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Things I Learned in College: Emma's View

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Hello All! I’m Emma from the “World According to Emma”. On my blog you will find stories from my life as a college student, reviews on television shows and movies and my love for Big Brother.
I am so grateful to Sabra for letting me participate in her “Things I’ve Learned in College” series.  In a couple of days I will be starting my sophomore year of college. I’m excited to go back to school and thought I’d share the top ten things I learned during my freshmen year (in no particular order).

1: The Freshmen 15 really does exist
I’m pretty sure every person who starts college believes that the Freshmen 15 won’t happen to them. At least I thought it wouldn’t happen to me but unfortunately it does.  If you live on campus you’ll be eating at the dinning hall (all processed food) and if you go to a school like mine there will be a Dunkin Donuts on campus. I gained the freshmen weight and now spent my summer trying lose it. My biggest piece of advice is work out and try to eat healthy BUT don’t obsess over it, everyone’s going through it.

2: Some people have bad roommate experience but if you’re lucky your roommate might just become one of your best friends

I went into college thinking that when it came to roommates I wanted some I could co-exist with. Instead I ended up with Hannah and we cliqued instantly! I’m pretty sure that if I met Hannah around campus I would probably still be friends with her. I know that I lucked out and that not everybody gets such a great roommate. My biggest advice when it comes to roommates is make sure that you talk about boundaries early on so that you and your roommate are comfortable living together and if you really can’t stand living with them talk to RA or hall director.

3: Sometimes the place you belong is right in front of your eyes

The Beginning of my freshmen year I joined a Future Teacher’s Club on campus. I wasn’t hundred percent sure how involved I wanted to be in the club. Instead I found some great friends, found a club where I belong and am happy. I’m even the new club secretary for next year!

4: You might meet your best friend in the most interesting ways

My friend Mandi and I met one day through mutual friends of ours at lunch. We were talking about people we knew and I asked if she knew this guy. It turns out that the guy I was asking about was her ex-boyfriend. If you think that’s awkward, it gets worse, I tried to assure her that he had mentioned her by describing the one girlfriend he mentioned and it was her! Now, we’re best friends and laugh hysterically whenever we think about the day we met.

5: Get involved

 Join at least one club because you’ll make great friends and have cool experiences. For example the picture above is from Project Beautification where my future teacher’s club went and did cleaned up an elementary school and planted gardens.

6: Go to campus events, you never know who you’ll meet.

On Hannah’s birthday we went to a comedy show that the campus hosted. The headliner was Chris D’Elia from the NBC show Whitney. After the show we got to meet the comedians, so me and my friends go picture with Chris D’Elia and I can officially say I met celebrity!

7: Never subtweet about anyone

This story is pretty embarrassing for me. Let’s just say that my next door neighbor was REALLY loud and slammed her doors a lot! All my friends back home tweeting about people so I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal. Well my neighbor found and confronted me about. She seemed so hurt and I regretted it almost instantly and feel guilty to this day.

8: It’s okay to skip class every once in a while.

You really should go to every class, you might miss something important and you can’t rely on anyone else but yourself to take good notes. But I understand that sometimes you need a day to sleep in or you have a huge test later in the day, and in those cases it might be okay to skip a class but make sure that it is one that you can skip and that you won’t be overwhelmed with when you don’t go.

9: Find a Place That Works For You to Study

After a semester I learned that I CAN NOT for the life of me study in my room, I get distracted by my stuff and my roommate, so instead I started studying in my floor’s common dorm or my building’s lobby. There was enough distraction that I wasn’t going insane like I did in the library but I could still focus.

10: Focus on yourself, before trying to find significant other

A lot of people go to college single. There are tons of people in college that you can date. But make sure before you jump into a relationship with someone at college you are comfortable with yourself and your new lifestyle (college is a whole new lifestyle) before you start dating. That way when you meet someone you can be happy and enjoy yourself.

I hope the things that I learned in college helped or entertained you in  some way. If you’re reading this and you’re about ready to start your freshman year I wish you luck!


Dork Alert

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So I don't know if you guys know this (my family reading this sure does!), but I am a HUGE dork!

Between bouts of extreme hyperness, my hiccups, and my laugh, oh boy, I can, for sure, be called a dork. (wow that was a lot of commas)

I can barely control my laughter once I get going, though I'm told that my laugh is very contagious and can make anyone laugh. That is, if you aren't trying to figure out where the extremely obnoxious seal is in the room. . . .

My hiccups. . . . sound like a puppy getting stepped on.

No Joke.

I scream out windows with Lindy.

I fall off of my bed trying to be cute. . .  obviously I failed.

I can't dance. But I Love to dance.
I have a strange booty dance that I do when I'm extremely hyper/excited about something.
Lindy has failed many times to copy this dance though she trys very hard.
She just doesn't understand how a dance move can be so awkward.

I win.
I am insanely competitive when it comes to little games. Between My Cows or a game of Risk, if I decide that I want to win, I am obnoxious until I am.

I just thought it was important for all of you to get a glimpse of how I really am.
I haven't really come up with anyway to show you guys how much of a dork that I am in other posts.
So many of them are soooo serious! Blah, I'm really not a super serious person.

Though being such an OCD organizer, most people would think that I am. . .but I'm not.
I promise you. :)

Things I Learned in College: Lizzy Lays it All Out

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Hi Sabra's Readers! My name is Lizzy, and I blog at Lizzy's Luggage. I'm a 19-going-on-2 year old who dreams of visiting London and making a change during her life! At my blog you can find various posts about beauty, fashion, life, college, and Oreos (obsessed). My life goal is to inspire and change people, and I hope you'll catch that vibe if you visit me.

