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Fifty Things I Learned My Freshman Year of College.

How is this possible? A whole school year gone with already? Can you believe it? I still remember writing that article on what to pack for college. I still remember unpacking into my dorm room and the craziness that followed. I still remember how my roomie and I met:

I had spent the previous week at the Odyssey Program and one of the challenges was to not shower for the whole week. To say the least, I owned that challenge. I did not shower for a week. It was one of the most fun and grossest weeks of my life. When Saturday morning finally came, I dropped my camping supplies on the floor of my new dorm, grabbed my shower caddy, and booked it to the bathroom. Literally, that shower had never felt so good in my life. When I finished, I walked back in only my towel to find my new roommate and her mother unpacking her stuff. Can I say awkward? Luckily, they were about to leave to make another trip to the car, so I had enough time to look presentable. It’s one of the funniest, most awkard situations I’ve ever heard about roomies meeting for the first time. And of course, I had to be the one to experience it.

Anyway, I remember starting college like it was just yesterday. Time flies by so fast, and it really makes you look back and wonder where it all went. I remember my eighteenth birthday: We went apple picking and then to a steak house with my family. I remember Halloween: I was Wonder Woman and my roomie was Robin. I remember Thanksgiving: I stuffed my face like every year. I remember finals for the first semester and how I crammed like a crazy person. I remember being home for winter break and celebrating Christmas and New Years. I remember celebrating it with the boy I love (for the first time ever). I remember returning for the spring semester. I remember Valentine’s Day. It was the first Valentine’s Day in my life where I was dating someone – especially someone that I love. I remember spring break. I did absolutely nothing but get over a cold and write three papers. And now it’s May and I’ll be done in two weeks.

I definitely learned a lot during my first year of college. A lot has changed as well. Here they are:

