Getting back into a routine during Lockdown

Hey my loves,

I don’t know about you, but I had enough of this whole pandemic. But what can you do, right? Well, in the past couple of months I have been through all of the emotions. I felt sad, depressed, happy to have some time at home, emotional, blessed that so far, I haven’t gotten the virus and so much more. Especially the first few months were horrible. I am so dependent on seeing my friends, I have to see them at least once a week as well as my granny and all of them I couldn’t see. It was hard, but I got through it. We got through it.

As of Monday, we will go back into a light version of a lockdown, which means again a little more restraint and a lot less contact to people. I am also fully back at Uni (online) and am working (home office), so I spent a lot of time by myself in my apartment. But I’ve gotten a pretty good routine down, I would say. And I think even though we tend to stray from a routine with so much time at home, I truly think having a routine is the best. Especially for people, like me, who struggle.

I have a pretty busy schedule, all in all I have nine courses for Uni, and I work around seven hours, I also visit my grandma once a week to take care of anything she needs and to spend some quality time with her. So, my days a pretty packed, which is why it is important to have a structure.

Here is what I do:

I like to get up one hour or two before my day gets started with work or Uni. If I have gone to bed late or had troubles falling asleep, I sometimes only give myself like 45 minutes to get my day started, but that’s just a personal choice. Do what you prefer and are used to. If I hadn’t showered in the evening, I usually do this first thing in the morning. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t eat right away, especially with being home I don’t feel hungry at all. After some time in the bathroom, where I tend to at least somewhat comb through my hair and sometimes do a little bit of makeup to make myself feel better (all this heat from the radiator is messing with my skin), I like to get dressed in comfy bottoms and a big sweater and some fuzzy socks.

Some of my favorite loungewear items for a cozy work day:*

  1. Ripped PJ’s
  2. Hogwarts Hoodie
  3. Glitter Socks

*Not affiliated. Just recommendations.

One thing I like to do right away getting out of bed is pulling up all the blinds and open my windows to get some fresh air into my apartment. I usually leave it open until I get a bit cold, which is usually around like two to three hours. After my time in the bathroom I go into the kitchen to make myself a hot tea or coffee, whatever I feel like that morning, and I also get some water. If by then I am hungry I will make myself a somewhat big breakfast, since I usually just snack during Lunch (no matter what I eat, warm food or salad, I get sluggish). I’m currently obsessed with cucumber and cream cheese, so I usually snack on that.

I usually have pretty good plan on what I have to do each day and also what I can do each day. Wednesday is my longest Uni day, which is why I usually just take part in the classes and actually use the breaks in between to move around and relax. It’s so important to get some movement in your day if you sit long hours at your desk, like I do. Besides making sure I move around I also like to call my grandma during lunch hours to just chat with her. If the weather allows it, I also like to go for a walk around the neighborhood to get some fresh air.

Something I didn’t do in the first lockdown is something I changed very quickly: I set myself on a time limit. It is so easy to just keep going with work, Uni stuff or something else, but taking time off is equally as important. So, I like to end my workday around 6 or 7 pm, if possible. That way I have enough time to cook and relax and take time for my nighttime skincare routine. It is so important to set yourself boundaries or else you’re constantly working and that is not healthy. It’s good to be productive and active during lockdown, but you cannot forget that this whole situation is still very stressful and emotional. It’s okay to take time for yourself.

Three Tips if you’re feeling stressed:

  1. Get out. Go for a walk. Listen to music or not. And just breathe.
  2. Workout. Something I haven’t been doing as much as I should, but it helps. There are so many great workouts you can do from home now.
  3. Talk to your family and friends about something else but Covid and work. It’s so important to keep up with the people you love when you cannot see them as much.

I also have to admit that my eating habits were so bad in the first lockdown and I felt not only my skin changing, but also my moods. That’s what I probably changed the most: I incorporate a lot of healthier foods and time slots for eating than I did before and I not only have more energy, but I also feel a lot better about myself.

