Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ten things you should do in college.

Last night, I was trying to brainstorm ideas for a post and I thought of this. What would be my ten pieces of advice for someone going to college for the first time? I also didn't want it to be lame things like, oh make sure you study instead of going out! I wanted it to be realistic, and well, fun. So here we go, maybe my 10 pieces of good (or not so good) advice for women (mainly, suppose this could work for a guy too) going into college.

1: Take a Women's Studies class.

Why? Honestly, when I took my intro class, I took it for an easy A, and to get my GPA up. But, it ended up being so much more than that. I learned that being a feminist is not something that is scary, and that we should be educating people on what being a feminist is actually about (Equality for BOTH genders, incase you honestly did not know and think that feminists are just scary man-haters) I enjoyed learning about women in history and what problems people of all gender and race are facing today. It could be an eye opening course to somebody and I feel that it is something really important for any young woman to get educated on. 

2: Pull an all-nighter with your friends.

I'm not talking about studying either. Hang out, party, snack, do whatever, until the sun comes up. Then of course, go out to breakfast afterwards. There has always been something about watching the sun rise after being up all night. Yeah, I know that no sleep isn't super healthy, but its fun to do it at least once to say you've done it.. and have a memorable night with your friends.

3: Join a club... without your friends.

Scary, I know. But, it's a great opportunity to find new friends you would have never thought of meeting that share the same interests as you. I joined the Ballroom Dance club for a hot second as a freshmen, and just the experience of trying it out was so much fun. I also joined one of my schools political clubs and got people to vote for the election! I met new people doing this and it's nice to catch up with them when you see them in the hall.

4: Take a fine arts class.

By this I mean is, take something like choir, theater, dance, and obviously, just a regular art class. Something you've always wanted to try but never got the opportunity. I've met so many girls that wanted to take ballet as a child but never got the chance til they got in college, and then they discovered they were great at it! You never know your hidden talents if you never pursue them. You might even find your calling just taking a photography class and discover that your major isn't what you wanted to do with life. 

5: Go on an unplanned night out.

Plan where you're going as you get ready,and play it by ear as the night goes on. These nights are always the far most memorable I've had in college and whenever stuff is planned, it's never lives up to the unplanned nights I had.

6: Go to a campus event.

Back when I worked on campus, I used to be on top of all of these. Some of them were so much fun! We had a luau where we got to make sunglasses, eat free food, and get these cool cups. I'm all about free stuff, so campus events are good way to do this! You can make memories at these silly little things and think of it when you see that ridiculous beer stein you decorated!

7: Go somewhere thats not home.. or campus for the summer.

Campus is the same as my home town, so spending the summer at home is the same thing. However, I think for at least one summer, it's worth it to go live somewhere else. It could be with your grandparents, your aunt and uncle, some friends, or for a summer job. I obviously went the summer job and lived in that town for the summer, which was life changing. I made so many more life long friends by doing this and turns out, some of them go to my school! 

8: Go to a real college party.

Go at least once! It's fun, and you can talk about it for years to come. Even if it's a bad experience, it's an experience every college student should have!

9: Go see one of your schools sports team play!

I hate sports, but going to live events is fun! Even though I usually have no idea what is going on during them, I think it's a great time to show your school spirit!

10: Challenge your self to do something out side of your comfort zone.

Does eating sushi sound like something terrible that you would never want to do? Does learning to play an instrument sound unbearable? Does going to that frat party just sound awful? Do it anyways! You never know what you might regret later on that you easily could have done when you were in school. You might find something that sounded scary, is actually super fun!

Well, thats all the great and questionable advice I have today! What is your advice to any incoming college student? 

Monday, April 14, 2014

well, here ya go.

Guys, I really do not have an exciting life. 

I think that is where my lack of blogging has come from in the past month. But, I'll get better.

Here's my wrap up..

Monday: Uhh, uh, uh. My mom's car broke down so we had to sit in the rain waiting for a tow truck. SUPER FUN TIME. Then, after I went to dance rehearsal and took a test in Psych. Boring dayyyy.

Tuesday: So on Tuesday, I'm pretty sure all I did was go to work. Which, I don't mind because I love my job, but that had to of been all I did. 

Moving on..

Wednesday: On Wednesday, Jake's car (used to be mine, but it's cool), decided it didn't want to start. I need to write a post just about what this car has put me through in the past year but thats a different, non lazy day. So we took it to the shop, and waited for Papa K (aka my dad) to come get us. In the mean time, I bought snacks there and the really exciting part was the vending machine was super cheap and pleased my inner fatty. 

After the car fiasco, we borrowed my mom's car, grabbed Jake's brother who was staying with us, and went to the mall. I went to my job since I obviously had to buy stuff. I got a laptop tote, a new purse, and a luggage tag. I'm an addict.

Later on, Jake's speech and debate team had a little show thing going on that I went to watch. Everybody was so good! After wards, Jake, my dad and I went out for drinks. I tried something called a gummy bear and it is probably my new favorite.

Thursday: This was a work day. I also got my tax return so it ended up being a, Kat spends a shit ton of money at Vera. I ended up buying this cute straw hat for my mom, a throw, a large cosmetic bag, a straighten and curl, earrings... Things I didn't need but just had to have. I'm not mad about it though. 

Friday: I got paid, so it was just another excuse to buy more stuff I shouldn't. I got a mini cooler for all the road trips I'm taking this summer, along with some new headbands and a tumbler. I got my mom a purse that was on sale, with a new id holder and lanyard she can use at work. After work, my mom took Jake and I out to dinner at Olive Garden which is pretty much always a good idea. They had that great deal where you can get one meal, and then take one home for later. Yum!

