Weekend in My Life: Own The Dome

Thdome wikimediais past weekend I made the trip to Syracuse University and attended an accepted students event called Own The Dome. I know a lot of schools have accepted students events, but this one is unique; we slept in the Carrier Dome. That’s right, the same turf that SU’s football and lacrosse players own for games was my bed for the night on Sunday.
My life isn’t THAT interesting, but this weekend totally was, so here’s the play-by-play.

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Sunday:

IMG_4125I met up with some friends I made through the Facebook page for the class of 2021 and our Groupme for Newhouse (The specific college at SU we are all in) at Destiny USA. If you’re ever in Syracuse, Destiny is the one place you HAVE to go to. It’s the mall in Syracuse and it’s HUGE. It literally has everything except a Vineyard Vines. The whole bottom floor is full of outlets, there’s restaurants, a movie theater, and a whole jungle play area with what I’m pretty sure was a ropes course. 10/10 recommend.

Check-in for Own the Dome began at five; this is when the real fun started. The concept
of  hundreds of 17 and 18-year-olds sleeping in a sports arena sounds a little weird, but the organizers of the event have it all down to a science. In the upper level of the Dome where, during a sporting event you would get concessions and stuff, we went through multiple steps to check in. Security guards checked our bags like they would at the airport, then all of our stuff was put into trash bags and we were given a ticket so we could get it back later that night. They then gave us our Own The Dome T-shirts and had us put them on. After that, the night began.

51286584159__2315C56C-72A9-4C6E-B521-4D52B93D9E4AWe were ushered into the stands to watch the marching band and cheerleaders perform. Then a few people made some speeches and told us that “Tonight YOU OWN THE DOME.” When they were done, we made our way to the turf (Which is much softer than high school turf) and began the activities.

We were put into groups named after notable SU alumni; my group was Ted Koppel. In our groups we played some team building games then had a catered dinner from Dinosaur Bar-b-q. This is another 10/10 recommend if you’re ever in The Salt City.

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Next in the string of events were performances from student groups on campus. A hip-hop dance group performed, followed by an acapella group called “Main Squeeze” and a drama group that performed a scene from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

The hypnotist was the final act of the night. I could be super detailed about this, but I’ll just say if you ever get the chance to see a hypnotist, do it.

The night ended with free time to hang out with new friends and (maybe) sleep.

Monday:

After three hours of sleep I went back to my parents hotel and got ready for the day. Here’s what it entailed:

We started in the Schine Student Center where the Dean of Admissions spoke to all of the accepted students and their families about what makes SU so special and great. The marching band and Main Squeeze performed again and we were sent off into groups based on our chosen program.

I, along with all of my fellow Newhouse students, made our way to the Newhouse Building where we were divided based on our chose major. We got a tour of all three Newhouse buildings (they’re connected), then got a ton of information about what our next four years hold from the Department chair of the Broadcast and Digital Journalism program. From here, we went to a Q+A with current Newhouse students while our parents went to a different Q+A.

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After a brief photo-op, we made our way back to The Dome for lunch. There was an activity fair in there as well where I got a bunch of free stuff, including a stress ball in the shape of an orange, and information about clubs and organizations that interested me.

Then came the final activity of the day: the residence hall tours. I toured Day Hall which is one of two dorms on “The Mount.” They call it this because it’s the second highest point in Onondaga county. There’s a bazillion stairs you have to climb to get to or from these two dorms — luckily they had a bus for us.

While going off of three hours of sleep wasn’t the easiest thing, from beginning to end, this trip made me even more excited to start my time at Syracuse University.

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I know this post wasn’t the most interesting thing you’ve ever read, but after such a great weekend, I had to share. Check out some of my other posts about Syracuse here.

Share your experience visiting either your chosen college or possible colleges in the comments below!


XOXO Anna

Top Five Friday | #4

Welcome back, friends! This week has been hectic to say the least, (Which is why this Top Five Friday is on a Tuesday) so my Top Five Friday this week was inspired by the chaos. Read on to find my top five ways to stay organized, even when everything is crazy.

