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.

Pros:

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.

Cons:

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:

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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!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

How to Survive a Break Up


It seems like right now is the season of break ups. Whether it's because you're preparing to go to a different university than your significant other, don't want the commitment over the summer, or any other millions of reasons why, I promise, it will get better! But you can't deny, there is a recovery period you have to go through before you're ready to date again. Here are some of the best ways to mend your heart!

THE DO NOTS:

Do not burn your bridges. When breaking up, try not to leave your relationship with an explosive fight. It will only leads to regrets later. 

Do not talk negatively about your ex to everyone (except maybe your best friend). More importantly, do not post about your ex on social media. I see this way too often: A couple breaks up and then posts all their pent up grievances on Facebook or Twitter.

Do not immediately start dating someone else. You haven't had time to reestablish yourself as your own person. And don't fool yourself, you still have some feelings to work through. That's okay! At the same time, that doesn't mean you can't flirt a little with that cute guy in your math class. ;)

THE DOS:

Do feel free to binge watch Gilmore Girls (or whichever show you love). You're going to have free time. For at least the first couple of weeks, it's not shameful to binge watch! Just don't keep doing it for three months.

Do reconnect with old friends. It is easy to sideline your friends during a relationship. Start putting your friends first, especially those who stuck around during your relationship. And don't forget to apologize for sidelining them, so often friends just want to know that you've missed spending time with them as much as they have!

Do put away some of the mementos from your relationship. Give yourself some time before you just toss them all away. If he or she gave you something that you know was very important to him or her, don't throw it away. Be respectful and give it back.

Do keep busy. Focus on school, it's easy to fall behind when you've been focused on the drama. Start working out! You could use some endorphins! Spend time on that hobby you haven't spent time on since you started dating. 

How do you get over a break up? Do you do any of the things I listed above? Let me know in the comments below!




Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Little Bit Scared, A Lot Excited


A lot has happened in the past few months and I'm suddenly facing more responsibilities than ever. Both my friend and I have subleased an apartment together while we are completing our research fellowships at the University of Michigan. Before I knew that she was accepted into the program as well, I was worried about going to live in Ann Arbor by myself and conducting research. It's amazing how knowing that I'm going to have someone there with me, new to this like I am, eased my concerns.

I am constantly reminding myself that change is good. Even if I don't change, the world around me will. I think about how I was so resistant to change when I moved to Connecticut my junior year of high school. I couldn't imagine leaving the small town I had spent most of my life in. It turned out that moving was just what I needed. I made great friends, became motivated in school, and broadened my horizons.

For the past two years, I have been too comfortable. I've moved back to my hometown and attended community college in an attempt to save money. My motivation has been slowly dwindling, my best friend moved off and got married, and no personal growth has taken place.

Whenever I feel overwhelmed with responsibilities or start to feel nervous about the future, I remind myself that I can't pass up chances to meet new people, learn, and prove myself, to both the world and myself, just because I'm afraid.

"A good goal should scare you a little, and excite you a lot." -Joe Vitale

What are some changes you have faced? Where they changes for the better? Let me know in the comments below!




Monday, April 6, 2015

Motivated Monday

It's been a while since I've posted. Last week was hectic, with three tests, a paper, and catching up from when I was sick. I'm glad that's over (for now), and back to blogging!
Motivated Monday

1// On Thursday I'm heading over to Ann Arbor to tour a couple of sublets. Why? Because I have a summer research fellowship at the college! I'm excited to be living on my own in a couple months, even though it's sooner than expected.

2// This week I'm sleeping in! Waking up at 5 AM every morning is really starting to wear on me, so I can't explain how much I needed this.

3// It's spring break! I have no plans for it, I'm really just hanging out at home and relaxing. That's enough of a vacation for me!

What are your plans for this week? Let me know in the comments below!



Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Faves

One//Lilly for Target
I know that everyone across the blogosphere is posting about this. It's our two favorite brands come together! I love Lilly, but I can't really afford her clothing just her accessories. So you can bet that I'm going to be stocking up on some of her shift dresses from Target! I'm so excited for this release!



Two//30 Day Challenges
If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have noticed I've started pinning 30 day challenges. Gyms make me so uncomfortable! I love 30 day challenges because most of them you can do at home, and they really do give you a good workout!

Three//Clinique Free Gift
Whenever Macy's has these deals I go for them. With a $27 Clinique Purchase at Macy's you'll receive a free 7-piece gift! It's so worth it. Check it out here

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I'm Officially a Cookie!

Photo Credit Martha Cook Building

Just this past week I got accepted into the Martha Cook building at University of Michigan and received a room! I can't even describe how lucky I feel. When I toured UMich, my tour guide pointed this residence hall out specifically because of its long history. It was one of the deciding factors for me between UMich and Michigan State. Martha Cook has many traditions including Friday afternoon teas and formal dinners, as well as slightly stricter rules than your average residence hall, such as curfews for male visitors.

I will be living in a single suite overlooking the gardens. What could be better? Maybe the fact that Martha Cook is close to both the chemistry and physics buildings, right near the center of campus, AND located in beautiful downtown Ann Arbor.

Like I said, I feel unbelievably lucky; not only did I get into the school of my dreams but I also will be a resident of, what I believe to be, the most beautiful residence halls at UMich! I'm already working on dorm shopping (I know, too early)!

Would you ever chose to be live in an all-female residence hall? Let me know in the comments below!



Monday, March 23, 2015

Motivated Monday



I survived a Calc test at 6:45 this morning, so my week has started off on the right foot! All I have left for this week is to make it through my Chem test on Thursday! This weekend was a bit on the hectic side (work, nephew was over, and studying) so here are the things that are motivating me this week!
Motivated Monday

  1. I am so behind on cleaning and I have a really hard time focusing in a dirty room/house. I love cleaning, so I don't mind putting aside some time today to make my environment a little more comfortable!
  2. I STILL haven't done my taxes! Lame excuse, but I'm so tired of dealing with money when I get home from work that I've been putting it off. But not this week! I'll just procrastinate until Friday.
  3. So the source behind all my chaos is the absence of a master list. I have so much to do, but I haven't written it down in one place. So first things first, I need to list all the paperwork, emails, cards, whatever that I need to send off so I can get a sense of where I'm at.
If only my life were organized, even for just a day. My motivation this week is to get my semi-chaotic life back together, clean up, and start moving forward!

How to you get back to organized? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Welcoming Spring

Tomorrow is the first official day of spring! The temperature has slowly been creeping up outside and I saw that my crocus flowers are blooming in the flower bed! Now I can finally start putting together spring outfits. I can't wait! Here are some styles I'm hunting down for Spring '15.


Welcoming Spring
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I just bought a kate spade new york crossbody bag from TJMaxx last weekend. It's this shade of pink, and just the right size to take on a walk downtown or a quick run to the store!
Blazers are nice because it really isn't quite warm enough to go bare-shouldered yet. I like this striped one, I think it would pair nicely with a bright colored blouse or dress.
I'm so excited that loafers are in this season! They're very comfy. The colors on these ones are perfect: neutral with a pop of color along the edge.
Chiffon mini skirts are wonderful because they are elegant yet versatile. Wear them to school with a t-shirt tucked and flats, or pair with a flowy blouse and stilettos for a date!
Scalloped edges are so adorable. I love them on purses, shoes, shorts, blouses, skirts, and, of course, dresses! They look especially classy on this light pink dress!

What are your favorite spring styles? What would you suggest pairing with my spring picks? I always love hearing about your personal style, so let me know in the comments below!


