May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

Every college student has their own way of surviving finals. Sometimes our ways may be not-so-healthy, but it is only for a week or two, right? I have survived college final exam week 5 times (ew) and I am now entering into my 6th time. I wanted to share some of the things I do, stupid or not, to help me get through all of the studying.

 

ONE// Rewriting Notes

In my opinion, this is the easiest and most effective way of studying. Repetition is key.

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TWO// Music

I have to listen to music, especially during those 6 hour cram sessions. Even if it is just low, background noise, it helps keep me “less bored”. Pandora is literally my bestfriend. If you don’t listen to Pandora while studying, you should. My favorite stations are ‘NSync Radio and Glee Cast Radio.

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THREE// Snacks, Drinks, and Gum

Again, this helps keep me “less bored”. My go-to studying snack is chips, I know, unhealthy, but at this point in the semester I don’t care. Coffee, water and Gatorade are my typical study drinks. I would drink coffee endlessly if I could, but I prefer to not be dehydrated while I’m trying to learn stuff. Last, gum. It is self-explanatory but I just love gum.

FOUR// Drawing on White Boards

I get really tired of writing notes in notebooks or on my computer. Being a Biology major, I always have a lot of pictures, graphs, and biological cycles to remember. I draw them really big on white boards, in different colors, to help me go over and remember them.

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FIVE// Push-up and Burpee Breaks

A few years ago my friend started doing push-ups in the middle of our study session and told me that it really wakes you up and helps you focus. I didn’t believe her at first, but ever since then I do this all the time. It is good to get up, stretch, walk around, and maybe do some push-ups or jumping jacks. It gets your blood racing and gives you a little adrenaline push.

SIX// Group Sessions

My friends and I always get together to study. Even if we don’t say a word to each other for hours, it is nice to have company.

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SEVEN// Color

I love making things colorful. I highlight everything in different colors, color in pictures, use colored notecards, etc. I can’t just look at white paper and black pen for hours on end. Eventually, it all meshes together and just no.

EIGHT// Goodbye Cell Phone

This is the hardest one, but I try to put my phone on silent. Even if I don’t touch it for a half an hour, that’s better than getting distracted every minute.

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 Hopefully this gave you some easy and maybe stupid ideas to make all of that studying just a little more bearable! Happy finals everyone!

I Can’t Stay Mad at You

Today’s Daily Post: Do you hold grudges or do you believe in forgive and forget?

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Everybody deserves a second chance. Humans are humans. Contrary to popular belief, nobody is perfect. Therefore, everybody deserves forgiveness.

Growing up I went through the “I hate the world phase”. Literally, I hated everything and trusted no one. It was hard for me to understand that people make mistakes and sometimes those mistakes hurt others. I held a grudge against everyone because of a few individuals’ mistakes. I let those mistakes of others’ affect the way I viewed the world as a whole. Needless to say, I began to grow up and realized that people are going to hurt you in life. Unfortunately, the people you care about the most will hurt you the most because you actually care about their actions. I realized that being angry at the world and holding a grudge does not make the pain go away. If anything, it only keeps the pain to remain inside of you and allows it to build up more and more.

With that being said, I have also found that being too forgiving is not always okay either. If you constantly allow somebody to hurt you and take advantage of your forgiveness, the only one suffering is going to be you. I have learned that you can change yourself or how you handle a situation so many times, but if the other person doesn’t do the same, nothing is going to change.

Like everything in life, moderation is key. Holding a grudge is easy, forgiveness takes time. Trust and forgiveness go hand-in-hand. Forgiving somebody requires you to trust that person to not hurt you again. If they do, well I guess that is on them.

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I am excited to share that I have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. This award is given to a blogger, by a fellow blogger, who believes their blog is inspirational.

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Thank you Raphaela for nominating me! Check out her blog here!

The Rules

1) Link the person who nominated you

2) List and display the rules

3) Share seven facts about yourself

4) Nominate 15 other blogs and let them know they have been nominated

My Seven Facts 

1)   My junior year of college is wrapping up, quicker than I’d like it to honestly, and I am terrified of figuring out “the next step”.

2)   I truly love learning, but I cannot stand studying.

3)   In the near future, I want to travel and work with animals in different states and countries.

