GOODBYE 2017 // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Holy crispy chicken nuggets, where did 2017 go? It’s almost 2018 and I can’t help to think that I’m getting old. Time is going by so fast and I can’t keep up!! Where did all this time go??? 👀 Today, I’m going to highlight some of the things that happened in 2017. Get to know me and let’s get personal!

First job!

In January, I started my first real job as a front desk receptionist at a doctor’s office. As a newly graduated college human, I got this opportunity from my mom who happened to know the doctor that owned the clinic. He was looking for a part time Mandarin speaking front desk assistant/receptionist. I’m not fluent at all in Mandarin but I saw improvement as months passed by. My job was to translate Mandarin and/or Taiwanese, answer phone calls, take appointments, take vitals, and/or centrifuge blood test tubes. I am so thankful for this opportunity but man, that job was a mess. I don’t think there was a day where I was excited to go to work. I worked part time but it felt so long and it didn’t help that my coworkers weren’t friendly to me. I don’t think I will ever understand why they treated me the way they did. I also dealt with a lot of patients who thought the world revolved around them. It got frustrating but it taught me how to be patient with people and how to get creative with solutions in dealing with different situations. It was challenging at the time, especially when I had to translate it all but I learned a lot about the healthcare system. One of my favorite moments was when I had the opportunity to speak Taiwanese to some of the patients and they would have a shocked expression on their face! Taiwanese isn’t a popular language amongst individuals my age, especially American born citizens. So that was always fun…teehee. 🙂

Despite the challenges, this job made me realize my passion for patient interaction. Even though it was exhausting, I found myself loving the patient interaction more than sitting around doing office work. This lead me to my career choice! This year, I discovered nursing and worked my way up to apply for it. At first, the application process was very confusing but I got through it. My struggles inspired me to blog about my nursing school experience so that I could help future nursing students.  I took Anatomy & Physiology I, and did way better than I expected. I also took the TEAS exam, which I studied really hard for and again, did way better than I expected. Applying for nursing school was a headache but in the end, I’d say it was worth it. 😉

Every end has a new beginning!

In May, I walked across that graduation stage. At first, I didn’t want to because I thought I would be walking across it alone. But at the same time, I worked so hard for my five seconds of fame so I decided to do it. Because I had been gone from college for a semester, I didn’t know who to ask to sit with at graduation. It may not seem like a big deal but I really wanted to graduate with people I knew. I awkwardly messaged one of my friends from my pre-health fraternity and she gladly said yes to sitting with me. Graduation day came and turns out I sat with a lot of my fraternity brothers and sisters and it was a memorable day. (spoiler alert: I didn’t trip!) My brother also drove from Nevada to LA to Merced to attend the ceremony, which made it 10x better. My best friends, who I was supposed to graduate with, drove down from the Bay Area and it was like we never left. I hadn’t seen some of them since May 2016 so it was like a mini reunion! I miss them all the time. I reflected on my college experience here!

Getting into nursing school!

In June, I found out I got into nursing school and it was the best day of 2017. I felt like I had the slimmest chance of getting in because my gpa was wack, my interview was merp, and the only thing that probably could save me was my TEAS exam score. For once, I felt like I had my life together and that everything was gonna be okay. Also, I could finally quit my job! You have no idea how much I wanted to quit that job but I needed a good reason to and nursing school was one of them!

I quit my job at the end of August and I was a bit sad. I struggle with change and even though I hated my job, quitting was difficult. I said goodbye to my boss and coworkers and walked out feeling empty. Two weeks before my family vacation, I fell into some kind of deep sadness. I don’t know why I became like this but I didn’t want to eat and I didn’t want to get out of bed. Sounds dramatic, right? I felt so lost and anxious and there are some emotions I just can’t put into words. I felt alone and felt like I lost my purpose. I spent the last 16 years in school and that was my purpose. Then my purpose after that was to go to work and do my work to my best ability. But during the time between the end of a chapter to a new one, I started to doubt myself. I started to feel extra lonely and insecure about my future. Social media also did not help at all. Seeing other people’s “happiness” made me feel worse about myself. Why can’t I be like them?

Calm before the storm..

