Get This Girl a Job

Being a Good Mentee | Ask GTGAJ Ep. 4

The fourth episode of Ask Get This Girl a Job is here! Katie and Rosana answer your questions about using your minor in the job search, how to be a good mentee, and what to do if you haven’t heard back from a job you applied for.

Get This Girl a Job is a podcast that tries to demystify the job search by sharing the stories of recent college graduates as they made their way into the workforce for the first time! Ask GTGAJ is a special episode, that Katie and I co-host, where we try to answer your questions about your own job search. You can read more about GTGAJ here!

This week talked about being a good mentee and thanked you for all your support for this season!

We also answered a question from Jenna at the University of Chicago:

What should you do when you haven’t heard back from an internship/job by the date they said they would get back to you?

And a question from Kaitlyn at Tulane University:

How important are minors in your job search?

Career counselor Alida Miranda-Wolff shared her two minute tip answering:

How would you recommend establishing a good mentor-mentee relationship?

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Katie and I want to thank everyone who has put so much time and effort into supporting us this season, especially Parker Mee, our editor, Stephanie Dorris, who designed our logo, and all our guests for sharing their stories and advice.

Wellness

Living the Gray Life’s Strong and Confident Workout Program | #DoYouEvenLiftRo

It has been a while since I’ve shared a Do You Even Lift, Ro and I am so excited to share with you my experience testing out Abigail from Living the Gray Life’s Strong and Confident Workout Program! Do You Even Lift, Ro is a series in which I review different workouts, and you can find my previous reviews here!

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Towards the end of the fall, I totally fell out of my workout routine so I stopped going to the gym and as soon as it was too cold to run outside I became a library bound couch potato, eating delivery, sleeping less than 6 hours, and not even scheduling time to get to the gym. I’m a strong believer in there being periods of your life in which priorities will adjust and school or work has to come first, but this period went from a month to a season.

This spring, I made a commitment to make my health a priority again and I needed a way to get from 0 to confident enough to register for a marathon. That’s when I saw that Abigail from Living the Gray Life was getting ready to release her Strong and Confident workout program.

The Program

I needed a workout program that was sustainable and forced me to actually get to the gym. It also needed to be adaptable to my life, and fit around a cardio program as well.

Strong and Confident gives 4 weeks of workouts, two upper body days and two lower body days per week. The goal of the program is to introduce you to the weight room and to provide structure to a workout routine.

You can check out her full guide here.

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How I Implemented It

I started the program the first day of spring quarter along with the Couch to Half Marathon program I used to train for my half this time last year. Since Strong and Confident is only a month long, I figured pairing it with the first month of the Couch to Half Marathon Program, combining walking and running to build an aerobic base and lifting to build strength. I kept my diet the same, cooking most of my meals, all vegan.

I had some familiarity lifting from training for the marathon and Yoga Sculpt, but I quickly learned that Strong and Confident required a lot more equipment than was available in the gym in my apartment building so I had to workout at school.

Although the first week, I could manage to combine the two programs easily and get to campus in the mornings before class, I found myself going to class smelly more often than ideal so for the third week I changed up the schedule.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays after my 8 AM class, I would go straight to the gym and do both the upper and lower body workouts back to back. I followed the half-marathon plan on the other days by the lake so I could get more fresh air, be closer to home, shower, and get to class faster.

So Am I Strong and Confident?

The first couple week was rough, as can be expected from any transition from couch. The workouts took more than an hour to complete and I was constantly sore.

I found it frustrating because the low level of cardio combined with the weight lifting resulted in my actually gaining weight. I could tell I was getting stronger because I could increase the weight. At the end of the program, I started to see more definition, especially as the cardio was ramping up.

Although I wouldn’t have described myself as being shy in the weight room, by the end of the four weeks I didn’t think twice about which weights to pick up or machines to use. I felt stronger physically, and a friend actually noticed that I was picking up heavier weights.

At the end of the four weeks, I measured myself and found I lost 3% body fat.

What’s Next

What really makes this program a success in my eyes is that about a week after I finished the program, I registered for the San Francisco marathon this summer. Although I was still running around four miles, I felt solid enough to talk my friend Marianne into registering with me.

