Earlier this summer, after I started my internship at Vera Bradley, I mentioned that I had been trying out drinking coffee for the first time…ever. When it was right in front of me, free, and I was tired during long days at work, I would try it out from time to time, but always with plenty of creamer. Now I am interning at Slingshot SEO, and I am once again dabbling in this drinking coffee business. With 20+ hours a week at my internship, working on campus, 12 hours of class, and driving in between everything, I get worn down pretty quickly, and the coffee that is in the break room right next to my desk is pretty tempting.
So why am I bothering to write about this whole issue? Here is the deal: For the first time…I kind of like the coffee. Yes, I said it….I like the coffee. Even though it has lots of sugar and creamer in it, I don’t cringe each time I take a drink anymore, which is most definitely progress! And, for the last few years I have been a “tea and cream-based drink only” Starbucks customer. I know every single combo of tea and syrup, and I have tried everything else that is non-coffee based. That has limited my choices a tad bit…and now I am ready to get crazy…with my Starbucks orders. The only problem is…I don’t know how to order coffee at Starbucks. No longer can I simply rattle off, “I’ll have a venti iced black tea with raspberry” (that is my go-to drink). Now, I have to learn their menu for the first time…ever. And I don’t even know what half of those words mean!! So, please comment with words of wisdom, guidance, or drink suggestions…because I truly need all the help I can get.
Just imagine the possibilities with me for a moment.....mmm...
The last week has been rather hectic, all with finishing my summer internship, packing up my apartment, moving everything to Indy, and then coming home for a few days of “rest and relaxation” until I need to be back in Indy for Student Orientation Guide training. I knew that when I got home, I would need to both relax and get lots of different things done, but since this is the first time that I have been home without anything pressing to do all summer long … I am procrastinating … a lot.
Before I head back to the But (our affectionate term for Butler) tomorrow morning, there are quite a few things that I need to complete….here is a general list:
- Wash clothes, sheets, and towels.
- Read Farm City, the Welcome Week book for this year. (I’ve been slowly working on this one for a few weeks, so I just need to finish it.)
- Hang out with my friend Jenn. We love to catch up when I come home…
Jenn and I...back in high school.
- Get my hair cut.
- Find things that we put in our basement when I moved home for the summer, like my toolkit.
- Write a reflection about my summer internship.
Now that I have officially laid out my goals for the next 21 hours, and I have realized that I only have 21 hours to complete them, I’m kicking myself for doing NOTHING but sleep and hang out with my family for the last 2 days. Maybe I’ll take a nap this afternoon, and it will all be done when I wake up?? Ok, I realize that really won’t happen. I can dream though, right?
Since Olivia wrote a blog about shopping for college freshmen (and had some awesome suggestions, I might add) I thought I would do one as well. My personal favorite place to shop for back to school essentials is Target, but that is mostly because I never really went to Target until I got to college (it’s the difference of driving 45 minutes to the closest one, or just 15 minutes). Their things are relatively cheap, and usually coordinate together, which I really appreciate.
Here are some things that I would suggest to get before you get to school, or make, or whatever works for you:
- A shelf to sit on your fridge. This is something I have always wanted, but never had. If you keep your food around your fridge, it just overtakes the fridge and goes everywhere. So, with a shelf, it can stay organized, and you can find everything easily without digging for hours and hours through random snack foods.
- 3M wall mounting strips. These will be your saving grace, since you don’t want to ruin the walls each time you move in and move out. They don’t fix everything, but it does definitely help!
- Set of plastic drawers. I started my freshman year with one, and now I have two. One holds all of my paper, pens, and random school supplies under my desk, and the other holds jeans, tank tops, and t-shirts. The best thing is that no matter where you live and when, you can use these drawers for anything that your heart desires.
- A mattress pad. You can go with whatever you might like, since there are memory foam ones and feather ones (and probably others too). I started with a feather one, but now my memory foam mattress pad is basically my best friend. I could lay in bed all day long…but I probably shouldn’t.
I could keep going with random things you should bring to school, but I won’t. Instead, I will leave you with a few videos about move-in and of my freshman dorm room, and this blog that I wrote for Vera Bradley about back to school necessities….from Vera Bradley of course!
- An empty Schwitzer room…just so you know what you’re working with.
Tonight, I stopped by Target to check out their clearance shoe selection (I was in search of some super cheap summery shoes) and to look for the shams that my sister wants for her new apartment with her husband (it feels weird calling John her husband, they’ve only been married for a week and a half). While I wandered around looking for things to buy, I noticed quite a few mothers shopping with their kids who are getting ready to go to college. Now don’t think that I’m a creep since I know that, but one pair was walking with a mini fridge in their cart (the son was wearing a Ball State t-shirt) and another pair was looking at the bedding and talking about what could sit beside the daughter’s bed. Both pairs just screamed, “NEW COLLEGE STUDENT” to me, an old pro at this whole going to college situation.
Oh, the memories - my freshman dorm room.
Normally, this would get me all excited because I love back-to-school shopping, and I really can’t wait to go back to Butler…but this time, I don’t feel nearly as excited. Instead, I’m kind of sad. I’ve been a real person all summer long…and it’s not that great. College kid life is the best…and I’m totally fine with being a college kid forever…or at least for longer than only one more year. Maybe I will be able to talk my Mom into taking me to Wal-Mart and Target just like we always used to when I was a kid, to get everything that I might need for school…even though that is only pens, pencils, and printer ink. I think just seeing all of the new, colorful stuff makes me feel young, and like I’m not about to enter the real world. So Mom – just humor me and take me to the store, and let’s pretend that we have entire list of stuff to get…like Elmer’s Glue and Crayola Crayons. It will be fun – I promise.