At the beginning of September, I went on a two week long cruise with my parents. It was kind of like the “last hoorah” before nursing school. I didn’t have wifi/cellular data for those two weeks and that was probably one of the best things that could happen for me. Instead of getting caught up in what other people were doing, I focused on what was happening in front of me. It was like a social-media-cleanse and it was great. I saw some of the prettiest things Mother Nature could offer in Alaska. You could see it here if you’d like! When I came back from Alaska, I felt refreshed and much much better. I was ready to move on with my life and got excited about starting nursing school. I spent the next two weeks getting ready to move out again for nursing school and I got my braces off!

Bye bye braces!

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I finally got my braces off after 4 years. It took forever because of my difficult tooth. A lot of the new people I’ve met don’t know this but I grew up without one of my front teeth. It wasn’t until sophomore year of college where it wanted to finally come out. It was just late to the party! I got braces again to open up the gap and got surgery to expose the tooth 💸💸💸. My orthodontist attached a chain to the newly exposed tooth and slowly pulled it down. After many visits and adjustments, I now have “perfect” looking teeth! YAY! I’ve never felt insecure about my missing tooth until recent when I realized that the people I know now don’t know my story. So when they see my pictures from a year ago, they just see a girl with a missing tooth. Some people find it funny but this was a very expensive tooth and if it had grown out like it was supposed to, we wouldn’t have this problem. Thanks for nothing, Mr. Tooth!

Goodbye California, hello Nevada!

Ahh it was time to move out again. I moved at the end of September and this time, the change didn’t hit me as hard. I was moving in with my older brother so I at least had a familiar face. I also now have two lovable dogs that follow me around the house. Their smiles are great stress relievers! It was still difficult to say goodbye to my parents as they headed back to LA but having my brother around made it easier. My parents love that we live together because now they can come visit both kids at once. You’re welcome, parentals!

I love living with my brother because I have a sense of independence but when I need help, he is there for me. Super duper thankful! ❤ But he won’t let me leave after I graduate so I guess I’m not leaving any time soon… oh 🐳!

I started nursing school at the beginning of October and it was a weird transition to go from traditional schooling to online/hybrid schooling. But after some adjustments, I got used to it and here I am 3 blocks later. I’ve written about some of my experiences in past blog posts! These are some of my favorite ones (here, here and here)! Time goes by fast, doesn’t it? I met some pretty awesome people and made several memories already. These people make nursing school less sad. Some of my favorite pictures are up there!☝

In December, I officially became a Nevada resident. I surrendered my California license plates and received new Nevada ones. It was a hard goodbye to my license plates but as always, every ending has a new beginning. Merp I’m gonna have a hard time looking for my car for the next two months. I’m going to be a Nevada resident for a while but who knows what the future will hold for me? But for now, that’s the plan!

Goodbye 2017!

I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. I have a feeling it’s gonna be a good one! Here’s to all this learning and hopefully I don’t die in school. *fingers crossed* Also, I start clinical rotations very soon and I have a feeling that this is what we’re going to look like:

 Accurate or nah? HA!

Look out for my “first day of clinical” post to read about my first 12 hour shift! It’s happening soon!!!

Thank you for stopping by and reflecting on 2017 with me! Stay inspired and always keep learning ✨  Don’t forget to like, comment, and follow my blog if you’d like to be notified whenever I post! I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

 

 

Peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

 

Real Nurse (R.N.) in the making.

 

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FIRST BALAYAGE EXPERIENCE // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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Guess who finally got her hair professionally dyed? Dis potato! I’ve been wanting to dye my hair for years now but I’ve always chickened out. But recently, I felt like I needed a change soooooo YOLO! Plus my friend wanted to dye her hair too so we went together! Friends who dye their hair together, stay together? 🤷

And this is how it came out!

I walked in thinking I was going to go lighter, like my whole head. I showed the hair stylist pictures I pinned from Pinterest! [insert shameless plug here] I wanted to eventually go lighter but I knew that with my dark dark dark brown hair, it wasn’t gonna get lighter than the brunette colors below. 👇

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We discussed whether I wanted to dye my whole head or just have balayage. We decided to go with the balayage because it would look more natural as it grew out. If only hair could stay one length, am i right? Imagine that…Yeah, that would be weird.

The hair stylist began by examining my hair. At first she told me the bleach may not work the way we wanted because there was red in my hair. I was shook. UH I don’t remember dying my hair red. I’ve dyed my hair before but it was more of an ombre … a failed ombre but I thought I already cut off.. so I was a bit sad. She told me that she’d try some bleach on a strand first to make sure the hair will do what we wanted it to do.

