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What I wish I knew in undergrad

2017 was a year of immense growth and planning for me. A season of rebirth and re-imaging of the future. A ton of contemplation and thought went into my past experiences, and the steps I need to take to reach my future goals. In looking back, I believe we can find invaluable lessons which should inform our future decisions. So, here are a few of the things I now know, but wish I knew during undergrad.

a bachelor’s degree does not guarantee anything

Education is great, but just being able to regurgitate facts is not enough to survive in the world. Education in our society is quite a paradoxical one because you need a bachelor’s degree to get even a secretary position, but having one doesn’t guarantee you an okay livelihood. As the years pass by, we have more and more graduates joining the workforce so the bachelor’s degree – being lower on the ladder of higher education – becomes trivial. It’s sad because so many people struggle and fight to stay afloat in college to graduate with their degree to be met with a hard slap in the face from the working world as they settle for low-paying jobs or unpaid internships. Cheers to the lucky ones, and good luck to everyone else. It’s important to have a plan, even just an outline, that you stick to and change as your desires change so you won’t be left as lost and confused as you would be without one.

build credit from the beginning

Another gripe I have with the education system is the lack of knowledge provided to students about finances and basic ‘adulting’. Most schools provide very little guidance to students to ensure they understand how the real world works. Students, especially high school seniors, need to be taught about credit and how to improve it, renting an apartment, loans and their long-term effect, how to plan for the future and other such topics. It’s important to have a credit card and know how to use it efficiently to build credit without accruing debt. Better credit brings lower interest rates, and a better chance of getting a loan in the first place. Great credit will make life a whole lot easier in the future with regards to buying a car or a home so we need to teach our teenagers how to make responsible credit decisions.

form strong relationships with professors and network

Almost as important as getting good grades is making good impressions on your professors. You don’t have to become best friends, but being able to have professors who can vouch for your strengths and ambition is crucial for applying to graduate school and getting in to some internships and jobs. Go to office hours, participate in class and try to get good grades. Pro-tip: Try to reach out to professors who are currently in the field you want to pursue.

save like crazy

Life is expensive; as you get older, even more so! Applications, textbooks, food and treats all cost money. It’s a good idea to have at least a 3 month survival stash after you graduate. If you can find time to get a part time job, do it! Having a job really gives a sense of independence and allows you to pay for anything you want. It’s nice to spend money, but better to know that you have money saved so you’ll be okay during any unforeseen situations.

Bruh, life is hard, so use the lessons of others to your advantage. I hope these tips help! Stay strong, and try to learn a new thing everyday!

Karissa ♥

Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day! Go forth and be a beacon for equality and equity.

Healthy Super Grains and Veggies Stir-fry

Post-Thanksgiving Healthy Super Grains and Veggies Stir-fry

Hello my beautiful friends! I hope you guys had an amazing thanksgiving holiday, and spent it with people you love and care about. The holidays can be a hard time for people who struggle with loneliness, FOMO and mental health, so I hope you were surrounded by love and happiness. I am always here to chat with you, so leave me a comment! 🙂

After all the gluttony of Thanksgiving Day, I needed to find a way to use up leftovers in a healthy way. This recipe really came together on the spot. I was making a stir-fry for my mom and decided to switch out some ingredients to make a healthier option for myself. I hope you guys enjoy!

Grains to know:

Quinoa is a 7,000-year-old plant that originated in the mountainous regions of South America. It is actually a seed that does not contain gluten. It is a complete protein source because it contains of all 20 amino acids, including the 10 essential acids our body doesn’t produce on its own. There are about 120 varieties of quinoa, and there are three commercialized categories: red, white and black.  Learn more about Quinoa here.

Millet’s uniquely high content of nutrients, lack of gluten and ability to survive in harsh conditions makes it a great option. The most common of the many varieties is pearl millet. Different varieties are primarily produced in India, Africa and China. The grain originated in Africa, but then spread through Asia and the Middle East as early as 10,000 years ago. Lean more about Millet here.

Buckwheat has been around for thousands of years. It is a naturally gluten free whole grain which is a good source of proteins, fiber and resistant starch. Most of the buckwheat grain for human consumption is marketed the form of flour. Learn more about it here.

Farro originated in the Fertile Crescent, and has been very popular on the Italian menu for centuries. It’s actually a specific type of common wheat, so it is not gluten-free, but it is a great source of fiber, iron and a little protein. Read more here.

Healthy Super Grains and Veggies Stir-fry



  • 1 cup ancient grains – I used a mixture of Quinoa, Millet, Buckwheat and Farro
  • 2 handfuls of leafy greens
  • 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced cooked sweet potato
  • 2 shakes of All purpose seasoning
  • Soy sauce and salt to taste
  • splash of olive oil (optional)
  • Diced turkey and ham (optional)
  • Sliced avocado (optional)


  1. Boil grains until al dente or a firm.
  2. Add oil, meat and veggies (not greens) to hot skillet on medium high.
  3. Add seasonings and grains then mix
  4. Incorporate greens and stir for 2 minutes or until heated through
  5. Remove from heat and serve
  6. Add avocado for extra goodness!




Karissa ♥

Happy Studying! (and good luck!)

