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.


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.


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?



ohh we’re halfway there

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First official pleasure read of the summer! 10/10 would highly recommend, especially to those planning on entering medicine/law with the intent to serve. 

Well, sophomore year is officially over. Praise the Lord, forever and ever amen.

In all honesty, it was a great year. I was blessed to have incredible roommates, friends, and mentors– it was a year of building relationships, and deepening roots. I feel like I’m walking away with a greater sense of purpose, and a more holistic understanding of the world.

That being said, it was far more academically challenging than freshman year. (*cough* organic chemistry *cough*.) While entering summer was bittersweet last year, I feel drained this time around. The next couple of months will be a much needed respite.

That being said, I’ll be keeping busy.  I recently received a job in a nearby bakery, and I’m hoping to line up some shadowing opportunities. I’m also enrolled in an EMT program (SO PUMPED) and I’m taking a couple of summer classes.

That being said, I’m going to spend this upcoming week resting. And I refuse to feel guilty about it.

It’s going to be a great summer.



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.


art is cool

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.


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.


Science is cool.  But art is cool too.


and that’s a wrap!

As unbelievable as it sounds, I have completed my freshman year of college. (At least it sounds pretty unbelievable to me– this year really flew by.)

the lovely biological and physical sciences building, aka where I primarily live.
                           the lovely biological and physical sciences building, aka where I primarily live.

At first I was really depressed that the semester was over.  The majority of my close friends live out of state, so that kind of sucks.  We (especially the biology majors) became more like family than friends over the past semester.  Serious goodbye tears were shed, folks.

The ever lovely freshman dance majors. (Side note: they are some of the most wonderful women I’ve ever met.)

My super fab roomate and I — I SO lucked out. We’re rooming together again next year, and I cannot wait to see her again.

All that being said, being home for a few days has shown me how much I actually needed a break.  After the chaos of finals and our spring concerts, I was more exhausted than I realized… And being able to sleep/binge watch Netflix/ have quiet time has been incredibly refreshing.

typical scenery I get to see on my runs-- look at how vast and beautiful that sky is!
                        typical scenery I get to see on my runs– look at how vast and beautiful that sky is!

I’m also trying to savor the next week or two; my family is moving from the countryside to more of a suburban area, so that’ll be a major change.  I also am starting an internship with a major pharmaceutical company on the 20th, which is a little nerve-wracking.  (Mostly because of the commute… It’s in a major city, so I’m worried that I’ll get lost or something.)

My bestfriend and I.

But for the next few days I am just going to enjoy being home, and all that entails– tee ball games, sleeping in, and the like.

– Tress

spraaaang break

It’s the most wonderful time of the [school] yearrrrrrr…

For the past seven days I have been fully rested, and subsiding on non cafeteria food. (My school, unfortunately, is well known for mystery meat and slime mold spinach.) I have also watched a full season of Grey’s Anatomy, had a couple of GNOs, and spent quality fam time shopping and going on Subway runs. I even got a pedicure! (Awkward conversation: trying to explain to the nice spa lady why your feet look like they’ve been run through a meat grinder. 150% sure that the poor thing is traumatized. #dancerprobs)

Also, my family adopted a miniature australian shepherd! Bask in her cuteness.

In schooly news, semester grades came out on Monday. I have all As and Bs, but that’s actually disappointing since I’m trying to obtain a 4.0 semester. That being said, I know that I can bring several of them up to full As… And I’ll probably still make the Dean’s List. (If I can survive chemistry… I have no idea how I have a B+ in that class, considering that I have no idea what’s going on most of the time. I mean, I do, until I get to those frick frack snickety snacking tests.)

How I feel when I take a gen chem 2 exam.
                                      How I feel when I take a gen chem 2 exam.

So yeah, that’s how my spring break has been. I should probably start reviewing bio lectures, but I think I’ll go eat hummus and start season 9 of Grey’s instead.

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.

          coffee and all nighters got me like

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.)