Marymount B.L.O.G.S

Even though I tell myself at the beginning of every semester, “Okay Olivia… be prepared to be stressed out, but don’t let that be your first reaction to every situation..” Well I guess it’s easier said than done! But fear not, I’m not as stressed out as I would be if I were just first starting the FLP program. (FLP stands for Forensic and Legal Psychology by the way).

Although my classes aren’t too difficult this semester, there is still that looming voice in my head that’s telling me and asking me if I’m doing enough? Did I read enough for class? Should I be participating more? (now I’m making myself sound super crazy). Besides class is my internship. Which is not super stressful, thankfully, it just keeps me super busy since for the FLP program we have to complete 270 on site internship hours and 30 in class hours for the semester. Next to that internship, I have two or three little side jobs I have that I do to make some extra money and some extra experience. Marymount has some great opportunities to get jobs.. whether you want to commit for a couple hours a week or to a whole semester. I highly recommend doing that! But, that’s what’s keeping me also busy and bringing in some extra crash. And on top of all that, the idea of still searching for job. That’s what’s still been on my mind.

Thankfully, I’ve had some great friends that are helping me stay on the lookout for different job postings. Still, sometimes, it’s super daunting and intimidating. At least a couple of my friends have finally found jobs that are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. On one hand, yes, I’m jealous. But on the other hand, of course I’m super happy for them because they deserved it. I just hope my time comes too.

Anyways, let me get off that soapbox for a moment. Two things I would like to share with you:

1- In class on Monday (when there was supposed to be a huge blizzard here in DC too? yeah, not that much snow as expected, we still had class! lol) we had a Fairfax County Officer come and speak in class. This class is called Police Psychology and he walked us through the psychology behind a traffic stop. Now of course at first (I really did kind of sigh, and I was like okay great, this’ll be a bit boring or dry) but actually we learned a lot more behind why officers do what they do, how they do it, and what their main goal is. I know there has been a lot of controversial debate about events that are happening in the news with shootings and officers and racial profiling and you name it, but these officers OPT and CHOOSE to risk their lives every single day to make our communities safer. Again, there are many different schools of thought on this, but after that class I really learned more about what goes on in the back of an officer’s mind during any situation they encounter. In conclusion with this, thank an officer for what they do. They are human beings just like us.. they have families.. they respond to crimes, no matter how big or small, how violent or silly, they do protect us, they do care about us, and they do what they do for several reasons. It just made me appreciate a bit more, what officers do.

2- SOOOOO I started watching another show on HBO (thanks to a super close friend). If you’re interested in history and history specifically about the Gulf War, and the Middle East and how a dictator rose to power.. House of Saddam is SUPER interesting! Now I will warn you, it is graphic (that’s one thing) and it is a “docu-drama”. This totally confused the heck out of me at first because I was like wait… did this happen in real life or is this part hollywood-ized for entertainment? Now I need to do my research behind this movie, but I really enjoyed watching it that I literally watched 4 episodes. They were each an HOUR long.

All right, well those are the two things I wanted to share to you today. Now back to reality, back to doing homework, and chores, and staying warm. OH YEAH.. it’s still super cold.

Stay warm, study hard, eat a lot of food, hibernate when you can, and keep reading the MU B.L.O.G.S.! Catch you on the flipside!

I’ll admit that the first time I heard the title “Lean In” I thought Sheryl Sandberg was talking about women leaning in to your Facebook photos. Initial response, “Gross”. I was later enlightened and pleased to know that she was actually discussing women in leadership. This topic made me feel a lot better :). It took almost a year after the book was published for me to snag a copy in my local library but alas I was triumphant. Several trips to the pool later and I was finished. I didn’t read the entire book but I feel that I was able to grasp everything based on what I read (there were only 2 chapters left). The book resonated with me and mirrored conversations I’d had with other women. We’d been taught that working hard and being good at what we do would get us the promotion if we just waited for it. Be patient and it will come to you on a silver platter. But how long do you wait for the platter to appear? And are male counterparts doing the same? It’s evident by the overwhelming percentage of male CEO’s that the answer is NO.

Let me be clear. It is not my intent to say that this describes all women or all men. I’m merely stating that there are few women who are as aggressive about their careers as men. After reading this book and realizing that I had my work cut out for me, I sought more books about the topic. I figured, clearly there are some women who have figured out how to make this work. This led me to “The Stiletto Network”. My love of shoes may have drawn me to the title but the information in the book was just as satisfying. This book told the story of women who had come together, met regularly, and shared ideas. The topics were vast but most centered on business and or politics. The power of putting a few women in a room and imagine the endless possibilities. The women helped each other by making connections and providing advice. All while continuously climbing corporate ladders.

What is needed to increase the women’s presence in the top executive levels? I don’t know. The answer, however, can be in the power of our collective voices or in the messages we send our young girls. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic.


Craving Carbs

January 27, 2015 | Uncategorized  |  Leave a Comment

It’s around this time of year, especially when I’m in school, when I start to crave carbs. I try to be good during the holidays but usually I have a breaking point somewhere in January where the Greek half of me begs for the comfort of carbs. There has never been a real solution to this until now. So today I’m going to teach you about the power of zoodles.

