a semester in review

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Feelin’ hashtag blessed by a supportive fam.

i. Our fall concert was pretty bittersweet, because I’m taking next semester off from dancing in order to prepare for the MCAT. Choreographing at a collegiate level one last time was wonderful. Getting to share something you’ve created with an audience is completely breathtaking, and it’s an experience that I’ll never forget.

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ii. I moved into an apartment this summer, along with three incredible friends. Not to brag or anything, but we successfully kept (almost) all of our houseplants alive, and only set off the complex’s fire alarm once. All four of us will be parting ways after senior year, in pursuit of either grad school or marriage– it’s made this year an incredibly precious. They each enrich my life, and are such a source of joy and encouragement.

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iii. This semester I FINALLY got to see The 1975 live. I am not ashamed to say that it was one of the highlights of my semester… I plan on seeing them every chance that I get.
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iv. Finally, BOUND raised over $1,000 for human trafficking survivors through our Dressember fundraiser. I never would have imagined that it would have been so successful– it was a total Jesus thing. (Also, you can still donate! Check us out here: https://support.dressemberfoundation.org/team/98832 )

What were some of your highlights?

-Tress

mini blog: a week in

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PSA: Saturdays are meant for slippers and vanilla chai tea

The first week of school ended yesterday afternoon, at 4:30.  I’m feeling pretty pumped for this semester, and all of my classes seem interesting.  We’re learning about nuclear magnetic resonance spectra in orgo, and I love it.  (Mass spec and IR spectra were my favorite thing about last semester…  It’s like solving a chemical mystery!) 

Today will be spent in sweatpants, drinking coffee and catching up with some lady friends. I hope that everyone else’s first week back was both fun and productive.

Tress

art is cool

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Goofing off during rehearsals.

The past month has been an absolute blur of tests, coffee, and rehearsals.  The dance department had our fall concert this past week, and it was incredibly enjoyable.

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The fall concert is always completely student led.  The professors step aside, and let the dance majors take care of everything– from the choreography, to the sound, to the lighting and costuming.  I was fortunate enough to have a tap piece I choreographed selected for the show, which was exciting (and completely unexpected).  The whole experience really gave me an appreciation for choreographers…  Leading rehearsals and polishing a piece is hard work!

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Study sessions during in studio runs.

Luckily, several other girls in the department are also double majoring, and planning on entering healthcare careers.  We spent any downtime during rehearsals going over microbiology flashcards, and working out organic chemistry problems.  I was reminded yet again how blessed I am– how many people get to study fosse jazz AND histology?!  My heart is so full.

Box of Lucky Charms: aka the best gift I have ever received from a choreographer.
Box of Lucky Charms: aka the best gift I have ever received from a choreographer.

Our last show was yesterday, and now I honestly don’t know what to do with myself.  Our next performance isn’t until December, and so my rehearsal schedule is relatively light.  After all the excitement, it’s honestly a little difficult returning to ‘normal’ life.  It’ll be nice to have more time to study, but it’s pretty gosh darn bittersweet.

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Science is cool.  But art is cool too.

Tress

balance (sophomore year goals)

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Last year, I failed miserably at striking a healthy balance between school, work, and social things.  I was constantly obsessed with maintaining a certain GPA, and I often felt guilty when I chose to spend downtime with friends.  I did not have quiet time, and I did not find the time to simply be still.

This semester, I am making a few changes.  I’m taking fewer classes (16 credit hours as opposed to 19) and will only be participating in one extracurricular club.  I’m also auditioning for less dance pieces, and instead choosing to audition for only 3 or 4 this semester.

I am going to make an effort to go to the gym and eat healthier– that way when stress kicks in, my immune system won’t be completely wrecked.

I am going to find the time to go to small groups, invest in people, and to be still.

Sophomore year, I am ready for you.

Tress

end of summer shenanigans

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This summer seemed like it would never end– until I finished my intenship.  Since August began, the days have been flying by.  I move back to school this weekend, which is absolutely crazy, especially since I haven’t begun packing or ordering books.  Oops.

