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How to Choose a Major

How to Choose a Major

Young adults everywhere are packing up their things to start heading off to college.  Many might have their whole career mapped out in front of them, while others don’t know what they are going to study or do.  Don’t fret! Everyone has been there one point or another.  I was one of the hopefuls who was sure about going into Physical Therapy and I was a Biology major.  As September grew closer, I grew unsure and then I realized I didn’t love it.

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Back to School, Back to Planning

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*Quick Note: I have not been sponsored or paid for this post.  I am simply reviewing and introducing a product I really enjoyed.
With September fast approaching, I saw it fit that I got a new planner.  Being part of the Her Campus Blogger Network exposed me to some great products.  I was introduced to Erin Condren.  I was immediately smitten.  All her products are colorful and can be personalized to any extent, depending on how much you are willing to shell out.

I purchased the Erin Condren Life Planner.  The moment I got it I knew that I was going to have a blast using it.  I am kind of excited for school to start already!  I figured I can take all you Spices with me on the ride!

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A Little Party Killed Nobody

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I was never the type to really go out and party.  I was also the type of person who would stay in on a Saturday night, turn on the tv or curl up on my bed with a good book.  Now that I am growing older I find that I want to go out a little more, I want to grasp and cling onto any opportunity.

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a man I had interviewed with for an internship position (which I accepted and then declined).  They were inviting me to a “Great Gatsby” theme event that would showcase the jewelry of emerging jewelry designers while making their guests rock the roaring 20s look.  I, of course, accepting excitedly.  It was free and I was allowed to bring a guest along.  I brought along my best friend, Susan, as I know she loves dressing in past fashion.  I think it’s her hobby, really.

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Susan & Dylan in the City

Hello Spice Girls & Guys,

This is just a little adventure post about my day in the city last week with one of my best friends, Susan.  She was sweet enough to accompany me to New York City while I had an interview at 4.  We had planned that we would go, enjoy a little, I would go to my interview, we would have lunch, and make our way to some of the music festivals that were taking place all over the city.  Boy, were we wrong!  Nothing EVER goes according to plan but we rolled with the punches.

I went to an internship interview and I decided to go less ultra professional and more fashionable+appropriate. I hope the result is a new internship.

photo(1)Ignore my thrown wedges. I was debating on the shoes.  I ultimately went with the Sam Edelman “Trina” Sandals.

Outfit :)

My outfit consisted of the Sam Edelman “Trina” Sandals, ASOS Curve Midi Skirt, Jason Wu for Target Floral Skirt, and a cardigan from J. Crew.

We made our way out of our houses around 1:30 and got onto a mini-bus which took us to another bus stop that would take us to New York City.  We had the choice of taking an NJ Transit bus or another mini-bus.  It was so hot out that we just decided to take the mini-bus.  It was a major mistake; not only was the bus driver driving 5 MPH (literally, I kid you not) but there was NO air conditioning on the bus with no option to open the windows.  All the windows were unable to be opened.  I nearly cried from happiness when the bus driver opened HIS window to talk to another driver only to close it a few moments later.

The only reason I was wearing a cardigan was because I was conscious of my big arms that day as well as the fact that I felt it would not be appropriate to go to an interview showing off your guns.  What made it worse was the fact that the sweater was made from wool. Dead.

We FINALLY made it to the Port Authority, sweaty and weak from the lack of any air.  I felt like a tray of cookies that had been left to bake in an oven.  We made our way to my interview via subway.  I went in and she went for a walk.  The interview was only a few minutes and I was in pain.  I took off my sandals to find that it had rubbed the skin raw from my big toe.  I shall never wear new shoes to the city again.  That is a tip for you all; break them in first.

I was so happy that I thought of packing a change of clothing.  I slipped those bad boys off and slipped on some comfy sandals, ones that are WAY broken in.  I slipped off the cardigan and we happily made our way off to find a place to eat.  Now, I LOVE food. LOVE.  Hence, it is why I am so pleasantly plump! We had Shake Shack on our mind but we passed by an adorable burger place so we decided to give it a try.  This is why I love Susan.  She loves to try new things as well.  Match made in heaven.

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I am so glad that we decided to give it a try.  I fell in love.  Now, it’s not as good as Shake Shack or In N Out, but it’s a pretty damn good burger.  It’s also a bit pricey but well worth it.  Look at the masterpiece.  I think this is how Krabby Patties look in real life! Take notes, Spongebob! The fries came in a tiny bag to which Susan and I scoffed.  We paid HOW MUCH for this much fries? Well, needless to say..looks can be deceiving, there were so many fries that I wanted to cry when I was stuffed. ( I still ate everything, so much regret).

