Hawaii Sandwich

With the countdown to Hawaii now being in the single digits, I wanted to get into the spirit of making something that reminds me of the island. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but I know I like Hawaiian pizza. So I wanted to add those flavors into a sandwich. I wanted to go the extra mile and make bread too, so I made the bread (without nuts and cranberries in it) that I used a while back in my Turkey Apple Cheddar Sandwich recipe.


  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 teaspoons Poppy Seeds
  • 1 Sourdough Loaf, sliced
  • ½ Mayo
  • 10 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2/3 pound Deli Sliced Ham
  • 1 cup Pineapple, crushed


  1. In a small skillet over low heat, combine the butter and onions.
  2. Once the onions soften after a few minutes, add in the poppy seeds, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. After it reaches a simmer, let it set there on the stove for two minutes.
  4. Spread on the mayo on the outside of two pieces of the bread. Then flip them over. On one slice, spread on the mustard that we just made. Then, layer on a piece of swiss cheese. Next, add on the ham, followed by about 1/4 cup of the pineapple. Top that off with the other slice of bread with mayo on top.
  5. In another skillet over medium heat, place the sandwich on the skillet and flip it after three minutes. Allow the other side to cook for an additional three minutes.

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

I’ve been in a baking mood recently, but I only have access to a kitchen on the weekends. Also, when I’m home I sleep in and skip breakfast most Saturdays. Last weekend, I tried to clear out the pantry and fridge and cook using ingredients I already had on hand. Friday night I made these for breakfast for the weekend so that they were ready for me whenever I decided to get up. Original, I planned on making these into muffins, but we only have some mini bread pans on hand.



  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ cup unsalted Butter, melted
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Poppy Seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350* F. Grease down a three mini bread pans with cooking spray.
  2. Start by mixing the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In another bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, and yogurt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Make sure to not over mix in this step.
  5. Then carefully fold in the poppy seeds until incorporated.
  6. Evenly pour the batter into the three bread pans, and bake for 30 minutes.


Things Every College Studnet Needs!

With spring midterms almost over and spring break just days away, I’m already starting to think about fall classes. Even though it’s my first year on campus, I’ve been taking college classes for three years. I think by this time in my life I have college pretty much figured out. This idea of college essentials came to me when I was writing my study tips post a few weeks back. I’ve lived on campus for a year, but in order to save some money, I’m living with my parents next year. My school is for the majority a commuter college, and about 90% of students live off campus or at home. I think most of these items can be useful to both students residing on and off campus.


Filing Folder

During orientation, our group leader asked everyone in our group to ask at least one question that day. By the end of the day, I was the only one left, so I asked her what was the one thing that everyone needed for college. She said a filing folder. When I was back to school shopping in August, I bought a cheap plastic one to keep on my desk. Whenever I get a graded test or essay back from a teacher, I put it in there. So at the end of the semester, if something isn’t right in the grade book, I can prove it. At the beginning of the semester, I print out or ask for an extra copy of the syllabus. I have another on hand in case I lose my other copy, and it’s useful for in the future if I need to get a hold of a teacher for some reason.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Expanding-File-Letter-Size/dp/B01B25NN64/ref=sr_1_7?s=office-products &ie=UTF8&qid=1520391513&sr=1-7&keywords=filing+folders


Brita Filter

EVERYONE WHO LIVES IN A DORM NEEDS A BRITA FILTER. I didn’t think I needed one until I moved in and tasted the water. You think since you’re paying thousands of dollars to live there already that the water would be good, but that isn’t the truth.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Brita-10060258361725-Small-Pitcher-Filter/dp/B01G9ADQYG/ref=sr_1_cc_6?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1520391899&sr=1-6-catcorr&keywords=brita+water+filter


