1. Your bank(s) / credit card app
  2. Square Cash {aka CashApp}, Venmo {between ALL of my friends / college students they use these 2 the most}, PayPal. Super easy to pay your friends back, transfers the same day, right away. Side note: I hate Venmo bc it does not take the money out of your bank account right away, you could keep spending your money and end up being in debt and owing Venmo
  3. College specific apps: example, I go to Ohio University so I have the culinary app so I can check dining hall times, menus, my meal plan / bobcat cash balance, etc. There are other OU apps but I didn’t like them so I deleted them   ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  4. Quizlet: study your flash cards on the go!
  5. Blackbord: while not necessary it’s nice to have if your college uses BB and it’s cute!
  6. Dropbox: no explanation needed. Just have it.
  7. Email: I don’t use my Apple email app {bc it was being weird} so I have both the Gmail app and the Outlook app for my school email. You can link different emails on Outlook though!
  8. Music apps: Apple Music, Spotify, SoundCloud, Pandora, etc are all great music apps. It’s nice to listen to music on your way to class or in the library
  9. GroupMe: a great way to connect without giving your number. I use it for tons of groups! My fashion club and other orgs use it, there’s a big group with freshman and some of my friends too!
  10. Uber or Lyft if you need to get around. Sadly Athens is too small for either.

I can’t really think of any other apps that I use specifically in college! I definitely get great use out of the 9 I’ve listed. I hope you consider downloading some, if not all! Thanks for reading! xoxo

Also here is the recipe for the blueberry lemon cupcakes that were on my Insta story yesterday.

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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!

 

Other College Related Posts:

College School Supply List

College Clothing Checklist 

College Dorm Checklist 

Getting Involved 

College Hacks

Dorm Tour

You can always search ‘college’ in my search bar for more!

 

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Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share another college related post. The list will also be on Pinterest!

Looking for a dorm checklist? See this post! I have a college school supplies checklist too! I really have you covered!

Below I go more in depth on a few items on the list below!

Please note that packing lists that say a max of 15 tops or 2 pairs of jeans are SO unrealistic, and yes I’ve seen these mentioned on packing lists on Pinterest. You have to understand that you will not be at home and you’ll want to be comfortable. And there is such a thing as overpacking, believe me! I brought a bit to much with me last year so this is the list that I will use for the upcoming school year.

TOPS

T-shirts | not too many, maybe 8 to 10, depending if you sleep in them, workout in them, always wear them, or don’t plan on doing laundry often. {I brought too many last year}

Blouses + Button-downs | I think it is good to have a handful {3 to 5} combo of these tops just for events, rush / sorority events, interviews, business classes, etc.

Tops | honestly, you be the judge. I recommend a combo of nice day-to-day tops, going out tops / bodysuits, and nice tees. I plan on bringing about 25 {keep in mind I do take outfit pics often though!!}

Sweaters | I plan on bringing around 4, I didn’t wear all of the one’s I brought last year. They’re great under vests in the fall! It also depends on where you go to school, you may want to adjust for a harsher winter.

BOTTOMS

Jeans | This may be tricky, because I did not wear all of the jeans I brought. To be honest I’m still not sure of all the jeans I’m bringing this year. I’d say 5 to 6 is a good number, depending on how often you wear denim. {Honestly, you’ll wear leggings, shorts and sweats more than ya think!}

Shorts | 2 to 3 pairs of denim; you won’t wear them for very long. 3 to 5 of athletic / lounge shorts. I sleep in them sometimes and workout in them too!

Leggings | 6 to 7 pairs for laundry purposes! You’ll probably wear them a lot, same with sweats if you wear those instead.

Skirts | depends on how often you wear them. I plan on bringing 4 to 6 skirts for going out and casual. You be the judge.

Dresses | 4 to 6 for casual, parties / going out, and for fancier events.

OTHER

Undies | I love underwear 😂 so I would say about 20ish {25 to be safe!} pairs, especially if you do laundry every couple of weeks.

Bras + Sports Bras | 4 to 5 bras, 3 to 5 bralettes { you’ll probs wear them more haha!} 2 to 3 sports bras, depending on how often you wear them.

Pajamas | Honestly I only brought a few PJ pants. I usually sleep in bralettes or t-shirts. You be the judge

Swim | I love swimming so I brought a one piece, 2 tops and one bottom. {I would go swimming at my friend’s apartment or the aquatic center}

Socks | 15ish and don’t forget taller socks for boots and fuzzy socks for when your room is FREEZING!

Vests + Coats | I’m a vest whore and have like 5 {but I wear them all!!}, but 1 to 2 is good for the normal person. 1 to 2 coats, like a lighter Northface and then a heavier coat.

Cardigans | I love cardis but didn’t use half of the one’s I brought. Save space and bring 3

Accessories | 2 belts {brown and black}; don’t overdo it with the bags, you won’t use large bags often. I will bring my Longchamp, my tote which also doubles as a school bag and probably 3 cross-bodies. A clutch is good to have too! Jewelry is very personal! I didn’t end up wearing a lot of big statement pieces!

