The Homesick Blues

This week was hard, I’m not even going to lie.  Granada is as beautiful as ever, I’m learning more and more every day, but that doesn’t mean every day is going to be the best day ever.

Up until this week, I hadn’t really spent a lot of time pining over home or missing anything in particular. But, while we all have bad days and bad weeks, the best way to get over it is to create a positive mindset.

In all honesty, I am still in my funk and I hope writing this gets me out of it, but I’ll let you know!

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Study Abroad Pros & Cons: What I’ve Learned in my First week

Studying abroad is an amazing privilege, one that less than 10 percent of U.S. college students actually take advantage of.  The opportunity to get college credit in a foreign country, learn a new language, and immerse myself in a new and different culture was an opportunity I knew I couldn’t pass up.

That being said, there are pros and cons to anything you do, at any point in your life.  So here’s a list of the Pros and Cons I’ve experienced in the week I’ve spent in Granada, España.

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The College Application Timeline

As incoming college freshmen are packing up their childhood rooms and heading off to the great adventure that is their first year of college, high school seniors are embarking on an adventure of their own: college applications.

My own little sister is starting this process herself, and since I didn’t have anyone around to tell me how  to go about the application process, I thought I’d make a general timeline of what you should do to apply for college throughout the fall.

Applying for college can be overwhelming, that’s why it’s better to spread everything out and DO NOT PROCRASTINATE.  You don’t want to be writing an essay at 11:51 p.m. when your application is due at midnight. If you manage your time well, you can get all your applications done while still having an unforgettable senior year.

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College Non-Essentials

Ah, move in day. The start of your first four years of freedom.  I was walking through target the other day and passed so many groups of people buying “essentials” for their freshman dorms, discussing color schemes they’d made with their roommates, and worrying about all sorts of other nonsensical and entirely exciting things.

There are thousands of lists on Pinterest and all over the internet telling you what you NEED for your freshman dorm, how to survive your first year of college, how to deal with being away from home, and other things of that sort.

This isn’t one of those.

Instead, I’ve compiled a list of my college non-essentials.  These aren’t things that you absolutely NEED, but I found my life to be a lot easier when I had these things in it. Adjusting to life away from home is hard enough, so you really want to make the transition as easy as possible on yourself, and these simple luxuries make quite a difference.

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