A Day in the Life of a College Sophomore in Quarantine || Studying, Baking, and Letter Writing || Spring 2020

Happy quarantine, friends!! I hope you are doing well, and that you’ve been finding joy in this strange season.

Today I’m going to share a day in my life as a college student in quarantine! I always love seeing these kinds of posts, and they are always so motivating for me, so I hope that this post does the same thing for you! I did one of these posts last year, and it was a lot of fun, so I wanted to do the same thing again this year! Naturally my routine is a little different right now, and I thought it would be a good way to document this time.

My mornings start off with class: my 8am chemistry class still meets at the same time, so I wake up, make breakfast, and a cup of coffee, and sit down for class! I usually plan out my day in my bullet journal during my first class, so I know what homework is due that day and what else I want to do that day.Processed with VSCO with g3 presetAfter class, I have my quiet time. I prefer to do it first thing in the morning, but having an 8am really isn’t very conducive for that, haha! I finish up my (now cold) coffee and read a couple passages in the Bible: my favorite plans are the Little Bible Plans made by Jenny: they are exactly the right length, and they are all such good passages! Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

After my quiet time is done, I have another online class, biology this time, and then I eat lunch! Usually I read a book while reading: this day in particular I’m reading Anne of Windy Poplars for my readalong that is happening! I’m eating a chicken salad melt with cheddar cheese on top: so yummy!Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

After lunch, I have yet another online class: this time it is orchestra! Obviously, my orchestra cannot meet right now (our last concert was actually cancelled๐Ÿ˜ญ), but my directors have been leading us through some orchestral pieces and showing us a more behind-the-scenes look of conducting and leading an orchestra, which is super interesting!

During class, I make apple crisp. Obviously this isn’t an everyday thing, but this day we had apples that were going bad, so I decided to cut them up and make apple crisp! It turned out really good, and it was really fun to make too! Being able to do things like this is my favorite part of online class: you get to do things that aren’t possible during live classes! My webcam was on, but no one could tell ๐Ÿคซ.

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After that, I did some studying. My statistics professor records his lectures and puts them online, so I watched that and took notes. I’ve really enjoyed being able to pause and rewind lectures, especially since math is nooooooooot my strong suit. ๐Ÿ˜‚Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

After I finished studying, my family ate dinner, and then I broke out the stationary to write some letters! I’ve really enjoyed being able to write more letters during this time: snail mail is just so fun! I lit a candle, put on a YouTube video (this one is by Lindsey from BFCG), and wrote several letters! I’m a big fan of making time to do things that you like and want, even if it’s not the most practical it’s finals szn, bb!! so I made time to write some letters! Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

After that, I get ready for bed, and listen to a podcast as a way to help me unwind, and then go to sleep!

Obviously my everyday isn’t like that, and as exams start piling up, I’m less able to both bake apple crisp and write letters in the same day, but I still try to not work all day. It’s not the most exciting day-in-the-life, but that’s just how this season is. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to continue taking college classes, which gives my days a structure that wouldn’t be there otherwise.

What does a typical day in your life look like? What is your go-to breakfast? Do you like writing letters? What is one thing you’re grateful for because of quarantine? Leave me a comment and let me know!

My Social Distancing Bucket List || 25 Things To Do Now That You Finally Have the Time

Hello everyone!! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy!

My school announced that we’ll be having an extended spring break, then at least two weeks of online classes after that. And because my lil type 6 self simply WILL NOT REST until I have made a list of and categorized EVERYTHING, I IMMEDIATELY began making my “Social Distancing Bucket List,” and I figured I would share it! Here are 25 things to do now that you always said you’d do when you have time and that you now have time for:

  1. Put your phone away. There is SO MUCH news about what is going on, and the more I scroll, the more stressed I get. I’ve limited myself to once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening, and it’s helped a lot.
  2. Find your new favorite book. There are SO MANY good books out there to read! If you need some recommendations, here are my top reads of 2019. Alternatively, I’m holding an Anne of Green Gables Readalong and it’d be the perfect time to hop on!
  3. Write happy mail! It can be a letter, or a bookmark, or an art piece, or anything really. On my instagram the other day, I asked for people who wanted some happy mail, and I’m going to be sending it out soon! (and if you want in on the happy mail, go comment on that post!!)
  4. Start a garden. Although it might not be warm enough yet to have plants outside, it’s the perfect time to start seedlings indoors! When I was younger, I loved gardening and I want to get back into it! The ones I suggest are tomato, potato, pumpkin, and peas.
  5. Clean out your phone! How many apps do you have that you haven’t used and are taking up space? Delete them from your phone!
  6. Deep clean your house/room/apartment. If you’re anything like me, you’ve let some things slip during the semester. Even just deep cleaning one area will make that space so much more welcoming to live in for 3 weeks ๐Ÿ˜…
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  7. Prewrite some blogposts! Stock up on some blogposts that you can just pull out and post on a busy week. They are so helpful and really a life changer!
  8. Update/refresh your playlists! I don’t know about y’all, but my spotify platlists are kind of a mess. (just me? okay) Go through your playlists, take out songs that you don’t want to listen to anymore, and add new ones in!
  9. Go through your camera roll! Raise your hand if you’re a photo hoarder. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ I always have 50 million photos in my phone, and I need to just go through and delete about 40 million of them ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…
  10. Go on a picnic. Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stay inside all the time, and this weather is too gorgeous to pass up! Grab a sibling or a “safe” friend, and go on a picnic!
  11. Purge your closet. It’s almost time to switch out your winter clothes with your summer clothes, and what better time to also get rid of all the clothes that you haven’t been wearing?
  12. Catch up on your school work. I knowwwww. It’s technically spring break!! I have some notes that I need to finish transcribing and some study guides I didn’t get to finish up before school ended, so I’ll be doing that with my time!
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  13. Start a notebook! The start of a new notebook is always incredibly cathartic for me, and gets me more productive and more creative. I started a notebook for this break, and it’s the best thing ever.
  14. Check up on your friends. Everyone’s going through this together, so reach out! See how they’re doing or if they need anything, and just virtually hang out!
  15. Watch that show that you’ve been meaning to watch. We all have that one show: why not do it now?
  16. Spend more time with God. Take some focused time away from the world and just be with God. It’s been a while since I had in-depth one-on-one time with God, and this is the perfect time to do it.
  17. Find a new podcast. There is so much wisdom that people share in podcasts, and I’m always on the hunt for new ones (please comment your favorites!). My new favorite right now is The Kate and Abbie Show about creativity, healthy living, and writing.
  18. Workout at home! Although gyms are closed, your living room floor is not! Pull up a workout video on YouTube and get your blood pumping!
  19. Clean up your social media feeds! Go through your feed and clean out the stuff you don’t want to see anymore! Here’s a post I did about cleaning up your social media.
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  20. Try out a new recipe! Although grocery stores are empty, make something with the food you already have in your house. Cinnamon rolls are a fun one that don’t require a ton of supplies!
  21. Have a spa night! Light a candle, put on a face mask, and just enjoy yourself for an evening. Relax, listen to some music, and just chill.
  22. Redecorate your room. If you’re going to be in it all the time, you might as well make some use out of the time. I haven’t redecorated my room in a while, and I have lots of ideas that I could implement!
  23. Find a new phone game to play. This is where I pull out my Best Fiends sponsorship (LOL JKJK ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚).ย  But for real though, finding a game you really like can be pretty hard, and now is the perfect time to do it! My new favorite right now is Animal Kitchen, which is super cute and super fun!
  24. Learn something new! A language, or a creative skill, or a new art form, or an instrument. Think of something you’ve wanted to learn forever but never had the time to, and learn it!
  25. Just relax!! There is NO RULE out there that says you need to be hustlin’ while you’re on coronavirus break. Just chill out and enjoy your free time!

If you’re looking for some more posts to read, check out:
this post from Erin that’s a similar concept but more relaxing
my friend MacKenzie’s top 10 list
this one I wrote several years ago that’s a funny version of this post

How are you holding up? Are you on social distancing, or do you still have to work? What is your college doing? What have you been doing over this break? What podcasts do you like? Leave me a comment about ALL THE THINGS!


