My Summer Job

Since I’ve been home I have been working nonstop. I’m not going to name the place I work, but I am going to say I work in the event building of a country club. What that entails: I’m a busar/server at weddings and any parties that are booked there. In the beginning, I was a little nervous. It was a lot of work, I was on my feet and constantly moving for usually 6-9 hour shifts. When the parties were over, my job didn’t stop. Instead my coworkers and I were in charge of breaking down tables and setting the room up for the next event. It requires a lot of heavy lifting and preparation. The first few weeks of working there were draining, but as I made friends I started to get comfortable.

Of course at any new job, there were some hiccups in the road. Now, however, I can confidently say that I have made some amazing friends at my job. When it’s time for me to go back to school, I am definitely going to be upset.

This job though has taught me a lot of things. First: patience. It’s common for people to party hard at weddings and such, so patience is key when it comes to serving people at a party. Another thing I learned, that it was time for me to be a grown up. My parents have left me alone for the most part for the summer. Which means I’m half on my own. It has taught me responsibility, be on time for work, look presentable, get the job done, and you get paid. This has carried over into other aspects of my life which I am thankful for. It makes me excited to go back to school, I’m excited to take my experience and everything i have learned and apply it to everything in my life and future.

If you guys have the opportunity to work somewhere but you’re nervous that it made be a little difficult for you, don’t hesitate. Sometimes putting yourself out there will make you work ten times harder, but in the long run, it will be better. Take the job, push yourself, who knows what good can come out of it!

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#adulting.

I would like to assume I’m pretty much an adult by now. I can do my own laundry, cook my own food, and get myself from point A to point B with little to no help. Although I’m not 21 yet (or even 20 for that matter), I’m what I like to call a “baby adult” – an adult, just without the purchasing or consuming of alcohol.

And as all adults must do at some point, I’m moving out and moving into an apartment next school year!

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I know this is odd for someone who’s only a sophomore in college, but thanks to the overwhelmingly huge size of The University of Alabama, there’s just not enough space to house freshmen and sophomores on campus at the same time. Where most people could feel annoyed or upset about this, I’m actually very excited and grateful for the opportunity to have a space to really call my own earlier than some of my friends at other colleges will. I’m very lucky to have almost everything included in my rent (all utilities, all hard furniture, a walk in closet and ensuite, and my own bedroom!) I can’t wait to share my apartment shopping list with y’all!

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What’s on My Summer Playlist?

With Summer quickly approaching (for everyone else besides college students), it’s time for warm weather, sunny days, and trips down to the Jersey Shore with my friends. But just like every summer has its own story, it also has an amazing playlist to go along with it. I’m constantly adding and changing things around when it comes to my songs of the Summer so keep in mind this is just what’s on there so far. I personally love themes for my playlists, and I think this year’s is pretty accurate. As always the Apple Music link will be at the bottom of this post. So, here’s to The Best One Yet.

The best one yet

  1. Youngblood – 5 Seconds of Summer
  2. My My My! – Troye Sivan
  3. Girls (feat. Cardi B, Bebe Rexha & Charli XCX) – Rita Ora
  4. Finest Hour (feat. Abir) – Cash Cash
  5. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
  6. No Tears Left to Cry – Ariana Grande
  7. 2 Souls on Fire (feat. Quavo) – Bebe Rexha
  8. Rise (feat. Jack & Jack) – Jonas Blue
  9. Love Lies – Khalid & Normani
  10. Lie – NF
  11. Our Story (Radio Edit) – Mako
  12. Faking It (feat. Kehlani & Lil Yachty) [Radio Edit] – Calvin Harris
  13. Dead – Madison Beer
  14. Home with You – Madison Beer
  15. Miami 2 Ibiza – Swedish House Mafia & Tinie Tempah
  16. I Wanna Know (feat. Bea Miller) – NOTD
  17. Tongue Tied – Grouplove
  18. Take a Walk – Passion Pit
  19. Whatever It Takes – Imagine Dragons
  20. Why – Bazzi
  21. Never Be the Same (Radio Edit) – Camila Cabello
  22. Drink About – Seeb & Dagny
  23. Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne
  24. Somebody – The Chainsmokers & Drew Love
  25. The Way I Am – Charlie Puth
  26. IDGAF – Dua Lipa
  27. Weekend Luv – Quinn Lewis
  28. Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato
  29. Wolves – Selena Gomez & Marshmello
  30. Sit Next to Me (Stereotypes Remix) – Foster the People
  31. Bumpy Ride – Mohombi

And finally… the song of Summer 2018

2002 – Anne-Marie

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Here’s the link if y’all want to check out our official Summer 2018 playlist!

