Livin La Vida Broke-a

Confessions of a College Student

Category: College

Life After College

Today’s post is just going to be a quick update on where I am right now.

This new post-college life is still very strange to me. It’s still a little surreal that I graduated from college and I’m not going back to school in the fall. Like I said in my last post, I’ve been in school for 16 years. What is a summer without back to school shopping? Or without saving every penny you make in the summer to spend over the course of the school year?

At this point, I’m not sure which is more exhausting: applying to jobs or people asking me what I’m doing now that I graduated. Currently, I have about 25 tabs open on my browser of places I have to apply tomorrow. I tweeted earlier that my cover letters are less selling my skills and more begging for a job so I don’t have to write ANOTHER cover letter. On the other hand, every time I see someone I haven’t seen since graduation, they ask me what the next step is. My story now is apply for jobs until someone wants me and if no one does I’ll run away to Vietnam forever.

To take my mind off my current unemployment status, I’ve been gardening. I love getting the dirt under my nails and seeing the things I plant grow. I actually dug a new flower garden in the front of my house because the vegetable garden is full. So I have a few small trees in the backyard I want to move up front, then flowers and weeds and vegetables to tend to. Needless to say I’ll be busy this summer.

Since I’ll be so busy, I’ll only be blogging once a week this summer. This will give me enough time to actually think of topics when I have a minute or two.

Enjoy your week 🙂

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16 Years

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”                       — Closing Time – Semisonic

After 16 years of school, I am finally done. Yesterday, I graduated college with a BA in Communication. 16 years of sitting in classes. 16 years of homework. 16 years of cramming for exams. 16 years of meeting people who changed my life. For now, the school chapter of my life is closed.

Look! I graduated!

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Worst Blogger Ever

I haven’t written in over a week. Bad bad bad bad blogger.

Meredith is really scatter-brained lately. Currently, I’m emailing a professor and trying to think of a blog topic at the same time.

I blogged in February about how there were Too Few Weeks until Graduation. Well, guess who only has 18 days left of the best days of her life… ME.

So how am I going to spend these valuable days? Good question…

Photo credit: Buzzfeed

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Anxiety

Yesterday was a pretty bad day. I have been very stressed out lately because I have so many assignments and zero motivation to do them. Also, people keep asking my plans for after graduation and I have no idea what I’m doing other than nine days in Punta Cana. So yes, I’m officially freaking out.

Yesterday for the first time in my eight semesters, I forgot my school ID, my apartment keys, and my room keys. The ID I need to eat and get into my building, the key I need to get into my apartment, the key I need to get into my bedroom and take that shower I most desire. They were in my jacket, which it was way too warm to wear a jacket. So I left my jacket, forgetting its importance, in the truck as my mom drove away from my boyfriends house. Now the keys are an hour an a half away. My boyfriend drove me the rest of the way to school. Now the keys are two and a half hours away and I just realized it. A simple problem with many simple solutions. I completely blew it out of proportion.

English: An anxious person

An anxious person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Make a Difference

I am hopefully giving a pint of my O+ tomorrow! I try giving blood every chance I get because I have all this extra in me, I’m healthy, and someone else needs it out there. So if you’re eligible and feel like helping someone in need without spending money (this is Livin’ La Vida BROKE-a after all), why not find a blood drive near you!

I common problem I and many other women have is low iron. The past three times I have tried donating I’ve been turned away because my iron was just a little too low. That isn’t going to happen tomorrow.

Blood Donation

Blood Donation (Photo credit: Rojina)

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Dear Meredith:

One of my guilty pleasures is reading the Dear Abby section of the newspaper. I like to read what the person’s issue is and try to solve it myself before reading Abby’s answer. I’d like to start my own advice column but sometimes I’m a little too sarcastic and that would lead to my failure. That being said, if you need advice, feel free to email me!

However, this is not what I’m blogging about today. I read a Dear Abby that concerned me a little. A man wrote in about his two sons-in-law and how they manage money with his daughters. Apparently, it’s the social norm that, even in marriage, the money you earn is yours and your spouse cannot tell you how you spend it. Abby explains this trend as “marriage mirrors society”, meaning our generation has been raised with a 50% divorce rate so we always know in the back of our minds, there is a good chance our marriage can fail.

English: Dear Abby star on the Hollywood Walk ...

Dear Abby star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Netflix Binging

My brain has shut down. I thought my senioritis was bad before, but it’s terrible now. I haven’t read anything for any of my classes since way before spring break and I’m refusing to do any homework unless it’s absolutely essential. At this point, my professors are lucky I’m still setting my 8:30 alarm.

So what have I been doing to pass the time? Netflix.

Image representing Netflix as depicted in Crun...

Image via CrunchBase

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Let’s Be Friends

First off, I’m sorry for not blogging yesterday. I was a little busy.

Second, I saw something on Colbert that really pissed me off last night. Now I hate to get political, but fuck Bill O’Reilly. Everyone knows Colbert is not the place to go to get right-wing coverage, but I’m a moderate so who cares where I get the news?

Caution: I may be using some foul language, so if you’re easily offended, I suggest you stop reading.

Stephen Colbert as the fictional Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert as the fictional Stephen Colbert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This is the End of Livin La Vida Broke-a

Hey everyone. I have made the very difficult decision to end my blog. It has been a great run, I have had a lot of wonderful leaders who have added so much to the conversations, but I just can’t continue to blog. I just have so much going on that I can’t find the time. In the past semester I have gone to writing three times a week to only twice a week and because of this I have had far fewer readers. So I thank you for reading, and wish you all the best.

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It’s Been a While…

I haven’t posted anything fitness related this semester. I’m sorry guys! This whole applying-to-jobs thing got in my way. So I’ll do a quick post on an arm workout I’ve been doing for a little while. Now I also do the chest press machine and the butterfly for my back and chest, these are just my additional dumbbell workouts.

  • Tricep Dips – you can grab a couple of steps and dip yourself with them. Don’t know how to do a tricep dip? Here’s a video!
  • Dumbbell Curls – I alternate arms and go very slowly for the most effective workout. Also, once I finish a set the normal way, I immediately do a second set with my palms facing each other which works the triceps a little more.
  • Shrugs – Hold your dumbbells in each hand and let your arms rest by your side. Lift your shoulders for three, then drop. Repeat.
  • Overhead Lift … Things – Ok, so I don’t know what these are actually called, but this is what it looks like:

    (from workoutlabs.com)

For this, I do three sets of ten. You can do any more or any less that you feel comfortable with. Don’t push yourself to do what I say to do if it hurts then sue me. This workout works for me and I’m just sharing it. Working out is different for everyone, so find what works for you 🙂

Bonus:

Military Plank – Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays at the gym are arm and ab days for me, so this move works both. Put your hands together under your chest, then lift yourself up with straight arms. Hold this for 30-45 seconds.

 

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