I wanted to write a post on study habits and managing classes. High school and college are quite different from one another and so are the study habits needed for them. High school, I just reviewed my notes, took my test and got an A or B. College you ACTUALLY have to study.. like a lot. No matter how smart you are, you will need to put some time and effort in. So let’s talk about studying and managing classes.

Going To Class

The MOST important thing you can do is go to class!! Yeah it’s easy to skip class and take a great nap but don’t! Some classes {like my fashion + culture class} take attendance points. These points will either help your grade in the end or ruin it if you can only miss a certain amount classes. My fashion class last semester only allowed us to miss 3 classes or we failed!

Dropping Classes

If you are FAILING or have a low grade, drop the damn class. This happened to me in math first semester. I thought I could turn my grade around. That didn’t happen.

Working With Peers

Try to find someone in your class that you can study with or get notes from and get their number. I was in a Learning Community 1st semester which is basically a group of people with similar majors that take some classes together. I love them and still try to take classes with them!

Studying

So my first semester of college, I took relatively easy classes {English, Math, Public Speaking, Intro to Retail and a Consumer Sciences class}, so I didn’t have to study much, which is also why I neglected to study for math. So, when it came to 2nd semester I was out of touch and my classes were much harder {Sociology, Math..again, Art, a Journalism class and Fashion and Culture}. I quickly learned that I had to put in a lot of time to get good grades on my sociology and math exams. I even had to study for art {lots of definitions!!} It was hard to build that routine, but I did it!

Going to the Library

Take time out of your weekly schedule to go to the library. For me I had time after Soc. and I would go to the library before my math class. That gave me about 2 hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, to study, work on my blog, or get some homework done.

When to Start Studying

I personally like to start doing heavy studying a week or a week and a half before the actual exam, this excludes finals though because there is more at stake there.

Staying Awake {Without Dying}

I really recommend coffee and RedBull, but not too much!! Also chugging water and just staying hydrated in general is great too!

Thanks for reading!! Hopefully these tips help you like they helped me! Also happy start of classes if you’ve started already. I wish nothing but a prosperous year for all of you, college student or not!!

xoxo

 

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A few weeks back my family and I went to Universal Studios. We never do theme park vacations so this was new for us! It was AMAZING. We had so much fun exploring Universal Orlando’s 3 parks. Today I wanted to share a TON of pictures of my family’s adventures. Part of the reason I created a blog was to have something to look back on and this is just that. I will try to link outfit and location details!

Our Hotel: The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

TOP: Old Navy | DENIM: Hollister, similar here | SHOES: Old Navy | BAG: Marshall’s, similar | SUNNIES: Cincinnati boutique | EARRINGS: similar

The walking path back to our hotel. There are boat taxis but there had been lightening in the area, so they weren’t running at the moment.

Universal Studios { inside + outside the park!}

NBC Sports Grill, the avocado burger is bomb!

Super cute food truck for this Mexican restaurant. They sell tacos late at night!

Shrimp tacos are my weakness!! From Antojitos, same as above ^^

The dragon in Diagon Alley from Harry Potter

Most of Universal Studios!!

Top 2 pics are from the Hollywood area of the park. Also Scooby Too is my FAVORITE so I was totally in my happy place!

More Diagon Alley

Rip, Ride, Rock It coaster. It goes STRAIGHT up and I thought I was going to die but it was a BLAST the second time around!!

Me and Gab getting eaten by Jaws, no big deal

My sis and dad in New York!

The calmer version of the dragon, when he’s not spewing fire.

Islands of Adventure Park

 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

{This is part of Islands of Adventure}

Three Broomsticks restaurant in Hogsmeade. We had breakfast here one morning. We also ate at The Leaky Cauldron in Diagon Alley!

I bought a wand!! It is Luna Lovegood’s second wand.

Volcano Bay Water Park

Lot’s of pictures, I know but I had a great time!

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Hello friends!! I just wanted to do a simple post today and share some wallpaper for your phones! I’m a sucker for switching up my phone’s lock screen so I made these 4 for you. I love the quotes and picked 2 that I really liked. I gave you guys some color variation so pick whichever one’s you want! Hope you enjoy, happy Friday!! xoxo

disclaimer: I do not own the background images, just got them from Pinterest and added the quotes!

 

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I drank a gallon of water a day and this happened…

I have never felt better honestly, my face is clearer and brighter and I do not feel bleh. Now i haven’t worked out in weeks and have just been feeling gross. Without changing my diet at all, just simply drinking a gallon of water {or close to, because it definitely is hard!} I feel 10x better about myself mentally and physically.

