25 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

In this post, I will be doing something that was popular on YouTube a couple years ago, I’m not sure if it has been done in blog form, but I am going to do it anyway. I wil be listing 25 things you may not know about me.

1. I have one sister who is almost exactly four years younger than me. Our birthdays are three days apart.
2. I have not eaten any meat besides turkey or chicken in over a year. I just don’t like the taste of red meat or fish.
3. My best friend and I met in kindergarten and despite taking different paths in life, fifteen years later, we are still extremely close.
4. I will eat potatoes cooked just about any way. I love mashed potatoes, fries, baked potatoes, all of it.
5. I love the beach, and it is my dream to move to either California, Florida, or some place in the Carribean.
6. I went to a very small private high school and had a graduating class of eight people, including me.
7. I need sleep more than most people, and I cannot stay up too late or wake up too late.
8. In addition to flute as my main instrument, I can play piano, clarinet, saxophone, piccolo, a little oboe, and a little ukulele.
9. I know roughly 6500 words in Spanish, and that number is increasing.
10. Because of my knowledge of Spanish, I can read and understand about 60-70% of Portuguese.
11. I have been able to read music since I was six years old.
12. I will still buy bags and other items from Vera Bradley.
13. Music theory comes very easily to me, and I can more quickly understand the concepts.
14. My dream job is to be a self-employed flutist, private flute teacher, and composer/arranger.
15. I want to some day reach fluency in Spanish.
16. I love the song “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, because it brings back happy memories. It is not my favorite song, but I associate it with good things.
17. I have found a couple of college textbooks that were under ten dollars, and they were from the college bookstore.
18. I am super close to my immediate family. I love my parents and my sister, and I don’t know what I would do without them.
19. I love the smell of coffee, but I can’t stand the taste.
20. I just turned 20 last month.
21. I don’t remember this, but my friend told me that when we were younger and both of my parents smoked, we would try and hide the cigarettes from my dad. Neither of my parents smoke anymore.
22. I would love to go on a Mediterranean cruise for a vacation sometime in the future.
23. My junior of high school, I wrote a play for a class which was then produced by my school’s theatre program.
24. I have never broken a bone.
25. I really like social media and connecting with people from all over the world on this lovely thing called the Internet.
Those were 25 things you might not have known about me, but now you do. Is there anything interesting about you that you want to share? Post it in the comments below!
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Make Sleep a Priority

We have started to enter the back-to-school season. Whether you are already back in school, you start in the next week, or you still have some time, I have one important piece of advice for this and every subsequent school year (as well as breaks). Start to make sleep a priority. When you are low on sleep, your body will not function as well as it could be. If you are in high school or college, you need more sleep than average for humans. I know that the start of school brings many changes. You go from having almost nothing to do to having a jam packed schedule of classes, activities, possibly a job, and then you have to find time to do your homework and socialize with people. How do you make it work? I can’t say for sure, because I am still figuring out how to balance everything. It takes a lot of planning, but you have to be willing to take care of your self. I think that sleep should be a priority for everyone. Maybe that means not continuing with certain activities or cutting back your work hours. As a teenager or young adult, we need sleep, more than adults. According to the National Sleep Foundation, high schoolers need 8-10 hours of sleep per night and college aged young adults need 7-9 hours per night. Although, keep in mind that we are all different, and your sleep needs might not match that of a friend or family member. In a world where it is normal to be constantly busy, we need to take time for ourselves and take care of our bodies and brains. Sleep effects a lot of stuff.

If you want to learn more about how much sleep you need click here.
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7DCC #6 Day 2: College Thoughts/Concerns, etc.

Today, we are down to a couple days until I move, and today’s post is all about any last minute thoughts and jitters that I am having. This will be more of q ramble and a list of the things that pop into my head as I am writing, no real structure.

