Au Revoir, Paris!

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Hello, friends!

This is the third and final post about my weekend in Paris (part one, part two). I hope you all have enjoyed reading these! Paris is a magical place to visit and I feel lucky to have been able to travel there twice in my life already. It is a must see European destination in my opinion.

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Sunday started bright and early with packing up all of our belongings and storing it at the hostel. Then we moved on to a quick breakfast before taking the metro to the Catacombs. I am super afraid of dead people and have been this way for as long as I can remember. But studying abroad is all about overcoming your fears, right? So I joined my friends in this exciting adventure.

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The line for the Catacombs took us over an hour and a half to get through. I would recommend to get there before it opens and snag a good spot in line. I had so much anxiety as I waited in line and once we finally entered and went underground I started to really freak out. It was super dark and creepy. In the beginning you are just wandering around tunnels and you have no idea when you are going to come across the burial chambers.

Weekend in Paris // Study Abroad London // Regent's University // www.lifeofhayley.com

Weekend in Paris // Study Abroad London // Regent's University // www.lifeofhayley.com

Weekend in Paris // Study Abroad London // Regent's University // www.lifeofhayley.com

Getting through the Catacombs took about an hour. I was careful to respect the bodies and paid my respects. I thought it was a pretty emotional experience to go through because you have no way of knowing who the people are and how they died. Their lives have been forgotten and their remains have been put on display for the world to see. However, it is a very historical experience and I understand the importance of the tour. Things were much different back then and the bones have been preserved underground.

Weekend in Paris // Study Abroad London // Regent's University // www.lifeofhayley.com

Weekend in Paris // Study Abroad London // Regent's University // www.lifeofhayley.com

After the Catacombs we made our way back to the Eiffel Tower to say goodbye. I have always loved the Eiffel Tower. Something about it just makes me really happy and I’m not sure why. Saying goodbye to it was sad because I don’t know if I will ever get to see it again.

Weekend in Paris // Study Abroad London // Regent's University // www.lifeofhayley.com

Weekend in Paris // Study Abroad London // Regent's University // www.lifeofhayley.com

We stopped for lunch and I once again had a crepe. This time I got a Nutella and banana crepe and it was incredibly delicious. Then we wandered around the Eiffel Tower and stopped at some shops before taking the Metro back to the hostel. From the hostel we took a bus to the train station and headed back to London. Getting through customs was a nightmare but other than that the journey was easy!

Weekend in Paris // Study Abroad London // Regent's University // www.lifeofhayley.com

Weekend in Paris // Study Abroad London // Regent's University // www.lifeofhayley.com

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Life of Hayley Turns One!

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Today Life of Hayley turns one! (Check out my first blog post here) In the beginning I posted sporadically with no goals or future in mind. I have grown to love blogging and have recently began to invest more time and energy into my posts. It really feels like I just started this blog when in reality I have been doing this for a year now….wow.

First of all, I would like to thank all of my loyal followers who have been with me from basically the beginning. I have learned so much from you and have gained inspiration from your posts. Thank you to all of my followers who put up with my rambling. I would also like to thank all of you reading this, even if you haven’t heard of me before. Every time my blog gets read it makes me so unbelievably happy because honestly this site feels like a part of me that I am sharing with the internet.

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Life of Hayley has come a long way in only a year and I am so excited to watch it grow over the next years! I am thrilled to have come this far and can only hope that I can continue to blog and meet new people through this experience. I look forward to blogging about my experiences studying abroad in London and I hope that someone somewhere is helped by my story.

I love reading other blogs because it makes me feel like I actually know the writer, like I’m their friend and we are talking over coffee. Blogging is something that is so personal but it is important to share your story and your experiences with others. I’m happy to be a small part of the huge blogging community and would love to get more involved in the future!

The reason I started this blog was because I was anxious about turning twenty. I decided to create a “Twenty Five Before Twenty Five” list where I wrote down 25 things that I wanted to do before turning 25. Writing this list and blogging has already pushed me to do some of the things on this list such as riding in a hot air balloon and studying abroad.

Some of my favorite posts have been:

Thanks for your support over this last year! I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you and growing this blog even more!

Why I love October!

