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Staying Healthy While Abroad

This week’s installment of Ro&Co features my very special guest, Martina, who recently started her own blog, DTM! Martina shares her tips for staying healthy while she’s off galavanting around Europe for her study abroad!


Hello everyone! I’m Martina, one of three members of DTM Blog (short for Doing the Most). I’m currently studying abroad in Paris, and I’m having a great time; I’ve had at least 100 pains au chocolat, a ton of picnics with wine and cheese, and have been hanging out with friends 24/7. It’s been so relaxing and so much fun, but it’s been tough to stay healthy. So, with my *seasoned* experienced, I thought I’d offer some things I’ve been doing to keep myself on track, both physically and mentally, during my study abroad experience.


#1 Move Your Body

Honestly, this has been insanely easy to do. While I’m not huge on exercising while I’m at school (I get lazy) I’ve been checking my steps every day and am constantly amazed at myself. Paris is a hilly city and has the most stairs I’ve ever climbed in my life, and I haven’t gone a single day without getting a good walk in. You can make it a social event, and sightsee with others, or go solo! There are perks to both, and your body will thank you if you’re wearing comfy shoes.

#2 Don’t Isolate Yourself

Reach out to people, hang out, and do your best to surround yourself with positivity if you’re feeling low or lonely. Absolutely don’t hesitate to reach out. You might not be around people you’re very close to, but chances are they’re just as excited to make the best of this experience as you are and would be glad to help you, hang out, or keep you company.


#3 Give Yourself Down Time

While you shouldn’t isolate yourself, however, it is good to find a balance. If you’ve been running around doing amazing things for several days and need a personal break, there’s nothing wrong with calling it a night and watching some tv. You won’t miss anything! And if you’re studying abroad for a while, chances are you’ll have several chances to make up for the experience (I’ve been to the Louvre three times).


#4 Sleep!

Once you’ve been in Europe (or anywhere with a time difference) for more than a week or two, I can promise you you’re no longer jet lagged. If you find yourself nodding off in class, getting really sleepy while looking at a painting at Centre Pompidou, or seeking more than 3 cafés noisette in the span of a few hours, you’re definitely just tired. Being abroad can be really exciting, but it’s so so necessary to get adequate sleep! You’ll feel so much more refreshed and ready to go if you get a good amount every night.

#5 Eat All the Food Groups

France is LITERALLY composed of bread, cheese, Nutella, and wine. These are delicious, but sooner rather than later your body will ask you for some veggies, fresh fruit, proteins, and water. Listen to it! If it’s too expensive and/or difficult to get these from restaurants, make a trip to an outdoor market or a grocery store. Try to bring healthy snacks with you places, and make sure you don’t get dehydrated.

#6 Have fun!

Do your best to breathe, chill, and make the most out of your experience! I’ve been so relaxed that I’ve missed at least 2 deadlines (don’t do that). But seriously, remember you’re likely having a once-in-a-lifetime experience and hopefully surrounded by wonderful people.

Staying healthy on this trip has been a challenge so far, but I refuse to give up! It’s the only way to stay thriving on this European adventure 🙂


If you’d like to learn more about me, catch my art-related posts on DTM, and follow us on Instagram @dtmblog.

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Balancing Your Art and College | Ro&Co

In this week’s installment of Ro&Co, Elizabeth shares how she balances her dream of becoming a writer with her major, her extracurriculars, and her life in college.

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It’s normal for college students to have a job, or even more than one, that they have to balance with all of the other chaotic aspects of college, but those jobs come with a perk: you get paid to do them. Over the last seven years I have spent to majority of my free time on a job that I don’t get paid for. At least not yet. For most people writing and other forms of art are hobbies to do on the weekends, but if you are seeking publication or to someday make money off of your hobby, then it is more of a job than anything. So, how do you balance college with your art?

Make Time

This is the best piece of advice I could give you, and the one people least want to hear. No one wants to be told that after they’ve spent the day studying and going to class that they have to sit down at their desk again and crank out a thousand words, but that’s what needs to happen if you ever want to finish your work in progress.

