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Victoria Nilbrink was born in Miami Beach, FL and lived in Sweden for five years. She currently attends Santa Fe College in Gainesville FL, where she is majoring in journalism and hopes to pursue a minor in public relations. From a young age she harbored a strong passion for writing and found herself interested in art, music, fashion, and culture. In addition to writing for Rise News, she works with various talented artists in South Florida on her blog:

10 Reasons Why Being The Only Single Friend In College Sucks

Being single is supposed to be fun, especially when you’re far away studying in college.

College is about meeting new people, learning ideas, experimenting and all that good stuff.

But then the unexpected happens, when all your friends suddenly get themselves tangled in some shitty thing called commitment.

Here are the 10 reasons why being single in college is the absolute worst thing ever:



You know that one overachieving friend who lives close by that you would always study with. Well that officially comes to an end, since she now has a smart-ass engineering majoring boyfriend who can do all her math homework for her.



Then there’s always that friend who’s your neighbor that would come to your place literally everyday and you guys would talk shit, Netflix and chill and smoke weed with. Then suddenly, she disappears because now she actually have someone to do all that with, and that will also provide sex.

8: You never have anyone to party with anymore. Because even now, your “wild” friends are too caught up being housewives. I mean, why go out and get shit faced when u can argue about bullshit every night?


Photo Credit: Dennis Yang/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Photo Credit: Dennis Yang/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

You never have anyone to go out to eat with anymore, because all your friends are getting home cooked meals with from their lovers!!! YAY

6: Whenever your friend finally make plans and she BRINGS the boyfriend. It’s just not the same and it’s super awkward because you feel like her boyfriend is definitely judging you.



You feel like your their boyfriend low-key doesn’t like you just because your the single friend, therefore you are psycho and a bad influence.



When your not keeping yourself busy, it makes you feel like you need to be in a relationship just because your bored and you want someone to feed you too.



Whenever you hang out with your taken friends they always try to set you up with some weirdo and 9/10 it ends up being one of the worst dates ever.



You come to realize college was a lie.



But the absolute best is when you and your friend do finally get some girl time, they spend the entire evening talking about how miserable they are.

Millennials Will Have To Figure Out Role Of Social Media In Life Or It Will Destroy Us All

Today we live in a world where we interact with each other through a great deal of different forms of technology including social media, blogs, photos, music, apps, and so on.

It’s gotten to a point where people can’t hold a conversation without the sudden urge to glance down on their devices.

Instead of living inside the social media vortex, you should try to be the best possible version of yourself without the approval of the “online world”

Now don’t get me wrong. There is absolutely nothing wrong with sharing moments, ideas, or interests amongst one another through new resources of technology.

Assuming this is done because it’s the easiest way to stay connected.

According to the Pew Research Center, 74% of Internet connected adults use social networking sites.

And 90% of “global millennial”- young people from around the globe aged 18 to 29 use social networking sites.

I am no different than any of the 3.010 billion active Internet users we have today. Whether I use it to touch base with relatives in Europe or parading my outfit from last Thursday, I use it.

“Instagram star” Essena O’Neill, 18, recently broke her silence on the social media overload “issue” and how it it’s affected her life.

According to The Guardian, O’Neill had over half a million followers on instagram, and was making money by promoting marketing products. She was promoting herself in a way to get validation. She deleted over 2,000 pictures and edited the captions to reveal the corruption behind social media, and how it took over her life.

WATCH: Essena O’Neill rages against social media. Video from The Guardian.

Which she also discussed on her website where she wants to start a movement on people not using social media as a reliance.

“We have forgotten what it feels like to connect, support each other and have integral conversations,” O’Neill wrote on her site. “All I’m saying is that the ‘instagram life’ is not real. There is so much more to the human race than gossip, rumours, and publicly twisting someone’s personal life.”

In other respects, many would argue that social media isn’t all that terrible. It’s been helpful in spreading messages and advertising businesses, news, and current events. It’s beneficial in many ways, like staying connected globally, finding job opportunities, reuniting with old flames, keeping up with politics, and being able to express yourself.

Our generation is brimming with creativity and new ideas. Shouldn’t there be a way for those ideas to get out and make rapid change?

Socializing outside a networked environment is so incredibly important. Social media has a tendency of blinding us from reality. There is a lot more to life then being so wrapped up in a world based on likes and followers. Why idealize people who are completely self-absorbed with strippers, fancy cars, and money?