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Today is October 1st which means that my favorite month has officially begun! Happy October everyone! I thought that I would share with you some reasons why October has always been my favorite month and why I look forward to it every year

1. It’s my birth month: I feel like this is the most obvious reason of them all. Birthdays have always been special to me because I share my birthday with my Grandpa who is one of the most important people in my life. I was also blessed with the most amazing birthday gift when my god sister, Riley, was born on my birthday as well. I love sharing my day with two of the best people in the world.

Me and my Grandpa!

                  Me and my Grandpa!

2. Fall is finally here: Fall officially begins in September but it never really feels like fall until October. Fall is my all-time favorite season because I love visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards, watching the leaves change colors, and snuggling up in my favorite sweaters. And of course, drinking gallons upon gallons of warm apple cider!

3. Pumpkin everything: I love pumpkin donuts, drinks, cakes, and everything in between! Seeing ads for pumpkin flavored things makes me happy. I’m also a huge apple fan. Give me caramel apples and apple cider and I will be set for life! I’m just a simple girl who loves fall a little too much 🙂

4. Halloween: My favorite holiday growing up was always Halloween. Partly because of how close it is to my birthday but also because I love the atmosphere. I love passing out candy on my porch and seeing everyone have such a great night. My neighborhood goes all out for Halloween so it’s always a really fun night!

I hope you guys enjoyed the reasons why I love October! I am so excited for this month and all of the activities that are taking place. I’m thinking about writing an October Bucket List if anyone is interested! Have a wonderful day!

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Study Abroad: Application Process

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I just finished my application for spring 2015 Study Abroad semester at Regent’s University! London, here I come!!!

In all honesty I am scared to death that I won’t get accepted. I would be heartbroken because I have put my life on hold to follow my dreams! I moved back home with my parents, told my boss that I’m leaving, and have informed my whole family of my plans. So please pray that I get accepted. It would be the most amazing opportunity of my life!

The application process itself wasn’t that difficult. I had a couple of appointments with the U.K advisor at my University where she basically guided me through the process. I filled out a bunch of paperwork, wrote a “Statement of Purpose” essay, and got two facility recommendations. Luckily, the whole application was online which made it pretty simple to get done.

I struggled a bit with the essay because it was limited to 500 words about why I wanted to go. For me it’s not about wanting to go, it’s about needing to go. I know that I am meant to go to London and experience life in the U.K. I just had a hard time conveying my dreams in only 500 words. Studying Abroad means so much to me and I hope the Regent’s sees that from my essay.

I tweeted that I finished my application and Regent's University favorited it!

I tweeted that I finished my application and Regent’s University Favorited it!

The facility recommendations were also hard to come by. I chose my favorite professors and both of them agreed! I provided my professors with my resume which I definitely recommend doing! Not only did my resume provide them with extra information about me to use but it also provided me with two sets of extra eyes critiquing my resume! Both professors gave me awesome feedback that I used to improve my resume!

Now it’s just a waiting game. The application wasn’t due until October 15th but I was able to turn it in a month early. I am hoping to get early acceptance so I can start planning and budgeting further. My fingers and toes are crossed that I get accepted but if not I will find some other way to fulfill my dream.

I am so overwhelmed with how supportive everyone has been! My boss, my family, my friends, Brett, and all of you guys have helped me so much along this journey. I can’t thank all of you enough for believing in me and guiding me through this!

It’s that time again…

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Well, if you haven’t already figured it out, school is back in session. This means an endless supply of homework, exams, and reading assignments. This semester I am taking 15 credits which equals 5 classes. One of my classes is online and is the first online class that I have taken since high school!  Here’s a list of my classes for your enjoyment:

  • BCM 3700: Integrated Communication in Businesses
  • CIS 2900: Web Applications for Business
  • ECON 4000: Managerial Economics (Online)
  • FIN 3200: Business Finance
  • HIST 3020: World History to 1500

This is also my first semester pursing my BBA instead of my General Business minor. At my University you spend your first two years working on your General Business minor before being accepted into the program for your major. Classes are definitely harder the last four years….yay!

I am also working this semester… a lot. I requested to work 3-4 days between 25-30 hours a week. So far I have been working 4 days at 33-35 hours a week. I’m not complaining because I really need the money for study abroad. So far I have been able to balance work, school, and my social life. My boss is more than willing to scale down my hours if I become stressed.