Ice Tray

I would never think to bring a ice tray to college in a million years. Even though I have my Brita Filter in the fridge, sometimes I don’t have enough time to cool down my drinks. (First world problems, I guess.) I bought this one especially because the ice can easily fit into any size bottle.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Good-Living-Dishwasher-Safe-Compact-Chilled/dp/B00KRITPSI/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1520391985&sr=1-2&keywords=water+bottle+ice+tray


Water Bottle

My final water-related product is a reusable water bottle. This is a no-brainer. Bottles of water are bad for the environment and expensive. Every floor of every building I’ve ever been on has a water fountain. I like a bottle that either clips on or one that can be attached to my backpack so that I can free up my hands.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Contigo-Autospout-Ashland-Water-Bottle/dp/B01D67ADZ0/ref=sr_1_6?s=home-garden &ie=UTF8&qid=1520392030&sr=1-6&keywords=water+bottle+40+oz


Power Strip

Not all colleges allow students to use power strips because of electrical issues, but I’ve never had a problem using one. If you’re going to spend a lot of time in a study hall or library, you need one of these in your backpack. This might seem silly, but there is never enough plugins on campus.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Poweradd-3-Outlet-5-foot-Extension-Charging/dp/B018S7YKSE/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden &ie=UTF8&qid=1520392124&sr=1-2&keywords=usb+power+strip


Amazon Prime

I live off of Amazon Prime. I get free shipping on almost anything (including textbooks), free Prime Video, and Prime Music for the price of one. Luckily, I’m on my parents Amazon account, but if you sign up with a student email, you can get it for free for six months.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Prime-One-Year-Membership/dp/B00DBYBNEE


Remote Activated Light

This is for all the lazy students like me. When I’m done for the night, I don’t want to get up and turn off the light. Usually, I only use a lamp to light up my room, so I just attached the bulb onto the lamp. BOOM. Remote activated light!

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Dimmable-Colors-Remote-Controller-Included/dp/B007V1VOI8/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1520392461&sr=8-3&keywords=light+bulb+remote+control


Breakfast Bars

Everyone likes eating at the dining hall at the beginning of the semester. As the year progresses, either students are sick of the food or become too lazy to get it. I love to sleep in, and it’s easier for me to just eat in my dorm. I’m obsessed with ThinkThin bars. Sure, they aren’t the best protein bars out there, but I could do a lot worse. Normally at night I put one on my side table with a piece of fruit for breakfast, so that I don’t even have to get out of bed to eat in the morning. I also like having instant oatmeal on hand.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/ThinkThin-Protein-Brownie-Crunch-Count/dp/B00028MVCK/ref=sr_1_20_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1520484725&sr=8-20&keywords=think+thin+protein+bars


Small Tool Kit

When you first move in, you are going to need a toolkit. Plus, throughout the year some things just break or certain screws need to be tightened. It’s much easier to have a small tool kit on hand than to track down someone else’s screwdriver. I was gifted this 8 in 1 tool as a gift, and it’s basically any tool you could ever need for college.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Multi-Portable-Screwdriver-Tools-Torch/dp/B00GAZSJO8


Door Stop

If you want to make friends fast in college, all you need is a doorstop. During the first couple weeks of school, just keep your door open. You never know who you are going to meet.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Shepherd-Hardware-9133-Heavy-Rubber/dp/B00004YOHN/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1520392945&sr=8-4&keywords=door+stopper
Keychain/ Lanyard

I used to lose my keys all the time. I fixed that by just buying a lanyard for them. It makes them easy to find because they are either on my wrist or in my bag at all times.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017TH4OPI/ref=twister_B017TH4OLW?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1


Flash Drive

Every student needs to have a flash drive on them at all times. At least at my school, you can’t save files on the computer, and you have to save them on a disk. Plus, sometimes backing up files online doesn’t always work. I have one attached to my keychain, so I always have it on me.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ultra-Transfer-Speeds-SDCZ48-064G-UAM46/dp/B00KYK2ABI/ref=sr_1_8?s=office-products &ie=UTF8&qid=1520393319&sr=1-8&keywords=flash+drive