4)   I sleep with my bear, Scruffy Cuddly, every night. No shame.

5)   I am almost done watching the 4th season of Glee on Netflix and I am so excited to be almost caught up.

6)   Sometimes I get myself into trouble because I don’t have a filter. I say what I want, when I want. Maybe I will work on it at some point in my life.

7)   Overall, I feel like I am not that interesting of a person. I’m just a college student, doing my thing.

Here are my 15 nominations!

I just want to note that each of the following bloggers inspire me in different ways. I believe that everyone has the ability to leave their mark on another individual. As a pretty new blogger, I appreciate people who work hard to make their blogs unique. I love finding blogs that are at different stages of the “process”. Whether it is their writing style, blog style, ideas, weekly projects, etc., these bloggers make me want to keep working towards being a better blogger. Thank you for inspiring me.

Again, thank you Raphaela for nominating me for this award and congratulations to all over the bloggers listed above.

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In early American history, next to every human footprint was a horse’s hoof print. Horses were necessary for the survival of many early day settlers and horses owned the land as much as humans did. These horses were American feral horses, more commonly known as Mustangs. “The name Mustang comes from the Spanish word mesteño or monstenco meaning wild or stray” (2). They have become the symbol of Western America as they have roamed the plains freely. Unfortunately, Mustangs are given a lot of grief and are typically said to be unsafe or unsound, but they are known for their speed and grace, as well as incredible intelligence, and are truly spectacular animals.

Mustang horses originated in Spain and were brought to America by the Spanish settlers. Along with the American Indians, the Mustang population was forced west with new civilization. This migration eventually led to the Mustangs joining the western horse herds that already resided in that area of the country. This relocation allowed Mustangs to mix with many other breeds over the years, changing the dynamics of the breed. Typically, Mustangs are 13 to 15 hands, with strong legs and hooves. “These developed over years of roaming harsh, rocky terrain in the western portion of the United States” (1).These characteristics are still true to the breed today. After the migrating Mustang herds joined the western horse herds, the lands became overpopulated with feral horses, which caused concerns to the farming lands. “The arid lands of the west could not support a large population of grazing animals and on some ranches it became the policy to shoot Mustangs” (2). Mustangs became unwanted and underappreciated and were seen as useless burdens. To this day, this magnificent breed of horses is belittled.“Mustangs are often called a wild horse. However, this term is incorrect because they are genetically descended from domesticated Spanish horses. A more accurate term is feral horse” (3).Although these horses have been broke for years by humans, the negative stigma often causes a struggle with finding them homes after they are removed from their wild habitats.

The American Feral Horses are an iconic symbol of Western America. They hold a large place in the history of the United States. “Approximately 100 years ago, about 2 million Mustangs roamed the North American terrain. Today, there are about 30,000 horses” (3). Their population continues to decrease, even with the help of many protection organizations. This horse breed, Mustangs, represent freedom, one of the foundations of The United States and that is something to appreciate.

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I want to run with the wild horses.

This is a short essay I wrote for my Equine Care Class and I thought I would share it since Mustangs are one of my favorite horse breeds. Below, I have listed the websites where I gathered my information.

1. http://animals.pawnation.com/breed-characteristics-mustang-horses-3852.html

2. http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/horses/mustang/

3. http://www.livescience.com/27686-mustangs.html

Sunday’s Taste of Euphoria (#5)

So, today is actually Monday meaning I am actually late with this post. Since yesterday was Easter, I was with my friend’s family which made it hard to post something. Sorry! Here are my happy things from last week.

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ONE// Tuesday was the election day at my college for class officers. Also known as, MY VOTING DAY. I ran for Senior Class President and I won! I am extremely excited about this opportunity and I can’t wait to represent my class next year.

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TWO// Thursday I got to spend time with my bestfriend Amanda, after not getting to see her much all week. When the two of us are together, you could probably just say trouble. Well behaved women seldom make history, right?

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THREE// Friday there was a beautiful sunset. I just love beautiful sunsets.

