My Typical College Grocery List 

If you don’t already know, I recently moved into an apartment for my senior year of college with three of my girl friends. Last year, I lived in a house but somehow almost never bought food. But this year I decided that I wanted to eat healthier & therefore I should go grocery shopping and eat on campus as little as possible (other than when I’m at work and get to eat for free).

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I go grocery shopping about every week and a half to two weeks. This is what my typical grocery list includes…

  • 1/2 gallon of 1% Milk
  • Dozen large brown eggs
  • Morning Star Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers
    • there’s 8 so I don’t buy these every time
  • Container of Fresh Spinach
  • 1/2 pound of Deli Meat
    • I prefer Roast beef, but sometimes I get Turkey Breast
  • Loaf of Whole Grain Wheat Bread
  • Two bags of steam-in-bag vegetables
    • Green beans are my favorite, especially eating them with some red pepper flakes on top
  • 90-second white rice
    • This flavor has way less sodium than all the others and it’s nice to eat alone, with red pepper flakes, eating as a side, or with some veggies mixed in.
  • Two tomatoes
    • I use these in my sandwiches, I eat them with my eggs, too.
  • Guacamole
  • Apples or plums
  • Three granola bars

I still have a few things from when I moved on September 1st.

  • Almond Honey Bunches of Oats
  • Ramen Noodles
    • these are my backup food. For when I don’t feel good or I’m just too lazy to cook.
  • Peanut Butter
    • I prefer the natural crunchy peanut butter
  • Ketchup
    • I must be doing something wrong because I still haven’t opened my ketchup and I love ketchup
  • Salad Dressing

Because I don’t cook anything other than eggs I buy a lot of the same things. I think this works for me because I do work at the Dining Common on campus so I get to eat there but also I think I save money by keeping it simple. I normally only spend under $40 each time I go.

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Friend’s Night Out Makeup Look

Last night, my friends & I went out to watch a friend’s band, Mama’s Marmalade, perform in a small town’s town hall. I hadn’t done a face of makeup in a while so I thought this was the perfect opportunity. I used the Morphe 35W palette for this eye look.

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I have pretty clear skin so I tend to stay away from heavy face makeup, so I did my basic face makeup ~again~

  1. I always start my makeup with my Vaseline lip therapy cocoa butter lip balm.
  2. Maybelline Age Rewind concealer under my eyes, on and around the tip of my nose, a little on my chin and upper lip.
  3. I used the Smashbox 24-hour eyeshadow primer on my eyes and while that dried I,
  4. I contoured my face with my (light) Smashbox contour kit, the contour color under my cheekbones, on my jawline, and on the sides of my nose.
  5. I used the highlight color from that Smashbox trio and put it on my cheekbones & tip of the nose, then put my Becca highlighter in Moonstone and put that on top of the highlight that was on my cheekbones.Morphe 35W Palette
  6. I used color #1 all over my lid and then blended it into the crease as my base color
  7. Then, I put color #2 all over the base color and into the crease using a fluffy blending brush
  8. I put a little bit of #3 into my crease with a fluffy brush and used the tip of my pointer finger to put some on my outer corner
  9. Put a little bit of #4 onto the fluffy blending brush and concentrate that on the center and outer parts of the crease
  10. Use our pointer finger to place #5 onto your outer corner
  11. I use a small brush to apply the highlighter color from the Smashbox trio and put that on my inner corner, I like to try and blend it out into the center of my lid for a gradient effect
  12. I like to layer a little bit of the Becca highlighter right into the inner corner, and I usually blend this out a little along the inner 1/3 of the lower lashline
  13. I suck at eyeliner so I used my Jane Iredale black pencil eyeliner and just lightly lined my upper lashline, I like the thinner eyeliner look, just to make my eyelashes look a little more full.
  14. I used my Covergirl Full Lash Bloom mascara in black, I like to take my time with this and try and make sure my eyelashes are separated, I love this mascara but I think it takes patience and multiple layers to make them long and separated.
  15. Now I usually kiss the back of my hand to get the excess lip balm off of my lips
  16. I used my Colourpop Ultra Blotted Lip in Zuma
  17. Then used the highlighter from the Smashbox trio and put that on my cupid’s bow and on my brow bone.
  18. If I hadn’t run out of my setting spray this is when I would have sprayed my face.