🤞fingers crossed!🤞

15 minutes later…the strand of hair bleached the way we wanted and the transformation began! It took so long. It was one of those times I wish I had shorter hair! It came to the point where I couldn’t sit still and being an awkward potato, I didn’t know what to talk about with the girl doing my hair. I ended up just sitting there draining my phone battery and reading magazines.

This may be weird but getting my hair done reminded me a lot of the nursing process. The stylist begins by introducing herself, and then explains the procedure and while she’s doing the procedure, she explains what she’s doing. She even said, “if you have any questions during the process, let me know!”They even have that supplies tray that reminds me of the ones in hospitals. HA okay, sorry…I’m weird.

Anyways, 3.5ish long hours later, it was finally done. It’s not as light as I had hoped it would be but I didn’t expect much since my hair was dark af. I was slightly worried about having a balayage because it looks pretty when it’s curled but when it’s straight, it could look weird. It took a while to get used to but I’m in love with it. New hair, who dis?

Below is the information for the salon I went to! My friend and I found it on yelp while frantically finding a place to get our hair dyed. We didn’t plan ahead so we were calling around looking for a place that had time for us. Oops! But we lucked out! 👇

Dare to Dye Salon Boutique

9710 W Tropicana Ave #115, Las Vegas, NV 89147

(702) 597-0390

Only 1.5 weeks until winter break but for now, it’s dooms week and a half. I have a lot of stuff to do but 21 more days til Christmas and then New Years!! Isn’t that crazy? Where has this year gone?

As always, thank you for stopping by! Do you have any questions? Let me know! I hope you have a beautiful day. and don’t forget the shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

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THE ROAD TO R.N.// LOUD SIGHS AND SILENT CRIES// LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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I forgot Zac Efron could sing and now I’m like mind blown lol his voice though…

Today’s post is a collection of thoughts I had for the two days leading up to my exam. Put on yo seatbelts kids, we’re going on a bumpy ride…

Thursday, November 30

LOUD SIGH. Silent cry. I’m stressed out and at the verge of giving up. The first assessment for block 3 is tomorrow and I feel so unprepared. There is so much information to know that I don’t even know what I actually know anymore. It’s so overwhelming… Yesterday the professors had a review webinar but I had low hopes for that. It was so useless tbh …like why give me life stories when we can be reviewing material for the exam? Everything the professors said contradicted each other. They’ll say “focus on the normals” but module 4 (fluid/electrolyte imbalances) was mainly abnormals. There is nothing normal about electrolyte imbalances.

For this first half of the block, the professor gave us outlines and summaries for each module. They also gave us a “study guide” but none of the information added up. Like one of the outlines says something but the summary says something else. And the study guide? Oh don’t even get me started on the study guide.. It is horrifying. It is 19 pages of information that is supposed to stick to my brain by tomorrow. Suddenly, I’m at a Starbucks flipping through three sets of notes because none of it adds up. Like why? I’ve been going through the outlines and I’m thinking, ok, I did my best and did what I could..but what if my best wasn’t good enough? Is that sad? Probably. But I’m going to bed and hoping for the best tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

Friday, December 1

Today was dooms day part 1 and damn, I don’t even know how I felt. I guess I was nervous/scared/i don’t care anymore/whateverhappenshappens/see you at remediation.. But I walked in there this morning and I just sat there joking around with my friends trying to not think about the exam I was about to fail. So the exam begins and I look at the first question. From there, I knew it wasn’t gonna be a good one. As I was going through the 60 questions, I felt like I could have tried harder these past few weeks. It came to the point where maybe if I reread a little more, I would know the definite answer rather than guessing. I literally almost broke down during the exam. It’s funny because yesterday, I was surprised I haven’t broken down yet… WELP, there it is. I almost started crying because I was so overwhelmed by the things I didn’t know and the things I could have known if I read the textbook more efficiently. For some reason, my mind always holds on to the “shoulda couldas.” Towards the end of the exam, I just sat there clicking through the questions and well, it was time to let go. So, I submitted and I did what I could.

When it came to the team assessment, we got a 90% or higher as a team so that meant that we got 3 points added to our individual exam score. But while we were going through the exam, I lost count of how many questions I thought I got wrong. At that point, I kept saying “welp, I’ll see you at remediation”. *nervous laugh*

During the evidence based review, we were able to argue the questions and try to either get points or nullify it. I think I got about 2 points back which was relieving! Still, I wasn’t sure if I passed or not. That anxiety killed me but I tried to stay as positive as possible (aka not think about it). Again, whatever happens happens..

