1. PLAN AHEAD ON COLLEGE APPS AND TURN THEM IN EARLY
Make sure you are aware of deadlines for every schools’ application as well as scholarship application deadlines. If a school uses early action that is non-binding, TURN YOUR APPLICATION IN THEN! IT WILL ONLY HELP YOU! You also will get a decision sooner! If you are set on a school that has a early action that is binding and 100% want to go there, USE IT! You will have a much better chance getting in to those low acceptance schools. I made the mistake of waiting until the day of to turn in some applications and it only added more stress and more of a chance of forgetting something where it becomes too late to change it.
2. HAVE MULTIPLE PEOPLE CHECK YOUR ESSAYS OVER
Ask your English teacher, your college advisor, your parents, a friend. Make sure that several sets of eyes look over your essay.
3. SPEND LOTS OF TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO MATTER
MAKE TIME for your friends! Set dates and make plans in advance so you KNOW everyone will be available. You all will be apart sooner than you think.
4. TAKE YOUR TIME CHOOSING A COLLEGE OR YOUR NEXT STEP
You may be sick of everyone asking you constantly what you’re doing next year, but don’t let that rush you into making a decision. And don’t let others make the decision for you!
5. DON’T STRESS TOOOOO MUCH
It’s important to still take school seriously and avoid senioritis as much as possible. Looking back on my senior year, I was too stressed out with my difficult schedule that I would study WAY too much for tests and took WAY too many years off my life worrying. Allow yourself to have fun- life and school will only get harder from here.
6. STAY OUT OF TROUBLE
Getting in trouble with the law or the school can ruin everything that you’ve worked for. Be careful with every decision you make on the weekend.
7. SAVE YOUR MONEY
You’ll need LOTS of spending money for college. When I get a paycheck, I place 60% of it into my savings for spending money for college and keep 40% for myself which allows my savings to really add up.
8. TAKE PICTURES!!
Every night out, every event, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you. You’ll thank yourself later!
9. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AP AND DUAL CREDIT CLASSES
I luckily (and unluckily) took 3 AP classes senior year without realizing the benefits. I’m now going into college with 21 credits just from my APs and dual credit class! It can save you from taking those frustrating intro classes.
10. BE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THINGS YOU ARE INVOLVED IN
I was juggling a ton of things senior year. I was captain on the swim team, editor-in-chief of the school paper, on student council, and involved in other things around school. If you find yourself in a leadership position, MAKE THE MOST OF IT. Make everyone in the school excited about what you do. As a senior, involvement becomes less of an obligation and shows your true passion. Try to go above and beyond to get people to come to that swim meet or read the paper!
11. FIGHT SENIORITIS
A common misconception is that you don’t really have to try senior year. NO. Colleges still look at your transcript! AP scores still matter and those tests are in May! Try and fight the urge to slack as long as possible.
12. YOU WILL FIND YOUR TRUE FRIENDS TOO LATE
I read this in a tweet once, but in my experience it has been nothing but true. Soon enough you’ll all be going to college and you won’t have enough time with them 🙁
Senior year was an absolute whirlwind. They aren’t lying when they say it goes by in the blink of an eye. Honestly, I was too stressed all the time. It was TOUGH, even until the very end. With 3 AP classes, a varsity sport, running the school paper, planning for retreats I was leading, among countless other things that were going on in my life, applying to colleges and deciding where to go added a ton more stress on my already crazy day-to-day life.
I ended up applying to 9 schools: University of Minnesota, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marquette University, Loyola University-Chicago, George Washington University, St. Thomas University, University of Dayton, and University of Maryland. I got accepted into 8 of those and waitlisted at 1 of them, which was very exciting after the hours of completing essays and applications.
After a couple months of going back and forth, I finally decided in February that I will be attending the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON in the fall!
Now, I have grown up in a household where I was taught to be completely anti-Wisconsin for as long as I remember. You won’t find a single piece of spirit wear anywhere in my house. However, after weighing all my options and all of the circumstances, it was obvious that UW-Madison was the right school for me.
I’m still not completely sure what I want to study. Right now I am leaning toward a double major in political science and communications.
As for other aspects about college, I’m hopeful to join a sorority and enjoy the social aspect of college, but I’m also prepared to work really hard and continue to get good grades and do service when I get to Madison.
I am beyond excited for this next chapter in my life, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to go to this school, as well as for my parents, teachers, friends and so many other people who have gotten me to this point. ON WISCONSIN!
How did you decide where to go to college? Any advice for me as I start this next step in my life?
