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Seven Things I Learned During My First Semester of College

I’m finished with my first semester of college, or as my roommate says, “we’re 1/8 of the way through our bachelor’s degree.” I learned a lot over the past few months and I decided I wanted to share seven of those things with you.

1. SLEEP

I think the number one most important lesson I learned this semester was the importance of sleep. Back in high school, I was sleeping maybe six hours a night and I was getting sick constantly. I wasn’t taking very good care of myself and my immune system heavily reflected that. My roommates and I were all on pretty similar sleep schedules and actually on numerous occasions we encouraged each other to go to bed around 9 PM. I only ended up getting sick once all semester and I think I can attribute this to how much sleep I was getting.

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It’s really important to remember how important sleep is and how getting enough sleep each night is vital to our health and our well-being. I’ve learned my lesson from high school and from now on will try my hardest to make sure I’m getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night.

2. Treat yo self

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My favorite thing about Friday afternoons was that I would get back from my last class and I would stick a pop in the freezer and work on homework and watch Netflix and relax. It became a routine from the very start and I look forward to doing this again next semester. I cut back my pop drinking to only one can of soda a week and I’ve stuck by that (except on a few occasions where I went out to eat). I found that saving my one pop a week for Friday night was a special routine that I really liked.

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Getting to reward myself really kept my spirits up when classes, and life in general, got hard. It’s a lot more fun to look forward to something after all the work you’re doing instead of just doing the work.

3. The class you’re dreading could become your favorite.

I signed up to take my required communications class first semester as a way to “get it over with” because I hate public speaking so much. (Ironic because I want to go into ministry which requires a lot of public speaking). Anyways, I dreaded this class from day one, absolutely dreaded it. But here we are, weeks later, and I have to admit that class was my favorite of any of the ones I took last semester. I learned so much about myself and my classmates and came to really appreciate that class. My professor was amazing and not once did I feel too uncomfortable to perform a speech in front of the class.

I signed up to take my required communications class first semester as a way to “get it over with” because I hate public speaking so much. (Ironic because I want to go into ministry which requires a lot of public speaking). Anyways, I dreaded this class from day one, absolutely dreaded it. But here we are, weeks later, and I have to admit that class was my favorite of any of the ones I took last semester. I learned so much about myself and my classmates and came to really appreciate that class. My professor was amazing and not once did I feel too uncomfortable to perform a speech in front of the class.

The last speech we had to give was an informative speech and I chose to do mine on the topic of Deaf Culture and communication. For my introduction, I chose to do it all in sign and my professor was so excited about this idea. My favorite memory from that class was when I got up there and started signing. The looks on everyone’s faces were absolutely priceless and my professor was sitting in the back of the classroom laughing and I loved every minute of it.

I don’t think anyone would have guessed that my communications class would be my favorite of the semester and I’m honestly really surprised that this is the case too. I think we all should go into each class with an open mind and just appreciate each one for what it is. We aren’t going to like every class we take but we certainly aren’t going to hate everyone either. Sometimes things just surprise you.

4. PRIORITIZE THINGS!!!!

Do all assignments in order of importance/when they are due. And 100% don’t leave things until the last minute. This advice is plastered everywhere but I have to say that it is really important and should become a habit to all.

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On the topic of prioritizing things, I would also like to talk about scheduling yourself wisely. When choosing classes, remember to think about how the times will affect you and how everything will work together. If you have a job, try to consider what type of shifts you want to be working and whether or not those work with your schedule. Be sure to schedule yourself in a way that allows you to get important things done and still have time to relax and enjoy some quiet time.

5. The W-Curve is a real thing

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It’ll hit at some point. Trust me. Some day you’re going to wake up and all you’re going to want to do is pack your bags and leave.

Things get tough, friendships end, school gets hard, the days get short. Stuff starts to change and it begins to feel like life is flying by and you’re not ready for that to happen.

The W-Curve is real, it happens to everyone, and that’s okay. If you find that school isn’t really for you then make that decision, if you decide to stick it out, make that decision. Just remember that every decision you make is about making you happy and making sure that you do what is right for you.

