Biggest Struggles in college

I remember people would always tell me “enjoy these years because they go quick,” and wow they were right. It feels like yesterday I was moving into my first college dorm room with my two best friends trying to figure out how we were going to decorate. I am now going into my senior year and I am so sad it is coming to an end. After 3 years at a university that is 2 and a half hours away from home, I have learned so much about myself and life. I have grown into a totally different person from when I first came! College has been full of laughs, friends, memories, and tears. Here are my biggest struggles in college.

  • Distractions: I had to start with this one and I have a feeling you knew it was coming! The experience of college at a university is different when you are actually living on the campus, I have to say. I am actually giggling right now thinking about all the late nights with my friends when I had class the next morning, the worst mornings. Living in a college town on the weekends can give you temptations to skip out on studying and doing school work when everyone around you is pregaming for the party tonight. In the beginning, it is so hard to watch everyone go out and have fun while you stay in and study. I have to admit it does not get easier. Although, I will say college is about balance. There is nothing wrong with going out and having the college experience because these days are priceless! But my advice to you is to know when is it simply your time to stay in and hit the books. There will always be another party, late night pizza run, or game night. If you have an exam coming up, be smart and choose not to sacrifice your grades for a little fun. Tution is too expensive to waste!
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle: It can be difficult to eat healthy, get rest, and work out on a college student schedule. Some semesters I barely had time to eat, yet alone go to the gym. This is OKAY. But my advice is to try your best. I can remember from previous semesters being in classes, working, and studying until 10pm. After a long day I just wanted to rest but instead I forced myself to stop at the rec on my way home and get in a quick workout. Working out can help you more than just physically but mentally too.
  • Trying to be perfect: This might not be the case for everyone but for people in my discipline they understand the struggle (future speech pathologist). I remember getting my first bad grade on a test and just walking out the classroom feeling like it was the end of the world. After 3 years of several failures I have to say it really is not the end of the world. My professor once told me, “one bad grade is not going to make or break your career, no grades will determine how good or bad of a Speech-Language Pathologist you will be.”
  • Procrastination: We all do this, I do not care how good of a student you are. Procrastination will be your.worst.enemy. Get a calendar and plan accordingly, or at least try too! I try to do my assignments ahead of time so I can manage it all. I got into the habit of getting things done early right at the start, and that made such a difference during the rest of the semester! This is something I can not stress enough. It will save you a lot of headache later if you just start early.

Being a college student can be so hard sometimes, but when it is all over it will be worth it. I can not count how many times me and my friends have joked about dropping out and asking why life had to be so hard. I think what gets us through it is the idea of walking across that stage. So when you are struggling, remember it will all be worth it.

Traveling has made this past summer one to remember. But senior year of college has officially started. Aside from all the stress and chaos going on in my life right now, I have finally found the time to put together my footage from my Jamaica trip. I hope you enjoy my short vlog!

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Living on an island for 2 months has really opened my eyes. The sound of the coquis, waves, and breeze calms me leaving me to my endless thoughts. My problems seem so small. There’s this constant anxiety running through me, not knowing if I am doing enough, or if I will ever be good enough to reach my dreams. I admit to not trying my best sometimes, and not pushing myself hard enough. Then I realized, it is okay to not be where you want to be or know how to get there. One of my favorite quotes by  F. Scott Fitzgerald says,

“For what it’s worth… it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit. Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you’ve never felt before. I hope you meet people who have a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.”

Your morals, your dreams, your personality, your aspirations, all of it makes you who you are. Remember to take a step back from your life and look at the bigger picture, there is only one life. In this one life I hope you are proud of who is staring back at you. I hope you take in the moments that take your breathe away. Don’t let the anxiety of life distract you. It’s never too late to change yourself into the person you want to be, the person you will be proud of. If you are not yet that person, have hope you will be. If you ever find yourself being someone other than the person you want to live your life being, be brave enough to start over, and become the person you’ve always wanted to be. There is time. You can do it. It will be okay. Breathe.

A photoset of me boating and island hopping yesterday:

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I have been dying to get my hands on the Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation. I finally happened to be in Walgreens and picked it up! The foundation comes in 20 different shades and was tested in 7 different lighting conditions. This foundation claims to not have flashback no matter what lighting you are in. I personally think the shade range covers a quality number of skin complexions. I am the color caramel, and I applied the foundation with my miracle complexion sponge from Real Techniques. My first impression of the packaging is that I LOVE the spatula applicator. It is way better than using my finger and applying the product right to my skin. The foundation does dry quick so I would suggest to start blending right away! After applying I did think the foundation had a dewy finish but after setting it, it looked so much better. I will admit that I do not suffer from much acne so my opinion might be different from someone who does. I do not own many full coverage foundations because I enjoy more natural finish foundations. This one definitely is one I can see myself using on a daily basis because of its beautiful natural finish. This foundation is very inexpensive and with the low price tag, I am impressed overall. I loved the way it looked on my skin after I finished my entire look.

Along with the photo focus foundation by Wet n Wild I have been hearing people rave about their Mega Glow Highlighting Powders. The color I purchased was Precious Petals, which looks like a peachy gold in the packaging. I went with this color because I love natural looks and shades. Wet n Wild recently came out with new shades, 2 of which are purple and pink. With my tan skin the precious petals highlighter looks so pretty on my cheeks and it is very reflective. I cannot believe this highlighter is so inexpensive. It does look like a natural highlight, but I also I think if you put layers it has potential to be a heavy glow.

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Ponce is a city in the southern part of Puerto Rico. I have to warn you, Ponce seems to be the hottest place I have ever been in Puerto Rico. I always dress in light comfortable clothes and shoes, prepared to walk. Downtown of the city has some things you might enjoy! First stop was Ponce Cathedral, the cathedral lies in the middle of Ponce’s town square also known as Plaza Las Delicias. The cathedral has over 300 years of history. The most interesting thing to me is that the original structure was destroyed and rebuilt several times over the years by earthquakes and fires yet it is still remarkable. Next stop was Parque de Bombas, directly in back of the cathedral. This is a historical firehouse in downtown Ponce. The building housed the city’s main fire station for many years, and it is now a museum. It was Puerto Rico’s very first fire station. I would also take advantage of the beautiful art, venders, and food around the town. Here is a photoset of my walk through the town!

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