Looking Forward To This Fall

8 Things I am looking forward to this fall

Summer, step aside. I am ready for the good times to roll.

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As nice as it was to be home for the first two weeks of summer, I have been ready to get back to Lexington for over a month now. The University of Kentucky is the best thing to happen to me, and I have made countless good (and bad) memories thus far and desperately need to make more. Hopefully more good than bad this time!

Coming up with 8 things I am looking forward to was not hard at all because I love this school and the people who attend it so much! Freshman year was great and all, but I am looking forward to Sophomore year even more because I know even more great things are going to happen to me than ever before.

1. Move in day!!

This upcoming year is going to be the best yet because I am living with a bunch of my best friends all under one roof. Living in the sorority house will be one of the greatest experiences of my life and I cannot WAIT!

2. Changing my major

I came into Kentucky majoring in Integrated Strategic Communications and loved it, I still do. But, I wanted to take it up a notch and major in something I have always been passionate about which is art and design.

I decided to combine the two, and now I am a double major in ISC and Digital Media & Design in the School of Visual Arts and Studies. All of my classes next semester are either studio classes or art history classes, and I think I will be a happier, more fulfilled person as a result.

3. Sorority recruitment on the other side

As intense and stressful as sorority recruitment was, looking back on it, it is something I will cherish forever. And it was one of the most pivotal weeks for me and my growth as a person. I cannot wait to be on the other side of the process and recruit girls myself. I want to make their experience in Chi Omega as special and memorable as it was for me!

4. Caturdays

This one is a given as a student at the University of Kentucky! Caturdays are a time to get dressed up in a super cute blue and white dress, romper, jersey, or a fan favorite--the tube top and super tiny tight skirt. Caturdays are also a time to socialize with all of your girlfriends and guy friends, and potential lovers.

State Street and Waller are two of my personal favorites to walk up and down with my pals and attend a wide variety of tailgates. Saturdays are truly special in Lexington, and if you ever get a chance to experience what the Big Blue Nation is all about, I highly suggest it and you won't regret it.

5. Being a campus rep!

Coming to college made me realize how much people LOVE sorority and fraternity t-shirts. During the year I discovered a t-shirt company called South By Sea and came across an application to become a campus representative and help fulfill orders all across campus while making commission in the process. I took advantage of this opportunity and scored an interview for the position. As of this summer, I am a campus rep for South by Sea and cannot wait to help spread the word and help integrate SBS into more organizations on campus!

6. Working out with my best friend

One of my best friends on the planet happens to enjoy working out just as much as I do. Actually, she enjoys it much more and has been working her butt off all summer! Super proud of her.

Emily and I used to work out at the Planet Fitness near campus and I always had the best time with her. I can't wait to get back to incorporating fitness into my daily routine! Nothing better than working on yourself with your best friend and holding each other accountable!

7. Date parties and formals

Date parties and formals are seriously some of my favorite memories I've made in college. Dressing up for a certain theme is so much fun and it is always a great time planning the night out with your best friends. Date parties are great because you can bring whoever you want. You can bring yourself and lone soldier it because sometimes boys suck and we do not want them to ruin our night, you can bring a guy friend and feel okay knowing he is not going to make any nasty boy moves on you (hopefully), you can bring your boyfriend if you are into that kind of thing and have yourself a lover, or you can bring a girlfriend and have the best night ever knowing you do not have to baby sit your date.

As for formals, if you get the chance to go and get invited, DO IT!!! The best two weekends of my life were in Panama City Beach and New Orleans and I have zero regrets. The long bus rides are actually pretty fun if you know your date well and feel comfortable around him. Spending two nights in a hotel with a ton of fraternity boys and their dates is quite an interesting experience and a lot of fun things go down. You will not regret it, just say yes and go with the flow!

8. Making fraternity formal coolers

Painting coolers is literally my favorite thing to do on the planet. A lot of girls find it a pain in the booty to sand, prime and paint an entire 48 qt cooler, but I love the entire process and have fun while doing it! I painted two coolers for my own boyfriend at the time, and two coolers on commission. If I do not get asked to go on formal (smh boys I am a great time, you're missing out) hopefully I can help some of my friends paint theirs!

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10 Ways College Is 100% NOTHING Like High School

Once-a-day showers go to dry shampoo for four days straight.

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As a college freshman well into their second semester, it has officially occurred to me just how different, and often times better, college is compared to its predecessor, high school.

