Since I just celebrated my 23rd birthday (Oh my gosh, I cannot believe I am 23), I have been spending a lot of my time reflecting on my life. A co-worker mentioned that I am only two years away from a quarter of a century and it did NOT make me feel any better, HAHA. Lately, I have been going through my timeline on Facebook, looking at old photos, and I finally re-started journaling. One of the photos that particularly stood out to me was this one:
This picture is from November 2012 when I was still in my undergraduate college studies. I decided to fly away on a short weekend vacation across the country by myself. I woke up in a very nice hotel room that cost me about $140 per night. The bed was amazing and I walked out to grab breakfast and snapped this photo of my view. This is such a fond memory and I would kill to go back to that magical place again. Once I am done with my Master’s program, I really hope I have a good salary so I can go on vacations like this whenever I want to all the time. Right now, I am in grad school and don’t have any money but this is why we go to school right? In hopes of making money so that we can go on these extravagant adventures.
I hope my blog post inspires you to take breaks by yourself during the school year to re-discover yourself. It will motivate you to study better and work harder. Enjoy the photo!
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!
Here is the second installment of the series, My Majors. You can read the first one on Music here: http://www.collegetips.com/blog/gloriosity/major-momentums-music-1017
Temptations of the Dance Major: Music and dance are married in a wonderful partnership. To dance, you must have a good understanding of rhythm and the emotional cues of music. I love music and I personally have been dancing since I was about three or four years old and I have always loved it. It is a personal expression of emotion and movement that translates into something beautiful to the audience. I love learning new things and learning new dances is like an adrenaline rush. Mastering the choreography in a dance is one of the most rewarding feelings and you will want to keep performing it over and over again!
Why not? Very similar to music, just loving dance is not how you will make a living off of it. Many dance majors eat, breathe, sleep dance and dancers are extremely competitive. It is extremely time consuming and can be physically stressful on your body. You will need to push your body and I have found it extremely frustrating when your body does not listen to what you want it to do. You need to practice for hours and attend many rehearsals, not to mention the money you will have to pour into buying dance attire and especially shoes. From what I have noticed from my dancer friends, it will be very hard to juggle a job and be a dancer due to schedule conflicts.
My Conclusions of the Dance Major: All in all, I absolutely adore dancing and if I could make tons of money living off of dancing for the rest of my life, then I would do it. But right now, I am happy dancing whenever I can and as a hobby.
The My Majors Series is an overview of gloriosity’s “coulda, shoulda, woulda” majors that at some point she put thought into pursuing (…she wanted to learn everything…). Based on her personal experience, the guides are meant to provide subjective insight into the many possibilities that college offers.
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
As for mentioned yesterday, here is what I hope to accomplish this next year during my golden year – my 23rd birthday! I have really big goals for myself and since it is my golden year, I have nothing but high expectations for myself!
- Graduate with my 3rd Associate’s degree.
- Start looking to earn my 4th Associate’s degree.
- Continue on with my graduate Master’s program.
- Win another pageant and another crown!
- Keep a steady journal and write as much as possible.
- Start painting my nails more often with fun designs.
- Share photos of my done nails on social media.
- Clean and organize my room, calendar, school, work, and life.
- Dance more, at work by taking a class or joining a team.
- Not get into any car accidents.
- Work out at my new school gym and try to get at least a flat stomach (if not a six-pack).
- Donate/sell my clothes and start paying attention to how I dress.
- Do more community service and volunteer.
- Complete another internship and gain more experience.
- Learn more foreign languages, especially Mandarin, Japanese, French, and Tagalog.
- Take new headshot photos.
If you have not noticed it yet, I love making lists. Since it is my birthday week, I wanted to make two lists: one on what I accomplished while I was 22 and the other what I want to accomplish while I am 23!
Thanks to capturing memories and recording them on Instagram, here are the things that I was able to accomplish while I was 22!
- I finally made an Instagram!
- I also started an account on Snapchat!
- I visited an exclusive rich club for lunch for the first and last time. My bill was over $100!
- I took out my first loan ever…
- To buy my first brand new car!
- I finally got my driver’s license.
- I completed a paid prestigious college program after I graduated from college…
- That opened up the opportunity to be an intern at the Forbes 100 Company!
- I moved out of state to the other side of the country for this internship.
- I was part of a marketing photo-shoot!
- I made over 200 origami stars in 4 days!
- I placed second runner-up at my first real pageant!
- I auditioned and will now be a teacher and a dancer!
- Most importantly, I grew a ton this year and learned so much this past year and I can’t wait for the next!
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!