6. Don’t be afraid.

Don’t be afraid to ask a question. Don’t be afraid to text that person. Don’t be afraid to go eat a meal by yourself. Don’t be afraid to be alone.

There’s not much else I have to say about this other than this is something I’m still working on.

7. Make healthy choices.

For my final piece of advice, I just want to say it like it is. Make healthy choices, don’t be stupid.  Take care of yourself and know your limits. Personal hygiene is important, diet is important, sleep is important, school is important. Don’t sell yourself short and remember that you are your number one priority.

I hope you are all having a wonderful new year. I’ll talk to you soon.

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‘Tis the Season

After my serious post regarding finals yesterday I figured I would lighten the mood today and share with you some of the pictures of my dorm room after me and my roommates decorated it last week.

We started off by saying we were going to decorate our door, and then it went from there. We were going to do more than what we actually did but we all ended up getting bored and decided to watch Christmas movies on ABC Family instead.

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There’s our snowman!

I actually ended up making all of the snowflakes that we used to decorate except for one. I just kept finding new patterns on Pinterest that I wanted to try out and I got slightly addicted to snowflake making.

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Here’s the snowflakes on our window.

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The sunrise that morning was so beautiful and I thought it looked really cool through this snowflake. #art

The last part of our decorating night was the fireplace that we made.

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Isn’t it adorable?

This was such a fun night. It made preparing for the last few weeks of the semester just a little bit better and I have to admit, our fireplace makes our room so much more homey than it was before. We’ve basically decided we’re keeping this up until Valentine’s Day!

Well, I should probably get back to the mountain of homework that I have left to do for tonight. Can’t wait for this semester to be over with! Only 12 more days!

I’ll be back tomorrow with my second Harry Potter quotes post.

Hope you all had a nice day.

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Surviving Finals

Take a deep breath everyone… Smell that? That’s right! It’s the smell of fear and desperation as finals week looms in our near future.

This is my first time experiencing the joy that is college finals so I thought I’d share some of the things that I’m doing to get ready for them. I will admit though, that I have it pretty easy this semester and I’m really thankful for that. I only have two tests that I have to prepare for and only one of those tests is actually during our scheduled finals time. I do have a bunch of projects and papers and final assignments on the other hand so my advice is going to be geared more towards those.

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1 My finals are split up with one on a Friday and then the rest on Monday and Tuesday the next week. If any of the rest of you have a similar schedule I really recommend using the weekend. Spend that extra time you have to prepare for other tests or projects and save the parties or Netflix for Tuesday night.

2 Set a timer for 30 minutes and spend it working without any distractions. Then when those 30 minutes are finished, spend 5 minutes doing something else (like cleaning, going to the bathroom, packing, reading a nonacademic book, or watching some tv, Netflix, or YouTube). I started using this method right before Thanksgiving break when I had a lot of stuff that I needed to get done and I found that it does wonder for your concentration and work.

3 If your professors give things out ahead of time, get them done! I can’t even say this enough. A lot of my professors gave out assignments and projects and tests out way ahead of time and even though they aren’t due for  few weeks I’m already setting aside some time to work on them so that I won’t have to scramble and stress about them once it comes time to turn them in.

 4 If you have extra time between classes, spend it studying. I know it’s so tempting to pick up your phone and spend that time in between your classes playing a game, or checking Instagram, but really, pick up your notes and study. I’ve been doing this for the past week and I really think it’s going to help me out.

5 Make a study guide! I know that opening up my notebooks or textbook and trying to study all that information can be extremely overwhelming so I decided to make study guides for some of my tests. Yesterday I made a study guide for my communications final and ended up summing up an entire textbook and all of my notes into 10 pages. I used the tests that my professor had given us over the course of the semester and used that to find the information that would most likely be on the final and expanded that into what I already had in my notes and what was in the textbook. It’s still a lot of information but it’s a lot less overwhelming than it had originally been.

6 Sleep. I know that a lot of you might be staying up really late to try and get everything that you need to get done done but try and get at least 7 hours of sleep a night if you can. Sleep is so important for you and trust me, your brain, grades, and immune system will all thank you for the sleep.

