Thursday, January 24, 2019

Second Semester Planning & Schedule

Happy Thursday! I've been getting back into the grind of school, so on Sunday I wasn't able to post, but here I am still on schedule (sticking with posts Sunday and/or Thursday). I've now made it a week and a half into my new semester of college. As you know, my first semester was rather rough (check that out with my posts: " Thoughts and Ramblings of a First Semester College Freshman and Whats Happened to Me in the First Month of College ). Not to dwell too much on my first semester, but I already have such a better feeling about this new semester! I was able to make my schedule myself opposed to last semester where they just gave it to me.

Here's what classes I am taking and what time's (it's slightly hard to wake up at times, but I love it).

Western Civilization (Semester 2 out of 4)
In my previous posts, I've mentioned Development of Western Civilization (or 'Civ' as everyone at Providence College calls it). This course is mandatory for every student to take, which makes the school very unique to others. It's four semesters and this semester is more focused on the Enlightenment and the high middle ages. I am currently reading The Two Lives of Charlemagne and The Song of Roland for this class. My first-semester experience with Civ was very positive, but I changed to a different team of teachers, so I still have to adjust.
My class times are Mondays (8:30am-10:20am), and Tuesday/Thursday (8:30-9:20).
This is my only class on Thursday's! So I have the day free to do work and catch up on all my readings for class.

Intro to Literature
On top of my core curriculum- my college makes us fulfill proficiencies (this course would fulfill an Intensive Writing-1), but I am also taking this course because I definitely needed to take an English class again. I am planning on pursuing a minor in writing, and this course is the first step in doing so. We are currently reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and I am so excited to be reading it again, and possibly doing a book review on it. Other books we are planning to read are Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill and Sula by Toni Morrison. We are also doing units on poetry and writing, which I am absolutely excited for!
My class times are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays (9:30am-10:20am)

Elementary Italian 101
My father's side of the family is Italian, and my mother's side is Irish-American; so, I've never been completely exposed to the language or culture from Italy before. I have been able to meet and skype with family from Italy, but I finally wanted to be able to learn the language. I love learning languages and I would ultimately one day want to be able to speak Italian, Spanish, and French (which I have no knowledge of ). I've been a bit nervous in class because I want to respond in Spanish, but overall I am excited to be taking a language course again. I've been even contemplating studying abroad in Italy my Junior year of college.
My class times are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays (10:30am-11:20am)

Microeconomics 101
Since I am part of the business school (Marketing major!), it's part of the Business core to take both macroeconomics and microeconomics. Last semester, I took macroeconomics and I loved that class, My teacher was so fun, and I found that I could easily comprehend the material. There was even a point in time that I considered changing my major to Economics, but alas I decided to stay in the Business school. Micro is a bit less exciting than macro, but the material is very useful. Economics helps you have a better understanding of political financial decisions and what's overall better for the economy. I recommend taking a basics course, but also Khan Academy and other free websites have great videos about the subject.
My class times are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (2:30pm-3:20pm)

Managerial Accounting 
Accounting has been one of my worst struggles in college. Accounting is another requirement to fulfill in the Business school (one semester Financial and one semester Managerial), and it's the hardest subject for me to grasp. My teacher is very helpful (and even make YouTube videos), and he explains everything very clearly, yet when I am on my own I can't seem to do the problems. This is definitely the subject I am going to have to put the most time and effort into. My father also studied Finance and Accounting in college, so he is always a Facetime away.
My class times are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays (1:30pm-2:20pm)

Data Applications in Business (DAB)
This course is also a requirement for the Business school, and it's to make students proficient in Microsoft word and excel. It's definitely a skill that's worthy to learn.
My class time is Tuesdays 12:30pm-2:15pm


So... my schedule is a bit busy! Last semester, I felt as if I wasted so much time because I wouldn't have my first classes until 10:00 or 10:30 in the morning. Now, I have an 8:30 or 9:30 every day and I've been enjoying my day more. I'll wake up, make a coffee in my Keurig, and then go to breakfast before class. I also find myself planning my schedule a lot more for the week because I have my classes more frequently now. A downside is there are about three days a week where I will have four classes, but it never feels overwhelming.

I've also been making a goal for myself to go to the gym because I am more focused on taking care of myself this semester. I think going 3-5 times a week would be ideal and going to Zumba and Yoga classes, but also using the cardio and strength machines. Last week, I had gone to the gym three times and I already felt better than I had the month I stayed at home. Also, I've been sleeping better because of my hectic days + making time to workout. Although I go to bed between 10:45pm and 11:30pm I still am able to get up and feel awake (except for a few days where you can find me taking a nap in my dorm room between my last class and choir) and stay awake for most of the day with a little help of my water bottle and coffee.

I'm trying my best to achieve my resolutions, and I have the motivation so far.
What are some tips that you have to utilize your day? or to remain/get healthy? How are your resolutions going, if you have any?

