4 REALITIES ABOUT YOUR SENIOR YEAR IN COLLEGE

All summer, I waited for senior year to arrive and for classes to be in session. I can vividly remember hanging off of my couch watching Basketball Wives just counting down the days until I would actually have REAL things to do. At this point, not only were all of my summer jobs over with, but with all of this free time I was bored out of my mind. I NEEDED SOMETHING TO DO ASAP!!!

Now that classes are back in session, I realized I was not really missing college. What I was looking forward to was the end of internships and summer break so that my friends would come back to our college town. In a nut shell, I was excited for the social part of college to start up again. I know this for a fact because when the first day of school rolled around, I was the least bit prepared. As I write this post, I still have not caught up and we are at least three weeks in. So, do you see what I am getting at? For me, senioritis has already kicked in. However, let’s just talk about the realities of what it is actually like to start your senior year in college.

As a senior in college, I had some misconceived notions about what to expect, I guess. When I walked on to campus that first day of class, I had mixed emotions. I felt like I should be out in the world working at someone’s job YET I had a whole year left of wasting time in the classroom. I quickly learned that senior year was not going to a breeze and I actually had work to do.  I don’t know why I thought otherwise, but that’s what my actions were showing me. As a senior, we can sometimes get ahead of ourselves but until we receive our diploma we still have much work to do. So, let’s jump into what you need to know as a college senior:

SENIOR YEAR REALITY #1: YOU NEED A BACKPACK

You are not yet exempt from this rule. If you do not have a backpack or something to carry your belongings in you are already selling yourself short. I started classes on a Thursday and when I woke up that morning, I was really confused. I had neglected to pack a bag the night before with my school supplies.  In all honesty, I neglected to even buy a book bag or bag to hold my things. That morning, I was already thrown off my game before I even step foot into the class. I had to search the house for a bag and quickly throw some random notebooks in it.

SENIOR YEAR REALITY #2: YOU NEED CLASS SUPPLIES

Luckily, I commute to my university campus while living at home with parents. Had it not been for my younger siblings, I would have been out of luck when it came to having class supplies. However, you might not have the same back up as me, so make sure you go school supply shopping even if it is just for basics such as notebooks, paper, and pens. I would suggest getting these basic items even if you rely solely on your laptop to store information. Having these handy will make you feel a ton more prepared.

 

SENIOR YEAR REALITY #3: MAKE A SCHEDULE

As we start to make our transition to the “real world” we have to stay on top of things. Senior year is guaranteed to be hectic but it can be made easier by consistently documenting commitments such as jobs, internships, classes, student organizations, job applications and side-hobbies. At this stage in college, it will be really easy to overwork yourself and by having this schedule you are less likely to overbook yourself and you will know when and where you are supposed to be at all times. DO NOT think senior year is the time to slack off on keeping your schedule. More than ever this is the time that you need it. Do what is best for you and find a way to stay organized.

SENIOR YEAR REALITY #4: GET YOUR DUCKS IN ORDER

Try your best not to forget about the little things. Make sure that you buy your parking decal. Print off your syllabi before the first day of class. Buy the textbooks that you need. Also, try keeping an active to do list with things that you need to complete.

In my first couple of days as a senior, I faced these hard realities. I thought senior year was going to be a breeze, which it definitely can be if you’re prepared. I think studying abroad in Costa Rica through me off my game a little. Now that I am back home, I have to figure it out how to do it all over again.

 As you began your senior year in college, what are some of the realities you noticed? If you have yet to reach your senior year in college, what are some concerns that you think you might have?

 

STRATEGICALLY USING ULTA SAVINGS TO REVITALIZE MY SKINCARE ROUTINE

For quite a while, I have been trying to invest in new skincare products, makeup, and clothing. As I enter my 21st year on this earth, I see this as the best time to create the wardrobe and skincare routine that I desire. I am shopping smarter and more efficiently by strategically using coupons and cash back resources in order to get the most out of my shopping experience. My first trial run at this was shopping at my favorite store ULTA.

I did just a little bit of damage at ULTA. I bought some bomb skincare products because I really, really enjoy pampering myself. It’s sort of my obsession. So without further ado, let’s dive into my ULTA experience.

SHOPPING LIST

4* TONYMOLY Strawberry Nose Pack ($14)

I have tried this product before and LOVED IT!! Compared to the Biore Pore strips this is heaven. I enjoyed the results from the Biore pore strips but it was so painful removing the darn thing. With this product, I did not experience that excruciating pain. This product uses a three step process to help to unclog the pores which I believe helped to lessen the pain.

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Study Abroad Goals Will Give You The Experience You Deserve

Studying abroad is so amazing, so great that I almost decided to do it again. But, do you want to know what will make your study abroad trip, not just great but, extraordinary?

GOALS!!!!

