First Day of College Review

Hello everyone,

I am so excited to announce that I am officially a college student. I moved into my dorm this past Friday. Since then, I have had so many wonderful experiences already. First things first, I have met some incredible people. For those of you who don’t know I am a social butterfly. As I have began university, I believe that this has held true. I utilized social media  to connect to people before I got to school. I also used a website called roomsurf to make new friends before hand. Roomsurf to me is like the online dating site for roommate finding. You must create a profile, then take a compatibility quiz. The compatibility quiz matches you by the percentage of how compatible you are to that person. From roomsurf, I was able to meet my fall roommate as well as some other people that I’m sure I will be good friends with.This is why, I am so happy that I finally get to see in people that I have been talking to. Continuing with my social pursuits, I have been able to meet people from the events that are happening for “Welcome Week”. So far, we have had socials, movie night, and a pool party. Tonight there will be a block party.

Now let’s get to my studies. I am fortunate to only be taking 2 classes this summer. I am taking Introduction to Philosophy and English Composition I. So far all of my professors seem very kind. One of my goals for this semester and for as long as I can is to make straight A’s. With this in mind, I will be taking my studies very seriously. If I don’t post as frequently, please know that this is because I am probably working on school work. I am also majoring in journalism. My school requires that I apply for my journalism major,after I meet certain requirements. My school also requires that we take a minor. So far,  I believe that I will be minoring in Spanish. One thing that I can tell you about college is how expenisve the books are.  Some of my textbooks cost almost $200. That is why I am going to order my books from amazon. That’s a tip for you incoming college students. Don’t always buy your books from your bookstore. You can save hundresds of dollars by doing so.

So far my experience has been quite pleasant. I have a meal plan and contrary to popular belief, I think the food is pretty darn good. Also, the gym at UCF (the school that I attend) is absolutely fantastic. It is two-stories, with the first floor being strength machines, and the second floor being cardio. There is also an indoor track, indoor pool, and a rock climbing wall.  It has been so exciting getting in shape at our gym. In the fall,I will be joining a fitness group called CHAARG. It is basically a group of fitness-minded woman trying to encourage and empower each other to be fit. I can’t wait for the fall. But until then, I will be enjoying my summer. I will try to incorporate ways to have fun. I will definitely keep you all updated on my college experience. Thanks for reading.

 

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Much love,

Abisola

 

College Prep 101

For those of you who don’t know, I am getting ready to start college at the University of Central Florida. I will be majoring in journalism. Makes sense, right? With this in mind, I have just gone through the experience of college preparation. This post is definitely catered towards upperclassmen high schoolers. If you are a parent of a high schooler in either 11th or going to 12th grade feel free to continue reading. Great now that we’ve got our demographic set up, let’s get to the real tea. The college application and preparation process can be quite overwhelming. I hope that you will learn and gain something from my experience to help you with that process.

  1. Start Early. I cannot stress this enough. Procrastination is the devil. For example, I had a friend that was rejected from a university because they applied after the registration deadline. For all the colleges that you will be applying to make sure you know the deadline. Besides the actual college process, start early on scholarship applications. Scholarships can be allocated to individuals as early as sophomore year of high school. It is important to do your thorough search and research on what scholarships you are eligible for. The more you apply to the more likely you will be awarded them. Continuing on with this “no procrastination” streak, I’d like to say that you should start studying for the SAT as soon as possible. It will save you a lot less strife and stress knowing that you have had a long time to prepare for that crucial exam.
  2. Don’t Be Discouraged. As I mentioned above, your likelihood of receiving scholarships is higher when you start early. However, you may even start the scholarship application early and still not receive any scholarships. I know how frustrating it is. College is expensive. Nonetheless, stay encouraged. If you have to retake the SAT to qualify for state-based academic scholarships such as Bright Futures, then take the darn test. Or in  the scenarios where you are not getting into your dream school don’t lose faith and hope. You will most likely get into SOME school. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. If you didn’t get into one school, that’s because God and fate didn’t want you there. Also, if worse comes to worse, you can always spend two years at a community college then transfer to a major university.
  3. Perfect Your Essay. A lot of college applications require an essay. A lot of times the question/prompt is asking you to describe certain aspects of yourself. In order to get inspiration, I recommend going on different websites and reading over sample essays. Additionally, use your resources. Ask teachers or tutors to look at and help you revise your paper. It’s better to have a skilled professional help you in this process.
  4. Get involved. Colleges do not want to see you only excel in your academics. Yes it’s great to maintain a high G.P.A.. However, G.P.A. alone just won’t cut it. Colleges want a well-rounded individual. They want someone that is involved in extraccuriculars and leadership positions. Therefore, it is imperative of you to join clubs and organizations if you are not in anything right now. Sports also help too.
  5. Maintain your grades. Senior year can get hectic. There will be times when you just want to skip school. That’s not ok. Yes, many people do it. Nonetheless, even when you get into your college, make sure that you stay on top of your grades. There is definitely a possibility of getting a rejection from the college you were excepted in if you fail a class. I know personally some one who this has happened to. You don’t want it to happen to you.

