Heading back to school can be pretty intimidating... especially if you're an incoming freshman. I'm listing some of the advice I think is helpful for going back to class (hint, one of my tips include not taking it *too* seriously).
The moment that three-pointer by Kris Jenkins hit the basket... Villanova winning by a buzzer beater, I'm pretty sure the shriek I let out was deafening.
All the long nights working in a news room, win after win, carrying press conferences at 12am because I work for a 24-hour news station... all leading up to a devastating loss.
But it's devastating for more reasons than me just being upset as a fan.
This season was a heart-felt, hard-fought journey. Brice, Marcus, Joel, and Roy earned the right to win a another National Championship for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill... my alma mater.
I've been cheering for Carolina since I was in elementary school, deciding at the age of 12 that my greatest goal (up to that point) would be to graduate from UNC... and I finally did it last year.
This past season, I saw the ability for this team to bring home yet another 'ship title... their fantastic ability to communicate on and off the court, their loyalty to Williams. Win after win. Everything seemed to fall in place for Roy's boys.
I think that's why this loss hurts more than it probably should in the grand scheme of things.
This team deserved it... plus, it is always nice to brag that your team is the best.
But you know what? My team is the best. The way our UNC community came together to rally after the loss, the players' classy response following the game, Roy's obvious devastation for the upset of this particular team...
It's kinda like Tar Heel magic. An acknowledgement that you're all a part of something special.
Plus, c'mon - when you have Michael Jordan saying he's proud of this team and that they made him proud to be a Tar Heel, you know you've got something extraordinary.
That why I'm proud to be a part of it, and why it's always, always a good day to be a Tar Heel.
So, this loss is devastating - naturally. But I don't doubt we'll see another day when we can call our team National Champions... but until then, we as a whole are still winners and we'll keep winning because that's what Carolina does.
Signed, A Tar Heel.
Dress - Lilly Pulitzer | Shoes - Betseyville | Bag - Tory Burch 'Dena' tote | Sunglasses - Ray Ban | Sun burn - Sand Key beach
I kinda fell in love with Tampa all over again this Spring Break. There are so many great spots.
I'm definitely sad to be heading home but at least I'm leaving with a burn that will hopefully turn into a semi-tan, a stash of cane sugar Dr Pepper, and great memories. Plus, I've essentially gained five pounds from all the food I've eaten so it's probably a good thing I'm going home so I can get back to the grind.
Top - GAP | Pants - J. Crew (kinda similar pant here) | Sandals - Sam Edelman | Bag - Tory Burch | Sunglasses - Ray Ban | Bracelets - Kate Spade
Spring Break day 2 and 3 were spent in gorgeous Orlando.
I could definitely get used to lounging by the pool for hours every day and visiting Flamingos and Penguins (aka, my spirit animals).
Also, I need to buy about 10 more pairs of these pants because holy-goodness they're amazing. They're light-weight so even in the hot Florida heat you're not going to completely burn up, plus the pattern on these is hella cute.
Being a second semester senior, I know a thing or two about how to survive midterms... hell, it may not always be a graceful experience but so far I've made it through to the other side.
Here's how I've done it:
One: I'm a huuuge procrastinator. One thing that helps me? Dividing the work. This means if you have 10 chapters you have to review for the midterm, focus on two chapters every day for five days... breaks everything down and makes it easier to remember.
Two: If you "forgot" to study until the day before, well, that's not ideal but the best way to deal with a situation like that is to focus on your class notes. Did the professor emphasize something (meaning, spent a lot of time talking about that one specific thing)? Did he or she put important terms on a powerpoint? If you're lucky, you'll have a prof who will even tell you which terms are important for tests. In that case, put a star next to those terms, highlight them, say them out loud. Whatever you gotta do to remember them.
Three: Use Quizlet. Seriously, it may just save your GPA. The site allows you to create your own flashcards... instead of killing trees and writing them out yourself and possibly getting carpal tunnel. You can use the flashcards to take hypothetical tests and play games. Plus, there's an app for that.
Four: Sustenance. Eat up, y'all. Your brain can't focus if you're not getting enough protein and nutrients. Also, drink plenty of water. Not only will it make you look good, it'll make you feel hydrated and ready to conquer the exam.
