Ugh! I really need to stop procrastinating so I’ll stop cutting class. I ditched all of my classes except one today. I’m so bad. I’m a horrible student. There just isn’t enough time to do all of my homework and everything else. SO FRUSTRATING.
So I tried to stay up all last night to finish this essay that was due today. Instead, I passed out around midnight and woke up at 6:30am. I tried to finish it but I just wrote a paragraph before class. So I figured I’ll just write it and finish it and turn it in when class is over. I didn’t get to finish though and I ended up just getting distracted and sidetracked by Facebook and Youtube. Eff my life, no? Anyways, I had another class (my seminar), and I skipped that too so that I could do my homework that was due on Tuesday in my next class (Chinese). I finished almost just in time but I wasn’t proud of my work at all. My homework was super short and not detailed at all. FAIL. I’ll probably get a low score on it. I even came late to class so I looked hella shady. The one good thing about my day was that I got 100% on my Chinese quiz. Yay! After Chinese class, I cut my dance class too so that I could finish up some other homework and finish this paper that is ruining my life. I’ll turn it in during office hours tomorrow. I HAVE TO FINISH IT.
Summer is the time to lay back and relax but you don’t wanna waste it away in front of the tv or behind the computer and come August you’re shocked that you lost your entire summer. You definitely want to spend a lot of time outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather. Here are some ideas (both indoors and outdoors) for you to spend your time wisely.
1. Beach trip with your friends (even if it’s just for the day!)
2. Go on a hike
3. Take your dog to the park for a walk
4. Play mini golf
5. Go rock climbing
6. Have a picnic
7. Go to the movies
8. Go see a band play at a local restaurant/bar
9. Have a bonfire
10. Just lay out and have a drink
11. Go to a sporting event- baseball most likely considering the time of year.
12. Just go tailgate a game, even if you don’t have tickets. Nothing like beers and BBQ.
13. Go to a summer concert. One of my favorite things to do in the summer… I usually just tailgate and don’t even buy tickets for the concert.
14. Hit balls at the driving range.
15. Go for a bike ride.
16. Play a pick up game of soccer, tennis, whatever sport you desire.
17. Have a cook out
18. Go to a lake
19. Go to a local pool.
20. Go to the zoo!!
There’s so many things you can do… I never realized how many things there actually is to do so my friends and I made a huge list like this and are making sure we do each and every one by the end of summer !
Dorms are notorious for being covered in germs… And there’s a reason why. There’s so many people on your floor all using the same doors, bathrooms, water fountains, floors, etc. it’s hard for you not to catch something going around. However, there are definitely ways to lower your risk of getting sick/catching anything. Here are a few you should definitely consider before entering your freshman year:
1. This may seem obvious but always wash your hands. When I would be brushing my teeth or washing my face, I would see so many people walk out of a stall and just leave. Not washing their hands. So gross!!!
2. Shower shoes mustttt be worn when you take a shower in the dorm. Shower shoes are typically just flip flops that you have reserved only to wear when you’re taking a shower. You do NOT wanna go barefoot on those floors!
3. Hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer. This will be your best friend. Buy a tube of it and keep it on your desk. Every time you come home, apply. You’ve touched so many doors and other things that were touched a hundred times before you so it’s essential you kill those germs. Use it every single time before you eat because the fastest way to catch a sickness is by transferring germs from your hands on to your food into your body. I constantly am applying hand sanitizer. NOTHING is worse than being sick in college.
4. Flush the toilet with your foot. Please for the love of god never use your hand to flush a dorm toilet. I don’t even want to get into that.
5. Buy a shower caddy where you can carry your shampoo, conditioner, body wash and everything else you need while showering so you don’t have to put them on the ground and then later touch them when you’re using them. Bonus tip: get a plastic one rather than a fabric one because they tend to get moldy.
6. Get something to carry your toothbrush, tooth paste, face wash and lotion, etc. The ledge in the bathroom is full of grim so you don’t want these items touching them that will eventually touch your face and even go in your mouth (toothbrush)!!!!! EW!