I’m training using the Nike Running Club, so look out for that review after the race!

What else should I try? Comment below or tweet me @xoxorosana_blog!

 

Life

How To Make Your Study Abroad Romance Last

The sun is shining, summer is almost here, and with it, comes the question that thousands of college couples will face: should we stay together over the summer? In this week’s installment of Ro&Co, Arushi is back, and sharing her tips for handling a long-distance relationship.

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Hi! I’m so happy to write for Rosana’s blog again. Dating in college is a popular topic of discussion. Should you break up with your high school partner? Should you jump into a long-term relationship one week into college, or ~discover yourself~ and keep things casual?

I can’t answer those questions for you, but if at any point in your college life, you have faced the break up versus do long-distance dilemma, then I can help you get some clarity. I met my boyfriend when I was in Italy for study abroad, and although I’m back in Chicago now, we have been happily together ever since.

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The short answer is that there is no magic formula. There are many articles online that attempt to answer this question, but I didn’t find anything that I didn’t already know. Yes, you need to communicate well, have a long-term (or semi long-term) idea of where the relationship is headed, and know when you will see each other again. That’s the easy stuff. How about handling the stressful, emotional, hormonal, intoxicated mess that is college?

Every couple has different expectations and a different story, so I won’t tell you what you should do. Instead, here are 5 golden don’ts Google searches never told me:

Don’t be petty

I would highlight this point and have fifty neon arrows pointing toward it because that’s how important this is. Sometimes college can push you to the brink of absolute frustration, or you might be surrounded by people with their on-campus partners. It is also possible you’re occasionally jealous about people your partner interacts with in their social or professional surroundings.

While I can’t give you one specific solution on how to deal with all of that, I can tell you one thing: don’t be petty. If the good ol’ be-petty-to-get-attention monster creeps up on me, I usually check myself with this question: If he did the same thing, would it bother me? Doing or saying something just to get back at your partner never helps, and it is even harder to resolve when you cannot physically be with each other. Some people I have talked to told me they found themselves harmlessly flirting with people whenever they fought with their partner. As a general rule of thumb, if you fought with your partner this morning, intentionally leading on that flirty barista later on in the day is not going to help your relationship.

Don’t be stupid

You would think this is an intuitive one, but it’s really not. When I say don’t be stupid, I mean it in two ways. The first is more obvious: don’t put yourself in a situation that could end badly. Take your common sense–and if necessary, a friend you trust–to your ex’s party, for example.

The second way is not so obvious, but equally important. Don’t be stupid and forget about the other parts of your life that are important as well. College has so much to offer professionally, intellectually, and socially. Although long distance relationships require effort, it’s important to hold onto the other aspects of your life. You can Facetime the partner after your midterm tomorrow, and you can make time for lunch with your friends if you really try to. I usually maintain this balance by allotting time slots to things. For example, I could set an hour aside today to Facetime him, three hours for homework, and another hour to get food with a friend.

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Don’t do it because “Why not?”

Temptation is everywhere, but college is notorious for bringing out the demon. If your reason for doing long-distance is “why not?” or because you want to try and see how it will go, then it’s probably not a good call. If you don’t think that the person you’re with is your perfect match, and the only one for you, then that uncertainty will haunt you on bad days. This could lead to either resentment with an eventual breakup, or to one of you cheating with an eventual breakup. In my case, my boyfriend and I did not question the decision to do long distance for even a second when it was finally time for me to leave Italy. In fact, that certainty is what makes our bond stronger with each passing day.

Don’t forget it’s 2018

I’m not just talking about how lucky we are to have Skype, Facetime, instant messaging, and faster transportation. Indeed, in 2018, we don’t have to wait for our trusted owl to fly back with our lover’s winding letter written on the finest piece of parchment in all the land.

We also don’t have to forget to appreciate our partner once in a while. Sometimes, when my boyfriend is stressed about an exam, I order his favorite food on an Italian food delivery app and it reaches him while I’m sitting in another continent. On important days (anniversaries, birthdays, etc.), or when we just feel like it, we use Amazon or other websites to send small (or big) gifts, flowers, or anything else to show that we’re on each other’s minds even from so far away. Of course, this costs money, so we also remember to appreciate in non-monetary ways that aren’t exclusive to just 2018–like literally telling each other!

