The Spotlight Series: Meet Kayla!

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Today is my first post of a new series that spotlights other college bloggers! I wanted to give my readers a chance to see what blogs I enjoy reading. It also gives me a chance to get to know them better! Today I want you to meet Kayla from Kayla Blogs. Kayla is a college blogger in my home state, Pennsylvania. She is also one of the first blogs I followed. I love her Music Monday series as well as her book lists! Keep reading to learn more about Kayla.

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A Letter to My Future Big

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Dear Future Big,

I hope you get to read this, so you will know how much I already love you. Not too long from now, it will be time for the Big/Little Reveal and I cannot wait. I am so excited to find out who you are! I will run and squeeze you at the reveal so be prepared. I’m so excited for the close relationship I hope we’ll have. I hope we have fun adventures and crazy stories to share. I want to assure you that the love and affection you spoil me with as your Little will be returned by me just as much. I will adore you beyond words. And if you think one of your crafts is crappy, it will still probably look really awesome to me.

You should know that it sometimes takes me a little while to open up, but I will eventually. Once I do, watch out. Then I will not be afraid to be my incredibly weird self. Sometimes I bounce around and get excited like a child and sometimes I’m just plain weird.

 

I want you to know that I am always down for a Sheetz run or getting Chinese take-out. Anytime you want to hang out I’m there. If you show up at my dorm unannounced to say we’re going on adventure, I will come with you even if I have piles of work to do. I will always be up for a spontaneous trip with you. Anytime, you’re in the mood to stay in and watch movies (especially Disney movies, High School Musical, The Cheetah Girls, etc.) I will be happy to join you if you want me to. If you want my opinion on what to wear, I swear I’ll be honest and tell you if something is just not working. When you need a gym buddy I will try to summon up my motivation and go with you. If you don’t feel like going to the library or store alone, I will be glad to accompany you. I’m also there to help you study for that exam that you’re extremely worried about. And when life starts weighing down and your classes become too much to handle, I will have my drawer full of coloring books and play doh (and chocolate too) waiting for you. As well as a hug from yours truly.

I will be here for you to cheer you on and I will be here during the hard times. I will be here to laugh with you. I will also be a shoulder to cry on and someone to listen when you need it. I will accept you as you are and I know you’ll do the same for me.

I can’t wait to see what you have to teach me about sisterhood and life in general. To me, you are not only an awesome Big already, but you will be my Big for life.

Thanks Future Big, for being mine and for sharing my college and sorority experience with me.

Love,

Your Little

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This letter was inspired by this post by Courtney Little.

Why I’ve Been MIA: A New Beginning

A New Beginning: Sorority Life

I’m sure you’ve notice how life has the habit of getting in the way. Especially in college. Life gets in the way of doing homework and studying, calling home to your parents, and sleep. For me, life has also gotten in the way of blogging the last few weeks. I would really like to apologize for this. I would also like to explain what has been keeping me away from you lovely people.

 

A week after my semester started, I went through recruitment for the sororities at my school. I would like to add a disclaimer to this post that in high school I never would’ve imagined I would join a sorority. However, my first semester at school was rough for me and I was still looking for people to call friends and I am generally willing to try new things. So when I got the email to sign up for sorority recruitment I debated for a few weeks and then decided to take the plunge. Let me tell you, making this decision was one of my best choices so far at college. The first night of recruitment was our meeting to explain what would happen throughout the week and when I walked in the room I spotted a friend from some of my classes who was sitting with some other girls. I went over and sat with them and we became friends right away. We were in the same recruitment group, so we spent a lot of the week together. Now two of those three girls are part of my pledge class. I am not going to explain the whole process of recruitment to you because it is complicated (I seriously still don’t even really understand it) and that is not what this post is about. Now, I would like to add a second disclaimer: because I never wanted to be in a sorority, I knew pretty much nothing about them except that getting a bid meant that they wanted you and that there are Bigs and Littles. That is it. So this is going to be a huge learning process for me. Now at the end of the week, I got a bid from Delta Zeta which was the sorority I wanted to be in. I would also like to let you know that the picture you may have in your head of what a sorority is like, is probably completely wrong. The picture I had was wrong and I learned that on the first day I met them. These girls are not the popular, snarky girls who wear Lily Pulitzer, party and only major in the “easy majors”. (Basically my knowledge of what being in a sorority was like was limited to what I had seen in legally blonde.) To be honest, these girls are kind of weird, but in the best possible way. In Delta Zeta, there are girls who major in Construction, Biology, Business Management, and so many more. They are absolutely crazy and I love them. I am so excited for this opportunity to spend my years of college with these amazing girls and even the memories I will make with them after.

