Saturday, August 20, 2016

Update: Welcome to College

I'm laughing as I'm writing this post because my first week of college was insane! I stayed with my brother at his apartment Monday and Tuesday night, and planned to move into my dorm on Wednesday. Of course, with my luck, nothing goes according to plan... So, what happens? As if I wasn't already stressed enough about moving into my college dorm, my brother also looses the car keys! This is the car that holds all of my dorm room belongings. Thankfully my mom is the best (Hey, Mom!) and she overnighted the keys from home. I did get to move into my dorm on Wednesday and spent the entire day unpacking! The original set of keys however are still MIA. Because I'm so scattered brained trying to adjust to college life, I'm sharing a jumbled assortment of pictures!


My roomie and I 


Staying organized in a tiny dorm room is such a challenging task! There are so many things that need to fit into a tiny space. 


Comforter via Target
(The pictures don't do this comforter justice! It's reversible and really cute in person.)

Yesterday a group of us decided to hike Cascade Falls, which is only a half an hour away from campus. Apparently none of us took the weather report seriously however because it rained... Which made for a very a muddy and slippery hike. 




I wish I had more pictures to share, but I was more concerned with tripping and falling than taking quality pictures. If you are looking for more college updates be sure to follow me on Instagram!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I am one of the biggest Harry Potter nerds you'll ever meet! My obsession started when I was only in the first grade. My dad would read to my brother and I every night before bed. One night that book happened to be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Since that first night reading, I was hooked! I dreamed of Quidditch tournaments, Potions classes, and receiving my Hogwarts letter when I turned 11. Full disclosure I was disappointed when my owl from Hogwarts never arrived.


I had all the books on tape, read all the books countless times, dressed up as Hermione one year for Halloween (Still looking for my Ron...), and even made my dad read the 7th book out loud on a plane the day it was released. My apologies to all the upset people around us on that plane home from Chicago! My Dad was completely making his little girl's day. (Thanks Dad! Still one of my favorite childhood memories.) When I first heard news about the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script it was like I was a little kid all over again! I HAD to get a copy. When I was supposed to be packing for college, I was instead lying in my bed engrossed once again in the wizarding world.


I really cannot put the book down! It's been so long since I was last read about Harry, Hermione, and Ron. It's good to be back!

 Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Let me know what you think! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

YoDerm

Today I'm collaborating with YoDerm, an online platform that connects patients with U.S. board-certified dermatologists. I can't be the only teenager who has spent years in and out of the dermatologist office, different prescriptions in hand, none seeming to provide any relief. When I was introduced to YoDerm I thought, why not? I've been struggling with my skin since even before middle school, and needless to say, it's been a never-ending battle for the past 8+ years. I figured I had nothing to loose. 


Shoutout to the shadows for making me look like I have abs

I was immediately intrigued, but very skeptical, about the legitimacy of an online dermatologist. After a little research (a.k.a this Refinery 29 article as well as others) I decided to give it a try. After a $59 consultation fee you are ready to pick your doctor, and begin filling out your medical file. I was assigned to a doctor who then reviewed my profile and prescribed three different medication: one topical, and two oral. The YoDerm team even worked with me to provide coupons to make the prescriptions more affordable for my college student budget. 

Pros: 

YoDerm is the perfect resource for any busy student who is constantly on-the-go. I chose a dermatologist, created a medical profile, and received my treatment plan all with in 24 hours, and all without having to leave my house! I had an overall great experience with YoDerm. 

Cons: 

There is really only one con I can think of, and this is true for any medication prescribed from any dermatologist: check the list of side effects that go along side your prescription! Better safe than sorry. As I'm heading off to college, I decided I wasn't going to take one of the oral prescriptions. There was a long list of side effects associated, as well as necessary blood work to ensure things are working properly. Things I definitely won't want to deal with my first month of college! When I am home for a month over winter break, however, I may reconsider.

Thank you YoDerm for working with me! All opinions are my own.