Friday Five

Friday Five

[Babysitting = broken headbands... but it's impossible to get mad at her!] Guys! It’s not only my last day of class for the semester, but my last day of class at Mount Union for my junior year! Today is also exactly ONE MONTH until I take flight to Italy! How exciting is that?! I thought … Read more

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[Babysitting = broken headbands... but it's impossible to get mad at her!]

Guys! It’s not only my last day of class for the semester, but my last day of class at Mount Union for my junior year! Today is also exactly ONE MONTH until I take flight to Italy! How exciting is that?! I thought I had so much time to prepare, but it came so fast. I have something to admit though… all of a sudden, I am unbelievably scared/nervous/worried/all of the above. I hate to say it, but I am getting cold feet! The thought of spending over four months away from home is really nerve-wracking. I am going to be in a completely new environment, surrounded by complete strangers who are speaking a language I am unfamiliar with.

However, whenever I start to go into mini-panic mode, I think about how much fun I am going to have while I am abroad. I am so lucky to have this opportunity. I spoke with one of my best friends, Megan, who studied abroad this past summer in France, and she assured me that she was feeling the exact same way leading up to the time that she left. She even promised that having my mom literally drag me through the terminal at the airport is OK, and that the hundreds of tears that are sure to flow on the plane ride over are not a bad thing.

Megan loved every second of her study abroad experience and said she would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I feel so much better knowing that these feelings are normal and that everyone gets a little bit scared sometimes.

This weekend I will be studying for finals (we’re in the homestretch!), attending a Christmas concert at church and squeezing in as much “hang-out time” as possible with friends at Mount Union, since I will not be seeing them until next year!

Have a great weekend. Happy Friday!

cinnamon roll

[Indulging in a cinnamon roll and iced chai tea latte breakfast]

shopping

[Fun Christmas shopping day with my sisters]

christmas tree

[Decorating the Christmas tree at home]

fashion show

[The highlight of my week: the VS Fashion Show]

The Countdown Continues

The Countdown Continues

It was not until I attended the pre-departure study abroad orientation on campus that I realized how many Mount Union students are traveling abroad next semester! Including me, there is a total of 22 students studying abroad. Students will be traveling to Australia, Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Spain. Each … Read more

It was not until I attended the pre-departure study abroad orientation on campus that I realized how many Mount Union students are traveling abroad next semester! Including me, there is a total of 22 students studying abroad. Students will be traveling to Australia, Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Spain. Each location varies drastically in what there is to see and do, and each student will have such a different experience while abroad.

I was curious to know what fellow study abroad participants were looking forward to most, so I reached out to a few students.

  • Laura Mould (Ireland): “I’m really looking forward to being able to travel through Ireland and Europe and see many of the things that I’ve wanted to see my whole life. I’m really just looking forward to the experience in general, being able to say that I did it and got to be truly independent and on my own for a while!”
  • Emily Stafford (Japan): “Japan’s culture and America’s is so very different. I am really excited to meet new people and see and try different things. It is a once in a lifetime chance to learn by living a new lifestyle. I hope that it will be a wonderful trip and that the experiences help me discover a new side of my life!”
  • Rachel Toth (Germany): “The thing that I am most looking forward to is being able to be totally immersed in a new culture. I love traveling and trying different things, so this will be very exciting – and a little nerve wracking as well.”

When asked, past study abroad participants were more than willing to pass on helpful advice.

  • Alyssa Greenwell (London): “Take advantage of every opportunity you are given while abroad. Travel to another country for the weekend. Try new foods. Experience the different cultures. Take risks. Studying abroad is one of the greatest experiences you will ever have so be sure to get everything you can out of it. It truly is the time of your life.”
  • Megan Shadrach (France): “It is important to keep an open mind about everything you see and do, and be able to laugh at your mistakes!”
  • Zak Suhar (Spain): “You might be afraid or anxious, but just know that studying abroad is a huge adventure. You may encounter struggles, confusion, sorrows and a lot of opportunities, but the most exciting things are the guarantees that are rewarded through travel. Just think how much you will grow and learn from this amazing experience.” (Zak is a fellow blogger. Check out his page here!)

What am I looking forward to most? I can’t wait to toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain in Rome and stand in front of the Eiffel Tower, for the first time, in Paris. I have dreamed of traveling to Europe since before I can remember, never believing I would ever be given the opportunity to do so. It feels so surreal that it is actually happening and I can’t wait to live out my dream.

The countdown continues: 35 more days!

Are you traveling abroad? If so, what are you looking forward to most? Do you have any advice for students studying abroad? Feel free to comment below!

