5 Ways to Make Your Senior Year Easier

     I know that the thought of doing any type of Back to School post right now seems absolutely ridiculous given that this school year isn’t even out for most high schoolers yet, but in advising some of my friends who are current high school juniors on how to set themselves up for a smooth senior year, I realized this post needed to happen now because there’s so much you can do before this school year is even out to make your senior year so much less stressful.  Today I’m sharing five ways to make your senior year easier, especially if you’re planning to go to college in following year.  My hope is that these bits of my own experience will set you up not only for a year of success but also ample opportunities to actually soak in all of your lasts.  Enjoy!

  1. Write your basic college application essay while you’re still in an academic mindset. – This time last year, right after my AP English Language & Composition exam, my AP English teacher told us that if we wanted to write our college application essay in response to the Common Application’s (you’ll see my refer to the Common Application as “Common App” throughout this post because that’s how most applying students refer to them, just a heads up) prompts then, she would review it for us and give us extra credit for it.  Many of my peers passed on the opportunity because hey, it was the end of the year and we were done.  My teacher made a good point that we wouldn’t want to write the essay over the summer and by the time August or September rolled around and we began applying to colleges, our writing abilities would have deteriorated a bit in comparison to what they were at the end of a year in AP English.  I promise you that this fall every English teacher you’ve ever had will be flooded with college application essays to review as “favors” for past or current students, but if you write it now and have your current teacher proofread it for you he/she’ll be able to take more time looking at it and will recognize and respect your drive to get it done this early!  Even if your teacher isn’t offering you extra credit to write the essay now, I can’t stress enough how nice it is to have this essay out of the way before the summer even begins.  What a relief of stress!  The prompts are here, if you’re interested.  They’re keeping the prompts the same as last year and I think several of them were great options and allowed for a lot of flexibility for every individual with varying interests and strengths.  I wrote for prompt #1, any guesses on what my special interest that my application would’ve been incomplete without?
  2. Start your Common App now. – After my English teacher opened up my mind to writing my Common App essay early, I realized I was also able to complete much of my actaul Common App on my own in May.  I will say, there is a lot you might not know how to answer on your own without a parent, but there’s also a lot of basic information (i.e. all of your high school courses, your GPA, and your extracurriculars) that you’re completely capable of self-reporting in your abundant free time following AP exams.  Getting as much as you can done now will deduct hours from the amount of time you spend on college applications in the late summer and fall.
  3. Brainstorm a list of colleges you’re remotely interested in. – I plan to do another post later on going in depth on how I’d recommend you go about formulating this list and narrowing down to a decision, but for now let me just say it’s really important for you to have some idea of where you want to go.  Find schools that have programs for what you’re interested then think about whether you want to get out of state or stay in state (also consider which option is practical for you financially), go to a small school or big school, live in a big city or college town, etc.  Just make a list!  I promise it’s not that hard, the list can be as long or as short as you want it to be and you can narrow it down later.
  4. Start talking to your parents about touring colleges this summer. – I cannot stress this enough, you cannot pick a college without touring it.  I was 100% set on a school for two entire years of high school, but after touring it I realized it just wasn’t for me.  Then I toured my backup school and realized it was way too big, even though I thought I’d love a big school in a big city.  Baylor wasn’t even a school I was genuinely interested in before I toured it, it was just on my list of possibilities, but as I was touring I realized it was my dream school.  Talk to your parents about making trips to tour at least some of the schools you’re interested in this summer so you can avoid missing days of AP classes and stressing over whether or not your “dream school” is actually what you wanted when this fall rolls around.
  5. Curate your resume. – One optional thing that has the potentially to really impress colleges is a resume.  While the thought of creating your own resume as a high schooler might sound incredibly intimidating, I promise you it’s not as hard as it sounds, especially if you get started now with plenty of time to ask parents, college-aged friends, and other mentors for help.  Here’s an example I found on Pinterest that’s super similar to the one I used as a model for mine last year!

Thanks for reading, I hope you found this advice helpful!  I hope you have a great end to your junior year!  I’m so excited for what the eventful year to come has in store for all of you rising seniors!  Be on the lookout for more senior year and college decision advice posts to come!

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A Look into My Senior Photos

     Y’all.  I graduate in sixteen days.  SIXTEEN DAYS!  Despite all the late nights and long days that made it feel like high school would never end, I feel like I should still be a freshman (that was my favorite year, after all).  Anyways, with graduation comes graduation announcements, which means senior photos.  I had my grandmother (a mostly-retired independent professional photographer) take my senior photos while I was in Texas for spring break, and I absolutely love how they turned out!  Today I’m sharing a few of my favorites with y’all, all unedited!  Enjoy!

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     One reason why I specifically wanted my senior photos taken in Texas (aside from my family ties and adoration for the state) was my obsession with the gorgeous bluebonnets!    These flowers bloom all over the place in Texas every spring and I hadn’t seen them in person in ages.  Aren’t they just the prettiest?

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     I only wore two outfits for my photos, one with a white J.Crew tank and jeans and another with a Baylor tee shirt!  Y’all know I love the simplicity of a white shirt, and I adore the ruffles on this one!  This tank is actually a couple seasons old, but white tanks aren’t hard to find and are perfect for simple and elegant photos like these.  I kept my accessories pretty simple (I actually took off my friendship bracelets for once).

Thanks for reading!

