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Prom 2017
Hi Mohawks!!
Things have been pretty crazy the past few weeks. National decision day is May 1st, so of course that's worrying a few of us seniors. However, it feels like I am more worried than anyone else. :') Aside from that, my CCP work is really picking up along with senior exit. As stressful as it's been though, there's still been a little time to have fun. On Saturday, I went to see A Quiet Place. This was the first scary movie I've seen in a long time and in my opinion, it was really good! The end did end optimistically though which is not always the case with horror films. Lastly, I cannot believe that prom is tomorrow! With the cold weather and distractions, it does not feel like we are this far along in the school year. I hope that it warms up a bit tomorrow and we can all have a good time. Stay safe Mohawks!! 
 
p.s. Here's a picture from last year :)
 
Love, Jenna <3

Spring Cleaning

Hi Mohawks!! This weekend, I did some spring cleaning... but not exactly how you think. I did start to bring my summer clothes from the basement and pack away some sweaters! (Which felt great btw) However, I also decided that I need to change some things internally. I've noticed that I've been wound a little more tightly these past few weeks. I'm quicker to get frustrated over little things or put the blame on others. I think this is in part because of I am stressed about my future. There are so many decisions to be made and it's very intimidating. But I've come to realize that being worried will not change the outcome. I believe that everything happens for a reason and wherever I end up will be what's ultimately best for me. I'm not saying that I will quit worrying completely, but I will definitely make it a point to not let my decision affect my everyday life. More often than not, stress have many negative effects. Here are a few things I've found that have helped me so far. :) 
 

Bedroom redesign
Hey Mohawksssss!!! For the past couple of weeks my parents have been helping me work on redoing my room. If you know me, you know that this change was veryyyyyyy needed. Basically anything that you can see in these pictures was either hot pink or zebra before. ;) I’m very thankful for my lovely parents and excited about the way it turned out. The grey is a nice transition for them toward office space anyway. ;) #OSU2022 #MU2022 ???

Interview Tips

Hi Mohawks! I hope you all had another great week! It's crazy to me that the days are getting longer and we are almost into March! With the seasons come new changes and so, I applied for a second job. I had two interviews on both Monday and Tuesday of last week. Although it's not clear as to wether I got the job yet, I am very happy with my interview and confident that I gave it my all. Soooooo, I decided to give you all my best interview tips. :) 
 
1. Always Smile 
I can say with confidence that there are very few jobs in which a smile is not appreciated. Even if the job you're applying for is not in customer service, an employer typically wants their employees to be happy to work for them. It is important that they are assured you will take pride in your work and do it with a smile on your face! ;)
 
2. Be Confident 
If you are in an interview and are constantly shaking and holding your head down, odds are you aren't doing very well. Eye contact is SO important. Make it a point to look into an interviewer's eyes, especially when they are talking directly to you. They know that you're nervous, but lack of eye contact will make them feel like you aren't listening regardless. You must have good posture, and be confident in your ability to do well. If you go into anything with a negative attitude, chances are your outcome will be negative. 
 
3. Ask Questions
It is a common misconception that asking questions is associated with stupidity. This however, is NOT the case. If an employer asks if you have questions, come up with a few! This will show that you're genuinely interested in the position and you will keep yourself more informed as well. Just don't over-ask. Remember, this is their time. 
 
4. Prepare
Research popular interview questions. Even if an employer doesn't use one of these, chances are their questions are very similar. Some questions are meant to stump you, so be prepared with answers/stories. We all know things get difficult when we are put on the spot. A question that always gets me, "Name a time you went out of your way to help someone." There may be plenty of instances, but we don't always take particular note of things as we do them. Prior to the interview, pick out what you will wear. If required, prepare your application and resumé and ALWAYS show up 15-30 minutes early.
 
5. Be Yourself 
At the end of the day, your employer is considering hiring you for your personality. You should be giving them a preview, not putting on a facade. During the interview, be interactive. Sitting very tensely with absolutely perfect posture and folded hands is robotic. Don't go overboard, but talk with your hands a little. When questioned, be sure to share stories that highlight the best version of yourself. Be honest, smiley, and confident and you've got this! :)

This Week's events
Hi Mohawks!! Here comes another late blog after busy week!! 
 
