Things I am Thankful For

As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I wanted to take a moment and let the world know what I am thankful for this year.

1. My family. This fall my dad lost his job and my mom has been going through a rough time with not really having too many contacts in Florida, even after being there for almost three years now. I love my mom and dad so much and cannot wait to see them in just under three weeks!

2. My friends. Chloe and Natalie are my two best friends here in Pullman and I have no idea where I would be without them in my life. They are my rocks and I love them to death. We are able to joke around, relax and watch movies, and have a ton of fun without doing anything stupid… most of the time. Without Chloe and Natalie, I probably wouldn’t have as good of grades as I have this year, I probably wouldn’t be thriving in my job search and I really just wouldn’t be as happy as I am right now. So I just want to say thank you to my two beautiful ladies, you are the best.

3. Netflix Disney Movies. This one is kind of weird I know, but Netflix has been my saving grace during those times when I just wanted to curl up in bed and watch movies. The fact that Netflix now has Disney movies, is probably the best part about it now. I am able to watch all of the movies from my childhood just by opening up my computer. No more renting movies from the library or trying to find friends who have these movies, just a click of a button and I’m reliving my childhood. 🙂

4. The Sun. On a 20 degree Winter day here in Pullman, I am thankful for the fact that it isn’t snowing. After living in Florida for 8 months from January-August, I am NOT ready for it to snow!

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Apartment Living

After living in my apartment for just over three months now, I have finally settled into my life and routine. There are many things I have learned about myself when it comes to apartment living rather than living in the residence halls or with my parents.

The first thing I learned is that I am not as messy as everyone thinks I am. When I lived with my parents or even in my residence hall, I HATED doing dishes. Like, would leave dirty dishes for months then just buy new ones so I wouldn’t have to wash the dirty. Now that I am living in my own apartment, a place of residence I pay for with my own money, I am a much cleaner person. Whether it is the fact that it is my OWN place or the fact that I do not want to ruin it with having it be dirty, either way, I am a cleaner person now that I live in an apartment.

The second thing I learned is that groceries are EXPENSIVE! Even from Walmart, I find myself spending $150 – $200 every two weeks for food just for me! Granted, now that I live in an apartment I also eat a TON more than I used to but it is all good food for me rather than dining hall food. But anyways, food will break your bank especially if you want to eat healthily,

The third thing I learned while living in my apartment is that you may think you will click with someone but you may not be the best roommates ever. My roommate and I are cool but she is very quiet and always takes over the living room so I feel like I have to hide in my bedroom and I’m not allowed to have friends over to hang out in our common areas. Also we spend about $100 for cable every month because SHE likes to watch TV. I am very happy with my Hulu and Netflix but have to pay half of the cable bill every month just because we have it. I would be completely happy with only having Internet especially since my TV isn’t even connected to the Cable.

Those are the things I have learned thusfar in my apartment living at Washington State University. I am absolutely positive I will learn much more as the year goes on, so wait for a follow up post in the spring!

Reflection

On Monday, I received my first set of “grown-up bills.” Man has time gone by fast. I feel like just yesterday that I was hanging out with my parents at school just asking them for $20 here and there to go to the movies or to lunch with friends. Now, here I am a senior in college. I can’t even believe how fast time has flown by. Anyways, onto the juicy stuff.

When it comes to being an adult and paying bills, there are many things you have to worry about. The first thing I have to worry about is paying rent. My rent is about $350 per month and then I have to also pay for utilities, cable and internet. But let’s not forget about my Hulu and Netflix subscriptions while we’re at it.

All in all, it comes down to the fact that I am paying about $500 for these five bills. But WAIT THERE’S MORE (reference the sham-WOW commercial). A girl’s got to eat right?! So there goes about $50 per week for groceries and possibly eating out… At the end of all my expenses, without having any fun, I need to make about $700 every month to be a sufficient college student.

BLEH! How much does having to make that much money and not have any fun sound? NOT SO FUN!

Right now I am working about 16 hours a week in the Office of Admissions here at Washington State University. We also do events that can get me anywhere from 6-20 extra hours on top of my usual 16 hours a week. I feel like this will be the perfect amount of work to pay all of my bills PLUS have a little bit of fun every couple of weeks.

Anyways, this is something that I have needed to reflect on for a while. The concept of growing up and how it will affect my friendships and relationships. I hope y’all enjoyed my little financial rant.. talk to you again soon.