Wednesday, August 12, 2020

First Day of Law School and What it is Like to go to School during COVID-19

Yesterday was my first day of law school.
I got up at 6am, got ready and drove to school.
I parked and did my daily questionnaire monitoring my COVID symptoms in my car before entering the building. I put on my mask and kept it on for the next four and a half hours.

I found my classroom, 30 minutes before class started, and picked my seat. That is my only classroom and only seat for the whole semester.
The good seat options were limited because every seat has to be 6 feet apart and socially distant. We are a section of about 40 students, in a lecture hall fit for 200.

I introduced myself to my peers around me.
Our class is a hybrid class. This means that we have some students that will be online the whole semester. These students Zoomed into class. Their faces were projected on a giant screen in the front of the room next to the professor and the projector screen. It was a bit of sensory overload.

Our first class was Legal Writing. Our professor was hysterical. He had me laughing from 8:10-10:10.
We sat for two hours straight without a break. We then had a twenty-minute break before our second two-hour class, Torts.

Wearing a mask all day for class was challenging. I am used to wearing a mask for long periods of time for work but to not be able to have a break and take it off and drink water, was really challenging.

It was weird being in class where you don’t know anyone, you can’t socialize, and you have to wear a mask. Orientation usually allows for some form of friendships and relationships to be built, but we didn’t have that. This semester will be interesting.

Before orientation, some professors held office hours via Zoom to answer any of the student’s questions about the semester.
Someone asked about what to wear to class. The professors both answered: business casual.
To me, this wasn’t a super big deal because I always dress up for class, but I was interested to see how my fellow classmates would show up to the first day of class. 
I wore business casual, but some of my fellow students were in full suits. Others had on casual dresses. A handful had on t-shirt and shorts. 
All in all, it was a very diverse crowd in terms of dress. I wonder how long the suit wearers will last before switching to sweats. My prediction: not very long.
I think I was dressed just right for class!

Overall, my first day of law school was weird yet interesting. Can’t wait to keep updating you!


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Law School Orientation

I wasn’t even going to write this post because orientation was less than eventful.
I sat in my house and Zoomed from 10 am to 2:30 pm.

Most years, law school orientation is a week-long. Where you have to dress in business formal every day and get all dolled up. 

This year, I got all dolled up in my suit (sans heels), to sit at my desk and see the 290+ other of my classmates over Zoom for orientation.
We were supposed to have our one day of orientation in person, but that got moved to virtual last week.
I stood and did my oath, with no one else to see.

It was a very uneventful day, but I wanted to show you all what I wanted to wear to orientation and meet all my new classmates in.


Monday, August 10, 2020

The Class of 2020 is Still Suffering

Today is my first day of law school (hence, the business casual outfit).
I am excited, my lifelong dream is coming true. In three short years I will finally be able to strut down the streets of Manhattan in my heels and lady suit.
I’m nervous. It’s a new school, new people, a new dynamic; I am a grad student now, living at home and commuting.
But I’m not as excited as I should be.

I am extremely sad because I am supposed to be starting this new exciting journey and here, I am still feeling like I never finished undergrad.
I never walked across the stage. I never got to say goodbye to my professors or my friends. I didn’t get to hug anyone. Or tell them how much I loved them or how much they helped me. I never got to say thank you. I never got to do a lot of things I wanted to do.
I never got to have any last classes or last moments or anything.

I’m really struggling with starting this new phase in my life without feeling like I finished the last one.

I know so many people, my classmates, other class of 2020 grads are all feeling the same way.
It’s really hard. I am never going to be able to get that time back.

I am procrastinating setting up my Wake alumni email account because I don’t want to think that my time at Wake is over. I can hardly look at my diploma, or even take it out of its manilla envelope and put it in its $250 diploma frame.

I feel like I’m living in a horrible dream right now and I can’t wait to wake up.
I feel like this current situation made us all grow up too fast and stripped the rest of our childhoods away.

I’m tentatively supposed to walk across the stage in October, but I don’t think that’s happening, as new cases are popping up every day.

I feel horrible for my friends that are going to be seniors or my friends that are going to be freshmen in college. This is not what anyone imagined their senior or freshman years would be like.
My heart goes out to them because they are going to suffer, but the class of 2020 is still suffering.

Yes, we will eventually walk the stage, hopefully in May, and yes, I’m sure we will be thrown parties and celebrations on campus, but until then, or maybe not ever, will I ever have closure.
Part of my heart was broken and taken away, never to be healed again, by COVID. Part of my life was stripped away, and I can never go back.

