Preparing for the Fall Semester

23 more days ! That’s how many more days of Summer I have left, until my first semester of Sophomore year. It’ bittersweet because I love Summer so much it’s my favorite season ever ! However, I’m excited to go back and have an amazing semester. This semester my goal is to get 3.5 GPA, and by me boldly putting this on my blog, I am making sure this happens. It will take a lot of hours of studying and time management but it can be done.

Since I am no longer a freshmen I feel like I have some tips under my belt to have a successful semester. I hope these help you and everyone have a great fall semester.

Prepare for a Successful Fall Semester

  1. Get your textbooks !

See how I said “get” not BUY because as we all know textbooks are expensive. Don’t do it to yourself and spend $800 dollars on books. Rent, borrow or even photocopy textbooks you need. A lot of  professors don’t use textbooks cover to cover, so please to save money  and try to go with the cheapest alternative to getting your textbooks. Even if that means photocopying each chapter of the book at the library. If you get unlimited prints why not do it.

2. Start studying material for your classes !

I know this is not fun at all, but in reality you will be so happy you did it when you get a A on that first test. Take some time a few weeks before school starts and put aside 2-3 hours per day to review material. You will not only be doing something productive each day but you also will be ahead of the class on the first day.

3. Dorm Decor ! DIY & Buy !

I was recently looking online for some new pieces for my dorm room as well as took a nice trip to Target to see what they had. I definitely have some cute pieces that I will be getting but I also saw some pieces that I was just like “Ummm I could make that.” I think it’s important to not waste money when it comes to dorm shopping because stores will try to sell you items for 45 dollars that you can totally DIY.

4. Write important dates in your planner !

Most schools have an academic calendar on their site. Make sure to go on your schools to check for important dates like when campus is closed, any breaks you may have and finals week. It’s a lot easier to just have these dates in your planner in the beginning so  you don’t have to look for them later on in the semester.

5. Wake up earlier !

Another tip you will probably skip over but it will save you from being late on your first day of classes. A few weeks before school start waking up a little bit earlier each day so when you actually have to wake up on the first day you aren’t hitting snooze 1000 times.

6. Find your mantra & stick with it ! 

My mantra is actually inspired by my favorite blogger Carly from The College Prepster. Her mantra for this year is “All in”, so I decided to make my mantra for this semester “All In” as well , meaning everything I do is gonna be with 110 % effort and I will take any good opportunity that comes my way.

Have a great semester and achieve all that you can !

 

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Dorm Room Inspo | Sophomore Year

Happy Friday Eve everyone !! This week flew by and I am so glad it’s almost the weekend. I will be spending another weekend at the beach so I am excited because the beach is my happy place. I can’t believe I am going into my sophomore year of college I seriously can’t wait, I have so much going for me this year. I’ve been thinking about how I want to decorate my dorm room. I was on Pinterest a few weeks back and I saw a beach themed dorm room and I fell in love. Which made me want that to be my theme for my room this year as well as adding cozy & comfort details mixed in as well.

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So these are just a few of the images that I will be basing my dorm room off this year. What do you all want your room to look like ?

Reflection First Semester of College

Long time no speak everyone, I’ve been gone for 4 months and I still can’t believe I actually survived my first semester of college. I wanted to do a reflection on my first semester because I learned so much about myself as well as life and wanted to share them with you all. The first semester of college for me was the most overwhelming time I have experienced in my life so far. Not only was I trying to adjust to a new environment way different from where I’m from, issues in my personal life started to arise which didn’t add to it. However I absolutely love college so much and how much it teaches you in so little time.

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Homesickness / Ohhh homesickness, the feeling I didn’t think I would actually experience. I’ve gone to sleep away camp my whole life, so going away to college I didn’t think I would get home sick because I never did before. After my mom left for move in day I wasn’t sad, however that homesickness hit me so hard around the 2nd or 3rd day. It was a feeling that was hard to explain it was the emotions of being in a new environment, not knowing anyone and really missing my mom. It took me until about October to fully get over my homesickness but it’s okay. Most people go through it so don’t feel bad if you’re still feeling homesick as well.

Course Load / Wow okay so when I was asking some of my friends who are already in school last year how the college course load was all of the told me it was a lot. Now me being me I wanted to see this for myself and ohh boy no one was lying. The college course load is no joke, you get a lot more work than high school and if you don’t know how to study before you get to school. You’re gonna learn very quickly because studying becomes apart of your daily life. However you have a lot more time in college so if you have time management skills you will find time for extracurricular activities.

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Independence / I love how independent you are in college. You are ultimately in charge of your own outcome because there is no one there to tell you what to do or when to do it. You do almost everything on your own from deciding when to eat to doing your own laundry. You decide what you want to do each day and how to space out your priorities.

Girl Gang / Wow Curly Gang ! If you follow me on Snapchat you would know all about my girl gang. If it wasn’t for these girls I honestly would not have survived my first semester. We have all been supportive of each other through thick and thin and are always pushing each other to be the best possible version of ourselves.I appreciate them so much and I can’t wait to  kill it in the spring semester with those lovely girls by my side.

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Those are just a few things I learned my first semester and I can’t wait to see what the spring semester has in store for me. It’s gonna be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to make even more memories.

If you’re in college, how was your fall semester ?

 

Dorm Room Decor Inspiration

Happy Tuesday Everyone ! I was recently going through Pinterest & Tumblr trying to find inspiration for my dorm room this fall. I’m beyond excited to see it all come together on move in day & you will definitely see a blog post full of awesome photos. Here are few photos that I’m using for inspiration for my side of the room. As you can see I’m definitely going for something simple & bohemian but still classy and a bit preppy.

