This is the end

It’s the end of the semester, my senior year, and my time ever being in a classroom… super weird. This also means that it is the end of my time blogging about Purdue lifestyle as College Lifestyler.

It has been incredible blogging and exploring new ideas as College Lifestyler. I explored new post ideas that I typically wouldn’t have thought of. Blogging has made me branch outside my box and become more myself through my writing. I feel like I finally found my voice.

If you’re a senior and wrapping up your last classes ever, you are probably feeling a lot like me; which is super bittersweet. Don’t get me wrong, I am insanely happy to have just finished writing my last paper of my college career (seriously I just submitted it 30 minutes ago), but I am going to miss this place and the people more than anything. After four years at this university, I will always consider Purdue to be my home.

If you are not graduating yet, consider yourself lucky. Take advantage or every day and every opportunity Purdue throws your way. My time flew by way too fast, but I guess that tends to happen when you’re having fun.

Good luck during finals week and I cannot thank you all enough for reading my blog during the past semester. I hope you learned some fun and interesting things about being a college student at Purdue. Boiler Up and Hammer Down!

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Summer, here we come

I just attended my last class at Purdue… EVER. Yes, it’s a super weird feeling. I’ve been attending classes for 16 years and knowing I’m never going to take another class in my life is very strange. However, that just means it’s finally time to think about summer.

Whether you just had your last class of freshman year or last class of senior year, I want to give you a bunch of summer activities to take advantage of if you’re staying on or near campus.

Take a look at 10 fun things you can do this summer:

  1.  Purdue Farmers Market
    • Day/Time: EVERY Thursday, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • Location: Memorial Mall, North End
    • Fresh garden vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, crafts, honey, jams and jellies. Short-term, 20-minute parking will also be available during the market on Oval Drive. Additional parking is available in the Grant Street Parking Garage.
  2.  Wines on the Wabash 2017
    • Day/Time: Friday, May 19, from 7-10 p.m.
    • Location: Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms
    • The event features over 100 different wines from a broad range of wineries, beer tastings, a silent auction and light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees must be over the age of 21.
  3.  Lafayette Farmer’s Market
    • Day/Time: EVERY Saturday, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • Location: Downtown Lafayette
    • The Lafayette Farmer’s Market promises some of the finest and freshest produce, as well as an enjoyable opportunity to browse one of Indiana’s oldest outdoor markets.
    • Find more information here.
  4.  Taste of Tippecanoe
    • Day/Time: Saturday, June 17, from 4 p.m.-Midnight
    • Location: Downtown Lafayette and West Lafayette
    • Features live music on multiple stages, food booths by local restaurants, fireworks, children’s activity area and beer and wine gardens.
    • Find more information here.
  5.  Chicago Trip
    • Day/Time: Saturday, July 8, from 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
    • Location: Chicago, Ill.
    • Do you want to take a break from campus and explore a big city? PSUB is sponsoring a trip to Chicago for just $25. Pickup will be at the Stewart Center and drop-offs will be at Navy Pier. Spend the entire day doing whatever you want! Visit museums, parks, restaurants, the beach and much more! Sign-up in PMU Room 268. PU Student ID required.
  6.  Wabash Riverfest
    • Day/Time: Saturday, July 8, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Location: Tapawingo Park, West Lafayette
    • Riverfest is an annual event that brings the community together and celebrates the living Wabash River with conservation exhibits, games, activities, canoe races and a 5K. 
    • Find more information here.
  7.  Mosey Down Main Street
    • Day/Time: Saturday, July 8, from 6-11 p.m.
    • Location: Downtown Lafayette
    • Mosey Down Main Street is a series of street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community. Volunteers, downtown business owners, artists and musicians come together once a month from May through September to offer a free family friendly event that takes place right down the center of Main Street. 
    • Find more information here.
  8.  Wolf Park and People’s Brewery Present: Brew on the Bridge
    • Day/Time: Saturday, July 22, from 7-10 p.m.
    • Location: Wolf Park, Battle Ground, Ind.
    • Enjoy a special outdoor concert in the park and find out more here.
  9.  Tippecanoe County 4-H Fair
    • Day/Time: Sunday, July 23-Saturday, July 29
    • Location: Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds, Lafayette
    • Fun family entertainment for all since 1930. Great entertainment, quality music, buildings of crafts and fine handiworks, all phases of agriculture, a wide variety of youth activities, carnival rides and mouth-watering fair food.
    • Check out more on the fair here.
  10.  Summer Destress Fest
    • Day/Time: Tuesday, August 1, from 3-6 p.m.
    • Location: CoRec Feature Gym
    • Take a break from the stress of finals and come to the CoRec for some relaxation. Enjoy an oxygen bar, massage chairs, five-minute massages, food, and activities.