Beat the illness on your floor with these tips and be germ free.
There are a couple beauty tips I’ve picked up over the years that I perform religiously now and that I will live by. I thought I’d share some for you girls that I find extremely helpful yet very easy to perform. Here they are….
1. Always, always moisturize after you take a shower. As contradictory as it is, taking a shower dries out your skin and the sooner you apply lotion the better. No longer than 5 minutes after your shower. You don’t need fancy lotions… I use Vaseline and it works perfectly. My skin has been silky smooth since.
2. When it’s the dead of winter and you look like Casper the friendly ghost, it may be tempting to hit the tanning beds but I am so against them it isn’t even funny. They are so bad for you and are ridiculously expensive. You’re basically paying for cancer. That being said, I look for an alternative route to be bronzed. I am a huge fan of L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning towelettes. They bring big results without the big risk. You just need to get good at using the towels so you don’t get all streaky. I’m also a fan of the spray version of this. I would spray my face, chest, and arms every morning after I washed my face. Make sure you aren’t going to the gym anytime soon so you don’t have sweat lines dripping down your face. A lot of people noticed and said I looked tan! Not orange at all!
3. Out of shaving cream? Conditioner works just as well if not better for a smooth shave.
4. Instead of spending big bucks on hair treatments, use your own conditioner! Apply to wet or dry hair and let it sit in your hair for a couple of hours. Once you rinse it out it will be silky smooth.
5. Every morning and night I use spot treatment on pimples on my face whether they’re in full blast or almost gone so that they fully go away. I use Neutrogena rapid clear acne eliminating spot gel but there are thousands of good ones out there that work great.
6. When applying moisturizer to my face after I wash it, I use a cotton ball. If keeps you from touching your just washed face with your oily hands and also evens out the lotion a lot better.
7. Q tips are my best friend when applying make up. A little mishap here or there can easily be taken away with one.
8. Always do eye makeup first. If your eye shadow or something falls onto your face when applying you won’t have to worry about it and can just wipe it off since you don’t already have any makeup on your face yet.
9. Do not touch your face!!! It’s a huge cause of acne!
10. When painting your nails, MAKE SURE you do a base coat, then 2 coats of color then 2 top coats of clear. To make your Mani last longer, apply a clear coat once or twice a day after. You’re have longer results.
These are just 10 tricks I live by and I hope they help out your beauty routine!!
So this weekend was needed so so badly. I was so excited to get to the beach for the first time this season and there was no better place than my best friend’s beach house. She owns a house in Avalon and I go there all the time and her family is like my second family … I feel so comfortable there. They just bought a jet ski and Ali just got her license so we took that out for a couple of rides which was SO fun. We also did a lot of laying out which I’m most definitely paying for now…. My back is extremely burnt, it feels like someone whipped me haha. Remember, practice safe sun and wear sunscreen! I definitely am one who wants to be tan so I’m not going to be a hypocrite and say not to tan but nothing is attractive about being a lobster and sunburnt. You won’t go through the pain and agony of the burns either and most importantly won’t get sun damage and increase your risk of skin cancer. Ali is definitely a friend where I’m fine just hanging out with her sober but Saturday night we decided we’d celebrate the holiday weekend and first time at the beach with some good ol drinking. Plus, one of the guys there brought some so it was free. We both made drinks and were just hanging out on the porch that overlooks the bay, listening to country music. It was so nice and relaxing. I loved it. Then her brother and it was his birthday so he was going ham on the alcohol SO drunk, it was funny to watch. His girlfriend brought tequila so I couldn’t turn down the offer of shots. No one was really getting drunk though so I just stopped after a couple so I wasn’t the asshole that’s 20 times drunker than everyone else. Ali’s brother already took that role anyway haha- it was his birthday though so he was allowed. It was a perfect summer night. In the summer when there’s really no ragers to go to I absolutely love just sitting outside on a deck, just sipping on a drink and listening to music. That’s the bestttt. There’s no point of ripping shots and being wasted as sh*t if you got no where to go. That’s what I like to call chillin drinkin- where you just drink and sing along to some country or oldies and tell stories and all that good stuff. I am definitely a fan of both types of drunks but you gotta choose the correct one for the perfect time and place. Summer has just begun people, live it up!!
