Gifts for the Tech Savvy Friend

This is such an awesome gift, especially with a couple of records to go along with it! I have a Crosley record player and it is still one of my favorite gifts I've ever received. 

This is the Apple Watch I currently have and I LOVE it. I really can't say enough good things about it. If you're looking to splurge a little for a gift this is definitely it. 

This has to be about the cutest thing ever. This would make a great portable radio to take to the pool or the beach in the summer, or just about anywhere! It would also be great for tailgating!

This little guy probably has you confused but it would make a great and practical gift for anybody heading off to college, moving to a new city, or just anyone who wants to feel safer. This little button is easy to put in your purse or in your pocket and with a few clicks you can get help or send an alert to your worrisome mother to let her know you got safely where you were headed. 

This little speaker produces a pretty good quality of sound and can get pretty loud. Would be a great portable speaker for anyone on the go!

This smartphone printer is on my Christmas list this year. It's a great size and you can print any photo straight from your phone. You can also print straight from your Facebook or Instagram account!

This little speaker has great sound and can get loud! It's a little bit less feminine then the last speaker I listed (it could also work for your bf). Added bonus: it's waterproof, and resists dust and sand!

So often these portable chargers are ugly but this one is adorable and even comes in about 20 different patterns! 

This is seriously the best thing I've ever purchased. I have a tendency to lose my keys almost daily and this saves me so much time in the morning looking for my keys. Less wasted time = more sleep, it's a win win!

Best investment ever for anyone really. We have them in every room of my apartment because they're so small and convenient. It makes it so easy to stream all your favorite sites in one place with one remote. 

So these have probably been at the top of Christmas lists for a few years now but it's a great gift idea for that friend who loves to take artsy photos. You can also hang them all up for easy and whimsical decor!

This thing is a godsend, especially in the winter. It helps with dry skin and helps eliminate those nights when you wake up with a sore throat from sleeping in dry air. I would even recommend grabbing one for yourself. 

This is like a VR version of the Simon game we all knew and loved as kids. It's a cool throwback and personally I think it would be hilariously fun at parties. 

Y'all know I can't leave Lilly off the list, so this is for the girl who never goes anywhere without her phone but wants to stay stylish.

Honestly, when I first got this I didn't know if I'd ever use it but now I love it! I use this for everything from making grocery lists to jamming out in my room. The Echo Dot is the smaller version of the full sized Amazon Echo and it would make a perfect gift for the holiday season! 

The perfect stocking stuffer for anyone. These are a really cute color and they have pretty great sound quality for being inexpensive. 

If you're trying to stay as inexpensive as possible this holiday you can also consider signing up for the Target RedCard. They have both a debit card and a credit card to choose from and you always save 5% on everything in the store! You can sign up here!

Minneapolis Travel Guide

Hey y'all! I'm coming back with another travel guide, this time I'm talking all about Minneapolis! Minneapolis is a quick four hour road trip for me, so it's always a good destination for a little weekend getaway. This time I stayed at The Graduate Hotel and I have to say I highly recommend it to anyone looking to stay in Minneapolis! It was such a cute boutique hotel with the coziest furnishings. It really felt like a place you'd want to snuggle up by the fire (preferably the one in the lobby, which is gorgeous). It had a very luxury ski lodge vibe that we really enjoyed!

First Stop: Total Wine & More
So this stop is technically a little outside the twin cities but it's definitely worth swinging by. They have great deals on wine, most of it at wholesale prices. This means you can pick up some great quality bottles for under $20! They also have a huge selection of beer and spirits, I'd totally recommend stopping if you have time!

Second Stop: The Mall of America
Anyone who knows me or reads this blog, or even anyone who has seen the inside of my closet knows I love to shop so this was a fairly obvious place to spend half a day. The Mall of America is the largest shopping mall in the United States so if you're in need of a shopping fix.....enough said.

Third Stop: The Graduate Hotel
After a shopping spree we stopped by the hotel to drop off our luggage and check in. The Graduate is located in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus which puts you right within walking distance to some really neat shops, restaurants, and more. They also have a restaurant and bar attached, as well as a Starbucks!
Bonus: Not traveling to Minneapolis? No problem! The Graduate is a chain of hotels in college towns all across the country!

Fourth Stop: Sencha Tea Bar
This is a place we just happened to notice on the way to the hotel. It's about a block and a half walk from the hotel so it made the perfect pre-dinner relaxation spot. They had a massive selection of teas to choose from, as well as some light food offerings. This was a really quaint and unique place and I'm so glad we happened upon it!

