College Life: My Upcoming Year

College Life: My Upcoming Year

As most of you know, I am now a junior at Auburn University. I major in English- Creative Writing and minor in art. (For more on my major and minor click  here.) This year is going to be a whole different experience. I am finally going to adult, and by adult I mean I will be living in an apartment. I am not happy to be paying bills, but I’m excited to be in an apartment with friends. I see this going well so far. Nothing can truly prepare you for what’s to come, but I think this year will be one to remember.

Academics:

I am taking a ton of core classes this upcoming fall semester.I am finally past math, science, and history and I finish up my last required Liberal Arts classes this fall. This is exciting because it means I am almost done with my degree. I hope to graduate next year, but I am not sure exactly what year I will graduate. I am taking six classes which will give me the full 18 hours allowed at Auburn. I will be stressed considering I expect to write an essay in every class except for my advanced drawing class. Other than the mindless essays, I’m excited about all my classes. The two classes I expect to stress out in the most is my art and mythology course. I’m way better at sketching than painting, so I’m excited to take a step back from the paints for a while and do something I love. My core creative class this semester is Poetry 1. Poetry is not my strongest form of writing, but I have a few poems I enjoyed from Intro to Creative Writing. (I might upload some later along with some of my new works.) All my other classes are basics that are needed or electives.  I am wanting to join a few clubs to not only build my resume but to help me on my career path. I have a few clubs picked out that I want to go check out. I can only hope for the best.

Apartment:

As I mentioned in the intro, I am happy to have an apartment with my friends. I’m not sure what I would’ve done in the dorms for another year. It’s not that I don’t love the people in the dorms, but I’m so glad to have my own room. (A luxury I’ve missed for years now.) Through my dorm experience last year, I met my roommates for this year. I’m glad I met such great people to live with. I see many adventures and late nights in our future. The thing I’m most excited about is getting a book case, painting it, and filling it with all my books. We have a kitchen rather than just a microwave and I am too happy about it. We  even live within a mile of campus and have a tennis court in the complex. I know I’m amazed over the simple things, but I’m happy about this. It’s safe to say that the apartment will be a new experience for all of us.

Jobs:

I do have a little side job working with the school. It’s around my schedule and isn’t stressful. I am happy to be able to continue with it. I want to look for a part-time job, but I’m scared I won’t have time to fully focus on my academics. I know my class load is a lot and I truly hope everything will work out for the best. Only time will tell.

 

It’s safe to say, I’m ready and excited for this upcoming school year. I am hoping for a great football season (War Eagle!) I know these past few years have been rough, but I have faith that we will surprise everyone this year. Everything should go as planned this year, and trust me I have planned it. I can only wish everyone good luck with the upcoming school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music: Top 5 Favorite Bands

Music: Top 5 Favorite Bands

I’m not a music expert, but I do know there are a lot of bands out there that don’t get the proper recognition they need. I listen to just about anything that I think sounds good. This does lead to some questionable songs added to my playlist and at times I have to rethink my choice. Nevertheless, I believe these bands could use a few more listeners.

1.One Direction:

Yes, One Direction is a great band. Yes, they are considered a boy band. No, I don’t listen to them because they’re cute (although Niall will always be my fav.) Let’s face it in 2010 these boys looked nothing like they do now (just google pictures and you’ll understand.) Everyone knows that Zayn Malik left the band in 2015, so now the band consists of Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Harry Styles. Each one of these boys is great and have fantastic vocals. I personally love the first album Up All Night, but if you want to hear the boys sing equally listen to Four. I suggest listening to all the albums to not only see how each boy has grown vocally, but also to pick and choose your favorites. We all know One Direction got popular in the U.S because of the song “What Makes You Beautiful” which turned a lot of people against them, and that is a shame because the boys sing such great songs that don’t get recognized. Here are a few of my favorite songs: Change Your TicketLast First Kiss, and Tell Me A Lie. Warning: Beware of Directioners!

2. Marianas Trench:

Marainas Trench is a Canadian band that is amazing. I say this because Josh Ramsay is a great singer and songwriter. Mike Ayley, Matt Webb, and Ian Casselman make up the rest of this band, but don’t dismiss these talented guys. They all are really great and nice. This band truly cares about their fans and if you get the chance to meet them please do. He truly has an amazing voice, but on to the music. Personally, I don’t like their first album as much as I do the rest, but I can’t say I dislike the whole album. ShakeTramp was my favorite of the first album. Off the album Masterpiece Theatre, Good to You is by far my favorite song off this album and honestly it’s my favorite song ever. I listen to it far more than I should. Ever After is a great album. It tells an amazing story and even the music videos go along with the story Josh Ramsay wanted to tell. I highly recommend this entire album as a great listen. Before their latest album, the band released two singles not included on their album. They are both full of satire and are funny if you get the references so check out Here’s to the Zeros and Pop 101. Their newest album is Astoria. I love all these songs, but One Love and Wildfire showcase everything the band has to offer. All members are crazy talented and amazing. I hope they get the recognition they deserve one day, but for now, I’m going to enjoy all they have to offer.

3.The Summer Set:

I have no words to describe how much I love The Summer Set. Their songs are amazing even from the first album. I listen to them as much as I listen to Marianas Trench. Each song is very pop punk and is extremely catchy. This band isn’t as big as most. They do appear on Vans Warped Tour and have their own tours. I hate that they aren’t on the radio. Actually, I hate that there isn’t a pop punk radio station. (I might look into making this happen.) The thing I love most about this band has to be the drummer, Jess Bowen. I wished I could have enough rhythm to dance much less keep a beat, and Jess rocks out on the drums here. She is amazing, and I suggest checking out her skills. A few of my favorite songs by them are Lightning in a Bottle, Missin’ You, and Figure Me Out.

4. Sleeping With Sirens:

Now this band has a few screamo parts, but don’t run away just yet. I highly suggest listening to different songs, because most songs only contain a small amount of screamo. Kellin Quinn is the lead singer in the band and his voice is so perfect. I do know this band is not everyone’s cup of tea, but honestly, they are worth the time to listen to. I suggest these songs for first-time listeners: If You Can’t Hang,  James Dean and Aubrey Hepburn, and Rodger Rabbit. Please give these songs a try.

5. The Cab:

The Cab is my go-to band for heartfelt love songs. I can’t describe how great their lyrics are. Okay, so this isn’t the only band on the list with great lyrics, but it is one of the only bands with songs I can listen on repeat all day every day. I know that’s obsessive, but trust me one listening to these songs and you’ll be hooked. Endlessly, Intoxicated, Bad, and These are the Lies are a few of my favorite.

Bonus:

6. Against the Current:

This would be the only band I love with a girl as a lead singer. Chrissy Costanza has an amazing punk/ rock voice. I honestly love every song she sings and can only wish I could sing as great as her. The band isn’t big. If anything they are just becoming a little bit bigger they were. I found this band on Youtube and loved everything they covered and produced their self. I love watching this band grow. Here are a few of their songs Closer, Faster; Gravity; Paralyzed, and Roses.

I know my knowledge of music isn’t the best, but I thought this would be a fun post. This is just a short list of the bands I listen to and know more than just their name and a few songs. I do love all these bands and listen to everyday. Now, whether these are boy bands or regular bands doesn’t really matter. They all deserve a little recognition for being great. If you have any suggestions of bands I should listen to I would love to.