Girl You Crazy: Excerpts from My College Diary Part 1

Girl You Crazy: Excerpts from My College Diary Part 1 on Monogrammed Magnolias

You guys, I am literally crying from laughing so hard as I type this.

One of the perks of moving is finding crazy weird things hoarded away in random places that you’ve forgotten. One example being my journal from junior year of college. I was cleaning out my old bedroom when I found it jammed in between an old shoebox and a tote full of winter clothes.

I sat in the floor of my closet reading it for hours and it is just too funny not to share. It does depict all the craziness of my 21st year, after all. So I thought I would switch things up and share a few bits and clips from it’s pages. I don’t even think I’m fully prepared for this level of sharing. However, it’s fun to look back and see just how much has changed in four short years.

Who knows, you could learn a life lesson or two from my mistakes, find it absolutely hilarious (like I do), or you might just wish you could “unknow” some things about me.

August 2012 – Wannabe Elle Woods

“It’s so amazing to be back at school! So much has happened this week, it’s unreal! I pulled together Recruitment Week practically single handedly. Then my sorority voted me as Vice President and I was elected to student government. I also dropped that god-awful creative writing class and realized I have to take the LSAT in February. Speaking of which, I had an interview at a law firm today! Oh, and the Party for a Purpose that I helped plan for the Pink Ladies is tonight. Elle Woods, watch out!”

So sticky sweet I have a toothache just from reading that. Who writes like that in a journal? Let’s back track a bit, that year’s Recruitment Week ended up bombing thanks to a group of troublemakers. I left the sorority by the end of that semester thanks to some crazy drama. So I was a little quick to congratulate myself there. Also, one of my biggest regrets from college is not answering my advisor honestly when she asked why I dropped that creative writing class. The truth was the professor was a sexist ass. Instead I told her I just didn’t like the class. Look at what I’m doing right now…creative writing! It obviously wasn’t the class. I also never took the LSAT because after landing that job at the law firm and spending six months working with eight lawyers, I realized being a lawyer wasn’t for me.

September  2012 – The Crazy Just Keeps Coming

“Just sitting here wondering why there are so many girls on campus who have boyfriends but look like crap every second of the day?! Seriously, they’re all running shorts, cut-off shirts, and no make-up. I wear that around the dorm, maybe to the tanning salon but never ever ever would I wear them on campus 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It’s just not logical. I mean they’re not even pulling the look off. For example, there was this chick at lunch who looked like she just rolled out of bed with Bride-of-Frankenstein hair but across the table from her were two baseball boys flirting their little hearts out?! It just doesn’t make any sense!”

First of all, I swore off judging fellow females based solely on their appearance around age 23 so let me just apologize for vapid Merisa. Second, jealous much? Oh and this actually turned out to be the year I came to my senses and ditched the tanning bed completely so there’s that.

October 2012 – Forever 21

“Birthweek Recap: So aside from being introduced to the fantastic world of 21+ I’ve had an amazing birthweek! From Lawyer Boy and his precious navy suit to getting day drunk with my momma. My awesome friends with their midnight game of Battleshots and the 11th hour birthday wish I’ve realized just how much I have to be grateful for. That’s why I’ve decided to screw the New Year’s Resolution and start my year over at 21. I resolve to stop focusing on the bad in my life and realize that those issues are in the hands of a higher power. There’s no use in me wasting my energy pouting.”

Well, 21 year old me seemed to be headed in the right direction after all. As for the first part, I was fully convinced “Lawyer Boy” wore a navy suit on my birthday for me after I told another secretary navy was my favorite color on a guy. The world my never know if he did or not. I really did get day drunk with my momma. At the same local bar I used to eat Cheerios off the counter of as a baby when she was a waitress there. Also, Battleshots quickly became a campus classic.

“Am I the only one who believes Facebook messages are not a form of courtship?! Come on, guys get with the program…I do not want to start a relationship on “Hey, what’s up?” spelt out in a little instant message block (and that’s if I get the courtesy of correct grammar and punctuation) by someone who just passed me while walking back to my dorm but didn’t have the guts to say anything in person!”

I used the word “courtship” in reference to a college relationship. I obviously still had a lot to learn. Little did I know it would only get worse thanks to Tinder.

Whoa! That was a lot to handle! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. You know, I look back on a lot of those excerpts and can’t believe I’m the same person that wrote them. I guess I’m not though. One thing is for sure, I’m proud of how far I’ve come.

Want to read more from my college diary? Goodness knows there’s plenty more to share! Let me know in the comments or Tweet Me so I know whether to continue the series or not.

xx

Merisa

Top 5 Tuesday: Albums of My College Years

Hello, Magnolias!

