Aa’s Declassified Campus Survival Guide: 7 Tips for Move-In Day

Brought to you by blood, sweat and tears…it’s college move in day!

Here’s a few quick tips for you as you pack up and move into your new space.

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Connect with your future roommates

If you haven’t spoken to your roommates yet, do your best to get a hold of them! It helps when you know a little about each other before stepping into your future home. There’s so much stuff you all could talk about! Find out who has what. From appliances such as vacuums, microwaves or even room designs, classes on campus and even follow each other on social media. Look out for emails, phone calls or opportunities from your dorm/apartment complex for their information.

Be Punctual

Know what time you’re  allowed to move in and make sure you’re in the area well before hand! This way you won’t have to worry about traffic. If you can, spend the night there. Or just start your day early and eat breakfast in the area! This is your time to double check your list and make last minute runs to the store if needed.

There will be chaos, and a lot of other students and families running around so the more you have together, the better!

Be Organized

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Label EVERYTHING. Every box, container and bag. You can save time by not having to open containers and bags because you’ll already know what’s inside! As a military brat, packing and moving around is second nature. My mom likes to give everything a big title, and then list the items inside. This is a lifesaver!

Find out if your apartment is providing luggage carts, or will you have to bring your own.

More and more hacks!

Pack your bag with hangers

This saves time, and stress. PLEASE DO IT! You won’t have to worry about hanging your clothes up when you get into your room because they’re already prepped and ready. All you have to do is open the trash bags!

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Bring in the bed

Pack your bed into the car LAST. This way when you arrive, it’ll be the FIRST thing you pull out. Bring everything you’ll need for it and make your bed as soon as you get in. Once this is done you’ll be able to stack things on your bed and move around more efficiently.

Have Unpacking Smarts

Unpack by SECTIONS. It’s not the best idea to just rip everything apart as soon as you get there. Work on your bathroom first, and then the kitchen etc. Do one thing at a time this way you can keep track of everything and not get messy. Of course, if you have your parents with you feel free to work on multiple areas at a time and assign everyone to certain things.

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Got cleaning supplies?

Keep a close eye on these items at all times! This is also something that should be last to pack into your car so it’s quick and easy to grab for move in. The first thing my parents did when we moved into my apartment, was grab my new cleaning supplies and sterilize the whole entire room! Also, I’d highly recommend buying a cheap handheld vacuum. As long as it does the job and keeps the floors clean and clear of crumbs – it’s perfect!


And that’s it! I hope these super quick last minute tips help move-in day go smoothly for you. Enjoy setting up your new home!

 

– Aa

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Aa’s Declassified Campus Survival Guide: Sorority Row | How to survive recruitment

LETS GO GREEK

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It’s time to find your new family! Your big, little, gbig -yes girl. Everybody!

Sorority recruitment gets more popular each year and it’s a great way for us girls to find an additional sisterhood of encouraging young women from all walks of life. If you’ve yet to join a sorority and are ready to rush, this is YOUR survival guide. I’ve asked girls across the state from different sororities all the things they want their new sisters to know before they step into a new world. I have yet to become apart of a sorority, so it was interesting hearing other girls’ inputs! Enjoy reading wise words from your future sisters.

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Name: Joslyn

School: Florida A&M University

Sorority: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Enjoy the process! Be yourself and no matter what’s thrown at you, make the most of it. DO YOUR RESEARCH. You don’t want to join a sisterhood you aren’t knowledgable about! Go to their events, get to know your potential family. It is a discrete process, but always present your best self if you yourself being apart of Greek Life.

 


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 Name: Ericka

School: University of North Florida

Sorority: Delta Gamma 

Be YOU. Trust me, the sisters will know if you are trying too hard or trying to be manipulative. During Rush Week, wear comfortable shoes. You don’t have to have the most expensive outfit, or flash you Lily Pulitzer everyday. Don’t buy all of that crazy stuff just for recruitment! Show your style – “cheap” is cute and will look just as good girl I promise! Every school has different guidelines for what to wear so make sure to follow their guidelines and use Pinterest. It’ll be your new BFF. Last, I hope you find a home that matches YOUR values and it’s where you can see yourself flourishing in the next four years of your life.

My favorite Delta Gamma memory so far was on bid day. I opened my card and I saw what was inside – my dream sorority! I couldn’t stop crying. I hope you have that same feeling when you join your new sisterhood.