And drumroll pls…EVERYBODY PASSED!! WHOOOO! WHICH MEANS I PASSED!!! All the weight on my shoulders fell to the ground as we let out all the anxiety we’ve been holding in for the past 6 hours. And as I’m writing this, I checked my score and I got a 98%! Like WHAT?! ME? 98%? If you told me a few years ago that I would be getting 90% or higher on exams, I wouldn’t believe you. Before I started this program, I started to doubt myself because I wasn’t sure if I could get a 90% or higher on exams. I mean looking at my history…there weren’t many 90s or higher.

And I know that this is only block 3 and it’s going to get harder but it feels so relieving to know that this is possible. Even though nursing school is so stressful and tiring, I realized that I found my purpose and I’m passionate about it. Who knew?

And that wraps up part 1 of block 3. This was only the first exam and we have another one in about two weeks. I hope I can use my regrets from this half to improve my study habits for the next half. I also hope that the professor is consistent with how they test us but..let’s be real here. Are they ever consistent? Send help and more oreos. Thanks!

As always, thank you for stopping by and possibly sighing with me! Do you have any questions? Let me know! I hope you have a beautiful day. and don’t forget the shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Peace out.✌

❤ , TIFF

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STORY TIME: HOW I GOT INTO NURSING SCHOOL // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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OOF it’s been a crazy two weeks! Nursing school is getting harder and harder and I don’t even want to think about what’s coming up next. But now that I’m reaching the end of “block 2” of my program, I thought I’d talk about how I got into nursing school. You know, before i forget the details and stuff… so let’s get started!

Once I decided that nursing was the right career for me, I started looking into nursing schools. I didn’t even know where to start so I googled “nursing programs” and a bunch of results came out and I was just overwhelmed. A colleague of mine advised me to go out of state for nursing school. (If ya’ll didn’t know, I’m from California). She said that the programs in California are super impacted and she was right. The wait lists were like 2 years long! No thanks, I want to get to nursing school ASAP! So I started thinking of places I would love to go and I thought of Nevada. It’s right next to California and not too far from Los Angeles. Like 5 hours?

Type click search and BAM.

I found a school that I wasn’t even sure was legit. I mean sometimes I come across websites/schools that aren’t really a real school. But I decided to do a little bit more research and I discovered that it was indeed a real school and they had an accelerated BSN program.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program: aka second degree nursing program is for those who have completed a undergraduate degree and the required prereqs before enrolling.

I looked around the website to see if it was a program for me and eventually decided to put in my information for “more info”. About a few days later, I got a phone call and lowkey I let it ring. It was an admissions advisor from the school and she ended up leaving me an email telling me that I could call her and if anything, she would try again in a few days. I was nervous and didn’t know what to say. Heck, I didn’t even know if that was the school I wanted to attend. The next time she called, I picked up and I felt so nervous. But the admissions advisor was so easy to talk to! She asked me some questions and got some background about me. She told me everything I wanted to know and answered every question I had about the program. Even though all the information she told me was on the website, it was nice to be informed with information catered to my situation.

She had me send in my unofficial transcript to give me an overview of what I needed to do in order to be eligible to apply. She went through my transcript and told me what prereqs I had left. Turns out, I only needed Anatomy but I needed to get an A to have an eligible GPA. Talk about the pressure… She sent me a list of online anatomy courses I could take. Online courses were essential for me because I was working at the time and online classes are way more flexible. I picked one and rolled with it. (Spoiler alert: I got an A (98.7%) I was so excited!)

The next thing on my list was the The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam. It’s an exam used by many schools as an admissions test. I had no idea it existed until my advisor told me to take it. My advisor recommended buying a practice book so I got one from Amazon. Thank goodness for Amazon prime. As soon as it got here, I went ham on that Kaplan book.  I started from the first page and ended with the very last page. (click here for my TEAS tips). I walked into the exam half asleep and 4 hours later, I made it out alive. TBH I forgot how painful it was to sit still for 4 hours in a room with 30 other tired people. Damn.. how did I do it in high school?

Well that was done and the anatomy course was done… what’s next?

