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Monday, February 19, 2018

Photo Diary: Ski Trip 2018 + the Women's March

Hey everyone! Since January blogging didn't work out so well, I wanted to share some of the things I did in during that month and in the first few days of February. Also, I am reading quite a few books right now, so hopefully I will have some book reviews up soon. Although I haven't been blogging, I've taken a lot of photos.

School Ski Trip to Okemo Resort, Vermont 

Last year, I went on my school's ski trip for the first time. You can read all about that here. Back in December, Nikki and I went skiing at Hunter Mountain in preparation for this year's ski trip. In January, I spent two days in Vermont to ski and just have fun with the girls in my school.


If you are familiar with Okemo Mountain Resort, there's a green run called Sachem, and I had never done a full run before... until this trip! Previously, we've only done runs that are pretty short also known as the Bull Run. After a 15-minute lift ride, we went down such a cool slope, except we were still pretty scared, but falling is half the fun.

              We skied half way down the mountain to a restaurant just to take pictures of the view.

 The conditions on the first day were so bad that I had to buy a face mask to cover my whole body. Not a single part of me was showing. Every time I would talk to someone, I would have to say my name because they couldn't recognize me.

 I use this app called 1SE (one second a day), which compiles a second every day into a video. This was a short clip from the day with some of my friends.

It's not a ski trip without waffles!

The Women's March

In January, I took part in the Women's March in NYC. I loved the idea of #PowerToThePolls because the only way to see real change in the United States is through new representatives, policy change, and legislation. I have to say though, the Women's March in New York was very disappointing because there was no passion. People walked the streets in silence, which would've been good if it were a silent protest, but the Women's March is all about using your voice and empowering people. I was so sad that people cared more about going on there phones than actually making noise and getting messages across.


 We spent hours before the March making signs.



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Sunday, January 28, 2018

OOTD: January 26, 2018

Hey everyone! It's been 20 days since I last blogged...which is terrible (I know!). January is such a dull month, and I haven't had the inspiration or motivation to blog. I truly do want to be able to have a schedule, but senior year is so draining sometimes. I am currently reading some books, and taking vocal and drawing lessons in order to bring back some creativity and inspiration in my life.

On Friday, my friend and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art before going to a school event. I had a free dress day i.e no uniform because of senior privileges, so I decided to dress for an OOTD. The initial goal of the visit to my favorite museum was to see the David Hockney exhibit before it closes, but it ended up with me taking photos in the Greek and Roman section. I've been to this museum so many times that it's now second nature to me to have an adventure in there.

Here are my outfit and some photos:

My outfit:
Black Blouse - American Eagle Outfitters
Gray/Black Skirt - Zara (in Barcelona)
Floral Boots- Steve Madden
Black Tights
                               

 I am wearing sunglasses in the style that Kurt Cobain wore, also presently known as "clout goggles." Originally, I bought these sunglasses as a joke, but now I am really obsessed with them and love the look. They were $10 from a thrift store called, The Monk.


Some other photos...


David Hockney Exhibit




Other exhibits...
This stain glass window was shown to me by the six-year-old girl that I babysit, and I have loved it ever since. She and I sat in front of this window and drew the window because it was just so magnificent. I recommend going to see this stain glass window if you're ever at the Met.
I forced Sarah to take a picture of me in my favorite room of the Met wearing my future college's sweatshirt. Go, Friars!


I am so glad to be back into blogging! Hopefully, I will get out of this slump without inspiration soon.

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xx 
Christina Madeleine
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Tips for the American College Process

Hey everyone! If you have read my blog anytime in the last year, you would see me constantly talking about the stress of the American college process. I started the process in early January 2017, and I am finally finished! I will be attending Providence College in the fall, and I am part of the class of 2022. High school isn't over for me yet (five more months, as of today), but I am still so excited for the journey that awaits me regarding college. I can't wait to decorate my dorm room and explore Rhode Island (as of now, I have only been to that state three times). Since many people all over are starting the process, I decided to give some tips I have learned over the last year of my life.

This photo is of me with my Providence College Acceptance on December 18, 2017.


1. Don't slack off Freshman and Sophmore Year.

When I was a freshman in high school, I had a really hard time adjusting to my new school. I was also super focused on making friends and extracurriculars. I was struggling in Biology, and I should've gotten more help in my classes and/or a tutor. Although it doesn't seem like freshman and sophomore year would affect your chances of colleges, it definitely sets the path for the rest of your academic career. I was never good at science, but by junior year I had found a tutor who helped me through Physics. Even if your freshman year grades aren't the best, an upward curve in grades throughout high school is looked on positively.

2. You Don't Have to Be in All Honors and APs.

There is way too much pressure to be put in honors or APs. I have met people who thrive in honors and APs, and others who crash. Personally, I was never in honors classes and I still did well in school. Many colleges don't look down upon those who are not in advanced or honors classes, they look to see how well you are doing in the classes you took.

