Post Grad Summer Plans!

As I wrote earlier this semester I am planning on going on a road trip this summer! Wohoo! However my grad  (June 9th) got me all confused cause I wouldn’t know where I would be in order to fly back for that. So my new and final plan is to go to for a little vacay in NYC for May, fly back for my grad and then actually start my trip!

It has been a confusing couple of weeks but I am happy that it is all sorted out.

See you May 4th!


Bye Bye Bloggin’

Well this semester has been a blast! It has gone by so quickly, a clue that it was actually enjoyable and fun.

I can’t believe that I am now done university and….an adult!

Thanks to all my classmates for the nice comments and enjoyable Tuesday nights.

Much love, Madison

Now time for the chequebooks!

So i realize my blog is titled “Textbooks to Chequebooks” but I know nothing about creating a budget or about debt. I’ve done a lot of cool things in my life, but I always save for them and then only use that money. Seems smart but living within your means is only really possible when you have no real expenses in life. Last week after class I was with Todd and Greg and talked about money being magic and just appearing (k, I was just kidding!) but Todd was quick enough to call me out on being “not an adult quite yet” or something along that line and it is SO true!

So I’ve been reading a blog by Gail Vaz-Oxlade (Host of Till Debt Do Us Part and Prince$$) and she has so many great tips about setting ones self up for financial freedom. download

I found her resources and blog to be the most useful tabs. With Excel sheets ready to use and tips that are easy to follow, even I could follow along.

Also, turns out living within your means is a real thing and I might one day be an adult!

Can I get an AMEN! Madison

Exploring Hamilton

IMG_2537As my days as a student are winding down, my roommates and I have become the ultimate Hamilton explorers. With some finally spring like weather, I am starting to convince them that Hamilton isn’t that awful of a place. They have stayed in the Westdale bubble so much of their undergrad, and two weeks before moving back home (Missassauga and Pickering) they are finally figuring out that Hamilton is kinda cool! We went to Chedoke and explored some waterfalls and walked around the Bayfront path. Also aren’t we being so adult, going on hikes and stuff?! Feels pretty real!

Cheers- Madison


Ultimate Road Trip: USA

As my last day of exams approaches and my future is still as blank as always, I have been thinking of some other fun things I could maybe do for my summer months. So instead of turning my textbooks into chequebooks, I am going to trade it all for “The Ultimate United States Road Atlas” and go on the ultimate road trip! For those who think this is a late April fools day joke…it’s not.

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I am going on the ultimate USA/Canada 4 month road trip! I found this article that had a computer calculate the best route to drive through the US. This article, plus my terrifying unemployment, made me think WHY NOT?! #yolo


“Assuming no traffic, this road trip will take about 224 hours (9.33 days) of driving in total, so it’s truly an epic undertaking that will take at least 2-3 months to complete. The best part is that this road trip is designed so that you can start anywhere on the route as long as you follow it from then on. You’ll hit every major area in the U.S. on this trip, and as an added bonus, you won’t spend too long driving through the endless corn fields of Nebraska” (Olsen).

Now, I need to convince a few friends that this trip is worth a couple thousand dollars (we don’t really have) and 4 months of our lives!

Road trip anyone???

Inspirational Movies for an Uninspired Time

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Now that most classes have ended, all students move into the phase of the year called “cramming for exams”. For me, I max out at about 6 hours a day of reading class notes and sitting alone in a library, meaning that I have time to catch-up on my screen time! A little post study treat? I’ve decided to invest in some inspirational movie watching. I found a list online and will be attempting to watch as many of the 21 movies that are suggested!

Best Madison

Career Gettin’: Interview

I’ve been reading so many interview tips and tricks I feel like I could forgo the career search, start my own company and call myself an Interview Coach. I get that we never truly know what the interviewer is looking for but knowing what most employers are looking for during an interview is key. I found this list on and found it to be the most comprehensive. Check out the whole article by clicking here.

Ten Tips To Boost Your Interview Skills

  1. Practice Good Nonverbal Communication
  2. Dress for the Job or Company
  3. Listen
  4. Don’t Talk Too Much
  5. Don’t Be Too Familiar
  6. Use Appropriate Language
  7. Don’t Be Cocky
  8. Take Care to Answer the Questions
  9. Ask Questions
  10. Don’t Appear Desperate

Cheers, Madison