The application cycle finally opened up and my advisor sent me the link with a detailed set of instructions. I forgot how draining school applications were. Even with the set of instructions, I was so confused and lost. Eventually all went well and I finally got my application done. One of the applications was through the universal application called NursingCas and the other was a supplemental application through the school. Hit that SUBMIT button and fingers crossed. Wait, no.. I still had to submit my TEAS scores and order official transcripts. That was so confusing as well. I think I was out of the school application system for too long. I don’t know, something about this application was so confusing. Through many nights of loud sighing and silent crying, I finally sent in my TEAS scores and transcripts.

Now it was the waiting game, which was accompanied with many sleepless nights. I think it was about a week later that I received an email saying that I got an interview! LIKE WHAT?! ME? AN INTERVIEW? Now it was loud yelling that gave my mom an heart attack cause I swear she thought I was dying. Sorry mom… But yes! I got an interview and that was probably one of the best days ever along with my other …best day evers… it was a very good day..okay?

I went ham on research on possible nursing school interview questions. I took notes and wrote answers to the most common interview questions. I was not going to let this opportunity go to waste.

Then comes the exciting but dreadful interview. OHH that was one heck of an interview but I’ll save the details for another blog post. This one’s getting a bit long. Thank you so much if you’re still with me. But damn, those questions they asked were wayyy different from the questions I prepared for. When I got out of my interview, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to see that school ever again. I blew it, I messed up. Sad life. Loud sigh…

Don’t you hate it when you leave an interview and you start replaying the questions and then you think of ways you could have answered? I do. And I couldn’t sleep for days because of it. But eventually I had to tell myself that whatever happens, happens and it’s not the end of the world. I was going to find out in about two weeks and if I didn’t get in, I could just try again. There’s always a way!

Two weeks go by and I’m driving to the post office and suddenly I get a text from my friend (who I went to the interview with). “OMG DID YOU CHECK YOUR EMAIL?” I’m sitting there like, holy crap. HOLY CRAP. So I rush home within speed limit because I drive like a responsible grandma. I ran through the door, grabbed my computer and started yelling nervously. My dads looking at me like, I can’t believe I raised this kid. LOL But eventually I said, ADMISSIONS LETTERS ARE OUT. I opened my email and there it was, the school’s decision email. It said, “Congratulations, You have been accepted to blahblahblah” OMG. ME? REALLY? I’m freaking going to nursing school!

And yep, that’s how I got into nursing school. Or I guess the the admissions process. My main point is, if you have the opportunity to talk to an admissions advisor, I highly recommend it, They are there to help you and guide you through the admissions process. It was especially helpful because I had no idea what I was doing. The admission advisors literally hold your hand until the first day of classes and I am so thankful for her. Even after being admitted and committing to the school, she still calls me to check up on my progress. I finally met her at the interviews and it was nerve wrecking. She finally met the weirdo she’s been contacting through email and phone. HEH.

Story time over, here are my TIPS with applying for nursing school!

  • Research lots and lots of schools! Even though I only applied to one (which now I think about was kind of risky and dumb) I still looked at many programs. There are actually a lot of roads that lead to an R.N. There’s got to be one that fits your needs!
  • Be patient! It takes a lot of patience when researching nursing schools. I was really overwhelmed at time and it got to a point where if I saw another nursing school requirements page, I’d go crazy. One step at a time!
  • Make a table of requirements! Researching schools and their requirements can get really repetitive and tiring. Many schools require different requirements so I recommend making an excel sheet or something to organize the requirements. If I remember correctly, some schools required microbiology lab!
  • Talk to an admissions counselor! If a counselor is available, you should talk to one! Requirements get really confusing at times, especially when the requirement sounds like the class you took but you’re not sure if it is the one they want. Ya feel? As I mentioned before, I sent my counselor my unofficial transcript and she told me what I had left for requirements. Super helpful! Or else, I would have been wasting time trying to take classes I already fulfilled.
  • Standardized test! Check with the school you want to apply to see what kind of standardized tests they want. Some require the TEAS, and some require other exams like the HESI. So check with the school to make sure you’re taking the right exam.

And that is pretty much it! This was a long post but thank you so so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to like, comment and hit the follow button to be notified when I post! Do you have any questions? Let me know down below and I’ll try to answer them to my best ability!

Today’s question is.. What is your dream job? Leave a comment below cause I’m curious! My dream job is a singer-songwriter, an interior designer, or a personal shopper. OR even better, a singer-songwriting interior designing shopper.

