What Am I Listening To?

Listening to music is something that takes away my stress and it is just a good pass time. I listen to a wide variety of music and enjoy many genres so here are a few of my favorite songs right now!

  • Sam Smith: The Thrill of It All I absolutely love this entire album! Some of my favorites are Pray, Burning, Palace and The Thrill of It All.
  • Ed Sheeran: Perfect Duet(ft. Beyonce) I loved the original version of Perfect so when I heard he dropped a duet with Beyonce I couldn’t wait to hear it! This is one of my favorite Ed Sheeran songs and it is just a love filled and wholesome song.
  • Calum Scott: You Are the Reason I had never really listened to Calum Scott before I heard this song and I fell in love with his unique voice and his amazing songs.
  • Grace VanderWaal: Beautiful Thing When I saw Grace on Americas Got Talent I loved how original and unique her voice was, this song shows off that and just amazing.
  • Taylor Bennet: Broad Shoulders(ft. Chance the Rapper) I had never listened to Taylor Bennet before but once I saw Chance the Rapper was featured on this song I gave it a listen and fell in love.
  • Lorde: Melodrama  This album is one of my absolute favorites at the moment, Lorde did an amazing job with capturing different moods in each song and it is a truly beautiful album. Some of my favorite songs are Green Light, The Louvre, Homemade Dynamite, Liability and Sober.
  • Chance The Rapper: Coloring Book I have always loved Chance and this album although it is a little older is amazing. He is such an artist and does a good job at conveying messages through his songs. Some of my favorite songs from the album are No Problem, Blessings, Same Drugs and Juke Jam.
  • Khalid: American Teen Although Khalid is very mainstream right now he is an amazing up and coming artist. This album is very relatable for teens and is overall really good. Some of my favorite songs include Coaster, Saved, Shot Down and 8teen.
  • Eminem: Revival This album is truly a work of art, Eminem has always been a rapper who has always spoke up for what he believes in and this album is no exception to that. Some of my favorites off the album are Walk on Water, River, Remind Me, Tragic Endings and Castle.
  • Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint Although this album is very old I still love it and it is to this day a big part of some of my favorite playlists. My favorite songs include Grand Piano, All Things Go, The Night Is Still Young, Get On Your Knees, Feeling Myself and  Pills N Potions.

So that is just a little what I am listening to! You can follow my Apple Music profile and see all my playlists and the songs I listen to the most!

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1st Semester of College: Wrap-Up

I can officially say I am done with my first semester of college! It wasn’t as hard and I thought it was going to be but I definitely had a few bumps along the way.

As far as final grades go so far I have passed all my classes! However my math professor has not yet entered any of our grades so I do not know if I did good enough in the class to pass it, by far that was my most challenging class.

The best part about finals week was having the therapy dogs come to the library everyday, being away from my dog it was nice to have a furry friend to help take some of the stress off studying.

Ill do a brief summary of all my classes so you can get a better idea of what my semester was like!

COM 101 (Introduction to Communications): I easily passed this class with an A, giving 3 speeches and taking 2 exams it was pretty easy. Our final exam consisted of us going to class, watching sponge bob Christmas episodes and eating pizza at ten in the morning so I can definitely say I ended that class on a high note.

ECO 202 (Principles of Microeconomics): This was for sure one of my most challenging classes just because Economics does not tend to be the easiest subject in the world. However I passed the class with a solid B and I am very happy about that. He actually let us use our laptops to look up all the answers for our final so I got a 98% on that which was a definite grade booster!

SOC 100 (Introduction to Sociology): For being an intro class this was a pretty challenging course. My professor was very nice but did not teach the material in the best way making the exams a little on the challenging side as well as her weekly quizzes. I ended the course with a B which I was kind of disappointed about because I should have been easily able to get an A in.

MTH 107 (College Algebra): I absolutely dreaded going to this class and doing all the homework that went along with it. The majority of the math department at my college tend to be foreign which makes them very hard to understand and my professor was no exception to that. He was a very nice man but made the course very difficult mainly because he did not teach the material well. As I said before I do not know for sure what I got in this class and just am praying for a B.

PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology): Being a Psychology minor this class was very interesting and easy to me. I had no worries about this class and my professor was amazing at teaching and was very fair in grading and making his exams exceptionally easy. I have him next semester for my Abnormal Psychology class and I am already so excited to take the course. I ended this course with a high A and am very happy with the information I retained from the course.

Overall finals week was hell, I stayed up late many nights but overall the finals wen good for the most part and I am happy to be home for the next couple weeks spending time with my family.

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Christmas Wishlist 2017

I thought I would compile a list of possible things I would want for Christmas! It is fast approaching and I couldn’t be more excited to spend time with my family! My Pinterest has been full of gift ideas and room decor lately.