Taking care of myself doesn’t mean “me first.” It means “me, too.” – L.R. Knost

All in all, take each day as it comes. There is no have to or must’s, you can only try to do your best each day. I hope this entry helps you out a little and I am always open to a conversation in the comments or my Instagram direct messages.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Moving Out – My Experience and Tips!

Hey my loves,

Fall is a season of change, literally. But for a lot of young adults out there who are just graduating from school are facing so many new things. One of them might be moving out of their parents home.

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Moving out is scary. Trust me, I know.

But it is also one of the coolest things ever and will be something that you’ll remember, because it is such a big change in your life.

I moved out exactly two years ago and while in the beginning I might have been a little homesick, I quickly started to love living on my own. I love the freedom that comes with it, which is also one of the parts that make it the hardest. I guess, there’s a price for everything (like, you have to pay for everything, stuff you didn’t even thought about).

I’m living in my hometown and commute to work and college. It’s just way cheaper where I live than in the big city, so I gladly take the train for about two hours. I rather save money than live in a small apartment where I wouldn’t be happy, just to be closer. But everybody is different in this. I always enjoyed the quiet and landscape that comes with my home, but there are a lot of people who enjoy being closer to college and their job, which I get, especially on those days when the trains are delayed. I will move out of my hometown eventually, but for now I am enjoying the comfort of my home.

What have I learned since moving out?

Well, what haven’t I? Haha xD Just kidding, I’m learning everyday. I learned that I like a clean apartment, but that is just not always achievable. I learned that I DO NOT like washing the dishes, but a dish washer is expensive, so I have to deal with that. I learned that I love having my friends over and I love the freedom that comes with it. I don’t have to ask permission for them to come over, they just come whenever they want to. There are so many things I could list…

But most important I learned the value of self-care, appreciating what you have and that working hard for something pays off. Since I’ve moved out I tried to better myself everyday. I try to eat healthier, exercise regularly, have a schedule and be more positive and choose happiness.

Two years, in which I have grown so immensely. Two years, that have shaped me as an adult as well as a woman. If you are scared of moving out: BE IT. Because being scared or intimidated doesn’t mean that you’re weak, it means that what is coming is a big thing that will change your life and that is scary. But also, be excited. Excited for all the great things and new experiences.

My tips for you.

Move out when you’re ready. I know that sometimes that isn’t possible, but if you have the opportunity to stay home or even close to home, do it. For your own good.

Make a list. Moving out inquires a lot of planning and new things. So it is helpful to write list of what you will need to buy and need to do, like completing insurances and all that.

Save up money. Moving is expensive, and moving out of your parents house is even more expensive, because you will have to buy a lot of stuff. Always plan in a little more money than you think you will need, just to be safe. And also write down two lists: one for the necessities that you’ll need and one for things you want to have. And tick of all the things you actually need first.

Do not stress. It won’t be a smooth ride. In the first few weeks it will be hard to find your routine. It will get tricky if something has to get done and you have to deal with it. Don’t stress about it, everyone is or was at that point in some time in their life.

Socialize, but also take time for yourself. Moving out is one thing, but moving out from your parents to life on your own is such a different world. So socialize, with friends, your family or just take up a new hobby. Make sure that you’ll take on something that keeps you busy. But also take time for yourself. Self care is so important, especially when you have to deal with a lot of new things.

I hope I could give you a good inside to what moving out is like. If you have any questions or would like me to touch on a topic in more detail let me know in the comments or DM on Twitter or Instagram.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Where I have been + Update

Hey my loves,

long time since I last blogged, I know! I am so sorry for that.

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I was writing three papers and was preparing for an important oral exam, so I literally did not had the time to do anything else. But I’m all done now and will try to get back to blogging. And I can’t wait to get back, even though I will be quite busy after next week, but I will try my best to upload. There will be some changes though.

I won’t be able to write two or three blog posts a week with good and strong content, even though I wish I had the time, but I rather focus on one good one once a week. I’m going into my last year of college and I have a jam-packed term ahead of me and I started a new job this week, which also keeps me quite busy. But I will try to post on Sundays at 1 pm (CET).

