Dorm Room Tour: Fall 2016

Y’all it’s finally here! This semester has gone by so fast that when I looked at my calendar and saw that it was November and I’d yet to publish a dorm room tour post, I about died. I also about died when I looked around my room and saw the disastrous state in which it is currently in and realized I had to make it look Pinterest-worthy in a matter of hours. So, as you can guess from those few sentences, my room is rarely organized, put together, and pretty 24/7. In fact, this is the nicest it’s looked since August so…

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A lot of the decor I made myself, and a majority of the bedding, rugs, accessories, etc were purchased for my room last year. Since they were still in perfectly good condition, why not use them for a second year! After all, shopping your own stash is much cheaper and easier than going and buying everything new. All the pictures below include descriptions with links to where you can find the items and/or links to the posts where I crafted said items. Alright, well if I wait any longer, it’ll be January and this dorm room tour will be irrelevant.

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Upgrade Your Space

When I came to college this year, I knew that I wanted to do something different with my dorm room. I didn’t want that typical, poster-covered college dorm room that a majority of people have. There’s nothing wrong with having that, in fact, that’s basically what my freshman dorm room looked like! But, I wanted my room this year to feel more like an apartment and less like a college dorm room. So, I started thinking. Is there a way for me to make my room feel more like an apartment and less like a dorm? Is there a way for me to display all of my hand lettering pieces? And most importantly, can I use this idea in my room next year and in future apartments?

Easy & inexpensive ways to make your space feel like home!

After sleuthing through Pinterest for a few hours (let’s be honest, it was more like a few days), I found my answer. There’s one major difference between how college students decorate their space and the way young twenty-somethings decorate their apartments, and to me that one difference transforms a dorm room into a home. Say hello to framed pictures and prints. KEEP READING “Upgrade Your Space”

A Daily Study Routine

The other day I had a little heart to heart with myself. I need to get my life back on track. This blog is slowly falling off my radar, my grades aren’t up to the standards that I set for myself, and although I love my co-workers and friends, I’m spending way too much time socializing. After all, I’m paying quite a bit of money to go to school and get a degree, and it’s time to start making school more of a priority again. I’m embracing my inner freshman year Abigail and getting back into solid study habits.

Struggling with finding time for friends and school while in college? Here's a daily study routine that works for me to make those A's and B's!

There’s something to be said about having structure in my life. I function better, I’m more organized, and I’m more productive. In order to make it through the semester and still get those A’s and B’s I’m setting out to get, here’s the study routine that I’ve created for myself.

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A Fitness Journey Never Ends

The gym has changed me. The gym has changed me not just physically, but also mentally. I no longer look at myself, critiquing my body every time I pass by a mirror. I don’t hate how big my calves are in comparison to my thighs. I no longer feel the need to find something wrong with my body. I spent too many days, months, and years disliking parts of my body hoping it’d magically fix itself overnight. Guess what? It won’t.

Achieving fitness goals in college & how the gym saved my life

Body confidence had been an issue for a while. I’ve always been a small, petite person, but people always commented how I needed to put on weight because I looked too small or how I was so short or how my hair looked better straight than curly. Yeah those comments bothered me, but they bothered me more when I gained 10 pounds freshman year. I know 10 pounds may not seem like a lot of weight to some people, but I went into my freshman year weighing 110 pounds, and that 10 pound gain is close to almost 10% of my body weight. My freshman year was more difficult than good – struggling to fit in, not getting along with floor mates, and feeling isolated and lonely. Add a 10% weight gain to that, and life was awful. I felt terrible about the way I looked, wishing the weight would just go away. KEEP READING “A Fitness Journey Never Ends”

Grace Hopper Celebration 2016

On October 18th, I packed my bags, hopped on a plane, and headed to Houston, Texas for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The Grace Hopper Celebrations is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, and thanks to my university, I was lucky enough to be able to attend. I not only wanted to write this post to talk about my amazing experience this past week, but I want to share why it’s important for more women to be a part of the tech field.

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I personally love conferences, especially business conferences, because they give me an excuse to wear heels, do my makeup, and look nice. As a college student, it’s rare that I get to wear something other than shorts/jeans and a t-shirt. I’ll take any excuse I can get to do my makeup! This was my first time ever traveling to Texas, and I actually really enjoyed myself. Half the time I just felt like I was still in another part of Columbia because we spent a majority of our days inside. But, from what I saw on our daily bus rides, I really love Houston! And, it’s the only city I’ve ever been too that was hotter and more humid than Columbia, SC.

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Hurricanes & Painting

Rainy days = hot tea, warm blankets, and art projects. No homework, no stress, just a good time spent with friends. This post is going to serve as a little life update and also a look at some of the art projects I’ve been working on.

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In case you missed it, Hurricane Matthew struck the East Coast of the Untied States this past Thursday and Friday and impacted cities all along the coast. The University of South Carolina canceled classes starting Wednesday through the remainder of the week, and while the break was nice and all, I was so unproductive. I could’ve started on homework, written so many blog posts, or finished my major project for the blog. Instead, I took naps, hung out with my fellow staff members, and wasted my days. But, maybe that’s what I needed. Life has been so hectic since school started, and maybe I just needed some time to myself.

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