Celebrating The Small Things

Remember that one time I updated you on my life? And said how everything was on the ups? Fun fact about that, I got yet another peritonsillar abscess just one day after uploading Part 4 of that saga, and then had to schedule to get my tonsils out just two weeks later, oh the irony.

 

Some things I’ve realized now looking back at this summer is that nothing goes as planned, and being able to swallow without a care in the world is such an everyday luxury that I sure took for granted.

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Update On My Life: Part 4- Health Success & Chicago

June 17th-Present 

 

I’m sure you all have been just dying to know what happened there in the doctor’s office. Well folks this visit was a successful one and thank goodness for that! Though, please skip to the next paragraph if medical discussions make you queasy! I am sure you all thought I was going to get my tonsils out, but to your surprise, and quite frankly mine, I did not. Instead, the doctor numbed my tonsil, took a needle, and drained it. I know, gross. Though I didn’t feel instant relief from the pain, mentally I felt like the biggest weight had been lifted.

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Update On My Life: Part 3- Internship & Summertime Fun

June 6th-June 15th

 

Welcome my friends to Part 3, the part of my life where my summer actually begins! This summer I decided to take an internship in Old City working for an event planning company. No need to fear, I will explain this whole process very soon, but basically I chose to stay in Manayunk for the summer in order to do the internship in Old City, Philadelphia. To do this I simply (although moving is never simple) transferred my belongings over to my sisters humble abode in Manayunk as it is just her and I there for the summer.

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Update On My Life: Part 2- Summer Class & It Hurts to Swallow?

May 12th-June 5th

 

Here we are, Part 2 of my snippet of life. Quick recap of Part 1, I ended up leaving to go home to recover from my oh so painful strep throat. So did I end up not taking my finals you may ask? Unfortunately no. But, the Office of Student Success was very helpful in rescheduling my finals for when I felt better, which was much appreciated.

 

After my finals were done I spent about a week or so at home, and then packed up one more time to move back to school,

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Update On My Life: Part 1- Finals & Health

In the last month I have rescheduled finals, finished my first year in college, seen many doctors, taken a summer class, started an internship, and visited with friends old and new. May and June have been quite busy, but that’s what your youth is for, right? So, here is a look into a nineteen year olds life: the fun times, the rough times, and the in-between times that add up to a whole experience to just tally onto my life, enjoy!

 

May 3rd-11th

 

For every other college student at SJU this week meant Finals Week,

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Recovery Awareness Week

This week is Recovery Awareness Week hosted by The Flock and Peer Educators!

The Flock is a student run organization out of the Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education Office located in Campion 212. The Flock’s mission statement is below:

The mission of The Flock is to have an open and honest platform of communication on the topic of addiction and recovery. Our ultimate goal is to support our fellow students that are affect by addiction and to spread awareness within the student body at SJU.

The week of events kicked off last Friday with Leadership Lessons: How to Be Successful in Life and in Recovery featuring Doug Tieman,

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The Importance of Taking a Break

It’s officially April and life seems to be picking up pretty fast, not to mention the impending doom of finals just around the corner. One of the things I’ve discovered while trudging through the never-ending amount papers, projects, tests, and due dates that pile up towards the end of the semester is that it is absolutely vital to take breaks. I’m convinced that the only way to survive the rest of college, not to mention the ~real world~, is to take breaks from work and let yourself relax.

I don’t claim to be a doctor or have any actual knowledge on what your brain needs,

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Working out without going to the gym

When I came to college I stopped playing sports because I no longer had the time to dedicate to practices and to games. To make up for the lack of physical activity that I attempted to go to the gym a few times only to realize that it just wasn’t for me.

To be honest, I hate using the machines at the gym. They’re large, bulky, and anything that I have to pull down is difficult to use because I’m barely tall enough to reach anything (I’m only five feet tall). I prefer to use free weights so working out in my apartment saves me the trouble of having to travel back and forth between campus and my apartment just to get a little bit of exercise.

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Second Semester Mantras

The beginning of my second semester as a freshman I made a few goals; not resolutions to stop eating Campion cookies, but instead mantras to implement in my everyday life. Now the middle of the semester, I can happily say that all three of my mantras are in fact being met, and I believe that each has made a huge impact on my semester thus far.

 

Mantra comes from Sanskrit origin, with the prefix meaning mind, and the suffix meaning instrument. Therefore together, mantra means an instrument of the mind. These words or phrases are made by you in order to aid as a tool in order to bring psychological and/or spiritual power.

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Trying to eat healthy in the dining hall

I always say that I’m going to eat healthier, but this semester I decided that I really wanted to give it a try. It is not always easy but so far I have been doing pretty well. What I’ve realized is that my best option for a well-rounded meal (or as well rounded as it can get in a college dining hall) is to go to the Home Zone (between the Grill and Dessert stations if you don’t pay attention to the names). For example, a few weeks ago they were serving meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas, and roasted cauliflower. The cauliflower is surprisingly really good when it’s roasted,

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