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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting College

Welcome to my school series!

When I first began college in the Fall of 2017, I was confused, to be honest. Being a first-generation college student is terrifying, you do not know what to expect and really are pretty much on your own. That is why I am writing this after my break from the blog. I had to take time off from writing due to personal reasons. Here are the top ten things I wish I knew before my freshman year of college!

1. Always write down all your due dates at the beginning of the semester

I cannot stress how important this is, I did not have a planner for my first semester of college, I never used one in high school so I presumed I would not use it. Boy was I wrong, the number of assignments you lose track of without a planner is insane especially if you are a full-time student. High school never stressed the amount of responsibility you need to maintain your GPA.

2. Schedule classes according to your schedule ESPECIALLY if you are a commuter

Commuters out there, I understand your struggle! My first semester was at my local community college which mean I drove daily. If you are a commuter to classes, be sure to book the classes for starting at 9AM or 2PM. Most people end up booking their classes for 10AM so in my situation I never found a parking space unless I got there prior to 9:30. This does depend on your situation but it is something to take note of if you know you will not be living in a dorm.

3. No matter your prerequisites, be sure to take one fun class each semester

This is extremely important when it comes to college. After I got out of high school, all I wanted to do was get the prerequisites out of the way with no electives tailored to my schedule. DO NOT DO THIS. When going to class, you probably will not be interested in most of the required courses so having one fun course integrated into your schedule is so important. It gives you something to look forward to no matter if you do not truly care for your other courses!

4. Never be afraid to email your professors for help

A mistake I never made but saw happen numerous amounts of times is not feeling comfortable enough to contact your professors when you need help. Having good communication with your professor comes in handy when you can not understand the material. The professors are more genuine in helping you if they already know you better as a person rather than just a student. Plus this is great if you ever need letters of recommendation.

5. Check your grades once a week

Now you may be thinking, why is this a tip? You have no idea how many people I have met in college who NEVER check their grades. Yes, your grades can be terrifying, however, not knowing what they are is a bad decision. I really can not stress this aspect of college or school in general.

6. Follow the syllabus 

DO NOT BE STUCK IN THE HIGH SCHOOL MINDSET. Throwing away syllabus’ is the WORST thing you can do in a college class especially if your professor does not post it online. Save yourself the trouble and keep a folder for every class so you will never lose it. My professor last semester followed the syllabus to a “T” and never put it online. While she was my first professor to do this, I still believe you should not lose your syllabus just in case.

7. Go to class

Skipping will happen and did happen a few times during my freshman year. However, there seems to be an idea that floats around that in college, the professors do not take attendance so it will not hurt to skip. Eight out of my ten classes my freshman year took attendance for a grade. Professors know you will skip and give you a couple free days, but it is not worth it in the long run.

8. Stress is inevitable so find your happy place

Having a happy place when it comes to midterms and finals is extremely important. Stress will happen during your four years of college especially during your freshman year so having a place you can go to in your mind to calm yourself will be so helpful in the long run. And, this does not always come to you immediately, take your time and figure out your way to de-stress, trust me it is a life saver!

9. Choose a major you love but also look into it

As someone who has not officially declared a major, I have spent hours upon hours of thinking about what I want to do and still do not know. That is okay, we all go through that, but when you decide a major be sure to look into the future employment statistics. When you find your perfect major, you should go for it, just be willing to struggle to strive in that major if it is hard to find employment in it.

10. Use Rate my Professors, it will save you

This website is a godsend when it comes to choosing your future classes and professors, no one tells you but always look up your professors on there. Their previous students can tell you a lot about what you need to be prepared for. Without this website, my freshman year would not have been so simple.

I hope that these tips will help you on your journey! Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a wonderful day and can not wait to see you in my next post! 

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Best Chai Tea for the Lactose Intolerant

Chai tea is my favorite drink of all time but I’m lactose intolerant like many others out in the world. So, when you are in my situation and enjoy coffee or tea, what do you do?

So here’s my story of finding my all time favorite chai tea! Last year when I learned I was lactose intolerant, I had no idea what I would do as I have an adoration in drinking chai tea. One day, I was walking through Target and was down the cold drinks aisle when I discovered Bolthouse Farm’s Vanilla Chai Tea, I was hooked. Now Don’t get me wrong, the price is a tad bit scary at first I mean, but once you get one sip of it you will be hooked! Or at least I was-

You may be asking yourself, why is it so great if it’s just chai tea? Well, here are some important reasons why you should try their product-

  1. Chai is almost always made with milk and their chai has found a healthy substitute
  2. The drink is nice and smooth unlike some other brands I had tried prior
  3. ITS A COLD DRINK (do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with hot chai, but I’m just saying, I like the nice cold chai better long-term)

And what’s not to like- not much off the top of my head other than the price point to be honest. -shrugs- Wish I could find more to not like.

Before I say goodbye for this post, I would like to say that this post was NOT sponsored and that I just wanted to share my love for my favorite on the go kind of tea! Thank you for reading! In the comments, tell me what your favorite type of drink is, I’d love to hear it! Have a good day!