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Use a planner and a calendar

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I think this is the easiest way to stay organized. Personally, I’m a very visual person and writing everything down in different colors helps me to not get bogged down by everything I have to do. With every task, assignment, and appointment swirling around in your head, who wouldn’t get overwhelmed or stressed out? Writing everything down on paper is an easy way to manage your time and stress. I also like to keep my whiteboard calendar updated. This is another visual way to keep everything together. I use different colors for different things and hang it above my desk.

I recently watched a video from Danielle Marie Carolan who suggested sitting down every sunday and planning out your week. I tried that this week and while I didn’t always stick to my plan, it truly did help. So shoutout to Danielle for having an awesome idea!

Make lists

Maybe I’m a little extra, but I love making lists in addition to using my planner. If there’s a large task I need to complete, I make a list of smaller steps to complete. For me, this is a great way to keep big, overwhelming things low stress.

Another thing I do, thanks to a professor I had last semester, is to prioritize. In my planner, every day I mark three things that HAVE TO get done. This is a great way to stay productive and manage your time.

Keep things clean

I don’t know about you, but when my room is a mess, I’m even more stressed out. Keeping everything clean can help to keep your mind clear as well. Taking ten minutes to tidy things up can help you to get in the right frame of mind to tackle everything else that needs done

Keep a healthy lifestyle

When you don’t eat healthy or stick to the right habits, you can easily become tired or fatigued. I’m a big fan of naps, but I tend to take three hour naps, which don’t help when I have a ton of stuff to do. Eating healthy, exercising, and getting enough sleep are an easy way to boost productivity. I know it sounds simple and it’s what we’ve learned since elementary school, but it truly does work.

Step back, take a deep breath

Last, but not least, when you’re completely overwhelmed, don’t shut down. Step back, take a deep breath, and go back to my second tip and make a list.


Check out my other Top Five Friday posts here, here, and here. How do you stay organized and sane during busy times? I want new methods to try 🙂


XOXO Anna

Top Five Friday | #3

Hello lovelies! I asked you on Twitter what you wanted today’s post to be about and you voted for my top five favorite skincare products. Not following me? Click here, and you can fix that.  Without further ado, here they are. (This is not a sponsored post so my review is an honest opinion)

Liquid Neutrogena

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This is the first thing I use to take off my makeup every day. It comes in a bottle with a pump making it easy to pump a little onto your hand and easily wash all of your makeup off. I’ve never been a huge fan of washing my face because it’s a lot of work. This product makes it quick and easy to really wash my face and keep my skin clear and healthy.

Garnier Miscellar Cleansing Water

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I use this product to take off all of my eye makeup. When miscellar water was first being advertised, I was skeptical, but knew it was something I wanted to try. I’m all for an easy way to remove makeup that still shows results. This is definitely one of those products which I 10/10 recommend.

Palmer’s Night Cream

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I have really dry skin so lotion is really important. This is a really thick night cream that I can feel working as soon as I put it on my face. I wake up every morning with noticeably softer skin too which makes me a firm believer in its effects.

Estee Lauder Eye Cream

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This is another product that I use at night. Due to allergies I have bags under my eyes 24/7. I know this product won’t get rid of them, but at least I can keep the area moisturized. If you know of any easy solutions to under eye bags from allergies, hmu here.

Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer

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This is the only skincare product aside from my makeup that I use in the morning. Like I said, I have dry skin so moisturizer is really important. This lotion also has sun protection which is always a good idea.


I know this was super short, but I like to keep Top Five Fridays short and simple. If you would like to know more about my skincare or makeup routine, leave a suggestion in the comments! Have a safe, but rockin’ weekend friends!

XOXO Anna

The College Convo: Prep Edition

The last months of high school are in full swing for all the seniors out there. Congratulations to all of you on all of your future endeavors. To those of you admitted to a college, these last five months before move-in day, if you’re like me, are excruciating. Personally, I can’t wait until move-in day and the start of my college career.

Even though there’s five months until the next chapter of our lives begins, there are some things you can do now to prepare.

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