How to Excel in College and Still Have a Social Life

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There are two types of college students in this world, the party person, and the bookworm. The former eschews deadlines and responsibility to have fun and make friends. The latter squirrels themselves away and spends 99% of the term reading and writing in the upper echelons the library. Well, that is what the movies tell us anyway. In reality, of course, there is a bit more of a grey area, with most of us trying to do a little of both. So if you’d like to know how to graduate college and still do a little partying on the side, read on for some sage advice.

Brush up on your time management skills

To excel at college, you really need to have pretty advanced time management skills. Especially, if you want to be able to attend the odd party now and again.

To get yours up to scratch it’s important that you learn to plan your time properly with adequate space for life tasks, and rest, as well as study and assignment writing.

Getting a weekly planner can help you do this, or you can use apps like My Study Life or Easy Study on your phone to keep you organized. Then even if you do get off track a little, you can quickly and easily see what you should be doing when. Something that allows you to easily get back on schedule.

Work smarter not harder

You have to work hard to excel at college, right? Well, yes and no. Of course, there is a lot of work to do and sitting around chatting with your buddies isn’t going to help. However, while it should be academically challenging college doesn’t have to be trial by assignment. In fact, if you learn the art of studying and working smarter rather than harder you will be left with some time to enjoy yourself as well as study.

In particular, knowing when and how you learn best can be helpful as then you can use this to maximize your progress. It can also help to use companies like Homework Help college paper writing service when you are pushed for time and have several assignments all due the same day. As this can free you from some of the stress and give you time for a more balanced college experience.

Learn to say no

Lastly, a key skill you will need to have for excelling at college is learning to say no to things. This can be extra academic responsibilities, as well as social events.

After all, you only have a limited amount of minutes in your day and burning the candle at both ends is going to leave you in no state to excel, or to enjoy your social life.

So practice prioritizing what is more important to you and saying no to the things that you feel you should do but aren’t essential. Then you will free more time up to devote to the more important things whether they be study or fun. It’s your choice!

I hope you enjoyed the post!  How do you manage to juggle classes and your social life? Let me know! <3

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

October 19, 2017
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The Student’s Guide To Education & Adventure

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It may sound a little cliche, but the world is truly becoming a much smaller place. As the net continues to grow, more and more people have access to this life-changing resource, and this is having a huge impact on the way that people study. Given a chance, a lot of people would embrace the opportunity to study abroad. To help you to decide whether this is the right path for you, this post will be exploring some of the things you’ll have to consider.

Benefits Of Studying Overseas

Studying in another country comes with a huge variety of benefits. Of course, it will be a lot of work, and you may have to deal with one or two problems along the way. But, with the right effort, most people will get a lot from some time abroad. Below, you can find some examples of the good you could experience.

  • You can chase a particular subject or field, often getting a deeper and broader experience surrounding it. This is great for most subjects, giving you the chance to go somewhere specialized to learn, instead of settling with what you have.
  • A lot of people love the idea of having the chance to integrate with people of another culture, and education can give you exactly that. There’s no better way to live like a local than to study amongst them, though.
  • Travel can give you a real chance to grow. When you have very little commitments, like during study, you have the chance to embrace this. Living abroad is a great way to develop your character.

Methods To Use

Choosing the right method to follow can be very hard, especially if you don’t know what’s out there. Below, you can find some of the best ways to get yourself studying in another country. Of course, though, some research of your wouldn’t hurt, either.

  • The Hermit
    • Thanks to the modern web, there are loads of study programs out there which can be taken completely online. The benefit of an online master’s or bachelor’s degree is that it gives you the chance to go wherever you want as you learn. As long as you have a good place to sit down and study, you have everything you need do your assignments. This isn’t the only way to get yourself learning somewhere new, though.
  • The Tourist
    • If you’re already a student in your home country or have plans to take up study soon, you may already have a good chance to spend half a year overseas. A lot of universities and colleges offer study-abroad options on their courses. You just have to make sure you choose an establishment with the right connections, as your options will be limited by them, and you may not be able to go somewhere you like at the wrong place.
  • The Exchange
    • Finally, if you want to spend your entire study in another country, but still want to go to a physical school, an exchange program could be the right option for you. You will have to look for a very specific place to give you this sort of opportunity, and a lot of research will have to be done. But, in the end, trading places with an international student could be one of the cheapest ways to see the world. Some schools will offer programs which will send you far out of your home country.

