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The Added Values of Memories

Building new happy memories is essential to our mental health. They build bonds in our relationships. Building new happy memories builds strength upon our identity. Some of our strongest memories we hold onto are our first time experiences. If its a bad experience then we avoid ever doing it again, but if its a good experience then we do it over again. Some go as far as taking the activity that created the positive memory and making it a hobby and in some cases a business.

According to Health.USNews.COM several benefits are related to good positive nostalgic memories. They are the following.

  1. Mood booster – A mood boost is an action, activity that helps fortify against depression, stress and anxiety. Could possibly lower PTSD episodes.

2. Triggers inspiration and motivation – Inspiration is mental stimulation that evokes you to do something creative. Motivation is a process that creates and maintains goal-oriented behavior.

3. Provides glimpse of your authentic self – as we peel back the onion layers to ourselves we become our best versions of ourselves. It is called our authentic self because this is where our words and actions match our core identity.

4. Can help with problem-solving – Identifying, prioritizing, and coming up with a slew of solutions is something we humans naturally do. Without this we are under stimulated and we don’t grow maturely.

5. Helps you handle tough situations in healthier ways – This is how we build our resilience. this creates healthy empathy and altruism meaning the desire to selflessly act for a greater good. One of our strongest acts of compassion as human beings.

6. Can give a greater sense of meaning in your life – A healthy foundation for our approaches to life.

7. Improves relationships – Adding up and combining our six previous listed benefits ultimately lead to healthier, happier relationships which create more grand memories which we then gain more of these seven incremental benefits. Think of it as a positive snowball effect.

I would love it if you, the reader were to participate in a mental health exercise or game rather that I came up with. It’s called “The Adventure Date Challenge”. The rules are simple. Go on a date. It could be with your life partner, a family member or even a pet. You get to set the tone. Visit all four places in the picture below and take a selfie, hashtag your photos with #VCSocialADC and in the comments below share with us your best experience because we love to hear about how you seized the day.

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Mental Health Awareness Month is Coming in May

According to the NIMH, 1 in 4 Americans suffer from a mental health illness. Young adults between the age of 18-25, have the highest mental health rate of 30.6%

How Do you Know if you are not Mentally Well?

  • Excessive paranoia, worry, or anxiety.
  • Long-lasting sadness or irritability.
  • Extreme changes in moods.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Dramatic changes in eating and sleeping pattern.

What Causes Mental Health Disorders?

  • Genes and family history
  • Life experiences, stress, history of abuse, especially during childhood
  • Biological factors and chemical imbalances
  • A mother’s exposure to viruses or toxic chemicals while pregnant
  • Traumatic brain injury

What Could Happen if Mental Health Goes Untreated?

  • Unnecessary disability Unemployment
  • Substance abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Incarceration
  • Suicide
  • Poor quality of life

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2022 Graduation Gift Guide: Top 10 Must-Haves for College Grads

It’s the moment we have all been waiting for: graduation season has approached us and it’s time to commemorate the graduating class of 2022! Whether they studied virtually or in-person, earning a diploma or degree is a significant academic achievement for many students—and they deserve to be celebrated accordingly. As this chapter in a student’s journey comes to an end, friends and family can show their support by gifting a college grad with something that they need. The best gifts are often the sentimental kind—but when in doubt, gift cards are on everyone’s wish list.

How will you be congratulating the scholar in your life? VC Social has researched the top 10 must-haves for the graduating class of 2022—starting at $25. Keep scrolling to find the best gift ideas for the graduate in your life. (Listed by price: lowest to highest.)

1. “We’re Not Really Strangers” Card Game $25

We’re Not Really Strangers Card Game—Target

The best ice-breaker for grad parties and hosting game nights with friends. Warning: be prepared for deep questions!

2. Custom Graduate Frame $35

2022 Custom Graduation Tassel Frame—Things Remembered

The best sentimental gift money can buy: a custom frame to celebrate the graduate. Consider pairing this gift with a diploma frame too!

3. JBL Go 3 Portable Speaker $29.95-39.95

JBL Go 3: Portable Bluetooth Speaker—Amazon

A pocket-sized speaker for a grad on-the-go. For under $50, this little boombox will bring the party to any gathering.

4. Instant Qt Mini Vortex Air Fryer $49.99

Instant – 2Qt Vortex Mini Air Fryer—Best Buy

Give the gift of quick and easy meals with a mini air fryer. This compact air fryer is budget friendly and will be sure to inspire more home cooked meals!

5. Alumni Merch $59.98

Ventura College Champion Hoodie—Ventura College Bookstore

Alumni merch and college apparel are great gifts for nostalgic graduates that want to showcase their school spirit. Support the alumni’s school by purchasing directly through the school’s website or bookstore.

6. Vankyo Mini Projector $69.99

Vankyo L430 720p Projector—Target

Movie nights at home will never be the same thanks to this mini projector. This tech gift is ideal for stay-at-home enthusiasts.

7. LaCie Rugged Mini 1TB Hard Drive $79.99

LaCie Rugged Mini 1TB Hard Drive—Staples

For the tech-savvy graduate: a hard drive is a very useful tool for organizing digital data—during and post-college!

8. Samsonite Slim Backpack $99.99

Business Slim Backpack—Samsonite

A polished laptop bag for the graduate’s next professional journey.

9. Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Camera $130

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Instant Camera—Urban Outfitters

In an instant, the graduate can document their best memories with this nostalgic camera (including receiving this gift). Say cheese!