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Susan, after we ate. She hates this picture but I think she looks lovely! A true New Yorker!

image(2)What I love most about the city? All the cute little shops.  I am a sucker for books as I am a total nerd and when I saw this little gem, my little heart sputtered in joy.  192 Books has a great selection and while I didn’t buy any books, I will never forget the two little (6?7?) year old girls that were fawning over books, begging their mother to buy them some.  My faith has been restored.  I just hope some more children pick up on reading.

We walked on..not really knowing where we were going when we passed by what looked like a garage door and all we could see was this teepee.  We were intrigued.

photo(2)Upon closer inspection, we found that it was an exhibit.  I didn’t really understand what these head-less pregnant Native American women could be.  There were several photographs that lined the wall with a story in between some.  Once I read some of these stories, I understood what it meant.  All of these stories were about Native American girls and women that were forced upon by someone they trusted.  They couldn’t say anything, no one would listen as most of their family were drunks or dead.  I could see that this work of art above tells us that these Native American women are helpless and cannot tell the world of their difficulties.  They carry the burden and the unborn child if they get pregnant.  I found the stories sad and it really touched a chord in me.

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We then made our way out and found ourselves by this cute little shop called Maison.  I wish I could have taken pictures but there was a sign on the door that wanted no photography.  This shop had all kinds of cute and odd trinkets.  They had lots of things from France, Paris inspired things, and adorable spoons, decorations and more! Check it out if you are nearby. I will put the address below.

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*Maison 140* 140 Ninth Ave NYC 10011

We trudged along until we were around 14th street as Susan was on the hunt for her favorite record shop.  She ended up purchasing Sinatra.  We walked back to take the subway to 72nd when we heard music coming from Union Square, right by the subway.  A whole bunch of people with guitars were playing TOGETHER. Let me just tell you that it was amazing.  No one knew each other and I found it so cool that total strangers could bond over their love of music and guitar.

image(6)Here is a video for your viewing enjoyment! (I dont know if it will work but it was pretty short anyways!)

What I love most about Susan? Her appetite.  The whole day she was wailing and whining for ice cream.  After we got lost taking the subway (my fault) and ending up in queens instead of 72nd street, we had to try several more times before landing on 60th and walking the whole way.  We were 2 hours late and subsequently the show was at mass capacity.  We never got to go in and see it.  I was upset because 1. It’s Central Park..how is there a capacity? and 2. The NYPD were really rude. REALLY rude.  I couldn’t.

We ended up sitting on a bench and listening to the French rap that bellowed out of the speakers.  We rested a little before limping our way through the now dark park towards Columbus Circle.  I think luck was on Susan’s side.  We spotted an ice cream truck.  At least one thing went right! We both ended up getting home at 11pm.  Needless to say, we couldn’t walk for the next day and Susan really ended up hurting her toe! We both suffered casualties!

Here’s to a whirlwind of a day.  NYC, you both never seem to disappoint but sometimes you really do. Cheers.
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Appreciate the Little Things

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Sometimes, life throws you hurdles that you were just not prepared for which ends up with you falling in your face.  You may feel bummed out and upset but I’ve learned to stand up and dust myself off.  It’s not worth your time and energy wondering what you did wrong or punching yourself mentally.

Believe me. I know.  This summer turned out to not be my summer.  I am out of a part-time job that I decided to quit to focus on an internship and now I am out of an internship.  I won’t go into detail about it as I do not want to be unprofessional.  I will just say that we were on completely different pages and it turned out we were just not a good match.

My friends tell me it’s a blessing in disguise. “Dylan! You need a break! Just relax!It’s summer!” “Just enjoy it!” “You’ll find another one! You’re great and experienced!” It’s all nice that they think these things and I do acknowledge that I need a break, but I like to keep busy and I love to learn, it’s just in my nature.

I am a hard worker who appreciates to be challenged.  Sometimes I can learn quickly and other times it can take me a few tries.  Granted, I am bound to make mistakes or do things less than perfectly.  Sometimes I can’t catch what I do wrong and I need someone to point it out to me.  Life is a learning experience, it can be unpleasant or a breeze.

