Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ART SUPPLY GIVEWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED! // Giveaway // LizzVisions


Hello everyone! The winner of my giveaway has been selected!

And the winner is...Anto! Congrats Anto! I'll be sending you an email to contact you about receiving your prize.

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Thank you everyone who participated! Follow my blog to know about more giveaways, I'll be doing another one soon! :]

Saturday, September 20, 2014

5 Things I Learned My First Semester Of Community College // TIPS + ADVICE


School is now in session! As our backpacks and tote bags start to feel the ever present weight of textbooks and binders I thought now would be the perfect time to share some recent revelations from situations that affected me my first semester. Read on for my tips and advice!

1. Don't believe the hype.
When I first started community college I was really disappointed because going to community college didn't fit in with the (somewhat ambiguous) expectations I had from high school. As an Honors student in high school everyone goes on about how crappy community college is, how it is for slackers, etc. I thought when I graduated I would go to some fabulous school out of state, be an art major, live in a dorm and have a grand old time.

When that didn't happen my first semester grades shrunk and so did my self esteem. I let other people's ideas of what my future should be influence my attitude about my current situation. I wasn't making the best of what I had at the moment. What I learned was that you can't let other people's opinions give you preconceived notions about your situation. Which goes into my next point...

2. Form your own opinion.
I've learned over the years that everyone's situation is different. Maybe there is a class you want to take but everyone else says the professor is mean and the course load is boring. You can't just go off of what other people say.

Everyone else's most hated teacher, professor or librarian isn't always going to be your most hated. In my case, the people who turned out being my favorite and most influential to me were the ones who were downplayed. To paraphrase editor Mikki Taylor, "Don't allow people to give you untested advice." Find out what works for you. 

3. Don't be intimidated.
I've said before that sometimes I can fall victim to "analysis paralysis". At a new school everything seems scary to me. The syllabus seems scary, the people in the class seem scary, the teacher seems scary, etc. (What can I say? I get scared easily...) I've learned that in order to succeed you need to push past the fear. Once you start doing something, whether it be a research paper or learning to drive, it does get better. Maybe not always easier, but always better.

Also, you don't need to be intimidated by your classmates or professors. Everyone is human. Breathe, smile, speak to everyone on a respectful level and you'll be fine.

4. Communication is key.
If you're having trouble with school work, try talking to your professor. I've solved so many of the problems I was having with my course work by simply emailing the professor.

Email your professor before or after school or try to get help from a tutor. Sometimes all you need is to just spend an extra hour in the books. One of the greatest resources at my school is the academic support center where students can get help from tutors for free. There are lot's of nice people who are there to help you understand things, like the meaning of life. And if the meaning of life is still escaping you, they can explain algebra just fine. Speaking of time...

5. Manage your time.
If you have a laptop, the calendar is your friend. My first semester of college I was pretty scattered with my work. I would write assignments down in different places and lose track of what was due. I almost missed a midterm because I didn't write the date and time down correctly!

I recommend making a list of your assignments, reading your syllabuses and putting all the important dates in your calendar ahead of time. The notifications pop up on your computer screen in timed intervals so you don't forget your work while you're surfing the web. Once I started using my Macbook calendar, it really helped me keep up with my work. (Lo and behold, notifications are good for something!)

So there you have it, my tips and advice! Hope you all enjoyed this post and learned something to help you with the new school year. What would you add to my tips and advice list? :]

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Liebster Award Tag! // GENERAL


This is my first time being tagged so thank you Laiah for the Liebster Award!

ORIGINS + WHAT IT IS

It's essentially a tag for bloggers to get to know one another better and share a little blog love, similar to tags on YouTube. When I googled what the Liebster Awards were I found several descriptions from various blogs. The word "liebster" means 'dearest', 'sweetheart' or 'beloved' in German. It was started by a German blogger in 2010. There are multiple versions of the rules too but I think the general gist of it is getting to know other bloggers better and sharing some information about yourself.

I took the liberty of leaving out extraneous parts from the tag since it's been revised multiple times over the years. I know school is starting and we are all busy people so I can understand if the people I tagged don't really have time to do it. I think the best part of this is just recognizing new bloggers you like and showing them that you care. I think I had fun with it and I hope you do too! :]

RULES

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions set by the blogger who nominated you
3. Nominate and link 5-11 new blogs with under 200 followers
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer
5. Let the nominees chosen know that they have been tagged

QUESTIONS + ANSWERS

1. Favorite color?
1A: Yellow.

2. Do you have any pets?
2A: No, but I'd like to have some in the future.

3. Where have you traveled to?
3A: In the US - California, Texas, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. Outside of the US - Nigeria.

4. What's your favorite clothing store to shop at?
4A: Forever 21 and H&M. (Stores I wish I shopped at more often: Reformation, Zara, American Apparel)

5. If you could have any power what would it be?
5A: An enhanced vision of some sort and the ability to turn those enhanced visions into works of art.

6. Favorite cartoon character?
6A: Don't have one...

7. What's your favorite quote?
7A: Not my favorite per se but it pops into my head often: "Just start that thing you’re afraid of starting. Remember: You can’t steer a parked car." - Sean Wes

8. Do you think you would survive a zombie apocalypse?
8A: Yes...? Yes. No. Maybe.

9. What are you doing right now?
9A: Sitting on my bed answering these questions after watching the newest crazy episode of Teen Wolf.

10. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night person?
10A: Morning!

11. Are you enjoying my blog :) ?
11A: Just started reading it and it is quite enjoyable!

MY NOMINEES

1. Marianne at Marianne Grace
2. Kyra at Gifs and Garb
3. Gabrielle at A Glass of Ice
4. Cecile at MAXCE
5. Victor at Idle Vibes
6. Anto at Star Dust Soul

MY QUESTIONS FOR NOMINEES

1. What is the title of the last book you read?
2. What is your favorite type of cereal?
3. Apple or Android?
4. If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
5. What is your ideal dream job?
6. Do you watch any TV shows? If so, what are your current favorites?
7. Where have you traveled?
8. Do you have any siblings?
9. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
10. If someone made a movie out of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, an action-film or science fiction?
11. Have you ever jumped out of a perfectly good airplane?

Thanks for reading! Smile a little :)