Navy, Pearls, and Polka Dots

I love fit and flare dresses. They're fun, feminine, and flattering. This is the dress I was going to wear to my college graduation. It's one of my favorite dresses but because it doesn't have pockets, I chose to wear another dress to graduation. And, of course, it's hard to go wrong with pearls. Northwest Pearls: Navy, Pearls, and Polka Dots

Northwest Pearls: Navy, Pearls, and Polka Dots

Northwest Pearls: Navy, Pearls, and Polka Dots

Northwest Pearls: Navy, Pearls, and Polka Dots

Northwest Pearls: Navy, Pearls, and Polka Dots

Dress: Adrianna Papell

Shoes: Rockport

Necklace and Bracelet: Vintage

Clutch: Vintage; Similar here for $125

While In College

The last semester of my last year of college, even a little before that, I was aware that I didn't want to graduate college. I was only there for two years, and I completed my entire bachelor's degree in three years. But I was about two years younger than most of the graduating seniors and most of my friends were sophomores or juniors in school. So I wasn't happy about graduating. I made the best of it and tried not to be sad, but I do wish that I had spent all three years at this school, or that I had done one more year of college at that school. But I didn't, and I saved myself and my family a bit of money. Here's some advice I have for you as you're in college:

Don't try to please everyone because you can't and you shouldn't bother. This is something that I have to work at, but it's something that everyone should keep in mind. God loves you for you and that is enough and you have to realize that that is enough. His love is so much greater than anyone elses'.

Find a group of people you enjoy being with. I had friends that I loved being around. I was me around them. Just be yourself and find a group of friends.

Do something extracurricular. I attended a few clubs off and on, and when it came to applying for scholarships, I wished that I had been in more clubs. But at the same time, I chose to spend my free time with friends and people. I love to be around people. I could have done that in a club, but I just didn't. I did do intramurals spring of my senior year, I did soccer and ultimate frisbee. I wished that I had done intramurals every semester of college because I had such a blast playing with my friends. I don't think we ever won a game, but hey, we had fun. And that's what matters.

Have fun. Don't make yourself do something that you hate or something that isn't you. That goes back to being you. And please, don't do anything stupid. But have fun. I went out to far too much fro-yo and coffee/tea just so I could hang out with people. I chose to spend money I had, but probably should have spent wiser, to go out. And while I could have gone out and not gotten anything, I decided to spoil myself, because college only happens once. Just please, don't do anything stupid.

Realize that this is a unique time in your life that won't ever be replicated. You are going to be surrounded by people your own age who are in the same stage of life as you. So enjoy it. Don't wish it away. I was talking to another senior about how once graduation comes around, you wish for another year (or two). But when it's not coming for you, you can't wait for summer to come. You're so ready to be done with school. Personally, I was dreading summer for months. My friends were all excited for it, and I was happy that they were happy, but I didn't want it to come around because it meant the start of adulthood. I enjoyed my last few months though and am incredibly grateful for the chance to go to my school.

Do you have any more suggestions for undergraduate college students?

After College

I graduated college last week and have been home for about four days now. I don't know what to do with myself. I'm taking the summer to just hang out and adventure and to do some things that I've been wanting to do, but I am having trouble adjusting from lots of people 24/7 to just having family around. I have all of these grand ideas for this summer, but what can I do in the meantime? For an extrovert whose friends are all at their homes, far away, or whose two best friends are close but in school and working, what can one do? I've been brainstorming ideas to make new friends and to find ways to occupy my time this summer. Some of my ideas are:

  • Volunteer; find a cause or an organization I like and volunteer there this summer
  • College group; while I'm out of college, I graduated two years earlier than the people my age and a church college group would be one way to get to know some of the people my age in my area.
  • Community college classes; one of my least favorite ideas, but it's an idea. Take classes that I want to take this summer to learn some fun skills, like photography.
  • Learn to sail; this has been on my bucket list/to-do list for the last three or four summers. Maybe this summer it'll actually happen.

I just have to adjust to being away from college. I keep on thinking to myself that I just have to occupy myself for the next three months until I see my friends again, but then I remember that I'm done with school and I won't be going back. So in light of that, I have to adjust and make new friends to hang out with instead of writing blog posts on a Friday night. Have you had to adjust to life after college?

Monogrammed Graduation Cap

A monogrammed graduation cap with pink peony flowers to the side. I was inspired by this decorated graduation cap and wanted to do something similar. Pinterest and Google both helped me find a plethora of ideas for my own graduation cap and I worked at designing my monogram in Adobe InDesign. I had a few designs I liked and I was going to stencil one of them onto my cap. However, my roommate is an artist and she offered to paint it on free-hand. I accepted and (at her suggestion) got:

  • White acrylic paint
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Fine gold glitter
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil

My roommate sketched out a couple of designs on paper, got my input, and then got to work. She used a pencil to mark up the cap to have a guide, and then used the paint and paintbrush to do the design. Then, after the paint dried, she painted on Elmer's Glue over the white paint and dumped glitter over that. We dumped the excess glitter onto a piece of paper so we could reuse what was left over.

We were both extremely happy with the result. There was glitter all over our room, and a trail of glitter from our room to the stairs, but hey, it's glitter. The graduation cap is black, and she added on the " '14" to commemorate the year. I love it!

A black graduation cap with gold glitter monogram

What are you doing for your graduation cap?


I've been annoying the Career Services office here on campus with all the resume edits I've done. Well, I haven't annoyed them, but I have gone in four or five times. And you wouldn't believe the changes I've made to my resume. If any of you out there are close to graduation, or a year or more away, I recommend that you get your resume polished to a shine. Before they took a look at my resume, it was okay, but now I feel that it's perfect enough that I can start applying to jobs and internships. So take my one little piece of advice: get your resume finished before you need it. Trust me, you'll be thankful you did.