Friday, October 16, 2015

Resident Assistant First Year Experience

Me being "Pitch Perfect" perky for Move-In Day
After filling out the application to be a resident assitant at my college and actually getting the job, my initial response was, “YES! No loanss…Free Room and Board!” *Commence the halting/screeching sounds of a car tire and that loud phone alarm sound* Irkk.. What I didn’t expect was...ha! everything else. In all seriousness, the additional aspects of the job that I wasn’t aware of included: two weeks of training, constant arts and crafts, meetings and more meetings, emotional damage, and mental strain.

Encouraging students to use campus resources with my 1st bulletin board
Maybe I am exaggerating the job or being completely honest. The two weeks of training was a swirl of staff bonding and a multitude of time spent on learning policies. During the rare free time, I made door decorations and prepared monthly bulletin boards. There are a plethora of websites dedicated to resident assistant crafts, that includes: door decoration and bulletin board ideas.

What did YOU do this summer? Well you probably didn’t waste away on Pinterest for hours, noting down ideas to use for decorating your hallway, that’s what I did (sad face?). However, that research time over the summer saved me for the start of the semester. Whilst the other RAs scrambled to come up with ideas, I crafted and glittered away in my RA room.
Advertising my resident hall Halloween party for the October bulletin board
Here comes the first month of school and my RA’ing is off to a great start. I had my first floor meeting the evening of move in day. During this meeting, I introduced myself to my kids (aka my residents) and informed everyone on policies and community building activities for the semester. Three weeks later and my hallway is a quite and clean slice out of the entire resident hall of 400 students. My boundaries were set and demeanor was laid out in such a way that I gained the trust and respect from my residents. Part of this level of respect is attributed to the fact that I'm a sophomore RA for sophomore students. Everyone here is the same age as me, same level of education, etc. I just have an additional level of responsibility for our housing. Very lucky situation for a first time RA!

Typo alert, *A RA. Making floor meetings cool. 
Now two months later, I did have a small bump in the road during one of my duty nights BUT that's a different story for another post. If you're a resident assistant, what was your first semester like? And if you lived in dorms during college, what was your RA like?

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Thursday, September 10, 2015

King Richard's Faire Ticket GIVEAWAY

Huzzah...! As the knights and princesses proclaim. King Richard's Faire has settled it's wonderland depths in Carver, MA. Last year I attended with my family and we had a fun experience. It was different, new and unlike any other family amusement park. I'm hesitant to even categorize it as an amusement park because it is more like a 'flash to the WAY past'.  

What’s new in the realm of Carvershire……
King Richard and Queen Anne are thrilled to entertain their guests for the 34th season of King Richard’s Faire!

The enchanted forest of Carvershire is abuzz with fabulous new performers including: Squire of the Wire, a high-wire comedy and juggling act; Topsy Turvey, the amazing acrobatic (and flexible) woman duo; Baba Yaga, the stilt-walking story teller; The Princess Sing-A-Long Show, our three beautiful princess will enchant even the littlest of visitors with their fabulous voices; Draiku, this dazzling duo will amaze with their silk aerialist skills; our life size Lady Tree will tower over the Majesty’s patrons with her beautiful branches; new members of our royal court will join your old favorites in this season’s original themed musical on the King’s Stage and last, but not least, the King’s new sword-fighting, hilarious singing trio, Mis-Adventurers.

The royal chef has been busy all year creating scrumptious new delectables for royalty, nobles and peasants alike.

Queen Anne and her ladies in waiting will enjoy shopping amongst the realm’s newest merchants: Silverleaf Studios, gorgeous copper, silver and brass wire-wrapped jewelry; Drinan Crafts, our talented new potter; Mordork Clothing and Mordork Jewelry, the newest line of 16th century attire; Your Historic Timeline, allows patrons to trace their birthdates and family named histories; Imaginarium Galleries, fabulous hand-controlled Drabbit puppets to sit upon your shoulder; Majestic Ink, a new kind of 16th century temporary “ink” to apply to your body; Opinicus Bath and Body, this terrific artisan offers all organic bath and body products for both women and men; and Kaleidoscope Silver, will be joining the realm for just two weekends (Sept. 26-27 & Oct. 3-4) selling their fine made silver jewelry; Moonstar Collections, has a wonderful collection of essential oil blends for use in their ceramic wear and vessels; Designs by Nature Gems, will also be joining the realm as a guest artisan for two weekends beginning Sept. 19 thru Sept. 27).

