I’ve always been a busy person, taking on so much that I often have myself asking “what was I thinking?” when I inevitably find myself struggling to keep my head above water. This year, I’ve filled my plate with school work, some freelance editing, writing my own novel, and two separate internships. One internship is reading-intensive, where I have a once-a-week meeting to check in and receive a new week's worth of assignments. The other is completely remote, where it's all on me to remember to get my tasks done on the days they need to be done.
When I’m on a normal homework schedule (aka not midterms or finals period), it’s easy for me to get everything done in a timely manner. I compile all of my to-do items on one giant, ever-evolving color-coded list and it’s almost as easy as 1-2-3 checking them off (or deleting them from the document, which is what I actually do).
It’s officially fall, and that means it’s time to stow the t-shirts and shorts, and breakout the jeans, long-sleeve tops, and sweaters.
But, given fall is mostly a transition season between summer and winter, it’s only natural that every day is a little microcosm of that, getting colder and colder as the day moves on, and as the season moves on, too.
So, how can you pick clothes that will keep you from being too cold in the morning, but not boiling by the afternoon, and comfortable in the early evening?
First and foremost, always check the weather to see what the temperature is when you’re leaving, and what it will be when you’re finally heading back to your room/home at the end of a long day. As college students, we may have breaks during the day that could afford a short trip home to change before heading out. For that scenario, check the temperature at the beginning and start of each “out” period—when you won’t have a chance to do a complete outfit change.
1. Any breeze/chill cools your overheated summer heart, and makes it swell with the hope that fall is finally near.
I'm not talking about winter-precursor winds that make you feel like you've been b*tch-slapped by mother nature, only breezes/winds that range from more than a light and rare summer breeze to a fall wind that makes all the leaves scatter & you be glad you're wearing long sleeves or a light sweater. True fall fans know what I'm talking about.
2. You are constantly checking any and all weather apps on your phone to see if it's finally fall/sweater weather (and no, I'm not talking about the song by The Neighbourhood).
And whenever you see it's low 70's or even colder, you jump for joy! But when you see it's high 70's and up, you want to cry, knowing you'll have to blast a bunch of fans (or AC if you have it) to create a fake Fall in your room until nature finally decides to appease you.
Two summers ago, I had the amazing opportunity to intern with Katie Ford's anti-human trafficking organization, Freedom For All (FFA and previously known as the Katie Ford Foundation). Daughter of the deceased Gerard W. Ford and Eileen Ford, the founders of the Ford Modeling Agency (or "Ford Models"), Ms. Ford ran the agency for 12 years until she sold the company in 2007.
Not only was the Ford Modeling Agency the most successful of its time, it was known for its deep concern for the safety and well being of the young women it represented. Using the knowledge and values ingrained in her from having grown up in her family and in this business world, Ms. Ford was not only became the successful CEO of the agency but also transferred her knowledge of the careful regulations needed to ensure the models' safety to the cause of anti human trafficking. Freedom For All is dedicated to raising awareness of the largely "invisible" problem of human trafficking. FFA focuses on educating businesses on how to have systems in place that treat their employees fairly and protect them from human-trafficking.
We’re all counting down the days to Thanksgiving. Or, at least I am. And why not? It’s the best holiday in my opinion. Here are just a few things I’m looking forward to.
1. My mom. Because she’s always the #1 reason I’m excited to go home.
2. My dog. Because she’s my fur baby (even though she has hair, not fur) and I love her...
And have been missing her for weeks...
And dreaming about holding her again for the same amount of time...
As I hold my Hogwarts Owl stuffed animal named Olive. It's not the same.
If you're a pet parent/sibling, you know what I'm talking about.
Don't even lie, I know you know.
ISN'T SHE CUTE?
We may all be counting down the days until Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean we won’t miss a few things about college when we (or our friends) are away from campus. Here are a few things I know I’ll miss.
1. My friends because they’ve become extended family to me. And I know that even as I’m in the midst of family bonding, I’ll wonder what my friends are doing and wishing they could be with me too.
2. My independence. While I do love my family and often wish my mom could take care of everything for me, I do really love my independence at college. Being in charge of my own life is super liberating and I wouldn’t give that up for anything.
