Monday, May 25, 2015

Nichols Arboretum

I adore arboretums. Near my hometown there was one called Leila Arboretum that I visited frequently. So when I found out that Nichols Arboretum was in walking distance from my apartment, I was so excited! It is home to a large peony garden. When I went today, the peonies had not bloomed yet. I'll just have to keep going until they do! Some of the trails lead to the Huron River, where you can sit on benches and watch the kayaks drift by.  

As I was leaving the Arb, I noticed a flyer about volunteering on Saturday mornings. At the apartment I have little room to garden, though I did set up planters for tomato and green bean plants. I really miss gardening, so this may be a good way for me to garden while getting some volunteering experience too!

Have you ever been to an arboretum? Do you enjoy visiting them? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My First Apartment

On Friday afternoon I moved into my first apartment! Moving in was easy and I found a home for everything in about 3 hours. This weekend I've spent my time learning the city and finding good restaurants! Things have come together so quickly. I interviewed for a research project on the effects of air pollution on public health, which I was then offered a position to the research team and of course accepted! I went through orientation and registered for Fall semester. It's a wonderful feeling when everything falls into place. After only 4 days I can say Ann Arbor feels like home.

My bedroom for the summer!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Goodbye Marshall, Hello Ann Arbor!

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Today is my last day in Marshall. Tomorrow I move on to Ann Arbor! This will be my first time living on my own and I'm a little scared but also completely excited. After just finishing up finals on Monday evening, this week has been a scramble to get everything packed and ready to go. I feel very disorganized and unsure of what I need to bring with me and what is frivolous. Thank goodness I'm only moving an hour and a half away!

Can you think of any important items that college students forget when they move? What items do you consider frivolous? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Moving on from Community College

Monday will officially be my last day attending community college. I am relieved to be moving on to bigger things. Lately I've been thinking about the Pros and Cons of spending my first two years at KCC, and here's what I've come up with.


1//I saved tens of thousands of dollars. Since I have a parent who works at the college, my tuition is nearly free. I am expected to pay my own way through college, so an opportunity to save that much money was too good to be true. 

2//I was able to get into a better 4 year college. Out of high school, my grades were good but nothing spectacular. My ACT score was high, but my GPA was a reflection of my lack of motivation in high school. Once I started at KCC I became a hard worker and have been able to maintain a high GPA. Without this time to build up a good GPA, I doubt I would have been accepted into the University of Michigan.

3//I had time to figure out what I wanted to major in without worrying about wasting money. My first semester of college I wanted to major in history and anthropology. As interesting as those are, I realized that history majors are not in high demand. I was able to choose an academic direction (environmental engineering) and move on to a university that better fit my major!

4//The classes are smaller, not easier. My instructors were more aware of which sections we were struggling with and which ones we were ready to move on from. That is not to say exams are easier, or that the instructors are lenient when grading.


1//The drive to school. It's not so much the 30 minute drive as the cost of gas. I've learned to appreciate fuel efficient cars.

2//The negative connotation that comes with "community college". I can feel the judgement. To make this clear, I got accepted into 3 universities out of high school and 2 reputable universities this fall. I don't attend community college because I wasn't smart enough to get accepted anywhere else. I attend community college because college costs are so high.

3//I missed out an experience. It is hard to live in my own hometown and continue to live at home while my friends move away and gain a new level of independence. While I'll still get some of that experience this fall, it inevitably won't be the same as if it were my freshman year.

Are any of my readers current or former community college students? What are your thoughts on two-year colleges? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, April 27, 2015

End of Semester Stress

First off, I would like to apologize for my inconsistent blog posts. I've been extremely busy lately trying to pull together housing for the summer, my fellowship, as well as striving to earn every last point possible in my classes before finals, which I've been studying for like crazy. 

I am a blackhole of stress. I stress about everything in life. That's not always a bad thing. I thrive off of stress and it motivates me to get things done and do them right! But stress, especially the kind that I develop at the end of the semester, wears on my health. Here's what I do to relieve some of that stress.

1//Read a magazine. Aka, look at a bunch of pretty pictures of organized homes and perfect wardrobes. It gives your brain a rest, and generally takes less than 30 minutes to flip through a magazine which makes it a good length for a study break. If you're studying in the library, I guarantee you there is a section with magazines.

2//If you haven't already find a study group. This way you can collaborate on who puts together the equation sheet for each section, or break up the work in other forms. Also, study sessions don't always have to be so serious. It's okay to talk and joke around! Just make sure you don't get too far off task.

3//Divide and Conquer. Don't tackle all your material at once. This should be a no brainer by now if you're in college. Set up a study schedule at least a week in advance of finals, if not two weeks. Work a little bit on each subject every day. 

4//Set goals. I tell myself if I get my desired grade for a class (hopefully an A), I'll reward myself with something. For example, if I get an A in Calculus 2 I'll buy myself a matching desk organizing set. Make it something you wouldn't normally get!

5//Go to the salon. On weeks when I'm loaded with tests, I schedule a hair appointment. They don't take all afternoon, but always make me feel better! Also, I tend to look grungy during finals week, so getting my hair trimmed always makes me feel a little prettier. If the thought of getting your hair trimmed gives you the hives though, this might not be the best ways to relax.

How do you deal with the stress of finals? Do you spread out your studying or do you cram? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lilly for Target: No Luck

I was beyond excited for Lilly for Target. I already had my favorite items picked out. Unfortunately, I wasn't fast enough!

Many of us have read the tweets about how Lilly for Target degrades the brand and makes it cheap. Maybe if I were not a poor college student, I would agree. But most of my money goes to paying for college and I have to save for months in order to afford Lilly Pulitzer merchandise. Lilly doesn't look good on a snob, girls. 

While I know new pieces from the line are being sold on Ebay and Amazon, I do not want to support the people who buy up all the merchandise just to resell it at inflated prices. 

So for all the girls who did get the Lilly for Target items that they wanted before they sold out, awesome! I'm going to save up a little more to buy the dress I really wanted in the first place:

Were you able to score any Lilly for Target? Do you think selling at Target cheapens the brand? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Motivated Monday

1// Classes are nearly over! I will be extra motivated these next couple weeks trying to earn extra points wherever possible and preparing for my final exams. 

2// The flowers are blooming and the outdoors look so beautiful! When it's warm enough and the rain subsides, I like to take my studying outside. Living in Michigan, I could always use a little vitamin D! (No, seriously. Michiganders have to take supplements because of the lack of sunshine).

3// Even though I'm going to be working all summer, I still have to make my summer bucket list! Especially with moving to a new city and turning 21, this list could get pretty crazy.

What's motivating you this week? Let me know in the comments below!

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