Last Stop: The Melting Pot
If you haven't been to The Melting Pot at least once in your life you need to give it a shot. It's definitely an experience. They offer a huge variety of different fondues such as cheese, and chocolate fondues. If you feel like playing it safe try the Classic Alpine cheese fondue. For the chocolate fondue you can choose what type of chocolate you want and if you're 21 and over you can choose a type of alcohol to mix in as well. We went with dark chocolate and Bailey's and it was FANTASTIC.
Pro Tip: Plan on spending at least two hours here, this isn't a quick meal but it's totally worth the time investment!

Hopefully you've gotten the travel bug from reading this! Have you ever stayed at a Graduate Hotel? What's your favorite place to visit in Minneapolis? Let me know in the comments!

The College Series: Do's & Don'ts of Sorority Recruitment

Hey y'all! The next few posts in the College Series have been highly requested and they're all about sorority rush. Let me know if you guys have any questions and I can do a Q&A post about rush as well!

do's and don'ts of sorority rush, recruitment advice


Do: Be Yourself 
This should be fairly obvious but we are trying to get to know you and hundreds of other girls as quickly as possible. Don't be afraid to be yourself and don't be afraid of being judged. 

Do: Smile! 
It makes us feel more comfortable as well as the girls around you. Smiling makes you seem more fun and approachable, trust me we're doing the same thing. 

Do: Be Positive
Try to be excited for every house, even if you have your eye on a certain sorority. It's not fair to not give a chapter a chance, you don't know them. You might fall in love with a chapter you never saw yourself in. Make it a point to find something positive about every chapter, you'll be in a better mood that way. 

Do: Make Sure You're Comfortable
This goes especially to those of you with huge campuses where the houses are spread out all over. Not every campus has sorority row, which can equal lots of walking. I know those brand new heels seem like a good idea, but instead opt for a cute pair of flats or some comfortable wedges. This goes for clothes too. Don't wear a dress or a romper that you constantly have to pull down. 

Do: Pack Your Purse
Take a bag, this is honestly so important. The whole process involves a lot of really long days and having some Band-Aids, water, gum, and snacks will make you a well loved person among your fellow PNMs. 

Do: Ask Questions
Think of this as a job interview except more fun. Be willing to ask any questions that you have about the chapter, the girls, or anything else. It makes it less awkward for us when you ask questions instead of us having to force small talk or grill you. 

Do: Be Prepared
It is a long process, which involves being asked the same questions over and over. Don't get annoyed everyone is trying to get to know you. We all know how repetitive it is, we went through it too. 

Do: Get Your Zzzzz's
Like I said before, it's a handful of really long days. Don't go out and party during rush (this can actually hurt your chances at getting a bid) but also make it a point to go to bed earlier and get up for breakfast. 

Do: Talk to Your Rho Chi (Recruitment Counselors)
They've been through the whole process and they're here to help you. Don't be shy about asking them any questions you might have or even just asking them for advice. Don't ask about what sorority they're in because they aren't allowed to tell you anyway. 

Do: Make Friends
Lots of the girls from your pledge class, whether they get bids or not, will become some of your earliest friends in college. Take the time to talk to everyone else too, everyone is in the same boat. Plus, making friends in your pledge class makes it feel less awkward because you don't feel alone in the process. 

Do: Dress to Impress
Having a hard time choosing between that skirt and your favorite Lilly shift? Go with the Lilly. It's hard to be overdressed for rush so just wear something that you love that makes you feel confident.

Do: Know What You're Getting Into
Sorority life can get expensive and it is a large time commitment between chapter meetings, retreats, and social events. Be prepared and do your research.

Do: Make Sure You're Doing This for the Right Reasons
One of the best things about rushing is finding a group of girls who you share interests and you can make friends so quickly. These are girls you'll most likely keep as friends for the rest of your life. Don't do this for the attention, the reputation, or the parties.


Don't: Talk About the 3 B's
Booze, Boys, and the Bible. Try to keep topics light during recruitment. Religion might come up if you're talking with a faith based sorority though, then it's totally fine!

Don't: Swear
It's just not appealing, you're trying to make your best impression in a short amount of time. Just don't do it.

Don't: Have Your Heart Set
First of all it's unfair to not give all the chapters a chance, especially based only on things you've heard. Give everyone a chance. You never know, the chapter you never considered might be your favorite. It also hurts more if you have your heart set on one sorority and don't get a bid so don't put yourself in that position.

