It's been a while since I've done a OneWord365 post because life has been extremely busy for me. But within the last week, I decided to take a leave of absence next semester to take care of myself. I won't go too deep into it, but long story short: if I went into next semester as I am (even with the 1-month winter break) things would not go well. So, I'm taking a step back to get myself and my life in order. That said, my winter plans are completely up in the air. I'm hoping to spend enough time to finish drafting and hopefully revising (and maybe even editing) Unmoored so I can publish it soon.
In the meantime, I'm busy writing 2 final papers and studying for 3 final exams. I've gotten a jump start on one of the papers (the draft is already done), but I still have quite a lot of work ahead of me. So while I may not be able to start thinking of fun things for myself yet, that doesn't mean I don't have something for you, my audience. Below, I have 3 giveaways featuring signed paperbacks of The Belgrave Legacy. The first one ends on 12/20/2017 at 12:00am EST, the second one ends only 2 days later: on 12/22/2017, and the final one goes all the way into the new year: until 2/28/2018.
So enter all three below now, and good luck!
This is my third week of Junior Year and I find myself still getting back into the homework mindset while also trying to finally get back to my writing and remembering to be more social than I have been at school so far.
All in all, I find myself tending towards iTunes and Netflix to an unhealthy degree. Thankfully, last night I spent 2 hours writing The Belgrave Legacy's sequel Unmoored and replying to beta reader comments on The Matchmakers. Unfortunately, I still need to psych myself up to fix and finish this draft of The Matchmakers before I then revise it into Draft 2, revise, edit, and publish it. Who knows how long that will take. But the good news is that I'm writing (and now blogging) again. I would say that's progress.
Today I start my new internship at Seneca Women and I am beyond excited to be working for this amazing organization. It's a huge time commitment, but it's totally worth it and I couldn't be happier. If you don't know much about the organization, check out their website and social media, and don't forget to read the book that started it all (links below, including my book review of Fast Forward by cofounders Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli).
As you can tell from the title of this post, I will be talking about the end of my sophomore year of college, my first semester at Boston University, and my plans for this summer.
First, the end of school was on a relatively high note. I wasn't stressed by my exams, finished them all quickly, got good grades on my final papers, and in my classes in general. Being in Boston was such a different experience than being in Waltham and I'm so glad I decided to transfer, even though it was scary at first.
Second, what next?
I've officially had 3 of my 4 classes this semester, and I think it's going to be a good year. I already have a bunch of homework, which I'll be diving into once I'm done writing this blog post. I have 1 English class, 1 Psychology class, 1 Astronomy class (I needed a natural science credit), and 1 Women's Studies class (which is the one I haven't yet had). I registered for these classes a few days ago, and am very pleased with all of them—which means I won't be dealing with the headache of adding or dropping classes like many other students.
If you've started school recently, how is your homework load? Is it already piling up? Or are your professors easing you into it?
Yes, you read that correctly. I've clearly lost my mind because for the rest of this month, I will have 3 internships simultaneously. The past 2 you've heard about in a previous blog post, but the new one is as an editorial intern for Filles Vertes Publishing, LLC. Side note: "filled vertes" is French for "green girls" which just makes me think of Elphaba from one of my favorite musicals, Wicked. Which I'm so excited about because as good as I've gotten at PR thanks to being a PA to Melissa A. Petreshock, and now as a PR intern at Inklings Literary Agency, becoming an editor in a publishing house is my dream job.
My responsibilities at FVP will include reading manuscripts (yay, I get to read fun stories in addition to the no-doubt endless reading I'll have for HW—I'm not being facetious here, I'm excited that by this being part of a job, I'll have to make time for reading fiction) and providing feedback. Like I said above, this is my dream job, and to have a go at it so early in life is AWESOME SAUCE.
I've technically been doing this since December 1, 2016, but since I've kept up the habit (something I wasn't positive my perfectionism would allow), I figured I can now talk about it.
I cannot begin to say how helpful this system has been to let me see where my time goes, track my homework, working, and writing hours (the last of which has been very little so far, but I'm looking to change that). The to-do lists are a life-saver and deciding on the weekly layout is always fun. The best part? It provides some much-needed structure after I hit rock bottom in my freshman year of college.
If you're interested in bullet journaling, check out the official website, Boho Berry's Bullet Journal 101 series, and my bullet journal (BuJo) Pinterest board.
Do you love bullet journaling, too? Answer below: are you a current, aspiring, or veteran bullet journaler? Feel free to post any comments or questions on the topic, too.
It's now officially 2017 (it has been for more than 24 hours at this point, but I needed a day to recuperate after New Year's Eve—I stayed up late with family at a party and was exhausted afterwards). Anyway, if you need a refresher on why I chose "success" for my OneWord365 this year, you can find that explanation here. I'll just wait here... Ready? Okay.
I now have officially less than 2 weeks, I'm moving into my new living arrangement at Boston University. I still don't know where, exactly—something I'm trying hard to not freak out over. And since I can't register for classes until the last day of orientation, I really have no idea how my next 4 months are going to look.
But what I do know is that I'm going to have a good time there. Every time I'm on campus, I just start smiling—something that never applied to my old school. And if that's not a good sign, I don't know what is. As trite as it may be, starting school will be the foreseeable highlight of my 2017. Here's to a brighter 2017!
What about you? What are you most excited about in the new year?
It's been a hell of a year for me (and everyone, politically). I accomplished a lot in 2016: I pulled myself out of depression, published The Belgrave Legacy, and got admitted to BU, just to name a few. I'm finally ready to move on toward bigger and better things, and I think the perfect word for that in 2017 is "success." And not as in grades, or necessarily traditional measures of success (although I won't be completely forsaking them), but what I personally consider successes. This past year taught me to celebrate the small victories and successes, because when you're feeling down, you don't remember anything good—even if you have a multitude of them to draw on.
What do you think? What's your OneWord365 for 2017? Comment below and don't forget to formally claim it on the official site.
Now that Thanksgiving is over and my mom is coming up soon to help me pack up my room in preparation for my transferring to Boston University. I found out the first day of my Thanksgiving break (earlier than I was expecting) and after freezing for a moment, I immediately opened the email and logged into the application portal to learn I had been accepted! But even as I received multiple congratulations over the holiday, the full impact of the decision hadn't fully hit me yet.
It's hitting now that I have to pack and say goodbye to my friends.
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