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I have been focusing a whole bunch on university advice but in all reality, I’m the one who needs advice for university. I am definitely no expert after only completing one year of uni. However, I am an expert on high school or at least I like to think that I am an expert.
- High school is not the best years of your life. Don’t get me wrong, I really did love high school. While everyone around me was itching to get out of that place, I was dreading graduation day. But as soon as I stepped foot into the real world, aka university, I realized there was so much more to life than high school.
- High school drama is stupid drama. It’s true. Looking back at those three years, I can’t even remember what I used to fight about with my friends. That shows exactly how irrelevant it was. Ignore the drama, stop gossiping, it’s really not worth your time.
- Not everyone can be your friend. I wanted everyone to like me. To be completely honest, I cared a lot about what others thought. I wanted to be the coolest and have the most friends and really capture the whole high school experience. But at the end of the day, you only need your close group of friends. Stop caring what everyone thinks and start caring about your future. A lot of the people you meet in high school are only temporary.
- Get involved. I know this one is a classic tip. Everyone says to volunteer lots and blah blah blah. But in all honesty, getting involved at your school really does make a difference. It helps you care more about your school, meet new people, and get you ready for life after high school. Plus, it always looks good on resumes. So start padding dat resume.
- Don’t be intimidated by the older grades. I used to be terrified by anybody older than me. It wasn’t until I was friends with all the younger grades that I realized I missed out on having older friends that could have shown me the ropes. Now that I’m in university, I’ve realized age really is just a number. My goodness, I am cliche.
- Be friends with your teachers. And yes, there is a difference between teacher’s pet and friendship. I loved my high school teachers. I think that’s one of the reasons why I want to go into education. They helped me out so many times in all aspects of my life and I am eternally grateful. They understand what you’re going through and they give excellent advice. They are also especially gifted at pulling some strings and finding the best solutions. (Oh hey past teachers if you’re reading this! <3)
- Enjoy high school. These are the last few years before you start to become an adult. Scary, I know. This may be the last time you can royally screw things up and still manage to survive. Don’t be stupid, but have a little fun, party a lot, and enjoy being a teenager. I know I did.
- Don’t procrastinate. I know everyone says this. Teachers, parents, fellow students, everyone preaches this. But it took me until university to figure out that you have a lot more free time if you just complete your assignments and studying right away instead of waiting until the last possible moment. So save that stress and panicking and just be productive. Trust me.
- Graduation is the best. Here in Canada, we don’t have prom but we do have a grad banquet and commencement and all that fun stuff. And boy, was it fun. It’s a solid weekend of celebrating your newfound freedom from 13 years of school. But don’t put too much stress on it. So what if your dress isn’t perfect, or your makeup and hair isn’t exactly how you’d like it or if it’s raining that day, (It was raining on my graduation, I wasn’t as upset as I thought I would be.) once graduation comes, you’ll forget all about that and just have the best night of your life.
- Don’t follow any of these tips. (or you can, they are good tips) High school is the time to make mistakes. So don’t stress if not everything goes your way. Learn from your mistakes, you get the drift. Just take a deep breath and be a sassy, rebellious teenager. Or don’t be. Be who you want to be. (Sing to the tune of the Barbie theme song #holla).
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not your typical camping type of girl. I hate bugs. I hate nature. I hate bad weather. I hate dirt. I hate a lot of things okay. But for some strange reason, I don’t hate camping. I really don’t. You would think that camping involves the majority of the things that I can’t stand, but somehow, I am able to get past them and still have an enjoyable time. So for my fellow camping amateurs, here is what I learned while camping. Take these tips and run with them and you too can survive a camping adventure (maybe). I wish you luck.
- Don’t forget the marshmallows. How did we manage to forget the marshmallows when camping? We have no idea who was responsible for that misfortune (ahem Kevin), but all we do know is that we had a lovely fire, roasting sticks, graham crackers, chocolate and yet no marshmallows to make s’mores. What is camping without s’mores? Nothing.
- Bring socks. Lots of socks. You might actually be enjoying camping until you wake up the next morning and it’s pouring rain and your shoes are soaked and your poor littles toes are freezing and threatening to fall off. Nothing feels better than putting on a dry pair of socks. I promise.
- Makeup wipes are your best friend. I am the biggest preacher of making sure you wash your face every night. But lugging your Clarisonic and six-step skin care routine into the wild may not be the best choice. You don’t want to be high maintenance after all. So grab a pack of makeup wipes, the Simple Brand ones are my favourite, they are super gentle for sensitive skin and were able to remove all my face and eye makeup.
- Fashion does not exist in the wild. As a wannabe fashion blogger, I know you would probably expect me to dress in the perfect camping ensemble. I’m talking a Free People flannel, distressed denim, sneaker wedges (HA), and a leather baseball camping. But no, there was none of that for me. Comfort is all that matters. I wore a t-shirt, jeggings, and old Converse. Yes, that’s right. I think that’s the plainest outfit I’ve ever worn. Aren’t you proud? I didn’t even accessorize.
