Social Media RA Bulletin Board

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Hey guys! So I thought I’d show you my bulletin board I had to make for my RA job in hopes to inspire you or simply entertain you! Each RA is assigned a staff task. My staff task is public relations, so I run my residence hall’s Instagram and Facebook. In addition to updating the social media sites, I have to attend committee meetings and decorate an additional bulletin board. This is my social media bulletin board inspired by Pinterest but I made it more my own. I really love how it turned out. This might be my favorite bulletin board I’ve made so far!

Are you an RA? What is your most current/favorite bulletin board you’ve made?

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Microwave Cooking and Dining Hall Hacks

One of my biggest issues I’ve had since being in college is the food. Plus, I don’t eat meat so that makes the selection even slimmer. To me, eating good food plays a big role in how you feel. So I thought I’d look into some healthy (for the most part) recipes that you can make right in your dorm room!


 

Microwave Recipes

I have tried some of these microwave recipes but not all of them. I am so excited to try these. I thought I’d share these recipes that I plan to try and you can try them with me!

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Eggs

Blueberry Muffins

Lunch:

Cinnamon Maple Breakfast Quinoa

Dinner:

Steamed Vegetables

Risotto

Dessert:

Mug Brownie


 

Dining Hall Hacks

  • At some colleges you’re able to fill water bottles with juice. However, if you are at one of the schools that doesn’t allow you to take drinks in a water bottle you can bring a funnel with you. Get your drinks from the fountain and put it in a cup. When you get back to your seat, put the funnel in your water bottle and pour the cup of juice inside. You may need a few trips to fill your bottle, but this gets the job done.
  • Some schools also offer to go boxes and to go cups. I know at my school we’re charged money if we don’t bring the box back or back to the correct dining hall. So instead you could bring your own tupperware container in your backpack or you could put your food in the to go cups that they don’t need back.
  • If there’s something you like to eat at home and the dining hall sort-of has it you can make it your own. For example, at home I make waffles with flax seed and nuts. So I bring my own flax seed and crushed nuts and mix it with the batter the school already has. That way you can re-vamp the dining hall food and add some nutritional value.

 

I hope this post was helpful! What food hacks do you use in college?

 

Blogging 101: Make a Prompt Personal

There are many things that I believe in. I feel like if you don’t have something to believe in, then what are you working towards?

I Believe

For today’s prompt, tell us three things that you believe in your heart to be true. Tell us three things you believe in your heart to be false.

-The Daily Post

Here are 3 things I strongly believe in:

  1. That there has to be something out there. When I say that, I’m taking about religion. I would say that I am a Christian. However, I do collect and believe in some beliefs from other religions as well. I think people can believe in whatever they find to be helpful to them. Many people believe that only their God or belief is true but who’s to say that they aren’t all true?
  2. That people can genuinely be good. Yes, there are some people that I would say aren’t good people but I believe everyone has the potential to be a good person whether or not you are born as a bad person or a good person; it’s about choices.
  3. I believe each and every person has the potential to change the world. Not just change someone’s life, but the world. Whether it is for good or for bad. I could also agree that by changing someone’s life, you are changing the world.

Here are 3 things I believe to be false:

Well this is the next prompt but when thinking about it, nothing comes to mind right away. I almost always see both sides of a belief or an argument so it’s hard for me to say that I strongly believe something is false. Sure I have things I think are false but nothing that I feel very strongly about. Or maybe I just can’t think of anything at the moment. I’ll keep you updated.

What do you believe in? What don’t you believe in? I’d love to hear your responses!

RA Boards

Alright! It’s good to be back. I recently became an RA at my college and have been busy with training.

When making my boards and door tags, I always look for inspiration so I thought I’d post what I did for my boards! In case anyone doesn’t know, an RA has to decorate certain boards within their residence hall and make matching door tags that match one of the boards.

IMG_1067.JPGI got my inspiration for this board from Pinterest, but made some changes to make it how I wanted it. I would’ve made the words “the winter blues!” in the yellow font, but we ran out of our scheduled time to use the cut outs so I made do with what I had. This was the board I made that matched my door tags. I made my door tags into thermometers and wrote “Do you wish it was warm?” in a gold marker. Yes, I know I spelt exercise wrong. I’m new. Give me a break.

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This board we had to split. One side for flyers and one side for a way for residents to see which RA is on duty. I came up with this idea on my own. This one is probably my favorite. This is my only board that doesn’t change monthly (except for the flyers).

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I got inspiration for this board on Pinterest. I didn’t know what to use for boarders but I used tissue paper to make wavy bumps (I don’t know what else to call it haha). The apps I listed from top to bottom are Instabucket, Productive, Strides, and NY Resolutions (I added the names just now because I realized I forgot them).


