Hello daily viewers, those of you that have continued to check up on the blog weekly, thank you. You have more patience than I do and I am forever grateful for that. For my new viewers, please, try and have some faith in me. I WILL be on more. Ive found a place I love to write in and a city that gets the juices flowing. There are a lot of interesting things happening in my life and some great opportunities coming up in the future. I would love to be able to share these adventures with all of you, maybe it will even inspire you to take some risks of your own. I am planning on being completely real and honest with this site. I will write things as they come to be and I will update new experiences as soon as they happen, I just won't use names ;). If your a high school student that can't wait to come to uni or a college student that never got to leave home my hope is that you can live vicariously through me. Now that that's out of the way lets get on with the first post of 2017: A day in my life. A series you will see constantly on this page.
WARNING: DO NOT be fooled by the glitz and the glam of the city. We are just as broke, stressed and bored as most college students. We just dress better and have pretty buildings. Wait, that sounded shallow. But for the sake of transparency I'm going to leave it in here. Hopefully throughout this shadowing you can get to know me a little bit better, understand my style of humor and maybe even be persuaded to continue coming back... Just maybe. This was one of my more boring days of school, there were no events for me to manage, only one hour long class that I had to attend and I don't start work at my new job for another week. However, the free time did lend to some creativity. Writing this blog post for example is a direct reaction to my last completely free weekday for the month.
10:50- Class time.
My class starts at 11AM and I am ALWAYS late without fail. I didn't even do my makeup and breakfast was scant and barely filling. Yet and still I was still exactly 10 minutes late to my GEOG 112K lecture much to my overaly strict professors chagrin. To make matters worse the lecture is always extremly boring (he's a nice guy though!) and he gives "POP" quizzes on the lectures every Thursday. I have yet to achieve above a C+ on any of these particular quizzes.
12:15- Class lets out.
Thank the gods class is over! Now I had to pee. (TMI... I don't care) Problem was, I'd never used the bathroom in the ultra extravagant glass science complex. The guard directed me around a corner hallway I had never noticed and voila there the bathrooms were and also a beautiful courtyard i'm certain no one knows of. Maybe ill study there next time.
A quick walk past the sports arena and through library plaza (which was more packed than usual, i wonder what was going on?) led me to the bus stop which left without me. *Tears*. I caught the next one though! So score for me! The buses are actually quite funny! They take forever to drive off the curb when you have an important class to catch and then leave with only 5 people in them when it's raining and your drenched.
Also, look at my fancy tea! I got said fancy tea from this super hip ultra delicious Ramen shop down in Ponce City Market! If you live in the Atlanta area you HAVE to eat here. Ill link a map view.
12:40- Grabbing food and being confused.
I made a quick and very incognito dash into the dining hall to grab a muffin and a banana and BAM! I felt like i had just walked into The Dave Dameshek Football Program. Holy smokes it was loud but also very interesting. Hmm, now that i think of it I have yet to look at any of the basketball programs they were handing out. Maybe I should up my school sports spirit. GSU just isn't the sportiest place, what can I say LOL. I didn't come here for that! I came here for my edumacation. That, and the awesome job opportunities at state. But I digress, back to our regularly scheduled programing.
1:00-3:30- Total Bullshit and Youtube (AKA Life)
I'm not sure what I was doing to take up this much time, I didn't even go to sleep. I simply at a muffin and a banana and watched CoffeeBreakWithDani on Youtube.
OH! Now I remember, I did my makeup! Yea, I know thats a long time for makeup. But the art and act of doing makeup is a very soothing creative process even when your doing something as simple and natural as I did today. Besides, was feeling kinda crumby and strange and I'm breaking out- all due to my monthly, so the makeup was a good pick me up.
Man it feels good to be back here! A new and beautiful starbucks just opened up on campus right across from the arts and science center. Now, im usually very skeptical of starbucks seeing as the whole concept of the company is built on highway robbery and mediocre coffee. Not to mention, I live in a city FULL of beautiful quaint coffee shops and interesting turkish coffe, What reason do I have for a Starbucks. Thats what I though anyway until my best friend Jada convinced me to try out the "Pink Drink." Oh man, that stuff is good! (If you've been living under a rock and don't know what the Starbucks pink drink is I've inserted a picture of mine and linked it to a recipe.) The best part about this particular Starbucks is that they offer a student discount to ALL GSU students! It's not a small discount either its an entire 20% off discount which can mean the difference between a grande and a venti for a young broke girl like me.
GUYS GUYS! As I write this the cutest guy just asked if he could sit with me! He has beautifuly exotic middle eastern looks! I can't! I just can't! But *sigh* I will not do anything to pursue this seemigly mutual attraction. Though he is a student, I can tell he's minimum 25 and this 18 year old has not business coercing a grown man into my clutched. It just wouldn't be good for my health.
4:10- I trust hot guy with my stuff
I know, I know. This was really stupid and irresponsible but this Starbucks is packed and I was hungry and I could in no way risk someone else stealing my stellar seat.
