Learning to Say No

One of my hardest challenges in college was learning how to say no. A security hiring manager that I met with recently shared her opinion on this matter with me. She told me that college teaches how to get opportunities. What it does not teach you is how to choose which career or opportunity to take. In college, you may find many classes that you want to take. For me, they revolved around the arts, like dance, painting, and music. Or you may want to join a sorority/fraternity, club, or a Honors Society. You may also be offered internship or part-time jobs.

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For some of my friends, finding these types of opportunities was difficult. For me, I could not get enough. It comes with my personality of being a hustler and going out and always looking for more to do. But at some point you will have to evaluate what is on your plate and be able to prioritize. I am still having trouble with this now but the more I do it, the easier it is for me to see what I am and am not willing to do. As you finish up the rest of this school semester/quarter, I challenge you to get out and find those chances, (quoting Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus) make mistakes, and get messy!

Walmart Shopping

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As a broke college student, Walmart is my best friend. I spent $127 for 27 items. That averages to about $4.70 per item. I bought so many things that I needed and in semi-bulk too. Hopefully, I won’t have to go back in a while. Some essentials that I bought on this trip are things are the following:

  1. If you have contacts like me, contact solution is a must, even if you have one-day contacts. I have used 2-week contacts up to this point but decided to make a change. Contact solution can also get really expensive so one-day contacts is awesome because I throw them away at the end of the day!
  2. Three words – female hygiene products.
  3. Snacks, and lots of them! Throughout your day of classes or even during lecture, you WILL get hungry. Nothing will make you sadder than trying to listen, take a test, or do homework on an empty stomach. I love instant mac and cheese, veggie straws, milk chocolate cashews, and apple crisps.
  4. Cereal and milk. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To be a successful student, you need to start every single day off to the best start! My favorites are Honey Bunches of Oats and Honey Nut Cheerios. Also, make sure to get almond or soy milk. Those are really expensive though so you can also opt for 2% milk like me!

Happy shopping, everyone!

Facebook > Cleaning

Facebook has been super distracting to me these days. I have been using it as an excuse to procrastinate on doing homework and studying, and really not getting any of my chores done, like laundry, washing dishes, or cleaning. My room looks like an absolute nightmare, which is fitting because it is almost Halloween time (HAHA!). I have been trying really hard to wean myself off of the social media, but with little success.

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The good news to focus on though is the fact that I have been making progress! I have been trying really hard to actively not be on Facebook so much and will close out the tab too. Out of sight, out of mind! I deleted the app on my phone and also try not to go on Facebook using my Safari browser. It is definitely not easy though! I keep wanting to check it over and over again. At this point, I am even considering changing the password so I can’t log in.

In conclusion, Facebook is an amazing tool and a wonderful way to keep in touch. But when it takes up so much time that you are sitting in front of your computer for hours on end, you need to STOP, DROP, AND ROLL. Same goes for when you are in public and you’re on your phone. Talk to the person next to you and strike up a casual conversation! You could be missing out on a wonderful relationship that was right underneath your nose!

Burned Out

If you are like me, there will come a time that you will feel burned out during your college years. As I drag onto my seventh week of school, I am feeling the burdens of pre and post midterm/final season. I did not do as well as I hoped I would because I waited until the last minute to write my term paper. I was not trying to procrastinate but rather I did not manage my time effectively between work, play, and studying. If I had just been a little more attentive to how much time I needed to put into my paper, I would have been fine. I probably just needed another hour or two before the cut off to write an A paper. I may come out with C (or B if I am lucky) but I heard my teacher is an extremely hard grader. If you struggle with staying focused like me, it helps to have a schedule and to map out everything. But even if you are a great planner, you have to follow through. I am wonderful at keeping a calendar together and this organization comes easily to me. What I have trouble with is actually doing what I told myself I would do that day, like writing a paper, studying for a test, or doing a homework assignment. My goal for this week is to stay on top of my studies and to finish everything as soon as it is assigned to me and be less distracted! Good luck with midterms and finals everyone!