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Don’t give up at the slightest inconvenience

The internet will tell you not to give up on your relationship when you are deciding between starting long distance and breaking up. I’m telling you not to give up on your relationship at the slightest inconvenience when you have already made the decision to do long distance, i.e. don’t give up on the relationship just because it gets rough sometimes! Even the worst fight in the world can be overcome if you just communicate and remember how much you care about each other. Note: This does not apply if you’re being mistreated or abused.

Whatever you decide to do with your love life, remember that at the end of the day, your happiness matters the most. If you think being with your partner regardless of the distance is what will make you the happiest, then you know what to do! Much love.

Get This Girl a Job

From Film to Preschool Teacher | GTGAJ S1E10 feat. Maya Landau

Welcome to the tenth episode of the Get This Girl a Job, the podcast that answers your questions about transitioning from college to the professional world by demystifying the post-graduation job search process.

Katie and I interview recent college graduates to talk about the steps they took to get their first job in different industries. The questions follow the development of their career from their first year of college, to how their field of study changed, to the internships they had over the summer, to how they got hired for their very first job! We take turns conducting interviews, and every third week, we co-host a mini-episode answering questions from the audience.

Following Your Dreams

I am so excited to introduce you to Maya Landau.

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Maya graduated from The University of Chicago in 2017. In the months after the election, she decided to change paths from film and pursue teaching. Today she lives her 25th hour lifestyle to the fullest working as a preschool teacher and getting her masters in education.

Maya has lots of advice to share about finding the right mentors, not being afraid to change your path, and standing up for what you believe in.

You can listen to the episode on Soundcloud and iTunes! Please subscribe and rate so that more people can find Get This Girl a Job!

 

To submit questions to be answered in our joint episode, fill out our form here or tweet them to us @xoxorosana_blog.

A huge thank you to Maya Landau for sharing her story, to Stephanie Dorris for designing our logo, and to Parker Mee for editing the episode.

Wellness

5 Easy, Healthy Meals You Can Make With Chickpeas

After almost 9 months as a vegan, here is my love letter to the greatest thing added to my cooking repertoire: Chickpeas.

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This spring I have breaks in the middle of the day so I’ve been cooking almost every meal! Not only have I saved tons of money, I’ve also had a chance to try a bunch of new recipes.

You may remember how deeply I hated cooking this time last year. When I went vegan, I didn’t have another choice than to start cooking. This was when I discovered that chickpeas are the easiest, cheapest vegan protein that I could ever imagine.

Inspired by Alex the French Cooking Guy’s chickpea series and Eating with Max’s beautiful Instagram pictures, I’ve been on my own vegan cooking journey armed with a can of Chickpeas.

In honor of Earth Day, I even started composting this week! I realized almost all of my trash at home is food waste (ahem avocado skins and pits) since I recycle most of the packaging. I’m new to it, so please send me your composting and zero-waste tips!

Here are my go-to chickpea meals and the pinterest recipes so you can try them too!

Stir Fry

Stir fry chickpeas are such an easy way to clean out the veggies in your fridge. Since I usually make a big pot of quinoa at the beginning of the week, I skip making rice and just throw in a spoon of the quinoa.

Curry

The best addition to my cooking repertoire has been learning to make curry. It’s so filling and easy to make. This recipe is a little complicated, so I just substitute the veggies for whatever I have available.

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is the easiest way to change up my cooking staples: chickpeas and quinoa. I throw in the fresh herbs I picked up that week and then can use the rest of the cherry tomatoes in a pasta or on avocado toast.

Tacos

Tacos are such an easy and cheap treat! My friend Maya showed me that I can pick up a pack of corn tortillas from El Milagro at our local supermarket and this changed my life.

To season the chickpeas, I add in a little Goya Sazón and top with some fresh avocado and lime juice (as always).

