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8 September 2013 SpelmanPaper@gmail.com
“Raggs” to Riches
Karon Smith, Morehouse C’2016 Gives Advice On Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur
By:Teri Davis C’2016
How to Eat Better, Move More, and Sleep Well.
By: Lydia Hayes C2014
his business has forced him to make difficult choices that
sometimes cause him to become distant from people he
once considered friends.
“Once you put yourself at a certain level everyone
cannot be your friend,” Smith said. He added that
evaluating the company around you, allows you to
mature. However, as Smith and his business grows, he
never forgets to reflect back on the words of his mother.
“She told me not to put the cart before the
horse,” Smith said. With those words, Smith will
matriculate through Morehouse College and expand his
experience in the industry.
As he learns more about being a businessman,
Smith faces some obstacles. Specializing in urban
and street styled men’s clothing that appeal to
younger generations, he finds that sometimes being
the same age as your target demographic can be
tricky. Smith, only 19 years old, has had to combat
doubters with confidence.
“People do not take you as seriously as a
30-year-old with the same type of business,” Smith
said. However, Smiths seven-year-old boutique has
reaffirmed his belief that “age does not limit your
knowledge on what you can do.”
The bottom line is that consumers are
interested in businesses that are unique. Smith’s
self-proclaimed attention to “exclusivity, style, and
quality for a good price” has earned him a dedicated
clientele. In March 2014 he plans on opening his
second boutique in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta.
With success comes sacrifice. Smiths dedication to
Becoming a successful,
independent business owner
does not come easy; its a
step-by-step process. Karon
Smith, a sophomore Economics
major at Morehouse College, is
well aware of what this process
entails. He owns Raggs Boutique,
in his hometown of Chicago.
“At a very young age, I began
to dabble in fashion and business,” Smith said. As he
reflected on what he has learned in business and finance,
he attributed much of his mental growth to his hands on
By Jordan Daniels C’2016
Money, or lack there of, is always an issue. College
students who are paying tuition fees are always looking
for ways to make money last, while still trying to have an
enjoyable college experience.
Spelman students spend a large amount of money
on tuition, room and board, and a meal plan each
semester. Outside of school fees, students predominately
spend their money on food, textbooks, and clothing.
Those who live off campus have to factor in rent,
gas, and parking payments. Though
owning a car gives students an
element of freedom, a lot of Spelman
students experience the financial
burden of owning a car. After a recent
poll, Spelman students weighed in on
how they manage their money.
“Anything that is not adding
to your educational value, at this
stage, is unnecessary,” explained
sophomore Nneze Akwiasu.
Graduating seniors Cierra
Jackson and Simone Sibley offered
their opinion on the subject.
“Don’t try to live up to someone
else’s standard,” voiced Jackson.
“Try not to live above your
means,” said Sibley.
Junior Zoe Mayfield and
Freshman Raija Thomas relayed
advice to students who were having a
hard time handling or saving their money.
“If you have student loans start by paying those off
first,” said Mayfield, Junior at Spelman College. “Every
little bit counts.”
“Put a little money away each week to save,” said
Thomas “Don’t buy things you don’t need.”
With the semester just beginning no one wants to
overspend, discovering what Spelman students spend
most of their money on will hopefully help them save
money in the future.
What do Spelman Students
Spend their Money on?
Compared to other minorities African-American
women have the largest number of health risks as stated
by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Some of these health risks include, heart disease, high
blood pressure, and high cholesterol—all conditions that
can be prevented by exercise and a healthy diet.
As confirmed by a study conducted at the David
Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, African-American
women are more prone to the following health risks:
Cardiovascular disease (69% higher in African-
Hypertension (352% higher in African-American
Stroke deaths (54% higher in African-American
Noting, a rise in these conditions among members of
its student body, Spelman College has decided to combat
unhealthy lifestyles and promote awareness by launching
the Wellness Revolution. The Wellness Revolution
encompasses the programs and services offered by the
Wellness Center. These free services are available to
students, staff, and faculty. These programs include:
Weight Room Orientation: become familiar with
Exercise Prescription: one hour appointment to
analyze habits, blood pressure measurements performed,
medical history, and nutrition.
Fitness Assessment: series of tests to evaluate current
level of fitness--heart rate, cardiovascular endurance,
muscular endurance, flexibility, sit-up test, etc.
Quick Start Fitness Session: One-hour workout.
Freshman Fitness Package: exercise prescription,
fitness assessment, and one-hour workout.
Another component of the Wellness Revolution is
the Healthy U Interactive portal. Here you can create a
personal profile that allows you to record and track your
weight, physical activity, and a personal food log. The
interactive profile tracks your overall improvements and
growth in a graph. You can add friends to your profile
to build a community. To learn more about Healthy U
Interactive and the Wellness Revolution visit the Wellness
Center located in Read Hall.
By: Lydia Hayes C2014
Do you love makeup? Are you a product junky?
Then, the beauty industry’s newest trend is for you.
These boxes are monthly subscriptions, like magazines,
filled with new beauty products for you to try. Receiving
one of these boxes in the mail each month would be like
celebrating Christmas every month. There are many
different beauty boxes out there for women interested in
different aspects of beauty to try out, some of which are
Girls with natural hair have been raving about the
curlBOX. This $20 monthly subscription allows you to
try out five to seven different hair products. This is a
great way to discover what products work best for your
hair and you save money while doing it. The only con
is that you can’t purchase full sizes of the products you
receive on the curlBOX.com website.
If any of you happen to subscribe to beauty channels
on YouTube, you’ll love this next beauty box. Ipsy is
different from other beauty boxes because YouTube
sensations, such as Michelle Phan the founder, are the
creators of this box. When you first sign up you take a
quiz and then each month you’ll be receiving a beauty
box filled with the top YouTubers favorite beauty picks.
It’s a $10 per month subscription and can be purchased
Goodebox is for the eco friendly beauty queen. At
$16 a month you received trial sized products that are
natural and organic. Some of the brands included in
these boxes are Josie Maran, Tatcha and Dr. Hauschka. If
you like any of those brands or you want to try products
that are better for your body and the environment, this
box is perfect for you. It will allow you to try out each
item before buying the full sized product.
4) Julep Maven
This box is for the nail addicts. Upon signing up
you take a quiz and then each month they send you
two different shades along with foot care products. It’s
like a pedicure in a box. Also, each month you can see
which shades have been picked for you based on your
quiz results. If you don’t like the shades that are picked
for you that month you can always skip a month and
return to your regular subscription the next month. At
$19.99 a month you’ll get some great fashion forward
Olfactif is a beauty box for fragrance lovers. This
is truly a great box because perfect perfumes are as
difficult to come by as the perfect shade of foundation.
Each box costs $18 in which you will receive three trial
size samples of perfume and each month you will also
put an $18 credit towards a full size bottle.
6) Glossy Box
GlossyBox is for the beauty maven who enjoys
luxury brands. So if you enjoy shopping at Sephora or
any department store beauty bars this is the box for you.
At $21 a month you’ll receive a few trial size items along
with a full sized product.
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