If you’re finding yourself too tired at the end of the day to get any work done, then the best time to do it might be between all of your other responsibilities. Have half an hour before your next class? Sit your butt in the nearest chair, get out your laptop, and start working.

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Hold Yourself Accountable

One of the best techniques I’ve found to get work done on a time crunch sounds like something kindergarten teachers do for their students. Buy yourself a planner and a pack of star stickers that come in multiple colors. In your planner write down what word count you want to achieve that day (or whatever goal you want to achieve) and if your hit it by the end of the day, then give yourself a gold stick. If you don’t hit it, give yourself a red sticker. There is a weird amount of motivation that comes with trying to get all gold stickers. I wrote 24,000 words in ten days using this method.

Have Other Hobbies

You’re an artist because it’s what you love to do, but, like any other job, you have to give yourself a break. Take time to do other things you enjoy, even if that’s just spending time with friends. I take part in several clubs on campus, including my sorority and the Model UN team. These activities are a great way to hang out with people who have similar interests and take a breather from working. Besides, you never know if you’ll learn something that’ll inspire your next work.

Social Media

If your goal is to get your work published, then the best thing you can do for yourself is make social media accounts dedicated to your work. For writers the best places to start are Twitter and Tumblr; both sites have massive writing communities, where you can meet fellow writers and industry professionals. There is even a competition on Twitter every three months called #pitmad, where you can pitch your ideas to publishers and agents for the possibility that they’ll sign you.

Another site that you have to check out is Wattpad, which can best be described as Facebook for writers. Some of the most popular authors got their start on this website, so it’s worth checking out. However, if you want to build up a large following on Wattpad (a following that will buy your books when they’re published), then you have to be in it for the long haul. I wrote my first and third novels on Wattpad, which means I gave them away to readers entirely for free so I could build up a fan base and connect with other writers. It worked well for me. After about three years on the site, I gained over one thousand followers and ranked both of my books in the top twenty science-fiction books on the site.

Have Fun

At the end of the day, you’re pursuing a career in art because you love it—if you’re doing it for money, then I suggest the Econ department—so have a little fun with it. If you’re getting to the point where you don’t want to write anymore, you may have to rethink your goals or how you’re going about achieving them. Don’t push yourself so hard that you want to quit altogether. There is a happy medium, so relax and have fun.

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Xoxo, The RA: Work-Life Balance When You Live Where You Work | Ro&Co

In this week’s installment of Ro&Co, Michelle shares her experience as a Resident Assistant at The University of Chicago and how she manages to balance living and working with her residents with school and her social life. Ro&Co is a series on Xoxo, Rosana that features the experiences of college students just like you, in their own words. You can learn more about Ro&Co here!

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Every school has different notions of “the RA” functions, whether it is writing you up for drinking, confiscating your drugs, or just chatting with you; their role is really dependent on where you go to college.

Luckily, at The University of Chicago, we get to be there to support and mentor our residents when they need it; most of the disciplinary tasks get elevated to the higher ups working above us. However, this role of being there escalates the importance of daily interaction – and when you have 100 residents, that can be tough to manage.


The Job

To be fair, most residents don’t depend enough on their RA to know what the job entails. There are house activities every night, and a weekly one in my room. There are house trips on the weekends, and sometimes twice a day. There are more events planned outside of the house, for the entire dorm.

Then, there are the meetings! There are housing meetings, meetings with my immediate staff, meetings with the broader staff team, meetings with our house council, and meetings with my co-RA, all of which happen weekly. There are students knocking on my door, accosting me in the hallways, meeting me in the quad, chatting to me on my walks to class. Every time my door says that I am “Home” there are endless knocks, and questions, and concerns. I hear myself saying “Come on in,” on repeat, as the door swings open to let in one more resident.


What they don’t tell you is that it can take over your life. But what they did tell me is that I would love doing it; and I truly, truly do.

Why Its the Best

There is nothing quite like being the person who is simultaneously the friend, the peer mentor, and the kind-of mom. It is the most bizarre mix of lending advice; laughing at their many, many mistakes and silly antics; celebrating their triumphs; and becoming emotionally invested in their well-being. Handling roommate disagreements, noise complaints, etc. is part of the job.