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xx
Christina Madeleine


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Sunday, January 13, 2019

A Quick Trip to the Met

Happy Sunday! On January 9, I was back on the Upper East Side and decided to go to one of my favorite places in the world...the Metropolitan Museum of Art! My friend, Aubrey, and I wanted to go there since it had been a while, and we were both heading to college soon (only 45 minutes apart from each other!). If you don't know, I used to go to high school right across the street from the Met, and during that time I've fostered a great love for the museum.



 My favorite exhibits in the museum are the Greek and Roman statues, Temple of Dendur, French & Italian paintings, the American Wing, and the Japanese art. In art history class, I was able to learn about the artists and types of art, and all about the time period, they were created in. A fun fact I learned in high school is that most of the marble statues in the room that I am shown in above are not the original statues, but marble replicas of bronze statues that were melted down in Rome. These marble replicas of Greek statues were recreated by Romans. The original bronze sculptures were created in first to third century B.C, but the marble statues were created between 2-5 century A.D. If you ever come to the Met, I recommend coming to this gallery!

 Of course, you have to take photos by the glass windows in the Temple of Dendur!


One of the rooms used for the Met Gala each year is the Temple of Dendur, so technically speaking, some of your favorite stars have been in this room. I love coming to this exhibit because it's super spacious, and has the real Temple that was from Egypt (you can even walk in it), and a sphinx. You have to walk through the Egyptian section of the Met to get to it, and on one of the walls is the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

 I've been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art probably around 100 times between art history courses, spontaneous visits, bringing foreign friends, and events. Aubrey and I have even realized how accustomed we are to being there that we sometimes forget that we are even in a museum. If you ever catch me there you can most likely hear me talking about how crazy it is that humans made this art, spinning around while talking about how cool history is, or trying to make the security guards laugh or talk to me by saying absurd comments about the art. It's all in good fun though :)


Aubrey and I spent some time in the American Wing (and the cafe within it). I have come to this room so many times, and I still never get tired of it. There is a skylight, so we sat there eating broccoli & cheddar soup (we had a coupon!) from the cafe and talking while within the walls of a beautiful museum. Although I wouldn't recommend always coming to the Met to eat because there are a ton of other places to go in the area, it was a nice treat!


Thanks for reading! There should be another post coming up about other things I did while back home for Winter Break. Have you ever been to the Met? What was your favorite exhibit?

xx
Christina Madeleine

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Dorm Tour *Freshman Year at Providence College*

Hey everyone! With school starting up again soon, I wanted to show you all what my dorm room looks like! As you know, I am currently a freshman and I will be entering my second semester on January 14. I still want to decorate my dorm a bit more, but this is what my roommate and I have.

*sorry that the photos are a bit blurry, I can update this post eventually with more high definition pictures*



The dorm I am in has cork boards already installed so I printed out some photos to put up on it. I also pin notes my friends have given to me, letters, and papers that I for events on campus. My poster is the album cover of Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division. To the left (where my scarf is hung up), is a small closet that I hang up my clothes in, keep extra towels, tide pods, and shoes. My shelf was $25 from Amazon and I built it myself during Columbus Day Weekend.

On the top shelf, I keep my record player, and a cup cozy. The second shelf I keep a teddy bear that is wearing the 'M' from my high school's name. I keep half my records on that shelf (and the rest at my house). The bottom shelf, which is not shown, has my textbooks and reading books.


There are three girls dorms for freshmen, and I am the only that's all-doubles (meaning I have one roommate). But by default, I am in the smallest dorm and have a twin size bed that's lofted. I have to catapult myself onto the bed or use the radiator to get up on to it.
My comforter: PBTeen
Good Vibes Sign (Blue LED): Bath, Bath, and Beyond
Clothesline for Pictures: Bath, Bath, and Beyond
Maroon Blanket: Either BJ's or Costco

The lighting is very dark in my room, so on weekends, I keep the blue lights from my sign on. I am on the eighth floor, and you can see that my dorm room is blue from the ground. I also keep up a Providence College hockey flag.



Between my roommate and I's beds, we have our mini fridge/freezer and our microwave. We originally had a television, but we got rid of it since we didn't want to block our pretty nice view of Providence. I bought the microwave from Target for around $35. We keep bowls and water bottles on there usually. We keep cups and utensils in the fridge caddy.


I took these pictures right before I left for winter break because I wanted to post up about my dorm before I come back and inevitably make my side a mess. Under my bed, I have two sets of drawers to keep clothes in, baskets for shoes, and then huge gray containers to keep other miscellaneous and extra items. When my roommate and I are actually living in this room (notice my bags are there), we keep boxes of food by the fridge for us to microwave and such. We also have desks that are against our beds that we use the back of as headboards but is very spacious. I don't usually like to do work in the room because I rather work in the student center, great room, or library; but it does come in handy to have a desk.

On my roommate's side, we have more storage that we use for snacks and drinks, and on top of that, we have a set up for our Keurig. This comes in handy for when the Dunkin Donuts on campus is closed, or it's 10 at night and all you want is a cup of tea. My friends on other floors even come to use the coffee machines sometimes if they need caffeine.

Despite dorming in such a small room, I have made this area my space. I like coming back to the room and knowing I can take a nap or just decompress for a bit. One reason, I try to not do work in my dorm is to make it an area I can relax in and not be stressed. I sometimes will study in there, but I don't do homework if I can help it. My roommate and I live really well together and even coordinated our room to have a theme of turquoise, blue, gray, and white.

