July Favorites!

I have recently purchased a lot of different things in preparation for college and just to try out some new products I have heard good things about. These products have been amazing and have done good things for me and hopefully they will for you too!



I have been using the Maybelline Fit Me foundation for a very long time and I absolutely love it! I use the dewy and smooth formula in the winter (Shade 310) and the Matte and Poreless formula in the summer (Shade 330). This foundation keeps me matte throughout the day and leaves such a natural look to the skin. I often get compliments on how good my skin looks when I am wearing this foundation and that is just the best feeling. If you are looking for a good foundation for the summer time I highly recommend this one! They have forty different shades which is a huge selection! This foundation can be found anywhere makeup is sold and runs around $6.00!


Skin Care

As I mentioned in my Skin Care Routine post, I have been recently loving the Dr.Bronners 18-in-1 Hemp Tea Tree Pure-Castile Soap. I use this twice a day to cleanse my face and each time I use it I absolutely love it! The best thing about it is how little you have to use! I use about two drops when I wash my face and that is the perfect amount to get my skin a deep clean and leave it feeling soft and moisturized. I have combination skin and I have noticed that this has reduced the amount of oil and dryness in my skin leaving it the perfect balance! You can purchase this really anywhere I got my 32 oz. bottle at target for $15.00!


Another skin care product I have been loving this month is the Gold Bond Ultimate Healing body lotion with Aloe. I apply this after getting out of the shower and it absorbs into the skin super fast and leaves my body feeling soft and moisturized. My skin tends to be on the dry side so this is perfect for me, it gives me the perfect amount of moisture and smells amazing! This can be found pretty much anywhere and will run around $8.00


Hair Care

I have pretty wavy and frizzy natural hair so finding something to control that and leave it feeling soft and hydrated is important. I have been using Moroccan Oil hair products for a while now but I have recently started using their Curl Control Cream. I let my hair sit in a towel for about ten minutes, take it down and apply a quarter size amount to my hair making sure to really massage it in especially at the ends of my hair. This can be found online and in Sephora. It is a little pricey running around $34.00 but it has lasted me for around a year and I still have a lot left! It also smells absolutely amazing.



Recently I invested in a computer for college. I purchased the MacBook Air 13″ and I absolutely love it! Apple offers an amazing student discount which gives you around $300 off MacBooks! Mine was $849 which is pretty cheap for a Mac. I have never had a MacBook in the past however I have always had iPhones and iPods so I am familiar with how Apple products run. This laptop is perfect for college and is super lite so you won’t have to worry about it weighing you down when going from class to class. You can find these discounts on apples website if you are interested!


Going along with this purchase I also got a free pair of Beats Solo 3’s! They are amazing and have such good battery life. Apple includes a free pair of these with your student laptop which is an amazing deal because they are normally $300! The quality is what I love the most because they are noise cancelling and play the music crystal clear and the bass is amazing on them. I love that they are wireless because I do have an iPhone 7 plus so I can listen to music while charging my phone again!



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July Favorites!

My Skincare Routine

Skincare has always been something that has been important to me, I have always had acne prone skin so taking care of it to prevent breakouts is a must.  I have combination skin meaning it can be extremely oily but also dry, here are the products that have worked out best for me!


St. Ives Even and Bright Exfoliating Scrub

Getting all the dead skin off your face is important, I use a gentle exfoliator to prevent any irritation. I usually exfoliate 1-3 times a week depending on how my skin is looking and feeling. I’ve been using the St. Ives exfoliator for a couple of months now and I find it leaves my face looking awake and healthy. All others I have tried have left my face super dry and flakey but this is just the right amount of moisture and exfoliation.


Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Tea Tree Pure-Castile Soap

I just recently purchased this product and I have been using it for about a week. So far I have been loving it! I wet down my face with warm water and put only two drops of the soap in my hands, lather it up and massage it into my face. I wash it off with cold water and that’s that! It leave my face feeling clean and smooth and removes my makeup with little to no effort.


Up & Up Deep Clean Toner

Depending on if I have makeup on or not I will usually use a toner to make sure I got all the makeup and dirt out of my pores. Sometimes toner can over dry my face out so I do tend to skip this step just because usually in the summer I do not wear makeup anyway so washing my face gets most the dirt out.


Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturizer

This has been my tried and true moisturizer for a couple of years now. It gives me the perfect amount of moisture while keeping away breakouts. I usually pat my face dry after washing it and let it sit for about five minutes before I put the moisturizer on. It brings a cooling and clean feeling to my face and is such a good feeling.



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What Do I Want to Get Out of College?

Going into my freshman year of college I am pretty excited to go off to college and see what it has to offer. My college is about an hour and a half from my house so it is the perfect distance for my family and I. Here are some things I’d like to get out of my first year:


Life-long friends

Everyone always says that once you go to college you find friends that will stick with you much longer than your high school friends do, mainly because you spend a lot more time with them. I think this is what I have been looking forward to most because everyone loves to meet new people and make new friends, it’s a chance to get to know someone without ever hearing of them like in high school.

Of course my roommate and I are going to become pretty close, I mean we are living in close quarters together so it is probably unavoidable. But having other friends all around campus and in my classes is going to be a goal so I have friends really wherever I am.


A Good Work Ethic

As I said in recent posts my work ethic in high school was pretty much non existent. I didn’t ever really study because everything came relatively easy to me and I just didn’t see a point. I never did my homework and if I did it was always during the class before it was due. I hope in college that I gain these skills and it comes easier to me and it is not such a forced thing anymore. I know it will be hard to achieve this but I am confident if I really try my best it will work out.


Loving My Field of Study and Eventually My Career

This has always been an important factor to me, mainly because I am a first generation college student and want to make my family proud. Finding and doing something I love is so important, I want to love my job and not end up dread going ever single day. With me already changing my major I have a little bit of a fear that this won’t happen but I think in the end it will all work out.


Gain Some Self Confidence 

High school doesn’t really do many good things for your self confidence, for me I went on a roller coaster when it came to self love. I hope being around good people will give me the boost I need to truly love myself which is important going forward into my adult life. This is important to me because everyone to deserves to love themselves and be around people who brings out the best in them.


Make A Difference In Someone’s Life

I want to volunteer a lot in college, I didn’t do much in high school and it is one of my biggest regrets. I want to contribute to society and help someone and make a impact on their life. When I was in Ecuador we went to a small village where most of the kids had no toys whatsoever. We went to the market and bought them all kinds of little toys and came back the next day and had a huge soccer game with them. To know I made a impact in their life was amazing, it’s such a good feeling id love to experience again.



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What Do I Want to Get Out of College?

What Clothes am I Bringing to College?

Packing clothes for me has always been something that I overthink and tend to usually overpack. Whether I was going on vacation for a couple weeks for just going away for the weekend the amount of clothes I brought seemed to be about the same.

I recently made a list to make packing up my clothes for college much easier and a lot more organized. Here is what I plan to bring:

Sweatshirts (3)

I live in Michigan so weather can be very bipolar, while I am confident the first couple months will be on the hot side you never know when a cold front might come through. Sweatshirts are great to go to bonfires at night to because they keep you nice and warm when it may get a little chilly.


Rain Coat

Summer thunderstorms can be unpredictable and come up out of no where so a rain coat is essential for getting from class to class without getting completely soaked.


T-shirts (10)

Currently t-shirts are usually what I wear on a typical summer way, I have a lot of them and they are a good casual way to stay cool. I will probably be wearing t-shirts a majority of the time during the warmer months.


Nice shirts (10)

When you are feeling like dressing up a little bit cute tops are the way to go. I plan to bring a variety of different designs and colors of shirts so I can style them differently and look put together.



During the summer I usually wear some comfortable casual sandals which are easy to slip on and let my feet breathe.


Nike Shoes

A good pair of tennis shoes is a necessity for college, you are going to be doing a lot of hiking and it is important to have a durable and comfortable shoe that will last a long time.


Combat boots

Combat boots can be styled with multiple outfits and are a comfy option to wear. I don’t plan on wearing them too much in the summer but definitely in the fall when it starts to get a little chilly outside.


Jeans (3)

Jeans are easy to style and you can turn a simple outfit into something nice with the right pair of jeans. I plan to bring a pair of light wash jeans, dark jeans, olive green jeans and a maroon colored pair to give me options.