3. Take a Practice ACT and SAT Before Prepping For Either.

 I took a practice SAT in my sophomore year and my junior year of high school. Both were given out at my school. I also took a practice ACT but didn't take it seriously because I thought that I liked the SAT better. If I had taken both with the same attitude, I would've realized how the ACT was the better test for me instead of taking the SAT.

4. Take 2-3 Tests (unless you get a perfect score).

There was no way I was going to get 1600 on the SAT or a 36 on the ACT because I had not prepped enough in order to get that high of a score, and my education didn't meet what I would've been tested on. I was held back in math when I had switched schools, so I am taking pre-calculus as a senior even though that subject is on the standardized tests that I took as a junior in high school. I had done an SAT course from January to March 2017, which was run by Kaplan (do not recommend) and by the time I took my SAT I had only gotten 1140. When I had taken a practice SAT with no prep, I had scored only 10 points lower. My SAT course barely helped me. Then, I bought both an ACT and SAT prep books because I signed up for both in June. I took the ACT because many people told me it would be "easier." The second time I took the SAT, I received 1200. On my ACT, with barely any prep I received a 27 (equivalent of 1300 SAT score). There are so many different factors that go into scoring a higher test score such as the testing center, amount of preparation, previous knowledge, the ability to answer all the questions in a short amount of time, and a clear head. The first testing center I went to caused me to become very stressed out, and I ended up not doing as well as I could.

5. Talk to your guidance counselor if you can.

 My guidance counselor is an absolute blessing! She compiled a list of twenty schools and worked with me to find the ones that I should look into. She's actually the one who gave me Providence College, to begin with, and here we are! Your guidance counselor is the person who should help you the most with the process, and help you find schools that are good for you. It's also a bit of a reality check when certain schools are far reaches meaning really hard to get in, even if you have everything they want. They are also the people who can give you fee waivers, and help you get in touch with representatives from the school.

6. Visit Schools and Do Interviews!

If you had asked me where I would want to go to college a year ago, I would've said, "possibly Boston College" and don't get me wrong...it's a lovely school, but once I visited it I decided not to apply. During my spring break, I visited three schools in Boston, and two in D.C, and ended up applying to one of those schools. After visiting schools, I decided that I wanted a campus school with lots of sports outside of the city. In June, I visited Lehigh University and Providence College and decided which school I wanted to be at. By visiting schools, you get to experience what it's like to go to that school and get a feel for the people. In August, I scheduled an interview at PC in order to express my interest there. Expressing interests in schools definitely helps because your interviewer will either take notes on you or be the person who eventually reads your application.

7. Spend a lot of time on your personal essay, and make people read it over.

I didn't have my personal essay done until two weeks before I turned in my applications, but once it was done my old English teacher read it and helped make it more coherent. Finding a topic and writing your story is a crucial part of the whole college process. You want the reader to get a feel for who you are because in the end, they are the ones who accept or deny you. Your test scores and grades are just one part of you, the personal essay gives your profile a personality.

8. There's no such thing as safety schools.

You will hear so many people talk about safety schools. As much as you can be certain a school will accept you, there is always the chance for some reason they don't (unless there is a 100% acceptance rate). There are so many colleges and universities to choose from, and they all have different things they look for in a future student. There are people I know that were accepted into schools with 12% acceptance rates and denied from 75% acceptance rate schools. There's no exact science to getting into a certain school.

9. You'll get in somewhere!

Many people become scared that they won't get into a university. If you apply to schools that you have a good chance of getting in, along with your dream schools...you'll get in somewhere. I was deferred from a school that everyone thought I would get into, but two others schools accepted me and then gave me scholarships before I even found out from my top school. Although everyone is different, you'll end up at a university no matter what.

I hope this post was helpful to those of you who are entering the college process! I am sure you'll be fine. If you have any other questions or need advice, my twitter handle is @thisfashiongirl. I am in no way an expert on the college process, but I definitely wanted to give advice because the whole process is super scary. 

For those of you not from the United States, comment what the college process is like in your country!

                                                                              xx
                                                                Christina Madeleine

                                        





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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 Recap

Hey everyone! So 2017 has been a big year for me. Not as big as 2018 will be, but pretty close. Honestly, 2017 has been a crazy year for everyone, especially if you look at the political scene in the United States. That aside, this year has had some good and bad times for me. I definitely did go outside of my comfort zone on many occasions, but I also ended up making more friendships than I thought I ever would. I wanted to share some moments from 2017 that had not made it to my Instagram or my blog with all of you.

January:

I was in an Advanced Drawing Class during my Junior Year and this was one of the pieces I worked on. 


Two of my friends and I went to the Met before a coffeehouse (poetry reading/ open mic), and this was my first time at this museum in the new year.


 Teddy and I before I made it down the mountain during my first ski trip.

                    On my ski trip with my school, my triumph was skiing to the Waffle House at Okemo in Vermont. 


This was another piece I was working on during the month of January. 

February: 

 I am still a New York Islanders fan, despite everyone I know being Rangers fans.
My favorite players are Anders Lee, Mat Barzal, and Anthony Beauvillier.

