Posted in Crafts

DIY Decorating a Grad Cap

Decorating your grad cap is an exciting time and you only do it once. Here’s how I made mine.

First, you’ll need to come up with a vision for what you see yourself wearing. Do you want something funny, inspiring, simple? What speaks to you? Pinterest until you figure it out. I personally was the mushy gushy type so I picked a quote I loved and made it as me as I possibly could.

Once you have your vision, compile the things you need to make it happen.

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For mine, this is what I used to make it happen:

  1. Scrapbook paper (can buy at Michaels in single sheets)
  2. Glue (I like industrial so it lasts forever)
  3. Letter stickers in two different sizes and two different colors
  4. Adhesive craft tape

Now that the materials are compiled, the first step is taking care of the background of the cap. The scrapbook paper is the background. Half of it will be black and half will be pink. We’ll glue it down with adhesive.

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I flipped the paper over and placed the cap on the back of the paper. With a pencil, I outlined the cap on the back of the paper. Don’t forget to outline the button on the top. I did that by flipping the cap over and outlining the button on the back of the paper. I then cut the paper (obviously).

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Once the paper is cut, place it down on the cap. Make sure it looks the way you want it to. You can trim up the edges if it’s necessary, however don’t stress too much because we’ll be using the craft tape as trimming around the edges. Once you are satisfied, glue it down, however make sure to check the front and the back and make sure you are putting it on the way you want it.

Next, the trimming. This is kind of self explanatory. The tape was pretty thick so I just folded it in half around the cap edge. If it had trouble sticking, I glued it down. I also left some extra tape on the edge, so I could cut it and make it perfect.

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The corners came out pretty nice if I do say so myself. Once you cut the edges make sure to stick them closed.

Lastly, arrange the letters the way you want, make sure they are perfect, and glue them down. Although they are stickers, sometimes they don’t stick very well and if you graduate on a windy day, they will be gone. So glue it down.

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And that’s how my graduation cap was born! If you have any questions or need any help you can always email me at SoFarSoCollege@gmail.com and I’ll help in any way I can!

Posted in Beginning College, Class Tips, Frehman Advice, Uncategorized

Advice on Writing Papers in College

So many papers in college so little time. 5 pages here, 20 pages there. It’s like all us students every do is prepare for the next all nighter spent writing papers. And then there’s the two types of students.

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Regardless of what type of student you are, here are some tips to ace that paper you spent 24 straight hours writing.

Know what kind of writer you are
If you thrive under pressure (like myself) I won’t tell you to start your paper two week early because honestly it’ll probably suck. If you are the opposite, I would give you the opposite advice. I’ve know The Good and The Bad alike, and the key to writing is to know how you do your best work. However, it’s always recommended that you don’t write it the day before, so you have time to proofread that goes for you too procrastinators. 

Grammar Check
It’s annoying and dumb most of the time, but it’s worth it. You will get many useless points taken off just because you didn’t read through it and check your spelling a grammar. You in the back shouting about Spell Check, I can say “too apples” instead of “two apples” and Spell Check won’t catch it, so proofread. Otherwise you look like that idiot who doesn’t know the difference between there, they’re, and their.
Pro Tip: If you really hate reading your work over, give it to someone else to read. They’ll catch more mistakes than you will anyway.

Write an outline of some sort
Again, I know this is annoying, but it’s important to get your thoughts together on one page and make sure your paper has a natural flow BEFORE righting it. You don’t want to be on page 8, realize it’s a shit thesis, and make the decision of rewriting the whole thing, or trying to salvage what’s left of your broken dreams. SO WRITE AN OUTLINE AND MAKE SURE IT MAKES SENSE. I promise it’ll be worth it.

Try to get as much done, as quick as possible
If you write a paper over an expanse of several days, it is easy to loose yourself and forget where you were going with your paper. It is much easier to set some time aside for a couple days and at least get the bare bones. You can add filler for weeks, but the bare bones should be written in a couple days at most. Your outline should help you keep track of where you wanted to go with it if you do end up getting lost.

Posted in Adult Advice, Beginning College, Frehman Advice, Personal

A Tale of New Friends

I’ve started graduate school recently (going for my M.S. in Forensic Technology) and I happen to be staying at the same school I did my undergrad degree. There are a small handful of us (about 6) that went to undergrad at the school, and are staying for this program in particular. There are only about 25 people in the program so we are getting to know each other pretty well. In this grouping of people there are only 2 international students. These people were the first friends I made in grad school. Continue reading “A Tale of New Friends”

Posted in Adult Advice, Beginning College, Class Tips, Frehman Advice, Managing Stress

Overwhelmed but Surviving

School started last week for me, much like the rest of you, and grad school + work = a very overwhelmed Ashley (hence my lack of posts…sorry friends). Only one week in and I already have an incredible amount that I have to read, while working 20 hours a week for just enough money to pay my bills. Sometimes it feels like my head is going to pop right off. But regardless of all my anxiety I still wanted to find time today to share some wisdom I’ve picked up about school and stress relief.  Continue reading “Overwhelmed but Surviving”

Posted in Uncategorized

Heads Up for This Week

Hello followers!