Athletic Shorts (10+)

I plan to bring every pair of athletic shorts I own mainly because they are good to go to class in, good to sleep in and are overall a comfortable option. During the summer months of high school this is mostly what everyone wore because they are loose and comfortable to sit in during a long class.


Sweatpants (4)

During the colder months sweatpants are a good option to lounge around in and are comfortable to wear. I always wore these as soon as I got home from school to do homework in and study in.


Dresses/Rompers (2-3)

When looking to go out it is important to have options to wear, a simple t-shirt dress with certainly do the trick. Some days you just feel like dressing up so when that happens I want options to be able to choose from.



I personally love wearing hats, especially when my hair may be a little greasy or just doesn’t want to corporate a hat is a good option to wear. You can also style hats with outfits to give them a little something as well.



I plan to bring a good amount of all of these just so I don’t run out when I let the laundry pile up. I will also make sure to bring different types of bra’s like sports bra’s, bralettes and regular everyday bra’s.



I hope you enjoyed this post and found it hopeful! Let me know in the comments below what you guys plan to bring to college and any questions or suggestions for future posts you might have!


Happy Packing- Karla


What Clothes am I Bringing to College?

How to Find the Perfect Roommate

After deciding on which college I was attending, the next step was to find a roommate. If your college allows you to pick a roommate then here are some tips to finding the perfect one!


Join Facebook groups

Your college will more than likely have a page on facebook dedicated to your graduating class. All you need to do is log onto facebook and search your college’s name, followed by your graduating class year. This will have students who are looking for roommates or maybe just people looking for friends in college.

Write a post on the page saying a little bit about yourself and what you want in a roommate. For example:

Hello, my name is ___ and I am from ____. I am easy going, neat and outgoing. I am looking for a roommate for this fall and am looking to stay in ___ residence hall. I am majoring in ___ and some of my interests and hobbies include ____. Message me if you are interested in being roommates or have any other questions!

You want to highlight your best qualities that make you sound like a good person to live with, if you are a messy person chances are that is not going to work in college so I would start working on becoming more neat and organized.


Be Open Minded

You aren’t going to find a roommate overnight, for me it took about two months of looking and I talked to around thirty girls until I found someone I clicked with. It is important not to rush into this process and become roommates with the first person you talk to because you are going to be living in close quarters with this person and spending a lot of time with them.


Ask Questions

Always ask a potential roommate a lot of questions to get a feel for what type of person they are and what they are hoping to get out of college. For example if you know you have never been big into partying make sure to ask them how often they plan to go out and things of that nature.


Establish Boundaries

Even early on it is important to establish boundaries. Let them know when you plan to go to bed, how you feel about having people in the dorm, what your ideal study environment is. These are all important factors and can make living with someone a lot less confrontational and go a lot smoother.

Realtionships are obviously going to be a thing with some people you come across, establish how often they plan on having their significant other over just to make sure it won’t interfere with you and your dorm experience.


Clean Up Your Social Media

This was one of the first things I did when I started searching for a roommate. Delete any old and embarrassing posts from all your social media platforms, it makes you look more professional and let’s face it you needed to get rid of those posts. Anything you wouldn’t want to see on a potential roommates social media should be something you should delete to ensure you look professional and serious about college.


Talk About Dorm Ideas

Everyone wants their dorm to look good, once you find someone who you think is a good fit for you make sure you establish things like color scheme, what you have purchased, what they have purchased and any future planned purchases. This eliminates the possibility of buying duplicate things and makes sure the dorm will looked as put together as possible.


Meet Up If Possible

I was fortunate enough for my roommate to only live about ten minutes from me so we tend to get lunch and just get to know each other better. If your roommate lives far away see if there is any possibility of meeting up before college. People are a lot different through social media and messaging than they are in person so it may be worth it to take a mini road trip to go and meet them.

If your college does only random assignment then you will get the contact information of the person and can plan meeting up that way if it is something you both really want to do.




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What Courses am I taking?

This fall I will be entering my freshman year of college, I am more on the nervous side to start classes mainly because my study habits aren’t very good. I am majoring in Health Administrations and minoring in Psychology! I am taking 15 credit hours so here is my course list for fall 2017


COM- Introduction to Communications (3 credit hours)

I am not very nervous for this class mainly because all communication classes I have taken in the past have been fairly easy. This course is a typical freshman year class designed to get you an idea of basic communication skills and prep you for future communication classes


ECO 202- Principles of Microeconomics (3 credit hours)

I am nervous for this class mainly because I have only taken one Economics course in high school and it was not the easiest for me. I am confident that this will be a lot different and hopefully be much more interesting to me.


