• Advice + Thoughts,  College,  Lifestyle

    8 Inspiring and Motivating Books Every College Student Should Read

    It’s no secret that I love a good book, and in this past year I’ve been really into motivational and personal growth type books. (Or as I like to call them, the get your sh*t together genre.) Now, I did make this post directed towards college students, simply for the fact that a) my generation needs to read more and b) because these books really tie in to the transitioning phase of life that us teenagers and 20-somethings are currently going through. Truthfully, anyone can read these books, but as a college student you’re at a weird in-between age. You’re considered too young to dive right in to the “real…

  • Advice + Thoughts,  College,  Lifestyle

    Why It’s 100% Okay To Change Your Major

    A few days ago, my friend Lauren came to visit and while taking a walk by the lake she asked me what I thought of her current major. I thought she was perfect for it. (It being elementary education.) I told her that it seemed like a good fit because she’s caring and good with kids. “But I don’t know if it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. I like kids and I want to be a parent someday, but I don’t know if I want to parent other people’s kids. Plus, I don’t want to change my major AGAIN.” I knew how Lauren felt,…

  • Advice + Thoughts,  College,  Lifestyle

    Why I Transferred Colleges + My Experience

    One of the most common questions I get asked is why I decided to transfer from a Big10 university and why I would want to commute to GVSU. As a lot of you know, I went to the University of Iowa and from the second my campus tour started, my mom looked at my dad and whispered, “She’s already packed her bags.” And it’s true, I had. Any college that I would look at next would have to beat Iowa and any school that I had previously toured just couldn’t compare.  I applied, was accepted, and ended up with the most ideal roommate situation. One being one of my best friends from…

  • Advice + Thoughts,  College,  Lifestyle

    National Philanthropy Day – St. Jude | Love Your Melon – My Experiences + How You Can Get Involved

    So I’ll be honest, I had no idea that the 15th was National Philanthropy Day until about 2 minutes ago. I had already written and edited a long style post for Thanksgiving and was planning on uploading that today, but I’m postponing that now until tomorrow. Instead, I wanted to take some time to talk about the amazing philanthropies I’ve been able to be a part of and give you ideas on how you can get involved with them as well. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital My heart is filled with so much love for St. Jude and respect and admiration for the kiddos who stay there. I got introduced…

  • College

    Greek Life Q&A – What Are Sororities Really Like, What If I’m Not A Legacy, + More

    By spending my freshman year at a BIG10 school and going through recruitment, Greek life became a huge part of me. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I met some of my closest friends through Greek life and I’m lucky that even though I’ve transferred schools we are all still close. They’re also incredibly supportive – I’m pretty sure they were some of the very first readers of Abundance of Abby! Anyways, I decided to write this to answer people’s questions regarding Greek life. I wanted to take my own personal experiences and help clear the air and get some burning questions answered. “What are some…

  • College,  Style

    Greek Life Jewelry

    Happy Thursday!! I apologize for not writing for a little bit there, I have been so busy and wasn’t feeling particularly inspired, so I wasn’t going to write half-hearted pieces just for the sake of producing content. After thinking about what I want to write in the coming weeks, I realized that a lot of high school seniors (now college freshman) will end up rushing and going through sorority recruitment, so I wanted to share my own perspective and tips in an upcoming mini “sorority series” if you will. I’m super excited to share my own experiences with everyone and maybe shed a little more light on everything that is…

  • College,  Home + Decor,  Lifestyle

    Apartment and Dorm Room Spring Style: Sucker for Succulents

    With Spring’s recent arrival, I’ve been itching to get outside, but with the midwest’s gloomy March weather that’s been a little difficult. Not only that, but the spring cleaning (and reorganizing) bug has bit me, and I’ve been scouring Pinterest and Instagram for ideas on how to spruce up my room, reorganize, and make it more aesthetically pleasing (because let’s be real – aesthetics have become everything). One thing that has stood out as another recent home style trend is minimalistic indoor decor paired particularly with succulents or the house plant of your choosing. I’m sure many of you have seen little indoor house plants perfectly sitting on envy-worthy desks and shelves…

  • College

    Breakfast Hacks for the Busy College Student

    In high school, my classes started right at 8 am. I drove to school around 7:30 each morning with my younger brother, meaning typically I was awake between 6:30 and 7. My first semester of freshman year, I was fairly lucky in having only two days a week that started with a class at 8:30. I had more time to stay up at night, sleep in longer, and not feel as rushed when getting ready for my day. Second semester was a whole nother story. Four out of my five days started with an 8:30, with two of the days starting with a nice (typically cold) 15 minute walk to…