Another change will be that I will be posting more college related blog post, I just feel like you guys really enjoy this content and since I will be done next summer with my bachelor’s degree, I figured, if not now, when?! There will be coming some very interesting entries. But feel free to drop me any suggestions in the comment section as well as on Twitter or Instagram.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to stay organized when you have a lot to do – College Edition

Hey my loves,

as you might know I am a student and currently I have been busy with multiple papers, presentations and participation proof things that I thought I would share some of my techniques with you.

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I always keep a planner on hand so that I can take notes and write down any important submission dates and also to just keep everything nice and organized at one place. I use a weekly spread, where I write down any appointments and according to the days any to-do’s. I also use a pencil for potential things that I am either unsure of if they need to be done or if it’s happening on that day that way I can easily remove and transfer them.

Another thing I am doing is putting all my appointments, submission dates, to-do’s and even home shores in my calendar app on my phone. I even went as far as color coding them. For instance, purple marked things are regarding everything I have to do for College, yellow marked ones are my to-do’s and so on.

I also use the reminder app on my phone to give me daily reminders of things that need to be done that specific day or in the near future and it keeps all my to-do’s in one place.

Another thing I like to do is to use a site in my planner or from a notebook and regarding to the course write down all the things I have to do and if possible date them accordingly. It’s also super satisfying to tick of a to-do on that.

I know this might seem like a lot of double work, but this is for my personal lifestyle. I might not have my planner on me one day so I have it on my phone. If something happens to my phone, I’ll always have it in my bullet journal. I just like to be safe.

What are your organizational techniques? I would love to know. Also, if you are interested in something like this for my blog I am more than happy to share that with you too.

Check out my other entry about College: How to stay organized for an assignment

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

April 2018 Favorites

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I am going to talk about my favorites in April. Uni started on the 9th and since then I have been super busy and in full work mode, but I still like to take some time out to write a couple of entries for May, since I still love blogging so much and want to upkeep my blogging schedule.

What were your favorite entries so far? I would love to know.

Now onto, my favorites this month. I have quite a mix of things. So here they are:

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As you can see, there is quite a lot of highlighters going on and not the fun kind – well kinda the fun kind, I mean, they ARE pastel colored highlighters.

My ‘planner’ and the ‘Stabilo Boss Pastel Highlighters‘ have been my planning heaven this month. I am currently figuring out everything I have to do for the individual courses and also what and particularly when I have to do research and so on for my final papers. But I also use the highlighters for texts I read, not just for planning. My planner is a Bullet Journal, in some time I will write about my experience, but not just yet.

Another highlight from April for me was and still is my new ‘phone case’. I am in love with it, I love the feeling, the color, it’s just so cute. I also love my new phone – lol, it’s an iPhone X for those of you who were wondering. What I especially love about this case is that it’s easy to clean and the microfiber lining. I feel like it still looks cute but also gives my phone the protection it needs.

As for my beauty related favorites I only have a couple of things. To be honest with you, I haven’t been wearing much makeup, just the basics to look semi-presentable, other things just have been more important. First up, is the ‘Trend it up – Nail Polish’ in this beautiful lilac color. If you ever are in Germany go to the closest DM and buy it, it’s super affordable (under 2€) and it lasts all freaking week, literally. I showered, I did dishes, I did everything with them and they didn’t split, crack or lost any color or anything. It looked perfect the entire week.

Another favorite of mine is the ‘L’Oréal Paris – Brow Artist Xpert‘. As you might know, I have been looking for a good brow pen and I think I have found it. It’s super easy to apply, blend and it can look natural or dramatic and I love that it comes with a brush, makes it so much easier.

Since being out all day and hence wearing make up all day I have been looking for the perfect under-eye setting powder, and I dare decided to try the ‘Maybelline – Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder‘ and I was shook. It feels super smooth and lightweight and it lasts ALL DAY. It’s perfect and it was especially great during the heat wave we had. And since I am out all day I also like to not think about reapplying my lipstick, which is why my ‘Maybelline – Superstay 24h Lipstick‘ in Rose Dust has been my go-to one for the entire month of may. It stays on the entire day! I love it!

