What Classes I’m Taking Fall 2019!

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So I do this post pretty much every semester so I figured I would continue to do it! I will be a junior this year and I am majoring in Health Administration with a minor in Leadership. I will be taking a total of 15 credit hours which is what I have always taken! So here are the classes I am taking Fall 2019!

  • LDR 302: Field Experience in Leadership (3 credits)

So I honestly have no idea what to expect with this class, I know we are required to complete a certain amount of hours in an approved leadership position throughout the semester but other than that I have no idea what to expect. This class only meets once a week for fifty minutes so I am hoping it is not too hard of a class!

  • HSC 544: Biostatistics (3 credits)

I know this is going to be my hardest course this semester. I have not done any kind of math since my freshman year of college, and the last time I did statistics was my senior year of high school. I did very well in my AP stats class though to I’m hoping I will be able to remember the basics and do well in the class!

  • HSC 572: Legal Aspects of Health Service Organizations (3 credits)

I am super excited about the class because I will be able to learn more about the healthcare system and the way it runs! One struggle I have been facing is figuring out what I really want to do with my degree because I can do so many different things. So I am hoping this class will give me a little insight as to what I want to do in the future!

  • GEO 105: Physical Geography: Online (3 credits)

Unfortunately, my college requires we take core courses in order to graduate, and this is one of them. I try to do the majority of these classes online just because I don’t have any motivation to go to the class when it is in person. I am hoping this class will be an easy A and give me the credit I need but we will see!

  • SOC 323: Racism and Inequality: Online (3 credits)

While this is another core requirement I am actually super excited to take this class! With that is going on in the US right now I think it is super important that we be educated on the issue of racism and inequality. So I can’t wait to see what this class has to offer!

So those are the courses I am taking this fall, I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things!

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Advice for College Freshman!

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Now that I am going into my junior year of college id say I am pretty reputable when it comes to giving advice to an upcoming freshman! Here are some things I wish I would have known before college:

  • Your high school friend group will not be the same.

I think this is such a harsh reality of going away to college but it is very true and everyone I’ve talked to says the exact same thing. Your friends will try and make a pact that you will always be friends no matter what but honestly, college is likely to break all of that up real quick. It’s hard, some friends may go out of state, some will be on the other side of the state and you won’t get to see them every day like when in highschool so yes, your friendships will suffer!

But fear not, this is a healthy process and it is not something you should obsess or stress over! Check-in on your friends every now and then and hang out over breaks or on the stray weekend you both are home, effort is the key factor in maintaining your old friendships when going to college and you will find out real quick that not everyone will put in the same amount of effort you will!

  • No one cares what you wear.

I was the freshman who dressed up for classes every day, and I can tell you that ended real quick. One of the best things about college is nobody cares what the next person is doing, so wear sweats to class, don’t do your makeup, or dress to the nine and beat your face, nobody cares either way. Don’t think people are going to like you better because of the way you are dressed, because chances are they don’t care.

  • Don’t overpack, you won’t use half of the things you think you need to bring.

Oh, how I wish someone would tell me not to bring my entire wardrobe, because let’s face it I wore the same things nearly every week. Yea decor is cute and all but there is only so much you can do to spruce up a dorm room so don’t go overboard because at the end of it all you are going to be the one packing it and hauling it away. You don’t need a thousand pairs of shoes, some sneakers, rain/snow boots, a pair of booties and one formal option will be more than enough! If you have a second thought on bringing something while packing, toss it to the side and leave it at home.

  • It’s okay to sit alone, people do it all the time.

Don’t worry about sitting alone at dinner or at the library, no one cares and I promise no one will think you are a ‘loser’. I was always so scared to go anywhere by myself but you’d be surprised how little alone time you get, especially while living in the dorms so take this time to plug in some headphones and watch some youtube videos, read a book or catch up on some work!

  • Make at least one friend in every class and get their number the first day.

Having friends in classes is one of the most important things to take advantage of! Miss a class, text them and ask for the notes, or meet up to study or do an assignment you both are struggling with. Unfortunately, in college, there will be times where a professor will tell you to pair up, and rather then panic and look around the room desperately you will already have someone to work with!

