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Confessions of a College Student

Month: November, 2013

Having “The Talk”

The minute you become a college junior, the emails start coming. “Intern Here!” “Learn More about Internships!” “Do You Have Enough Credits to Intern?” Your professors start reminding you every class about interest meetings and seminars about how to get an internship.

It’s overwhelming.

But it’s worth it.

Last semester I made the best decision of my life by interning in Washington DC. I never wanted to do a semester away until The Washington Center came to my school to tell us about how amazing they are and that we’ll be living directly inside the city.

Back story: I’ve wanted to live in DC since my first visit in 8th grade. I was determined to work for the CIA until I blew my SATs so I became a history major so I could work in a Smithsonian. Until I took the worst history class ever with the worst professor ever and changed my major to Communication. Luckily, I can do PR in DC.

That's me with the best view in the city at the Newseum!

That’s me with the best view in the city at the Newseum!

 

 

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A Blog Post I Will Probably Regret

"Be like Aslan," she wrote.

I’m tired, y’all.

Tired of not fully understanding my French reading. Tired of not having proper time to go the the Rec. Tired of my phone being broken.

Above all, dear reader, I am tired of being a Millennial.

Not because I’m ashamed of my Millennial brothers and sisters. Not because I wish I was born in another era (that’s a whole other story). But because I’m tired of being bashed in popular media.

I read anotherarticle the other day which sarcastically mocked 20-somethings. And it just might have been the straw that broke the 20-something’s back.

Hi, I’m an entitled and broke 20-something and today I’m here to share with you some tips and tricks to grocery shopping on a budget that I’ve picked up over the past year and a half. You see, I graduated college a year and a half ago and, without meal plans or…

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Five Things Friday

  1. Lately I have had the internal conflict on what I want to do with my life, as I’m sure every college senior has. I have mentioned before that I dream of working in PR for the Patriots, but there’s something else. I’ve been tossing around the idea of becoming a teacher. I substitute taught the month before their summer vacation in an elementary school and one of the teachers I worked with was a Communication major. Teaching was really rewarding so now I don’t know what to do!  The only thing holding me back is taking (and passing) the impossible teacher certification exams.
  2. I am addicted to American Horror Story. My friends and I watch it together every week and we are SO MAD that there isn’t a new episode for two weeks. And can I just say how pissed off I am at Queenie? Her and Delphie were becomine BEST FRIENDS and she threw her away to the Voodoo group. HOW CAN YOU DO THAT? What are your theories about this season?
  3. I bought an Air Wick oil thing and a Christmas Tree oil filter and my apartment smells like Christmas. It is impossible to get stressed out when your apartment smells this heavenly.
  4. I’ve been watching “The Most Popular Girls in School” on Youtube lately. I wish girls were this open about pooping in real life. It’s freaking hilarious.
  5. I’m probably gonna go take a nap now.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Guess what day it is! If you said hump day, please leave my page now as I am severely disappointed in you. Today is the first day of ABC Family’s Countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas. It’s the Countdown to the Countdown! Sure none of the movies on the list have anything to do with the holiday, but Up is on AND we get a Harry Potter marathon next weekend.

Christmas music is on the radio, TV stations are starting their Christmas lineups, so that means the holiday season is here. That being said, I can officially begin Christmas blogging. Hope you’re ready!

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I Did It! Can You?

It’s official! I am a Spartan! AROO!

It was a tough road to get here, but I never gave up. So, how can you become a Spartan? I’d like to help you become one, because the feeling of accomplishment is  amazing prodigious.

I initially wanted to do a Tough Mudder, until I realized that the only ones around me were 10+ miles and most people don’t finish due to injuries. I wasn’t in that great of shape at the time, so I decided to start small. Doing my research, I found a Spartan Race about two hours away from me that was only about 3 miles long. This seemed doable. So I let my boyfriend know, and we agreed to go for it. Until, we learned that by volunteering, you qualify for a free race. This is amazing tremendous news for college students. We signed up to volunteer for the Spartan Race in August.

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I earned that medal! (And the T-shirt, and the water, and the banana)

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The Most Stressful Time of the Year

Thanksgiving is 15 days away. This is pretty amazing news. We’re going to get about a week off from school, see our friends from home, watch a ton of football, and most importantly, eat. There’s going to be time to catch up with family and time to start decorating for that day in December (I promised I wouldn’t start talking about it yet). Our five days home are jam packed with fun activities that it all seems to fly by. We can’t possibly fit anything else in our schedules!

However, there is a vital activity we tend to forget during this joyous holiday. You know what I’m going to say. Studying.