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School: Florida State University

Sorority: Kappa Delta

When starting recruitment, the most important thing to start with is an open mind and a positive attitude. Go into every house and be yourself regardless of what you think or have previously heard about it! You might be surprised at the end of your experience that a house you thought you wouldn’t be for ends up being the place you run home to.

During recruitment partied remember to not only be INTERESTING, but to also be INTERESTED. What I mean by that is to not only talk about yourself and make yourself seem interesting, but to show interest in the girls you talk to and what their sisterhood stands for. Always ask questions and listen to what they have to say! The main thing is to focus on the connections.

After every conversation you have, ask yourself: Can I see myself being friends with her? Because at the end of your experience that’s one of the most important things to consider. 

Being in a sorority is full of wonderful experiences and friendships. Recruitment is just the beginning. My sorority has provided me with social functions, professional networking opportunities, meals, housing options – the list goes on and on. Being in a sorority is not for everyone, but I couldn’t be more thankful for my experiences so far.

Good luck finding your home!

 


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School: Valdosta State University

Sorority: Zeta Tau Alpha

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I signed up for recruitment. All I knew was what was shown on tv or on social media. Going through recruitment was the best decision I’ve ever made. It’s the most stressful week of your life but in the end, it’s all worth it. Biggest advice I could give is to go in completely open minded. When it comes to your outfits – dress to impress, wear something you would wear to church or something you wouldn’t be afraid to wear of in front of your dad. GIRL. FRAT PARTIES!!!! Please contain yourself and act like a lady. Avoid dancing on raised surfaces. Some of your sisters will become your best friends. Within my sorority, I found my people and my forever friends. I wouldn’t have been able to survive this past year without their love and guidance. They’ve been my rock, my go-to & my shoulder to cry on. You’ll always have a sister to count on no matter what. If i could go back in time, I wouldn’t change a single thing. Zeta Tau Alpha is my home away from home and I’m forever grateful.


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 Name: Mary (my roomie!) Xoxo

Pictured on the right in both photos

School: University of Central Florida

Sorority: Kappa Alpha Theta

 

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The most important part is to ignore the stereotypes of what you think joining a sorority means and just go through the process with an open mind!
Also, be yourself and just remember when you’re going through rush week it’s just conversations with normal girls who are just like you and to choose wherever feels like home! You’re going to love it.


 

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Name: Kaitty

School: Florida International University

(Miss Florida International University and Miss Pi Kappa Phi; Miss Ability)

Sorority: Alpha Xi Delta

This is going to be so exciting for you! Make sure to have an open mind. Never let anyone else sway your decision. This is YOUR sisterhood for life an your decision.

Look for something that will challenge you. More often then not girls look for a sorority for fun, cool outfits and photos. However, it’s important that you look for an organization that is going to push you past your limits. Make sure your organization is involved in campus. It is SO important to give back to your university.

If possible, see if the philanthropy can be something you can become; or already are passionate about. Last, make sure you have the financial stability to pay for a sorority and the time to put into a sorority. You will only receive as much as you put into your organization.

GOOD LUCK!


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Name: Jaelyn

(Think you’ve seen her on this blog post already? You’re seeing double! Her twin sister, Jocelyn is also her sorority sister. How cool!)

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Sorority: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

School: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, inc is one of the best accomplishments I have made so far, but what made it better was having my twin sister right there by my side. The process was one of a kind, and has molded me in who I am today. Jocelyn and I now know the best part of being in Greek Life: gaining lifelong sisters, future bridesmaids and some of my Bestfriends is what sisterhood is all about.


IMG_3541Name: Anslee

Sorority: Zeta Tau Alpha

School: Valdosta State

going through recruitment can be super overwhelming, so make sure to keep track of what makes each sorority unique! after each party write down what stood out about that sorority to you. this could include their philanthropy, sisterhood, or even if you just clicked really well with the girl(s) you spoke to!

each school’s rush process is different, but every school should have a preference round (usually called “pref”). this day (typically the last round before bid day) is super important because it means the sorority is very interested in you! by this day you will most likely have a general idea of the sorority you want- if this is the case TELL THEM. make sure the sorority knows you want them. show interest by asking plenty of questions and pointing out qualities about that sorority that match up with what you’re looking for.

if you get called back to a sorority that you are not interested in, see this as a compliment. be friendly! don’t give the sorority false hope by saying “oh i can definitely see myself here!”, but make an effort to carry on conversations. although you may not see yourself being sisters with these girls, recruitment is a great way to make friends!