6:30- Time to hit the gym.
And alas, though my time at starbucks was absolutely delighting it's time for me to go home, Iv'e promised my friend we could go to the gym @7 before I leave Uni for the weekend. I don't really feel like going but Iv'e got 1 month to get in my best physical shape for spring break in Miami!!! I didn't think I would enjoy writing and working here as much as I did but the noise was surprisingly easy to block out. I think I've found my new place. Because lets be honest, i'll probably be back first thing monday morning. Possibly even Sunday if I feel like getting some very necessary work done for my online class.
7PM- Gym Time.
SO.... I went to the gym but I forgot to take a picture! Silly me! sorry guys! But what I can tell you is that those workouts that Blogalaties does on Youtube are something SERIOUS! Okay! Like I was working muscles I never knew I had. Im almost there to my Miami body goal! woot woot! You guys should check out her youtube page and other online workouts! You do NOT need a trainer to get in shape!
9:30- Home and Sleep.
My mother came and saved me from the clutches of college (jk I love it there). But, I do really enjoy going home for the weekend whenever I get the time which is usually every few months. I miss my dog a crraazzyy amount while I'm gone so it feels good to be with my little baby again! That's him down below! Ah reunited and it feels so good!
Well guys, this is where my daily story ends. I'm so thankful to anyone that has made it this far!
NEW, exciting, opinionated and hopefully informational or helpful content to come! I hope you have a great rest of your week and that your feeling good! If you live in GA: GO FALCONS! Even though we lost I'm proud of how far we came! (what did you guys do for the super bowl?). Goodnight Everyone! xo
Recent In college news: students in the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at UCLA hosted a "Kanye Western" themed party, which took a turn for the worst when rumors emerged claiming there were students present in black face.
Now, I am not going to attack any of the students involved with the theme of this party, because realistically from an obtuse angle it sounds like an equally fun and satirical idea for a party to mock one of Hollywood's biggest icons (and eyesores).
So, no I am not angered by the theme or even the Sorority and Fraternity in question. That being said, there has to be a level of judgment when assessing how easily something can turn offensive or even get twisted around to sound offensive to other groups of people. For example, throwing a Hitler themed party sounds pretty hilarious until someone shows up with a swastika and the Jewish student union and possibly the nation of Israel is on your back.
Regarding the claims of blackface there has been no known evidence surfaced to say that actions of that kind actually took place. But that is not to say it isn't being carefully hidden. UCLA as a whole is under some heat for having a shocking number of discriminatory events happen to the school in the past 5 years. Students are becoming increasingly
frustrated with the challenges they are facing at what is thought to be a pretty liberal and diverse school.
So what now? Well, its not time to point the finger, to blame an entire group of people or to separate yourself in an act of self preservation. It is time more than ever to establish a basic line of communication across all campuses throughout different social and ethnic circles.
The back lash from the Black student organization's that came just hours after this party shows that there was already a tense relationship between the two groups. College does not have to be completely separate, schools do not have to be divided. We spend so much time concerned about what we have in common with small groups of people that we miss the similarities between the hundreds you stand next to each day.
It is easy to be mad and point the finger at anything we may take offense to. But we must own up to the fact that as students we tend to segregate ourselves a lot with clubs, organizations and sometimes entire dormitories. You will never have the complete respect and understanding of someone you don't know or even take the time to know nor can you expect them to care.
While I am not angry at the UCLA's Sigma Phi Epsilon I do acknowledge the fact that I was not there and I cannot feel the same emotion as those that were present. But from where I am sitting I forgive them, we all make mistakes, the real test is weather or not you learn from it.
Over the summer I had the opportunity to go work with my uncle who happens to be the director of admissions at Monroe college. And take it from those people are BUSY but they get their work done in some very creative ways. Here are just a few of the things I learned on my trip. More to come later enjoy!
1. High school seniors stress to much about the future:
There has never been a truer statement than this. We're constantly stressing about the future so much that we let the present skate by us. Now I understand is not completely our fault because the schools we are taught and raised in only ever talk about the future. How many times have you heard the phrase "Well, in college..." from one of your teachers.
2.Diversity means different things to different people:
I am looking for a truly diverse campus where no race is exceedingly bigger than the other. However, most college campuses will base their diversity off of the NUMBER of nationalities represented. NOT their percentages.
3.A city campus is still a campus:
There happens to be this weird notion that a city campus is not a "campus" when in fact it is! City campuses are still loaded with building ONLY students can access. And you are not in any higher risk of danger by going to a city campus rather than a suburban campus. In fact city campuses have even higher security detail to give students a piece of mind.
4.Competition is steeper than ever :
It is important to remember that you are competing with kids from all over the world to get into school. Even if you just applying to small state schools it is never okay to let you guard down.
I will be honest here, this notion both amazes and frustrates me. On one hand it is amazing that our schools are so good that people come far and wide to study full time here. But on the other hand I now have to compete with the WORLDS children for placement in a STATE school in MY state.