Will I make friends?
Will I like living in a dorm?
What will all of my music classes be like?
Will I like the food in the dining hall or will it get monotonous?
What about marching band, I’m scared I won’t like it.
How will my piano test go? Will I pass out of all four piano classes?
How will my oboe lessons go?
Will I get homesick? Will I be homesick a lot?
How often will I come home?
What will my RA be like?
Will I be able to have any free time? (Besides sleep)
Will I be able to keep up with this blog? (I already have more than a month of posts written, edited, and scheduled, but will I be able to keep up with that trend?
Will I miss not having 24/7 access to a stovetop and oven?
If I don’t take my car, will I miss it and regret not having it?
If I do take my car, will I even use it?
Will I use my bike?
Will I actually go the the student recreation center?
Will I enjoy going to class?
Will any of my classes be complete duds?
I realize that some of these worries might only cause me more stress, but at the same time, I think they are valid things to have questions about. If you have anything else that might be worrying you about the upcoming year, let me know in the comments!
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My (Not-So-Normal) High School Experience

Most parents know exactly where their kids will be going to high school as soon as the child is born or when they move to a new area. My parents were examples of these people. Especially since my mom grew up a block away from where we live now, she thought I would end up at the high school she attended… And that’s what I thought, too, until the eighth grade that is. I was at a big public school with probably 600 students, and for a while, I was content in that environment. But I was never like most of the girls there. I didn’t wear skinny jeans and ballet flats (uggs in colder weather), I LOVED wearing sweatpants. This and other parts of me made me an easy target for bullies. It got to the point where a boy thought it would be funny to almost lick my desk! I hated being there so much that I would get stress headaches and on the days where that didn’t happen, I would fake sick so I could leave early.
One day, in November of 2008, I got a postcard in the mail from a parochial school a few miles away. I thought it looked interesting and it got me thinking that there were other schools I could go to besides Big Random Public High. About six weeks later, two things happened. First, I took the High School Placement Test which was required for admission to any area parochial school. The second thing that happened was my mom read in article in the newspaper about a VERY small school (<80 people) that sounded like a possible fit for me. A couple weeks later, I visited  the school and it was amazing! I loved every minute of my shadow day. I applied and was soon accepted to my new dream school!
The first week of March I had decided that I had had enough of this big school and I wanted to transfer early since my high school was also a middle school. My parents contacted the school and they gave us the okay to enroll after spring break.
My first day was amazing. The middle school had only 9 other students, so I was able to fit in pretty easily. The decision to transfer early was the best decision I made because it finalized my decision to spend the next four years of my life there. I even got to have a couple of pieces of art shown in a school art show!
Freshman year was a breeze. My favorite class from that year would probably have to be a tie between Biology 1 & Spanish 2. I really enjoyed all of my classes. The small environment was perfect for me, and it felt like an actual community. We also got to know our teachers a little better due to calling them by their first names. And each subject was taught by only one or two people. That meant having the same math teacher all through high school.
Sophomore year rolled around, and to be honest, it was nothing special other than the fact that we started researching colleges… That was the year I was given the nickname Falafel. It wasn’t because I had some weird obsession with it, my history teacher just thought my last name looked like the word Falafel.
Junior year was interesting. The college search really started getting speed, we even had a field trip to visit a few area colleges. I also had the privilege of driving to school since I had finally turned 16. That was also the year where I got to write a play that my school put on in the spring.
Senior year, I had a pretty good schedule. I was part-time, so I got to take some college classes. I took those classes online, and I only had to be at school at 8:30 twice a week first semester, and I only had afternoon classes second semester (a teenager’s dream). Second semester was also when I started my first “real” job, which I still have as I am writing this. In May of 2013, I graduated as a member of a class of eight people, which was crazy, but it was nice having a ceremony that didn’t last three hours.
I still love my old high school, and I know that I would not have been happy at any other school, at least not AS happy. I really enjoyed my time there, and while I was sad when my time there came to an end, I knew that I could always come & visit.
Sorry for the lengthy post, but I thought it would possibly be interesting, and maybe helpful to someone who is considering attending a different kind of high school.