I'm Joanne, an eighteen year old college student living in rainy, rainy Florida. On this blog, you can find a collection of all my random thoughts and maybe some actually helpful college advice here and there.
With the end of the semester quickly approaching, we only really have two things in mind:
(1) how are we going to survive finals week? and
(2) I can’t wait for summer to begin!
I don’t know about you, but I’m already dreaming of the breath of fresh air that summer will bring: nothing to study for and no 8:30 AM classes that ruin our precious sleep cycles.
But the semester isn’t over yet (unfortunately) and there’s still so much to do before we pack up and leave for vacation! Over the years, I’ve had to learn the hard way that it’s so important that you don’t start slacking off when the end of the semester comes along.
And that doesn’t just apply to studying for finals! There are so many small but important things we tend to overlook in the frenzy of trying to end the semester. Here are just five of them so you can end the semester on a high note.
Long post incoming! It’s that time of the semester again: time to choose courses for next semester.
This is both my favorite and least favorite time of the year, so obviously I have a ton to say on the matter. It’s incredibly stressful to choose classes, but also kind of fun and exciting, in a way. This is my sixth (?) time choosing classes, and through all my mistakes in the past, I think I have a decent amount of advice to give about it.
Now, for those of you that know me, or read some of my college-centric blog posts, you’ll know that I’m absolutely awful when it comes to choosing courses. I take on more than what I can reasonably chew. In fact, I have too many posts all about managing a heavy course load. (Dealing With and Over Packed Scheduleis just one of them!)
But I still give good advice, even though I don’t always take it. And, besides, I’m working on it! Like, legitimately working on it, I promise. My schedule next fall is set to be a lot more relaxed and easy to manage, which is a breath of fresh air.
I have a friend who’s always bluntly honest when I ask her how she’s doing.
We always ask and get asked the question “How are you?” as something of a greeting, and the answer is usually something dismissive alone the lines of:
The likes. And I get it—“How are you?” is more of a hello than anything. We say it to be polite and start conversations, a little tidbit so they know that we care about them before the real conversation starts. When we ask it, we sort of want to know how they’re doing, but not really.
My college, the University of Florida (goooooo Gators!) is considered a suitcase school. Now, before we get started– does anyone actually know what a suitcase school is? Because I for sure didn’t up until now, haha!
A suitcase school is a school that is predominantly residential (unlike commuter schools!). This means that a lot of the underclassmen live in dorms! But it also means that a significant amount of students go home for the weekend (or, at least, are able to go home!). As a state school, UF’s student body population is mostly Florida residents and a trip home is no big deal!
Unlike other suitcase schools, the campus isn’t “dead” on the weekends. Because it’s so large, you’re going to see students milling about. Yes, even on an early Saturday morning!
Hey, guys! It’s your friendly neighborhood blogger here!
Like a lot of other college bloggers, I started this blog to help all you guys navigate your way through college. I was a very lost freshman and I relied on blogs and the internet to help me survive. While I do have posts now on how to survive college in general, I realized that I have yet to write about the pre-med track.
As an aspiring doctor, I’m under my school’s pre-med track in order to prepare myself for med school. During my freshman year, I had so many questions that I never got answered. Sure, the internet helped me with my roommate conflicts and time management problems, but they never helped me with the burning questions I had.
As a self-proclaimed social media connoisseur and “internet influencer”, I spend quite a lot of time on all my social media platforms (my favorites are this blog, Instagram, and snapchat!). I like to think that my social media presence truly reflects who I am as an individual: slightly artsy, but also very eccentric. I don’t like to think that I’m presenting a completely different person on my social media, so I try hard to make sure every post, tweet, or snap is very me.
Since running this blog, I got a spam comment that went something along the lines of “Do you want to make your Facebook page more professional?”. This made me think about how I’m running my social media accounts; looking at other bloggers’ social medias and Pinterest “How to grow your blog as a business” posts made me wonder if I’m doing this all wrong.
All signs point towards making your social media accounts a professional extension of your blog.
(Note: Because this post is about Lent, this is a religion oriented post. I tried to keep it from being too-overtly religious and to keep the focus, but I don’t want to alienate anyone because of this post!)
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday (and the beginning of Lent) and my school held a giant mass in a beautiful field on campus. The weather was beautiful– the sun was shining and the wind was blowing so it was the perfect combination of not too hot and not too cold. And me? I was inside taking organic chemistry notes and wondering when the world would I ever need to know Bromine and Chlorine reactions as a pediatrician.
Let me just start this off by saying: I’m not a very religious person. I respect people who are– in fact, I actually really admire you all– but it’s just not for me. I grew up as a Catholic and still attend church on a not-so-regular basis, but I currently don’t consider myself to be particularly religious. That being said, growing up with Lent, I admire and respect it and the story behind it.
I think this is the first time I’m ever going to miss a month. I’m usually over and tired the previous month, excited to start a new with a fresh slate. But I’m a bit sad to see February go, and I don’t think I’m all that ready for March to come.
It seems like everything’s going by too quickly.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m welcoming March in with open arms, but I do wish February was longer than just a measly 28 days.
As some of you know, I am a busy bee constantly and I have a ton of commitments. Since high school, I’ve always been very involved in extracurriculars and club activities. College is no different: I think I’m a part of five organizations?
Everyone tells you how important it is to get involved; from sayings like “You’ll meet your best friends in clubs!” to “Colleges love it when you’re a part of XYZ!” it can be very tempting to just join… everything. Colleges often have way too many clubs and organizations to join and, when you’re interested in everything, you may find yourself signing up for, well, everything.
It can get very overwhelming, really quickly. When events and requirements just start piling up, I often feel like I’m being buried by everything I have going on. (I think I average eight good cries a week over how stressed I am.) But, even though it can be very difficult, it’s absolutely doable.
There are always positive and negative aspects to everything in life, and being in a relationship is no different. Sure, you can go on all the cute dates you want, but also: cute dates are expensive. Like, really expensive. And when you’re on a college student budget (aka you cringe at the thought of meals that costs more than $10), being in a relationship can seriously kill your wallet.
My boyfriend and I have been on this relationship train for almost two years now and even though we’ve seen pricier dates (yikes, he once treated me to $20+ dinners!) we’ve been getting by with cheaper opportunities.
Even if you’re not in a relationship, these are all still applicable to that best friend in your life that’s always down to hang (but in a cheap way, because we’re all in that struggle together). With Valentine’s Day coming up soon (like, tomorrow!), I figured a round up of all my favorite date ideas would be fitting. So go and grab your boo, your bae, your BFF for life and have fun without breaking the bank.