Recruitment Week 2018: Why I Decided to Join a Sorority

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If you are new to my blog hello! My name is Karla and I am a sophomore at Central Michigan University! I post lifestyle and college-related posts and would love if you would subscribe to this blog to keep up with me and of course follow all my social media listed below! 

So this year I made a decision that I thought I would never make, I wanted to join a sorority. This decision is a hard one to make, not only because of how nerve-racking it can be as a whole but because I don’t look like the ‘typical’ sorority girl. All of my life I have struggled with my identity and where I fit in best, being mixed, I didn’t know if I should embrace my black side, mainly because I grew up with my white side of the family.

With that being said, I decided to put this fear aside and just go with my heart, and I am so happy I did. My best friend joined a sorority last year and I just remember how many friends she made from the whole process and how truly happy it made her, so I thought why not. The sorority I decided to go with isn’t apart of Greek life on campus, which means we don’t participate in rush week, dues are a lot less expensive, and the most appealing part to me is the fact that they are based on service instead of the social aspect commonly associate with sororities.

So I attended the info night, just to get a better look at what the sorority had to offer and meet some of the sisters. I instantly fell in love, not only because my best friend was apart of the group but also all of the other sisters were so kind and inviting, it made me feel like I was already apart of their family as cheesy as that sounds.

Following info night we had 2 weeks of recruitment, which included a craft night where we made a goal-oriented craft, service night where we made cards and leis for a local children’s hospital, speed dating where we got to go around and meet all the sisters and talk to them, a potluck where we got a tour of the house and some amazing food and a couple more events.

Throughout these 2 weeks of recruitment, I got to know a couple of the sisters pretty well and just felt as though the overall vibe of the sorority fit perfect with what I was looking for. I also got to know a lot of the girls in my recruitment class who I would be going through the whole bid process with and made a good friend, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to join a sorority in the first place. Overall the recruitment process was a lot of fun and reinforced the fact that I did make the right decision to go out for this sorority.

Then came bid day, to say I was nervous was an understatement. Basically how the sorority does it is we had to all be in our rooms by 5:00pm, we had to be in a white t-shirt and jeans as well. So when 5 o’clock rolled around I began to get nervous, I had to reassure myself that even if I didn’t receive a bid I would be okay, the process was all worth it in the end. As the minutes passed I finally received a knock at my apartment door, and when I opened it I was greeted with a circle of sisters I had gotten to known over the past two weeks, with smiling faces they sang me their recruitment song and asked if I would accept my bid, I, of course, said yes.

At that moment I had reached a level of happiness I hadn’t felt in a very long time, like I was finally apart of a group of amazing girls who would accept me no matter what, as cheesy as that sounds, it was the feeling of becoming a sister. When I tell you guys I couldn’t stop smiling I mean it, I almost cried I was so happy. After we picked up a couple more girls apart of my class we went back to the house where we were greeted by the rest of the sisters, and I was able to share the happiness with my class.

If somebody would have told me last year, that in a years time I would be apart of a sorority I would have never believed it. I never thought I would be ‘that girl’, but look at me now, I’m only 3 weeks in and I’ve met so many amazing girls and feel as though I’ve finally found my place here at Central.

I encourage any girl or guy out there who is hesitant to go out for a sorority, frat or even an organization, do it. Take the chance because you will regret it if you don’t, ask yourself ‘what’s the worst thing that can happen?’. You only spend a small period of your life in college, make the most of it, make amazing memories that will last a lifetime, be happy, embrace who you are and never be ashamed to show it. I already regret not joining sooner because I know this is going to be a journey that I will remember forever, and it will provide me with memories and friendships I will carry on for my entire life.

Special note to my best friend, thank you for pushing me to join you and be a part of this amazing group of girls, I will be forever thankful for you.

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August Favorites!

I know this post is kinda late but I still wanted to share some of the things I was loving during the month of August!

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  • Beauty/Skincare

– Biore Deep Pore Cleanser(Oily Skin)

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser for Oily Skin (6.77 oz)This face wash has honestly been my holy grail because it not only has cleared up my acne, but it has also gotten rid of my blackheads! I have combination skin and even though this cleanser is targeted towards oily skin types it didn’t dry my face out and left my skin feeling soft and refreshed!