So you want to go King Richard's Faire? I'm here to give you tickets and tell you why it's the place to be (well from now until October 25th because, that's when it close). 
Maybe I'll see you there!

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

SO HOW TO WIN THE TICKETS???? Enter the Rafflecopter below. GOOD LUCK my knights and queens of the millenial era.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Back-to-School Share–A-Haircut Program to Benefit Thousands of Children in Need

For each haircut purchased, one will be donated. 

Vienna, Va., July 14, 2015 – Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will be donating back-to-school haircuts to children in need this August. From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s almost 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in that same community.

“Share-A-Haircut allows us to give back in a way that is simple, but meaningful,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “On the first day of school everyone deserves to look and feel their best, and our stylists love nothing more than being able to give children in their community a much deserved boost of confidence.”

This being the 16th anniversary of the program, Hair Cuttery is determined to donate tens of thousands of free haircut certificates. Certificates are distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and non-profit organizations that are closely tied to each community.

To date, the Share-A-Haircut program has reached more than 925,000 children with haircut certificate donations, valued at $16.65 million.

Hair Cuttery has an established history of charitable giving, supporting a range of local and national causes, including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Girls on the Run.

About Hair Cuttery

Hair Cuttery is the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, in New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products. Hair Cuttery is committed to delivering a delightful client experience through WOW Service including a Smile Back Guarantee. Hair Cuttery is a division of Ratner Companies, based in Vienna, VA.

We rely on our local barbershop, Hair Cuttery, for formal event-ready hair styles. Glad that we can now get our family hair cuts and help charity! 

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from Hair Cuttery

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Workout Gear That Got Me to The Gym

What is your favorite fitness gear of 2015?!

The North Face Mountain Athletic women apparel team has put together a superb Fall 2015 fitness clothing line. Over the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to try out some of the gear myself.

The Mountain Athletics gear is: "Engineered with DRYXD technology that; keeps you dry and won't snag, pill or pull. Materials designed to stretch, flex and move with your most rigorous workout." 

Grab a friend and try new fitness gear!

The Women's Dynamix Leggings (as pictured above, on the right) are super snug, versatile leggings. I am a medium and they were a bit tight, like compression shorts tight but just bearable for me. I would suggest trying them on to make sure they are comfortable. They come in grey, black, and 'starry purple'. What made these pants comfy and bearable, through the tightness, is the breathable, lightweight, and quick-drying fabric. Also they are super stylish and durable for yoga, running, mountain climbing, etc. 

The Women's Dynamix Hoodie (as pictured above, on the right) offers wind protection to reduce the chill factor during outdoor activities. It is true to size and slimming on the hips, ladies! (winky face and thumbs up emoji). I was pleased to discover that the hoodie is weather-resistant and abrasion resistant with the soft shell material at shoulder and hood. Meaning: rain, rain, go away! This hoodie can take your weather conditions any day! 

Workout in new locations!

That's me rope walking #neverstopexploring
Next up is the Women's Dynamix Pants (as pictured above)... These are your ultimate lazy day but, I still want to look like I'm trying pants. These pants are uber comfortable with a soft and sleek satin backing that glides up your legs and makes waking up and being active worth it. The North Face calls them pants but, they remind me of joggers and can be styled as so. I wore them with the elastic ankles either scrunched up to my knees or kept them put at my ankles. I tucked in my Women's Dynamix Short Sleeve Tee because, it had a slimming effect at my waist, with the elastic bands of the pants, and completed my overall comfortable ensemble.   

The Women's Ultra Kilowatt Trainer shoe is a piece of work. There are a ton of features that Mountain Athletics wanted to include to match a large variety of audiences. The official features include: breathable, wicking fabric, lightweight, rubber toe cap for protection, airmesh, specialized footbed/outsole/midsole. All of these add-ons confused my feet and I had a mixing pot of first impressions with the shoe, it depended on what type of activity I was doing. When I ran; the shoe was sturdy, comfortable, and breathable but NOT lightweight. When I had to walk or stand for long hours; the shoe provided a neutral stride and strong midsole. This strong midsole combined with the rubber cap, made my feet feel squished and tight after long hours. However, I am working on 'breaking in' the sneakers to force a more comfortable ride. The shoes are an overall 3.9 out of 5 stars.

