Twenty Lessons I Learned by Twenty

Twenty Lessons

I’ve learned so many lessons in the first two decades of my life. I obviously learned more than twenty things in my life (or even in my first several days of life), but I wanted to share some of the most important lessons I’ve learned. Some of them I think others in their twenties may have not learned yet and others I think are important reminders. Read more

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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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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Blog Announcement!

Devotional Series Announcement

I have news that I am really excited to share with you today! I have been working hard to create some really awesome content for you and while working on new ideas I created a new series for you.

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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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