Want more events at Purdue this summer? You can find the full list here.

Have fun planning your summer activities and good luck on finals!

Let’s Go Purdue Baseball

With it getting close to the end of the year, also the end of my time here at Purdue, I have been doing new things because I know that my window of opportunity is closing.

Attending a Purdue Baseball game was never something I had thought about doing, but when a few friends brought up the idea to me, I didn’t want to miss out.

I am so glad I went because going to the game and enjoying the living atmosphere, not to mention the hot dogs, created such a happy memory.

After attending my first Purdue Baseball Game, I put together a video for you to watch and get the perspective of other Purdue students as well. Enjoy.

Remaining Grateful during the end of the semester

During this time of the year, I find myself surrounded by friends who are anxious and stressed, not to mention temperamental. And sometimes the person who is being negative is me. With it being the last two weeks of the school year, it becomes very easy to focus on the stress of what is due in our coursework and snap at friends or family simply because you have a bad attitude.

The end of the year can have many people wound tight, but I want to discuss some interesting information I found about always remaining grateful and the impact it can have on your overall well-being.

Those who show gratitude are the kind of people you want to surround yourself with and a grateful person is the kind of person you should aspire to be yourself. Let’s take a look at what I found:

“Two psychologists, Michael McCollough of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis, wrote an article about an experiment they conducted on gratitude and its impact on well-being.

The study split several hundred people into three different groups and all of the participants were asked to keep daily diaries. The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day without being told specifically to write about either good or bad things; the second group was told to record their unpleasant experiences; and the last group was instructed to make a daily list of things for which they were grateful.

The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. In addition, those in the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, were more likely to help others, exercised more regularly, and made greater progress toward achieving personal goals.”

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With this in mind, The Skinny Confidential talked about how she is trying to increase her levels of gratitude by writing down things she is grateful for. Staying mentally aware of your attitude and outlook is extremely important.

Have an incredible last two weeks at Purdue. Don’t waste it being unhappy. Next time you feel anxiety or stress take over, write down three things you are grateful for. Search for things that make you happy and you will be amazing in school and in life.

 

DIY Room Decoration

I’m going to share a creative room decoration design that I love and it will allow you to showcase your photos perfectly, but at an inexpensive cost.

Whether you’re already searching for ideas to decorate your apartment/dorm for next semester or you are realizing that you’re room at home needs a major redesign this summer, this is the room design for you.

What you need:

You can find all these items at your local Walmart. In the online photo center on Walmart’s website, you can link your Instagram to print off all of your favorite (and perfectly edited) moments. Plus, it only cost $0.09 a photo.

Right when I got to Purdue last fall, I drove to the West Lafayette Walmart and snagged all these items and put together this cute (and cheap) photo wall design that I will show you how to create.

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Here’s how to DIY:

  • Place the command hooks where you want them.
    • First, I figured out how far apart I wanted my command hooks so it would create a nice frame above my full-sized bed. This was 3.5-4 feet wide.
    • I placed one command hook and then placed another one directly horizontal from the first. Then vertically, I placed the hooks eight inches apart. This left me with two columns of three that were 3.5-4 feet apart.
  • Tie your string.
    • I tied my string around each command hook so I would have three rows of string going across my wall.
    • Make sure to make your string almost tight when you tie it because the weight of the clothes pins and photos will create the drooping affect organically.
  • Attach nine photos to clothes pins across each row.
  • Enjoy!