I am currently writing this blog on a dock at Avalon. If there’s one awesome thing about summer it is most definitely the beach. Nothing makes me happier than being at the beach. Any chance I can get I come down… I figure when I get an internship and have to work 9-5 Monday through Friday I won’t have such flexibility so this summer I’m going to try to go as much as possible. I don’t know how I somehow got off work both today and tomorrow but I did and was possibly contemplating staying home because my sister is moving out today and to just relax without having work and then I came to my senses and was like why would I everrrrrr not go to the beach?!!!! Every single chance I get I’m going to come down. My best friend Ali has a house right on the bay which is so so nice. I know a lot of people are here for memorial day weekend so I’m excited. To beat the extremely terrible traffic today I drove here last night with Ali’s family friend who lives with her… He was a grade ahead of us and we’re good friends with him now so it wasn’t weird when he asked me. He’s 21 so he picked us up alcohol and he got a bunch of weed too. We only hit traffic for like a half hour but it felt like an eternity. It’s totally worth it to be in this paradise.
It’s really difficult to not get a serious hit in your bank account at college… Especially if you don’t have a job. Money going out and none coming in. Here are some tips to help save you some money along the way. I do admit some of these pointers are pretttyyyyy darn cheap but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
First, and may be the most important is to leave your debit card at home when you go out. When you’re drunk god knows what you’ll buy and think its okay. You might end up buying pizza for everyone or paying completely for the cab. I can’t even imagine the damage you could do with a credit card at a bar. Leave that at home and if you think you’ll need money for emergencies then just bring a couple bucks. I usually don’t bring any money at all with me when I go out. That way I won’t buy and eat food when I’m drunk and I also will save money. Win win. Also, 9 times out of 10 your drunk friend will offer to pay for you. Next, try to avoid going out to eat as much as possible. When you’re in the dorms you get a meal plan so try to just use that as much as possible and you won’t spend any money on food. When you have an apartment just grocery shop and eat food at home. Eating out is really expensive and can add up quick. Alcohol is a big part of your spendings in college so my tip is to buy the cheapest vodka/run/whatever you can buy. You’ll get drunk either way whether it’s vlad or grey goose. It’s not going to taste good either way so might as well save money.
School wise to save money, I would recommend not buying books until a week or so into the class unless the professor explicitly says you’ll definitely need it the first week. Most of the time you don’t even open your book and even if you sell it back, you hardly get any back and all the hundreds of dollars you spent goes to waste. I’ve gone through semesters without buying the book at all and getting an A. Also, when I did end up needing a book for a class at one point along the way, I just went to the library and borrowed it and wrote down all the info I needed. Saved sooo much money. A lot of times teachers list you need a bunch of different items like an online access pass. I bought that two semesters ago and I asked my professor when we would be using it and he said we’d only look at it for extra help. Never used it. Money down the drain. The last advice I have to give about money is to buy your notebooks and folders at a place like Walmart or Kmart. Book stores will rip you off so bad with those. A notebook cost me $2.50 at my bookstore and would have been like 5 cents at Walmart. These little things add up trust me.
I hope these tips help so your bank account doesn’t suffer too bad during the school year!