  1. I learned how to share a bedroom with someone. I’ve never had a roommate before.
  2. I learned how to do my laundry.
  3. I learned how to live on my own without my mother nagging me to do my homework or study. (My roommate replaced my mother for me, just like I did for her.)
  4. I fell in love.
  5. I learned how to cook homemade frozen meatballs and spaghetti in the microwave.
  6. I learned that bread goes bad after a while and it molds and it really, really smells bad. (Like I gagged.)
  7. I learned that you need your Student ID with you at all times, otherwise, you can’t eat, buy things, or get into buildings.
  8. I learned to never let your cell phone battery die while out partying.
  9. I learned that your bra can be a pocket when you have no other option.
  10. I learned that people can either be very welcoming or rude.
  11. I learend that high school drama doesn’t stop in college. – According to my mother, it continues into your career life as well.
  12. I learned that college students are very broke.
  13. I’ve learned to save money the smart way.
  14. I’ve learned how to be way more organized and on task with things.
  15. I’ve learned how long it takes to walk from one building to the next so I’m not late for class.
  16. I’ve learned that procrastination will dig you into a deep, deep hole and then burry you alive. Don’t procrastinate.
  17. I’ve learned to always read the textbook, even if the professor doesn’t say to.
  18. I’ve learned that review sessions before exams are very rare, so if your professor offers one, GO TO IT.
  19. I’ve learned that the writing field is way more difficult than I expected.
  20. I’ve learned that expereince is key – especially in jobs/internships/etc.
  21. I’ve become a more mature person.
  22. I actually know half the time I see myself as an adult. (Sometimes I forget that I’m eighteen. I’ll probably forget when I turn nineteen in five months too.)
  23. I’ve learned that the walls between dorms are not as thick as you think. Your neighbor could know your whole life story without once even talking to you.
  24. My priorities shifted. – Food and naptime became way more important than a shower or going out partying.
  25. I’ve become a night eater. – I eat so much at night, and maybe one or two meals during the day.
  26. The garbage and recycables pile quickly.
  27. I’ve become way more lazy.
  28. I’ve learned how to master shaving my legs in the cramped dorm showers. Once I finish, I always feel like a gymnaist.
  29. I call my mother almost every day. If not, I’d probably not be dong as fine as I am now about the whole home-sick ordeal.
  30. People change their majors/minors all the time. – I actually declared a minor in Journalism. So now I’m majoring in English Writing Arts and minoring in Journalism. Can’t get any better than that.
  31. I don’t think I’ve ever been so stressed in my whole entire life! I think I’ve learned how to deal with my stress quite well. However, lately I’ve been resulting to ice cream. I never noticed how delicious Ben & Jerry’s was until college.
  32. Naps aren’t always a good idea. It could be three in the afternoon and all you want to do is sleep, however, don’t. You’ll just wake up feeling crappier than before. Force yourself to stay awake for the rest of the day until bedtime. (Although, sometimes, it’s nice to give in.)
  33. Elevators break easily and very often. So take the stairs as much as possible in case you get stuck and then be forever known as the girl who got stuck in the elevator during the fire drill. I’ve seen it happen! Plus, it’s good exercise.
  34. The whole stereotypical college student with a car isn’t always true. I mean, it’s a stereotype. Half the time, they’re false. Not everyone will ask you for rides all the time and use up all of your gas. So don’t worry, Dad.
  35. You will eat cereal like it’s a bag of chips. Especially Special K with Strawberries. YUM.
  36. Campbells microwavable soup in a cup in a genuis invention. Especially when you’re sick.
  37. Always have an infinite supply of medicine during flu season.
  38. Water bottles or Brita filters? I could never decide. I’ve tried both. However, since my roomie and I are lazy, we’ve come to the conclusion of water bottles.
  39. It’s okay if you change your major a bunch of times. My roommate went from a French Education major to undeclared to a Math Education major. My other friend went from undelcared with a minor in Biology to Criminal Justice. Unfortunately for her, she has to transfer. Hey, it happens.
  40. Coffee will become your best friend.
  41. Always make sure you have a walking home buddy when going out.
  42. A planner is ideal.
  43. Bookmarks are essential.
  44. Office supplies are one of the most useful things ever.
  45. You can never have too many pillows, until you reach the point where you have to put them on the floor when you go to bed, otherwise there will be no room for you.
  46. Themed parties are usually always fun, but they can sometimes be a bust.
  47. Get involved on campus. I’m part of the LGBTQ club on my campus called S.O.U.L. It’s a great way to make a difference, meet new people, and eat free food.
  48. Literally, try going to every event on campus. Almost all of them serve free food. Free food is amazing!
  49. Sororities and Fraternities aren’t as bad as Hollywood makes them out to be.
  50. And number fifty, storage containers are magical. They’re great for storing under the bed.

So, that’s it! I definitely learned a lot, and I hope what I’ve shared with you will help you as well. Right now, I’m just looking forward to passing all my finals and then going to the BEACH!!!! :D Summer is almost here. I can feel it! Just two more weeks of college and then I’m home! :)

LBI – My Annual Vacation Destination.

 

Ahh, the ocean. Don’t you just love it? The sweet salty scent in the air. The humidity all around you, while the hot sun beats down your back. You wake up early and eat a crappy cereal for breakfast. Then head down to the beach, where you lay out your towel and umbrella. Your shoulders turn as red as a lobster as you read a romance novel on the beach.

Soon your stomach rumbles again, asking for lunch. You walk back up to the hotel’s pool bar and order yourself a nice panini and Piña Colada. Once you finish, you head back to the beach, continuing to read your clichéd novel.

After a while, you take a nap, letting the sound of the waves’ beats lull you away. An hour or so passes and you wake up feeling like you’re going to die of a heat stroke. You jump into the cool, refreshing water, the salty sea sprays into your face as you dive under a gigantic wave. You spend the rest of the afternoon in the ocean, jumping waves and boogie boarding.