7 Lastly, make a countdown. Right now I only have 13 days left of my semester and I’m so excited. Knowing that the end of my first semester is getting closer is motivating me to finish my classes strong and power through to the end of finals.

I just want to end this post by wishing all of you fellow students good luck with your finals. I believe in you guys!

Have a great day everyone

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A Christmas Craft

When I went home for Thanksgiving Break my siblings and I made a present for my mom and I thought I’d share it with you.

(Honestly, I’m just sharing this with you because I felt like taking artsy pictures of the paint plate!)

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We were originally going to end the project here, but then we started coming up with more and more ideas, and it spiraled out of control.

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We broke out all the paint I had… And then came the glitter.

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And there’s the finished product! My siblings and I love making presents like this. We also made reindeer pajama shirts which I might share a picture of later in the month if I remember.

I hope you all had a nice day. I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow.

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November Favorites

Hey everyone! Here’s a compilation of all the things I enjoyed this past month…

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Lilly Pulitzer Planner

 

As the semester is coming closer and close to an end I’ve been using my planner so much! It’s definitely been a big help with keeping me organized and making sure I get all of the assignments I have done on time. I really like my planner, although I will say I probably won’t be purchasing another one next year, there are plenty of other planners that I think will work just as well as this one! Right now, however, I really like this planner and am really glad I decided to pick it up.

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New Hair!

 I got my hair dyed blonde this month and I love it! I felt like I needed a change and decided that when I got my haircut I would get it colored too and the result is this.

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York Peppermint Patties

I bought a bag of these shortly after I moved into school and let me tell you, I became obsessed with them from that point forward. This is actually the third bag I’ve had since moving here and I assure you, there will be many more! I tend to eat these when I’m doing homework and I’ll admit that at one point I ate half a bag without realizing it…

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Fuzzy Socks

 Now that the weather is getting cold, I wear warm socks almost every day. They keep my feet warm and they look really cute, not much else to say about them!

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Long Drives

I spent quite a bit of time in cars this past month and I have to say that when I’m not stressed out I really do enjoy long car rides when I can just jam out to music and enjoy myself.

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The Princess Bride

My last favorite for the month is movies! I really like doing work with movies on in the background and so I’ve gone through quite a few in November as I’ve had quite a bit of work to do.

This last month hasn’t been the greatest for me, but hopefully things will start looking up soon.

I hope you all have a great day.

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Procrastination 


So I don’t know about you guys, but I have the hardest time when it comes to procrastination. I can be very motivated to do things but when it comes to tackling big projects (especially during the summer) I find myself making excuses at every turn. The past few summers I’ve had summer reading assignments for my English classes and this year was no different.

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My goal this upcoming school year is to stop procrastinating. It’s definitely a big goal for me but I feel like with more time to work on things and less work I should be able to tackle what I need to on a day to day basis.

Here are some reasons to stop procrastinating:

1. You’ll have more time once you’re done to be able to do things that you want to do instead of working on all the work you’ve put off.

2. There’s a sense of accomplishment to having done all you have to do on time, or even earlier than you need it to
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3. Once you’ve gotten into the habit of getting your work done on time you’ll be more productive and actually get your work done on a regular basis.

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If you’re like me, then these probably won’t be all the motivation you need in order to stop procrastinating. These are some things that I’ve been doing to try and make better habits:

1. I avoid rewarding myself with time on the internet. If I do, I’ll play one level of Candy Crush, or watch a YouTube video but I don’t check social media.I find that if I let myself go on social media I spend way too much time on it and don’t get any work done.

2. I do reward myself though, like I said I’ll play a level of Candy Crush, or watch a YouTube video during a break but I also reward myself with other things too. Usually for when I’m done with all the tasks I figure out a “big” prize, sometimes I plan a relaxing night, order food for dinner, buy something I have on my wish list, something like that. For smaller rewards I usually make, or buy myself coffee or tea, spend time scrolling through social media, or watch a movie. It’s always great to have something to look forward to at the end of a long To-Do list.

2. I gather everything that I could need while working on my project and put it where I’ll be working. The only reason I let myself leave my workspace is if I have to go to the bathroom.