However, the part I found much more surprising was how much I care. When a resident comes to me with a personal problem, an emotional disaster, anything, I feel involved. Every time a resident achieves something we talked about: a relationship fix, a test score, a “talk” with someone close, I feel relieved and happy that perhaps my advice played some part in fixing their issue.

The Residents

Being an RA is like being perpetually ON. The residents watch what you do, study, eat, drink, everything. They analyze everything they see me doing, and half the time what they find is… intriguing.

My residents once told me there are only three kinds of RAs: the chill RA, the rule-focused RA, and the absent RA. I was petrified they were going to say I was absent, or strict, but alas, I was ~chill~. The compliment surprised me, since many days being an RA involves being a human target for residents to “playfully” roast.

If you know me, truly know me, you probably know that I am most definitely not ~chill~. I am stressed a lot of the time. I always feel like I am one of the many people on campus with a million things to do. I sit, drinking many cups of tea, trying to tackle an ever-growing to-do list.

But School

Balancing the role and my classes is rather challenging. Most residents forget that hello, I am actually a student too. I am a pre-med, Biology major, working on research and doing volunteer work in my “free” time. I have plenty of other things I should be doing besides talking to Trudy on a Thursday night, but often that is what I find myself doing.


It is hard to put up walls, especially when I genuinely enjoy talking with residents and helping with their concerns, but it is also important for me not to get consumed by the residents’ lives. My first quarter, I lost myself in the position, but I’ve been improving on setting boundaries for myself since then.

The first thing I came to terms with is the fact that I’m simply not going to be able to attend everything. There are things I need to do to prioritize my own studies, life, and health, and that takes time away from some house events. Studying outside the room, eating meals away from the house table occasionally, going out with friends, not attending every single house event, choosing when to say, no, I will not do that for you; all of these help.

What helps a little more is roasting residents back, marking on my door sign that I’m “far far away” when I’m truly in bed watching a movie, taking time to be a non-mentor, a non-role model, a human that lounges in her bed or plays games with her roommate until one in the morning because we simply cannot fathom the idea of chipping away at our mountains of work. Oh, and the wine nights, those help too.


It Will Be Ok

In the beginning they tell you not to worry, your residents will respect you and listen to you naturally. They will like you, it’ll be okay. They don’t tell you that you’ll like them just as much; you’ll be interested, engaged, and enthralled by the thousands of decisions (and mistakes) they make. They tell you that you can be there to help them with all of it.

They don’t tell you that you’ll be excited about it; that you’ll love it so much you forget about your own decisions (mistakes) you need to make. So I’m telling you now, no matter how much you love what you’re doing, don’t forget that sometimes you need to do something else. Make sure you balance being a mentor, RA, peer, friend, “mom,” with being a student, a human, a young adult, yourself.


Are you an RA? How do you balance your job and school? Let us know on Twitter @xoxorosana_blog!

Want your 25th hour lifestyle featured on Ro&Co? Shoot me an email xoxorosana@gmail.com

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Balancing Part-Time Jobs in College | Ro&Co

In this week’s installment of Ro&Co, Jessie shares her tips for balancing part-time jobs and a challenging academic curriculum.

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Since I’ve started college, 15 months ago, I’ve worked 7 different jobs, and averaged 20 hours a week. This doesn’t mean I take easy classes; it doesn’t mean I don’t party or hang out with friends; it doesn’t mean I don’t watch Netflix or do yoga; it just means I use my time efficiently.


I split my weekly activities into 3 different categories: Career, Academic, and Personal—and I make sure to make time for all 3.

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Here is my calendar: career is in blues, academic in greens, personal in pinks.

First, I need my quarterly class schedule. After that, I start fitting in lunch, problem sessions, and coffee into the 20/30 minute breaks between activities, as well as the RSOs (clubs) I’m involved in.

Once I have my general life schedule, I look for big enough chunks of time for it to be worth the uber for me to go to my job downtown. These blocks need to open before 1 and be open until 7, since my job closes at 6.

After my class schedule, needed personal and work schedule I start looking for other things to do which make me happy. I go to yoga twice a week. I figure out when my Pset groups can meet. I fit in a run on weekends, and a girls dinner.