Don't: Be Intimidated
Recruitment is just kind of a strange and overwhelming experience. You're tired and you're having chants yelled at you all while being stared at by hundreds of girls knowing they are going to judge you based on a short amount of time getting to know you. That being said, if you do feel intimidated it's okay just try not to be nervous.

Don't: Take Anything Personally
Like I said we're all trying to get to know huge groups of girls in such a short amount of time based entirely off of quick conversations and small talk. If we just don't click don't take it personally.

Don't: Complain
Recruitment is a long, exhausting process. We know you're tired, we've been through the process too and honestly we are just as tired as you are. Plus our throats are sore from chanting constantly. Be excited, it makes it more enjoyable for everyone.

Don't: Worry!
This is so important! It's okay if you don't get a bid there are so many other ways to get involved on campus and make friends. If you really want in and don't get a bid during formal recruitment keep an eye out for informal recruitment sometime in the spring, or you can always try again next year.

Don't: Talk About Other Houses
Don't be the girl who goes around telling chapters how much you dislike a chapter, their house, or their girls. Many of us have friends in all different sororities on campus and you could be talking about someone's best friend. You never know who you might offend, so you're better off being positive and talking about yourself or asking questions.

That's all I can think of! If you guys have any questions about sorority recruitment I'd be more than happy to answer them! Feel free to drop me a comment here, shoot me an email or send me a DM on Instagram! I'll be answering everyone's questions!

Also be on the lookout for the next couple of posts in The College Series they will be all about sorority recruitment!

What's in My Carry On

Hey y'all! So I am packing to head out for a trip and I figured I would share what I pack in my carry on! I am someone who is super organized and obsessive when I pack so this is a pretty complete list for the perfect carry on bag!

  • Makeup Bag
    • GM On-the-Go Skincare Kit
      • Herbal Hydrating Mist
      • Herbal E Oil
      • Rejuvenation Creme 
      • Nutrient Serum
      • Marine Mint Mask
    • Burt's Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm 
    • Hand Lotion
    • Loreal Lash Paradise Mascara
    • Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes
    • It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Compact
    • Oil Blotting Papers
    • Hair Ties
    • Dry Shampoo
    • Hair Brush 
  • Laptop Bag
    • iPhone & Charger
    • Macbook & Charger
    • Notebook & Pen
  • Tech 
    • Camera & Charger
    • SD Cards
    • Headphones
    • Power Bank
  • Accessories 
    • Scarf
    • Cardigan
    • Socks
    • Umbrella
    • Glasses
    • Sunglasses
    • Wallet
  • Miscellaneous
    • Tylenol
    • Book
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Snacks
    • Kleenex
    • Water Bottle (empty)

Lillybee in IC

Hey y'all! Recently I got accepted to the campus rep program for Lillybee University and they sent me the cutest shoes in my school colors! I was so excited to shoot these, I have to say this is one of my all-time favorite posts!

Lillybee University makes shoes and bags inspired by different colleges! They are so adorable! I'm in love with the flats and the wedges, they're so comfortable too which makes them perfect for dressing up or down for game day! They come with multiple colors of interchangeable bows too. Lillybee University also has a sorority line if you're looking for a unique way to wear your letters!

I have more awesome items from them, so be on the lookout for more posts!

First up are the ballet flats, these are so comfy and versatile. They are perfect for wearing to campus events, to class, and especially for game day! There are tons of colleges available too, you can check out the flats here.

Next up are these super cute bow flip flops, these would be really cute if you're looking for a cuter pair of shower shoes (since college showers are not somewhere to go barefoot)! You can shop them here.

Saving my personal favorites for last, these wedges are just to die for! They are super comfortable and would make the perfect addition to any game day outfit! You can shop them here

They also sent me the absolute cutest rainboots but it has been way too hot and there hasn't been any rain lately. I'll post about those the second I'm able to wear them! 

The College Series: A Week in the Life

Hey y'all! This post has actually been requested and this will hopefully be really helpful to all you incoming college freshmen so you can see what a real day in a college student's shoes looks like!

college advice for incoming freshmen a week in the life of a college student pre med

Monday, Wednesday, & Fridays

8:00 A.M.
Wake up and Makeup!