  • You’re broke, quit spending money.

College will bring you to depths of brokedom you have never reached before. I found myself contemplating buying simple things like Slurpees or going out to eat on lunch simply because I knew I didn’t have the money to. So drop the Starbucks habit, you won’t be able to afford it, find cheaper alternatives to things you love to eat or do!

  • Have fun!!!!!

This is the most important on the list when in college it can be so hard to sit back and relax and actually enjoy yourself. Don’t get too upset if you fail a test, someone else in the class surely did too, don’t get caught up in petty drama, learn that saying no is just as important as saying yes. College is going to bring you so many opportunities and situations you thought you would never encounter, so get out there and join a club or pick up a new hobby, say hi to someone in your hall or ask someone in your class to get dinner! College is what you make it and at the end of it all, you don’t want to have any regrets.

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College Organization Tips!

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So obviously staying organized in college can be a huge struggle, but here are some of my tips for staying organized in college!

  • Google Calendar 

So I use google calendar for everything! I use to add in my classes, work schedule, sorority events and any other events I have going on! I also will add due dates for important assignments as well as exams and quizzes. In addition, there is also an add-on for Google Calendar called Google Tasks. It is basically a checklist that I use for all my assignments, readings, grocery lists and any other reminders I have for the week.

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  • Physical Planner

I personally don’t use a physical planner much, just because they aren’t very useful to me. However, keeping a physical planner and using it like I use google calendar is essentially the same thing! Some people prefer physical planners and other prefer digital planners! A huge part of doing the best you can in college is staying organized and on top of assignments to prevent forgetting about them and possibly an important quiz or exam!

  • Inputting all assignments from syllabus in a planner

A big thing that has lead to my success in college is going through my syllabi as soon as I get them and putting in all assignments, exams and important dates in my planner. This allows me to visualizes my weeks and how much work I have to complete as well as it prevents me from missing any important assignments and deadlines. I find it also keeps me on top of my assignments and I have done so much better in all of my classes since I started doing this.

  • Keep backpack and workspace organized 

I am so guilty of just throwing random things in my backpack and at the end of the semester I have to clean out all the clutter and unnecessary things. Not only does this crowd my backpack but it makes finding things a lot harder. In addition, keeping my desk clean is a must in order to keep my motivation up. If I come home and my desk is dirty and cluttered I won’t want to do any of my homework. I usually take time each night to clean both my desk and my backpack just to ensure everything is as organized as possible.

  • Identify an effective note-taking strategy

When I first came to college I didn’t really know how to take notes so I would write everything my professor said down and my notes became a big, jumbled, unorganized mess. It is so important to identify a system that is both effective and neat, to ensure you are not only picking out the most important material but you are retaining the information as well. I personally use different colors for different things, for example, I use black for headings, blue for information under the heading, red for definitions and green for any super important information.

 

There are some of my college organization tips that have helped me do the best I can in college! I hope you guys enjoyed!

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My Goals For 2019!

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So last year I did the same post but for 2018 and I actually accomplished some of those goals! So I wanted to do the same this year to give me something to look at and hold myself accountable for! So here are my goals for 2019:

  • Reach 2,000 Followers on this Blog

As of right now, I am at almost 1,300 followers on this blog which I am so thankful for! But as I head into the new year I want to begin keeping to a weekly upload schedule in order to really grow my blog! I also want to start different series like a weekly Q & A and advice post, what do you guys think? If you want to follow or subscribe for more of my content click here or to the side of this blog!

  • Reach 500 Followers on Blog Instagram

So I have recently started a new Instagram for my blog in order to connect with fellow bloggers and really promote my content! I have been on the fence about doing this for a while because I always link my personal Instagram but sometimes I feel weird posting my content to there because it has all of my friends and family on it! So with that being said my Instagram for my blog is liveitwithkarla!

  • Begin My Fitness Journey 

So for a while, I have been wanting to lose weight but with class, work and sorority it has been super hard to eat healthily and work out. But this year I am not using any excuses and I am going to start eating good and working out! I want to try intermittent fasting as it fits in perfectly with my schedule and I have a terrible snacking at night problem that I need to get rid of! If any of you have tried intermittent fasting and have tips please comment them below!

