On My Radar

So much has happened since Anchor Jam last week! But before I talk about my crazy hectic life, I want to give a big shoutout to my brother for getting his Eagle this Sunday. Eagle is the highest rank a member of the Boy Scouts of America can earn. There are countless service hours, badges, and camping trips put in to obtaining this award, as well as life long lessons about growing up. On average, only four percent of Boy Scouts ever make Eagle. Like the phrase ‘Once a Marine, always a Marine’ once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout. Congrats on this huge life achievement!

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Did anybody else watch UNC’s buzzer beater shot to win the UNC vs. Kentucky game? Someone synced up the Titanic theme song to the final ten seconds of the game, and it fits the moment to a T! Give it a watch, you’re guaranteed a laugh.

Who here likes coffee? Who here likes politics? Who here likes politics and coffee at the same time, because now there’s an app for that. According to Mediaite, Starbucks is giving out free coffee to people on opposite sides of the political spectrum if they use the app Hi from the Other Side to meet up and engage in a civil discourse.  I’m all about free coffee, and I love the idea that we should be coming together as a nation by trying to at least understand each other’s values rather than fight over them. I wrote a post about this the day after the Presidential election if you want to check it out.

And, of course, a small update on my own life: I gave my first mock tour of my University for Arch Society! This was something I’ve been terrified of for the longest time, but my mentor told me I did wonderfully. I also have another big life update…check back on Monday to see what it is!

Blind Date With a Book

Being the lovable bookworm that I am, I tend to indulge in bookstores way more than I should. Case in point: Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe in Asheville, North Carolina.

Blind date with a bookseller - Malaprops, Asheville NC One shelf in Malaprop’s, an independent, quirky bookstore, is reserved for something called “Blind Date With a Bookseller.” The books are wrapped individually in brown packaging paper. The black writing on them is a list of adjectives, describing each one. The price and serial number are on the back. The rules are, you pick a book based off the adjectives. You’re allowed to guess what the title is, but you can’t unwrap the book until you’ve bought it. The best part is that if you’ve already read that title, or if you finish it and end up not liking it, you can return it for a refund or for another blind date book.

My friend DeAnna and I popped in here for a quick second and both ended up buying one of the mystery books! books wrapped as blind dates

I’ve done this one time before. I ended up picking out The Catcher in the Rye, which I’ve read nine times. I also have my own copy at home, and while it’s getting a bit worn I still wouldn’t ever replace it. The pages are covered in ballpoint pen sketches of scenes or iconic items from the book, like the red hunting cap, and all my notes from when I read this book with my AP Language class in junior year. Although The Catcher in the Rye is no longer my favorite book, it holds a special space in my heart. Part of me thinks that I picked it out during my search for the perfect “blind date” because I loved it so much.

So this time when picking out a mystery book I looked for characteristics I wanted in an actual date. Somebody I’d swipe right on Tinder to. Maybe Bumble too. An actual dream boy, ya feel? Because boys in books are just better.

I chose the adjectives: magical, original, timeless, tender, and the phrase “love letter to childhood

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So this month, instead of having a “Read This if You Liked…” post I’m going to go on my blind date with my book and let you all know how it goes. Get ready for an awesome surprise review at the end of August!

If you have any guesses as to what my book is, or who it could be by, let me know in the comments!

xo, Bailey

Moving Into Sorority Row

Hey y’all! Things have been craaaaazy busy in my life as of late. But, good news! I moved into the Delta Gamma sorority house at the University of Georgia!

I’m already loving living with my sisters. They’ve been super great all through our hectic song practice schedules. We even had an alum from LA fly in to give a lecture on the purpose of recruitment! How neat is that?

So I bet you’re all dying to see what my dorm looks like…

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How cute is this?! My wonderful big made me the two canvases (the red says “glory glory to ole Georgia” and the black says “& if not He is still good Daniel 3:18”) and my mom got me the “on my mind” Georgia wall hanging.

similar wall hanging // Christmas lights // text pillow (obsolete) // comforter // back rest

Delta Gamma Sorority House Room

This is my roommate’s side of the room. And that’s her fish, Fitz, on top of my dresser!

my desk at Delta Gamma Delta Iota chapter

Last but not least, here is my desk, where I will probably be spending a majority of my time. Note my Betta fish, Tetra, and my moss ball, Marimo.  Hopefully I’ll be able to do a tad bit more decorating before school starts on the 11th (the walls look a little bare, don’t they?) 🙂

desk organizer // piggy bank // French Bulldog tape dispenser // lamp

Comment below if you want any room updates from life at the Delta Gamma house!

xo Bailey

A Playlist for Mondays

Kicking off the week with an over the top pop playlist full of my favorite boy bands!