People of 2019 || 12 Days of Blogmas 2019 Day 11

Hey everyone! Happy Blogmas Day 11! Today’s post is one I like to do at the end of every year, where I look back at my life and thank the people that made the year what it was. I really highly recommend doing this: it really helps me be thankful of the people I have in my life, and makes me that much more grateful for the life that I have!

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For 2019, I’m thankful for:

  • my mom and dad, obviously, for supporting me and guiding me through this next season of my life
  • my brothers, D+P, for finally starting to understand humor and jokes and memes and becoming friends this year
  • “Grandma” and “Grandpa” B and “Aunt” L, for always having my back spiritually, of course!
  • my cousin, SM, for hanging out with me this year: we actually became friends this year and I’m super happy about that!
  • my boyfriend, MF, for showing me unconditional love, for all of the amazing dates we had and cuddles we did. You’re my favorite person in the whole world, and I will never forget you. I love you so much!
  • RF and AS, for all the fun hangs this year. I can’t believe it’s taken us so many years to actually become friends. Both of you are going to go so far in life, and the battles you faced this year will make you that much stronger in the future!
  • MM, for being such a good friend despite the distance and the busyness; you still connect with me and think about me and point me back to God
  • OS, for being a great roommate, and for all the adventures we shared this year. We are definitely not a typical roommate pair, and I would not have it any other way!
  • MM and KS, for still being friends, even through we haven’t hung out as much this year. I know I can send you both a text and you will support me and understand and listen.
  • CF, for being both my friend from home and also at school, giving me support always
  • NH, NSD, SK, AS, AB, MS, RW, ES, AY, BS, and DB, my college friends, for being with me through the stress, the good days, and the bad.
  • EC, for being my chemistry buddy and for understanding The Struggle
  • my Gemstone team and mentor, for always expanding my mind and challenging my research. I’m looking forwards to the next two years!
  • TL and JL, for giving me an outlet for playing music in college, even though I am nowhere near the caliber of collegiate playing
  • ER, YR, EG, CS, and MC, my Delight girls, who constantly remind me to stay close to God, even when life is hard and it feels like he’s not there
  • my online friends, especially for Abby, Hailey, Grace Anne, Charley, and Olivia, for encouraging me, supporting me, and always being there for me. You all are the best!
  • CS, KG, YT, VM, AM, KC, NW, HN, AZ, and others, my church friends, for always saying hi to me and encouraging me to grow closer to God
  • and God of course, for always being besides me no matter where I am in life and what I do

Who are YOU thankful for this season? Who has poured into you in 2019? Don’t comment if you don’t want to, but I really encourage you to think about who’s been important in your life from year to year!


19 Things I Learned in 2019 || 12 Days of Blogmas 2019 Day 5

Hey everybody! Today I have a super exciting blogpost to share with you all: I’m talking about the 19 Things I Learned in 2019!! I did this once before, when I turned 18 (you can find that here) and really enjoyed it, so I wanted to do it again!

19 Things I Learned in 2019

  1. It is, in fact, possible to date somebody that has . . . essentially the same name as you
  2. It is, also, in fact possible to get rid of 2 55-gallon trash bags worth of STUFF from your room and still have a full room (being a minimalist is hard)
  3. Having a good feed on Instagram . . . isn’t that hard??? You just need to plan ahead a little (which, yes, is difficult) but it’s not /that/ bad? Also Unum is the best
  4. Menstrual Cups are pretty great. Except for when you drop them when you’re trying to take them out and the bathroom looks like you tried to flush a body๐Ÿ™Š
  5. You, uh, need to make sure your phone volume is on before you connect it to your speaker or else you’re going to be very confused
  7. No matter where you are in life, or how busy you are, or how stressed you are, time with God will NEVER be wasted (unless you’re using it as an excuse. then it will. but not because you spent time with God)
  8. Talk to your professors!!! They can help you A LOT . . . but also not help at all, lmao oops
  9. Both you and your roommate getting super sick during finals week is going to be . . . a time (not at all).
  10. There will, in fact, be a point in your life when your parents congratulate you for getting a C- instead of failing. (There might not in your life exactly, of course, but I learned that I did)
  11. You can just ..switch two letters on the MBTI typing test?
  12. I make some bomb homemade mac and cheese. (Recipe found on Pinterest here)
  13. Playing piano for church is . . . actually really stressful??? Hats off to anyone who plays every week bc it’s HARD
  14. MORNING ROUTINES ARE AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGG and everyone should make one. Also, I’m a morning person?? Who knew??
  15. Grocery shopping??? is so fun?? Who hid this information from me for so long
  16. Journaling is GREAT; you get to remember what you did in a day, and pray and think and it’s all just for you. Not sharing everything on the internet? Who’d’ve thunk
  17. Baby Yoda is the best thing to have graced this earth
  18. Taking four 2-hour exams in 50 hours is BAD and will END POORLY