The day I announced that I had found my home in the girls of Delta Zeta began the whirlwind I now call my life. I suddenly have to go to study hours, weekly dinners, weekly meetings, sister dates, and so much more. I love spending time with these girls, but so far it has been challenging to also keep up with all of the other things I have going on my life. I am hoping that things will calm down a little soon, but I also am going to prioritize more and make time for all of the things that are important to me.

So here I am BIA (back in action) and I hope you will still follow me on my journey through college and all of the lessons I learn.

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What have you done that surprised even yourself? Let me know in the comments below!

A New Approach to Success: Time Management Guide

The Super Simple Time Management System for College Students

If you are just joining me on this challenge, learn about it here.

I know that you want to be able to do what you want when you want- after all college is about freedom, right? But minimal time management will help you reduce stress, be more efficient, and more productive! This super simple system takes just a few minutes out of your day, but will benefit you incredibly.

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A New Approach to Success

 

A New Approach to Success

Because starting a whole new series wasn’t enough, today I’m bringing you a SECOND new series!

The inspiration for this new series came from reading a book called How to Become a Straight-A Student. I ordered this book early during my fall semester and kept putting off reading it, but I shouldn’t have. It only took me about two days to read it and it wasn’t as dry as I imagined it would be. This book inspired me to take a new approach this semester and share my journey with you!

This guide is based on developing time management skills, beating procrastination (can I get an Amen!?), taking better notes, and developing kick-ass study skills. The goal is to work smarter and to minimize the time you are working. If you want to ace your classes and still have a social life, then this is the plan for you.

I will be using the framework of the tips the author, Cal Newport, gives and adapt them to my own personal needs and style. If you take the new approach with me feel free to adapt my plan to your own ways. No plan is perfect for everyone because everyone is unique.

I will give you the framework of the plan in several posts (otherwise we’d be here all day) and then update you on my progress throughout the semester.

I don’t know if this plan with help me get straight-A’s, but that’s OK with me. Even though I did well my first semester, I know that if I don’t develop some strong time-management and study skills things will go downhill fast. If you feel the same way, take the challenge with me!

Check out the first part of the guide on Time Management.!

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Priya + The Burden of Mental Illness

Heartbreaking Story of a Girl with Mental Illness

Yesterday I found out about a heartbreaking story. It is a story of a girl named Priya who suffered a terrible disease. A disease of mental illness. I know some people don’t believe mental illnesses are legitimate diseases, but they are. They cause so much pain and suffering that they cause many people, such as Priya, to take their own life. Priya had attempted suicide three other times throughout her life. She was sexually abused which worsened the state of her illness. Priya suffered very painfully for a long time.

Priya was very passionate about encouraging others and defeating the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. This sweet and caring girl set up a go fund me page before she took her life. She knew her parents would be left with her medical bills and her student loans and she knew she couldn’t pay them, but maybe others could. They surpassed the goal that Priya had set and her family is thankful. Her sister posted on the page that they extra money would go to a charity that Priya supported, but they have not chosen yet because she supported very many.

I have never met Priya. But I will speak up for Priya. I will speak up for every person dealing with the burden of a mental illness.

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How to Spend the Last Days of Winter Break

 

Winter Break

Maybe you are expecting me to give you all the ways you should be preparing so that you succeed this semester. But I’m not going to. You should ENJOY YOURSELF and RELAX with your last remaining days of freedom. I know so many people who are ready to run back to school because they are so bored, but there are so many possibilities of what you could be doing. Don’t try to rush back to being stressed about exams and papers. Here are some ways to make the best of your last of winter break.

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How to Make Successful New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

If you’re like most people then every year you make a list of New Year’s Resolutions that you are so determined to keep, but by the end of January they are already long forgotten. Do you want to actually be successful this year? Here are some surefire tips & tricks to keep you on track. Next year at this time you’ll be smiling with the knowledge that you finally made New Year’s Resolutions and actually kept them.

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