3. While I do try to leave my workspace as fewtimes as possible, I do give myself breaks. I try to work for at least half an hour at a time and then take a five to ten minute break. Breaks are really important because if you work for too long you will get burnt out.

4. Just do it. Make a list of everything you need to get done, prioritize them, alternating tasks that are hard and ones that are easy. Then sit down and get to work and don’t stop until you have everything done. Once you’re finished you will feel so much better about things and it will alleviate so much stress.Summer Reading Rewards

Do any of you have issues with procrastination? What are your favorite ways to keep yourself motivated?

Have a great day everyone!

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August Favorites

Now that August is almost over, I figured I would share some things that I have been enjoying this month!

Perfume
Jorel Parker Perfume – Classico

 I got this perfume in my July Ipsy bag (Ipsy is a subscription service that sends you a bag filled with beauty samples every month for $10.) I’m usually pretty hesitant with perfumes because a lot of artificial scents give me headaches. This perfume, however, has a very fresh and clean scent with some floral tones too. I love how it smells and it lasts super long too!

Necklace
Mischief Managed Necklace

   My birthday was on the thirteenth of this month and my sister got me this necklace for a present. I love the Harry Potter series and this necklace is so cute. I don’t wear necklaces very often but it’s been fun incorporating this into my style.

Sexy Hair Product
Sexy Hair Heat Protectant

I went from about May until the end of July without straightening my hair. At the beginning of August the humidity started getting bad and my hair was getting really frizzy so I decided to start straightening it again. I hadn’t used a heat protectant before because they always left my hair looking and feeling very oily but I had this sample size one so I figured I’d use it and I ended up loving it! It smells really good and it makes my hair feel super soft after it’s been straightened. Definitely thinking about buying the full size version.

Batiste Dry Shampoo
Batiste Dry Shampoo – Tropical

   I’ve seen so many people rave about Batiste dry shampoo that I finally had to pick some up to try. This tropical scent smells like coconut and works better than any other dry shampoo I’ve used so far. To me it was definitely worth the hype.

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Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella

 I picked up a few of Sophie Kinsella’s books from the library and I’ve flown through them! They’re so easy to read and have such interesting plots that I find myself loving every second of them. So far I’ve read three of her books and am starting on my fourth.

Contigo Water Cup
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Not only do I have a love for coffee mugs, I also love water bottles just as much. I like this cup because it’s insulated and holds 20 oz. of water. It also has this awesome feature where when you take the straw out it creates a leak-proof seal so you can put drink mixes in it, or iced coffee, etc. and shake it to mix without worrying about spills. Definitely a new favorite water bottle for me.

Stabilo Pens
Stabilo Pens

I bought these pens to use when color coding my planner. They come in so many different colors and don’t bleed through paper and they’re not rounded so when you set them down they don’t roll away.

Nude Dude Eyeshadow
Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette – The Balm

Bought this palette months ago but only used one or two colors out of it but finally picked it up this month to use more of a variety. The colors are very pigmented are so easy to apply. I’d have to say my favorite color is Fit, it’s such a nice gold tone and I love applying it all over and just wearing it on it’s own. Getting so much use out of this, it’s been great.

Birks
Mossimo “Birkenstocks”

   My last item is my “Birkenstocks” that I got at Target! I really wanted to get a pair like this before I went on my spring break trip in March. I found these for $25 at Target and have worn them almost every day since! Now that summer is winding down I know I’ll have to put these away soon so I’ve been wearing them all the time. They’re so comfortable and I’m so glad I bought them.

So these are just a few of the things that I have loved using this past month! What have you all been loving?

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Summer

Bonfire

Last night of youth group for me.
Orientation Day

Getting up at 4:30 for orientation was obviously great.

Yard

Reading Heir of Fire

Reading outside was one of my favorite things to do after work at the beginning of the summer, before it got too hot.

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Noodles

Noodles date with my best friend.

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Rest Stop

My Best Friend

Photobomb, brought to you by my best friend.

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Dog Walking

Walking the dog at my dad’s house.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing! (That’s definitely not me up there.)

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Valleyfair

We rode the Ferris Wheel while it was raining on our trip to the amusement park. It was such a nice view and I got great pictures.

