Senior Year

Brette Bliss Selfie

Brette Bliss Selfie
Our bathroom has great lighting for selfies!

I start my senior, and hopefully final, year of college in two days. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I have been a college student since 2014 and as I enter my fifth year, I’m ready for it to be over. I technically gained senior standing last year, but my senior year officially begins next week. I thought I would be afraid that this chapter of my life is coming to an end. Yet, I find myself relieved that it is almost over.

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What You Need to Know About Moving Out From a “Landlord’s” Perspective

What You Need to Know About Moving Out From a “Landlord’s” Perspective

I am not a landlord, but my mother is and I live in one of her rentals. My grandmother worked in property management and was a landlord as well. My mother owns three rental homes, I live in one of them. These are ten tips I picked up from them throughout the years and some fairly recently, since I am directly related to my landlord. Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Moving Out From a “Landlord’s” Perspective”

How to be a Good Roommate

How to be a Good Roommate

How to be a good roommate and communicate with roommates that drive you insane.

I have had many roommates and each one provided a different experience. I had some really good ones, I have also had some pretty bad ones. I have a post on finding and selecting roommates here.

Assuming you are in the process of finding roommates, or you already have a roommate and may be experiencing conflict, I will explain how to prevent conflict to the best of your ability and how to deal with conflict. There are a few things to consider first: if this person Continue reading “How to be a Good Roommate”

How I Apply for Scholarships

How I Apply for Scholarships

For the last two years, I have taken out around $7,000 in student loans. I don’t use all of the loans I take, but I put my refunds aside to pay the loans back after I graduate. I didn’t need student loans my first two years of college because most of my tuition was covered by scholarships. I get student loan refunds because a lot of my tuition is paid with scholarships.

I have two renewable scholarships through my school and two others that I apply for every year.

Disclaimer: I usually pay between $9,000 and $10,000 every academic year. My tuition is not high because I am a communication/professional writing major. It would be a little higher if I were an engineering or medical major.

It does not take a lot of Continue reading “How I Apply for Scholarships”

Roommates: How to Look For Them and How to Pick One

Roommates: How to Look For Them and How to Pick One

I have lived away from my parents for over two years now. In this period, I have had seven roommates. Only two of them were insufferable. The two I have now are pretty nasty, but they are getting better (at a snail’s pace). Regardless, they are leaving soon and I’m going to start the roommate search process up again.

I found four of my roommates on craigslist. I have had two female roommates, two roommates over the age of 30, and one that was a foreign exchange student. The roommates I did not find on craigslist were Continue reading “Roommates: How to Look For Them and How to Pick One”

I Spent 10 Days in Paris For $3,000 and Got College Credit

I Spent 10 Days in Paris For $3,000 and Got College Credit

Flatlay of camera, photo album, perfume, tiara, euros, and flowers

My school has the opportunity to go to Paris for an international Media Seminar. It’s a class that is open to all majors, but benefits communication students more. Because it was a class, we made all our reservations together and scheduled through some influential media moguls in Paris, which cut costs significantly. I went with 12 other students, my professor and his family, and we were there with a college from Kansas with around the same number of students. I came back with Continue reading “I Spent 10 Days in Paris For $3,000 and Got College Credit”