You may think that’s a typo, but it’s not. Any instagrammer can recognize this dish from a food or healthy living account. Otherwise known as zucchini noodles, zoodles are a great healthy substitute for pasta. After recieving a tool for Christmas that makes noodles out of vegetables, I was eager to try and pull myself out of my carb craving. It is called the “Vegetti”, and requires no real skill to use. Here is an extremely simple recipe to make your own zoodles! This recipe will serve 4 people. To make it extra healthy I substituted turkey meatballs for traditional ones.

Here’s what you need…
4-5 small zucchini or yellow squash
Your favorite marinara sauce
Parmesan cheese
Turkey meatballs (I use the ones from the freezer aisle)

First, use your spiralizer (in my case, the Vegetti) to cut your veggie into noodles. It’s similar movement to turning a screwdriver, so you’ll get in an arm workout for sure. When finished, run a knife to cut through the noodles in an X pattern to cut them, or else you will end up with giant noodles. Place the noodles in a bowl and cover with 2-3 paper towels. Flip the bowl over on your counter or a cutting board to allow the zoodles to release some of their natural water content. Place the meatballs and marinara in a medium pot on the stove on medium heat and cool until meatballs are tender and the sauce is simmering. When the meatballs are done, put a large saucepan or wok on the burner on medium heat. If your pan is not nonstick, spray a small amount of cooking spray in it to keep the noodles from sticking. Now, this is important, do not leave the stove while the noodles are cooking, because they need movement and can get soggy quickly, flash cook the noodles for 4-5 minutes, using tongs to stir and move them around for even cooking. After the time is up, drain the noodles in a colander. Keep them in here because they will continue to drain some more water and nobody wants a soggy plate. Plate with the sauce and meatballs, top with parmesan and serve!

This is a quick option for busy students, and for those of us trying to start out 2015 in a healthy way. It tastes just like an al dente pasta, without the guilt! Minus the sauce and meatballs, zoodles are only 60 calories a serving, so indulge! Below is a picture of mine the first time I ever cooked them. YUM!


Even though I’m new to M.U. BLOGS, I’m going to jump right in. If you feel the need to learn about me, my bio will be available soon! Here’s the short version. I’m Anjelica, I’m a grad student in the English and Humanities program. I like words, food, and pop culture…not necessarily in that order. So let’s start with current pop culture, shall we?

When I began to see the previews for The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC, I was very excited. If you haven’t seen it, the show is like a reality show on celebrity steroids, and then you don’t feel guilty watching it because they are playing for charity. Although, when seeing the previews, I was having a hard time recognizing people in the commercials and print ads. There were an obvious few, but I felt slightly betrayed by Donald Trump because in my mind, some of these people don’t really hold the “celebrity” title.

In a conversation with my dad, he was not surprised to see these faces, because they were B list celebrities who were willing to go on television to duke it out selling pies on a street corner or doing a marketing campaign for Ivanka Trump’s shoe line. We began ranking the celebrities by fame, assumed fortune, and how recognizable they are. After a while (and a lot of moving people around in the middle spots) I came up with this list of the most “celebrity” contestants on Celebrity Apprentice, to the most normal people (or at least those who claim to be or are dying to be real celebrities.) I have added explanations to a few to explain my judgement.

Kevin Jonas (this Jo Bro has more followers on twitter than most of the other contestants combined)
Terrell Owens
Gilbert Gortfried
Vivica Fox
Johnny Damon (I never saw him play baseball, but he is recognizable)
Lorenzo Lamas
Ian Ziering (Sharknado will actually be making a third installment, he has potential)
Shawn Johnson
Geraldo Rivera (This might be bad, but when I saw him I was like…who is this guy?)
Leeza Gibbons
Jamie Anderson
Kenya Moore (The only reason she is above Brandi is because she was Miss USA)
Brandi Glanville
Kate Gosselin
Sig Hansen
Kesha Knight Pulliam (Only of Cosby kid fame)

How would you rank these celebrities? Tune in to Celebrity Apprentice Monday nights to see for yourself :)

Well this semester has already been a crazy one! I thought it would be a good idea to take an extra course this semester. I felt like I had a lot of extra time last semester, but now with 4 courses I definitely feel like I don’t have much free time during the week. I am very happy I love all my courses because it is much easier to spend all my time with courses I enjoy.

Besides all of the school work, I am happy to be back in Virginia! For winter break I went home to North Carolina, and I even took a trip to Florida. Although spending time with my family and being in warm weather was nice, I am happy to be back to my new life in Virginia. I am meeting new people, and going out to explore the area. Luckily the friends I have made like to go out to eat a lot, and I have been trying new restaurants each time we go out.

Last semester was a huge change for me and it took me some time to adjust. Now I feel like my life here in Virginia has really started, and I am looking forward to everything that is to come this semester!

Hope everyone has a great semester!
xoxo Jessica

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