8 Things I Learned About College Applications & Senior Year 

Hello, friends! I recently tackled the dreaded college application process and finished my senior year, which means I learned a lot. Here are 8 things that I wish I could tell myself if I could start over:

  1. Don’t underestimate yourself. Throughout the process, you might feel incredibly overwhelmed. You might think that your GPA, standardized test scores, or resume are insufficient for a school/scholarship to accept you. Don’t let that doubt stop you from applying for something. You might surprise yourself!
  2. Choose a major that you love. Growing up I always thought I would pick a lucrative major. My initial plan was to major in environmental engineering or something in the realm of STEM; however, I love history and writing. I am truly passionate about current events and the world that we live in. Because of this, constant internal conflict I was torn on between stability and passion. After months of thinking, I finally chose political science/IR. I believe that this major will give me the most fulfillment and allow me to truly appreciate the world that we live in.
  3. Learn to love essay writing. I love to write, but some of my friends found writing to be the most stressful part of the whole process. I understand that writing is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but when you are writing it is important to sound genuine an passionate– so write about something you truly care about. Once you have a solid idea the essay will start to write itself.
  4. Don’t got to a certain college because of your friend. This “thing” didn’t impact be, but I noticed that some of my friends had great difficulty choosing a college because they were stuck on whether they should attend one with their friend. I love my friends to pieces, but I know that at the end of the day, they will still be a part of my life if they are true friends.
  5. Ask your English teacher to edit your essays. This one is the most important, in my opinion, because an English teacher has experience with essay writing. They understand that essays must sound cohesive and fluid. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Also, once you finish your college hunt, give teacher that helped you a “thank you” to express your gratitude.
  6. Don’t be overconfident. I know I said don’t underestimate yourself, but it is also important to be leveled. One of my friends decided to apply to schools that were more of a reach– she got rejected 5/6 of the schools, and was then forced to go to her least favorite option because that was the only one she could attend. Don’t give yourself unnecessary stress. Apply anywhere and everywhere, but also make sure you have a few safe schools in your back pocket.
  7. Spend lots of time with your family. I think when senior year rolls around many students think about how that the days they spend with their family are numbered, which creates excitement for many students. However, it’s important to spend time with your mom, dad, and siblings because even though college doesn’t mean complete immersion into the real world, it does limit the amount of time you will see your family. (Love you guys! ❤️)
  8. Let go of disappointment. At the end of the day, you will attend a university that is the best fit for you. Even if you didn’t get into your first, second, or even third choice university you will still be accepted somewhere and get a quality education. Let go of any feeling from rejection, and be excited for the new chapter in your life.

If you are currently or will soon be attacking the college application process good luck!

Also: those of you who have completed the college application process or senior year, what is your biggest tip? 🙂 

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Hira

Prom {with pictures}

Wow, wow, wow!

That’s really all I can say. This year has flown by, and I’m in shock. I graduate on Saturday, go to college orientation in June, and then I start my freshman year in August. AHH.

Anyway this weekend I went to my high school prom. At the beginning of the school year, I was one of those “anti-prom” people who thought prom was dumb, worthless, and a waste of time. After attending, I still feel like it wasn’t anything incredibly special. I mean, if I did end up staying home I would be fine. However, because I did go, I did get to see all my classmates look AMAZING– seriously everyone looked totally flawless.

I wanted to share some pictures with you guys because this is probably the only time in my life I will be so dressed. I wore a traditional South Asian outfit, which is definitely one of my favorite things to wear! 🙂

Side note: my favorite pose is the Charlie’s Angles one; it cracks me up . 😉

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Thanks for stopping by, and I promise I will be posting a recipe SOON!

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Hira

March Things

Can you believe March is over? It is officially April, and I am in total shock.

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This year just keeps moving, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate small moments in my life, right? This is what happened in March!

I finally got a new camera! I have been using my iPhone since the beginning of this blog (that was in 2014), but this spring break I finally invested in a real camera. I’m still getting the hang of all the accessories and features, but overtime I’m sure my pictures will get better. 🙂 For now you can view my developing photography page.

I also finally announced my College Decision (!!!), which is so exciting. It shows that I’m one step closer to college. Ahh, how? All I keep thinking is how much I’m going to miss my parents!