  1. JBL Wireless Speaker – I have been needed a new good speaker for a while and I heard this brand is one of the best for the price range
  2. Rose Goal Sea Turtle Necklace – I have been looking for a cute necklace that I canwear all of the time and I think this one is perfect! (Use my code KarlaSm25 to save25% site wide!)
  3. Dark Blue Tapestry – I have been looking into what sort of color schemes I want to do for my apartment next year and I think dark blue, white and grey would be the perfect choice! Tapestries are my favorite was to brighten up a room and add a pop of texture and color.
  4. Polaroid Camera – I have wanted a polaroid camera for a while, mainly because I love the way they look and they are great for room decor!
  5. CMU Sweatpants(Small) – I have been wanting some more apparel for my college to wear around campus and these are perfect!
  6. CMU Socks – I need some socks to rock at the football games!
  7. Gift Cards- Panera, Walmart, Meijer, Target, Visa, Amazon, TJ Maxx, Khols, Steak and Shake, Bed Bath and Beyond, Bath and Body Works.
  8. Fuzzy Blanket(Maroon or Grey)
  9. Hammock – This is something I see a lot around campus and I feel like they would be super nice to have
  10. Fuzzy Socks – You can never have too many pairs of fuzzy socks!
  11. Maroon Converse – These would be perfect to wear around campus and one of my main school colors is maroon! I also love the color maroon.
  12. Maroon Joggers(S) – Obviously maroon is a trend, I love the color and these joggers are super cute

Thats all I really want! I don’t want too much nor do I need much of anything, I have everything I can want!

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Homesickness

Lately I have been dealing with homesickness and it sucks. I want nothing more than to go home and snuggle up with my dog and forget about college. Adjusting to college life has been a big struggle for me, mainly because I am so used to having alone time and such which I do not have here.

I do call a family member everyday and it does ease that feeling a little bit but its not the same as being home around them all of the time.

On a lighter note my classes are going really well, although I cannot wait to be on holiday for thanksgiving. I get out next week Wednesday which is a bit of a pain but ill take any small break I can get at this point.

Housing has came out for my college and I have decided on living in a one bedroom loft style apartment, I feel like that is what will make me happiest and thats what matters at the end of the day. This has sent me into a Pinterest frenzy recently, I have been pinning new bedroom designs and decor ideas that I want to decorate the apartment with. Check out my Pinterest here.

I have recently lost a couple of really good friends which has hurt me a lot, but as many have told me thats what college does, it changes people. All that is getting me through this week is the reminder that break starts next week and I will be with my family longer than a weekend.

My whole room has also came down with some sort of sickness which I have just gotten over and it was hell. They weren’t lying when they said sickness in college spreads like no other.

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How to Deal With Terrible College Professors

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In college it is impossible to go through your whole degree path without encountering at least one bad professor. Whether it’s the way they teach, talk, grade, lecture, or a combination of these things it is hard to deal with them. So here are some tips to deal with terrible college professors!

1.  Get a new professor 

This may be a given but some students coming in don’t know that this is usually possible. Most universities offer something called a ‘Drop and Add Period’ which usually takes place in the first couple weeks of the term. So if you get to your class and realize that the professor won’t work out well with you then explore the options of either getting a different professor or dropping the class and taking it at a different time!

2. Get to know the people you sit by

This has definitely helped me in my classes, I will talk to the person next to me and exchange numbers to meet up and study. This is also important for when you come down with something or miss a class so they can get you the notes. It’s always nice to have someone who is struggling as well so you can work together to prepare for exams.

3. Get a tutor!

College is so much different from high school, tutors are not only provided but you are encouraged to get help on what you struggle with! I personally have a math center on campus which has tutors who will come around and work with you on homework or help you understand concepts better. There are not just tutors for math, most subjects have tutors! Visit an academic advisor to get set up with one to make your semester a lot easier.

4. Have a positive attitude

This is such an important tip because it is often to blame a grade on a professor instead of taking some of the blame yourself. With the amount of resources available on campus unless you have exhausted them, blaming the professor will not change your grade. I recommend working a little bit harder on the course work or even going to the professors office hours because they may be a better teacher when it is 1 on 1!

 

I hope this was a little helpful, this is based on my own personal experience so it may not be the same for all!

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Pumpkin Patch Shenanigans

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What’s fall without visiting a pumpkin patch and getting some donuts and cider? Being away at college I didn’t get to go with my family this year so I went with my friends instead.

There’s something about going on hay rides and walking through corn mazes that makes me happy beyond belief. Thankfully it was a beautiful weekend to go being about 75!

Unfortunately I didn’t get a pumpkin this year mainly because there is no where in the dorms to put it and honestly there is no point to have one. However I did pose with one for an Instagram pic of course.

I also had my first apple cider slushy which was absolutely amazing, who knew apple cider could get any better. The fresh-baked donuts were the cherry on top of this trip, nothing like a fresh pumpkin cinnamon and sugar donut to go along with cold apps cider.

Overall it felt good to get out of the dorms and go do things I love to do, it keeps me sane and pushes me through the stress and homesickness I have. Sometimes low-key weekends are what I need after a hard stressful week!

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I personally love the way tapestries bring a pop of color and tie any room together, these products are no acceptation to that. There are a multitude of colors and patterns you can choose from! My personal favorite is the Palm Leaf Towel.

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