I hope you have a beautiful day and don’t forget the shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

 

Peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

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TRAVEL DIARY: CRUISING AROUND ALASKA // LETIFFANYSHOW✨

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I spent two weeks cruising around Alaska and saw some of the prettiest things nature has to offer. This 14 day cruise set sail from Long Beach, California and it was the first time this ship went to Alaska and back in one piece. All aboard the Carnival Miracle, we’re going on a journey!

We stopped at 6 ports: Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point/ Hoona, Juneau, cruised around Glacier Bay, Skagway, and Sitka. We also made a stop in Vancouver, B.C.! WOO CANADA! 🇨🇦

Take a look at my trip through my camera lens and I’ll meet you on the other side!

3-2-1 GO!

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Alaska is such a beautiful place and it never fails to amaze me. I was surprised by how small these cities were. Like the population of Ketchikan is 8208 people and Hoonah has a population of 745 people! In comparison, Los Angeles has a population of 4 million people! That size difference though..

There are a LOT of fine jewelry stores in Alaska. I’d say 60% of the stores there sold fine jewelry. If that’s your thing, I heard there’s pretty good deals on fine jewelry in Alaska. Since I went in September, it was the end of tourist season and the shops were about to close down until next year. That means…huge clearance sales!! The Alaskan T-shirt company was having a 50% off everything sale so I went a bit crazy there. Don’t let the name fool you, they sell way more than just t-shirts!

TIFF TIP: Look for coupon books. They’re free! These coupon books have hella deals on souvenirs! These books are usually located at the welcome centers and sometimes in front of a souvenir store. The coupon book we found had coupons for Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, which are the bigger cities.

Carnival offered many shore excursions but I don’t think you have to do shore excursions in order to have fun. The prices range from $ to $$$$ but we stuck with the ones that were more affordable. The more expensive ones were usually whale watching or helicopter rides, which weren’t really appealing to us. We bought shore excursion tickets for 4 of the 6 port of calls.  We mainly did the ones that gave you an overall tour of the city to learn more about the cities in Alaska. On the days we didn’t do shore excursions, we just walked around and explored the city on our own.

The ship also made a stop at Vancouver, B.C. It was almost like I never left the States because it looked like the U.S. I got to try Tim Hortons, which is a Canadian fast food chain known for it’s coffee and donuts. I got a ice vanilla latte and a chocolate chip muffin. I thought the coffee was pretty good and the muffin I got was delicious! Vancouver kind reminds me of downtown LA where the driving is crazy and there’s cars everywhere. We had a limited amount of time in this big city so I’d love to go back one day and fully explore what it has to offer.

The ship itself was really fun. Carnival cruise lines calls themselves the fun ship! There were so many activities planned that we were pretty much occupied throughout the days at sea. I went to my first art auction and learned so much about the art world. There was an opportunity to guess how many N’s were hidden in the painting and I won! The prize was an art piece. How cool is that?! I also attended many lectures that varied from fitness and how to live an healthier lifestyle to just a lecture about food. There were also cooking demonstrations by the onboard executive chef and I won a raffle to taste the food he cooked. IT WAS DELICIOUS!! …and awkward because literally everyone is watching you eat. There are so many things to do on the ship that you’ll definitely never be bored.

If anything, go up to the Lido deck buffet and pig out 🐷😂. You can find me where the food is!

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Thinking of going on a cruise? Here are my tips!

  1. Bring a highlighter! Sounds weird right? But they deliver a schedule of events every night to your room so that you can plan out what events you want to go to. A highlighter would have been nice to make the events I like pop out.
  2. Pack some shower flip flops! I don’t know if it’s weird but I wore flip flops in the shower and around my room. I mean you don’t know who’s nasty lil feet have been around that room and even though they clean it, yikes. Better safe than sorry!!
  3. Bring some workout clothes! My ship had a nice gym on board and it was nice to work off some of the free ice cream I was eating like everyday. OH and the french fries.. I love french fries ❤
  4. Coupon books! Like I mentioned before, definitely lookout for these coupon books. They’ll save you some money which can add up especially when you’re shopping for a lot of people.
  5. Take advantage of the free classes! My cruise ship always offered ballroom dance classes but I was too much of a chicken to try it. But I think ballroom dancing would be useful one day or something to know. There were also seminars that range from topics like increasing your metabolism to intro to photography.
  6. Raffles! Keep your eye out for raffles! They’re always giving away free stuff. All you have to do is show up, put your entry in, and hope they pick yours! I won a couple raffles. Even though its just little things, it’s still exciting to see who wins.
  7. Be fearless! You’ll never see these people ever again so why not try everything? I lowkey wish I auditioned for lip sync battle or did those ballroom dances. Maybe next time…