I grieved for months when I got home as I did online classes and before I graduated virtually.
But I am still grieving now.
We were all just forced to accept what was happening: pandemic, online classes and a virtual graduation.

It is so easy to say, “well we graduated virtually, so look to the future and Wake will always be there, it’s time to move on.”
But I am really hurting and sad because now I have to move on whether I like it or not.

I was terrified of leaving high school and going to college. I was so sad, I cried for days. I was scared too.

But this feels like a different transition. In high school, I was ready and willing. I felt like it was my time to go on to bigger and better things. I was tired of my hometown. And although I felt I was ready to move on from Wake, I didn’t get to do it on my own terms, when it was supposed to happen, at graduation. Rather, I was forced to move on without a choice.

My last year at Wake was fun and exciting but ending so abruptly sickened me. It put a really bad taste in my mouth for how I now look at my senior year of college.

I wish COVID never happened. I wish no one ever died from this horrible virus. I wish my classmates and all the rest of class of 2020 all over the world were able to finish their senior years like every other class. I wish the incoming seniors and freshmen could have normal years. I wish that all the brides and grooms could’ve been married like they planned. I wish that all the babies being born were able to be welcomed with families close by. I wish for my friends to all have jobs and happy and healthy lives.
I wish I could have two more months of college with my friends on campus.

I also wish that I could’ve graduated and been happy at my graduation for all that I had accomplished. Instead, I was sad.

I wish to have closure and move on. I wish to not be in pain anymore when I think of my alma matter and how sad I was that I couldn’t finish in person.

I hope that when I do return to Wake and walk across the stage, I will be able to feel relief, closure and happiness. I hope that all the fond memories of my time there will finally wash away the pain I am currently feeling.


Saturday, August 8, 2020

My Sad 22nd Birthday

This was probably the most disappointing birthday I’ve ever had.
On Tuesday, August 4th, I celebrated my 22nd birthday.

I am a twin, so every year, we celebrate together, but this year we were in different states. This is one of the only years we haven’t been together for our birthday. I was partially sad about that.

I then was sad because all of my birthday plans got canceled due to the tropical storm that swept the northeast.
We were supposed to go to the sunflower field on the North Fork and have lobster rolls for lunch and do a wine tasting on the drive home. For dinner, we were supposed to go to Kyma Roslyn.
None of that happened.
We lost power mid-day Tuesday. We didn’t have internet, and we had limited cell phone service. Luckily, we have a full house generator, that was installed after Hurricane Sandy, so we had lights and air conditioning.
We just had a relaxed day at home. My mom and I spent the whole day redecorating my room after we got the floors refinished. A new blog post with all my room details will be up soon.

It was just a sad and disappointing day, just like this whole year has been. Add this tropical storm and my canceled birthday to the list of disappointments for this year. But crap happens!

The positives of my birthday were that I had a lot of sweet messages from family and friends. My boyfriend, Alex, flew in the night before. I finished decorating my room! And we ate delicious chocolate mousse cake Tuesday night with my parents!

Last night my boyfriend took me out to dinner to Gatsby’s Landing to try to make up for my birthday.  It was really nice. My parents are planning a make up birthday dinner next week too, and a family party.

I love this dress from Bohocherra that I was gifted. You can buy my dress here and use the promo code: Elizabeth10 for 10% off!


Thursday, July 30, 2020

East Hampton Girls Trip 2020

My favorite trip every year is our annual girls trip out to East Hampton.
This year was especially fun because I am finally 21, turning 22 next week, but finally, I can drink during the summer!

So, on the theme of me finally being able to drink, we started off our weekend at Duckwalk Vineyard on Route 27, Montauk Highway.
We did a wine tasting. The wine was okay. It didn’t have much flavor to it. I thought the wine at Del Vino Vineyard was more delicious. We did devour a whole bag of potato chips with the wine, which made up for it. I can’t remember the last time I had potato chips.
We then drove the rest of the way to East Hampton in bumper to bumper traffic down Route 27 and made it to Michelle’s house right in time for dinner.
We had pesto pasta and roasted cauliflower.
We shared some stories and drank some wine outside under the stars before bedtime.