 

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The TBR Tag

Thank you so much to The Maniacal Unicorn for tagging me to do The TBR Tag! Have you not read their take on the tag, you can read it here! Onto the tag!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

This has a simple answer, I don’t. I keep all of the books on my bookshelf, read and unread combined. While I do use Goodreads, I have a pretty good memory of what I have and haven’t read! When I move here soon, I’ll for sure need to find a better way to keep track of it!

Is your TBR mostly print or e-books?

It’s kind of… yeah it’s mostly print. I really don’t enjoy reading e-books electronics give me migraines so I more or less avoid e-books unless they’re ARC’s I had given my word I’d read.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

This sort of follows up my answer to the first question but since I don’t really have a way to keep track of my TBR, it’s really more or less what jumps out at me. It usually ends up being the first book that comes to mind when I think of what I want to read next so ye~!

 A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

“Reawakened” by Colleen Houck, because like two years ago I saw it on Book Outlet and was like “OOOO I WANNA READ THAT!” and I hadn’t even bought it until last month lol~ I know I know but it will (maybe) be read soon!

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A book that’s recently been added to your TBR?

A book I added to my TBR on Goodreads happened today, it’s called “Nice Try, Jane Sinner” by Lianne Oelke! I really hope to get around to reading this immediately when it’s published (January 9th).

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A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I KNOW WHAT THIS IS. It’s “The Diviners” by Libba Bray. I’m not gonna lie, I have almost ZERO interest in the plot of this book and I’ve heard it’s amazing but I only bought it at the time because of the cover!

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A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading?

It took me a few minutes to answer this because I REALLY want to lie to myself and believe I will actually read this. I won’t I read the first ten pages and told myself I’d come back to it. The book is “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness.

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An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

LET’S BE REAL! WE ALL ALREADY KNOW WHAT IM GOING TO SAY! I’m super excited to read “My Plain Jane” which is the second book in the My Lady Janies trilogy by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton! “My Lady Jane” was such a funny historical fiction so I’m really happy there’s a trilogy of books from these three authors!

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A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you?

It’s not a book, it’s the entire series. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t even read the first, YES THE FIRST BOOK, in “The Percy Jackson and The Olympians” series. It’s funny because anyone who knows me would think that I’ve read this because I love reading and learning about mythology so yep, I need to read that!

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A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

“Cody Name Verity” has always been recommended to me because I love historical fiction so much but I don’t know? I’m just not very interested in it and I really don’t like Elizabeth Wein’s writing style.

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A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read?

I really have been wanting to read “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck! I don’t really have anything to say about this one so I’ll leave it at that!

Number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

OK OK, THERE’S GOOD NEWS! I don’t put a whole lot on my Goodreads TBR shelf unless I REALLY want to read it so currently there’s only 49 on there which I think (hope) is a pretty tame TBR shelf. Normally people’s are in the hundreds so I feel pretty accomplished about mine!

So that’s the end of the tag! I hope you enjoyed reading and while I’d love to tag other bloggers, I don’t like making other’s do the tag so yep! If you like to do the tag, please do! I’d love to see y’alls answers! 

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Top 5 Tuesday – 2018 Anticipated Releases

Happy New Year! 2017 was an amazing year for books and I HOPE that stays the same in 2018. This post is all about my anticipated releases of 2018! I hope you enjoy them as much as me!

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

Now if y’all read my review of “My Lady Jane,” you will know I loved that book more than any other book at the time of reading it. Fantasy and Historical Fiction are my all time favorite genres and what not so I’m super hyped for “My Plain Jane.” Now I won’t go too far into why I love this series so here’s the link to my review of “My Lady Jane.”

The Queens Rising by Rebecca Ross

I can’t say exactly why I’m looking forward to this novel. I think it’s just the idea of patrons seems so amazing and intricate. Brienna seems to be a relatable character so I can’t wait to read this novel as soon as possible. Although characters make or break books in my opinion so I really hope it lives up to my expectations.

Ink, Iron, and Glass by Gwendolyn Clare

Scriptology. That’s all I feel I need to say. I feel like this will be a really good book because this is a topic that isn’t usually written in novels. I can’t I’ve ever seen scriptology as the main topic of a book, ESPECIALLY YA!  I’ve already preordered this book.

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

This reminds me of “The Hate U Give” so much. Racial stereotyping is such an important issue today. We may not think about it all the time but it happens and it’s a tragedy when it does happen. So I’m really happy this is coming out, I feel like this will be amazing! This novel really, according to the synopsis, kind of focuses on the murder aspects of racial profiling, that alone will make the story interesting at the least!

Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship by L.M. Elliott

I’m not gonna lie. The only reason I’m excited about this novel is the fact that it’s a historical fiction novel. Realistically, that’s my favorite genre in YA. So I don’t really know anything about Hamilton or Peggy… I know. But DON’T WORRY FRIENDS! I’m going to look up more about the two (I should know something going into this, right?).

So that’s my top 5 anticipated releases this year! Tell me yours in the comments, I’d love to hear your recommendations! Thank you for reading and I hope you had a fantastic new year!