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Who is your favorite boy band?

xo Bailey

Second Semester at UGA

Classes here at the University of Georgia are in full swing. I just finished my first two days in my second semester at college. Although I’m a little daunted by certain aspects of my spring courses I’m going to try my hardest to not let any of it phase me! That being said, here’s some little tidbits I’ve learned about life in these past few days:

1. You may think you don’t have as many friends as you do

I came back to school thinking I didn’t have any close friends. I didn’t know who I was going to swap secrets with or talk about with all my problems. The day before classes started I ended up in the main dining hall with a few friends before almost every single friend I’d made in college showed up and sat together around two tables. After dinner we watched the Golden Globes and exchanged belated surprise Christmas gifts. People say you find your “forever friends” in college, and I think this group of guys and gals is it.

2. Amazon won’t let you rent your textbooks if your card expires the month they’re due

It’s a stupid rule and I hate it. End of story.

3. Mom and Dad are always right there

I knew this but didn’t take advantage of it last semester. I call my mom a lot more now (it’s only been two days but I’ve actually called her, okay?) and my dad and I keep in touch by emailing each other links to super nerdy things we find on the internet. It’s our little way of saying “I’m thinking about you.”

4. Access Codes…I’m paying to be able to do my homework

Seriously, I had to pay for an access code to be able to get onto a website in order to do my homework so I can pass a class I’m already paying for with my tuition and fees. This wasn’t a problem ten years ago and people still graduated college?! Let me turn in my homework on paper, or better yet – have a universal homework website that you pay for ONCE in four years of school. Please and thank you!

5. Rate. My. Professor.

God bless America for this little gem. I used it to find both my history and my American government professors and they’re wonderful!

6. Down Week (AKA Drop/Add)

This week is typically super chill so I’d recommend getting ahead in the classes you think are going to be the hardest so when two or three weeks from now you’re ready to give up because you have four exams in two days you have a parachute waiting to catch you (and you won’t stay up until 5am reading textbooks while stress-crying).

7. Retakes aren’t the end of the world

I’m retaking General Chemistry 1211 this semester because I dropped it last fall. I thought everything would be the same but the chemistry department changed the textbook, materials, and teachers. I was a mess when I figured this out. I thought about changing my major to something that didn’t require Gen. Chem. But, upon going to class today, I realized that at least five people from my last chemistry class were retaking this one with me. Intro classes are weed out classes. They’re supposed to be hard. Keep pushing, make friends with the people around you, get a tutor, and do all the practice problems. Don’t tell yourself you’re going to fail because then you’ll actually start to think you’re going to fail. You’ll get there. I’ll get there. Hard work and perseverance are the keys to success!

 

I hope everyone’s new semester is going well! Good luck on school, you’ll do great – I know it!

xo Bailey

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A Complete Autobiography – Very, Very Abridged

Since this is my first blog post, I thought I’d let ya’ll get to know me, at least a little bit. I graduated high school last year in the top 25% of my class, with Honors. I’ve been a dedicated student since middle school, taking seven AP courses and nearly all honors classes for my basic North Carolina requirements. I was heavily involved with volunteering in my community and competed in local poetry slams.

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I decided to expand my horizons and study psychology at the University of Georgia, rather than going to an in-state college. I’m 170 miles from home, and little bit out of my comfort zone at times, but I’m learning.

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College is difficult, and different. I came to UGA knowing all of three people, out of an incoming freshman class of nearly 10,000. Often my college experience feels like I’m fumbling around in the dark for a light switch, but knowing that no freshman really has it all together helps. So from football games between the hedges, to Greek Life, to midnight cookout runs, I want to share my college advice with you – as I learn it.

xo Bailey