As the sun sets, it’s time to get out. You head back to your hotel room and jump in the shower, washing off all the sea salt and sand from your tan body. You check yourself out in the mirror to see what got tan, what got red, and what is still as white as milk. Then get dressed and head out for dinner. After ordering an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert, you pay the bill with your stomach well-fed. As you walk back from the restaurant to your hotel room, you gaze at the stars above.

Finally you reach your bed and dress into pajamas. You watch television for a little bit until you feel your eyelids start to droop. You turn the television off along with the nightstand lamp and try to get comfortable in your hotel bed that you’ve been in every summer since a child. The feeling of swaying back and forth from being in the ocean all day drifts you off into a peaceful slumber.

Now that’s what I call a perfect day at the beach. Don’t you just love it? I do and I look forward to next year’s four-day vacation again.

 

 

My Six-Day Cruise: Key West, Cayman Islands, and Jamaica.

So, it started out early to catch the plane. It was on a Sunday at 5 o’clock in the morning I had to wake up. Crazy! When we finally got to Ft. Lauderdale, FL we had to wait in even more lines to just get onto the ship. The ship was huge, Carnival Freedom. When we finally saw our room, it was three in the afternoon. I was starving! Considering all I had was coffee at the airport at six in the morning. Like I said before, crazy! Then we explored the ship. It had three salt water pools, four hot tubs, a water slide (it went faster if you were on your stomach), a spa, a gym, a casino, a piano bar (where I spent most of my nights with my mum), and much, much more. It was great!

The second day we spent at the Key West Islands, the last place in the U.S. before we were in continental waters. We went snuba along a reef. Snuba is like scuba diving and snorkeling put together. I’ll tell you right now, I cannot breath under water. I felt as if I was hyperventilating. No matter how much I tried to control my breathing, I just kept gasping rapidly. We saw a bunch of fish and my younger brother saw lobsters. I touched some plant-thing (I don’t know what it was called, haha) and also a pretty shell that had an animal in it. Tuesday was a day at sea.

Wednesday we went to the Cayman Islands where we… Wait for it… SWAM WITH DOLPHINS AND STINGRAYS!!! It was soooo cool! The best day of my life! The dolphin my family swam with was called Pepe. He was 13 years old. I rode on his back and held him and also kissed him. He also stuck his tongue out at me. It was great. After that we went swimming with the stingrays. I was scared at first, because I didn’t want to get shocked by their tails, but they’re actually very genuine and gentle creatures. I actually kissed it too! Supposedly, it’s seven years good luck if you kiss a stingray.

Thursday we were in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. There I climbed the Dunns River Falls. It was beautiful and fun too. Then we went to a Jamaican beach party. I’ll tell you right now, their rum and beer was disgusting, haha. Their music was good and the water was nice and calm.

Friday was another day at sea.

Then Saturday came. The day to say goodbye. They wanted us off the ship by 8 o’clock in the morning and our flight wasn’t until noon. Luckily I brought my notebook so I was able to write to waste the time. I got really tan, which is always good. And I hope to go again soon, maybe this time in Europe. Though I hear those cruises are like three weeks long.

I still feel the rocking of the sea if I stay still for a moment in a quite room and close my eyes. It’s peaceful, I love this feeling. You know, you spend the whole day swimming in the ocean and that night when you go to bed, you feel as if you’re being rocked to sleep. Love it.

Well, maybe I’ll have pictures up soon. I hope you all had a great fourth of July for those who celebrate.

My Trip To New York City.

From Wednesday morning to Thursday afternoon I spent my time shopping with my mum, literally, until we dropped. That is in our Renaissance’s hotel beds. Our hotel was right in Time Square underneath the Olive Garden. The Renaissance hotel is owned by the Marriott. It was nothing like any Marriott I’ve ever been too.

Immaculate, modern, sophisticated, mood-lit lighting are just some words that can describe this hotel. Twenty-six floors, I was on the eighteenth. And surprisingly, I was able to fall asleep at night, barely heard any noise from outside. But that might be because, one) I was exhausted from walking and shopping all day or tw0) we were so high up the noise was muffled. Either was, I slept like a baby, most of the time.

