Thursday, September 24, 2015

Study Tips!

I have picked up some pretty unconventional study habits while being in College. Exam weeks are super stressful, so I thought I would share my strange but helpful study tips:

1. Reward yourself. For example, I have an exam everyday this week *has mini panic attack while writing* so if I study and pass them all I am rewarding myself with a mani/pedi spa day. I've found that rewarding myself motivates me to study and do well.

2. Music. When I'm studying I tend to get trapped in the white-static sounds of an empty room. Playing music while studying takes away the treacherous silence and helps stimulate brain activity. Some of my favorite artists to listen to while studying include: Frank Sinatra, Mozart, and Lennon and Maisy.  I prefer soft calming sounds and coffee shop acoustic covers, but find what fits you best.

3. Dance party. This tip is more for when you're pulling an all nighter and are about to have a mental breakdown. Instead of crying and panicking, just get up and dance Christina Yang/Meredith Grey style (Grey's Anatomy fans will understand). I'm not talking about swaying and a few turns, I'm talking about full blown dancing where if someone were to be watching they would call an ambulance because they think you're having a seizure. Let loose and dance the stress away.

I hope these tips help you as much as they help me. Remember that passing is great, but don't beat yourself up if you fail a quiz or exam, just accept it and work harder next time.

                                                                                           - Ally

Here are some pictures of me during my week from hell.

Snacks also help when you find out you passed an exam by only two points.

Friday, September 4, 2015

New Chapter: College

For most people, college is either a fight or flight experience. For me... it has been both. I attend the University of North Texas and i'm studying Business with a focus in human resource management, so basically I like to boss people around.

Check out my 1st week vlog here (

The first week of school was a sea of emotions. I had post vacation depression, post concert depression, and post leaving home depression all at the same time. After the second day I was ready to go home to my mommy. The homesickness was real. A few days full of sad songs and bathroom breakdowns with my roommate, Shelby, passed and we were both getting the hang of doing things on our own. Growing up they always tell you that in college you have to study study study, but what they really need to say is laundry laundry laundry. Never in a million years did I think that I could go through so many clothes in so little time. It was getting to the point where I was buying a new shirt everyday so I wouldn't have to wash clothes. My stress level was rising, but little did I know I was about to meet my new favorite people.

Josh (Jochua as I like to call him) and Colton danced their ways into my life (literally), and I am so happy they did. Squad -2.0, as we were kindly named, is definitely a story I am excited to see play out. From dancing in the streets to dancing in the clubs, one thing you know for sure is that we will always be dancing. Josh and I share they same personality and Colton and Shelby share the same personality, so we balance each other out perfectly. It's crazy how a week before I met them Shelby and I were packing our bags ready to go home. I definitely would not be here still if it wasn't for them.

The moral of this story is to just give things time. When you are ready to give up when life gets hard, just wait and let things play out. Life has a funny way of always working out in your favor, so give it a chance.     Until next time, Ally