I did have the opportunity to go on a mini road trip with my very bestest friend ever.  We hiked, explored, and were complete beach bums.  We saw endless chick flicks in empty theaters, flea marketed, and made a field trip to build a bear.  We ate tons of amazing food, and I am legitimately concerned about fitting into my leotards next week.

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                                                          This was BEFORE I completely fried. #worthit
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We found a gem of a bar up in Michigan; all smokey and filled with old records. Hands down the best burger I’ve had in my life.
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                                                                          Swollen feet = successful day.
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Found this at an international grocery store, after a day of perusing museums… Definitely the weirdest thing I’ve seen this summer.

Though this summer has been short, it has been lovely.  Besides the road trip, I reconnected with a few old high school friends, and we’ve grown close.  It’s funny how people you would never picture yourself befriending end up becoming some of your favorite people.

This week will be bittersweet indeed.  I am beyond excited to begin sophomore year, and to be reunited with my college friends.  (I’m even looking forward to my classes!)  But I feel like this month has all but disappeared.  This last week will be spent wrapping up summer classes, packing, and resting as much as possible.  Next week will bring 8 am ballet classes, and strength training, as we head back for conditioning week.

That is crazy.

Tress

workout wednesday

Shhh, I know that it’s Thursday.  But Workout Wednesday sounds better than Workout Thursday, ya feel?

Up until this week, I was seriously not doing anything. My days were pleasantly filled with Netflix binge watching, Starbucks runs with girlfriends, and mass cookie baking with my family.  I guess I could have cut back on cookie consumption, but I refuse to on the principle that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. (And apparently squishier, at least when it comes the sugar front).

Anywho, I recently started working at a company that takes pride in their insulin production.  Which is quite ironic, as my daily sugar intake would send the average diabetic into hyperglycemic shock.  Oh the sweet (literally sweet) irony.

Luckily for me, said company has a gym—and a yoga slash dance studio– in my building.  Even better, summer interns get free memberships.

Free membership?  Yes, please.  Free is my love language.  Free is fabulous.

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Since I’ve been working out/practicing in the studios every day, I’ve also started eating better.  I mean, why let all that hard work go to waste?

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Shameless food snap. #imbasic

New discovery: I actually like fruit in salads.  Before this week, I was skeptical.  But now I have seen the light.

Second discovery: this 3-minute microwavable mini muffin recipe.  You can substitute the brown sugar with vanilla and tears.  You’re welcome.

– Tress

time management

I actually basically suck at it.

I thought that I had finally gotten into the swing of things this semester, but in actuality I’ve just figured out how to study efficiently. (*cough* whiteboards *cough*.) Things were going great until this past weekend, when the dance festival happened. It was so, so, fun– but not being able to spend the weekend studying really threw off my groove.

                                            why dance festival, why.

And of course I had two very large exams at the beginning of this week– one in chemistry, and one in biology.  Even though I’d kept up with homework and reading, I stayed up studying all of Sunday night, and most of Monday night.

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I’m probably going to get my scores back tomorrow, which is terrifying.  I definitely don’t think that I failed either of them, (I actually felt pretty good about the bio test) but I also don’t think that I did as well as I normally do. Thank God that none of them were lab tests though… I would have been screwed.

Anyways, I definitely need to work on my time management skills. Take now for example: I’m basically caught up on all my reading and homework, but my dorm is a mess. I don’t have any milk or coffee, the only food I have is peanut butter and cereal (and no milk) I have an overdue book from the library, and I still have to take my banking information to HR for my new job. I also need to pick up my comp tickets for the opera, pick up my rehearsal schedule for the weekend, and sign up for advising/figure out what classes I need to take. I also haven’t gone to the gym all week, and I’ve primarily subsisted off of yogurt and chicken salad from the cafeteria.

I need a polished, well put together adult to come and coach me on how to get my life together. Like Angelina Jolie with her adopted children, amazing career, and fabulously manicured nails. HOW DO YOU DO IT ALL.

                                                teach me your voodoo ways

p.s. Look at this kinda cool-lookin’ picture! (It’s from the piece the freshman class at my university performed at the dance festival.)

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