Adios Lone Star State!!

Today wraps up my time in Texas! I can’t believe it. I literally feel like I just got here and it definitely has not hit me yet that I’m leaving…I’m not quite sure it ever will. This all feels sort of like a super long field trip.

But we made the last day fun!! Lunch at (where else?) the Clay Pit…again.

IMG_3787Once my belly was full of curried veggies and a few other incredible dishes, we headed to the Ransom Center on campus to look at their exhibits. Admission is free and they have some incredible things to look at!

PicMonkey CollageThey have an original Gutenberg Bible, the world’s first photograph, plus traveling exhibits. Today’s were Literature and Sports (did you know Charles Dickens walked 20 miles a day?) and modern photography. We spent over an hour perusing everything before venturing outside to spend a little bit more time on campus.

CampusUniversity of Texas is such a gorgeous school and such an impressive institution. I feel so lucky that I got to go here, even though it wasn’t for nearly as long as I thought it was going to be!

When I came home I attempted to make some peanut butter and jelly muffins. They turned out more like…muffin crumble.

IMG_3806A couple things went wrong here…1) The jam I used was more like syrup and didn’t hold its shape whatsoever and 2) it called for a marble sized amount and I went for more of a golf ball. haha! At least they taste good!!

Tomorrow morning I have to wake up early and load up my car and hit the road! The next three days are going to consist of a LOT of driving. Yipee!

 

Survive Your First Semester Of College

Looking back over the last semester, it’s crazy how much I learned in a few short months. Not only in my classes, but just about college in general and how to be successful in such a competitive atmosphere. Here are 10 tips that will help all those new high school grads out there who might be feeling uneasy about heading off to school!

10. Study every. single. day. 

tumblr_mhzcq9595H1rv8tvro1_500And study every subject every day. This seems intimidating, but the amount of information that you’ll be flying through in college is substantial. Cramming is simply stressful and ineffective. In high school, as long as you do your homework and look over the info before the test you’ll be okay, but not in college. Do you homework and also map out an hour or two a day for studying every subject on your own. You’ll feel on top of everything and not stressed!

9. Map out your time 

HT2513_01-mac-101-ical_id-001-enI used iCal on my iPad and had a color coded plan for my week, every week. Each class was a different color and I put in the times I’d be in class, the times I’d study for each class, my workouts, my work schedule, my volunteer schedule, and social events too! Knowing that you’ve made time for everything allows you to focus on what you’re doing without thinking about all the other things you need to get done.

8. Make To-Do lists 

to-do-listSitting down to study is ineffective unless you have a clear goal of what you want to accomplish during this study session. Do you need to re-read the chapter, do 20 practice problems, memorize the powerpoint slides? Write it down and cross it off when you finish it, you’ll feel so good getting to cross it off the list!

7. Set a timer when you study

timer1There are so many things to distract you from getting what you need to get done, done. I would put my phone in a drawer on “do not disturb” mode and set a timer for 1 hour. When the timer went off I’d take a 10 minute break to check texts, maybe see what’s up on twitter, ect. It was easier to focus in when I knew there was a break coming.

6. Find a new place to study every couple days 

Belo_interiorThere are hundreds of tiny study spaces tucked away on campus and even more coffee shops and bookstores available for you to get your work done. Having a different place to go makes homework a little more exciting and keeps each day from seeming mundane.

5. Go to office hours with every question

tumblr_lr0l8oKOjv1qii6tmo1_500If you don’t know how to do something, don’t put it off until right before the test. Chances are you’ll need to know how to do it in order to understand the next things you’ll be learning in lecture. I would even go in if I got all the answers right but just wasn’t 100 percent sure why! Not only does this improve your understanding of the material, but it also shows your professor that you care and are working hard. They are willing to work with you and will sometimes give you tips you wouldn’t have known otherwise.

