Goodbye Freshman Year

Today I take my very last final and pack up and move out of my freshman dorm room. It’s so crazy how I’m already a fourth of the way through college and that the year is coming to a close. Sophomore year, here I come! Although I did have a really hard time adjusting to college itself, I had a blast at JMU. I experienced so many great things and met so many outstanding people and without them, my year wouldn’t have been half as great as it was.

Freshman year is a hard adjustment for anyone and I was no exception. I started off living in a completely different dorm than I do now, for starters. I moved out of the Village in November and into a Bluestone dorm. It couldn’t have been a better decision. Not only did I live with a fantastic roommate but I also lived on a floor full of the most energetic, unique, and charismatic girls you could ever meet. They were all so welcoming when I moved in late last semester and it’ll be so strange not seeing them everyday!

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I also started off the year in a completely opposite field of study than what I am in now. In the fall I was studying math and education, and as much as I still love and respect both of those fields of study so much, I decided that communications and public relations was much more fitting. Next semester, I will start on my comm journey by taking a few intro courses and then I will apply to my major in the winter. I’m hoping these classes will start me off on a journey towards my dream job, being a director of PR for a big fashion brand. I hope to one day live in a big city like Chicago or New York (at least for a few years).

In September, I also joined Alpha Delta Pi. I was really nervous about joining a sorority and honestly, I almost didn’t. I didn’t know if I would find the perfect one for me or if it would all be worth it. I’m so happy to decided to go through with recruitment because it not only took me out of my comfort zone but also introduced me to 230 wonderful ladies! This year ADPi raised money for Ronald McDonald House by selling pizza, playing baseball, and flag football. We also had fun parties such as christmas cocktail, formal, Mallard Ball, Black Diamond Ball, and re-live New Year’s. To a few of those, I did debut the glitter pants that I love so much!We attended philanthropy events for the Panhellenic community as well.  We went to the apple orchard, the pumpkin patch, the Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House and Massanutten together too. I met my best friends through this sisterhood and leaving them for 4 months is just about the saddest thing I can think of.

Throughout the year, blogging really was taken to the next level. I *tried to* blog everyday and for the most part succeeded minus and handful of days here and there when school got too crazy. I worked with so many companies this year — Scout by Bungalow, ASOS, KJP, Leigh Deux, Carolina Dandy, Suave, Panera Bread, and Lauren James to name a few. I reformatted the blog this past January and am looking forward to expanding my coding and CSS knowledge this summer. I have so many great photo ideas and am planning to take pictures one to two times a week this summer to bring everyone a lot of content. Throughout the year I also shared a lot of InstaLives. Everyone seemed to really enjoy them so I will most definitely continue to go live this summer.

As for next year, I will be returning to James Madison University in the fall and am honestly super excited to come back. I came to JMU with a clouded mindset with the intention of transferring. I have decided to come back in 4 months. I debated on living in the sorority house next year but am partial to a little privacy so decided against it. I will be living in an apartment with one of my ADPi sisters and two of her friends. Don’t worry, I already have a Pinterest board started full of apartment ideas! I’m looking forward to expanding my circle of friends this fall by joining a few clubs and maybe the entrepreneur fraternity (I’m not quite sure about that one yet). I have already decided to attend more football games in the fall and am challenging myself to try to expand my comfort zone a little further than I did this year.

This summer I am going to really do things for me and take the next few months to be a little selfish. I will be working at Lilly Pulitzer again this summer, I return to the store on Tuesday! I picked up a second job waitressing at a restaurant in Richmond as well to help me save for utilities and groceries for my apartment. I am ready for a good long break to help me recollect my thoughts, write lots of blog posts, take tons of pictures, and ride a few waves at the beach. Trust me though, this summer is going to be a great one both on Daily Dose of Prep and in my personal life. I can’t wait to share these fun upcoming months with everyone! Thank you all for your emails, messages, comments, and likes throughout the school year — seriously your support means everything to me! Here’s to a great summer!

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

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Spring Essentials

The blog is in full Spring mode! I am so over winter, so much so that I packed up all of my sweaters in my dorm room and am taking them home for storage with me this weekend while I’m home. I ran a poll on Twitter yesterday asking what you all would like to read on the blog today and you all wanted to read up on Spring wardrobe essentials the most out of the four choices.