So there you have it! 19 Things I Learned in 2019! What’s something you learned in 2019? Do you like grocery shopping? Leave me a comment and let me know!


A Day in My Life || College Life || Freshman Year 2019

Hey guys! Today I have a blogpost that I’m really excited about*! You got to follow me around a day in my life as a college student!

*though to be fair this was a more exciting blogpost in my head than in execution; my life is actually pretty boring, now that I look at it oopsA Day in My Life

My mornings usually start off pretty slowly: this semester, my classes don’t start until 11am, which is reaaaaaally nice. I like to try to be out the door by 9, though, so that I can get some study time in before class. Before I leave, I wake up, get ready for the day, make some coffee, and make my bed.

Then, I usually go do work while eating breakfast in the diner. Sometimes, I’m lazy and go back to my room after eating breakfast and do work there, though I get decidedly less done when I’m in my room.


I like to sit in the diner for a couple hours, and (hopefully) get some work done, then I head to class! I have between two to five hours of class a day, depending on the day. They’re usually split up in two blocks: one in the morning or early afternoon, and then one in the evening. Some days, I also have orchestra, which is always really fun!

Walking to class takes anywhere from five to twenty minutes, and I put on some music or a podcast to listen to. (I’m looking for podcast recommendations btw: let me know your favorites!). Sometimes I have classes with my friends, which is always really fun!


After my first block of classes, ending by 1pm or 3pm, depending on the day, I go back to my dorm to eat lunch and to relax a little bit before my evening classes. This is when I usually do my Bible reading, journal (if I’m feeling extra motivated) clean my room, and take a shower as well (the showers are a lot less crowded in the afternoon than they are in the morning).

My roommate is usually out so I get the room to myself then. If I have some spare time, I find some friends and study/hang out with them. Some days I don’t go back to my dorm, and instead find a quiet corner to study.


After my evening class, I usually eat dinner and hang out with friends. I also do my homework due that night or the next day. I got lucky this semester: if I budget my time right, I only have one assignment to do every night. If I have an exam the next day, I study for them as well. If I have any spare time, I read a book or work on blogging.

My roommate and I usually open up our room for a sort of study hall/hang out spot after dinner, so it’s always a fun time hanging out and studying together with our friends. Sometimes–usually on the weekends–we watch a movie after everyone is done with their work.


So there you have it! A day in my life as a college (!!!) student! It’s really not as interesting as I hoped it’d be, but I hope it gives you a look into what my life as a college student looks like!

What does a day in YOUR life look like? Are you in college, in high school, or out of school? What is your favorite podcast? Let me know in the comments!

People From 2018 || Blogmas 2018 Day 24






Since it’s Christmas Eve, today’s post is me screaming about all the amazing people in my life so that you can spend more time with your family and stuff since you’re not gonna read this anyways XD !!

