Things I’ve Learned My Freshman Year

20 Things I've Learned My Freshman Year
20 Things I’ve Learned My Freshman Year

   Woa, I am not longer a freshman. Not so while  ago I was packing all my stuff into two suitcases and working on my Visa, and a year went by.

When I moved to Philadelphia to start my career at Drexel University I was scared. It was a good kind of scared, but I was reading a lot about what is it like to be freshman. I looked at packing tips, things you shouldn’t do your first day and a list of things a typical freshman would do (oh boy did I try not to do any of them)

After reading tons and tons of those articles, I wanted to be there and put what was written down on practice. And even if I did, I failed many times, I took the wrong classes (partially because a @#?! guy told me to and I believed him), I made friends and I lost them. But you know what? I survived!  I did it, I completed my freshman year feeling accomplished and happy.  And I want to share with you the things that I’ve learned so far.

  1. there is a big chance that the friends you made the first week of class will no longer be in your life:  and to be honest, there is nothing wrong with that. The first week of class is filled with people trying to meet anybody, so you will be friends with whoever you find. Weeks will go by and you will meet people on your floor and in your classes, and the friend you met on the line for fries will find other friends too.
  2. but there is also a chance that you will be best friends: how many people find their person the first week of classes? Kuddos to you people! For me, it took me more than a week (Well, two or three weeks) to meet the girl who became one of my best friends, and then, we expanded our group.
  3. forget about stereotypes, but don’t be shocked when someone asks you about your accent, your hair or sexual orientation. There are people that have never been near someone who is different than them, and sometimes their curiosity comes out as an attack. Unless they are aggressive or directly insulting you, don’t feel offended.
  4. go to class: and not just your body, but mind as well. Take notes, ask questions and answer whatever the professor asks. You will learn that way, and it will be easier when you actually have to study.
  5. cafeteria food is okay. It’s not heaven on earth, but you will survive a year of it. Most universities make you pay for it with your tuition, so don’t waste the money and eat that surprise meat thing.
  6. homemade food is heaven on earth: no need to explain this.
  7. plan ahead: buy a planner, use your phone’s calendar, use post its. Anything that will remind you what you have to do. Your schedule will change and you will have time between classes that you should use for something productive.
  8. go to the gym, and try to be as healthy as you can. those pizza deliveries at 2 a.m happen, and if you live near an Insomia Cookie store you are screwed.
  9. see what’s the best schedule for you: for me, it was early classes. Yeah, i’m one of those weirdos. I found out that I rather have early classes and have the afternoon for myself than the other way around. I will wake up at 7 am, go to the gym and then my classes, and by 7p.m i was done with my day so I could go out, visit my friends dorms or just binge watch something on Netflix (i might have or might have not watched 7 episodes of Gossip Girl during mid-terms)
  10. your roommate can be your bff, your worst enemy or just your roommate:  it is not always a perfect situation, but what do you expect when two strangers are put together in a room based on a survey?  My roommate and I were not friends, we did talk, and we shared food and comments now and then, but we never went out together, we never shared our deepest secrets. And it was perfectly fine for us. We got along just fine, we respected each others’ spaces and we were silent while the other one was sleeping.  Then, on the end of the hallway there was this room full of drama and fights, and in the room across from that two girls from the same sorority that shared everything and loved each other to death. It can happen.
  11. take advantage of what your school has to offer: we can rent computers in the library and our gym is free for students. There is a shuttle bus that will take you to the city and tons of free networking events (with free food!). take advantage of everything you can.
  12. DON’T BUY TEXTBOOKS UNTIL THE PROFESSOR SAYS SO! yes, that deserves caps on. And even if your professor says you need it, ask for what. My anthropology professor wanted the book for quizes that were posted online. you could do every quiz the same day. I had that book for a whole quarter instead of just.
  13. use your syllabus, it is the bible of your class.
  14. will save your life. make sure to check your professors before going to that class.
  15. you will fail some exams and maybe a couple of papers, and that is fine! don’t give up and keep studying.
  16. join organizations and clubs: it is one of the best ways to make new friends and keep your mind off school work. Keep in mind that there are so many organizations to chose from, and it is a great idea to join something that is related to your career.
  17. try new things: go to parties you will never go before, try to write for the newspaper, try, try, try. It is your time to find yourself and what you actually like, and you will never know what’s out there if you are always on your comfort zone.
  18. talk to your professor: going to office hours seem so scary, but professors are there to help you!  My journalism professor offered office hours every week before her class, so we can show her our stories and she will give us one on one critique and how to improve it.
  19. it is important to go to events and out with your friends,  but consider having me time at least once every two weeks. You are always surrounded by people, and you will need down time.
  20. STUDY ABROAD! i studied abroad in an intensive program that was in Haiti, a place I will never even dream of going.  I am considering going to Madrid, ( schedule conflict), and once I am there, i will try to travel. After college it will be hard to find time to travel or go outside your hometown, and by studying abroad not only will you enrich your knowledge but you will have a once in a life time experience.