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless

This foundation has been my go-to foundation for years now but the matte and poreless formula is perfect for the summer time! It provides a natural coverage with a smooth matte finish and probably the most important thing about this foundation is that the shade range is extensive with 40+ shades! If you are looking for a good foundation I highly recommend this one!

  • Decor/Home

Grey Mandella Tapestry

This tapestry from dormify.com is one of the staple pieces in my living room! I ordered this last year for my college dorm and it made the room look and feel that much more like home! I love dormify because they have so many different products to choose from including dorm decor and they even sell removable wallpaper that will for sure spice up any room! If any of you bloggers want to be apart of the dormifam and receive exclusive products and get amazing discounts, email me at lifewithkarla@gmail.com! If any of you are interested in anything off the dormify website you can use my code and save 20% off your first order! This is not a sponsored post by any means I just really love the company and I would never promote something if I personally haven’t tried it and loved it!

– Suhani Comforter Set

My favorite thing in my room is my bedspread! I got it from bed bath and beyond for anSuhani Comforter Set amazing deal and it is so cozy and warm! If you sign up for bed bath and beyond’s college pass you will get 20% off everytime you shop! If you don’t like this comforter they have so many more to choose from. This is where I did a good portion of my college apartment shopping mainly because they have pretty much everything you need from kitchen stuff to bedroom decor to mini fridges!

  • Clothing

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer

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These shoes are probably the comfiest tennis shoes I have ever owned! Having to walk long distances every day for college I wanted a shoe that was cute and would go with everything but would still be super comfortable! These shoes are only $60 which is not a lot for a good quality shoe that is going to last a while!

– Macrame High Neck Bikini 

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Because it is the end of summer I thought I would share the bathing suit that I wore most of the summer! This one from target was my absolute favorite because it was comfortable and the high neck provided support! I got it in a dark green color and it looked really good on my tan skin, I love targets bathing suits because they are an amazing quality and they have such a big selection to pick from!

  • Music

Sweetener by Ariana Grande

This album has been my absolute favorite this month! Some of my favorite songs are God is a Women, Breathin, and R.E.M. Ariana has always been one of my favorite artists because she is so down to earth and she sounds amazing live!

New music I have discovered recently

I always like to go through and clear out my playlists of songs I am not into anymore as well as make new playlists with songs I have discovered! This playlist has many different genres and artists on it which is why I love it so much! There is nothing like finding and falling in love with an artist and their music!

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There are my August 2018 favorites! 

What have you been loving recently?

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What Classes I’m Taking: Fall 2018

Hey guys! I know I have been MIA for a while but honestly, this summer was so busy with work and hanging out with family and preparing for the new school year I just really didn’t have time to even sit down and write a post! With that being said I am going to try my best to stick to a Monday Friday upload schedule to make sure I am posting and staying active! If you are new to my blog hello! My name is Karla and I am a sophomore at Central Michigan University! I post lifestyle and college-related posts and would love if you would subscribe to this blog to keep up with me and of course follow all my social media listed below! 

If you have any questions feel free to email me- lifewithkarla@gmail.com or comment them down below! Without further ado lets get into the classes I am taking this semester!

  • HSC 333: Managing Health Populations(3 Credits)

If you don’t already know I am majoring in Health Administration with a double minor in leadership and psychology! This class is centered around the different populations we look at in healthcare and how the data is used to determine certain things! The professor I have for this class is amazing and I can already tell she is very invested in making sure we succeed in her course. I do not really have any concerns or worries about this course and am actually super excited to dive into the content!

  • HSC 507: Introduction to Health Service Organization Systems(3 Credits)

I absolutely love my professor for this course, I worked with him last year with an RSO that I was apart of centered around Health Administration! This course will detail the different organization systems that are present in healthcare and the way they run as well as a more in-depth look into the runnings of health organizations on a day-to-day basis. 

  • LDR 200: Introduction to Leadership(3 Credits)

This class is probably what I am looking forward to the most, mainly because it is an active learning class meaning it is not lecture based. It is activity and group work based making it more interactive and fun. This week we got put into ‘families’ which are going to be our groups for the semester and I already love my group so much! I look forward to this class and all that it has to offer and think it will truly make me a better leader!

