Tuesday, February 25, 2020

MY LSAT HORROR STORY

I climbed up the 12 steep stairs in my little townhouse, and waved goodnight to my friends at 9:30 pm on Friday, February 21.

I closed my bedroom door and sat down at my brown desk. I pulled out my gallon Ziploc bag from my plastic container under my bed and I put in my four number two sharpened yellow pencils, my 250ml water bottle, my gold Michael Kors watch, my red pencil sharpener, my eraser, my LSAT admissions ticket, my snack bar and a pack of tissues.
I zipped the bag and put it on my cleared desk.

I went to my closet, grabbed my fuzzy purple robe and took a quick shower.
I gave myself a quick pep talk and reminded myself to be confident.
I did my skin care, and climbed into bed with my book, The English Patient before turning off the light promptly at 10:30 pm.
(I am trying to laugh about all of this now) 
J.Crew cheetah sweater | flare jeans from France (similar) | H&M black velour jacket (similar) | Tory Burch black Reva ballet flats | earrings from a boutique

1:56am, I jolted out of bed.
My sweet dream of spring break and basking in the sun in Mexico was halted by the ear piecing screech of the fire alarm. I threw on my robe, my purple slippers, plugged my ears and ran down the stairs. I grabbed my keys and laughed, walking out of the door, down the four flights of stairs with my suite mates and the rest of the sleeping dorm.

We climbed into Bella’s heated car and waited for the red firetruck with the Wake Forest flag on the back to pull in.

15 minutes later, we took the elevator back up to the 4th floor and I climbed into bed.
At 7 am my alarm went off. I put on my purple leggings, and workout clothes that I set out the night before. I put my good luck charm- my broken rosary in my pocket.
I danced to some music as I put my hair up in a pony tail as I answered texts wishing me good luck.
At 7:10 am, Zoe came in to wish me luck.

I brushed my teeth, had a bowl of oatmeal, and by 7:45 am, I was out of the door walking to my Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) at Wake Forest Law.
Some tears were forming in my eyes from my nerves, but also from the wind and the 21-degree temperature.

I was nervous, but confident. I had been preparing for the LSAT for over eight months, and I was so excited to be done.

I waited in line behind five other people, all anxious to sign into the testing room and start our test.
At 8:15, we were waiting. At 8:30, we were still waiting.

We couldn’t sign in until 8:45 am because the head computer was having difficulties.

Over the summer, the LSAT became a digital test. The Law School Admissions Council moved from a paper and pencil test to a Windows tablet. It would be faster, more efficient and modernized.

By 8:55 am we finally had our tablets. We were all sitting in our assigned seats in a big auditorium at Wake Forest Law.

A lot of rules were broken at this testing center.
Test takers around me had mechanical pencils, pens, and water bottles larger than the size of their Ziploc bags. There was even a test taker wearing a hood.
I was horrified. 

According to the LSAT admissions ticket and packet we were supposed to read: “You must bring to the LSAT test center the following: (1) your unsigned LSAT Admission Ticket that includes the photo that you uploaded through your LSAC.org account (you will provide your signature at the check-in table); (2) a physical, valid government-issued ID that is current (or has expired within 90 days of your test date) and contains a recent and recognizable photo; (3) three or four sharpened No. 2 or HB pencils with good erasers.”
“You may not bring into the test center or use any of the following: books, dictionaries, papers of any kind, rulers, mechanical pencils, mechanical erasers or erasers with sleeves, ink pens or felt-tip markers, briefcases, handbags, backpacks of any kind, or earplugs. Hats/hoods (except religious apparel) may not be worn on the head. Sunglasses may not be worn. If you bring prohibited nonelectronic items into the test center, you will be subject to the confiscation of such items by the room supervisor. An LSAT Violation of test center regulations incident will be recorded; (paper-and-pencil version only) a written LSAT Violation Notice may also be issued by test center staff and submitted to LSAC.”
I had followed the rules, but none of the proctors enforced them.

At 9 am we finally started. The first 35-minute section was really hard. 
A girl two rows in front of me had technical problems and her tablet had failed.

I was speeding through the questions and answering them to the best of my ability and to all the knowledge I had acquired over eight months.
At the end of the 35-minute section, our screens closed the section and took us back to the main page.

I looked up from my tablet and our proctors asked the large auditorium of 40 people, if we had finished the section. We unanimously answered yes.
The head proctor kind of laughed, and said, well thanks for letting us know, we had no idea because the head computer crashed.