and finally, you will survive no matter how difficult a situation is. enjoy your freshman year that you will have just one!

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Planner Tips And Tricks


    My planner obsession started when my friend Esther introduced Kala Planners to me. They are a Venezuelan company that produce notebooks, planners, and other paper stuff. I start using that planner, and loved it.
I would wrote down everything, from a major event to wash hair.  I would write down everything in a random color, just to light up the boring black-and-white pages. I can go on and on about my Kala Planner, but i already did that here.
I then found Erin Condren, and I fell in love with her planners. I was obsessed, I would log in every day to try and find new scoops, pictures, and information about the upcoming planner. And I have to admit, I’m doing the same now. The new Life Planner will be on the market June 9th,  This planner has a lot of perks, and a lot of things going on, and sometimes it is hard to keep up with it.
    This is not a sponsored post. As a planner lover, I want to share my tips and trick on how to make the most out of your planner, no matter which one you go for.

color coding might seem like a hassle, and maybe you will think that the planner is colorful enough. Color-coding is one of the best way for you to stay on top of your things. Read more about this here
Washi-Tape and Stickers: I found this Etsy shop that sells small coffee stickers, pill stickers and other adorable stuff. I found the coffee ones useful, since I have coffee dates with friends now and then. Overall I find stickers and washi tape extremely helpful since we are visual human beings.
Write it Down: it seems obvious, but writing everything down on your planner will help you a lot. I started writing just the assigments due, then I added the school things I have to complete that day and now I write everything!  I write the phone number of the company i have to call and that I have to send an email to my advisor. Writing all you have to do helps a lot.
Check Marks: I am obsessed with them. I love checking out the things i’ve completed already. I have a motive to complete my task, not only because I actually do what I have to do, but to check them out of my to-do list
Use the Monthly Calendar: it is a great way to see everything you have to do during that month without flipping pages like crazy. It helps me a lot when i have to plan a trip or when i need to move things around.

what are your best organization tips? what do you use to make your planner more appealing?

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3 Ways of Color-Coding Your Planer Without Losing Your Mind


Wow, that is a long tittle.  Color-coding normally seems like a hassle. I started using color markers because my planner was black and white. It was simple, and the lack of color made me sad. Then, I realized that color-coding will help me a lot when it comes to completing tasks and keeping up with everything. I am a girl who takes every credit I am allowed to, I write for Her Campus Drexel, I am part of religious organizations, edit for my schools newspaper, and have a very active social life. Color-coding helps me to recognize the task without actually reading it. There are several ways of color-coding, and this color-code obsessed girl is here to help you find the best way for you:

By Dates:  I have seen people write down task depending on how much time they have left until the deadline. Orange is when you have three weeks to do it, purple when you have two weeks and pink when there is just one left. Some people find this helpful since they can visualize what is a priority that week and what should be done by that day.  If you are a person that completes a task depending on the due date, then this color code system is perfect for you.