If you haven’t read it, here is my blog about how I received my second underage. I was so stupid and clearly have learned not to be such an idiot but it seems like the punishment for it never ends. While I was visiting at Penn State, I got an email saying I’d need to have a phone conference with someone at PSU to discuss how I violated the code of conduct. They sent me my report (which was actually so hilarious- they included the narrative that dramatically was describing what happened. Example: “the officer witnessed a young girl pulling her shorts up while noticing a puddle of fresh urine underneath.” Like what the hell) and I had to set up an appointment with a time that was good for me. I had it today at 11. The guy I talked to was very, very nice and was in no way rude or condescending towards me but clearly he wasn’t going to let me off easy. He made me explain the situation and of course I lied a little to make me sound better and he decided I fell in to peer pressure (which is true) and that alcohol played a part with my peeing in public and I wouldn’t necessarily have done so if I hadn’t been drinking. I mean, I did blow a .07 so I wasn’t drunk at all and that had no impact on the matter but whatevs I’ll let him think what he wants. He said because of that he’ll only charge me with underage drinking since that was clearly the bigger problem than peeing in public…this is the same as the cop did. He said I’d have to take a basics class and meet with an instructor for an interview to discuss the situation and see if I need further classes. I was like whatever until he dropped the bomb that that would cost 200 dollars!!!! I told him that I was already taking YOP classes but he said that was through the court and this is through the university. It’s like I’m getting double punished because I was on campus. UGHHH I know I’m stupid for this but give me a goddamn break. This is adding up to be even more than my last underage between the YOP classes ($225), court fees ($125), and now these dumb classes ($200). My first underage was only $450. This is so annoying… I just hope if you’re reading this you will learn a lesson through me and know not to do dumb sh*t like this. This is horrible. I’m so broke now. I’m young so I’m meant to make mistakes but mannnn am I paying for this one (literally). -__-
If you read my last post you know what craziness went down with Peter and the guy he was talking to. They met basically online (Through an iPhone app) and have yet to meet so you never really know what kind of person they are. Just texting someone definitely does not give you a clear understanding of their actual personality 100% of the time. I’m definitely one who texts like I talk and act so you could get a taste of my personality that way but you’ll never really know how I actually am until we meet. Some people don’t even text like they talk or even worse could be acting like someone else. When you have all the time in the world to think of a response and possibly get advice from your friends on what to say, that’s not you being you. That’s being who you think they want you to be. This is such a danger with meeting people this way but in the gay community it is SO hard to meet someone so you really do need to resort to something like this. The guy seemed SO perfect through text.. I was ecstatic for Peter. Now after that psycho spell Sunday night, I was worried. However, I still was giving him the benefit of the doubt and trying to believe that it was really his friend. The guy he was talking to, Jim, did not seem to be as apologetic or mad at his friend as the normal person would if that happened to them. I would be soooo furious with my friend and say sorry a million times over. He kept saying “oh, he’s such a jokester.” “He was just joking around.” Like no. What sicko jokes around by saying he’s going to beat the shit out of you and post your number everywhere when you don’t even know them and this is a potential partner for your friend. It isn’t funny and I don’t know anyone that would think that’s funny. It was just so polar opposite of how Jim acted in texts so we almost were convinced he was telling the truth. But, Jim texted Peter again and said that he felt bad about his friend and Peter said I just am confused why your friend would pretend to be you and he said “I don’t know but I’m deleting your number, it’s not worth the drama.” Like just like that he gave up. CLEARLYYYY it was Jim the whole time or else he would not have stopped at the drop of a hat. He is so caught up in his lies he couldn’t deal with it anymore. He muuust have bipolar disorder or something because that is freaking insane. I feel bad for Peter but I’m glad he found out his craziness this early on before he could get actual feelings. He’s just really discouraged but he deserves so much better than this. This is why you never can trust people you meet online. You know absolutely nothing about them, their background, anythingggg. I just hope Peter will still have hope and find someone amazing…like I said, he deserves the best.
