The Great and Small Things I Learned {College Semester I}

Beautiful friends of the earth, HELLO!

I’m done with my first semester of college and my mind is blown. I am typing up this post from my cozy home in New York, and I could not be happier to be on winter break for a month(!) spending time with family and friends. I am, however, going to dearly miss my friends from BU!

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Finals are over, and I have concluded three things: I still despise statistics, I love psychology, and a good breakfast that involves peanut butter and banana makes any morning of a final exam better.

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Post-chemistry-final distress selfie

Mom picked up brother Ben and me from Boston yesterday, and I’m happy to report that our drive home was much swifter than our drive back home for Thanksgiving break. I drove most of the way home, and we were cruisin’ right along. Thank God!

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My last Boston meal for the semester was grilled lemongrass chicken with rice and veggies from a delicious Vietnamese takeout place. Hit the spot.

The Great and Small Things I Learned This Semester

Needless to say, college teaches you things. Of course you obtain your book smarts and knowledge of this awesome universe in which we live, but some of the most valuable things are learned by just living life away from home and getting out of that sweet comfort zone. So without further ado, here are some of the great and small things I’m taking away from my first semester at Boston University!

(P.S. I’m typing this list while listening to OneRepublic’s song, I Lived. It’s awesome inspiration music.)

  1. Holding doors for other people and having the door held for you is an easy way to make you smile.
  2. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t have plans on a Friday or Saturday night. In fact, it’s often preferable.
  3. The fruit crisps are the best desserts in the dining halls (a la mode, of course). Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset
  4. The communal bathrooms will get gross, but you live through it.
  5. I still don’t know the names of all the guys on my floor (is that a good thing?).
  6. I have the best roommate! Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  7. Dorm workouts can make you as sweaty as a gym workout. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  8. But nothing beats an outdoor workout by the river. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset
  9. And running is oooooookayyyy…I guess. 😉Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset
  10. 10 AM classes are ideal. Not too early, not too late.
  11. Always snag bananas from the dining hall. You can never have too many bananas.
  12. “Room keys, ID card, room keys, ID card, room keys, ID card, PHONE!” <— an important thing that needs to run through my mind whenever I leave the room.
  13. It is possible to make best friends in just three months.bu friends
  14. I’m the “mom” of the group.Processed with Moldiv
  15. Hugging gets you through the day/week/life.
  16. Statistics is poopy.
  17. So many of my problems in the past were a result of a negative outlook and a “woe is me” attitude. Mentality is incredibly powerful.
  18. You will observe weird people, and you will also be the observed weird person. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  19. I am a messy, klutzy person. Exhibit A // Exhibit B.
  20. Pedestrians RULE Boston. Sorry, drivers.
  21. The dorm walls are thinner than you think. Beware.
  22. How to cook steak…sort of.
  23. You will probably eat more sugar than you should, but life goes on and things will balance.picstitch
  24. There will always be cookies. Everywhere.
  25. Lunch and dinner dates are a thing and I kind of love them.Processed with Moldiv
  26. You will end up wasting more time than you wanted, but if you have the drive, you will find the time to get work done.
  27. Sleep is uhhhhhmaaaazinggggg.
  28. You walk so much in college. To go to class, to go to the gym, to get to a study place, to get your food…
  29. The funk in my dorm hallway slowly but surely gets worse every day (it’s honestly only the boys’ side). It was getting to near toxic levels when I left.
  30. Selfies are a way of life (see huge collage under #13).
  31. My blogger friends and readers are so wonderful and supportive.
  32. Speaking of wonderful…It’s good to say words such as wonderful, beautiful, and awesome to people, especially when you genuinely mean it.
  33. Humans are resilient like WHOA. We go through a lot.
  34. This semester has been one of the happiest times in my life.
  35. My faith has grown more this semester than it has in my entire life.10604424_10204140246360943_6812184516786650349_o

There are at least fifty other things I learned in addition to these, and I’ll probably think of them as soon as I hit publish, but here’s what I have for now!

It’s been so fun. There’s literally nothing I can say or do except to thank God for His abundant blessings. I pray that I can be fruitful with His gifts by spreading joy and service to others.

To whom much is given, much will be expected.

Have a fabulous day, friends! Good luck to all those finishing finals and traveling home! ♥


Thinking out loud with my favorite!

So tell me:

Three things you’ve learned in the past 3 months/6 months/year!

When was the last time you experienced profound mental, emotional, or spiritual growth?

What are you doing today?!

I’ll be baking, visiting my high school, and hopefully meeting up with some friends!


Random Weekend Rants {MIMM #15}

Hello there!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and are recharged for the week ahead! I’m happy to report that I got to catch up on some sleep this weekend, so let’s hope that my sleep continues to go swimmingly!

This week, I’m formatting my MIMM post as more of a bunch of random rants. I’m feeling like just going with the flow in my stream of consciousness. 😉


Head over to Katie’s blog to check out more marvelousness!