I’d argue that you should idealize your history professors, favorite poets, and artists. Not only are online users portraying themselves to be something they are not for self-validation.

“Get away from behind the screen and go for a damn walk down a bridge you’ve never walked on before. Chat with the neighbor you’ve been living next too for the past two years who you’ve never uttered more than a few words to.”

Social media is everywhere you go. Restaurants like Chilis, Red Robin, and Olive Garden have installed tablets in their establishments.

At these places, your sever is pretty much a screen.

What’s going to happen in the near future to people working in the restaurant industry? We are already de-humanizing these businesses.

Chevrolet recently made a big announcement that made a splash in the car: “Chevrolet is the first and only car company to bring built-in 4G LTE WI-FI to cars, trucks and crossovers.”

I guess yes, it’s cool and useful to have while being in a long car ride, trying to kill time. But road trips are meant to be fun and spontaneous. The Internet and your social media accounts will always be there.

Why sit on your phone for hours during a car ride, when your family, significant other, or best friends are sitting two feet away? Be annoying, loud, and sing the songs we all hate.

Life is too beautiful and short to spend your time being focused by what you see on a tiny computerized screen. It isn’t reality, it is not living.

Instead of worrying about how many likes you get on a photo, worry about which dressing you should use on your salad or how you look when cuddling with your dog; instead talk to your friends about your dreams and fears.

Get away from behind the screen and go for a damn walk down a bridge you’ve never walked on before. Chat with the neighbor you’ve been living next too for the past two years who you’ve never uttered more than a few words to.

At the end of the day none of this is going to matter in the long run. With that being said, I have a new social network for you to explore. It’s called life.

Cover Photo Credit: Jim Pennucci/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

21-Year Old Dylan Ifergane Takes Fashion World By Storm

Before Dylan Ifergane was an internationally renowned fashion designer, he coordinated some of the largest and most exclusive house parties, art expositions and warehouse mini-festivals in South Florida.

All before his 22nd birthday. At 21-years-old, Ifergane is the lead designer and founder of Scandal fashion house.

“I consider my designs a marriage of high-end style, effortless chic, and real-life wearability.”

In the last four years, over 500,000 of Ifergane’s Italian-made designs have been worn and bought. Working with brands like Nordstrom and Macy’s, Scandal was listed as one of the top 100 growing fashion companies in the U.S., winning multiple design awards, prompting Ifergane’s hopes to open up Scandal franchises in California, Texas and Florida.

“Scandal and my designs are a mixture of what sells and what I love,” Ifergane said. “I consider my designs a marriage of high-end style, effortless chic, and real-life wearability.”

At the start of his career, Ifergane rented out venues in Miami, throwing lavish parties–his last party hosting boasting over four thousand attendees. His presence left an impact in the city, and he began receiving offers from a few nightclubs in the area.

Ifergane was part of the senior staff founders of Miami nightclub ‘Amnesia’, now known as STORY. As Ifergane got involved with the upper echelons of the nightclub industry, He began talent buying for almost every major night club in Europe. Talent buying is the business of booking artists for nightclubs who would otherwise not have the connection to do so. Ifergane booked the likes of David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia, growing personal relationships with some of the most talented musicians worldwide. Soon, his network expanded to the fashion world.

“I quickly realized that many of the fashion pieces that dazzled on the runway were completely unwearable, and that ready-to-wear versions often sacrificed their original artistic edge in favor of ‘fast fashion’ mass appeal.”Ifergane said.

As of now, Scandal has been sold to 750 stores internationally, branching out in international markets of Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Korea. Ifergane recently returned to his home in Los Angeles from attending New York Fashion Week. At NYFW, Scandal showcased on runways alongside top tier designers like Givenchy, to more accessible brands like Free People.

Ifergane said he didn’t expect Scandal to reach the international acclaim it has today.

“ I started this thinking it was going to stay a one or two-year project,” Ifergane said. “I thought I would’ve failed because I opened up during recession, which was the worst possible moment because people were cutting back on things that weren’t necessities. I was quite surprised that it took off so quickly.”

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Ifergane relayed advice for up and coming fashion designers trying to break into the industry.

“Be careful with who you share things with,” Ifergane said. “We live in a predatory world in which people hunt for anything you give them. Be extremely careful, work hard. In a over-saturated industry like fashion, make sure you aim at making your designs and overall concept as unique and diverse as possible, and target a clientele that would wear your designs.”