- Get over your fear of outhouses. As much as I wish there is plumbing and running water on campsites, there isn’t. So, suck it up and do your business in that hole. The first time is the hardest I promise.
- Pitching a tent isn’t as hard as it looks. Team work is absolutely key. I think we probably set the world record for pitching a tent in the shortest amount of time. Where is the Guinness Book of World Records when you need it?
- Bathe in Bug Spray. Mosquitoes love me. It’s quite unfortunate. And it’s even more unfortunate when I am allergic to them and swell up when I’m bitten. I know what you are thinking, “Tay, how did you survive camping by a lake where there are swarms of mosquitos?” My answer for you is to be prepared. I took every precaution there is. First, don’t eat bananas, eat oranges. Apparently mosquitoes love banana and not oranges, who knew! Secondly, stuff your pockets with dryer sheets and stuff them in your pockets. I’m thinking of making a onesie out of dryer sheets. I have no idea how these fend of mosquitos. Thirdly, don’t let any bare skin show. I don’t care how hot it is. Wear tight knitted fabrics that won’t let those pesky suckers in. Lastly, reapply bug spray every five minutes. If you can’t smell your bug spray aroma from 5 miles away, you’re doing it wrong.
It seems like just yesterday I was about to start my first year of university. I was beyond scared. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. It is such a big transition from high school to university and everything might change in your life so here are a few things I wish I knew before starting that scary new chapter in my life. Now that I have survived university for an entire year, I’m basically an expert on the whole uni experience, right? Wrong. But these things are still very valid.
- Breakdowns happen- During my second week of freshman year, I had the worst breakdown at 3am. I had a lab the next morning at 8am and I was trying to finish the prelab assignment. I literally lost my mind. Here I was, sobbing and planning to withdraw from university. I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it past that moment. But I did. Breakdowns are a part of life. There are going to be times in your life when you feel like everything is falling apart. But, take a deep breath and move past it. You’ll be fine.
- You need sleep- Don’t pull all-nighters. If you manage your time well and effectively, there isn’t a need to miss out on sleep. Sure, you might have to stay up till 4am finishing an assignment but always make sure you get some sleep before the morning or else you can basically count the next day as wasted. You need that sleep to function.
- Don’t be afraid to talk to people- You are entering university where there are 30,000 new faces you have never seen before. Take advantage of this and make some new friends. Trust me, they all want to do the same and seeing familiar faces in your classes makes life a thousand times easier.
- Everyone doesn’t know what they’re doing- As much as I like my pity parties, I have to realize that I’m not alone when I realize I have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. Everyone is in the same boat. We are all going through this four year journey of discovering what interests us and what we want to pursue. Very few people know exactly what they want to do as soon as they first step onto campus.
- Some friends aren’t meant to be- I hate to lose a friend. I’m the type of person who needs a million friends around me at all times to be happy. But sometimes, those friends don’t have your best interest at heart and you need to be able to recognize that and let them go. It’s not worth it when they’re causing you more suffering than happiness.
- Don’t listen to people telling you how to live your life- So many people tried to tell me what faculty I should go into or what classes I should take. They thought they knew my future better than me and I started to believe that too. Listen to their advice but don’t necessarily follow it. They don’t know you any more than you do.
- Sometimes, you need to be independent- As I’ve said before, I need people around me at all times. I am a people person. But in university, you sometimes need to be alone. One of my biggest things that I learnt in my first year was exploring the university by myself and finding places to study where there wasn’t a single person to interact with. I could then focus on myself and exactly what I need to do.
- Take advantage of the resources- There are so many things at university that are going to help you and make your university experience a lot easier. Go talk to staff, counselors, student peers, etc. They are all there to assist you and make this transition go a whole lot smoother.
- Don’t be afraid of failing- You’re going to fail at some point. Maybe you will fail a test, maybe you will fail a class, maybe you will forget to hand in an assignment. As much as it sucks, it’s going to happen sometime in these four years (If it doesn’t, congrats!). It’s not the end of the world and you will still survive, I promise.
- Have fun- University is supposed to be one of the best (and worst) times of your life so take advantage of it! These are the last few years before you actually enter adulthood. University holds so many fun and exciting opportunities. So, go to parties, hang out with friends, join clubs, have the time of your life!
For more tips and tricks, check out my University Advice post!
What do you wish you told your freshman self?No comments
-go to orientation: I am an orientation leader for all you incoming freshman this year, so of course I want you all to go to orientation, but in all honesty, I found orientation so fun and it really made me love campus! Also, it helps you figure out your way around campus and meet new people!
-get a locker: If you aren’t living on campus, a locker can be really helpful. I mostly use mine for storing my winter jacket, textbooks and lab coat and goggles in between classes! I don’t want to be carrying all that all over campus!