By Class and Organization:  there is people that are taking several classes, and it is easier to assign a color to each of them. You know that pink is for your english class and orange will be math. This is extremely helpful when your life is really school orientated and you have a lot of classes going on. It helps also if you are part of organizations and you assigned a color for them
By Task: it is helpful if you assign a color for each task you do. Green goes for class to do’s,  red for deadlines, purple for readings, and blue for social events. You get the idea, each task will get a color so when you see orange you know that is related to gym and health stuff
this past year my color code system was a combination of all of these. I knew that everything green was what i needed to complete that day. I had colors assigned for my organizations, for social events and for health stuff. Of course I had a color assigned for my blog too,
How do you color-code? Have you find the best way to color-code your planner?
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8 Ways to Cope 


    Have you ever had a moment where you feel like the world is going to end? Like what are you going through right now is so terrible that tomorrow seems so far away? A moment where you are so miserable that the only thing you want to do is curl up in bed and put a la Elle Woods crying-and-sobbing-while-watching-soap-operas coping mechanism?

Well, I’m here to tell you that it is not the end of the world, and that you will be fine.My freshman year consisted of moving to a new country, being kicked out of my first dorm (roommate drama), breaking up with my boyfriend of a year, and breaking up with a boy who was not my boyfriend but was definitely more that a friend and losing some friends in the process.  All of this in a 10 week quarter system.Why I’m telling you all the s**t I’ve been through this past year?     Not for pity, but to prove that we can overcome anything. But the big question is how to do it?

Grief. Let yourself be sad. Understand that what you are feeling is normal, and it is okay to be sad. Let yourself cry, watch an insane amount of Sex and the City episodes. Give yourself an amount of time to process the sadness.  If you feel that it has been a long time since you were happy, seek for help.
Don’t skip anything. You might feel like skipping a gym session, a dinner with a former classmate or classes so you can cry in bed. Don’t do it. Don’t let whatever is hurting you prevent you from living your life in its fullest
On that note, keep yourself busy. I’m naturally an over-achiever. I’m taking 19 credits plus tons of organizations, social events and my own blog. But I always manage to have free time and that’s when I start feeling blue. Go for a walk, eat lunch outside, learn how to knit, but keep yourself busy.
Exercise. I have said this many times through different posts. Exercise gives you endorphins that will make you feel better than our favorite guys in the world: ben and jerrys.
Write it down: it doesn’t matter why you are sad, write everything down. It will help you rant and let it out. I learned that if you got a bad grade, you are going through a bad breakup or just feeling down, writing things on a piece of paper will make you relief stress.
three things: write down three positive things that are going on in your life. It can go from “i wore a pretty dress today” to “i have an amazing smile.” Write three things every night before sleeping to remind you how amazing you really are.
Surround yourself with positive stuff. Be around people that love you, be around happy people, be outside. Don’t let yourself be around people that will drag you down
Post its, post cards and more. Put encouragement notes all over your place, so you can always have a little inspiration wherever you go. I personally have some post its on my mirror and inspirational post cards in my wall.  Being reminded of good things will always help

finally, know that time does heal everything, and that no matter what you will be fine.  Britney Spears survived 2007, you can survive your bad path too.

*Contact me if you need advice or someone to rant to*

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Library Must Haves


    The library can be either your best friend or your worst enemy. It is by far the best place to get your school work done, but at the same time, it can be quite a hassle sometimes. I bet that like me, you rather study somewhere else less mainstream. Truth to be told, i barely go to the library, I try to avoid it specially on final’s week when even finding a corner to study at seems impossible. When I do go, I bring with me the essentials so I can survive my trip to the library, and get the grade I slaved myself for.