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycrt-renaissance-new-york-times-square-hotel/

The day started out with my mum and I driving down to the city and looking for our hotel. Let me tell you, now that part of Time Square is for only pedestrians, (you can’t drive in it) it is harder to travel by car around the city, or at least in this general area. Once we parked the car in front of the hotel and checked in, a man parked our car. We the set out to have a taxi drive us to Soho.

On West Broadway in Soho, we were dropped off and walked into this adorably quaint little place called The Cupping Room Cafe`.

http://www.cuppingroomcafe.com/zgrid/proc/site/sitep.jsp

They serve all day, breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. It was basically a bar, restaurant, and bakery in one. Delicious, delicious, delicious. I had a feta and tomato omelet with home fries and two glasses of chocolate milk. My mother had French Toast with berries and Vermont syrup, an over-easy egg, and crispy bacon. Of course, I stole some of her bacon, and of course it was amazingly mouth-watering. (For those of you on a diet, I repetitively apologize for you having to hear this delicious meal. But just wait until dinner.) The omelet was soooo freaking huge, it took up three-quarters of my plate, that I wasn’t hungry until dinner time.

After breakfast at the wonderful Cupping Room Cafe`, we walked around Soho in search of cutesie little shops. We went into this very expensive bag store. I saw a cute bag for $900.00. I was like, “No thank you.” and walked out.

Next we went into an art gallery. It was so adorable and gorgeous. They were painting and sculptures of The Peanuts, Dr. Seuss, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Where The Wild Things Are, Marvel Comics, Alice in Wonderland, and Coraline. Everything was over $1,000.00 so we just looked then left like the last store.

Next we went into this, again, very expensive clothing store. They said everything was handmade. I saw there was a downstairs and saw all the fabrics and sewing machines. Very original and unique. You just have to be Melania Trump to afford anything.

After that we walked into the store that was next to the last one called, Mango.

http://shop.mango.com/home.faces?state=she_400_US

They had very cute girly clothes, along with mens suits. The franchise itself was going out of business so everything was 80% off. Now, this, this was my kind of store. $40.00 skirt, $30.00 blouse, very affordable. My mum got some stuff from them too.

Next we went to Bebe, because they were close by. I felt so rich when I walked in, that was until we were at the register. There was this wonderful man named Eric (I remembered his name) who helped my shop. I felt like every wall, every feature, every rack I looked at I took at least one or two things I liked off of it. And Eric was there all the time to grab the stuff I wanted so I didn’t have to hold it while I shopped. He said he was “holding a room” for me. How sweet.

By the time I was finished looking throughout the whole store, I went into the dressing rooms and he was like, “Ohhh, Angel, you’re in trouble.” I think it was because he had like twenty-somthing plus things that he was holding for me. By the time I was finished trying everything on, and after many indecisive minutes of choosing, I only bought three things. A gorgeous dress, and a bright yellow sports bra with matching gray sweat pants. Boyy, did I look cute! :3

http://www.bebe.com/

After Bebe, we went into H&M. Now there are like twelve different H&M‘s, but the one I went into was sooo cool! The entrance has like flashing lights, the fitting room was painted black, with cool painted animated pictures on the ceiling. However, the store was over-crowded, which resulted in long lines for the fitting room and long lines for the register. Though, everyone who worked there was very nice. I ended up buying like six things.

http://www.hm.com/us/#/startns/

After that we were exhausted and pooped. So we took a taxi back to Time Square and out of Soho, to our hotel. Before that, though we stopped at Starbucks to regenerate ourselves. I had a very much needed tall iced carmel latte with whipped cream. My usual drink from Starbucks. The best ever!

http://www.starbucks.com/

We crashed on the bed and watched TV until 8:30 p.m. We had a dinner reservation then, but it wasn’t a long wait, we got back at the hotel around 7 o’clock. We had shopped from 12 o’clock until 7 o’clock. Now that’s crazy. I haven’t shopped that long since… since ever. I’ve never shopped that long. Wow, my legs are still achey from that. And this all happened on Wednesday!

