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What To Expect From Your First Year In College


Many young people grow up with the ambition of going to college and graduating with incredible results. Some change their mind along the way and take a different route, but others stick firm and count down the days until they pack up their belongings and hit the highway. If you’re gearing up for the next step and you’re preparing for your first year in college, here are some insider tips you’ll hopefully find useful.

Getting ready for the big move

Moving away is a big deal for most college newbies. You may have been to summer camp or lived abroad for brief periods of time in the past, but for many people, this is the first time they’re going to spend a significant amount of time away from home. Most approach the start of the semester with a degree of apprehension and a lot of excitement. As the time nears, it’s really useful to get yourself sorted on a practical level so that you don’t have anything to stress about at the last minute. Sort out how you’re going to get to college and who is going to be with you. If you’ve got a lot of stuff, any many students do, it’s worth looking into hiring movers like mybekins. Alternatively, you could try and cram your belongings into the family car or hire a van for the weekend. Go shopping and stock up on supplies and clothes in advance. This will enable you to get your room sorted and focus on settling in when you arrive. It’s always nice to have some creature comforts and things that remind you of home. There’s nothing wrong with taking some photos or your favorite bear with you.

Surviving the first few days

The first week of college often flies by in a flash, and before you know it, you’re starting life as a college student in earnest. Take advantage of opportunities to get to know people, find out more about the facilities on offer and get involved in college life. You don’t have to join every society under the sun, but look for clubs or groups that fit with your interests and make an effort to get to know your roommates and students who take the same classes. At the beginning, it’s normal to feel homesick, so don’t panic that college isn’t for you or think that you’ve made a terrible mistake because you miss your friends, your mom or your dog. Everybody misses home. Try and focus on spending time with others, throw yourself into your program and have fun. The first year is an opportunity to really find your feet and start planning for the future.

Finding your path

College tends to become more intense as you progress through the years. The workload increases and you have to make decisions that could have a major bearing on the rest of your life. College can be a difficult experience, and at times, most people have wobbles. It’s so important to lean on those around you and to understand that there is help available. If you’re worried about money, you’re struggling to choose which classes to take, or you need career guidance, there are people out there who are ready and waiting to help. Don’t ever struggle in silence or try and soldier on.

If you’re moving away and starting college soon, hopefully, this guide will give you confidence in taking that next step. Good luck!

I hope you enjoyed the post!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae


November 22, 2017

College Outfits – Winter Edition | Guest Post


With Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays just around the corner, we’re already in bundles of knitted sweaters, scarves, and mittens are not far behind, either. But that, my dear fellow students, is no excuse for a lack of style inspiration, in or out of the lecture halls. In fact, we can use the dreary weather and the low temperature to bring out our most colorful, vivacious outfits we can think of, that will not only look amazing, but keep us good and toasty.

For those who are still under the influence of winter blues, here are a few handy tips to bring out your inner fashionista, craft your perfect combos and get out into the cold with your head held high and your style even higher!

Nothing beats a bomber

It’s practical, purposeful, it can be worn with everything – and I do mean everything – from your miniskirts, knee-long boots, to your crop tops and your turtlenecks, its multifaceted nature makes it a timeless garment to own.

Plus, it gives you an added layer of comfort and warmth, no matter the occasion. It’s perfectly uni-friendly, you can also wear it to a sorority party since the Hadid sisters and Kendall Jenner all rock this style off the runway with ease, and you can put it on every time you go to the store. Add a few handmade patches to make it unique, and you’re good to go!

Layers of everything

Yes, layers can be sexy, as long as you know how and what to stack, and when you need to think matchy thoughts, or switch to a more diverse look. For example, this winter season is perfect for picking a single hue and layering it in different garments. Think azure blue, pearl white or even deep black – you can play with texture and add some gloss, but they can be your basic layering technique.

Then again, using color-blocking is another way to go, and a popular one at that. Royal blue and sunset orange, coal black and golden, or blood red and emerald green are some of the all-time favorites that can easily turn your otherwise moody blues into a vibrant day. This is when I gladly put on a rarely-worn scarlet-silver scarf I inherited from my nana, and a weird royal purple top I got as a birthday present.

Repurposed wears

In the spirit of preservation and purposeful fashion choices, winter is the perfect time to take out any piece of old, worn-out clothing that has a special emotional meaning to you. Someday, your gray college hoodie will bear that same sentimental value, but for now, choose a childhood relic – my personal favorite is a fifth-grade sweatshirt that was then, and still is, oversized, and still comfy as hell.

If you’ve given away or outgrown your own, instead of a meaningless shopping spree, you can treat yourself to a piece of clothing that supports frugal living and gives you plenty of room to experiment. You can find a slew of fun girly tops right here:, give them a new home, and adjust them to fit your style with a few tweaks here and there.

Arctic foxy look

For those who are already snowed in and are looking at several months’ worth of blizzards, ice and cold, hot is the way to go. And by that I mean a range of cozy sweater dresses, fluffy boots, pure white winter coats, ear-muffs, mittens and thick, toasty woolen scarves (check out some wintery patterns here: so that only your rosy nose peeks out.

And don’t forget, this is an ideal time to test out all your playful-patterned stockings, tights and those cute and sexy above-the-knee cotton and woolen socks, as an extra layer of hotness. This is where your makeup choice also steals the spotlight, as in all that whiteness, nothing stands out like a pair of perky red lips or shimmering eyeshadow. But it’s all about moderation and balance, so use your colors and your patterns wisely!

A big thank you to Mia for this great post! I hope you found it helpful and got some inspiration.

Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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November 21, 2017

How to Excel in College and Still Have a Social Life


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

The Student’s Guide To Education & Adventure


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

DIY Dorm Decor ft Printiki*


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