Surviving College: Game Of Thrones Edition

GameOfThronesCollege is one of those crazy times that not everyone chooses to go through. If you’ve decided to make the next step in furthering your education, be prepared. College is nothing like high school. Well, maybe the people don’t always change but with thousands of students on campus and numerous classroom buildings, certain people are always easy to avoid. Still, college is an entirely different world, and the best advice that anyone can prepare you with are the words of warning and vigilance from House Stark, one of the greatest, most noble houses of Westeros. Winter is Coming.

  1. Don’t worry about trying to fit in. Just be yourself and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.

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High school might have been the time for trying to fit in with this group or that clique, but you’re in college now. You don’t need to be someone you’re not in order to fit in. College is a time to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life and how you want to live it. Don’t worry about other people and what they think. Their opinions don’t matter. If someone doesn’t like you, move on. There are plenty of other people for you to meet.

  1. Don’t become an alcoholic every weekend.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the partying and drinking on weekends, especially if you live on campus. Everyone always seems to be going out and having a good time, and you don’t want to be left out. The best advice anyone can give you: know your limits and get your work done. Then you can have your fun.

  1. You need to be independent now.

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Don’t rely on anyone else to save you. You’re in college now, and you need to learn how to be independent. Mom and Dad won’t be around forever to help you get out of sticky situations; no one can save you from the mistakes you make. And ladies, you don’t need a “knight in shining armor” to rescue you from a tower. You can rescue yourself.

  1. It’s okay to cry.

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College is tough, like really, really tough. You’re going to have to work for your grades no matter what major you choose to pursue, and it’s okay if you don’t get the perfect grades you once got in high school. And after pulling an all-nighter for a test you fail, it’s okay if you want to curl up in a ball and hibernate under all your blankets for a bit.

  1. But you can’t let every failure be a discouragement.

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Allow yourself those few moments of self-pity but get back up and do what needs to be done no matter how much time or work it might take.

  1. You won’t always agree with your teacher’s opinion.

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But seriously, don’t push it. Don’t argue. Just go with it. Your grade will be so much better for it.

  1. You might want to re-think going out in the middle of the week.

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The next morning rolls around and you’re regretting that last martini and vaguely remembering that make out session with the hot guy whose name you forgot to catch. Roll up to class rocking a messy hair bun and sweats. Test? Oh shoot. That was today? Yeah, you’re feeling your stomach drop into your butt right about now. Worst feeling in the world. Don’t let that happen to you.

  1. You’re still going to have to deal with idiots.

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Sometimes people don’t get any smarter once they graduate high school, or even college for that matter. Just ignore them. Don’t argue and get on their level. It’s not worth your time or energy.

  1. It’s okay to fall in love, just don’t let it take over your life.

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You may or may not fall in love during your college years, but enjoy it when you have it. Just don’t let it be all-consuming and have it take over your life to the point of stupid decisions and pushing important people away. Take it from Jamie’s mistakes– your love is not worth pushing a little boy out of a window.

  1. Get your sleep whenever and wherever you can– just not in class.

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You might be pulling a handful of all-nighters more than once a week, especially during finals. So make sure you at least get a couple hours of sleep. You don’t want to be finding your eyes closing in the middle of that test nor on one of the couches in the student union building. #Awkward

  1. Revel in your successes.

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When you ace that test you’ve been studying for all week, you better be proud of yourself. Go out and buy yourself an ice cream or give yourself an all-day binge-watching Netflix day. Celebrate. The whole reason you’re in college is to make grades and have a good time.

  1. Don’t forget about your family.

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If you’re a long way from home or even right down the street, don’t forget to stay close with your family no matter how busy you might be. They’ll always be there for you no matter what you’re going through.

College is a crazy and wild time. You’re going to meet so many new people that you won’t know what to do with yourself. It feels like just yesterday that I was spending my summer anxiously waiting for my first year of college to start. Now I’m beginning my junior year. My time in college has gone by so fast that I can hardly keep up. Make sure you enjoy your time, don’t stress out too much over grades, and know your priorites. These are the last days of our lives before going out into the real world. Are you ready?

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30 Toys Of Your Childhood

HappyMealToysWhat was your favorite toy that you loved playing with as you grew up? Was it a part of a series or a stand-alone toy? Can you remember the names off all your favorite toys you enjoyed as a kid?

WuvLuvs? Happy Meal Toys? The Original Littlest Pet shop? Fury? Ringing any bells?

If so, then I bet you were a 90’s baby like me. Not all of my favorite toys were pulled directly from the 90’s decade, though. Some of the best were from the early 2000’s, too, even though they are usually disregarded as too far into the new age to be considered “classic” or “retro.”

If you’re like me and love a little nostalgia in your life every now and then, check out my latest article on The Odyssey Online! Parents of children born in the 90’s: I’m sure you’ll definitely appreciate these, too! I know my mom did when we went through them together. A little 90’s and childhood nostalgia has never hurt anyone!

Check out my full list of 30 Toys of My Childhood! And if you like it, remember to share it along on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. How many of your friends remember all of the toys in my list?

Continuing Thoughts On Working For The Odyssey Online

I have been loving these past three weeks working for The Odyssey Online at McNeese State University. I have gained so much experience already in such a short period of time! Leadership skills, editing skills, writing articles in a specific time frame, and more!

I absolutely love all of my staff members and am extremely grateful for all of the work they do for this online social media website. Check out some of the latest articles by me and my staff! And as always, if you like them please share, share, share!

