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Uncertain Goals


Normally I post about what my semester goals are and why I want to achieve them, but this time I can’t really think of any. I’m not really sure what I want out of this semester because I achieved pretty much all of my academic goals I set for myself last year. Maybe after I get back in the groove and feel this semester out a bit it will come to me. For now I have a blank canvas.

Ultimate College Packing List


Students will be starting college in just a few weeks from now. It’s a good time to get started on college shopping for your dorm or apartment. This list contains everything you will need to bring. Some things may not apply to certain colleges and universities.

Bedding

  • Pillows
  • Pillow Cases
  • Mattress Cover
  • Egg Crate Mattress Pad
  • Extra Long/Twin Sheets
  • Extra Long/Twin Comforter
  • Under the Bed Storage Containers

Toiletries/Bathroom Supplies

  •  Comb/Brush
  • Hairdryer/Straightener/Curling Iron
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Face Wash
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Hair Gels/Mousse
  • Barrettes/Hair Tyes
  • Nail Clippers/Nail File/ Manicure Set
  • Q-Tips/Cotton Balls
  • Shower Tote/Caddy
  • Body Wash
  • Medicine/First Aid
  • Lotions
  • Towels
  • Toilet Paper/Tissues
  • Shower Flip Flops
  • Tweezers
  • Mouthwash
  • Chap Stick
  • Mirror
  • Bath Robe
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Dental Floss/Brush Ups
  • Make-Up/Cosmetics
  • Shower Curtain

Computer Related

  •  Cables
  • Computer
  • Headphones
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Printer
  • Printer Ink
  • Printer Paper
  • Surge Protector
  • Digital Camera/Memory Card/Camera Accessories
  • USB Flash Drive
  • External Hard Drive
  • Microsoft Office

Desk Area

  •  Calendar
  • Desk Chair
  • Desk Lamp
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Stationary
  • Glue
  • Paper Clips
  • Scissors
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Stapler
  • Stapler Remover
  • Ruler
  • Rubber Bands
  • Three-Hole Punch
  • Waste Basket
  • White-Out
  • Blank CDs/DVDs
  • Extension Cords
  • Bulletin Board
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Assignment Book/Planner
  • Binders
  • Tape
  • Post-Its

Room

  • Full-Length Mirror
  • Alarm Clock
  • MP3 Player/Stereo
  • Television
  • DVD Collection
  • Video Game Console
  • Posters/Pictures
  • Laundry Basket
  • Storage Bins
  • Decorations
  • Over the Door Hooks/Adhesive Hooks
  • Area Rugs
  • Floor Lamp
  • Beanbag/Chairs

 Kitchen Supplies

  •  Can/Bottle Opener
  • Chip Clips
  • Cups
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dish Detergent
  • Oven Mitts
  • Dish Towels
  • Silverware
  • Microwave
  • Mini-fridge
  • Mugs
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Pizza Cutter
  • Plastic Food Containers
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Water Filter
  • Plates
  • Pots/Pans
  • Cooking Sheets
  • Spatulas/Cooking Utensils
  • Measuring Cups (Liquid and Dry)
  • Coffee Filters
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Saran Wrap
  • Trash Can

 School Supplies

  •  Backpack/Messenger Bag
  • Calculator
  • Dictionary
  • Notebooks
  • Folders

 Laundry Supplies

  •  Clothes Hangers
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Fabric Softener
  • Laundry Bag
  • Stain Remover
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Lint Roller

 Cleaning Supplies

  •  Window Cleaner
  • Rags/Scrubbers
  • Dust Wipes
  • Bleach/All Purpose Cleaner
  • Vacuum
  • Air Fresheners
  • Toilet Bowel Cleaners

 Miscellaneous

  •  Bank Info/Checks
  • Debit/Credit Cards
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Photo I.D.
  • Social Security Card
  • Batteries
  • Flashlight
  • Light Bulbs
  • Fan
  • Sewing Kit
  • Safety Pins
  • Duct Tape
  • Tool Kit
  • Umbrella
  • Rain Boots
  • Febreeze
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Semester Goals Recap


It’s that time again to evaluate how well I did with the spring semester goals I set down for myself. Here they are…