What were your favorites in April? Tell me in the comments.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Spring Cleaning – What I Did & Why

Hey my loves,

it’s finally Spring, you have no idea how long I’ve been excited for warmer weather. Normally, I love fall and winter, but I do not know, lately all I could think about was spring and summer. And as I am writing this I am looking out of a window and it’s a beautiful sunny and slightly warm day.

Now as many of you might know, I’m a student and we do get some free time after our terms are done, but this spring break I had to finish a term paper and also start a new one, which led to the fact that I haven’t been doing anything else. But as of a couple of days ago I’m done and finished, which leaves me with exactly a week to spare and enjoy before Uni starts again.

And let me tell you, there has been so much left undone and just been left laying around that even I (not the neatest person) found that I had to do a huge spring clean. I just felt like I had so much clutter in my life and that I could start by cleaning and organizing my apartment.

I started in late February, early March by adding a new shelf into my kitchen to organize that mess. I still need some bits, but for now what I have is alright. Then, after I finished all my assignments for Uni, I decided to tackle my bedroom.

I took half a day, and cleaned out my closets, which exists of three IKEA clothes rack and a big MALM chest of drawers. I threw out old clothes that I would not wear anymore, kind of color coordinated the racks and also coordinate them after seasons. And then I went ahead and organized my chest of drawers, which let me tell you, looking through all your sock is a pain in the a**. But I did, I hovered and dust cleaned, and now my bedroom is looking so good again.

Lastly, I organized my desk. After each term, I organize my papers and all the books I’ve read for Uni, and since I’m doing my makeup on there as well, I switch out my old daily makeup with my new one and I also give it a good clean. This just helps me with feeling prepared and organized for the new term and also gives me a lot of room on my desk again.

After I had everything finished I felt so much lighter in my head and my spirit felt lifted, because I had accomplished a lot in a couple of days. I can highly recommend to do a spring cleaning.

Do you spring clean? What else do you do? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know and chat about different perspectives.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to Set Yourself Up For a Productive Week

Hey my loves,

In today’s blog post I am going to share with you some of my tips with you on how to set yourself up for a productive week.

Make a list

Making to-do list is of one the biggest tips I can give you. Writing down everything you need to do in a day, or in the week is super helpful, especially because you can add things along the way and tip-off anything when you’re finished with it.

I do have two systems for my to-do list: For university I actually like to write them down in my diary and sort them for the individual courses I have and I also sort them after priority. I also write down when they have to be finished. This is particular helpful when you have to migrate some of your to-do’s.

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For my apartment and life to-do’s I usually just write down my list on my phone in the notes app. Only if they are small things I have to do I write them down on my monthly to-do spread in my Bullet Journal.

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Start Small & Prioritize

Don’t overpower on the to-do’s, start with a small list. You can add more things to do later on. And if you can’t start small, choose the priority for each task you have to do and write them down in that order.

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Also: Don’t put yourself down if you can’t finish all of your to-do’s, if you use my priority system, you will get things down that have to be finished. I usually have like 3-4 priority categories. Priority 4 has to be done immediately on that day, Priority 3 has to be done on that day, but can be migrated to another day, if necessary, Priority 2 are things like doing the washing or cleaning, things you can do in between other chores. I for myself always have a wash of clothing running when I study for Uni, so that I remember to get up in between and move a little bit. And last but not least, Priority 1 are to-do’s that have to get done in this week, but can migrate, if necessary, to the next week.

Find a calm spot to work

We are all different especially when it comes to places to work, I for myself prefer to work at a desk, with a lot of natural light and a lot of space, because I usually have a lot of extra material besides my MacBook. I also love to have music in the background, although it has to be music, that I won’t sing to (which happens a lot, even if I pick songs I don’t hear that often). I sometimes even listen to instrumental Soundtracks or piano songs. Would you guys be interested in a playlist? Let me know in the comments.

