I’m Graduating!!

Hello again!

I won’t make any excuses as to why I haven’t blogged since October. But I do apologize and I promise that I have been very busy! I was blogging over on Adventures of Hayley all last semester for my Internet Marketing class. If you want to read about my travel adventures please visit!

I have big news though:

I’M GRADUATING ON APRIL 30TH!!!

I will be graduating with my Bachelor’s in Business Administration. My major is Electronic Business Marketing with minors in General and International Business.

It seems like just yesterday I was moving into my freshman year dorm and signing up for my very first college classes. Now I’m sitting here applying for “big girl” jobs and getting ready to graduate! College goes by so fast. I’m not exactly sad to see it go; I’m just trying to figure out my next move from here.

I’ve shared my class schedule on the blog before and it’s always cool to be able to look back at it in the future. So here are the classes I am taking this semester:

  • Advanced Internet Marketing
  • Consumer Behavior
  • International Marketing
  • Urban Politics in the U.S.

Those are the final four classes that I have to take in order to graduate! I seriously cannot believe that I am about to reach such a huge milestone in my life! I almost want time to slow down a little so that I can enjoy these final couple of months. But at the same time, I am ready to start my adult life and find a job that makes me really happy.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully I will be back again soon with another post!

Is anyone else graduating this semester?

P.S. My laptop is broken so I’m not able to post any pictures 😦

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The Final Fall Semester

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Hello, friends!

Thanks for the overwhelming support on my last post! I’m so thrilled to finally have been able to share the amazing news with you guys! The reason it took me so long was that I have been extremely busy since returning home to the U.S.

As I have said before, when I returned to work I was offered a promotion that has turned into a really great work experience. It is challenging yet very rewarding but does take up a lot of my time.

This summer I also took two very time-consuming classes that I am very glad to be done with. Now I am taking five classes this fall and working at the same time. I can’t believe that this is my senior year in college. In just a few short months I will have completed my Bachelor’s degree!

Today I had a meeting with my adviser so I thought that I would stop by and share how my final fall semester is going so far. My current classes are listed below:

• Strategic Business Solutions
• Business Web Architecture
• Legal Environment
• Internet Marketing
• Advertising and Promotion

After this semester I only have four more classes left to take before graduation! College went by way too fast…

For my Internet Marketing class, one of the projects is to build a blog that represents your own personal “brand.” I really didn’t want to start another blog but I had to for this assignment. I am now also blogging at Adventures of Hayley which is my brand new travel blog. I would love it if you could stop by and read, like, comment, or follow it because I have to reach certain milestones for the class. I would also appreciate it if you could take my anonymous survey!

Thanks for reading and for your continued support!

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7 Tips for Time Management in College

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With the dreaded finals week approaching I decided that I would share with you my tips for managing time wisely. Enjoy!

1. Go to bed earlier and wake up earlier. This is one of the hardest things for me to do because I HATE waking up early but sometimes it is necessary. I usually get my best work done late at night but sometimes I just really need to sleep which calls for an early wake up time! Just try to suck it up and get yourself out of bed.

2. Plan out your day the night before. I always look at my planner right before going to bed so I can decide what needs to be done the next day. I like to plan ample time for sleep, relaxing, homework, and family/boyfriend. All of this takes planning, especially because I am also working 30+ hours a week.

3. Schedule time blocks for specific tasks. I like to plan time for each class. For example, Mondays from 11-1 I work on CIS and from 1:30-3 I work on COM. That way I always have time set aside for homework and studying. I add a half an hour break between for eating and playing around on social media.

4. Plan time to eat, sleep, and relax. This goes without saying, don’t stress yourself out. Make sure you have plenty of time set aside to relax!

5. Have a comfy, organized environment. I can’t stand a messy desk because if that’s unorganized I will not be able to focus on anything else. I basically start with a blank table and work from there.

6. Get rid of distractions. Put your phone, iPad, laptop, and whatever else may distract you away and make sure they are on silent until you are done!

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7. Use a planner! I cannot stress this enough. Without my planner I would be lost. Get one. Period. (I use the Mead Pretty Please planner!)

I hope these tips help all of you fellow college students! Good luck on your exams! 🙂

First Snow Day of the Season

In case you didn’t know, I live in Michigan- a.k.a. the most weather-bipolar state in the U.S. We received our first snow day on November 18th. I can never remember having a snow day prior to Thanksgiving before but I’m not complaining. I will complain about the terrible driving conditions that I have to put up with during winter so snow days make me happy that I don’t have to risk my life to make it to class.

At school the day before

At school the day before

View from my front door....

View from my front door….

I had a very productive snow day. I started off the day by finishing the book 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (you can read my review here). I also did laundry, folded laundry, cleaned my room, researched plane tickets, hung Christmas lights in my room, and wrote some future blog posts. I wish snow days happened more often so I could get all this work done every week!

My room is finally decorated! :)

My room is finally decorated! 🙂

My mom works at the University that I am attending so sometimes when the weather is really bad they don’t make her go to work either. This day happened to be one of those days so we got to spend the day together. My mom spent most of her snow day working and making chili for dinner. I was happy to have her home with me!

Homemade Chili!

Homemade Chili!

I was glad to have a snow day but I am worried about what the weather will be like the rest of this winter. If it’s already this bad in November, December-March is likely to be much worse. I am leaving for London in January but I am still worried about my family that will remain here in Michigan…

I hope it warms up a little bit for Thanksgiving! I’m so excited to have a couple of days to spend with my family and Brett’s family! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Study Abroad Update

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted anything about London so I figured it was time to write an update post.

After getting accepted, I had a really rough few days where I had to get everything done. I went to my study abroad adviser on Wednesday morning and had exactly 48 hours to get all of the paperwork done in order to go.