I also got my senior pictures taken! You can view a couple of them here (aren’t they so good)! 🙂

This month I finished reading The Help, which is officially on my favorite-books-of-all-time list! I couldn’t put the book down. I love books that make me think and reflect on my life– this one definitely did that.

As April begins, so does AP season– ugh. It’s ok, though. This is the last AP season I will ever experience, so I will make it count. 😉

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Hira

College Decision (!!!)

I’ve been so excited to finally write and publish this post. Something about reading/hearing my friend’s college announcements makes me so happy.  

It’s finally my turn. Everyone who lives close to me already knows where I’ll be for the next 4 years, but I’ve always considered my readers (you) friends– even though we’ve never met. 

So *drum roll please* I will be attending The University of Texas at Austin. 

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I love everything about this place. The city. The opportunities. The people. 

I’m a government/political science major.

People continuously ask me, “what do you plan to do after college?” This question has been very confusing because I honestly have no idea. I love government. I love politics. And I’m excited for the future, so once I figure out my life I will definitely let you know. 

If you have any questions or are interested in this university, feel free to reach out! 

Hook ’em Horns

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Hira

Reflections

Hello, friends!

Today’s post deviates from the normal recipe. I have had reflective thoughts moving around my head, so I thought I would share.

  1. Success is not only hard work. We, unfortunately, live in an unfair world. No matter how hard we work at the end of the day we can still be robbed of the thing we want most. Success is equal parts preparation and opportunity. If you get rejected from a job, internship, or fail a test understand that you only have control over your input, but at the end if the opportunity never manifests itself it is not your fault. You do not have control over everything. Work hard. Dream. But remember you have only control on your input.
  2. Less is more. Growing up forging friendships has always been difficult. I am an outgoing, positive, stubborn person who may be an acquired taste. I have learned through the years that it is more important to surround myself with a few amazing people, then a large group of meh people.
  3. Things are not as they seem. As a teenager, in the social media generation, I have recognized that not all posts on the web are true. Social media is heavily fabricated. People only post when they are doing something incredible. I mean, no one wants to see someone post a picture of doing the dishes or laundry.
  4. Everything does not happen for a reason. I was a firm believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason. Anytime the world did not go in my favor I would use this as a rationale. However, being apart of a world where violence, adversity, and horror are common, I don’t want to accept that these things happen for a reason. The little girl who lost her father, or the mother who lost her son are events that do not contain a reason. Sometimes things just happen. They cannot be explained.
  5. You can only take care of yourself. This is something that was so difficult for me to learn. Anytime I see someone I know upset, I want to drop everything and take care of that person. I have learned that you can only do so much. At the end of the day, if that person is still broken, you need to understand that you have done enough. Your health is paramount. Your unhappiness for that person’s situation will not make that person’s situation better. Live life, love, be happy. Help those going through a rough patch, but at the end if that person is still in the dark– move on. No matter what you do it is that person’s choice to feel better.

Well, that’s it for this reflections post. I just had all these lessons shuffled in my head, so I thought I’d share. If you agree (or disagree) or have something else you’ve learned that has changed your life– comment below.

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Hira

Canada Things

Hi, friends!

If you read (or looked) at my last post, you saw my December adventure through the Eastern Caribbean. I also had the opportunity to visit my sweet grandparents in Canada– I am so blessed. This trip was a lot of fun because my dad drove us (my family) from Texas all the way to Canada. That is absolutely crazy. I mean, look at a map of North America– so many miles. We are a very adventurous family. 😉

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Hira

 

December 2016 Trip {senior trip}

Hi, friends!

I recently went on an incredible trip with my two wonderful friends. It was an absolute blast, and to say it went by fast is an understatement. I love to travel. Really love to travel. For my senior trip, one of my best friends, Brittany, had an amazing idea to go on a cruise– together. So after convincing my parents (lots of convincing), off we went. 

This cruise went from the Dominican Republic to the US Virgin Islands to Puerto Rico to the final destination Grand Turk. It was one of the greatest trips I’ve ever taken (and I’ve been on cruises before). Time flew by, but pictures are great memories, so here are some below. I also wanted to state that I didn’t take any pictures. None. Thanks to my wonderful friends, Brittany and Isabella, you can also enjoy the crystal blue waters. (The pictures are in no particular order)

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Hira