I recently wrote about my shopping experience at Walmart (http://www.collegetips.com/blog/gloriosity/walmart-shopping-1433) and wanted to follow up with a general review of my experiences as a college student, both here in my Southern California and as a Floridian local. Walmart is my go-to sometimes because it is one of the few places that is open 24/7. For this reason, I am usually here at the oddest hours of the day.
I have been visiting more frequently on and off for about 3 years now. There is always more than enough parking, even if it is all the way in the back of every Walmart I have visited! The customer service is what you would expect — satisfactory and could use improvement. I have never had a problem with the workers and many of them were reluctant but still helpful when I needed something.
What I found most frustrating though is that they are often low on stock or do not have exactly what you are looking for. There were no more of the vitamins that I normally purchase and they sold out of the shoe insoles and contact solution that I needed. Their selection on cereal (I wanted Special K!), eye drops, and other health products is very limited as well. The shelves can be very disorganized and products are sometimes opened. So make sure to triple check the item and think twice before purchasing.
Overall, Walmart is a necessary evil for all college students. It is your one-stop-shop for all of your academic and personal needs and at a price that you can’t deny, like candy! And LOTS OF IT!
This year is my Golden Year, since I was born on the 23rd and I am finally 23! To continue on with my adaptation of Taylor Swift’s song from yesterday, here is how I hope this next year will project! Because let’s be real, everything is better when it is T-swizzled!
- Here’s to all of the future nights
- Including the sleepless nights because of homework
- All 365 of them
- Hope they will be filled with new empty and crowded places
- Like expensive dinners, fancy parties, and Walmart midnight shopping
- Surrounded by too many cool friends to count
- We can hang and chill or end up ditching the place
- And go somewhere magical and end up dreaming
- Like at the Happiest Place on Earth
- Instead of sleeping
- I hope I’m even happier than I am now
- With the freedom to do anything and everything I want
- I won’t be confused and lonely forever so I will take advantage of it this year
- I promise not to be miserable at any point in time
- Even if this is the year that I go through a heartbreak
- I don’t know about you
- But 22 was so last year
- Everything is going to be even better
- I believe in me
- Because now I’m 23!
Today is my last day as a 22 year old. It is strange feeling because I loved being 22, probably because of Taylor Swift’s song. If you have managed to avoid hearing it for this long, I would like to present to you her song: http://youtu.be/AgFeZr5ptV8
And now I’m happy to share my lyrical rendition of it based on how I felt feeling 22 this past year!
- It is the perfect night to reminisce dressed down in my sweats in my bed
- Making fun of the stupid boys from this past year
- And it is the perfect night for breakfast burritos past midnight
- Remember the Denny’s pancakes and Alehouse with the best of friends
- Those amazing memories, falling in love with them all over again
- Online classes, PowerPoint Presentations, pulling all-nighters to write papers
- Graduation parties, food adventures, moving out of the state
- I was happy, content, confused, and lonely all at the same time
- It was more magical than miserable to be honest
- Tonight, I am forgetting all of those corny clichés
- Because I guess the good and even the bad is all part of being 22
- So I don’t know about you
- But this is how I am feeling 22
- Everything will be alright
- So every night I will just keep dancing like I’m 22
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.
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!
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:
- 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!
- Three words – female hygiene products.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Stay healthy guys and have a great weekend! See you tomorrow!