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For 2018, I’d like to thank-

  • Mom and dad, of course, for always supporting me, especially this year as I GRADUATED!!!! and left for college!!! and for paying for college ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • my brothers D+P for stepping up to fill the house while I’m not here and for their development into actual people this year and not just siblings
  • my relatives, who I got to see this year–my grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as extended family–for being awesome and inspiring people who I look up to and love seeing all the time
  • “Grandma” and “grandpa” B and “aunt” L, for praying for me always. It really is a comfort to know that there is always prayer surrounding me!
  • MM, for being my brain, for dealing with me as I finished out stuff and Felt Things, for trusting me enough to talk about your Feelsey Things, and for loving me. We’ve both grown a lot this year.
  • MM–the other one–, for being such a great friend, for sticking with me through everything, for dealing with college life with me, for the college phone calls, and everything else!
  • RF, for all the time we spent together this year. I FINALLY got to know you this year, and I loved every minute of it. Thank you, for that, and for trusting me with your Feelsey Things, for being my older sister, and for the memes XD
  • MF, for being an absolute sweetheart. We only got about a week in 2018 to really get to know each other, but no matter what happens, I’m never going to forget you. I love you!
  • KS, for being my sister, for being one of the first people I told about ^, and for good times every time we hang out
  • AS, for becoming a fun hang-out friend this year: we spent a couple years kinda distant, but this year I feel like we actually hung out quite a bit, and it was a great time! Also for letting me sort Things out with you and for being better at dealing with said Things than I was
  • my roommate (!!!) OS, for being an amaZING roommate. College would be so different if it weren’t for you, and I love rooming with you!
  • my college friends–NH, SK, BS, RW, CS, NSD, MS, AS, AY, JK, and SE–for being who you are. Hanging out with y’all has taught me so much, and I’m so grateful to know you guys. Finding friends at college was one of my biggest concerns, and y’all are truly the biggest blessing. I’m so thankful for you all!
  • my church friends–KG, YT, KT, AM, VM, LW, NW, HT, NW, SV, JS, and KC, for talking about God with me, and worldviews and thoughts and stuff this year while I’ve been at college, and for motivating me to keep going to church even while I’m at college
  • my online friends–Hailey, Mary, Vanessa, Charley, and everyone else who I tried to keep up with on top of my college stuffs–for being there and always up for a quick lil message after a busy day, and for checking up on me every once in a while to make sure I haven’t died yet
  • my SciOly friends–KB, DC, AH, SW, MM, and everyone else–, for becoming friends this year, and not just teammates: while it’s been like that for so many years, this year was truly special
  • GM, for also being frienDS this year, thought we’ve gone from seeing each other 5 times a week to just 2 . . . it’s still a lot and I love you!
  • EC, for mentoring me and talking with me about God and giving me advice about growing up and dealing with the world, and just being one text away if I ever need anything
  • SS, FM, WS, and MHC, for helping mama as I grow up, and for always being there for me if I ever need
  • EW, for being actual friends again this year, for dealing with college things, for being brave and going to college, for trying to make my move to college less intimidating
  • and God, of course, for whom I try to live for every day, some days more than others. Here’s to 2019 being a year of growth and a closer walk with you!

I’ve found that saying thank you to people–even if they never see it!–is a really good way to stay humble and to realize how much people pour into you. Who are YOU thankful for this season?

The Liebster Award! || Blogmas 2018 Day 21

Hey everyone! It’s THREE DAYS until Christmas Eve!!! Are you ready???

I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Shantelle a long time ago oops and today, I’m going to be doing the tag!

Blogmas Day 21 2018

The rules are simple:
1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions they gave you
3. Name 11 facts about you
4. Nominate 11 bloggers to do this tag, and let them know
5. Give them 11 questions to answer

Questions to Answer-

  1. What did you eat for your last meal? The last meal I ate was dinner last night, and I had some dumplings and some noodles! They were very good ^^
  2. What’s the best part of your average week? My music rehearsals! I’ve done music ensembles for 7 years now, and they’re always such a refreshing part of my week: I love it!
  3. Where is the most amazing place you’ve been? Honestly, I think any National Park that is the site of where something happened, such as Gettysburg or Mount Vernon! I think it’s just WILD that stuff I’ve read about that happened hundreds of years ago happened THERE!
  4. One question you’d ask your favorite author? What is the favorite book you’ve ever written, and what is it about?
  5. What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer? Definitely the county fair! It is SO much fun!
  6. Last new author you tried out? (Did you like the book?) The last book I read with a new author was The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill. I enjoyed the book; it wasn’t one of my favorites, but it was a good read!
  7. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done? Go to college! It’s kind of insane how much the 3 1/2 months at college has grown me and given me new experiences and insights about so many things!
  8. What’s a character trait you admire in others? Integrity and thoughtfulness.
  9. What’s your favorite genre (to read)? What draws you to it? Right now, it’s contemporary, which is a very new favorite. I like it because it tells the story of what could have actually happened in real life to real people.
  10. What’s one book that you wish more people knew about? If we’re talking books about blogger friends, then Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire. If we’re talking about more “traditional” books, then The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages!
  11. Do you like to cook/bake? YES!!! It is so fun!!!

