Spring Outfits (Masculine!)

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Happy July 4th! Family reunion and you’re struggling to find a casual outfit? Here are some ideas for all of you guys + masculine of center folks out there!

  • Wear a pair of jeans with:
    • A solid colored t-shirt, with or without a leather jacket
    • A plaid button down
    • A polo or collared shirt, with or without a thin sweater on top
    • A light denim jacket or denim vest or a varsity jacket
    • A hoodie, sweater or vest
    • Complete outfit with:
      • Sneakers or Vans
      • Ankle-high boots or Hunter boots
      • Timberlands
  • Wear a pair of shorts with:
    • Tank top and/with a button down or cardigan
    • A hoodie or sweater
      • Complete outfit with:
        • Sneakers
        • Vans
        • Loafers
        • Flip-flops
  • Wear a pair of sweats with:
    • A hoodie or a crew neck
    • Tank top
    • A t-shirt under a button down.
      • Complete outfit with:
        • Sneakers
        • Flip-flops

Although there are many different styles and combinations you can make with your clothes, remember that in the end, it doesn’t matter what you wear; it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Dress in a way that will make you feel happy and always remember to be yourself. Feel free to leave a comment below and show us your outfits! Whatever it may be, you do you!

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For some of our blog posts, we will begin to feature “Potential Careers” as experienced and shared by past participants at the TRC. Here’s one from Priscilla Cheng!


Who would’ve thought that legal management consulting would be my career choice? I certainly didn’t!

Many teens, like me, don’t know which career path they should take. I was really undecided. “A doctor” my mom says, but I didn’t enjoy chemistry. It was really important for me to find something I enjoyed doing…but how could I find that “thing” if I didn’t know what career options were out there?

To figure out what I liked– I decided to take on an internship! Internships offer great opportunities to learn about yourself. They’re important in helping you choose or look into different career paths. You’ll never know what you enjoy unless you’ve tried it out. For me, I didn’t know that I would enjoy legal management consulting. I didn’t even know what consultants did! My lack of knowledge about the field made me feel insecure. I often asked myself: “What if I chose the wrong field? What if I’m wasting my time?” But then I realized it was more important to ask myself: “How will I know if I haven’t tried the internship yet?

Many people tend to back out because of their insecurities. I made the decision to be bold and take on a legal consulting internship. The internship has given me the room to grow, become more educated in the field, and test the waters of the consulting world. I am hoping that my fellow TRCers will follow my path and take up different internships to discover what they want to do! I say it’s all about that early exposure. So the next time you have a free summer or break — go out, find an internship or job, and get the experience of a lifetime!




Priscilla Cheng graduated from Stuyvesant High School and is the first person in her family to go to college. She currently attends Boston University and is an intern at a legal management consulting firm. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer and reach out to teens who have gone through similar experiences.

Femme Spring Outfits!


Are you struggling to find a casual outfit for spring because it’s too cold for shorts and too hot for jackets? Here are some femme-tastic ideas you can work with:

Pair skinny jeans or leggings with:

  • A button down
  • A chambray
  • A crop top and a cardigan on top
  • A solid colored, 2 inch thick straps tank top

Then, complete the outfit with:

  • Boots- Ankle, Calf or Knee High
  • Sandals or Flats
  • Heels
  • Oxfords

Pair shorts or a skirt with:

  • Wear thigh high tights or regular tights
  • A cardigan or a thin jacket
  • A solid color, crop top or tank top.
  • Lastly, accompany outfit with a pair of boots or sandals.

**Wear colors that compliment your skin tone, hair color, eye color, etc. **

**If the weather is warm enough, you can skip the tights!**

Put away the thick, bulky jackets for thin sweaters and cardigans or leather and denim jackets! It’s a great season to wear leather or denim.

Although there are many different styles and combinations you can make with your clothes, remember that in the end, it doesn’t matter what you wear; it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Dress in a way that will make you feel happy and always remember to be yourself.

Feel free to leave a comment below and show us your outfits! Whatever it may be, you do you!

How To Stay Awake In Class

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Have you ever fallen asleep in class? Whether it is because you have no interest in the class or you pulled an all-nighter studying for an exam, chances are you have. I know I have! Sometimes no matter how hard I try, the exhaustion and sleepiness are just impossible to fight. However, there are simple steps that you can follow to avoid snoozing in class!

Morning Routine: Start your day off on the right foot!

-Give yourself enough time in the morning so you do not have to rush to get ready.
-Try to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday so your body gets more accustomed to your sleep patterns.
-If you are feeling especially sleepy in the morning, you can try listening to music, reading a newspaper, or taking a shower to freshen up!

A Healthy Breakfast

-It is super important to start off your day with a balanced and healthy breakfast that will provide you with energy
-Drink plenty of water and eat foods with water such as fruits and vegetables because dehydration can cause fatigue.
-If you are in a rush, you can grab a granola bar or yogurt to eat on your commute to school, so there is no excuse for skipping one of the most important meals of the day!

Be Present

-Try to sit as close to the front of the classroom as you can to stay focused and avoid daydreaming or getting distracted. It’s actually not as scary as it sounds!
-Be an active listener and interact with your professor and fellow classmates. Asking questions and taking notes can help you stay focused.
-Bring a small snack and drink water to help you stay energized. Peppermint Altoids always work for me!
-Find a buddy. YES, a buddy! So you guys can help each other stay awake with a small poke when you see one of you drifting off to sleep!

Staying awake in class is important so you can learn and do well! Having an organized morning routine, eating a healthy breakfast, and staying active during class are all steps you can take to avoid dozing off during class. Leave a comment below and let us know how you start your day and stay focused!