-don’t buy food: During my first semester of uni, I bought food almost every day. Apart from it being incredibly unhealthy (um hello New York Fries Braised Beef Poutine <3), my wallet suffered. I have been a bit better this semester. I still buy supper on campus when I’m staying late but I usually bring my own lunch. Yay me!
-used textbooks: I don’t understand why people buy textbooks new. If you’re using it for only a semester, who cares if the pages are bent or the cover is torn. I used sites like Kijiji, Bookmob, Chegg, as well as friends for finding the cheapest textbooks!
-find classes ahead of time: make sure you take the time to find your classes before they start! I hate walking into a lecture and trying to find a seat when the class has already started. Also, find the best routes in between classes because once winter has hit, you’re gonna hate going outside.
-sit near the front: don’t worry about being a keener. I find that sitting near the front makes me more engaged in the class and keeps me from chatting too much with my friends. (even though I still do oops)
-have breaks with friends: I love my breaks with my friends. It helps you forget about the stress of school for an hour and you can just catch up. It’s fab.
-friends/support group: I can’t even begin to tell you how much I need my friends in university. They are going through the exact same thing as you so they are great for ranting to (or crying or hyperventilating y’know).
-stay at school to do homework: I don’t know about you but if I go home right after school, I just go on tumblr or watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians for like 8 hours straight. Alas, my homework doesn’t get done. Therefore, I usually stay at school and try to get all my work done there. Uni has such great studying places. If you go to the University of Alberta, try fourth and fifth floor of CCIS and of course, my favorite Cameron Library.
-keep organized- Stay on track, keep all your notes organized, keep up with textbook readings etc etc. You know the drill.
-ratemyprof: The professor you get really determines your grade in the class. Research the type of notes he gives, how hard his tests are, his accent (I’m horrible at understanding accents!), how easy he marks, flexible office hours etc.
-make friends: I’m not a posterchild for this tip because I definitely didn’t make many new friends last semester. I tended to stick with my high school friends but I did make a couple of new friends! If you are going to a university with no one you know, definitely just start chatting to people in your lectures. They will be so grateful that you did!
-go to class: It is so easy to skip classes at university. Nobody will notice and nobody cares. However, I find that going to class is really beneficial. It forces you to keep on top up of all that new information and you can hear the profs explain things which is usually pretty helpful (sometimes not).
-sorority: I’m not in a sorority right now, but I did do rush (recruitment) and I absolutely loved it! I’m definitely going to be joining this year and I’m super excited. It’s such a great way to feel involved in university and meet new people (and boys just saying— hey frat boys!)
-grades: study lots and try your best but your gpa doesn’t define you. You will accomplish everything if you are determined. Your health is more important than your grades.
-live: I know that the most important thing about university is your grades but do you really want to spend these four years just studying? When you exit university, you are going to be an adult and your are going to be in the real world. So why not just relax a bit and enjoy your last years of freedom. Sometimes you need a few nights out of a month to enjoy what life has to offer. For example, me and my friends devote every friday (termed Friday Funday) to explore the shops around campus and eat at a new restaurant. Sure, we could be studying and saving our money, but we look forward to every friday and it has become such a fun tradition.
I guess what I’m trying to say, is that follow these tips but don’t put a lot of stress on yourself. I hated the thought of university but once I started to relax and get acquainted with it, I fell in love. University has so much to offer. It is full of so many new experiences. I know that I always said how much I love high school but university is truly so much better. Say goodbye to cliques and drama and say hello to a whole new life (and cuter boys #holla).No comments
I recently talked about the Moodmatcher Luxe Twist Sticks on my blog but I also received the 20th anniversary set with three limited edition lipstick shades. I am happy to say I am just as pleased with these!
This set comes with three colors, Blissful (Red), Sunny (Yellow), and Wicked (green) as well as a Hi-Shine Lip Polish (Clear). The lipsticks are encased in a shiny silver tube, they look so pretty! I always love lipstick packaging, is that weird? Nah. Like the Twist Sticks, these lipsticks also react with your body’s chemistry and change color so you don’t have to worry about having green or yellow lips. Refer to the swatches above (From right to left: Blissful, Sunny, Wicked). Blissful turns into a more sheer red. Sunny is a gorgeous light pink, while Wicked is a deeper, more rosy color. They are all so pretty. The set also includes the Hi-Shine Lip Polish which I am such a fan of! It is a non sticky gloss that you can apply over your lipsticks to add some extra shine throughout the day. It feels so moisturizing on your lips which I love!
This is the perfect set to try out some of the Moodmatcher line! You won’t be disappointed!
Check out the Moodmatcher line: http://www.moodmatcher.com/
Moodmatcher Luxe Twist Sticks review: http://when-im-older.com/post/78658638277
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that is such a gorgeous dress!
If you want more of a statement necklace, I think these would look great with the dress: this, this, this, this, this, and this. They would give up a very elegant, chic vibe. For a more boho vibe, try a longer chain necklace with a pendant like this, this, this, this, this, and thisNo comments