THE OLD TAYLOR

SO, I’M FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW.

TS6 is here! If you know me, you know that I LOVE Taylor Swift and i’m such a die hard Swift. A few days ago Swift wiped out her social media and later released a video of a snake with a hidden “25” in the tail. Anyway flash forward to NOW, she decided to give us an early surprise and release her new single: LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. OH.MY.GOODNESS. I am obsessed with the badass vibe that it’s giving off. The new sound hasn’t completely registered, so PLEASE have a listen for yourself!!

Take a listen to the start of an age, Welcome to the REPUTATION era.

 

happier + healthier

Hey guys! It’s been a very, very long time since i’ve sat down to write a post. I haven’t posted in MONTHS because, honestly,  I wasn’t happy with the way this blog was going. I knew it was all over the place with the content and it just wasn’t heading anywhere. So I find myself here a again, but with a revamp of my site and myself.

Hey! I’d like to reintroduce myself: I’m Hailey, a happier, healthier Hailey.

Happier and healthier? Yes, correct. The past couple of months i’ve sort of realized that I love the person who i’m becoming, and i’ve fallen into a path that I’m completely in love with. I’ve decided to take a healthier approach at life, and it’s turned me into the happy person that I currently am. From now on i’ve decided to do a switcharoo on my blog and re-start it as a health/fitness blog with a bit of college lifestyle posts here and there! I’m so excited to bring out so much more high quality content; be on the looking, hope to see you soon!!!

Stay healthy,

-Hailey

a n e w s e m e s t e r

As the second week of the Spring 2017 semester, and my second of college, comes to an end, I decided to make a post with my school goals for the semester. I believe, that if you document your goals, you’re more likely to go through with them; this is my documentation of my goals.

  1. P L A N 

I use my planner religiously and carry it with me wherever I go. It’s so used that you’d probably mistake is for a “wreck it” journal. I don’t really need to do any more planning that I already do, I just included this one to make sure that I don’t stop using this method.

  2. DONT PROCRASTINATE

Ahhhh.. so cliché; just don’t do it, please.

   3. SPEND A DAY AT THE LIBRARY 

I’m only taking 12 hours this semester and don’t have a job, so I have no excuse not to be doing this one. I know that I could knock out so much homework  if I just dedicated a day, or a couple of hours, to being at the library. I’ve already taken a step in this, because I’ve reserved study rooms ahead of time to motivate me to go. Yay me!

   4. GO TO OFFICE HOURS

If you’re reading this: DO THIS ONE IF ANY. Last semester I didn’t really make a huge effort to meet one-on-one with any of my professors, and I really regret that because they were all so great. I recently met up with one of my professors during his office hours to simply introduce myself and let him know that i’m looking forward to a semester in his class, let me point out that i’m not a fan of the subject and wasn’t being to honest about being excited, and it when very well. After introducing myself an letting him know that I wasn’t too great at the subject, he let me know that he would do his best to have me pass the class and that I could meet up with him anytime if I had any concerns. Coming next week, i’m going to meet up with all my professors and do the same thing!

   5. DRINK MORE WATER

Lastly, DRINK MORE WATER. There’s a million reasons for this one. Just drink your 8 glasses a day and smile often 🙂

Have a great semester,

Hailey

Summary

As my time in FDOM is coming to an end, i’d like to take a moment and post this summary about my experience with blogging. I’d like to start off by saying how thankful I am for this class and it helping me to learn a lot about WordPress. It really reminded me just how much I wanted to pursue blogging and never went through with it. It’s been a great semester on here, and i’ve learned a lot of my weaknesses and strengths when it comes to blogging. I’ve also learned how terrible of a procrastinator I really am, considering I tend to do these right before they’re due. I’m not very good at keeping a blogging schedule, which is something that i’d like to work on to improve my blog. I plan to keep blogging in the future and put out some better and more original content. I’d like to grow my view count.

I found using social media to promote myself to be a very effective of my view count. My post What i’ve learned in 10 weeks of college has the most view count, because most of my Twitter followers are at the college level and could relate to the post. This showed me what kind of audience that i’m appealing to and what kind of content they like to see. I believe social media to be a great way to promote any blog, or anything, in order for it to get attention. Some tools that I found effective, while using WordPress: the link button, the image button, and my keyboard shortcuts. I didn’t really much of the other tools, so they weren’t very effective for me.

As I mentioned before, i’d like to continue blogging in the future. I think that blogging could benefit me in the future by it being something that I can send to a potential employer as an example of my work. Or I could help someone start up their blog if they need one for business/advertising purposes. For the career that i’d like to pursue, it’s very important to have a blog. I’m happy that i’m starting it now rather than later, because i’m learning now in order to have better content in the future.