Like Your Job

Working a job is much, much more than just a way for me to get paid. In fact, if that’s the only reason I’m doing it, I start looking for something else. Some jobs offer great perks, some further my career goals, and some I just love doing.

Unless your job fits into one of those categories, you shouldn’t be working it. Minimum wage in Chicago is 11$/hour. But using that time to study instead is worth much more against my future earnings. So, I need to work jobs which don’t take away from school work.

A job I love doing—like my job TAing a math class—counts to me as social time as much as something I’m paid to do. I love talking to my students, answering their questions, and preaching life advice to them! (whether they like it is another story.)

When I worked at a coffee shop, I would study there, and then use my 2 hour shift as a paid study break! They also gave me free coffee, which ended up being worth more than my paycheck!

If I find I start to dread my job, I take more personal time to make myself feel better about it. If that doesn’t work, I start looking for something else. Making sure I work jobs I love plays a big part in keeping me motivated to do them.

Weekends are for me

I will not work on weekends. I do all my problem sets—probably one per day for my two math-heavy classes. I schedule a few hours in a reg room to work on them with my friends. Besides that, the weekends are me time.

This Saturday, I’m doing my econ problem set at 11:00am, after an apartment tour at 10. My pset should take an hour or two, and my partner Jacob and I always book a reg room to do it in. It’s our weekly ritual. Then, I’ll eat lunch. Go back to my apartment, and start my analysis pset.

Normally, I wouldn’t do this until Sunday but this Sunday I’m going thrift shopping in the west loop and ~maybe~ getting my cartilage pierced.

Take Care of Yourself

I almost called this header “say no to things”. If I don’t want to go to the mixer, I don’t go. I go to bed at 10pm almost every night—unless there’s something else I really want to do.

Getting enough sleep gives me the energy to face my busy days. It’s a tiring day to start classes at 9:30 and get out of work at 6pm. I always get enough sleep.

This is even important on not busy days since it allows me to be much more productive. With a 20 minute nap I can do my homework twice as quickly. Without enough sleep I’m cranky, sluggish and inefficient.


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

Want more information about balancing all your extracurricular activities and college? Check out my new podcast, Get This Girl a Job! My friend Katie and I take turns interviewing recent college graduates about their job search process.

You can read more about GTGAJ here! And listen to the first episode here!

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What I’ve Been Doing with My Free Time | GTGAJ

Three months ago, I called Katie with a half baked plan to change the way we thought about the job search process, to ask for help from the people with the most immediate knowledge, and to share our findings with you. Today, I am excited to give you exclusive access to the first episode of the podcast!

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My friend Katie and I are no strangers to crazy ideas, and when I pitched the idea for Get This Girl a Job to her, she was ready to go.

We met the summer before our senior year of high school when she lived down the hall in the dorm for the summer program in Boston where we were doing scientific research in university labs. We’ve always been future focused, sharing our successes, failures, and lessons throughout the last three years.

As we looked forward to our post-grad plans, we found we had more questions than answers, and that looking around, almost everyone we knew had the same ones. More importantly, we couldn’t find answers to most of them.

The idea behind Get This Girl a Job was to talk to the women who had just been through the process, recent college graduates, about their experience in the hopes that they could help us answer our own questions. In turn, sharing their answers could help college students like us find their own answers, and provide a platform for them to directly ask questions.

Katie and I take turns interviewing women from diverse academic and professional backgrounds about their experience and share their tips about the job search process. Every third week, we’ll be answering questions from you!

You can learn more about GTGAJ here!

Episode 1: Matchmaking and Blogging in 2018

In the first episode of Get This Girl a Job, I had the chance to interview Emily Polner, from No Repeats or Hesitations.

Emily left New York City to attend the University of Chicago in 2013. In her first year, she started a fashion blog, and then held internships in marketing and nonprofits before graduating in 2017. She recently joined a boutique matchmaking firm in Manhattan that allows her to use her sociology and computer science skills to help people find love. She shares her advice for being bold while finding her internships, and staying positive and energetic through the job search.

I am so excited to give you exclusive access to Emily’s episode before the podcast goes live to the public in a couple weeks.