Well, that’s all I have for today. If you have any questions, feel free to comment. Also please share this with others. I love hearing back from you.

Stay Focused,

Abisola

My Everything

The age old question that a lot  of philosophers have asked is, “What is the meaning of life”? People make this query when they feel lost or empty. When you experience struggles in your life, you often think what is the point of it all. Well, I’m here to tell you that in order to solve that problem, you have to prioritize. What is it in life that should be your number one? My sister made me come to this conclusion. Many of you know that I’m a Christian.  With this in mind, my lovely sister gave me some serious advice. As I go to college in literally a matter of less than a week, she wanted to ensure that I have my ish together. If you know what I mean.  Her advice was to keep God first in my life. I’ve always set a preconceived notion that yes, my priorities were: 1. God 2. Family 3. Academics. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until my sister called me out for a song that I wrote that I realized that I may need to readjust my priorities. The song was not a bad song, it just had a very secular vibe. In all honesty, I do not write Christian music. However, she pointed out the fact that in everything I do that I need to honor God. So, I plan on writing a song about how God is my everything. I am truly blessed to have a sense of belonging and comfort in my faith. The biggest epiphany I encountered was when my sister told me “Do you realize that you are nothing without God”. That really hit the nail in the wall. There is nothing that I could have accomplished on my own doing in life. For those of you who don’t know, I fell critically ill last year. At one point in my life, I doubted God’s existence. I would ask my self, the pitiful, sulking questions like “Why me.?” Then it occurred to me that because I had breath, God existed. I could have been dead but there was still a divine plan over my life. Obviously, I am healed today. I was able to have a testimony for my life. I knew that if it wasn’t for the grace of God, I probably would have been dead. Therefore, I am trying to work on putting God first. If I don’t have anything in life, as long as I have God I know I will be alright. The bible says “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness…and everything will be added unto you”. This scripture is so true. I notice when I go closer to God, he truly gives me the desires of my heart. Yes, in life you will go through struggles. That’s just part of being a human being. It’s how you react to the struggles. Do you seek God or do you resort to your flesh? I am hoping it is the former. I’m not perfect, and I never will be. Despite this, I want to thrive to be as Christ-like as possible. The acronym, WWJD (What would Jesus do?) speaks volumes. You are a child of God. It’s important to keep your father as your role model. When you do this, you will surely receive your inheritance, the blessings of Abraham. So take the time to spend time with your father. Love on him.  Make him number 1 in your life, and he’ll make you #1 in his kingdom. Your efforts will not be in vain. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog. If you have any questions, comments, feel free to let me know.

Be blessed,

Abisola

Social Floater

Hello,

As I embark on my new journey to college, I have been reflecting on the people that have meant a lot to me over the years. Excluding family, these people are my friends. I’m not really sure if you can fully grasp my personality through my posts. I’m curious to see what you think/how you would describe my personality. So, please feel free to comment. Today’s post is all about my friendship history. So here’s the tea:

For the majority of my life, my personality would be considered very bubbly. I am one of those individuals that are jovial with a beautiful smile on my face. I would describe myself as an extrovert. I love meeting new people. I love socials/get togethers where I can hang out and chill. It’s quite elating. With this notion, you would think making friends would be so easy for me. Well, that is quite the contrary. Yes, my personality definitely suited me for making acquaintances but making  real genuine friends was always a struggle. I think I’ll take the blame for my difficulty in friend-making. To begin with,  I dealt with trust issues. My trust issues stemmed from difficulty with my estranged father. His infidelity issues lead to me feel as though people, especially men were untrustworthy. One of the core tenets of friendship is trust. Therefore, it always took me a long time to trust potential friends.