  • PSY 220: Developmental Psychology(Online) (3 Credits)

Already this course has been interesting, it is centered around how humans develop and what different attributes can lead us to who we are. I can tell this course is going to require a lot of studying and reading mainly because it is a psychology class and in the past, I have learned that they tend to be a lot of content packed into one chapter. I am still very excited about this course and to learn more about human development!

  • HSC 520: Health Services Administration(Online) (3 Credits)

Out of all my classes, this is the one I think I will have to put in the most work for just because it is a course that I need to remember everything I learn to carry it into future classes. With that being said the content is very interesting thus far and I think I will actually want to do the work for this course because of that. This is my first semester of getting into more than one class for my major and I am very excited to learn more about the healthcare field and everything it has to offer!

Those are my classes for this semester! I hope you enjoyed reading about them and my concerns/fears involved with them! I am ready to embrace this year and am hoping to excel in my academics as I know I can!

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Tips for College Freshman!!

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Guys, I officially move into my apartment in one month! I am so excited and anxious to get back to college and get back to my routine! I have yet to even attempt to go apartment shopping or school supply shopping but expect a haul when I do!

College can be such a scary transition, you are leaving behind friends you have known for years, the comfort of your hometown and all of the teachers you have come to know and love. But college is such an amazing experience and I promise you, it will be amazing! My freshman year of college was a roller coaster and that is okay! I learned so much about myself as a person through the ups and downs and more importantly, I found out who was there for me and would stand by my side no matter what!

With that being said I have a bunch of tips for incoming freshman and may even need to make a part two of this post! So without further or do here are some tips for you:

  • Step out of your comfort zone

I know this may seem small but honestly, college is all about getting out of the box you are so used to being in and going out to do things! I was always afraid to go to social events alone like club meetings and other events but it was something I knew I had to do! Stepping outside of your comfort zone will bring tons of new experiences, people, and memories that will stay with you for a lifetime! Don’t let the fear of judgment or rejection ever hold you back, wear the outfit you are scared to get judge for, go and do something you would never do and more importantly live in the moment and live for yourself!

  • Don’t fall behind

This may seem obvious and you might be thinking “I won’t fall behind, ill always get things done on time.”, yea that’s what I thought too. College is so much different from highschool when it comes to academics, you have large lectures of 200+ students so your teacher just see’s you as another face, you have social events going on, the pressure to join organizations and clubs which will take up more time, it will all be very overwhelming. My #1 tip for not falling behind is saying NO! Dedicate time each day to study for that test or write a paragraph of that paper, it may be difficult but prioritizing your school work is something that will always be respected and understood. I fell behind spring semester and struggled immensely to pull myself out of the hole I dug myself in but when I did I vowed I would never let it happen again.

  • Keep in touch with family

I thought in the beginning that I wasn’t going to miss my family that much but by the second week, I was missing being able to come home and talk to my family about my day.  Set time aside each day to call a family member and just talk, chances are they think you are busy and don’t want to bother you by calling but would love to hear from you. Get out all of your issues and things you may be dealing with as well as all of the happy things that are going out with your life, once you get off the phone you will feel so much better!

  • Make connections

College is a big game of who is going to get the better grades, who is going to get hired at the best place and at the end of the day you are competing with thousands of people for one job. It is so important, even as a freshman to start to make connections early on, whether that be people who share your major, professors or even professionals in the industry you want to go into. Again it can be very nerve racking to reach out and make these connections but it all goes back to getting out of your comfort zone and doing what will better you. Join an academic club for your major, I did this and ended up reaching out to a facility member at the hospital I want to intern and eventually work at and was able to shadow him for the day. Through this, he put me in contact with the person who handles the hiring of interns and I made a great first impression on so many people! Take the initiative to do things like this and it will pay off in the future!

  • Embrace the things that make you different

College is such a culturally diverse place and it really can be such a breath of fresh air to be surrounded by people who share your ethnicity, race, beliefs, values or even interests and hobbies! For me personally, I went to a predominantly white high school and had very few mixed friends, so when I went to college I was so excited to see all the different clubs and organizations that embraced all of those things that make use different! I joined a group for first-generation college students and was so eager to talk to everyone about their experiences and how college was them so far! The transition from high school to college will be so much easier if you are surrounded by people who are similar to you but different at the same time, get out there and meet those people!