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A Scarf Made for Spring

     Small scarves have been one of my absolute favorite trends over the past several months.  After I saw one of my YoungLife leaders wear one in her hair, I became obsessed and quickly began purchasing them for myself (a lot of my favorites are from Madewell!).  I’ve loved styling these little scarves in my hair, around my neck, on my bags, and on my wrists, and I always keep an eye out for any potential additions to my fast-growing collection.  When I heard that Jadelynn Brooke’s accessory line 3 Happy Hooligans was beginning to carry scarves, I was ecstatic.  As most of you know, I’ve been an ambassador for Jadelynn Brooke for about three years now, and I couldn’t have been more excited to see how adorable these scarves would be given what I already knew about the beauty and quality of Jadelynn Brooke’s other products.  Jadelynn Brooke has truly outdone themselves with these scarves, and today I’m styling my scarf (in the print “Coral Floral”) for y’all!  Enjoy!

     When it comes to matching an accessory as bright and fun as this Jadelynn Brooke scarf, you have to keep it simple.  For my shirt, I opted for a simple white structured Gap tee with a delicate quilted pattern, which I recently picked up at my local thrift store.  I thought my flare jeans would contribute to the 70s vibe that the scarf set for the outfit and I chose my gold Jack Rogers sandals to match.  I kept my accessories (besides the scarf) to a minimum, with silver hoops, a couple simple bracelets and rings, and my Freestyle Shark watch.  One word of advice when styling this scarf – I’ve noticed this scarf is a little larger than the scarves I’ve acquired from Madewell, so I’d advise you to wrap the scarf around your neck twice before actually tieing it in order to make things a little easier.

top (similar) // flare jeans // scarf (get 15% off with my code FLSHS16!) // sandals // earrings //  watch // MantraBand // cross bracelet // personalized beaded bracelet // rose gold ring // silver moon ring

Thanks for reading!  Seriously, go do yourself a favor and go look at these scarves!  Yoou won’t regret it.

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I received the scarf from Jadelynn Brooke as well as the bracelet from Moodz & Vibes in exchange for promotion on my blog and Instagram.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!  My blog contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn commission from your purchase of the products mentioned.

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     Long time no outfit post!  I’m so sorry for my frequent hiatuses this school year, I don’t really have a real excuse except that senior year is weird.  Between my four AP classes, lacrosse season, YoungLife things, work, and frequent senior events, my free time is sparse and I’ve spent most of it doing stress-relieving things like hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, reading, and making friendship bracelets (sorry, blogging is a little stressful).  Now that we’ve gotten that little moment of honesty out of the way, I’m hoping (fingers crossed) that I’ll be back to blogging for good.  Today I’m sharing an outfit from my recent spring break trip to Texas.  Enjoy!

     I purchased this top from Madewell on super sale back in January and I was so excited to finally be somewhere warm enough to wear it!  I love the pretty pinks, reds, and corals in the hemline embroidery and I just think it’s so perfect for spring.  I paired the fun white shirt with a basic pair of dark wash Old Navy skinny jeans and gold Jack Rogers sandals.  I kept my accessories somewhat simple (excluding my excessive friendship bracelets) with some white Kendra Scott earrings and the matching necklace.

top (similar) // jeans // sandals // earrings (currently on sale under $50!) // necklace // watch // MantraBand // cross bracelet // personalized beaded bracelet // rose gold ring // silver moon ring

Thanks for reading!

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I received the bracelet from Moodz & Vibes in exchange for promotion on my blog and Instagram.  However, all opinions are honest and my own.  I don’t feature products I don’t truly love!  My blog contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn commission from your purchase of the products mentioned.  My blog contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn commission from your purchase of the products mentioned.

April Playlist 2019

     Y’all, it has been way too long since I last shared a playlist with you!  I consider blogging to be sharing a little bit of my life with you, and doing it so little lately has broken my heart.  If you know me personally you know that I love sharing music with my friends and family, and I feel the same way about y’all!  Today’s post is my April playlist, and I just can’t wait to hear what you think of these songs.  To give you a little rundown, “Ivy,” “Beloved,” “Fade Away [Live],” and “Sunday Morning” have been my most played as of late.  Enjoy!

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Tap on the name of a song below to listen to it on YouTube!

Ivy // Fade Away [Live] // Letting Go // Beloved // 3:15 // Saturday Nights // Something Real // Sunday Morning // Talia // Drama // You’ll Always Be My Girl // Goodnight N Go // Sleepyhead // Seasons // Bad, Bad, Bad

Thanks for reading!  I’d love to know what you’re listening to right now, I’m always looking for new music!

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A Good Kind of Black and Blue

     Typically the phrase “black and blue” refers to bruises or perhaps emotional scarring, but how often have you thought of it as a color combination?  Today’s ensemble combines a pretty pale blue top with some edgier black ripped jeans for a cool, chic look. Enjoy!

     If you know me personally you know I’m an online shopping addict (that’s why I’m giving it up for Lent!  More on that here).  I’m on far too many brands’ email lists and I simply can’t resist a good sale.  Lucky for me, when I purchased this adorable light blue faux wrap top from J.Crew, it was marked down to under $20, so the damage wasn’t too bad.  For this look, I paired the delicate blue top with a pair of black raw hem ripped jeans from Old Navy.  I opted for some simple black Vans to match that somewhat “edgy” feel for lack of better words.  To bring a little extra dose of chic, I wore one of my current favorite pairs of statement earrings (from Etsy!) which resemble some glitzy angel wings along with my simple asymmetrical initial necklace from Anthropologie.  I’ll let you in on a little secret – those earrings look pretty expensive if you ask me, but they’re only $25!

top // black jeans // sneakers // earrings // necklace // watch // MantraBand // cross bracelet // rose gold ring // gold stacked rings

Thanks for reading!

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