As you can imagine, I was completely stressed out. At that point it would have been much easier to not go than to get all of that stuff done. But I powered through it by skipping class and being a couple of hours late to work. It wasn’t the best situation, but I got it all done and found a ton of support from my boss and professors. Studying abroad is not an easy thing to do, but it’s my dream and I’m going to do whatever it takes to get there.

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Part of my paperwork was getting my modules signed off by my business adviser. Once again, I had to be difficult and decided that I wanted to use this experience towards an International Business minor. I skipped class to go see my adviser only to be told that she couldn’t help me and sent me to talk to two other advisers for my minor.

I was super stressed and sent out emails to both of the other advisers. Luckily, one of them agreed to meet with me the next day at 2:45, the only problem was that I worked at 2:30. I frantically texted my boss and told him that I had to meet with an adviser and couldn’t be to work until 4. I am just really grateful that I have a boss who cares about my education as much as I do. He agreed to cover for me so I could make it to the appointment!

The man I met with, Bret Wagner, was so nice and calmly figured everything out for me! He basically told me to take any classes that I wanted to and he would work them into an International Business minor! I am so thankful that he was nice enough to fit me in during his lunch hour!

Finally, Friday rolled around and Brett (my boyfriend) saved the day again by driving all the way to my work to drop off the final paperwork for me to sign! He then drove all the way back to school to give it to my study abroad it adviser. I’m so lucky to have a boyfriend who encourages and helps me follow my dreams.

Honestly, that was such a stressful, hectic week and I’m so glad it’s over. Regent’s emailed me the other day and gave me my official move in date, January 25! I am really hoping to hear back from some other students going to Regent’s as well because I don’t want to have to fly over by myself…

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I’m still stressed out over trying to find people to fly with, buying a plane ticket, and finishing my giant to do list. But I know that I will get everything done in time. January is approaching so fast and I am anxious to begin this journey!

Thanks for reading!

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Fall Semester So Far

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As of today, there is only one month left of my fall semester! I am happy that it’s almost over but anxious because that means I am leaving for London soon and I am not ready. I don’t even know what day I am leaving yet…

But I will trek on. This semester has proven to be difficult in more than one way. I have been stretched to my breaking point on more than one occasion but I am happy to say that I’ve made it through them all. I have been constantly stressed and worried about classes, homework, grades, exams, and work. This has been my first semester living off campus and working full time so my work-school-life balance has been way off.

What I have enjoyed this semester:

  • I have officially read my whole Web Applications book for my Computer Information Systems class from cover to cover. I’ve never done that before so I am pretty proud of myself!
  • My advanced Economics class is online which has allowed me to take all of the exams online. They are only open for an hour but we have three days to complete them which is really nice because I’m really busy.
  • I love my job and the people that I have met through it. I’m enjoying being able to work during the week instead of just weekends this year.
  • This semester I have been more social than ever before. Like I said in my last post, I have finally found a great group of “college” friends and it is life changing. I finally fit in somewhere and have something to look forward to. It’s a nice change but it makes me sad to leave in a couple of months.

What has been challenging this semester:

  • I have two professors who have been absolutely terrible. I have never in my college career felt this disrespected. I’m angry because I paid a lot of money for these classes and one of the professors is a jerk and the other isn’t qualified to teach the course!
  • Managing my time has been a challenge because I’m trying to balance so many things and I just don’t have the time to do them all! Sometimes when I look at my planner I just want to cry because I still have so much to do.
  • Working so much has really stressed me out. As much as I love my job and want the hours, it’s hard to do everything. I have found myself skipping class to get stuff done because I can’t skip work.

Overall, this semester has been a great one and I am trying to cherish the time I have left in college. It’s a hard time but I know that I will never get these four years back. I love my school and the memories that I have made and am currently making at it!

Thanks for reading!

Twenty One

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On October 26th I celebrated my twenty first birthday. If you’ve been reading for the past year or so you will know that I started this blog to capture the short decade of my twenties. Turning twenty freaked me out, but I can honestly say that I have never been happier.

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Turning twenty forced me to really dig deep and figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t focus on what I want to be when I grow up; I just tried to figure out what kind of experiences I would like to have. I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone and decided to follow my dreams.

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In the past year I have grown as a person and have figured out how to be comfortable with who I am. I know where I’m going and I am so excited for the journey that is ahead of me.

Here are some of my favorite things that have happened over the past year:

  • I watched my mom graduate with her Master’s degree. I am still so proud of her!
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  • I finally decided to follow my dream and study abroad at Regent’s University, London. I applied and got accepted into my dream University. Now I am looking forward to moving to London in January!
  • My family adopted Megan! I am so happy to have a dog again!
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  • I traveled to Arizona to visit my grandparents and Florida to visit Brett’s grandparents.
  • I went on my very first hot air balloon ride. It was something I never thought I would be able to do because I am so scared of heights but I am thrilled that I took the chance and went. It was so breath taking.
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  • I finally found a great group of friends. One of my main goals last year was to become a less boring person. I have no problem spending quiet nights at home but I really wanted to meet some “college” friends. I now have a great group of friends from work. We play trivia every Wednesday night and just have a great time together.
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  • I have fallen even more in love with Brett. We celebrated three years together in August! I am thankful for the life that we have built together and look forward to all of the adventures that are waiting for us. He’s so supportive of my dreams and believes in me always.

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This past year has pushed me and molded me into a better person. I am grateful for all of the obstacles that I have overcome that have made me stronger and wiser. Twenty one is looking good so far! I can’t wait to see how I grow over the next year and am looking forward to seeing where my dreams take me!

Thanks for reading!