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Roasted Broccoli Buddah Bowls

I know I’ve preached about how great roasted broccoli is before, but this really is my go-to meal. Every Tuesday, I throw the chickpeas and two heads of broccoli in the oven before I jump in the shower and when I’m out my lunch is ready and delicious. I could not recommend adding this into your diet more. It’s filling and healthy. If I have extra time, I’ll add in onion, spinach, and avocado.

Want to see what I’m cooking next? Follow along my Instagram stories @xoxorosana.blog and my vegan Pinterest board.

What’s your favorite chickpea recipe? Do you compost or are zero-waste? Tell me about them in the comments or tweet me @xoxorosana_blog!

Get This Girl a Job

Attending Conferences and Choosing your Summer Opportunity | Ask GTGAJ

The third episode of Ask Get This Girl a Job is here! Katie and Rosana answer your questions about networking, references, and how to approach finding your first job.

Get This Girl a Job is a podcast that tries to demystify the job search by sharing the stories of recent college graduates as they made their way into the workforce for the first time! Ask GTGAJ is a special episode, that Katie and I co-host, where we try to answer your questions about your own job search. You can read more about GTGAJ here!

This week talked with Priya Lingutla about the value of attending conferences and how to approach the experience. You can sign up for The Elevate Conference here! Follow along my day at the conference on my instagram @xoxorosana.blog!

We also answered a question from Samira at the University of Chicago:

Should you take a dream internship that’s unpaid over one that isn’t as good of a fit but is funded?

Alida’s two-minute tip this week answers:

When you have competing interests and opportunities how do you shape your path?

You can listen to the answers on Soundcloud and iTunes! Also, please subscribe and rate so that more people can find Get This Girl a Job!

 

To submit questions, to be answered in our next episode of Ask GTGAJ, you can do so here!
Special thanks to Priya for sharing her experience, to Samira for her question, to Alida Miranda-Wolff for her two-minute tip, and to Stephanie Dorris who designed our logo.

Get This Girl a Job

Entrepreneurship after Graduation | GTGAJ Ep. 7 feat. Savannah Smith

Welcome to the seventh episode of the Get This Girl a Job, the podcast that answers your questions about transitioning from college to the professional world by demystifying the post-graduation job search process.

Katie and I interview recent college graduates to talk about the steps they took to get their first job in different industries. The questions follow the development of their career from their first year of college, to how their field of study changed, to the internships they had over the summer, to how they got hired for their very first job! We take turns conducting interviews, and every third week, we co-host a mini-episode answering questions from the audience.

Following Your Dreams

I am so excited to introduce you to the amazing Savannah Smith.

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Savannah graduated from UChicago in 2017 and decided that instead of going to grad school, she would follow her dream of opening a bakery.

Savannah has lots of advice to share about deciding to be an entrepreneur, launching a business right from college, and creating work-life balance when your job is your dream.

You can listen to the episode on Soundcloud and iTunes! Please subscribe and rate so that more people can find Get This Girl a Job!

 

To submit questions to be answered in our joint episode, fill out our form here or tweet them to us @xoxorosana_blog.

A huge thank you to Savannah Smith for sharing her story, to Stephanie Dorris for designing our logo, and to Parker Mee for editing the episode.

Get This Girl a Job

How Much Does Your GPA Matter for Job Applications | Ask GTGAJ

The sixth episode of Get This Girl a Job is here! Katie and Rosana answer your questions about networking, references, and how to approach finding your first job.

Get This Girl a Job is a podcast that tries to demystify the job search by sharing the stories of recent college graduates as they made their way into the workforce for the first time! Ask GTGAJ is a special episode, that Katie and I co-host, where we try to answer your questions about your own job search. You can read more about GTGAJ here!

This week we answered:

How important in the presentation/layout of your resume vs. content?

from Emily at the University of Iowa

What do I do if I have big dreams, but my GPA just isn’t where I want it?

from Arushi at the University of Chicago

 

Alida’s two-minute tip this week answers:

How do you use your extracurriculars in the job search process?

 

You can listen to the answers on Soundcloud and iTunes! Please subscribe and rate so that more people can find Get This Girl a Job!

To submit questions, to be answered in our next episode of Ask GTGAJ, you can do so here!
Special thanks to Emily and Arushi for their questions, to Alida Miranda-Wolff, for her two-minute tip, to Stephanie Dorris, who designed our logo, and to Parker Mee, who edited the episode.

