Sunday, February 22, 2015

Liebster Award

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Colleen from Buckeye Bliss! Thank you Colleen!!
Here are my answers to the questions below!
What is a quote you live by?

"The best way out is always through" -Robert Frost
I have this quote written on my mirror. It reminds me that I will be rewarded for persevering! Some days are a real struggle, but I remember that if I keep going things will get easier.

If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A boring as it sounds, my black yoga leggings and a white t-shirt. At least it's comfy! I pretty much live in them already.

 What’s your least favorite type of music?

Country. I've tried to listen to it. Even the country music that's more rock than country! But I can't stand it, I'm not sure why.

What is your favorite movie?

Under the Tuscan Sun! I've watched this movie  probably a million times over. It's set in beautiful Italy, has romance, comedy, and a wonderful story to back it.

 What is your dream job?

My dream job would be working for the EPA or the Department of Environmental Quality, focusing on water quality. 

 Where would you most like to travel to?

It may sound cliche, but I have always wanted to travel to France, especially Paris. It has the perfect balance of history, art, fashion, plus beaches, what's not to love! Before ever exploring overseas though, I hope to visit every region of the United States. We have such a variety of geological landmarks and cultures, I want to experience it all!

 What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

My cat Jasmine. Even on my worst days she brings a smile to my face. I can't imagine life without her!

 How did you pick your blog name? 

Whenever I write I drink a cup of hot chai tea. I like to think that it gets my creative juices flowing. The classy part comes from my aspiration on keep my blog classy!

What are you currently excited about?

Just this past week I got accepted into Michigan State University! It is technically my fall back school, but it is actually a very good school and I'd be very happy attending school there! I am still waiting to hear back from my first choice, the University of Michigan, but at least I know Plan B is laid in place.

 What do you think is the most unique thing about you?

I have always been a girly-girl, and I am not ashamed of it. I like pink, glitter, and skirts. All through grade school my binders have been embellished and highly organized with cutesy covers. So when I announced that I wanted to go into engineering and work with contaminated water, everyone was very surprised. The most unique thing about me is that my personality is dynamic. I can study physics and chemistry and calculus all while wearing pink blouses and heels.

 What made you decide to start blogging?

I started reading blogs about a year ago. Like binge reading. I was impressed by how they could shine a whole new light on everyday life. At first I didn't think I was a good enough writer to publish blog posts. And maybe I'm not. But I still write posts for me. Writing helps me de-stress and connect with my hobbies. It gives me a way to express myself, even if my audience is small!

My Questions:

Why did you start this blog? What is your favorite movie? What are you really really good at? What is your dream career? What is your favorite place you have traveled to? If you could have any superpower what would it be and why? What do you admire most about yourself? What is a day in your life like? What is your favorite book? 3 favorite online shopping websites? What is your pet peeve?

I Nominate....
Megan from Bowtifullife
Carly from Chicago Prepster
Michaela from Monogrammed Midwesterner

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The College Girl's Guide to: Surviving Early Morning Classes

This semester I absolutely needed to fit Calculus 2 into my schedule to stay on track. The only session I was able to take was the one that runs from 7:10 to 8:20 A.M. Monday thru Thursday. On top of that, I am a commuter so I have to leave my house by 6:20 A.M. at the latest to arrive in time for class. This means I have to wake up at around 5:00 A.M. for four days of the week. Let me tell you, learning calculus at 7:10 in the morning is a challenge. So how do I do it? It's a struggle some days but I'm getting better and here's how.

I keep my binders, notebooks, and textbooks in one place. This prevents wasted time searching for my class materials. I don't like to have my backpack all set up the night before because I do homework up until I go to bed! But I do try to keep my calculators (yes, I have multiple one's I have to use), planner, and writing utensils in my backpack when I'm not using them because I find small items such as these easy to forget when the clock is ticking. 

I pick out my outfit the night before, including jewelry. I tend to pick items that do not match (AT ALL) at 5 in the morning, so it's safer this way. It also prevents me from getting in the sweatpant slump. While I love sweatpants every once in a while, I try not to make it a routine. Also, when I wear sweats to class I'm ready to go back to sleep!

I always eat a light breakfast of a morning. And I mean light. I have a hard-boiled egg. That's it! I make four on Sunday night so I'll have them every early morning. It's enough to keep my stomach quiet through my first class. After that I get something more filling, but I have to let my stomach wake up first. 

I recently switched to green tea. In the past, coffee was my go-to drink. As in 2 - 3 cups before noon. This semester I switched to green tea. I stick to one cup in the morning (via travel mug). Green tea contains approximately 35 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces, while coffee has 100 - 200 mg, depending on the strength. I made the switch because I was worried about the large amount of caffeine I was consuming each day, but occasionally I do go for the coffee instead of tea. Overall, caffeine helps me jump start my day.

While I realize the majority of college students reading this live on campus, at this time I commute to my local community college which means a 30 - 45 minute drive each morning (depending on the weather). I have an upbeat playlist that I play on my drive to help me wake up! Even if you live on campus you could put together a playlist for your walk or bike-ride to class.

Even as a morning person I struggle with my early trudge to class. But I'm slowly adjusting and finding that the campus is peaceful of a morning before everyone is around. To anyone who plans on taking early morning classes next semester, good luck! And to anyone taking them currently, I feel your pain.

