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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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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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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!

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Reading Habits Tag

  • Bookmarks or random piece of paper?

I actually don’t use bookmarks that often. Lol, I ALWAYS lose my bookmarks and it’s so upsetting! I mean I’m used to losing my bookmarks so what I tend to do nowadays is just fold the corner of the page I stop on. While I’d rather use a bookmark this is a tad more convenient.

  • Stop reading randomly or stop after a chapter/certain amount of pages?

Usually, I’ll just end up reading until I run out of time to read. More often than not I read and stop when I reach the next even-numbered page. Stopping on an even page number is long-term easier for me.

  • Certain place at home for reading?

I usually will read in either my recliner or my bed. I’m one of those readers that absolutely HAS to be comfortable when reading.

  • Eat or drink while reading?

I love my books too much to torture them like this lol. Worst case scenario, I’ll drink some water while reading but I’m pretty protective of my books as I buy most of them with my own money. I’m a clumsy person and I WILL drop food on my books guaranteed if I’m not careful.

  • Music or TV while reading?

I’ll usually read while listening to some music but I keep my music on a fairly low setting so it won’t distract me from reading.

  • One book at a time or several?

I tend to read about three books at a time give or take but they’re always different genres so I won’t mix them up. There’s always a good amount of books on my tbr so that’s why lol!

  • Reading at home or everywhere?

Funnily enough, I read more often at school or work than at home. I never have free time so I read when I have the chance no matter where I am. I’m not home very often so reading everywhere else is much more convenient for me personally.

  • Reading out loud or silently/

When reading, it’s generally silently so I can focus more so on the text and not lose track of where I am. It’s very easy for me to lose my place if reading aloud!

  • Do you ever read ahead or skip pages?

I won’t deny it, I am one of those people who will skip a page. Only one though and it’s only if it’s plot or dialogue that seems irrelevant in the novel long term. BUT I do try not to ever skip pages as I end up feeling bad about it.

  • Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I really try not to break the spine but I’m not a fan of hardcover books so I literally read majority paperback. So let’s be real, the spine tends to ruin easier on paperback. I do love to keep them like new though!

  • Do you write in your books?

Yes, I had to annotate a lot of books in high school so it’s a bad habit I never gave up. I just will write randomly in most of my books to keep track of my thoughts about it!

  • Who do you tag? 

I’m not really going to tag anyone right now as no one comes to mind since this is an older tag! So please do this tag if you’d like, thank you for reading!

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“My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brody Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (Review)

Lady Jane Grey or Dudley as known throughout history was queen for nine days following her cousin’s abrupt death. “My Lady Jane” is a comedic retelling of this very tale in history except there’s a few twists and turns. In the novel, there are two types of people; the edians and the verities. Edians have the ability to turn into animals which upsets the verities. This will come into play the majority of the plot.

When Edward finds out he’s sick, he gets worse and worse. Lord Dudley told him to make Jane the queen, sounds great right? Wrong. This occurs around the time when he also has Edward marry Jane off to his son Gifford. Gifford is an edian without control of his power and Jane, this is something y’all book lovers can relate to, she loves to read! Their relationship slowly builds up as Jane really didn’t want marriage. She’d begged Edward not to marry her to Gifford.

This book is a fantastic retelling. The comedic aspects of the novel were amazing. Personally, I love historical fiction so that also played a major part in my love for the novel. I mean, it’s set in the 1500’s! My main concern heading into this novel though was the hype. I don’t know what it is about me but generally, I don’t like retellings. Retellings are the kind of make it or break it genre in the book community but really I ended up loving this! Honestly though, the comedy is ever so slightly repetitive but personally, I didn’t mind.

This novel brought history to life, well more or less, the fact is that this novel did follow the majority of the true tale of Lady Jane Grey. In fact, I never dreamed I’d end up reading this novel. The characters grow so much throughout the novel, it’s a precious thing to be able to watch them grow in relationships. Jane and Gifford have that special love we all are looking for in life.

Finally, I adored this novel and can’t wait for the next novel in the series, “My Plain Jane”! “My Lady Jane” is now one of my favorite books, if you ever see it, pick it up and you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find you’re on the edge of your seat the entire read! I’ll be giving this a 4.2 out of 5 stars! Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!

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Starting College!

Just this past month I put high school behind me and began college. This change was a difficult one but the support from those around me has been amazing and I can’t thank and appreciate them more than I do.

I started classes on the solar eclipse so August 21st of this year! I’ve started with prerequisites but look forward into delving into classes rather similar to my major. I’m between majoring in Marine Biology or Environmental Science. My passion and hope are to be able to work with animals long term. A ton of my work has been essays so far though lol.

I have hopes to continue to post reviews during the school year and continue to help authors find their place in publishing and reader world. Thank you for continuing to read my blog and have a good day!