Spring Semester Goals

  1. Bring Up My GPA – I would like to get a higher GPA for this semester. Looks like I have a lot of hard work ahead of me. FAILED! I had a 3.55 GPA for fall 2011 but a 3.50 GPA for spring. I didn’t make my goal, but I cant really complain with making Deans list again.
  2. Publish At Least Five Articles – I hope to have at least five articles published in the school newspaper by the end of the semester. FAILED! I only had two articles published during spring semester.
  3. Make a Friend – I have acquaintances here, but no one I hang out with regularly or are on a personal level with. Now that I have met people I hope I can increase relationships and begin a good friendship. COMPLETED! I met a lot of really great people this past semester and started going out and doing things with people. This led me to having a great roommates next year that I can get along with.
  4. Make Exercise Apart of Daily Life – I never considered exercising a daily task ever in my entire life. But to lose the weight I have gained and become a healthier person overall, I would like to see myself go to the gym at least three times a week and not see it as a chore, but as something I can enjoy. FAILED! This was defiantly the hardest goal to complete seeing how I view going to the gym as a chore. I only went to the gym maybe five times last semester. I really suck at trying to like working out. Better luck next time!
  5. Be More Involved – College offers a lot of great events and opportunities for students. Taking advantage of that while I can will be time well spent. COMPLETED! I used the Honors Program at Point Park to my advantage and organized a fundraiser for Lending Hearts, an organization that provides children with cancer recreational and peer building activities. Next semester I am going to be an honors mentor which means I move into school early and mentor a group of freshmen honors students.
  6. Make Blogging a Habit – Last semester this blog kind of went downhill and I didn’t keep up with it. I plan on blogging at least twice a week to keep readers informed and interested. FAILED! I didn’t blog nearly as much as I did in spring semester as I did in fall, but my views went up a lot and I got more followers so it wasn’t a complete loss.
  7. Revamp My Personal Style – Something I have been working on and thinking on for awhile now. I want to get rid of the high school look and create a new mature and fashionable look for myself. I will post more on this later. WORK IN PROGRESS! I was able to go through most of my winter clothes and get rid of old ones and buy new ones, but now I’m doing the same thing for my summer clothes. I still need to stock up on more jewelery and accessories. I did buy a lot of new shows though!

I did a pretty terrible job at my goals this semester. It was a rough semester for me with everything that was going on in my life and going back to working full-time and trying to manage being in school full-time on top of that. But for having limited time and still making it on Deans list, I didn’t do too bad. Hopefully next semester will be even more of an improvement!

Living With Your Parents After College?


After reading the Cosmopolitan magazine article on research that shows that many college students move back in with their parents after graduation I wasn’t entirely shocked by the large number. What I did find shocking was how many people who could afford to live on their own, still chose to stay in their parents house. To me this seems absolutely insane. I can’t imagine moving in with my mom or dads house when I graduate. Its not because I don’t get along with my parents or they treat me like I am still in middle school, but because after college is when real life starts and you need to start taking care of yourself.

Most bachelor degree graduates are 22 or 23 by the time graduation rolls around. These graduates are well into young adulthood and are totally capable of living on their own and being their own person. Sure the economy sucks but if proper planning was done prior to college graduation, money could have been saved up to help purchase your own place and pay bills. Smart budgeting, even if you have a part-time job during college and/or high school, could have paid for the first few months rent. Obviously, holding a job after graduation is required to have your own place but even then with planning and thinking ahead that could be accomplished.

As for the people who have moved in with their parents after college and have the money and capabilities to live on their own but still choose not to … this seems like a lack of responsibility and maturity. Why would anyone not want to advance their life and have something of their own and move further along into adulthood?! I can’t even begin to contemplate an answer to that. If I was living off my parents when I was 23 plus years old, I would feel so ashamed of myself for the lack of respect towards the two people who have already given me more than I could ask for since I was born. These are the future leaders of the world we’re talking about here, but they live at home with mommy and daddy?!

Of course there are some expectations to some people if their is medical reasons or the like, but that is such a high percentage.

As for myself, I will do whatever I have to, to be able to live on my own and support myself. I work long hours at work to save money for my future and in the future if I need to get a second job to pay my rent then so be it. I cannot wait to be able to have a place to call my own and be proud of myself for accomplishing that!

I Got Spring Fever


Only eight days left until spring break and I am defiantly ready for it to be here! The only things standing in my way of going home is two exams, one test, one quiz, two  presentations,  one video package, six classes, 24 hours of work and a three hour car drive home. It’s mid term week here at Point Park and a lot is going on this week but with lots of coffee and keeping calm I can get through it. I hope spring break gives me a chance to relax and refuel myself to finish out the semester. I have become really burnt out with school, my job in Pitt and my living arrangements here. I’m not really enjoying any of my classes this semester. I don’t find them engaging or really interesting to me. This makes it really hard to get up in the morning and want to be in class. Work is more drama filled than ever and well, I live in a dorm, nuff said.  I want summer to be here so I can go to the beach and just do whatever I want and finally have some privacy! But for now I must settle for the eight days of spring break I have.

