How I Stay Active in College

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I have never had a rigorous workout routine. I was not much of a high school athlete and when I did play soccer in elementary and middle school, the workouts were contained to practices. I was the occasional treadmill-user and would go to a yoga class every now and then but consistency has never been my strong suit when it came to working out. Surprisingly, college changed that! I find myself doing something active every day of the week!

1// Walk Everywhere

I live on a very small campus so I don’t have to drive to any classes or any meals. The size makes it super easy to walk everywhere! In fact, walking is pretty much the only way you can get anywhere. It has been a super easy way to get my daily step count pretty high.

2// On-Campus Workout Classes

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday a group of us go to a kickboxing class on campus. It has been a super fun way to get some cardio into my week and I’ve met so many awesome girls through the class which makes it an easy decision to go workout.

3// Hit the Gym

I’m going to be honest, before college I don’t think I have ever used actual gym equipment. I know that sounds a little crazy but now I know how to work a lot of the equipment and feel more comfortable in the gym. That comfort has been helpful because previously I didn’t know how to use anything so I felt too nervous to go to the gym and make a fool of myself! Now I go to the campus gym on the days I don’t have kickboxing.

I know it can be hard to find motivation to work out but I found a good group and we motivate each other to stay in shape and workout consistently, making it an easier decision to get active!

What are some things keeping you motivated to stay active?

xo Carolyn

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Tips for the First Semester of College

 

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Obviously I am no expert on college, but I’d say I have learned a thing or two to pass along. My first semester wasn’t too bad. I performed well in school, made some great friends, and got involved in a couple activities I plan on continuing throughout my undergraduate years. So here are a few lessons I learned to have a great first semester.

1// Make the first move

Making friends can be hard, especially if you are going to a school where you don’t know anyone going in with you. But the easiest way to put yourself out there is to make the first move. Ask someone to lunch, invite someone to study with you, propose coffee with someone, etc. Chances are, there are plenty of people in the same position just waiting to be asked to hang out. Everyone needs a lunch buddy!

2// Prioritize

This can be tricky, especially with so many options for the different ways to spend your time. I made it a point to put my classes above my social life but I put mental sanity above everything and sometimes that meant taking a break and hanging out with friends. It’s all about balance! It can be hard to choose between doing all the different things the new environment has to offer, however you have to decide what is most important and what can wait.

3// Don’t be afraid to go to a meeting alone

There are so many different opportunities and sometimes taking advantage of those means going to an introductory meeting alone. I know in high school it would take some serious mental preparation before I could go to a meeting where I didn’t have a friend with me. I found that every meeting can be a good way to get to know more people and get involved in something new!

4// Join something

This goes along with number three in that you have to go to meetings in order to get involved in something. But keep in mind that college is not like high school where it is so easy and encouraged to get involved in every single club and hold every single leadership position possible. In college it’s best to just choose one or two things to devote your time to because as I found out, the classwork takes up a good chunk of time, making it hard to devote more time to extracurriculars.

5// Talk to your professors

Believe it or not, they want to help you and after every discussion I had with my professors, I felt more confident and better off. I discovered that as scary as it can be to talk to a professor, in the end they are the ones determining your grade so it can be helpful for them to see you are actually putting an effort into the class and desire to learn and grow.

As I said, I’m still learning and working towards a successful college career. However, these are a few of the things I found to be most important in finding my place in a new college life.

Let me know what helped you in your first semester of college and feel free to email me with suggestions for content you all want to see!!

xo Carolyn

Where Have I Been?

 

IMG_209B80FEEB1C-1.jpegWow. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to actually write a blog post! So what has happened? Before starting school, I thought I had my whole blog planned out through October. I had pictures ready and content planned out. Nothing was written, but I was more than ready to knuckle down and crank out at least a post a week, if not two.

But then college hit me. I was completely unprepared for the amount of time I would lose to studying, classes, extracurriculars, and social obligations. This past semester has been one big, long, learning experience that I have been so grateful for (more posts to come about the specifics). I thought I had perfected time management and was on top of everything happening in my new, crazy life. Boy was I wrong! My blog started to slip through the cracks. Even when people would ask about it, I kept brushing it off in my mind. It wasn’t until recently that I realized how much I missed it and how important it is to keep up with.

I don’t know how consistent I’ll be able to post, but my plan is to use last semester as a learning experience and as a way to figure out how to fix my timing and incorporate this blog into daily life. My goal is still to expand and improve and I know I can only do that if I put in the time and energy and make it a priority,

Sorry for the abrupt reentry into the blogging world. Rest assured, this post will not be the last time you hear from me. My plan is to restart consistency this month and continue as I return to school in three weeks. Bear with me as I navigate the life of a college blogger.

xo Carolyn

 

DIY Dorm Decorations

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I’ll be starting my first year at Centre College in the fall and am getting so excited!!! I am especially excited about decorating my dorm room but don’t want to spend too much money.  Instead I have decided to do a lot of DIY!  Here is what I did…

Framed Bags//

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Some stored just give out cute bags and I’ve seen framed bags on Pinterest so I decided to give it a shot!  I just went to Michael’s and picked up some cheap frames, cut the bags to fit inside, and voila!

Monogram//

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At Michael’s they sell a pack of diy monogram stencils.  I used multi-surface paint and repurposed a sign I already owned.  I also repainted a “C” that I had lying around.  The gold paint pen I used to line everything I would not recommend.  It was not the best for what I was trying to use it for.

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After I move in I’ll give a tour of my dorm room.  I can’t wait for everything to come together and to be back on campus!

xo Carolyn

 

 

Lasts

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I have had a busy week.  After sending my deposit into Centre College, it hit me that I was actually going to college.  I know I’m ready to move on, but every time something happens for the last time, a wave of sadness washes over me.

A month ago, I attended my last speech tournament.  Speech has been one of the biggest parts of my life for the past four years and it’s so sad to see it end.  I have been on two different speech teams and have made my mark on both the Kentucky High School Speech League as well as the Ohio High School Speech League.  While I won’t be continuing speech in college, I know that I am a more confident person because of speech.

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Seeing speech end was sad, but what really prompted me to write about “lasts” was because last night I performed for the last time on the Bay High School stage with my amazing friends.  I’ve only lived here two years and have only been a part of the theater department for two years but it feels like I’ve been with these people my whole life.  I have never seen a group of people quite as amazing as them and I know I will never experience anything quite like it.  Yes, I plan on pursuing theatre in college, however I know it won’t be the same.  I am so thankful for these people and the opportunity to have performed with them for two years.

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Being a senior in high school is amazing.  But it does come with some hard, ending moments.  However, with ever last moment, I know there will be an amazing new first experience in college.  These bittersweet moments are going to continue all through the rest of the school year and summer and that’s okay.  All it means is I will have so many exciting moments in the years to come.

xo Carolyn