I am writing with a heavy heart but I want to be able to jot down the things that I know I should be appreciative for.  Here goes my list:

  • My parents.  They are always there through thick and thin. I can cry on their shoulders and they are my best friend, despite the fact that they can get on my nerves.
  • The Fashion Potential and it’s wonderful CEO, Melissa. Melissa has by far been the sweetest and kindest boss EVER.  She not only appreciates what I do to help her but she offers me advice and listens.  I’ve learned so much from her and I love that she strives to help others accomplish their dreams. This is for you Melissa! Many thanks <3
  • My friends.  My select few friends that I will call by their nicknames just in case, Lupin, Princesa Triste, Cinnamon Bun, Joanna, Jackie, Dimi, Leah, Kora and Lehlie.  Thank you for listening and making me laugh for days. You guys are truly the best. I could not picture my life without you all.
  • My “adoptive” sisters Nadine and Sherine.You guys can be brutally honest with me since we grew up together.  You are the people who I turn to for everything. You guys can be a bit mean but I know it’s tough love! I’ve looked up to you both for years and I believe you two are the ones who helped shape who I am today.
  • My Blog and my readers. Thank you for supporting me in these first few months.  I have renewed a passion of mine in the form of writing. I’ve learned more about myself in these past few months and have found that I really do appreciate you all.  Without you all reading, there would really not be a purpose!
  • The most ironic of all: My life.Despite the fact that my current situation is bumming me out, I appreciate the life I have.  I appreciate all the opportunities that I have been given and most of all I appreciate the people I have met, the experiences I have had, and the education I am receiving.  I will keep these in mind and put all the good things that happen to me in this jar that I started on January 1st, 2013.  I will open it and read it on December 31, 2013.

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You only have one life to live..so why dwell in the past? From now on…I’m just going to lay back and relax 🙂

Miss Business

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Hello Spice Girls and Guys!
I’ve decided to get my first business cards since I am going to the Her Campus National Conference coming in July.  I went last year and I found it was a great place to network!

I thought I would be even more professional since I do have a good resume now.  It couldn’t hurt to spread the word about my blog or myself! I bought 2 different types.  The top is from www.vistaprint.com and the one below is from www.zazzle.com.  I was going to send the ones from zazzle back just because I already have a lot. I don’t know if I need that many cards but I just like how they look.

What do you think? How do you give business cards out? Do you have some or have thought of getting some?

Life Update: Work, Work, Work!

Life Update

Hello Spice Girls & Guys! I thought it would be nice to give an update on how everything is going!

As I’ve said numerous times, I intern in New York City.  The office is full of kind, hard-working people, and it honestly feels like a family the moment you step in.  My supervisor is kind, understanding, and gives me work that I find both challenging and enjoyable.  I don’t have coffee-run duties or a Devil Wears Prada deal going on.  I have my own desk, my own computer, and even my own email and ID!

They added a new intern and now there is two of us in the office.  It’s nice! It’s like a little girl corner.   I had been doing the social media and updating articles but now I’ve been given more PR tasks, which I am honestly intimidated by.  I love it so far though, I love all the researching and the taking risks I’ve done.  I’m eternally grateful to be given such tasks and have such a great experience so far.

In the midst of all of this, I was let go/ quit at my retail job.  I loved working there but I also felt guilty because I could not give them 100%.  My priorities were in school and my internships.  I will not name the company, but I think you will be able to find out which one it is (rhymes with nap). I just want to write about it to get it off of my chest as it’s been bugging me.

I had been walking out of my internship when I got a call from one of the managers who stated that the head manager wanted to speak to me.  At this point, my stomach had flipped up into my throat, I was getting a bad feeling.  The main manager came onto the phone, asked me how I was, being all sweet and then sweetly told me that they couldn’t do my schedule anymore and I would have to hand in my two weeks.

Now, I have to start the job hunt all over again. It’s tiring and difficult as a college student with a terrible schedule.  I have classes Monday, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

I still find myself running around and this summer break isn’t just a break anymore. I think I’m finally growing up..and fast.

The Rainy Day Playlist

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I woke up to the sound of trickling rain and not one little ray of sunshine peeking through my curtains.  I like it this way, especially since I was planning to have a bum day today anyways.  It’s a mellow day so I like to listen to music, it’s calming and can also get your blood pumping as you dance around your room.  Here is a list of songs that I always play over and over, as well as a few new ones that I find danceable.  Forgive me if there is a lot of Ed Sheeran, I am obsessed and have been for the past 2 years.

1. Ed Sheeran- Give Me Love

2. Ed Sheeran- Kiss Me

3. The Wanted- I Found You

4. Fall Out Boy- The Pheonix

5. Ed Sheeran- You Need Me, I Don’t Need You 

6. Selena Gomez- Come and Get It

7. Justin Timberlake- Cry Me a River

8. Jhameel- White Lie

9. The Wanted- All Time Low

10. Selah Sue- Raggamuffin

Note: I linked #5 to the acoustic version because I love how he mixes in 50 cent, give a listen to the CD version too!
What are your favorite songs to listen to on a rainy day? Are there any new artists you would recommend? I love expanding my music.  I love listening to people who haven’t hit mainstream either, so post your suggestions down below in the comments!