Sabra asked me to help her out with the "Things I Learned In College" series, and I thought this would be great for my first ever guest post! So let's get to learning...

1. It's okay to need help (Personal and Career-wise)

I've talked a lot about my experience with having to meet with a personal counselor on campus in my posts. As most of my regular readers know; my blog is a product of those meetings. To be honest, it absolutely sucked to have to admit that I needed additional help, but I am so happy that I took the initiative. Don't be afraid to meet with someone if you think that you can't handle the stress.

Also, if you're like most college students; you won't have your future career completely figured out when you get to school. It's a really big decision to make, so meeting with a career counselor is a great idea to learn about careers you've never even knew of! Along with that, they've got amazing tools (online tests/programs) that use your skills, hobbies, and likes to give you career options.

2. It's encouraged to try new things


When you move from high school to college, you're more than likely going to experience a ton of new things.  Trying these new things can initially be really scary, but you may surprise yourself and find something you absolutely love!  Don't worry, you don't have to go all out and get a piercing or a tattoo, but expanding your boundaries is never a bad thing.  My rebelling consisted of dying a strip of my hair pink.  I've now fallen in love with it and plan to get my tips done next!  The next picture (blue shirts) is of myself and my fellow Student Affairs Senator.  In high school I was never voted into ANYTHING until I finally just gave up and quit trying.  I took the initiative at college and was elected as my dorm's representative.  I was scared to represent such a large group of people, but I really enjoyed it and plan to run next year!  The first picture in the second row is of a couple friends and I before we went to a Toga Party.  I'd never been much of a party-goer, and it took a lot of begging to get me to go.  Even though I didn't enjoy myself a whole lot, I was still happy that I tried it.  And finally, we have the picture of me skiing.  Over spring break I went with one of my BEST FRIENDS to Wyoming.  I was scared out of my mind, but I had a lot of fun!!!

3.  Photobooth brings people together

Don't worry, I made friends without the use of this, but for some reason taking a million silly-effect pictures can move a person from acquaintance to friend in a couple snapshots. Whenever we needed a study break or were just plain bored, this app always seemed to entertain us, and it always left us in giggles.

4. The people you meet will be your life-long friends

I used to always think that I'd stay close with my high school friends through everything. As of now, I only really talk to about 4 regularly. It's not like I hate them or anything, but the sad truth is that we went our separate ways and neither of us made an effort to stay in contact. At school, I've met a whole group of people who have a lot in common with me, and who aren't just hanging out with me because we 'grew up together'.

5. You're never too old for a blanket fort

Let's get one thing straight: college can be very stressful. With homework, finals, extra-curriculars, and part-time jobs; you can get worn-thin easily. Sometimes, you just need to take a break and do something crazy. My 'crazy somethings' have consisted of: leaving a 3 page paper and browsing Barnes and Noble for an hour and a half, taking a Taco Bell/McDonald's run at 12 a.m., and building a spontaneous blanket fort that stayed up for most of the year. Doing something fun and spontaneous can sometimes be exactly what you need to de-stress yourself.

Obviously I've learned a lot more while at school, like: how to increase dialogue, what makes up the British government, and how to conjugate in the preterite form. I could honestly go on forever with more things I've learned, but I don't think Sabra wants me to completely take over her home page.


Thanks Lizzy! I wish I had thought to build a blanket fort in my dorm rooms! Oh well, I'll just have to talk my apartment roommates into it now. :)

Then we can eat Mighty Kids Meals in caps and play with our minion toys. . . oh wait, we did that last night. :)

Who Am I?

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So I'm linking up with From Mrs. to Mama for a 52 week Blogging with a Purpose challenge! She has a new topic each week for us to blog on and the first month is all about the blogger. I figured it could be fun! I also plan on putting changing some months topics as they are things that I haven't gotten to in my life yet, like children and marriage.

Don't worry, I will be blogging about other things as well and my entire blogging week WILL NOT be only link-ups, though they are sooo much fun!

So this week is Who Am I?

College student.
Simeon's girlfriend.
Car owner.
OCD organizer.
Apartment Renter.
Work study worker.
Bible study leader.
Horse rider.
Best Friend.

But do these labels actually explain to you who I am? I think as a college student, its a little more difficult to describe exactly who I am yet, since I'm still trying to figure it out myself. I haven't had to cement things into place yet. Yes, I'm a biology major but I could change that tomorrow and become a Physics or Communications major! I could change a lot of these things that I use to describe myself right now. The majority of them aren't perminant and are a blessing to have in my life at the moment. But I would still be the same person with or without many of these things.

My Soul Sister

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Everyone, meet Lindy! Newly dubbed my soul sister.

I figured since I would probably be talking about this wonderful roommate so much, I should probably just do a post to introduce her and she said DO IT!

We scream out the car window each others names in strange sounding voices (highly recommend this activity by they way, insanely fun), cook together (more like, her teaching me how to cook) , and work together (horse pictures to follow :)). Basically, we spend about 75% of our time together.

This is her and Josie, her horse for out class last Fall and basically her baby.

I've never had a lot of luck with roommates, so I'm super excited that Lindy decided to ask me to be her roommate and that we get along so well! It's kinda awesome.

This girl is a trouble maker.
She likes to chase opossums. She splashes in puddles.
And yells random things out windows.

We are learning how to drive stick shift together. Thanks to Simeon!

Oh, did I mention that we are now the three musketeers?
I LOVE that Simeon and Lindy get along so well! Since you know, I'm around both of them almost constantly.

Now for a lovely picture of Mooly that Lindy took Sunday morning during chores.