What You’ll Need To Succeed

Success in a pursuit like this will greatly depend on your ability to work hard and persevere through difficult times. Along with this, though, you’ll need a couple of other little tools along the way. To help you with this, below are some of the things you’ll need to consider. Of course, though, everyone will have their own priorities.

  • Constant Internet Access
    • If you’re planning to do most of your studies online, you’ll have to find a way to have good internet access wherever you go. There’s nothing more stressful than being unable to access the information you need when you’re studying. If you’re waiting for emails, assignments. Or anything else, you need to be able to connect. 4G dongles can often provide this to you. But, you will have to make sure you can use your sim card in the places you’re visiting.
  • Documents, Paperwork, & Other Troubles
    • Along with being able to connect to the web, there will be loads of other things you’ll have to take with you when you’re going across the world. In all cases, you will at least need a passport and airline tickets to fly. Along with this, though, you may also be required to apply for special permits and visas to allow you to study in your new home.
  • The Right Mindset
    • A lot of people struggle to spend more than a couple of weeks away from home. When you’re in another country, the distance you feel from your loved ones and friends can often feel a lot greater. To get through your work, you will have to power through your emotions, battling them back until you have overcome them. Before you decide to take on something like this, you have to do some serious reflection to make sure that it’s right for you.
  • Some Help Along The Way
    • Finally, as the last thing you’ll need, some support in your journey will also be very beneficial. In a lot of cases, the organization you’re studying with will be able to give you some support. But, it can also be worth finding your own. Social media can give you access to students that have done the same thing in the past. By asking them questions, you can learn everything you need before you start to make tracks.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start looking into the idea of studying in another country. A lot of people ignore this sort of prospect when they’re thinking about their education. But, in reality, this can not only be one of the best ways to learn, but also an excellent way to build yourself into a better person.

Thank so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

October 16, 2017
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Tomboy X: The Comfiest Undies in the World*

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Move over Victoria’s Secret, Rae has got a new favorite! Underwear is tricky and most are incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I’m so happy to share Tomboy X with you! Tomboy X is a brand that wants to create underwear for every size, every body, and everyone. Their message is simple: we are all people. Their underwear is made with eco-friendly fabrics (which I <3) and they are so damn comfortable. They have lots of different styles, ranging from bikini style all the way to boxer briefs (FYI: you can wear whatever damn underwear you want, screw gender stereotypes). I was kindly sent the 2.5″ cotton shorts in plum and the 2.5″ micromodal shorts in espresso. I love these underwear sooo much. They’re incredibly comfortable and I love that the band on them doesn’t dig into my sides like some other pairs I’ve previously owned. I also like the short style because they’re easy to lounge around in (which I’ve been doing a lot).

They also sell apparel, which is equally as soft. This is the shirt that I’m wearing and 100% of the proceeds go to Southern Poverty Law Center, which is really amazing. I also love the “Rise Up” message on the t-shirt, cause it can mean so many different things. Rise Up to me means to stand up for what you believe in, which is kind of a life motto for me. Don’t let others tell you what you should support, speak up for yourself and RISE UP. It also reminds me of when I used to let my anxiety rule my life, but I conquered that because I decided to Rise Up and take control of my life. The message is what you make it.

Use the code “LIVE-THE-X to save some moolah on your purchase from Tomboy X through October 31st. Trust me, you won’t regret buying their undies!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: Tomboy X kindly sent these to me because of their ambassador program. I am not being paid for this post. All opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own. Collaboration supported by Shopping Links.

October 11, 2017
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DIY Dorm Decor ft Printiki*

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Hey loves! It’s probably been about a month since you moved on campus and I bet you’ve been too busy to decorate your dorm or haven’t figured out how to decorate it…well I’ve rounded up some DIY projects to make your dorm feel more home-like!

Woven Wall Hanging

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen this before! I don’t remember exactly how I got interested in these weavings but I’m so glad I did! They are super easy to make, customizable and really cute. You also don’t need much to make them either.

The supplies:

  • Cardboard (to create your “loom”)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn of your choice (1-2 colors is fine, you won’t need more than one skein each)
  • Wooden Dowel (or you can use a stick! Just make sure to clean it well)
  • Plastic needle for weaving (you could probably make a makeshift one from cardboard, just cut a little hole and thread the yarn through there!)
  • Gluestick or liquid glue

So starting with your cardboard, measure out a rectangle approximately 11.5″ H x 8″ W. This is going to be your loom base.