I came across a post by Allison on All Shook Up that seemed so fun I just had to put my own spin on it. Allison took her readers through albums and songs that played roles in important moments of her life. I loved it so much that it got me thinking about music that shaped my life before I even finished reading it.

Once I got going it was hard to stop, my list of influential albums and songs just kept growing and growing. That’s why I thought it would be good to break it down into a top 5 with a specific time frame, which of course fit in perfectly with the Top 5 Tuesday thing I’ve got going on for June (you can check out yesterday’s Motivational Monday here to get a better idea of what’s to come).

So let’s jump right in to the Top 5 Albums of My College Years.

Taylor Swift, Red

I mean, you just can’t deny this album. When I hear any song off Red I am immediately transported to junior year of college. From jumping around my dorm room with my friends feeling 22 (even though we were only 21) to heading out with my best friend to see Swifty in concert, I get nothing but good vibes.

Ed Sheeran, +

Speaking of seeing Taylor Swift in concert, she wasn’t the only one I was looking forward to. Mr. Ed Sheeran just so happened to be there too and for that reason (among many others) that concert is my favorite one to date. I fell in love with Ed’s debut album thanks to some British friends of mine so the whole thing takes me back to fun times with them as well as sad times alone in my dorm. Hey, you take the good with the bad…that’s the facts of life. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

Lana Del Rey, Born to Die

Lana was my cool girl idol in college, especially during that awkward time sophomore year when I spent most of my days trying to impress this senior guy. He turned out to be a bigger pain than the rocks in my shoe but that doesn’t stop me from breaking out National Anthem or Lolita every once in a while.

Drake, Take Care

No album was more talked about at my school than Drake’s Take Care. In fact, I don’t think I went to a single bar or house party that didn’t play Take Care, Make Me Proud, or HYFR at least once during my entire time in college. If I’m being honest, Make Me Proud is still on my workout playlist…

Running on a treadmill and only eating salad
Sounds so smart, like you graduated college.

Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

If this were a list of my top 5 favorite albums of all time this album would still make the cut. I played this in my dorm, at Greek Sing practice, parties, in the library, or just lounging around the common room with my friends. Thinkin Bout You was the most played song on my Blackberry and Forrest Gump was the most played when I upgraded to an iPhone. I just love this album so much and I need Frank Ocean to come out with more music asap.

Some honorable mentions:

Legally Blonde: The Musical soundtrack || Whenever I doubted myself or felt like I would never make it through a night of studying I pulled this album up on Spotify. It got me through those moments when I just didn’t have time to break out the full movie. This is also the album that Allison and I share between our lists, (along with T-Swift, of course) I remember setting a reminder on my Blackberry back in the day to watch the live showing of the musical on MTV hosted by the cast of The Hills too!

One Direction, Up All Night || One of my favorite memories of college is the night UK won the 2012 National Championship. A lot went down that night but something I’ll always remember is the drunken frat boys singing What Makes You Beautiful at the top of their lungs in between the couch burning and late night Huddle House binge.

2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story || I turned 21 the year this album was released. If you need more explanation than that I suggest you go look up Track 5, then you’ll know why that’s important.

Well, there you have it, Magnolias. I hope you enjoyed that little walk down musical memory lane as much as I did. If y’all want to see more about music that’s influenced my life or have any song suggestions, etc. just comment below or follow my social media links. I’d love to hear from you!

Be sure to check out Allison’s post here and leave her some love.

Have an amazing day!

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xx

Merisa

Spring Break Picks

Spring is in the air…well, the thought of spring is in the air at least. There’s still piles of snow on the ground outside my house so I’m guessing spring won’t be in the air here for quiet some time.

Let’s put those thoughts of snow aside for now though because it’s officially March and with that comes Spring Break! Yay!

I know a lot of you Magnolias are college girls (I’m still a college girl at heart, don’t judge) so I thought I would throw together some of my top picks for everything you’ll need for college Spring Break.

Swimwear

Beaches are top picks when it comes to Spring Break so if you’re headed to some sandy shores you’re gonna need a bathing suit…or two…or three.

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Victoria’s Secret The Forever One-Piece || Victoria’s Secret PINK Push Up Flounce Top || Victoria’s Secret PINK Scalloped Mini Bikini Bottom || Triangl Swimwear Winnie-Dakota Superfly || Victoria’s Secret PINK Wet Bikini Bag

Beach Cover Ups

Let’s face it, March isn’t the warmest month of the year by any standards so if you’re heading out to the beach for Spring Break chances are you’re gonna encounter some not so beach appropriate weather. With that being said, it’s nice to have a cover up on the beach no matter the weather. Here are some of my picks for beach cover ups.

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J. Crew Embroidered Beach Tunic || State Pride Sunrise Spirit Jersey || Victoria’s Secret PINK Varsity Crew

Beach Accessories

You can’t go to the beach without gear, it’s just unheard of. You’re gonna need a tote, a towel, a little bit more.