4. Learn from every test, figure out what you missed and why

tumblr_m3s1ybzcKz1qgblnaDid you miss the problem because you don’t understand that material? Go in to a tutor and figure it out so it doesn’t mess you up again on the final. However, a lot of the questions I missed on early tests weren’t because I didn’t know the material, but because I was so nervous that I wasn’t thinking clearly and made a silly mistake. You not only need to learn how to do the class, but also how to take the tests. Go slow, don’t be nervous, and skip problems you don’t know and come back to them. Once I stopped getting so nervous, my grades improved substantially.

3. Nourish your body to improve your mind 

dep_1039002-Healthy-lifestyleLet’s face it, studying is about the last thing you want to do when you’re in a sugar coma, hungover, exhausted, or feeling crappy. Eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting enough sleep improve brain function and give you the energy you need to succeed in all your activities. Plus, a healthy lifestyle banishes a lot of stress from you life.

2. Don’t compare yourself to others

There will always be those people that the class comes easily to, and sometimes they just can’t help but share. Oh, you just cannot believe that people actually have to study for chemistry?

happyendingsshot_zps6734773aIt’s easy to look at people like that and feel stupid. You can get just as good of a score as them, so what if it takes more work for you? They are the exception, and everyone has talents. It doesn’t have anything to do with your chances for success.

1. Allow yourself to be a beginner

tumblr_mcz50qUpAw1qih393o1_500This one was the biggest realization for me. No matter how many AP classes you took in high school, college is a whole new ball game. Especially a rigorous university like UT. I had so much self doubt at the beginning of the semester because I felt completely out of my league and I didn’t know if I could hack it. When I did poorly on my first tests, I called my mom crying and told her I wasn’t sure if I could be a doctor because I did not think I was smart enough.

But then I decided that I wasn’t going to get “weeded out” by the classes that cause so many people to change their major. I buckled down, learned from my mistakes, worked hard, and ended up getting straight A’s!

Remember that everyone before you had to figure all of this out too. One test isn’t the end of the world. You’ll continue to make mistakes, you’ll continue to learn from them, and you’ll continue to grow as a person. Isn’t that the point of college in the first place? Have faith in yourself!!

I hope these tips help you in some small way!!

World’s Best Salsa

I am in the BEST mood right now because I got an A on my chemistry and history finals! Still waiting to hear back about biology…but dang, the feeling of hard work paying off cannot be beat. My giant breakfast was a contributor to my success this morning, I’m just sure of it. 😀

IMG_3504Scrambled eggs and banana pancakes. Delicious!! Once I finished my test I came home and enjoyed an apple cider I’ve had in the fridge for weeks, along with some peas and meatballs. Random lunch but it did the job.

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It’s so weird to be done with school! This afternoon I had no clue what to do with myself. I didn’t have to study, do homework, go to work, or be anywhere! Most of my friends have headed out of town so I spent some time doing random chores, applying for volunteer positions in Missoula, and twiddling my thumbs.

tumblr_ma88rdiVL01ry937io1_500In elementary and middle school and the first few years of high school, the workload gradually decreases as you get closer and closer to summer. The anticipation builds as each day seems more like summer, and by the time it finally arrives you explode into freedom as a giant ball of excitedness and happiness.

But then senior year and in college…something changes. Professors begin to bury you in tests and projects, smothering out any vision of summer with computer screens and dark study rooms. You are suddenly thrust into summer, blinking in the sun, with no clue how to spend your suddenly free hours.

One thing you can do, however, is eat incredible salsa! I went to my parents’s for dinner and my mom whipped up one of my favorite meals ever. 

IMG_3514Black bean, corn, and avocado salad! This stuff is like crack. Tostitos has also created the most incredible chips on the planet, and when paired together…I can’t even.

IMG_3515 IMG_3516This recipe is 100 percent healthy and easy. Go make it. Now.

Textures_wallpapers_150Serves 16 or….1. No judging here!!

Do you like salsa? What is your favorite summer food? 

Come For Dinner, Stay For 3 Nights

You guessed it…I stayed at my parents’ house again last night! We watched the movie Safe Haven and I loved it! I thought it was going to be cheesy and predictable, but it actually had some great twists and the acting wasn’t cliche at all. Score.