Measure out two strips of cardboard measuring 1″ H x 8″ W. We’ll glue this onto the loom base later.

Mark a 1/2″ from each side of your loom, I just drew a line so I would know not to cut beyond that point. So 1/2″ from the top, bottom and the left and right sides. From the 1/2″ marks on the top and bottom, measure out 1/4″ marks from one side to the other so you have 1/4″ marks going across the width of your loom base (see my pictures for reference!)

Grab your scissors and cut on each of these 1/4″ lines, but make sure not to cut them beyond the 1/2″ marks you made (again, look at my picture for reference 🙂 ) After you have finished that on the top and bottom, grab the cardboard strips you cut out earlier. Glue these to where the cuts finish. These pieces help the yarn sit a little higher so it’s not directly against the loom base. Let it dry!

After your loom base is dry, now you can begin your weaving project! Grab some yarn that you want to use as the “spine” for your weaving (ex: I used black for mine in the picture above, so you can see it in between my colors). Tie a knot at one end of the yarn and wrap it around the cuts you made in the cardboard. Once you’ve wrapped it around each cut, tie a knot tight to the back of the loom base.

Grab your next color of yarn and cut about an arms length of it, you don’t have to be precise with this project and I like that. Thread the yarn through your needle or cardboard tool, begin weaving over and under each “spine” piece of yarn, like so:

Once you get to the edge, go back to the other edge repeating the over and under technique. It’s pretty simple! I found this video helpful when it came to adding interesting shapes to my weavings. There are also lots of different YouTube videos with different weaving techniques!

When you’re happy with your weaving, now you can add your dowel or stick to finish it off! This part can be tricky, but what I do is weave up pretty high on the loom (not all the way to the top, but enough so that the loops will hold tightly around the dowel). I grab one loop (from the top) and push it onto the dowel and continue until all of them are off, I secure them by weaving more yarn in between the spaces. To finish the bottom, you can just pull the loops off and adjust the weaving so that they cover the gaps, or you can cut the loop and sew in the ends if you prefer (gives it a cleaner edge).

Add some yarn to the dowel so that you can hang it and, ta-da! That’s it. (Hopefully this wasn’t too confusing, but like I said there are a ton of YouTube videos with techniques if you get confused!) I think these work up pretty quickly, I watch Shameless while making them and I can usually get one done in 2-3 episodes depending on how much I’m focusing on the project.

Magazine Clippings Collage

I think this is a really amazing way to showcase some things that you like on your wall. Grab some magazines and start clipping away! I took a piece of chip board (the back of a notebook) and cut a 2×2″ square out of it with an Xacto knife so that all of my clippings would be the same size (make sure to use a cutting mat in between the pages!) If you don’t have that option, you can definitely use scissors.

Cut out different textures that you like. Maybe celebrities or high fashion pictures. Whatever you like! Once you’ve collected enough, arrange them in front of you and find a combination that you like. Grab some double sided tape and tape them on your wall in the layout you created! (If your college doesn’t allow that, tape them onto a poster board instead then use command hooks to hold up the poster board).

Photo Banner (with prints from Prinitki!)

I think these photo banners are a great way to bring some life into your dorm room. It’s a good way to showcase your friends, family, pets and past memories.

What you’ll need:

  • Printed photos
  • Clothespins
  • Yarn/Twine
  • Hooks for hanging

Printiki is a website that will print your photos for you and deliver them right to your doorstep! When you’re on a college schedule, you definitely don’t have time standing at a photo printing kiosk for hours printing out your pictures – that’s where Printiki comes in! All you have to do is upload the images you want from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, etc and wait patiently for your prints to arrive. Not only do they print photos, they also have options for photo books and posters, pretty cool if you ask me.

I got my images printed in the Square M size, without the border, and with the glossy finish. They do have a few different options to choose from, so definitely explore their website to find out more.

Cut out some yarn or twine to the length that you want. Tie it to the hooks that you’re using to hang them. I cut my yarn a little bit long so the yarn would drop if that makes sense haha.

Attach your prints using the clothespins! It’s super simple, but a really cute way to add some life to your dorm. I even created some fall inspired images, so maybe there’s and idea for you to change the images for the seasons/holidays. These prints (or maybe even a photo book!) would be a great idea for a gift. Make sure to follow Printiki on Instagram to see some new ways to display your prints!

