Friday, July 6, 2018

Monthly Favorites- June

Is there anyone else out there that believes June only lasted about 10 days? It's hard to complain though, July is my birthday month! :) However, before we settle into July, here are my favorite things from the past month (aka... the 10 days of June).

1. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery App Game- 
Have I mentioned how obsessed I am with Harry Potter? Anyone who knows me can tell you that HP is my favorite book series of all time and Harry Potter World in Universal is my happy place.  No Shame. With that being said, I've been playing the new HP game and so far, I have very few complaints. The story is set a few years before Harry enters Hogwarts, so it's a cool twist on what happens at Hogwarts before the book series picks up. Definitely start playing this game if you are a HP nerd like me! Just try not to get too annoyed at how long it takes for your energy to replenish...

2. Gilmore Girls-
If you have never watched Gilmore Girls, shame on you. I'll admit, I was late watching this show myself. I didn't start watching until several years after it was over, but I'm so glad I did. I've been rewatching my favorite seasons (Rory's college years) over the past few weeks. The best reasons to watch Gilmore Girls: witty banter and Logan Huntzberger. My mom has never seen it, so this has been our recent show to watch together. It's fun to spot all the similarities between my mom and I and Rory and Lorelai Gilmore. Just watch it... trust me.

3. The Incredibles 2
FINALLY. That's really all there is to say about that. The world has been waiting on a sequel for 14 years and the wait is finally over. I saw this at the drive in theater and enjoyed it immensely. Although fairly predictable, it was fun to see after waiting for so many years. Jack-Jack was the greatest!!! Jack-Jack vs the Raccoon... lol

4. Law School Events
One of the schools I've been accepted to had a "Money, Music, and BBQ" event for the incoming class. There was a financial aid meeting in the law building with tons of information about financing law school, followed by a lunch held at a local BBQ restaurant. It was an awesome opportunity to connect with fellow students and talk with a few 2Ls and 3Ls. I really enjoyed getting to know/meet some of the people in the same section as me and I think this will make starting in the fall a lot easier!
(More information about my law school decision here.)

5. The Devil in the White City
This is the book I'm currently reading and it's wonderful! The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is about the 1893 World's Colombian Exposition in Chicago from the perspective of the designers and about the famous serial killer, H.H. Holmes, during this time. It's been a goal of mine to read all of the books on the Rory Gilmore reading list- all the books Rory reads/references in the show Gilmore Girls (300+ books)! I am nowhere near finishing the challenge, but this is a good book to mark off the list!

Hope you all had a great 4th of July!

Hannah 💓

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Monthly Favorites- May

May has been a crazy busy month, but I've managed to find a few favorite things within the chaos. Enjoy!

1. May 4th
Yup, I'm one of those people... May the 4th be with you!!! As a huge Star Wars fan, this is probably one of my favorite weird days of the year. I celebrated by having a Star Wars marathon and preparing for the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Which leads me to the next item on the list...

 2. Solo: A Star Wars Story
I was terrified I would be disappointed with this movie, but... I LOVED it! I thought Alden Ehrenreich did a wonderful job portraying a young Han Solo. The movie was full of clever, little tie ins and explanations for things in the other Star Wars movies. Also, Emilia Clarke is one of my favorite human beings and actresses out there, so I was super excited about her role in this movie. I can't wait to see how this story continues to impact future Star Wars movies.

3. Volleyball
I am so glad it's beach volleyball season! This is my favorite sport to play and I wait all winter to get back in the sand. My friends and I play a lot of doubles and fours for fun, but there are also several leagues to join and tournaments to play in around the area.

4. PuraVida Bracelets
I've seen a lot of people wearing these, but I've never been a huge bracelet fan. These have made me change my mind. After buying a couple to try out, I've now bought several more bracelets, an anklet, and signed up for the monthly club- which sends you new bracelets each month. They are super easy to put on and there are so many colors and designs. Another cool thing- the items on sale are buy one get one free, so keep an eye out for cute stuff to go on sale! Also, PuraVida frequently sends out coupon codes through email. Check out PuraVida here!