How to Make a Four Year Plan for School

Hello folks! Today i’d like to share with you a little tool that has helped me tremendously during my time as an undergrad. The four year plan can be done electronically or on paper and easily saved as a reference when it’s time to register. It is malleable, and will change with your changing course requirements or needs. Give it a try!

What is a Four Year Plan?

A tentative 4 year schedule which displays the electives and major requirement courses needed for each semester or quarter in order to graduate and obtain your degree.


  • Displays all requirements in one place
  • Helps you to remain organized
  • Lists alternative courses to help during registration if you are not able to get into your first choice courses

How To

1. Create a Spreadsheet or Table

The best way to remain organized is to have a a visual to display everything. An excel spreadsheet or word document can both be used. You can find a simple word table here or here, and a link to the excel document provided by my home school here.

4 yr plan

2. Obtain Major Requirements

These are usually listed on your school’s advising website or on the specific major’s or department’s website. You may also find these by doing a general search on your school’s website for your specific major, or by calling or showing up to the department directly.

Below are two examples of where you can find the major requirements on your school’s website.


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Some courses are offered all quarters or semesters, while some are only offered once per year. Figure out when your courses are usually offered during the year and add them to your spreadsheet in the semester or quarter you would like to take them.

3. Figure out Pre-Requisites for Upper Level Courses

After you’ve found the requirements for your major, the next step is to review the pre-requisites needed for your upper-level courses. Meeting with an adviser may be the most accurate way to ensure that you have all bases covered, and know all classes needed. You can also review the course catalog for your school for each of the required classes and make a note of the specifics. After you have that info, fit it into your document so you can tell which semester you need to take which course.

4. Add in your Electives

My school has a core curriculum where all students have to take courses from different subject areas, regardless of major, to complete their degree. Most universities have these core classes in areas such as science, literature, history, art and others. They may be offered in a tier system where you have to take two courses, one upper and lower; or you may just be required to take one; or some other combination.  Check your school’s website to find the many electives from which you can choose to fulfill the core requirements. This is an example from my school.

Fit the electives into your schedule for the next four years. I think it’s important to take heavy major courses with light electives, and heavier electives with light major classes. This may not always be possible, but try to have an even course load to keep burnout at bay! While adding in electives, ensure your classes add up to the minimum credit requirement for your major and school so you ca graduate on time.

List any courses or activities like research or volunteering you would like to accomplish on it as well, so you’ll have a complete picture of how your time will be divided during each term.

5. Find Courses which Double Dip

It’s a beauty when you find courses that fulfill multiple requirements! Be on the hunt for these.

6. Be Flexible

Life never goes exactly as we plan, so be open to change. Remember that this is  tentative, and can be changed around to fit the individual needs of each term. Always list alternatives courses just in case you weren’t able to get into your first choice during registration.


If you feel unsure about any requirements, don’t be afraid to email your adviser or drop by for a meeting to clear things up. Being prepared is the first step to success!

Happy Studies!

Karissa ♥

minion studying

I Want to Own the Land

I grew up in a small town in a house on a hill surrounded by mountains. Looking out over the valley filled with small communities nestled within the trees, were the slopes which were dotted with houses. As I aged, the numbers grew. My community was small. Once it thrived as a close-knit family where everyone knew each other. Now, since many from other communities have moved in, the heart beats slower each day. The faces grow different and distant each passing year. My grandmother once knew every child in our community; now she knows only a few.

Things and times change. Change is as inevitable as the rising of the sun or the movement of time. As a matter of fact, all of these activities require change for them to occur and be constant. Change can be messy and perfectly neat. Change can occur in so many forms. Yes there are constants, but things never remain the same. Change is the driving force of this universe. There is no balance or chaos without change. We must accept and embrace change.

I’ve accepted that my hometown will never be the same as I remember it. I’ve accepted that the faces and buildings I’ll see while walking from my childhood home to the corner store will always be different. I love my hometown, and I will continue to love it in-spite of the change and because of the change.

In loving my hometown, and my house on the hill, I have grown to love the open. Roaming through the fruit trees in my back and front yard or sitting under the huge orange tree at the front of my house has always grounded me. It provides a sense of peace, a sense of pride, a sense of belonging to the land.

I love nature. I love roaming through gardens and forests. I love the songs of birds and rustling of leaves with a gentle breeze which lifts the hairs on your skin oh so gently. I love the glistening of my skin in the sunshine as the rays pierce through the canopy of the trees to caress me. I love the curiosity of the animals as they scurry, hide and observe as you explore their home.

I want to buy the land to reclaim the value and the meaning. I want the land for my family. I want the land for my peace of mind.

I would love to have a farm. A few animals, a few plots for crops, some trees and a lake. During recent times it has become clear to me that I need to be involved in some form of physical work to offset the exhaust caused by constant academic pursuits. I want to get my hands dirty. I want to feel a sense of accomplishment when I harvest my crops and watch them grow. It’s important for me to feel connected to the land because of my rural backgrounds.

There is a limited amount of land available on this earth, so it is one of the best investments because they aren’t making any more of it. I want my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all subsequent generations to have a place of their own in the world. I want them to branch out and explore, but still have a small place where their heart resides and they’ll always feel welcome, loved and at peace.

I want the land as my fore-mothers have wanted it. I need the land for me.

Karissa ♥