Thursday, December 26, 2013

believe

believe

http://www.bubblews.com/news/1167735-i-believe-in-me
It's been almost a year since I got my first and only tattoo on my left shoulder saying "believe." When people ask me why I got it, I give them the Spark Notes version of it, not really bothering to get into my whole reasoning.  Partly because it's a loooong explanation and partly mostly because I sound so cheesy when I try to articulate it.  I think because of that, I've forgotten the true significance of it, especially this past semester when I got caught up in, well...life.  When I was worried about my future, or grades, or boys, or drama, and felt overwhelmed by it all, I used to ask myself: "What happened to the girl with the believe tattoo?"  This winter break has really given me the time to think and I've realized she's still here, baby.  


http://thepursuitofriches.com/2013
/11/10/day-26-them-goals/
Many people think I got my tattoo because I loved Justin Bieber.  I can't deny that part of my past- I did love the JB and I think I will always respect him as an artist.  However, it's not why I got my tattoo.  In fact, I got the idea for my tattoo my freshmen year of high school long before I even knew that beautiful falsetto voice of an angel.  I don't even want to know how young he was at that time. 


It actually started at a school event where we were asked to decorate a mirror based on how we perceived ourselves.  At that time, I was really into sports (okay...nothing has changed) so I picked a word that really resonated with me and my experiences with that.  I learned that without practice, hard work, and passion nothing can be achieved.  And I also learned that no matter how far behind you are, you can always come back and win it all- if you believe.  Started from the bottom, now we're here. See? Drake knew it.  The Biebs knew it.  We all know that anything is possible if you set                                                   your mind to it.  (I told you it would be cheesy.) 


Moving on.  As I placed those cutout letters on my mirror, I noticed that "live" was embedded in the word.  Some may call it dyslexia, I call it genius.  Ever since then, believe has been somewhat of my motto.  


http://happytoinspire.blogspot.com/2012/09/quote-of-day-create-highest-grandest.html

Believing in yourself, believing in others, believing in love, believing in miracles, believing that your hard work will earn you that A or your dream job. Believing in a higher being, believing that things will get better, believing that everything happens for a reason.


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It doesn't matter what you believe in. Whatever that is, gives you the opportunity to live.  Without the belief that you're making the world a better place with your talent, you give up something you absolutely love doing.  Once you do that, you deny yourself the chance to truly live. 

So that's why I got my tattoo.  To always remind myself and others that whatever life brings, you have to believe in something, anything.  It's on my left collarbone so it's always visible in the mirror and close to my heart. (Again with the cheese...)


Take this New Year as an opportunity to look over the things that really matter in your life- Is it friends? School? Your career? Music? Traveling? Taking ridiculously cute Instagram pics? (I don't judge.)  Make goals accordingly and take action.  Believe in an amazing life and I promise, it will come to you.  


Whew.  And that's the story behind it all.  Happy New Year everyone :) :) 



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

quiz: which celebrity would be your formal date?!

My first ever flowchart #LOL. Take this quiz to find out which celebrity would be your formal date! If only, if only...

If it's too small, you can save the image to your computer to view it better :) 


Monday, December 2, 2013

the eight best superfoods

With so many treats during the holiday season, it's easy to let your diet plummet. One sugar cookies leads to another...and another until you've realized you're closing to Santa-status. You could probably travel the world and eat all the cookies in one night too. 

One important trick to preventing these sugar cravings is eating the right foods to make sure you're full throughout the day so you don't reach for the first thing in sight as soon as your mouth starts to water. (Speaking of water, you should also drink lots of water to hydrate you
r body and prevent overeating!)

Incorporate these eight superfoods into your diet to ward off the urge to overindulge. They're delicious, keep you satisfiedand have many added benefits! Lucky for you, you don't have to give up all of your favorite holiday temptations- dark chocolate is on list :) 


Click on the images to get a closer look. 