Last Tuesday, I went to a convention for prospective admitted Ohio State students in the Cincinnati area. It was brief, but very helpful. They had food, a table fair, panels, and lots of free goodies!! Although I am still not sure where I'll be going, this meeting gave me a little more insight. I came out feeling more well-informed and comfortable with making an educated decision. When the time comes, if you are ever invited to something like this at one of your top choices, I recommend you go! It was also very nice to meet with some different high school seniors and see that I'm not the only one without a grip!! :)
 
Thursday was my eighteenth birthday!! I was surprised at dinner when about 15 of my friends joined my family for Italian (my favorite)!! It was so unexpected and fun. My extended family came over on Sunday where we ate lasagna once again!!
 
I hope you all have a great week!!  

Winter Tips

Good morning Mohawks! With my scary drive home last night and my less than pleasant commute to school this morning, I decided to make today's blog about safe driving. Particularly, safe driving in the snow! If you absolutely HAVE to get somewhere while there is snow on the road, the best advice I can give is to drive slowly. Of course, some snowfalls are worse than others, but there is really no way to gauge the road until you are in a ditch on the side of it. If you're a new driver, I'm sure you've been told to slow down before, but it really is better to be safe than sorry. There's not much else you can do. I also suggest keeping a scraper in your car at all times through the winter months. You never know when you're going to need it. Unfortunately, upon leaving work at 8:30 last night, I walked outside to a snow covered, ice covered, frozen-doored car. 
 
I hope you guys enjoy these tips, have a great week, and STAY WARM! :)

Buckeye Country Superfest 2017
Hi Mohawks! As I sit here in my aiding period, I listen to my Kenny Chesney playlist and dream about summer. It's quite cold in this classroom and looking outside at the overcast sky is kind of upsetting! These photos are from last summer when I saw Kenny Chesney at Buckeye Country Superfest. It was definitely MUCH warmer that weekend. I'm usually one for winter and snowboarding, but sometimes these months seem a little too long! Right now, I'm dreaming of June when I'll get to see Kenny Again. But until then, I'll bundle up and go sledding every chance I get. Have a great week Mohawks! <3
Turtles All The Way Down
Hey Mohawks!! With all of these snow days, there's a perfect opportunity for some free reading time! Right now, I'm reading Turtles All the Way Down. I've read other John Green books before, and I'm not sure that anything can beat Looking For Alaska. However, this book has been pretty good so far. It's about a high school student named Aza and her journey to find a missing billionaire. Aza has social anxiety struggles and gets by with alot of help from her friend, Daisy. Attached below is the official summary from johngreenbooks.com. I hope you all look into it! Have a great week! 

 

"Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis."

 
Winter festivities
Good morning Mohawks!!!! and welcome to our wonderful new website!!!! Being back to school with new classes and a new year is a nice feeling. I find it refreshing and exciting. This is so wonderful to me because the months to come are going to be a little crazy with all of the decisions to make. It’s been awhile since I have blogged so I wanted to list a few of the cool things I’ve been up to these past couple of weeks.

College Options
Over break, I received all of the information that I had been stressing about for months. Thankfully, I am very blessed and have been accepted into all of the universities I applied to. I am only mentioning this because I had myself fully convinced that there were at least two schools I was not going to get into. Their average ACT scores were higher than mine and my GPA was not exactly up to par with them either, but I got in! My point is that you should always believe in yourself. Even if you aren’t too sure of your abilities, this just proves that it never hurts to try.

Christmas
As you may have noticed from my previous blogs, I am definitely one that celebrates Christmas. This year as always, it was pretty awesome because having such a large family, means more time to celebrate. It all started for me on Thursday the 21st when I went to a “Friendsmas” with a few good friends of mine from Franklin. This was super fun and if I were label a New Year’s resolution, it would be to make more time for my friends. After that Thursday, I had four more dinners to celebrate with my family. It was a great time and we did our traditional Christmas day as well. It’s crazy to think that next year I may have to travel here to upkeep these traditions.