There are some tips I have for you guys that I personally have experience with! I promise as scary and intimidating as college can be, it is an amazing time and will change who you are and the way you see the world! Embrace it and make the best out of it because just like high school, it will go by so much quicker than you think!

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Spring 2018: Class Reflection

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I recently received my final grade report from my college and I am pretty happy with my grades, my classes this semester were pretty challenging due to the fact that I had just started classes for my major. I thought I would reflect back on my classes and the experiences I had in them to provide insight if you guys are taking similar courses! Here is my original post explaining what classes I took spring 2018.

COM 267: Introduction to Debate

  • Much to my surprise, this class ended up being one of my favorites, mainly because of how amazing my professor was. Basically, the class was based on teaching us the basics of debate like the different types of propositions, the structures of debate and different tactics used when debating. We learned the content the first half of the semester and then the second half we picked a debate partner and were randomly assigned different debate topics. These debated were very interesting to prepare for and I ended up getting a 100% on both of them! We also had to write a term paper describing the different things we learned and how we applied them to our everyday life which I got an A on. Overall I ended the class with a B+ which is a lot better than I thought I was going to do originally!

PSY 250: Abnormal Psychology 

  • This class was one of my harder classes, the content was very hard to learn because there was just so much of it. We had 6 exams, each covered 3 chapters which ended up being about 150 pages of reading and note-taking from a huge book which I do not do the best when it comes to studying from a book. The content was however very interesting to learn, some things we learned about were the different types of mental disorders, therapies for disorders, legal aspects of clinical psychology and much much more. I ended the class with a B, I was more than happy to get this grade because I felt as though the class was very difficult.

HSC 203: Leadership for Health Professions 

  • This was probably my easiest class mainly because the content was things like resume building, leadership skills, teamwork and different talks about how to prepare to enter the healthcare field. This was my first class that was not only required for my major but also the first look I got to the Health Administration career which was pretty interesting. I ended this class with an A which I expected to and I made some amazing friends in the class as well.

REL101WI: Introduction to World Religion 

  • I took this class online and man am I glad I did, the class was simple and kind of boring at times. It was a writing intensive meaning I had to write 3 papers throughout the course which I did pretty well on. The content of the class was easy to understand and I learned about the major 5 religions and everything about them between the origin of them and how they are in the world now. I received a B+ in this class which I did earn because I tended to slack off when it came to this class because I would forget to do some things until the day they were do because it was online and I was focused more on my other classes.

HSC 317: Community Health

  • I absolutely hated this class due to the difficulty of the online format. The content was impossible to learn and the exams were some of the hardest exams I have ever taken in my life. The teacher for this course was amazing and if it was not for her I probably would have failed the course and had to retake it. I would recommend taking this class in person just because of how important the content it to know for the future! I barely scraped by with a B- and I am so relieved that I did not get a C in the class as that would have tanked my GPA!

Overall this semester was pretty tough, tougher than my first semester which I was not expecting. Just remember that it is okay to get B’s and C’s, college is hard and it is okay to struggle here and there. Always reach out to professors and other students for help because that is the only way you are going to get help! I wish you all the best of luck in your upcoming endeavors!

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Apartment Must-Haves!

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Even though I just moved out of my freshman dorm, I am already looking at all the different things I need to purchase in order to have the best apartment I can have! I am living in a one bedroom loft style apartment next year which is a version of on-campus apartment housing my college offers. With that being said they are not luxury apartments, the exact opposite of that quite honestly so in order to make them feel like home I want to decorate and have all the necessities that I think will make life easier! Here are a few must-haves I will be purchasing!

  • Bed Set

This for obvious reasons is a must-have and I want to go for a navy blue and grey theme for the whole apartment. I have found a few comforter sets that I have fell in love with and will for sure be considering when it comes down to buying one of them.

Madison Park Essentials Merritt Reversible Comforter Set

This Madison Park Essentials Comforter Set  from Bed Bath and Beyond is one I have been looking at for months and I think it would add the perfect pop of navy blue to my bedroom while not being too much as far as the pattern goes. I also love comforters that are reversible because I can easily change up the room if I get sick of it which is always a plus!