You can sign up to receive the first episode in your inbox here! You can also be among the first to ask your questions and have a chance to be featured in a later episode of the podcast!

Let me know what you think on Twitter @xoxorosana_blog!

Xoxo, Rosana

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Get This Girl an Internship | Ro&Co

For the third installation of Ro&Co, Katie Melbourne shares the steps she takes to get the coolest internships (like last spring at NASA!!!). If you want to learn more about getting internship and the job search process, check out our new podcast, Get This Girl a Job!!

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It’s that time of year again…recruiting season! When you’re knee-deep in resumes and career fairs, it may seem like that summer opportunity is just a distant idea. But with consistent organization and the help of mentors, that dream can soon become a reality! Here are my best tips for snagging that perfect position, and what to do once you get there.

Reach Out

Once you assess your goals for the summer, talk to people you trust to get their advice. You never know if professors, friends, or other mentors happen to know of a great opportunity for you! If you find a position at a company that seems like a good fit, use LinkedIn to search people who have also worked at that particular organization in a similar role. You may even be able to find alums from your school! Don’t be afraid to ask them to connect with you and talk about their experiences.


Apply to Many Opportunities

A common roadblock to searching for opportunities is when your background matches the majority of the requirements but maybe doesn’t include one or two of the preferred qualifications for the position. Don’t let this stop you; you should apply to EVERYTHING that interests you! By demonstrating your ability to learn and your willingness to fill in those gaps, you can still be a standout candidate.

When you apply to many internships, you also have to stay organized! It helps to make a spreadsheet including the company name, job title, requirements, due dates, and application status. This way, you will never miss a deadline!


Nail the Interview

After sending in a killer resume and cover letter, you’re ready to interview! Be sure to read up on the company and be familiar with their vision and mission. Think of some questions to prepare to show that your are interested and want to know more than what you can find by googling. Even if you are nervous, take a deep breath before answering each question so you can impress the interviewer with your confidence and enthusiasm.


Logistics, Logistics, Logistics!

So you got an offer! YES! Now to other important matters: housing and transportation! Often, you can find housing by posting on an online forum or facebook group hosted by your university to ask other students if they are looking for roommates in the city where you’ll be working. You can also search for housing companies or dorms that are designed to help undergrad interns find a place to live for the summer. I ended up meeting some of my closest friends by living in an all-women’s boarding house in DC and spending the weekends touring the city together! Get familiar with any public transportation available as well by mapping out your commute to work every day.


Reflect on your Experience

Once you start your job or internship, keep track of how you feel about your role, the company environment, and the overall experience. Don’t worry if you didn’t like what your were doing. The purpose is to figure out what you don’t like about a position in addition to determining what you really enjoy. Ask your boss to give you feedback on how you did so that you can continue growing in future positions as well. Be sure to keep in touch with the people you meet; they will become important mentors on your journey forward.



Want to hear more advice on college, internships, and the job search process? Tune in to Get This Girl a Job, the new podcast Rosana and I created to help women gain the confidence to land their first jobs after graduation! Listen to our short teaser, then SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss our first full-length episode on February 5th!

You can also find us on iTunes here!!



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Why I Stopped Bullet Journaling

After more than a year of bullet journal obsession, for 2018 I decided it was time to put down my Leuchtturm and stop bullet journalling. Here is why I stopped, and how I’m keeping myself organized instead.

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I had a well documented love affair with bullet journaling. I actually first discovered blogging through bullet journaling, and my introduction to bullet journaling was the first post on Xoxo, Rosana more than a year ago!

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Where it All Went Wrong

I shared it with my friends, encouraging them to start their own and creating my own bullet journaling community both at school and online. I maintained that it would never be too much work to spend time making the pages look beautiful, using every single dot on the page.

However, when I started my job this summer, I realized that my bullet journal had become too pretty, and always had to be picture-ready for the blog and the instagram. I started carrying around extra notebooks for each of my projects, and my bag started getting heavy.

When my job ended, I decided to just carry a thin, Rifle Paper Co. notebook to collect my thoughts during the few weeks between my job ending and school starting. It was invaluable, so by the time classes rolled around, I put my bullet journal back in my bag along with the everything notebook.

