Taking a Break

When I was getting my undergrad degree I was so anxious to graduate. It’s exciting. You may or may not be done with school forever, you’re ready to start your career, and it feels like one big check off the to-do list of life.

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In retrospect, college life was amazing and I’d go back in a heartbeat. But that’s neither here nor there.

In my master’s degree I have the option to take 7 week long classes. These classes have 1 week off in between, and if I do one class per 7 week block, I can be finished with a degree in 2 years. Not a bad deal to complete it that quickly while working a full time job! Right now I’m in my 4th class. In fact, my fourth class ends in a week. So essentially I have 2 weeks until my next class starts up. And I still haven’t signed up for the class. And you know what? I don’t think I will.

Friends, I’m giving myself a break. This is very against my nature. I firmly believe I am a supergirl and that I can do anything. I am not supergirl. When I started my degree last September I felt great, and had a ton of motivation.  Lately, I’ve just been trying to get by. And that’s how I know I need a break.

So for anyone that is like me and needs some external verification for taking a break, this is it. Please. Take it. Give yourself some time to recharge. Just make sure you sign up for that next class now so you have something keeping you accountable to start back up.

If you need me, I’ll be on the beach.

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Choosing a Major

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I learned this technique in my Decision Making Analysis class in grad school.

I learned this technique and I was completely infuriated that I hadn’t learned this in high school. Or even before high school. I mean, we start making decisions at a pretty young age, and bad decisions at that. Am I the only one that felt PARALYZINGLY overwhelmed when it came time to choose a college or a major?

First, I have a crazy analytic brain. Maybe you don’t and this won’t help you. But I have to share because I feel that it will sincerely help someone, and one person would be enough.

So, first a story from my past. The questions start so young. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answer, “I don’t know” is only valid for so long. And that deadline seemed to be senior year of high school. I worked myself up into a tense, panicky, not fun version of myself, willing the vision to just come to me. It didn’t. I went to college thinking I wanted to do interior design and that I would transfer to a school that offered it after a year. In the mean time, I was an undeclared major. Being an undeclared major means that you are sub-par. You have to go to seminars and start getting your life together (at least at my alma mater), so eventually I just chose the major that had the best reputation at my school. It hasn’t turned out so bad for me. But I don’t recommend this tactic.

First and foremost I want to tell you that the deadline is not senior year. I promise. But I know that doesn’t ease the anxiety. You should still definitely make an informed decision when choosing a major.

Alright, enough about me. Onto the goods!

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This is what my decision making chart should have looked like in high school when choosing a major. Hint: I think I made the wrong decision.

This looks confusing, but it’s really simple. First list out your choices for a major. Then, make a list of the pros and cons. Put them all in the list under the corresponding choices. Now rate each option based on how good or bad the pros and cons are (-100 being very bad, 0 being neutral, 100 being very good). That’s column 1. Column 2 is how likely each pro and con is to happen, with 0 meaning it won’t happen, and 100 meaning that it definitely will happen. Then we multiply across the columns and get a sum for each major.

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Basically, the major with the highest total should be your best choice. I’ve done this a few times for a few different decisions, and sometimes it actually makes me realize which option I really wanted to win. And that’s important too.

If that seems like too much work to get your future in order, no worries! I’ve happily provided a free downloadable spreadsheet that will do some of the work for you.

Celebrating Graduation

I graduated high school and college without much celebration.  Sure, I was happy, but I didn’t make a big deal of it.  A few years later, and I totally regret it!  So many great places are welcoming graduating seniors with open arms, and I have no idea why I didn’t just go have fun.
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If I was graduating, I’d celebrate in Ocean City, Maryland.  Please, please let me live vicariously through you and help you plan your senior celebration!
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Ocean City, Maryland has been a destination for graduating seniors for years. Memorial Day to the first 3 weeks of June have been dubbed “June Week”, and the seniors that come to have a good time are affectionately known as “Junebugs”.  Here are some tips and ideas for your June Week in Ocean City!

Get Yourself Somewhere to Stay

Some hotels and rental houses don’t rent to seniors.  Make sure you’re welcome when you get to Ocean City!  Here is a great list of the hotels that welcome seniors with open arms.

Thinking of getting the best rates at hotels.com?  Please don’t.  First, those rates aren’t always the best, and second, if something happens, often those reservations aren’t able to be cancelled.  (Not only college tips but travel tips for life too!)

I highly recommend booking your reservation at ocisfree.com.  Why?  Because when you do you get free stuff!  Stuff like restaurant certificates, free games of mini golf, waterpark passes… you know, stuff you’ll actually use to make your Senior Week amazing.  Just remember, that website shows many Ocean City hotels.  You need to make sure the hotel you choose is on that list of those that accept seniors.

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Get a picture with this guy. It’s a thing!

What to Do

Alright, that was the hard part.  I’m glad we’re past it.  Speaking of free stuff, Ocean City also organizes a ton of free events for seniors only from May 31 – June 17.  I want my free rollercoaster ride and laser tag!  Someone please invent me a time machine.  Sorry their website sucks.

Another place to go? H2O Under 21 Dance Club.  Right off the Boardwalk.  So much fun.  Again, time machine, please and thank you.  Just make sure you keep it classy.

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Some lovely girl riding the rides alone. Respect.

I can’t go to Ocean City without riding the rides.  The Zipper, the Giant Ferris Wheel and the Matterhorn are my favorite.  The Bumper Cars and Carousel are iconic.  I made an absolute FOOL of myself on Aladdin’s Lamp.  There’s this spinning tube and I walked the wrong way, straight up the side like some sort of spider girl, and then promptly fell on my face. Cute.
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Oh, and if you just met a girl that you think is totally hot, take her on the Himalaya.  Sit on the outside (always, gentlemen!).  Let the ride work it’s magic and soon she’ll be pressed against you giggling her head off.  Less obvious and more fun than The Giant Ferris Wheel.  But feel free to head there next.  You’re welcome.
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Big enough for you and all your friends, or just for two.

And please, while you’re there yourself some delicious boardwalk food.  Trasher’s french fries, deep fried oreos, funnel cake… it’s non-stop deliciousness.

Seriously, I could write for days about fun things to do in Ocean City, but neither of us has that kind of attention span.  Just be sure to check out events that are happening around town so you don’t miss anything.

Now I need to start planning my next trip…

Want info on something I didn’t cover?  Feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll get back to you!