8:40 A.M.
Get Breakfast in the Caf

9:00 - 9:50 A.M.
Organismal & Ecological Biology 

10:00 - 10:50 A.M.
Organic Chemistry

11:00 A.M. 
Eat Lunch in the Caf

1:00 - 1:50 P.M. 

2:00 - 6:00 P.M. 

6:00 P.M. 
Get Dinner To-Go from the Caf

6:30 P.M. 

7:30 P.M. 
Take a Shower

8:00 P.M. 
Eat Dinner & Relax

10:00 P.M. 
Head to Bed


6:45 A.M. 
Wake Up & Makeup!

7:15 A.M. 
Get Ready for the Day & Eat Breakfast in my Room

8:00 - 11:00 A.M.
Biology Lab 

11:15 A.M. 
Eat Lunch in the Caf

11:45 - 2:00 P.M.

2:00 P.M. 
Get to Work 

6:30 P.M. 
Leave Work & Get Dinner in the Caf

7:00 P.M. 
Take a Shower

7:30 - 9:00 P.M. 
Study or Do Homework 

9:00 - 11:00 P.M. 
Relax & Watch Netflix 

11:00 P.M.
Head to Bed


6:45 A.M. 
Wake Up & Makeup!

7:15 A.M. 
Get Ready for the Day & Eat Breakfast in my Room

8:00 - 11:00 A.M.
Chemistry Lab 

11:15 A.M. 
Eat Lunch in the Caf

11:45 - 2:00 P.M.

2:00 P.M. 
Get to Work 

6:30 P.M. 
Leave Work & Get Dinner in the Caf

7:00 P.M. 
Take a Shower

7:30 - 9:00 P.M. 
Study or Do Homework 

9:00 - 11:00 P.M. 
Relax & Watch Netflix 

11:00 P.M.
Head to Bed 

Hopefully this has helped paint a really accurate picture of what a real college schedule looks like. It's also specific for a Pre-Medicine Major, so most of my weekend includes studying and catching up on things! Let me know if there are any other posts you all want to see!


The College Series: How to Set Up Your Schedule

Hey y'all! I'm back with another post in The College Series and this one is full of helpful tips on how to set up your schedule to make the most of your time and make your college transition go smoothly! Let's get started!

Avoid 8:00 AM Classes 

I know everybody says this, but it's so true. When you're given total freedom to do what you want when you want you're going to want to sleep in. Let's be honest. If you HAVE to schedule an 8:00 AM try to make it a lab since they are usually only once a week. 

Give Yourself a Lunch Break

Trust me on this one. Don't schedule classes from 9:00-3:00, you will end up starving and not paying attention. Give yourself one class block to eat lunch. It's worth it, otherwise make sure you have a good breakfast and plenty of healthy snacks in your backpack.

Night Classes Suck

Thankfully, I've never had to take one but I have heard from multiple friends who did and I have yet to meet someone who liked them. They take away a lot of your opportunities to work, have free time with friends, and sometimes even eat. If you can avoid them, do it. 

Don't Leave a Huge Gap

If you're anything like me and have very little self motivation this is the worst thing you can do. It might sound awesome to you to be able to have two or three hours between classes but it's not. Chances are you'll get busy, fall asleep, or just be lazy and not go to class. 

Stack Them Up

I know back to back classes, especially tough classes, don't sound fun but having class all throughout the day is worse. The best thing I ever did was set up my schedule to have class from 9:00 until noon and 1:00 until 2:00 then I was done for the day. This gives you plenty of time to relax, do homework, get some hours in at work, eat dinner, and workout. It even leaves time for binge watching Netflix, you can thank me later. 

Get Into a Routine

I know it sounds brutal to wake up early even on weekends and days when you don't have early classes. It makes it so much easier when that alarm goes off on days when you do have class though. Get into the habit of waking up at the same time every day whether you need to or not. If you get tired during the day, take a quick power nap. 

Wake Up Early to Schedule Your Classes

I cannot stress this enough. Classes go FAST, especially if you're in a popular major with lots of students. Upperclassmen typically get first pick at classes and underclassmen are left with the rest. If they tell you that you can log in and schedule your classes starting at 7:00 AM set and alarm and wake up early. You'll get into the classes you need that way and you won't have to go around begging professors to add you or being put on a wait list. 

Hopefully you've found some of these tips helpful. Have some more useful tips about setting up your schedule? Drop a comment below or shoot me an email! 