My close friend, Jeannine, had her birthday celebration on Friday evening at a cute local restaurant that’s actually owned by our math teacher’s family. The only bad thing was that the weather was nasty and gross, and this restaurant is located on the darkest, curviest parkway ever. I was only slightly freaking out driving my friends there. I didn’t even care if I was going 5-10 MPH under the speed limit. Also, I had to hold my high beam on because I didn’t know you had to push the lever forward to make it stay. Oh well. It made turning it off for oncoming traffic a little more convenient. Thankfully, we made it there and back safe and sound. 😀

Back to Jeannine and her birthday festivities.

We had a super fun time as we usually do in each other’s company. The food was also delicious! I ordered the salmon burger with an upgrade side of sweet potato fries. That’s right. It was worth it.


This was really good. I saved half of it for lunch the next day since my stomach was occupied by too many sweet potato fries. I also had a bite of my friend’s cheesecake for dessert, and it was AMAZING.

Then it was selfie time (please excuse the gross iPhone quality):


Jeannine and Je’lyn


Kristen and Daliza


Jeannine, Lauren, and Brianna





I have to stop making that face.

Other things that happened this weekend include a small dance outreach performance with company at a nursing home. Despite our dance space being a tiny, carpeted parlor space with chandeliers nearly brushing the tops of our heads, it went well! The folks there seemed to really appreciate the performance, and we definitely loved sharing our talents with them.

I also found out that I can do at least ten chest to deck push ups in a row! Is chest to deck a Crossfit term? Well, in laymen’s terms, chest to floor. You can see them demonstrated in this video.

Lastly, I don’t understand my brother. He got maybe 16 hours of sleep on Friday night to Saturday afternoon, and then he slept yesterday from 11 AM – 6:30 PM. He says he’s attempting a “sleep reset.” He is now staying up for 24 hours so that he can be really tired tonight and go to sleep at a normal time again. Honestly, this isn’t unusual for Ben, but I still find his sleep patterns incredibly strange…What a guy.

And that’s really all I’ve got for now! I know this may not have been my most exciting MIMM— yesterday’s Spill It Sunday post about my travel adventures as a little kid is probably a lot more entertaining. I can’t believe I posted all those pictures for the world to see. Eh, guatever.

Have a marvelous Monday!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? 

Behind the Scenes: A Full Day O’ Selfies

In a majority of my blog posts, I feel like I show a lot of what goes on right in front of me, but I rarely show what goes on behind the camera lens. I throw in a few pictures of me and my friends/family here and there because I think you would all appreciate knowing what I actually look like. Something that I almost NEVER do is post selfies. That’s right. Those pictures that are the reason why Apple put a camera on the screen-side of the iPhone. I do Snapchat people, but with the exception of a couple pictures in my early Instagram days (before I turned into a wannabe food photographer), I’m not a fan of posting selfies. The main reason is because I just feel a bit narcissistic. At the same time though, I kinda like seeing selfies from other people because it’s candid in a way…if you can actually take candid photos of yourself. 



Amanda from Running with Spoons has the same feelings toward selfies as me, and her “As We Speak” posts inspired this post. She stepped out of her comfort zone to show us selfies as she went on with her day. Also, Arman is hosting a Spill it Sunday that requires at least one selfie for fun. Well, I’m about to spill seflies ALL over you. This post is filled with pictures of me, myself, and I from Tuesday, the day of this week’s WIAW Photo an Hour. I made some of my friends get in the selfie with me because taking true selfies in school for no apparent reason is a social no-no. Although, I don’t care that much at this point. I’m already known as “the girl with the blog who loves food and peanut butter.” I take pride in it.

Behind the scenes in the AM…


Just a touch o’ makeup


Munching on honey crisp apple slices while waiting for my toast


Enjoying the best meal of the day

Behind the scenes at school….


What I think of my AP Calc work (Except I probably look even more frustrated than this 9/10 times).


Study hall buddies Itzel and birthday girl Nicole (with her dinosaur piñata)! Basically, procrastinating my AP Calc work.


Daliza and I are just so happy to be in Italian class!!!


Always snacking with my girl Kristi in Business Calc


Genuine excitement to be headed to lunch with Je’lyn!


My no frills locker. Books. Lunch. Jacket.


Walking to our cars in the frigid air. My face looks the same here as in the lunch picture…maybe it was just frozen like that.

Behind the scenes in the PM….


Smelling Mom’s curry is making me want to EAT


All bun-headed up for ballet

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Not a fan of baby hairs that make me look like Alfalfa


Mis-matched socks to keep my toes warm when I’m sleeping


He’s the last one to whom I say good night 🙂

And that’s a wrap! I actually had a fun time doing this. I guess that’s why selfies are so popular! Also, I’m thinking “Behind the Scenes” might be a good title for my random Thursday Thoughts posts. Better than Loggin’ the Noggin….

Have a wonderful Thursday! Today’s a half day of school for me because of some teacher training things going on. Woot woot!

So tell me: How do YOU feel about selfies? What are you up to today?