I picked out six items that I love to have in my closet ready to access for the season. To me, Spring means being able to finally pull out shorts, lighter tee’s, and sandals. It also means packing away trousers, thick sweaters, and vests. As much as I love all of those things, I’ve had my fill for the season and don’t want to look at a puffy coat for at least 5 months. Everything below will be linked for shopping!!

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Stay Preppy,

Lucy

College Packing List

It’s an exciting time of year! Seniors are getting accepted to colleges and are trying to figure out their plans for next year. Preparing for college is an exciting, stressful, and emotional time. This summer will be a transition period where you have to start to accept that you’re no longer going to be living at home and you have to switch into adult mode. This summer, you also have to start packing up your life and prepare for dorm life.

Living in a dorm room, although a major adjustment, is a very manageable. The key to make sure that you get everything you need for your dorm room is to start early. Places like Target, Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond are going to start putting out their dorm room merchandise as soon as Easter is over so it’s almost time to get a jump on things! I know, I know…you haven’t even picked a roommate yet. I still wanted to post this early so as soon as you’re sure of a roommate and college, you can get the ball rolling.

In this post I share the general things that you need to take to college. I didn’t include specific toiletries, food, school supplies, or clothing. I will be posting a blog discussing the smaller “knick knacks” that you will need when they head off to college. That post will be coming soon, so be on the look out!

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There are a few things on this list that I want to point out. First off, these are the things that I found to be super helpful and extremely necessary to my dorm this past year. There are a few “extra” things that not every needs like throw pillows, candles, or a carpet. I do think though that if you’re going to be living in a tiny box for 8 months, you should make it feel like home. All of the things listed above made me feel at home. I also wrote the post as if your dorm had your own bathroom and a Jack and Jill style bathroom — therefore you would be responsible for cleaning your own facilities.

I also wrote the post as if you had no air conditioning. My dorm has no AC but has great heating. This is the way you want your dorm room, being in VA I can bear three to four weeks  a semester sleeping on top of the covers, opposed to the 14 weeks I would need with 6 blankets piled in my bed. That being said, it will get hot in your room throughout September and in April/May. Fans are crucial for those few weeks and once it’s cool, just take them home for those middle months and bring them back after spring break.

I hope you find this list helpful and I hope you’re getting excited for move in day!! If you have any further questions please feel free to leave a comment below or email me at dailydoseofpreppy@gmail.com!

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

Tips to Help You Choose Your College

I have had a lot of readers ask me about college lately and one the main questions was how to pick the right college. I can’t give you an exact answer on how to choose the perfect college for you because the only real way you will know  is when you move in and start living on campus. There are a few things to ask yourself though, when you’re choosing a university. I get it, it’s a really big task having to choose your home for the next 4 years but it’s doable! I will be using a lot of Virginia school comparisons and examples in this post, but obviously the post applies to schools everywhere! Hopefully, these tips help you find the perfect college for you!

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Distance – How far do you want to go? I know leaving home and going far away to be independent sounds so appealing, but sometimes it can be a huge mistake. If you go half way across the country and get homesick, it’s really difficult and expensive to get home. On the same token, God forbid something seriously wrong happened to either you or a loved one…would you be okay with being so far away from home? I personally like the fact that I can easily make the short two hour drive home if I ever need a dress for formal, a home cooked meal, or just a weekend with my family.

Money – How much are you/your family willing to spend? College is expensive no matter which way you slice it. Take scholarships out of the picture, out of state tuition is way higher at public universities than instate tuition by a long shot. If you are concerned about money than maybe instate is more your speed — I know it was for my family. Being one of four girls, all with dreams of attending college, our dad made a strict rule that if we wanted his help in paying tuition we had to choose a school within the state lines.

Area of Study – Some of us go into college with absolutely no clue what you want to do and thats totally ok! If you do know what you would like to do when you grow up, it’s always a great idea to help compare each school’s specific school of study that interests you. For example, if you were an education major do some research on all of the education programs for the schools you were accepted to. The point of college not only is to help you grow as a person but it is to help you achieve your dreams, whatever they may be. Do your research and make pro and con lists!

Location – If you love adventures and exploring, maybe take a look at the surrounding area near your school. Do you like the city or are you more into the country or the mountains. VCU is a great school if you are looking to live close to the bustling city life but if you love the mountains, JMU is a great choice. UVA is a little mix of both.

