How I Take Notes for Organic Chemistry

In an attempt to “revive” (ahaha) my blog, I’ve come up with a pretty intense content schedule for myself to keep up with this summer (and maybe beyond). One thing I wish I did better throughout the last three years at Cornell was documenting my experience. But, seeing as I didn’t really know what direction to take my blog before, I don’t really blame myself for not sticking to writing.

Anyway, I came across a couple spreads on Instagram on how individual creators take notes. Something I found quite helpful to myself (as a motivator for going to class and studying) was to take really aesthetically pleasing notes. That’s now my study gram was born (haha!). So I came up with my own spread on how I take my orgo notes! (Click into the picture for full view!)

How I take notes for organic chemistry

This was done on Whitelines paper (review coming soon), which is a beautiful paper with a grey grid that scans in beautifully without the borders. The other materials used is detailed on the sheet itself. This was really fun to do, and if you’re on instagram, be sure to follow me @cindys_notebook

What are some of your note taking methods?

2018 Bullet Journal Set Up! [For college students!]

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Hey all!

Back with another blog post after a long hiatus. I kinda dropped the ball on blogging… as I do every time school restarts. So let’s not talk about it… ¯\_(?)_/¯

Today I’m back with another blog post about my bullet journal. I made one of these back in 2017 when I first started bullet journaling. Since then, I think I’ve gotten a little bit more ‘minimalistic’ with it and kept only spreads that I know I would use and keep up with.

This is also some bullet journaling spreads geared towards college students/students in general (as you will see in a bit!)–but also at the same time, feel free to modify/add any of these ideas to fit your own needs! That’s what bullet journaling is about.  (more…)

Sophomore Year Reflections!

Sophomore year is OVER! Woo! Let’s just begin by saying… sophomore slump is such a real thing. As you guys may have remember, I ended sophomore year first semester on a bit of a “down” note. Second semester was a ton better, and I think I learned a lot of lessons on avoiding burnout, being healthy and happy, and of course letting go of the things that aren’t making me happy. I think I emerged from sophomore year a little bit more jaded, (definitely not the same happy-go-lucky freshman I was a year ago! ha!), but also a little bit more wise, and a little bit more hopeful [than last semester, definitely!]. So this blog post is about change and how I kind of turned my sophomore year around. (more…)

[REVIEW] The Space Between Words by Michèle Phoenix

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The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix

Synopsis

“There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned.”

When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn’t left her side, urges her to reconsider her decision. Worn down by his insistence, she reluctantly agrees to follow through with the trip they’d planned before the tragedy.

“The pages found you,” Patrick whispered.

“Now you need to figure out what they’re trying to say.”

During a stop at a country flea market, Jessica finds a faded document concealed in an antique. As new friends help her to translate the archaic French, they uncover the story of Adeline Baillard, a young woman who lived centuries before—her faith condemned, her life endangered, her community decimated by the Huguenot persecution.

“I write for our descendants, for those who will not understand the cost of our survival.”

Determined to learn the Baillard family’s fate, Jessica retraces their flight from France to England, spurred on by a need she doesn’t understand.

Could this stranger who lived three hundred years before hold the key to Jessica’s survival?

Review

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me an ARC of The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix for review.

(the review contains some “spoilers”, but they were VERY predictable plot points so I am not going to be hiding that part of the review.)

I actually just started reading The Space Between Words without having read too much into the synopsis (usually I think about it a lot more before I decide to pick up a book). It’s classified as general fiction on netgalley but I would probably also classify it as historical and Christian fiction.

The main storyline takes place in modern day France, but as Jessica finds a mysterious sewing box with a false bottom on it (with pages of a journal and pages from the bible inside), the story takes us back to the 17th century (the revocation of the Edict of Nantes leading to the persecution of Huguenots in France) and the story of Adeline, whose family had to flee France due to religious persecution.

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