STATS:

  • Which was your most popular week, and how many views and visitors did you get that week? My most popular week was the week of October 31st through November 6th. I got 80 views and 64 visitors.
  • Which was your most popular post of the year? How many views did it get? Why do you think it was the most popular? My most popular post of the year  was my What i’ve learned in 10 weeks of college; it got 59 views. I think it was my most popular, because I posted it to my twitter account, and most of my twitter followers could relate to it. They then would retweet it and their followers would see it as well. I got a lot of feedback on it via Twitter!
  • In all of the Site Stats data, was anything surprising to you? None of my site stats really surprised me, as I tend to look at them regularly.
  • Do you have any Twitter, Facebook or other social media stats you want to share? No, I don’t.

An afternoon in my life..

After studying and long hours of doing homework, I decided that a day out sounded kind of nice. So I asked some friends if they wanted to come along on a day in Austin. My friends Kayla and Ben tagged along. We wanted to be spontaneous and do a lot, but it was a very rainy day, so that stopped us from doing a lot. I woke up late this day, so the day kinda ran short. But here’s so photos from an afternoon in my life:

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What I’ve Learned in 10 Weeks of College

This past Wednesday night I sat in bed with my math test review by my side, and a playlist of heartbreaking Taylor Swift songs on shuffle. It was about 3 a.m, and yes, I was trying to make myself cry. Not because i’m emotional, but because I knew none of the test material and I had to be up in 4 hours to get up, get to school, and take the test. Nothing sucks more than being a college student and knowing that you’re not doing so hot in a class, especially far into the semester. So, today I just wanted to talk about a couple of things that i’ve learned in my 10 weeks of college.

 

1. It’s okay to nap

Long nights of studying and having long days of classes really affect your sleep schedule. Often, us college students don’t, and can’t, get a full 8 hours of sleep. So naturally, it is okay to take short naps during the day to catch up on those lost hours. I’ve had nights where I sleep about 3 hours at night, and then take an 8 hour “nap” during the day, and that’s totally okay and normal. In fact, college students probably wouldn’t survive.

2. You’re not the only one

You’re not the only one who stays up all night, doesn’t know the material, and is struggling in their classes. This one really took me a while to understand. You look around and it seems like everyone has their stuff together, but in reality, everyone is struggling just as much as you are. Everyone has pulled an all nighter trying to cram in homework or studying. I think i’ve seen more people in the library at 2 a.m, than i’ve seen people on campus during the day. One of my favorite things is to hear that someone else is struggling in the same classes that I am; this brings me so much comfort.

3. Treat yourself

In college, we tend to get caught up in schoolwork, so it’s very important to treat yourself once in a while. What I like to do is, if I finish all of my homework, for the week, ill reward myself with sushi, or going out, on the weekend. So basically, having fun on the weekend is my reward for a long week.

4. Use your money wisely

This one is VERY important. It’s hard to manage your times wisely in college, and something a job can feel like too much to handle. Those of us who don’t have jobs rely on the money that our parents send us every once in a while, which usually isn’t much. Being a broke college student really does suck. I could probably write a whole book on how money management is really important in college, but for the sake of time, just know to use your money wisely!!!!

5. Don’t hesitate to say no

It’s okay to say no. I have a really big problem: FOMO (fear of missing out). This is a legit problem that has really had a negative impact on me. If someone asks me to go out, I don’t think twice before saying yes. I know that I have homework and that I should stay in, but fomo really gets the best of me.

6. Freshman 15 doesn’t have to happen to you

This one is really important. Many  freshman come into college thinking that they will gain the “freshman 15.” This doesn’t have to be the case. I have lost weight, if anything. Sometimes my busy schedule gets the best of me, and I forget to eat; this is one reason why “freshman 15” probably won’t happen. Also, if you’re motivated enough, you’ll find the rec to become one of your best friends. If you find an hour, every day, to dedicate to the rec, you can kiss those 15 pound rumors goodbye!!

7. You’re going to meet your best friend

Thanks to social media, I came into college knowing a pretty decent amount of people. However, I never imagines that one of those people would become my best friends so fast. Friendship isn’t measured based on time, and college friendships prove just that. I met my best friend in these few short week. No one has ever related to me so much, and no one has ever has a personality as close to mine as me.

8. Only skip class if you’re near death

Lastly, i’ve learned NOT TO SKIP CLASS. This is important especially toward the beginning of the semester. Attendance in college can be pretty strict, so don’t  use every single absence. You’ll regret it weeks later when you’re sick and don’t have anymore absences. attendance is also usually a grade or extra credit. So remember that the next time that you’re “too tired” to attend class.

 

See y’all in my next post,

Hailey