SAFE HAVENWhy can’t I look good in short hair?? Why??

Alice was extra snuggly this morning which was fine by me! I sat on the couch and she laid down in my lap and hung out with me for quite a while! She followed me all around the house and was just extra interested in everything I was doing. She’s so funny.

IMG_3492In the past few days, I’ve re-taken all of my chemistry tests and done over 100 practice problems to prepare for the final. That’s more than 200 problems! Let’s hope I can remember everything I re-learned for my test tomorrow. I’m feeling prepared which is half the battle sometimes.

IMG_3497My test is tomorrow at 9am and then I’m free! Yay! Tonight I plan to watch an episode of Breaking Bad, read for a while, and go to bed early. I need to be rested up!

Food

PicMonkey CollageBreakfast: Go Lean Crunch. Lunch: Scrambled eggs and peppers on an English Muffin and some pineapple. Snacks: orange and an apple. Dinner: Tuna salad on a bagel thin, carrots and hummus, and broccoli.

Crocs, Tacos, & A Killer Workout

I ended up staying at my parents’ house last night because my check engine light came on and I didn’t want to risk driving on the freeway if my car was going to stop working! After a delicious breakfast, my parents took my car to the shop and I (big surprise here) studied chemistry.

IMG_5341-500x375My car ended up being at the shop ALLLLL DAY long. The horn doesn’t work, the emergency blinkers don’t work, I needed new hoses in my engine, and I needed a new knock sensor. *Sigh*. At least it’s up and running now! Once the three of us got hungry I got dressed (in my new shirt!) and ready for the day.

photo-122I love the Gap, oh so much. Braid + No Makeup = Ready to go in 10 minutes. Score! We arrived at Chuy’s, an amazing Tex-Mex restaurant around 12 and only had to wait about 20 minutes to be seated! A miracle.

photo-123I opted for the fish tacos and a ton of chips and salsa. They were so good. Chuy’s never disappoints. The tortillas were hot and fresh, the fish was grilled to perfection, and they had the perfect amount of cabbage and sauce. I ate one of my tacos and saved the other for dinner!

photo-124Most of the afternoon was spent just waiting around for my car to be ready. I studied some, applied for some more jobs, and hung out with my family. I snacked on a square of dark chocolate and an apple when I got hungry and basically didn’t do much! Along with my second taco I had some chips and guac for dinner. It was a Tex-Mex day around here.

Then we took our dog Alice out for a walk. I only had my chinsy flats with me, so I borrowed some shoes that were more comfortable to walk in. And ultra-sexy.

photo-125In fourth grade I was obsessed with crocs. I had like 3 pairs and I bought a bajillion of the little decorations that you could stick in the holes. I was one hip kid, let me tell you.

This afternoon I designed a killer workout for y’all! It’s just about pool party time, and there is no better way to tone up every muscle than circuit workouts. You get the strength moves in there and then the cardio blasts away fat so those muscles can show! Do fifteen reps of each exercise two times through, then do the cardio and move onto the next circuit. I guarantee you’ll feel the burn.

Textures_wallpapers_150Enjoy!! Let me know what you think!!

Did you ever own crocs growing up? Do you ever wear them now? 

What do you think about Tex-Mex food? 

Plus sized?

My brain was on ultra-slow mode when I woke up this morning. I got out of bed at 9 and didn’t leave until 12:30 and literally all I did was eat and get ready for the day. Like, really Georgia Mae? 3 and a half hours to get your crap together? Oh well. At least peanut butter and bananas were involved.

