Dear 18 year old me,
Your life is about to change, because college is coming. It’s the most exciting and nerve-wrecking time of your life, you’ll both love it and hate it at the same time. The people you’re going to meet are going to be stuck with you for life, they’re not going anywhere. But, you’ll also be meeting people that you’re never going to speak to ever again, and that’s ok.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you’re preparing yourself for this journey:
- Have a meal plan during your freshman year, because you CANNOT live off of kraft mac and cheese every night
- Join a club freshman year, it’s a great way for you to meet friends and understand your major at the same time
- Participate in class, because participation points are a thing in college still
- Don’t buy your books until after your first week of school and if you do, check out Chegg first. Ain’t nobody got time for full priced textbooks
- Make sure you buy a planner, because it’ll be your life
- Before your first day of class, go on a quick walk through where your classes are going to be so you’re not late on your first day
- Check out your roommate(s) online before moving in, better yet – find your roommate online before you move in
- Buy a bath caddie to put all your bath stuff in, because you’ll most likely be sharing a bathroom with a few girls
- COMMAND HOOKS ARE LIFE SAVERS, BUY LOTS OF THEM
- Get a shoe rack because you’ll thank me
- Also, don’t forget a snack drawer – during those late nights, you’ll thank me
- Don’t forget those flip flops for the shower – trust me, you don’t want to stand on those bathroom floors
- Buy a foam topper for your mattress, because without it, it’ll feel like a cardboard box
- Do your research. Financial Aid and student loans are hard topics to fully understand. Seek resources when and where you can. Like Earnest, they have great content to help explain how to apply for financial aid and can even help after you graduate.
- Finally, don’t forget to go out and have fun!
Hope this helps all of you college in-commers J If you have anything you’d like to add in to my list, feel free to add to my list!
Recently I’ve discovered the BEST homemade lunch for work that everyone should 100% try it out. It’s healthy and delicious (delicious is the key word).
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Grape Tomatoes
- Small piece of Salmon (or you can substitute with any kind of meat)
- Pine nuts
- Red/Yellow/Orange peppers
- Lemon pepper salt
- Coconut oil
To start off, you’ll need to first cut up the kale into little chunks, cut the grape tomatoes in half, season the salmon (or any kind of meat) with lemon pepper salt and cut up the peppers into little cubes.
First, preheat the oven at 350 and grease your pan to start baking the salmon for 30 mins. While the salmon is cooking, start cooking your quinoa on the side. Then startheating up your pan with a little bit of coconut oil on medium heat. Add in some garlic for flavor, then gradually add in the assortment of peppers, onion, kale and grape tomatoes. Allow it to cook until tender (around 10 mins or less).
Now that everything is cooked, you can start packing your lunches!
Place the quinoa on the bottom, top it off with the kale, garlic, onion, tomato and pepper mixture on top of it. Add the salmon on top and sprinkle some pine nut to top it all off. Just like that, you’re ALL DONE!
If you end up trying out this recipe, let me know how you like it! Or if you have a healthy recipe you enjoy making for lunch, I’d LOVE to try it out too.
Since my graduation in May, I started working in the big apple – NYC at a media company! I remember when I was in college, this was everything I wanted after graduation. I was hypnotized by the fast paced city life, in comparison to NJ.
Till today, I still really enjoy that type of lifestyle – but it does get exhausting sometimes. Keep in mind when you find a job in NYC, you will be working long hours (9-8) – sometimes even till midnight. There’s no such thing as normal work hours or a work life balance on weekdays. However, it could also be because I’m an entry level employee.
Fortunately, I’m learning a lot for the four weeks I started working. I was able to be complete a whole project on my own and little assignments on the side. It’s been an overwhelming four weeks but also exciting. It’s very different than college which I wasn’t expecting, maybe I was in denial/college withdrawal.
Leave a comment below on what your first full time job experience was/is like? I’d love to hear your opinions!