 

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This photo look is a perfect wall accent for above your bed or on a plain wall that needs brightening up.

I’m a big fan of this DIY creation because it is easy, cost effective, and when it’s time for the photos to come down, it leaves absolutely no marks on the wall. The command hooks come off easy and clean.

This wall design requires no need for blue stick tack on the back of yours photos that will stain the walls with residue (trust me, I would know) and it doesn’t require heavy frames that will leave nail holes in the walls.

It’s the perfect room decoration for temporary living or if you are looking to switch up your room design.

Happy creating! xo

 

Easter celebrations around the world

With it being Easter weekend, it got me thinking… does everyone around the world celebrate the way we do here in the U.S.?

My global studies minor had me wondering. I wanted to know if there were different traditions around the world other than the classic ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ that we are accustom to. After some research, I found quite a few fascinating traditions.

I chose six that I wanted to share with you:

1. Bermuda

Bermudians celebrate Good Friday by flying home-made kites. Traditional kites are made with wood, metal, string, colorful tissue paper and long tails. They can be so large they require multiple men to get them in the air, or they can be simple and light enough for a child. The Bermudian kites are known for their creativity. Not only are Bermudians known for flying kites, but on this special day they indulge in codfish cakes and hot cross buns.

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2. Haiti

Easter is celebrated with colorful parades and a traditional ‘rara’ orchestra. This orchestra consists of bamboo trumpets, goatskin drums, maracas and a chorus of singers. The parade performances will begin on Ash Wednesday and continue through Easter Weekend.

This holiday is a mix of Catholic and Voodoo traditions. Voodoo believers will hold goat heads and other parts of animals as offerings to the spirits. This will also be displayed through chanting, drumming, and animal sacrifices.

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3. Finland

Is it Halloween or Easter? In a Finland tradition, children dress up as brightly colored witches, wearing scarfs with painted faces and broomsticks in hand. The children will come knocking on your door, and offer to bless your home, in exchange for candy or treats. The witches go out on Easter Saturday in western Finland, but on Sunday in other regions on the country.

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4. Poland

On Easter Monday, there is a tradition of young men splashing unmarried girls with holy water. This began as something playful and was meant to spark romance. Legend says girls who get soaked will marry within the year. The girls get the guys back by soaking them on Tuesday. Today, it has evolved into a full on water fight. People will use buckets of water, water guns, or anything to soak one another.

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5. France

I hope you’re hungry on Easter Monday in Haux, France. Each year, the town makes a giant omelet used to feed up to 1,000 people and is served in the town’s main square.

A story goes, Napoleon was passing through and stopped at the small town an ordered an omelet. He enjoyed his food so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather all their eggs, and demanded a giant omelet be made the next day to feed his army.

The omelet gets to be nearly 10 feet in diameter with over 5,000 eggs, 21 quarts of oil, and 110 pounds of bacon, onion, and garlic used.

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6. Greece

If you want to experience a loud tradition, you’ll definitely find it on the island of Corfu in Greece. On the morning of Holy Saturday, the traditional ‘pot throwing’ takes place. Everyone gathers to throw pots off balconies so they will smash on the street below. Some believe this tradition is meant to welcome spring, symbolizing new crops that will be gathered.

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I hope you enjoyed these unique traditions as much as I did. I love being informed about not only my culture, but culture’s all around the world.

Are you going to be on Campus for Easter this year? Purdue Christian Campus House is holding a service on Easter Sunday at 9:30am and 5pm. You may not be dressing as a witch, smashing pots or taking part in a water fight, but you can still find a way to celebrate and worship if you’re at Purdue.

+ If you want to read about more traditions, I found my information here, here, and here.

Happy Easter!

 

Purdue Mom’s Weekend

There is a weekend every year at Purdue University where the majority of sororities and fraternities on campus have something called “Mom’s Weekend”. This is where all moms to the members of the organization are invited to Purdue for a weekend with their son or daughter.