My Favorite Summer Reads

Hey y'all! So I'm doing something a little different today and I'm excited! My whole life I've been a really avid reader, I'm just a very curious person so I love learning things through books. I've always been really into mysteries or anything pertaining to medicine. So I want to share with you some really great books I've read lately in case you're looking for a good beach read! I've linked all the books so you don't have to search around, all you have to do is click the title!

books summer beach reads best of 2017

Nancy Thayer is a fantastic author. I've read a few of her books and every one of them is a great read!  You should absolutely pick one up if you need a good beach read. Nantucket Sisters and Summer House have been my two favorites so far! 

So this is the nerdy side of me coming out, but I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone considering a career in medicine or any Pre-Med students. It's a great insight into the field of medical from the perspective of a medical resident. Let me know if you decide to check this out, I'd love to know what you thought!

For anyone who loves mystery, this one is for you. I'm a huge fan of crime, thriller, mystery novels and this one did not disappoint. Just take my word on this, you NEED to read it. It's so good.

Okay so if you haven't read this, or at least heard about it, you might live under a rock. That being said, if you haven't read it yet you definitely need to. It's pretty much impossible to put down so make sure you bring another book since you'll fly through this one. 

Okay so if you don't read anything else on this list, read this one. It's a collection of essays and short stories from an aspiring writer. The twist? Sadly, Marina was killed in a car accident just days after graduating from Yale. This book is just a haunting collection of fantastic work from a successful girl who left the world too soon. 

This book has all the makings of a great beach read. It's got drama, mystery, family, and and crime. This isn't one you want to miss, it's definitely worth the read. 

A great, cheeky book for all the twenty-somethings who feel lost in love. This is such a great book for a day spent relaxing. It's a funny look into the thoughts many of us have. Give it a shot!

I'd love to know if you've picked up any of these and what you thought! Let me know if you've already read any of them too, maybe we can even start a blogger book club! 📚

Lilly Lovin'

Hey y'all! I don't know about you but I love this dress, it's one of my favorite Lilly dresses. The pattern is great too! This is the Reagan dress in Hibiscus Stroll. I love the lace detailing and the fun twirly skirt. I picked this up at the After Party Sale last year, speaking of the sale it should be coming up soon so keep an eye out!

lilly pulitzer preppy outfit

I paired this dress with my classic white Jacks and some Kendra Scott accessories. I love pairing my white Andy bracelet with just about anything and the Kendra Scott Elle earrings are my favorite. They are smaller than the Danielle and less heavy. This pair is such a beautiful orange color, I just love them. Excuse me while I go buy 10 more pairs!

The College Series: Answering Major Specific Questions

Hey y'all! For today's post I've partnered up with a few other college bloggers to answer some common questions regarding specific majors. This advice will be great for any of you who are still in the process of choosing a major for this fall or for those of you who are still undecided after a year or two. If you have any more questions feel free to contact me via email or drop a comment below and we can continue answering your questions! All of the questions in this post are reader submitted, I love answering whatever questions y'all have about college!

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First up we have Laila from Laila Anne Co.

Boston University: Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Human Physiology

Favorite thing about your major? Least favorite? 
I love that I specifically get to learn about all the science behind the human body! There's so much to learn and it's super rewarding when you can retain and process all of the information you're given. My least favorite thing about my major is the amount of time I have to spend studying, but I really can't complain because I still get to have a lot of fun!

How much time do you spend a week on homework/studying?
A whole lot! I would say I spend anywhere from 25-40 hours studying and doing homework each week.

How much free time do you have, if any? What do you do with it?
On days where I only have a few classes I can have up to six hours of free time, plus on the weekends my schedule is generally pretty open! In my free time I love putting a little extra effort into my makeup, shopping, watching TV and relaxing with friends.

If you could go back and start college all over again would you choose the same major?
I would totally stick with my major if I had the chance to start over again. Although it is very challenging, the many highlights and opportunities offered in my program make the struggle well worth it!

What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I would love to attend medical school. I want to become an OB/GYN so I would look for schools with great women’s health curriculums. I don’t know where my journey will take me, but I also love the idea of pursuing a Master’s in Public Health. I know I would be so happy following either (or both) of these paths!

What has been your favorite class so far? Least favorite? 
My favorite class has been an introductory writing class called “Women of the Non-West”. In this class, we studied feminist issues from the perspective of women in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It was incredibly eye-opening and interactive. We watched a lot of Ted Talks and read so many fascinating articles.
My least favorite class was Chemistry 101. At Boston University, the CH 101 class has a reputation for crushing the dreams of all STEM freshmen. It is challenging, intensive and quite unforgiving. In order to succeed I had to spend a ton of time studying (hence the 40 hours). At the end of the day I survived, and I’m so glad I don’t have to suffer through it again.