Find your spot, where you aren’t distracted and can work concentrated, but also stay motivated. I also love to make myself a tea and have some snacks on hand – like fruit, veggies and if I feel like it, sometimes even a little bit of chocolate or cookies. It helps me to keep going.

Take breaks

I for myself, like to take 10 to 15 minutes in between chores to recharge and move a little bit. Especially when I’ve been working at my desk, I like to get up a bit and stretch or just walk around a little bit – and to be fair, quite often, I do have a longer break where I watch a 20-minute episode of something or a dance session. You have to find out what works for you, I know some people, if they start watching something, they start to procrastinate. I would lie, if id said that didn’t happen to me, but sometimes, we all have motivational problems.

What do you do to make sure that you have a productive week? I would love to know, maybe you even have some tips for me, that I could try.

I wish you all a wonderful and productive day!

XoXo, Jasmin

Midnight Ramblings // Mitternachtsgedanken

Hey my loves,

you know at times like these – it’s currently 11:43 pm as I’m writing this – I always get lost in my thoughts. I’m a night owl, so I tend to stay up later than others, but as for the last three months I’ve been going to bed quite early – well, for me at least.

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I’ve been so busy and on my feet constantly that I didn’t have time for thinking for a while now, but I guess that’s good for me. Because I tend to overthink things a lot. Are you like that? Overthinking used to be such a huge problem for me, not that I had to overthink anything for that matter, because to be honest, my gut feeling always turned out to be right and thinking of all the other possible outcomes or whatever usually just gave me a major headache than anything else. But you know how it is…

But tonight is a night where I kinda got some time to myself. And I have to admit I quite enjoyed it. The next, um let me think, 5 or 6 months are going to be tough. I’m in my second year of Uni (well, actually more, but if you want me to get into that, let me know) and since I kinda slacked the first year a bit,  because of moving out and other timing issues, I now have to write six papers. Which, let’s face it, is an awful lot to handle.

But I can’t change the fact, because I want to stay inside the three years and for that I have to do it. And usually if I set myself to something, I do it. Most of the time. But we’ll see. Next week Uni starts and it will all begin, but I’m excited to get back at it. I like being busy with school and I always feel like my summer term is so much nicer and easier to handle. Must be the sun, don’t you think?

Would you like me to talk about my Uni experience or which degree I’m aspiring to get? Because I could easily write a couple of entries for you. If you have any questions, feel free to comment and ask them.

Now enough of my midnight ramblings… I wish you all a good night!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Overthinking

The art of creating problems that weren’t even there.

 

Things to Do on a Cold Winter Day

Hey my loves,

today I’m sharing all the things with you I like to do when it’s too cold and too grim outside. Enjoy!

Reading a Book, Cozying up with a Blanket & Hot Tea

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Winter time is tea time. Well, it’s in my house. I love tea! In this picture I’m drinking a berry flavored tea, it was so good, well until I knocked it over with my feet. I’m so clumsy sometimes. Winter time also means you get more time to read, well in my case not so much, unless it’s the holidays, but you all know how much I love to read.  And most important is a warm fuzzy blanket.

Watching Movies & Tv Shows on Netflix

We all love Netflix, but I think it gets more use during the Winter months. Don’t you think? I love to rewatch all series or watch Holiday movies. Here are my Top 10 Movies and Tv Shows I like to watch:

  • How I Met Your Mother
  • Friends
  • Gilmore Girls
  • The Walking Dead (although I’m still stuck somewhere in the 5th Season)
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Big Hero Six
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Love Actually

Slipping into something cozy & Spa-Day

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Winter time is the time of the warm, oversized sweaters and super cute slippers, but also the time where I like to take some extra minutes for my skin care. Here are some DIY Face Mask Ideas and some super cute sweaters:

Studying, Cooking & Baking and Solo Dance Parties

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Now, I also like to do some University stuff, and when I can I also prepare stuff that happens after the holidays, so I have more free time in the beginning of the year. I also bake and cook a lot more during Winter, because obviously, I have to try out new baking ideas for Christmas. And also I like to test the meals I’m going to cook for my annual Christmas Dinner with friends. And a dance party on your own: Do I have to explain that one? Just kidding, but I think a solo dance party here and there avoids winter blues.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to show it some love. I would really appreciate it! What do you do on cold Winter days? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Guide to University Success – 10 Tips

For students at universities or colleges all across the world, a new academic year has either already begun or will begin soon. Summer is over, and we need to get used to using our brain again, to getting up early in the morning.