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday: March 18th

Wonderful Wednesday


It's Hump Day! You're halfway through the week! Do one of these to reward yourself for getting this far and help you get through the rest of your week.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Break Reading List

                                 Spring Break Reading List


I don't have much time for leisurely reading anymore, so when I do get a chance to read I can't stop! I plan on spending a lot of time reading during spring break. So here's my list of books I want to read! In reality I will probably only get through one or two at most, but maybe I'll try to pace myself and keep reading once break is over.

  1. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee: This will be published in July, but I might go ahead and pre-order it. Fun Fact: though it is the sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird", it was actually written before! I don't know about any of you, but I truly enjoyed reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" in high school! I am really excited about the this release!
  2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: I'm not really sure what this book is about, but from what I've heard it's a romance. It seems to be pretty popular, and I'm curious about what all the buzz is about!
  3. The Shining by Stephen King: I know, it's a little dark to be reading during my break. I've been working on this book for a couple months now, but I had to stop because the only time I had to read it was right before bed, and then I would seriously get nightmares! I've never watched the movie so that makes this book way more scarier. My plan of action is to finish reading this during the bright sunny days so maybe it won't freak me out so much (I'm terrible with scary movies and books!).
  4. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella: I have seen this movie only a million times now and it's still one of my favorites. It's about time that I read the book.
  5. Paper Towns by John Green: I confess, I have never read a John Green book. But all I hear are good things about them. So I'm going to try to read this book by him before the movie comes out in July!
For a longer list of books I have read/am reading/want to read, follow me on Goodreads!

What books are on your reading list? Have you read any of the ones I listed above? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Motivated Monday



Where did my weekend go?? Oh yeah. Work. I'm starting this week off a little more sluggish than usual because I am absolutely exhausted. This week my goals are simple: just get through my to-do lists. The only exciting part of my week (that I know of yet) will be Thursday night. I applied to an all female resident hall called Martha Cook and the room drawing is Thursday night! Except I can't go because I have physics lab. But I still get to find out if I get a room there and, if I do get in, who my roommate will be! Motivation is sort of an overstatement, so here's what  I'm doing to survive this week.
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How do you survive weeks like this? Do you have any special plans? Let me know in the comments below!



Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Faves

One//Super Pi Day


Saturday is Super Pi Day: 3.1415! All week my calculus instructor has been wearing Pi shirts. Read up on the history of Pi here. It's actually pretty interesting!

Two//Cinderella

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I'm going to go see Cinderella tonight with my mother and I'm so excited! So far it has gotten great ratings. Not to mention it stars Lily James, only one of the most beautiful actresses in my opinion (love her in Downton Abbey!) as Cinderella.

Three//Bath & Body Works Let's go to Hawaii!

Let's go to Hawaii!

I got the flyer on this new collection this week, and I can't wait to stop in at my local Bath&BodyWorks to stock up on some of these summer scents! I love the smell of coconut especially. 




Thursday, March 12, 2015

Audrey


I don't believe I've expressed how much I love Audrey Hepburn yet in a post. There are many things I admire about her, but today I want to talk about her movies. Whenever I'm having a terrible day, I turn towards an Audrey Hepburn film. Her films take me to a different world, in a different time. Not all her films end in the perfect happy ending (I never found the end of Roman Holiday very happy). But her films do remind you what's important in life: friendship, love, believing in yourself. So if you're looking for a timeless chick flick this weekend, I recommend anything starring the great Audrey Hepburn.