Take the Tour – You never know how you like a college until you get on campus and explore. If you are close enough to the school, take the time to go on a tour. You will have the opportunity to see the dorms, the library, the dining hall, a few classrooms, and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive immediate answers. However, if you take the tour, take a moment to stray away from the group and roam the campus yourself. College tours are very rushed and don’t always hit every part of campus. I would suggest that you go off on your own with your parent to explore and talk to some of the students. They’re more than happy to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

Don’t Follow Your Friends – I know in high school you want to stay with your friends, but  please don’t follow them to college. There was an entire group of girls from my high school that all went to the same school because, well they’re friends and a great security blanket. Now, I know two or three of those girls hate where they go and are planning to transfer. It’s always a blessing when you have the convenience of your friends at college but college is about new experiences, new people, and a new start. It’s okay to be taken out of your comfort zone and be forced to make new friends. Do what you want, not what you feel you need to do in order to stay friends with people.

Focus on Academics – First and foremost, college is about your education. Even though they’re all fun, it’s not about the parties, sororities, or clubs. Ask yourself when choosing your university “what will set me up for success later in life?”. If you do this, you will have a better perspective on which school has to offer academics-wise.

Ask About the Social Life – Even though academics are the most important thing a college can offer you, it’s extremely important to research the social life at your prospective schools. Each person’s social interests are different. You might love to go to parties, maybe you love football and sporting events, maybe your interested in religious groups, or maybe you like to lay low and hang our in your dorm with friends. Each campus varies on all of these things so it’s important to ask tour guides, friends who go to the college, or do some research to help you find the right social fit for you. If you really want to get into the social vibe, try spending a weekend on the campus. If you know a friend who goes to that specific college, try staying with them for a weekend. That will really help you get a sense of what college life is really like.

I hope some of these tips helped you narrow down your choices for picking a college! Please remember to go with your gut though and keep in mind that college is all about you. It’s the time that you leave home, the time you learn new life lessons, and the time that you get to explore who you are and what you want. Good luck and congratulations on this new chapter in your life!

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

 

 

Life Update: Halfway Through Second Semester

How is it already (almost) halfway through second semester? I mean, I’m looking at the calendar already preparing for midterms and adding things to my shopping cart for spring break! I know that you guys love to read fun updates of what’s going on in my life and how I’m doing so I resorted to Twitter to get a sense of what everyone wanted to read. A life update post was the winner and I wanted to make people happy and give a little summary of what’s been going on these past few weeks!

School – School is great! I love all of my professors this semester and I find all of my classes really interesting. I’m taking philosophy, 3D calculus, religions of the world, prehistoric-1500 world history, and intermediate French. Calc as always is challenging but I’m studying really hard in that class and am hoping it pays off in the long run. Philosophy is definitely my hardest class this semester though. It’s so different and abstract that anything else I have taken in all my years of schooling. I was just at office hours yesterday asking questions and picking the professor’s brain. It’s so crazy that in just 14 days we’ll be taking midterms for the semester and I’ll enter into my final quarter of my freshman year. My roommate, Jess, and I were talking about how we only have 52 days of school left and about 21 days of those are Saturdays and Sundays. Before I know it, I’ll be packing up my freshman dorm room for another summer in RVA. I’m still debating on changing my major but if I do anything, it won’t be until next semester!

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Blogging – I am having a blast blogging! I always love posting but without a spring sport or nearly as many commitments as I had in high school, I find that I have a lot of extra time on my hands. I have really invested myself in the blog these past few weeks and I think it’s really paying off. I have some great post ideas coming up and some amazing collaborations coming with companies such as Lauren James, Rufus & Royce, West End Monograms, and more! Not to mention that I am bringing y’all an amazing giveaway this upcoming weekend! I hunted HIGH AND LOW for a Lilly Pulitzer x Starbucks S’Well Bottle and I finally found one. After putting my name on tons of call lists and waitlists for one, on Tuesday morning a Starbucks in Midlothian, VA called me (at 8am) letting me know I was next on the list to pick my print. I managed to have my sister, Leslie, find another one at a Starbucks near her in Austin, TX for a giveaway! Stay tuned this weekend to enter and on information on how to earn additional entries!

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Sorority – I am loving ADPi more and more each day. I told y’all, I really didn’t like my sorority in the beginning but I am so happy I found a home here in ADPi. First semester, it took me a while to find my group of friends within my sorority but now that I have found my close knit group of about 6 or 7, my love for the chapter at James Madison has grown immensely. Just last night we went snow tubing at Massenutten Resort, a ski resort about 20 minutes from campus. All of my tests and quizzes were on Wednesday afternoon and we went tubing on Wednesday night so I literally had nothing else to do last night. Soon, we will start planning our spring  philanthropy event, our spring formal, and start Greek Sing but for now it’s just chapter meetings and little philanthropy events here and there.