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An Honest Timeline of What Going to an 8am Feels Like

So you made the mistake of signing up for that 8am because you thought “one early class a week won’t be that bad!” only to realize, you’ve thought horribly wrong. Or you’re like me and have the literal last registration date and this was the only time for that course you NEEDED for your major. It’s fine, everything’s fine. Either way, I think y’all can relate to this one.

6:45am

Wake up to finish your homework that’s due at 8 this morning because you just had to go out last night

7:15am

Immediately regret your decision to let your friends drag you out to the bars

7:27am

Finish and submit homework, try to pick out an outfit that can work with Alabama 40 degree mornings and 80 degree afternoons

7:30am

Give up, keep your pajama pants on, throw on your boyfriend’s sweatshirt, and get ready to go to class

7:45am

Call your parents and complain about your 8am like you do every Tuesday and Thursday, but really you know you brought this upon yourself

7:50am

Get on bus, assume you wont make it in time, and accept your fate

8am

Have your last resort alarm go off in class because you shockingly made it to your lecture hall early

So you made it to class. Now what? What happens then?

8:05am

Your teacher spends 5 minutes dimming and brightening the lights. Please just leave them off

8:10am

Sign your name in bright pink pen to channel your inner Elle Woods, because if she can get into Harvard, you can get through your 8am

8:15am

Complain to Kate about how bad this sucks

8:16-9am

Pay attention to class because wow college credits are expensive!

9:05am

Get on your bus to go back to your dorm and get strange looks for your pajama pants, because now people are actually starting to become alive, instead of being teenage zombies

9:15am

Crawl back into bed and nap because you did it. You went to your class. You got that attendance credit. Treat yo self

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What Getting Mono in College Is Actually Like

So we all know that getting sick is honestly the worst thing in the world. You feel run down, exhausted, and overall super gross.

While getting sick at home when you have your parents to take care of you is one thing, getting sick in college is a completely different experience.

Earlier in the school year (think around October), I got mono. No, I didn’t get it from kissing a bunch of different boys and swapping spit. While this is the most well-known way that mono gets passed (it is called the kissing disease after all), we have no idea how I caught it. It could be from the dining halls, it could be from slapping the bag (if you don’t know, Google it), or it could be from sharing drinks. Either way, mono sucks. Especially in college.

Once you get into college, the expectations people have are totally different. You can’t (or at least shouldn’t) skip classes, you’re supposed to know what to feed yourself, and somehow between balancing all this work and a social life, you’re also supposed to get sleep too. Once mono comes into play, these become incredibly high expectations.

The reality of having mono in college is that nothing will get done. You’re going to be tired all the time and still have to go to class anyway. You won’t be hungry, you will be expected to haul ass across campus even though your body aches like you have the flu, and you’re going to have a burning fever.

Or, if you’re extra lucky like me, your tonsils will swell up and not go down for 6 months causing you to need them out 🙂

Stay safe kids, don’t share drinks, wipe down your plates at the dining halls, and stay healthy! Oh, and don’t go kissing boys, they’re gross.

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The Best Things About College (And the Not so Good Too)

So now that I am currently a second semester freshman in college, I would like to think that I know the ins and outs of where I live. So here are some of the best (and not so great) things about college and my school.

The Good Things:

  1. It’s easy to make friends – one thing I found out fast at school is how easy it is to make friends. Your classes are constantly changing so it gives you the ability to make new friends.
  2. There are endless opportunities – Personally, I am constantly getting emails from my school with different opportunities for me to take part in. Check them out! Who knows what they might lead to.
  3. Non stop activities to participate in – There are an endless amount of work out classes and club activities that everyone can take part in. I enjoy doing it and maybe you will to!
  4. You can finally get away from home – This kind of speaks for itself.
  5. It teaches you how to be independent – This is a major thing that I noticed. As soon as school started I realized that I was on my own. I had to take care of myself, I didn’t have mom and dad making sure I was safe. I think it’s kind of cool though, to be able to do things on your own.

