College Lessons: Semester 1

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My first semester of college was such a neat experience, and I am just so grateful to have this opportunity to attend classes as a dual-enrolled student. Although it was quite stressful and exhausting at times, I am excited to continue working for my degree and getting to know all of the amazing people around campus. It is a bit late, but I thought you still might enjoy this post… These are lessons that I have learned from myself and other students throughout my first semester of college. Hopefully you find this beneficial!

Read the Syllabus: You can’t expect the professors to remind you about homework assignments or specify every upcoming due date in class. They provide a detailed syllabus at the beginning of the semester that contains a list of everything you must complete and when. If you don’t look through it, you will likely have a lot of missing homework assignments which definitely won’t help your grade.

Learn on your own: In two of my courses, there was not enough class time to cover all of the material on the exams, so it was extremely important to read and look over all of the chapters on our own. DO THE WORK! It was definitely not fun to be reading textbook pages at 1:00 in the morning, but it really paid off in the end.

Meet New People: The experience is so much more enjoyable if you establish a small group of friends to spend time with between classes. It is also quite interesting to learn about different people and their post-graduation goals, so talk to the person sitting next to you! Build relationships with other students in your classes, and you will have a much more enjoyable experience.

Stay Organized: I don’t know about you, but I get really bad anxiety when I try to keep track of too many dates and times in my head. I was, honestly, shocked with how many students didn’t have an organized method to group all of the day’s assignments together. Many people just scratched things off of the syllabus, but that means at least four important packets must be carried around everywhere (and not misplaced). It is also easy to skip or miss things especially when you’re taking multiple classes. I recommend a weekly planner or agenda!!! You will relieve yourself of so much stress…

Ask for Help: Don’t be hesitant to ask your professor or other students for help! My friends thought I was a bit ridiculous, but I got almost every paper read by another peer or professor before I turned it in. I learned so much more by taking feedback, and I was much more staisfied with my grades when they came back on those assignments.

And lastly… BE YOURSELF:

“Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, and magical person that you are.”

~Unknown

If you have any questions or things to add, feel free to drop them in the comments. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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The “Simple” Things

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Even when things aren’t going our way and it feels like nothing is working out, there is still so much to be thankful for. Last week, I was reading the blog of a mother who’s son lost his leg in the battle against cancer. It broke my heart to read their story, but it made me remember how incredibly lucky I am to just stand here and breathe another day. I also read the post of another blogger who recently got hearing aides and is finally discovering this sound-filled world for the first time. The fact is, we take so many things for granted every single day, and many blessings (like the ability to walk and hear) are frequently overlooked.

Never forget the “simple” things, and always remember that our problems are very minimal in someone else’s eyes. Stop spending so much time complaining about life, and begin to see how beautiful it truly is… especially this week of Thanksgiving.

This Art Form

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It is so easy to forget why you love this art form when you sacrifice so much of your life inside of a studio with your feet cramping, muscles burning, and sweat dripping in your eyes. It is so easy to forget why you love this art form when you think about how many things you have missed out on by not living a “normal” life for a dream that you may never even reach. It is so easy to forget… until you step onto that stage to dance for hundreds of people and hear their applause… until you experience an injury that prevents you from being able to express yourself for weeks… until you are offered a job contract that allows you to do what you love and not sit in an office all day long… until an audience member warmly touches your shoulder after a performance and tells you how grateful he/she is for sharing your gift…

The fact is, I hear negativity every single day whether it is inside of my own head or from other people expressing their personal unhappiness. I have begun to realize that dance is a mental battle, and it is something that continuously challenges people both emotionally and physically. I have known so many people who have stopped fighting for this dream and have had thoughts of “what if I didn’t, where would I be now?” for the rest of their lives. Do not ever forget why you started dancing, and do not ever forget that magical moment that lit up your young eyes when you discovered it for the very first time. Always remember the power that dance has to heal and change people’s lives, and never allow your current emotions to put out the flame that burns deep within your soul. Remain true to yourself, and have faith through it all.

No matter how defeated you may feel at times, never forget this art form… It is part of you. It IS you… Do you really want to let it all go?


I know that this post was significantly longer than my typical posts, but I just felt like the world needed to read this because these words have been lingering in my head for quite some time now. Too many people in my life have incredible talent, but they are quickly loosing their passion; I don’t ever want that to happen to me.

Photo credits: Richard Jean-Louis

“Don’t settle for less than you deserve.”

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I had to share this lovely post by RĂŞveuse. If you like this, be sure to stop by and like the original post before liking my re-blog. Thanks!

“Self-respect is about having the courage to stand up for yourself when you are being treated in a manner that is less than what you deserve.

People will give you as much respect as you give yourself. Self respect is everything.

