How to Start Looking at Colleges

 

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I was one of those weird kids whose since 7th grade was in love with the idea of college. I don’t know if it just comes along with the “get me out of this town I want to do something bigger” mindset, but I can’t remember a time when I was actively looking at colleges. Now I don’t recommend starting to look at colleges in 7th grade, but I do think you should start early. Now, obviously, I am not a guidance counselor, but I just telling you what I have done and what I think helped me. I started seriously looking at colleges freshman year. Now, so so so many things have changed since then that many of the colleges I was looking at then aren’t even a possibility now, but it got my foot in the door. However, there were steps I took freshman year that really, truly helped and I think will help you too.

College Prowler// College Prowler aka Niche was and continues to be my life line. You can create a profile with your intended major, GPA and test scores, then they will recommend schools that they think you would like. Yo can also set it to where schools are view your profile and say if they are interested in you. However, I use it most to search any school I am interested in. When you search a school everything from tuition to acceptance rate to an overall experience score pops up. You can click more information to get super detailed information about the school which is extremely helpful.

Make a List// Make a list of exactly what you want in a college and don’t stray from it. You need to decide where you are comfortable going to college. I knew that for me, while I hope to go out of state, I really don’t want to leave the South for college. Other factors like greek life, sports and the local area should also be on your list. You also need to sit down and talk to your parents are tuition. It is no fun but it has to happen to really put guidelines on where you can look at going.

Get Mail// If you are even remotely interested in any school go to there website and ask to receive more information. You will get put on their mailing list and will start to receive information that can really help you decide if that school is the right choice for you or not. I have a huge basket sitting in my room overflowing with college info I have received in the past two and a half years. Most of those schools I wouldn’t even think about going to now, but getting that information really helped me narrow down my choices.

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A MarleyLilly Surprise + A Short Christmas Wish List 1

Hey Lovelies! Happy Cyber Monday everyone! Every year I always wish I could get some amazing deals on Cyber Monday, but alas, school always gets in the way. This year though I am sharing a special deal from MarleyLilly and sharing a few things on my wish list!

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So today only on MarleyLilly if you spend $50 or more you get this amazing statement necklace with your purchase! It’s amazing and I am head over heels in love with mine. Anyone who knows me knows that I will do just about anything for some pearls and a statement necklace, so I am seriously thinking that this may become my new favorite statement piece. It honestly goes with everything!

 

For anyone needing some ideas on what to ask for for Christmas, or any family members doing some Cyber Monday shopping 😉 I have made a short little Christmas wish list. These are some of the goodies I am really in love with this year and I think y’all will love them too!

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  1. It by Alexa Chung– After watching this series on the British Vogue YouTube channel, I fell in love with Alexa Chung. She is so effortlessly cool and has truly been all over the fashion industry. Also, I am low key obsessed with fashion books right now.
  2. Alex and Ani Leo Charm Bangle I’m, obviously, a Leo and darn proud of it. Alex and Ani just make the cutest and best bangles (and they actually fit me!) There are so many of their bangles that I want it is hard to pick just a few.
  3. Jadelynn Brooke #SquadGoals Grey’s Anatomy– Hi, my name is Carrie and I am addicted to Grey’s Anatomy. I am also obsessed with Jadelynn Brooke’s sweatshirts so this was a match made in heaven for me.
  4. Season 1 of Graceland- If you are looking for a new show to watch on Netflix or Hulu I strongly urge you to watch Graceland. Anna and I are addicted to it and I need it permanently in my life in DVD form.
  5. Barrington St. Anne Tote- This is the “big” Christmas gift I really want. First of all, hello, I am in love with the plaid pattern they have in their fall line this year. Also, you just can’t go wrong with a good, well made tote. They are so useful and are great for school, travel and everything in-between.
  6. MarleyLilly Monogrammed Woven Herringbone Vest- Saving the best for last, I am in love with this MarleyLilly vest! I mean it is monogrammed and herringbone, you can’t get much better than that if you ask me.

