How To: Get Ready For The School Year

My summer is quickly coming to an end with only a few weeks left before I have to begin prepping myself for another demanding year at UC Davis! Here are some of my tips for how to mentally get ready for the new school year!

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If your class information is already available and you know for sure that you are taking the class, I recommend shopping around for your textbook! Now is a perfect time to compare prices with online marketplaces and your campus bookstore to find the best deal. I already know that Organic Chemistry will be a huge challenge this quarter, so I decided to order my copy early from Amazon so I could have a chance to read up on the first few chapters before classes begin!

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Another tip is to begin goal planning. Goal Planning is essential for staying on track and focused throughout the year. I like to sit down before school starts and plan out my long term goals (my life and career aims) as well as my short term goals. I see short term goals as pathways to my long term goals, so when I make these lists I like to make very realistic plans for the school year like joining a specific club or looking into a new program. I really recommend trying out goal planning, it helps make your goals seem more real since you can finally see it on paper!

Hope these help! Stay tuned for more back to school themed posts in the coming weeks ūüôā

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

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How To: Win Four Weddings

This summer I have been obsessed with watching Four Weddings , which conveniently starts at the same time I get home from the lab! It’s no secret that the brides are super picky and complain about the smallest things. It’s actually pretty hilarious that they always pair brides with opposite personalities; the other night one bride expressed her dislike of cupcakes while the other bride gushed over the fact she was having unique cupcakes at the reception . Disagreement always makes for good television.

Anyways, after watching countless episodes I wanted to compile a little list tips to win Four Weddings in case you ever find yourself in such a situation ūüôā

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  1. Make sure it’s not hot.¬†If the other brides get even a little sweaty during your ceremony they will complain about it relentlessly and it will set a bad tome for the rest of the day! Invest in fans and air conditioning.
  2. Always recite handwritten vows. For some reason the brides on this show tend to love when the bride and groom write their own vows. Bonus points if you can get your man to tear up as he professes his love for you. (Double bonus points if you have a funny officiant.)
  3. Have oodles of food at your cocktail hour.¬†For some reason the brides never get a bite to eat before making their way to the wedding so by the time cocktail hour rolls around they are CRAVING food and will heavily complain if you don’t have enough fast enough.
  4. God forbid you make your guests wait in line.  
  5. Sit down dinners over¬†buffet style.¬†As long as you have a few choices for the sit down dinner, the other brides will be happy they don’t have to wait in line.
  6. Two words: Dessert Bar. Whenever the bride has a dessert table at the wedding the other brides tend to get very excited and go a bit overboard at the table.
  7. Party atmosphere, but not a nightclub.¬†If you want to win you have to make it so that the other brides want to dance but feel comfortable doing so. On the other end of the spectrum, don’t play oldies music or else they will fall asleep.
  8. Carry¬†through with the theme.¬†The brides don’t seem to be too harsh on the decor as a whole, but if you have a theme those ladies will hold you accountable to that theme down to the toilet seat covers. So make it easy for yourself and don’t make your theme Peacocks in Moscow unless you really know how to carry that out..
  9. No gimmicks.¬†No fire shows or Elvis impersonators, the brides will think it’s tacky and will down the scores later.
  10. Wear a unique dress. 
  11. Make them feel the love between you and your spouse. 
  12. Sabotage.¬†If you know your wedding won’t hold a candle to Mary Sue’s 75K reception, pretend their is hair in your Chicken Marsala and complain incessantly so that the other two brides will be forced to complain and nit pick too!
  13. BONUS: Don’t have a Sunday wedding. They complain every time.¬†
  14. BONUS 2: Don’t have¬†plastic¬†anything.¬†

As you can see the key to winning is minimizing complaints from the other brides. Follow these tips and you will be well on your way to that fabulous honeymoon getaway with that dude you married. Good luck!

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

Summer Series: Winding Down In Style

Summer is quickly coming to an end so I wanted to share how I am winding down the summer! I am not returning to college until September 24 but many of my friends are leaving in the next few weeks, so I wanted to hold a little get together before we all split up again! Without further ado here are some of my tips for a simple summer ice cream social!


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The weather is pretty nice where I live at this time of year so I had the social in my backyard. I put up some cute lighting since I asked my friends to come at night when it cooled down more. I love string lighting, It adds great ambiance and makes everything feel just a bit more special.

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I was inspired to have an ice cream social after reading¬†this¬†recipe for edible ice cream sprinkle bowls. They are so adorable and I knew I just had to try them! It was fairly easy to make, I subbed the almond bark for plain white chocolate since I had no idea where to even find almond bark. My only tip if you decide to make these is that you do so well in advance of your event. It takes forever for the chocolate to harden so put it in the fridge to speed up the process! (I also placed them in the freezer 10 minutes before serving to set the final shape ūüôā )

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To compliment these adorable little bowls I set out an array of toppings so that my friends could choose whatever they wanted when making their ice cream sundae. I kept it simple with ice cream flavors and had the classic chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. For toppings I arranged caramel, chocolate sauce, oreos, coconut shavings, waffle crisps, whip cream, and cherries in the center of the table!

