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Being inactive this long has not been my intention.

With my new school schedule, plus working 20 hours a week, plus being on the road for 2 hours a day has been quite challenging. At my internship I have been able to get some great content and ideas.

I have a post about resume tips and recruitee advice coming soon, so just bear with me for a few days. I want to be accurate and helpful, so I’m trying to get it right.

Until then. . . !


How to Write 1000 Word Papers

One of my classes last semester was filled with papers. So. Many. Papers. I knew there would be a big paper at the end of the semester due, but I was not aware of the 1000 page case studies due either every week of every other week. Yay me.

So by the time the semester ended (and with more than several papers under my belt) I became pretty good at writing school papers. With a new semester looming in the next couple of days, I thought I would share my processes for writing.

I usually have a pretty good idea about the subject either from classroom lectures or from reading about it somewhere. With this knowledge, I know in my head what direction and topics/points I want to discuss and cover in my paper.

Before completely beginning, it is always wise to know EXACTLY what a teacher wants in the paper. Reading and re-reading (yes read it again) the requirements will help in making sure the paper has what the teacher wants in it. And if you are like me, I tend to skim over directions and have to make up for lost time and work with something I should have been careless about.

Once I know what I want to include in my paper, I can then begin researching. I type in keywords and begin scanning articles and websites about the topic. Thank the Lord for the Internet. It’s fantastic! I remember the days when I had to go to the library for all my papers in elementary and junior high (yes I had to write papers in elementary school). When I did case studies for my class last semester, the teacher sent out some questions. That helped with what I needed to include.

I never really appreciated all the paper writing processes my teachers had me do in high school and in my freshman English classes. I mean, notecards and outlines, really? But I have come to realize the importance of the outline. It helps to keep my thoughts in line and to prioritize where my points need to come in my paper. I find that when I put an outline together, and then just type away under the points, I surprisingly get enough words. Just one point at a time, one paragraph at a time, and I’m almost done.

The final bit of my papers is just adding the bibliography page and in-text citations (I like these because they add volume and credibility to a paper). I could take the time to go back through my grammar books and find out how to properly enter a bibliography cited source, but I take the easy way out and use Best. Thing. Ever.

And that’s pretty much my process on how to write a paper. It’s not too fancy. It works for me. It may not work for you, but it could be something to help you in formatting your own process.

The New Year

It is five days into the new year, and it does seem strange that I am just now posting my ‘resolutions.’ I hate calling them that though. It seems that no matter what I can never keep them or stick with it. So I thought really hard about different goals that I could actually attain. So here is what I came up with.

1. Devotions Daily

This one should be at the top of every Bible believing Christian’s list. It is the foundation of our faith and God’s manual for our lives. Reading it should be part of our everyday lives. I am currently using a Daily Bible Reader’s Journal to help me keep track. I started it in the summer and still going! I know this one is tough sometimes. Life gets in the way and we all get busy, but this year I am going to try my best to keep it going. I don’t want ‘life’ to get in the way of what matters more than this temporary life. And for those of you who succeed in that, congratulations. I envy you.

2.Complete 2015 Book Reading Challenge

I mentioned this in my last post and I cannot be more excited! I have currently completed 3! Only 45 more to go! This has really caused me to think about what I pick to read. I hated reading when I was told to read (like in school). I preferred to read my own books and enjoy myself, getting lost in a novel. But the list of requirements for the books has made me think about what I’m picking. I have to finish the book within the year for it to count. I can’t wait months and months and take my sweet time to finish something that isn’t really interesting. But I am enjoying the challenge and looking forward to defeating it. 🙂

3. Exercise Weekly

So I’m not a fat person and I’m not a skinny person. Most people would say that I’m more on the skinny side. And I would like to stay more that way than the other. I used to run three or more times a week my sophomore year of college. Mainly to deal with frustration and to clear my mind. I trimmed down and was totally loving my body. All I have to do is exercise, and the fat falls off (lucky me).Then life hit. I started working 40 hours a week during the summer. When school started back, I was exercising. But once you get out of the running routine it is so hard to get back into it. And then I came down with some health issues and then diagnosed with mono. So all my fitness and exercising was put on hold. I took naps in my free time and tried to stay on top of my school work. Fun times. Now I am looking forward to getting back into exercising.

