1 Year Post Grad: A Reflection

1 Year Post Grad: A Reflection

So yesterday marked one year since I graduated with my undergraduate degree. To say this year has been a transformative one would be an understatement. I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I transitioned from full time undergrad student, to full time adult, living on my own and supporting myself. Here are a few things I’ve learned in the past year since I’ve graduated…

☆ You won’t stay in touch with everyone, and it’s okay

You suddenly go from living within 5 minutes of all of your friends, to living hours and many miles apart. Maybe some are close by, but in my experience people tend to scatter in different directions. When you first graduate it’s normal to want to stay in touch with all of your friends from school, but you’ll soon realize which relationships are worth the effort of maintaining. Not everyone can be your best friend, and you can’t be everyone’s best friend. You’ll realize fast who your true, real, friends are, and those friendships will only get stronger over time.

☆ Adjusting to adult life is hard

There’s college life…and then there’s being an adult. Whether you’re still living at home, or living on your own, adjusting to working full time or balancing grad school is a much different beast than undergrad. Suddenly you have much more responsibilities, the stakes are higher on everything, and you’re trying to navigate the world of being a more responsible human being. It’s hard, and there’s definitely a learning curve, but it’s not impossible, and the key is to cut yourself a break sometimes.

☆Budgeting is important

I always tried to “budget” in college, but trying to budget as a somewhat adult is completely different. When you’re managing a full time pay check, no matter what the amount is, it’s vital to have a budget so that you’re not over spending on extraneous expenses. Budgeting is a another trial and error process, and something I’ve really had to focus on in this past year so that I can reach my savings goals for the future.

☆ Focus on yourself

In the past year I’ve learned to focus on myself and my goals, and to try not to compare myself to those around me, and those on the internet. It’s hard when you’re scrolling through instagram not to look at someone’s life and think how easy their life is, how much you wish your life could be like theirs, etc. It’s incredibly unhealthy to have the mindset that you’re never enough and you always need to buy more, do more, and be more. I’ve learned that my goals and my potential and circumstances are very different from those of someone else, and comparing them is apples to oranges. I do believe in using other people to motivate you to set goals and develop better habits, but not if it’s going to lead to a destructive mindset. Focus on yourself and…….

☆ Allow yourself to grow

I’ve found this past year to be one of the most transformative of my entire life. I’ve adopted healthier habits, I’ve found new interests and I’ve tried to readjust my mental state to best reflect what I want out of life. It’s been a challenging, yet refreshing year and it’s made me even more excited for the future. Creating goals and seeing myself actually being able to accomplish them is something that never gets old.

xo

Travel Diaries: Paris

Travel Diaries: Paris

Welcome back to another travel diaries post! This week is all about Paris. I went to Paris about two years ago, and it was such a magical city. The food alone makes me want to hop on a flight back at any second. Besides the occasionally contemptuous french person, Paris was a beautiful city explore with so many things to do. Check out my favorite things about Paris below!

Food: The food in Paris was amazing. The first thing I tried when I was there was a beignet and I still often dream about it to this day. The second thing I ate was a french baguette sandwich and wow, does it make regular white bread look like the ugly step sister. OH and the macarons. If you go to Paris you HAVE to try the macarons. They make any American made macaron pail in comparison.

History & Culture: In my opinion, one of the best things about Paris is the amount museums, and history there is. The Louvre is arguably the biggest and most well known museum, for good reason, but there is so much more that I wish I had time to explore. Walking around the city made me feel like I was going back in time- there is so much history everywhere you go. It’s really something special, and makes you feel connected to the people who were there before us.

View from the Louvre
In front of the Louvre

Sights: This goes along with the history aspect, but there are so many incredible sights to see when you’re in Paris. Obviously the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe are the most notable, but even just walking along the Seine river provides such a beautiful picture of all that Paris has to offer. You could spend days walking the streets of Paris, exploring every scenic building and landscape. I was truly in awe everywhere I went

My two best friends and I in front of the Eiffel Tower

And that’s it! I hope these provided a brief overview of Paris to any of you out there who are considering visiting! I could not recommend it more, and I personally cannot wait to go back, hopefully sometime soon.