Here are just 10 ways the two could not be MORE different:

1. How you sleep

You'll go from waking up three hours before school to three minutes before class

2. How you hygiene

Once-a-day showers develop into dry shampoo for four days straight.

3. How you eat

Pizza goes from a once-in-a-while treat to an everyday food group.

4. How you socialize

You'll go from being nice to everyone to disliking people for no reason.

5. How much effort you put into your appearance

High school contour was on fleek and now there's somehow mascara on your forehead.

6. How you nap

Naps go from two hours to 10 minutes.

7. How you operate heavy machinery

Driving goes from 10 and 2 with perfectly lined up mirrors to driving with your knees and eating a taco.

8. Your classmates

High school classes are with all of your friends and college classes have strangers in them almost every day.

9. The people teaching you things

High school teachers are scary and mean, while college professors become your friends.

10. Textbooks

High school textbooks are provided where college textbooks need to be bought with another student loan.

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I'm About To Burst, Laughing At The People Who Thought My Pregnancy Meant I Had To Drop Out Of College

I get stared at in the halls and asked if I am going to drop out. Here are ways being a pregnant student has changed my college experience.

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I have been pregnant the entire time that I have been in graduate school. It was not how I planned to experience grad school, but it has opened my eyes to a whole new perspective and will give me a lovely son (seriously, any second now). There are certain things that I did not realize about being a pregnant student until I experienced it, and maybe my experiences can help better prepare other women, or give them something to relate to since pregnant students are such a rare breed.

As a grad student and a 25-year-old, I am around the average age to have my first child in America. I am not dependent on my parents and the world does not treat me like a child anymore.

However, since I decided to pursue my master's degree, I feel that people are not used to seeing pregnant and student in the same sentence without gasping.

When I first told my father, his first reaction was to ask me if I was to going to drop out.

This became a recurrent reaction from my family and friends (which my boyfriend who is also a student was never asked once). I did not expect the hesitant reactions and it made me feel shameful to be a pregnant student. As my expecting belly grew I always noticed that people on campus would stare at my stomach.

As I walked past, their eyes followed my belly like I had a giant red felt "A" on my chest.

None of my classmates are pregnant and thinking back, I can't remember ever seeing a pregnant woman in all of my five years of college. Since none of my classmates were pregnant, I felt like I had no one to relate to. There are a lot of things that pregnancy effects, besides the baby in the tummy part. I could not go out and get drinks with my classmates and bond with them the way that they were all doing. I could not relate to them fashionably because maternity clothes are heinous. I also feel like pregnancy put up a barrier because I would have a baby eventually and will always be busy, so why bother?

Pregnancy side effects would sometimes take a toll on my school work. In the first trimester, I could barely get out of bed because I was so tired. I could easily have slept 14 hours straight and being a working student did not help. I would seep through some of my classes and had to take the hit to my attendance points. I also have "pregnancy brain." Pregnancy brain is a real thing and is not well known enough. My mind can be so scattered that I forget my friend's names while I am speaking to them. I think it is October when it is March. Pregnancy brain has made me forget that I even go to school or that I work in twenty minutes. I missed due dates or completely misread instructions on assignments. For someone who needs A's on every assignment to function, it hurt because I would never make that mistake otherwise.

There are also benefits to being a pregnant student. I am never hungover and I have never been tempted to ditch a night class for a drinking holiday.

Pregnancy has allowed me to prioritize my school work and ignore the college lifestyle.

Before I knew I was pregnant, I went with my roommates to bars in Chicago's Lincoln Park. I feel so happy knowing getting wasted from $3 shots on a Wednesday is behind me. I now truly have nothing better to do at night than complete my homework.

Another benefit is that you sometimes get special treatment. The special treatment that pregnant women get is awesome. It is my favorite part and sometimes makes me wish I could be pregnant forever. People feel obligated to wait on me hand and foot. If I drop something, people rush to pick it up. It is completely not necessary but I get to feel like a princess for a day (or 280 days). Even though I was singled out for being the only pregnant woman, I was always treated especially nicely by students and professors.

Regardless of my friends and family expecting me to drop out, I am doing phenomenal in grad school. I have received A's in every class and have loved all of my classes. Being a pregnant student can be tough, but it is totally doable. If you find yourself to be a pregnant student, don't feel discouraged. It is not ruining your college experience but allowing you to do college differently.

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