3. My schedule. As weird as it sounds and as much as I may complain during periods class are in session, having classes gives my week structure that I desperately need. Without it, I’m more inclined to sleep and laze around all day or (on the flip side) will do too much in one day and collapse from exhaustion.
Thanksgiving is coming up (but not soon enough if you ask me), and that means it’s time to start thinking about how you’re getting home. Here are the 15 emotional stages of getting home:
1. When you realize you have a long weekend/vacation/etc.
You stare at the calendar a bit to make sure you’re not hallucinating, and then you react like this:
2. Once you realize that it’s not a trick, you quickly go to your favorite travel website
Whether it’s Amtrak, Bolt Bus, the Turkey Shuttle, or your favorite airline, chances are you have the site bookmarked with your login info saved so moments like these are a snap.
Halloween is right around the corner which means it’s movie time! Some of these movies are available on Netflix while others require you to buy them on Amazon. Netflix makes it particularly easy to find their recommended Halloween movies with this nifty category. I’m not someone who likes to be scared easily, so any scary movies will be noted and will have been recommended through friends or the internet (if they suck, don’t blame me, I haven’t seen them for myself). I think a general rule of thumb should be anything Tim Burton is a good Halloween movie. In my mind, he’s the King of Halloween all-year ‘round. You’ll see a few of his creations on this list for sure.
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas
2. The Addams Family (1991)
In my last post, I gave 5 tips to get you through midterms. One of those tips was “take (timed) breaks.” During my breaks, I normally work on making friendship bracelets to sell or a current novel I’m working on. But no matter which one I pick at any given time, I almost always have music playing during my break, usually a soundtrack to a Broadway musical. So I’m going to give you my Top 5 favorite musical soundtracks … in reverse order.
What do you like to listen to? Comment below.
It’s that time of year when everyone begins to invert the natural sleep cycle, guzzle obscene amounts of caffeine, are stressed to the max as they struggle under a giant pile of papers and studying, and possibly take more naps than is productive. You know what I’m talking about: midterms!
I’m particularly lucky in this case. I don’t technically have any midterm exams, though I do have 2 papers due for one class, and another non-midterm paper that just happens to be due during this wonderful (read: terrible) time. And I get stressed easily, so I’m going to give some of my best tips for staying calm (or at least not freaking out):
1. Sleep as much as you can without going into the human equivalent of hibernation.
While I wouldn’t go that far, you get the gist of it. If you don’t need a lot of sleep, good for you! But for those who need more than 6 hours to function well, going to sleep early(ish) and taking naps when absolutely necessary can be a great way to keep your productivity going (assuming you don’t procrastinate when you’re awake). That way, you won’t look like this
in the middle of your studying/writing/whatever-ing.
2. Set goals for yourself and keep them on a daily list of reminders.
Yes, it’s a pain in the ass. And I’ll admit usually push back the deadlines constantly by an hour when I take longer to complete a task or get distracted (bad!). Those issues aside, this is a good way to feel like you’re accomplishing things, which is a great morale booster. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t love checking something off a list?
Nobody, that’s who.
3. Eat regularly.
Whether this means 3 solid meals a day, more smaller meals, or constant snacking, you should be taking care of your body during this stressful period. In addition to this, I will say: stay hydrated. In addition to it being refreshing, it will also help your body fight of sickness. Because the only thing worse than being miserably stressed is being miserably sick and stressed.
4. Take (timed) breaks.
Whether you use it to nap, or some other hobby of yours, it’s important to schedule non-academic time. If you don’t, you’ll probably go insane and/or become a zombie. And anyone can tell you that neither of those options is a good thing. But don’t forget to time these and stick to those limits or you’ll soon find yourself lost in procrastination land where nothing important ever gets done. And you may never find your way back out.
5. And finally, have a support system.
Made of friends, family, and maybe advisors, these people have your back and want you to make it through with your sanity in tact. They love you for your weird quirks and don’t get angry when you moan about your assigned homework (as long as you don’t do it every second). In other words, they’ve got your back.
Don’t forget to return the favor for them, either. Especially your fellow classmates who are having just as rough a time as you are.
And there you have my 5 tips to help you through midterms. Do you have any tips of your own? Comment below.
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