As always, keep it klassy, xo.

My Lasik Experience

My Lasik Experience

Have you ever wondered about lasik? Coming from someone who spent 10 years wearing contacts, and 12 years wearing glasses, I always had questions about lasik. It seems like a magic cure for those of us who struggle to see without glasses or contacts, however there are definitely a lot of things to consider before deciding to get the procedure.

I decided to get lasik back in February, after many years of dealing with contacts and glasses. For me, I knew it was something that would be well worth the investment and that would greatly improve my day-to-day life. Let me start from the beginning of my lasik journey, and let you guys know all my tips and recommendations if you are considering getting lasik.

Consultation: At most places you can get a consultation for free, which is great. It’s not a quick process, (mine took about 1.5 hours) but it’s a fantastic way to get all your questions answered, and even see if you qualify for lasik without having to commit to anything. This is also a good time to discuss payment plans or financing, depending on what the practice you go to offers.

Pre-Op: So, you go to the consult and decide that you’re ready to take the plunge and get lasik- so what’s next? The doctor should run through all the requirements you have to do before the procedure. Mine told me not to wear my contacts, only my glasses, for two weeks leading up to the procedure. Some doctors may require you to come in a few days before the procedure to re-measure your eyes and make sure everything looks good before the big day. I met with my doctor two days before my procedure, and it was a great time to ask last minute questions.

The Procedure: I’m not going to lie, the actual experience of lasik was definitely weird and mildly uncomfortable. This should be no surprise considering what is being done to your eyes, but some people may not know what to expect. The good part is that the whole process should be done within 20 minutes or less. I think mine took a total of 15 minutes. It’s very quick, it’s usually automated for the most part with a machine so there’s little room for human error, and besides the discomfort, it’s generally not too bad.

Post Op: Immediately following my procedure, I was extremely sensitive to light and my eyes had a slight burning. My doctor told me this was very normal and to go home and nap and when I woke up I would feel much better. I did just that, and he was right. I woke up with much clearer vision and less pain. The next morning I was able to drive to my appointment and my doctor advised me that everything looked perfect. I had to come back in a week for another post op appointment, and I had to use artificial tears every hour for the first two weeks following the surgery. Nothing too crazy.

Now that it’s been almost 3 months since I got lasik, I would definitely recommend it if you find yourself relying heavily on glasses or contacts. I couldn’t comfortably see without some of kind of lens correction, and it was a hassle at times. Lasik can be pricey, depending on where you do it and the financing options, but I looked at it as a life long investment. I would never have to spend money on glasses, contacts, eye exams, nothing for the rest of my life, and at 22, that sounded pretty good to me. Like any big purchase or investment, definitely think it over because it is a big decision, but to me it was well worth it.

Have any of you guys ever had lasik? What are your thoughts on the whole process?

Hope everyone had a good weekend! xo.

Travel Diaries: Italy

Travel Diaries: Italy

Welcome to my second travel diary post! This week’s post is all about traveling to, you guessed it, Italy. I traveled to Italy back in May of 2017 and it was one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever been on. In today’s post, I’m going to be sharing my favorite cities to visit in Italy along with my tips and recommendations for anyone who is thinking about traveling to this magical country.

The first place I went in Italy was Venice– a city with no roads and can only be traveled to by boat. I loved walking around the different canals and seeing all the beautiful buildings.

Recommendations: Definitely go on a gondola ride. They’re SO much fun and it’s such a cool way to see the city. When I went I stayed in an air bnb because the few hotels that are in Venice are a bit expensive, but if you can manage it, I’d definitely recommend a hotel over the air bnb.