Shopping
To me, another great part of Christmas is the sales that follow. Somehow, I’ve made it an unspoken tradition to go shopping the day after Christmas. There are always great deals on sweets, clothes, and even things you wouldn’t expect. I’m proud of myself because although I splurged, I didn’t spend much more than I told myself I would. Hopefully this trend repeats itself throughout 2018. ;)

Fort Wayne
Over break, I also traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana to celebrate New Year’s. I got to try new food, shop new places, catch up with friends, and even meet some new ones. On Saturday night, I got to watch a magician live. His name was The Amazing Bilini. I was skeptical at first by thinking he would be filled with cheesy tricks, but he left me confused. I entered 2018 still thinking about how he did his tricks and I am still confused. All I can say is, magic is real. It was such a great experience and I’m so happy that I got to go. Believe it or not, it was even colder and snowier up there!!

I hope that your winter breaks were as fun-filled and as “magical” as mine. ;) Good luck this semester!!!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

Why You Should Apply for CCP ASAP

Hey Mohawks! Looking through my past blogs I noticed it's been awhile since I've made a listicle so I decided to do one a little different. Sophomore year I decided to start taking College Credit Plus classes after being encouraged by some of my friends. It can be difficult at times but it is one of the best decisions I've made and I want to highlight a few of the reasons why,
 
1. FREE college of course!
So obviously the entire point is to earn both college and high school credit. But in doing so, this means that if you decide to go to school after high school, you will more than likely have credits that you need out of your way. With the crazy costs of college these days, it's nice to know that I have a few credits under my belt. 
 
2. A chance to spend time with friends
I have taken many of my classes at MUM with friends from my class. This made the whole experience a little more comfortable. It was nice to have friends to meet up and work with when we were all a little stuck. It also allowed us to make time for lunches together that we might not have had otherwise. 
 
3. Making new friends
 Although I took a lot of classes with friends from Madison, I also took a few by myself. I liked doing this because it was a very easy transition and forced me to put myself out there a little bit more. I've made friends with many people from MUM and its nice knowing that they're there to help me next semester and maybe even in the future. 
 
4. Free(ish) Time
I'm not sure about the schedules at Cincinnati State or the other CCP options but there is no MUM class in which you have to be on campus every day. Right now I am taking one class online and one on campus that meets twice a week. The days that I don't have class, I get to go home. It's nice to have this time to work online or catch up on my Madison homework. And days when my workload is lighter, its nice to have a little nap (or even shopping spree) before practice. ;)
 
5. Skills for the future
Don't get me wrong, CCP is rewarding but it is also a challenge. There are many papers to be written, topics to be researched, and projects to be completed all in small time frames. Sometimes its hard to keep up with with sports and everything else, but I think that it's worth it. It has taught me how to use my time more wisely. I have also learned that professors will not always treat you the way you want to be treated. However, their deadlines and comments often are not without purpose. As a whole, I am very glad that I have a better understanding of what to expect going into school next year. 

Amy's Birthday at Soho
    Good morning Mohawks! It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that this weekend was our one of the school year without a Friday night football game! It felt a little weird, but I got the chance to do some pretty awesome things instead. The picture above is from Friday night. In celebration of her eighteenth birthday, our friend Amy invited a few of us to eat at Soho in West Chester. The food was amazing and our chef was very entertaining. I love getting to do things like this with my friends, but it's so crazy to think that we're legally becoming adults.
     
    On Saturday, I worked my usual 9:00-4:00 shift. It was hectic as always but somehow, went by just a little bit faster. Afterward, I went to dinner at Bourbon's Kitchen where it seemed as if everybody and their brother was there! It's an awesome atmosphere with great food. My only complaint is the space that its in. Its too great to be able to host so few people! Hopefully they will expand with time. After dinner, we went home to watch Star Wars and play cards with my parents' friends. We ended up playing until almost 1:00 am and I was worn out. Up until last Wednesday, I had never seen any of the Star Wars movies. Now, my goal is to watch them all in order to go see the new one by the end of the year. A bunch of my family members are huge fans so I'm a little surprised I have made it this far without seeing them. Right now however, I'm really enjoying learning about the characters and situations. 
 
     Sunday was a lazy day. As a result of Saturday, I didn't even wake up until 11:00! It was nice to sleep in for a change. The rest of my day was composed of watching Friends, work, and boring online tests. It was nice to have a low key weekend knowing this week's schedule. With it being the last full week of Miami classes, things are about to get a little crazy for me. I hope you all had an awesome weekend as well and a prepared for the week ahead. Only two more until Christmas break!! :)