5.Your essay will be read, word for word.
Yes, I know amazing right they actually read the essay. So make it unique. Refrain from usuing generic essays at all cost, college admissions directors can smell a generic esay from a mile away. A generic essay says you are not commited or even really interested in this college on and individual level but I promise there re 1,000s of other kids that are.
6.Don't be afraid to leave home:
Pick a city that speaks to you and your future career. The best job opputrnities and networking options start with your college. Take out an annoying middle man by going to school where you want to work some day.
7.Your High School transcript will never disappear:
Make no mistake they do not burn your high school transrpit. Your transcript and ESPECIALLY senior year grades will be used to determine your elegibility for abroad trips and internship oppurtunties if you chose to take part in those freshman or sophomore year. Your high school transcript will also be used for transfer admissions if you choose to switch schools. DONT SLACK NOW.
8.Coed dormitories are the new black:
COED dorms are very popular now. It will do you a load of good to get used to that idea going into room assignments so you not limit your options. In certain schools you cannot get a suite style bedroom if you don't comfortable with a coed floor
9.Social media is your friend:
If your social media is a fun, mature and ladylike representation of who you are then congrats! You just gained a powerful ally in the college admissions process! If you really want a school to notice you try adding a small hashtag to the bottom of your pictures and eventually someone will make the connection. Ex: #PantherBound
10.Social Media can be your enemy:
If there is ONE thing I could stress is PLEASE CLEAN UP your social media pages before you even THINK about applying to a university! They do check! and they will see every sordid thing you ever did!
11.You are always being compared:
You are compared to others in your school your county and overall your state. Most colleges use a tool called SchoolDigger.com Being in a good school a hard school does not excuse a low GPA in fact it's quite the opposite.
12.If you can get one interviews are saving saving grace:
INTERVIEW INTERVIEW INTERVIEW. When you go in for an interview you are no longer asset of social security numbers on a page, you are a person, a smile, a personality. If you have a unique presence an interview can only be positive in your admissions process.
Don't be afraid to apply to Your reach school. In fact don't be afraid to apply to many reach schools stranger things have happened and someone else will get your spot if you never try
A modest application is a boring application. Colleges may be big but they're not as big as their applications stacks. You need to show them why they need you
15.Think about your major:
If you can declare your major and a program you are interested in please do. It shows colleges that you will never become a waste of space because you already know what you're doing and where you're going.
16.Do NOT mess up Senior Year:
Do everything you possibly can in your senior year get an internship, volunteer, get a job, join a few clubs or even start one of your own,
17.GET A JOB:
A job is a great selling point for a college admissions office because it's shows discipline. Try to keep the same job all year. Stick it out and refrain from quiiting even if Forever 21 is hiring again. Work hard and that will be your best recommendation letter yet
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College tours can be very exciting but the collegete atmosphere and crowd of peole you don't know can be very intimidating as well. However its important that you don't waste any opportunities on your tour due to fear and anxiety. These tips can help remind you to put away the insecurities and let your confidence shine through!
Okay maybe that is a bit of a stretch but for the most part it's true. It's my senior year of high school so naturally I've begun to look at colleges and even taken a couple of physical tours at my top priority schools. I've known I wanted to be a Psychiatrist for some time now but I was dreading majoring in a hard (pure) science such as biology.
A couple of friends and I took a tour of Emory University, the Harvard of the south, where they essentially broke down what many schools have failed to point out in their information sessions (even the medical schools): Pre med, Pre vet, Pre dentistry and Pre pharmacy are NOT majors, they are Paths. That's right, what this means is that pre professional health is little more than a series of courses you must complete SOME TIME in no given order over the course of your undergraduate education to meet the requirements for Medical school. So essentially an art theater major who has a CONCENTRATION in pre-med can go on to be a world renowned physician, however they now have options in two very different fields.
You can imagine my surprise upon hearing this. I can now spend the next four years of my life studying something that interest me while also fulfilling the requirements to help me reach my ultimate goal; I had cushion to fall back on. The path system can also help physicians specialize faster by allowing them to focus on other areas of study that will become similar in their life time. For instance, I want to become a Child Psychiatrist, but I also want to work on and study major neuroscience research. Therefore I could chose to Double major in Neuroscience and Psychology w/ a concentration in Pre-med. It sounds like a lot of work to complete but you would be surprised at how much you can make it work if you keep close and intimate contact with your counselors.
The course requirement list usually follows as something like this:
- One year of biology with lab
-One year of General Chemistry with lab
-One year of organic chemistry with lab
-one year of physics
-College level math
-Biochemistry is highly encouraged*
Now it has to be understood that I am not saying it will be this ideal at every school. This however is the structure at most liberal arts colleges because they encourage students to independently find their own way through college and study subjects that interest them.
So next time your at the doctors office ask your doctor what they majored in. The answer may surprise you.
What do you guys want to study?
Hey guys, tell me what you think?