You can learn more by visiting www.SHOPSCANDAL.COM

Photos: Dylan Ifergane

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It’s Hard Out Here For A White Rapper In Miami

By Victoria Nilbrink

Grizzy Gary is an aspiring rapper from Miami. He’s twenty-four years old and currently studying in college for a degree in music technology. He’s also white. And that’s a problem.

Gary has been rapping and ghost writing for 6 years, as well as making art and customizing shoes. He also attended the Art Institute in Miami for his artistic competence and his passion for designing clothes. When he isn’t in school or making music he says that he likes to ‘Netflix and Chill.’

“I don’t rap anything like Eminem or Macklemore at all, but 9 times out of 10 before I spit my verse that’s the first thing people mention.”

As any upcoming artists he’s faced many challenges. But the hip hop scene can sometimes prove especially difficult for white rappers to break into.

Watch: Grizzy Gary’s “After Life”:

“Personally I think with image it’s really hard. Being a white rapper you have certain quota and its hard because there aren’t so many established white rappers, so you always get compared to them,” Grizzy Gary said. “I don’t rap anything like Eminem or Macklemore at all, but 9 times out of 10 before I spit my verse that’s the first thing people mention. It’s not even me but its always a comparison. It’s to a point where I have to show my music first and tell them its me after to get a real honest opinion, which is annoying because I work hard at it. Often I don’t get taken too seriously, people will think I’m joking but music is really all I do.”

Listen: Grizzy Gary’s “Pretty As Fuck

In the near future he hopes to get a major deal as a recording artist. If not he would like to ghost write and start making beats. He is also working on a few projects with Red Table Studios, and Vice Cult- a company he co-owns with another Miami rapper, OldBoy Cab.

Vice Represents- Versatile Independent Creative Entertainment. In addition to making music, they also sell merchandize.

“My music represents the exaggerated thoughts that are in my head. It takes me and all the crazy things i think about and merges into one thing. Grizzy Gary I would say is my alter ego, my duality,” Grizzy Gary said. “Look out for whats coming out this year. I’m gonna close 2015 really strong. Music is what I’m gonna do no matter what. All I have to say is, Don’t look at the artist, listen to the artist.”

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Student at University of Miami Wore a Tiara Every Day For 8 Years

You may know her as “Tiara Girl” on campus. Annie Rudd, a senior at the University of Miami, has worn a tiara on her head every day for the past 8 years.

August 25, 2007, was the first day she ever wore a tiara at her 13th birthday, and the last day she left the house without it.

“The tiara was just too good of a look to let go,” Rudd said. “I don’t even realize its been 8 years of my life. It sort of just became my thing, and it worked.”

Before even realizing it, wearing a tiara became a daily routine.

Now 21-years-old, Rudd will graduate soon from UM with a major in psychology and a minor in art. She hopes to purse a master’s degree in family and marriage counseling.


Annie Rudd


Annie Rudd

In 2012 , Rudd was featured on lifetime’s reality show “Prom Queen,” crowned prom queen at Miami Beach Senior High School. At University of Miami, Rudd has become a sort of local celebrity to students at the campus.

“At UM, I’m known as Tiara Girl,” Rudd said. “We have this Facebook page called UMiami Secrets and they would post about me a lot. There was one that said, ‘OMG I just saw tiara girl for the first time. Now I know how Hogwarts felt when they first saw Harry Potter.’”


Annie Rudd

She never leaves the house without her tiara, she may forget but it never takes more than a few steps out of the door to remember.

“It’s basically second nature.” Rudd said. “I don’t even realize its on when I go out, but people will give me ugly looks sometimes. Some people don’t get the tiara and assume the worst, but once they meet me they understand I’m not stuck up.”

For Rudd, the tiara exemplifies that she enjoys everything life has to offer and lives with no regrets. Her story is a reminder that it’s okay to be who you are without living in fear of what others think of you.


Annie Rudd

“The tiara is a great conversation starter,” Rudd said. “Meeting and making friends is super important at our age. It’s all about the connections we have later on in life.”

Rudd said that although she enjoys the tiara as a fundamental part of her life, some people don’t take her seriously as a result.

“People definitely think it’s a little immature, but I don’t care. I only have one life,” Rudd said.

The tiara isn’t coming off anytime soon.

“I definitely can’t see myself not wearing it, it’s just a part of my identity now,” Rudd said. “It’s all a learning experience. I like it and that’s all that matters. There’s nothing to regret about it.”

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