College Update 8/20/17

I haven’t posted in like a week because I have been so busy! I am currently doing a thing offered at my school for freshman and we have had jam-packed days since Saturday. After move in we had a kick off gathering and had a magician/comedian come in and talk to us which was super cool. We were out until about 12 in the morning so we went back to the dorm after and passed out

Sunday I did a movie morning so I went and saw Annabelle: Creation which was super good! It was scary as heck but really good. We then went to a series of speakers and then did a bunch of activities involving all the leadership freshman which is about 2000 people! We basically moved around and did different ice breakers with random people to step out of our comfort zone and begin to get used to meeting new people. We got back  to the dorms at about 11 and took showers and went to bed.

Today we went to breakfast then to a speaker then we went to lunch. We then went and did obstacle courses and trust exercises with our designated groups which was super fun because we became super close through doing that! We then went to dinner and ate and now I’m back at my dorm waiting to go to a slam poetry session which I am super excited for.

I will try to keep you guys updated and will do a dorm tour soon if you guys want to see that!

 

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College Update 8/20/17

College Move-in Day!


I can’t believe I am already moving into college tomorrow! It seems like I just had orientation and move-in was months away. I am pretty nervous to move-in yet really excited to be in a new place with all new people. I have been packing like crazy for the past week and it has just hit me that I have a lot of stuff. I am confident I am going to fit the typical freshman stereotype of having too much stuff but I’d rather have too much than not enough.

Tomorrow (August 19th) I am leaving my house at about 8:30am, the drive is a hour and a half and move-in starts at 9. My roommate is moving in right at 9 so I wanted to go a little later just so we are not all over each other while trying to get stuff in the room. It is of course supposed to be hot and humid tomorrow so I plan to wear a t-shirt, track shorts and nike tennis shoes. It is important to be comfortable while moving in to avoid being hot and uncomfortable.

My college does something called Leadership Safari which is basically where you make a bunch of friends and take part in a lot of different activities. I am super excited to see what they have planned and more importantly make friends and connections. This event is from Saturday night to Wednesday.

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5 Ways to Furnish Your Dorm on a Budget


Furnishing a dorm is very important and is often the focus of the college experience. Everyone wants their dorm to look neat and put together but often that can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some ways you can furnish your dorm on a budget:

 

Don’t Shop All In One Place

It is important to not get all your things in one place. Often times you will get sucked in to buying something that is way more expensive at one store than it is at another. Going to other stores is also very important because there are a lot of different things at different places that you may love more than the last store you went to. Make a list and go store to store and slowly get everything you need to ensure you are making good and smart purchases.

 

Pay Attention to Price

Some things are going to be expensive wherever you go such as bed sets and different pieces of furniture. However that does not mean there isn’t a cheaper alternative to some of the other things you need to get. Before making purchases compare the prices on different stores websites and even Amazon to ensure you are getting the best price possible for that item. This may be a given but often people are so excited to furnish their dorm they don’t pay attention to how much they are spending.

 

Don’t Buy Things Just Because They are Cute

I was guilty of doing this, I bought something I thought was adorable and found once I got it home that I wouldn’t have much use for it. It is okay to want your dorm to look cute but make sure that what you are buying is useful and necessary. Wasting money on things you don’t need takes away from things like your textbooks and tuition that you could’ve spent that much more on instead of buying something you’ll never use.

 

Take Advantage of Coupons and Discounts 

It is so important to take advantage of different coupons and student discounts stores offer for dorm shopping. Bed Bath and Beyond had a thirty percent off coupon I used to get my total down and made things a lot cheaper. Do some research to whether the stores you plan to shop at are offering different coupons for furnishing your dorm. I know Target has a lot of coupons on their Cartwheel app which can be used on dorm essentials you need to get. It never hurts to ask the clerk if they offer a student discount because it could save you a good amount of money!

 

Don’t Get Anything you Don’t Need

Again I know this seems obvious but often when we go shopping we see things and think wow I need that. But it is important to be able to visualize exactly what you will use that item for to ensure it is a good purchase. I recommend going shopping with a specific list to make sure you don’t stray from that while making sure you get what you need. Going along with the list you can make separate lists of each store you plan to shop to make sure you are buying the item from the store with the lowest price.