She told us we couldn’t finish the test at the moment because the head computer had failed.
She told us to take a break, get up and walk around.

We did just that. We talked amongst each other and went to the bathroom.

The second the proctor spoke to us the test became invalid. The minute we went to the bathroom on a break that was not a regulated break, the test was invalid.
15 minutes later, we returned to our testing room and were told that the test was canceled due to technical failures.

I burst into tears.

This test is what I need to get into law school. The law schools I am applying to have end of March deadlines. I cannot afford to take a later test.

Dumbfounded and overwhelmed, I ran home, threw open the door to my apartment and burst into tears in Bella’s arms.
I immediately called my parents and my boyfriend, my LSAT tutor and friends.
They wrapped me in their arms and tried to console me as I told them I won’t be able to apply to law school now...

I am devastated. I am angry. I am frustrated. And I feel drained.
This is such nonsense and I did nothing wrong.

How dare they not have a paper test or a backup plan.
How dare they effect when I can go to law school.

Saturday afternoon, I received an email from the Law School Admissions Council apologizing for the technical difficulties, but with no answers.

“Dear LSAT Registrant:
On behalf of everyone at LSAC, I want to apologize for the unexpected problem we had at your test center today that prevented you from completing the LSAT. We recognize the inconvenience and stress this can cause and are working hard behind the scenes to provide you with options.
We will be in contact with you this Monday, February 24, to review those options. There is no action needed from you at this time."

Monday, February 24, I NEVER received an email.


To look on the bright side…
Clearly, I wasn’t meant to take the LSAT on Saturday.
I have the absolute best friends in the entire world.
My family is the best.
I feel so loved and supported by everyone in my life! I cannot even express in words how loved I feel. Before the test and after the test, with all this nonsense.
I am so lucky that I have all of you too!
I hope you enjoyed reading my story about a very traumatizing day… 
I am laughing about all of this nonsense now, because that is how I am keeping myself from crying.
I hope you all will keep your fingers and toes crossed that LSAC will make a make-up test for us to take within the next week, so I can fulfill my dream of going to law school.
More news to follow…
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Big Little Reveal 2020

Last Friday, Valentine’s Day, my little, grand little and I, welcomed a new member to our lineage!
Our lineage dressed up as rockers! And it was so fun!

Lauren, Taylor and I are so in LOVE with Grace!
I introduce my newest lineage member every year, so as per tradition, here is my great grand little:
Name: Grace
Home: Georgia
Major: Philosophy & Communications? 
Dream job: photographer
Dream vacation spot: Santorini, Greece
Favorite Food: lava cakes !!!
Favorite color: it switches but probably light pink!
Favorite animal: dolphins
Favorite outfit: mom jeans and a flowy top and cool sneakers or sandals or a maxi dress!!
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

My Valentine's Day Weekend

I had a really sweet Valentine’s Day.
I was surprised with flowers and a bottle of wine from Burgundy, France, the region that I studied abroad in last year, and a balloon from my boyfriend.

Valentine’s Day was also Big Little Reveal! Stay tuned, to see that blog post on Thursday.
My lineage and I welcomed a new member into our lineage, and we celebrated her all day.
We had dinner together and then went to a drag show organized by Wake’s Student Union.
It was so fun!
We then had sisterhood and I danced the night away with all of my Galentines.

Saturday morning, my Galentine’s and I had a little brunch at our apartment. I picked up bagels, which were quite disappointing. And we spilled some tea on the events from the night before.
My boyfriend and I celebrated Valentine’s Day on Saturday night.
We cracked open the bottle of wine from Burgundy before eating dinner at Spring House in downtown Winston. The restaurant is actually an old mansion. It is beautiful!
We had the lobster mac and cheese to start, and a delicious fresh bread plate. I had the seafood carbonara and a glass of pinot noir.
This might be my new favorite restaurant.
I wore my ASOS tweed dress, that you may recognize from Christmas. I paired it with my Jack Rogers boots (you can use my promo code: CBALIZ for 15% off at jackrogersusa.com) and my Kate Spade bag from Rent the Runway (you can use the code: RTRWAKEFOREST 25 for 25% off an Update or a one-time rental). 

