Back to School Tips

Friday, September 8, 2017

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Hello!
Now that school has started, I decided it'd be nice to share a few of my school tips that I have learned from my years of college. As a college student, I've always had trouble with saving money, especially since most of my classes require me to buy expensive textbooks and transportation/parking is no joke. I am currently attending a Community College where parking is near impossible to find which I know most college students who drive to school can relate to. However, I am going to be transferring by the end of this school year! I was thinking of creating a blog segment where I talk about transferring and maybe an insight about the entire transfer application and also my experiences staying at a community college. Let me know if you guys are interested in that. With that being said, I wanted to let you guys know how I made my college experience easier both financially and how I dealt with stress. I know most of us dread back to school, but hopefully with some of my tips, it'll make things easier.  I would also love to hear how you guys deal with school and stress. Heads up for my next blog post, I will be doing a back to school outfit post. I haven't done a style post in awhile, so why not do one for school. Hope you guys enjoy reading and find it helpful. I wish you all luck on the school year!


1. Saving Money


As a college student, money is one of the biggest challenges. We have to pay for food, textbooks, school supplies, transporation, and etc. However, the way I save money is by keeping tabs on my spending habits and using student discounts at stores that offer them. A few of the apps and sites I use to save money are:
Unidays - Offers studentdiscounts for select stores. Must have student email address to sign up.
Ebates -  Cash back website. Who doesn't want to earn cash while shopping?
Penny - Keeps track of your money and bills. It also lets you know how much you spend on food or clothes. 


2. How to Stop Procrastinating


School is definitely stressful with homework and exams. However, the good thing is that there is a way to deal with it and make things more easier. I have been really bad with procrastination and not going to lie, but I still am trying to learn to not be such a procrastinator. Over the years of both High School and College, I can say that I've learned to organize and prioritze my schedule more efficiently. I have used several apps to help keep track of what I need to do and when my assignments are due. I make sure that I do projects and assignments that are more important first so I don't forget about them later. I'm bad a memorizing what assignments are due an when, so I use an app called P.scheduler which is a great app that lets me add all my classes and tells me when my classes are. It lets me add tasks and assignments including the due date and it organizes them based on the class it's for. The interface and design of the app is very simple and sleek. It is pleasing to the eye and for those of you who enjoy a more minimalistic design, I would definitely recommend using this app. It's also a good idea to become a better time manager, especially if you have projects or exams coming up, but make sure to include time to relax and have a snack. :)

3. How to Destress

This is probably something every high school or college student needs. Sometimes school can be stressful with college apps, exams, homeworks, and projects. Sometimes I feel like I don't have enough time to do everything in time, especially when I have a part time job. With all those building up once the school year begins, we just need to give time for ourselves and to deal with the anxiety and stress. A few of the ways I destress is to make sure I get enough to eat becasue when I'm hungry, I cannot focus on anything. So make sure you have a good meal, and if you feel like you're stressing over a problem you can't do on your homework, try an stop thinking about it for awhile and just do something else, like taking a quick nap or watching a short video, or even listening to some music while reading a good book. I feel like those are great ways to help take the mind off school for a short while. Although, do make sure to keep track of time. I know what it's like to forget about school work after taking a break and before you know it, you're rushing everything last minute which is never good and will only make your stress worse. 

4. Listen to Podcasts

Podcasts are great for listening whereever you are. I know most of us have our phones with us or tablets which are great to listen to podcasts on during your daily commute to school or even if you're at home laying bed before going to sleep. I like to think that podcasts help get my creative juices flowing. I always listen to them on my spare time and find that most of them are very interesting and some can even be educational and informative. Podcasts comes in a variety of genres, so you'll never run out of topics to choose from. It's also good to listen to if you're bored. Some of my favorite podcasts are:

S-Town
Serial
Lore
Up and Vanished
Stuff You Missed in History Class
Stuff You Should Know

If you guys have any other Podcasts to add to this list, please comment below. I always love discovering new Podcasts for my daily commute.

5. Watch Educational Youtube Videos

Sometimes sitting in a classroom and listening to a professor lecture for hours is not all that exciting, and you guys are probably thinking wondering how Youtube will make is any better. The thing about Youtube is that there are many talented creators and many of them post a variety of content that are geared towards both older and younger generations. I have found myself wander off my usual beauty channels/fashion youtubers and have begun taking interest in educational youtubers who teach us both cool and weird facts. It's always good to gather some knowledge during your off times, and most of the videos are visually appealing so you won't get bored and they run from about 12 to 20 minutes. Some of my favorite channels are:

AsapSCIENCE
Ted-Ed
Crash Course
Kurzgesagt - In A Nutshell

I hope you guys found my tips useful. These have worked for me and helped my stay sane during college and I hope it will do the same for you guys. I will be publishing a back to school outfit post soon. Also, let me know if you guys are interested in me doing a segement where I talk about transferring colleges and my experiences with it. I could take you along with me and talk about the process of me applying for colleges. Let me know it that would be something you guys are interested in. Thanks for reading this post, and wish you all luck on school. Have a wonderful day! :)



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