Bird: Arghh! Love your clothes.. Arghh! 
Jacket and Leggings c/o The North Face

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

Have you missed some of my other summer fitness post?? Check them out below:
New Balance Girls' Night Out July 2015
Top 2015 Father's Day Gift
New Balance Girls' Night Out June 2015

*I received The North Face apparel complimentary, in exchange for my services*

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Best #NBGNO Experience of the Summer

Boston was home to the New Balance Girls' Night Out Surfset event last night and it was hands down my favorite out of all of my #NBGNO experiences. The experience included; a jog to the Esplanade and a total body workout on surfboards (sans the ocean)! I can't forget to mention the pre- and post-party gatherings at the New Balance Back Bay store. The post-workout party completes the #NBGNO experience. Meet local fitness lovers or come with old friends, and enjoy appetizers while sipping and jamming to guest DJs. 

For this event I actually arrived solo and set out to reach out to any other attendees holding up the walls with their face in their phone and drink in hand. I met a fellow social media professional and chatted away about marketing strategies. You never know who you will meet! This event was filled with like minded people which, made me more comfortable with reaching out to strangers. Shortly after one conversation I turned around and came face to face with Allie from Alliewears Fashion Blog. Allie's blog is regularly updated and has gorgeous fashion post (as well as her instagram!). Allie and I were both participating in the surfing class so, we were workout blogger chicas for the remainder of the evening. I also always get to catch up with blogger friends at these events and worked out next to bloggers; Jen and Rachel.

For this event the participants had the option of either a 3.4 mile run or Surfset class on the Esplanade. I opted for the Surfset class with about 25 other motivated ladies. The view of the Esplanade from our workout was exceptionally stunning this evening. Upon arriving to the location, I immediately noticed that our instructor was Arnold Schwarzenegger ripped. Like... six pack for days and triceps made of gold. At first I thought, "Hmm.. she must really be into fitness?" But then I realized, "Oh no... this is going to be a hard core workout. Literally." BRING IT ON...!!!    

Twenty minutes later, I did start to question my own personal workout regiment and whether or not I was reaching enough muscles. This workout was pushing limits and burning parts of my body that needed building. Surfset also host at home visits and group classes at their studio.  I highly recommend Surfset classes, if accessible to you. Wear some athletic crop pants/tank and grab some friends for a fun time building, burning, and toning your bod. 

Aside from the workout and fun networking, kudos to New Balance for ah-mazing premium goodies bag. I will be monogramming my tote bag and rocking the towel to my next beach visit.

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

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P.S. I used the BeFunky Photo Edit to add text to my photos and made complete noob mistakes on these photos. Forgive me... They aren't totally cringe worthy, more like laugh out loud and shake your head worthy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

First Year Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate

Below is a series of photos and a video clip that partially sums up my first year as a mechanical engineer undergraduate. It is the season for preparing for school so, please feel free to comment and ask me and questions you may have about college!? Seriously you want advice from someone who has been through it before. 

Also, I was not able to fit everything into one blog post so follow me on twitter, instagram, or facebook to get the full scope about this Women Engineer in Training!

Even as a very outgoing person and social person, I was able to maintain satisfactory grades. How? "Being social" Actually meant group study times, dinner with friends, and miscellaneous parties to reward myself for the hardwork.

I was given the honorable opportunity to be the Mistress of Ceremonies for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Annual MLK breakfast and I hope to participate again next year! BTW That orange dress is from Old Navy and my blazer from Macy's ;) #CollegeFashion

I presented my research, that I've been working on for two years, at the UMass Honors Undergraduate Research Conference. 

Met Elizabeth Warren and discussed the movement towards affordable college tuition!

Nominated for the Student Civic Leadership Award with nominees such as the Student Trustee Jacob M.

Received the University's Emerging Leader of The Year Award. Side note: I was doing some research about how to get a job at Google... LOL judge me, I know. But one of the main keywords that I repetitively came across in multiple articles and seminars was "emerging leadership". Google looks for someone that can grow, take up leadership when needed, as well as take on the team member role when it is necessary. Well Google, I have that skill in the bag. See you guys at the Google headquarters in 3 years... maybe sooner? 