The next stop was the Amalfi Coast. We stayed in Naples for a night and then took a train to Sorrento and spent a few days traveling around the area there. Capri is only a short ferry ride away from Sorrento so it was super easy to get to! I didn’t find Naples to be particularly spectacular, but Sorrento and Capri were amazing. The Amalfi Coast is definitely something worth going to if you’re ever in Italy.

View of Positano
Amalfi Coast

Recommendations: There are several bus companies that can take you to smaller towns outside of Sorrento, such as Positano, or to other ferry ports to go to the other smaller islands around the coast. I’d highly recommend skipping the bus and taking a ferry instead. It’s not that much more expensive and it’s significantly safer and less stressful to travel on. My best friend and I took a bus to Positano and the winding roads around the mountains made us not only nauseous, but a little fearful that the bus would go over the rail-less edge.

The last place I visited was Rome. I only spent one night there, so I definitely want to go back and see more of the city. I hit the major spots while I was there, including the Trevi Fountain, which was even more amazing in person as it was in the Lizzie McGuire movie. Even though it’s a super busy tourist spot, it’s definitely worth seeing if you find yourself in Rome.

Recommendations: If you want the traditional picture of you throwing a coin in the fountain, you literally have to stake out a spot next to the fountain. It’s one of the most popular tourist spots in Italy, and for good reason, so you really need to be patient if you want that once in a lifetime picture. I’d also recommend checking out the cool local shops they have in the surrounding area. My best friend and I found this amazing store with every kind of Lemoncello you could think of and as many samples as you want. We found tons of last minute gifts there so it’s always worth checking out the local shops.

My last and final suggestion for your travels to Italy would be…..you have to eat pizza!! Pizza is honestly one of my favorite foods and the pizza in Italy was just as amazing as I expected. They have it at legitimately every restaurant so it’s always a safe menu option, and it’s to die for. I loved trying pizza in every city we went to.

One of the many pizzas I ate during my 10 day trip

I hope you guys enjoyed my latest travel diary post about Italy! I cannot wait to go back and visit this country again, and explore even more that it has to offer. I hope my recommendations help any of you guys who are considering traveling there as well!

As always, keep it klassy. xo.

Beginner’s Guide: The LSAT 101-Do’s and Don’ts

Beginner’s Guide: The LSAT 101-Do’s and Don’ts

So maybe you’re debating if you want to go to law school, or you’re already in the midst of studying for the LSAT. Whatever it may be, I have compiled a list of Do’s and Don’ts, as well as helpful tips for anyone who is thinking about/is taking the LSAT for the first time! With the March LSAT date coming up soon, I figured now would be the perfect time to share my tips and tricks for studying for the LSAT.

☆ Do’s

  • Study -I know this seems obvious but I’ve heard of people going into an LSAT never having studied and I have never been more scared for a person in my entire life
  • Practice-Take as many practice tests as you can. Before I took my LSAT, I took about 25 tests over the course of 6 months. When I was a month out from my test, I was taking a practice test once or twice a week to prepare myself for the marathon that is taking the LSAT.
  • Consider taking a Prep Course– These can definitely get expense, but look at it as an investment in your future law career. I took the Powerscore course off of a recommendation from a friend, and I loved it. You can choose a plan that works best for you, and they send you all the materials you need. I wouldn’t have known even where to start had I not done a prep course, so for me it was definitely worth it.
  • Go over questions you got wrong AND right– A lot of people always say to review your wrong answers, but reviewing questions you got right is just as important. I definitely wish I had done more of this because I think it really could have helped me. Sometimes when you get a question right you may have guessed, but when you’re checking your answers you may not remember that, and just assume you knew the right answer 100%. Once you get the hang of the test, I’d definitely recommend spending a good amount of your study time reviewing past test items, and item type to really see where you weaknesses are.

