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.

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!

Ten Tips for a Clean and Tidy Dorm Room

Living in a dorm room can have its perks. For one, you’re right on campus so you never have to worry about waking up late and missing the bus. Also, can we talk about instant friends? Living in a hall with the same group of people means you’re pretty much forced to be friends.

But let’s not kid ourselves. Dorm rooms can be awful. From nasty communal showers to roommate disputes, it’s no wonder dorm rooms get a bad rep. But for me, personally, the absolute worst thing about dorm rooms is the inevitable mess that comes with it.