I hope you enjoyed a little glimpse of Alaska. I prefer going on cruises than Chinese tours because you don’t really have a specified wake up call. Plus, you don’t have to pack up your belongings every night and drag your luggage to the tour bus. It’s nice to just chill out by the pool and look at the ocean. The ocean made me feel like there’s so much out there and it gave me hope that whatever I’m going through will resolve in time and everything will be okay.

As always, thank you so so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed reading about my journey through Alaska. I could go on and on about it but this post would go on forever. If you have any questions about anything, leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to answer it… 🙂

Don’t forget to like, comment and follow my blog to be notified when I post! Have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

 

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

 

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SH*T EVERY STUDENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT // LETIFFANYSHOW ✨

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Welcome back to my blog 

Today, I am back with a post about apps you may or may not know about! I know when I was in college, these apps really helped me get through the year. Best of luck with the new school year and lets get started!

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Good Reader// $4.99// If you prefer PDF textbooks over paper textbooks, then good reader is a wonderful app for you! It allows you to read and highlight important information. You can even draw from the tip of your finger.

Notability// $9.99// This app is great if you love taking notes on your tablet. You can change up the “paper” style and write directly onto the document using a stylus. I mainly used this app for physics and it worked great to do practice problems and draw out physics diagrams.

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Spotify// Free// If you don’t know what spotify is, don’t worry, I didn’t discover it until late freshman year of college. Spotify is free and it allows you to listen to music on your computer, tablet, and/or phone. You can search any artist and make playlists to share with your friends. You can also upgrade to premium and listen to ad-free music, listen offline (like on your phone), and get better sound quality…according to them.

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A look into one of my Spotify playlists! You can follow me on Spotify @letiffanyshow

StudyBlue// Free// This app is great if you are always on the go but you gotta study. Those of you who take public transportation to campus would definitely benefit from something like this. You can create, study and share your flashcards for free. I love that you can customize your flashcards using audio and images. It also tracks your progress and you can set a reminder that it’s time to study/review your material.

Duolingo// Free// Duolingo is awesome. It is a free app where you can learn different languages on your smart device. I use mine to enhance and practice my Spanish. Now there are 23 languages you can learn, such as French, German, Danish, Vietnamese, Irish, and of course, English. You can learn a new language from the palm of your hand (and its a great time passer on the toilet 🚽 haha!)

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I’m not far into the progress because I haven’t used it in a while but it’s a fun app!

Venmo// Free// This app isn’t a study app but it is really useful in college. You link your debit card to your venmo account and you are able to transfer money to your friends with a push of a button. Be careful tho, make sure you are aware of how much money is in your account. But this app is really useful especially when you split purchases with your friends or housemates.

DaisyDisk// $9.99// If your computer is running out of space and you have no idea why, DaisyDisk can help you with that. Although it was $10 for the app, I immediately thought it was worth it when I started using it. This is an app for OS X that analyzes your hard disk drive and helps you easily clear unwanted things. I love it especially because it breaks down what’s in the “other” portion of your hard drive. I don’t know about you but that “other” section is the reason why my laptop space is full.

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Welcome to my hard drive disk! This is what the app looks like from the inside.

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♥ Clutch Prep // here

This website saved my arse in organic chemistry 1 and 2. It’s a free website you can sign up for that provides video guides that follow your college textbooks! They offer mostly science courses but also some math courses and accounting.

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♥ Cheap textbooks

↠ Bigwords.com // here

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My biggest tip for saving money in college is, DO NOT BUY BOOKS FROM YOUR CAMPUS BOOKSTORE!! Sorry campus bookstores but y’all overpriced. Going into college, my brother showed me this website. Copy and paste the ISBN of your textbook and this website will generate the cheapest option for you! If you want to rent the textbook, you can change the settings to find the cheapest rent option available for your book! Happy bargaining!

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↠ Abesbooks// here and Albris// here

These two websites often have coupon codes that work on textbooks! So make sure to check google for some coupon codes before ordering! Sometimes it’s not a lot but saving a little money is better than nothing.