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Overall, it was a great success and I am so glad I got to see all of them before the group started thinning out (this pic was taken before the other half came lol I promise I have real friends). It’s really easy to spend a bunch of money to go out and do something, but truthfully, it is much more special when you put in the time and effort to make something for the people you care about!

Thanks for reading! Hopefully you can plan your own summer get together and let me know how things go ūüôā

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

Summer Series: L.A Eats

Sadly I did not stick to my posting schedule this week, but I do have a valid reason! I was lucky enough to go and spend some time in the Los Angeles area with my family before my brother headed back to school.

I stayed in a cute boutique hotel in West Hollywood during my trip. If you go to L.A I really recommend you stay in a safe and convenient area so that you don’t have to drive too far to get to the action. Traffic is crazy there and it can make a 15 minute trip into an hour long ordeal. Being someone who is obsessed with desserts (and food in general) I just had to try out a few spots that I’ve been seeing all over social media. ¬†Without further ado here are my reviews of a few foodie hotspots in the L.A. area.

1) MILK

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This place is a rather small shop on Beverly Blvd famous for French Macaroon Ice Cream Sandwiches. I was so very excited for this as it combines two of my favorite things. I arrived there at about 10:30 on a Friday night and waited in line outside for ONE HOUR! Needless to say, my whole family was pretty annoyed with my by the time we got back from the hotel. When I finally made it inside I tried the Strawberry flavored Macaroon Sandwich and it was good. Mind-blowing? Sadly no. Luckily, mine was much better than my Dad’s, he had a Banana Dulce de Leche flavored Macaroon sandwich and it was made really poorly. I would go back to this place but I think I will just stick to an old fashioned scoop of vanilla next time.

2) Churro Borough

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The Churro Borough on N. Vermont Ave is another hole in the wall space offering churro ice cream sandwiches! I went to their shop on a Sunday night and was met with yet another giant line but this time I only waited half an hour and unlike MILK, it was worth every second. ¬†The churro making up the “bread” of the sandwich is perfectly made and tastes heavely when paired with the Churro Borough’s ice cream choices. They offer so many unique flavors like , Blueberry Cheesecake Sorbet, ¬†but I decided to go for classic vanilla custard. I wish they opened up something like this in Sacramento because it is legendary and I already miss it.

Got a bit exited and forgot to snap a better photo

Got a bit exited and forgot to snap a better photo

3) Saffron and Rose

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This store definitely ties the Churro Borough for my favorite dessert experience of the trip. This shop is strictly ice cream and offers Persian style ice cream to the UCLA/Westwood population. I first came to this shop last April when I was considering UCLA’s admission offer. I liked the ice cream then, and I love it now. If you do go here, I recommend stepping out of your comfort zone and trying flavors that you wouldn’t normally. This time I had White Rose, Saffron Pistachio, and Jasmine; simply amazing. Persian ice cream is a lot different from American style ice cream as it has a more unique, stretchy consistency and doesn’t break off easily when you take a spoonful. Even better, if you search the shop on Google you can find a really cute story about the history of the place on the Daily Bruin. Definitely don’t miss this place on your next trip to L.A!

4) Disneyland Treats 

This is kind of a bonus to my list. I went to Disneyland during my trip and obviously I had to try out some of the coveted Disneyland treats!

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The first thing I tried were the Micky Mouse Beignets from the New Orleans District of Disneyland. It was crazy hot, but luckily we found a shady place to sit as we ate beignets and sipped on refreshing mint juleps. This was my first time trying a beignet and I loved it! It’s really fluffy and light and I would absolutely try this again, hopefully next time in New Orleans!

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Later in the day, I was there for about 12 hours so I spaced my sugar out, I tried the mystical Dole Whip Float which is basically pineapple soft serve plopped into a cup of pineapple juice. Pinterest really pumped me up for this and I waited in line during the hottest part of it. I love pineapples and I really wanted to love this float, but I just couldn’t. All my dreams were crushed when I drank/ate this, there was just way to much pineapple flavor, so much so that you kind of feel like you are being punched by a pineapple. The only thing left to say on this mediocre float was that at least it cooled me down and now I can cross it off my list.

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Lastly, I finished my day off with vanilla ice cream shaped like Mickey Mouse dipped in chocolate. Classic and perfect. Really goes to show that gimmicky desserts are exciting and all, but sometimes you just can’t beat the originals!

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post, thanks for reading and leave a comment below!

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

Summer Series: July Favorites

For my very first monthly favorites I have a combination of beauty, reading, and crafting. As I move forward with these favorite posts I hope to include fashion as well lifestyle elements in the future. Before I get started though, I would like to announce that I plan to update the blog every Tuesday so stay tuned and enjoy!