With all these amazing foods to enjoy, it really is the most wonderful time of the year! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

a play-by-play of registering for classes

Check out my article on hercampus.com! It's about the crazy, emotional roller coaster of registering for classes. Had a similar experience?

http://www.hercampus.com/school/wisconsin/play-play-registering-classes


Thursday, November 14, 2013

an ode to no shave november

No Shave November in Haikus

It's said that haikus are a form of poetry that express natural beauty. I thought there was no better way to show my feelings for No Shave November in an eloquent, poetic way. For those of you who aren't familiar with this art form, the first and last lines are 5 syllables and the middle line is 7 syllables. So here it goes: 

A Gentle Reminder
Boys with beards are gross 
Shave it off right now or I'll
Punch you in the face

If you can't pull it off, please don't do the whole No Shave November thing. It makes you look like a caveman. If I'm feeling nostalgic, I'd rather whip out some old pictures, not look at a prehistoric creature. 



Waiting for the Day
No Shave November
The worst time of the year un-
less girls can partake 

As Americans we're promised equality and the pursuit of happiness so it's basically written in the Constitution that No Shave November should be acceptable for girls too. Unfortunately, girls are still expected to shave throughout this lovely month so guys just need to learn to suck it up. 





Change of Heart 
Ignore what I said
It's not so bad anymore 

After looking at these pics, it's clear that NSN isn't so bad after all. It's really starting to grow on me...get it?! Grow?


...So who's your favorite? Comment below!

    Chris Hemsworth

                                                                    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/chris_hemsworth/ 

Chase Crawford


David Beckham


James Franco


Ryan Reynolds




Tuesday, November 12, 2013

telltale signs you've been single for a while

So I may or may not have gained inspiration from my life and my friends' lives when writing this article...



But the good news is that being single means that you're just too unbelievably good looking. I like the sound of that. 


Friday, November 1, 2013

the many things that are greater than midterms

School is important, don't get me wrong but sometimes you have to loosen up a little- especially when shake weights, Chipotle and Ellen DeGeneres are involved. 

Last Monday night, the Ellen DeGeneres show took over the 600th block of State Street in Madison, where they held a costume contest. Ellen tweeted earlier that day, inviting people to be dress up in their craziest costumes and be ready to go by 4 p.m. Hold the phone. First off, I love Ellen; she's hilarious. Second off, I love going to stuff like that because it gives me inherent bragging rights. What did you do today? Class? Psh, I was on the Ellen Show. I'm so there. 

Buuuuut I was drowning in midterms. As in floundering at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean amid a herd of angry great white sharks. Basically, I couldn't go because I had to study. 

So I packed up my backpack, coffee in hand, and walked to the library. Too bad the taping just so happened to be conveniently on the way. WAT UP ELLEN?! 

It was crazy though, people dressed up as shrubs, aliens, vampires, Transformers- you name it. 



People with the best costumes were picked to appear on the show. Among the finalists was Dwight (from The Office), Earth Wind and Fire, an awkward family photo, crew members of the Ellen Show and a guy in Ellen underwear. From there, they were challenged to find the most creative thing to wrap up in tin foil like a burrito. In case you missed it on TV, here's what they came up with. The winner received $10,000! Unreal. 




If it wasn't cool enough to be on national television (even if I was a just a dot on the screen, I made the cut) Chipotle just came out with sofritas aka tofu!!! Chipotle, you've done it again! I love you. 

Let's cut to the chase here. School should be a component to your life but it shouldn't take over your whole life. So when the opportunity knocks to dress up on national television and win $10,000- take it. When you're feeling in a slum because of school, step back and remember that life isn't so bad- Chipotle now has tofu! Most importantly, the experiences and friendships in college are much more worth-while than one crummy grade on a midterm. 





Friday, October 4, 2013

The Top 10 Hottest Majors for Guys

While casually perusing Facebook, something caught my eye. A diamond in the rough. The Top 10 Majors with the Hottest Girls brought to you by none other than Total Frat Move. While skipping through their slideshow, my heart started racing with excitement after I got to number three, knowing that the number one spot was within reach. "Come on journalism, pull through for me," I thought. "I'm not paying thousands of dollars not the be the hottest major." (Totally kidding BTW. Stay in school kids, regardless if you're the hottest or not.) 

