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Weekly Wishes!


It’s Monday, y’all, the most magical day of the week! I’m not being sarcastic either! I love Melyssa’s Weekly Wishes link-up so much that it has literally turned Monday’s into a giant pep rally for my week, and it usually gets me pumped to take on the day/week.

Ok, let’s get started, shall we?

Last week my goals were:

Get back into the swing of school and set the stage for a balanced life.

Ok, so this is a definite work in progress. I did make an effort to be sans electronics and spend more time with people and the like, AND I even got a massage AND a body wrap….hmmm, ok maybe I rocked this one more than I thought. I did work out my 5 times week and kept the blog going all the while doing my required reading for my classes that are STARTING ON WEDNESDAY,  which I think I may pass out from that fact. Ok, in retrospect, I nailed it. However, it is a slippery slope for me and I’ll have to be vigilant otherwise I’ll disappear into the library and never be heard from again.

Wanna know a fun fact? While you are reading this I am in my NEW home and heading off to meet my department at the first meeting of the semester, HOW COOL IS THAT?! I’m also probably psyching myself up in my car for all the new people that I’m going to meet, because if I’m totally honest I am so nervous about everything. Which brings me to my weekly goal of:

Don’t get kicked out of/be late to any graduate school classes.

I don’t know what it is about first days, but everything that can go wrong seems to. I’m not trying to be a Negative Nancy about this, but it’s the truth! It’s gotten so bad that I don’t even get mad about it anymore and I’m usually laughing at myself by the end of the day, because my first days are always a comedy of errors. My first foray into graduate classes was when I took a class right after I got my BA to see if I wanted to follow the path I was going down, and all I have to say is that the first day was straight out of Legally Blonde. I couldn’t find the class, burst into the room, got hit by the door as it was closing and almost had to leave the class all in 5 min. There almost weren’t enough seats and someone even suggested that maybe the class was overbooked by a mistake and that it should be a first-come-first serve thing. NOT EVEN KIDDING.



My first week or so of class was something like this moment in Legally Blonde, and yes we are totally referencing Elle Woods for this story.

On top of my first day woes the culture of the class was completely foreign to me and nobody took me the least bit serious for the first week or so. I felt like I was in over my head and was sinking FAST because I could never manage to get a word in edgewise. I felt intimated because I had just switched to 19th century American history after nearly 3 years of studying Soviet military history/Post-Revolutionary Mexican history…talk about a change! Luckily, I knew the professor and he told me to “Pull it together, Turpin, and show ‘em what you’re made of.”



What I was like after winning a debate the next class and stunning everyone.

And show them I did. I didn’t care if they were rolling their eyes about the fact that I showed up with neon yellow nails to class or that they had caught me applying lip gloss in the hallway (since when was makeup a crime?!), it was game on and I wasn’t going to back down. I studied the material front to back and side-to-side, I could have recited passages from our reading in my sleep and I was NOT playing around anymore. I engaged in more than one heated debate during the semester and I made my point that I was a serious student not to be taken lightly just because I had a penchant for pink.

At the end of the course I had totally won the respect of my classmates who told me that I was a shoe-in for any graduate program that I was applying to, which was a surprise to me. You should have seen my face when they flat out told me that I was a great addition to the class and that they knew I was going to go far. It was a pretty validating moment to say the least. While the semester turned out great a part of me is still worried that I’ll be Elle Woods walking into yet another predicament that I have to prove myself out of.

But, if my idol Elle Woods has taught me anything it’s this, buttercup:



And on that note, I’m ready to, start learning, growing, and thriving in the new experience of graduate school.

Let’s see how I do!

  • http://www.besohappyblog.com/ Stephanie

    Good luck with your wishes this week. Sometimes I kind of miss grad school.

  • http://sometimesztakespictures.blogspot.com/ Z K

    Let’s just slow clap it out here…this sounds awesome! I’m sure you’ll get all these accomplished. I’m in the throes of undergrad (grumble grumble) and I have the same sorts of goals…like trying to get used to the commute again. Hooray.

  • http://susanneisme.blogspot.nl/ Susanne V.

    You go girl! Good way to show the other students you can do just as well as them, maybe even better. And I love your goals for this week.
    Good luck with your first classes! Mine start next week…

  • http://daisybisley.blogspot.co.uk/ Claire @DaisyBisley

    First off – loving that tee in the pic! as ZK says below, time for an epic slow clap! I love a good slow clap lol.
    Well done on last week, you did in fact nail it and awesomesauce with the Blogilates!
    I’m sure you’ll be fine at Grad school, first days are always nerve wracking, but you’ll get through it and have an awesome time. I totally envy your studious nature – I was rubbish, at high school especially, Uni was ok because it was focused, but with school if I didn’t like it I didnt try hard. So I ended up with amazing art/graphic communication grades, ok english grades and basically NO math grades – I walked out of my maths exam cos I realised I didn’t know anything. Luckily I now know my maths teachers were liers and I don’t infact need trigonomotry or pythagorus for anything!
    Anyhoo – you’ll smash it no worries!!
    p.s. I’m not sure I understand your school system over there, what’s grad school? Is it like a phd your’e doing?