If you use the code “9THGRK2R” you can get free shipping on your order! Just apply it at checkout 🙂 My gift to you.

 

I hope you enjoyed the post! What’s your favorite DIY project in this post? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

Disclaimer: These prints were sent to me for free in exchange for a review, but sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in any way. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all about giving 100% reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, sent the item or I purchase it myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews. This post does contain affiliate links.

 

 

October 8, 2017
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The Classic College Experience & Alternatives

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The most traditional option for after high school remains to be the classic college experience, but that doesn’t take away from the reality that only 33% of Americans over the age of 25 have a four-year college bachelor’s degree or higher. This means that the remaining two-thirds of Americans are finding alternatives to college. If you’re uncertain what to do when you finish high school, here is some information on the classic college experience, as well as some of its alternatives.

Four-Year College Degree

At college, you study to earn yourself a bachelor’s degree in your chosen major. The biggest difference between high school and college is the size. At college, you will attend lectures which are filled with hundreds of other students, and more often than not, you’ll spend most of your time in those lectures writing down notes. You’ll also have to complete assignments for which you will earn credits. To earn your bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits.

Online Classes

If you don’t think a big classroom full of students is for you, or you simply don’t have the time or money to go to college, you could always take an online class to earn your bachelor’s degree. You would be able to complete a class in your own time, for a reduced price, and sometimes even for free. There is a range of different courses available from a psychology degree online, to maths, and even arts, so it really is a great option for you, if you still want a degree, but don’t want to have to attend college.

Get A Job

Not everyone wants to attend education for another fours year. Some simply want to head out into the world of work as soon as possible and start earning money. If this is the case, then you will want to write a killer resume and start job hunting. Look in local newspapers, online, and ask around (you never know, someone might know of a job that isn’t being advertised yet). You may be able to work your way up in your job, and could be running the place in a few years.

Community College

Community college has been found to be incredibly good value for money, as well as a great way of earning a job. In just two years, you could earn yourself an associate’s degree that will allow you to work in a range of different fields and jobs, such as a web designer or veterinary technician. As the first two years of bachelor’s degree classes are pretty much the same as in community college, some of these associates degrees will also allow you to transfer to college and earn your bachelor’s degree. This could save you a lot of money, compared to completing your whole degree at a four-year college.

Volunteering

Whether it be halfway across the world or in your hometown, volunteering is an incredibly rewarding way to fill your time after college. Volunteer work also always looks great on your resume and college applications, if you decide later on in life that you would like to attend college. There are volunteer opportunities in almost every country, so consider where you would like to go, who you would like to help, and how, and get looking online.

Start A Business

The world of work is great and all, but not everyone wants to work under someone else. Some people would prefer to be their own boss. If you’re particularly hard-working, driven, and independent, you may want to consider starting your own business. Brainstorm some ideas of what you would like to sell, and conduct market to give you some idea as to whether or not it actually would sell. Then, all you’d need is some funding. You could always set up a page on a crowdfunding website if you’re strapped for cash.

The Military

Joining the military is a very popular decision for high school graduates. This is probably because of the range of benefits that come with the choice. Most military workers get most, if not all, of their living expenses and healthcare paid for (healthcare is often paid for your family too), as well as earning $30k+ a year. You also get the opportunity to travel the world with a group of people with whom you will quickly become very close.

Technological College

If you want to continue in education, but don’t want to have to take classes that don’t relate to your career aspirations, then a technological college could be an option for you. Technological colleges offer career-driven courses that only teach skills specific to trade careers, such as plumbing and carpentry. This is a perfect option if you know that you want a career in a specific trade, and only want to focus your learning on this trade career.

Gap Year

If you’re still unsure as to what to do after college, then why not take a gap year? Not only will a gap year give you time to decide what you want to do with your future, but it will also give you time to have some fun before heading back to education. Often, people dedicate their gap years to traveling or working, but you can do whatever your heart desires. The possibilities really are endless.

It’s silly to expect every single eighteen or nineteen year old to know what they want to do for the rest of their lives, so don’t worry if you’re not sure what you want to do with your future. You’re not alone. Although college is a popular option, it certainly isn’t for everyone, and definitely isn’t necessary for everyone. If you’re unsure about whether or not you want to go to college, then give yourself some time to think about it before sending off any college applications. There is no point in spending four years of your life (not to mention a lot of money on college tuition) on college if you’re not one hundred percent sure that it’s the best option for you.

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

October 5, 2017
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