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Family – The Smith fam is doing well! My parents are headed off on a long weekend to Charleston, SC this weekend (jealous!!!) to watch UVA baseball in their season opening tournament. Leslie is absolutely killing it at work in Texas! Lisa is headed off to NYC in a few weeks for an architecture trip and she’s so excited! Her work is so great, she’s insanely talented. If you want to shop her RedBubble account you can click here to purchase some of her amazing stickers! Libbie is kicking off spring lacrosse next weekend for her junior season! She’s really enjoying her junior year of high school. I’m just looking forward to spring break! My dad and I are leaving RVA for a few days and heading to the Big Apple! We’re going to watch a little of the ACC basketball tournament and explore the city and maybe see a show while we’re there! I’m already making a 6 hour long playlist for the car ride which will soon be available on Spotify. You can follow my Spotify here!! 

Faith – I have found myself praying more and calling on God for a lot more things. I usually am not one to ask for help unless necessary but I have been calling on Christ for help recently for both small and large requests. I have been asking for him to help me seek patience, more kindness, and the ability to look at a situation from more than my point of view. One of the bible verses I have been relying on is Ephesians 4:2. I have also been calling on God to help me not worry about others so much. I’ve caught myself comparing myself to others in the classroom, on the blog, and in life in general too many times than I would like to recently, and I need a little bit of help with that as well.

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What’s been going on in your life?? I would love to read your comments! 

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

 

 

 

10 Things Every College Girl Needs

After one semester (and then some) of college I have found myself repeatedly using the same products every singe day. Thinking about it now, I can’t remember a day that has gone by that I haven’t used these products and I don’t think I would be able to function without them. This can (mostly) apply to high schoolers as well but there are a few things exclusive to people who aren’t living at home. All product below are pretty affordable and are all linked below so you can shop for yourself!

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Leggings – Every college gal needs a great pair of leggings. I have probably 6 pairs of leggings in all different colors, patterns and price ranges but these Lilly Pulitzer ones in Jellies Be Jammin’ are my favorites by far. Once you get to college pretty much all you wear is leggings so I would suggest investing in one pair whether it be Lulu Lemon, Lilly Pulitzer, Nike or whatever.

Water Bottle – I always carry a matter bottle with me or there is always a full on on my desk. I really enjoy being prepared and carrying water with me so I can cut down on the dining dollars and skip purchasing a drink. Also, classes in college are longer and it’s hard for me to not have water for over an hour and a half! S’well bottles are great water bottles. Yes, they are $35 but they’re extremely worth it. They keep water cold for 24 hours and coffee/tea hot for 12 hours.

Book Light – Sometimes my roommate heads to bed before I do. I don’t like to spend late nights at the library to avoid walking back to my dorm in the dark so I when it gets time to head to sleep I am studying in my dorm. I want to be respectful of my roommate so I still have some reading to do while she dozes off, I’ll switch on my book lamp.

Slippers – Dorm rooms are gross, end of story. We don’t have a carpet in our dorm room because honestly we don’t know if one would fit so it’s socks and slippers for us. Not only do these babies keep me warm, but they’re great to slip on when I need to walk around the dorm to either visit my hall mates or take out the trash. My favorite slippers are the J.Crew ones! 

Beats – I love beats because they block out sound way better than the earbuds that Apple gives you when you get a phone. Sometimes I just put them on and don’t plug them in for a little but more quiet. I also love to go to the gym and work out with these because they’re so durable

Monogrammed Pullover – It’s always great to have a go-to sweatshirt in college for when you’re going to library, to the dining hall, to the sorority house, or just to warm up. I love my Lilly Pulitzer appliqué quarter zips. I love them so much that I have two! They look great with leggings and a vest or a pair of running shorts.

Bluetooth Speaker – I got a bluetooth speaker for Christmas and it has changed dorm life for me. I love being able to blast music and clean my room, take it in the shower and listen to music, or hook it up to the TV when having movie night with friends. I recently took it outside on the Quad when it was beyond beautiful out.

Sneaks – Like leggings, everyone needs a trusty pair of sneakers in their life. I love New Balance 574’s so much. They’re so comfy, have great arch support, and aren’t too expensive. The ones here are form the State Fair collection and have cute little popsicles on the inside. How cute?! I just love them because they’re easy to slip on and bring a pop of color to any outfit. I use my Nike’s at the gym and my Newbies for walking around campus and going to class.