Make some goals, girl. And these goals should not be boring. By creating study abroad goals it will allow you to make sure that you experience everything that you dreamed of. If you want to spend all of your time traveling, how are you going to accomplish that? If you want to immerse yourself in the culture, what steps are you taking to do this?

Goals are important no matter what you are doing because they will help you reach where you want to be. For example, my ultimate purpose for studying abroad in Costa Rica was to practice my Spanish. The goals I made listed explicitly what I was going to do to accomplish this.

 

 

 

I have compiled steps that helped me to make the most of my goal making and by the end of this you should be able to do the same. Then, you will be able to accomplish everything that you dreamed about when applying to study abroad.

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Five Success Tips For Managing Academics While Studying Abroad

I AM STUDYING ABROAD IN COSTA RICA!”,  I screamed last semester.

When I finalized that I was studying abroad in Costa Rica, I felt all

these warm fuzzies. I was excited to finally travel outside of the country for the first time. I hopped directly on Pinterest and did what I do best. I researched everything. A week later, no lie, I had boards full of places to visit and activities to participate in while abroad.

I was excited about everything from meeting new people, trying the food, and meeting my host family. But I forgot one thing. SCHOOL. Like I am actually going abroad to study. Even when I started packing my school supplies my mind was disconnected from academics. Ya girl was just ready to explore.

Haha but it got me. After, two weeks of being in class and that first exam came, I realized I actually had work to do. I cracked down and here are the tips that helped me survive.

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Ten Study Abroad Scholarships

IT’S ABOUT TO GO DOWN!!! In a few months, I will be studying abroad in Spain.

This is a HUGE deal as this will be my second study abroad trip in my college career. As I prepare to embark on this new journey, I want to take you guys with me. First stop: FUNDING. Many students don't study abroad because of the difficulties they face to be able to afford the programs. I was just like that. From my first study abroad experience, I have learned about some really cool study abroad scholarships that most college students are eligible for.

When I prepared to study abroad in Costa Rica last semester, I was a little nervous because of the price tag. I had so many questions running through my head : “How am I going to be able to afford this?” “Am I going to sign up and go through the whole process and THEN realize that I do not have the money?” And on top of all these concerns I was paying for my program all on my own. This was all quite daunting.

However, I succeeded and I want to share with you guys how I did it and how you can do it too. No matter your situation. Scholarships are the best way to get money to study abroad. It’s literally free money at your fingertips waiting to be won. To assist you guys I have listed 10 scholarships available to students studying abroad. Without further ado, let’s dive in:

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Week Leading to Study Abroad

While preparing to study abroad in Costa Rica, I learned a lot including what to do and not to do the week leading up to a study abroad program. This is a list of some of my suggestions on how to make a smooth transition between leaving your home country and visiting another.

1. I recommend not working 
My last week in the states, I decided it would be cool to work for a day or two at my on-campus job.Word of advice…DON’T DO IT. Instead of working, I could have really used the extra time to do last-minute things like making sure to buy everything I needed , hang out with friends, and most importantly RELAX. This week was my busiest and I literally ran around like a chicken with my head cut off.
BUT on the flip side, it was not all bad. Why? ‘Cause I made some extra dinero.
2. Spend time w/ family and friends.

One of the biggest things I am most sad about is being away from my family and friends. This is my first time being away from my family and the friends I made in college. I think I am suffering from #FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) because while I am exploring Costa Rica, their lives will be changing as well. So before I left, I took extra time to hang with my friends and family. However, I do suggest that you do not wait to the last-minute to schedule different hang out times because between working, packing or whatever else you’re doing it could get overwhelming.

3. Finalize luggage

One word: PROCRASTINATOR. That is what I am and this trip was no exception. I waited to the last-minute to pack my luggage and it was pretty great…SIKE. When is ever waiting to the last-minute great? NEVERRR. However, one thing that will help, if you wait to the last-minute is if you have a list of everything that you MUST bring and check it off as you do it so at least it will be ORGANIZED chaos and not just chaos.

4. Set a budget.

Studying abroad is by far going to be one of the best times of my life. I am claiming it. Even though study abroad is going to be filled with tremendous adventures, late nights, and many, many mistakes there are some serious things to handle like making a budget. This semester, I want to do a lot of traveling around Costa Rica and Central America but I do not have an unlimited amount of money, but if I did… it would be lit. But I don’t so now I have to set a budget. What I did to make my budget was take my total amount saved for my trip and divide it by the months I will be in Costa Rica. I am pretty sure this will change when I get there but it helps to have an idea of what I am working with.

5. Return items you don’t need.

While packing to study abroad, I did soooooo much shopping. Accidentally, I ended up buying a couple of things online that did not fit well and things it turned out I did not need. Most of the stuff I returned and got my refund but some of the stuff I can guarantee is still in my room. For example, the ASOS box I asked my mom to drop off at the post office. As a suggestion, just make sure you give yourself enough time to return stuff you don’t need.