 

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School Supplies Haul: College Edition


I move into college in 10 days and I still can’t believe it. I haven’t begun packing yet which I should probably start doing! I have always loved school supply shopping mainly because it is just fun and a way to get excited about the upcoming school year. I did have a lot of stuff leftover from last year and I have already bought some things so hear is what I got:

 

Notebooks and Folders

I have never been one for binders mainly because they are bulky and take up too much space. I like to be organized and have a set of things for each class so I can keep everything separated. I got a notebook as well as a matching color folder for each class to make it easy to keep track of which supplies are for which class. I always get my notebooks and folders from the Five Star brand mainly because they last me the entire school year and are made of good quality plastic so they do not rip or fall apart!

 

Pens

I absolutely love writing my notes in pen mainly because it is easy on my hand and makes note taking easy. My favorite pens are the Pilot G2 gel pens in the .07mm tip. These pens glide and last a long time and are just my favorite pens to use. I got two packs or three black ones as well as a multi color pack because I do like to color code my notes!

 

Index Cards

I love studying vocabulary and terms using notecards because it is an easy and effective way for me to remember things. In the past I have used the app Quizlet which I highly recommend if you don’t want to lug around a bunch of notecards! It’s a free flash card app that has a lot of different subjects and flashcards you can search that were created by different people.

 

Scissors, Whiteout, Glue

I thought I would need these things just because you never know when you are going to get assigned a project or something where you need to get a little crafty. I absolutely love Whiteout mainly because I like my notes to look clean and mistake free.

 

Highlighters

These are one of the things I had leftover from last year mainly because I never really used them. This year I plan to use them to study and take notes from my textbooks just as a visual way to keep my information organized and informative.

 

Pencils and Pencil Pouch

I absolutely hate writing in pencil and will only do it when required to. Getting a pencil pouch allows me to keep all my pens, highlighters and pencils together and organized. It is easy to pull out in class and carry around wherever you go.

 

Planner

I mentioned in my dorm haul that I had got a planner, it is a simple Blue Skies planner in the pink marble design. I hope this will keep me organized and I plan to write down everything I need to know or remember in it as a way to stay on top of things and achieve my goal of getting a 4.0 this semester.

 

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School Supplies Haul: College Edition

Tips for High School Seniors


Senior Year was probably one of my favorite years of high school, it brings so many different opportunities and experiences you will never forget. Here are a few tips I have for all you high school seniors 

 

Start Applying to Colleges as Soon as Possible 

Applying to colleges early on is probably one of the most important things to do. A lot of colleges have early admission which allows you to apply and be accepted early on. Take advantage of this! Especially if you are looking into something like nursing school it is important to get ahead of the competition and it takes a big weight off your shoulders.

 

Look into Scholarships and Grants

I can not stress this enough, college is expensive and any little thing helps. Even if the grant is for a hundred dollars you would be surprised at how big of a difference that will make. Applying may take a little bit of time and effort but it will be worth it in the long run when you aren’t struggling to pay your tuition and having to take a bunch of loans out.

 

Get Involved

It is never too late to get involved in high school, start volunteering or join a club that sparks your interest. My school offered a few different clubs that were open to anyone who wanted to join them. You could also go out for a sport you have never tried, you never know you could love it! Don’t have any regrets about not doing something!

 

Show Your School Spirit

Times like homecoming and spirit weeks are a great way to show school spirit and just have fun. Being a senior means you’re setting the bar for the underclassmen so you want to make sure you go all out and leave a lasting impression on the school. Participate in homecoming events, go to football games, cheer your team on to victory! You will miss the heck out of these events once they are gone so start going to them as soon as you can!

 

Choose Your Classes Wisely

If you have an idea of what you want to study in college start taking classes that relate to that study in high school. It will give you a better idea as to if that is for you or not. Take AP classes to get college credit! If your school offers dual enrollment take advantage of that! Between AP credit and dual enrollment credit I got nine credits out-of-the-way which is a lot in the long run. It is also free so taking advantage of that is a very smart choice and will save you time and money in the long run.