In the coming semester, I can try to do more of an updated dorm room tour (with better pictures), but thanks for checking out this post!

What is your college dorm room like if you are at college? or what was it like? Did you/do you have more than one roommate? What is your dream dorm room like?

Leave a comment!
xx
Christina Madeleine


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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Resolutions

Hey everyone! Happy New Year! I've decided to start 2019 with a post in order to start off the new year right. In the typical blogger fashion, I am going to write about new year's resolutions.

I don't think I have ever completed my resolutions for any year to the absolute fullest of my ability, and I want to start fresh and change that. This year, I want to be accountable for completing my resolutions. I have a very good feeling about 2019 for myself (I don't know how to year will go with global events, but that's never the case). I will be entering my second semester of college in about two weeks, but also this year I turn nineteen years old, and 'This Fashion Girl' turns six years old! This year holds so much opportunity for growth and prosperity.

Let's talk resolutions!

To work on obtaining a healthy lifestyle 

I am not a confident person when it comes to my appearance, and most of my insecurities lie in my weight and physique-- and I truly want to make the effort to change that. When I go back to school, I am going to put into my schedule when to workout i.e which pilates, yoga, and Zumba classes to go to and to even go when there isn't a class. The gym is right across from dorm, so it's a constant reminder of what I should be doing. I also want to work on eating better and eating more grains, vegetables, and fruit. It's so easy to fall into a habit of eating poorly at college because a lot of the food there isn't nutritious. There was a point during the first semester where I was eating potatoes and eggs every day, and then pizza, pasta, or a burger for lunch and dinner. Also, the snacks I had in my room were usually mac&cheese or flamin' hot Cheetos, so a lifestyle change needs to happen. At home, I've been working on eating healthier alternatives and getting into cooking my own food before going back to the grind of buffet style college food. I want to lose weight and get fit for myself because I know how much happier and healthier I will be.

Earn a 3.5 GPA or higher

I am not far off from this GPA, but I have a goal of wanting to achieve a higher GPA to prove to myself that I can do it. In high school, I was always felt like I would never be as smart as my peers, but now I feel so much more confident in my intelligence. I started college off by working hard and not slacking, and it really does pay off. I have a lot of hope for my second and third semesters because I have a goal I want to achieve, and my college has so many people whose job it is to care about me and give me the help I need to succeed. It's all about being a proactive learner, and that's what I intend to be.

Update My Blog Weekly or Bi-weekly 

Every year, I always want to blog more (and usually for some reason I slack). In 2018, I took blogging breaks because I was so stressed by the transition to college. I believe that 2019 brings new opportunity for me to finally making a blogging schedule. My goal is to post every week on Sundays, and if by chance I have another post for that week; it'll be posted on Thursdays. Creating content on a regular basis is something that I've wanted to do for a while, and I want to be more interactive and try to reach more people. There's no downside to have a consistent posting schedule.

Make More Friends at College

I am not a lonely person, but I tend to like being alone a lot. I can't help it, I am an only child, so I can't help but be okay with being alone now and then. I do have friends at college, don't get me wrong, but I have a tendency of locking myself in my dorm room a little too often or not being as friendly to people in my classes or when I am out. I love making friends and being around people, but I am still trying to find more people at my college who are "my people" or someone I truly have things in common with. At times, I feel as if I don't fit in with the people at my college (as spoken about in Thoughts and Ramblings of a First Semester Freshman ), but I have a good group of friends at school, but my goal is to branch out even more.

Become More Active in My School Community and in Providence

My first semester, I was a part of two clubs; but I definitely want to take part in more clubs (Entrepreneurship Society, Women in Business, etc), but also in some community service ventures. I've been in Catholic school my entire life, so the importance of giving back has been stressed immensely. I haven't done organized volunteer work since I was a sophomore in high school; so I really want to go help out in the community of Providence (and thankfully my school has a lot of opportunities to do so).

Be Aware of My Environmental Impact

Climate Change and Global Warming are very real, and people need to start making an effort to minimize their carbon footprint. In the New Year, I am going to invest in a metal straw because 500 million plastic straws are used in America every day, and a big percentage of that ends up in the ocean. Starbucks and other companies are making a conscious effort to try to not use plastic straws. There are so many small things that you can do to become more environmentally conscious like eating less meat, recycling cans instead of just throwing them out, invest in a reusable water bottle and bring it everywhere, use a canvas bag for groceries. I plan on doing more research about what I can do to make an effort. It might seem like one person won't make a difference, but even making a small effort is more doing nothing and continuing to harm the planet.


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Of course, I have other goals such as learn to use my GoPro, read more books (which means more reviews), write more outfits of the days, etc... But these are my main resolutions that I want to follow. They are more of the overarching resolutions for the entirety of 2019.

What are your 2019 resolutions? Comment below!


Thank you for another great year! I think 2019 will really be the year of 'This Fashion Girl'!
Also, thank you for almost 100,000 views!

xx
Christina Madeleine







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