How do you deal with early classes? Do you plan your schedule to avoid them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Friday, February 13, 2015

How to Maintain a Long Distance Relationship

Being in a long distance relationship is not easy. There really is no way to make it easy. But there are ways to make it last. I have been in a long distance relationship since May of 2013. While it has had its ups and downs, my boyfriend and I are still happily together. There are a few things that I can attribute to this.

 One would be that we both strive towards our own goals while we are apart. We both are very serious about school. This gives us a sort of distraction while we are apart.

We don't spend all our time talking about how much we miss each other. While it can be sweet to hear on a whim, it is destructive to the relationship if you dwell on it.

Trust. I can't emphasize how important this is. This is not to say that I don't get jealous at times, but I don't let it overwhelm my trust for him.

Lastly, but most importantly, we remember to say "I love you" every day. As cheesy and corny as that sounds, at the end of the day when you feel disconnected from your partner "I love you" can be the most important thing you can hear.

Are any of my readers in LDRs? How do you maintain your relationship over the miles? Leave me a comment below!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The College Girl's Guide to Studying

Next week will be my first round of tests this semester. This has me thinking about what I do to prepare for exams in college. Let me share with you some of my studying tricks that I have found work well for  preparing me for tests!

Always do your homework. This means even if your instructor doesn't check it and even if you don't totally understand what you're doing. This gives you an idea on what you need to ask questions on. Homework is the simplest form of studying because it's laid out for you, so don't skip this chance to brush up on test topics.

Ask the instructor for exams from previous semesters. Oftentimes instructors create new exams for each semester to prevent cheating. At the same time, they include the same concepts on the tests. So ask if you can use last semester's exam as a review packet! You're instructor might say no, but they might also be impressed that you're active in studying for tests and want to help you. My personal tip though: ask sooner rather than later. A student that waits until the day before the exam to ask may seem like a desperate procrastinator rather than a prepared student.

Use Studyblue for terms. This is one of my favorite websites! I use this instead of making flashcards by hand because I'm terrible about peaking for a "hint". Studyblue allows you to upload notes, create flashcards, and even turn them into quizzes! This is definitely a great tool for college students if you didn't already start using it in high school.

Read the summary. When you're down to crunch time, the chapter summary is a helpful study tool. These are often located at the end of each chapter in your textbook (yes, that one you haven't opened all semester). But be aware that instructors often like to test you on little topics that are not covered within the chapter summary!

Tutors. I'm not going to lie, I have always had too much pride to go to a tutor. But as my Calculus 2 course is kicking my butt, I've been considering going to a tutor to help me. I'm lucky enough to have a service available at school that provides free tutoring. From my transfer tours I've found out many large universities have this available too. I'll keep you updated on this once I've tried it out!

Do you have any study tricks that you've found especially helpful? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Perks of Short Hair

The first time I cut all my hair off was when I was in my sophomore year of high school. I had seen the hair style on a model in TeenVogue and I thought it was unique and eyecatching. I let my hair grow out for the next couple years because I grew lazy about going to the hair salon. Just this past October I decided to cut all of my hair off again. I am often asked why I cut it so short. So let me explain!

To begin with, it is a time saver (for me at least). I already prefer to take my showers in the morning, which is a necessity with short hair. While I use to spend nearly an hour every morning blowdrying my hair, brushing out all of the knots, and then styling and taming it, I now spend less than 5 minutes running a brush through my hair and then applying Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray and a light misting of hairspray.

My haircut gives me confidence. I can no longer hide behind my hair; I am recognizable and people remember me for my short hairstyle. It helps me stand out in a good way! It also encourages me to put more effort into my appearance. I spend more time on skincare because my face is front and center. I also get more creative with my makeup in order to accentuate my girly features. This also goes for my outfits, jewelry and nails. My body-type is boyish and some would consider my hair to be as well, so I feel motivated to express my girliness in other ways!

One of the best feelings about cutting my hair is donating it. Both times that I have cut my hair I had extremely long hair to begin with. It's great to find a salon that will donate your hair to an organization such as Locks of Love in order to provide wigs to children who don't have hair.

Most importantly, if you don't like it, IT GROWS BACK. It won't be short forever! Be mindful of when you're cutting it short if you never have before. It's not the best idea to chop it off the day before prom, but maybe wait until summer when you can grow use to it and learn how to take care of it (plus you'll feel much cooler!). Also, if you have a stylist you trust and has been working on your hair for a while, like mine has, then ask for his or her opinion. He/She can tell you if it'll work with your face shape and hair texture and thickness.


"I'll look like a boy."

Ok, maybe on your lazy days you will slightly resemble a boy. But even still, I have yet to be mistaken for a boy and I have one of the most un-curvy, boyish body types out there!

"It's too hard to keep up."
Going to the hair salon should be a treat, not a pesky errand! I love that I now have a good reason to see my stylist every 6 weeks. And occasionally I do let it go for 2 months, that's okay too!

"I don't have the right face shape."
Don't claim this until you've talked to your stylist. While I have a small round face, I've seen women with rectangular faces and heart-shaped faces that pull it off very well.

How do you feel about short hair? Would you dare to chop it all off? Let me know in the comments below!

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