College Graduation!!

Hello everyone!

This post is an exciting one because I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst! The feeling of having your face on a huge screen as you step on stage to shake the Dean’s hand was like no other. It was two full-days of love and happiness shared with friends and family. I’m filled with anticipation for the next chapter and also sad to close this one.

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UMass was the place I called home for four years. Unpacking my bags as a freshman was daunting. My heart raced as I navigated my way around campus for the first time. Saying “hi” to strangers in hopes that they too needed a friend in class was all new to me. Some days were tough and I didn’t want to go out and meet new people, or go to class, but these tasks got easier day by day. As each year passed, I got more and more comfortable with being at school and with myself. UMass helped me grow into the person I am today, and I couldn’t be more lucky. I learned how to manage my time more wisely, be more social and follow my heart when making decisions. I also learned to always be kind, to understand that everything does not always works out how I want it to, and that I will always solve my problems.

I met a great group of lifelong friends while I was at school, while also growing friendships with friends from home. These friends mean the world to me. They’ve seen me at my worst and also at my best. We always know how to make each other smile when we’re down, and cheer us on when we’re thriving. I could not have done it without these friends – they made my college experience the absolute best!

My college experience was more than I could ask for. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation with a focus in Environmental Conservation and a minor in Math. I am so excited to see where this next chapter in my life takes me!

 

 

Thanks for reading!

Stay rad,

Caroline Abigail

7 Days of Self Care : The Follow-Up

Happy Thursday!

About a month ago, I shared my challenge of taking time out of your day, for 7 days, to focus on your physical and mental health. My roommate Liv and I followed through with each day and journaled how we felt about the challenges we set for ourselves. Here are our results!

Day 1 : De-Clutter

On this day, we cleaned our living room and kitchen. Based on what Liv and I wrote in our journals, we agree that we just have to do these things to get them out-of-the-way. In Liv’s journal, she wrote, “we found that cleaning up took less effort than we originally thought, especially when done with friends and some good tunes,” which is true! Time passes so much quicker when you’re enjoying yourself. 

Day 2 : Talk About Happiness

My friend and I stayed up really late and talked about some great old memories from high school and childhood. It was one of the best nights I’ve had in a while. We both could tell that we were pleasantly lost in the topic and before we knew it, it was 3am.

Day 3 : Meditate/Take Time to Think

Liv and I are both very familiar with meditation. This week we both set the goal to try to challenge ourselves to extend our meditation sessions. I had a very successful meditation session this day. Liv provided a link to the meditation she did and it made her feel more confident and energized for the day! Here’s the link –> Guided Morning Meditation

Day 4 : Water

This was a challenging one for me! I usually use my reusable container for coffee, and if I’m just slowly sipping on my coffee, I won’t refill my container with water until later in the day. For Liv, this was an easy one. She has a habit of drinking 2L a day, but challenged herself to sip it periodically throughout the day, instead of chugging it down. Water is really important and this challenge taught me how to be better at getting in my necessary amounts!

Day 5 : Music

Liv listed three albums she has been loving;

“CTRL– SZA ; Something about this album JUST gets to me. It documents well her transition into her twenty-something years. This album puts into words this evolution of self, in a relatable way.

Friday Night Lights– J. Cole ; I made a mix-tape of this album in high school, and would play it driving to and from school just about everyday. I love that feeling of putting on a song you haven’t listened to in years and still remembering all the words.

Hozier– Hozier; This is another one I rediscovered my love for. Every song off of the album takes me to a specific time, memory, and feeling.  I love this one for walking around campus to some happy jams.”

I wrote down the 10 songs that always hit me right in the feels;

  1. The Girl // City and Colour
  2. Fallingforyou // The 1975
  3. Hallelujah // Paramore
  4. Daydreaming // Paramore
  5. Stay // Sugarland
  6. Move Together // James Bay
  7. Real Estate // Wild Child
  8. Airplanes // Local Natives
  9. Dave’s Song // Whitney
  10. Perfect Places // Lorde

Day 6 : Pamper Yourself

Liv and I have an obsession with face-masks so there’s no doubt that that’s how we pampered ourselves this day. Coming home after a long day of being on campus, hopping in the shower, putting on a face mask, watching some Netflix, is the way to treat yourself!

Day 7 : Bucket List

First one is Liv’s, second on is mine!

 

Overall, Liv and I had a really great experience with setting daily challenges. It made us think more about what we need to do for ourselves. We all have some time in our day to sit and take care of our health!

Thanks for reading.

Stay rad,

Caroline Abigail

Let’s Talk About Decor! : College Edition

The most important lesson I learned from moving into a new home is that it’s essential to make the new place feel like home. My favorite way to do this is by hanging my hats, posters, and photos of family and friends. The hard part about hanging things is that my lease doesn’t allow us to make holes in the wall. This can be hard when you run out of command strips or poster putty, but this year I made it work! I was able to find ways to hang up decorations while also hanging photos in creative ways.

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Check-In : A Day at College!

Here I am, back at college! It’s my senior year and I can already tell it will be a lot of work. From past blog posts, you may know I’m an Environmental Conservation major. The classes about the environment are the coolest and most interesting ones I’ve ever taken. What you might not know is that I’m working towards my Math minor and those classes are a different story. Math has always been one of my favorite subjects but as the years go on, the classes get harder, and the more time I have to spend on the material. I can’t complain, but it definitely has already taken its toll on my free time. I just have to remind myself to work hard and stay focused; it will all be worth it in the end.

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Setting Goals & Sticking To Them!

This summer flew by and senior year is only a few weeks away! As I spend more and more time thinking about how exciting and sentimental this next year will be, I’ve been trying to set goals for myself. I want to make sure I create a positive atmosphere for myself and everyone I spend my time with!

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