Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve written. I was busy wrapping up life in the 305 to head back to the 303 where I’ll be for two weeks before beginning my big journey in NYC! Even though me and the roomies are staying in the same house next year, we still had the big task of re-doing our living room before we left for the summer! Unfortunately, the idea was a lot more pleasant than the actual work. First step? A fresh coat of paint!
The painting took one night and a day but then it was all done and looked like a brand new room! Then came the furniture… We had to get rid of a dining room table with six chairs, three futons, a book shelf, a TV, and TV stand. Let me tell you this was not easy. For better or for worse, we recruited our poor landlord into helping us and he didn’t know what he signed up for. Eventually that got done, and then came getting the new furniture from an apartment (on the 9th floor!) in an area nearby. After all was said and done, we got everything in and our house feels completely different, in the best way possible.
Although the process lasted about five exhausting days, at the end of it all, it feels absolutely amazing. I love our new room and I really feel accomplished. This was the first big home remodeling I have ever taken on by myself (or should I say, without a dad to help us along the way)! Although at the time we hated it, I definitely appreciate this room a lot more knowing that us little ladies did it all on our own! So anytime you think that you need a big man to move some furniture, paint a house, or drive a truck, I say man up and know that you are just as capable!
Question: Have you ever taken on a something bigger than yourself but felt so great once it was done?
¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Cinco de Mayo has always been one of my favorite holidays, mainly because my grandma is 100 percent Mexican so I can use it as an excuse to bring out my inner-señorita! Fortunately for me, I don’t need this holiday to indulge in Mexican food, since we do that quite often in my household but nevertheless, I just love the culture and everyone coming together and feeling the spirit!
Since coming to college, the day always falls during finals. No bueno.
Even so, my number one rule is to always celebrate somehow. Tonight my celebrations only got as far as eating a taco salad, but hey, it’s the thought that counts and it really did brighten up my monotonous studying. So although my Cinco de Mayo wasn’t quite able to take me back to my favorite days in Mexico this year…
It’s always important to remember where you came from and celebrate whenever and however possible!
Question: What’s your favorite holiday? Do you do anything special during the year to celebrate your heritage?
There was a time when I lived on stage. The moment I stood on two feet, I was taken to dance classes. Then, I attended an arts magnet school for elementary school, where I fell in love with musical theater. I remember my first show distinctly: I got to play Mary (who had a little lamb) in our Mother Goose skit. I was scared to death and barely got my words out, but that scared-to-death feeling was one that I grew to crave. It kept me auditioning and performing for fifteen long years. Up until I came to college, my life involved a whole lot of this:
I stayed up late at tech rehearsals, learned how to do my homework in between scenes, and balanced script reading with English lit on the daily. Deciding not to pursue theatre once I came to college was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to face. It’s always been my greatest passion but I did not have the confidence nor drive to pursue it wholeheartedly for the rest of my life. But as I’m sure you know, when something is a part of your life for that long, there’s no way you can (or should) ever give it up completely.
This past weekend, I traded in the bar scene to see some scenes! Last night we saw my school’s production of the Broadway hit, Rent. Tonight, I went and saw my sorority sister in a one-act called The Thugs. Seeing shows is always bittersweet for me. I love love love going out to the theatre, but always leave feeling really nostalgic. While I know I could never have devoted myself fully to studying acting by itself, I know that I have to get back to doing shows in the future.
I’m so excited to finally live in NYC this summer to get to go to so many shows and keep theatre a big part of my life. So my tip to you is keep up those passions that have always brought you joy and always make sure to find time to revisit them, even if it’s just a little bit every now and then!
Question: Do you have something that you did growing up but had to abandon once other things started to conflict? What do you do to keep up with the things that you love?
The end of the semester means that summer is coming! Unfortunately, long gone are the summer days defined by tanning at the pool and running through sprinklers all day long. For me and many of my friends, the summer means one and only one thing: internships.
