It’s that time of the year again! Ever since I’ve started my blog, there’s one thing that I’ve managed to do every single year: a round-up of my favorite books. I’ve always been a bookworm and I always try to fit as many books in my year as I can. Sadly, as the years have gone by, I’ve had to reduce that amount considerably (I read over 100 books in 2015!), but I still like to believe that I read more than the average person (find out how I do it here!). If you’ve read the two past editions of this post (read the 2015 one here and the 2016 one here), you know that these tend to be quite lengthy, so I’ll just jump right into it!

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I have to admit that I almost ended up not writing this post, simply because I have around 10,000 words to write for all my assignments combine and about 7 days left to complete them all before I leave for Edinburgh, but I really wanted to write it because so many of you have requested it.

Have you ever wandered how the Harry Potter movies were filmed? Click through to read all about my visit at The Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros Studios in London!

As you already know, I am currently spending the semester abroad in England, and I’m situated 20 minutes outside of London (by train). And being a complete die-hard Harry Potter fan, I just could not come to England and not visit the Harry Potter studios. So on November 27, I headed to Watford to visit The Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros studios. True Potterhead, I was wearing my Ravenclaw scarf (#RavenclawPride) that I bought at Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross for my birthday. As you can imagine, the excitement was real and my expectations were high. View Post

Okay, so I think we can officially call these posts monthly life updates because I always seem to resort to them at the beginning of a new month. I feel like so much happens in a month, and as this is basically the only platform where I share the ins and outs of my life, it’s probably the best place to stay up to date with what is going on with me. Remember when I said November was going to be a pretty eventful month? Well, I was both wrong and right. I traveled less than I normally do, but other things took its place, so I guess it evens out.

If you haven’t read the last update or need to refresh your memory a little, you can do so right here.

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I can’t believe 2017 is coming to a close. I mean, isn’t just yesterday that I started my first internship, had to move out and learn how to live on my own?

But here we are, 11 months later. 2017 was a pretty eventful year for me (we’ll discuss this in another post), but I’m super excited for what 2018 has in store!

One thing that has been on my mind a lot lately is the fact that in less than a year, I’ll be a college graduate. And no, I don’t intend on going to grad school. So that means that I’ll have to get out on the market and try to fend for myself. But that also got me into thinking: what will become of my blog? Ever since I’ve been on an internship, I feel less and less connected to the college world, and I think it reflected in my posts. I used to define myself as a “college blogger”, but now I’m not so sure anymore, especially as I’ll be a college graduate in a couple of months. I’m trying to define my new direction, which is why you’ll see (and have seen) new content on this blog leading up to my graduation. I’m trying to figure out what my new focus will be, and while I do have a pretty good idea of where I want to take things after graduation, I need your help in doing so. I want to create content that YOU want to read and that’ll be helpful to YOU.

That’s why I decided to ask for your help directly with this reader survey! The last time I conducted a reader survey, it was super helpful, so I thought who better to help me figure out where to take things next better than the people who actually read this blog? I do have quite a few things in store for AWA in the upcoming year, so I want to make sure that everything that you want to see is taken into consideration and can be made happen.

So without further adieu, please take a few seconds to fill out this survey! I tried to keep it short and sweet, so I would really appreciate it if you took some time to answer the questions truthfully. Your thoughts and opinion mean A LOT. I really want to make sure you guys enjoy the content I’m putting out there, because it’s meant for YOU! I want AWA to be like catching up with your bestie over coffee, whether it is for real talk and advice on anything from college to career or for inspiration on all things travel and books. And then some. I want AWA to be a go-to spot for you. So if it’s not doing its job… PLEASE let me know!

AND, as a thank you for your feedback and support, I decided to give away a $100 gift card to Sephora to one lucky gal who fills out this survey! Just make sure to leave your email address in the form and you’ll be automatically added to the list. I’ll be drawing and announcing the winner on January 1st, so make sure you enter before the ball drops in Times Squares! (December 31st at 23:59 EST)

So, there’s one thing that I’ve been kind of secretive about lately, but it’s not because I didn’t want to talk about it. I think it’s mostly because I had kind of forgotten it was happening (with me being abroad and all) and remembered at the very last minute that I had to do something about it.

As you may or may not know, I’m going to be on a second internship this winter! This one is going to be much shorter than the last one (15 weeks instead of 30), but it sounds very fun so I’m excited. I’ll be back on the south shore of Montreal for 4 months.

Writing the perfect cover letter is hard. But I think I've mastered the art of impressing employers. Click through to find out how to write a killer cover letter and get a free work book with a template for your cover letters and 3 examples!

But getting a new internship means that I had to craft a resume and get through interviews once again (you can read all my interview tips here), but I also did something new this time: I had to write a cover letter. I never had to do that before, and it was my first time ever writing one (or, in my case, many). After much research and trials and errors, I think I have finally mastered the recipe to the perfect cover letter (I got the internship, so I guess that’s a good sign, haha). Not only am I sharing with you how to write a killer cover letter, but you can also get a template based on mine so you can start writing yours! View Post