This bag was the perfect little piece for Valentine’s Day!
I love the pop of color and the heart on it! It is so sweet. It is tiny, but it was able to hold my phone, lipstick and my cards.
I love that I can rent clothes monthly from Rent the Runway, so I always have something new to wear for special events!
I had a really nice weekend after a bit of a hectic week.
Hope everyone had a weekend full of love!
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Kappa Delta Date Function: Stoplight 2020

Everyone’s favorite Wake Forest Kappa Delta date function!

Stoplight is Kappa Delta’s annual crush party.
(2017 | 2018 | 2019)
Every sister gets two dates. You wear green if you are single, because a green light, means go. Yellow if it is complicated and red if you are taken...

I had some great dates! Joe has been my date for the past four years. One of my best friends! We had a really fun time together!!!
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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Spring 2020: Rent the Runway Campus Rep and PROMO CODE

I am so excited to announce that this semester I am a Rent the Runway campus rep at Wake Forest University.

I remember when Rent the Runway first started, I was in middle or high school. I loved the idea of renting fancy dresses for a special occasion! 
Now the brand has expanded so that women are able to rent all types of clothing pieces and accessories for every day wear.

You guys know I am a HUGE shopaholic!
But clothes are so expensive. I feel like my wardrobe has just about all the basics I could need, but every once in a while, I like a new piece to freshen things up.
I love the idea of renting new pieces just so I can have a wardrobe refresh each month.

Also, the fashion industry is the 2nd most wasteful industry on the planet. So instead of buying clothes, rent them!

I love that this company is made by women for women with its goal to empower them through fashion! 
I feel so confident when my outfit looks good. When I look good, I feel good.

I am so excited to be working with Rent the Runway!

Every month I will be showing you guys four new pieces that I pick out. I will also show you how I style them!

As a campus rep, I am also able to provide you guys with my promo code: RTRWAKEFOREST25 for 25% off an Update membership (originally $89 a month). This means you can get a monthly wardrobe refresh.
You get to select 4 pieces, from over 400+ brands, each month with free shipping and insurance!

OR
25% off any 4-8 day Reserve rental, which is a one-time rental.
Again, you can pick from 400+ brands, plus a free second style and free insurance!

I cannot wait for my four pieces to get here next week!
Stay tuned to my Instagram stories for an unboxing and pictures!
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

College Relationships Part 4: 3 Types of College Relationships at Wake Forest University

Every year, usually around Valentine’s Day, in the spirit of love, I share some enlightening information about college relationships. These definitions are all based on my own personal experiences and observations of being a student at Wake Forest University. Consider this your dating dictionary.
I have come to discover that there are three types of college relationships at Wake.

1.          Hookup
I’m talking about one-night stands. You meet at a party and go home together. It is usually a one- night thing, where you say “see you later” but it can turn into a consistent weekly hookup.

2.          Dating or a “thing”
You meet someone in class or at a party and you go on dates and go out to dinner and etc. The relationship is not defined. You flirt and text and have fun without the commitment. Dating can become an exclusive or long-term relationship.

3.          Exclusive or long-term
This comes usually after dating, where there is a conversation and the relationship is defined. You are in an exclusive, monogamous relationship and you are labeled as boyfriend and girlfriend.

I hope these definitions help with the complicated dating world at Wake Forest. 

This outfit is inspired by Amelia Liana. She loves leg slimming boots and skirts. She also has an amazing podcast about breakups and relationships called “What I Know Now.” You should give it a listen!


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Thursday, January 30, 2020

How to Meet New People and How to Make Friends

Sounds easy, but it is not.
This blog post is for all the newly accepted college freshman and for adults alike.
Making friends is hard!

I wanted to write this blog post, because as a second semester senior, I am amazed that I am still meeting new people and making new friends.
Wake only has 5,000 undergrad students, so you would think that I would know just about everyone in my class at least, but nope.

Here are some tips I have learned over the years:

1.          Always smile! Smile at people as you pass them on the walk to class. Smile at strangers. If you have a smile on your face, people are more likely to approach you!
2.          Say hi to everyone! On your walk to work or class, in the dining hall, in the elevator, make eye contact and say hi with a smile.
3.          Try new things! Go to a new workout class, take a new different class, try a new spot for lunch, join a new club. Do something new, so you can meet people that you wouldn’t normally have met otherwise.
4.          Sit next to someone new in the library or in class and give them a compliment or ask them about their day/the class! This is probably my favorite tip because I think it works the BEST!
5.          Go out and be social! Go to parties with friends, or to bars, and have your friends introduce you to other friends! Networking!