Schools in general are a noisy place. Investing in a good set of headphones is worth it in college. Personally, I use Beats, but you don’t have to spend a million dollars on a nice pair of headphones.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Mpow-Bluetooth-Headphones-Wireless-Memory-Protein/dp/B01NAJGGA2/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1520393418&sr=1-4&keywords=headphones



I’m genuinely surprised that I’m not Grammarly’s spokeswoman by now. I use Grammarly every day to edit essays, emails, and blog posts. On top of that, I use it to double check for plagiarism before I turn in assignments.

Link: https://app.grammarly.com/

February Favorites

I might have started a new semester last month, but now I’m back into the swing of things. This month I started research for a paper I’m writing for an upcoming symposium. So far, so good! Also, I booked a ticket to go to Hawaii over Spring Break. I’ve been hitting it hard at the gym in preparation. Slowly, my plans are coming together for the summer. Between taking classes and a possible volunteer opportunity, the summer of 2018 will be insane (in a good way). Life is good right now.


Annie’s Shells & Cheese Mac & Cheese


As healthy as I try to be, I sometimes let myself indulge in my cravings. At the beginning of the month, I was craving Velveeta’s white cheese mac and cheese. They didn’t have that in the store, so I grabbed this. So glad I did. My roommate showed me a hack to make this in the microwave, but still, it’s best made on the stove top. For something as unhealthy as mac and cheese, I was surprised that it had 10 grams of protein in a serving. It doesn’t have a lot of weird ingredients that normally give it a longer shelf life.


Calvin Klein Hoodie

The second wave of winter just hit Kansas, so it was nice having this hoodie around to put on. You never see this shade of blue on hoodies. I think what’s interesting about this is that it has side slits on it. There is no way I paid $60 for this. I bought mine at my local Sam’s Club for less than $30.


American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace


Last month, the new season of American Crime Story premiered. I was hooked from episode one; the new cast is outstanding. Now halfway through the season, I can say during next award season this show will win BIG. I’m expecting that this show will be added to Netflix soon after it ends because that’s what they did last season with The People vs. OJ Simpson.


Celebrity Big Brother


Though I’m not quite a super fan, I’ve enjoyed the last couple seasons of Big Brother. This celebrity centered season is no exception. My roommate and I watch it religiously most nights of the week.





The first thing I bought for my upcoming trip was this wallet from Forever 21. I have a love-hate relationship with Forever 21, so I tend to only buy accessories from them. I wasn’t looking for a new wallet, but I was getting tired of the old card holder that I was using. This way I can have more than just my debit card and ID on me. This might seem silly, but my favorite thing about it is that it opens up. When I enter my building, I have to scan my student ID to unlock the door. Now I don’t even have to take it out.

February Playlist

Turkey Meatballs

Recently, I’ve been cooking on the weekends so that I have a few meals on hand during the week. I can only eat at the dining hall on campus so many times before I get sick of it. Meatballs are easy to rewarm and go with anything. They can be eaten by themselves, on rice, or with pasta. Last weekend, I made them with spaghetti squash. Yum!


  • 1 lb. lean Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 yellow Onion, grated
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Parsley, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Juice

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet or broiling pan with tin foil. Then lightly spray it with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, onion, garlic powder, bread crumbs, parsley, chili powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined.
3. Measure out the meatballs using a 2 tablespoon spoon. Then form the meatballs in a ball in your hands. Evenly space them out on the baking sheet.
4. Let them bake for 20 minutes.
5. In a small bowl, combine and stir together the honey, vinegar, and lemon juice. Brush this onto the meatballs when they are done.
6. Put the pan back in the oven, and turn the oven onto a low broiler for four minutes.