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School: My mom has earned numerous degrees from NCCU, UCF, UOPX, and soon from NCU. She’s been everywhere. She’s amazing. Iconic.

Sorority: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

I became apart of DST while in the military in Seoul,Korea and was in awe of being surrounded by such incredible, ambitious women. Although I did not get the college experience of joining greek life , the concept of sisterhood still has the same lifetime commitment. Choose wisely and trust your heart when selecting the sorority you wish to be apart of.

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“Sororities symbolize all that we wish to accomplish in our lives. They represent the struggles we all face as we grow. Why we cling to them no one can explain, but in the end, we are all stronger for it.” ~ Unknown

Good luck finding your new home! Run straight to it, and never look back.

Love,

Aa

Sorority Girl To Be

Aa’s Declassified Campus Survival Guide: Pinterest Inspiration for YOUR dorm room|Kitchen

Hey MTV, Welcome to My Kitchen

Aa’s Declassified Campus Survival Guide is HERE to help YOU succeed on campus. I was going to put all of the dorm inspo. together on one blog, but your girl has too much to say so I decided to break things up into sections! 

 I don’t know about you, but the most exiting part about going to college is being able to decorate your own space! I mean I’ve dedicated all these years to watching Youtube “Room inspiration/college unboxing” videos, HGTV and House Hunters. I am ready!

This is YOUR chance to create the trendy, fun and customized living space you’ve always dreamed of.


DON’T FORGET: Talk it up with your roommates! 

If you share the entire dorm together or maybe just the common area, decide on what you want your new home to look like. This will make it easier and more fun to put everything together!


If your new apartment/kitchen doesn’t have a lot of floor space, STACKING is going to be your new best friend. Create more room and floor space in your humble abode by stretching your room VERTICALLY. (Pictured above) All you need are shelves, bins and a creative mind!

Get Toasty!

I’m sure you’ll have a microwave in your dorm room, but this little guy is on a whole other level! If you can afford to snag an extra appliance for your new space, this toaster oven is great! I had one in my apartment and even though we had a full kitchen, we all used to toaster oven more than our real one! It works faster, takes SECONDS to heat up, is easy to use and there’s no hassle to it! Every morning became effortless to warm up mcmuffins, pop tarts, waffles and bagels!

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Check out this one from Amazon.Com! Oster Toaster Oven

Stretch your room VERTICALLY

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Have FUN with your small space, and know that just because you may not have a lot to work with, doesn’t mean your room can’t be the trendiest room in your hall. Mason Jars, Decorative cups/buckets other storage bins will benefit you SO much! I love to get mine from target, ross or even the craft and thrift stores.

Also, set your snacks and small treats behind your door! (In the photo above.) It really helps keep everything organized, and there’s less clutter.

 

 

Got Carts?

Utility Carts are extremely trendy, purposeful and helpful! I would have never thought of using one and I wish I could fit one in my room. They’re a variety of different ones, but I love the sleek look of this one from Amazon: Altra Marshall Utility Cart (Btw, totally grab a can of spray paint if you want a specific look and switch up the color of your cart. D.I.Y!)

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Screen Shot 2017-05-29 at 1.28.07 PMIf you’re wondering, no this is not my stand. However, I wish it was. LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY! This is exactly something I would do if I needed to turn my small space into a posh one. Grab some photos of you and your beasties, your favorite snacks and maybe even some books and magazines and you could easily recreate this!

Another tip: I LOVE having flowers around my apartment, so I buy beautiful and bright arrangements (that are fake) from the DOLLAR STORE. They have vases and rocks there and it makes the world of a difference in a room.


If you have a bit more room…

If your apartment looks like mine and you could basically raise a whole family in it then #BLESSUP. I was so excited to decorate my new home with my roommates. I would definitely put a calendar in your common area. This will help everyone stay alert on campus events, activities and parties. Each month I’d look up these social events and make note of them on my calendar! I’ll even google “national days in July,August etc.” and you’ll find cute holidays such as National Pizza Day, and National Sibling Day! We even worked out a trash schedule each week and would remind one another by writing our name down each Monday on the fridge.