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The second comforter set I am looking at is from Target and it is the Blue Nissa Comforter and Sheet Set which I absolutely love! I love the muted patterns on both the comforter and the sheets and while it is not just navy blue I still love the shades of blue they do use and I think along with the throw pillows it looks so cute!

Which bed set do you guys like better?

  • Kitchen Essentials 

Farberware® High Performance Nonstick Aluminum 17-Piece Cookware SetObviously a major essential for the kitchen is a pots and pans set! I plan on cooking a lot (hopefully) and want a durable set of cookware that is going to be easy to work with and more importantly versatile!

Another must-have for the kitchen is a blender! I am a smoothie lover and my favorite part of eating breakfast in the caf at school was the smoothies! So I think the ninja blender would be perfect for that and it is the perfect size for me!

  • Decor Essentials 

If you follow me on Pinterest  you will know how much I love pinning all different kinds of home decor items!

One of my favorite ways to decorate a space is using tapestries! I have already gotten a few of them and plan on hanging them on bland brick walls as well as maybe using one of them as a couch cover to cover the not so cute couch provided by the university! Tapestries are a good way to add a pop of color and pattern to an otherwise dull and boring room! This tapestry can be found here.

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The next decor item I want to get is different kinds of plants! I love the use of plants to add a sense of life to a room and I think the thought that I need to take care of them will get me out of bed in the morning and again add a sense of life to my apartment wherever I put them! This one can be found here.

Crosby Schoolhouse Floor Lamp White - Threshold™ - image 1 of 4There is a huge lack of overhead lighting in the apartments so with that being said I am going to have to invest in a few lamps! Whether that be table lamps or floor lamps I still want to make sure they are a good addition and add to the decor and homey feeling! This one can be found here.

Another important aspect of decor is floor rugs! Not only does this add color and pattern but it also is used for different things like wiping your feet off in front of the door, catching water when you get out of the shower and protecting the floors from spills! I plan on buying a few different types of rugs and I think they will pull the room together that much more! This one can be found here.

  • Bathroom Essentials!

One important thing I plan on buying is a shower caddy which goes over the shower head! Instead of taking things in and out of the shower and I go I want to keep everything in the shower but still keep it organized! This caddy can be found here.

Another storage item I want to put in the bathroom is an over the toilet storage rack. This would be to keep things like toilet paper, all my skin care items as well as extra body wash and other shower items. This storage rack can be found here.

Becker Geometric Printed Shower Curtain - image 1 of 1Of course a must-have for the bathroom is a shower curtain! While the university does supply one I find them to be ugly as they are a bland beige color and I really would just overall feel more comfortable bringing my own patterned shower curtain! I think this one is absolutely adorable and would fit my navy blue theme perfectly!

So there are some things I plan on buying for my apartment and I could not be more excited to be able to decorate it and make it my own! I will for sure be updating you guys on any purchases I make and anything else I think of in the process of buying things!

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How to Survive Finals Week

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With finals week in full swing, I thought I would share some tips and tricks I have learned over my first year at college in order to alleviate the stress and pressure of finals week! I hope you find this post helpful, feel free to comment down below any tips that have helped you through finals week! Don’t forget to follow me on all social media to keep up with me, listed below!

  • Don’t sacrifice sleep to study!

As hard as this is to do sometimes all-nighters can actually hurt you more than they help you! Instead of cramming all in one night try focusing on a certain final more than others or plan times to study for them all separately! For me personally, I need to sit down and focus on one class rather than try to study for all of them at the same time. Instead of pulling an all-nighter, consider waking up early the next day to study before the final, making sure to eat a good breakfast, it will make you feel more refreshed and prepared than an all-nighter would.

  • Make a list of what needs to be done!

When it comes to finals week I always make a list including the chapters I need to study, the things I have been struggling to remember, any last minute assignments that are do and anything I may have going on outside of taking finals. This makes me feel more organized and being able to visualize all the things I need to do and study for it makes it that much easier to get done. It is also easy to add onto the list and cross things off when you are done to ensure you are getting everything done!

  • Find out where you study best!

This is an essential to try and figure out early in the year, for me I don’t do well in places like the library where it is dead silent, I need background noise in order to focus. Knowing where you study best makes it easier and less frustrating because at the end of the day you need to worry about the material you are studying, not the environment around you.