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FOUR// Saturday, I had a long day of work at the canine rehabilitation center, but I met so many patients that I hadn’t met before. The first picture is Raegan, a little dachshund that had back surgery. She was such a sweetheart. The second picture is my bestfriend, Emily, in the pool with Ricky. Ricky is a dog in training with NEADS. NEADS is an organization that trains dogs for deaf and disabled Americans. The majority of their dogs are raised and trained primarily in prisons all over Massachusetts spend their weekends with volunteers in the area. If you haven’t heard of them, check out their website or Facebook because I am so glad that I was able to learn about them and work with one of their dogs.

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FIVE// To end our long day at work Emily and I got burgers and Margaritas. Perfection.

Guest Post: Choosing Your Major

Here is a guest post that I did for Polished PR. Thank you for the opportunity 🙂

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Hello friends of Jenn! My name is Rachael and I am from The Overwhelmed Undergrad. As my blog implies, I am an undergraduate student who is way too busy doing anything and everything I can get myself into. I am a junior biology major with a minor in equine studies. I have four jobs on my college campus, I am involved in various clubs, and I ride for my college’s IHSA Equestrian Team. I started my blog to write about the random musings of an overwhelmed undergraduate student. Today I want to share with you my experience with choosing a major, something that seems to be more difficult than it should be.

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Ever since I can remember, I wanted to become a veterinarian when I grew up. Animals are my passion, my whole world, so why wouldn’t I want to help them for the rest of my life? Entering…

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Sunday’s Taste of Euphoria (#4)

Here is my recap of some of the things that made me happy last week!

ONE// Honestly, I am glad this week flew by. I spent the whole past weekend studying for a bunch of exams that I had to take throughout this week. It was stressful, but I survived! I think that is reason enough to be happy.

TWO// Wednesday was National Student Athlete Day at my school. All athletes who received above a 3.0 GPA were invited to a ceremony. At the ceremony, all junior and seniors who maintained a cumulative 3.4 GPA or higher were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma honors society. I was inducted and I got a nicely framed certificate! To end our season, my IHSA Equestrian Team had our team dinner after the ceremony was over.

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THREE// Friday was my school’s second annual Spring Ball. The theme this year was Moonlight Mascarade. My date was my bestfriend Emily, of course. Everybody had an amazing time!

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FOUR// Saturday was my second day of work at the canine rehabilitation center. I learned so many new things and met new dog friends. I got to do my first swim by myself and go in the water treadmill!

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FIVE// After having a long and tiring day at work on Saturday, it was still beautiful outside when we got back to campus. So what to do on a beautiful day? Lay down and read a book with your bestfriend.

My Current Netflix Binges

The life of a modern day college student consists of attending class, club meetings, work, and athletic practices, while trying to eat, sleep and shower daily, as well as maybe have a social life and relax. So basically, it is a lot of long, tough days and it sucks sometimes. It is as simple as that. I believe it is completely acceptable to lay in bed at random times (in between class, after dinner, or maybe all day on Saturday) with your laptop and some junk food. Yes, this is your Netflix time, and it is essential to survival of college. We all have our Netflix obsessions, so I wanted to share mine. These are the shows on Netflix that I have been binge-watching over the past couple of months!

Glee

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If you haven’t heard of Glee, I honestly will wonder if you live in the real world or not. I watched Glee on and off throughout the past couple of years and missed a lot. A couple of months ago I decided to watch it from start to finish. I am almost done with the third season. If you haven’t watched it, please do.

Heartland

heartland-1.jpg-pic3The Heartland book series was my favorite when I was younger. It follows Amy, a horsewoman with amazing talents, and her crazy life. The series is filmed and aired in Canada, so I can not watch it live in the United States. I watched seasons 1-4 on Netflix in less time than I’d like to admit, and now I am impatiently waiting for the rest to be available. If anyone has found seasons 5 and 6 (7 is live in Canada right now) share your secrets!

Orange is the New Black

UnknownA Netflix original series, based off of a true story about women in prison. The story follows Piper through her journey in prison after being involved with her ex-girlfriend’s drug trade. It is filled with anger, love, sex, and more sex. It is a must watch for college girls. There is only one season so far, and I watched it in about 3 days. The send season is coming to Netflix on June 6, 2014 and I CAN NOT WAIT.