Additionally, as the title of the post entails, I am definitely a social floater. A social floater is someone that goes about different social groups because they are not official members of one social group. I remember in middle school, some one asked me who my friends were. I didn’t know how to respond. Then one of the students chimed in. “Abby is friends with everyone”. That statement definitely rang true. In middle school and high school we tend to be so clique-y. There’s pressure to be apart of the group. The closest thing I had to being in my own “squad” was middle school. There was a group of girls who had been friends since elementary school. I started getting closer to each individual in that group. Eventually, I would have to start hanging out with their group as a whole. You could say I was an honary member of their group. Then, in high school they went to different schools. The group split up. So I moved on and made my own friends. Ironically, these friends were all part of different social groups.I just could never really fit in with one group of people.

The present: Now that high school is over, I’m ready for a change in friendship. I have less than two weeks before I go off to college. Despite this, I have already realized how much easier it is to make friends in college. Social media, group me, and the internet make it so easy to connect with people. I am proud to say that I have began to make a good amount of friends. It’s such a blessing to find people who are like-minded. I truly believe that these friends that I make will be lifelong friends. My sister will always be my best friend. We are exceptionally close. However, it would be nice to find a friend that would be at least half as close as I am to my sister.

Well, that’s all that I have for today. Please remember to like, comment, and share. Thanks for reading.

Love,

Abisola

Summertime Fine

Summer is steadily approaching us. You know what that means. It’s the season of the bikini, short-shorts, and tank-tops. Basically when the weather gets warm, more skin is let out. With this is mind, we often want to step up our #bodygoals. I know this topic can be controversial but what exactly is a “summer body”. Well, for starters you should take good care of your body no matter what season it is. I truly believe that your body is your temple. So why destroy your temple. A summer body to me is something that is healthy. Healthy does not necessarily equate to thin. It is a body that is glowing, refreshed, and strong. So, here are some tips on how to get a “summer body”.

  1. Drink water. I have said this tip before. Water is the holy grail of life. Without water we cannot survive. There are so many benefits of drinking water from clearer skin to flushing out toxins. If you drink water before and during meals your appetite will be suppressed. Also, drinking water will allow you to be hydrated for the day. So skip the soda and juice and grab a water bottle instead.
  2. Eat clean. I have also said this tip before. Eating clean is eliminating processed food. Processed foods are high in salt and chemicals which causes bloating. Bloating is the enemy of bikinis. So eat less of foods that come from a package or can. When you reduce processed foods, not only will you lose weight but your skin will thank you also. Try to incorporate natural foods such as fruits and vegetables. You will see a shift in your energy levels when you start eating clean.
  3. Exercise. No matter what size you are, exercise is critical. Your heart needs the cardiovascular work. Now its important to watch what type of exercise you do. If you’re a cardio bunny and all you know is the treadmill, that’s not going to be helpful. If you’re only work is with weights, you won’t see results either. For the optimal body you must do a combination of cardio and strength training. Also I would aim for workout 3-6 days a week to see results. Plus, exercise does not just have to be in the gym. Take advantage of the summer weather and make it fun. You can go swimming, surfing, kayaking, hiking, or play a sport. Being active gives you energy and tones your body.
  4. Get some zzzzs. That’s right. Sleep. Getting adequate sleep allows you to have the motivation to work out the next day. Also it reduces your glucose and insulin levels. When you don’t get enough sleep your body’s glucose and insulin levels become like those of a diabetic. This can cause that extra fat around your waistline. You don’t want that. Sleep is your body’s recovery time.
  5. Set Goals. If your working for something, you need to have a motivation for why your doing it. Maybe your goal is to lose 5 pounds. Maybe your goal is to rock a bikini. Whatever it is, make sure that it is tangible and achievable. When I say achievable, I mean realistic. For example, your goal should not be to have a six-pack within one week.Instead you can have, reduce my waistline by 2 inches in one month. Those goals are achievable. When you take all of these steps you will see what a difference you will have in your confidence. There is just such a feeling of elation knowing that you accomplished something that you had been working hard on.

Well, that’s all I have for today. I hope you enjoyed this. Feel free to comment.