Why did you choose this major? 
I chose to major in Human Physiology because I love science and want to attend Med School. However, I don’t love learning about plant biology, ecology and E.coli. I really wanted to explore the inner workings of the human body, so naturally Human Phys called my name. 

Advice for incoming freshman choosing this major? 
I’ll put the harsh stuff first: Be prepared to study hard and be prepared to fail! It will be difficult. But also, be prepared to learn so much fascinating information and be super proud of yourself when you retain most of it. You’ll need to develop amazing time management skills and learn how to collaborate. If you stay dedicated you’ll impress everyone by killing the game in a super difficult program of study! And remember, a little bit of healthy fear of failure can be a great motivator. I know you’ve got this, get ready to slay your first year of college. 

Next up we have Danielle from Dragon Girl Blog

Texas A&M University

Biochemistry & French Double Major

Favorite thing about your major? Least favorite? 
My favorite thing about my biochemistry major was definitely my “Introduction to Biochemistry” class. In this class, we learned about future topics we’d be exploring later on in the major. My least favorite part of this major was all of the work!
My favorite thing about my French major is the opportunity it brings! It opens the door to studying abroad and meeting new people! I don’t dislike anything about this major.

How much time do you spend a week on homework/studying? 
For biochemistry, I spent about 5-8 hours a day studying, which equated to around 25-40 hours a week. Taking on this major is like taking on a full-time job. I only spent about 3-5 hours a week on French.

How much free time do you have, if any? What do you do with it? 
I didn’t have much free time, but I spent that time participating in the activities my organizations offered. These things included general meetings, leadership meetings and volunteering.

If you could go back and start college all over again would you choose the same major? 
ABSOLUTELY NOT! I actually changed my major from Biochemistry to International Studies with a concentration in Communication and Media. 

What are your plans after graduation? 
Originally, my plans were to go to medical school to become a pediatric oncologist. As of now, I would like to work for Estée Lauder in New York or possibly Paris in PR and Media.

What has been your favorite class so far? Least favorite? 
I have two favorite classes actually, “Prospective of Biochemistry and Genetics” and “Contemporary French.” Hopefully your college of choice offers an introductory class to your major because this class will give you a taste of what you’re in for and get you pumped about your future collegiate career!

Why did you choose this major? 
I chose this major because I was told that it would give me the best shot of getting into medical school. I also found it to be pretty interesting and loved how it, quite literally, combined biology and chemistry into one. 

Advice for incoming freshman choosing this major? 
STUDY WHAT YOU LOVE. Do not be like me and spend an entire year studying something you don’t absolutely love. If you feel like you aren’t getting anything out of your current classes and begin to feel unmotivated, do not be afraid to step off of whatever path you set for yourself to explore other options. Ignore anyone who calls your major “useless.” If you love what you study, you will be successful no matter what. 

Next up is Alexis from Very Lex

Texas State University 

Elementary Education

Favorite thing about your major? Least favorite? 
I love that we get to work with kids pretty early on. Of course freshman year was full of core classes, but by my sophomore year my classes built in time at elementary schools so we were able to get experience as early as possible. Also, the professors were all pretty great. As an education major, your professors are passionate about education which makes for very helpful and encouraging teachers. Sometimes I think they're more excited about teaching us than we are! My least favorite part was that everyone thought my major was super easy. They would always ask me if my classes were full of crafts and fun projects. I don't think a lot of people realize the research on child development and how big of a role it plays in the major. It's not all about the material we teach, it's about the child we're teaching. 

How much time do you spend a week on homework/studying? 
On an average, I spend between 10-15 hours a week doing homework or studying. I will admit that most of this time is spent reading articles and textbooks. 

How much free time do you have, if any What do you do with it? 
I didn't have much free time because I worked as an RA (resident advisor) on campus, but when I did I liked to hang out with friends and explore. Texas State is between San Antonio and Austin, so it was really easy to take day trips to the larger cities!

If you could go back and start college all over again would you choose the same major? 
If I could go back, I would definitely choose the same major. It has taught me so much about children and their development which will not only help me as a teacher, but as a parent in the future. It also taught me a lot about different learning styles and how to cater to those, which helped me with my own work as a college student. 