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1)¬†My first favorite is Harper Lee’s new book,¬†Go Set a Watchmen.¬†I read¬†To Kill a¬†Mockingbird¬†when I was in middle school and I really enjoyed it so I decided to pick up the sequel at my local Barnes and Nobles last week! I’m really excited to start reading it and i’ll let you guys know what I think. Have any of you read this yet? Thoughts?

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2) I mentioned Project Life in a previous post and since this project has really been my focus for this month, I thought it fit perfectly into the July favorites! My first year at Davis was really rewarding but I oftentimes found that my major and the nature of introductory classes really lack creativity as you are constantly meeting deadlines and rushing to meet expectations. Now that I am on break though, I have more than enough time to let my creative side out!

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3)¬†One Sunday night I randomly went on Amazon and finally decided to splurge on the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8. It came a few days after and I absolutely can not be happier with this purchase! I have a terrible habit of barely ever developing my photos, and I have to say that it is extremely rewarding to have the photo right in your hand moments after taking the picture. If you’ve been holding out on buying an Instax, just go and buy it! Film is a bit pricey but the photos are beautiful and I promise you won’t regret it.

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4)¬†This is my favorite part of my monthly favorites! I got the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette along with the double sided Kat Von D brush at the beginning of the month. Before purchasing this palette I hadn’t really tried highlighting and contouring so I thought this would be a good place to start as everything you need is in one convenient place. Now that I have used it I can really say that it is a fantastic product. The powders are silky and go on smoothly, I don’t think I’ve ever even felt such a soft powder before. Both the highlight and contour shades are very bendable and highly pigmented so a little goes a long way. I also decided to purchase the brush, which was pretty expensive but ended up being worth it in my eyes. The contour only looks good if you apply it well, and the brush does just that. While I do wish the angled end was a bit more dense, the highlight side is perfect for your under eye area and applies highlight seamlessly. If you can, I would absolutely splurge on the brush as it really makes a huge difference in your final look!

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5)¬†I purchased this product months ago but I only really started to show it love in the month of July. Both of these products are by the Balm and I got them half off from¬†hautelook.com¬†when they were having a flash sale. I’ve seen YouTubers rave about the products so I thought, why not add to my ever-growing collection! On the left is a highlighter in the color Mary Lou Manizer which is a really pretty champagne color. The highlighter goes great with my contour palette and I use it to finish off my look after conturing as it adds a really pretty shine to your face that is neither too subtle or over the top. On the right is the Meet Matte Nude Palette which is a fantastic palette with 9 shades. They are all matte (obviously) and really pigmented. I personally like to use them as a base, and for defining my crease. Usually I buy pretty shimmery eyeshadow, but I really recommend you try out a nude palette as it can give you a really professional and soft look without looking too done up. Overall, I’m really happy with both of these products and I’ll definitely keep my eye out for more from this brand.

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

 

Summer Series: Project Life

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While my first year went by faster than I wanted, I was lucky enough to take hundreds of pictures to help me remember all the little things. Originally, I planned to make a simple scrapbook, but when I went to Michaels I discovered Project Life! What makes it different from traditional scrapbooking is that rather than having to fill up and plan an entire page filled with paper, pictures, and embellishments, Project Life lets you select a cute binder filled with clear plastic pockets that perfectly fit a standard 4 by 6 picture. Along with the pockets you also purchase a card set that fits in the pockets and adds a personal touch to your book where you can add quotes and journal entries.

I liked the freedom of the Project Life system because you can add however many pages you want and the variety of plastic pocket designs can make for some really stunning designs. Long story short, after many trips to Michaels I finally decided to commit and bought all of my supplies! Check out Project Life here and also look it up on Pinterest for TONS of cute ideas.

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I got all of my photos printed out with the app Print Studio! It takes the photos straight out of your phone’s album and allows you to select the print size and quantity. I ordered 2 x 2 and 2 x 3 prints that come on high quality paper with a classy white border. Shipping was fast and the company really cares for their customers!¬†Check out Social Print Studio!

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I used tape strips to attach everything. The background paper is either scrapbook paper or the Project Life pre cut cards. My plan for this book is to use lots of bright colors and gold ! So far, I have been really enjoying the process and my plan is to hopefully make one of these every summer to commemorate each year of college! Below is one completed spread and I am so excited with how it turned out.

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Would you guys like to see more Project Life? Leave a comment below and stay tuned for more Summer Series posts!

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med

…And Now I’m Back

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Time flies. One second I was enjoying welcome week and meeting all the girls on my floor, and the next I was studying like crazy for finals and moving out of my dorm room. My first year passed by in a flash but as I reflect back on the last 9 months I can proudly say that I have grown immensely as a person. As I now enjoy my summer, I am looking forward to recommitting to this blog and hopefully turning out some great content. Stay tuned!

-The Sarcastic Pre-Med