5 Things College Has Taught Me

With one month left of the semester, I decided I’d write about my freshman year of college. These past 10 months have without a doubt been the most challenging yet rewarding of my life.

  1. Get Involved! 

Since the start of my fall semester, I have created friendships with people who have inspired and encouraged me to shoot for the stars. I became involved in many organizations on campus:

  • UT Diplomats (Student Ambassador)
  • Student Productions Marketing, Recreation, and Diveristy committees
  • Women Business Professions Association
  • Tennis Club

The people I have met through these clubs have truly impacted my freshman year in a very positive way. I learned that college is much more than staying up all night studying (or partying). I realized that the next 3 years are going to pass by super quick and its up to me to take advantage of the time I have to make a future for myself.

2. Challenge Yourself! 

My first semester was exciting, but my second semester was even more so. I applied to be a Resident Assitant and was offered the position for the 2018-2019 school year. I also applied for Student Productions exec board and will serve as the Special Events Chair for the next year. I will be planning Homecoming for the students at the University of Tampa!!

3. Reach out to those who inspire you

These achievements inspired me to dig even deeper and see what else I could accomplish within the last few months of my freshman year of college, so I reached out to a young female entrepreneur (Natasha from Sol Studio) whose work ethic I admired. I conducted an informational interview and was later on offered an internship for summer! I am so excited for this opportunity! I also got a summer job (my first job!) to keep me busy. 😉

4. Don’t let the hard times get you down

These are some of my favorite accomplishments this year, but I also had some very difficult times. Even though I was constantly being surounded with other students my age, I felt lonely at times. I like to think it was because of my “reverse- culture shock” coming back to the USA from France. That alone was a huge struggle during the first few months of college.

Since then, things started progressively getting better and better! I can already tell my sophomore year is going to exceed the level of fun I’ve had this year. I think the most important lesson I learned during my freshman year is that things will always get better as long as you trust yourself and make an effort. I kept telling myself this through out this roller coaster of a year and it has motivated me to stay positive. I think this method worked really well considering all of the things I have done to get me out of my comfort zone!

5. Set Goals

During this whole time I also managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA! This just goes to show that if you set goals, the sky is the limit!!Processed with VSCO with g3 preset3A554C67-46D3-469D-BEE9-E57615C4EB22818A7943-FF72-4774-8B01-421FEEBFC5CAC104A4D6-258B-473E-BB4B-851654D8E9AE91CE1429-781B-4758-A9F0-24B1412484C902E2687C-844D-4020-905A-6F1A06CDB136P.S. I’d like to thank my parents and grammielicious for keeping me sane during this whole time!!



I recently had the privilege of meeting Sol Studio founder, Natasha Samuels.

Talk about a role model, Natasha is everything I strive to be and more!

Natasha is a Sarasota native and is currently a senior at USF graduating in May majoring in Public Relations. Natasha also owns her own business, Sol Studio!

She has studied abroad (TWICE) during her college career, so we bonded over the fact that study abroad is a life changing experience 😉

Here is what I found out about Natasha:

What is Sol Studio?

Sol Studio is a digital marketing boutique. She works on digital marketing, social media management, and digital content creation to name a few!

As founder of Sol Studio, what do you do on a typical day?

Aside from being a student at USF, Natasha takes client calls, does social scheduling, brain storms content for her blog, responds to emails, and still makes time for a quick gym session!

What was your previous experience that led you to your current position?

Natasha has had 3 internships. Her most inspirational one being digital marketing, it has led to the creation of her current business.

What do you most value about your job?

The freedom and flexibility. Natasha enjoys being able to chose who she works with and when she works. Another bonus is that her company is travel- friendly, allowing her to pick up at a moments notice and travel whenever she wishes.

What is your motivation/ inspiration for success?

Natasha’s motivation is her happiness. She truly enjoys what she does. Her business makes her happy and brings fulfillment to her life. #goals

What advice would you give to someone who aspires to become an entrepreneur?

“Do it!”- Natasha believes in pursuing her dreams. She encourages others to be motivated and passionate about what they want to attain. She also stresses the importance of finding a good mentor and having internships for experience!

What new belief or habit has impacted your life in the last 5 years to create a positive outcome?

Creating “Me time”- Natasha believes it is very important to set aside time during her day completely dedicated to herself. She does this by turning off the notifications on her phone or taking an hour to work out and clear her mind.

What is one of the most worthwhile investments you have made?

Creating a workspace at home motivates Natasha to work hard and has helped her be productive.

If you wrote a book, what would it be called and why?

Study Abroad: The amazing opportunity of living in a foreign country and how it changes your life” and “Entrepreneurship: The journey to success”

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Be sure to follow Sol Studio on Instagram @solstudiomarketing




I loved getting to know Natasha from Sol Studio! She is a true role model for young, female entrepreneurs! Thank you, Natasha!