☆ Don’ts

  • Do not wait until the last minute to study/take a practice test– If you look online, a lot of prep courses or websites say to allow yourself at least 6 months to study. I’d 100% recommend this or even more. If you have the time to take two LSATs, you definitely should. Chances are you may not be as happy with your first score, or you may be able to do a little bit better, so having at least the option to take a second test is always the better bet than being stuck with only one test date before applications are due.
  • Do not go over board studying the day before and/or the morning of the exam- this will only stress you out and may not help you in the long run. If you end up getting some questions wrong, chances are you’ll feel discouraged and it will not help your mental state for the test. If anything, I’d recommend maybe reviewing a few questions you have gotten right to make sure you really grasp a certain concept, but even that I would do minimally.
  • Do not leave questions blank on the exam– You only get credit for the questions you get right, so if you don’t know the answer, you’re better off guessing than putting nothing. You have a 25% chance of getting it right, rather than a 100% chance of getting it wrong.
  • Do not psych yourself out- Easier said than done, but if you prepare well enough, when it comes to take the exam it won’t be as nerve wracking as you thought. Also, don’t talk about the exam questions or the exam in general before, during breaks, or after the test. Not only is it against LSAC rules, but it’s not going to make you feel better to hear that the person next to you thought the last section was super easy and you could barely make it through all the questions. (Also, not everyone has the exact same test, so even if you did try to compare to someone else, you wouldn’t even be comparing the same type of section)

I hope this helped any of you out there who are considering or taking the LSAT! I’ve definitely learned plenty from my experiences studying and taking the exam, so I’m always happy to share. Do you guys have any tips/tricks for taking a hard exam like the LSAT?

As always, keep it klassy. xo.

Travel Diaries: Washington D.C

Travel Diaries: Washington D.C

Ah, our nation’s capital. What a truly beautiful place to visit. The first time I went to DC I was a sophomore in high school, and I was mesmerized by the living and nostalgic history that is present no matter where you go. Fast forward to college, when my best friend decided to attend George Washington University, and I found myself visiting more and more. D.C has quickly grown into one of my favorite cities to visit, (partly because I always love seeing my best friend) with endless things to do, great food, and fascinating sights, you really cannot go wrong.

☆ First, the sights.

When you go to D.C you HAVE to go to the monuments. You have to. It’s a non negotiable. I know it’s super touristy, and you may think it’s overhyped, but let me tell you, it’s not. Every time I see them I’m just as mesmerized by them as I was the first time I saw them. My personal favorites are the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, but you can’t go wrong with any of them.

*Tip- if you have the chance to, definitely go see them at night, it’s magical.

☆ Food

No matter what you’re in the mood for, like any city, D.C has many options. On one of my recent trips, I went to a Mexican restaurant called Mission in Navy Yard and oh my gosh, it was amazing. The food, the drinks, you can’t go wrong, they’re were all to-die-for. It’s conveniently located across from Nationals Park so if you’re in town to see a game, I highly recommend checking Mission out.

Another great option is Sweet Green, if you’re in the mood for one of the greatest salads on earth, or A Baked Joint if you want incredible brunch and coffee. Baked and Wired is also owned by the same people if you’re looking for amazing baked goods that come in vegan and gluten free options in the Georgetown area.

If you’re looking for another fantastic option, definitely check out Founding Farmers They have giant french toast sticks filled with cream, so you basically are required to stop and try some.

☆ Museums

So there’s an incredibly large amount of museums in D.C, but I thought i would share my favorites that I’ve visited.

The Newseum– if you’ve never been here, you NEED to go. It’s a museum centering around the role free press has played in major historic events and the effects of the media. They have tons of exhibits ranging from a 9/11 gallery to an “Inside the FBI” gallery, and a Berlin Wall gallery.

If you’re for something more art related, the Renwick Gallery is amazing. It’s a Smithsonian Art Museum and they have some of the coolest exhibits and pieces. I went once back in college and I still hold it as one of my favorite D.C experiences.

Me on the floor of Renwick Gallery, yes it was allowed.

I hope you guys enjoyed my first Travel Diary, and stay tuned for more to come! As always, keep it klassy, xo.