15 things that happened in 2015 (Instagram Roundup)

1. Winter was awfully cold this year...
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2. ...So I escaped to Disney World for Spring Break.
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3. & continued our trip to Orange Beach, Alabama
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4. I went to Senior Prom!
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5. And graduated high school!
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6. The Saint Louis Zoo introduced Kali the Polar Bear
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7. I celebrated the Fourth of July
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8. And I went to the Zoo (several more times)
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9. I moved into my dorm!
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10. I joined Gamma Phi Beta
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11. I went to my first college football game
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12. I got the perfect big (& family) for me.
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13. I fell in love with everything about my sorority.
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14. I finished a semester of college.
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15. I came home from school for Christmas & New Years.
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Blanket Scarf


My favorite cold weather accessories are most-definitely scarves! You can add so much color and warmth to outfit with one piece. I especially love blanket scarves, because they're so big and can be worn in different ways. I like to wrap mine around my neck so that the ends are both hanging at the front, and the majority of the scarf is still at the front. I purchased this particular scarf at Old Navy last year on Black Friday, but you can find them at any store this time of year. The weather is still strangely spring-like in the Midwest, so I'll be waiting patiently, with my scarves ready, for it to finally drop consistently below 50 degrees! I know we aren't going to get a white Christmas this year, but I can still hope for some more wintry weather!


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What I Learned in my First Semester of College


Four short months ago, I moved into my dorm room. I participated in all the welcome weekend activities and went to my first college lectures. As time passed, I got more involved. I went through formal recruitment, and joined a sorority (more about that here). I also joined another campus organization and went to almost all of my classes. I've now finished my first semester at Missouri State University. I didn't expect this semester to go by as quickly as it did. As my great-grandbig has told me several times, college is a time for learning. I quickly realized that a lot of this learning happens outside of classrooms or lecture halls. So here's a few things I learned as I completed my first semester of college:

1. Money is so much more real now. In high school, it was easy to ask your parents for money. Now, you're spending more than you imagined on food. The things you thought you needed aren't as necessary as toilet paper and soap. There's also way less time to work while taking classes.

2. You don't have to go out every night. It's okay to spend a weekend in your dorm or in the library. While they say your GPA does not define you, it sure is important. Although it seems that your social life is a top priority, you are at college to learn. Time management is super important, and it's a daily struggle. It helps to spend some extra time during the week on homework if you know you have a busy weekend coming up.

3. The first friends you make won't necessarily be the ones that last all semester. I don't know what I would do without my group of friends, but it took me a while to meet them. I've never known girls that would drop whatever they are doing for ice cream and venting, then make me laugh until my sides hurt. They constantly blow up my phone, but I would never complain about it. It's sounds cliche but you truly will meet your lifelong best friends in college.

4. Free is your new favorite word. Food? T-Shirts? Cups? Stress balls? Pens? Yes please. Take everything that is offered to you. 

5. Go to sporting events. Refer back to the previous point. You are far more likely to score free things at football, soccer, volleyball or basketball games. Also, supporting your school's sport teams is important. Nobody wants to play and look up to empty stands. Some of my favorite memories involve tailgates and football games.

6. Roommates don't have to be best friends. I spent more time with my friends that don't live on my floor. It's also really nice to have other dorms and rooms you can go to when you need to get out of your room. I'm lucky to have several options to escape to when I need it.

7. Your schedule will completely change. Showering is not optional, but the time you find to do so will feel completely random. On Tuesday, it might be in between classes because you just can't get out of bed any earlier for your 8am class.

8. You will change. I am not the same person that I was in high school. In one semester, I've experienced (good and bad) things I never imagined would happen to people I know. I can't wait to see where this journey will take me in seven more semesters.  



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Holiday Plaid


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... everywhere you go! Although the temperature has been unusually high for December, I'm still finding ways to get into the holiday spirit. I love how festive Historic Main Street is in Saint Charles every year. Without a giant decorated tree, wreaths, big red bows, it wouldn't feel as much like Christmas. All we need now is some colder weather and hopefully some snow! I scored this plaid shirt on Black Friday from H&M, and the colors are perfect for the holiday season. 


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