Juliana Shultes is a sophomore studying Integrated Social Studies. Originally from Orange County, California, she was recruited to play softball for Malone University in Canton, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching and playing sports, spending time with her family and friends, and going on adventures in each new environment she encounters.
It feels like every day I am introduced to someone and once they hear I am from Southern California, they ask me, “Why in the heck did you come to school in Ohio?” It’s a valid question to which I reply, “I was recruited to play softball.” Then they ask how I have adjusted to the weather and if I like it here and what my major is. Though it is my second year at school and I am away from home eight to nine months out of the year, I still find a way to keep my bright and vibrant personality seen through in what I wear.
I have to admit, being a student-athlete is hard work: juggling practice and classes, going off to work on homework and depending on your major, like mine, you have to drive around the city to observe classrooms for field experience. It’s a crazy and exhausting four years of your life. On days when you have everything going on at once, most of the time I would rather wear yoga pants and a sweatshirt and try to muster through the rest of the day; yet, I power through it and dress up nicely and accessorize.
I think the most important part of an outfit is an accessory. You can wear them all the time, with any type of outfit or mood you are in, and most importantly, it’s a way to express yourself even if you are dog tired. For me, I don’t have time after early morning practices to go back to my room and get ready for my first class. After freshening up a little, I put my hair up in a high pony tail or a bun and wear a brightly colored headband. That is enough to brighten your face, show that you have great energy, and look inviting to classmates and others.
With all the snow that falls in Northeast Ohio, you have to layer and bundle up to stay warm even if you are walking one hundred yards to go to your next class. In all honesty, most of the jackets on sale are not the most flattering or fashionable. And I, personally, will not spend hundreds of dollars for some designer winter jacket. My solution is to wear a scarf. It’s a great piece that makes a bold statement and benefits by keeping you warm and bringing color to your face.
On those rare nights (let’s be honest those nights were you aren’t in the mood to study and you don’t want to stay in) you decide to go out for girls night or if you have date night with your man, my advice is to always dress up and have fun. It doesn’t matter if you and your friends go out to a movie and your friends just wear a sweatshirt with some dreams, you should go out looking and feeling great. A fun top, brightly colored or sparkly, something that makes you stand out is great. Even if you wear it with jeans, a denim jacket or leather bomber with it doesn’t make it too over the top. The same outfit on date night is perfect, it’s just the right amount of casual, cute, and fun no matter what type of date it is, even if it is dinner or a night out bowling.
You don’t need to have the hottest brands or spend every dollar you have to make yourself look good. Knowing your style and what your feel comfortable and amazing is how you keep your confidence and have people discover the real you. In the end, that is all that truly matters.