So far being an RA is great. I love making the boards and door tags. I love the staff. Being an RA has totally changed my college experience.  Last semester I had a lot of trouble. I had trouble connecting with people was my biggest issue. The staff is great and we spend a lot of time together. Being an RA makes me feel like a part of something, I needed that. I am so excited for what is to come!

What changed your college experience? 

 

The Bucket List Journal: Edition 2

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Here we go!

Honestly, I haven’t yet written in these pages yet. I find these pages the hardest to complete so far. I can answer the “One of the Saddest” prompts but other than that I’m not sure what to write.

I guess that’s why I’m doing this journal. To try and create priorities that will provide me with answers to these questions.

If you’re able to answer these questions, that’s great. If not, that’s fine too. But I want you to think about why you might be able to not be able to answer them. There’s definitely a reason. Figure out that reason and find out what you should do about it.

I know that since I have more trouble answering the prompts involving more happy topics, that maybe I should create memories this year that are fun and not completely serious. Don’t get me wrong, I am one of the most positive and try to be the happiest person. I wonder if I can’t answer those questions because I don’t want to settle for whatever I write on that page.

Honestly, I can think of plenty of things to write but I don’t know if I want to. I might just leave them blank. It’s my journal, my rules right?

What are some of your happiest, saddest and funniest memories? I’d love to know!

Creating a Relaxing Environment

Need some relaxation? Here’s what I do

I find relaxing a crucial part of my day. I need time to wind down. The minute I’m surrounded by these lights and candles I feel relaxed. Relaxing makes unwanted tasks or stressful days easier. When relaxing is when I love to write blog posts or read or even watch some Netflix.

In case you’re wondering, I am currently watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix and am reading See Me by Nicholas Sparks. I’ll probably do a blog post on the book once I finish!

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I have had these lights for a long time. I got them in a kit that allowed you to add different paper cutouts around the light (I don’t know from where). I happened to choose flowers because it matched my room and my personality at the time…well it still does. I strung one set of these lights in my room in no particular way. I love the shadows it creates when you shut the lights off. It gives you some light but is relaxing because I can sit at my laptop at my desk or in my bed and work on different projects, activities or tasks.

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Candles are a new thing for me. I have never really used them because I was worried I’d burn the house down, but I have come up with ways to avoid this. I light them only before I go to sleep. I don’t actually sleep with them lit. Okay let me start over. I like to wind down for about an hour before I go to sleep so I will light my candles then and blow them out before going to sleep (I’m usually at my desk so I won’t fall asleep with them lit). Candles are okay to use if handled with caution. The candle to the left is a Skittles candle (I’m not sure where it’s from) and the candle to the right is a Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle from Bath and Body works that I got on sale. I know you’re probably thinking that it’s gross to light both at the same time, but the Skittles one doesn’t really give off a scent but I like it for the light.

Need more ideas? Check out Pinterest!

I hope you all had a relaxing day! What do you do to relax?

Junk Drawers to Useful Drawers

I recently went home and was in cleaning mode, so I went through a few of my drawers to organize a bit. You know how most people have one junk drawer? Well I had much more than one, so I cleaned the drawers that weren’t organized out and did some reorganizing.

  1. I took a smaller box and a laundry basket for all of the objects in the drawers.
  2. I put small trinkets in the small box and all the larger objects into the laundry basket.
  3. Then I put all the different objects into their designated drawers.
  4. Anything that didn’t belong in a drawer I kept in the box and laundry basket. This is where I stopped.

I am now writing this second portion a few days later. I have been trying to find some organization tips throughout the past few days.

The segment I wrote above is what I started to do but I didn’t end up finishing before I went back to school so my room is currently a disaster. However, I am home once again and am going to try a new approach. The first approach worked, but it didn’t help with the bulk of the problem.

  1. Now, I am going to take every messy drawer or any out of place object and put it in a huge heap in the center of my floor.
  2. Then, I will take out a few items at a time and put them away. Any objects that need to be put in a different room in my house I will put in a laundry basket to put away later (by leaving the room you may get sidetracked or the task of organizing may seem like a bigger task than it really is).

I will report back in a bit to tell you my progress!


So far, it seems like the second plan definitely worked better. I have much less on my floor, and I have been able to get rid of a lot more stuff. By putting everything in a pile, I was able to see how many out of place items I had. From here, I condensed any lotions or hand sanitizers I had of the same kind. I trashed anything I really didn’t need.

Yes, some things are hard to get rid of even if you know you will never use it. But trust me it is definitely worth it to get rid of the extra clutter.

For those items you really can’t get rid of but don’t want in your area anymore, put them in a storage container and put the container in your basement or garage. You will still have anything of value but it will no longer be cluttering your life!


 

I know this may seem a little confusing but if you look above, I italicized what the most important parts are. Organizing is a difficult thing and everyone does it differently. I do hope that this post helped give you some perspective that A) you’re not the only one who has organization issues and B) that you can find everything a place.

What are some organization tips that you have?