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Five Things I Learned When My Bestie Got Engaged

A Letter To My Middle School Self

Heartbreak Can Be Beautiful

Four Reasons Facebook Is So Popular

Seven Things To Expect When Dating A Frat Guy

Organs On Chips: The Future Of Drug Testing

Defining Family

It’s Okay To Be Less Than The Best

An Older Sibling’s Guide To High School: Little Sister Edition

Check out all the rest of them at: The Odyssey Online at McNeese State University

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John McNeese Park“The Odyssey is flipping local news upside down with a new approach that combines the power of locally developed content, national reach and a gamified content creation process. By capturing real conversations in local communities, we can impact conversations locally, nationally and around the globe.”

I am now officially the Editor in Chief for The Odyssey Online at McNeese State University. I am so excited to be a part of this new venture coming to my campus! I have an incredible staff of twelve other students, and I also write for this national social media website as well! If you would like to checkout and read some of my articles, I will continue to post links on my blog here.

Check out my stories and please share them on all sorts of social media! Thanks for keeping up with my blog!

Click on the link below to check out my very first article, introducing The Odyssey to McNeese campus along with introducing all of my amazing writers on staff!

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Moving Out 

  

Moving out of a college dorm is hard. Not going to lie. It’s not just the amount of packing and cleaning you have to do. It’s hard because you’re having to pick up a whole year of your life and say goodbye. 

Goodbye to the squeaky bed that creaked every time you shifted your weight. Goodbye to the pull-apart couch that slid across the floor every time you sat down. Goodbye to the shower that you stained with paint from that paint party. Goodbye to living in such a confined space, yet knowing how to navigate it perfectly. Goodbye to that sketch elevator that makes weird noises and drops a little too hard on the first floor. Goodbye to having to wait and pounce the minute a washer opens up. 

Your dorm room has been your home for 10 months. You’ve cried in it when that boy broke your heart, been ecstatic in it when you passed the test and class you thought you’d fail, been hungover in when you drink just a little too much the night before. It’s been your place. To relax. To be bored. To have fun. 

Once it’s all done though, everything packed away and a barren, echoing room is all that’s left. After your roommate has gone and you’re standing in this empty shell of a room. All your memories packed away in the small U-Haul trailer. The school year is over, but the experiences have just begun. 

It’s only my second year in college, and my time here has flown by. Just yesterday I was watching Disney’s The Black Cauldron with the boy I kind of liked. We kissed over a poker game in my dorm room, the TV blaring the movie’s end credits. Just yesterday I was setting up my mini Christmas tree, trying to bring a little holiday spirit to my room but wind up dropping $90 I didn’t have to spend. Just yesterday I was stressing about finishing a paper for my English class, over-exhausted and crying because I didn’t think I was going to finish it. Just yesterday I moved in, thrilled to be unpacked and ready for a new school year. 

It was all just yesterday. 

How to Make: Vodka Gummy Bears

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Vodka Gummy Bears

• 3 bags of 3 lbs. gummy bears (I used Great Value brand from Walmart)
•1 bottle of Whipped Vodka
•Giant bowl
•Big stirring spoon
•Access to a fridge/Freezer
•Optional: Mini Portion Cups with lids

Pour in first bag of gummy bears. Pour in vodka. Stir. Repeat for the next two bags. Place in freezer for one day. Take out and stir bears. Place in mini cups with lids. Keep in fridge. The longer the bears sit in the alcohol, the better they get!
The mini portion containers with lids make for perfect and easy shots of the gummy bears. Good sized portions and not as messy!

*Please drink responsibly. This recipe is meant to be used for those who are 21 and up.

Bear the Mastador Puppy

Recently, I’ve adopted a new puppy. It was given to me by a friend that lives in an apartment and could no longer take care of him since the landlord saw him and said he would be too big for the complex. He was given to me and my family for free, except he was lacking the proper shots and identifications.

After bringing him home from school one weekend, and after my dad got over his initial irritation of this “little” surprise, we decided to call him Bear. He was given to us as a six week old German shepherd/ bull mastiff puppy, but after our first vet visit, we’ve learned he’s a Mastador- a mix of Labrador and Bull mastiff.

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a full-fledged puppy in our house, and it’s not always a picnic! Having a puppy is just like having a toddler, and it tires us out pretty quickly! This little rascal is a mess, and boy is he smart! Within a day or two of being with us, he already learned how to use the doggy door for whenever he needs to attend to business outside, and he’s already figured out ways into rooms we try to keep blocked off from him!

He’s been growing like a weed, too! Just in two days, I’ve noticed a huge difference! His legs are getting longer, and he’s slowly getting better at attempting to make the leap onto the couch. (Thankfully, he’s not quite there yet, though!) And he’s a little biter, too, but we are learning tricks on how to curb that! (Those sharp puppy teeth pack some power!) My favorite moments with him, though, are when he’s all tired out from playing fetch and running around like a maniac. He curls up in my arms or on my chest and passes out. No matter how much you move him, he stays knocked out for a good while! However, he hasn’t quite mastered sleeping anywhere past 6:00am! Coffee has become my new best friend in the morning with Bear around!

Bear is my little handful, but I love this baby so much already! I feel like a proud momma whenever I talk about him to friends, and I’m always showing off pictures of him to random people and uploading them on social media!

Within only a few short hours of meeting this fellow, he already had me wrapped around his little paw. 🐾

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