How I Write A Blog Post

I’ve been regularly posting stories on this blog for almost two years now. A lot has changed from day one. The overall concept and layout of the blog has done a 180, and most importantly, I’ve changed. Now that I’m in college, I either don’t have the time, or don’t want to make the time to sit down and write a post every week. There are many factors I put into my process that a lot of people don’t even think about. Everyone runs a blog a little bit differently, and they do whatever works for them.

I’ve never used a planner to write up posts. I write almost every blog post in my notes section on my phone. It’s convenient for me, and I can whip it out whenever I need it. I have a minimum of three separate note documents going at the same time.

The first document is my list of post ideas. This list is just a bullet list of anything I’d like to write about. Sometimes if one is time specific (like for a holiday or season), I’ll list that next to it. Also, at the end is a list of dishes I want to cook or ideas for future recipes.


Second would be my monthly schedule. At the beginning of the month I lay out everything I need to do for the month. Normally, this includes two regular blog posts about whatever I want, 4-5 recipe ideas, and my end of the month favorites.


When I’m brainstorming ideas, I’ll refer back to my post idea list. If I can’t think of something, I’ll just google things that are happening this month or see what’s coming up in my life.


Making recipes is my favorite type of post to write. Again, I start by looking at my list. From there I go on to Pinterest. There on the cooking home page, it shows me trends and helps me find inspiration. Now that I have the dishes picked out, I move on to research.

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I look at what other people are doing when they make their recipe. I try to sort out what the essential ingredients are of a dish and I build off of that. I think of what flavors work well together and how can I make this recipe as easy as possible. Finally, I test out that recipe. I usually cook two weeks of recipes at a time. I’d say 90% of the time, the recipes come out as plan, or I try to salvage it into something different. I then make any needed changes to my recipes.


My third document of the month is all about my monthly favorites. Whenever I find something that I love, I just write myself a quick note about it. Also, I try to find source links to go with the product. This includes songs that I want to put in my monthly playlist too.

My actual writing process is two weeks long. If I don’t procrastinate, I start writing a week before a blog post is supposed to be uploaded. I do this so I can make changes to it during the week and have time for my editor Amanda to read through it. This doesn’t always happen though. I write two weeks worth of posts at a time just so I can get it out of the way and work on other things.

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After I have my first draft done on my phone, I copy and paste it into Google Drive. From there, I turn the pages of nonsense into a post. Again, I copy and paste it into Grammarly to get any initial grammar errors sorted out. Then one paragraph at a time, I listen to Google Translate read it back to me. Finally, I make my final edits and send the file to Amanda to do her edits.


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While Amanda does her magic, I get a headstart on pictures needed for the post. Every post needs a header, and some require me to edit photos. I use a Rebel T6 to shoot photos, and I always take the pictures in a RAW format. I start by opening them in Adobe Bridge, then edit them using Camera Raw in Photoshop. My headers are cropped to fit the screen properly and are exported as a JPG file.

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Sometimes I don’t take the photos I use on my blog. Majority of the time the images come from Pexels, which is a free stock image website. Other times, I use Creative Commons to source non-copyrighted pictures.

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Though I add to my monthly playlist of music throughout the month, sometimes it’s not long enough. When this happens, I add music that I’ve downloaded in the last 30 days. I go the extra mile and make a cover for the Spotify playlist. Those are made using Canva.

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Cream Puffs

O Valentine’s Day! The one day of the year that couples make sure you know they are couples. Once again, I’m single. Luckily, I have my best friends and a dog to show my affection to.

Whenever I’d have a school party back in elementary school, my mom would bring a tub of cream puffs. It wasn’t until I was 10 or 11 that I realized they were just from the freezer section. I took my mother’s sarcasm for the truth when someone would compliment them, and she’d say “I worked all day on them” followed by a laugh.

Though I’m sometimes critical of America’s reliance on GMOs, I’m happy that I can get ripe strawberries in the winter. If you can’t get your hand on fresh strawberries, or if you don’t like them, this recipe can be made without them or with a different fruit.