Houses will hold events at the Sorority or Fraternity to have activities for the moms to do with their son/daughter. I had my mom up for this year’s Mom’s Weekend at my sorority, Delta Gamma. We were able to celebrate by attending a brunch and silent auction at the house, which they hold every year for Mom’s weekend.

I attached a sound clip from my mom at the Neon Cactus. I took her out with me at night after activities at Delta Gamma and going out to a nice dinner. We were surrounded by tons of sorority and fraternity members celebrating with their mothers as well.

This day was not only moms day but it was my birthday, which made it even more special to be able to be with family.

The weekend is an opportunity for students in greek life to show their mother what life is like for them at Purdue. They can show them where they lived, will live, or have lived by taking them to their sorority/fraternity house. Members can also take their moms out at night to a fraternity or bar so they can experience night life as well.

This weekend gives students a break from school work and they can relax with their mom and give them an insight into their life at school.

 

There is also Dad’s weekend which takes place in the fall semester during a football game, naturally.

College facts you probably didn’t know

For this post, I wanted to share some interesting facts and at first I thought about finding fun facts about Purdue; however, every Purdue student knows about the underground tunnels, fountain runs, Harry’s doesn’t actually sell chocolate, etc. Of course, we all know just about every unique fact about Purdue, so I thought I would share 12 fun facts about other colleges that you probably didn’t know.

Let’s take a look:

1. The College of Rhode Island was renamed Brown University after Nicholas Brown donated $5,000 to the school in 1804. Doesn’t seem like enough money to get the entire school’s name changed? Well, to put things in perspective, tuition was only five dollars at the time.

2. The University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1740, which means it existed 47 years before Pennsylvania even became a state. So was the state actually named after the school?

3. The University of Michigan has an officially sanctioned Squirrel Club that feeds peanuts to the squirrels on campus. It has 400 members and counting. We should get that going at Purdue.

4. In 1978, students at Binghamton University built ramps for salamanders because the curbs were too high for them to climb. These ramped saved salamanders from being run over by cars and are still in place today.

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5. Ohio University may be considered the most haunted school in the United States. Students claim they have communicated with spirits. One of their dorm halls has even been featured on the show, “Scariest Places on Earth”.

6. Oberlin College’s Art Museum rents out original paintings from the greats, such as Renoir, Picasso and Pollock, to its students for five dollars a semester. It’s not every day that a college student can say they have a Picasso hanging up in their apartment.

7. Carleton College plays an annual softball game that adds an inning for each year the school has been in existence. The school was founded in 1866, so this year they will play 151 innings.

8.  Carleton College has developed a new ritual called the “Silent Dance Party”. This is where students download the same hour-long playlist, meet at the library at 11pm, and dance to their own beat.

9. Villanova University has a Vatican internship program for which students manage the Pope’s social media accounts. Yes, even the Pope tweets.

10. At the University of Pennsylvania, spectators throw toast onto the football field after the third quarter of each game to “toast” to the team.

11. John Harvard has a statue that was created in 1884; however, no picture of the founder existed and a student actually modeled for the statue.

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12. When the University of New Hampshire’s hockey team scores their first goal, fans throw a fish onto the ice. This doesn’t sound very sanitary.

You can see where I found my facts and even read more fun facts here and here.

I think it’s awesome to have knowledge about all sorts of colleges across the U.S. and I found those facts super interesting. I hope you did too.

P.S. Something else super cool just happened, a New Jersey teen was accepted into all eight of the Ivy League schools. Her name is Ifeoma White-Thorpe and she is from Morris Hills High School. You can read more about her story here. Wondering where she’ll go? She said it depends on which Ivy League will assist her the most financially.

Purdue Fashion Show

This year, the Purdue Fashion Show was held on April 1, 2017 in the Purdue University Recreation Sports Center a.k.a. ‘the Corec’. If you haven’t heard of the Purdue Fashion Show before, this is where every fashion major at Purdue gets to show off all their hard work for the year. It’s also especially important for the seniors because they get to present their senior collection. This is made of six pieces they have been working on all year and the fashion show is where their vision finally comes to life.