Friday Five

Friday Five

[My baby cousin, Ava, on her first Thanksgiving] This week flew by. Mount students have one more week of class and then finals are here. Winter break is in reach! Besides attempting to complete the immense school work load that is piled on toward the end of the semester, I made sure to make time … Read more

ava

[My baby cousin, Ava, on her first Thanksgiving]

This week flew by. Mount students have one more week of class and then finals are here. Winter break is in reach!

Besides attempting to complete the immense school work load that is piled on toward the end of the semester, I made sure to make time for a little bit of fun and friends. Earlier in the week, my friend Tia stopped over and we lit Christmas candles, turned up the holiday station on Pandora and got to work making snowflakes to decorate the apartment. I also made a trip to Belden Village to do some Christmas shopping with my friend Emily! I absolutely love when the stores are all decorated for the holidays. It makes Christmas shopping so much fun.

This weekend I plan on babysitting, finishing up my Christmas shopping, decorating the Christmas tree at home with my family and watching a ton of Christmas movies.

Happy Friday, everyone!

movie night

[Peppermint mocha and fresh baked cookies with mom]

decorations

[Snowflake decor in the apartment]

pink

[Free VS iPhone case I received during the trip to Belden Village!]

ornaments

[It was time to put up the fun Christmas decor in my car]

Wanelo

Wanelo

Watch out, Pinterest. Wanelo is sneaking in! Wa what?! Wanelo! The name (pronounced wah-nee-lo) stands for “want, need, love” and is an online catalog of merchandise. We already have Pinterest, right? Why would we need Wanelo? Well, I’m not sure about you, but I have found myself a little bit frustrated with Pinterest in the … Read more

Watch out, Pinterest. Wanelo is sneaking in!

Wa what?! Wanelo! The name (pronounced wah-nee-lo) stands for “want, need, love” and is an online catalog of merchandise. We already have Pinterest, right? Why would we need Wanelo? Well, I’m not sure about you, but I have found myself a little bit frustrated with Pinterest in the past.

Often, when I stumble across something I LOVE on Pinterest, I click on the link and it leads to nowhere, or an “uploaded by user” sign pops up. Sometimes I spend days trying to find the product I saw on Pinterest and finally track down the link, only to find that the cute boots I was obsessed with are only available in Australia. Then there’s the fact that the shipping fee comes to $26, which seems like nothing next to the $480 price tag on the boots.

Pros of Wanelo:

  1. No dead-end links: Move your cursor over the image and you will see the name and price of the product, as well as where you can purchase it from.
  2. No dissapointment: Wanelo features (mostly) all affordable and no sold out items.
  3. No more wasted time: If you want to purchase the item, click on the “buy” button to the right of the image and it will take you directly to the website to make your purchase.

Cons of Wanelo:

  1. No inspiration: Unlike Pinterest, Wanelo does not feature arts and crafts ideas, party decor, new recipes, motivational quotes, etc.
  2. No categories: Although Wanelo allows you to search for certain things, there are no categories like on Pinterest (such as women’s fashion, men’s fashion, etc.)
  3. No personal boards: While you can save products to “categories,” you cannot build creative boards of things you are inspired by, love or want to save for future reference (such as the hundreds of pins you have of your dream home to show your future husband).

There are pros and cons to both Pinterest and Wanelo, but Wanelo is definitely a site to check out. Don’t get me wrong, I will always love Pinterest as I find inspiration from the site on a daily basis. However, Wanelo may be taking just a tad bit of my free time away from Pinterest in the future!

What are your thoughts on Wanelo? Do you still prefer Pinterest? Feel free to leave your comment below!

Friday Five

Friday Five

[Huge polar bear (my favorite animal) at Anthropologie] It is officially the Christmas season! While others are out braving Black Friday traffic, fighting through aggressive crowds and tackling their way to the best deals, I will be preparing for Christmas in my own way. Now that Thanksgiving is over (although the leftovers will last for … Read more

polar bear display
[Huge polar bear (my favorite animal) at Anthropologie]

It is officially the Christmas season! While others are out braving Black Friday traffic, fighting through aggressive crowds and tackling their way to the best deals, I will be preparing for Christmas in my own way. Now that Thanksgiving is over (although the leftovers will last for days.. or weeks), it’s time to put away the fall leaves and pumpkin spice candles in exchange for twinkling lights and evergreen aroma. This Friday evening I plan on slipping into sweats, grabbing a peppermint cappuccino, turning up NSYNC’s Christmas album all the way and getting the house “Christmas ready” with my mom. Although I loved watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – did everyone see the Fierce Five gymnasts on one of the floats!? Love those girls! – I am so excited for all of the Christmas festivities that are soon to come (decorating gingerbread houses, going ice skating, picking out a Christmas tree… and the list continues).

Throughout this week, I noticed that there are so many simple holiday pleasures. Even the smallest things make me love the holidays that much more, such as the huge polar bear display I came across on a shopping trip with my sister. I hope everyone finds even the tiniest bit of holiday happiness this weekend.