Library Must Haves:
chargers:  bring a charger for everything! bring a charger for your iPhone, for your iPod, for your computer. Anything that runs on battery will need to be recharge at least once when you are cramming on work.
confy clothes: you can still look chick and stylish if you wear comfortable clothes. Of course those Steve Madden wedges look awesome with that skirt, but how are you going to feel after 4-5 hours? this is the time where comfort comes first.
books: well, duh! But there is a reason why i’m writing this down. I’m the kind of girl who will finish my work quickly (hello Pomodoro Technique) so normally my trips to the library will last about an hour. I learned that carrying all my books to the library helps a lot.
headphones:  the library will be quite, sometimes too quite. Personally I need some kind of noise to be able to study. It is proven that listening to classic music will help you focus more, so headphones are a must for your study sessions.
snacks:  the munchies are real when you have to study.  chocolate and nachos and everything sweet. If you are studying try to go for something that will actually fuel your brain like nuts or an apple.
water bottle: staying hydrated is important. you need water to be able to function
post its, highlihers, pens and more:  bring everything that you will need to create an amazing study guide.

what are your library’s must haves?

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Thank you Mom

    Recently I discovered CrazyJewishMom account on Instagram.  The bond between those two is amazing. I was reading the text messages they both share and I couldnt stop but think about my own mom. No, my mom is nothing like the one featured on this account, but I just think how much I love he.  Mom, thank you for:

your unconditional love
your patience
those afternoons we spent window shopping
your wisdom
singing with me on the car ride home
your support
letting me make mistakes by my own

being there for me
spending nights watching movies
ft everyday
giving me the best advice
listening to my rants

thank you for everything mom, i wouldnt be who i am withour you. I love you.

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On Letting Things Go


    I’m not talking about the catchy Frozen song. I’m talking about that small thing that bothers you. That thing that is hunting you and making you feel bad. It can be a break up, or a bad grade in your math final. It can be a nasty thing a girl said about you or an embarrassing moment that you wish that never happened. But guess what? All of those things are in the past. They are gone, and no amount of regret will change that.

I have been through bad moments, really bad ones. I have dealt with bad roommates, and bad friends. I have dealt with breakups and loss. Those moments where hard, even when they were over. When I moved out of the room that felt like hell, I was sad. The moment I broke up with my boyfriend I was devastated. When I saw that my GPA was not as good as I expected thanks to math, I was disappointed..  And then I realized that everything happens for a reason. Maybe you are not a huge believer of destiny, and sometimes i am not. But I believe in experiences, in moments that will make you stronger and the person you hope to be.

By letting go you are not saying “it didn’t hurt”. You are standing in front of everyone and letting them know that the girl who once was sad it’s stronger now. The girl who once cried over a situation, now learned and knows how to handle life is something similar happens again. You are strong, and all those moments are scars that will build your character and will make you a strong person.

Let it go, and you will be truly happy.

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5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Syllabus


Ah, the first day of class. You get the rush of getting to know your professor and your classmates, and what the class will be about. For college student is the day to get your syllabus, the bible of the class. Your syllabus contains important information that will be extremely useful during your term in that class. Some students forget about it, and let it die n the bottom of their backpacks. But truth to be told, using your syllabus can help you get good grades and be on the good side of the professor.
Using my syllabus as a guide for the class is what help me get an A. I went back to it and see what chapters I had to read for the week, when the exams were being held and the guidelines for the papers and projects. Here is my way of taking advantage of the syllabus:

Grab Your Planner:  and write all the deadlines down. I write them down in red, and that way I can know right away that I have a deadline coming soon.

Readings: it is so common for students to buy textbooks for classes and never use them, and it is because the university sends you the books that are normally required for that course. Some professors decide to go with another edition,  with a book that is completely different from the one that was assigned, or they will send PDFs to you. On your syllabus you will find the information about the book you will need, as well as the edition and printer.
Furthermore, you will have the readings that are assigned each week. Sometimes you will have to read chapter 6 before chapter 1, and chapter 8 right after reading chapter 9. Keeping track with your syllabus will save you a lot of time.
Contact Informationat the begging of the syllabus, you will find the professors information, as well as office hours. Write them down in your notebook or planner and be sure to have it handy, You might need it to ask your professor about the upcoming exam or to send him/her a paper that is due.
Deadline Spreadsheet: on top of using your planner, you should create a spreadsheet with the deadlines of all your classes and hang it near your studying place. My planner includes homework that is assigned during class, meetings, gym and my to do list for the day. It is normal that a deadline will get lost or that I forget to check my planner. When I go to my desk and see the spreadsheet, it is easier to have all the deadlines on track.
Projects: with a packed semester o quarter, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Syllabus normally contain the information needed for your projects ,and that way you can start them as soon as the first day and be on top of your gamehow do you use your syllabus? do  you find them usefull or completely useless?