  • Megan C. Stroup

    I hope your first day of school this year is better than your last, but it sounds like the year ended up pretty amazingly anyway! :) Best of luck!

  • http://clubnarwhal.blogspot.com/ Amy | Club Narwhal

    Woo, go you! What an empowering experience (and of course you would knock the socks off your colleagues)! You are totally off to a great start and I can’t wait to hear more stories about how you manhandle school :)

  • http://www.91dash.com/ Aukele @ 91dash

    Oh good luck lady! Graduate school is pretty daunting in more ways than one. Kudos to you my friend and I wish you all the luck in the world!!

  • http://www.kayliwanders.com/ Kayli Schattner

    Love the Elle Wood references throughout this post- a girl after my own heart! So, first things first, that is a GORGEOUS picture of you, lovely!!! Secondly, good luck with all things grad school- I know if anyone can kick its ass, it’s you!

  • http://amberburns.com/ Amber

    Love that you managed to get some Elle Woods greatness into this post! I’m sure that you are going to KILL this semester!! If anyone can some into grad school and work it out with a positive attitude and strong willingness to learn – IT’s you girl!! The fact that you’re walking into this ready to rock it out is a good sign for positive things to come. I can’t wait to read the post about how this was your best semester yet :) have an awesome week!

  • Lena Elise

    I believe in you! You wont get kicked out! Grad school needs bright and shinning individuals like yourself! :)

    This Lovely Little Day

  • http://www.thestyledunce.com/ Katie @ The Style Dunce

    Psh, you got this and that’s all I have to say. And you’ll look hot to boot.

  • Chantal

    You got this!!

  • http://www.tossingthescript.com/ Rachel Sedaker

    Good luck with your first day of class! First days are definitely nerve-wracking, but I think you’re off to a good start. Just remember it will be over before you know it. I hope it all goes well!

  • http://greenestacey.blogspot.com/ Stacey Greene

    A lot of my friends are starting class this week and I am super jealous! You will be amazing, good luck!!! Let us all know how it goes :D xo

  • Katelyn Howell

    LOVE your Legally Blonde references. I hope you have a great week!

  • http://www.chimerikal.com/ Erika

    Ah, this is… I can’t even.

    I almost want to record video responses so then you could just see my face reacting to your blog posts.

    For now, my creepalicious picture from Rachel will have to do as I try to compose myself enough to write a cohesive response.


    Okay, I just loved this. First and foremost because Legally Blonde is one of my all-time favorite films forever and ever and I don’t care who knows it! I just love Elle Woods’ character and I love that she shows that “intelligence” doesn’t come in only one form or package. So of course the references were awesome.

    Two — I super enjoyed the storytelling about your class, about being the underdog and proving yourself. :)

    Three — I am always late (usually a minute or two or a few seconds, sometimes longer though). :( I try not to be but it happens all the time. Sad face. And first days are no exception — actually those are usually worse. So I at least feel you a little bit on that!!! :)

    yayyyy I LOVE THIS BLOG

  • http://cat-onthewall.blogspot.com/ Cat – On the Wall

    Luckily, if you’re like Elle Woods, you are awesome, because Elle Woods was/is awesome and could basically do anything. Just channel her and you will be unstoppable, basically. You can do it!

  • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Rachel

    Good luck with all of your goals! I don’t see how anyone could kick you out of a class. ;)

  • http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com/ Rachel

    Good luck with all of your goals! I don’t see how anyone could kick you out of a class. ;)

  • http://www.itbritt.com/ Itbritt

    Thats awesome! Congratulations!
    I am so excited for you.

  • Cole Nemeth

    Such a great Weekly Wish post! I love that you compared it with Legally Blonde because I love that movie :)

    Even though I’m not a bright, colourful and make-up wearing student I’ve been terrified of starting school this year and worrying that I won’t be taken seriously at all. I’ve been having nightmares about my first of school going the way you described.
    But this post was very inspiring, and I love that you were able to keep a level head and prove to everyone that you’re much more than they first thought. Way to go! And I’m sure this year will go by a lot smoother. Good luck!

  • http://jackiejade.blogspot.com/ jackie jade

    good luck – first days can be so intimidating! my first day of law school i was a few minutes late to class and had to awkwardly shuffle down the middle of a row for the only seat. ugh. what a start!
    — jackie @ jade and oak

  • http://jackiejade.blogspot.com/ jackie jade

    good luck – first days can be so intimidating! my first day of law school i was a few minutes late to class and had to awkwardly shuffle down the middle of a row for the only seat. ugh. what a start!
    — jackie @ jade and oak

  • Vivienne Z

    Such a fun post! I hope you had a great beginning at college, and that you Didn’t pull an Elle Woods this time ;) I hope we’ll hear more fun and inspiring stories from college, now that you’ve started again :)