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Marley Lilly Monogrammed Beach Towel || Emblem Eyewear Modern Block Hipster Sunglasses || Marley Lilly Monogrammed Sand Buddy || Lilly Pulitzer Resort Tote in Fishing for Compliments || Victoria’s Secret Chug Mug

Don’t forget the sunblock either! Wear one with a high SPF, preferably waterproof. You’ll thank me when you don’t have to deal with an insane sunburn during your first night out.

Stay safe, Magnolias! And have the time of your lives.

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xx

Merisa

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Graduating College

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Seeing as most of my friends have started their last semester of college this week (and the emotional devastation of August has returned) I thought it would be a good time to take a moment and reflect on some important pieces of advice I can give them (and you!) that I wish I had known during my last semester.

First of all…holy crap! We are fast approaching the first anniversary of my college graduation. Again, holy crap!

That just doesn’t seem fair. It really seems like it was only a few weeks ago rather than months. However, I’ve learned a lot in those few months so let’s dive right in.

Save money like no one’s business. || This is difficult and somewhat boring but also crucial. First of all, graduation is expensive. There’s invitations, fees, tickets, shoes, and dresses to buy. Not to mention there’s usually a crap ton of events to go to which all need outfits of their own. It adds up but that’s not even the real point. The real world is crazy expensive. Like you have no idea how expensive. You think you know but you have no idea. There are hidden expenses around every corner and the more money you save up before graduating the better off you’re going to be. Trust me.

Make the most out of your time because it is going to fly by. || You’re going to blink one day on your way to class then boom, you’re standing in line at graduation. Seriously, time freaking flies so don’t spend it stuck in your dorm watching Netflix or hidden away behind the stacks in the library.

Spend the majority of your time with the people that matter most. || Because they’re the ones that are still going to be around after graduation. You might think your group is shrinking but really you’re just breaking through the layer of flakes to get to the inner circle. That’s where the real gems are kept, the friends that are going to be with you for the long haul. They matter, so stop chasing after the crazies that don’t.

Participate in as many school events as possible. || Nerd alert, I know, but you are never going to get a chance to go to the welcome week street fair and win free crap again. Free Movie Nights don’t just happen in real life. Basketball games are never going to feel as good as they do when watched from the Student Section. Seriously, these events make your whole experience better.

Have more crazy nights. || When I’m sad or missing my friends the memories that help me through the most are the crazy ones. You only get the chance to be this wild and carefree in college. You’ve got all the freedom in the world so use it wisely. Go out with your friends but never drive drunk because half the fun of bar hopping in a college town is the walk home (in a group). Enjoy those late night runs to Huddle House because once you reach a certain age eating breakfast at 2 am starts to look questionable (y’all know what I mean). Have more pool parties in the common room…well, more parties in the common room, the pool might have been going too far. It was still the best night ever though so whatever works.

Study, study, study. || I know, a little contradictory with the last point but let me explain. College isn’t like high school where you can skate by the last semester because your grades are already in and your dream school loves you. In college your grades matter until the very end so keep up with everything. Make time. Study your hardest. You’ll do fine.

Pick 2 or 3 Pocket Professors. || A Pocket Professor is my little nickname for those professors that you made a lasting relationship with at school. The names you can pull out of your pocket for resumes and letters of recommendations. Pick 2 or 3 and really work on building your relationship with them. Visit them during office hours, email them with your questions, they are literally getting paid to help you so take advantage of it. You’ll be surprised how much you will actually need their help after graduation.

Remember to say Thank You. || Say it to your parents, the Dean, your professors, that lady in financial aid that sorted out your bill just in time to register for classes. It takes a village to raise a graduate and those people help you out more than you will ever know. Plus, they rarely get recognized for it so freaking say thank you!

Just look around more. || Take it all in. When the real world gets tough you’ll miss seeing your friends in the cafe, how peaceful campus looked right after it snowed, and that sea of school colors at the basketball game. It really is the small things that matter so just remember to stop and look around.

Take time for yourself. || You really need to pay more attention to yourself and what you want. Do you really want to be on this career path? Do you know what you’re doing after graduation? Is that the flu coming on, a lingering hangover, or did you just forget to eat lunch again today? College is rough and time consuming and sometimes you’re so busy with all the other crap going on in your life that you forget to even listen to yourself. So every once and a while just a take a day and really think. Grab a notebook, go to the park, and just contemplate life. Believe me, contemplating life is a lot less scary when you have time and options on your side.

I really hope you’ve been able to take a little something away from my tips. These are all things that I would go back and tell myself a year ago if time machines existed (someone please tell me NASA or something is working on those) so you know they are the real deal.

Leave me a comment below letting me know what you think. Is there anything you’d add to the list?

xo

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