 During a snowstorm in New York, both my friend and I didn't have school so we treated ourselves to Cocoa Grinder (a cafe in Brooklyn), and she taught me how to edit my photos so everything comes out more bright.

 Underneath the Verrazano Bridge in February.

Another piece I was working on during the month of February. 

March:

 Finished product.

 The Met on a snowy day.

Goodman and Chadbourne Oliver at the Studio at Webster Hall.

Vista Kicks playing at the Studio at Webster Hall.

Juli, Jenn, and I hanging out with Vista Kicks post-concert.

 For out Hamlet Project, my group and I had to make a "new" version of the play. We decided to make Rosencrantz and Guildenstern frat boys hence the backward hat.

Sunset from an airplane on the way to California for my Singing Group's Tour.

Selfie in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA

Connie and I recreating the Titanic.

 Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary

 Smiling while in one of the cells at Alcatraz.

In-N-Out Burger in San Francisco.

 Nina and I at the Grove in Los Angeles.

Alexa and I at a restaurant in San Francisco.
Mary-Kate and Ashley's Star on the Walk of Fame.

 I was super thrilled about visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

 Aubrey, Connie, and In in front of Universal Studios.

 All the girls in my grade that are in Singers with me.

 The Library at Boston College in MA.

Boston, MA

 George Washington University in D.C.

April:

Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center

Another photo from this summit.

Another drawing I worked on during 2017. This piece is in my school's art literary magazine.

 Nikki and I backstage before performing in our school's rendition of the Little Mermaid.

 I was in the ensemble, and one of my costumes was a maid.

 A flock of Seagulls during the show.

 Charlotte and I in our final number dresses.

 The whole cast of the high school version of The Little Mermaid. 
 Another costume picture...

 and another costume pic...
 Bree and I trying on semi-formal dresses that we didn't end up buying.

Bosco in Orient, Long Island. 

May:

MissGuided ad in Times Square, NY.

Women's Foundation Breakfast.

 Women's Foundation Breakfast. I was guest of my school for this event.

 Just two feminists!

 A dress from the Fashion Exhibit at the Met.

My friends and I before my school's semi-formal.
  
Bosco in a raincoat.
 Alexa and I at a different school's semi-formal.

 A collage I made that was made up of old magazines.

 Senior Takeover!

 An exhibit at the Met.
 A polaroid during the last weeks of school at the Great Lawn in Central Park.

 North Kingston, Rhode Island.

 The view from my aunt's lighthouse in Rhode Island.

 Junior Ring day

 Group picture (We call ourselves Breen & the Brooklynites)

Class photo in our senior sweatshirts. 


June:

Bluestone Lane Cafe coffees. 

 Post our last final.

 It was 95 degrees out and I was wearing skinny jeans. I immediately regretted that decision.

 The night before our last day of school.

This is right after I dyed my hair blue.

 A staircase in the library at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

On the Highline in Chelsea.

Before the pride parade when we were putting glitter on our faces.

Pride Parade in NYC.

July:

Double rainbow in Brooklyn on the first day in July.


 The General Store in Orient, Long Island.


The sunset in Long Island.


4th of July in the city.

My friends and I on a boat in the Hamptons.

 Waiting for the LIRR in the Hamptons.

A selfie I took while recording a project for my internship.

Slurpees from 7-11 on July 11th.

A selfie I took in the bathroom of my internship.

August:

 Mini-golfing at Mr.Tee's in Long Beach Island, New Jersey.

 On a beach at one in the morning.

 Strawberry Banana Pancakes from IHOP.

 Ferris Wheel at Fantasy Island in Long Beach Island.

 Candy Store on Long Beach Island.

Last night in Jersey.

 A sad reminder.

 A photo of my future school right after I had my interview.

September:


 Vegan Taco Bowl from By Chloe's in Williamsburg.

 OOTD from September

 A picture from my cousin's wedding in Long Island.

 Two of my friends and I after we won our field hockey game.

October:

Central Park in October.

 My neighbor's dogs... Bismarck, Helga, and Otto.

 Field Hockey!

My last field hockey that was on our home field.

The whole team..Go Sperymount!


 Sleepy Seniors on Halloween

 My other Halloween costume.

November:

 I met Gloria Steinem with Amelia back in November.

Bosco on the couch in Orient, Long Island.

Sarah and I at our school's women empowerment and feminism student summit that we were the co-chairs of.

The Founder of Affinity Magazine, Evelyn Atieno, speaking at the summit.


December:


 I got accepted to Providence College this month, and I will be attending there in Fall 2018. It was my top school!

 My baby cousin and I on Christmas.

 My OOTD and new phone case on Christmas Day.

Nikki and I skiing at Hunter Mountain, NY on December 30.

My second ever ski trip. This was after I finished skiing for the day.



As I said before, 2017 was a wild year. I hope you liked this very long post. 

Comment below what were some of your highlights of 2017!


xx
Christina Madeleine 


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