5 Things To Do Before the End of the Semester

With the end of the semester quickly approaching, we only really have two things in mind:

(1) how are we going to survive finals week? and

(2) I can’t wait for summer to begin!

I don’t know about you, but I’m already dreaming of the breath of fresh air that summer will bring: nothing to study for and no 8:30 AM classes that ruin our precious sleep cycles.

But the semester isn’t over yet (unfortunately) and there’s still so much to do before we pack up and leave for vacation! Over the years, I’ve had to learn the hard way that it’s so important that you don’t start slacking off when the end of the semester comes along.

And that doesn’t just apply to studying for finals! There are so many small but important things we tend to overlook in the frenzy of trying to end the semester. Here are just five of them so you can end the semester on a high note.

Choosing Courses for the Next Semester

Long post incoming! It’s that time of the semester again: time to choose courses for next semester.

This is both my favorite and least favorite time of the year, so obviously I have a ton to say on the matter. It’s incredibly stressful to choose classes, but also kind of fun and exciting, in a way. This is my sixth (?) time choosing classes, and through all my mistakes in the past, I think I have a decent amount of advice to give about it.

Now, for those of you that know me, or read some of my college-centric blog posts, you’ll know that I’m absolutely awful when it comes to choosing courses. I take on more than what I can reasonably chew. In fact, I have too many posts all about managing a heavy course load. (Dealing With and Over Packed Schedule is just one of them!)

But I still give good advice, even though I don’t always take it. And, besides, I’m working on it! Like, legitimately working on it, I promise. My schedule next fall is set to be a lot more relaxed and easy to manage, which is a breath of fresh air.

Going to a Suitcase School: Why I Chose to Move Away For College

My college, the University of Florida (goooooo Gators!) is considered a suitcase school. Now, before we get started– does anyone actually know what a suitcase school is? Because I for sure didn’t up until now, haha!

A suitcase school is a school that is predominantly residential (unlike commuter schools!). This means that a lot of the underclassmen live in dorms! But it also means that a significant amount of students go home for the weekend (or, at least, are able to go home!). As a state school, UF’s student body population is mostly Florida residents and a trip home is no big deal!

Unlike other suitcase schools, the campus isn’t “dead” on the weekends. Because it’s so large, you’re going to see students milling about. Yes, even on an early Saturday morning!

The Pre-Med Diaries: An Introduction

Hey, guys! It’s your friendly neighborhood blogger here!

Like a lot of other college bloggers, I started this blog to help all you guys navigate your way through college. I was a very lost freshman and I relied on blogs and the internet to help me survive. While I do have posts now on how to survive college in general, I realized that I have yet to write about the pre-med track.

As an aspiring doctor, I’m under my school’s pre-med track in order to prepare myself for med school. During my freshman year, I had so many questions that I never got answered. Sure, the internet helped me with my roommate conflicts and time management problems, but they never helped me with the burning questions I had.

Managing Commitments: A Guide for the Over-Involved College Student

As some of you know, I am a busy bee constantly and I have a ton of commitments. Since high school, I’ve always been very involved in extracurriculars and club activities. College is no different: I think I’m a part of five organizations?

Everyone tells you how important it is to get involved; from sayings like “You’ll meet your best friends in clubs!” to “Colleges love it when you’re a part of XYZ!” it can be very tempting to just join… everything. Colleges often have way too many clubs and organizations to join and, when you’re interested in everything, you may find yourself signing up for, well, everything.

It can get very overwhelming, really quickly. When events and requirements just start piling up, I often feel like I’m being buried by everything I have going on. (I think I average eight good cries a week over how stressed I am.) But, even though it can be very difficult, it’s absolutely doable.

A Collegiate’s Guide to Cheap (But Fun) Dates

There are always positive and negative aspects to everything in life, and being in a relationship is no different. Sure, you can go on all the cute dates you want, but also: cute dates are expensive. Like, really expensive. And when you’re on a college student budget (aka you cringe at the thought of meals that costs more than $10), being in a relationship can seriously kill your wallet.

My boyfriend and I have been on this relationship train for almost two years now and even though we’ve seen pricier dates (yikes, he once treated me to $20+ dinners!) we’ve been getting by with cheaper opportunities.

Even if you’re not in a relationship, these are all still applicable to that best friend in your life that’s always down to hang (but in a cheap way, because we’re all in that struggle together). With Valentine’s Day coming up soon (like, tomorrow!), I figured a round up of all my favorite date ideas would be fitting. So go and grab your boo, your bae, your BFF for life and have fun without breaking the bank.

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.)

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!