To recreate this look, take a group trip to Walmart and grab a white board (they’re only $10), expo markers, and maybe even some cute magnets too! Five Below has recently become one of my new favorites and they have the cutest personalized things to throw around your apartment. They have monogram letters, stickers and even some adorable pillows.

Got Utensils? 

Of course you could keep your utensils and silverware in a drawer, but who wants to do that?! Spice things up and put some of your utensils on display. I think this is an adorable idea. You could get mason jars anywhere like your local craft store and paid/decorate them however you like.

Crack open a book!

Have a cookbook, or a few magazines? If not, find some! A basket full of books would really modernize your room. They may never be read, but they truly look great! I have my favorite fashion magazines in the living room in my apartment and everyone notices it.

Got Soap?

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Set up your hand and dish soap in the cutest way possible by your sink! I have flowers (yes, from the dollar store) by the sink and they look amazing! Or, you could even get a cool pedestal to place it on.

Did someone say Coffee? 

A COFFE BAR IS NEEDED AND WILL CHANGE LIVES. Set up your creamers, sugar and coffee cups in a cute corner of the kitchen and watch your own Starbucks shop open!

Here’s What I did!

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A peep into my kitchen. (Including this model photo of my apartment)

The circle stickers from the bottom are from the dollar store! #Ballin

I made the coffee signs simply by buying frames from the dollar store, (ballin again) and printing photos at the library. The flowers are also brought to you by… guess who? THE DOLLAR STORE BABY!

The more color and decoration you have in your kitchen, the more homy-like and energetic it will feel to be in it! Have candles, vases and even fake fruit. (Or real fruit. Whatever floats your boat!)


What are you waiting for? Start decorating!

-Aa

Aa’s Declassified Campus Survival Guide: 11 Things I Wish I Knew My Freshman Year of College

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Hey you! Excited for college? You should be. This will literally be the BEST four years of your life. I’ve already got my first year of college in the bag! Now, Mama Aa is ready to share her wisdom.

If you’re anxious, or not excited about college and look like the dog in this photo, don’t worry! You’ll be cheesing just like me in no time.

Welcome to my new blog series: Aa’s Declassified Campus Survival Guide. Here are the things you need to know before you step on campus.

11 Things I wish I knew my freshman year of college… 

1. The freshman 15 is REAL

Guys and gals, look. You can’t eat everything you see! College campuses are surrounded with fast food, restaurants and bars. You’ll be enticed to eat out everyday because there are so many options. However, it’s not the best idea. My first week in college I ate Chick-Fila-A FOUR TIMES IN ONE WEEK. And if you do the math, that’s about $30.(Sorry mom!) You’ll blow all of your money really fast and you’ll feel greasy and sluggish!  If you have a meal plan, try your best to stick with it. You’re paying for it. If you’re like me and don’t have a meal plan – learn to cook a few things! Eating out is fine, but don’t depend on McDonald’s value menue it to survive.

2. This isn’t anything like high school

The classroom you’re used to going to with 25 people in it just increased by 100! Depending on how big your university is, you may never meet or speak to all of your classmates. Your teacher may not know your name and that’s okay! You have to learn to be more independent and outspoken if you ever need anything.

3. If you don’t know how to manage your time wisely… RIP

Take your classes seriously because you’re PAYING FOR THESE COURSES. So if you fail, drop out or retake the class you will be held responsible. Teachers can be really ruthless and tell you “If you fail/drop out of my class, it’s not my issue. Don’t come to me trying to pass at the last minute.” This is very true! I’m not perfect and I’ve even had to catch myself up to get through a class. I made it out alive because I talked to my teacher! 

If there’s about a month left in the class and you’re slipping, it would definitely be the time to speak up if you haven’t already.

4. Don’t buy all of your books from the bookstore 

Don’t settle for the first price you see for a book, calculator or code. Make Amazon.com your best friend! There are other ways to purchase the $200 book you’ll need for your bio class. Websites, pages and other places resell used books for college students and they’re a fraction of the cost. I purchased my $100 book for Composition II online for like $30! Unfortunately, there are some access codes you WILL have to buy and they are expensive. No way around that one, but everything else you can dodge!