After a long, long break from blogging (about a year and a half to be exact), I decided that now would be the perfect time to come back to it!
SO MUCH has changed in my life in a year and a half, and as I’m sitting down to write this, there is so much I wish I would have blogged about in that year and a half.
SUPER BRIEFLY here is what has happened:
1. I graduated high school! I’m headed to college in the fall!
2. I got the amazing opportunity to go to Italy over spring break with my Latin class.
3. I’ve had a ton of milestones in my last year of high school including my last swim meet, last couple dances, and some of the greatest high school memories with my amazing friends.
4. Last summer I attended 2 journalism institutes (one at Georgetown University and another at Marquette University) and I served as editor-in-chief for my school’s newspaper, but I’m not planning on doing anything with journalism anymore in college. I change my mind every day on what I want to do with my life, but that’s okay.
5. I’ve learned a lot about friendship and relationships in this past year, which may not have always been the easiest, but I’m very happy with where I am in my life right now.
Stay tuned for more posts and updates about my life! I’m glad to be back and I really hope to start blogging regularly again!
Over my Christmas break, I got to go back to beautiful Marco Island for the third year in a row. This year, my whole moms side of the family flew out to celebrate my grandparent’s 50th anniversary. I always love spending time with that side of the family, since most of them live farther away.
Anyway, here are some of my favorite shots from my trip!
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One of my many resolutions for 2016 is to get more organized. Whether that be in school, work, or blogging, I believe that the key to success is to stay organized and on top of the tasks at hand.
With my second semester of junior year already upon me, I think it’s the perfect time to get my life in order. College is just around the corner, and this semester could not be more imperative. By incorporating some simple organization concepts into my every day life, I have already seen improvement in my lifestyle, getting tasks done quicker and easier.
1. Invest in a Planner
Having a planner has so many benefits! By writing down your important upcoming dates, events, assignments, blog posts, and more, you are not only setting yourself up for a good week, but an organized one. No more will you forget that lunch plan with a friend or your genius blog post idea.
I’m in LOVE with my 2016 Kate Spade planner. I use it for everything, and I feel so lost without it. Seriously, I act like it’s my baby.
2. Set a planning day for the week
For me, this is usually Sunday. I sit down with my planner and write down any appointment, assignment, work hours, etc that I have coming up that week. This is also the time where I set up my blog posts and social media posts for the upcoming week.
3. Plan out your individual day
Sometimes, by planning out your day from the moment you wake up to the moment your head hits the pillow, you are better able to prioritize the important tasks and be held accountable for what you have to do. This can also include more specific to-do lists with small things that you need to accomplish. By doing this, I increase my productivity for the day. However, make sure to add in some breaks for phone, reading, or relaxation. Trust me, you’ll need them!
NOTE: When making a to-do list, make a section for what you need to do and what you want to do. Priorities are everything.
4. Make a study Schedule
During finals week or other tough weeks of school, I like to plan out my day by making a study schedule.
I created this study schedule on Excel for my recent finals. This allowed me to be certain that I would have enough study time for each class, and it paid off. I ended up reaching my goal for my grades!
Make sure to color code your study schedule in order to differentiate each class for task.
Note: MAKE TIME FOR BREAKS. I have to admit I even strayed from this schedule from time to time primarily due to my laziness. Make sure you set aside time for your brain to rest.
5. Download the Any.DO app
I just recently downloaded this app for my phone, and I can confirm that it is way better than any written to-do list that can easily get lost or the reminders app on iPhone, since I rarely check that.
The app allows you to get notifications like texts to remind you of your tasks, and it gives me a simple and fun way to organize my tasks for school, work, blogging, and more. Seriously, I think this app is an essential to any phone.
6. Start a nighttime routine
By doing simple tasks such as setting out your clothes, packing your lunch, or writing down a list of things that need to be accomplished the next day, you set yourself up for a more stress-free morning and maybe even a few precious minutes of extra sleep!
7. Clean up your desktop and files
This could be just me, but one thing I hate the most is opening my computer when I have lots of things to do, and my desktop is filled with random icons, pictures, and things I don’t need. Also, sometimes finding that one paper or assignment can be impossible.
As a solution, I keep as few things as possible on my desktop, and organize all of my school documents into one folder.
I then organize my assignments even further by categorizing them to their appropriate class. This allows me to find a paper or assignment quickly and easily, since the folder is right there on my clean and organized desktop.