My goal is to blog at least once a week during the semester. I really want to grow this blog before I leave for London in January. I want to provide information about my journey including what I packed, what research I am doing, the application process, and all of the adventures along the way! I originally created this blog to document my life and I have been slacking a bit. I am going to try to make blogging a priority this year!

Good luck to everyone as they head back to school! Let’s make this a semester to remember!

Thanks for reading!

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Study Abroad: Choosing a Program

 

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I can’t believe I am already applying for University in London! I did hours and hours of research before deciding where I wanted to go. I always knew I wanted to study abroad in London so all I had to do was find the perfect University.

The one and only University I am applying to is Regent’s University. Regent’s is located in Regent’s Park in London. It is a gated, Royal Park so I know that I will be safe living there. Regent’s is so beautiful and I can imagine myself living there!

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Now that I have picked my dream University all I have to do is turn in my application. I have been procrastinating turning it in because I am honestly scared to death. What if I don’t get accepted? What if I want to come home?

Leaving is going to be so hard but I know that I am meant to go on this amazing trip. I know that Regent’s University is the place I am meant to live. I am lucky that my family believes in my dreams as much as I do because they are the ones that are motivating me to turn in my application.

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Another huge bonus of Regent’s is that it has an elite business school. I will be able to complete my International Business minor as well as taking classes that will transfer for my Bachelor of Business Administration! Going to University in London will help me gain an international business perspective which will set me apart from my peers. It is a great opportunity to make the best of my education and learn as much as a can!

Thanks for the continued love and support! The application process has me super anxious but I am beyond excited to start this journey. I can’t wait to explore London and various other places that I am blessed enough to travel to!

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P.S: The pictures used are from Regent’s website and Flickr. You can find them here.

Get to Know Me!

Hey guys! This is just a little introduction post because I just realized that I never really wrote one…. Oops.

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1. Well, I will be 21 in October! I am looking forward to a low key gathering with some of my close friends. We are planning to go out somewhere but I know that I’m not the type to go too crazy. I have honestly been waiting for my 21st birthday before I start drinking. I know it’s not that big of a deal but I am a complete rule follower. I would feel so bad if I broke the law and drank before it’s legal. Plus, I have heard that alcohol doesn’t even taste good. Apparently you have to acquire the taste which seems like too much work!

2. I am a junior in college this fall. I am little ahead but I will still graduate spring 2016. My major is Electronic Business Marketing with minors in General and International Business. I am completely in love with the Business World and know that I have picked the right career path for me!

3. My favorite color is purple. I’m all purple everything.

4. When I was younger I wanted to be a writer. I would write a ton of cute, cheesy books that I would insist that every member of my family should read. It was great. I eventually moved on but now I use my blog to fulfill my love of writing.

5. I’m trying to quit drinking pop. It is way harder than I thought that it would be. Any suggestions?

Senior performance of the National Anthem

Senior performance of the National Anthem

Best Friends!

Best Friends!

6. I was in the high school marching band. I loved marching! I met many great friends and made awesome memories that will last me the rest of my life. I am a proud band geek! It was nice that I always had a place where I felt at home. I could go to the band room when I was having a bad day and be around people who cared about me.  I miss band but will always carry the experiences and memories with me.

Meet Lucy :)

Meet Lucy 🙂

7. I love my cat! Her name is Lucy and she is so cute and cuddly. My mom adopted Lucy for me during my junior year of high school as a present right after Christmas. Lucy had been at the pound for over 45 days which means that she was about to be put down. I walked in and she stuck her paws through the cage. I instantly fell in love with her and we have been inseparable since!

One of my senior pictures with my flute

One of my senior pictures with my flute

8. All through high school I was planning on being a Music Performance major in college. I play the flute and I used to practice 3-5 hours a day along with lessons, classes, rehearsals, and ensembles. I love music and I am passionate about playing. However, I have stage fright and have a hard time playing in front of people. So being a Music Performance major would be really difficult. My sophomore year I played a Mozart piece for Solo and Ensemble that I spent over a year preparing! Music will always be an important part of my life but I’m glad that I decided to major in Business.

Well, thanks for reading! I am looking forward to getting to know all of you too!