Hart of Dixie

814618757_1380746108Bluebell, Alabama is the new home to New York doctor, Zoe Hart. The story follows her drastic change from crazy New York City girl to still crazy small town southern girl. It is a series filled with romance, conflict, family, and tons of new lessons. The third season is currently airing on TV, but I am waiting to watch it on Netflix.

Daily Prompt: In the Summertime

Usually I don’t like posting twice in one day, but I kind of needed to partake in this Daily Prompt because I am way too excited for summer.

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I just want to point out that there are 18 days of class let in this semester. And then I will officially be senior. This is amazing yet so unbelievably terrifying.

The main reason I am anticipating summer is because I am a junior in college, meaning I have been applying to summer internships since January. This process has been tedious and extremely stressful. I am applying for internships in the wildlife conservation field because following graduation I intend to start a Masters program in that area of study. Also, the internships I have been applying for are all over the United States. Since I love traveling, I figured I could see a new place while doing my internship. So, I can’t wait to find out what internships I am accepted to and where I will be traveling to this summer! Mainly because I am sick of worrying about what I am doing, but also because I am so excited to have this new experience!

Besides the “real” or “practical” reason I am looking forward summer, I am also excited about a lot of other things. In the summertime, it is important to relax and that is always my goal. These are more of the “typical college student summer activities” that I always look forward to:

In the summertime, I get to spend time with my family. Being away from home has its perks of course, but I love the family time (dog and cats included) I get over break. We always have a great time, whether it is at the beach, or going for a walk, or cooking on the grill… nothing replaces family time. In the summertime, I get to spend time with my friends at home because being away from them sucks. It is as simple as that. In the summertime, I get to sleep whenever I want, besides work and all that. People always say that you will grow out of sleeping in. I disagree completely. In the summertime, I get to enjoy the beautiful weather that allows me to take my dog for walks, tan, and swim. Of course, that is what summer is all about. Last but not least, in the summertime, I am always excited to read books that I actually want to read. I know, nerd… But I love reading and I miss it so much during the school year.

I guess most of these things are simple, but I have learned that when you get to go home for breaks, the little things are truly the most important.

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Hopefully 2014 is everything I am imagining it will be!

Sunday’s Tase of Euphoria (#3)

This week was honestly a disaster. I don’t know how else to phrase it. A tragedy happened at home, which is approximately 5 hours away, with a friend that I have known for half of my life. Besides worrying about that all week, I had exams in every single class (and there are more to come this week). I feel like professors just know when every one is giving an exam and they feel like they have to be involved with the trend or something. So needless to say, my friends and I spent many late nights studying together until we lost our minds this week. Through all of this, it was honestly a little hard to think of the things that made me happy. Then I remembered, that is why I started doing these posts! No matter how many horrible things are going on, there are always going to be things in life that make you smile. So here is my taste of euphoria for this week!

ONE// After hearing the horrible news about my friend, I decided to go to the gym after classes on Monday. This meant skipping going to the barn, but I was just not in the mindset to be around people. I has an amazing workout. When I say amazing, I mean amazing. I am so proud of myself that I found peace in the gym and that I have kept up with my workouts for the past 5 months.

Snapchat-20140402105325TWO// After skipping my lesson on Monday I was so excited to get to the ponies on Wednesday. I rode the amazing Tango (read about her here) with our barn manager, who usually doesn’t teach my lessons. I am always excited for her to teach because it is always great! We had a wonderful time and Tango was a perfect princess.

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THREE// On Friday, I walked out to the pasture to get Tango for team practice. I stood at the fence and talked to her for a few minutes. Slowly, she stepped towards me, and I continued talking. Finally I put my hand out and she gave me her head. SHE CAME TO ME. I wish I could put my excitement into words. I love that horse so much it is actually obnoxious. Then we had a slightly interesting ride, but there were parts of it that were perfect.

FOUR// On Saturday my IHSA Equestrian team made our way to Zones, our last horse show of the year! We only had one rider advance to Zones and she rode beautifully. I love horse shows and my team, but I am so happy that I don’t have to get up at 4:30am on a Saturday until next October!

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FIVE// Although we were extremely exhausted after a long horse show day, two of my teammates and I went to Applebee’s for dinner and Margaritas. It was the perfect ending to a long and tiring week! Oh, and the 14 hours of sleep I got last night topped it all off!