Seven Small Tips for College Students

Schools sucks, and it’s even worse when you’re a hot mess like me. But the one good thing about being a hot mess is that you learn a lot after all the dumb mistakes you’ve made. So, to save you all the heart break of, say, having your stomach obnoxiously growl in class or sitting down in a library and not studying, I’ve complied my best advice into a nice post.

There are a bunch of school advice out there, but you already know them all. From always carrying water around to bringing an umbrella just in case– we’ve all heard them. But these are advice that I haven’t seen yet, or haven’t seen much of. If you know them all already then I applaud you for being way more put together than me. (Please show me your ways I’m trying to change myself.)

Meet My Cat, Clara

For those of you that don’t know me, my cat is one of the most important things in my life right now. She’s often on my social media accounts (follow me on Instagram: @joannemmae or add me on snapchat: @joannemarquez to see her!) and she’s even my blog picture (look to your right haha!). I am a huge cat lady, and my little kitty baby is my absolute favorite cat in the world.

So I figured, what better time for you all to meet her than right now?

How to Snap Out of a Reading Funk + My January TBR

I feel like I’ve talked about this endlessly. I’m a little ashamed that I didn’t read as much as I would like in 2016. In fact, I don’t think I read anything when Fall semester started. But 2017 is the year to change that; I’m determined. But first, I have to get into the reading mood. This funk has got to go away, or else 2017 will just be another repeat of 2016.

New Year, New Bullet Journal

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If you follow me on tumblr, you’ll know I have an obsession with bullet journals! (I even have a whole tag for inspiration!) Now that 2017 is here, I figured it’s time to start setting up my bullet journal for the year.

I’ve just finished setting up my bullet journal for the first week of January and I’m so excited to work on it throughout the year. I’m really proud with myself– it’s not perfect, but I love it!

How to Introduce Yourself to Professors

One of the Spring 2017 semester goals I laid out for myself is to attend my professors’ office hours more often. As a freshman, I didn’t go to a single one. That also means that I barely built relationships with my professors. In my mind, because I didn’t have any specific homework questions to ask, there was no need to go.

Boy, was I wrong.

Spring 2017 Semester Goals

Yesterday, I made a post about all the things you can do to prepare for Spring semester. One of those things was to make a list of goals. Thus, I figured that I should share some of my own goals!

I’m working on creating an upward trajectory for myself, to make up for a pretty bad first semester. Thus, I’m determined to become a better student after every semester. Fall 2016 wasn’t too bad, but there are still things I can do to improve. I’m really looking forward to starting this fresh new Spring 2017!

Six Ways to Prepare for Spring Semester

It’s almost time to ring in the New Year, so you know what that means. Resolutions, goals, and, of course, a new semester! I figured that now that there’s some down time, (how hectic was this holiday season?!) it’s time to start preparing for a new school term.

I don’t know about you all, but Fall 2016 has left me drained. I was more than glad to finish up my last final and finally get to relax. But as wild as Fall semester was, I’m still very excited for this upcoming semester. I’m determined to do even better in Spring. And now that I officially have nothing else to do but sit around, I figured I might as well start preparing for Spring semester.

And, of course, share my tips with you!

Six Ways to Get into the Christmas Spirit

After the stressful mess that was Fall Semester, I’m proud to say: I’M DONE! No more worrying about finals or papers or classes (oh my!) until the next semester. I can finally relax! But these two weeks in the middle hosts one of the most magical times of the year: Christmas.

A few posts ago, I told you that one of my biggest December Goals is to get Christmas Spirit. But with only just a few days left until Christmas, I have an announcement to make. Here goes.

I’m not in the Christmas Spirit.

At least, not yet. But I have time, and a plan. And because I’m home alone while my little siblings still have classes to take, I figured that it’s time to launch Plan B to get myself jolly in time for Christmas. Here are some things that I’m planning on doing to get into the Christmas Spirit!

Here are a Few of My Favorite Things: Fall + Winter 2016

With Christmas coming really soon, I figured now would be a great time to help out any last minute shoppers with gift ideas. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself and you need recommendations on what to buy next. I mean, both are extremely valid reasons and everyone needs a shopping spree!

Either way, I highly recommend all these products for any like minded college-aged feminine individual. (So politically correct wow.)

I’m a bit of a hoarder and I definitely do not know when to stop buying things (it’s becoming a problem). So while I’m taking a little break from shopping until the end of the year, here are some of my favorite things that I’ve bought this past semester and absolutely loved.

How to Finally Relax After Finals Week

It’s finally here, the moment all college students have been waiting for: Winter Break. After a grueling fall semester, we’ve earned the right to relax. But, for some reason, it’s becoming really hard for me to. I’ve been feeling pretty lost just sitting in my room not knowing what to do. Without the routine of classes and studying, I’m not really sure what to do with all this sudden free time I have on my hands.

So, after bumming around for a couple of days, I’ve finally started to become a little more productive. Sure, I’m not memorizing pages upon pages of lecture notes like I used to, but at least I’m not just laying in  bed thinking “what in the world if going on?” and sighing loudly. If you’re finding yourself bored without school, here are a few things you can do to get into Winter Break mode and start relaxing.