Exam snacks

One thing I didn’t mention in my last post, is that during exams I eat a lot. Probably because I’m at home all day long. So here are some snacks to buy/make while studying for you exams.

Fruits will always be great. Blueberries, apples and strawberries are my personal favorites. You can make a fruit salad or just eat a piece of fruit like that. You’ll regenerate your energy and during summer fruit is the most refreshing food ever!

Just eating the fruit isn’t all, make a smoothie of it! My favorite combination is: strawberrie, banana and apple juice. But you can put anything you want in the blender ofcourse. If you really need some sugar you can always make a milkshake, it’s been sooo long since I made a milkshake and I am considering to make one right now🍨

Something my mom always buys for me are dried bananas and trail mixes. When it comes to trail mixes I take the raisins out because that is one of the few things I really don’t like. In Belgium we call a trail mix ‘studentenhaver’ (literally translated: student oats) and it does always make me think about the exam month when I see them in the store. It’s very jummy AND good for studying, just don’t eat to much or you’ll get nautious and won’t be studying anymore…

Something I like for exams during WINTER is soup, the pre-packaged and probably unhealthy kind. I couldn’t eat them right now because it is way too hot outside, but they’re my favorite thing during the colder exam periods. I honestly like every kind of soup so I don’t have a favorite one🍵

During exams I drink a lot of water. I’m surrounded by like 6 waterbottles the whole time. It’s just the best way too stay awake and even though it’s hard to admit, it does work better than coffee or tea.

Besides all this I just eat a lot 😬 Not always the healthiest choice but what can you do..

I hope you all ace your exams!

Lots of Love, M.

My daily routine: exam days

We have started the dreadful and stressful exam period, yay…

Okay, to be honest, I don’t hate exams because I’m home early and I know that when they’re done I will have a long vacation. But exams do bring a lot of stress which I still can’t handle after 15 exam periods (yes I counted them). Either way, my days during exams look a lot different than normal weekdays so I decided to put it all in a daily routine.

First of all, my alarm clock changes every day depending on the exam I have. For example, my first exam this week is German. I get everything that we have to learn and I am confident that this will be a good exam so my alarm will go off at 7AM like on a usual school day. I probably will revise the vocabulary a little but it will be a calm morning.    BUT if I have my sciences exam, oh god. I find everything that I’ve seen this semester very interesting and I don’t mind studying it but it is so much! This is one of those mornings where I will wake up at 5AM or 6AM depending on how confident I am about my knowledge.

After I wake up, I go straight to the bathroom to do my skincare. Throughout the school year, I tend to start neglecting my skincare routine, out of laziness. And then when exams start I suddenly pick it up again, probably because it makes me feel more refreshed and awake. Or to compensate the fact that I will not put on any makeup and just wander through the school looking like a zombie… My hair will be in a bun or a ponytail, it rarely happens that I let my hair hang loose during an exam because I will just be annoyed by it the whole time.

Something you need to know about me is that I am a big breakfast person. I love breakfast and I couldn’t live without it. Even though I am used to eating a good breakfast when I have an exam I have to force myself to eat one small thing. It is the reason that my tummy always makes the sound of a whale while I am making my exam, I don’t think I am alone. I usually eat oatmeal just because I know that a little bit of it will fill me up better than something else.

When I am done eating I go back to the bathroom, brush my teeth, put on deodorant blah blah blah. And then I start wondering what time it is, it’s never too late but I get a panic attack when I’m one minute off schedule. This is usually the moment where I start running through the house thinking that I’m gonna be late, even though I am always way too early. Then I take my bike and start racing to school.

Usually, my friend Jana and I always wait for each other in the morning. But since 7 out of my 11 exams will be oral exams and we all have different times to be there, I will arrive at school alone. At this moment I start accepting that I know what I know and if it’s not enough then that is my own fault, I’d love to say I don’t have that much stress but most of the time I expect the worst and I am convinced that I will fail 😦 Once I get out of the exam, I’m fine haha.

When I get home I immediately take the stuff that I need for the next exam and I will eat something because as I said, my breakfast wasn’t exactly filling. Then I usually call my best friend and start telling her about my exam and she tells me about hers. The past years I have succeeded in putting my phone away for a long time so that is what I do to get my focus. After that, I start studying. I always try to start as early as possible, because once it gets a little late (and then I mean like 8pm) I can’t function anymore. I’ve said once before that I am a morning person and that counts for studying too.                            Are you guys people that study better during the day, or at night? Let me know because I’m curious about this.

Around 4pm I usually get into a little dip where all of my concentration is gone. Then I start walking around the house or I go outside for a little while, just anything to relax my mind. When I get out of the dip I get back to studying and at this time I have to hope that I know most of it because in a few hours I am done… I am glad that I know that in the evening I cant properly study anymore, that’s why I always keep the easiest or least complex things as last. Because if I have to do those things later in the evening, I won’t have to worry that I missed out on a big important thing.

During the school year, I go to sleep at different hours every night. One night it will be 22pm (hasn’t happened in a while), the other it’ll be 2am… But when it’s the exams, I somehow get into this routine where I go upstairs and get ready for bed around 10pm and I go to sleep at 11pm. If I wouldn’t do this I’d probably pass out during the exam, because I can not handle a lack of sleep.