I had to go to State College to register for my YOP classes (in place of my underage) so I of course was going to make a visit out of it. Some of my friends are staying in State College for the summer or at least most of it taking classes, working, and/or have practice (that’s obviously only the rugby guys). So I was gonna see quite a few people going back up!! Peter and Lauren are there the whole summer and Jill was planning on coming up for a visit too so we planned to come the same time. Jill’s boyfriend, Chris, is up for rugby and classes and all of his roommates. 3 of the other rugby boys that we’re good friends with were also up too. This girl, Gab, who goes to a different school but basically visited every weekend with us is taking PSU classes and staying at Jill and Lauren’s apartment for the summer..she might actually transfer but we’ll see. There was apparently a lot of drama the night before because she’s been in a relationship with a guy on the rugby team, one of Chris’ roommates, but they broke up this semester and have been on and off since. However, he has been hooking up with another girl here that Gab didn’t know about until last night so you can just imagine how that turned out. I love Gab and her “boy” but it always seems like so much drama between them. Anyway, Chris came over and we were all getting ready for the night. Earlier that day when I was still driving up, Lauren said all the boys were down to drink since I was coming up for the night. I was so excited to see them again and party but when it came time to get alcohol, they all were too tired and lazy to make an effort and it only ended up being me, Lauren, Jill, Peter, and Chris drinking…which is fine because we all always have fun no matter what. We were taking shots and slizzing , listening to music and all. We decided to go over to Chris’ apartment to at least see the boys and see if we could persuade them into drinking. Only Dave was there laying on the couch, and there was no way we’d ever get him to drink he was already like sleeping but I was happy I got to say hi. We just kept drinking and smoking and stuff and a bunch of the other boys came home from studying. We triedddd to pressure them into drinking but clearly they had exams the next day. They still hung out for a while though so I was happy about that. So clearly it was really small but it was more fun than I’ve had at home even with way more people around. That is the difference between everything- the people and the effort they’re willing to make. Lauren and I did the wobble probably 5 times and I had so much fun doing that and god knows what else we do. Okay but the big part of the night that was crazy is that Peter (who is gay if you haven’t read my prior posts) met a guy on an iPhone app that gay guys join to meet other gay guys. He had been talking to him for a couple days and I was SO happy for him. It’s so hard for Peter to find people because you honestly never know if someone is gay or not and that is not the easiest question to ask…especially how critical and judgmental people can be. This guy seemed so sweet and so into him. He was reading me their convo, glowing, all that day and just finally seemed happy. Well, Peter is ALWAYS happy but definitely not satisfied with his love life. The guy, Jim, who he was talking to kept saying he wanted to meet him and Peter said last night butttt Jim said his friend from New York was visiting so maybe the next night. Jim is 21 so they were probably going to the bars and the first time meeting someone like that probably isn’t the best to bring a friend around who’s just visiting for the night. That’s weird. However, Jim all the sudden wanted to meet up with him and was very persistent about it. Peter at first told him to come meet us at McDonald’s (since that is where we ended up) but then decided it wasn’t the best since he was border line blacked out and didn’t want to ruin the first impression. We just went back to the apartment. That’s when Jim flipped the switch and went ALL psycho on him. He kept saying he was playing games and they he was gonna post his name and number all over the app and craigslist and exploit him basically. It was so fucking weird and completely opposite of the person he was talking to earlier. He legit called him 30 times..23 of them being missed calls. One after the other. So crazy. When Peter did pick up he would harass him and call him names and say he was going to like beat the shit out of him and stuff. It was the most bizarre and psychotic thing I’ve ever witnessed. We were afraid he was going to come hunt Peter down. But, in the morning at 8am he got a text saying “Hey do you know who’s phone this is” and then one at 11 saying “Hey”. Jim then claimed he went home at 12 and left his phone with his friend so he could call a cab since his phone died. We don’t know who to believe because why would his friend be SO mean to Peter. We though maybe he liked Jim and wanted to ruin their relationship or something. That’s all we could think of for that. But, there’s a very good chance he’s just trying to cover it up because that’s so embarrassing. Peter is just so discouraged from it because it never works out. We’re still investigating and trying to figure it out. I’ll keep you posted. I really hope it wasn’t Jim but you never know. Poor Peter He deserves someone amazing because he is honestly my favorite person in the world. Anyone would be SO lucky to have him.