  • Implement a good self-care routine!

Self-care during finals is something that is often overlooked and forgotten about, but it is so important to maintain and keep up with. For me, I give myself an hour before bed to catch up on youtube videos, watch my favorite TV shows, which right now I am obsessed with the show This Is Us, it is amazing! I also make sure to hang out with friends and really do anything I can to take my mind off of finals. Find things you love to do and will take off some of the stress you are facing to ensure you will be refreshed and ready to conquer finals!

  • Don’t over study!

I know this sounds crazy but this is something that happens to people all of the time, myself included. I spend hours upon hours without a break studying for a single subject, only to retain little to no information and man is it frustrating. For this I tend to take breaks when studying so I will study for a half hour then take a ten-minute break to eat, check my phone and so on just to give my brain a chance to retain all of the information I just looked over. This is so important because it will ensure you will retain and remember all the information and will be able to recall it on finals day!

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Where Have I Been?

Hey guys! I know it has been over a month and I am so sorry I haven’t gotten any content out, to be completely honest I haven’t had the motivation to get out posts! College has been kicking my butt lately, between working 16 hours a week and taking 15 credits I have been drained both emotionally and physically.

With that being said I have 2 weeks left, this coming week is the last week of classes and then the following week is exams! I am so excited to be done and be able to relax and actually enjoy summer!

I have been updating my twitter lately just trying to explain where I have been but I truly don’t have an excuse other than I just have been so consumed with college and finals and slowly beginning to move back home. I recently brought my car up to campus just for the rest of the year so it will make the move-out process a lot easier, considering the fact that I have so much stuff.

As far as this summer goes I am taking an accounting class at my local community college, which just so happens to be offered on Monday and Wednesdays from 5:30-9:30… Yea that’s right, 4 fricken hours twice a week learning accounting. With that being said I want to try and have as laid back of a summer as possible, recently I have been looking into nannying jobs for the summer and I have found a couple so I am hopeful that everything will work out and I will be able to be a full-time nanny for the summer!

I have a couple ideas for upcoming posts including my summer clothes wish list, apartment must-haves, how to get through finals, how to schedule classes effectively, a reflection on my freshman year of college and my bucket list for this summer. I am excited to jump back into blogging because it really is something I enjoy doing and I really want to start taking this seriously, eventually, I want to invest in a nice camera and maybe start doing youtube videos!

Another reason my motivation is so lacking is also because of the insane weather we have been experiencing lately, just last weekend we had a huge snow and ice storm that left all of the town around me without any power, and the campus without any hot water. To say the least, the bad weather is reflective of Michigan and I am no longer surprised by any bad weather at this point. But this week looks promising for spring with temperatures in the high fifties and low sixties so I hope that this will make finals that much easier.

I hope you guys are having a good semester! With only a couple weeks to go, it is crunch time and possibly the most stressful part of the whole year! Good luck to everyone on finals, I wish you all the best!

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How are you feeling about finals?

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Mid-Semester Blues

It is the dreaded part of the semester where most students motivations hits a low and we want nothing more than to sleep all day and avoid our responsibilities. This week, being the first back from spring break, has already been jam packed, stressful and very draining both emotionally and physically.

Over spring break I pretty much ate, slept and visited friends and family, which to me is just as good as going somewhere warm and peaceful. The week flew by and before I knew it I was in the car making the hour and a half journey back up to college.

As this week begun I found it hard to get back into the routine of working and going to class, instead of waking up at noon I had to get up at 8 or 9 which that in itself was a huge struggle. Another big struggle was going to the gym and working out after taking a week long break from my normal routine of going 6 times a week. I could tell I had not done heavy cardio in a while and soon found workouts that were previously easy came challenging to me as I struggled to complete them.

Another thing that was weird about coming back was the lasting eeriness about the events that took place the week prior. If you did not already know I attend Central Michigan University, and if that doesn’t ring a bell then google the school and see read about the tragic event that took place just before spring break began.

It is chilling to watch such tragedies, like school shootings, on TV, and I never imagined that something like this would hit so close to home and would be talked about all across the country. If you want to hear more about how this impacted me personally I can write a separate post talking about that subject.

