College Life, Do it Yourself

Friday Faves // DIY Letter Art

Welcome to my new series – Friday Faves

It’s been weeks since I’ve been wrecking my brain trying to come up with categories for days of the week. I started off with “Motivation Mondays” this week, and eventually I’ll fit in another day between then and Friday. This plan is all done to help me come up with a steady blogging schedule; another goal for my 101 in 1001 days.

Okay, enough chatter! My faves for this week include DIY letter projects I’ve pinned which I hope to recreate in the future. These are also great ideas if you’re in college to put on your dorm room door or hang as wall art.

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Pom Pom Letters

Festive and fuzzy: #DIY pom-pom letters for extra party pop.:

 

2
Name Monogram

How To Make a Custom Name Monogram  Cute for the baby if her name ends up fitting!:

 

3
Flower Letter

DIY Flower Letter | thesassylife:

 

I love all these designs and wish that I could create them all, but I believe I’ll just have to settle for one. Maybe I’ll create the others for my sisters or friends in different designs; once all the materials are available here.

Have you carried out any DIYs recently? What do you think about these? Are you on Pinterest? Let me know!

Stay Tuned
xoxo

 

College Life, Lifestyle

Do’s + Don’ts of COLLEGE // Tips & Tricks

Hey Guys!!

So we’re two weeks into school or maybe three; first off congrats on your new journey freshmen and have a good semester, as well as everyone else. Better late than never, but here are a few Do’s and Don’ts of College to get you through the 4 years, alongside some Tips and Tricks.

P.S. This is just a practical list of what I learnt during my time.

College:

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reflection

Transition

As you get older you go through various transitions.
From primary school to high school,
high school to college,
college to university,
and finally university to adult life.

Each stage prepares you for the next, or at least that’s the idea.

I’m currently at the transition from university life to adult life and I’m barely coping.

At the previous levels it always took me awhile to adjust. In high school I never felt where I belonged until 3rd form (grade 9), and even then it was still a weird position. I had a group of friends which made it bearable, as well as the experience of going through high school. Then came college where everything began to change; first of all some of us attended different schools, then there was the fact where most of us were now attending a mixed school (girls and boys). P.s I went to an all girl’s high school, so that was another transition to get used to. The next big transition was from college to university; moving away from home, and meeting new people.

Definitely learned a lot of new things between that period, and throughout uni life. However, it’s now the biggest transition of my life—> the adult world. Honestly I don’t feel prepared or ready for it, and I’m definitely not handing it well. It’s been four months since I graduated, and I still haven’t found a job. This worries and scares me for various reasons. Thus, the last few weeks I’ve been frustrated and stressed resulting in little to no motivation/inspiration to blog. Everyone keeps saying “don’t worry about it”, “keep trying”, “your time will come” etc But i’m getting tired of waiting, and feeling like my life is going to waste.

Sigh. Transitions S U C K.

What are some ways you’ve dealt with your transitions? any advice? words of encouragement?

reflection

Across the Seas

Quick rant:

This has been a topic for MANY years, and I don’t usually pay it no mind. However, I decided to now. MANY Americans are either extremely uneducated about geography or really ignorant; i’d agree with the latter.

I’m curious though if it’s just Americans or other people in the world too. (HELP ME OUT HERE!)

When I was in high school I had to do a geography class, they thought you about different places in the world. Before that I did a social studies class in primary school, and probably history as well *not sure*. Main point is we had many classes to teach us about our surroundings, and the mere fact that the Caribbean region is not the whole world!

The Caribbean Region comprises of a number of islands; based on many definitions this region can be defined by geography (those in the Caribbean sea), history (culture, independent), language (French, English, Spanish) etc We don’t all look the same or speak the same! Just like how people from New York are different to those in Texas or Florida; WE ARE DIFFERENT.

Now coming to university in America individuals would come up to you and ask “Are you Jamaican?” That is always the first question, and it gets quite annoying. At least you know about Jamaica, because of reggae music, and Bob Marley etc. However, the whole Caribbean region does not constitute as Jamaica! How about you ask us where we’re from first instead of assuming? (To ass-u-me- : make an ass out of you and me.) We’re not here for it.

As if assuming we’re from Jamaica isn’t enough most Caribbean students are bombarded with even more ignorant assumptions.

Do they have vehicles where you’re from?

Do you sleep in huts?

Is there internet and/or telephones?

Do you smoke? Do you know where I can get Marijuana from? etc etc

Some islands may be more developed than others, but we have basically the same amenities you have. So let’s start educating ourselves, and stop ridiculing Caribbean students. Also there is no such thing as “Caribbeans” We may be Antiguans, Trinidadians, Barbadian, but never Caribbeans. It is the Caribbean region.

College Life

My College Life Pt. 1

I recently wrote a blog on after college life (Real World Time), so I decided why not have a story on my college life? Well, here it goes!

My college life lasted three years, usually four years for a science degree, but I had some credits transferred from my previous school. We’ll break it down into parts so therefore it isn’t too long, and drawn out. Hopefully, I also remember everything that happened that year.