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5. Be involved on campus

You never know who you’ll meet! I met most of my new friends by going to social events, and club meetings. If there’s a workshop or gathering that’s about something you’re interested in JUST GO. College is a once in a lifetime experience and it’ll only be amazing if you branch out and do so. One time I went to a communications workshop for extra credit and I did not want to be there. Then, I met a girl who was interested in makeup just like me and we hung out two days later and are still friends today! HEY VICTORIA!!!

6. This is NOT a drill. Avoid Friday classes!!!

AVOID EARLY MONDAY CLASSES TOO. If you haven’t heard, Thursday’s are the real Friday’s for college kids across America. When you get to college you’ll realize what type of student you really are! You can get a feel of everything your first semester but by the spring I promise you’ll have the perfect schedule for you! I thought I was going to love waking up “early” for class, but I was wrong. It became nearly impossible for me to show up on time to my morning classes. I realized didn’t like waking up early on Monday’s because… (well, I think it’s self explanatory.) So, now when I pick classes I make them between Monday afternoon-Thursday morning! Friday classes are a bummer because that’s when everyone is out socializing, going on fun trips and who doesn’t want t three day weekend EVERY weekend?!

7. Going to community college first is okay

This is probably the one thing I really wish I would’ve known my freshman year. Honestly, when I came to my senses and realized I had to attend community college first, I was frustrated and embarrassed. I thought my classes and the students in them were going to be… you know. However, I attend one of the greatest community colleges in the state! The classes are smaller which allow me to get personal with my teachers and it helps me excel when I have their help at my disposal. I pay attention more and benefit financially because community college is MUCH cheaper!

8. GO TO THE OFFICE HOURS

Your professors will have office hours that they are available to help you. Depending on when they’re available their hours will be before or after your class during the week! Use this time and GO at least once. You won’t always have time to talk to your teacher before or after class and if you need a while to speak with them, stop by their office instead. Not many students do this, and it’ll definitely show that you care about your grade and whats going on in the class!

9. Keep an eye out for student discounts

They’re everywhere! Stores and businesses will have special offers on certain days of the week, or will even throw discounts out if you have your student I.D! In my college town, they have $5 burgers on Tuesdays, and even $5 fill-up with frozen yogurt on Wednesdays! And all you have to do is whip out that snazzy I.D. from your University. Also, download the app “Pocket Points.” It’s GREAT. It gives coupons, rewards and free food for not being on your phone during class! 

10. Take the Professor NOT the class

The amount of fun and enjoyment you get from a class all depends on your teacher. When you select a class, know you are taking the professor too! It’s a total package. Their attitude, teaching techniques and over all approach to what they do can and will affect you as a student. RateMyProfessor.com is a great way to figure out how the teacher is before you even register for classes! It’s saved my life and I’ve never been mislead about any teachers I’ve had in college thanks to my peers who’ve left their final thoughts.

11. Study groups: 10/10 recommend

The easiest way to make friends in college? STRUGGLE! When classes got hard, I’d bring it up in class and tons of people would agree! If it weren’t for study groups, math and Macroeconomics would have been a serious struggle for me. We all got together and made sure nobody was left behind. Get each others number and help one another with homework, quizzes and even send the notes if you miss a lecture one day! You’ll thank me later.


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12. Learn to deal with roomates 

(Btw roomies if you’re reading this I love you!) If you’re off to college rooming with people you already know then this is great. I would love to have roomed with my best friends but we all went our separate ways across the state of Florida. I had random roommates assigned to me, and I was REALLY nervous. Everyone has different personalities, dislikes and things they’re comfortable with. You have to learn to cope with it! If you’re having conflicts, handle them in the best way possible because you are living with this person for a whole year! Make trash schedules, and keep the common areas as clean as possible. Don’t be the rude, dirty roommate who always has 20 people over. Be respectful! COMMUNICATION IS KEY.

13. Not everything you do has to be posted – Losing friends is okay

Seriously. People change, and sometimes it’s for the better! Losing friends or even ending a relationship will hurt at first and you’ll be confused but I promise you the wounds will heal. As far as social media, even if it’s on “Finstagram” – people can see, screenshot and share anything and everything. Have fun in college but everyone doesn’t have to know your every move!   Our generation is the epitome of social media, so this is self explanatory.