Coping with Stress


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Before talking about the ways to cope with stress, let me ask you a question… Do you always have stressful feelings? If your answer is no, then congratulations! But if your answer is YES, you might have to relax yourself! As teens, we have to face a lot of stress, academic results, relationship with parents and friends just to name a few. These stressors are not avoidable, but there are ways to deal with them!


  • Develop time management skills:
    - Use a calendar or to do list: We can write down the work we have to do and set a deadline to complete it.
    - Avoid waiting until last minute to do tasks!
  • Take a deep breath!
    - When the teens are taking the tests or making a presentation this can be very helpful! If you feel very nervous or stressful, you can close our eyes for 30 seconds and take a deep breath. You would feel much better! Try it now!
  • Exercising
    - Exercising is one of the most common ways to cope with stress. When people are exercising, the body will release a hormone called “Endorphins”. This is the chemical that will make us feel happier!
  • Find out your own way to relax!
    Since everyone has their own interests or hobbies, they might find out their own ways to do relax! Playing piano, playing chess, singing or drawing are just a few things you can do to cope with stress.  So, find out your own way to RELAX!

Driver’s Ed

Whenever someone that is the same age as me tells me that they have a driver’s license, I always feel impressed by them. Here in NYC where public transportation can get us almost anywhere within the city it is rare that I ever feel the need to drive. But nevertheless driving is one of those skills that is really good to have, especially for those going away for college, so I decided to take some lessons.  Although I probably will not get a car, I know I’ll have this skill in case of any emergencies.

You can get a learner’s permit at the age of 16 and that is the first step to getting a license. For more information click on this link: http://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/get-learner-permi

P.S. Don’t forget driving means responsibilities. Be responsible for yourself and others! Do not drink and drive and don’t text and drive, but DO wear your seat belt!

Getting Past Junior Year

It’s true when people say that junior year is one of the hardest years of high school (well for me at least). It’s the time when you’re already settled into the school and exploring your interests, likes, and dislikes. It’s the year where you have to start preparing for college with loads of standardized tests and stress to do your best in school AND work on getting those very important letters of recommendation.

However, there are a lot of benefits to junior year. I realized that I’ve grown a lot as a person as I’ve taken on a lot more responsibilities. Balancing work and school was definitely a struggle but it gave me a sense of purpose and also helped me discover what I wanted to do in the future. Junior year is a time for learning about yourself and preparing for the road to adulthood. It’s hard but definitely worthwhile when you give it your best!

We have three events coming up that might help you out!

B) Show Off Your Creative Skills (AND put it on your resume)
December 12, 2014
TRC Open Mic
3pm – 6pm at Silk Road Cafe (30 Mott St., Chinatown NY)
Come enjoy a night of music, dance, and other performances in addition to getting a cup of FREE bubble tea. If you would like to perform (sing, dance, rap, beatbox, etc.), please Brian Tang at btang@cbwchc.org / 212-226-2044 by December 1, 2014. Performance slots to perform are limited this session, first come first serve. There are no limits to number of attendees, though, so bring your friends!

Don’t forget– FREE BUBBLE TEA!



C) Know What It Takes to Get Into College 
December 18, 2014
College Night
Featuring a panel of current college students studying a range of subjects and a college admissions officer! Students will be invited from Community, City, State, Private, and Ivy League Colleges and Universities so that our audience will hear a diverse panel of perspectives and experiences. Have questions for our students or the admissions officer? RSVP on Facebook and drop by!

Free food and refreshments will be provided.


First Love


I had my first girlfriend when I was in high school. I remember falling for her because she was really cute and my eyes could not stop glancing in her direction in class. I eventually got the courage to talk to and eat lunch with her. Eventually, she fell for me too and we were together.

However, our relationship did not end up happily ever after. We argued daily and we did not like each other’s personalities. Painfully, our relationship had come to an end. Even though our relationship did not last forever, the lessons I learned will always be remembered.

Beauty should not be the deciding factor when it comes to being in a relationship. You have to be comfortable with your partner. You should not have to force yourself to act, dress, or look a certain way just to please your partner because it will be very tiring and uncomfortable for you. You should not have to change your personality to fit your partner”s expectations because your partner should like you for who you are. Because of the lessons I learned, I was able to find happiness with my girlfriend in my second relationship.


Family Time


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Even though teens are very busy throughout the week with their academic studies, they must not forget about their family who care about them the most. If we take time out of our busy schedule to spend time with our family, they will greatly appreciate it and be very happy. As we spend more time with our family, they are able to learn more about our lives as well. This will allow us to share our thoughts about teen dating, academic stress, and other problems that affect us.

Here are some ways we can spend quality time with our family:
- Watch TV shows that we both enjoy (maybe even shows we’re not sure about… like Fresh Off the Boat?)
- Cook and wash dishes with them
- Exercise together at the local park
- Shopping together at a mall

Recharge When You Need To

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Balancing family, school, and friends can be tough and can often be tiring. Personally I am very involved in school in addition to working here at the TRC, so I know what it means to feel burnt out at times.

But one thing I have been working on is power naps! Just yesterday However, casino online Temple drivers ed of Motoring Clontarf reserves the right to review materials posted to a Communication Service and to remove any materials in its sole discretion. I was in the library feeling stressed and tired so I stopped my work and decided to take a 10 minute nap.

Even though it is only 10 minutes I woke up feeling energized which also psychologically made me more motivated! Depending on how you work there may be more effective ways to re-energize (such as a swim or a snack) but it is important to know when we need to recharge.