5. Yard Sales
It's May, so you know what that means... yard sale season! My mom and I have always enjoyed going to yard sales and we've managed to catch several good ones over the past couple weeks. They are an awesome way to find cheap home decor- I found and bought a new, 24 piece set of dishes for $7. I highly encourage setting out early to seek out these sales- you never know what you will find!

What are your current favorites? Leave a comment below or send me a message!

Hannah 💚

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Monthly Favorites- April

Hi everyone! I hope you all are enjoying spring and taking advantage of the warm weather. It took forever to get here! I know it has been a while since my last post, April definitely got away from me. With that being said... it's time for my monthly favorites!

1. University of South Carolina School of Law-
Back at the beginning of April, I had the opportunity to visit Columbia, SC and tour the law school at the University of South Carolina. This is one of the schools that I am on the wait list for, so I really wanted to visit the campus and meet with the admissions office. I was not disappointed... I absolutely LOVE this school! I am so glad I took the time to visit. On the flip side, I'm going to be super sad if I don't get in... especially now that I know what I'd be missing!

2. Wicked- 
For those of you who have read my About Me page, you know how much I love Broadway plays! Wicked was actually the first one I saw back in 2014, so I was super excited that the National Tour was coming back around. Going to the theater has become a special thing for my mom and I to do together. Over the past few years, we have seen 3 or 4 major plays and added another to our list with Wicked. My mom hadn't seen it previously, so I was super excited for her to experience it. I had really high expectations after seeing it a few years ago and it was just as wonderful the second time around! Wicked is the very clever and unique story about the wicked witch from The Wizard of Oz. Even if you have no interest in musicals or theater, I encourage you to go see it! You will not regret it!

3. Taco Garage-
Okay, this is not really an April favorite, but an everyday, all the time favorite. I'm obsessed. Taco Garage is a new restaurant that recently opened in my town a few months ago. My mom and I have this thing about trying a new restaurant each month and this was our pick for January. They obviously sell tacos, but have other items like Mexicali fries, enchiladas, and the best salsa! I cannot even count how many times I have eaten there since that first visit. I even had it three times in one week! 😋 I'm in love with their chicken tacos and their salsa is now my favorite from anywhere. Hmmm... it is Cinco de Mayo, I wonder what's for dinner...

4. Blueberry Yogurt Pretzels-
I got these for the first time while I was in South Carolina. I went by the Fresh Market to grab some snacks and found them among the barreled goodies up front. I love the bag of White Fudge Flipz you can get anywhere, but there is something fun about getting things out of the Fresh Market barrels. As weird as they sound, these pretzels are the bomb!

5. The Royals Series- Erin Watt
I love to read and this was a cool book series I listened to on Audible. The plot was not at all what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed the story line and the narrators did a great job. In short, these books are about a girl living on her own after her mother dies and the processing of her unwillingly going to live with a wealthy family she’s never met. Be prepared for a lot of twists! I have a goal of reading 25 books this year, so that's three more down!

Law School Update Coming Soon... Happy Reading!

Hannah 💜

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Monthly Favorites- March

Happy last day of March! As we kick off April tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to post about my favorite things/obsessions over the past few weeks. They are...

1. For the People- As previously stated in my About Me page, I watch way too many TV shows. I am all about legal dramas and after only three episodes, I am already loving this one! For those of you who haven't watched it, it follows six attorneys working at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. If I didn't already want to be an attorney, this show would have convinced me. Watching each character face each other and win cases is super inspiring. I would love to know how realistic this show actually is. It's also produced by Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. If you love any of these shows, definitely check out For the People.