Life

Thrift Shopping 101 | Ro&Co

Welcome back to another installation of Ro&Co! This week, Jessie is back and sharing her tips for thrifting to help you prepare your spring wardrobe!

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Why Thrift?

There are a number of reasons why I love thrift shopping. It’s good for the environment to recycle. Stores carry not just what’s in trend but what used to be—an fashion goes in cycles so it’ll probably be in again. I find unique things I wasn’t looking for. It’s a cheaper way to expand my wardrobe. And, it means I’m not dependent on flash fashion for cheap basics.

You Don’t have a Size:

Let go of that number/letter which tells you which pants/tops will and won’t fit. More often than not, stores have clothing sorted by color rather than size anyways. While this seems annoying at first glance, remember this store contains last season’s designer clothing, elderly grandmother’s vintage, flash-fashion from china, things which have shrunk or stretched in the wash, etc. Basically, size no longer exists. Besides, enough of the clothing has an itchy tag cut out and you don’t know the size anyways.

If you’re insecure about your size, this is a relief. If you’re proud of your size, you’re going to have to let go of the ego which won’t let you try on an XL. (this was very hard for me)

It’s gotta’ fit

Good clothing is important, but it has to fit.

This goes for all clothing—you will not shrink or grow into it after the 8th grade. It needs to fit your waist, chest, shoulders, hips etc. Moreover: you need to know how a piece is supposed to fit. By all means: go for bigger jackets and men’s clothing sections; BUT before you bring any piece home you need to make sure it fits your frame exactly how you want it to—or you’ve gone large enough that a tailor can make it fit you—I recommend at least an inch on your shoulders, arms, chest etc. If you don’t know how a blazer/pencil skirt/flapper dress or some other kind of clothing should fit, ask your mom or google.

This means you probably want to be able to try stuff on. If your thrift shop has a dressing room—take advantage of it. If not you use what you have. Firstly, find a corner so if you mess up stripping not too many people will see you. I often bring a friend and make them hold up a blanket (most thrift stores have a linens section. Otherwise, a long skirt you can wear over your lower half while you strip will protect your modestly while you can try on pants, shorts etc.

In this same corner, a tight tank will let you try on most shirts (I recommend wearing one ahead of time). Dresses are like shirts and then you take off your pants after.

Take Your Time

While you are saving money by buying used, the cheaper the thrift shop you attend, the less well organized. You can go to The Buffalo Exchange or Second Time Around if you’re looking for the thrifting experience without a few hours to dig through huge racks—but you’re paying about 200% markup for someone else to organize the clothes and decide which ones are or aren’t on trend. I find sorting through the racks is therapeutic, and allows me to get out my shopaholic without spending the same kind of money—as well as coming home with things I’m really excited about. In addition, part of the fun of thrifting is buying strange and unique things like a woolen hounds-tooth blazer or a red trench coat. It takes me almost an hour to get through the jacket section of the thrift store, because there are always so many unique pieces.

Thoroughly Inspect What You Take Home

Everything in the store is a good deal, and I am often grabbing everything at the beginning and need to do a lot of cutting at the end. Some people set themselves a budget, limit themselves to ten items etc. This has never worked for me since I find stores have good and bad days, and there are good and bad stores. I also know I will buy up to any budget even if I don’t like all the things as much.

Instead, I search every item for a reason why someone might tell me I shouldn’t get it. This includes: stains, tears, signs on wear, and fit (as mentioned above). Finally, I have to think of an occasion/outfit to wear with this, as well as the question all shoppers must ask ourselves “Do I need this? Do I have something similar? Will I really wear this?”

Your Aesthetic won’t change

I walk into a thrift store and desperately want to become the kind of girl who wears: maxi-skirt, bootcut jeans, large necklaces, tight leather pants, pink casual dresses, high heeled boots every day…whatever nice things I happen to find. These are nice clothes, at good prices but…unless its something which you can fit into your every day wardrobe or have an occasion to wear, it’s probably not worth the money.