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Disconnect

How do you disconnect? How often?

Unfortunately, I do not disconnect. Fortunately, this is because I enjoy genuinely enjoy being connected! As much as I hate to admit it, social media plays a huge part of my life and I would not be the person I am today without it. My past jobs also depended on me being connected, especially on social media. Digital marketing is going to be the way of our future.

I love being plugged in the know and the now and I can easily be at my computer for eight hours straight without ever getting up. Even at work, I am very much so connected and in every other aspect of my life. This is an area of opportunity that I can work on. I do like time alone and being away from everything but I definitely prefer seeing what is trending.

So, why should we disconnect and how? Even if you are like me and you love social media, you should take a step away and walk outside or read a book once a while. It will clear up your thoughts and help you to be more focused. You will also realize that there is so much that the internet and social media cannot offer you, like amazing fictional stories and important events in the past. Plus, it is good to give your eyes a rest from those lighted screens. Personally, I am attracted to busy work and stress, but if I am always on a high-stress level because of my phone and computer, it can lead to chronic and detrimental physical repercussions, like heart disease and obesity. I spent the entire day today inside and in bed so I am going to head outside just to stretch out my legs for a little bit! Have a happy day!

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Like a Balloon

It is now Week 5 of my first semester of graduate school. Life has been nothing short of crazy these days. I not only had interviews for a full-time job this week, but many different meetings at work, as well as new work shifts, and an impromptu formal work dinner. I have been trying to stay on top of all of my school work and so far so good! But we all know how long that will last!

I am still sick (http://www.collegetips.com/blog/gloriosity/inevitably-sick-1397) but I am definitely getting better. This bug is being really tough! My body has been working full-overtime to get through my different challenges this week. And my schedule is jam-packed but hopefully after my first pageant tomorrow, things will die down. My quiz is on Monday and Tuesday, I have training at work and homework due. Plus, this week, I will be done with one of my classes! Then, I have two glorious days off on Wednesday and Thursday, which will hopefully give me enough time to catch up on everything! I will be sure to try to keep you all posted as soon as possible on the blog. Sometimes, college can get tough and midterms will get the best of you, but the important thing to remember is to have fun with all that you do and just be like a balloon – stay up above the ground and reach for the sky — it has no limit!

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Inevitably Sick

Based on my previous responses that I wrote about stress (here: http://www.collegetips.com/blog/gloriosity/my-stressors-1387 and here: http://www.collegetips.com/blog/gloriosity/stressed-symptoms-1391), I was bound to get sick one way or the other.

Being sick is the worst; not to mention,  colds and flus have a funny way of hitting you right in the middle of midterms (or even worse – finals), important papers/homework assignment, or other important school or work related events. I have a homework assignment due tonight and another due tomorrow, but I will be at work all day tomorrow so it has to be done tonight. I already have a hard enough time focusing on homework but now it’s worse since my throat is on fire, my nose won’t stop dripping, and my body is cold and hot at the same time! Sounds real attractive, right? The best part: I keep coughing up phlegm!

Haha but to have a silver lining, you have to have a cloud first. I stayed home this morning instead of volunteering at the beach and I got to watch TV shows, movies, and catch up on my favorite drama. I also consoled my best friend, who’s grandmother passed away this morning. And of course, I got to drink some nice tea and write out this blog post!

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Stay healthy guys and have a great weekend! See you tomorrow!

Stressed Symptoms

I get head-aches, my heart starts being faster, and I weirdly feel extremely hungry every time I think of all of my homework. To relieve my stress symptoms, I look for ways to distract myself instead of focusing on what I need to do. I find it ironic that the solution to my stress is to work on my homework, but instead I am doing anything but the very thing that will relieve my stress. For example, I have been playing Pokémon on my brother’s phone when I should be working on my homework and/or studying. I will go on Facebook when I know I should be catching up on my reading. I feel much more discouraged these days and extremely unmotivated. This has been the most unsettling symptom of all. I normally project a positive and happy vibe, but now I feel nothing but empty hollow uselessness.