I probably started searching for summer internships for this summer the second my internship last summer ended (I wish I was joking). I started applying over winter break and thankfully had one secured by the end of February. I’m finally living out my dream and living in New York while interning for a TV network! I got lucky. My best friend? Not so much.
She has the same major as me so we ended up applying to a lot of the same places. She just waited a bit too long and found herself facing rejection after rejection. Reading up on other blogs, I see a lot of people are facing the same kinds of issues. Whether you’re graduating from college and looking for that first job or still trying to figure out a summer internship, it can get to be really stressful and frustrating.
I’ve been by my friend’s side rubbing her back as tears stream down her face night after night. But today, I got the BBM of a lifetime when she said she finally got an acceptance and will be joining me in NYC! This was music to my ears and I could not be more happy for her.
So the moral of the story? Just don’t give up. Even when she thought all hope was lost, something good will come along! You just got to keep believing and trying and it will all turn out ok.
Question: What’s your strategy for coping with rejection? What advice do you have for those struggling with finding a job or internship?
Working out with friends is fun. It provides a distraction from the workout and usually can keep me going for longer since I don’t want to let my partner down. My problem is that I love working out in the morning. My schedule this semester has me not in the classroom before noon every day so I have plenty of time to wake up and get ready to start my day! My friends? Not so much.
So who is my routine workout buddy? During times like now when I have lots of finals, it’s my study guides! This afternoon I had a test at 12:20 in my, ironically enough, Health Benefits of Exercise class. So I headed to the gym with my study guide in hand and sweat it out on the ARC trainer for 45 minutes while reading over my study guide non-stop.
This method has proved to work for me over this past semester and is my go-to routine every morning before I have a test. Funnily enough, just last week, my teacher for my Health Benefits of Exercise class was telling us about a new study that found that people retain information better immediately after working out. They’re even thinking about putting a study room in our Wellness Center where people could go and study right after they get done with a workout! How cool would that be?
Question: Do you ever bring schoolwork to the gym with you? What’s your favorite way to get ready for a test?
So when me and my roommates decide to move off-campus this year, we ended up picking an apartment really close to school. The girls who lived there before mentioned that most days they would bike to campus because it was so easy. So when Christmas rolled around this year, I immediately put down a bike at the top of my wishlist. And Santa did not disappoint!
Since coming back to school, I have definitely put this baby to use! I ride it almost every day at least once a day. Most of the time, it takes me less time to bike to school than drive because I don’t have to worry about driving around trying to find parking.
I found this article from Self magazine that outlined some of the main reasons I love biking.
From my post yesterday, you may remember Map My Run and you might be happy to know they also have Map My Ride! I decided to play around with this and see how far I biked today. This morning I biked from my house to the gym and back. Then I biked to school and back this evening. Total, I racked up five miles. Now this may not seem a lot but accumulated over time, not only am I saving gas (and by default, saving the Earth!), I’m also getting some exercise in.
Unfortunately, I’m not always able to ride my bike because I don’t like to when it’s dark outside and some days I have heavy camera equipment to transport from the house to school but when I can, I definitely opt for the bike over the SUV.
Question: Do you guys ever bike places? And if you do, do you where a helmet?
So I’m planning on covering all sorts of things on this blog so it’s hard to determine exactly where to start out! Unsure of what to do, I started to distract myself and found myself at www.mapmyrun.com and decided this could be my very first tip.
I don’t know about you, but my favorite way to start out the day is with a run outside. For my fellow runners that aren’t aware, this website allows you to input an address and from there, you can map routes for runs, walks, bike rides and just about anything else you want to know! You can even get a map of the elevation changes, calculate calories burned and different types of distances covered. You can save your runs, make friends, find events, and even form groups to fit all your workout needs. I mainly use it to plot out runs each day and it has made it easier for me to switch up my routine so I don’t get bored running by the same house each and every day. So if you don’t use it already, definitely check it out!
Question: How do you track how far your runs are? Do you judge them by time or distance?