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before


    I was in the bookstore and this pink book caught my attention. It is important to say that my feelings for the color pink are not precisely pretty. It is so bubbly and girly and cliche, and it is so stereotypical that it makes me puke. Ask my family what color I would never wear and it will be pink. Specially Pepto-Bismol pink. Anyhow, this girly books called my attention. “To All the Boys I Have Loved Before”  and Jenny Han’s name were written on the cover. I read the description and again, I knew how predictable the book was going to be, but it is a Han book, so I wanted it.

The book is about a girl named Lara Jean, who writes letters to the boy she loves, and that way she gets over him. She keeps the books in a small box under her bed, and no one knows about it but her. One day the letters get sent out, and the boys are able to read the letters. She was once in love with a guy who is gay now, one of her oldest friends, and the guy who happened to be his sister’s ex.  She then pretends to have a relationship with one of them and obviously we can guess the ending.

I also related to Lara Jean in some aspects. She is a girl who cares a lot about family. She is also really naive and a goodie two shoes (i don’t relate to that), but overall she is a girl with a golden heart who is also tough. I believe I am a bit like that.

Jenny Han’s style is one of the things that made me love this book. As in The Summer I Turned Pretty, Han writes in a way that traps the reader, and the way she can go to the past and again to the present without losing the readers’ attention is amazing.

Overall the story is another pretty cliche that makes girls believe in love and happy endings, and we all want that. We read books that will make us forget about what it is going on in our lives and that is okay. This is what my grandmother would call “pink little book”  and not just because the design arrangements of the cover.

I will give this book 4.5 stars since I am a Jenny Han fan, and because I really enjoyed the book.
have you read this book? did you like it?

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5 Ways To Be a Morning Person


    There are two types of people in this world; the ones who will hit the snooze button 5 times and the ones who will wake up intimidatingly. I belong to the latter one.  I hate the feeling of sleeping in since I feel unproductive. I had the opportunity to sleep in every day last quarter, but being a morning person is way better:

  • You will finish up everything by evening, More me time at night
  • No more excuses at the end of the day, You will not be tired

So how will you become a morning and productive person?

Pick Your Clothes The Night Before:  we all need at least 30 minutes just to get dressed in the morning, and it will take even more time if you also have to pick your outfit, the accessories, what hairdo you will be rocking today and makeup. Before going to bed, decide on the next day outfit,
Breakfast:  I just love breakfast. I wake up and schedule my morning around this meal. If you plan a big, healthy breakfast, you will have something to look for the next day. Plus, a good breakfast will give you enough energy for the rest of the day.
Exercise: going to the gym in the morning  is the best. Not only the machines will be available and you will have more time to use them, but you will also check that out from your to do list.  How many times have you said that you will go to the gym after your ECON class, but you end up taking a nap?  Now you will have no excuses of being tired. Plus, you will start your day full of endorphins, and endorphins make people happy, and happy people don’t kill their husbands, they don’t.
Do Big Tasks :  I would do my laundry and change my sheets after I come back from the gym and take a shower. I would call my parents and answer emails. I will print my papers for the day. Doing your chores before lunch time will help you get rid of those tiring activities that become a hassle when you are done with class. Normally I would go to the library or to meetings when I finished all my classes, and knowing that I accomplished other stuff makes me feel productive.
Listen to Your Favorite Station: start your day with music! It will keep your mind awake and your soul happy. Plus, it is proven that you will be more motivated while excising if you are listening to your favorite jams.

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