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Finish Strong!

With finals starting tomorrow, it is all hitting me that this will be the last official week of my undergraduate career. I don’t so much feel overwhelmed by the work that needs to be done, but by the fact that this is all really happening… I AM ABOUT TO GRADUATE! I want to make sure I am leaving with the best grades possible so I have got to stay focused and finish this last week strong!

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Apartment Hunting in the Big Apple

I’ve been searching online for some affordable apartments in NYC and thought I would reach out to you guys for advice on where and how to look. I have been using a site called streeteasy.com and searching mainly in the West Harlem area. I’d love to keep my rent low but also have a separate bedroom, as opposed to a studio. Is this a realistic ask for a place still technically in Manhattan? Are there any other great websites I could be using to assist my search? What was it like when you first moved to the big city?

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Getting to Graduation

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I have a little over a month before I walk across the stage and enter the real world, yet I feel like there is so much to be done! I have yet to take graduation photos, send out announcements, or book a place to host my family for dinner afterwards. The thought of it all makes me a little anxious, and with the fact that I a still wrapping up classes I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Are there any pointers or tips that exist in the universe that could make this process a little easier? I would LOVE to hear about them!

 

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The Art of Relaxation

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I recently put on a painting event for the the residence hall I live in on campus. With the end of the semester quickly approaching, stress levels amongst students have been high, and it seemed like everyone needed a break from reality. That in mind, I gathered some art supplies and encouraged my peers to paint away. The idea was to provide an opportunity to unwind and focus on something other than assignments and exams, while creating something beautiful.

Not only was the turn out larger than I anticipated, but the reaction I got for throwing the program was amazing as well. What started at 6pm and was only expected to last a couple of hours, ran until 3 in the morning. Several students created multiple pieces, and many approached me stating that painting was therapeutic and much needed. It felt great to know that an idea of mine was so well received and helpful to more than just me.

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The First Step to Improving You: Make Your Bed

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It may sound simple, but I have heard that making your bed each morning can set you up for a day full of productivity. A Huffington Post article stated,

If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.

Being in college has made me lazy. I couldn’t tell you the last time making my bed was a part of my normal routine, but I must admit it was refreshing coming home to a pretty set up.