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♥ Fun and easy way to make flyers/infographics/graphics

↠Canva.com// here

If you are in a club or in greek life, you may have to make flyers for events. This is where canva comes in handy. You can easily make a free account and start designing your flyer. Most of the designs are free but if you want a fancy design, you will have to pay for it.

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An example of a flyer I made for the Sexual Violence prevention club I was in!

♥ Cute desktop wallpapers

↠Design love fest // here

Dress up your tech using cute desktop wallpapers! Design love fest has some of the most aesthetically pleasing desktop wallpapers I’ve ever seen. New ones are constantly released, which allows m\e (and you) to change up our desktop background! Below are some of my favs with the artist’s name listed!

Zoe Wodarz // click here

 You by Katie // Click here

♥ Angela Mckay // Click here

I hope you discovered something new today! Always keep learning new things and keep that noggin updated with new information.

As always, thank you so so much for stopping by! Make sure to like this post and comment to let me know what other apps I should try! Have a beautiful day and don’t forget to shine bright, you’re beautiful ❤

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

 

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NEXT DESTINATION: LASH PARADISE // LETIFFANYSHOW

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I don’t know what it is about mascara packaging but they always claim extraordinary things. The before and after pictures make it look like your eyelashes will go from:

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↑↑↑I’d love it if my eyelashes ended up like that! ↑↑↑

Recently, I’ve seen reviews for the L’OREAL Voluminous Lash Paradise around YouTube and the interwebs. After seeing their results, I knew I had to try it out myself. But the struggle was real! This mascara was sold out at every Target/ulta near me but I finally found it at a random Target in Henderson, NV.

FINALLY.

They only had the waterproof version so today, I will be reviewing the L’OREAL Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara! You can get it for about $8.99 to $9.99 depending where you purchase it. I got mine for $8.99 at Target!

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Look at this pretty pink packaging! Love it!

The waterproof version comes in two shades:

  • Black
  • Blackest black

L’oreal describes this mascara as voluptuous volume, intense length, full lash fringe, and feathery soft.  There are 200+ bristles to catch every lash for a dramatic volumizing effect. There is also no flaking, no smudging, and no clumping.

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This mascara comes in black and blackest black! Buy it here!

A LITTLE BIO ABOUT MY LASHES

I have pretty stubborn lashes that don’t want to keep curled. They’ll curl and then a few hours later, back to no curl. They’re also very short so without mascara, you can’t even tell I have eyelashes!

HOW I USE IT

I curl my eyelashes using my Muji eyelash curler. Then I apply one coat of mascara onto my lashes! I start from the base of my eyelashes and work my way up in a zigzag motion. (I hope that makes sense). I add a few more coats until I am satisfied about how my eyelashes look.

FIRST IMPRESSION

I am using the color blackest black. This is a wet formula. But for me, the wet formula makes it so much easier to apply to my lashes. It dries fairly quick – quicker than most of my mascaras. When I blinked, the mascara didn’t transfer onto my undereyes.

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YIKES! Welcome to my face! Here’s a close up of how the mascara looks on my eyelashes.

Smell: yes–floraly smell. I’m not a very big fan of the smell. I don’t understand why they put scents on things that go on your eye.

Length (✓): DAMN. SON. There was definitely a change in length.

Volume (✓): I loved the volume it gave my lashes!

Feathery Soft (✓): It is very lightweight and stays on all day.

No flaking (✓)

No smudging (✓): I yawn a lot throughout the day and my eyes get watery. Mascaras usually start smudging and then I get these dark smudges under my eyes. This mascara didn’t do that! I yawned all I wanted and nothing. YAY.

No clumping (✓): It did not clump like some of my other mascaras. Easy application and no mess!

After long hours of wearing this mascara, my eyelashes were still curled and in place. Removal is kind of a pain but it is waterproof. Just use some eye makeup remover and you should be fine!

This is definitely a drugstore mascara worth trying. Have you gotten your hands on this mascara? Let me know what you think!

and…leave a comment below of… your favorite mascara!

As always, thank you so so much for stopping by! Like, comment, stay around if you’d like! Subscribe to my blog and I’ll see you guys next week!

Shine bright, peace out.✌

 

❤ , TIFF

 

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The fine print that no one reads aka the disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I used my own money to buy this product. OH and these links are non-affiliated. I just want to make it easier for my readers to see the products I’m talking about. 🙂 ❤


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