Okay, so now that I’ve been in college for almost a full school year, I figured I’d share some tricks, tips and hacks with you guys. Honestly I don’t know what happened, my life was pretty together before I started college and somehow it’s the biggest hot mess, but I wouldn’t trade the chaos for anything! I sat down with my boyfriend and we came up with lots of tips and tricks!
Show Dining Halls More Love
Eat in the dining halls!! The reason I am broke is because my spoiled self likes to eat out, thats the biggest mistake I made during first semester. I often avoided the dining halls (probably why I barely gained weight too!) and either barely ate or went to Court St. where all the good places are. Save your money and treat yourself every once in awhile!
Save, Save, Save!!
Work and save money don’t spend your grad money!!- never told my family this but my friend Honesty and I probably dropped about grand in a matter of 2 months. We just kept shopping and I hate myself so much for it.
There’s no doubt that night time in Athens is a little wild, Court St. literally reeks of liquor, so if you plan on going out drink tons of water, so you don’t die 🙂 And even if you don’t go out, still drink tons of water, it works wonders on your body!
Take Advantage of Space
My dorm room is pretty tiny, and I have one of the bigger rooms, I have tons of storage bins and even a storage ottoman! It’s super cute, collapsable, a place to sit and perfect to store whatever you need! You can also find some pretty cheap ones on Amazon or dorm websites. And Target’s dollar area is perfect for getting makeup brush/ pencil holders, so check there too!
I got an acrylic makeup organizer over the summer and it has been one of the best dorm purchases I have made! I need one for my room at home!
I’m a pretty spontaneous person anyway, but college has definitely increased that. For example a student org was handing out fish in the student center and I took one! I got some food from CVS and he lived in a coffee pot for a week until I got a bowl. His name is Leo and he’s so cute!!
Don’t Take A Bunch of Naps!!
Yeah I’m the person that got into the habit of sometimes taking two naps a day. Don’t be like me! Drink coffee, ice cold water and get plenty of rest. I plan on doing a post about how to stay awake, so stay tuned!
Go To The Library
Going to the library in between classes has really helped me! If I went back to my room, there is a HUGE chance that I would take a nap. (I’m at the library typing this hehe!)
Wait To Buy + Rent Textbooks
Wait to buy your textbooks, and rent them!! And take advantage of the rental return policy if you end up not needing them. I have two books sitting in a box under my bed because I don’t need them and missed the return date so I can’t get my money back now! 🙁
Use A Planner
Pretty self-explanatory, use a planner, see this post for organization tips.
Pay Attention While Taking Notes
Pay attention to the notes you’re taking- blanking out and just copying doesn’t do jack for brain retention
Go To Class
Go to class! Of course I’ve skipped a couple classes here and there, I’m only human but I really try to not miss class. There’s no point in wasting your money or your parents money..
ALSO, don’t skip class to lay in bed with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Guys are not guaranteed but your education is! Also he’s not going to pay my bills my job will!
Share Your Location
Share your location with your friends; better to be safe than sorry!
Be Smart About Strangers
Don’t have random people walk you home from the bar/parties-literally the dumbest thing you can do!
Create Class Folders
Create folders for all of your classes on your laptop so you have easy access to the syllabi and any other important documents- you can also save papers that you have to turn in in these folders
Thanks for reading!! xoxo