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What I wish I had done differently

This year, I am a Senior in college and everyone is talking about graduate school. Everyone is making a list of graduate schools that they’re interested in and taking their GREs. But I am not, and why’s that?

My sophomore year of high school I transferred to a catholic high school, which was not free. My parents spent about half of my college savings on high school instead of college and that set us pretty far back. I was childish and didn’t consider the long-term affects.

When you go to college you take a variety of classes alongside your major classes. My first semester I didn’t have a job, I only had to worry about school and I did really great. The next semester, I took this one class that destroyed my GPA, I’ve been waiting three years for them to offer the class again so I can retake it for a better grade and they have decided they’re not. That bad grade is going to weigh my GPA down forever. Overall, I am a solid B+ and A- student, with an occasional C+ in a class that I should’ve put more effort into.

One of my biggest mistakes was not taking advantage of internships and research assistant opportunities. Grad schools require recommendations and I’m in my second to last semester and I’ve never met with a Communicaton Disorders professor, which is fatal. Graduate schools are looking for experience, determination, and great connections with faculty.

I wish that I had taken my classes more seriously and studied more. I wish I had cared less about trying to have a 3 or 4-day weekend and applied for a research assistant position. I wish I had met with teachers, whether it was a question about class or just something about the major or career. I think one of the smartest things you can do in college is be a TA so you can get close with your professors while also recieving credits.

For those reasons, I will not be applying to grad school right away. I am honestly devastated by how much I took college for granted and didn’t put my all into school. I’m not saying neglect the fun college experiences but don’t let FOMO ruin your academic performance.

What To Bring: Dorm Living

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My first year at University I overpacked. SUV completely full, every pair of shoes I owned, every piece of clothing, all of the school supplies and decorations I could find. Over the past three years at school, I have figured out what the “essentials” are (at least for me)

  1. I highly recommend a mattress pad, the college mattresses are NOT comfortable.
  2. Twin XL sheets, I promise the normal Twin sheets will be too small (no matter how hard you pull)
  3. Comforter or Quilt, I recommend a quilt because the dorms never get cold. Unless you go to a school where the dorms have AC, you will sweat at night, even in the winter. Cheap dorm comforters are way easier to find though (especially at Target)
  4. My first dorm was tile so I highly recommend a dust pan. But if you have a carpet also think about a cheap vacuum.
  5. Laundry Detergent & Dryer Sheets. If you’re anything like me, go for the mini sizes. You won’t go through as much as you think.
  6. Hamper, I found that a foldable hamper is easier to squeeze in tight places but a solid hamper is way easier to carry up and down the stairs.
  7. Hangers. At home, I never took advantage of my closet space but in college, it is a blessing.
  8. Rain Jacket. I go to a big school so walking to a class that is 10-15 minutes away in the rain is not enjoyable. I recommend a jacket over an umbrella bc it’s easier to store in class, and easier to get on the bus with.
  9. Rain boots!!!!!!!!! I went with LL Bean’s Bean Boots so they could multitask as snow and rain boots. Nothing is more uncomfortable than walking in wet weather and being stuck with wet canvas shoes all day.
  10. Headphones. Headphones are really important when you’re walking to class and want to listen to music or when you’re studying in the library, watching Netflix at night, eating meals alone and you want to watch funny videos.
  11. Desk Lamp. Not all desks in school come with a built-in light, and some of the overhead lighting is the ugliest lighting on the planet. I recommend a desk lamp for when you don’t want to go blind when doing homework, or hanging in your room at night.
  12. Clorox Wipes. Trust me, you’ll need them to clean off your desk, to clean up spills on your floor.
  13. Paper towels which are also needed for college spills and if your nose starts running when you’re eating ramen.
  14. Clock, I really hate looking at my phone when I wake up at night and want to know the time, or when I’m studying or getting ready & am trying to be productive and avoid my phone.
  15. Bath Sheets, these are way better than Bath towels because they are much bigger and cover way more of your body. When you need to walk down the hall to the shower you’ll feel way more comfortable.
  16. Shower Caddy & Sandals. Just makes everything about showering easier and more sanitary
  17. Febreze. Honestly, dorms start to smell after awhile. Two college kids are trying to share a small space while they do their laundry and take the trash out as little as possible.
  18. Trash Bags. Why take out the entire trash can if you don’t need to? Also, someone will puke and no one wants to clean out that trash can.
  19. Backpack. I never understand the people who walk into class with just a tote bag or nothing at all. There is no way I can fit all of my stuff in a tote bag, especially without killing my shoulder.
  20. Keychain. I promise you, you will lose your key without one.
  21. Under-bed storage. I used the vertical container with the three drawers. My bed was high but I stored nonperishable snacks, trash bags, laundry stuff, underwear, socks, and bras. I’m not sure stuffing all of that in there was the best idea but it worked for me.
  22. Fan. Dorms are really fucking hot.
  23. If you’re like me you will NEED makeup storage. I had the mini three drawer container on one of my desk shelves and then kept my everyday makeup in my top drawer of my desk in a clear tray.
  24. Duffle Bag. This is very important if you do weekend trips or go home a lot during the weekend