10. Apple AirPods Max $469

Apple AirPods Max—Best Buy

Now presenting the hottest gift of 2022: Apple’s new AirPods Max. Ranging in 5 different colors, these headphones are a fan favorite— your graduate will be sure to get good use out of these!

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Visit Ventura’s Hidden Gem the Ventura Botanical Gardens

As students we spend most of our time either stressing out about homework or procrastinating to do our homework (I am guilty of this). However, sometimes all we need is a break, a moment of peace and nature to recharge our batteries.

We happen to live in one of the most beautiful places in Southern California, but we hardly take advantage of it. We have a beautiful spot in our very own backyard, it’s called the Ventura Botanical Gardens and if you haven’t visited already it’s time you do. Would you like to see what it’s like to spend a Sunday afternoon there? Click the video below and watch as I take you guys on a quick tour of the place.

Ventura Botanical Garden – HOURS

TUESDAYS — SUNDAYS from 9am – 5pm. Closed Mondays.
$7 Admission for the general public.

(Members are free, children 18 and under are free, EBT cardholders are free and every Friday is a FREE day.

Leashed dogs are welcome Wednesdays, Fridays and monthly FREE days.

Visit their website: Ventura Botanical Gardens

Follow us on Instagram @ VCSOCIALBRAND

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VC On The Go Ep 2 “Gas Prices taking the gas out of life?”

Welcome to Episode 2 of “VC On The Go” – podcast edition. With the rise of gas prices skyrocketing, I wanted to look into a way to commute that would not break the bank. Gold Coast Transit is a perfect way to get around that will not leave you penniless. Yes, I know there are many ways to get around that don’t involve gas but for this podcast I’m comparing prices between personal and ride sharing. If you’d like more information on GCT, go to

VC On The Go Ep 2 "Gas Prices taking the gas out of life?" VC Social

On this episode I discuss the pros about using Gold Coast Transit to rid yourself of the gas prices woes. I'll be taking a tour around the website and talking about the various benefits. Hope you enjoy.  

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Secret Study Hacks Unveiled

Secret study hacks buried under long hours of semesters, All-Nighters, and Ramen soup. Watch this video to reveal these hidden gems.

Definition; Study- “The act of texting, eating and watching TV with an open textbook nearby. “


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  • 25 minute study hack, than take a 5 minute break 

The best study habit I’ve learned after so many hours of sweat, coffee, and a bright computer screen is time. For the 25 minute study hack you will need a timer, and a homework assignment. (Yes I said, “homework,” I know we are tired of hearing that word.) To start this hack you will set your timer to 25 minutes, and begin working on the assignment of your choice. Once the 25 minutes are over, get up and set the timer to 5 minutes. When the timer starts ticking, you are now free to do whatever you want for those precisou 5 minutes. Third, repeat the cycle till you complete your work. 

  • Start your most difficult assignments first. 

I like to wake up in the morning to start tackling the biggest assignments first. This will allow you to put 100% on your work. College has taught us to work the equivalent of superhero. We can all relate to times we had to bust all nighters, or complete an assignment with 2 hours of sleep. Lets face it, the first two through four hours is our most productive work. After a certain amount of time invested doing homework, we start to lose brain power.  

  • Build a schedule you like

Human nature craves routine. Start a routine for your homework, studying, and for every college activity. Your college routine is like a vehicle, so learn how to drive it. Most of us end up with procrastination driving our routine off the path to success. To begin, organize your homework assignments to specific days and times. For example, if you have three science assignments due this week, then schedule oen assignment for monday, another for tuesday, and one for thursday.  At the beginning this will feel like a magician trying to juggle social life, work, family, hobbies, etc. You can organize your assignments on a calendar, Iphone reminders, or on a piece of printing paper. (This is my favorite, because you can cross out a finished assignment like a crossword puzzle.) 

  • Balance/Don’t bite more than you can chew. 

The number one study hack that is a hidden gem behind sleepless nights studying, and ramen noodles, is balance. College work can get overwhelming. Balance is the cryptonight of procrastination. Start by dedicating a few hours of homework, then putting it away for good. Go out with friends, family, or sit down and binge watch your favorite Netflix Show. You can do anything you want. Try jumping in the air and yelling, “I’m done with homework!” Balance, balance, Balance. 

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A Pirates Life: Part 1 and 2

Ahoy Mates! Join Amber as she interviews two VC Pirates. We will talk education, goals, being in school during a pandemic, and discover who has a favorite pirate!

A Pirates Life: Part 1 and 2 VC Social

Ahoy Mates! Join Amber as she interviews two VC Pirates. We will talk education, goals, being in school during a pandemic, and discover who has a favorite pirate!
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Dear Freshmen

This episode I answer some frequently asked questions by freshman’s, based on my own experiences. I really get into depth on certain choices I’ve made during my freshman year that really were for the better for myself and career.

Dear Freshmen VC Social

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A Day In the Life of A College Student With Amber Landis

Welcome Podcasters. Please grab your coffee and bagels because today you’ll be inspired to get up and start your day as a college student. Have you always wondered how a college student prepares for a long day of assignments, while also living a life filled with adventure. Then you have came to the right podcast. Please sit down and take some notes from Amber who illustrates her routine on a busy college day. 

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A Day In the Life of A College Student With Amber Landis VC Social

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Watching the News Daily…Is it Bad for Our Mental Health?

On this episode, Carolina talks about the effects of constantly consuming bad news on social media. She also interviews a special guest, someone who doesn’t ever check the news or is on social media and asks her about her take on the matter. 

Is Watching the News Daily Bad for Our Mental Health? VC Social