Hope these were some helpful ideas to help you meet new people and friends!
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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

“Me” Time

As I was writing my Instagram caption for yesterday’s post, it sparked the topic for this blog post.

J.Crew orange sweater | Madewell Taller jeans | Tory Burch cheetah Reva flats

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to say no to things that don’t make me happy. I am such a yes woman and it makes me miserable some of the time.
So, I’ve made a conscious effort to do more things that make me happy!

When I first started college I was so super focused on school that my only “fun” time was eating dinner with friends and on Friday afternoons, when I treated myself to tv watching.

My senior year, I have finally realized the importance of “me” time and “fun” time.
Since the beginning of the semester I have made it a point to watch the bachelor every Monday night with my friends and to sit and watch tv in bed Friday afternoons. I have also tried to watch Netflix a couple of times a week, another activity that I never feel like I have time for.

Maybe my new dedication to “me” time is because my work load is not as large as it has been in the past or maybe it is because I have finally realized how important it is to recharge around friends and by myself. And I think maybe it has to do with that I finally realized that grades and schoolwork aren’t everything. You don’t have to read every single word on every single page. I’ve realized life and time in college goes by way to fast to not enjoy it more!
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Thursday, January 23, 2020

President of Phi Alpha Delta, Law Fraternity International at Wake Forest

This semester I am proud to announce that I am the president of Phi Alpha Delta, Law Fraternity International at Wake.

Last semester I worked as secretary. I recorded and preserved important meeting notes and submitted them to nationals. I designed a system for taking attendance through creating a custom QR code for efficiency. I helped lead presentations on attending law school and gave tips and tools for effective applications at bi-weekly chapter meetings. I also utilized my teamwork skills in order to conduct chapter meetings, law school admissions and LSAT events.

Last semester was our first real successful semester. The spring before was the installment of our chapter on Wake’s campus.
I am really proud of the work we did last semester and how much of an impact we have made on the pre-law community at Wake.
I loved being secretary, and as president, I am even more excited! 
My executive team and I are working on having a really productive semester.

As you may know, I am currently in the process of applying to law schools and I have had to figure out the application process and the LSAT process all on my own. I am so proud to be president of this wonderful organization so I can help other students who want to apply to law school by giving them the resources that they need.

We had our first executive meeting the other night and we discussed having a resume workshop, hiring a photographer for LinkedIn headshots and having an interview workshop. We are also working on putting together some community service opportunities. We hopefully will visit a law school this semester and a court house in the area, as well.

I am super excited for this semester and hope to hit my last semester in college out of the park!

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

My Last First Week of Classes at Wake Forest

 
My last first week of class is almost over! What a fun and crazy week it has been! There are going to be a lot of firsts and a lot of lasts this semester.
I am devastated to be graduating at the end of this semester, but I am super excited for everything that I will do leading up to graduation!

I didn’t get a real feel for my schedule until the end of the day Wednesday.
I have three classes on Monday and Friday, only one on Tuesday and Thursday and then five on Wednesday! Yikes! I am in 14.5 credit hours this semester.


So far, all of my classes seem like they will be fun!
My English professor who teaches my senior seminar, told us that the class is going to be relaxed because she knows we are all second semester seniors. She told us she will only grade us on the work we do. I have never heard that from a Wake Forest professor ever. It was a really nice surprise!
Another surprise is that, this is the only English professor that has repeated from another semester of mine. Usually, I never repeat English professors.

I am also repeating French professors this semester. Last spring, I took a business French class and now I am taking the second installment of that class so I can be certified in competency for French business.

This is also the first time ever in my college career that I am taking two French classes at the same time.

I love that even as a second semester senior I am still meeting new classmates and seeing friends in my classes.

I am really excited about my other English class which is a literature and film class. Every Wednesday we will be viewing the film adaptations of the novels we read in class.

I am also taking my first ever business class at the business school, titled: Business Life Skills. Hopefully I can learn to do my taxes and how to better balance a budget! Also, the business school, Farrell Hall is a stunning building!

This semester will also be the last semester I’m in chorus! I have been in chorus since freshman year. At the end of the semester, when I graduate, my professor will be retiring.

Although there will be a lot of “last time I ever do that” things this semester, there will still be a ton of firsts, and I hope to document them all here!
I am super excited for this semester and cannot wait to take you guys along with me!
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