Spilling All The Tea On This Past Academic Year (Fall '18- Spring '19)

My last full year of college has come to an end. I was a sophomore, junior, and senior all at the same time; it was awesome! Though this was only my second year of college, the amount of credits I've obtained classified me as a junior. In the spring, I had enough credits to be labeled a senior. I will be finishing my bachelor's degree this fall. I couldn't be more excited!

I thought it would be fun to wrap up the semester by spilling some tea from these previous semesters: academics, friendships, relationships, life lessons, etc.:

I got inducted into Delta Epsilon Sigma.

Delta Epsilon Sigma is an honor society that recognizes students in the top 20% of their class and those who are also dedicated to community service. Being inducted into this society was truly a memorable experience. It was the first of many during this academic year.

I met someone special.

Over the summer, I talked to a few boys, but one in particular sparked my interest. I quickly opened up to him about my past relationships, my current interests, and my future plans. In September, he repeatedly asked me to go on a date with him. I kept putting it off-- I had to leave campus every weekend to take care of my grandmother who had cancer at the time. Eventually, our schedules aligned and he took me on a super romantic date: a stroll in the park, Olive Garden, and my favorite cookie place for dessert. He later asked me to be his girlfriend and without hesitation I said yes. We've been dating for a little over eight months now and it's been magical. 

I lobbied for comprehensive immigration reform.

For one of my classes, Immigration, Law, and Social Justice, I had to go to Washington, D.C. and lobby. (I was scared out of my mind!) I specifically lectured on the psychological impact detention centers have on detainees. This class opened my eyes to the experiences immigrants encounter in their source countries and host countries. Read more about Berks County Detention Center by clicking here

I made President's List in the fall.

This past fall, I managed to pull off a 4.00. These classes were intense. As you can see, I took: Immigration, Law, and Social Justice, Personality Theories, Developmental Psychology II, Statistics for Social Sciences I, Social Psychology, and Intermediate Spanish for Social Services. My favorite class by far was social psychology. I learned so much.

And, in the spring too.

In the spring I took: History of Art and Protest, Honors English: Television as Narrative Art, Honors Sociology: Sociology of Happiness, Statistics for Social Sciences II, Lab Experiences in Sensation and Perception, and Spanish and Latin American Culture through Film. This past semester was definitely a lot harder than my fall semester, but I still managed to pull through and make President's List.

I learned what it means to be a true friend.

A true friend doesn't pressure you to drink. A true friend doesn't send you underhanded text about you going home on the weekends to take care of your ill grandmother. A true friend doesn't lie to you about dinner plans. A true friend doesn't-- you get the point. Instead, a true friend respects you and supports you. I’ve never been so disappointed in someone before. 

Girls and boys LOVE drama.

When I was younger, I thought only girls were drawn to drama. Boy, was I wrong! Boys are just as catty as girls. They like to take what you say, twist it, and then gossip behind your back. In this situation, I learned that it's okay to permanently remove yourself from a situation. By doing this, I saved myself from countless sleepless nights and a ton of tears. I was also able to focus on my studies and make President's List both semesters by ridding the unnecessary distractions. 

I presented my research at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) 2019 Honors Conference.

I presented on the impact of immigration on mental health. You can click here to read my essay.  I broke it down into four different categories: documented immigrants, undocumented immigrants, documented children with undocumented parents, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. I not only learned a lot about this population, but I learned that this is a population that I would like to work with in my future endeavors. 

I was inducted into Psi Chi. 

Psi Chi is the international honor society in psychology. Being inducted into this honor society made me realize that I did make the right decision in choosing to study psychology.

Those who try to pull you back are behind you for a reason.

I remember seeing a quote on Instagram and/or Pinterest regarding jealous friends. Something about appreciating their jealousy-- they're people who think that you're better than them. I couldn't agree with this statement more.

I'd be nowhere without my parents.

My parents guided and supported me with everything: boy troubles, jealous girl drama, character development in Breaking Bad, social psychology experiments, etc. I can't thank them enough for everything they've given me. I say this all the time, but I truly mean it: I can't wait to give back to them. Because of them, I’m doing better than I ever was. 


  1. It sounds like you’ve had the most amazing year! Congratulations for all you’ve achieved and all that is yet to come x x

    1. Thank you so, so much! I really appreciate it. XOXO

  2. Hey Guiliana You are a very strong young woman in a world which needs a lot more strong women of all ages

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Yours Aye (That's Scottish For Always)
    Gayle XXX

    1. Thank you so much, Gayle! I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on this post. XO

  3. Inspiring!!! I loved the way you have structured it. It takes an amazing mind to draw useful lessons from our different experiences. Good luck.

  4. Nice post! It sounds like you've had a good year, I hope your grandmother is feeling better now.

    1. Thanks so much, Ro! I really appreciate it. She is doing much better now!!