For those who are only enrolling in university now, it is far more than that: you are facing new challenges, a new world with new people in it. I remember my very first day in university, when I was only 19 years old, very shy and pretty much overwhelmed with everything. I will say, it’s scary, but worth it.

What I would have wished for back then are a few helpful pieces of advice on how to be successful at university. I didn’t have that, though, so I had to make my experiences on my own, and some of them I learned the hard way. So when Jasmin asked me to do a Motivational Monday about the start of the semester, I decided to give you ten tips on how to survive life and studying at university and graduate in the end.

1. In every building, find the cleanest and most quiet bathrooms.

Because usually, people like to pee in peace. From experience I can assure you, the best toilets are never on the first floor (or ground floor, if you’re a Brit). They’re used by far too many people.

2. Don’t get lost on campus.

Make sure you know where the rooms are your lectures take place. If you want to make extra sure, be there a week before lectures start and look for ways to get there, you might even find shortcuts.

3. Make acquaintances in every course.

They don’t need to be your best friends, but you need someone you can ask for help should you ever not be able to show up (be it because you’re sick or because you’re skipping) or should you have serious issues with the subject. If you think you can manage university without help from others, you’re only kidding yourself. And there is a saying that friends you make in college are friends for life.

4. Bring your own food.

At least whenever possible. Trust me when I say that relying on the cafeteria can be fatal when they either have only shitty food or too many people were faster than you and there’s nothing left. Besides, paying for lunch every day will make you indigent faster than you know.

5. Be there early.

In big universities with 20,000 students or more, it is vital you be there early enough to get a seat if you don’t want to end up standing, or sitting on some stairs, or the floor, even. If you’re there half an hour before the lecture starts, you get a seat, I guarantee it. If you’re there even earlier, you still have time to go to the bathroom and get a coffee without being in a hurry, a great thing if the lecture is in the morning hours.

6. Don’t do homework at the last minute.

For homework that you need to hand in to pass the course, don’t do it. Just don’t. It puts you through an unnecessary amount of stress, and since you don’t have enough time to properly proof-read what you wrote, you could fail because of too many minor mistakes.

7. Divide your revising wisely.

Do less work for the courses you know you’re good in, and in return do more work for the courses you are having trouble with. Every lecturer will treat their course as the absolute priority, but you need to figure out in which course you need to invest the most time. In the end it comes out even.

8. Find a studying method that works for you.

For some people it is enough to just memorize the contents, but others also need to practice applying their memorized knowledge to exam-format questions to be able to succeed. You need to find out what applies to you.

9. Don’t panic.

Some lecturers like to make you nervous by rattling off statistics about their exams, like e.g. the failure rate is seventy-five percent, for every lecture you need to do two hours of revising or you will not make it, yadda yadda. My advice is: don’t listen to them too much. If you make yourself crazy before an exam, that doesn’t help anybody, least of all you. You should go into an exam with the appropriate amount of respect, but don’t be scared. If you’re really nervous, you can always find higher semester students and ask them about their experiences.

10. Decide whether you actually want it.

This is the most important advice I can give you. If you only enrolled in university because

a) your parents wanted you to do it, or

b) you didn’t know what else to do, or

c) both of the above,

there is a high chance of it leading you nowhere. Sure, the experiences you make at university are great ones you will not want to miss, but if you know you don’t actually belong there, you should reconsider. When you are studying something you don’t really want to study, going through with it is incredibly hard, and I admit that I could not go through with it when I first enrolled. If you think you are strong enough, go for it. But think about what it is that you want, and pursue that.

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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