Finals week means all-day library campouts. Don't forget to pack all your essentials in your backpack before you head out for a productive day of studying.

Finals week: Your ultimate library survival kit

Finals week is coming up, and — at least for me — that means camping out in the library for most of the day. For finals week last semester, I posted about how to stay sane during this stressful time. This time around, I figured I would write about something I have quite a bit of experience with: packing your backpack for the library. Here are some of the essentials aside from the usual notebooks, textbooks, laptop, and pens that I make sure to bring with me when I head to the library during finals week. Comfy clothes If your only…

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Divide your life into 4 sections and start focusing your time on quadrant 2 — important and non-urgent activities — for maximum productivity.

How to prioritize your life with the quadrant method

Recently, I finally got around to reading a book I’ve been hearing positive things about for a long time: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. This book is a staple of many people who are really knowledgeable about productivity and I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it! I actually read it as an ebook that I borrowed online from my local library, which is a method I highly recommend. Even if you’re away at college, you can borrow ebooks from your library back home using your library card because it’s all done online.…

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It would be devastating to realize you couldn't graduate on time because you didn't keep track of your major requirements. Avoid that with this technique!

How to make sure you’re on the right track with your major

An aspect of college that many students struggle with is the process of selecting a major. There are tons of options, many of which you’ve probably never heard of until you actually get into college. I can’t exactly help you with selecting your major, at least not in this particular blog post, (sorry!) but I’ve got a pretty solid method to make sure you’re on the right track for your major so that you can maximize your time in college. As you may know, I’m a big fan of organizational, color coded spreadsheets. They help me keep my life together…

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Success in college leads to a successful life. Try these 5 tips to maximize your college productivity and build an awesome future!

5 ways to be more successful in college

You’ve probably been told for most of your life that going to college is a recipe for success in your adult life. You’ll get a good education, which will lead to a good job, which will lead to making a decent living for yourself and your family. However, people often focus so much on telling you how successful college will make you that they forget to tell you how to be successful when you’re actually in college. In this post, I’ll be going over five of my best tips for being more successful in college as well as recommending an awesome product…

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Job interviews are tough, but they're tougher when you're unprepared. Check out these tips and learn how to exude confidence in your next interview.

How to be confident in job interviews

I’ve been spending a lot of time looking for internships for this summer and over spring break I had my first interview for an internship. I was really nervous, but I think because I implemented these tips, I was able to feel confident and really rock the interview. I hope when you have a job or internship interview, you’ll be able to use these tips to summon your inner confidence and have an amazing interview. Do your research This is the most important part of feeling confident in job interviews. Take an hour or two a couple of days before your interview,…

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Keeping a gratitude journal is an important part of living a positive, joyous life. Check out this post to learn how and download a template to start out!

How to keep a gratitude journal + freebie

Today, I’m excited to share with you how I keep my daily gratitude journal as well as a template you can download and use to begin your very own gratitude journal! The importance of gratitude I don’t know where I first read about the importance of gratitude, but it really stuck with me. It used to be that I only thought about what I was grateful for when Thanksgiving rolled around, but somebody told me that your life would improve drastically if you made time to each day to count your blessings. I was skeptical at first, but I tried the…

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Whether you're reading, writing papers, or just plain old studying, there's music that's perfect for the type of work you're doing. Check out my favorites!

My all time favorite music for studying

What do you do when you’re in the library trying to study for an exam when the person sitting next to you won’t stop clicking their pen? If you’re anything like me, you like to avoid confrontation at all costs so you pop your headphones in and try to keep focusing on your work. What you listen to through those headphones matters though, because not all music is created equal when it comes time for studying. Personally, the type of music I listen to largely depends on what type of work I’m doing. As an English major, I do a…

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Taking care of yourself is so important when it comes to college life. These are 10 easy ways to incorporate self-care and happiness into your life.

10 easy ways to practice self care every day

“Self care” is something of a buzzword on the internet these days, and I’m sure you’ve heard it tossed around quite a bit. The exact definition isn’t the easiest to pin down, although the ever reliable source Wikipedia says it refers to “any necessary human regulatory function which is under individual control, deliberate and self-initiated.” To me, self care means exactly what it sounds like: taking care of yourself. Although what this entails obviously differs depending on individual needs, this quick list contains my top 10 favorite ways to practice self care. 1. Take a long shower I’m sure everyone is aware…

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Sitting down and setting awesome goals isn't enough. You also have to continue to follow up on your goals to make sure they're working for YOU.

How to follow up on your awesome goals

Remember when we set our awesome goals in 5 simple steps? It’s been a little over a month since then and I’d say it’s high time to follow up on those goals. I like to check in with the progress I’ve made on my goals at the end of each month. In today’s post, I’ll be walking you through my own goal check-in as an example and you can follow along using your own goals. If you want to know more about setting awesome goals that work for YOU, check out my FREE ebook: YOUR Awesome Goals. Click here to download.…

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College classes often come with a lot of assignments, but crafting a planner system that works for you can ensure that you never miss an assignment again.

How to use a planner: Tracking class assignments

It’s no secret that I LOVE my planner. I use it to keep track of just about everything, from my classes, to my job, to extracurriculars, to this blog. I learned a long time ago that I tend to remember things best if I write them down and color code them, so I’ve been using a physical planner since about fifth grade. In this post, I’ll be giving you a peek into my planner. More specifically, how I use my planner to keep track of my assignments and how to make sure that you never forget a single assignment for your…

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