Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Things I Learned During My 1st "Dead Week"

I know that Dead Weeks (the week before final exams) vary depending on the school, and that your stress level during dead week depends on how well you've already been doing in your classes. At the school I'm attending, Dead Week is when teachers aren't allowed to give us any tests. We still go to class. For most of my friends, they don't have classes at all during their Dead Week because it's when they're meant to study for their final exams... I guess my school wants to squeeze in as much learning as possible, which I guess is more of a negative thing because we have more information to learn before we take are last exams.

Over the course of this past week, I realized that closer you get to finals and to semester break the less you want to go to class. Most of my professors post the lecture notes online, and all homework is done online for all of my classes, which makes it even easier to talk yourself out of going to class. However, I never used the extra time I gave myself by skipping class to study or to work on flashcards to study later. Oh no, that would be too responsible of me! I used the extra time to sleep, read books for fun, and watch Netflix. After talking to my friends, I found out that I definitely wasn't the only one doing that very same thing.

During Dead Week, everyone acts like a zombie. The level or stress and readiness for the break turns everyone into mindless creates that only care about making it through all of their tests. I'm one of the unlucky ones who has a night test the last days of finals week. No one should have to take a test from 7-9pm on a Friday night before semester break! It's my first semester and I got one of the worst testing times ever. Of all time.

Even though Dead Week is the second hardest week (behind actual finals week) of the whole semester, you really learn to rely on the studying skills that you developed for the previous quizzes and tests in your classes and you're able to break the barrier of asking for help, which for me was a huge step because I absolutely don't like talking to people I don't know, especially when those people control my grade.

What things have you learned during dead week? I hope you all do well on your final exams!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Taking a Shot in the Dark

This school year has been going really well. Next week is Finals Week for me, which means that my first semester of college in coming to an end. I absolutely love my college and all of the friends that I've made here. I've also loved a majority of my classes, and I've gone to loads of different events that have taken place on campus.

After this school year completely ends, I have no idea what I'm going to do with my life. I don't know where I'm going to live for the next school year, or how I'm going to pay my tuition. I don't even know what I'm going to be doing over the summer. If you've been reading my blog for a long time you'll know that I had the hardest time trying to find a job and going to different interviews. For this summer, I'm worried that I'll have just as hard a time finding a job this summer.

I also want/hope to do an internship over the summer. Everyone here at college that I've talked to has told me that I need to start proving how much I want my future career as soon as I can. And, apparently, the way to do that is by doing internships and gaining as much experience as I can. So, without telling anyone except for my boyfriend, I applied for an unpaid internship in a different state working with Elephants. I have no idea if I'll get it, or how I'll get to the other state, and if I'll be able to find a job in that state in order to live there during my internship... I honestly just took a shot in the dark and applied. I was shaking the whole time I was applying!

I'm not typically one to move forward with something when I don't have all the details worked out. I've always known what I've wanted to do for a living and when I was looking at colleges I knew right away which one I was going to attend. I even have all of my classes for the next 3 years of schooling all planned out and written down. So, when applying for an internship in a different state without having everything already worked out about my living situation and when I could work is something really new for me.

Like I was telling my boyfriend before, my life after this school year is going to be an adventure because I have no idea what I'm doing!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

My 19th Birthday

This year, I had one of the best birthdays ever. I'm not saying that because I got a load of presents and all my friends came over and I was able to go out partying. Nope. I got the presents that I had asked for, some that were just for fun and others that were more practical for my job and for school. I was able to go shoe shopping with my grandma (my current shoes were taped to hold them together, so her present to me was a new pair of shoes) and then we watched It's a Wonderful Life together! I had never seen it before, so even though it was a Christmas movie and that's one of my pet peeves I was okay watching it because my grandma was so excited about watching it with me for my first time seeing it.

In addition to getting the presents that I both wanted and needed, I also got my present in the mail from my boyfriend! He had it overnight shipped to my house so that I'd for sure get it and open it on my birthday. He and I are really bad about waiting to open presents. If we receive it early, chances are that we'll open it early as well. He was at work when the package was dropped up, so I did wait a few hours until he was off work so that we could video call and he could watch my reaction when I opened the present. Honestly, I think the reaction is the best part, so I always make him video call me as well when I send him a present. 

For my birthday in the past, my mom goes and gets me a huge Costco cake, so that we can eat some of it on my actual birthday, and then we put the rest on the Desert Table on Thanksgiving for my extended family to eat and enjoy as well. This year, however, I requested a confetti cake because it's my favorite kind, and my mom agreed to make it! She made a BEAUTIFUL 3 tiered cake with while confetti frosting and pink sugar sprinkled on it with a lovely ring of 19 pink candles. I bet you can all guess what my favorite color is! 

I put a pair of number shaped candles on my cake after my mom asked if I wanted them on or not, and I unknowingly put the numbers on the wrong way! How is that even possible!? My mom took pictures of me with the cake and then moved the numbers. I had absolutely no idea that I'd put them on wrong! Hahaha I'm in college and I put the numbers on my own cake the wrong way!

After coming home from my Grandma's house and eating some cake, my mom and I cuddled on the couch with our dog and watched Miracle on 34th Street because, again, I'd never seen it before. This time, however, it was my mom that was really excited about watching it with me. 

At the end of the day, I was really tired and really happy about being able to spend so much time with my family and being able to eat the best cake ever! (Some of my friends hadn't come home for Thanksgiving Break from school, so I didn't have a party with my friends because only one or two of them were in town and they wanted to spend time with their own families)

All in all, it was a really amazing day!
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