WIAW: Day in the Life of a First Semester College Freshman

The title says it all! This is how my Tuesday went…

7:15 AM

Alarm goes off. Snooooooze.

7:30 AM

Get my butt outta bed. Shuffle to the bathroom to brush teeth, wash face, put in contacts, etc. Go back to my dorm room to change (into fitness clothes), put up my hair, etc.

7:50 AM

Eat breakfast in the dorm while I finish typing up yesterday’s post.

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Whole grain toast with PB&J + banana with PB

Something about that banana with peanut butter made me feel kinda nauseous… :-/

8:20 AM

Leave for statistics discussion.

8:30 AM

Listen and take notes about class frequency, histograms, and sample sizes in stat discussion

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9:20 AM

Realize I have chem lab next, but I’m wearing athletic capris. We’re supposed to have completely long pants, so I rush back to my dorm, and change into long pants. Book it to lab.

9:30 AM

Measure out rubbing alcohol and unknown metals in chem lab.

10:30 AM

Walk over to the dining hall with friends to eat brunch. I went a little crazy with the breakfast foods before they started making the lunch food…

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Pancakes (I only ate one) and French toast with PB and banana + scrambled eggs and ketchup + glass o’ milk

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Salad for veggie power

12:00 PM

Take the bus to writing class on the other side of campus with this cool crew (they want to be my blog marketing team LOL).

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12:30 PM

Take notes and share our papers and such in writing class.

2:00 PM

Head to the stadium for an outdoor workout. Details about the workout coming Sunday on Weekly Moves and Grooves. Let’s just say for now that stadium stairs OWN ME.

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Burpees + stairs = death. In a good way?

3:00 PM

Head back to the dorm and pick up a super sweet package from Arctic Zero! Their electronic business manager, Lindsey, emailed me about coordinating and letting me try some of their newest flavors, so I basically said, “Um DUH!” (in a much more respectful manner).

I let them thaw before having a spoonful of each straight from the pint.  :D I’ll have a review of them soon!

P.S. I’ll share, all you BU people reading this.

3:30 PM

Have more snacks while doing some internet stuff.

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Super juicy pear

Plus some peanut butter + sweet and salty peanuts. Can you tell I hate peanuts?

4:00 PM

Shower.

4:30 PM

Study and eat some more Arctic Zero straight from the pint. Holy moly did that stadium workout make me ravenous.

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6:oo PM

Go to the free spaghetti supper at the BU Catholic Center!

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I had a piece of garlic bread too :)

7:00 PM

Stay for the discussion/presentation about the hookup culture. It was wonderful— I really reflected on all my relationships, not just romantic relationships, during this. I ♥ the Catholic center and all the people there!

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9:00 PM

Head back to the dorm and study. Snack on nuts sometime in there.

12:00 AM

Get ready for bed, pray, and hit the hay! Oooo look, rhyming.

I hope you enjoyed looking into a typical day at college for me right now! Every day is different of course, but this is a good representation of how things are currently panning out.

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Coming a little late to Jenn’s WIAW party, but better late than never!

Hope you are all having a fabulous day!

So tell me:

How are your days recently? Packed? Early start? Late nights?

Have you ever done a stadium workout?

Have you ever tried Arctic Zero products?  

What did you eat for lunch yesterday?

 

 

 

Top 5

Good morning!

I’m typing this up as I sit in the dining hall for breakfast, as I sit in between classes, and whenever the heck I have a glimmer of free time. I hope you all had a splendid weekend! Mine was busy but stinkin’ awesome. {“Stinkin'”? Am I five?}

Moving along with the theme of five, I decided to choose the top five things that went down in the past week, because if I tried to tell you everything, you would never want to read this blog-turned-novel ever again. ;)

1) Service project with the Catholic center

On Saturday morning, I joined a group of people from the Catholic center for the first service project of the year. We took some brown-bagged meals and donated clothes with us into downtown Boston to give to any people we saw that are living with homelessness and/or hunger. It was a wonderful experience of sharing conversation and smiles with the people of Boston, as well as getting to do it with some awesome people!

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2) Celebrating my mom’s birthday with her in person and through FaceTime

Mom and Dad made a super quick day trip up to Boston on Saturday so that we could all celebrate Wonder Woman’s birthday! She wasn’t off duty though, because she still brought us some dorm/apartment necessities and helped us organize our rooms. :D Thanks, ma. Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

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Saturday dinner at a Cambodian restaurant and Sunday FaceTiming for her actual birthday!

3) Getting in some great laughs with my new friends

This sounds so cheesy and cliche but…for real. Whether it’s talking to friends in the dining hall for a couple hours, hanging out with them outside on a chilly night, or catching up on all the latest gossip (I know, ALREADY) in the dorms, they’ve blessed me with a lot of cheek and ab workouts from laughing so much.