14. This is your chance to reinvent yourself

Alright, college is exciting and I’m sure you’re on the edge of your seat just waiting to get on campus! Moving away from home is a chance for you to be yourself, go on adventures and make memories. Reinvent yourself! Become innovative, spunky BUT also responsible. College is what you make it. (:

Here’s to your first year of college!

-Aa

An Open Letter to The High School Graduate | My 3 Notes to The c/o 2017

As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own. 

-Michael Dell

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On this day one year ago, I made one of the best decisions of my life. The store-bought map I clutched onto all my life was finally trashed, burned and forgotten. Since I made that decision to create my own way on May 27th, 2016, my life after high school has been a blessing. The first year of college is done, and I hope you have the time of your life in your next endeavor because I know I am!

Here’s to the high school graduate. Congratulations, you did it!

*Cue High School Musical 3 Track* 


1) I HOPE…

I hope you cherished the final moments you spent walking the hallways of your high school. Never again will you see the same faces passing by, or even the teachers standing outside their door. Your friends will no longer be down the hall after 3rd period waiting for you at “the spot” like they used to everyday, and you won’t need to get a teacher’s signature on a pass just to use the bathroom…things are changing now, but it’s for the better. 

I hope you understand that your friends will always be there for you, no matter the distance. I was 5+ hours away from some of my girls and if anything I think that going away to college made us stronger. We got to embark on our own adventures and when we all came home we had the craziest stories to tell. If things change and rearrange with your friends please trust me and know that’s okay too. It’s happened to me, and it doesn’t mean the world is ending. You’re heading towards the best four years of your life! My first year of college I don’t think I’ve laughed and enjoyed being a teenager so much in my entire life. You’ll fall in love with so many people and where they come from – and I mean that in the best way possible. 

Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 3.05.40 PMI hope you enjoy the final moments of it all… If you’re an athlete I hope you played, cheered, or danced your heart out on that field/court. You won’t be in that uniform again chanting the name of your school. You won’t  have to dread long practices anymore and you won’t be able to get in your favorite line-up next to your best friend. The sound of the whistle during the final football game or even hearing the loud crowd over sounds of shoes screeching the basketball court will only be a memory. Jumping and screaming in the student section while you make fun of the other team is the epitome of Friday Night Football! Each game was a different theme, a different outfit to put together with a whole lot of memories not too far behind. I hope you enjoyed what was right in front of you, because it won’t be the same…

Just a thumbs up: Tailgate and sporting events in college are INCREDIBLE. The best is yet to come!


2) Say “Thank You…”

If there’s any word you shouldn’t get tired of saying it’s: Thank You. First and foremost, to your parents or whoever has given you a roof to live under. Our guardians are the reason we are still alive and well. If you needed lunch, or forgot to bring an assignment to school they were there. When you had your first game or were stressed with your ACT because you were only a few points away from your goal; they were there. You may not appreciate them now. They can be overbearing, picky and sometimes it seems like they don’t understand. The thing is, they do. We’ve never been parents before. We have never been 30,45 or 60. BUT our parents have been our age. They know what’s best. They’ve sacrificed more than you’ll ever know just to see you to walk across that stage. They raised you and 15+ years from now you just might have the family of your own and you’ll want the same hopes and dreams for your child.

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Say thank you to your teachers. Please do it. Senioritis is real and we all know that, but it is not easy being a teacher either. Appreciate the men and women who have taught you all that you know in order to prepare you for the future. Say thank you to the teachers who were more like a mom or dad to you. To the ones who let you stay in their classroom, use their microwave or even their printer when you procrastinated on an assignment. Love on your coaches, or even your boss from your first high school job. 

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3) TURN UP! (Jk)

Get Excited for your future

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If you got accepted into your dream school, GET EXCITED FOR YOUR FUTURE! 

Even if you didn’t and had to take an alternate route, trust God’s plan for you. I didn’t get into the college of my dreams and at first I felt defeated. Please know that it.is.o.k. The road doesn’t end here and it’s up to you on where it will lead you next. 

Rep your schools colors, show off your mascot and definitely check out Pinterest for the cutest ideas on ANYTHING collegiate. (Guys, this includes you too. You’ll be amazed at the wonders Pinterest holds.) Be ready to focus. Because college is not all about partying, cool roommates and sorority rush week. This isn’t high school. Books and classes aren’t free. Your teacher’s don’t care if you have a 79.2% and wanted to get all A’s and B’s for your first semester. Be excited for memories, but also be excited to spend hard nights in the library. #TRUE

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Don’t Blink

If you thought these four years of high school flew by, just wait. 