YES! Journalism for the win! My face immediately lit up and a sense of pride enraged through my veins.

...Until I realized, who cares if I'm in the hottest major for girls? WHY am I not in the hottest major for guys?! Talk about a good couple grand spent right there, showing up to class next to Mr. Beautiful and Price Charming. Study sesh anyone?! 

Alright, again I'm kidding. But here's a list in response to the one by TFM. The Top 10 Hottest Majors for Guys. Freshmen- take note. 

10. Criminal Justice- Starting off the list is criminal justice. Why? Think the scene in Magic Mike with the firefighters. Actually you don't even need a degree to become a firefighter. So let's just hope the guys look just as good in a cop uniform...


9. Communication Arts- There's a lot of guys who have big dreams and aspirations of making in it in Hollywood as a producer. There are three benefits to that: 1) they're a going to be a producer meaning you could be famous and 2) they'd be invited to the hottest parties so you could be his plus one and 3) he'll eventually have a mansion in the Hills. And how do most Rom Coms end? Happily ever after <3 <3 

8. Foreign Language- A man who knows different languages must love to travel. You could venture across Europe or explore South America. Who knows where you'll end up. But who cares? He'll be reciting sweet lullabies to you in a different language...that you may or may not understand. Bonus points if he has an accent. 

7. Marketing- MMMMMMM Men in marketing in the Business School. Yes please. 

6. Kineseology- Chances are this guy has a killer bod. But he probably needs a little help in developing his professional skills. Massages anyone?! 

5. Political Science- These guys have strong opinions and stick to em. So they're perfect for getting into a heated debate with which can spice things up a little. It's so annoying when guys agree with everything that you say anyway. Wait...and they're going to law school too? Life is good. 

4. ROTC- This isn't even a major but it deserves to be on the list. Gotta love a man in uniform ;) 



3. Pre-Med- Again, not an actual major but if he's gonna be a doctor..........MARRY ME DR. MCDREAMY. 



2. Engineering- I don't know what it is, but there's just something about guys in engineering. They're smart, dedicated and can fix just about anything. Even a broken heart ;) 

1. BUSINESS- HELLOOOOOO MEN IN SUITS. YOU ARE PERFECT. DO MY FINANCES. $$$$$$$$$$$ K BYE. 

When in doubt, boys, follow the wise words of Barney from How I Met Your Mother and


Seriously though. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

(healthy) celebrity diet tricks

Always in the spotlight, celebrities are faced with the constant pressure of looking good. Often times, this can lead to unhealthy behavior by the celebrities themselves or by the people idolizing them. On the other hand, there can be some tricks that we can learn from the stars. After all, they most likely have personal trainers telling them exactly what to do to achieve a body of a god/goddess. Before we begin, let me clear one thing up. If someone tells you their diet trick is to eat whatever they want, whenever they want, they're either 1) lying or 2) on the fast-track to diabetes. Some people are blessed with an insanely fast metabolism, but just because they're skinny doesn't mean they're healthy. By the way, if you're one of those people, 97% of the population probably hates you, and by that I mean absolutely envies you. 


James Franco: 
Clearly this kid is doing something right. 


His trick- no carbs after 3 p.m. 
The logic- although heavily debated, it's a common fitness rule not to eat carbs at night because it's thought to turn into fat more easily. Whether that's true or not, one thing is true- excess energy will be stored in the body as fat. If you're someone who doesn't do much after dinner time, limit your caloric intake to balance that out. There's a saying: For breakfast, eat like a king; for lunch, like a prince; and for dinner, eat like a pauper. For the most part, it's better to eat more calories earlier in the day so your body can have time to use them for energy. Plus, research has shown that carbs can activate the same pleasure centers in the brain as certain drugs, making carbs "addictive." If you suffer from the late-night munchies, aim for something that doesn't leave you craving for more. 

Meryl Streep
She is sixty-four years old. Not joking. 