I drank a gallon of water everyday for a week. Now I no longer do this, because it is SO hard to keep up with. I am more mindful of my water intake and can drastically feel a difference with my body, both inside and outside, when I don’t have enough water in me.

Now, I’m no doctor, and I honestly think a gallon of water for my weight is a little much, so do some research. Your water intake is supposed to be based off of your weight. But, if you google it, the estimated daily intake is about 8 glasses, or 1.9 liters a day. This is all wayyy to much, so I just fill my water bottle up like 3 or 4 times a day ha!

Anyway here are some water fun facts!:

-eliminates toxins which ultimately helps you to lose weight because the toxins are no longer being stored in fat cells

-water is one of the most vital sources of energy, so instead of going for another cup of coffee or downing a red bull, drink some water

-prevents overeating and makes you feel fuller, which keeps you from randomly eating {haha @ me}

-decreases headaches {unless you have allergies and get migraines like me, that does not help ☹️} headaches are the first sign of dehydration

-improves skin and helps with preventing wrinkles, acne and brightening dull skin

-when you drink more water it actually boosts your metabolism which means your body burns food quicker and reduces overall weight gain

-makes your hair and nails stronger and helps give you a healthy scalp

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Hi friends! I wanted to share some money saving tips geared towards the college student. My first year I was BROKE. I’ve never, ever been that broke before! Trust me college broke is a different kind of broke! So here are some tips:

Disclaimer: should you really be listening to me?? I blew $1200 in one semester, proceed with caution.

Bank Accounts

Have both a checking account and savings account and maybe even an emergency savings that you never touch! Easier said then done to never touch it, but don’t!

Tip: My checking, savings, and car fund savings account are with one bank and I have another savings account with a different bank. This is great because it takes like 24 hours to transfer between banks so I can’t do quick transfers, which discourages me from dipping into that savings account. Hope that made sense ha!

Banks

Find a bank that’s in your college town. Look this up before you get on to campus. You will definitely need to go to an ATM at some point during the year.

Going Out

I truly do not know how people go out every night or 4 days a week. HOW? WHY? And $$$. If you do or plan on indulging in adult beverages, they can get pricey especially if you’re out 4+ days a week. Also if you’re under 21, you can end up paying a cover fee at bars. I’ve paid up to $5 just to get in. There are parties and events that require ticket purchases and it adds up. So, pace yourself, unless you’re rich, then go all out.

Overpriced Textbooks

Really, really, really, ask around and research if you need a textbook. I had professors tell me I needed the book and I never used it and got an A. Often times your college class will have a FB group, and you can ask there, or in the year before if you’re a freshman. I’ve always had great luck with responses.

Tip: Amazon rental is bomb for textbooks, and you can always return it {within a certain time frame} if you don’t end up using it!

Utilize Your Meal Plan

At some point or another, you will get sick of dining hall food. My tip: treat yourself, but not everyday, maybe not even every week. I lived right behind Court St. {Athens’ main street Uptown} and it was closer then the dining halls, so I would treat myself a little too much! I somehow spent $90 in February on food alone?! Don’t ask me how.

Tip: save your food money for when its 3 am and you’re leaving the bars, parties or the library! The dining halls will be closed at this time. Also delivery is your friend!!

Cash vs. Card

Sometimes I prefer to use cash over my cards because I’m more attached to it, but my friend is the opposite. If you find that you’re more likely to spend less of your cash then try to carry more cash, and vice versa. I definitely tend to blackout and just swipe my card like there’s no tomorrow!

Get A Job

Either get a job on campus or while you’re at school {I am this year!} or take advantage of long weekends and holiday breaks to go home and work! I didn’t have a job last year and loved not having the responsibility, but really could have used the money. There are a lot of college jobs that are desk jobs, and you’re allowed to bring your laptop and schoolwork!

I’m changing this for this upcoming year and already have an interview scheduled!

Save Money!!

Work your butt off over the summer and save your money!!! Save tons of money and your grad money too if you’re a freshman!

At the end of the day if you’re broke with $2.47 in your account don’t feel too bad because chances are you are not alone haha! I saw something on Twitter that was super funny about broke kids at OU. It said something like OU students will have $2.63 in their account and buy a $2 shot with no shame. I thought this was soo funny and super true, I’ve witnessed it! Anyway please use these tips and don’t be like me! Tootles!

 

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