We ate dinner at an authentic BBQ restaurant called Virgil’s.

http://www.virgilsbbq.com/

I had root beer and Pork ribs with their homemade BBQ sauce, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, and corn bread. They smoked the ribs so much that you could taste the smoke, which unfortunately, I didn’t like. I felt like I was eating smoke. However, that’s how real BBQ is made, it’s a shame I don’t like real BBQ. The sauce was un-freaking-believeable, though! So good! My mum had a Corona with pulled Pork and roasted chicken, with mac & cheese, cole slaw, and corn bread. She liked the pulled Pork better than the chicken for the same reason of smoke.

We were, however, stuffed at the end of our meal, so we could not have dessert. It did sound good though. My mum was tempted to eat their Devil Dogs.

After that we walked to my favorite store, Forever 21 in Time Square. Let me just say, I was in heaven.

http://www.forever21.com/

I walked into a big square room with tall walls and a high ceiling. In the middle of all the clothes and registers, there are escalators. I went down to the second floor, all Forever 21 clothes. A big square, with little squares in each corner. Every place filled with clothes. Each floor had like four dressing rooms and ten registers.

Then I went to the third floor, all mens and kids clothes. (21 Men and Heritage 1981.) There was a photo booth on that floor and I decided to take a picture with my mum. The first one was of us smiling, the second was of us sticking our tongues out, the third was of me kissing my mum’s cheek, and the fourth was of my mum kissing mine. It was cute and silly. Lots of fun.

After that we went to the fourth floor, the last floor. After I shopped all four floors, I had like twenty-something plus (like Bebe) and tried them all on. I ended up buying around ten things. Unfortunately, I forgot to use my $20.00 and $25.00 gift cards there. But, hey, there’s always next time.

Once we were done with Forever 21, we walked back to the hotel which was not even fifty feet away. The. Best.

We decided to have dessert. All that shopping helped us digest our BBQ. In the hotel, there was a lounge. I had onion soup and chocolate milk instead of the usual pastry. My mum had lemon oil and olive hummus on white toast. Yummy.

We were right above Time Square. I took this picture with my cellphone, so a little blurry, but still cool.

And yes, I realize it’s side-ways. Do yourself a favor, and turn your heads slightly to the left. It’s not that bad. You can’t be that lazy.

After that, we went back up to our rooms and crashed for the night. I slept like a baby, that is until I woke up at four in the morning. There was this very drunk, very wasted, very loud man in our hallway singing and talking to a whispering girl. My mum ended up calling the front desk because they wouldn’t stop and we couldn’t sleep. After like a minute, we heard the elevator ding (our room was right outside from the elevator) and the drunk guy scream, “A cop. F**k!”

It was so funny! :D I’m laughing now thinking about it.

The next morning we ordered room service for breakfast. I had oatmeal with berries and chocolate milk. My mum had eggs, oatmeal, toast, and cups and cups of coffee. After that we checked out late, around one in the afternoon. The hotel held our bags and car for an hour while we did a quick ‘errand’ to Build-A-Bear Workshop on 5th Avenue and 46th Street.

http://www.buildabear.com/

I got a new bear to not replace my old one, just to have a new one. His name is Dylan Junior, DJ for short. Here is what he looks like:

And, yes, you must turn your head again. :P

Isn’t he just adorable! He’s so fluffy and soft and I can’t wait to sleep with him! :D

After that we went back to the hotel and got our luggage and car. Then we drove to my grandparent’s house, slept over for the night, and came home this afternoon. I am still exhausted from this very fun trip! I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you mum, and thank you dad for letting us use your points for the free hotel! (:

Best vacation in a long time!