Have a great day, Spices!

What I learned in My First 2 Years of College

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I’ve decided to do a different kind of post today.  As I was walking/ wobbling down Madison Avenue today in my drenched flats, I was thinking about everything I learned in my first 2 years of university.  It’s been a whirlwind and I honestly can’t believe that when September arrives, I will be a junior at Montclair State University.  I am slowly finding myself but I know I am nowhere near knowing who I am and it’s ok, I will be sure of who I am in the next few years.

I switched my major and minor a few times.  I had enrolled as a Biology major to please my parents and I had thought I wanted to be a Physical Therapist. I stink at Mathematics and Chemistry, I did love Biology, but all those math classes and labs were going to be the death of me.  I switched right before school began to an English Major.  I’ve always been an avid reader and writer, but after getting terrible grades on my papers, thanks to a certain professor, my confidence was thrown out a window.  I finally decided to take a plunge and take an artistic route.  I’ve never been artistic but I was a shopaholic and could appreciate clothing.  I became a Fashion Studies Major.  I then added on a Communications Minor and a year later, I added on a Makeup Artistry Certification.

It’s okay to not know what you want to do right away.  Go into college undecided and take a few courses.  You will soon realize what you love or hate and it will be much easier to decide what you want to make you major.  Another great way, is to talk to your friends or advisor.
You should try to make friends.  It has been difficult for me to make friends as a commuter.  I go to school and then head home.  I do not have my own car yet as I do not have the funds, so I am often picked up by my father.  I wish I could be able to take a bus but since my school is in the middle of nowhere, it would take 3 buses and 5 hours. That’s like me going to another state!  I have made only a few good friends and sadly, one of them has graduated on.  I do plan on keeping in contact but I feel like I am all work and no play.  Try to balance your work, school, and social life.  It may be difficult but it will make everything much more enjoyable.

A great way to make friends is joining a club or organization.  If you don’t want to join a club or organization, then you could try talking to some people in your courses. I can say I don’t have many friends, but all you need is 1 or 2 really good ones!

Multi-tasking.  It’s a life saver.  If I didn’t multi-task, I would get nothing done.  Some might argue that multi-tasking stops you from focusing but I find that it gets everything done.  It’s also great to know how to efficiently prioritize your tasks.  Write them out and do them in the order you think will be best.  This is a great thing to know for future internships or careers.

Responsibility.  I can honestly say that I’ve become much more independent in my life.  As an only child, I’ve always had overprotective parents.  They’ve loosened their reigns a little bit and as a result I have been able to make my own choices.  I’m on internship #3, have a part-time job at Gap, and am a Social Media Director/Writer at Her Campus Montclair.  I’ve been able to work hard and I know they are proud.  I can honestly say I am proud of myself too!

College is what you make of it.  It isn’t all about the classes but it’s about a fair balance of studying, working, socializing, and relaxing.  I will be really sad when I graduate but I do not plan to let my studies stop there. I’ve decided a few months ago that I will get my GPA high enough to get into graduate school for Marketing, PR, or Communications.

If any of you have questions about university or any more questions about my experiences, feel free to comment below.  I would love to offer you my opinion and advice!

Toodles!

New York State of Mind

photo(36)Hello my Spice Girls (Guys!), It’s been a hectic semester. It never seems to end as I am now doing my internship in New York City. I absolutely love it. The downside is getting home to New Jersey, the bus route is an hour and a half and the buses are unreliable.  I am interning at Mastoloni Pearls as their PR/Marketing Intern.  Everyone is the sweetest and I can’t complain about the location.  It’s right by 5th Avenue! Plus, it’s where all the businessmen are…so I do some sight seeing on my breaks (;D).

It’s was unbearably humid today and being self conscious about my arms led me to literally sweat it out into my blazer.  The good/bad thing is that I have to dress professional. Good because I love to dress up, bad because it’s difficult for a plus size girl like myself to find anything that is flattering and youthful that is dressy enough to wear.  It’s very difficult to find some great dresses as well. I will just have to keep my eyes peeled for the perfect pieces for my closet.

The city in the summer is wonderful. The sun is shining, the city is buzzing, and there is always some Fro-yo around the corner, Yum! If you ever have the opportunity to go to the city or intern in New York, do it! You will really get the feel for the culture and honestly, I just love looking at everyone’s outfits.  Not one is the same!

Today, however, was exhausting. I got locked out of my house and had to go to my fathers place of employment to get his key and take the bus back.  What I found waiting for me at home was exciting, my first month of Ipsy! I am thrilled with what I recieved and will make it my duty to give you some reviews and photos of what I got!

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