MTH 107- College Algebra (3 credit hours)

This course may be a little harder for me mainly because I have not taken an algebra course in three years, however algebra did come easier to me than geometry and pre calculus did so I am hopeful that once I get used to it, the course won’t be too bad.


PSY 100- Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)

I am the most excited about this class I have always loved Psychology and the study of the brain. Figuring out why people do the things they do and learning about mental illness is probably my favorite aspect. Overall I cannot wait to go more in depth than my high school Psychology classes did.


SOC 100- Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)

I have never had a sociology class before and I am super excited and curious to see how it goes, I hope it is another class that I am passionate about and fall in love with.


Typically I would be in a freshman English course, however I took my English courses in high school through my schools dual enrollment program. So I will not be in another English course until next year.




I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I thought it would be a good way to give you a sort of idea of what my first semester of college is going to look like so I can keep you updated.


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Happy scheduling- Karla






What Courses am I taking?

Tips for Applying to College

Applying to college can be one of the most challenging and confusing things to do. Personally I didn’t know where to apply to and when to start applying. Here are some tips I took away from my experience that maybe you could benefit from as well.

Start applying as early as possible
I started applying to colleges in August, it usually takes 3-4 weeks to hear back on your admission status so the earlier you apply the earlier you will know!

There is a fee to apply
All the colleges I applied to had a application submission fee that ran from $40-$60. However some schools offer an opportunity to waive that fee, all the ask is for a fee waiver to be filled out by your high school and sent back to that college. If you plan to apply to multiple colleges I recommend doing this so it doesn’t cost you a lot of money in the long run.

Figure out where you want to apply
If you have an idea of what you want to major in I would recommend checking to make sure if your major is supported at the college you are applying to. This step is essential and could save you time and money. If you have no idea what you want to major in that’s okay too! Just apply to colleges as an undecided major, general education courses which is required at every college will take about two years to complete so during that time you will get a feel for what interests you and what you want to study further.

Don’t let money hold you back!
College is very expensive, most students struggle to pay their tuition and end up in thousands of dollars in debt. This however is not a reason to not go to college or a reason for you to limit yourself on what colleges you apply to. Financial aid is an amazing thing and after filling out your fasfa with your parent you can get a feel for how much you are going to pay each year.
If the amount is still too much start applying for scholarships and grants, usually you don’t have to pay these back and they are an awesome way to get your expenses down and make the amount more manageable.

Another less expensive route is to go to a community college to get your degree or just to complete your general education courses. Community college is generally less expensive than a university and with financial aid you could get your tuition down to little or nothing!

Have a backup plan

It is always good to have a dream college, however there is always a chance that your application will be rejected. This is why you always need to have a backup college that has the same or similar majors. This way you can easily recover and start focusing on that college. Every college has unique things about them that you can easily fall in love with so instead of being upset about your rejection take it in a positive and fall in love with your backup plan.

Apply for local scholarships and grants!
Applying locally usually makes it less competitive compared to something offered to the whole state or country. You can easily get in touch with your guidance counselor who can give you a list of local scholarships you can apply to. Always utilize these because anything helps and you could be the only one who applies for that specific grant or scholarship and easily get free money!

Some colleges do require you to write essays, the topics can be specific or totally up to you. This is why you want to start applying early so you can space out your applications and not have to write five different essays the day before applications are due. It is important to pay attention to the last day applications are accepted, usually for early decision it is the first or second week of december. However I do not recommend waiting because hearing back from colleges earlier can make senior year that much more rewarding and easy.

Always go on a tour!
Touring colleges is one of the most rewarding and amazing experiences. It is when everything becomes real and it hits you that you could be walking the same campus as a student the following year. A college you could have just applied to but never really considered could have amazing campus features that make you fall in love and take it more seriously, that is the best feeling.
I hope you guys enjoyed these tips and they helped you in some way! College will be here sooner than you think so it is important to start thinking about these things early on.
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Tips for Applying to College