Her trick- limit alcohol intake
The logic- many times, we forget alcohol has calories, kind of like how calories "don't count" on your birthday...or Christmas...or Thanksgiving...or your friend's mom's grandma's birthday...
Yes, this world is a cruel place where you can't ever escape calories. Try to keep the drinking to a minimum so you're not tacking on hundreds of calories to an otherwise healthy day. Drinking excessively also causes dehydration and messes with the blood sugar levels in the body, both of which cause hunger. If you're the type of person who gets the "drunchies" (aka Qdoba at 2 AM) it'd definitely be in your favor to stick to only a couple drinks per night.  

Rihanna: 


Her trick- focus on eating healthy and exercising, not losing weight
The logic- if our main goal is to lose weight, it's easy to become discouraged if we don't see immediate results. Toning up takes time, and even after we see results, it's important to maintain the healthy habits rather than overindulging after we achieve our goal. Health is an ongoing process. 

Beyonce: 

Her trick- drink plenty of water...with chicken or vegetable broth
The logic- It's Beyonce, she doesn't need logic. For real though, you've heard it before, drinking water makes you feel fuller. To give your water an extra kick, follow Queen B's lead and add a little something. 

Drew Barrymore: 


Her trick- never put something off limits
The logic- once you tell yourself something is off limits, the more appealing it will become. If you tell yourself that you can't have that piece of cake, you'll crave it even more and will most likely overindulge later. Instead, limit the amount that you eat. Aim to eat smaller portions of desserts to be careful not to trump your healthy efforts. 

Ryan Gosling: 

Hey girl...you look good eating those Omega 3 Fatty Acids. 

His trick- eat Omega 3's
The logic- Omega 3's are a healthy source of fat which can be found in fish, nuts, and eggs, among other foods. These fatty acids decrease the amounts of lipids (fat) in your bloodstream. What could be better? Uhh...Ryan Gosling. 







Saturday, September 14, 2013

a healthy outlook on life

I found this great article and thought I should share. Too often, we tell ourselves we will be happy when something happens- when we get a raise, when we get a boyfriend, when we ace a test, when we buy a new outfit, etc. Instead we need to realize that we have everything we need and more to be happy right now. 




http://beyoumediagroup.com/2013/09/07/how-to-get-flat-abs-have-amazing-sex-and-rule-the-world-in-8-easy-steps/

Thursday, September 5, 2013

5 Things You Learn from Sorority Recruitment

It's almost that wonderful time of year once again- Bid Day, where hundreds of girls parade through the streets to their new home, welcomed by their overly excited sisters who went through this same process a year or two ago. The active members are ecstatic to greet their  amazing, adorable, potential littles, and say farewell to hours and hours of hard preparation.



Contrary to popular belief, sorority recruitment is hard work. Active members have to sing, clap, and scream simultaneously while flashing smiles that trump Julia Roberts' for at least two eight-hour days and then continue to talk to potential new members without breaking a sweat (literally and figuratively). And that's followed by a full week of practice. After going through the other side of recruitment, sorority girls develop so many more skills besides flawlessly walking in wedges and mastering the art of small talk; they can do just about anything. Just look at Elle Woods (post Harvard)! Or Tory Burch...or Carrie Underwood...or Katie Couric...


1. Rock any interview
After talking to hundreds of girls during recruitment, sorority girls know how to talk to just about anyone. Better yet, they can answer any question someone fires their way quickly and eloquently. They learn to exude confidence and positivity. Members are pros at turning any negatives into positives, which is crucial to nailing any interview and snagging the job. For example, someone might ask:

"You have to go to Chapter every week?" 

And someone would answer: 

"Yes. It's a great way to catch up with your sisters and learn about important information and fun, upcoming events! Plus you get dinner. Have you heard about our amazing chef?" 

Smooth. 

2. Market your way to the top
Sorority girls are possibly the greatest marketers and sellers. They have to convince each and every girl that goes through recruitment that their sorority is the best thing since...America. They know exactly what to say to put themselves and their sorority in the brightest light. They can promote their events, philanthropy, house, and sisterhood in their sleep. In this day and age, it's critical to know how to market one's business and oneself. 

