2013 A Year in Review + A Giveaway

January 1, 2014
Education: January of 2013 marked my last semester as a graduate student studying early childhood education at The Ohio State University.  That semester I took my Capstone class, Child Guidance, and South African Children's Literature.  The Capstone class was a bit stressful, as it was my professor's first time teaching it and you mostly had to work on your own.  The classes were really just for him to check on our progress and for proofreading our work with your partners.  For our Capstone class, we had to create a Powerpoint presentation showing how we met every Ohio teaching standard during our time in the field or in our program.  The members of my cohort and I had to put in about three pieces of evidence per slide, so needless to say this slideshow took me many, many hours because I had to scan in a lot of my papers one sheet at a time and sort through two years worth of lesson plans to match them to the appropriate standard.  We were also required to show growth and themes from the M.Ed program.  Additionally, we had to tie in theorists and use an example from every course we took over our two year program. Below are a couple examples of some of the slides I made...obviously I can't show you any that show the students' faces and those are the best ones.



We also had to pick a topic we were interested in and write a research paper on it.  I chose Hispanic English Language Learners in an Early Childhood Setting as mine, and my paper ended up being 47 pages long.  Yes, 47!!  I didn't even know I had that in me.  In March of 2013, we had to get up in front of a panel and present our Powerpoint and our findings from our research paper.  In previous years, I guess all of the professors in our program were present, but this year some of the professors weren't getting along and one prof was away on a trip in Florida, so I only had two watching me which I was insanely happy about because it made me less nervous.  This presentation was so important because it was the culmination of everything we had learned in our program and whether or not we graduated with our degree depended on this.  I was freaking out because a portion of this presentation was also just answering questions from professors, and I was so scared I would get a tough question that I wouldn't answer adequately.  I'm a huge worrier and perfectionist when it comes to my education and/or my job, but all that worrying was for nothing because my professors told me I passed with flying colors.  The final copy of our Capstone paper was due on my birthday in April, and I have to say that being done with that paper and getting it out of my hands was the best birthday present I have ever had!

In May of 2013, I had my last classes at OSU and went on a study abroad trip to South Africa.  In August of 2013 I finally graduated and received my degree after three years of hard work!  (I had to take a year of prerequisite courses before I could apply to the M.Ed program.)




Work: As a student, I worked part-time as an assistant manager at a local movie theater.  I'm not going to lie, it was a challenge balancing the rigorous requirements of my program with working.  A lot of people in my program did not work and/or quit their jobs when we had to student teach full time.  In May of 2013 I also substitute taught for my very first time.  After spending a thousand hours in the field for free, I was ecstatic to finally get a paycheck.  A lot of the student teachers got really annoyed because we would have to teach all day long, and a sub would come in and just sit there and they would be the ones getting paid, not us.  I think everyone in my program was relieved to finally have a chance to be in charge of the classroom, even if it was only for a day while the teacher was out.  Over the summer, there were no subbing jobs available, but I started subbing again in September and have been subbing ever since.  I do like subbing overall, but eventually want to get my own classroom.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this happens for me next year.  I'm beyond ready!  

In September, I also decided to transfer to a different movie theatre as an assistant manager.  It was a chance I am really glad that I made because I like where I work now a lot more than where I used to work.  Also, it was lucky that I got in when I did because the movie theater I used to work at ended up closing!

Travel: The biggest trip I went on this year was my three week trip to South Africa.  The majority of my time was spent in the beautiful Cape Town area, although I did spend three days in Johannesburg.



If you would like to read about my trip here are the links:


I also took two road trips to Asheville, North Carolina and to Pennsylvania to visit my grandparents. 


I took some day trips and did some exploring in my home state of Ohio, too.  I visited the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Lakewood Cemetery, Wade Park, Little Italy, Kingwood Center, Mohican State Park, attended the Circleville Pumpkin festival and took a Segway tour of Columbus.


Blogging: In January of 2013, I started up this blog as a hobby and initially wrote mostly about makeup, subscription boxes, and hauls.  As time passed, I slowly started writing more about my travels and my life in general.