Other things that happen during exams:

  • I suddenly start drinking a lot of water, something that I’m never good at.
  • At moments where I lose my focus, I start playing the piano and guitar because I don’t have my phone with me. If I don’t pay attention, there will easily pass a few hours before I get back to studying.
  • I get the urge to clean my room and clean out my closets and basically things that take in way too much time. We’ve been talking about this a lot at school and I relate A LOT.
  • I become a professional planner, or so it seems. Actually, my desk is just covered in to-do lists, but I do seem a lot more organized.

Good luck to everyone with exams! I’m sure you will do great ♥

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Lots of love, M.

Musicals and all that jazz

DISCLAIMER: If you don’t like musicals, dont read this article (or do read it and discover how fun musicals are). If you do love musicals, let’s be excited about them together! Here are my favorite musicals, my favourite songs of them and my dream roles.

1. One musical that is an all time favourite is Wicked, the first musical that I ever memorised from start to finish. I am going to see it in London this summer and I already know that my best friend will have to put up with my overexcitement and crying. I have loved this musical ever since I found out about it (has to be in 2011/2012). As in most musicals I love the original cast, seriously Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel are beyond compare… Glinda is my absolute dream role in this musical because let’s be real, that entrance! That gown is so beautiful, her part is so beautiful and Popular is such a fun and amazing song! Talking about the songs; ‘The Wizard and I’, ‘One Short Day’, ‘No Good Deed’ and ‘For Good’ (I’m crying just thinking about it) are my favorites. Imagine getting to sing such wonderful songs ❤️

2. Next one up is Rent. Take Me or Leave Me is a song that I had know and loved forever and I honestly don’t know what took me so long to get to know the full musical. But once I did oh my, life took a whole new turn. I am just amazed by the performance that these actors gave, in the movie ànd on stage. I don’t really have a favourite cast for Rent but I loved Renée Elise Goldberry’s Mimi. When I had seen the movie for the first time, I immediately saw it a second time because I thought it was so good. Out Tonight, Goodbye Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Boheme (obviously) are my favorite songs. They are so crazy, I love it!

3.Legally blonde also has a special place in my heart. Laura Bell Bundy did such a good job playing Elle and I don’t think anyone can ever top that. I don’t favor the musical over the movie though, in my opinion they’re equal. ‘Chip on My Shoulder’ and ‘Legally Blonde’ are the biggest showstoppers to me. It’s a really empowering story that can inspire everyone who has ever been told they can’t do something. Because even if you have a 4.0 GPA in fashion merchandising, you can become the greatest lawyer of all times.

4. Can’t forget about Anastasia ofcourse! Christy Altomare and Derek Klena are the perfect couple, there is no one more fit to play Anya and Dmitri. ‘Journey To The Past’ and ‘My Petersburg’ are the best solos and then ofcourse there’s ‘Stay, I Pray You’ and ‘If I Can Learn To Do It’.

5. Let’s talk about Hamiltooooon. The amount of times that I listened to the full 2,5 hours of music is uncountable… I am in love with Hamilton! Philippa Soo, Lin Manuel Miranda, Jasmine Cephas Jones and basically the entire original cast have become people I really look up too. Lin did such a great job making this musical and I hope it will stay around as long as ‘Les Miserables’ or ‘Cats’. I bawl my eyes out whenever ‘One Last Time’ or ‘The World Was Wide Enough’ (way too underrated) comes up and I love ‘My Shot’ and ‘The Schuyler Sisters’ but really all of them are outstanding. I hope Lin will produce a lot more musicals becasue the world can’t get enough of his 2 hits ‘In The Heights’ and ‘Hamilton’.

6. And now we haaave, Dear Evan Hansen. ‘Anybody Have a Map’ is only the first song but already blows my mind everytime. The entire story is simply mindblowing and I love each and every part of it. ‘Requiem’ and ‘You Will Be Found’ sure have made the greatest impression on me, especially that second one because how can you not fall in love with those big ensembles. Ben Platt is so talented and speaking about, the mashup with Lin Manuel Miranda??? Found Tonight gives me the chills it’s so beautiful!

7. And now, a musical of which the album came out only a few weeks ago… MEAN GIRLS. When I found out they where going to make the movie into a musical I was a bit sceptical but wow I love it. Ofcourse Barret Wilbert Weed killed it as usual but Taylor Louderman is such a perfect Regina and same goes for Erika Henningsen (Cady), Ashley Park (Gretchen), Kate Rockwell (Karen) and Grey Henson (Damian). I was blown away and have been listening to the album everyday. ‘A Cautionary Tale’ is the best opening song ever, ‘Revenge Party’ is hilarious and I love ‘Someone Gets Hurt’ and the reprise of it. I didn’t think it could happen but they made everything so perfect and they inserted all the famous quotes!

I wish I lived in New York and that their would be some kind of ‘Year Pass’ to watch an unlimited amount of musicals all year.

Ofcourse these arent the only musicals I love and adore but they’re definitely on the top of my list. Songs that I also love a lot are ‘Kiss Today Goodbye’ (A Chorus Line), ‘I Know It’s Today’ (Shrek The Musical) and ‘Carrie’ (Carrie The Musical).

Lots of Love, M.