Thanks for reading,

Abisola

Valedictorian Speech

 

For those of you who don’t know, I was the valedictorian of my class. Here’s my speech from yesterday.
If you were to tell me last year that I would be standing in front of you all today, as the valedictorian of my class, I would have laughed in disbelief. That is why I would like to thank and praise my lord and savior Jesus Christ for granting me this opportunity to be here today.My story is a unique one filled with obstacles, triumphs, courage, and faith. I was raised single-handedly by my mother, a Nigerian immigrant. As a foreigner, she stressed the significance of taking advantage of the educational opportunity that the United States of America brings. She instilled in me the idea of work ethic and diligence to achieve my goals. I would like to thank and honor her. Without her I would not be in this position today, literally and figuratively. With these values, I tried my best to thrive in school. For the majority of my life I made straight A’s in school. This might seem like a great feat for any child, however you never lived with my mother. My A’s were the expectation. She was proud of me, but it was just the standard. For the majority of my high school career, I attended the International Baccalaureate school in Bartow. This was a rigorous program, that challenged and fulfilled my academic appetite. However, my junior year of school I fell ill. I experienced a severe nervous breakdown that impaired my physical, emotional, and academic abilities. After months in the hospital, I had to get out of the IB program. If you can only imagine my strife, you would see what a true miracle it is for me to be here today. I was a student who excelled in whatever I put my mind to, academically, athletically, and extracurricularly. My illness seemed like a major setback. Doctors thought that I would have to repeat a grade. Then, I found Gateway. Attending Gateway, has truly been one of the most wisest and successful decisions I have made in my academic career so far. Gateway fostered my academic pursuits in a caring and enriching manner. The faculty at Gateway are like a family.They genuinely care about my well-being as a student. I would like to thank Ms. Ortega for supporting me throughout my year at Gateway. She has been there for me through the ups and downs of this highly demanding senior year. I would also like to thank Ms. Jones. She is like a second mama at school for me. She has helped me to write recommendation letters and always gives helpful advice. Next, I I would like to thank my sister. Her academic excellence was a quintessential example. She pushed me just as hard as my mother and although she cannot be here today (as a medical school student), I am blessed to have her in spirit. Continually, I would like to thank my family and friends and every one who came to support me today. Your prayers and support have not gone unnoticed. They say it takes a village to raies a child. You all have definitely shown that. Each and every one of you have contributed to my growth as a person, and I am blessed to have you here. And once again, I would like to thank God. My faith has brought me out of so many negative situations and has led me to this place now. God is the real MVP. As I embark on the next chapter of my life, at the University of Central Florida, I am thrilled to know that I will always have the Gateway family.Classof 2016, I would like to leave you with this: Never give up on your dreams. If I can do it, you can do it. Keep your faith alive and you will succeed.Thank you for hearing my story. I am so honored.
God Bless.

The Next Chapter

Hello,

In the last post,  I told you that I would share with you all a life update soon. Well, here it is.  There have been so many wonderful things that have been happening in my life. I am on a record high. God has truly been such a phenomenal savior in my life.

  1. Graduating: I will be graduating high school on June 6, 2016. For those of you who don’t know, yes I am a high school senior. I may appear older and wiser but the truth be told, I am only 18 years old. Graduating for me is such a pivotal step in my academic career. I am truly an old soul, and have been anticipating graduating since sophomore year. If senioritis was a real disease, I would be in the ICU. I am also pleased to announce that I am not just graduating as a regular student, but I am the valedictorian of my class. A valedictorian is the person in your graduating class that rank’s the highest based on G.P.A. (Grade Point Average). This news came as a shock to me. I knew I was in the top of my class, but I didn’t know I was number one. I take this achievement very seriously. I am truly blessed. I will have the opportunity to say a speech at graduation. Not only will I be saying a valedictorian speech, but I am also speaking to represent SGA (Student Goverment Association) I couldn’t be more grateful to be an alumni from my school with this in mind let’s go to number 2.
  2. College: Now this is where the fun starts. I will finally be able to embark on my voyage to college starting this month. I will be attending the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Fun fact: UCF is the second largest campus in the entire nation. Yes that’s right! In the entire United States of America. With this in mind, I am so thrilled to make new friends and forage new memories. Thanks to technology and social media, I have already started making new friends. I will be majoring in journalism. Go figure. I want to specialize in broadcast journalism. My dream is to be an anchor for E News. I pray this will come to pass. I am so excited about my new found independence. Plus, Orlando is going to be lit. This new chapter in my life is looking very promising.
  3.  #CareerGoals. I am pleased to announce that I have recently got the position of a reporter for a website called Teen Diaries. Teen Diaries is connected with Pretty Girls Sweat. Teen Diaries is a platform to encourage young women of diverse backgrounds to express their individuality and to live healthy lifestyles. This is my first real journalstic endeavor. I am proud of the position and will be posting some of my articles too.

Well that’s all I have for today. I hope you enjoyed this. Please feel free to comment.  Thanks for reading.

With Love,

Abisola