  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • ¾ cup Whipping Cream
  • ⅓ cup Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 2 cups Fresh Strawberries, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring to boil water, butter, and vanilla. In order to get the hollow-ish inside and hard outside shell, we have to make this puff pastry on the stove top.
  3. Then in the pan, add the flour and salt. Keep stirring with a spoon until a ball forms.
  4. Remove from heat and beat in the eggs until smooth.
  5. On a baking sheet or silicon sheet, make 8 equal mounds of the dough.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Next, take them out of the oven and remove them from the sheet. With a toothpick, cut a small hole on the bottom so the steam can escape. Then, put them back on the sheet and cook for an extra 5 minutes. After they’re done baking, let them cool for about 2 hours.
  7. Normally, you would pipe in the cream, but I want to stuff them with strawberries. Now, cut the puffs in half, and with a spoon scrape out the inside.
  8. In a large bowl, beat the whipping cream. Once foamy, add the confectioners’ sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks form.
  9. Fold in about 3/4 of the sliced strawberries.
  10. Fill the puff with the cream, then layer the remaining of the strawberries. Then add more cream on top of the strawberries. Finally, add the other half of the puff on top.

Chicken Parm

There are two types of people in the world. People who love chicken parmesan and people who hate it. Chicken parm can be broken down into three main ingredients: chicken, tomato sauce, and parmesan.

This weekend I’m going over to a friend’s house. To make this a little easier to transport, I’m going to make it like a casserole.


  • 1 1/2 lbs Chicken, breast or thighs
  • 28 Oz Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1 cup Mozzarella, grated
  • 1 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Cook the chicken either on the grill, stovetop, or oven until fully cooked. Roughly chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add the chicken to the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. On top of that, evenly spread on the tomato sauce.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Then sprinkle on top of the chicken. You don’t have to mix the two, but I did this so that the flavor is continuous throughout.
  5. On top, add the bread crumbs and Italian seasoning.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. Serve with noodles or by itself.

Study Tips

One thing I take seriously is my education. Maybe not to the point where I only ever study and get straight A’s, but I do think how I keep organized and study has helped me stay on the honor roll and get/ keep scholarships over the years.

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Most of the time I type my class notes. Though it’s scientifically proven that written notes help you retain more, I type my notes because that means I can study anywhere. Since middle school, I’ve been using Google Docs to type my notes. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a free online version of Microsoft Word. I have the app on every device I own so I don’t have to haul around notebooks.


At the beginning of each semester, I make two documents for every class. The first one is for in-class discussions and any information that might be found on the professor’s PowerPoint. The second document is just for notes from the textbook and outside reading assignments.

One thing I’ve never seen anyone else do is that I put the date in the document’s title so I know just by looking at it what was the last time I added to my notes. For example, for my in-class environmental issues (EI) notes it’s called “2/7 EI – In Class.”

Another thing I do is that I put a header every day in the document before I start typing notes. In the header, I list day of the week, date, what the main points are of the reading/ discussion, and if there is any homework or upcoming dates that I need to remember. I don’t keep a planner, so this gives me something to refer back to.

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My notes are usually in an easy to read font (probably Arial) in 12 point. I bold vocab words and italicize examples given by the teacher or book. When I’m in a classroom setting, I’m usually typing so fast that I don’t want to waste time highlighting words.


I keep a binder for every class. I even do this for classes that don’t have homework. It’s just a place for me to put any handouts and store finished homework.


Each one of my binders also contains a notebook that’s clipped in the back. Even though I type my notes, I never know when I’ll need paper. Some classes require me to write a journal, so I just put it in the binder too.


This year when I went to college, at first I got lost around campus. Now each binder has a cover on them that tells me my teacher’s name, what class the binder is for, what time the class starts, and what building that class is in.

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On the other side of the binder, I keep a copy of a school map, and I highlight what building my class is in.


