Almost There – On Pushing Through The Rest of the School Year

Hi everyone!

Here at Hope, we’re very quickly nearing the end of the school year. As the weather heats up, the ants in the pants start squirming, and everyone is ready for summer. I know that at most colleges and universities the time is winding down, but high schoolers might still have a little ways to go.

For both parties, here’s how to survive the last month or two of school.

1. Get some sun – it’s out there, so you might as well take advantage of it. While the sun might make you want summer more, your body is probably craving the natural vitamin D that has been absent since the winter clouds rolled in. Go outside, enjoy it.

The sun is shining bright in holland!
The sun is shining bright in holland!

2. Do not procrastinate. Avoid putting off everything that you have to do until the last few minutes. It’s so much better to divide up your time between work and fun while it’s nice out. For your own sake, do not procrastinate!

3. Take lots of pictures (of friends & fun times). If you’re in high school, I promise you you’re going to want these. You only have so much time to go. If you’re in college, I still feel like the same goes. You’re not going to see your friends for three or four months! Take pictures so that you can reminisce over the summer. Plus, it’s fun, and it’ll take your mind off the far-felt summer.

The sun is shining bright in holland!
A sign I saw in downtown Holland. I might have to take their offer up!

4. Spend time with those around you. This sort of goes with the one above. Hang out with your friends while they’re still close to you! You’re going to miss them soon.

My friend Grace and I!
My friend Grace and I after getting froyo downtown! (Credit to Grace’s snapchat)

5. Slow down. Time already goes fast enough, we don’t need to try to make it go faster! Live in the moment and be present. Everything will feel so much better. April showers always bring May flowers; summer is coming, I promise! There’s no need to sit around waiting for summer to happen when there’s so much going on around you in the present.

Those are five of my tips on surviving school for whatever time you may have left. Make the most of it!

If you have any questions for me you can contact me at brookelyn.wharton@hope.edu, through Facebook, or my twitter @hopebrooke18! I’d love to answer them!

It Feels Like Fall Semester (Finally)

One thing I noticed since I started blogging for this school year was that I haven’t talked about my first three weeks. Wow, that shows you that I’m still in summer mode. It’s definitely a hard transition, but it happens every year. Crazy to think that my next big “adjustment” will be from college to work! But now that the weather is cooling down, it finally feels like Fall Semester. Hopefully, the weather can push me to get things rolling because I won’t be thinking about summer. As weird as it may sound, I definitely associate cool/cold weather with school.

First Week:

The first week of school was great! It was so fun to see my friends again, and I am beyond excited to have the same professors I had previously. My course load this semester is very light compared to my other semesters, but I did that with intent. I am now just finishing up graduation requirements. Again, crazy how I have to think about that. During this week, I had my first SAC meeting, and had “syllabus week” with my classes to just get oriented and go through a brief overview of the semester. That weekend, (yeah, the first weekend of the school year), my best friend Joey and I ventured to Ann Arbor to watch the University of Michigan play their first football game of the season. Boy was that a blast! Life really did hit me until the second week though.

Second Week:

LIFE. It struck, but I should have seen it coming. Because my schedule is sparse, it’s hard to structure my days because they vary. Some days, I will just do a bunch of work, but on other days, I just try to relax. I had more SAC meetings, we had our SAC retreat, and school is finally picking up its momentum.

Third Week:

3 weeks in already, and I can’t believe it. After this week, it has been 1 month already. Time really flies, whether you want it to or not. Again, more assignments due, lots of reading, errands, and using those time management skills. But after a long and hectic week, my roommate and I headed to Ann Arbor to watch University of Michigan’s second home game. I guess you could say I’m a big fan, but HOPE is truly where it’s at.

Check out my slideshow with some of the greatest moments during the first week of school! I have yet to post blogs regarding my Europe adventure this past summer, and look forward to a new vlog! Anyways, thanks for reading and until next time!

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3 Days Left

Hey folks! Today marks the day of when all countdowns begin. As of today, there are only 9 days of class left. And my title states “3 Days Left” because there are 3 more days until THANKSGIVING! So after Thanksgiving Break, there is one week of class left, followed by exams. WHAT? And as of today, there are 30 days left until Christmas! Now, it really feels like Christmas because there is snow on the ground. It’s going to be a white winter folks! So, I’m going to try to post everyday until break. It will build up the excitement and I just have so much to talk about!

This past weekend, I went home. It was the first time I’ve been back since Fall Break, so it was a decent amount of time. I was just so ready to get out of school. My family celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend, because we have exciting plans for actual Thanksgiving Break (more to come!). For the first time in a long time, I actually got a lot of my homework done at home. This usually never happens because I am so distracted by my family because there is always something to do in TC! The best part of being home for the weekend was the intense SNOW!

Lake Effect Snow!
This is just some lake effect.

Yes, SNOW! Traverse City, as well as most of Northern Michigan was under a lake effect snow warning. From Friday night until Sunday morning, we were slammed with so much beautiful snow. Although I thought I was going to die while driving, I felt as if I was driving through Narnia! But with snow, comes work. The shovels were brought out and our snowblower was taken out of hibernation as well. Clearing the snow is a pain, but worth it because we have to get out of our driveway somehow!

Anyway, back to reality. These last 3 days are going to rough, but in the end, it is going to be worth it. There are simply too many assignments that need to be turned in! But my goal is to finish all of them, and as of now, I am in great shape, so I won’t have any homework during break! Ok, that’s all for now! If you haven’t already, follow me on twitter at @HopeMarvin15!

Blessings,

Marv

Last Week of October!

To the not so morning people, HAPPY MONDAY! To the rare morning people, HAPPY MONDAY ALSO! I don’t know if anyone of you realize, but today is the last Monday of October. Yeah, four more days until November. It’s simply crazy to think about. This semester if flying, and sooner or later, it’ll be over. Anyways, because it’s the last Monday of October, make it count! A long time ago, I viewed Monday as the most dreadful day (it still is) but thinking about it differently totally changed my productivity. A new Monday means a new week, which means a fresh start. Whether you had a bad week or a good week last week, make this week even better.

I had a not so bad week last week, but I plan on having an even better week. I had only one exam to focus on, and I did all of my homework ahead so I had time to sleep, study, and relax. I also ran 7.10 miles for fun. I mean, everyone is running, so I might as well, right?

Yeah, I also beat my personal record. It's such a great motivator!
Yeah, I also beat my personal record. It’s such a great motivator!

So, here a few things I hope to accomplish this week, and maybe you can make a checklist and check things as you get through the week with your own list! I want to finish all of my assignments for this week AND next week. Is that even possible? Absolutely. you just have to manage your time wisely! Some might call me an overachiever, but I’m going to call myself on top of my game. This week, I also want to run 3 times, 10 miles each! I mean, I bought cold/winter running gear, so I might as well use it right? Maybe I can even break another personal record?

This week is also my first full week at my new clinical! I’m so excited to learn and see what geriatric nursing is all about! Also, let’s not forget, on FRIDAY, is it fellow blogger Chelsea Barfield‘s 22nd birthday, and one of my great friends, Nate’s 21st birthday! I absolutely can’t wait to spend time with them. Oh, and advising meetings are already happening. This means we sign-up for our Spring Semester classes next week. WHERE HAS THE TIME COME? Anyways, away with the Monday we go. Make sure you follow me on twitter. CLICK HERE! I tweet cool things, and I tweet awesome pictures of my amazing college. Have a great Monday, all!