And then I didn’t touch my bullet journal. I carried it around in my bag every day until November, when I decided to switch bags and just left both of notebooks in the old backpack for the rest of the quarter.

But School

This year, my school switched learning management systems from Chalk to Canvas, which has a really comprehensive assignment tracking and submission calendar, complete with alerts and google calendar integration. I actually happened to have done a project for a class last Spring that explored the features Canvas offers, so I knew how to make it easy to follow along with the assignments online.

Also, most classes have a regular schedule of submission dates, and halfway through the quarter, I usually have a groove during the week. I don’t need to schedule meetings with study groups because we all know that we’re working together on the problem set the night before its due.

For social events, interviews, and other meetings, I would just use my google calendar. Even while bullet journaling, I always included meetings and classes in the google calendar because the notification helps me make sure I will actually be where I said I would be.

I Bought a Real Planner

One of my favorite parts about starting a new year is getting to look at all the new 2018 planners. I’ve always exclusively gone shopping for calendars in September with the start of the academic year, but this time when I ran across one I actually loved, I decided to buy it.

I bought the gold stripe, 5×8 Day Designer planner, and I’m obsessed with it! Each day is on its own page, which I need because I’m juggling 4 classes, summer job applications, and some very exciting new projects!! On the left side of the page is a vertical schedule for the day and on the right is a list of to-dos.

Mine has a top-three section at the very top, which makes it really easy for me to prioritize my tasks. It also has a daily quote and at the bottom, it even provides a spot for a gratitude log. It has monthly tabs, and has held up well in my bag over last month. Every month has a grid view of the whole month so I can include important events like tests. My only complaint is that there isn’t an easy way to immediately turn to the date, but I fixed that with a paperclip that I keep moving through the week.

I am still using my Google calendar and the Canvas integration, but with so much going on right now I can’t see myself going back to tracking all my to dos in a messy notebook or just following along online. The only other permanent pieces in my bag are my laptop, my charger bag, my water bottle, and my phone.


After a couple of crazy busy months, I have closed my leuchhturm for now. Although I can’t promise I’ll never pick it up again, there’s so much in store for the next year that I can’t wait to live my 25th hour lifestyle to the fullest and share it with you.

Are you still bullet journaling? How do you track everything you’re doing?

Let me know on Twitter @xoxorosana_blog!

Good Luck!

Xoxo, Rosana

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Using a Pinterest Vision Board to Conquer 2018

2017 was a really big year for me. With so many life changes and a renewed feeling of empowerment, I accomplished more than what I set out to. In 2018, I want to do even more so I am creating a vision board to help me set and accomplish my goals.

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2017: The Year of the Blog

I set my goals for last year in September 2016, so I could keep them timed to the academic calendar that dominates so much for my life. It was more than a month before I had even considered starting a blog!

I launched Xoxo, Rosana in December 2016 to family and some close friends so they could read my musings on bullet journaling and personal organization. Over the next 6 months, I learned to balance school work and blog posts, I shared the blog with the world, and even started an Instagram account. Over the summer, I ran a marathon, which became the first post in Do You Even Lift, Ro, and saw the blog evolve beyond bullet journaling to cover life and wellness, on almost every social media platform.

I never thought that the process of writing blog posts would be so instrumental in accomplishing my goals. This year, I’m taking it a step beyond the specific goals to create a vision board.

Why A Vision Board

I’ve seen a lot of blog posts and videos about making vision boards, but magazine collages have never been my thing. My vision changes pretty rapidly, so I’ve never been particularly excited about making one that would end up getting tucked into a closet and forgotten.

Instead this year, I created a 2018 Vision Board on Pinterest! It was fun to go through both pins that I’ve had saved for a while and look for new pins that fit my dream 2018 aesthetic.

Choose Sections

I’ve found the best way to achieve my goals is to break them down into the parts of my life. It helps me to compartmentalize my time into the kind of work I am doing towards each goal. For example, my marathon training and cooking vegan meals should be in the same category because they both are centered around my health.

For the vision board, I chose to use verbs instead of nouns for the section titles because I find that mentally I am more likely to propel myself to take on the next action item if I think about it in the context of the verb. For me Learn is more compelling and broad than College or Academics.