Though something so tragic happened we are more united than ever as a campus and encouraging posters saying ‘We are CMU’ are located all around campus. Being such a sensitive subject my professors were sure to direct us to the counseling center if we were having issues coping with what happened and needed further help as to how to cope healthily with it all.

On a lighter note I have a upcoming Spectrum Health visit this Friday in which we are going to visit the hospital, get a tour and speak to representatives and health administrators involved with the hospital. I am very excited for this opportunity and for sure will be writing a post about my experience and what it involved!

This is another reason why I cannot stress how important it is to get involved with different clubs, whether they are academic like mine is or simply just for fun, they provide you with opportunities and networking opportunities you would not have otherwise.

As of right now I only have 7 weeks left in the semester which is absolutely crazy to think about, i’m almost done with my first semester of college! I came into the process to intimidated but now that I am almost done I can say it is not as hard as I thought it would be but it was for sure a big adjustment, now to kick these mid-semester blues to the side and build up enough motivation to make it through these next 7 weeks!

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How is college going for you guys? If you are not in college what are some things you are nervous about?

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Shop My Wishlist: March 2018

I always tend to leave a lot of items in my cart when it comes to online shopping, so I thought I would share those items with you guys and give you some spring and summer inspiration! So here are some items on my wishlist from various sites:

Victoria Secret

 The Player Sports Bra

This sports bra is so cute and now that I am working to get in shape I love looking at different sports bras because I think when you are at the gym you should feel comfortable in what you wear and if it is cute and can be shown off that is a plus!

These leggings are so cute and I mainly wear leggings when working out. I have never had a pair of Victoria Secret leggings before just because of how expensive they are but I think they would be a great investment! I usually go for high-wasted leggings when working out just because they are more comfortable and stay up a lot better but I think these leggings would be great for working out!

I think this shirt is so cute and would be perfect to wear around campus in the spring time and even in the summer! I think the white looks beautiful and crisp and the ladder sleeves make it that much more unique and cute!

Dormify 

I am actually a style advisor for dormify which is a program in which you can test out their new products and be the first to see what they are working on! I have a code for you guys if you want to join! Click here.

  • Wanderlust Collection: Bed Set Collections_Wanderlust_A_7923_1024x1024

I absolutely love dormify when it comes to decorating my dorm or in my case preparing to live in an apartment next year! They provide great inspiration and their site it pretty mucha one stop shop due to their wide variety of decor, bedding and other great products! This bed set is perfect for me because I want to have a grey, white and navy blue theme in my apartment next year!

Romwe

I have been wanting to order from Romwe for a while just because of how affordable the clothes are! But because of the low prices I have been a bit skeptical and hesitant to try them out mainly because I do not want to get ripped off and be given cheap clothing

  • Halter Dress

I think this dress is perfect for the spring time and would look great on me! I love to dress up occasionally to go to class because it makes me feel a lot better about myself and gives me that boost of confidence and motivation I may be lacking for the day!

I have a couple of bathing suits but some of them are worn out from chlorine and honestly I just need to invest in some new sets. Typically bikinis are on the pricey side but to see this set for only $11 is such a steal! I think this bathing suit is perfect for the summer and would look great on any skin tone!

I find it really hard to find a good pair of skinny jeans that fit perfect and will last a long time! I currently don’t own any black jeans so for the price I would be willing to try these out and they seem to be super cute!

Ulta

I have been wanting to try these for a while because I see everyone rave over how amazing they are! I would want to try out a deeper shade like sunlight or candlelight because I think it would give my skin a perfect glow under foundation. However because they are $42, they will remain in my cart until I gain the courage to spoil myself and buy them. 

MOBR0967F_1_L.jpgThe main reason I haven’t bought this is because I am not the best at makeup and I never wear eyeshadow. However I think this palette would be a good starter palette because of the color scheme and for the price you get amazing quality eyeshadows!

I have seen beauty influencers rant and rave over this product saying it is an amazing go-to everyday lip gloss. I will for sure be investing in this sometime soon mainly because I want to start getting more into makeup and explore different brands to see what works best for me!

So there are some various items I have in my carts that I am dying to buy! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and I am thinking about making this a monthly thing, what do you guys think?

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What are some things you guys are dying to buy?

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