I'm recommending the new Berry Pomegranate Chia Clif Bars. They're bomb.
Five: Take much needed study breaks. There's a point while studying when my brain decides it can't handle any more information and I start feeling unable to focus. To regain focus, give your brain a deserved break. Watch a show on Netflix, go workout, spend time on social media... whatever you gotta do to get back on your A-game.
Hope those tips were helpful? Give me some of your midterm tips in the comments!
Today, in honor of LDOC, I decided to curl my hair, but as you can see my hair is kind of a jerk and decided not to cooperate with me even after the ungodly amount of hairspray I used on it.
It's so unbelievable to think that after this I have one more semester to go before I graduate. What? Where did the past 3 1/2 years go?
Top - J.Crew | Shorts - Old Navy | Sandals - Sam Edelman | Bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs | Watch - Fossil | Phone Case - Fossil
Sometimes all you really need is to spend time with amazing people.
That's one thing I absolutely love about summer, there's more time to do just that.
My best friend Carrie (the gorgeous redhead) and I go to the same very time-consuming university and I've known her since I was about 8 years old. We don't have much time during the school year to hang out that much, so I love the fact that I've been able to hang out more often.
Plus, spending time with good friends often puts me in the best mood. That's where my extroverted-ness starts and usually stops (I'm much more of an introvert).
Definitely looking forward to more time spent with people I love this summer before the craziness of what will be my LAST year of school starts back up next month.
My day consisted of being gone practically all day, but then again that is what most of my days have consisted of lately.
After my classes I ended up walking around campus and taking way too many pictures and shooting video for a project that is due next week.
I'm in a reporting class this semester, so I spent the majority of my afternoon, besides taking a ton of pictures and video, calling contacts and trying to write a report about the transportation system.
And I'm pretty sure I've annoyed way too many people doing that.
So, moral of that story? Don't choose a reporting class if you're afraid of annoying people or if you get scared talking to strangers. I have learned to be a little more persistent (I guess you could call that annoying), so I'm actually excited to see where the rest of the semester takes me.
I must admit, my campus is beautiful. No doubt about that. Will I survive all of the homework for the next year and a half? Questionable. But I'll take whatever positives I can at this point and the fact that I get to walk around such a gorgeous school every day is pretty great.
Also, look at that sunset. Isn't that one of the most beautiful sunsets you've ever seen?
Have you seen my last post about how I stay organized for school? Check it out here!
P.S. Totally meant to post this yesterday.... buuuut here we are.
If you're anything like me then school stresses you out. And if it doesn't... well, you are one of the lucky ones.
I've come up with some tips that help prevent school from being completely overwhelming, though, and I thought I would share some of those tips with y'all.
Most of these tips have to do with organizing school supplies (flashcards, binder clips, white-out, etc. etc.) and how I keep my class syllabi easy to understand and what-not.
Here's the video!
1. I carry so much junk in this little plastic shoe box that I picked up at Target for about $1. It's nice to have a box like this that I can put a bunch of random supplies that I use most often so that I don't lose them. This definitely isn't the prettiest solution but it works really well for me.
2. I keep this box near my desk at all times so that I have easy access to push pins, chalk, etc. I found this box at Michaels (original purpose is for jewelry beads) for about $2.
3. This 3-compartment pencil bag I picked up at Target last year for about $5. It's great for keeping pencils, a flash drive and anything I need on a day-to-day basis. I just keep everything in there and throw it in my backpack when I need it.
4. This Lilly Pulitzer agenda is perfect for keeping my days organized. I'm the kind of person who makes lists for everything, so having an agenda is perfect for keeping all of my projects and events organized. Plus, as mentioned in the video, I color coordinate my classes so that I can visually see what I have to get done and that is sooo helpful.
5. I came up with the idea to keep all of my flashcards organized for my various classes by using this coupon holder that I found at Target last year for about $4. It's great because I can assign the different sections with classes and place the flashcards in a specific section so that they stay organized and it's easy to put in my bag or backpack so that I can study anywhere I go.
Those are just a few tips that help me stay organized for school. What helps you stay organized for school? Let me know in the comments!