I almost forgot to mention that I have never had these many pimples on my face. Everyone around me has noticed them (or are too nice to say anything). My family has pointed the pimples out to me multiple times and they are concerned. My boyfriend also mentioned that I must be really stressed out because in the two and a half years we have been together, he has never seen my skin look this bad. I feel heavier – my chest in particular. I noticed that my shoulders have been aching sine I have been slouching more and my posture seems to has lost its strength. I definitely feel like I am aging, and much faster than I should be.

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Time for bed! Good night! Sleep tight! Chin up, and keep smiling!

My Stressors

My most frequent stressor these days has been the different deadlines that I have had to meet for school. Even though my calendar does not say that I have assignments due every day, it feels like I do. I do not feel like I ever have a day to myself. It has been the center of my anxiety and I have been procrastinating more than I ever have before. My homework has been taking up all of my time outside of school and it has upset my boyfriend that I do not make time for him. This has also upset me because I have not been able to have “me time,” since all of my time is dedicated to studying.

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The second most frequent stressor has been thinking about my future. I have many external stressors in my life right now, especially financial. I recently applied for a scholarship to pay my $700 tuition fees, and if I do not win this scholarship, I am not sure what I am going to do. My mother keeps asking me for money, that I do not have and it has been worrying me very much. She has also been pestering me to find a real full-time job. I am torn between what I want to do and what I need to do. I have tried to avoid thinking about it as much as possible but this has just made it worse.

It has been very hard to stay focused and this has been the root of the problem. Hopefully, I will be able to buckle down tomorrow but I think I am done for tonight. I think I need sleep and rest so that I can tackle everything head-on tomorrow! Good night! Chin up, everyone! And keep smiling!

One Last True Necessity

Heyllooo everyone!

So as the title obviously states, I just got my first pair of Hunter rainboots ever!
I really needed them for the upcoming weather I would be experiencing up in Seattle, as Fall and Winter are quickly approaching. I am honestly super happy with my purchase of one pair of rainboots and one pair of gorgeous white, crocheted inserts.

I am now officially ready to move to Seattle! :)

I think the best part is that my feet are small enough to fit into the kid’s size shoes, which means…. CHEAPER SHOES!
If you didn’t know already, adult women’s rain boots from Hunter at a minimum price of $148.00, without tax. With my kid’s size ones, however, ALONG WITH the $45.00 inserts, we payed a total of $120.00(!!!!!). Both of those combined added up to less than one pair of the regular adult ones. Also, the funnier part is that the children’s boots fit better on me, length-wise. These rain boots also last much longer than the average rubber shoe, as the rubber does not dry up and crack, making these super durable. So overall, I am so so thrilled!

However, I can’t help but feel absolutely horrible about this splurging on a pair of shoes and socks because just yesterday, my family was shocked with some terrible news (that I’d rather not share at the moment). We are experiencing some hard times financially, and although I had been looking to buy rain boots for some time, I still feel really bad about today’s purchase… *Please keep us in your thoughts and/or prayers, even though you don’t know me on a personal level. I can’t thank you enough!*

It was really crazy. My mom came home for a few minutes during work (because she’s the owner, my mom can leave the coffee stand and take little breaks while my dad looks after it solo, and vice versa!) before we were hit with the bad news, and she was so happy and we laughed and had a lot of fun together just within those 15 minutes. The next time I saw her, about an hour and a half later, she had a blank face, looked so incredibly exhausted both mentally and physically, and I almost couldn’t believe that we had laughed earlier that day. It absolutely broke my heart. Lesson learned; anything and everything can change in a matter of minutes, so be thankful every second of your life.

A picture of my new Hunter rain boots! I’m in love~! ^^
My rain boots with the Welly socks on! So cozy and cute, right? ^^