Wednesday, November 14, 2018

How to Get into the Grad School of Your Dreams!

Hey cupcakes! As I said in my latest rant post, I recently got accepted into my master of accounting grad program. I know that some of my readers are younger than me and might be thinking about applying/going to grad school as well, so I thought I would share my tips and tricks since I just went through the application process. Let's jump right into it!

1. Have a budget in mind - I know this might sound crazy, but grad school is usually more expensive than undergrad... Having a budget in mind before you even start looking at programs might be a good idea! Especially if you are looking for out of state schools, it is nice to know upfront how much more it will cost you (and if you are able to even take out that many loans!).

2. Visiting/touring grad schools is just as important an undergrad - Your gut has a nice instinct, so trust it when you are on campus! A lot of websites can make it seem like the school is amazing, but that might not be the reality. I definitely suggest visiting where you think you want to go just to get a feel of the campus and the town/city it is located in.

3. Pick somewhere you want to end up - If you don't plan on staying in Idaho, then don't go to grad school there! You will make so many connections at the grad school you choose, so try to plan accordingly!

4. Have a strong letter of recommendation(s) - Some applications will ask for a certain person to write it, but if not, pick someone that knows all about you! While you may be tempted to have your boss or professor write it, make sure they actually know you on a professional and personal level and can write a strong letter that isn't just a paragraph long. :)

5. Consider financial aid opportunities! - When looking at schools, make sure they offer good financial aid or other ways that will help you pay for your higher education (like teaching assistant positions, research grants, etc.). Again, grad school is pricey and a school with lots of aid opportunities is definitely a win win!

6. Think outside of the box for your essays - Don't write about something boring or something typical. Let the essays reflect you and your personality (just make sure it makes sense and uses correct grammar please).

7. Have a back up plan - Apply to at least one safety school just is case :)

8. Stay positive! - Even if your test scores aren't as high as you'd like or your GPA got lowered by a difficult class, stay positive throughout your grad application process! You are AWESOME and will get into a school... If it isn't your first choice then it just wasn't meant to be <3

What are your tips for applying to grad school? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Monday, November 12, 2018

Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Release date: August 15th, 2018

Rating: PG-13

Hey cupcakes! My campus recently put on a free screening of Crazy Rich Asians, so of course my friends and I had to go :) I had heard nothing but good things about the film, but I still didn't know what to expect...Would the movie be the typical rom-com/chick flick with predictable plots and characters? NAH - I thought it was a great movie!

First, the characters are actually well developed (which is honestly a feat for the rom-com/chick flick genre haha). And I'm not just talking about the main couple; there were so many great secondary roles that had some nice character development too. I think the awesome cast of actors and actresses helped with this also!

I was worried that the plot would be predictable because the name of the movie and even the trailer give away the major storyline... But, it was an emotional rollercoaster! The love story felt so real and relatable even with this outrageous idea that their family is uber rich (which is not that relatable for many/all of us). Plus, THERE WERE SO MANY GREAT PLOT TWISTS! I also think the addition of some subplots with the secondary characters also added to the overall story of the film. :)

As much as it was emotional/heart-warming, it was also hilarious!!! I was laughing SO hard at times, and it was a great addition to the rom-com feel of the film. The costumes and scenery were just gorgeous throughout the whole movie (ummm the wedding scene was just over the top extra and I loved it), and the soundtrack was also filled with some bopping bops.

Overall, I would watch this movie again in a heartbeat. If I was having a bad day, this would cheer me up. If I needed a good cry, this would do the trick. And if I wanted to laugh for hours - Crazy Rich Asians! ;) I'd definitely recommend! ALSO, the sequel is coming out in June 2019, and I'm here for it!

What did you like about Crazy Rich Asians? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Friday, November 9, 2018

My College Nighttime Routine :)

Hey cupcakes! Back in September I did a Morning Routine post here on The Chic Cupcake. As you all seemed interested in seeing how I get ready in the morning, I also thought you might think it interesting to see how I wind down for the night. :) Let's get right into it!

I'm usually back to my dorm at around 7 or 8 PM each night (sometimes earlier). As I enjoy being productive during the day, I normally only have a little more studying/homework to do.