Leave your mark – don’t take no for an answer – DREAM BIG. The only person in charge of your future is YOU.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2017! 

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Turn your tassels and don’t forget to turn the page into

the next chapter of your life. 

-Aa

P.S: If you’re reading this and are graduating from my old high school… Go Knights! STAY GOLDEN.

Bye Bye, Bad Cravings! | Eat all the right things.

Bye Bye, Bad Cravings!

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Let’s face it, we all could probably live off of junk food, or anything sweet and salty for the rest of our lives! However, it’s probably not the best decision.

I hope this blog post helps you figure out how to work your way own bad cravings! I’m going to help you get three steps closer to a healthier you.

1. Drink more water

 

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This is probably the most important tip there is and you’ll soon figure it out when you add this to your routine! Our bodies can confuse hunger with thirst ALL the time. So, if you’re ever craving food…yes it means your body is telling you something, but it doesn’t always mean the body is telling you it’s hungry. Try drinking a bottle/cup of water and then see how you feel! It’s important to drink a lot of water, and if you’re not a big fan of H20, try adding fruit into your water.


 

2. Plan your meals

1000-meal-prep-marek.jpgMeal prep is probably one of the best things invented since Chickfila! It’s fun preparing my meals, and it makes me feel even more organized. When you meal prep, you have everything ready and waiting for you. I’m less tempted to go out to a restaurant and spend more money when I already paid for all of my food for the month in groceries! Eventually there will be NO possible way for you to crave bad foods when everything is laid out for you!  If you really have a habit of bad cravings constantly: HIDE.THE.FOOD, or throw it out. When I started preparing for my first pageant, I hid all of my candy/junk away in a low cabinet; and overtime  I forgot all about it.


 

3. Find the substitutes

 

Here are some of my favorite sweets. You can still eat everything you love, just find a better alternative. I love chocolate, buttery popcorn, and anything covered in cheese. I changed up what I typically crave for these healthy trades and I am still satisfied! They’re absolutely delicious – and EXTREMELY and beneficial for your body! Think about the things you constantly eat, and reverse it into something that is low in sodium/calories and high in fibers/protein!

My ultimate favorite thing to grab when I’m craving chocolate is Nestle’s Semi Sweet Chocolate Morsels. They’re to die for! 


Turn your bad cravings into healthy cravings and do your body a favor!

You’ll thank us both later. (:

-Aa

 

Let’s Go, GNO: Girl’s Night Out? Easy Photo Booth idea

What’s a night out on the town if you don’t have your best friends by your side?!

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With a quick trip to the store, a few dollars in my pocket, and a few swipes on Pinterest I was able to be the perfect hostess of my friend’s 19th Birthday party. So, the next time you plan on going out with friends or if you’re planning a celebration put together a little Photo Booth.

Thank me later! 🙂

1. Here’s what you’ll need…

  1. Paper – (scrapbook or card stock if you want to get a little artsy.) I went to Walmart for mine, but the craft store, dollar store, target, etc. should have what you need!
  2. Sticks – I’ve seen popsicle sticks being used, but you can also get others at the following stores above!
  3. Backdrop – I got mine from Walmart for about $3. Can you believe it?! Head to a fabric store, or browse the fabric section of a store and see what they have. Really focus on the length of it because you want it to be wide/long enough for all of the photo fun!

2. Now for the fun part: Crafting

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You’ll need a mix of the internet and your creative mind to make the coolest props. Sure, the typical arrow, heart and silly faces are cool but think about what makes the group of people coming to celebrate so special! Use insiders, phrases, and ideas that would make your group laugh and truly have a good time because it’s all personalized.

Here are the ones that I made:

Check out my Pinterest board: We like to Party for some ideas! From birthday’s to other events when you’re planning an event, it should help you get started.

3. Time for the photoshoot! 

 


Putting this photo booth together was so much fun, and it all paid off when I saw the looks on all of the girls faces! It was fun, and really got everyone excited for the night.

10/10 Recommend you guys.

Get crafty!

-Aa