4) Volunteering at a women’s shelter

I went to a women’s shelter in downtown Boston with a couple other girls in the BU Nutrition Club, and we spent a few hours on Monday evening preparing and serving food to battered women of that area in Boston. It was another great service opportunity and a wonderful way to meet more people whom I probably could not have encountered otherwise.

5) The Boston skyline at night

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Cotton candy skies

Time to head to my statistics discussion! (Exclamation point = trying so hard to be enthusiastic.)

I’m so sorry I haven’t been blogging as often, but I’m trying to study and soak up my time here at college as best I can while also telling you all about it! Hopefully I can have a “day in the life” post put up soon :)

Have a great day, friends!

P.S. check out my workouts from last week here.

So tell me:

YOUR top 5!

What was one of your favorite service/volunteer projects?

Weekly Moves and Grooves II

Hello, beautiful people!

Just checking in on this glorious Sunday (at least in Boston) to tell you all how I’ve been gettin’ my moves on. I definitely found that less circuit workouts helped me avoid feeling fatigued later in the week. Although, my legs still never feel totally fresh, so I’m trying to listen and have more “take it easy” days.

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Sunday

Rest

Monday

5 min. stair master + leg workout

3 sets of each:

Again, this left me quite sore for a few days! Those Bulgarian split squats, let me tell you. Lifting heavy (heavier than in the past months) weights ➔ legs are like, HELLO.

Tuesday

Walking + 8 min. ab tabata

I walked all the way to the FitRec (almost a mile from my dorm) to find that it was crowded AND I needed to go to some meetings pretty soon after, so I just did 8 minutes of abs and then speed-walked back to my dorm.

4 rounds of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest:

Wednesday

Arm workout

5 min. jump rope warmup

2 min. jump rope between each set (3 rounds of each):

I really do not remember the number of reps I did of each exercise, but it varied anywhere from 8-20 depending on the exercise and how fatigued my arms were. :D

Thursday

Yoga + circuit workout 

I had my physical education class, which happens to be Hatha yoga, so that was a glorious stretch. Later in the evening, I ran over to the Charles River to do this circuit workout with modifications (alternating lunges instead of jump lunges, squats instead of squat jumps, etc.), since my whole body was still kind of sore from the past few days! Favorite part was the burpees of course. Not the single-legged ones though— those were painful.

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Friday

Rest + a few sets of burpees

Burpee study breaks in the dorm! ;)

Saturday

Walking + 100s challenge 

I went on a service project with the Catholic center in downtown Boston, which was totally awesome, and it happened to involve a good deal of walking. Plus, I got some elevation just bringing up a mini fridge to my brother’s apartment, which is on like, the fifth floor, and there are no elevators.

Then in the evening while I was studying, I did 5 sets of 20 air squats, 20 pushups and 20 sit-ups as study breaks.

I hope you all have nice day! I just got back from Sunday Mass, and the rest of my day entails studying and hopefully blogging! :)

So tell me:

How have you been moving?

What do you like to do on rest days?

 

WIAW: My New Favorite Thing

So there’s no Greek yogurt here at BU. Y’all know how much I love the stuff and tend to get a lot of it in my tummy…and on my laptop and calculator.

Since I’m currently separated from the creamy, tangy dairy product, I’ve found another thing that is quickly rising on my OMG-I-Want-It-Every-Day list (you have a list like that too, don’t lie).

It’s cottage cheese.

The sound of the words cottage and cheese together kind of make me squeamish, but I have been opened to a whole new world during this time of adaptation without Greek yogurt. You’ll see below how I like my cottage cheese.

I’ve also thrown in some of the other things I’ve been eating in the past week!

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Sharing my eats on Jenn’s WIAW!

Breakfasts

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Dorm oatmeal with vanilla protein powder, banana, and peanut butter

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Makeshift overnight oats: warmed up some quick oats with water, added protein powder and banana, put it into an almost-empty sunflower seed butter jar, left in fridge overnight, enjoyed in the morn!

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And again in a pb jar :)

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My new favorite thing: cottage cheese with strawberry yogurt and peanut butter + whole wheat apple cinnamon muffin with more pb + an apple + glass o’ milk

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Weirdest brunch ever: two eggs with veggies and whole wheat toast + three pieces of dim sum (dining hall special of that day) + my new favorite thing

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Whole wheat apple pancake with pb and a glass o’ milk + my new favorite thing…again.

Lunches

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Huge salad + roast beef, provolone, lettuce, tomato, honey mustard panini on multigrain

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Lunch with brother Ben: cornmeal-crusted fish tacos + a few bites of his “El Guapo” burrito that contained everything and anything (beef, rice, beans, veggies, sweet plantains…and probably more)

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Snacky lunch in the dorm: apple + Wheat Thins (a lot more than what’s pictured here) with sunflower seed butter (delicious!) + mixed nuts + unpictured banana

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Baked pollock with roasted potatoes and bruschetta + salad with a hard boiled egg, feta, and light honey mustard dressing

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Moroccan chicken with quinoa + salad with some sort of bean tuna salad and balsamic dressing

Snacks

LOTS of fruit and nuts!