Happy Friday!

oreos

[The return of white fudge Oreos for the holiday season]

car freshener
[The cutest polar bear car freshener my sister, Lindsey, surprised me with!]

Christmas music
[It is now FINALLY acceptable to break out the Christmas music again]

holiday packaging
[Festive holiday packaging everywhere you go]

Thankful

Thankful

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! Five things I am most thankful for this holiday season: My family – especially my new baby cousin, Ava, who will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving this year! The wonderful friends I have made at Mount Union The opportunity to study abroad next semester My student blogging position (who else gets paid to … Read more

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!

Five things I am most thankful for this holiday season:

  1. My family – especially my new baby cousin, Ava, who will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving this year!
  2. The wonderful friends I have made at Mount Union
  3. The opportunity to study abroad next semester
  4. My student blogging position (who else gets paid to talk about everything they love?!)
  5. The shirtless Taylor Lautner scene in Breaking Dawn Part 2 (it’s a must see, girls!)

I am a bit embarrassed to admit that sometimes I need a holiday to remind me of how much I have to be thankful for, but I am very grateful for the reminder. Every year I look forward to waking up Thanksgiving morning, grabbing some blankets and cuddling up next to the fireplace to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year will be no exception.

As I was thinking of everything I am grateful for this year, I thought it would be nice to remind the people I love most how thankful I am for them. So, I decided to do some arts and crafts! I found an idea I loved on Pinterest and got to work. Making holiday cards for your family and friends would be a great way to pass away the last two days of class until Thanksgiving break! All you need is some tape, scissors, decorative scrap paper and some ribbon (which is optional, of course).

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

scraps

 

cards

thankful for you

 

Friday Five

Friday Five

August: School begins and you are filled with excitement and hope for the new school year. You haven’t seen many of your friends since last May and you can’t wait to catch up, set bi-weekly Panera dates and get back into your routine of DQ trips and re-runs of Friends every Thursday night. You have … Read more

  • August: School begins and you are filled with excitement and hope for the new school year. You haven’t seen many of your friends since last May and you can’t wait to catch up, set bi-weekly Panera dates and get back into your routine of DQ trips and re-runs of Friends every Thursday night. You have a new set of classes and are ready to kick some serious butt this semester. You’re pulling out all the stops. You won’t even be able to see the fridge after your parents hang up all of your A+ papers and exams.

Flash forward…

  • November: IT’S BEEN MONDAY FOR THREE WEEKS NOW! ..or so it seems. You can hear the second hand on the clock ticking in class and your notebook is full of doodles of stars and your name, written in every possible way (cursive, print, dotted, block… and the list goes on). You find that your bestie, the one you couldn’t wait to catch up with, is annoying you to no end… just because he/she dropped a few crumbs of his/her Special K bar near you on the desk. You’ve exchanged cramming for tests for cramming popcorn in your mouth while watching Modern Family. When will the semester end?!

This semester flew by; however, the week leading up to Thanksgiving break seems to be dragging on… and on… and on. Seeing Christmas commercials on TV is making everyone anxious for the end of the semester and extremely ready for the holidays. I know I am personally counting down the days until I can forget about exams and curl up on the couch to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with my sister (a yearly tradition).

However, we all have to hang on just a little bit longer! So, here are some tips to survive the rest of the semester…

  1. Set aside at least one night a week for “me” night: no studying, no assignments, just you and your favorite show/book/friend (and possibly your favorite late night snack as well).
  2. Get organized: the end of the semester can be so overwhelming with final exams and projects approaching, so write all important dates down and tackle your assignments based on when they are due!
  3. Make plans: speak with family and friends about fun activities to do over the holidays (ice skating anyone?!). Having something exciting to look forward to can sometimes be all the motivation you need to tackle that final group presentation or class speech.

And, as always, here are five things that made this week just that much better…

[Menchie's date with my sister]

[Confirmation for ordering Red Tour concert tickets!]

[What I thought was my long lost ring was found in the Writing Center]

[A trip home for the evening to celebrate my brother's birthday!]

[My visa arrived this week, reminding me I have less than two months left in the US]

Happy Friday!

Turn Your Cant’s Into Cans and Dreams Into Plans

¡Hola! Ciao! Salut! Hallo! Hello! I have less than two months to go until I start my European adventure and I am getting extremely anxious! In anticipation of my own study abroad experience, I find that I am constantly reading others’ travel blogs, flipping through countless online albums documenting their journey and watching videos filmed … Read more


¡Hola! Ciao! Salut! Hallo! Hello! I have less than two months to go until I start my European adventure and I am getting extremely anxious! In anticipation of my own study abroad experience, I find that I am constantly reading others’ travel blogs, flipping through countless online albums documenting their journey and watching videos filmed while abroad. From a breakfast of pork omelets in Thailand, to croissants in France, to rice in India, each location is composed of extremely different food, people, dress, language, landscapes, customs and traditions. It amazes me how diverse each city is, let alone each country! The world is so big and I can’t help getting excited just thinking of everything that is out there to see, appreciate and discover.