I’ve definitely had a more busy summer than most of those in the past but I’ve had such a good one. More picture filled posts to come soon. Enjoy your day everyone!

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Ten Things I Learned Before I Turned Nineteen

Happy International Left Hander’s Day!! And also happy birthday to me! Today I am officially nineteen and I decided to share some lessons with you that I’ve learned throughout the years.

1. Church is fun if you don’t make it a chore

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After getting confirmed at my church, neither youth group or regular Sunday morning services are required. We have no obligations and no more reason to go. I have always like going to church because I loved seeing my friends on Wednesday nights and when I could make it to church on Sunday morning I always enjoyed listening to the sermons. Once I had the freedom to choose if I even wanted to attend church anymore I found myself enjoying it more and looking forward to being there every week.

2. Volunteer

I can’t emphasize this one enough, volunteering is such a fulfilling experience no matter what you do. I loved being able to see any sort of difference I could make in someone’s life in just the short amount of time I was there to help work. I’ve done so many different volunteering projects over the years and each one has left me wanting to help out more.

3. Every sunset is worth taking a picture of.

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And for that matter everything is worth taking a picture of! You’re never going to experience something the way you are at that moment so why not document it. I know I have well over 100 sunset related pictures on my phone and camera, and to me they’re all special. Every picture is a memory.

4. Don’t lose your flash drives.

Just keep track of them, make sure you know where they are at all times or you will probably end up losing four years worth of school projects and pictures. Also, have copies of everything. (Or you might end up crying in the middle of art class.)

5. Giving presents to people is so much fun.

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I love picking out presents for people whether it’s their birthday, Christmas, or a “just because” present because I saw something and thought of them. It makes me happy to see that they like it and I love making other people happy too.

6. Red lipstick is awesome.

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I love wearing bright lipstick, it’s a great way to change up my day to day look and have fun. I have so many different colors but red has been my go-to color a lot lately. Lipstick looks great on everyone so don’t be afraid to wear it with confidence. Trust me, red lipstick is definitely something worth owning.

7. Your decisions matter most.

This was probably the biggest lesson I learned in the last year. I took an AP art class that required me to submit a portfolio at the end of the year. My art teacher essentially had no confidence in most of my work and she wasn’t shy about saying that to me either. By the time I was finished I had made my portfolio with very little of her help, choosing the pictures that I liked disregarding the criticism that she had told me. I ended up passing with the highest score you could get. Now I’m not saying that you should disregard anything that anyone tells you but what you choose to do is what matters in the end. You have the power to do what you want.

8. Disney is magical no matter how old you are.

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I went to Disney this past spring break for the first time ever. I was 18 years old and probably had more fun than most of the little kids there! I’ve been a fan of Disney my whole life and this was honestly a dream come true for me. It’s such a magical experience and I can’t wait to go back someday.

9. You don’t have to like drinking coffee black.

There are so many coffee snobs at my school who will make comments all the time about how they only drink black coffee. I for one am definitely not one of those people. I love coffee but I always add creamer to it because when it’s plain it’s way too bitter for me. Like yay you if you can drink it plain but that’s nothing special to talk about. Don’t judge people for how they drink their coffee, it has nothing to do with you. It’s just coffee.

10. Go to your favorite band’s concerts.

Stars in the Night

Rend Collective is my favorite band and last September I got to see them live for the first time. I went to this concert with my friends Ryan and Ricky and I had such an amazing time. We stood really close to the stage and I just sang my heart out and loved every second of it. Then this spring I went to a Chris Tomlin concert with my youth group where Rend Collective played again (just as good the second time!). Going to concerts is so much fun, I love when the music is so loud that you can’t even hear anyone else so you can sing as loud as you want and just dance your heart out. (I didn’t really dance though, whoops.) If your favorite band ever comes to your city be sure to buy a ticket and go to the concert, you won’t regret it.

I had so much fun coming up with things to write for this post. I know it’s all over the place but these are the things that I’ve learned that I thought were worth sharing. What’s a random lesson you’ve learned over the years that has stuck with you?

Have a great day everyone!