That was probably the worst description of how I want my room to look but you’ll just have to wait and see it in September. I move in, in 6 weeks and I couldn’t be more excited !

 

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Are any of you moving into your dorm soon ? What do you want your dorm to look like ?

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I finally have a roommate !

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I think the most nerve racking thing a lot of us think about before we start college is our roommate. I’ve heard horror stories from family members and YouTubers that I was praying I found a roommate before move in day and I wasn’t in for a surprise.  I’ve been looking for a roommate since I committed to SUNY Plattsburgh in April and boy was it hard. I went through my fair share of potential roommates, but everyone that I talked to I just didn’t vibe well with. I have this thing that if conversation between me & someone I just met doesn’t flow authentically or we don’t have anything in common I know its not gonna work out. However after 4 months of looking, I finally found a roommate. I’m beyond excited because college is slowly but surely feeling more & more real and we are even talking about who is gonna bring what for the room. We have so much in common and both are on the same level with expectations for each other.

I also met up with two girls I met on my schools Groupme groupchat back in April Elle & Chrissy. We met up in the city to shop, eat and explore and I had a ton of fun.Good vibes all  aroundit was so awesome getting to know them. I can’t wait for this new chapter in my life, I move in to my dorm in 6 weeks and even though I don’t want summer to end because its been so much fun. I also am so excited for the amazing memories I’m gonna make in college. LETS DO THIS PSU 2020 !!

Having High Standards

I’ve been told by many people throughout my life that I have high standards and unrealistic expectations for people. I’ve been told that I need to lower my standards in order to have a sustainable relationship or friendship. It’s crazy that I actually decided to listen to what these people were telling me and I think that is my biggest regret of my life. I have gone through many experiences of people taking advantage of me and not truly putting in effort into our relationship causing me to question the whole situation. Does this person actually care for our friendship ? Am I expecting to much ? Maybe I’m doing something wrong ? I feel like a lot of times we often blame ourselves for others actions. I think that I am overall a nice person and give people the benefit of the doubt a lot. Recently I have reevlauted my standards and went back to my old ways of having high standards.

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I want all my readers to know to never apologize for having high standards. These last few months I have really seen the true colors of a lot of people. I have cut people off and lost a few friends. Its been hard to cut people off that at one point I actually cared about and loved but not everyone is suppose to be in your life forever. Remember those who truly love & care for you as much as you do for them will rise up to meet your standards. You should never be okay with being mistreated. It’s hard to let people go, trust me I know its awkward but if you feel like someone isn’t improving your life you have to let them go.

While writing this blog post I am getting a little emotional because this topic really hits home for me.  It’s like  a burden lifted off my shoulders and something that I have wanted to write out and talk about for so long. I have made some amazing friends this year though that bring me so much joy and have  made me a much happier & motivated  person.I hope you guys enjoyed this post and have a great Tuesday !!

Where am I going to College ?

I am so incredibly thankful and happy that the college process is finally over ! This has been a long senior year and I didn’t realize how physically and mentally draining this process was. These past 8 months have been full of tears, long nights, stressful days and tons of paper work. I graduate on June 23rd and I can’t tell you how utterly shocked I am on how fast these past 4 years have gone by. As I am writing this blog post I am trying to hold back tears because its crazy that in a few months I know longer will be living in my house anymore. I wont be able to see my mom everyday and laugh with my best friends. I am sad that this chapter of my life is ending but I can’t wait to see what college has in store for me.

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset I am excited to announce that as of Fall 2016 I will be attending State University of New York at Plattsburgh also known as SUNY Plattsburgh. This was a long and hard decision that took my mom and I so long to decide on this school. I chose this school for many reasons including but not limited to academics, price and distance. I am very happy with my choice and I can’t wait to be a cardinal !

Also fun fact SUNY Plattsburgh was actually the first school I got accepted to, it’s funny how things play out. Going to school in the city of Plattsburgh is gonna be awesome, it’s right near the Adirondack mountains and is stunning in the fall . I also will be about an hour from Canada and 45 minutes from Burlington,Vermont ! I have family in Vermont so I’m happy I will be able to see them more often, as well as visit the Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream Factory !

I will be doing a college series on my YouTube channel this summer explaining the whole college process to you all. It will be about a 6-8 video series depending on how I divide up the topics. I hope you all check it our because I feel like it will be very helpful for my teen audience.

For my readers who aren’t in college anymore where did you go to school and for my readers who will be applying soon where are you hoping to go ?

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College Series | Preparing Junior Year

 

So a few days ago I uploaded a video on my YouTube launching my new college series. As most of you know I am a senior in high school with only 2 more months of school and I am officially done with the college process. However I am still waiting to hear back from 2 schools. I wanted to start this series because  I feel like it will be very helpful for my readers who are and or will go through the college process.

This is because I know not all of us have parents and or mentors to help guide us through this difficult process. It can be very stressful at times so I thought I would help you all through it.To start off this series I wanted to start with junior year and just break down everything by category, on what you should be doing in junior year to make your application very strong.

These tips are for junior year but you should be doing these things once you enter high school as a freshmen. This will make you an even stronger candidate in the college process because you will show consistency and growth.

Categories I talk about in this video 

grades

extracurriculars

volunteering/work

internships

SAT/ACT

test prep programs