About Me

  1. I like to think I’m an organized person, but my room is a MESS!
  2. I was homeschooled my whole life, but now I’m going to a public state university!
  3. My majors are biochemistry and possibly psychology!
  4. I’m obsessed with all things stationary . . . and if you get me any as a gift, I will love you forever!!
  5. I’m a classically trained musician, and I’ve been playing music for 14 years now!
  6. I really want to start an Etsy shop!
  7. I love making lists, usually of things I want to do in the future
  8. I’m coming up on 4 years of blogging!!!
  9. My favorite type of blogpost to read is lifestyle, because I think it’s so interesting what people’s lives are like!
  10. I want to homeschool my kids when I have them
  11. I have read 120 books every year for 4 years (or, which is as long as I’ve been tracking)


  1. Vanessa from It’s Simply Me
  2. Charley from The Miss Charley
  3. Kara from Beautifully Broken
  4. Hailey from Now All I Know is Grace
  5. Maggie from Dreaming of Guatemala
  6. Janelle at The Ramblings of A Bookworm
  7. Ella at February Fairy
  8. Kenzie at Smudged Thoughts
  9. Grace Anne at Totally Graced
  10. Maddy at Little Bit of Sunshine
  11. Mary at Sunshine and Scribblings

My Questions-

  1. What is your favorite winter tradition?
  2. What is your favorite quote?
  3. What is the book you read most recently, and what did you think of it?
  4. What is your favorite boardgame?
  5. What’s a name that you love but won’t ever use for your kids?
  6. If you could learn one physical activity and do extremely well at it, what would it be?
  7. What is your favorite brand? (i.e., Forever 21, Nike, etc; not restricted only to clothing)
  8. What is your favorite trait in a friend?
  9. What is your secret talent?
  10. If you could meet one person that’s currently alive, who would you meet?
  11. What was your favorite moment of 2018?

Thanks again, Shantelle, for tagging me! What is the craziest thing YOU’VE done? Let me know in the comments!

17 Things I Learned While 17 || I’m an ADULT NOW

Hello, friend! Today’s blogspot is an exciting one: I turn EIGHTEEN (18!!!!!) in a few days, and so today, we’re talking about 17 Things I Learned While I was 17!

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  1. Popsockets are the greatest thing to ever exist.
  2. Don’t ask multiple people if they want to hang out . . . if they’re all free, you have an issue. a big one.
  3. Professional people may appear professional . . . until you stalk their social media
  4. I REALLY LOVE teaching music. Teaching music is awesome.
  5. Driving isn’t that hard. You just have to not step on the brake so hard that the wire breaks, rending the entire car useless.
  6. Getting into troll arguments on twitter is counterproductive and useless . . . unless it’s about homeschooling.
  7. College classes are fun . . . provided you get a good professor, but stILL.
  8. College applications . . . just start them early. For your sanity, for your parents’ sanity, for your dog’s sanity, JUST DO IT.
  9. Spotify is an amazing thing.
  10. I’m old enough to have friends who are married. Not sure how that happened.
  11. E-books are amazing because you don’t have to cart liTERAL books around . . . side effects include staying up until 4am reading
  12. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but . . . it doesn’t hurt either
  13. Money is SO HARD TO GET
  14. DAILY Bible reading is so, SO helpful.
  15. Grades are important. but not thAT important.
  16. Graduation is one of the most exhilarating things ever
  17. It is, in fact, possible, to leave EVERYTHING you’ve ever known and live . . . though maybe not without tears

And that’s it! What’s something you learned recently? Also, e-books–yay or nay?