My favorite Audrey films:

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Sabrina
  • Roman Holiday
  • My Fair Lady
  • Wait Until Dark
What's your favorite Audrey film? Let me know in the comments below!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday

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Wednesdays are stressful! Do one of these (or all) to help you get through the rest of your week!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Pier 1 Imports: for your dorm


Pier 1 Imports: for your dorm



Pier 1 Imports shag area rug / Pier 1 Imports food storage container / Pier 1 Imports drinkware / Pier 1 Imports throw pillow / Pier 1 Imports home fragrance

I work at Pier 1 Imports and I love it! The vibrant warm colors and unique pieces are so much fun. A lot of the pieces are meant for homes instead of dorms, so I put together some of the items I've found that I plan on taking with me to my dorm. The shaggy throw pillow is a must. It is so soft. No, seriously guys. Go to your local Pier right now and feel that pillow. So of course I need the rug to go with it! Tiki Sunrise is a new scent. Right now I have the room spray and it brightens my mood with its citrus-y scent! I love this tea cup because it's got a very cute print and it's actually a lot bigger than you'd think. The tea tin is great because I have all my loose tea still in the Teavana bags, so it's time I go it a home.

Do you shop at Pier 1 Imports? What are some of your items? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Motivated Monday, #1


Welcome to the first installment of my new series: Motivated Monday! The point of this is to let all of my wonderful readers know what my plans are for the week. As I go through the week, I tend to drop my plans, so I'm hoping this will help me stay motivated throughout the week. It also gives me a chance to share a bit about myself with you, and hopefully lets you share some of the exciting plans you have planned for the week with me in the comments section! So here's my week:

Monday: Since I have my Calc 2 test in the morning, tonight is dedicated to studying! I've done very poorly on my last two tests (scraping by with Cs), so I'm nervous about this one. Wish me luck!
Blog post: Motivated Monday

Tuesday: This is my favorite day of the week because I get through two of my classes by 10 AM. After my test I plan to hit the gym to unwind, and then clean out my car now that it's finally warm enough to be in the garage for 10 minutes without a coat on.
Blog post: Favorite Items from Pier 1 Imports

Wednesday: I get to sleep in til 6 AM because Calc is cancelled! Talk about beauty sleep! Unfortunately, this is another study day since my Physics 2 test is on Thursday.
Blog post: Wonderful Wednesday (another new series)

Thursday: And this is my least favorite day of the week. They're my longest and I'm exhausted from the last three days. As a pick-me-up I'll hit the gym again! Then I'll go ace that test (yeah, right). Usually I am out of steam on Thursday nights so I don't go out.
Blog post: For the love of Lilly

Friday: Before our chem lab, my friend and I are going to Brownstone Coffee House in Battle Creek. We haven't been there before, so I'll let you know how it is! After that is my lab (yay!). Since Friday is supposed to be warm, nearly 50 degrees, I'm going to pull out my tub full of spring/summer clothing and start packing away my heavy winter clothes.
Blog post:Friday Faves

Saturday: I start the day off working at Pier (always a good start to my day), then I'm going shoppingggg! I have some coupons that expire at Ulta and Victoria's Secret soon so I'm going to try to stay focused. Although maybe since I'm there I should stop at TJMaxx.....See the problem? It'll be dangerous. Also, let's not forget that this is Super Pi Day 3.1415, so I suppose I should devote some time to Calc homework (approx. 3.1415 seconds maybe).
Blog post:TBD 

Sunday: Again, I start my day off working at Pier. Usually on Sundays my sister comes over for dinner with my nephew, so I have to work all my homework that I've procrastinated on in during his naps (he's 16 months). Not to mention, I have to have it all done by the time the two shows I'm addicted to come on, Once Upon A Time @ 8 PM on ABC and Last Man on Earth @ 9:30 PM on Fox!
Blog Post: Nope, Rest day!

So that's my week in so many words! Quite honestly, Monday through Thursday I'm just a boring college student. By the time I get through classes for the day I'm worn out! I don't get crazy on the weekends, but as the weather ramps up I'll have more adventures to inform you on.

What are your plans for the week? Do you have anything exciting coming up? Share with me in the comments below!



Friday, March 6, 2015

Fashion and Fitness

Fashion and Fitness



Victoria's Secret activewear pants / Adidas activewear top / NIKE sports bra, $34 / NIKE sports shoes / The North Face gray tote bag / Under Armour Undeniable Squeezable 32 oz. Water Bottle

I'm trying to get back to going to the gym on a regular basis. I always feel awesome after I workout on the elliptical for half an hour or (attempt) to lift weights! And the gym at school is free to use, so no membership fees! Here are some of my favorite items when I go to the gym.