 

The Not so Good:

  1. It’s hard to keep your dorm room clean – the rooms are pretty small so the tiniest of dirt or mess and it looks like a hurricane went through.
  2. You will get into fights with your roommate/roommates – it’s ok to fight, just be patient and talk everything out.
  3. You are going to miss home – this is natural, but after a while, if you found the right school, you will begin to think of it as your home.
  4. The food is horrible – It is something that will take time adjusting to. A lot of people think they won’t miss their parents home cooked meals, but trust me, you will.
  5. Everyone is constantly getting sick – There are so many germs flying around people are constantly getting sick, it’s horrible. Just be sure to pack a lot of medicine and immune boosters!

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How I Stay Close to My High School Friends

One thing I realized at college is how hard it is to stay in touch with my friends from home. We all had different schedules and work loads, we made new friends and had new places to explore. I came to the realization that my real friends were the ones who contacted me every once in a while to check up on me, and my life long friends were the ones who texted me daily. See that was the thing, I made sure to keep my friends updated on my life. The reason? I wanted them to feel like they were still there with me. I wanted them to know I wanted their advice and a pair of fresh eyes when new things were occuring.

Social media definitely made staying in contact with my home friends easier. Through Snapchat they had access to any videos or pictures I posted and were in the present. Through Instagram, they could see the past, and some of my favorite memories. I gave my friends updates on my life through text, and we FaceTimed whenever we could.

I’ll admit, being away from my home friends is hard. They know me like the back of my hand, and starting over and finding new friends who would hopefully know me that well was hard. One thing I was also nervous about was if my old friends would be jealous of my new friends. Thankfully, I am glad to report that this is not the case.

I know for some it must be hard to stay close with friends even when you are miles and miles away. A little effort can go a long way!

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College Anxiety: It’s Time to be a Grown Up

Long time no talk, but here I am and back and better than ever. I wanted to apologize for not keeping up with the blog since starting college, but I need some time to focus on school and get accumulated. But here I am and boy oh boy do I have some stories for you! Before any of these stories though I want to talk about the beginning of school and how I adjusted.

Moving away from home was hard. The first couple of nights the only real friend I had was my direct roommate. I do admit, I cried a couple of times. I missed my home, my room, my bed, my family, and my friends. Then something great happened. My roommates and I started to get to know each other. It was like over night we became best friends. We expanded our group with amazing guy friends and before I knew it, I found a new family. Within weeks the suite became my new home, and I slowly found myself no longer wishing I was back in Jersey.

Weeks passed and I became engrossed in my school work. I realized that my major, Business, was hard. The classes were long and I found a lot of the information boring. I had a never ending stream of papers and presentations to complete. Slowly I started to get anxiety over my major and my classwork. I was nervous about my decision. Would I really be happy working in a business environment my entire life? It wasn’t until I opened about my fears to some fellow classmates that I realized I was not alone.

Eventually I got over this fear and am completely enjoying my time at school.  I made amazing friends and even more amazing memories. I can’t wait to share them all with you!

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All In

I haven’t decided yet if I want to make any resolutions this year, but if I do, they’re going to be reasonable and not some unattainable goal.

With that being said, this is my new motto – I’m all in.

What does this mean? It literally means I’m all in with whatever I do. I’m all in to my health, my schoolwork, and my relationships. Whatever I do next, I’m all in with that too. I don’t want to be the girl that does things half-assed anymore. I want to be the one who knows what she’s doing, the one who has a plan. So I’ve decided I’m going to be. This year is my year, and I can feel the change coming.

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Tide on Top

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Yesterday, the Crimson Tide played their way to yet another Sugar Bowl victory! This game, however, was different. After last year’s championship upset when Clemson defeated Alabama, the heat was on. Since narrowly making the top four in the country, Alabama knew they had to pull a miraculous win out of thin air. This game was the redemption from the Iron Bowl (which I am still bitter about by the way) and payback for last year’s defeat.

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The Crimson Tide did it again, and I am beyond psyched to watch them kick some major ass in the championship game vs. Georgia this Monday. Roll Tide, Roll Tide!!

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