I did most of my school shopping at Target, Walmart, and on Amazon.

Any questions or if you think I’m missing anything, just comment:)

How to: Choose a College



You’re a sophomore in high school & your guidance counselor is advising you to start looking into colleges
. You can’t even drive and you’re trying to decide where you should spend the four most important years of your life (at least that’s what it feels like). There’s approximately 1,800 4-year universities in the United States, what are the chances you choose the “right one”. When you’re 16 you probably don’t even know what major you’ll end up studying. That is why it’s important to take advantage of websites like collegeboard.org. These websites usually have lists of college majors, what they entail, and what you can do with them after college. Here are some tips on how to choose a college….

  • Do you want to be close or far from home? For instance, I wanted to be close to home so I only looked in New England, mostly Massachusetts 
  • Do you want to go to a large campus or a smaller campus? I go to UMass Amherst and the class of 2018 has around 4,000 kids where Keeene State only has that many students total. It takes me 15 minutes to walk across campus and it takes my sister (Keene) about 5.
  • Are you looking for co-ed or not? I’ve noticed that a lot of Catholic colleges segregate dorm floors by gender but their classes are co-ed. Or there’s Smith in Northampton that is only girls
  • Are you looking to be in an urban area or more of a rural area? UMass is Western, MA which is much different than a school in Boston. When I didn’t have a car I’d either take a Peter Pan bus home (or if you’re not from MA or New York, the airport) or my dad would have to come get me. 
  • Do they guarantee housing all four years? I know the dorms in Boston are often cheaper than living in an apartment or your own, especially one close to school.
  • Do they have a variety of majors? You want to be able to explore alol sorta of subjects and classes while you’re in school to see what you really enjoy studying and doing.
  • Will you need a car? Not all schools allow their students to have cars
  • Remember: every school can be a party school if you want it to be. Or if you want to be more low key then you can totally find that at any school too. 

Next

  • Make a list of 5-10 schools
  • Visit them. while you’re walking around the campus, sitting in the classrooms, a looking at the dorm rooms think about if you could genuinely see yourself going to the school. Would you be over or underwhelmed? 
  • Narrow down your list, apply for scholarships, look into financial aid. 
  • I think it’s important to have one reach school & one safety school. A safety school doesn’t need to be a school you loved but more a school that you’re almost guaranteeed to get into.
  • Apply, even if you’re questioning financial aid because you could be pleasantly surprised. 
  • Don’t stress too much, you can always transfer if you don’t end up liking the one you choose.

**I applied to Boston University, Emerson College, Keene State, Worcester State, and UMass Amherst. BU was my reach school and Worcester State was my safety school. I chose two Boston schools and two more rural schools just so I had the options. I ended up going to UMass because of the variety of majors, and it was much cheaper than a school is Boston. I didn’t end up going to Keene because I realized that I didn’t want to go to a college where I knew everyone, I wanted to have my privacy. If you have any questions or comments I’d be more than happy to chat!