What is your favorite gym gear? How do you stay motivated? Let me know in the comments below!



Thursday, March 5, 2015

The College Girl's Guide to: Transferring Colleges


In my senior year of high school I got accepted into 3 universities; and I turned down all three. I didn't have the finances to attend a university for 4 years. Therefore, I enrolled at my local community college. At first I was embarrassed, worried that others would think I was attending community college because I wasn't smart enough to get into a university. This past semester has changed my mind about community college though. Many of the students are attending for the same reason that I am: money. And like me, they are ready to invest the money into a four-year university.

It took me only 1 semester to decide that I want to go into a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). I want to go into chemistry, or go even more specific by getting a degree in environmental engineering. This was one of the first criteria that helped me narrow down my college search.

I already knew that I wanted to go to school in Michigan. I want to be close enough to visit my family during long weekends, but far enough away that I feel a sense of independence. Only three public universities in Michigan offered a degree in Environmental Engineering: Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Michigan Tech. I immediately had to cross Michigan Tech off my list because I knew, realistically, I could not stand to live in that cold of a region, not to mention it was too far out of my budget.

I scheduled campus tours of both to get a feel of how I would fit in to each school. I found that the UMich has an enthusiastic, academically driven student body and MSU has an overwhelming amount of school spirit. Overall I felt I fit into UMich better due to their research opportunities and highly esteemed College of Engineering.

So let's get to the point: What does it take to transfer colleges?


  1. Narrow down your list of potential colleges. I recommend no more than 3 colleges: your dream college, a college you feel confident you can get into, and a college with rolling admission in case neither of the first two work out. Application fees are expensive so think strategically at this point.
  2. Start the application. Start with just the basic information. The first step is the hardest! This way you can scope out the essays and other requirements for your application process as well.
  3. Schedule a campus tour. I cannot stress how important this is. Just because a school looks amazing in the brochure, you never really know until you visit! Often at these tours you receive valuable information that will give you a foot up on the application process. 
  4. Ask for recommendations. Most college applications will require a recommendation. Ask an instructor who teaches classes that are relevant to your major or an adviser you've gotten to know well. Don't forget to thank your recommenders as well!
  5. Don't be afraid to contact the admissions office. Often transfer students require different documents than freshman applicants. If you are unsure of what is required from you, send an email or pick up the phone. They're there to help you.
  6. Write a strong essay. It doesn't matter if you earned an A in Freshman Composition if you can't put together a comprehensive and unique essay. This is your chance to give more than a pull-down menu answer, so own it! Let them know what you will bring to campus.
  7. Have you sent all your supporting documents? Double check that check list. Make sure all your supporting documents are in the mail at least two weeks before the deadline. 
  8. The early bird gets the worm. If you know where you want to apply, don't wait.
  9. Do. Not. Stress. Once you've hit that submit button, stop stressing. You've done the best you can, it's now up the admissions office. Enjoy the rest of your semester, spend some time applying for scholarships, and you'll get your admission letter (or email) in no time! Be sure to check you application status (many schools have a site in which you can track your application status) at least once a week, as this will be where many admissions offices will post any additional information they require or even your admission decision.
  10. Time to celebrate! If you got into your first choice college, feel free to brag on social media and share with everyone your exciting news! If your first choice declined you, but your second choice accepted you, it's still time to celebrate! Remember, second-choice does not mean second rate. 
I'm excited to be transferring, especially to University of Michigan! While I regret that I haven't had the traditional college experience, I feel confident in my academic abilities and am ready to move on to a bigger school.

Are any of my readers transfer students or preparing to transfer? How did you adjust to a new school? What are your worries? Leave me a comment below!

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