8. Spend 10 minutes cleaning something each day
This one is a no-brainer. I will admit, it sounds easier said than done, but by taking away just 10 minutes before bed or early in the morning, you will be surprised with what you can accomplish
9. Create a morning routine
I definitely would not consider myself a morning person. It takes me 20+ minutes to get me out of bed. By establishing a normal routine for yourself, you know how much time you have before you’re out the door, and what you need to get done in that time.
10. Inspire yourself with people’s organized notes and planners
I do this allllll the time. Head to Pinterest and you’ll come across posts like this:
These make me want to sit down and take some notes for real.
What are your best organization tips?
It always blows my mind just how fast each year goes by, and it’s crazy to think that 2016 is just a few weeks away.
In addition to cleaning out and organizing my atrocious closet in 2016, I hope to make some fashion resolutions as well. 2016 means a new year of new ways to express myself through fashion! Overall, I’m trying to become a more confident girl in 2016, and I think the way I dress can help me with that. With the help of farfetch.com , I could create these resolutions, and great looks to go with them!
Farfetch is an amazing and beautiful website where you can shop from the greatest designers all on one website!
So, here are my five 2016 fashion resolutions:
#1 SHINE ON THE OUTSIDE
This year, I’m really trying to work on my confidence, in school, at work, or just out in everyday life. I aspire to do this by taking risks in talking to more people, taking advantage of the many opportunities that come my way, and by making my outfits something that allows me to truly “shine on the outside” so I can feel like I can shine on the inside as well.
Metallics are sure to be big in 2016, so by incorporating them into my daily looks, I’m sure to stand out and display my confidence.
Incorporating metallics into your every day looks is a way to make you stand out among the crowd. They can be paired with something simple, such as the outfit I created in the middle, or for a fancier event such as the outfits on either side.
#2 DARE TO GO BOLD: What better way to display my newly developing confidence than by wearing some bolder prints? By adding pieces like this to my closet, I am sure to turn heads anywhere I go.
Boldly printed pieces are surely another way to stand out among the crowd, and by pairing them with bold shoes or accessories, such as those red shoes in the third outfit, it created a perfect blend of
#3 EMBRACE THE LACE
I have never been a huge fan of lace, but with the right pieces and the right pairings, I have found that it is a perfect way to display elegance and class. By incorporating lace into my every day outfits, I hope to make myself feel more elegant and professional, so (hopefully) I can display that on the outside.
Lace is another trend sure to be big in 2016. Show of the lace (and a little extra skin) with some of these pieces!!
#4 STRUT THE SHOES
My closet is currently lacking some shoe essentials, since it is basically half -filled with the same four pairs of shoes that I wear on a rotation. My expanding my horizons with shoes, hopefully I can grow out of my old and worn out habits and routines in order to create some new ones!
I don’t think anything can make a girl happier than some new shoes. By adding some of these to my wardrobe, they are sure to enhance any outfit.
#5 MAKE A STATEMENT:
What better way to go bold than invest in some statement accessories? Whether these be necklaces, earrings, sunglasses, or a statement bag, they are sure to spice up any look.
Again, all of these looks are made entirely from of pieces from Farfetch.com. Check out their website for all of the designers you love in one spot!
What are some of your fashion resolutions?
Here’s my second gift guide installment of the season! This gift guide is for a girl, ages 6-11ish. These gifts would be perfect for a little sister, niece, cousin or friend. Plus, they are ALL well under $30!
Which item is your favorite?
For someone (like me) trying to save money this Christmas, this is the perfect gift guide for a mother, sister, wife, or friend! Plus, they are all under $30!
Black Friday weekend isn’t over just yet! Cyber Monday is TOMORROW, and some deals have already started! Make sure you don’t forget anything.
J. Crew// 30% off in store and online with code HOLIDAY + 40% off a large selection of styles
Nordstrom// 25% off selected sale items
Kate Spade// 30% off in store and online with code SHINE
Anthropologie// 25% off entire site (ENDS TODAY)
H&M// 20% off purchase of $25+ with code 2020, 30% off purchase of $50+ with code 3030, and 40% off already reduced items with code 4040… PLUS free shipping
Target// 15% off target.com with code CYBER15 plus free shipping
PacSun// 30% off everything plus free shipping
American Eagle// 40% off online and in store holiday collection plus many other great deals
Forever21 // Black Friday Aftermath: up to 70% off!!
Athleta// 20% off entire purchase with code WORKIT
Victoria’s Secret// free shipping over $50 with code SHIP50FREE, $20 off with purchase of $125 with code 20OFF125, AND BUY 1 BRA GET ONE 50% OFF LIMITED TIME!!!
What deals will you be taking advantage of this Cyber Monday?