Water Filter – I didn’t bring one to college but when I moved dorms, my roommate, Jess, had one already. Dang, her Brita changed my life I swear. The water tastes great and the Brita is small enough to fit in the fridge. It’s great for easy fill-ups when I’m studying because the water fountain is nowhere near my room.

Agenda – If I didn’t have my Lilly Agenda my life would be in shambles. I have the Jumbo Lilly Pulitzer Agenda in Southern Charm and I love it. It’s huge so it fits in everything from classes to blogging. You can buy agendas anywhere so don’t think you have to have a Lilly one, these are the ones that I like. You can get great ones from Target and Staples. I color code everything in my agenda and plan out my days to the minute, truly a great investment! This is the only one I can find that isn’t sold out! 

Stay Preppy,

Lucy

Staying Well in College

These past two weeks, my entire hall caught the JMU plague. When I was in high school I thought the Godwin plague was bad but the JMU plague is ten times worse. Nothing is more horrible than being sick at college. Not only are you away from home but your mom isn’t there to take care of you.

To avoid sickness the best defense is to eat well, sleep well, clean well, and get some fresh air. Make sure you are constantly cleaning your floor, door handles, sheets, and towels as well as spraying Lysol. I have managed to avoid the plague so far (knock on wood) and wanted to share some of my tips to avoid the plague and to help out those who who are sick on your dorm as well.

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Emergen-C -Vitamins are so important to have! Even if you don’t feel sick you should take some sort of vitamins every single day. The Emergen-C ones are great and easy to obtain.

Advil Cold & Sinus – I love Advil Cold & Sinus because it gets the job done. It helps calm your cough, lower your fever, and relieves pressure in your sinuses. Only take it when you’re sick though, you only need regular Advil otherwise.

Ice Pack – If you’re sweating one minute and have the chills the next, an ice pack is great to have. You can lay under blankets and be toasty but when you get a little hot you can use your ice pack to cool you down. They’re also great to have for migraines or headaches.

Humidifier – These are such a lifesaver, especially for dorms with no AC. In dorms with no air conditioning (mine!) there is absolutely no air circulation in the building. This means I spend every day in the dry, stale, sickly air every single day. A humidifier is going to put some moisture back in the air, help unclog your nose/sinuses, and loosens chest congestion. They’re one of the best things to bring to college. I would suggest opening your dorm window a little bit to bring in fresh air but keep your humidifier going to maintain some air circulation.

Cough Drops – You should always have cough drops. Like I said, the dorm room air is super dry and even when I’m not sick I will wake up with a sore throat.

Ginger Ale – If you ever have an upset stomach, water will irritate it and sit flat on your stomach. I always keep either ginger ale or Sierra Mist in my dorm for some stomach relief.

Mucinex –  I love this for a good cough decongestant and some nasal relief.

Socks – The best thing you can do for an illness is sweat it out. I am always freezing when I’m sick so keeping socks with me or near me is a must. I love the shea infused one because they keep my feet soft and toasty

Orange Juice – Along with drinking tons of water when you’re sick, you need to also be getting some Vitamin C. I always double punch and keep orange juice in my fridge. It’s a great boost for your immune system.

Slippers – Hands down the best thing I brought to college. I hate walking around on cold tile floor and I think one of the reasons I have stayed a little healthier than my hall mates is because I wear socks and slippers everywhere. I am always wearing a sweatshirt or sweatpants as well.

How to Help Others that are Sick:

When your hall mates or roommate get sick, they feel awful. What’s worst is they have nobody to take care of them. A few days ago, my sick roommate fainted in the shower not once but twice, and she clearly needed help. If anything she just needed someone to sit with her and calm her down. If one of your friends is sick while away at school, help them out a little. However, make sure to take care of yourself too. Here are some things you can do to help out a sick roommate…

-Offer to run to the dining hall for her and get her something to eat

-Offer to run to Target for her if she needs medicine

-If she is really weak and shouldn’t get out of bed, offer to fill up a cup of water for her so she always has liquids.

Give her a little space in the room. Maybe do your homework at the library or the lounge instead of in your room late at night.

Keep the visitors and the noise level to a minimum. I know you share a room and it’s just as much yours as hers, but be considerate for at least a day or two if anything.

Stay Preppy,

Lucy