What are your plans after graduation? 
After graduation, I hope to have a job right out of school, but because I am an elementary education major graduating in December, I realize that teaching jobs are few and far between in January. So, I plan to substitute teach (hopefully a long-term sub position) throughout the remainder of the school year and find a full-time teacher position in August. 

What has been your favorite class so far? Least favorite? 
My favorite class so far has been my Family Relationships class. It basically went throughout all different types of families and lifestyles and the value to each of them. I loved this class because not only was my professor was super hilarious and witty, but the information was so interesting. It was one of those classes that's valuable for any major, because it's relevant to everyone. My least favorite class was definitely my ESL class. ESL stands for English as a Second Language, and while I understood the value and importance of the class for my future career, it was one of those classes that I dreaded going to. My professor was very passive aggressive with her students, and would talk in a condescending tone when answering questions. The material was also pretty boring for me because it was mostly the legal side of ESL so it was a lot of reading law and court case articles. My class actually bonded over how boring the class was. 

Why did you choose this major? 
I chose this major because I have always loved working with kids. I knew growing up that I never wanted to work a traditional "desk job" and teaching is far from it. My mother was also a teacher (she  is currently a school counselor) when I was younger, and I remember wanting to be just like her. It's funny because after talking to a bunch of girls in my classes, we found out that most of us actually played "school" with our friends and siblings and demanded to be the teacher!

Advice for incoming freshman choosing this major? 
My advice for this major would be to make sure that you're truly passionate about education. It is so much more than apples and rulers, and after working with kids during my internship I've found that teaching will definitely test you. Along with this, don't go into this field for the money. I'm not sure about other states, but in Texas, teachers don't get paid that much. But on the other hand, I have never seen a group of professors so passionate about what they're teaching. My friends complain about how their professors don't care about the students, but that has never happened in this major. Every professor is invested in you, and genuinely wants to see you succeed. My last piece of advice is to be careful what you put online. If you are wanting to become a teacher, I promise you the school you apply to after graduation will search through your social media and you DO NOT want them to find anything (especially a post you forgot about from your freshman year in college). Promote yourself in a positive light, because think about it, if your principal can find it then your student's parents can find it and you don't want that. Having said that, teaching is a highly respected profession, and one that breeds lifelong friendships which is an added bonus!

Last but not least is me!

Coe College, transferring to University of Iowa

Biology & Neuroscience Double Major

Favorite thing about your major? Least favorite? 
I'd have to say my favorite thing about this major is how much it makes me excited for my future career in Medicine. It is fun to me to learn things about the human body and science and see how they all work together, it's very rewarding. 
My least favorite thing would have to be the immense time commitment. Honestly, if you're going to major in any science be prepared to work harder than you ever thought possible. 

How much time do you spend a week on homework/studying? 
The typical rule is 3 hours per class of homework/studying and that seems to be pretty true. In total I'd say I spend about 30-40 hours a week doing homework or studying. This involves a ton of reading and for me personally lots of practice problems and online homework. 

How much free time do you have, if any? What do you do with it? 
I won't lie I don't have tons of free time, but that's my own fault. I like to be involved and I also work part time while I'm in school to try to save money for medical school. In my free time I like to read (for fun), shop, work on my blog, and binge watch Netflix or hang out with my dog!

If you could go back and start college all over again would you choose the same major? 
That's a funny story actually. I have changed my major twice before landing in science. If I could start over I would choose it first. As a kid I always wanted to pursue Medicine but I was always told I wasn't good enough. So I started in Visual Arts, changed to Business Administration and was just miserable and bored. I finally decided I didn't care what anyone said and decided to pursue what I really felt was calling me and I've never been happier. It's so much hard work but it's so worth it. 

What are your plans after graduation? 
I plan on going to medical school. I don't know exactly what specialty I want to pursue but I am so fascinated by Ophthalmology. I also love the idea of pediatrics and a couple of others. 

What has been your favorite class so far? Least favorite? 
My favorite class so far has probably been Anatomy & Physiology. I just love learning about the body and how everything works, it's so satisfying. 
For my least favorite it's a tie between Biopsychology and Chemistry. My Biopsychology professor was actually super nice but the class itself was just very dry and so so detailed. It was kind of an overwhelming amount of information. Chemistry is hard for it's own reasons. The professor I had for Chem 101 was not great so I felt like I didn't get the basic knowledge I needed from that class which is only making it harder as the classes progress and get more difficult. It's also a lot of math, which I'm not great at. 