I traveled to Panama City Beach, FL with my campus CRU organization to do some good ole evangelism. Try something new in college and take a leap of faith... in my case that happened quite literally.

My phone photo gallery is FILLED with snippets from class, mainly physics and calculus. Is there an app for this? A note sharing or collaborative app? 

I did 2 more retreats with my campus CRU organization and connected with some amazing people throughout the year.

My first two months were filled with girlie nights out and beach visits (my campus is 10 minutes away from a beach).

If your going into your first year of college or your last, good luck! I love to stay involved with campus events. What type of cool events does your campus host?

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Top Father's Day Gifts from New Balance

What did you get your father for daddy's day? Was it one of the top New Balance fitness gear of 2015? 

Dad's are the hardest to shop for but, I've found that the winners of the year go to these fitness products that satisfy both the fitness crave and busy lifestyle. Plus your helping him or maybe motivating him to stay in shape!

Minimus 20v4$99.95
The Minimus 20v4 is the perfect gift for the no-frills athlete. This durable shoe offers a nearly barefoot experience that still provides protection, stability and versatility, making it just what dad needs for everything from rigorous training workouts to light jogs.

574 $74.95-109.95
The classic 574 is back with new variations on classic summer looks for dads and grads! This always in-style lifestyle sneaker comes in a wide variety of prints and colors, with seasonal 574 packs for summer inspired by Hawaiian luaus, pique polo shirts, paisley patterns, and the 90’s era.  The perfect shoe for weekend activities, elements and destinations.

CRT300 $74.99
This sneaker has the same great retro tennis shoe look for Dad, but reinvented for everyday wear. The CRT300 features new cushioning and a casual, colorful canvas construction, guaranteed to raise Dad’s style points!

The high-performing tennis player needs the 996V2 tennis shoe to amp up his or her game this summer. This premiere sneaker is the shoe of choice for professionals, offering supreme cushioning and stability, and is an “ace” that Dad or your favorite grad is sure to love.

MiUSA Collection “East Coast Summer”, $149.95- 259.95
The MiUSA: Connoisseur embraces the “East Coast Summer”. This stylish lifestyle shoe features suede and mesh uppers and vibrant colors that will remind dad of the rainbows of bathing suits and umbrellas lining the beach on summer days. This shoe is made in Maine with the highest quality of craftsmanship and manufacturing.

Golf Shoes, $89.95-159.95
The NB 574B is an absolute necessity for when Dad hits the links this summer. This spikeless golf shoe features a mesh upper with no-sew Fantom Fit technology to provide an ultralight support and fit, as well as a rubber outsole for maximum durability. Dad’s score may still need some help, but at least his shoes will be a hole in one!

For stability and balance this summer, dad might want to look into the NB 2003. This sleek, ultralight golf shoe provides golfers with style, comfort and a great fit. The NB 2003 features performance enhancing technologies that are designed to help improve all aspects of anyone’s golf game, right down to the swing.

Polos, $49.99-69.95
While it’s important that dad has the most stylish shoes for his golf and tennis game, he will need to complete the look with New Balance’s Tournament Polos.The Tournament polo features cooling, moisture wicking knit fabric with UPF protection built in to keep him cool and protected in the summer sun.
Whether dad is spending his day on the course or going out to dinner, the Baseline Polo provides a relaxed, classic fit. This polo is comfortable and stylish, and features UV protection.

Additional Gifts for your Graduate

NB Ice, $32.99 to $54.99
The grad in your life is pretty cool, so what better way to show her that (and to keep her that way) than by giving her some NB Ice? Featuring intuitive, sweat-activated cooling fabric, this new line of running apparel is fast drying and offers two-way air circulation. It is the best gear for both men and women who want to stay cool during warm weather running.

Your grad has been running around all year, so why not reward him with some premium running footwear? The NB 1400v3 is a favorite for runners on race days and during pre-race training. It is lightweight, responsive and provides stability as well as a strong grip, allowing the wearer to run in any condition without fear of slipping and sliding.

Let's chat! Which gift was your fave? Share with me what gift did you get your padre?

Grammarly yours, SemirahD

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