Keep Pinning

I added both images that I had previously pinned on other boards and those that I found while exploring to put together the board over the last week. There are so many resources out there, so I decided to limit the number of images I included in the initial pinning.

I’m on Pinterest at least twice a week to find recipes or style inspiration, so I’m sure there will be tons more to add to the post in the coming months.


Have you created a vision board? What would you put on yours?

Let me know on Twitter @xoxorosana_blog and follow my Pinterest board to see what I’m adding to my vision board!

Xoxo, Rosana

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7 Tips to Help You Find the Best Internship | Working Woman

It’s that time of year again!! With finals behind us and the next quarter incoming, winter break is the best opportunity you’ll have all year to get ahead on your internship applications. Here are my top seven tips to keep in mind while you’re looking for your summer internship!

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Work Backwards

Before you start any internship search, you need a vague sense of what you want to do. Start by picking something you think you’d be happy doing after graduation (this doesn’t have to be definite), and then work backwards given how many summers you have left before graduation.

If you’re in your second year, then think about the dream internship you would want to get the summer before your last year to set you up for post-graduation. Then, think about the kind of internship you would need to get for this summer so that you have the necessary skills to get that internship so you can get that job!

Get Excited

As a college student, you might not be rolling in work experience or practical skills, but the one thing you can bring to the table is energy. Apply to jobs at companies you’d be excited to work for, or positions where you’ll learn something you’ll be excited to know how to do. The last thing you want to do is be stuck in a job all summer you hate, if you can avoid it.

Moreover, if you aren’t excited about a job you’re applying for, you need to learn to fake it or remove the job from your list. Interviewers can usually tell that you’re not enthusiastic about the job, and you don’t want to waste both yours and their time.

Ask Your Friends

Sometimes the internship search process can seem really competitive (I’m looking at you on-campus recruiting). However, talking to friends in your major, especially those a year or two older, can be really helpful in approaching applications. They can talk to you about their internships from previous summers (and might be able to send an email to their old boss on your behalf). They might also have a sense of which internships other students enjoyed, and could point you towards other people to talk to.

Try Something New

Don’t pigeonhole yourself by only applying to jobs that are super specific to your major. If you just do research in a lab every summer until you graduate, how will you know if you’d also love teaching or any of a thousand other jobs. In the same vein, don’t work in the same lab every summer. My friend Katie loves astrophysics and has worked in a couple astrophysics labs, but she took this summer to do particle physics research to see if she liked it as much!

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Don’t Discount Nonprofits

It can be easy to focus your search on the companies you’ve heard of, or drive by a thousand times. Sometimes the best internships can come from unlikely places. Although they can’t pay you much, nonprofits are almost always short staffed so your work will be really valuable to them.

I’ve found working in nonprofits has given me the greatest access to organizational leadership and autonomy in my position. It’s also really nice to work in a place where everyone cares deeply about the same cause.

Talk to Family

Sometimes the last thing you want to do is talk to your parents about your career goals, but they tend to have a good sense of what life looks like in different sectors of the economy. It can be worth asking them about what they enjoy in their jobs, and they might know someone who would be willing to get coffee with you to talk about their field.

More importantly, talk to your siblings and cousins! If they go to different schools, they might have a different perspective on the kinds of internships they see their friends applying for. If they just graduated, they might be able to talk to you about the internships they had.

Look for Special Programs

There are a bunch of cool internship programs run by larger companies aimed towards getting students integrated into the field. They tend to be geared at underrepresented groups like minorities, women, and LGBTQ+.

With a strong mentorship component and generally a more robust training process, these programs can be an excellent way to get your foot in the door at one of the brand names you recognize and help you develop skills that will be really helpful in getting your next job.

Use your University’s Resources

Your university’s career department might be lack-luster at times, but the more specific and direct you can be about what you need help with, the better they will be able to actually make a difference in your search process. If you can develop a relationship with a career advisor, then they might be on the lookout for events and opportunities that fit your interests.

Your university probably has an alumni network that could support you through informational interviews and maybe even in the application process for their company. You should also be looking out for emails from career services and your university’s job board, which can help you expand your application pool.