3.  Journal

Ever since 7th grade I have been consistent in journaling. Not everyday of course, but every year I filled up a journal. I loved it. It allowed me to express myself in ways I never thought I could. I could write whatever my heart like. All my crushes, frustrations, rejections, issues, problems. . . they were all written down in my journal. My mom always encouraged us to keep a journal, but I never realized the need and help of one til junior high. And that was a rough time in my life. I had gotten a journal for my first year of college and was excited to fill it up with everything I was going to experience. But that didn’t happen. I discovered Facebook and boys and other things to waste my time on. So that journal took two years to fill up. I’m on one now that I started in the summer. I plan to (hopefully) fill it up with everything that will be happening in the coming semester. My friend got me a really nice moleskin journal that I plan on using after graduation as I take the next step in my life. So this year, I plan on documenting more in my journal than what a quick half page writing session can do.

4. Blogging

Every since I discovered The College Prepster (and there’s an app!!!!!!) through Pinterest, I have discovered some great blogs. And consequently, have fallen in love with the idea of blogging. I haven’t really been the most consistent blogger that I have wanted to be. I was doing great for a while, then it seems that life happens (I use that phrase a lot) and I get behind with what I want to blog about or I get writer’s block. I want to change the world with my words and inspire people. But sometimes, I just don’t know how to do that. I’ve thought of how I want to take this blog. Whether it be a fashion blog (but do I really have the ‘fashion sense’?), a book review blog (but how can I write a captivating review on a book that inspires all readers to take up the book and dig into it themselves), or just an online journal where I share what comes to mind as I go through my life. Does my bio and description of the blog adequate? Is my title ok? So many factors that affects a blog and I wonder if I’m doing everything right. It’s kinda stressful. But for write now, as I have many unforeseen school work in the coming horizon, I will just continue to be as consistent as possible and work on making things interesting.

It’s going to be an interesting year. And I hope it will be the best one yet.

2015 Reading Challenge

So as my bio says, I am a book hoarder. Seriously. Every time I go into a bookstore I’m always scanning the shelves for something that looks interesting or has been on my reading list. (And that reading list, I’m probably going to die before I can complete it.)

My friend Heather added me to her reading challenge page and I totally took her up on it. And I am so excited! For me personally, I had my own rules for the challenge.

1. It had to start January 1, 2015.

2. Books I have not read yet. (unabridged and abridged excluded)

So here is my list for 2015:

A book with more than 500 pages (The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling 5/12/15)

A classic romance

A book that became a movie (American Sniper by Chris Kyle 1/9/15)

A book published this year (The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 1/10/15)

A book with a number in the title (The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey 7/8/2015)

A book written by somebody under 30 (Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard 11/15/15)

A book with nonhuman characters

A funny book

A book by a female author (The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor 7/6/2015)

A mystery or thriller (The Ambition by Lee Strobel 1/4/15)

A book with a one-word title (Unwritten by Charles Martin 7/26/2015)

A book of short stories

A book set in a different country (The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith 2/11/15)

A nonfiction book (The Romanov Sisters 7/7/2015)

A popular author’s first book (Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 8/20/15)

A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet (Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith 11/12/15)

A book a friend recommended (Marked by PC Cast and Kristin Cast 5/29/2015)

A Pulitzer Prize-winning book (All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 6/15/2015)

A book based on a true story

A book at the bottom of your to read list (The Martian by Andy Weir 9/9/15)

A book your mom loves

A book that scares you

 A book more than 100 years old

A book based entirely on its cover (The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth GIlbert 6/19/2015)

A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t

A memoir (Bossy Pants by Tina Fey April 2015)

A book you can finish in a day (Paper Towns by John Green 1/3/15)

A book with antonyms in the title (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed 10/2/2015)

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit (Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson 9/7/2015)

A book that came out the year you were born

A book with bad reviews

A trilogy (The Selection Series by Kiera Cass 4/8/2015)

A book from your childhood (Catherine: The Great Journey by Kristina Gregory 7/16/15)

A book with a love triangle (City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare 5/1/2015)

A book set in the future (The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey July 2015)

A book set in high school (An Abundance of Katherines by John Green January 2015)

A book with a color in the title (A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch 6/16/2015)

A book that made you cry (Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell June 2015)

A book with magic (Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 11/19/2015)

A graphic novel

A book by an author you’ve never read before (The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons 6/12/2015)

A book you own but have never read (The Secret Wisdom of the Earth by Christopher Scotton 11/14/15)

A book that takes place in your hometown

A book that was originally written in a different language

A book set during Christmas

A book written by an author with your same initials

A play

A banned book (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 6/29/15)

A book based on or turned into a tv show

A book you started but never finished (Si-cology 101 by Si Robertson 1/1/15)

Happy reading ya’ll!