Fears For The Future

In the fall I’ll be heading to college all on my own. It’s a huge change, but a big step forward towards my future. Already, I have had to make many big decisions regarding my school, my roommate, and my classes. It can be really scary taking this step in life, and I wanted to share with you some of my fears for college, and the future.

Struggling in my classes is a big concern of mine. What if I don’t get good grades, what    if I hate the classes I’m taking, what if my professor is horribly mean? I realize I will have to study much more in college than I did in high school, and I am trying to mentally prepare myself for that.

Using a community bathroom is also something I am nervous about. I like to be clean, and the concept of community bathrooms does not scream cleanliness to me. I know it will take some getting used to and that it is part of the college experience but I am not really looking forward to this one.

Finding my classes on the first day and being late to them is probably my biggest concern. I know this is probably a dumb thing to be nervous about, and that during my first week I will leave super early for all my classes, but being on time is a big concern of mine, and I really don’t want to make a bad first impression.

Not figuring out what career or major I want is another fear of mine. I know I have some time to figure this out, but I have done a lot of research and have no clue what I want to end up doing. The dream is to travel the world, make short films, and help people in need, but I know this is an ambitious plan and I need to work hard to achieve it.

Leaving my family and friends is probably the hardest thing about college. I am afraid to leave my mom, and know I will miss her every second of every day. It’s hard leaving someone who has been there through everything with you, and having to go off on your own. My friends will also be in college, and I know I will make new friends, but it still is hard to say goodbye. I’m hoping to keep in touch with them as best I can.

In regards to the earth and our country, I am afraid of the direction our country is heading, and the health of our earth. These are things I care deeply about, and I truly believe that if we don’t make a change now, things will continue to spiral very quickly downhill.

I know that once I step foot onto that campus things will become easier, but for now I am allowing myself to wonder and think about the future. Leaving for college is a huge step, and even though I’m nervous about some things, I am extremely excited for this new chapter in my life.

~Eva

 

Choosing The Right College For You

It took me a long time to decide where I wanted to go to school. It’s a huge decision and it’s a lot of pressure to decide where you’re going to live for the next few years of your life. But, when I finally stepped onto the pitt campus, I knew it was where I belonged. I know this isn’t the case for many people but let me take you through my thought process and how I decided which was the right school for me.

Choosing where to apply:

Choosing which schools to apply to is a tedious process, because of the amount of research you must do and the whole college visit experience. I highly recommend using, the College Board college search, a system that lets you input different criteria, and gives you a bunch of different schools that fit those options. From the list it gives you, you can research the schools and decide which ones to visit, and to apply to.

Narrowing it down:

After being accepted to a variety of different colleges, I recommend doing your research. It’s important for you to know everything from class size, to rankings, to campus location. Researching things that are important to you is another key point in narrowing down your list. Maybe one school doesn’t have the football team you wanted, or another doesn’t have the minor you’re thinking about. Knowing these things is essential in removing schools off your list.

Visiting:

When I walked on a campus, I knew immediately whether I liked the school or not. For many people, campus isn’t an important aspect for them. But for some, like me, it’s super important to live somewhere you’re going to love. Visiting the schools before you make your decision will really help you make your decision.

Making the decision:

Pulling the trigger, and choosing a college can be difficult for some because of all the stress, tension, and “what ifs” attached to that big decision. But, at the end of the day, if you’re unhappy at the school you choose, you always have the opportunity to transfer and maybe you’ll end up at your dream school. This is a big decision to make, and take your time figuring out where you want to go. But, I highly recommend choosing your school at least two weeks before the May first deadline, so that you’re less rushed in your decision.

Please share with me your college decisions below, were you happy with your choice?

~Eva

My Dorm Wishlist

As it gets closer and closer to move in day, I’m beginning to stress about how to decorate my dorm room. Now, this may sound like a dumb thing to stress over, but to me, if the room is cute and cozy, it will feel more like home. I’m not trying to go overboard with the decorations and am trying to go for the minimalist feel, however it’s been hard finding things that I love. Below are some things I’ve found on amazon or Pinterest, that really want for my dorm. Some, I am going to attempt to DIY, but others I think I may splurge on.