2013: Yay, I’m Free

On December 28th 2012, just a few days after Christmas I left my hometown Antigua to embark on my new journey of university life. Of course, the picture in my head was what I saw on TV, but as you would soon see that was not the case.

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The image above is a near perfect representation of what I was leaving behind to what I was about to encounter. From sun, sea, sand, the perfect tourist destination, summer all year-round to tornado alley, hotter than hell, a different season every other week (If you live in Texas you’d understand.) Yes, I left my nice little Caribbean island of Antigua to move to Wichita Falls, Texas.

I wasn’t thinking of the location, but much rather of the fact that I’d be away from so many things in Antigua, and have the opportunity to start afresh. So I started the Midwestern State University in spring 2013. Let me also say that attending university wasn’t always in my plans. It was rather last minute only because all my friends were talking about going away, and I was stuck there like “now what?” So I applied, and got accepted (Woohoo!) I decided to major in Environmental Science, because it was one of the things I was always interested with throughout High School. Even though I didn’t know where it would take me I was up for the challenge.

It was my first semester, and my best GPA wise, hey I made the Dean’s honor roll. Besides school work wise I was very shy, and afraid to actually go out. I didn’t have much friends, and I didn’t know how to quite adjust to my new surroundings. P.S. I was also the youngest person in the group I was acquainted with.  Even though I was always a shy individual it stemmed from me being afraid to be my true self around others for fear of judgement. It was kind of like when people see you at first they have one image in their head, and anything you do outside of that image is shunned. So I tried to stick with what people thought I was. (BAD IDEA!!! P.S. Never be afraid to BE YOURSELF!

My first spring break – Now watching all sorts of college movies and TV shows I had high expectations of what Spring Break was supposed to be like. However, here in Wichita Falls it was nothing like that. Therefore, my roommate, one of her best friends and I (I’m a third wheel most times) went to Dallas for a couple of days. Dallas is a two hour drive away, and one of the major cities in Texas. We basically shopped, went go carting, roller-coaster ride (hated it), and clubbing! It was fun, and I couldn’t complain.

Summer School – So, because I was an international student I was required to do summer school in my first year (It sucked). Summers in Texas are no fun trust me; the temperature goes above 100 degrees! That’s where they get the name of their famous bike ride “Hotter than Hell.” To make it even worst I was taking a history class at 8 a.m. with one of the most boring professors. I definitely learned my lesson after that summer.

Fall – My favorite time of year; it was also my first time experiencing a change in season. The way the leaves change color and are all scattered on the ground just makes me feel happy. The lake by the gym is always pretty around this time of year. Also in the fall semester the Caribbean Students Organization which I am apart of hosts a parade called “Caribfest.” It’s basically a mini carnival like those put on in the islands, Brazil, Canada and all over the world. To continue my growth and stepping out of my comfort zone (with a little push from my roommate) I participated in the parade. Fall semester also happens to be a big semester for me, because my birthday is in October. It was my first birthday away from friends and family, but I enjoyed it with the help of some people.

My first year was also when I had my most homesickness, even though it was what I always dreamed of (leaving home, living alone, blah blah blah.) Therefore, I went home for my break between Spring and Summer school, and again for Christmas Break. It’s always nice being home, nothing beats Caribbean food, relaxing on a beach, and simply put ISLAND LIFE.

All in all after year one, my advice to any college freshmen are don’t be afraid to try new things, join new clubs, and put yourself out there. It would be scary at first, but in the long run it would all be worth it.

College Life, Inspiration

Cheers to Graduating

On December 12th, 2015 another chapter of my life came to an end. I finally crossed the big stage, and achieved my Bachelor’s of Science degree. I am twenty-one years old, and completed this goal within three years. I’d like to say it was easy, but my friends can assure you that with all my complaints it was not. However, with hard work, determination, and an awesome support system it was possible. This is only the beginning as I embark on the journey of defining my career in Environmental Science, as well as continuing to find myself, and leave my mark on the world. Congratulations to all those who graduated in December 2015!! The world is yOURS.

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BSc in Geoscience with a Concentration in Environmental Science
Midwestern State University Alumni

 

College Life, Lifestyle

Looking Towards the Future

Almost at the half way mark [June 1st] for 2015 *or would it be June 30th*?
Either way we’re almost half way through the year. At the beginning of the year I made note of a few goals I wanted to achieve throughout this year. To my surprise I strongly feel as if I’ve been on track to completing them.  Let’s get into some deets!!

P.S. Check out my Year ago post for more info along with the full list of my goals.  Continue reading “Looking Towards the Future”

Lifestyle, Travel

4 Miles & 1 Bottle of Water Later

Palo Duro canyon

Above is a snippet of our hike to the lighthouse at the Palo Duro Canyon. The Lighthouse is more or less the symbol of the state park. Generally it takes 2.75 miles to hike from the bottom to the top of the lighthouse, however I added in the amount of time it took us from our campsite [1.25 miles]. We hiked from our campsite on to the Rojo Grande trail then on to the lighthouse trail.  Continue reading “4 Miles & 1 Bottle of Water Later”