2. New Girl- How am I just now watching this show?! I starting watching New Girl on Netflix about three weeks ago and I'm almost caught up (5 seasons!)- I'm obsessed. It is super easy to binge watch, I end up watching multiple episodes and losing track of time. I think Nick is my favorite character because of his personality and the fact that he passed the Bar Exam even after dropping out of law school. WHAT A BOSS. Also, I love watching the roommates play True American- the crazy “rules” of the game are hilarious. Shout out to the friends that made me start watching New Girl!

3. Design Home App- What can I say about this app... it makes me wish I had a huge house and enough money to fill it with designer furniture. Design Home is super popular right now and if you haven't heard of it, get on the bandwagon. This app features houses in varies locations and styles to decorate for different events or situations. Users vote on the best design and you get rewards for different ratings. It's basically a good way for you to feel bad about your current decor. While out shopping, my mom and I have recently developed the habit of pointing out stuff to put in our design homes. On the plus side, it has given me some really good ideas for my new apartment when I move to law school. 

4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation- Speaking of shopping, while in a department store with my mom, we visited the makeup/perfume counters. There was a girl at the Clinique counter that had FLAWLESS foundation on and I could not stop looking at it- I was totally creepin. Anyway, she told me it was Double Wear by Estee Lauder and I ended up trying it on and getting a 10 day free sample! So far, I'm impressed. It stays on the whole day and has really good coverage. I'm considering buying it, even though its $42!

5. Checking my Application Status- Waiting to hear back from admissions offices is not a fun experience. Your whole future is in the hands of people that have hundreds of applications to sift through and expect you to stand out. I don't know if I am grateful to have the ability to check my status online- it's become a nervous habit. I will be super thankful when this whole process is over and I have received answers from each school. At least then, I'll only have to worry about my waitlist schools...

What have been some of your favorite things recently? Let me know! Happy Easter!

Hannah 💙

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Waiting Game

So, it is currently the last week in March... there are only four months left to panic about starting law school! To start this whole process, I took the LSAT in September 2017 during my last semester of undergrad and then again in December. I improved my score, but both were average/slightly above average... no Harvard or Yale for me (hats off to Elle Woods). I swear by my LSAT study books, but I think trying to focus on the LSAT while still in school hurt me. If possible, I would definitely recommend taking the LSAT in June to have complete focus. 

A little more about undergrad... it was not my finest moment (or years). High school came easy to me and was full of honors and AP classes. Fast forward to college and even though it wasn't difficult, I had no idea what to study. It took several years for me to discover my love of law. I changed my major so many times that I was killing my GPA and ended up taking time off after three semesters.

About two years later, I re-enrolled as a political science major. I had finally found something that made me want to try and succeed! What I didn't factor in was how difficult it was going to be to bring my GPA up to a respectable number. Four semesters later and graduation was in sight!  I managed to bring my GPA up by .6 and although it isn't a "law school" GPA, I am proud of the progress I made after digging myself into a very deep hole. 

Why did I tell you all this? I think it is important to realize that not all successful law students have a 4.0 and a 170 something LSAT score. It is possible to get into law school without having a stellar undergrad record or 90th percentile LSAT score. Not going to a T14 law school does not mean you will be unprepared to pass the bar or have limited opportunities. With a little effort and dedication, law school is a realistic goal! Don't get discouraged!

I waited until I graduated in December to start applying. I don’t really have a dream law school (other than a couple I have ZERO chance of getting into), so I sent out several applications based on location, specializations, and tuition costs. Can I just say what a lifesaver a fee waiver is?! 

Here are my results in order of response:
1. Out of State School/Where Parents are Moving- Denied (that sucked as a first response)
2. Out of State Private School/Lower Preference- Accepted, 75% Tuition Scholarship
3. School in NY- Accepted, 50% Tuition Scholarship
4. Out of State School/Specialization Interest- Waitlisted
5. School in NY- Waitlisted
6. Waiting for Response
7. Waiting for Response
8. Waiting for Response
9. Waiting for Response

Now I am just playing the waiting game...
Hopefully I will hear back soon and the decision making will begin!

Hannah 💛