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!

 

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Seeking out Mentors and Surviving Disappointment | S1E11 GTGAJ feat. Leah Fulmer

Welcome to the eleventh episode of Get This Girl a Job! In this podcast, Rosana and I interview recent college graduates to talk about the steps they took to get their first jobs 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.

Finding Your Support Network

I learned so much interviewing Leah Fulmer for today’s episode of Get This Girl a Job.

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Leah graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a double major in Astronomy and Spanish. She is now living in Tucson, Arizona and working as a data reduction specialist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.

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Through her experience in astronomy and beyond, Leah has gathered wisdom on how to seek out mentors and build relationships with people that can be applied to work in any field. Since recording this podcast, Leah has decided to attend the University of Washington to pursue a PhD in astronomy this fall.

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 Leah Fulmer for sharing her story, to Stephanie Dorris for designing our logo, and to Parker Mee for editing this episode.

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.

Life

DTM’s Guide to Online Shopping Like a Pro | Ro&Co

This week’s installment of Ro&Co features very special guest, Anita, who recently started her own blog, DTM! Anita shares her tips to level up your online shopping.

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Hi guys! I’m Anita, one third of the DTM Blog. Anyone who knows me, will tell you that I’m constantly online shopping and this summer I will be working for Adidas in their E-Commerce department. So… I guess you can say I know a thing or two about navigating the online store. I’m here to share some tips about getting the most from your online shopping experience, hope you find them helpful!

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Why shop online?

A lot of people prefer the in-store shopping experience mainly because you can try things and get what you want instantly. While I agree with this, there are several advantages of looking online for your next purchase. Online retail sites, make it a lot easier to compare prices between multiple websites, find deals and check reviews in a way that can’t be done in a brick-and-mortar store.

Often times, you get a lot more information about the product online than you do in store, as the sales associates don’t always have in depth knowledge about the products. In addition, there are no long checkout lines to deal with, and it’s a lot harder to ignore the price tag and make an impulse buy online, when the price is right there.

Know your body measurements

This is key in making sure you’re buying the right sized clothing, and not being surprised at delivery. I recommend buying a tape measure so you know what your basic body measurements are- waist, hips and chest (this one on Amazon is $2.97 with Prime) then compare with size chart on the website. This makes understanding what your size is in each store so much easier, especially because you can’t try the clothes on and sizes tend to differ from store to store.

Take advantage of filters (price, size, color)

This makes the whole process less time consuming and more focused on what you want to find and what’s available in your size and/or style you like. Take advantage of the specificity of these filters, they are there to make you shopping experience so much easier.

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Sign up to mailing lists

But ONLY to stores you will actually shop at, you don’t want your mailbox to be full of retail promotions (like mine lol). This is really helpful in knowing when there are special sales, discounts, and new collections. A lot of stores also offer discounts towards your first order when you sign up to their mailing lists, so you’re also saving money.

Be open to inspiration but know what you’re looking for

These might seem like seemingly opposite things, but this is especially true if you don’t want to spend hours scrolling through products. Online shopping is a chance to explore different styles from different brands from the comfort of your couch; it’s a great way to be inspired so it’s good to be open to new styles and silhouettes you can try. But, there are a lot of products available online and it’s helpful to have some kind of idea of at least what item you’re looking for so it’s easier to narrow down choices.

Download store apps

It’s a quick, easy way to look through items on the go.

Don’t ignore customer reviews

You should always, always, always read a customer reviews when they’re available. They’re an honest insight into the product that you might not be able to get from online pictures. Obviously, they should be taken with a grain of salt because people’s motivations behind writing them can differ greatly, but it’s helpful in figuring out whether an item runs small or large or whether the color is the same as how it looks online.

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Follow people with similar styles to you on social media

Social media platforms especially Instagram, have made it really easy for us to find, connect with and follow the styles of different kinds of people. There are celebrities, bloggers, stylists and even regular people that can inspire your style and help you find new stores you really like. Often, these people also share cool deals or special discounts to online stores.

Follow your favorite store’s Instagram

Almost every retail store has an Instagram, and it’s a great way to connect with a brand and learn a little more about their culture and general vibe. It’s also good for style inspiration on how to wear some of their products and how these items look on real people.

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Have fun!

Online shopping shouldn’t be a chore! Whether you’re looking to refresh your style or you’re just bored, I hope this tips help make the process a lot easier and less overwhelming.

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

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!

Life

Table for One: A Guide to Brunching Alone | Ro&Co

This week’s installment of Ro&Co features Samira’s guide to making the most of that sacred weekend morning meal:pinterest_ samira brunch.png Brunch!

 

So you’ve finally worked up the courage to do it alone. Brunch, that is. The one thing where you just HAVE to go with friends and catch up on all the wild (or tame) things you’ve done over the weekend, the one meal it’s actually socially acceptable to be incredibly loud and obnoxious. Switch gears for a second, though. Remember, this is something you decided to do alone this time. You made a reservation on OpenTable, and booked a table for one. Or your friend cancelled on you 12 hours in advance, but that’s fine. Who cares? Not you! You are a BAMF.

Anyways, it’s Sunday and you’re getting ready to go to your brunch for one. There are a million things you could be doing instead, like sleeping in or doing things where you actually look like you have friends, but you’re doing this instead.

Tip #1: Grab a print(ed material such as but not limited to a book or magazine)

You don’t want to be the sad person who’s only ever on their phone. You’re brunching alone, you’re sad enough as it is. So bring something to take your mind off the fact that no one is staring at you or judging you. Bring a fiction book, a couple of magazines, maybe a newspaper with the crossword not yet done. Hey, if you’re feeling ballsy, bring a self-help book or Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Tip #2: Eat for two

The best part about having a meal buddy is that you usually order two different things. My strategy for brunching with a friend is to order one sweet and one savory thing and share. When you’re eating alone, you can’t exactly share with someone, unless the person at the table next to you is particularly friendly. You can get away with ordering a smaller dish as well as a main brunch dish, but if you’re not really feeling the whole “more is more” thing, you can always ask to see if the restaurant does half portions, or you can take a look at the pastry menu to placate your sweet tooth. Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself because you can’t steal a bite from you brunch buddy.

Tip #3: Sometimes, you just have to avoid “the corner”

If there’s a corner of the restaurant that is particularly boisterous, you might wanna attempt to seat yourself further away from that section. I personally prefer sitting at the bar (if available) or in an area that is quieter where I can actually enjoy being alone. I also just hate to be reminded that other people have better persuasive techniques because obviously they were able to get their friends to come while I am all by my lonesome.

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Tip #4: What next?

You’ve survived the brunch and are waiting for the hints that you’ve overstayed your single welcome. These can come in many forms. The one that usually tends to do the trick is being brought the cheque and being told to “have a great day” when the restaurant is still relatively empty. At this point, if you’re ready to face the world again, you should pay, get up, and leave. Proceed to exploring the area you’re in. Walk around, try and find something that looks fun, follow interesting-looking people, and explore. You might come upon a cool coffee shop or a bookstore.

At the end of the day, you’ll feel more refreshed and relaxed than you would have had you not given yourself this treat of a meal. It’ll feel awkward at first, but eventually you too will see the appeal of brunching alone.

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.

25th Hour

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!

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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.

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#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.

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#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).

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#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.