I came across a video a while back, called “Move,” which instantly set my study abroad plans in motion. I always knew I wanted to travel; however, after watching this video I decided to stop thinking about it and make it happen. So, I went to visit the Center for Global Education the very next day to talk about my options.

These three guys went on their own adventure and 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights and 38,000 miles later.. an AWESOME video was made. Watch it, you won’t regret it!

Also, check out the endless possibilities of study abroad programs offered through USAC here!

It’s time to turn your “cant’s into cans and dreams into plans”!

Are you interested in studying abroad? What is your dream location to travel to? Feel free to comment here!

Friday Five

Friday Five

[An inspirational quote I heard at the CMA conference in Chicago] This week was hectic and a bit overwhelming, but it was expected as the final weeks of the semester are winding down. This Wednesday, Ryan Collins (see his site here), a senior PR student from Kent State University, came to speak to the PRSSA (Public … Read more

[An inspirational quote I heard at the CMA conference in Chicago]

This week was hectic and a bit overwhelming, but it was expected as the final weeks of the semester are winding down. This Wednesday, Ryan Collins (see his site here), a senior PR student from Kent State University, came to speak to the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) chapter at Mount Union! A few months back, I happened to stumble across Ryan’s blog, and two hours later I realized I was still reading through his posts. So, as president of PRSSA, I contacted Ryan and asked him to come speak to our group about his PR experience. He is extremely involved on campus and spoke to us about internships, leadership roles, networking and more.

Ryan’s three main tips for success were to:

  1. Study abroad (in order to learn independence and about other cultures)
  2. Intern as much as possible (hands on, real-life experience is very beneficial)
  3. Create a professional online presence (blogging is extremely recommended)

Before he left, Ryan stated “I believe all of you can be considered rock star PR students.” I know many students walked away inspired and motivated to get involved on campus and take advantage of every opportunity possible.

This weekend I am planning on getting a jump start on final projects for class, meeting up with my sister for a girl’s night and working on yearbook pages for The Unonian. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Happy Friday!

[A spontaneous midnight trip to the Cheesecake Factory with my friend Megan]

[The sweet note waiting for me when I returned to Mount Union from my roommates]

[The PRSSA officers with Ryan]

[The free Mount Union hoodie I received for participating in a video for the Office of Marketing!]

Taking Over the Windy City

As I mentioned in my last post, I was given the opportunity to travel to Chicago and take over the Windy City! Along with seven other students involved with campus media, such as The Dynamo (newspaper), WRMU (radio station) and The Unonian (yearbook), I attended the 2012 National College Media Convention. We left on Halloween and it was … Read more

As I mentioned in my last post, I was given the opportunity to travel to Chicago and take over the Windy City! Along with seven other students involved with campus media, such as The Dynamo (newspaper), WRMU (radio station) and The Unonian (yearbook), I attended the 2012 National College Media Convention. We left on Halloween and it was well worth the eight-hour drive there and back.

We attended sessions throughout the day, which provided suggestions and ideas on how to improve our campus media, gain interest on campus and get creative with our stories, layouts and writing styles. My favorite session was called “Dazzle your Digital Resume,” which was presented by Cassie Morien, web editor for Boca Raton Magazine (see her website here). She was so energetic and gave awesome tips for creating a portfolio and resume that no employer could pass up. I left Chicago with a ton of inspiration and the motivation I needed to add that extra sparkle to my resume and incorporate my personality and creativity into my portfolio.

After attending sessions during the day, we still had a lot of time to explore Chicago! This was my second time in the city, but I was excited to revisit some of my favorite spots as well as discover new things about the city that I did not get the opportunity to see the first time there. While I could write a novel on my favorite things about Chicago, here are just a few that made me fall in love with the Windy City…

  1. Sky Deck Chicago – looking down on the city from the 103rd floor = amazing view! My favorite place to visit in Chicago.
  2. Deep dish pizza (Giordano’s is the BEST and well worth the long wait)
  3. Magnificent Mile – a full mile of the best shopping ever! Two-story Forever 21 and Victoria’s Secret – need I say more?
  4. Starbucks at every corner – we arrived just in time for Peppermint Mochas to arrive for the holiday season!
  5. Clean, beautiful city – the city looked so pretty, as Chicago is all ready for the holiday season! Christmas decorations and lights lit up the city on every street.

Exploring Chicago is definitely something to put on your bucket list! I will always have great memories of the Windy City.