Some blogging highlights for me this year were:

*Having my picture featured in this article on Cape Town that has over 65,000 likes and more than 50,000 shares & having The Cape Wheel's Facebook page liking and sharing one of my posts.
* Talking about blogging in real life with Courtney
* Getting to "know" other fab bloggers like Erica, Fraulein Schnee, Rebecca, and Cookie.
* Participating in fun swaps like Cara Box and The Snail Mail Collective... I met some awesome ladies through these swaps like Suree, Gi, Kate, and Jasmine.
* Getting nominated for Liebster awards and Sunshine Awards by fellow bloggers--it means a lot!
* Being able to go on a meet up organized by Rachael and Jessica

Blogging has been an adventure all on its own.  I will continue blogging as long as I enjoy it and at this point I am still having fun with it, so I'm looking forward to posting more in 2014.  

I also wanted to sign off with a giveaway I'm hosting with Ash @ A Beauty Moment.  It's for a $75 Sephora E-Gift card, so be sure to enter!!
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Wishing you all the best in 2014!  Happy New Year! :)
19 comments on "2013 A Year in Review + A Giveaway"
  1. You had a Full YEAR! I wish you the best in 2014! Do you want to teach in Ohio?

    Oh and for the giveaway comment I would buy some skincare treats and my email is formosacandidusblog@gmail.com

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    1. Good question!! Yes and no, but I think I would like to make a change and move down south.

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  2. Great photos and story! Congrats on your success. My sister is a teacher and I know that it can be a lot of work. I did my degree in psychology and biology and that was a lot of work as well so I know how much dedication goes into it and how great graduation feels. I did a lot of rotations at the hospital without pay when I was studying which was also very hectic. I just saw the Nelson Mandela movie about South Africa last night so its good to see some happier photos.

    -Erica

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    1. I want to see the Nelson Mandela movie sooo badly, but nowhere around here is playing it. It's still just limited release. I hope the theater I work at gets it.
      Do you work in that field currently?

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  3. I'm glad you had such a great year, and that I got to meet you!

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    1. Aww, glad I got to meet you, too! Now let's hang out...Oh wait, you're in FLORIDA! Enjoy it!

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  4. Id buy the naked 3 palette and a few other little things I have been coveting!

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  5. I'd buy Yellow Diamond perfume from Versace
    2dogs5catscrew@att.net

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  6. I'd invest in my favorite HD foundation and maybe some lipsticks! Thanks for the chance to win xx
    samanthaqgm(@)gmail(.)com

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  7. Wow! You had a full year. Congratulations on the cool stuff you've accomplished this year.

    As for the giveaway.... My makeup needs an overhaul $75 at Sephora would be a great start! [email rachel.kerstetter(@)gmail(.)com]

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  8. Such an eventful year! I didn't study education, but I can certainly identify with the difficulties of balancing school with work... when I was an undergrad student I worked nearly full-time while also attending school full-time, gulp. Not easy. Anyway, congratulations on everything you've accomplished!

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    1. It was really the hours in the field that made it so difficult because we would have to go in like 160 hours (though it did vary from quarter to quarter) over 10 weeks while taking classes and working! Thanks for the congrats. :)

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  9. Wow - what an amazing year you've had! I'm so glad we had the chance to meet, and hopefully will again in 2014 :)

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    1. I also hope we will be able to meet up again. What about sometime in the spring when the weather gets better?

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  10. I'd catch up on the Naked Palettes ;)

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  11. Congrats on a very successful year! You've been able to explore so many areas of Ohio that are so cool! The Kingwood Center is in Mansfield, right? I need to visit that place. It looks so gorgeous!

    Where on earth do I even start with what I need from Sephora?! I am definitely in the market for a good non-shimmery bronzer, eyebrow pencil, primer...basically a makeup overhaul, haha!

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    1. Yes, Kingwood is in Mansfield. It's not very big, but it's a nice place to have a picnic at in the spring. I actually had my senior pictures taken there!

      My Sephora list never seems to get any shorter, haha.

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  12. Hehehe, I'd probably have to buy a Naked Palette of course. :P

    Pizzabees at gmail dot com

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  13. shelby_nikole@yahoo.com oh my goodness! I'd buy some OCC lip tars and maybe a new foundation!

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