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Each senior gets to choose their models, music, and theme of their collection as well as, of course, hand creating all six looks.

In my opinion, watching the show is incredibly fun. One of my closest friends presented her senior collection and I couldn’t have been more proud and impressed at all that she has been able to create and accomplish.

Even if you do not know any of the designers, just watching what your peers are able to create is pretty inspiring. Plus, if you love fashion, it is a must. If you’ve never gone, I highly recommend grabbing a ticket to next years show.

Ticket prices varied depending on the view you wanted:

  • Row 1: $20
  • Row 2: $15
  • Row 3: $10
  • Row 4: $5

To me, my Row 1 ticket was completely worth it. I felt like I was in New York Fashion Week and who doesn’t want to that way??

You can check out a video I put together of plenty different senior collection looks and an interview with one of the senior designers, Anna Bowers.

 

Have a great rest of your week and remember… tomorrow’s Friday! I will have some ‘fun facts’ coming your way this weekend so keep an eye out.

Next time, skip the gel manicure

I have been doing my own nails for a few months now and staying away from gel or shellac polish. I found this article from Bustle that explains exactly why I chose to do so:

1. Gel polish weakens the nail bed.

Celebrity manicurist, Miss Pop, told Seventeen.com, that a thick coat of gel polish does not allow your nail beds or cuticles to breathe. Routinely getting gel applied can dehydrate your nails and thin out your nail plate.

2. Gel polish can affect your nail health.

Gel manicures can begin to lift and peel. When this happens, water can seep under the gel. As the polish locks in this moisture, bacteria and fungus can form underneath, celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp told Teen Vogue.

3. UV lamps have risks. 

Gel manicures are cured with a UV lamp. While these lamps are responsible for these instant dry coats we love, any kind of UV radiation exposure to our skin always poses a risk. Dr. Lyndsay Shipp told NPR that UV lamp exposure varies from one machine to another.

4. The removal process can be damaging. 

Technicians generally soak cotton in acetone and wrap them around your nails with foil to soften the polish. This process is harmful: Acetone dehydrates your nails and if a nail tech is not gentle enough when scraping off the product, this weakens your nails further. Repeated use of acetone causes the nail to become brittle and peel, according to Dr. Susan Taylor.

5. Gel and Shellac are practically the same.

Shellac, invented by the Creative Nail Design company, is another product offered in salons that works just like gel polish. Shellac is also cured under a UV lamp and lasts for weeks. According to The Apprentice Beauty Blogger, Shellac is more of a permanent nail polish while gel is simply that: a gel in the form of a polish. Nevertheless, both have beautiful finishes and can do their fair share of damage if not treated properly.

 

For me, after getting shellac and gel polish on my nails for a number of years, I started noticing that they weren’t as strong and would get discolored underneath. Also, I have never been tanning and understand the dangers of UV light. I began to realize the damage I was doing to my nails.

This is when I realized that painting my own nails was the way to go. Sally Hansen has two different types of polish that I love because it lasts longer than regular polish (in my opinion) and it dries quickly. These are: Color Therapy Argan Oil Formula which can be found at your local Walmart for $6.99 and Miracle Gel Nail Color for $7.46 at Walmart.

Of course, putting either polish or gel on your nails does not help the health of your nails. However, polish is less damaging than gel or shellac. This brings me to my next point and something that I always try to do as well; which is to take polish breaks.

In between painting my nails, I will let them “breath” and go without polish for a few days at a time. This let’s them recover from any small damage that might occurred while they were painted.

 

After a few days without polish, I can tell that my nails are just as strong and healthy as they were before I painted them. However, after gel or shellac polish, my nail strength could not recover even after a couple weeks of letting my nails “breath” in between salon visits.

If you are terrible at painting your own nails and still want to go somewhere to get them done, check out one of these five nail salons located right in West Lafayette.

Either try a little DIY manicure at home or check out one of these salons. But if you go into the salon, do your nails a favor and opt for regular polish instead of gel.

Hope you had a happy Sunday!