 

Enjoy it, Live in the Moment

This is so important to remember, don’t get caught up in the petty drama, just live in the moment and be happy. Stick by those friends who have been there for you and drop those who haven’t it is such a good feeling to get negativity out of your life early on and will make your senior year that much better and smoother. Yes senior year is stressful and yes it is expensive but it will all be worth it in the long run. Get through those hard classes and study your butt off to leave a good impression on your college. Don’t blame it on ‘Senioritis'(Which I have been guilty of in the past). Everyone is ready to graduate but that doesn’t give you an excuse to be lazy in the end. This is the last time you are going to see most of these people, leave a good impression of you in their minds.

 

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Preparing for College: Clothing Haul!


I recently did some shopping for back to school clothes in preparation for college. Everything I bought was on sale so I ended up getting amazing deals on everything I bought. I thought I would share with you guys what I bought and how I plan to wear them!
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This olive green stripped dress I got from Khols! It’s fitted and really flattering which is why I fell in love with it. It is by the brand Mudd and was on clearance for only $9.00! I wore this to my birthday dinner yesterday with a pair of brown wedges and it made a great dressy outfit yet was very comfortable. You can find and purchase this dress here.

I also got this shirt from Khols and it was on clearance for $3.00! I plan to tie the side and wear it as a crop top with some jean shorts or tuck it into the shorts and wear it that way. I love getting clothes I can wear different ways because it gives me so many more options on how to wear it based on the style I’m going for. You can find and purchase this shirt here.

Although I do have a lot of track shorts and lounge shorts the price on these was one I couldn’t pass up! Each of these was on sale for $7.00! I love to wear athletic shorts in the summer if I’m going somewhere chill or to sleep in. They are super comfortable and allow your legs to breathe in the hot summer months. You can find and purchase these here.

I love simple black shirts like these because you can always style them to look cute. This shirt was only $5.00 and is super lightweight and comfortable. I plan to wear this tucked into cute shorts or left untucked, either way its cute! You can find and purchase this shirt here.

 

 

I absolutely love body suits so when I found this one I had to get it! This was on sale for $7.00 and is super comfortable to wear. Body suits are easy to style and look good wherever you are going and they. stay in place which is a plus. You can find and purchase this here.

I went through the shoe section at Burlington just to see if they had anything I might like. I stumbled across a couple pairs of Calvin Klein Jeans Shoes! I loves these as soon as I tried them on and the best part was the suede pair was only $25.00 and the white pair was $15.00! This was an amazing find and I got these at a steal price thankfully. I am excited to wear these in college and style them with alot of different outfits!

 

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Preparing for College


I absolutely can not believe that I move into college in 17 days. It seems like I was just getting my acceptance letter and just graduating high school. Being a first generation college student I am basically doing this blindly, I have read countless posts and watched videos on how to prepare for college so here are some things I have been doing to get prepared.

 

Getting Educated

College involves so many things I never really had any prior knowledge about. For example I never knew how to take out loans which I just had to do. I started reading more into it and looking at the best way’s to plan payment for loans so I am not so far in debt I can’t function. Right now I am paying about $600 a month which is very expensive, be  prepared to have to spend a lot. I have had a job since the day I turned 16 and have been saving up ever since, you want to start saving now so things come easier later.

 

Getting Organized

I have never been one to be organized so this is definitely a hard thing for me to do. I have purchased a planner to help keep me organized throughout school as well as set up my google calendar and programmed my classes, important events and reminders to blog. This has helped me visualize my week and what my weeks are going to look like once I start college. Taking 15 credits I want to make sure I stay organized and block out time for things like studying and homework so I can stay on track.

 

Getting Involved

I have recently began looking into what organizations and clubs I would maybe like to join. It is important to get involved because it is a good way to make friends and connections that will be helpful in the future. There is a club or organization for just about anything and joining is easy and fun. You can look up the different organizations your college has on their website and see what will fit you best.

 

Getting Prepared

I have been making lists of what I need to purchase as well as packing lists. This is essential so move-in day goes as smoothly as possible. Figure out what dorm things you need, school supplies and more importantly textbooks! You want to make sure you have everything you need so you don’t stress out last minute because you forgot this or don’t have it. Look into what classes require textbooks and how much they are going to cost in the long run.

 

Getting Excited

Last of all it is important to start getting excited about going to college! It is a huge accomplishment and you should be proud you are going. Get some college merch to show off your school spirit and plan on going to different sporting events to support your school. It is normal to feel nervous, I know I am. But more importantly be excited for the changes and friendships college is going to bring you!

 

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