3. Connect with anyone
During recruitment, you're bound to run into people who don't want to be there. Maybe they're tired, they already have their heart set on a different Chapter, or they already decided sorority life isn't in their stars. Regardless, members still have to talk to them- and like it (or at least pretend to). Similarity, if a member has to talk to someone who shares nothing in common with them, they still have to make the conversation flow smoothly and relate somehow. This is definitely not an easy task, especially when it comes to the end of the day when everyone is exhausted. However, in life, it's important to be able to connect with anyone no matter how different they are. You won't always like your coworkers or in-laws or professors but you still have to learn to make things work, and the easiest way to do that is to be personable. 

4. Think on your feet 
When it comes to tricky situations, sorority girls are masterminds. Even with countless hours of planning and preparations, something is bound to go wrong during recruitment. Luckily, sorority girls know how to handle the situation and exercise their problem-solving skills quickly and calmly. Additionally, they understand that problems aren't the end of the world- they're a chance to grow which is also true in life. On a daily basis, you'll be faced with situations in which you have to come up with the most effective and logical solution, without getting too torn up about things going wrong in the first place.

5. Work as a team 
Last but not least, recruitment teaches the importance of working as a team. A sorority is only as strong as their weakest link, or as cheerful as their smallest smile, or as loud as their quietest clap. If one person isn't giving 100% it brings the whole team down. To be successful, its necessary to be able to motivate everyone and get them on the same page. Everyone needs to work together to make sure everything is going smoothly and must be willing to help out when needed. Another important aspect of working as a team is being knowledgable of one another. Knowing people's strengths, weaknesses, interests, and dislikes can be invaluable. Plus, being aware of what your sisters/"teammates" are up to shows the potential new members that you actually care about one another. Being able to work as a team stretches far past life in a sorority- it can be applicable in sports, in school, in work, and in relationships. 

So is giving up two weeks of summer for recruitment worth it? Absolutely. 


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

the 5/2 diet

Ahh, a new school year. Here's to a fresh start and new beginnings. As of this moment your grades are perfect, and you can't wait to get started making amazing memories with your recently reunited crew. This is your year, jam-packed with fun and good fortune. Not to mention you could be a stone lighter. 

What's a stone? It's British for fourteen pounds! (I used that because you're gonna be more cultured and sophisticated this year. Just kidding, the health journalist Michael Mosley who developed this fad is from England so I copied him.)


The trick? Fasting. I know, it sounds obvious right? Bear with me; there's more than meets the eye. The 5/2 Diet includes intermittent fasting, meaning you eat normally for five days of the week, and fast for two days. On the fasting days, you cut your caloric intake by 1/4. Women should consume only 500 calories, and men 600. By following The 5/2 Diet, also known as The Fast Diet, you can lose up to one pound per week. It's only two days- forty-eight hours- of fasting! You can do it! 

After going into an annual physical, Mosley was told he was diabetic and his cholesterol levels were too high. As a result, he tried intermittent fasting and eventually developed the 5/2 approach. After just three months, he lost 19 pounds (about a stone!) and his blood levels were back on track (3). 


And if that isn't amazing enough, studies have revealed that those who use this approach lose more weight than people who restrict calories daily. So even if you restrict your caloric intake by about 400 calories per day to equal a 3,000 calorie deficiency per week, you still won't lose as much weight (or reap the added benefits) as those doing intermittent fasting who also cut out about 3,000 calories per week. You're also much more likely to stick to this method than daily dieting because you're technically only restricted on two days. That being said, you still have to be mindful of what you are eating on your non fasting days and don't go overboard. 