At the moment I am couch ridden with a heating pad. My cramps are through the roof due to switching between medications at the moment. On top of that I will be working a full 40 hours this week when I normally work 20 hours. So I would like to apologize for a lack of posts on my blog this week. Most likely, whenever I’m home I’m going to want to sleep.

Send me some positive vibes! I’ll post when I can!

Posted in Beginning College, Class Tips, Frehman Advice

Why I Almost Failed College

When I started college, I felt like I was so ready for the adventure. I was ready to meet new people and enjoy new life experiences. I was ready to get away from the small community an all girls high school brings, and branch out to find out who I am as a person. I wanted to “sow my wild oats” so to speak. What I wasn’t ready for was my classes.  Continue reading “Why I Almost Failed College”

Posted in Beginning College, Greek Life

To Those Who Hate Greek Life…I Feel You

With school starting soon, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge Greek Life. I don’t post a lot about Greek Life on the regular but it’s something I wish I had learned about sooner. And I want to share my experiences to those of you new to college or entering soon, just so you can go in with an open mind.

First off, I went into college with no intention whatsoever of going Greek. I didn’t buy into the exclusivity and I didn’t think I needed something like that. Greek life was parties to me. It was shallow people being friends because they couldn’t make their own, and it was honestly just everything I wasn’t…or so I thought. A lot of stereotypes floated around in my head and to me they were very real. I didn’t seriously think about Greek life until mid way through my sophomore year. Reason being because my roommate was a sorority and I loved her, her sisters, and the bond they all had. They were always together, and the more I watched them together, the more I realized I didn’t have that. AND the more I realized I wanted that.

I had always been outspoken about how I didn’t like Greek life. I always thought the rituals were that of a cult and that everyone hazed and partied; I wouldn’t stand for something condoning those behaviors. So when I started voicing to my boyfriend and friends that I was thinking about rushing, everyone was nervous. No one understood why, and everyone thought I was a hypocrite. I basically told them to suck it up and rushed anyway.

After rush week was over I had become very attached to the girls I had met and never expected such an attachment. When I didn’t get a bid, I was very upset but I understood. To this day I am still not bitter with any of the girls or the organization for not granting me a bid, because they are the reason I wanted to join Greek life in the first place. That semester I learned that organization wasn’t for me.

Long story short, I ended up founding a new chapter of Alpha Sigma Kappa on my campus and I love my org and I love greek life. So I went from someone whom was very closed minded to someone thriving in the community. All I had to do was see myself in it and decide I wanted it. However, I will not pretend like Greek life is perfect and for everyone. It gets catty and you won’t like everyone. Some organizations haze despite the vigilance of the majority to try to end it. A lot still needs to be fixed among greek life. But when you find your org, you know it’s for you. You know it’s where you need to be. You feel like you’re home. And that is a feeling I wouldn’t trade for the world.

So just keep an open mind. Learn more about your greek life on campus. You never know what may be in store for you.

Posted in Beginning College, Class Tips, Frehman Advice, Nerd Talk

Advice on Picking a Major and Possibly Changing that Major

Hello fellow learning enthusiast also known as student. Let me ask you something that you’ve either been asked or will be asked at least 2,000 more times, what is your major? If you need help picking one, or you are starting to get cold feet, fear not. Similar to tour guide, I will help you navigate all your options. Incoming and current students alike, let’s explore the world of academia.  Continue reading “Advice on Picking a Major and Possibly Changing that Major”

Posted in Food and Beverage

New Recipe! Potato Gnocchi and Mushrooms

It’s been a while since I posted a new recipe. Tonight I tried something new and it ended up being quite a success. It’s vegetarian, and as a non-vegetarian I still think it’s absolutely delicious. I personally loved how simple it was and it’s very filling. The recipe makes for a serving of 4, so if you are like myself and just making for one, you’ll have leftovers for a few nights which is always helpful.

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

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For the full recipe visit: http://cooktoria.com/recipe/gnocchi-with-mushrooms/

Posted in Managing Stress, Personal

Fall Bucket List

WHO’S EXCITED FOR FALL?!?!?! Okay so this morning I go to walk my dog Champ (check out a cute pic HERE) this morning and I step outside around 10am and I immediately feel like I’ve walked into a thick, energy draining, life sucking, invisible fog. The humidity and I have never gotten along.

Since I can’t be exploring outside because of the disgust I feel about the heat, I’ve decided to get even more excited about the fall. Fun Fact: Fall is my favorite season. I love literally everything about it and I consider it the happiest time of year. Here’s a checklist of things I want to accomplish this fall (I hope you’ll join me).

  • Go Hiking (for me preferably at Sleeping Giant)
  • Go apple picking
  • Go pumpkin picking
  • Take artsy pictures
  • Go exploring (maybe haunted places…maybe not…we’ll see)
  • Drink apple cider and hot coco
  • Find a spot outside and start writing
  • Go to a bonfire
  • Play a pickup soccer game
  • Take long drives with the roof down
  • Make an apple pie
  • Eat a candy apple
  • Carve a pumpkin
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest
  • Binge all childhood halloween movies
  • Throw/Attend Halloween Party
  • Throw Friendsgiving
  • Go vineyard hopping
  • Attend a fall festival
  • Go bike riding downtown
  • Make s’mores

I’m ready for some beautiful leaves, crisp air, and cosy layers. Are you?