The internship application process can be overwhelming, but with the support of your community you will get through it and hopefully find one you’re really excited about!

How is your internship search process going?

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Good Luck!

Xoxo, Rosana


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25th Hour

6 Steps to Making the Most of Your Winter Break

Whether you’re finishing your last final or you’ve been on island time since Friday, the warm embrace of winter break is here. The longest span of time you’ll have without needing to pick up a job, winter break can be the most relaxing couple weeks of your whole year. This is how I’ve learned to make the most of my break so I’m ready for the hell of winter quarter.

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Once fall finals are over, every college student is launched into almost a month of “free time.” Whether it’s your first break back from college or you’re a pro, I’ve found there are a few things you can do to make it go smoothly so you’re ready when it’s time to go back to school.

1. Restore The Balance

This year, I learned that balance doesn’t have to exist in every day and week, drilled into every hour. Instead, balancing all the things you want to do can happen over the course of a month.

There will be weeks and months where you academic and career pursuits take up more than they should in your ideal time allocation. This can translate into less sleep, less exercise, and less social time. The couple weeks in the run up to finals can be a really good example of this.

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The beauty of break is that you can take all the time to do those things (sleeping a full 8 hours anyone?) that you had to compromise to succeed in those other pursuits. Many people try starting an exercise program for New Years, but I’ve found that keeping up with an exercise program through winter quarter requires starting as soon as fall finals are over. The same goes with eating healthy (as hard as that is over the holidays) and any other habits that fell to the side when finals tunnel vision sets in.

2. Family Time

The first time you come home to visit since college started can be an adjustment for you and your family. As wonderful as family time can be, living at home again has its own unique set of challenges as you try to remember to ask to borrow a car, tell your parents where you’re going, or have them track what time you get back home.

Every family has its own set of rules and adjustments, so it’s really important to make sure you plan time you’ll spend with your family and work with them to figure out how to exist in the same space the way you want to. Winter break can be an awesome opportunity to get to know your parents as people, and connect with your siblings as the adult you are working on becoming (and want them to recognize).

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3. Read Something For Fun

Reading for class can be a chore, and the idea of picking up a book during your precious vacation after trying to read a book a week is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. However, after a few days of trying to absorb the spirit of Mary Berry through every episode of the Great British Baking Show on Netflix, you might have reached the state of relaxation necessary to pick up a book.

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I’ve found my perfect formula for winter break reading (and the books I’ve chosen for this year) is

Even if I don’t finish all of them, working my way through helps me get out of the academia mentality and generally fills me with energy to learn in the next quarter. It can also be a great way to spend that week when your friends aren’t home from college so you’re cooped up in your house.

4. Friends

If you’re spending break in your hometown, it can be so much fun to see the people from high school who were so important to you. I know there are always a couple friends that I try to make sure I see whenever I’m home. You might be growing in really different directions, but it can be so nice to get an outside perspective on anything that is happening at school.

It’s also so important to keep connected to your college friends. Whether you’re working on your snapstreaks or tagging them in memes, you’ll definitely make sure they know you miss them. If you’re lucky, you might have a friend who lives nearby. Without the stress of classes, winter break can be an awesome time to really get to know your p-set partners.

5. Apply for Jobs

If you don’t have your job lined up for next summer, now is the perfect time to dive into applications. Fix up your resume, schedule some informational interviews, and check out your school’s job board. When school picks up again, it can be really hard to find the time to write cover letters and applications so your best bet is to get as much as you can done over break!

6. Learn Something New

If you have the energy and haven’t picked out books that are too hard, almost a full month of vacation is the perfect opportunity to get a new set of skills. In the last few days, I’ve spent a lot of time working on the blog and in the coming weeks will be teaching myself a little more HTML and CSS on CodeAcademy.

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Winter break can be an awesome time to recover from the pain of finals and get excited about the quarter ahead. Between spending time with family and friends, there are so many ways to spend your time!

What is your favorite thing to do over break?

Comment below, tweet me @xoxorosana_blog, and find me on Instagram @xoxorosana.blog

Xoxo, Rosana