Why did you choose this major? 
Like I mentioned earlier, I have always wanted to pursue Medicine. I have such a thirst for knowledge and I really feel like the field is always evolving and there is always something new to learn. I've always wanted to combine my love for science with helping people and Medicine is the perfect way to combine the two. Biology is the first stepping stone to getting where I want to be. The Neuroscience major is actually a collateral major. It's just a handful of extra classes. These classes are mainly in psychology which is something else I really enjoy, so it felt like a smart decision to incorporate that as well. I would also say some of the things covered in the Neuroscience classes (like Biopsychology) break down the larger concepts from Biology classes and make them easier to understand while also giving you a deeper, more thorough, understanding of the concept as a whole. 

Advice for incoming freshman choosing this major? 
If you're doing this to pursue something like Medicine for the money, don't bother. Unless you are truly passionate about what you're learning you will get burnt out and bored. This major isn't for someone who wants an easy college experience. There is so much to learn and so much studying to do, it's a huge time commitment but if it's what you want and love it's worth every minute. 
My other advice is not to take your advisor's words as absolute truth. While my advisor is nice and sometimes helpful, he has tried to discourage me from pursuing my goals on multiple occasions. From talking to more students in the same major at different colleges it seems like this is the norm, which is so unfortunate. Being told you're not good enough, especially by someone in a place of leadership is awful. If this is what you really want and you're willing to put your heart and soul into it and work harder than you ever thought possible, do it. If you want something enough you can achieve it. 

SheIn Haul + Tips

Hey y'all! By now I'm sure most of you have heard about SheIn (previously SheInside) a fashion company based overseas. You've most likely seen your favorite bloggers rocking an item that they brag about being so inexpensive but you've wondered if it's too good to be true. Will it look that good on you? Is the quality okay? Well you've come to the right place. I've purchased from SheIn a handful of times and I've acquired lots of quality items, so I'm here to show you my latest haul and give complete reviews of every item, as well as links! Let's get started with some tips:

SheIn tips and tricks for shopping from china

Manage Your Expectations
You're getting what you pay for. Every so often you come across an item that has outstanding reviews and comes in with just overall great quality. It happens, but be aware that you can also receive items that aren't exactly high-quality. That being said I've never returned anything for being poor quality.

Look For Reviews
One of the best ways to see what an item looks like in real life and get an accurate picture of the quality is to look for reviews. You can also look through the Style Gallery, which is where people who have received the item post pictures of them wearing it to help other people get an idea of what it looks like in real life.

Be Willing to Write Reviews
Help a fellow shopper out. Lots of people depend on the reviews to help them decide whether or not to purchase an item, if you buy an item, especially one with no reviews, go write a quick review or post a picture to help out the next person who wants to buy the item. Plus, writing reviews gets you points which can eventually be redeemed for discounts.

Pay for Expedited Shipping
These items are shipping from overseas, so be aware that some items can take up to a month to ship. They usually do a great job about getting the items out in a week or two but you can speed this process along by paying for expedited shipping. It's only a few dollars and you'll most likely get your items within 7 days.

The first item up is the pink scalloped off the shoulder top that everyone on Instagram has been asking about. It's so adorable! It's hands down my favorite item I've ever ordered from them, it's pretty good quality. I did notice that it's just barely see-through, but not enough to worry about. The elastic is good quality and stays up well. Sizing runs true to size, I ordered a medium.

Next up is this palm leaf printed blouse. The material on this is a bit weird but overall it's a cute top. I will say I ordered a medium and it's pretty big on me, so I would definitely recommend ordering a size down in this one, maybe even two. The colors and print are gorgeous in person! The zipper on the back is good quality and functional. 

Next I ordered this laser cut navy off the shoulder dress. I will say on this the material is kind of stiff and uncomfortable. The dress does fit loose though so it's tolerable. The detailing is really cute and well done. The elastic stays off the shoulder on this too. This can really easily be dressed up or down, so it's a good buy for summer. This felt to me like it ran big too, if you don't want to order your current size you should size down one.

Lastly, I ordered this blush pink casual jacket. I thought it would be great for spring and summer for chilly nights and rainy days. The material does feel a little cheap and so do the "metal" accents but all around it's a great value. Fit is true to size and the color is great too.

So that sums up my most recent haul from SheIn and some helpful tips and tricks I use when I shop their site. If you have any questions or comments feel free to drop a comment below!