Saturday: I worked Saturday morning, and then hung out with my friends for the rest of the night. We stopped by a couple of parties, then headed home since I had to work early in the morning.

Sunday: I went to lunch with my dad, worked for a couple of hours, and then went to my tech rehearsal for SID. I had fun, but it was an exhausting day and I went to bed super early and cuddled with my cat after shoving my face with bdubs.

My unrelated cat picture of course! 

The Rachael Way

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Why band camp SUCKS.

Obviously, I was a band kid and in marching band through out High School. Now, whenever I tell somebody new about this they kind of giggle and ask me about band camp.

I'm going to be honest with y'al. Band Camp SUCKS.

Maybe I was just deprived at Band Camp, and other people had really great ones but no. mine sucked. 

Now get prepared to laugh, because you get to see the ridiculousness that is me, and that is band camp. With my commentary.

This is me suffering at Woodwind sectionals. I might have a smile on my face, but whatever is going on with my hair can tell you otherwise.

So thing number one that sucked about band camp... It was freaking humid and hot and made my hair look like crap. 

This is the rookie trash line. 

Number two: Being a rookie. It was so stupid and has hazing all over it. Basically you got matched up with a senior and they would make you dress in stupid costumes, do stupid dance routines, do air raids, this stupid trash line, clean up other peoples stuff... DUMB.


Number three: This food? Is this food? No.. It's not. The food sucked beyond belief and they confiscated my George Foreman so yeah, almost 7 years later and I'm STILL salty about it. 

This. My tan lines. That pool. 

Number four: The pool was really gross. It was like green, and they expected us to go swimming in it.. Yeah, no. There were always frogs by it that you know, jumped at me so that sucked. 

This was me my rookie year. Dressed as a skanky santa I guess. But the rooms were awful!

Number five: The poor excuse for a summer camp we stayed at. It was ugly, crawling with bugs I had never seen before, I did not trust the showers, The rooms were musty... all together.. NOT OKAY.

Maybe I'm just pampered but I'm just not cut out for a week in the middle of nowhere playing the flute or spinning a flag..

I figured I'd throw in some Guard and Band Uniform pics in this business! 

Well yeah, I hate band camp, okay bye! :) 

Monday, April 7, 2014

I MET VERA BRADLEY'S DAUGHTER (aka the weekly wrap up!)

The biggest shocker of this week is that.. I actually did some cool things!!!!

Also.. I got 145 minutes for the 1800 minute challenge today! 

Monday night I went to my friends birthday get together! We had so much fun! :)

I also finally got a Weekender! The print is called Citron, and I'm kinda sorta obsessed with it!

Tuesday through Thursday were not as exciting as all I did was work... But I love my new job so that was more than okay! I did get to go to Applebees on Wednesday and got a delicious grilled cheese sandwich and some yummy barbeque chicken tenders! 

Friday night, I went to my schools dance company dance concert with my friend Jackie! It was pretty good, even though we did have to leave early. After the concert, we went to Bricco, which is an italian restaurant in the Akron area. The food was delicious and their drinks are so pretty! They have a pretty international range and their martinis look delicious! Can't wait til I'm 21 so I can indulge! 

On Saturday, I went to work for the majority of the day, and then Rachael from The Rachael Way came over for a sleepover! We first made dinner which was honestly a pretty random assortment consisting of Tacos, Kung Pao Chicken and Buffalo Chicken rice! It was delicious though! Then my boyfriend came up with the idea of us going to see the new Captain America movie! To use Rachaels word.. it was bucky. In more than one way.... since there was a character named Bucky! Chris Evans (Captain America, himself) was always super good looking! So it wasn't a complete let down. My comic book nerd boyfriend (and lets get real, I'm pretty nerdy myself) both didn't really think it lived up to the hype.

Unrelated picture of Zeus and his stuffed unicorn.

Sunday was a very exciting day for Rachael and I... As you know, I work for Vera, and on Sunday we had a special event in the store... One of Vera Bradley's daughters, Joan, came to visit! Obviously, Rachael and I HAD to go meet her! We got introduced to her by my lovely manager, and she was such a sweet person! She really made me feel like I knew her for years! She even signed our bags and took pictures with us!

Later on in the day, we had lunch at First Watch.. where we basically got the exact same meal! We also went to the "classy" grocery store where we got these delicious Macarons!

The yellow one is lemon and the blue one is pineapple coconut! 

That about sums up my week for me! Yay! It was actually exciting for once! More will be coming at you next week! :)

The Rachael Way

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Goals for April

1: Have an AMAZING 21st birthday! 
2: Complete the 1800 Minute Challenge (I'm a little late but still.. 240/1800)
3: No caffeine for 24 hours.
4: Save 50 dollars.
5: Eat at Bricco.
6: See a dance concert.
7: Hang with Rachael :)
8: Make my superhero costume.
9: Work out every Saturday and Sunday.
10: See a movie in theater.
11: Only spend 100 dollars at Target (Stuff I don't need, necessities or gifts are not included)
12: Post a new recipe to the blog.
13: Try a new food.
14: Go out.
15: Get a tote from Vera.
16: Get or give myself a manicure.
17: Get a haircut.
18: Blog everyday for a week.
19: Update Kat's Nailing It!
20: Get a new phone case.
21: Schedule my classes!
22: Make beer cheese.
23: Try a new restaurant.
24: Buy some new work clothes.
25: Stop skipping classes.
26: Try to limit my spending at Vera
27: Actually quit my other job.. lol
28: Hang with a friend I haven't seen for awhile.
29: Bake some homemade cookies
30: Get my CF Platinum Pass!