Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Formal Festivities

My friends and my puppy
Strike a pose
Hey everyone! This weekend was the end of our first semester and the end of our final exams! To celebrate, our school threw a big Winter Formal Dance! The fun part about this dance is that girls ask guys to be their date. This means that all the girls asked guys to the dance. Once the girls have carried out an elaborate and cute way of asking the boy, they must start to prepare for the day of the dance! Since it is a formal dance everyone gets their hair and makeup done, and the dates buy each other matching corsages and boutonnieres to wear. The boys get suits with ties to match their date's dress. It's a fun way to coordinate! And don't forget to get together with your friends and take pictures before.
A big Winter Formal picture group
Also, the dance took place at Soka University this year, so there was a lot to do along with dancing. There were casino tables set up with pretend gambling, along with food and drinks, a chocolate fountain, and even a swing dance room with a live band for more formal dancing. Overall, this was a great way to celebrate the end of final exams with all my friends!

How do you relax after a stressful week? Let me know in the comments!


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Exam Exhaustion

Gotta hit those books!
My friends and I taking a "study break"-very important!
Hey everyone! Now that we have been back from our Holiday Break for two weeks, it's time to begin our week of final exams. My school is on a semester system, so two semesters per school year, and the first semester ends next week. The last week of the semester is always filled with final exams, and then there is a big Winter Formal dance at the end of the week to celebrate being done with exams and the first semester. My friends and I are studying hard this weekend because this semester grades are important for colleges. After first semester, every senior applying to college needs to send the mid year grade report, which has all your grades from first semester, to all their colleges. Colleges will look at this along with the application already sent in to make their decision.
My date for the Winter Formal Dance
My hardest exams will be for the classes AP Spanish and AP biology. These classes are college level classes, so they are much harder and have harder finals. Luckily, if you do really well you can take a test at the end of the year to get college credit so you do not need to take certain classes while in college. Because of this, I am really motivated to do amazing on my final exams and then rock out with my friends when it is all over!

How do you study for your final exams? What are your hardest courses with final exams? Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Fight to the Finish

Hey everyone! January 7th was a very busy day for me. First of all, it was the day I started school again after my 2 week long Holiday Break. It was so hard waking up for school again! All I wanted to do was hit my alarm button! But I had to go back to school sometime and I guess once all the holidays are over is a good time to do it.
Once the school day was over, that night was a very important night for some of my friends, and I was lucky enough to be involved in it! It was the BCS National Championship for American football between two college teams ranked number 1 and 2: Notre Dame University in Indiana and University of Alabama. My friend will be attending Notre Dame next year, so she was rooting for them to win. She hosted a viewing party at her house with lots of themed food and outfits. All my friends came over and we ate food and watched the live American football game. Unfortunately for my friends, Alabama won the game. Congrats to Alabama for their second win in a row! It was a exciting game with a final score 42-14.

What sporting events do you watch with your friends? Let me know in the comments!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Ready for the End and the Beginning

New Year's Celebration
Hey everyone! Happy New Year! The celebration for New Year's Eve was very hectic for me this year! First, I hosted a New Year's Eve party for all of my friends. They all came over to my house and we danced and played games until midnight when we all counted down to 2013. We all blew streamers and noisemakers, wore funny hats, and celebrated for the first hours of 2013! Unfortunately since you have to stay up to midnight, I didn't go to bed till late and I was very tired the next day! 
Happy New Year
Last minuete submittals
The next day was January 1st and the last day to submit college apps. And guess what, I submitted a college app that day right before the deadline. I know I am crazy! But better at the deadline then never! Good thing my late night didn't hurt my application. It's always good to submit everything you want and never miss out on any opportunities. So now that the deadline is officially over, I can say I am officially done with all my college apps. No more last minute submittals for me! Now I can truly enjoy the last couple of days of break before I go back to my hectic school schedule on January 7th.

How did you spend your New Year's Eve and the first day of 2013? Let me know in the comments!