  • Develop My Photography Skills

Yesterday I made the decision to finally invest in a camera, which is something I have been wanting to do for a long time now! So I bought a Nikon D3200 from a friend, and I am so excited to get to learn all of the ins and outs of photography and really just develop the passion I have always had! If any of you have any beginner photography tips please comment them below I would really appreciate it!

  • Continue Doing Well In College

I have been doing pretty well throughout my college career and this past semester I ended up with 4 A’s and 1 B-, I will do a separate post reflecting on this semester and my classes but going into the spring semester I want to start off as strong as I did this semester in order to end up with the same success.

  • Connect With Other Bloggers

So recently I joined the Gals on the Go facebook page which was developed from the gals on the go podcast which I highly recommend you guys go give it a listen, you can listen here. It has given the opportunity to connect with other girl bosses and just air out my struggles, getting tips, and just networking in general! So with that being said if any of you want to connect and just have someone to talk to my email/dms are always open! My email is lifewithkarla@gmail.com and all of my social media is listed below!

These are just a few of my goals for 2019 and I hope I can accomplish all of them! Comment some of your goals down below!

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Fall Essentials!

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Fall is by far one of my favorite seasons, I love the beautiful colors of the leaves changing, the chilly weather, going to the pumpkin patch, apple cider and so much more! Here are some of my essentials for fall!

  • Candles

By far my favorite thing about fall all the different amazing scents that come with it! I love anything pumpkin spice and apple, it’s a subtle yet pleasant smell to keep your room smelling nice and fresh! Here are some of my favorite candles for the fall:

 Hot Cocoa & Cream 3-Wick Candle - Bath And Body Works

Hot cocoa and cream from bath and body works is by far one of the best scents! It makes your room smell like freshly baked brownies if that is the type of scent you like I would totally go for this one! You can check it out here.

 Flannel 3-Wick Candle - Bath And Body Works

I got the flannel candle for Christmas and it was lit almost 24/7 in my room last year! This candle is more of an earthy and musky smell and it provides a freshness to the room without being too overpowering! If you like more of the woodsy scent then this is for sure the right candle for you! Check it out here!

  • Decorations

Having my own apartment this year I for already knew I was going to decorate for every season! Having the freedom to decorate how I want is the best thing because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for! 

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Halloween is one of the easiest holidays to decorate for because it is so easy to DIY things and make it look cute! For me personally, I have multicolored string lights all around my apartment which add a pop of color and a good vibe. I also recently painted a canvas at a sorority event(I am not an artist so it’s trash) and it just adds that extra hint of Halloween to my wall.

I get most of my decorations from dollar tree! They have cute and cheap decorations that you could even add your own touch to and give it something extra!

  • Tailgating

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A big fall essential in college is football tailgating! I looked forward to tailgating so much this year because now that I am a sophomore I know more about how tailgate works and how to dress for it! Because I live in Michigan, the weather can vary during tailgate season, on homecoming I wore a crop top and leggings yet last weekend for our rival game I work a sweatshirt, leggings, and gloves because it was snowing. 

Tailgating is definitely what you make of it! Have a good school spirit, rep your school and find an amazing group of friends to go with to make it that much better! At my school, we take tailgating pretty seriously and it is something everyone goes to and it is such a fun atmosphere to be a part of!

  • Fall Fashion!

Sweater weather is my favorite weather and fall is the perfect time to break out the fuzzy sweaters, flannels, and boots! My go-to during fall is a sweater layered with a flannel, leggings and black combat boots. There is so much you can do with a flannel to make an outfit unique and that much cuter and that is a big part of why I love fall so much!

I am also a big sweatshirt and hoodie type of girl and it is easy to throw on and go to class in while still looking cute yet comfortable! Hoodies keep me warm and there is nothing better than being comfortable in class, especially the long ones that seem to drag on and on!

Those are some of my fall essentials! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, I will for sure be doing a part 2 in the near future!

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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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