Hopefully this gives you guys some ideas for dorm decorations, and if you have any more ideas, feel free to leave a comment below! Every one of these products has links so that if you’re interested, you can check it out!

  1. Hanging shelves : So these things I’ve actually already bought, because I SO wanted shelves in my dorm and these were the only way to make that happen. They’ve already come and I highly recommend them, they’re super nice quality and you can hang them on a command strip in your dorm so that you can have shelves.

2. Bedside pocket : This is an essential for me, since I will be lofting my bed when I get to school. It’s super convenient to put your phone, computer, books, water bottle, basically anything you might need during the night. It’s a sort of nightstand that won’t take up much room!

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3. Hanging Boho tapestry: This is something I am still on the fence about, I don’t know if getting this will be too much for my walls. However, I have seen people use them before and they are too cute. These ones are only $18, which is actually the cheapest I’ve seen.

4. World map: Here are a few more options (option 2, option 3). I really want a map of the world for my wall. I am a traveler so this is a must for me. I linked a few different options of some scratch off, and dry erase ones as well incase you want to write on it! I think a map is such a good idea for decorating your dorm.

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5. Succulents: I really believe that having some plants/life in your room makes it feel like home. Cacti are a must for me, and I will be putting some on my new shelves. They are so adorable and feel so homey.

Let me know how you decorated your dorm room below! I’m always looking for new ideas.

~Eva

 

30 Things I Learned My Senior Year of High School

Senior year was a hard time for me. I expected it to be the best year of my life so far and it just… fell short. Junior year was definitely the best year of high school for me, and I had hoped senior year would surpass it, and for many reasons it didn’t. However, I did learn a lot from this past year, and I thought I would share.

  1. It’s not cool to act naive and rude. Just don’t do it.
  2. People could care less about the way you dress, or the way you look. (I spent way too much time worrying about this)
  3. Take classes you’re interested in, it’s so much more fun to learn if you enjoy class.
  4. Senioritis is so real.
  5. Stay on top of your college applications, you don’t want to write an essay the day of the deadline.
  6. Don’t be rude to teachers, talking during class is so disrespectful.
  7. Find your passion.
  8. Participate in clubs and sports, it’s a great way to make new best friends.
  9. Do your homework way before it’s due, it’s so much less stressful.
  10. Go to sporting events, support your friends, feel the school spirit.
  11. Time seems to slow down and speed up at the exact opposite times you wish they would, and it sucks sometimes.
  12. Graduation is boring.
  13. Get off your phone and hang out with your friends.
  14. Be unique, you don’t always have to wear the same clothes everyone else does, or do something because everyone else does it.
  15. Do what makes you happy always.
  16. Go on adventures.
  17. Time moves so fast. One day you’re a freshmen and don’t know your way around, and the next day you’re walking across that stage getting you’re diploma. You don’t realize what you have until it’s gone, and soon you’re leaving the comfort of your home, your family, your friends.
  18. If a relationship with a friend is broken, and you have made an effort to fix it but it keeps falling apart and you’re unhappy, sometimes it’s okay to let them go.
  19. Seek wisdom.
  20. Learning is fun! It’s an amazing thing that we have all this information at our finger  tips. Be informed!
  21. Buy a yearbook!!
  22. Take lots of pictures and videos. Trust me
  23. Try new things, look at me , I’m writing a blog!
  24. Perseverance is key.
  25. Apply for jobs and internships, get your name out there, get new experiences.
  26. Learn from your mistakes.
  27. Walk on the right side of the hall. My god, it is not that hard.
  28. Make connections, you never know how they could help in the future.
  29. Cross things off your bucket list.
  30. Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

Even though this last year was not the best of my life, I had the opportunity to make new friends, learn new things, go on adventures, shadow doctors, and work through internships.

This year, I learned sooo much. And even though I’m relieved its over, I’m glad it happened. Senior year helped me grow as a person and helped shape me into the person I am today. All the people along this bumpy road, the teachers, coaches, friends, strangers, employers, family, they all helped me get to where I am now, and boy I am grateful for that.

If you are going into your senior year of high school, make the most of it, it goes by so fast.

~Eva