Shoes |  causal sneakers {2}, gym shoes {1}, sandals {2}, messy shoes {for bars or Fest Season if you’re going to OU, r.i.p. to my shoes}, rain boots or duck boots, uggs or a winter boot, flats {2}, shower shoes / flip-flops, heels / wedges {try to go for neutral ones, 2 to 3}

Now I’m lucky, my family visited pretty frequently and I would ask them to bring me stuff or take home stuff I wasn’t using. If you are close to your hometown I would ask your fam to do the same. It saved me tons of space and I got to wear more of my favorite items!

Thanks for reading!!

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TOP: Old Navy | BLAZER: The Other Place, similar here | PANTS: TJMaxx, similar here |HEELS: Aldo, old, similar here | BRACELET: Alex and Ani

Some of you guys may remember my friend Honesty from this post, well she’s back again!

I wanted to do a post focusing on business casual attire. So, before I even started school, a lot of YouTubers that I follow talked a lot about having certain pieces in your wardrobe. I saw a lot of stuff about this on Pinterest as well!

For Honesty’s outfit, she had to go to a Scholarship Gala, where the attire was pretty fancy. She wasn’t spending time in any office, hence the heels. I enjoyed this outfit and really wanted to share it and some tips too!

So, here are a few things that I have purchased as well as my friend Honesty!

So a great key thing to have are pants!! Honesty’s are super cute. The dressier pants I have are Old Navy’s Pixie Pants {see the picture below}

img_6869Pants to try: Pixie pants | Showpo Work Up pant | ASOS pants | Express pants |Forever 21 pants – on sale! 

Honesty has a really cute blazer on which is from The Other Place in Athens. I definitely need to pick one up this summer! They’re some pretty cute ones out there!

Blazers to try: Boohoo blazer |H&M blazer | Lauren Conrad blazer

Blouses and button ups are also crucial to business/professional outfit.

Tops to try: Ralph Lauren top |H&M here and here

That’s all! I hope this helped some people, especially those who are starting college or in it now, you never know when an event or an interview will pop up!

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I think being involved with campus activities, clubs and organizations can make or break your college experience. I know of people at other schools who aren’t really involved in clubs or orgs and are not having the best college experience possible. It’s important to get out and do something you love and are passionate about or learn something new.

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2016 Philly Trip

Read about my experience to Urban Outfitter’s HQ here

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I was on the Model Committee for the fashion show and was in charge of recruiting models. This is the flyer I made!

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Fashion Associates

Sooo first off, I’d like to say that I am officially a member of the Executive Board for FA!! It’s so cool to be a part of the bigger picture of a club. So FA is a student run fashion club, most members are retail majors or minors, but it’s open to everyone. Each year FA takes a networking trip and hosts a fashion shower during Mom’s Weekend. Read about my Mom’s Weekend festivities hereThis year we went to Philly and visited Urban Outfitters Headquarters and that was one of the coolest things I have ever done. Read about Urban Outfitters here!

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Jenny Hall-Jones, the Dean of Students and I were twining at the Pageant!

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Black Student Cultural Programming Board

BSCPB

I love BSCPB! This org puts on the big multi-cultural events on campus. I have met soo many great people, especially other black people. I have learned professionalism and how to balance the different moving parts in my life better (well kind of, seeing as though I missed Wednesday’s post 🙁 )

I am only a part of the BSCPB’s general body, but this past year I was on the Special Events Committee. I helped with decorations and some of the final details of set-up for the Blackburn-Spencer Scholarship Pageant, those pictures are above. I just ended up wearing my junior year prom dress.

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Akt Like A Nupe stroll competition

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OU Alpha Phi Alpha Phi Chapter probate 2016

So the purpose behind the two pictures above is to see and do something you’ve never done before. Akt Like A Nupe was really big for me because I NEVER dance, let alone in front of people. And before college, I had never gone to a greek probate, and now I won’t miss one! The emotion that is in that room when new members are reviled is something I can’t begin to describe. I went to a Kappa probate last weekend and may or may not have shed a tear! So go see something new and go do something new.

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Other + Future Involvement 

Sororities – I definitely am interested in being a part of one. I think it’s a great bond to be able to have with other women for years to come. It’s a great way to build lasting relationships and to network as well. I think it’s great to see my dad still hanging out with his brothers to this day! Right now it’s a great motivation to me for me to continue to stay in good academic standing.

Honor Society – I would love to be apart of an honor society, in particular Phi Upsilon Omicron, which is an honor society specifically for human and consumer science majors.  I have to wait a bit, because I need a total of 36 credit hours completed, but it’s on my list!

Studying Abroad – Many people who have studied abroad countless times have expressed to do it whenever the opportunity is offered. I love to travel and it would be amazing to be able to see the world sooner rather than later. Plus I am trying to earn an International Business Certificate which I’m pretty sure includes going abroad for a few weeks.

Campus Reps – I recently applied to be a campus rep for a retail company. It was kind of random but I think it would be a great experience and something fun to add to my resume!

If you made it to the end, congrats! And thanks for reading. The point of all of this is to get off your butt and get involved, you won’t regret it. I have met so many great people from these different experiences.

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