• Beauty,  College,  Food,  Health,  Lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    Foodie Friday: Lemon Water & Lemon-Ginger Tea

    This delicious concoction is so simple it can’t even be called a recipe really, yet it has become one of my go-to drinks to start and end the day, especially during cold and flu season. I even bought lemon juice to keep in my dorm room so I can make lemon water in the mornings and tea in the evenings to try to avoid the dreaded “Purchase Plague” that goes around my school in the winter. Lemon water has a multitude of health benefits, including being great for your digestive system, promoting hydration, enhancing weight-loss, freshening breath, and being a source of vitamin c, which is helpful for preventing illness,…

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    A Day in the Life of a College Dancer

    As a new semester gets underway, I thought I’d do a post on what my normal schedule is like as a BFA here at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. It’s a very unusual schedule compared to most college students, and I think a lot of people don’t realize how much work we do, and that we don’t have some easy-breezy life of “just dancing.” Also, when I was applying for college, the way schedules were explained was never all that clear, so I would have loved being able to read a post like this. “Be the person you needed,” right? So in order to break that stereotype and…

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    How to Survive Audition Season

    A Guide for Dancers If you’re a dancer, especially in the ballet world, the arrival of January means that audition season is about to enter full swing once again. Whether you’re a student applying for summer intensives, a high schooler applying to college, or a pre-professional looking to sign your first contract, you’re in for a crazy few months. Audition season can be overwhelming. On top of your regular class schedule and training, you have to do extensive research into what programs, schools, or companies you want to apply for, when and where the auditions take place, take audition photos and perhaps create audition videos, and give up your valuable…

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    Seattle Eats

    Even before I left for Seattle I had started doing research on Pinterest for all the foodie spots I wanted to visit while I was in town. Because we were lucky enough to have a pretty decent kitchen in our hotel, and because I’ve really missed cooking while I’ve been at school, we didn’t eat out all that much, but we did make it to most of the places I was most hoping too! This is a compilation of just about all the places we ate out at in Seattle, and I’ve listed the prices for what I got at the time I was there, however, these are subject to…

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    My 2018 in Books

    I love to read. Ever since I was a little kid, it has been true that I can regularly be found curled up with a book and maybe a cup of tea or coffee. I also love to make lists, so as a way to reflect on this past year, I’ve combined both these things to make a list of the books I read in 2018, along with my thoughts on each. Disclosure: This is my honest reading list and I am in no way partnering with anyone to represent an author’s work. Lilac Girls- Martha Hall Kelly Currently in the middle of this one and loving it. Based on…

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    Happy New Year 2019

    Good morning! Honesty time, I’m terrified to start this blog. The thing is, I’m scared I’ll run out of ideas, or not be able to keep up with posts. I’m scared no one will read it, and I’m scared people WILL read it! I’m totally comfortable with, and in fact, I love, the idea of sharing this blog with all of you who I don’t know, and maybe getting to know you in the process. But the idea of people I know reading it? That scares me. And that is part of why I decided to stop putting off blogging. Instead of waiting until I’m no longer scared, or until…

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    Welcome to Truly Tessa

    Hi! If you’re reading this, it means you’ve found my blog and decided to give it a read, so first of all, I would like to say thank you. I’m grateful to each and every one of you for taking the time to go on this adventure with me 🙂 I started this blog for a few reasons: Because I love to write. Because sharing stories with you helps me make sense of them for myself. Because I hope to share whatever I know that might be of some value to you lovely people. To create a welcoming, encouraging, inspiring community for college or college-age women like myself to find…