Looking Forward to 2019

10 Reasons I'm Looking Forward to 2019

2018 was a struggle, but I'm going to make 2019 my year!


2018 brought a lot of trial and tribulations my way. I took many difficult classes that I somehow passed. I loss friends and family members, all while trying to build back up my mental health. I made it through 2018, and nothing can tell me 2019 isn't going to be a great year.

Taking the MCAT


Though this isn't necessarily something people are usually excited about, I've been studying for the MCAT for a month now, and I'm so stressed. And I still have three more months to go. I can't wait to take it, and be done with it!

Applying for Med School


I've been working for this my whole academic career. And the day I submit my applications for med school will make all the tears and long night worth it!



College has been one of the most mentally tolling things I have ever done, but just like sending in my med school applications, it will all be worth it when I walk across that stage and receive my diploma.

Going to New York


It's been a long time since I've been home to New York. I can't wait to visit my family, and just be around the great atmosphere and excitement you only get when you go to New York. As well, I plant to scope out some medical schools while I'm there, which will make this new transition in my life feel all the more real.

Going to Tennessee


I've never really been to any state besides New York and Florida. I'm excited to embark on this service trip will my fellow Bulls, and experience a new place while simultaneously educating myself, others, and providing a positive service through Bulls Service Trip

Turning 21!


Of course turning 21 is something everyone looks forward to! It's not even about the drinking (even though that's definitely gonna go down), but it's just the feeling of turning 21. It's a right of passage. And I can't wait!

Getting My Dog Certified as a Therapy Dog

My puppy has changed my life since I got him in August. He is prescribed to me as an emotional support animal, and the moment I got him I went from having 2-3 panic attacks a week, to maybe once a week. And when I do have a panic attack, he is the most supportive thing ever! I know that he has the capabilities to bring the same positivity to others. I hope that this year I can start the process of getting him certified as a therapy dog, and hopefully volunteer at the VA

Getting my RBT License


I have worked with people and children with disabilities for the last five years, and I have a strong passion for it. This year I hope to finally become a registered behavioral technician so my job can become something I've always loved, rather than just a job.

Spending more time with family


After graduating, I know I will have so much more time to spend with my family. They have been my rock through the last three years of college. They understand when I can't talk on the phone. They understand when I can't come home as often. And I just can't wait to come home for a few weeks and spend some time with the people I love

Having a great year!


With all the greatness I have to look forward to this year, I have no doubt that this year will surpass 2018!

Happy New Year!!!

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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