Me, I don’t dress like a hipster. If you do, that’s rad. But me, I prefer neutral colors; I like tight pants and loose tops; I will not wear heels everyday. Nothing about you wardrobe preferences will change by the fact that the boots are three dollars, or this shirt is so hipster. If it isn’t you, you won’t wear it. If you don’t wear it, it takes up space in your closet and wastes your money.

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Huge thanks to Jessie for sharing her tips! You can find her on Instagram here!

Life

4 Coffee Shops for Studying in Chicago | Ro&Co

Finals week studying have you down? In this week’s installment of Ro&Co, Marianne Dolan shares her top 4 coffee shops to study in around Chicago! Make the most of your reading period and explore the city while you work!

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Perhaps you’re not a fan of brutalist architecture. Or maybe it’s just demoralizing that you get more social interaction on the first floor of the library during finals week than you’ve had the entire rest of the quarter. Be antisocial yet adventurous with these gems of coffee shops.

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Peach & Green – South Loop

Peach & Green is like the Zendaya of coffee shops. Just as I genuinely wonder if there’s anything Zendaya can’t do (she can literally sing, dance, act, trapeze, and woo Zac Efron), I wonder what this South Loop oasis can’t do for me.

Wanting to feel ~trendy~ and healthy? You can take a ginger turmeric shot. Wishing the weather was more like California and wanting to overcompensate with cold pressed juice? Also in luck. Perhaps you, like me, are so basic beyond denial that you embrace it by regularly indulging in matcha drinks and avocado toast. Again, this place has essentially everything, including matcha lattes and smoothies and three different varieties of avocado toast.

If you just want an honest cup of coffee, good wifi connectivity, and comfy chairs, this café has you covered. They even have great selfie lighting so everyone else can know how productive you are. Peach & Green is the perfect setting to spend the whole day entrenched in work while being peak millennial.

Sawada Coffee

I consider Sawada Coffee not a café but rather a life ideology. Where else can you make a visit post-Soho House brunch (which is right across the street), get coffee, booze, or boozy coffee while eating barbecue brisket under twinkle lights? It encapsulates the work hard play hard mentality that you definitely won’t have this finals season. Still, it’s nice to know that others do have social lives and perhaps one day this could be you.

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I know this was a place I would return to the moment I saw multiple different varieties of Chai lattes and tasted their pour over coffee. My one warning is that outlets are rare here as people not adorned in hipster glasses. They exist; they’re just hard to find. I recommend this for the prepared planner who makes clutch West Loop brunch reservations on Open Table and actually remembers to charge their electronics.

Volumes book café

Nothing more makes me feel like I’m in the midst of a Hugh Grant rom com (specifically Notting Hill) than stepping into this cute book store/cafe hybrid. Rather than the warm smile of a movie star, you instead may encounter the stares of confused hipsters who think you’re too mainstream to be at an artsy cafe in Wicker Park.

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Still, the moment you taste their coffee or browse their vast selection of tea you will start to feel butterflies as you realize that you can indeed buy happiness. It costs approximately $4 and is otherwise referred to as the best matcha latte I’ve found in Chicago. Bonus points given for the fact that you can spend your study break browsing books you don’t actually have time to read.

Eataly (yes, it’s more than a restaurant)

Hear me out on this. Imagine a morning where you are greeted with the aroma of Nutella and faced with the challenge of whether you get an affogato or the healthier (and still flawless) Italian espresso. Sitting at one of their comfy booths, your greatest dilemma of the day is whether to venture across the street to Shake Shack or ride the escalator and get pizza when hungry.

A different alternative is the strange musk of the A-Level and Domino’s. We’ve all been there, but very few have considered the full potential of Eataly. You can change that this finals week.

Huge thanks to Marianne for sharing her favorite coffee shops! You can follow along with her adventures around Chicago on Instagram @mariannedolan!

Did you try a new workout? Do you have an awesome study hack? You too could be featured on Ro&Co! Shoot me an email xoxorosana@gmail.com or DM me!

How do you prepare for finals? Do you take time to destress? Do you rigorously plan out your schedule?

Let me know on twitter @xoxorosana_blog or tag me in your study plans on Instagram @xoxorosana.blog!