Monday, June 22, 2015

Teen Wolf is coming!

Hi All!

I am very excited to say that I just found out this morning that Teen Wolf Season 5 is premiering June 29th on MTV!! 






Even now I wonder how I can be so obsessed with this MTV show. It's really a bit awkward but the modern awesome music, inspiring great costumes and riveting, fast paced plot that sucks in your interest like no other cheesy high school wolf tv-series ever has, really makes for a pretty interesting show. 

Not to mention the kick-ass intro! I never fast forward through it, it's awesome. And it's below for your enjoyment, of course :)


Stiles is the best!!! Favorite character for sure. He's hilarious. And of course Dylan O'Brien is amazing as Stiles. I think he is perfect for that Stiles' character. Another thing I love about this show. Every character has a distinct personality. Props to the writers for not having empty characters. 

Some good news for those of you who havn't seen it yet: you're only 4 seasons behind, so you can binge watch like I know you can and get caught up in time for the 29th! Oh and the second episode of the 5th season is suppose to air the 30th, I don't know about how accurate that is though. 

ENJOY!

Till next time,
Mika

P.S. For a little spoiler article click HERE

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Old Friends, New Memories

Hi All!

About a week ago my sweetie and I hosted our first guests at our Florida apartment. Being hosts was exciting in itself, but our good friends coming down from Chicago made the next 5 days so exhilarating and upbeat. It felt like I was reliving Daytona Beach, even though I have lived here for months and my sweetie even longer.

Most days we went to the beach. I absolutely love the low and high tides of Daytona Beach. I also love the flatness of the beach. Cars drive on it every day, except for when high tide comes in. I have become an avid shell collector too. The one below I found on the beach. It's huge! I couldn't believe it! We also found a sand dollar. I feel so lucky living by the ocean, finding shells that I have only ever seen in stores, and experiencing the salt and sand, not to mention being terrified by the sharks... And the water! It is so warm! I never expected such a huge body of water to be so warm by the shore. It's no Lake Michigan! 


 ^^^Photo courtesy of our lovely guests. It was taken during high tide and the waves came up to the "street". You can see the driving signs in the distance. (The cone is there to indicate no parking.)





We also went to Downtown Disney one of the days. I have never been to a Disney park before. Me and my mom made a promise we would go there together for the first time, since she hasn't been there either. But this doesn't count, it wasn't exactly a Disney park. The Florida summer heat is really climbing to a brutal temperature and I felt like passing out. But everything was too exciting, and I might as well get used to it. It was a great day! I turned into a 12 year old, hahaha.


 ^^^Photo courtesy of our lovely guests. HAWKS WIN!!!!


Saying goodbye to them was so much harder than I thought it would be. As soon as they left, I wish they hadn't. The next day I missed them at the beach and at dinner at home. But 4th of July is coming soon and we will all see each other in Chicago!

I love this Jeep commercial! It makes me want to travel cross country :)


Enjoy!

Till next time,
Mika 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Due for an Update

Hi all!

I realized that I have not posted updates on my new college and new life in Florida. Sorry for that! As some of you may know, I left my previous university in Chicago to come to Stetson University this past semester (January 2015). My experience was a great deal better this past semester than the year and a half I spent at Loyola.

The Reason  
I made a huge gutsy jump when I decided to change schools, and I didn't know how important this change was until I got through my first 3 months here. When I was still at Loyola, I felt horribly boxed in, out of options, and completely unmotivated by the lack of departmental help, mediocre grades and an air of superiority most of the professors had to their students (apart from two wonderful professors who I had the pleasure of working with). I started to change my future plans because I didn't feel that I was smart enough to contribute to the world through biology and medicine. And I realized that the problem was not me, I knew I was smart. Was I? Am I? Am I smart enough to do something I would be proud of myself for?

It got to a point where I started to hate my position in life and I just wanted out. So I made the decision in a week, started looking for collages I could transfer to immediately, and then told my parents. Yes, yes, it was a surprise to them and my mommy didn't want me to leave the state but I couldn't be in Chicago anymore. I couldn't live in fear of being shot on my way to the bookstore and of course for the reasons I already said.

Choosing the Right One (Again)
I was surprised when a lot of people asked me why I chose Stetson. I'll tell you guys. It was a complete last minute find. I went home one weekend to get my high school transcripts. When I was there I ran into my counselor and we had a chat. I told him I wanted to transfer. What he said next surprised me. He knew that Loyola was not a good choice for me. Unfortunately, at the time it was my best choice. My  counselor, being always so helpful, gave me a list of schools that he made. These schools were known to have small class sizes, graduates had little loan debt compared to national colleges, and have a high percentage of med-school acceptance. The options that suited me where in New York, California, Texas, and Florida. New York was just another Chicago to me, California too far away, Texas too close to the border with crime rates like Chicago, so Florida was left. And the only good science school in Florida was Stetson University.

Making Stetson My Home
It wasn't too hard for me to start to love my new campus. It was wide open with lots of green. Lot's of palm trees, outdoor seating, and warm air. The biology and chemistry program and department were incredible too. I hadn't realize the wonderful environment I had transfered into until my first semester there was over. By the end of 3 months I knew the whole chemistry department, the biology department knew me for my good grades, and I set up a research project that will be ongoing for my remaining two years at Stetson. I also found after I was already there that Stetson's science program is top 10 in the nation. My point here is this: I found more opportunities and I found so much hope for the future in these 3 months than the 3 semesters at Loyola. I started to dream about my possibilities in life. It's a wonderful feeling. At the end of the semester I knew for certain that I could do IT. I could survive college because I'm not stupid. At Loyola my science GPA was 2.8 and an overall of 3.4. Now, thanks to the wonderful biology and chemistry Stetson professors, my science GPA is 3.9. I really needed that number as proof. Now I can dream. I can be anything I want. But most importantly, I can finally be someone who I WANT to be. And that's a feeling everyone deserves.


^^^The Fountain at my school in front of one of the oldest buildings on campus from the 1800's.


Well if you are still here, I thank you for reading and hopefully my story helped some of you. If you have any questions about the process I'd be glad to help out. Thanks for reading!

Till next time,
Mika