Saturday morning, we went to the BEACH! My favorite summer activity. We spent the whole day basking in the hot sun before going to dinner at Harbor Bistro. We also took our annual photo in front of the hydrangeas. 
This is my favorite restaurant that I’ve been to out east. We shared delicious seafood appetizers and a bottle of sparkling rosé. We obviously didn’t have enough rosé because we went home and made some frosé! You can watch my “Yummy” highlight on my Instagram to see how we made it.

Sunday was another extremely hot beach day. I finished my book and started another one. Giorgia and Michelle took naps. When we got home from the beach we played in the pool for a bit, like little children we are. We had another pasta dinner before heading on the road, back home.

This is always my favorite weekend of the summer. I am so glad we got to do it again this year despite the current situation of the world.
Same time, same place, next year?

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

How I Make Money as a MicroInfluencer

When I say money, I should really say, pocket change, or nickels and dimes.
I consider T&P a part-time job, a low paying part-time job that is, but that’s okay with me!
This was a highly requested post, so I thought I would lay it out for you to show you exactly how I make money as a microinfluencer.

1.          Commissionable links: this is the biggest money maker for me. Any link that I share that is through Reward Style gives me a small commission when someone purchases something from my link at no charge to you.

2.          Paid posts: these are not super common for me, but still a great way to rake in some dough. Usually a company reaches out and says that they will send product and payment to post something on Instagram.

3.          Commission through individual companies: These are rare, but I have a couple of companies that I work with that give my followers a promo code or a link, at no charge to you, actually a discount to you guys, and I make a small commission when someone purchases something from the link or when they use the promo code.

4.          Product/service in exchange for a post: I know this isn’t really income into my bank account, but I count it. This is most of collaborations I do. The amount of money I am sent in clothes and jewelry saves me a lot of money.
For example, these photos were taken by a photographer that didn’t charge me anything, but simply requested to post and tag him in the photos. Also, this dress was gifted to me in exchange for a post.

I hope that explains how I make money. If you have any questions, please let me know!


Thursday, July 16, 2020

24 hours in Montauk Travel Guide 2020

My boyfriend and I ventured three hours east to Montauk, New York, “THE END,” this past weekend.
I spend a weekend in the Hamptons every summer with Michelle and her family, but I haven’t been to Montauk, the furthest town on Long Island, since I was going into my sophomore year of college when I visited with my previous boyfriend.

Alex and I drove out East late after work, in the pitch-black dark amidst tropical storm Fay.
We passed a car accident between a deer and a little suv on the curvy roads of Montauk Highway.
We arrived at my brother’s house in Montauk around 10 pm. 
We got settled in, or so I thought, because I locked us in the house. I locked the broken top lock of the door and it was completely stuck. The next morning at 8:25 am the handy man came and changed the lock. Oops.

On Saturday morning, after breakfast, Alex and I ventured to Camp Hero State Park, which is on the way to Montauk State Park, where the lighthouse is.
Camp Hero is an Air Force base that dates back to WWII. Parts of the base are still standing. It was $8 to park which is also honored at Montauk Point State Park with the lighthouse.

We walked around Camp Hero and then got in the car and drove to the satellite and saw the barracks.
We took pictures and did a quick costume change before taking the quick drive to the adjacent Montauk Point State Park.

We decided not to pay the $10 to go into the lighthouse museum because the physical lighthouse wasn’t open to climb. 

But we did walk around the base of the lighthouse on the ocean side and watched 60 surfers catch waves after the tropical storm. I have never seen so many surfers before. It was so cool.
We then headed into town for coffee, for Alex, because I don’t like coffee, and sandwiches from Herb’s Market.

Parking to go to the beach is a bit tricky in Montauk unless you are a resident and have a resident pass. So, most of the parking is just two hours, and they DO ticket. 
It wasn’t really a beach day, so two hours was all we needed. We parked, grabbed our sandwiches, chairs and sunscreen and walked to the beach. It was nice to just sit and relax.

We had cocktails and snacks back at my brother’s house and then went to Navy Beach for dinner. Alex and I met Michelle and Jenny there.
The food was delicious, but expensive. We looked out over the Long Island Sound as we ate our seafood.
It was a very young and fun crowd.

We got back from dinner and went straight to bed. 
We left the next morning at 7 am. We stopped and got bagels from Goldberg’s on the way, but by 7:30 we were on the road.
Alex had a flight out of LGA at 11:45am, so leaving at 7:30 am was our only option so he could get back to Chicago in time for virtual work on Monday.

We had such a fun little trip. I love Montauk and I am looking forward to the next time I can go out there.

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