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Post-workout oatmeal with vanilla protein powder, half a banana, and sunflower seed butter

Dinners

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Turkey breast + mashed sweet potatoes + cornbread(?) stuffing + broccoli {I did it all for the carbs. YUMMM.}

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Butternut squash risotto with vegan chicken + salad with lentils and honey mustard dressing

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A different kind of Moroccan chicken + squash (and later I ate spaghetti and a meatball with more veggies at the Catholic center!)

Desserts

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Yes. My new favorite thing for dessert too. With granola!

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Freshly baked apple pie and a brownie from one of the faculty in residence living on our floor! She even read us stories as we ate her baked goods. She’s the sweetest (pun intended)!

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Cookies and cream ice cream at bro’s apartment

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Vanilla soft serve with granola

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Free peanut butter Insomnia cookie before watching the hypnotist

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Banana cake. WOW so good.

Plus a bunch of other free cookies and treats that EVERYONE KEEPS PUTTING IN OUR FACES. I mean, I’m not complaining (I’m so grateful for such generous friends!), but this week has definitely been a little more sugar-coated than normal. I guess I can just stop getting things like banana cake from the dining hall…I guess…

Holy crap, so much foooooood. It’s a good thing we walk a lot here ;)

Happy Wednesday, friends!

So tell me:

What have you been obsessed with lately? 

Do you like cottage cheese? How do you like to eat it?

Notes on College

What’s up, party people?!

I have so much to tell you, it’s almost as overwhelming as school right now (just kidding, school is alright for now). But really, what’s happenin’? {I ask myself that every day.}

Well, I guess I can tell you all what I think of this whole university thing after the first week of classes! And since life is all about the note-taking right now, might as well do this post in the style of notes, eh?

Classes/Homework:

  • Walking from class to class in a ten minute time frame WILL make me a sweaty mess and sometimes frazzled.
    • Inevitably, I will be late to my statistics lecture and be forced to sit in the back, thus not being able to hear the professor with a thick, Eastern European accent.
  • Having a planner is life.

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  • I’ve read more hard text this past week than I have in the past year.
  • Notebooks > binders
  • Back problems may arise due to backpack weight.
  • Do not chug water before class because that will cause you to desperately have to pee in the middle of your big psychology lecture. Then you will have to leave in front of the whole class in a WALK OF SHAME.
    • No, I did not ask to leave, but still.
  • Studying on the esplanade of the Charles River with your roommate on a picture perfect Sunday makes it all better.

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Screenshot of Jordan’s snap story :D 

Social Life:

  • The highlights of my week were the events at the Catholic center— a scavenger hunt, games/karaoke night, and glow-in-the-dark dodgeball. HOLLA.
    • TGIF = Thank God It’s First-Week

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Karaoke for “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan… I mean, perfect, or what?

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{credits to BU Catholic Center Facebook page}

  • First birthday party of the year was a success! I am so thankful for my amazing roommate, Jordan. You’re legal now, girl!

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That would be a salad on a corn waffle (I KNOW) + my adorable roomie

  • Having the bro so close to me in Boston is a true blessing.
    • We always, without fail, speak to each other in a British accent ➔ Why? ➔ Good question.

P.S. I got the idea to start the #BUmovesandgrooves hashtag from Cait’s Plate, who uses hashtags such as #mygradschoolyears. It’s a unique hashtag, so it’s like she has her own portfolio of photos from her grad school years! I want to do that for my BU years :)

  • Signing up for so many clubs is great because you get free stuff exposed to new groups of people, but then there’s the fact that my email inbox will be a madhouse.
  • My friends and I went to an “R-Rated Hypnotist” on Saturday night since it was one of the welcome back events here at BU. Ummm SO hilarious, but kinda freaky and very inappropriate (well, appropriate for the title “R-Rated”). It was one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever witnessed.

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Free cookies all the time.

Fitness:

  • See weekly moves and grooves post!
  • Making workouts a priority ➔ less stress ➔ better sleep
    • But still make sure to rest, which is equally as important as working out.

And that’s basically the notebook of my life from the past week! I actually quite liked writing my recap this way, but what do you guys think? Is it weird? Confusing? Boring? (P.S. This is kind of how I actually take notes in class!) If you guys honestly enjoy this kind of post, then let me know!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and I hope you have a great week ahead! WIAW should be up on Wednesday!

MiMM

Linking up with Katie‘s marvelous Monday!

So tell me:

Something fun you did this weekend!

Any embarrassing class stories. Please.

In which clubs/activities were you involved during high school or college?

This “notes on college” thing— yay or nay?