January 11, 2017 Alina

I was going to write a 2016 reflection and talk about how awful the year was until I realized that that wasn’t how I wanted to start 2017- my year of rebuilding. 2017 should start with positivity, love, and hope. Instead, I will write a letter for me to read a year from now containing my hopes, goals, and expectations. Dear 2018 self, In one year, I’ll be reading this and really appreciating myself for writing it. If 2017 changes me as much as 2016 had, I will be a completely different reader than I am a writer right now….

December 5, 2016 Alina

This weekend, my 2 girlfriends and I took a last minute road trip to Wilmington, NC to meet James Lafferty. So this circulated around Facebook a few weeks ago. As HUGE One Tree Hill fans, we joked about going and meeting James Lafferty (aka Nathan Scott) since Wilmington was only 3 hours away. December is a weird month where I try not to plan anything ahead of time since I am always so busy with holidays, work, and the wonderful finals week(s). Also, I really couldn’t afford to take any trips anywhere. We joked and joked (and really wished we…

November 3, 2016 Alina

When I moved out of my parent’s house, I lost a huge piece of my heart- our family dog. I had a big puppy-shaped hole in my heart that I couldn’t quite fill with anything else. It got to the point where I had screenshotted/saved at least 100 pictures of random dogs. I was looking through craigslist & animal shelter websites just to look at dogs almost everyday. My mind was consumed by thoughts of having my own. I just couldn’t take it anymore, I NEEDED my own puppy. A lot of people told me to wait after I finished…

October 18, 2016 Alina

College was never easy for me, not from day 1. In fact, the first few years were the hardest for me. I had a lot of struggles (just like any college student) but through them, I learned so much more than just textbook material. What college struggles taught me… (more…)

October 12, 2016 Alina 1Comment

I graduate in less than 8 months and I still have no clue where my life is headed. What in the world am I supposed to do with my life after college? There are many things that should (or could) keep me terrified but right now, I’m very much most afraid for my future. Not going to lie, I don’t want to go straight into a job after graduating, but honestly, I can’t afford to do anything but that. So for now, I’m stressing out from my job search. I am open to anything- any kind of job (in the IT…

August 26, 2016 Alina

This year I finally got to go to a music festival- Firefly in Dover, Delaware. I’ve heard great, amazing things about music festivals but I’ve also heard bad things about them. Now, the negative things I have heard came from negative people. People who aren’t happy with anything & always find something to complain about. So I didn’t listen to those people. You shouldn’t either. If you are planning to go, I hope that you are going for the right reasons. I hope that you picked that particular one because of the lineup and not just because it’s the most popular…

August 16, 2016 Alina 2Comment

Dear future husband, I’m so ready to meet you. How cliche. But after attending 3 weddings this summer (which is a lot when I attend on average about zero weddings a year,) I want to meet you. This doesn’t mean that I’m ready to marry you, because honestly I’m not. Not until I finish school & figure out where my life is headed. But I’m ready to do life with you & to share all of my moments with you. (more…)

August 14, 2016 Alina

I became very independent after growing up in a foreign family in America. I had to help my parents with most things since they barely knew any English (at the time, they’re doing alright now.) Being so independent, I got used to doing things on my own. Recently, there have been a few moments in my life where I stopped and thought, “Wow, I’m an adult and I will never be that once-16-year-old girl ever again.” Here are some of those moments that made me feel like a real adult: (more…)