Friday, September 2, 2016

7 Things to do the First Week of a New Semester

I'm not sure about you guys, but I start my sophomore year of college next week! So I have compiled a list of things every college student should be doing (yes, Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores and freshmen) their first week. This list will help you start the semester off right, you can also refer back to this when you're feeling burnt out during the school year for a sort of recharge.

Set up a schedule
Since we have a lot more free time in college it's easy to spend your time not being productive. To ensure that you're making the most of your time and meeting your goals create a daily schedule. I personally use Google Calendar because it's on my phone and it reminds me of each event 10 mins before. Everyones schedule is different but you should include the time and where you meet for:

          - Classes
          - Practice
          - Study time
          - Lunch and dinner
          - Work
          - Gym
          -Homework time

Assignment list
Once you get your syllabus from each class make a huge list of when every assignment is due. This insures that you wont miss anything and that you can plan out when you're going to do each assignment. Plus, you could also finish some assignments early, just make sure you don't lose them!

Read through the syllabus more than once
Often times when reading something once we can miss out on certain details or even key points. Read your syllabus in a quite space alone and take your time. This will insure you know the rules, professor expectations, how the class will work, etc. My freshman year I took a class and didn't read the syllabus all the way. I had no clue we had to go to the art institute, write a paper and photograph ourselves in front of the art work. Luckily, some friends told me about it and we had it finished long before it was due, my professor didn't even mention the assignment until a week before it was due. Don't depend on your professor to tell you everything, read the syllabus. If you want to take this a step further you can make a syllabus cheat sheet.

Organize your room 
Having an organized space is so important especially since college can be stressful and hectic. Not having an organized space will make you frustrated and feel hopeless. If you have a roommate you should always keep your side clean and tidy, because things get lost and stolen. If you know where you keep everything and where everything should be your semester will go a lot smoother. Plus cleaning will go a lot quicker since you know where everything goes.

Get textbooks
It's best to make sure you know you need the textbook, before you go out and purchase it. Some professors don't change their syllabi every year and they may not use that book anymore. On the first day of class the professor will typically say what you need and what you don't need.

Make a roommate agreement
If you're living with someone this is very important, this lets you both know boundaries and also just how to respect each other. You don't want to wait until the middle of the semester because that can make things very awkward.

Go to as many campus events as you can
Campus events are so much fun! As the school year goes on events on campus start to slow down so have fun now while you can.

Organize your binder, planner and computer
Once again staying organized will help you in the long run, if your using old binders, clean them out and put in all your new material. For your computer you can delete any old files from previous semesters and create new folders for each class.


Make a friend in class
This could help in the long run when you're sick and need notes or just a study buddy. Build a relationship with at least one person in your class it will also make classes a lot more enjoyable!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Summer brake is here!

Summer brake is totally different from when we were younger, no more waking up late and sitting at home, the majority of us are hustling now. This doesn't mean we cant have a fun and productive summer. I have compiled of list of 6 things you should do over the summer as a college student.

  1. Get a job

Getting a job over the summer is perfect because you don't have to worry about school and there are tons of things you can do with the money you've earned.

      a. Pay off any loans, bills etc.

       b. If you don't work during the school year this could be money for going out with friends or any other things you may want while in school.

       c. Save up for a big purchase (My option currently, cant wait for my Chanel GST!) this big purchase can be anything that would take a few months or even years to obtain such as an apartment, car etc.

       d. Just save it! If you're living with parents and they're not making you pay anything, just save all of your money. It could come in handy in the future.
     There are tons of things you can do with your money, but please be smart about it!

2. Have an internship

Internships are great because they give you an idea of what it will be like in your field. Everyone should do at least one internship its great for networking, having experience and ultimately deciding if this is the career for you. Also it doesn't hurt to have an internship that pays #winning 

3. Travel

Traveling by yourself or with friends is always a great experience and will leave you with so many great memories! I would recommend taking at least 1 trip during the summer even if it's just a little small weekend trip. Getting out and relaxing is great for your mental and physical health.

4. Work out and eat right

Since you're no longer in your dorm room this is the perfect time to start cooking healthy meals and working to lose any weight you may have gained in college. You'll also be 10x more confident and excited when school starts back because you'll be looking and feeling great!

  5. Connect with old and new friends

Going away for college can result in losing contact with old friends. Summer is the perfect time to hit up old friends and make some new memories. You could even invite your friends from back home and your friends from college to all hangout one day! Make sure you're staying in contact with the friends you made you in college.

  6. Start setting goals

Since we are no longer kids its important to know what you want in life and the things you want to achieve. Plus it's great to look back on what all you've accomplished over the summer. Set some goals, stick to them and work everyday towards those goals. It's such a rewarding feeling.

(Optional )

7. Take summer classes

Taking summer classes can help you graduate earlier or stay on track for graduation. While this isn't something you should necessarily be doing it's something to keep in mind!