How to step back from the things you love — guilt free!

This is the first post on this blog in about a year. There were a lot of reasons I stopped posting but the most important one is that I made a conscious decision to take a break. I didn’t fall behind on posting, I didn’t get bored with it, I didn’t forget about it. I decided taking a hiatus was the best choice for me. In this first post after my step back, I’m going to explain why I took a break and share some wisdom on how you can get rid of the guilt that’s preventing you from taking…

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Your internship experience can make or break your summer. Try out these 10 tips to really make the most of your summer internship.

10 great ways to make the most of your summer internship

This summer has gone by so fast! I only have a couple more weeks left in the city before I have to move back into school and start my job as an RA in a freshman dorm. I’m really excited for the coming school year, but I still have a couple weeks left to make the most of my internship. Today I’m sharing my tips for how to make the most of your summer internship. Some of these tips I’ve heard from others and some I’ve learned throughout my own experience this summer. If you see anything I missed, leave me…

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If you have time to kill this summer, try out these 5 activities in order to have a great time without breaking the bank.

5 cheap things to do when you’re totally bored this summer

My favorite season of the year is summer! I love the warm weather and the break from school. This summer, I’ve got a full time internship that’s keeping me pretty busy, but I still have moments where I’ll be looking for something to do. Today, I’ll be sharing my tips for what to do when you’re bored this summer but low on funds. 1. Check out your town’s free activities I’m living in Washington, DC this summer so every weekend I’m all about going to the Smithsonian museums for free! Not every city has free museums as fantastic as DC’s,…

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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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