Benefits: Besides toning up and losing those extra lbs. there are many health benefits associated with the 5/2 Diet. 
  • Increased alertness: Because your body isn't constantly weighed down by food, you'll enjoy being more alert and in-tune with your other senses. Peeerfect! You'll finally be able to pay attention to the professor without constantly checking your Twitter, Facebook, email, Instagram, Pintrest, Wanelo, Snapchat...In addition, people reported feeling more energetic and awake. 
  • Greater sensitivity to insulin: This is exactly what you want in order to lose weight. Contrary to what most people believe, losing weight is not just up to what you eat- it's about your hormones. According to the Mayo Clinic, "insulin is the hormone that regulates the absorption of sugar or glucose" (1). Basically, you don't want to be insulin resistant or your body will store extra calories as fat and not be able to properly regulate glucose levels in the blood. With more constant blood sugar levels, you will have less hunger pangs. 
  • Better sleep: Your eating pattern can disrupt your sleep. By fasting, you can essentially reset your body into it's proper sleeping cycle which means better sleep for you. Getting a good night's sleep is also linked to less cravings of high fat and sugary foods. It's a win-win. 
  • Greater control: Michael Mosley, the creator of the 5/2 Diet, reports on non-fasting days, he experiences greater control over his eating. You're less likely to binge because intermittent fasting makes you more aware of your body and when you're actually hungry.
  • Live longer: That's right- this is the secret to youth. There's evidence that less calories, and more nutrients leads to higher life expectancy. This again has something to do with your hormones, in particular a growth hormone called IGF-1, which "triggers repair and recovery at a cellular level." (2)


So what do you think? Will you try it? 

Note: There is not enough research backing up the 5/2 Diet to show prolonged effects. If you do decide to try it, consult your physician to avoid any possible side effects. 


Sources: 


Monday, August 12, 2013

A Sorority Spa-Cation

Between rush, class, football games, formal, and socials, it seems like there's always an occasion to dress up and look cute. With your painted nails, hair bows, and lipstick secured, you're only missing one more thing- smooth, sexy legs. That means "No Shave Novemberis not in the cards for you this year.



They say that beauty is pain, but beauty is also hard work. Sometimes, you want to just sit back and relax for once! 

As always, I have a solution. Call me your fairy godmother. 



Crowdtap and Veet have partnered up to create a program specifically for sorority women called "A Sorority Spa-cation", where hosts will be chosen at different universities across the country and will receive free products from Veet that they can test out. This includes anything from wax strips to hair removal creams, plus products like homemade lip scrubs and chalkboard nail polish. Think about it- you won't have to ever shave again so no razor bumps or gashes in the leg. And you won't have to plan out when you'll shave in order to get optimal smoothness for semi- you'll always have smooth skin...and kissable lips to match! 




Once you're a host, all you have to do is invite your friends to check out
Veet's amazing beauty products and then report back to Crowdtap with their thoughts. P.S. Being a campus advocate is always a good resume-booster.
 If you want to become a Veet Vixen and want to experience that feeling of "getting away" after a rejuvenating visit from the spa you can visit this website: 




So let's back up for a sec. What is Crowdtap? It's a website that allows you to engage with the brands you want and share your experiences with their products. You're given challenges to complete and then given rewards for your efforts. Again, free stuff. Check it out here

Who says every day can't be a vacation? Taking a spa day every day is nothing to be ashamed about. Especially if you're looking good while doing it. And getting free stuff. And hanging out with friends. And building your resume. So where will your 
spa-cation take you? 

Just be sure to be back in time for Chapter, philanthropies, and Homecoming! 


Saturday, August 10, 2013

sail

a ship in the port is safe,
                                   but that's not what ships                                   are built for 


You were made for more, now go do it! 

What will you do today that will put you outside of your comfort zone? 


Friday, August 9, 2013

the hills alternate ending!

My life is complete!!!! MTV finally released the alternate ending to The Hills. For a little background, The Hills has been the only TV show that I've ever religiously watched. As a little-ish girl growing up, I wanted to be just like LC and Audrina so I'd tune in every Monday to follow their lives. Those were the days. 




When the show finally ended, I was heartbroken 1) because it was over, obviously and 2) because it ended with someone yelling "cut" and the camera slowly zooming out showing the set and revealing that it was all fake! Low blow, MTV, low blow. 



