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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

Finding the Perfect Big (and Other Big Expectations)

It’s Sister’s Week in my sorority, and I figured: who better to spew endless love other than my favorite person: my Big.

So how do I begin to explain my Big?

I’m pretty sure she’s just about the best Big anyone could ever have. And yes, I know that everyone says that about their Big. But I mean it. Really. Nothing makes me happier than thinking about reveal day, when I saw her come out of that hot pink box. (Mean Girls themed, because my Big is totally fetch.) That day is up there on my list of most important days I’ve experienced.

I came to this sorority to find friends. I knew I’d get a Big and hoped I’d get someone decent and that I would get along with. I didn’t think I’d luck out and get someone as great as her.

The Seven Friends You Need to Meet in College

If there’s one thing I talk endlessly about in this blog, it’s the need for friends. Since my senior year of high school, I’ve pushed for how absolutely important have a good social network is. I personally believe that it’s impossible to survive without having a friend or two to keep you sane.

I’ve been having a rough couple of weeks lately, and the one thing that has kept me going has been my friends. I feel like I could talk about them endlessly. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving being near, here is my homage to all the people I’ve been lucky enough to call my friend.

How to Stay Mentally Healthy in College

I have always been a strong advocate for mental health awareness. Throughout high school, I have vehemently preached about the need for self-love keeping one’s self both physically and mentally healthy. Now, as a Psychology major in college, my passion for the topic has only kept growing.

I thought that leaving high school would mean I can have the chance to reinvent myself. I thought that if I could focus all my energy into being a completely new person, it could happen. But it doesn’t work like that; you can’t just get rid of your past; you have to work through them.

Mixing Party Culture with Social Anxiety + Introversion

Before October started, I made a promise to myself that I’d experience something new. I wanted to have an adventure for once. Most of all, I was determined to break away from my monotonous routine. When I first decided on this, I expected to visit a new restaurant. Maybe go exploring and see a new part of the city.

Instead, I went all out.