Finals come two weeks after Thanksgiving this year. If you’re like me, you have a million and one assignments piled up due at the end of the semester. And if you’re like me, you haven’t started them yet.  I mean, how are we expected to get any work done when it’s supposed to start snowing soon?! This is the most wonderful time of the year, and you want me to focus on finals? No thank you. It’s the holiday season versus our schoolwork, and we’re the key factor in deciding who wins.

So, what are we to do?

First off, stop complaining about how much work you have an actually do it.

Second, find options that will make your life easier. Here are some examples:

  1. List making.
    I’ve discussed this before. Making a list (and checking it twice) will give you a visual on how much work you actually have to do. It may not be as bad as you’re thinking.
  2. Write it out.
    I have an exam today and an exam tomorrow which require a lot of memorization. To prepare for today’s exam, I typed everything I needed to know. Then, I put it all in a note on my phone (this way I always have the information with me). For over an hour, I hand wrote the definitions over and over and over and… until it was committed to memory. Now I know everything I need to know about international relations.
  3. Teach.
    Have a friend with a different major than you? Teach them everything you need to know for the exam. Make sure they understand it. If they ask you questions, even better! That makes you have to think of ways to answer and explain. I taught my boyfriend (who’s a Sports Medicine major) about the History of Journalism a few weeks ago. Sure he didn’t retain any of it, but he did understand while I was telling him. He asked me clarity questions and I had to go more in depth than I previously had thought. I ended up getting an 88 on the exam!

Third, learn to manage your time.

  1. Make another list.
    This one should have due dates and your assignments ordered by importance and how much you have to do for it. So your 15 page paper should probably come before your 5 minute presentation.
  2. Map it out.
    Use a calendar or a planner and map out when you’re going to work on what and for how long. So maybe on November 21st you’re going to work on studying for your American National Government exam for three hours. Then November 22nd you’ll work on writing your History of Journalism essay for two hours.
  3. Take it slowly.
    Don’t wait until the last minute. This adds unnecessary stress to an already unnecessarily stressful season. Start assignments early, work on them a little bit at a time, and really perfect them.  Your grades will reflect the effort.

I really hope this helps someone out there. I know my brain is fried and I’m already feeling the weight of the end of the semester. I am on the verge of insanity. I don’t even know what I’m doing anymore. I’m willing to bet some of you do or will feel the same way. Pace yourself. You’ll do just fine.

If you need any help, don’t hesitate to ask me. I’ll do my best to answer any questions.

Also, make sure you find some time for fun. You need to relax at this point of the semester, so do it. Take a nap, play a game, read a book. Do SOMETHING. Maybe you won’t sleep your entire winter break this way 😉

I Don’t Know About You…

It’s official. I’m going to be old as dirt soon. On Friday, I’m turning 22. Also, my best friend roommate Mike turned 22 today and he ISN’T EXCITED ABOUT IT AT ALL.

“Oh but 22 isn’t that old meh.” No. It actually is old. I’VE ALREADY FOUND THREE GRAY HAIRS. 21 was my last milestone until, you’ve guessed it, 30. What’s the big deal about 22? It’s not like I’m gaining a new privilege like being able to drive or drink. 22 means nothing. Nothing at all. No it does mean something. It means that I’m going to be an adult six months away from graduating college. Is it finally time to get my life in order? I sure hope not…

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A DIY Holiday

I’m pretty tight on cash right now (hence, Livin La Vida Broke-a). However, I have a lot of friends with birthdays AND Christmas coming up. So how can I make sure everyone is pleased this season?

Do it yourself. Make them something they’ll enjoy. Homemade presents are much more meaningful, they’re fun to do, and you’ll know that no one else is getting them the same thing. This is typically a cheap way to please everyone during the holidays. Here are some ideas for DIY gifts.

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A Better Green Bean Casserole

I’m lactose intolerant. This is one of the hardest things for me around the holidays because it seems like EVERYTHING has dairy in it. Last year, I went on the hunt for a healthier alternative to my favorite holiday dish: green bean casserole.

I did find a recipe that avoids heavy creams and too much cheese. This recipe is low in fat and calories, while staying high in fiber and calcium. Personally, I believe this recipe is better than the original recipes which use heavy creams. By using low fat milk and taking out the cream of mushroom soup, you’re cutting out about 150 calories per serving. Which is one less thing we need to worry about this holiday season!

Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole (Photo credit: Kodamakitty)

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Marriage Isn’t For You

I am no where near ready to think about marriage, but I just had to share this. This post speaks truth and everyone who has every loved or plans to love should read it.

Seth Adam Smith

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

Perhaps each…

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