After the finale aired, Brody dished: "This ending was perfect because you still don't know what was real, what was fake and it's kind of like L.A. in a sense. I thought it was very clever, and I was happy with it."

Very insightful, Mr. Jenner. 

After many years a couple days, I  finally recovered. But there was always a part of me that just couldn't accept how it all ended- Kristin and Brody saying their goodbyes as Kristin leaves to go to Europe. 

Come onnnn. 




But MTV has finally released the alternate ending and it couldn't be any more perfect! After saying his final words to Kristin, Brody returns back to his apartment. And who's on his couch you ask? None other but LC. For years, Brody and Lauren have cycled between being "just friends" and together. Who wasn't rooting for them? Kristin can't just sweep in and steal the guy again. Team Brody and Lauren. The world is finally right. 

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the alternate ending here: 

http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/945137/the-hills-season-6-ep-12-alternate-ending.jhtml#id=1712087




how to quit your job the right way

As the school year quickly approaches, its finally time to say peace out to your summer job. Its important to leave on good terms though- you'll never know when you'll need a reference for the future. As tempting as it is to make a dramatic exit worthy of the movies and call it quits right on the spot- or is it just me?!- follow these steps to make good lasting impression as you move on to bigger and better jobs. 


Give your employer at least two weeks notice

In the professional world, its pretty standard to give employers two weeks notice before your last day. Make sure you specify exactly when your last day will be to avoid confusion. Its always nice if you actually type up a two weeks notice that specifies your last day. Be sure to include a thank you for everything this job has taught you. Even if you didn't learn anything and hated every second of it, make it up! Its better to be polite, than bash a potential reference. Plus in future interviews for jobs, they'll most likely ask you about your experiences at this job now. It looks really bad if you say negative things about past employers so its better to come up with amo now, than to accidentally catch a case of word-vomit during an interview. 

Stand your ground

Easier said than done. My name is synonymous with pushover when it comes to jobs. If someone asks me to work an extra 10 hours for them, I do it. I'm like a yes-man when it comes to jobs. But when quitting, you have to be able to stand your round and tell your boss/manager that you need to quit- no questions asked. Even if they beg you to stay, or tell you that they can work around your schedule, stick to your original plan and don't back down. Do what's best for you. Don't be afraid to tell them you're quitting if its truly in your best interest to quit. Obviously you weren't in it for the long haul. I don't think any of you were looking to make a career out of painting houses, scooping ice cream, or baging groceries right? 

Be confident 

This kinda goes along with the previous, but managers are like dogs- they can smell fear. Idk actually I just made that up. But if you go up to them shaking and cant even make eye contact with them your argument will be much less convincing. Delivery is key. Its much better to say something like "hey, I've been thinking a lot about my upcoming responsibilities during the school year and don't think its realistic to continue working here. It would be unfair for me to make a commitment to you that I know I won't be able to uphold, so I think its best for me to put in my two weeks now." Instead of mumbling something random out of nervousness. Or my personal favorite, saying "hey, I need to talk to you about something...I um...like your shoes?"  Yes, you got it- that happened to me once. Guilty as charged.  Avoid awkward encounters and just get it over with by knowing what you're going to say beforehand and being confident about it. No need to be scared! You'll feel much more relieved when you finalllyyy got the nerve to tell em whats up. 


Just pretend like you're Queen B if you need a confidence boost. 


Don't bad-mouth 
Don't talk back to your manager or boss and don't talk about them behind their backs. It'll probably come back to haunt you, so why not play it safe? You have two weeks left; I think you can handle it. 

Keep smiling til the very end 
You wanna end on a good note. You want your coworkers to remember you in a positive light. Whenever I get a new job, I'm always told stories about "that girl" who used to work there that was just horrible, snotty, crazy, etc. Don't be that girl. Be the girl who's smiling til the very second she leaves those doors. Then



RUN FOR THE HILLS YOU'RE FREE!!!! ...Until next year