Most teachers don’t require this, but I do this for myself. Right now, I’m working on an independent study and a research project for an upcoming event. Luckily the two projects go hand and hand, so I’m using the same research information for them. Because there are so many parts of the project, I’m putting everything I have for it in a binder of its own. Anything I print off or am going to use as a source, I put into the binder. Now that I’m in the writing process, I’m going to put the different drafts in there too.

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Some classes require students to read online articles as part of the class. When this happens, it’s just easier for me to print it out.


I only highlight the mentioned people and the main point of each paragraph. After I finish it, I type up a small paragraph summary of it to put in my notes.

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You don’t need to do a full outline when writing a paper. I do think you need to make a simple one in order to know what you need to be researching/ writing about.

If I’m doing a research paper, I start by filling out an outline with the main points that I already know. From there I start my research on Google and on databases. Then once I get some research done, I go back in and fill out the details in the outline.

For non-research based papers, I follow a similar process with an outline. I start with what I know about the topic and continue from there. Normally, I’ll begin by cramming out a strong couple of pages, then I’ll take a break.


Like I said before, I use Google Docs for school. This is the same for when I write papers. When I’m done with an assignment, I put it through a program called Grammarly. This gets most of the grammar error and formatting stuff. Personally, I’m a member of Grammarly Premium that finds more advanced issues like sentence structure and cited sources. From there, I copy and paste it into Google Translate. This reads it back to me and helps me find small errors that Grammarly didn’t pick up.

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Most of the time this is fine for daily assignments. When I’m writing long papers, I have someone else look at it.


Everyone studies differently. Some people can do it in a loud crowded room, while others like me do it in a quiet room. Luckily, I don’t have any classes that require me to have homework, but I have a lot of reading assignments. For the most part, my teachers give me a list of all the assignments for the semester.


Normally, I do all my reading for the week all at once. For instance, my World Cultures class requires me to read four articles a week. At the end of the week, I sit down and read next week’s articles. Same goes for the rest of my classes. I like to read on the weekends so that I’m free during the week.


When I used to have daily homework in high school, I’d do that assignment right after that class or that night. Even if I didn’t have that class the next day, I’d get it out of the way while the information was still fresh in my head.

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Other Tips


The best way to get a good grade is to attend your classes. This should be a no-brainer. More likely than not, the teacher’s lecture will cover what you need to know for the test.


Asking questions during class is the best way to understand something you might not know. The person next to you or your friends probably don’t know the course like your teacher does.


Get in a study group. Joining a study group is a good way to meet people and can help you get through studying faster than just by yourself.


The week after the semester starts, I sit down and figure out when is the best time for me to study for each class during the week.


Listen to music during study time. If you live in a noisy dorm/ house, it can help you focus and stay on task. This is my favorite playlist.


Drink water when studying and take breaks every 45 minutes.


Pack your bag before you go to sleep. It’s a lifesaver for me in the morning because I’m always running behind.


Chicken Fried Rice

I LOVE FRIED RICE! This week I attempted to make some at home for the first time. In theory, this should’ve been easy. But also in theory, a lot of things should be easy. I made a lot of this just to keep on hand for this week. I placed the rice into a smaller container so I can just reheat it in my dorm for an easy lunch.


  • 2 1/2 cups Rice
  • 1 pound Chicken Breasts
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 bag Frozen Peas and Carrots, thaws
  • 1 Small Onion, small dice
  • 2 Eggs, whisked
  • 2 teaspoon Sesame Oil


  1. To start, prepare the rice by following the instructions according to its package. For this recipe, I like to use brown rice that already measures out for me by cup.
  2. Now cook up about 1 lb of chicken breast, then dice them up.
  3. In a large skillet, melt down the butter with the garlic. Once that happens, fry the peas, carrots, and green onion in the butter. Then crack in the eggs and scramble it.
  4. Combine in the rice, chicken, and sesame oil. Cover the skillet with a lid, and let the flavors come together for five minutes on low.