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Dear summer heat

Being in Berkeley this summer has me thinking about what I miss about the summer heat. But here’s the catch — I don’t really miss too much about it.
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Sustainable fashion on a budget

The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world and the amount of waste from fast fashion overwhelms landfills left and right. Though buying clothes from sustainable brands is a great ethical option, cost remains a significant hurdle for many clothing consumers. A plain white shirt from Patagonia, a brand known for its sustainable practices, is $40, while H&M’s fast-fashion equivalent goes for half of that. Sustainable fashion seems like something that is not accessible for those on a budget, but it can be. Here are some tips on achieving sustainability while serving looks on a dime.
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Power ranking 2010s fashion trends

The 2010s may have only ended a couple of years ago, but I still can’t help but reminisce or cringe at the fashion pieces we all decided to wear. Many people view the last decade as the worst era of fashion, so it’s only right for us to power-rank the most iconic and popular fashion pieces.  
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5 lessons we learned from coming-of-age films

As an enthusiast for coming-of-age movies, I was guided through my teenage years by the films under this niche genre as they prepared me for adulthood by illustrating the journey of characters who were at the same stage of life as me. Whether the movie is funny, sad or romantic, I believe there’s something to be learnt from each of them.
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