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Top 5 Tuesday – Bookish Pet Peeves

When it comes to books, I think of myself as lenient in a sense while reading. There’s not much that will prevent me from reading BUT here are the top 5 things that do prevent me from reading a book!

Biblically Small Fonts

Lemme just say this right here and now, I HATE wearing my glasses to read. I wear bifocals which makes it very difficult for me to read while wearing them. I mean, I wear them when necessary but I’d much prefer not wearing them while reading. Which this issue actually brings me to my next bookish thing I don’t like-

Mass Market Paperbacks

I feel like this ties in with the small fonts issue but my main problem with mass market paperbacks is the spines on them. You can barely maintain a hold on them! Though there are incentives like the fact you can throw them in a purse- But these paperbacks are just too small font wise and size wise.

Copy Cat Novels

I have no idea why I call them copycat novels but what I mean is when one novel is almost identical to another novel be it by the same or different author. This, unfortunately, occurs a lot in the bookish community (ESPECIALLY YA).

Dust Jackets on Hardcovers

There’s actually almost nothing wrong with dust jackets, they’re helpful and make the hardcover pretty.  Although I just don’t enjoy having to continually take them off and put them back on while reading. It’s more or less a pet peeve of mine. A part of me just wishes that hardcovers were like paperbacks in the sense that the cover doesn’t come off but ehh I get why they don’t lol-

Flat Characters

For me personally, to get invested in a novel, I NEED the characters to have some, any sort of depth to their personalities. When the main character has no personality, I just can’t finish the novel no matter how good others say it is. I just need some form of personality development-

Well, I hope y’all enjoyed my minor rant! Tell me in the comments what your bookish pet peeves are, I’d love to hear them! Thank you for reading (sorry if this was a little too ranty for y’all)!

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Shook to Tears- “A Short History of the Girl Next Door”

“A Short History of the Girl Next Door” by Jared Reck, for one, this title has a LONG name but also this was NOT the fluffy contemporary goodness I had originally expected from this novel. This novel will make you cry!

This is a novel you should go into as blindly as possible in my opinion.

SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS

“Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star, and an all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him.”

REVIEW BY MOI

Lemme tell you, I genuinely thought this novel would be all fluff. It’s generally what I expect based on the synopsis. I was wrong I’ll admit that this novel broke my heart into many pieces. All this novel truly needed was a hug!

WHAT I LIKED- 

  • This novel was spectacular at getting me invested in the characters lives! By the end of the novel, I was in a way TOO invested in the characters! I didn’t know I could get that invested in the characters.
  • There was a true rollercoaster of emotions I felt while reading!
  • This story really, I guess, brought the fact of unrequited love to life for me. I’ve never really experienced an unrequited love so I feel like that really made this novel heartbreaking for me.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE- (there wasn’t much I didn’t like to be honest)

  • The beginning was slow, it felt uneventful and for maybe a short second, I thought about DNFing this novel. I can’t stand slow beginnings in novels and I feel like that has shined through in my blog. It’s mostly ADHD though so it’s generally not actually against the novel-
  • Realistically speaking, that was my only issue with the novel as a whole.

OVERALL RATING- Altogether, I enjoyed this story, it was very poignant and powerful in a sense. You could truly feel the characters emotions which really helped the novel as a whole! I’ll be giving this a 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Thank you for reading! This novel was given to me by Blogging For Books for an honest, unbiased review.

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Top 5 Tuesday – YA World War 2 Historical Fictions

Historical Fictions, why are they so amazing one may never know. Here are some amazing historical fictions!

I’ve really been forward to this specific post! There’s a certain something I love about historical fictions! They take you back in time to a different place, something you didn’t live through. While a lot of historical fictions are sad, a lot can also be uplifting.

DISCLAIMER: All opinions are my own so I hope they don’t upset y’all!

1. “Between Shades of Grey” by Ruta Sepetys 

There’s not much I can say about this without getting emotional. This novel tore my heart to pieces, it has so many elements of love and family! The mother is my favorite character and I CANNOT recommend this novel anymore!

For more information, the review I wrote can be found here!

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2. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

I enjoyed this novel a lot, the only thing I HATED about this novel, the beginning was exhaustingly slow but once you get past maybe the first hundred pages it’s amazing! I thought that the opening was beautifully written with why the novel has the name it has. I strongly recommend this novel!

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3. “Anna and the Swallow Man” by Gavriel Savit

THE SYMBOLISM THOUGH. The symbolism in this novel was amazing. It was a quick read that I could NOT put down! Anna may know that the swallow man isn’t her father, they both still have an amazing parental connection. This novel is a read I really recommend!

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4. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne

The premise of this novel was what I loved, it was sad but beautiful. The friendship between Bruno and a child on the other side of the mysterious fence. This novel shows the true travesty of World War 2 and I loved Boyne’s interpretation of this heartfelt novel!

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5. “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein

I had absolutely no intention of putting this novel on the list yet by a turn of events, here we are! I personally didn’t love the beginning of the novel but it progresses into something intriguing. I loved the aspect of spies and friendship! While this isn’t my favorite WW2 novel, it’s still a great book to read!

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Thank you for reading! Have an amazingly good day!