At around 10 o'clock (after I have finished my work), it is time for my daily shower! I grab my pjs and shower caddy before waddling down the hall in my lovely shower shoes... (Remember these beauties when you were in college? :P )

My shower routine is pretty simple:

1. Shampoo - Paul Mitchell Tea Tree 
2. Soap - Yardley Almond and Oatmeal
3. Face wash - Proactiv 

If I am feeling it (which I normally never am haha), I will shave my armpits and/or legs with my stainless steel safety razor (YAY SUSTAINABILITY!). If you are interested to see what razor I use or how I shave with it, check out my whole post about it here

After toweling off, I apply my DIY apple cider vinegar toner on my face using a washcloth. This toner has honestly been a lifesaver for my skin, so I recommend making it too! :) I then squeak my way down the hallway back to my room. 

To enjoy the rest of my night, I usually catch up on the latest Food Network episodes or watch some YouTube videos. Some of my fav Food Network shows currently:

-Holiday Baking Championship
-Christmas Cookie Challenge
-Guy's Grocery Games
-The Pioneer Woman (she is vastly underrated, let me tell you why!)

If I'm feeling extra productive I might even go on Bloglovin' to see what my fellow bloggers are up to! When my eyes start to feel tired, I brush my teeth (electric toothbrush and Tom's of Maine toothpaste). 

The very last thing I do before heading to bed is set my alarm for 6:45 AM.... Which is when my Morning Routine will start again! ;) 

What does your nighttime routine look like? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Why I'm SO Over Senior Year

Hey cupcakes! As some of you may know, I am a senior in college this year... And I am ALREADY so sick of this year (and it is only November). I just want to be done with my undergrad; graduation in May could not come faster.

First, I recently got accepted into my master of accounting program! It is at the same school I am currently at, which means I will get to experience another year here. I am starting to get sick of the same all-girls dorm I have lived in all four years.... I still love this building and the people in it (don't get me wrong), but I will be living in a 2 bedroom apartment off-campus next year with my best friend.... So I am so excited for next year!

I also have a full-time job lined up with PwC that I will start after this program - September 2020 I will be entering the work force for my first real position! :D The fact that I already have this is making my motivation to study as hard as usual extremely difficult... I'm just ready to become an adult!

I am also getting really sick of living in the same room as someone. Sure my roommate could be worse, but she also could be better. Haha - I basically wrote My Tips & Tricks for Dealing with a Less-than-Ideal Roommate about her, so I am just ready to live by myself. As you all know, I lived in a studio apartment last summer while I did my internship, and because I will also be doing that same thing this summer I am just ready to have my own space.

I'm also honestly over the whole "college" experience - the parties, drunk people, hook-up culture, etc. My roommate still gets completely wasted sometimes for "fun", and I just don't see the benefit especially since we are old enough to have real jobs. I think I'm in a place in my life where I am ready to move on from college, and I'm excited to see what the future has in store.

I hope this post doesn't seem like a bunch of whining to you all, but I just wanted to share where my head is at currently. :) Hopefully you all understand where I am coming from - let me know if you experienced the same thing during your senior year of college!  Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3

Monday, November 5, 2018

Fashion: My Favorite Burnt Orange Pieces

Hey cupcakes! In the fall-time I absolutely love to wearing burgundy and burnt orange. I think these colors are essential to have in your autumn wardrobe, so I thought I would share some of the cutest burnt orange pieces I have seen on the market. :) Let's jump right into it!

~Solid Pullover Sweater (Romwe, $15): This sweater is so perfect for fall; I can just imagine styling it with some denim and knee-high boots!

~Orange Romper (Forever21, $20): Ahhhhh this is such a cute romper! I love how it has buckles and resembles overalls... So adorable!

~Dr. Martens (Zappos, $140): I have always been a big fan of buying colored boots (instead of the typical black or brown), and I absolutely love the color of these! These definitely should be added to my list of My Fave Fall Booties :)

~Chiffon Blouse (H&M, $18): I'm a business student which is probably why I was drawn to this shirt (always looking for new work clothes haha), but I think it would be super cute layered with a nice fall jacket....

~Orange Tie Pants (Windsor, $25): Ugh, I am in love with these pants! I think they would be so fun to style and make a great transition piece into fall.

What are your favorite fall orange pieces? Comment below and don't forget to follow The Chic Cupcake to never miss a post!

Jenna <3
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