Don’t lower your standards for anyone or anything. No relationship is ever worth sacrificing your dignity or self respect for.

Never compromise your values to please other people. Believe that you are worthy of being treated well.

When someone treats you like you are just one of many options, help them narrow their choice by removing yourself from the equation. Don’t give part-time people a full time position in your life. Know your value and what you have to offer, and never settle anything less than you deserve.”

Don’t settle for less than you deserve. — rêveuse

~Note: The photo attached is mine and was not featured in her post.

Enjoy the Ride

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“Life is a roller coaster. You can either scream every time you hit a bump or you can throw your hands up in the air and enjoy it.”

~Unknown

After a hectic road to get here, I am so pleased with how the performance turned out last night. I choreographed two separate dances within an incredibly short time span, and they both turned out so much better than I had ever imagined. I was faced with many challenges and issues that caused me to completely rework my initial vision, but I quickly recovered and my dancers pulled off an exceptional performance. I danced a few ballet variations and contemporary group pieces as well, and I am content with them. Of course, they were definitely not perfect, but it made me absolutely elated to have been approached by audience members after the show. It makes me so glad to know that they enjoyed witnessing my contribution to this beautiful art. I always remember how fortunate I am to dance under those lights, and I thank The Lord for giving me the opportunity and ability to do what I do.

Dance.

The Liebster Award

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I want to give a HUGE thank you to Lydia for nominating me for this awesome award. I love participating in these, because they are so fun and are a great way to discover new blogs!

~ Rules ~

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you for the award
  • Answer the questions they gave you
  • Give 11 fun facts about yourself
  • Give them 11 questions to answer
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award

~ Questions for Me ~

1- What’s one piece of advice you want to give to bloggers?

Enjoy the experience! Write when you are inspired, and read when you want to; don’t feel pressured or overwhelmed by any of this. Blogging is fun!

2- Pool or beach?

I would have to say pool, because I haven’t had much luck at the beach lately… I have been stung by a jellyfish and almost stepped on a sting ray. Aside from these freak encounters, I can’t stand the feeling of salt in my eyes (ouch)! The pool is definitely my peaceful place.

3- Do you paint your toenails?

No, because it doesn’t even last a week with dance. I paint my fingernails though!

4- What’s your favorite childhood book?

To be honest, I have absolutely no idea. I remember feeling so forced to read in school that I was so happy when I didn’t have a book in my hands… Even though I still have to read a lot in school, I have a deeper appreciation for it now than I did when I was younger.

If you were to write a book, what genre would it be?

I have always thought it would be cool to write an adventure novel.

If you could act in any movie, what character would you like to be?

Katniss in the Hunger Games. I absolutely love the strong character that she portrayed, and I think it would feel amazing to be that role model for young girls everywhere!

Who was your first blog follower?

My first ever blog follower was Jessica.

If you were to dye your hair, what color would you dye it?

I think I would probably do blonde highlights.

What’s your go-to outfit?

T-shirt and printed stretch pants any day.

Bracelets, necklaces, or earrings?

EARRINGS! I am obsessed with earrings…

Where do you see yourself in 11 years?

In 11 years, I (hopefully) see myself dancing as a soloist in a professional ballet company.

~11 Fun Facts About Me~

1: I have had my poetry published in a national poetry competition.

2: I have only met ONE person who has the same name as I do.

3: I have been bitten by a lizard.

4: I am starting my freshman year of college next year at 16 years old.

5: I had been home schooled since 7th grade.

6: I performed in the Moscow City Ballet Nutcracker.

7: I have just recently started reading the Harry Potter series (oof).

8: I am learning to speak French.

9: I have a lot of freckles

10: I love mangos

11: My favorite colors are Purple and Aquamarine

~I Nominate:~

Maddy, Zeta, Mark Anthony, Raf, Bekah, Coastal Twins, Didi, Ria, Brad, Maggie, and Kaycee

~Questions for Nominees~

1: If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

2: What is the story behind your blog name?

3: Do you have a summer goal? If so, what is it?

4: What are your top three song obsessions right now?

5: What stresses you out the most throughout the year?

6: What is your dream job?

7: How long have you been blogging?

8: Do you have a t.v series that you just can’t miss?

9: What is your favorite thing to do (other than blog)?

10: What inspired you to begin your blog?

11: Is there a quote that is special to you?


Wow, this is a very long post! Thank you, if you are still there, for reading. I have nominated 11 bloggers, but please feel free to participate if you are interested! I am excited to read your responses, but please don’t feel obligated to participate if you are not willing. This is just a fun award that goes around the blogging community to “discover new blogs”. Have fun, and be sure to post your response in the comments section so that I do not miss anything. Thanks and enjoy! 🙂