Advice for College Freshmen

Thursday, August 18, 2016

These pictures were taken from the Providence College website
As the new school year arrives, we're all moving back to school. Freshmen and transfer students are also moving on to campus. There's that feeling of not knowing anyone at school and the insecurity that anything you do the first week of school could affect your reputation for the rest of the year. But the thing to take away from this is that no one really knows what they're doing the first week of school. Also, we're most likely to forget anything that happened during orientation week because many freshmen are testing their limits (alcohol, etc.) or are really exhausted from the jam-packed schedule the school has put to together (as I was). 

As an orientation staff member at my college, the best advice I can give is to know your values, but also keep an open mind. Don't forget where you've come from. It’s essential to know what is important in your life. Know the people who will be there for you. But also, don’t be afraid to try new things, take risks, and get to know new people.

It’s weird that as you grow up, you kind of realize that everyone has their own story. Most have us have lived two decades. That’s definitely enough time to experience some type of greatest happiness, but also something that made you feel so low you became a new person. College will do just that. You’re meeting thousands of new students. These are the people you see everyday for 30 weeks of the year. Keep an open mind and hear the stories that have made each person unique. 

Know your worth. Everyone deserves friendships that will make them happy. If you find that a friendship or club is causing more stress than happiness, maybe it’s time to find new friends/activities. But don’t completely throw away the experience. Remember your mistakes and learn from them. Learn from your mistakes, but most importantly, learn from other’s mistakes as well.

Don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable with.

Experience, experience, experience!! I really can’t stress that enough. Take in as much as you possibly can. But obviously, the most important thing is to take care of yourself. College, and the world, is filled with so many AMAZING opportunities. Opportunities to meet new people, expand your resume, and to personally grow and learn more about all the things you’re capable of. 

Best wishes with your journey! :)

My Summer at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Sunday, August 14, 2016

This past summer, I was fortunate enough to intern at Brigham and Women's Hospital as a research assistant and summer student. And I must say, this was one of the most valuable experiences I've ever had.

I came into the program wanting to do more administrative duties and more behind the scenes tasks. I thought about continuing my education in social work. I also thought of doing office work, similar to a receptionist or secretary. I was also interested in health and wellness and the education behind that. Honestly, I had no clue what I wanted to do. What I did know, was that I wanted to do something in health care (preferably in maternal and child care) where I would be impacting the lives of our future generations. The health care field is so vast and there are so many opportunities to really create your own path and advance in your career.

The culture at BWH is amazing! Everyone seems to be so kind, caring, and supportive. Maybe it's because we all possess the same goals? Or was it because I was working in the Newborn Medicine Department? Who knows, but I'm glad I'll be working here per diem throughout the school year!

Every Wednesday, about 10 other interns including myself, had a program lunch where a health professional would come in to give us insight on their careers and the paths that led them to where they are today. We were able to talk to pediatricians, researchers, neonatologists, bilirubin physicians, social workers, parent support specialists, and so many more professionals.

On Thursdays, we would have clinical rounds, which consisted of a more hands-on approach in the NICU and nursery. Some days, we went into the nurseries to watch and help perform assessments of the newborns. Other times, we were able to intubate preterm dummies.

I also had the chance to shadow several healthcare workers such as a social worker, a NICU nurse, the Newborn Medicine Administrator, and a lactation consultant. I think shadowing professionals is one of the most valuable ways to gain insight on what a career is really like. While all jobs were meaningful, I definitely enjoyed shadowing the lactation consultant the best. Their jobs seem to be really hands-on and interactive, which is something I discovered I really enjoyed doing. Not only are they up and moving, but they are also teaching the public how to feed newborns. This can be especially difficult if the baby is a mother's first child or even if the baby is born preterm.

When I wasn't busy shadowing or attending clinical rounds and lunches, I'd be helping my mentor with her research and other small tasks. This included a data analysis on a protein predictor of inflammation in the premature gut, in which I was able to present my findings to the Department of Newborn Medicine. I also helped with data extraction and entry, helping to edit clinical policies, drafting/designing information sheets for public use, and honestly so much more!

By participating in internships, you get to gain experience and learn about what you like and dislike. I believe that this extremely important because being stuck with a mundane and boring job is one of the worst things ever. From past work experiences, I've discovered that for me, it doesn't really matter what I'm doing. As long as I'm working with people I enjoy being around, I'd be more than happy to carry on any task. Honestly, I could be cleaning toilets (which I did as a lifeguard working for the state last summer) and I would still enjoy it because I'd be working with people I liked.

I arrived at BWH believing that I wanted to do something administrative and ended with possibilities in nursing and teaching. Working at a teaching hospital has truly been so rewarding. They provide so many opportunities that really allow you to learn so many things every single day. Overall, this summer has been one of the most eye-opening experiences and I really look forward to working here in the future!

Up-Do for the Allusion of Thicker Hair

Friday, August 12, 2016

My sister asked me to do her hair for a friend's wedding. She asked for something simple and quick that would hide her "bald spots"... lol, huh? So I did just that.

I used the braid to create more volume. Once this section is finished, you can pull out certain pieces to create the allusion of thicker hair.

In some areas, I twisted the hairs to manipulate a slightly thicker version and to hide parts of her scalp.

The bun was tied like a ponytail but wasn't fully pulled through, leaving a loop, and some strands to be pinned back. Since her hair is wavy, I was able to pull back some strands, rolling them up, then pinning them against the base of her bun.

If you still find some thin spots on your scalp, definitely feel free to use some makeup and a fluffy eyeshadow brush to fill in the scarce spots. I suggest using a similar shade to your color or darker. Definitely use a matte color to draw attention away from the spots you're trying to hide!

My Go-To Summer Berry Lipstick

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bite Beauty Lip Crayon in Aubergine

This is my go-to berry lipstick! Absolutely love this. It applies matte, but still provides just enough moisture to keep those lips nice and soft. Another reason why I love this is because you can easily control the application. Want a lighter berry? Softly apply. Darker color for a night out? Give it a few coats! 

This lipstick also lasts several hours. Just be sure to apply some kind of concealer before the lipstick. When applied, this will ensure a closer color to the lipstick. To make your lips appear fuller and to avoid the color from bleeding out into your skin, border your lips with concealer after you apply lipstick. Blend around the lips, being sure not to bring the concealer onto the lips. 

There you have it! Definitely my favorite summer berry lipstick! 

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