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Sunday Reflections ~ An Update (& I’m Coming Back) 1

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Hi everyone! So this week I am doing my Sunday Reflections a little backwards and I am starting this post before I have a quote. Basically, I have no idea where this post will go I just feel the need to let you know where I am right now and give you an update on me. So, as you have probably noticed, I essentially took a two month blogging break. I had no plan to do this, but I think at the time it was what I needed. I want to start this by saying thank you all so so much. For the first time in months today I went ahead and checked my site stats (the stats that show how many people visit Carrie On Blogs everyday). Honestly, I was expecting a zero or just a handful every few days, but I was shocked with what I saw. So many of y’all are still coming on and checking and looking at posts, new and old, everyday. Thank you all so much for your immense amount of patience and support while I took a break. As to why my absence took place, it is a plethora of things. Basically since late September I have just been a bit “off.” I think it is a combination of school, stress and just the occasional crap that happens when you are human, but they all added up to me just feeling blah. As you probably know by now, I am a very open, honest person, and I honestly just did not think I could keep writing fun, inspiring posts when I was just so stressed with life. Hence, my break. I really tried to take this week to clear my head and just focus on how to be less stressed and worried about life. I think (please God let it work) that I have come up with a routine that really helps we relax and unwind. I am not saying that the time between now and Christmas will be perfectly scheduled (because hello midterms) but hopefully they will be more consistent. Again, thank you all so much and I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love!

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FALLing for Plaid 3

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Hi everyone! I can’t believe it is November and just beginning to feel slightly like fall time. I always seem to be a little over eager and want to whip out my warm clothes a month in advance. However, I am finally able to put them to proper use! When I think fall clothes plaid, sweaters, and booties immediately pop into my head. I love wearing a sweater over some of my dresses. I just started doing it and I think I am in love. It is like I have a whole new group of great skirts in my closet. Hope you enjoy!

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Outfit Details:

{Dress (similar)//Sweater//Boots//Bracelet//Necklace}

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Spicing Up Your Fall Look

My favorite time of year is upon us and I am so excited! Fall is the perfect time for so many things, and it is my favorite time to start playing with different outfits. You can layer, add scarves, throw on a hat; there are so many different things you can do to bring a look together. Today I am sharing with you some of the easiest, and my personal favorite ways, to spice up a fall look. But before I say anything we must talk about the shirt! I was low key peer pressured into buying this (shoutout to Carly) but I love it. It is so cute and soft, and easily the best representation of my life.

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Okay, let’s talk lipstick. Only in the past year or so have I grown to truly appreciate lipstick. I really only wear it in the fall time, but it is such an easy way to make an impact. Also, because I am the queen of pale dark berry shades look great on me. A.k.a. the only perk of being super pale.

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While this bracelet* would be perfect all year round I have really found myself gravitating towards it recently. I don’t know why, but during the fall I am more prone to spending time planning outfits. That means I am way more likely to spend time putting accessorizes with my clothes, hence the bracelet. But seriously, this bracelet* is amazing and super cute! *This bracelet was gifted to me, but trust me, I really am obsessed with it!

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Scarves are essential to fall. Personally, I am still all about the blanket scarf. I have so many scarves, and wear them way too often, but they are my go-to for completing a look. They are so easy and versatile. There are seriously so many different way to tie and wear scarves.

Base Outfit:

{Shirt//Jeans//Boots}

What are some of your fall essentials?

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Why I Don’t Make Myself Post 2

I want to start this out by saying that I really appreciate all of y’alls patience within the last, well, few months. I know my posting schedule has been sporadic at best, and I am really trying to change that. Junior year has been so much more than I ever could have expected. I just feel like I am so busy all the time. I thought I would have some weekends off but no… not at all. However, this past weekend I really tried to get my life together, but please pray for me because I have an APUSH test today. Yeah, that noise was my grade hitting rock bottom. I’m kidding… I hope…

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Anyway, that is totally not the point of this post. Really, more than anything, this post is me explaining myself to y’all. Because I honestly feel like I owe you an explanation for my, what feels like, ongoing absence. So, like I have previously mentioned, these past weekends have been crazy, and weekdays are only worse. And yes, I could stay up an extra hour or two to write a random post I pulled out of my derrière, but that is so not the point of this. Blogging is a way for me to escape. It is a way for me to connect with people I never thought I would meet, a way for me to share my feelings, and a way to relax. Blogging was never meant to make me stressed. And yes, I know I am adding things to my plate. No one made my join retreat team, no one made me go to that football game, but as I have said so many times, friends and God always come first. When I have a crazy weekend, I truly hate to say this but blogging is the first to go. I feel horrible saying that, but it is true. Like I said, I didn’t start a blog to stress me out more, and in a way, I want to keep it my pure little place. I never want to make it a thing that brings me stress. I always want it to be a stress free zone that I can go to.

So basically yeah, that’s me right now. I really hope you understand where I am coming from. I am really trying to get back to posting regularly, so fingers crossed!

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August Birchbox Review {Video}

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing my review of my August Birchbox! Spoiler: I loved it! Like I said a while ago, I really want to start making more videos and this is the first step. Thanks for watching and be sure to subscribe.

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