IMG_3280I spent so much time doing absolutely nothing that I got hungry again before I left to study, so I decided to eat lunch at home. Have you ever had Noosa yogurt? OH MY GOODNESS GO BUY IT RIGHT NOW.

photo-118I don’t even know why or how this yogurt (or yoghurt) is so dang amazing but it just is. It doesn’t taste like any other brand out there. I’m telling you, it’s a winner. After devouring it I ventured back to Barnes and Noble to hammer out some chem studying. Major deja vu.

photo-119I was there for about five hours when I started making so many stupid mistakes I knew I needed to be done for the day. I had plans to eat at my parents’ house for dinner but it was rush hour so I ventured around the arboretum for a bit.

photo-120I love this lunchbox. I needed one all semester and now that I’ve finally found one I love it’s too late! Oh well, twenty dollars saved. I did find an adorable top on sale though so I was pretty pleased. At around 6 I arrived at my parents’ place and ate a scrumptious meal!

photo-121After dinner I was browsing the internet and I came across a story that really shocked and disturbed me. Everyone is making a huge deal the H&M are using a “plus-sized” model in their latest campaign.

consumers-visiting-hms-homepage-were-greeted-with-this-invitation-to-click-through-its-new-beachwear-collectionThat is her. Like WTF. How is that plus-sized??? That girl is in incredible shape and she’s gorgeous! I mean, don’t get me wrong, I completely commend H&M for including women of all body types in their advertising now, but why do we need so many labels? Some girls are naturally very thin, some are more curvy, but why plus sized? Like what are they adding onto? Is the “normal” size to be super thin and then every other pound is additional? Bleh. The fashion industry. B*tches be cray.

On a lighter note, stop what you’re doing and go watch Jack Reacher right this second. While you’re eating your Noosa, of course.

JRTom Cruise has completely redeemed himself in my eyes from that whole Oblivion mess. This movie is awesome. It has just the right mix of humor, suspense, action, and bad-assery. You can spew that “eye for an eye makes the whole world blind” stuff at me all you want, but I still think it’s pretty terrific watching movies where terrible people get what’s handed to them by a super smart girl and a hardcore guy.

And that sums up another day! I didn’t workout today as I finally solved (actually, my mom solved) the mystery of this stomach ache. I pulled my low ab muscle! Remember how a while ago I was saying how I could finally do low ab workouts again? Well those muscles are having a hard time coming back so quickly so I’m giving myself a few days off from working out so that they’ll heal up! Phew.

What do you think about the term “plus sized model”? 

What’s your favorite Tom Cruise movie? 

 

Running for exercise and running away

Remember my “cute little dream house” that I talked about yesterday?? This guy??

IMG_3449IT IS 1.2 MILLION DOLLARS.

tumblr_ml9jp3qHJ71ql5yr7o1_400It’s only a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath house! I guess location really is everything. I figured it would be in the 3 or 4 hundred thousand range and when I looked it up my jaw about hit the floor. In fact, my favorite neighborhood in Austin is impossible to buy into without 2 million. YIKES! Good thing I have a billionnare benefactor. ha.

In other random news, I went for a run this morning!

IMG_3469Nice and easy. I know, you’re probably thinking, um this blog is called Anything BUT Running. I don’t actually have anything against running, it just seems to be a form of exercise people get obsessed with and forget about other things that are needed for balance and functional fitness!

Every spring I get the itch to get outside and usually go on a few runs before it goes out of my system again. This morning I didn’t want to do an intense workout so I figured a little jog would be nice. I was pleasantly surprised to realize that I could easily have logged a couple more miles! I was barely even breathing hard when I got home, I just needed to study! I’m awesome?

tumblr_lye6ltznJy1qiw0juhaha juuuuuust kidding, don’t worry. At two I sat down to take my bio final. It was 10 free response questions and 75 multiple choice questions. Every single question had options A-B, then one option that included two or three answers, and an option for all of the above. It was ridiculous.

P1ItrTLRun away and cry. Hopefully I did well, I took my time to read and go through each problem slowly and carefully but I have zero idea if I chose the correct options. Blah. Just glad it’s over!!!!

Now I have to force myself to be motivated to study chemistry. Wish me luck!

Food and Exercise 

Running before studying and then an arm workout after my test.

IMG_3468Bad about taking pics today sorry!! Breakfast: strawberry pancakes. Lunch: Chicken curry salad sandwich. Snacks: yogurt, an apple, and a banana. Dinner: bagel thin with tuna salad, carrots and hummus.