Things I want to do over break …

  • Play Sims 3 … a lot
  • Make my style board (pictures of fashions I like to help put my style together)
  • Catch up on some zzzz’s
  • See my family
  • Hang out with my friends
  • Take a trip to see my bestie
  • Cook and bake
  • Have a campfire/cook out at my camp
  • Work out
  • Take pictures of beautiful, pretty things
  • Eat good food

Pretty spring flowers make me happy

Am I the Only College Student That Cleans?!?


Ever since I was little and capable of doing things for myself my parents taught me how to clean. My brother and I would have a list of chores that we had to around the house. When school was in the chore list wasn’t big. Wash the dishes, clean your room, sweep, and help our parents with whatever they asked. During summer the list got bigger. We had to water the plants, feed and take care of the dogs and cats, sweep upstairs and downstairs, dust the house, do yard work and wash dishes. Once we got older we were given more chores. I started doing the laundry and cooking while my brother mowed the grass and even helped me cooks sometimes. There was always a punishment if we didn’t do our chores. For example, we had to do them before we went anywhere with friends and if we didn’t do them we couldn’t go anywhere that weekend. Of course there was always a scolding involved too. Also, if you didn’t do the chore correctly and did it “half assed” as my mom would say, you would redo the chore completely.

Well this looks familiar

At the time I hated that we had to do chores because none of my other friends were made to do things like my brother and I were. I hated cleaning and never wanted to do it, but now I am so thankful for my parents making me clean because I have realized how important it is. I have also realized how many of my peers now don’t take any responsibility or time to clean. Not even in the slightest bit. I learned that the hard way when I went to college.

I have roomed with nine different girls since I started college and none of them have ever taken responsibility when it comes to cleaning or sanitation. The first room I lived in was the worst experience for me. One of the girls never cleaned in the whole year I lived with her. That includes dirty dishes. She would leave her food mold in the fridge, borrow my dishes without permission and ruin them because she couldn’t cook, never cleaned the dishes she used and kept her room a mess. Another girl wasn’t too bad. She wasn’t around much so never really made a mess, but never took part in cleaning our kitchen or living area that we all shared. The other girl would help me clean, which was good, but she was a messy, cluttered and unorganized person. If she cleaned by her self she would do a half assed job of it.

I would come back to Pittsburgh from being home for a weekend, walk into my dorm and see how much of a complete mess it was and start crying. I don’t mean just a little dirty I mean it was unsanitary. Its hard to describe how bad it was, but it was terrible.

The second room started off okay. The girls would clean the kitchen and living area every so often. Maybe three or four times in the whole time I lived with them, but considering we had bed bugs for six months the entire living situation was always a complete mess. There was a lot of times where Travis (boyfriend) would come out to see me for a weekend and clean the place for me because he knew how stressed it made me.

Now I am in a third room and new school and I still have the same problem. I clean every weekend and by Friday this place is a disgusting, shit hole. My roommate hasn’t cleaned ever. She barely does her dishes. The other two girls in the next room wash there dishes, but they have never taken time to clean the kitchenette or shared living space that they use more than I do.

When I clean I go all out. I use bleach and other disinfectant sprays. I scrub the shower and the toilet, clean the inside of the toilet, clean the bathroom sink, faucet, and count top, wipe the mirrors, vacuum, swifter, mop, scrub the kitchen counter, clean out the microwave, clean the garbage can, the whole nine yards. It usually takes me three-four hours to clean the whole place.

I think the most frustrating part about it is that I work (15-20 hours) and am taking six class on top of that. I’m also a junior who is close to graduating and they are only sophomores. All three of them have jobs but they don’t work nearly as much as I do. So I have less time to worry about cleaning up after someone’s mess. But this place is so gross that I keep cleaning because of how much living somewhere that is unsanitary stresses me out. I don’t deserve to clean up someone’s mess because they are too irresponsible to do it themselves.

I don’t understand how someone can be okay with living that way. Do they just not care? Did their parents never bring them up to clean up after themselves? Are they just spoiled brats who are used to having everything in life done for them? I’m not sure, but from my experience its not going to get any better.